This week we are focusing on ‘Careful Protest’ as a vital part of the activism toolkit; not to replace other forms of protest but to help strengthen campaigns. It’s about being caring towards everyone we interact with in our protests, from the victims to the perpetrators (and everyone in between). And also being careful in our protesting; having an eye for detail, planning a robust strategy and delivering our protest to be as effective as possible.
Dr Martin Luther King Jnr preaches that we need “a tough mind and a tender heart” as global citizens and protesters. In this last lesson of The School of Gentle Protest we’re going to unpack what that means and how we can incorporate it into our gentle protesting. I will refer to the 5 previous vlogs in this curriculum so that we can build our knowledge on and use what we have learnt in those lessons to create a careful and courageous campaign.
After watching this Lesson please take part in this weeks homework and share your findings and comments with fellow students and staff at School of Gentle Protest by using #SchoolofGentleProtest and tagging @Craftivists and @1215today
1. Tough-mindedness: From the lessons in this curriculum you have watched and the homework you have done where have you seen protesters demonstrate a tough, resilient mind? Write down examples and share them with us. Don’t just share the obvious examples, try and find smaller, less known examples where others might have missed them.
2. Tender-hearted: From the lessons in this curriculum you have watched and the homework you have done where have you seen protesters use a tender heart? Write down examples and share them with us. Don’t just share the obvious examples, try and find smaller, less known examples where others might have missed them.
3. Join our School of Gentle Protest Alumni Facebook group to keep sharing each others’ comments, questions and homework, encourage each other in our protests and help each other become effective and proactive gentle protesters because in the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
Other useful links referred to in this blog
All school blogposts are here: http://1215today.com/tag/schoolofgentleprotest/
All vlog lessons are here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyPi3OT3pCTAp5o4ejSkGhQ
All 6 newsletters are here: http://tinyletter.com/SchoolOfGentleProtest/archive
Facebook group for alumni to join is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/110190232878002/