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Right now I am someone who is inundating herself in the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and who is trying to embody the profound philosophy of nonviolence, for I do believe that love is humankind’s “most potent weapon for personal and social transformation.” Along “the way of life,” Dr. King wrote, “someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can be done only by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives.” Such a task requires that we look deeply within to discern as well as to transform the myriad ways violence guides our thoughts, acts and speech, for it is “only through an inner spiritual transformation” that “we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.” It is my humble desire to address here, with a loving spirit, “the evils of the world.” Feel free to help me along the way. Now cross-posting at: http://blk2buddah.wordpress.com/ (You can contact me at that site)

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MAY 28, 2013 8:57PM

Closing Guantanamo - One Meal at a Time

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As the hunger strike continues at Guantanamo Bay prison, I challenge us all to join the hunger strike in some way, shape or form. Perhaps you will refuse to eat breakfast, or you’ll fast on Sundays, or you’ll support someone you know who is fasting. Whatever you choose, set aside a Day of Hunger, that is, a day in which you take notice of the atrocity that is Guantanamo Bay Prison, and enter that day fully with mind, body, and spirit.

If you so desire, you can take the pledge below or something similar that meets your needs. Copy the pledge, paste it to your computer, your refrigerator, your bathroom mirror. Sign it and send it to your representatives, friends, to the lawyers representing the prisoners. Paste it on Facebook. And then follow it with joy.

The pledge form is modeled after the “commitment card” that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) created – during the heyday of the Civil Rights Movement – for volunteers who wished to serve in the “nonviolent army” that SCLC was organizing for the purpose of challenging racial segregation in Birmingham, Alabama.  For reasons that are (I hope) self-evident, I’ve retained some of the original commitments.

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I HEREBY PLEDGE MYSELF – MY PERSON AND MY BODY – TO THE NONVIOLENT MOVEMENT TO END INDEFINITE DETENTIONS AT GUANTANAMO BAY PRISON AND TO SHUT THE PRISON DOWN FOR GOOD. THEREFORE, I WILL KEEP THE FOLLOWING TEN PRACTICES:

1. HUNGER STRIKE at least one day out of the week.

2. REFLECT DAILY on the conditions at Guantanamo Bay Prison.

3. PARTICIPATE in activities and events geared toward both rectifying conditions in the prison and ultimately closing the prison down.

4. SHARE with family, friends, acquaintances and strangers information about the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay Prison.

5. ENGAGE in nonviolent acts of civil disobedience, with the intent to transform conditions at Guantanamo Bay and to transform the hearts of those committed to injustice.

6. SEEK to perform regular service for others and for the world.

7. REFRAIN from the violence of fist, tongue, and/or heart.

8. STRIVE to be in good spiritual and bodily health.

9. READ AND/OR LISTEN to works that inspire hope, confidence, and optimism.

10. WALK and TALK in the manner of love.

 

I sign this pledge, having seriously considered what I do and with the determination and will to persevere.

 

NAME: ________________________________________________

STATE: __________ 

 

 

 

Visit http://hungrjustice.wordpress.com/ to share your pledge!

 

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Thank you for sharing this thoughtful and thought-provoking pledge, SeventhSister, modeled after words and actions that have worked in the past in bringing about non-violent, positive, national change.
Thank you, clay ball. Let's hope that it helps to change this current injustice.
This is beautiful and speaks to a true higher calling. I'm printing it off and will try to check some items off the list daily/weekly. Blessings.
Thank you, IceRune. I just sent off a signed copy of the pledge to my representatives.

Blessings to you as well.