Peace and Justice Pledge

We join in this pledge to build a pro-active nonviolent movement for a peaceful, just global community.

The Bush Doctrine of preventive war has become a harsh reality, resulting in the invasion and occupation of Iraq. At the same time, our civil liberties are being systematically eroded, racial scapegoating is increasing, and legitimate dissent is being quashed, all for the illusion of homeland security. The costs of military build-up and occupation are draining funds from essential social programs like health care, housing, and education. We oppose these dangerous policies and call for a domestic and foreign agenda based on justice, peace, international cooperation, self-determination, and respect for diversity.

Pledge of Resistance

U.S. citizens have a long history of nonviolent resistance to injustice and war. Nonviolent direct action was used effectively by the women's suffrage movement, the civil rights movement, the Central American solidarity movement, and the anti-Vietnam war movement. Nationally coordinated nonviolent resistance is an expression of our highest moral, spiritual and civic principles. It is an effective way to bring the issue dramatically before the public and to pressure theU.S. government.

If the Unites States significantly escalates its military intervention anywhere in the world, escalates its attack on civil liberties, or escalates its actions against targeted immigrant communities, I pledge to join with others to engage in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience.

From the original Peace & Justice Pledge Petition.

Learn more about the history of Peace Pledge-Chicago in the About Us section.