Nonviolent Witness and Action
I have no idea of submitting tamely to injustice inflicted either on me or on the slave. I will oppose it with all the moral powers with which I am endowed. I am no advocate of passivity.
LUCRETIA MOTT, QUAKER ABOLITIONIST AND ACTIVIST
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER
In place of weapons of violence, you have to use your mind, your heart, your sense of humor, every faculty available to you. ...
JOAN BAEZ, MUSICIAN AND PEACE ACTIVIST
While renouncing violence, Quakers have, from their earliest days, found ways to nonviolently resist war, slavery, religious intolerance, harsh penal methods, and other injustices. For their beliefs, they were willing to suffer imprisonment and even death. Friends have understood—with Gandhi, King, Chavez, and other leaders of nonviolent movements—that pacifism at its best is anything but passive.
AFSC, as a Quaker organization, applies the principles of nonviolence in both our internal and external dealings. In our engagement with the world, we not only speak out to condemn injustice, but when necessary engage in direct nonviolent action or even civil disobedience to bring about justice and sustainable peace in the world.
Within the organization, we work to eliminate violence and injustice from our systems and working relationships by treating each other with respect, acting with integrity, and resolving differences through the intentional practice of nonviolent methods.