Posted on September 30, 2008 by justlists
This is the pledge to nonviolence signed by marchers with Mahatma Gandhi in 1921. Gandhi’s birthday is October 2nd.
- A civil resister will harbor no anger.
- A civil resister will suffer the anger of the opponent.
- In so doing, a civil resister will put up with assaults from the opponent, never retaliate; but he will not submit, out of fear of punishment, to any order given in anger.
- A civil resister will voluntarily submit to the arrest and he will not resist the attachment or removal of his own property.
- If a civil resister has any property in his possession as a trustee, he will refuse to surrender it, even though in defending it he might lose his life. He will never retaliate.
- Non-retaliation excludes swearing and cursing.
- A civil resister will never insult his opponent, nor take part in the newly coined cries contrary to the spirit of nonviolence.
- A civil resister will not salute the Union Jack, nor will he insult it or its officials, English or Indian.
- If any one insults an official or commits an assault upon him, a civil resister will protect such official or officials from the insult or assault at the risk of his own life.
This is the pledge to nonviolence taken by marchers with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963
- Meditate daily on the life and teachings of Jesus.
- Remember that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation – not victory.
- Walk and talk in the manner of love; for God is love.
- Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men and women might be free.
- Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.
- Observe with friend & foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.
- Perform regular service for others and for the world.
- Refrain from violence of fist, tongue, and heart.
- Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
- Follow the directions of the Movement leaders and of the captains on demonstrations.
Check out the recently published book “After Gandhi – One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance“.
Soulforce is an organization that works for freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance. Soulforce takes its name from the English translation of the Sanskrit word Satyagraha, the philosophy and practice of nonviolent resistance developed by Gandhi.
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Posted on September 8, 2008 by justlists
(ref: Be the Change, by Michelle Nunn pg. 243-270)
- If someone says they need money to get on the subway, I will swipe my subway pass for them and pay for their ride that way. (Allan Sih – NY, NY)
- So what if your Dumpster is closer than Goodwill? Put that stuff in your car and drive it over there. It’s one of the easiest, quickest ways people can make a change. (Tamika Brown – Atlanta, GA)
- Help the elderly who live in your community with their house-hold chores, or take them to doctor’s appointments. (Yolanda Hilaire – Houston, TX)
- If you work in the Internet industry and you see that a nonprofit’s Web site needs work, call them up and offer to fix it for free. That’s a huge help that doesn’t involve you ever leaving your chair. (Joel Kunkler – Rochester, NY)
- Coach a local youth sports team. (Luke Higginbotham – Buchanan, VA)
- Talk to those no one else is talking to. Allow no one to be alone. (Zaid Jilani – Kennesaw, GA)
- Plant a tree. (Rachel Higginbotham – Buchanan, VA)
- When you are driving, let someone in if they’re trying to merge. (Janice Myers – Tampa Bay, FL)
- Be kind to animals. (Melanie Mantenieks – Chicago, IL)
- Pick up after your dog when you go on walks. (Susan Bowman – Charlotte, NC)
- I’m tall, so whenever I’m at the store and see someone who needs something off the top shelf, I get it for them. (Julia Clark – Worcester, MA)
- Ever day on my way to school I bring a trash bag and pick up all the trash on the path. It keeps the environment safe, and it’s a good habit to get into. (Becka MacDonald – Mission Viejo, CA)
- Offer directions to people who look lost. Be an ambassador in your city. (Melissa Bieri – NY, NY)
- Welcome someone new to your neighborhood. (Mickey Paxton – Buchanan, VA)
- Take care of the people around you, and they’ll take care of others. (Eric Silverstein, Los Angeles, CA)
- Plant flowers at your park. (Jessica Marshall – New Windsor, NY)
- Join a service-oriented civic club or start your own. (Amber Smith – Raleigh, NC)
- Listen. Take time to get to know the people around you. How many people do you really know? (Kim Wolfinger – Columbus, OH)
- Learn the first names of your acquaintances – neighbors, shop owners, servers, people who work for the same company … (Brad Kane – Sandusky, OH)
- I got in the habit of paying the toll of the person behind me … It’s fun to look at their reactions in the rearview mirror! (Liv Faris – Seattle, WA)
- Recycle everything possible, buy and eat organic as much as possible, use nontoxic dish and clothing detergent,… take your own bag to the market. (Stephanie Hisler – Tampa, FL)
- Tip a little extra when you go out. (Shannon Chettle – San Francisco, CA)
- Give a child a book. If I had all the money in the world, I’d buy every kid a book … (Sue Franzen – Tampa Bay, FL)
- Shake hands with and thank any veteran, of any war, that you happen to meet. (Corey Clark – Suwannee, GA)
- I’m a member of Amnesty International. They have a freedom writer’s component, where all you have to do is write a quick letter to someone about a political prisoner. So simple … and yet how meaningful and important it is for the prisoner to know that they are not forgotten. (Dr. Rachel McClement – Glendale CA)
- I am a member of Freecycle community, where you can post things you want and things you have to give away. It’s a great way to acquire things for free and give new homes to your unwanted possessions. (Amy Woidtke – Seattle, WA)
- Just giving a person a compliment can make their overall attitude change. This, in turn, might even make them treat others better. (Ann Munson – Pequot Lakes, MN)
- Adopt a dog, don’t buy one from a pet store. (Jen Alltop – Bay Area, CA)
- Look past uniforms and let people — the guy who’s repairing something in your home, or the woman who’s emptying your office’s wastebaskets — know that you see them as human beings. Thank them for their work. Look them in the eye. It makes people feel less like wallpaper. (Brenda Tran – Atlanta, GA)
- Help with a stranger’s flat tire. (Arielle Kass – Lawrenceville, GA)
This is an edited subset of the lists, other stories, and quotations contributed by hundreds of people across the United States that can be found in Be the Change! Change the world, Change yourself edited by Michelle Nunn, Cofounder and CEO, Hands On Network.
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Posted on September 5, 2008 by justlists
(ref: Politics and the Pulpit 2008 from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)
In relatively plain English, Politics and the Pulpit 2008 – A Guide to the Internal Revenue Code Restrictions on the Political Activity of Religious Organizations identifies the following commonly asked questions about what role religious organizations can play during an election. Download the report for answers to these questions. Also check out 16 Things Non-Profits Can and Can’t Do in an Election Year.
- Where do the restrictions on religious organizations’ participation in the political process come from?
- Has this prohibition on political campaign intervention always been part of the Internal Revenue Code?
- Are religious organizations singled out by the political campaign intervention prohibition in the Internal Revenue Code?
- Doesn’t the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protect the right of religious organizations to engage in political activity?
- What political activities are prohibited under the Internal Revenue Code?
- Must religious organizations restrict their discussion of issues during election campaign periods?
- When would an issue discussion violate the political campaign intervention prohibition?
- Are religious organizations permitted to engage in lobbying activities?
- Are religious organizations permitted to participate in referenda, constitutional amendments and similar ballot initiatives?
- What are the consequences if a religious organization engages in excessive lobbying?
- Does the political campaign intervention prohibition apply to the political activities of clergy and other religious leaders?
- When are the political activities of clergy or other religious leaders attributed to their religious organizations?
- Who is considered a candidate?
- What rules apply with respect to candidates for non-elective office?
- May candidates appear in pulpits during worship services?
- What if the candidate appears in a noncandidate capacity?
- What if the candidate is a member of the clergy?
- May religious organizations become involved in voter education?
- May religious organizations publish or distribute voter guides?
- Why must a broad range of issues be covered in voter education materials?
- May religious organizations publish or distribute legislators’ voting records?
- May religious organizations distribute voter education materials prepared by a candidate, political party or PAC?
- May religious organizations sponsor candidate forums?
- May religious organizations conduct voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives?
- May the facilities of religious organizations be used for civic or political events?
- Do special rules apply to websites belonging to religious organizations?
- Do links to candidate-related materials constitute political campaign intervention?
- May religious organizations sell paid political advertising in their publications?
- May a religious organization sell or rent its mailing list to a candidate, political party or PAC?
- What are the penalties if a religious organization violates the political campaign intervention prohibition?
- Does the IRS target churches for enforcement of the political campaign intervention prohibition?
Download the Pew Forum report to see the answers to these questions.
Then, read an excerpt from Loud and Clear in an Election Year and consider buying your own copy of this book to learn more about finding and exercising your lawful voice as a socially responsible non-profit in an election year.
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Posted on August 28, 2008 by justlists
(ref: SLOOPY: Service-Learning Opportunity-Options Program for Youth CD-ROM Resource Kit by Youth Community Service)
Service-learning combines service to the community (civic engagement) with student learning in a way that improves both the student and the community. Focus is placed equally on the learning experience, the skills developed, and the service performed. Here’s a seven-point evaluation system to distinguish high quality service-learning programs.
1. Integrated Learning
- The service-learning project has clearly articulated knowledge, skill or value goals that arise from ultimate learning goals including social skills, citizenship, personal growth, cognitive development and career exploration.
- The service informs the learning content, and the learning content informs the service.
- The service-learning project is a collaboration among as many of these partners as is feasible: students, parents, community-based organization staff, school administrators, teachers, and recipients of service.
- All partners benefit from the project and contribute to its planning.
- Reflection establishes connections between students’ service experiences and the academic curriculum.
- Reflection occurs before, during, and after the service-learning project.
4. High Quality Service
- The service is a response to an actual community need that is recognized by the community.
- The service is age-appropriate and well-organized.
- The service is designed to achieve significant benefits for students and community.
5. Student Voice – Students participate actively in …
- choosing and planning the service project;
- planning and implementing the reflection sessions, evaluation, and celebration;
- taking on roles and tasks that are appropriate to their age.
- All the partners, especially students, are involved in evaluating the service learning project.
- The evaluation seeks to measure progress toward the learning and service goals of the project.
7. Civic Responsibility
- The service-learning project promotes students’ responsibility to care for others and to contribute to the community.
- By participating in the service-learning project, students understand how they can impact their community.
Learn about other Service Learning resources
Youth Community Service
is a Palo Alto, California based 501c3 non-profit. By developing service and leadership opportunities for young people and service learning support for teachers, YCS promotes the ethic of service, fosters youth leadership, builds community, and enhances education in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out the SLOOPY CD-ROM
at Reach and Teach.
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Posted on July 17, 2008 by justlists
(reference: The Kid’s Guide to Social Action by Barbara A Lewis)
“A universal feeling, whether well or ill founded, cannot safely be disregarded.” — Abraham Lincoln
“No one listens to me!” you might complain. But you can do something about it. You can collect other voices and create a louder noise — one that’s harder for people to ignore. Here are some ways to create an effective petition campaign.
*IMPORTANT NOTE* If you plan to take your petition door-to-door, never go alone. Always get a parent, teacher, or other adult to go with you!
- Most of the time you’ll use an 8-1/2″ by 11″ sheet of paper to describe the problem and collect your signatures. But sometimes your medium might also be part of the message. If the problem is for example, reducing waste in restrooms, you might collect signatures on a roll of toilet paper.
- Give your petition a title.
- Identify your group.
- Identify the official or agency that will receive your petition.
- Write a statement describing the problem you want to resolve or the plan you are proposing. This statement should be at the top of every petition page so that people can’t say they didn’t understand what they were signing.
- Provide blank lines for people to write…
class, grade, or group
school or hometown
address and phone number
- Number the signature lines for easy totaling.
- Remember to smile!
- Keep calm and stay polite with people who disagree with you. Never speak rudely
- Photocopy your signatures and keep the copy in a safe place. You may need the proof later!
- Present your petition to someone with the power to act on your idea.
Learn more ideas by reading The Kid’s Guide to Social Action by Barbara A Lewis
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Posted on May 5, 2008 by justlists
(ref: Loud and Clear in an Election Year from Spin Project. Read more…)
7 Things Non-Profits Can/Should Definitely Do….
- Register people to vote as long as there is no targeting of districts based on partisan demographics. Nor can you target swing or battleground districts ( ie you cannot target a “Democratic” area but you can target underrepresented communities, such as African Americans, Latinos, etc).
- Run a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) drive. The same targeting rules apply, see above.
- Host a candidate forum. Make sure all candidates are invited, rules are fair, and the audience is not stacked.
- Candidate questioning. Organizations can encourage their members to ask all the candidates in a race the same (not loaded) question about a particular issue of concern to them. Groups can also continue to criticize public officials who they feel are detrimental to their issues — even when that official is a candidate — if this is an activity the organization also does in the same manner and scope in a non-election year.
- Public education via earned media coverage of your issue. Use public education tools such as nonpartisan reports, opinion editorials, and letters to the editor to get the word out about your issue.
- Direct public education about your issue by way of scorecards, Internet communications, door knocking, and so forth. All of these must be nonpartisan.
- Ballot initiatives are also a tool to make proactive public policy on your issue.
4 Things Non-Profits Should Be Careful Before Doing…
- Distribute, post on Web site, and send out on listservs voter education guides and legislative voting records that address a wide range of issues. Scorecards are not permissible if they indicate that a candidate’s position is either “good” or “bad.”
- Educate the public on issues as long as the information does not implicitly suggest that people should vote for a particular candidate.
- Educate the public on candidates as long as information is presented on all candidates and on a wide range of issues and without trying to cast candidates in a favorable or unfavorable light. Web sites of 501(c)(3)s may link to the Web sites of all candidates in a race for educational purposes following the above guidelines.
- Seek to influence party platforms, as long as you do it for all major parties equally.
5 Things Non-Profits Must Never Do…
- Endorse candidates.
- Contribute funds to candidates.
- Use organization resources or staff time for candidate election activities (ballot measures are OK, subject to lobbying limits).
- Provide mailing lists to candidates for free or below market rate.
- Solicit candidate pledges: Nonprofit organizations cannot ask a candidate to pledge to do or not to do something in their campaign or in their eventual election. This provides implicit endorsement and is illegal.
For more specific information, Read an excerpt from the book Loud and Clear in an Election Year (and get the book) at Reach and Teach.
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