Civil disobedience is a refusal to obey an order from a civil authority or public nonviolent violation of a legal prohibition. It can be an individual or corporate act. Those undertaking civil disobedience seek to understand and act on a higher law.
As understood by the American Friends Service Committee, civil disobedience is a conscience-based, heartfelt action which, while in violation of the law, reflects and draws on the religious convictions that are the base of AFSC's service and which witnesses to AFSC perspectives on major societal issues.
The Portland Peace Program educates the public about the intolerably high human and economic costs of violence and war. The program exposes the harsh realities of military service and refutes false information provided by military recruiters by organizing innovative events, workshops, multi-media art, community partnerships and “Opt Out” campaigns to help youth opt out of contact with military recruiters. By embracing alternatives to violence, war and military enlistment, youth take leadership of themselves and their communities and actively participate in creating a culture of peace and nonviolence.