Season for Nonviolence

The Season for Nonviolence - Carry the Vision 2011

Take the Pledge

We invite you join the growing list of supporters for A Season for Nonviolence. This grassroots initiative and awareness campaign may serve as a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and the greater Rochester community.

Currently 84 people have taken the pledge.


Making peace must start within me and my campus community. At the University of Rochester, on this day, ______________________, 2011, I commit myself, as best I can, to become a nonviolent and peaceable person. I pledge:

To Respect Self and Others

To respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism, hateful words, physical attacks and self-destructive behavior.

To Communicate Better

To share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger, and to work at solving problems peacefully.

To Listen

To listen carefully to others, especially those who disagree with me, and to consider others' feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.

To Forgive

To apologize and make amends when I have hurt another, to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.

To Respect Nature

To treat the environment and all living things, including pets, with respect and care.

To Play Creatively

To select activities that support the university's values and to avoid activities that make violence look exciting, funny, or acceptable.

To Be Courageous

To challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it, whether at home, at school, or in the community, and to stand with others who are treated unfairly.

This is my pledge. These are my goals. I will check myself on what I have pledged once a month on the first day of each month throughout the school year so that I can help create a more peaceable community.



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