Thank you for joining us for the Spokane Women’s #Persistence March, held Sunday, January 21st, 2018! On this page, you will find the Rules of Engagement, Agenda and chants that you are encouraged to use during the event.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Our nonviolence guidelines are just one example of our practice of active nonviolence.
As a participant in this action, I agree to abide by and reflect upon these commitments:
- At all times, we will use our anger at injustice as a positive nonviolent force for change. Our attitude will be one of nonviolence, openness, friendliness, and respect toward all we encounter. We will convey this through words, symbols, and actions.
- We will refuse to return the assaults—verbal or physical—of those who oppose or disagree with us. We will protect those who oppose us from insults and attack.
- As participants in a nonviolent event, we will follow the directions of the designated coordinators. In the event of a serious disagreement, we will remove ourselves from the gathering.
- We will refrain from insults and swearing. We will use no violence, verbal or physical, toward any person. We will not carry anything that could be construed as a weapon.
- We will not run or use threatening motions. We will not damage any property. We will not bring or use alcohol or illegal drugs.
How non-peacekeepers can support the Peacekeeper Team in achieving a peaceful event:
- Have event representative join the Peacekeeper Huddle at 11:15am near the Red Wagon.
- Let the Peacekeeper Lead (Liz) know who the Police Liaison is.
- As folks gather watch perimeter. If you notice something/someone suspicious, notify a trained peacekeeper.
- Don’t engage with hecklers or disrupters. Encourage folks to focus on the event, not the disruption. If situation begins to escalate, find the nearest trained Peacekeeper and notify them of the situation.
- Inform Police Liaison of any situation beyond the role of the peacekeeper (separate pdf).
- Help to keep participants on march route and direct them to lines for entry into Convention Center.
Note: trained peacekeepers will be in orange vests with blue peacekeeper patches on the back.
- Helpful Traits and Behaviors: Be warm, friendly, helpful, creative, clear, gentle, firm, honest, calm, forgiving, trusting, cooperative, assertive, compassionate, grounded, alert, informed, trained, supportive, empathetic, visible, focused, relaxed, aware and observant.
Unhelpful Traits and Behaviors:
- Don’t become “movement police,” authoritarian or too controlling.
- Don’t take on extra roles: leafletting, leading chants, holding signs, media, risking arrest, etc.
- Don’t answer hostility with aggression and escalate situations.
- Don’t let your buttons get pushed. Stay in control of your own behavior.
12:00 PM – Meet at the Red Wagon
Reading of the Rules of Engagement
Chants, Songs and Speakers
12:30 PM – Reminder: Rules of Engagement
Chants, Songs and Speakers
1:00 PM – The March begins
Doors open for Convention Center Rally
Program in the convention center.
Come on people, hit the streets!
We are tired of lying tweets!
We are women, hear us roar
This is how we say No More!
Silence is violence!
Show me what democracy looks like!
This is what democracy looks like!
Let me hear it loud and clear, Refugees are welcome here!
What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!
What do we do when they attack? We say NO, then we ACT!
Love, not hate, makes America great
We are the majority!
Water is life, science is real!
What do we want? Equality!
When do we want it? Now!
The people, united, will never be divided!
Come on, people, make a choice,
Stand up now and use your voice!
Hey hey, ho ho, sexism has got to go!
What do we need? Respect!
When do we need it? Now!
Women’s rights are human rights!
Together we can! United we stand!