“We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive."
We urge that officers of the law be instructed, in the spirit and practice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to meet legal, non-violent protestors with actions conscientiously appropriate to the actions of individual human beings.
Group infractions should be punished, including even dismissal, by superiors in their organizations. Identifiable individuals who violate legal statutes also should face any applicable legal criminal charges.
These guidelines for managerial authorities should apply also to ANY forthcoming demonstrations seeking announced changes in the practices of the target(s) in this manner of expression of individuals working together toward similar goals.
Thank you most sincerely,
The signers below.