Draft Vision Statement
for Nonviolent Wilmington
Wilmington, Delaware, will become a nonviolent city, and its citizens will make it so.
We call upon activists, organizers, local business, political, and religious leaders, and ordinary citizens to re-envision and organize Wilmington as a “Nonviolent City.”
All of us in Wilmington and the surrounding community will be summoned to examine and address together violence in all its aspects, structures, and systems; to connect the dots between different forms of violence; and to pursue a holistic, creative, community-wide culture of nonviolence.
In the new Nonviolent Wilmington, everyone together will practice nonviolence, promote nonviolence, study and teach nonviolence, and institutionalize nonviolence. We will build a new nonviolent community for everyone—not just to undermine the local and regional culture of violence, but to transform it into a culture of peace.
Nonviolent Wilmington organizers will promote this vision, teach nonviolence, and inspire people at every level in our community to work together for a new nonviolent future.
In Nonviolent Wilmington, poverty, hunger, and homelessness will not be tolerated because our standards of human decency will not allow them. Disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict-resolution and reconciliation of adversaries, rather than state violence, incarceration, and isolation from the community. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred.