New York Families Practices Peaceful Activism

“‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.’” (Luke 6:27b-29, 31, ESV)
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Following the commands of Christ, New York Families expects each of our employees, volunteers, supporters, and participants to abide by the following principles of nonviolence in connection with all of New York Families’ activities:

  • Uphold the sanctity of innocent human life.
  • Show Christian charity toward all persons and groups with whom we interact, even when we disagree with them.
  • Respect those in authority (Romans 13:1).
  • Recognize that hatred is not an option.
  • Use only nonviolent means, including prayer, education, and negotiation, to work toward our goals.
  • Refrain from using slurs, foul language, slander, or false accusations against any person or group of people.
  • Refrain from retaliating or using violence against anyone—including those who may inflict violence or verbal abuse upon us—unless force is necessary to defend ourselves or someone else from bodily harm.
  • Oppose unlawful acts of violence against anyone, including acts of violence committed against abortion providers or abortion advocates and acts of violence committed against persons involved in same-sex relationships or behaviors and/or transgendered behavior.
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