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We follow the principles of Kingian nonviolence, which are defined as follows:
Principle 1: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is a positive force confronting the forces of injustice and utilizes the righteous indignation and spiritual, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of people as the vital force for change and reconciliation.
Principle 2: The Beloved Community is the framework for the future. The nonviolent concept is an overall effort to achieve a reconciled world by raising the level of relationships among people to a height where justice prevails and persons attain their full human potential.
Principle 3: Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil. The nonviolent approach helps one analyze the fundamental conditions, policies and practices of the conflict rather than reacting to one’s opponents or their personalities.
Principle 4: Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve our goal. Self-chosen suffering is redemptive and helps the movement grow in a spiritual as well as a humanitarian dimension. The moral authority of voluntary suffering for a goal communicates the concern to one’s own friends and community as well as to the opponent.
Principle 5: Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence. The nonviolent attitude permeates all aspects of the campaign. It provides a mirror type reflection of the reality of the condition to one’s opponent and the community at large. Specific activities must be designed to maintain a high level of spirit and morale during a nonviolent campaign.
Principle 6: The Universe is on the side of justice. Truth is universal and human society and each human being is oriented to the just sense of order of the universe. The fundamental values in all of the world’s great religions include the concept that the moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice. For the nonviolent practitioner, nonviolence introduces a new moral context in which nonviolence is both the means and the ends.

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What a fun day filled with growing hearts and minds. From high school student to adults running for office, these folks are truly changing the status quo! We were asked, “How do you measure the success of a movement?” What would your answer be? ... See MoreSee Less

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There are 3 events that we are aware of to demand an end to gun violence in our schools. Each event is unique and focuses on ending gun violence. WMSLO is currently supporting two of these events and taking the lead from our community on the third.

***3/14/18 #Enough! is a 17 min. student walkout in honor of the 17 Parkland victims, and to protest gun violence in schools. This is a student-centered event that WMSLO is providing resources for. If you are a student who wants our support, please PM us. Click for details:

***3/24/18 #MarchforOurLives is a March in San Luis Obispo to demand that Congress act to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools. This march is in solidarity with the Parkland student march that will happen on the same day in Washington DC. We look to amplify student voices while taking direct community action. Click for details:

***4/20/18 National Teacher and Student Walkout on the 19th anniversary of Columbine. At this time WMSLO is not participating in this event because we have not heard from local teachers' groups/unions that they want our help. We do not want to advocate that teachers leave their classrooms unless those very teachers are asking for our support. Should this situation change, we will add an event to let the public know of our participation. We support all teachers and students who decide this action is right for them.
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“So students everywhere can beg for our lives.” Join locally in San Luis Obispo. #MarchforOurLives #wmslo Click here: ... See MoreSee Less


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