Ever since Mohandas Gandhi’s peaceful movement to liberate India from British rule, nonviolent direct action and peaceful civil disobedience have been recognized as perhaps the most powerful force for social change. During the 1950s and ’60s, US leaders like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. used civil disobedience to win important victories for the Civil Rights Movement. Their example, in turn, inspired the wave of nonviolent direct action that helped end the Vietnam War.
More recently, social movements across the globe have harnessed nonviolent direct action to challenge oppression in every form. From Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street – and other examples too numerous to name, from throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas – the twenty-first century has seen a renaissance of nonviolent direct action used to challenge corporate power and repressive governments.
The Coal Export Action is committed to nonviolence, and does not support or condone any form of violence. We believe nonviolent direct action is one of our most powerful tools in the struggle to stop climate change, end the oppression of our communities by corporate power, and usher in a new era of sustainable, socially just energy generation.
In accordance with these beliefs, we require that anyone wishing to participate in direct as part of the Coal Export Action agree to remain nonviolent in action, speech, and demeanor. We are also committed to providing nonviolence trainings for all those who choose to join the direct action. By staying true to the principles of nonviolence, we believe we will win.