Protesters Wanting Positive Change Must Be Peaceful, No Matter What Happens

7-27-20
   I support peaceful protest. This society needs positive change, and the vast majority of protesters have been peaceful.
   But recently, some protests in Portland and Seattle have been turning violent, and frankly, I suspect both sides have contributed to this state of affairs. Trump’s sending federal agents to these cities against local authorities’ wishes in addition to questionable and inappropriate actions by some of these agents have clearly increased tensions. Trump’s calling protesters “terrorists” despite the fact that the vast majority are peaceful and following their Constitutional right to free speech is outrageously and sickeningly out of line. Part of why he is saying these types of things may be because of getting worried about the potential of losing the upcoming reelection, so he is preying on his followers’ fears, insecurities, anxieties, and prejudices to try to unite his base behind him. Trump could also be using the situation as an excuse to attempt to increase his own power if he can get away with it.
   By far, the majority of protesters are peaceful wanting badly needed change, but a small number of agitators have been doing things like throwing flaming garbage and lit fireworks at authorities and official buildings. No matter what the authorities may or may not do, these agitators must stop because violence is wrong. It turns off potential allies who are desperately needed to create change. This behavior also falls right into what Trump wants to see because he can use it as an excuse to send more federal agents, attempt to expand his own authority, and to instill more fear and insecurity into the minds of his followers.
   Studies have shown that well organized, nonviolent campaigns are much more effective than violent ones. Peaceful campaigns can gain sympathy and support from a significantly larger portion of the population, and this is what is needed to create and maintain long term positive change.
   So it’s vitally important for all protesters to stay peaceful and nonviolent, no matter what happens. People who want positive change must demand peaceful methods and speak out against violence, including when caused by agitators on the protest side. Defending the agitators enables their bad behavior and thus hurts the cause.
  On the protest side, the quest for positive change must be peaceful and nonviolent at all times, and while this may not always seem easy, it is best way and the right way.

Everyone Needs To Speak Out For Nonviolence In The Struggle For Positive Change!

6-2-20
   The death of George Floyd was sickening, tragic, and gut-wrenching to see. There are definitely major problems in this country.
   But please, I’m begging people to keep protests peaceful.
   Violence is not the answer!
   I realize emotions are running high. Many are hurt and angry and have every right to be so. I also know that the vast majority of protesters are peaceful. They want to exercise their constitutional right to speak out and make their voices heard.
   Unfortunately, there is a small number of individuals who, for a variety of reasons, have gotten violent. But folks, violence is wrong and hurts the cause.
   For long term, real change, protesters need to gain the attention and sympathy of the mainstream population. You want people to think about the underlying issues and possible solutions. You want them talking about the situation with others and voting in better political leaders.
   Thing is, when individuals loot, burn stores, and wreck parked vehicles, many of the very people whose support you need are turned off. They often become less sympathetic to the cause. Also, violence can lead to further unnecessary, tragic suffering and senseless death.
   Another problem is that when people, who want positive change, stay silent (or try to defend the violence), they are enabling the small number of protesters who are getting violent.
   Please, keep protests peaceful and nonviolent as best you can.
   Encourage everyone getting involved that it must be peaceful. That is what Martin Luther King did. He said over and over that the protests were nonviolent. It became ingrained into the movement.
   I am imploring everyone to reiterate over and over that the struggle for positive change is and must be nonviolent. Speak out for peaceful protest and methods. Make the concept of nonviolence a cornerstone of the movement. And have the courage to speak out against those who are getting violent. Doing this will save lives as well as gain more support in the quest for a better future. 

Do Your Best To Keep Protests Peaceful. Violence Is Wrong And Alienates Potential Supporters

5-29-20
   The death of George Floyd was sickening, tragic, and gut-wrenching to see. There is definitely a problem in this country.
   But please, I’m begging people to keep protests peaceful. Violence is not the answer.
   I realize emotions are running high. Many are hurt and angry and have every right to be so. I also know that the vast majority of protesters are peaceful. They want to exercise their constitutional right to speak out and make their voices heard.
   Unfortunately, there is a small number of individuals who, for a variety of reasons, get violent. But folks, violence is wrong and hurts the cause.
   For long term, real change, protesters need to gain the attention and sympathy of the mainstream population. You want people to think about the underlying issues and possible solutions. You want them to talk about the situation with others and vote in better political leaders.
   Thing is, when individuals loot, burn stores, and wreck parked vehicles, many of the very people whose support you need are turned off. They often become less sympathetic to a cause. Also, violence can lead to further unnecessary, tragic suffering and senseless death.
   Please, keep protests peaceful and nonviolent as best you can.
   Encourage everyone getting involved that it must be peaceful. That is what Martin Luther King did. He said over and over that the protests were nonviolent. It became ingrained into the movement.
   I am imploring all protest organizers as well as protest attendees to reiterate over and over that it is and must be nonviolent. Make the concept of nonviolence a cornerstone of any movement. Doing so will save lives as well as gain you more support in the quest for positive change.