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Kids Pledge of Nonviolence

Making peace must start with me.  I commit myself as best I can to become a nonviolent and peaceable person.

To Respect Myself and Others
To respect myself and other people and
to keep from saying or doing mean things to others.

To Communicate Better
To share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways
to talk and act when I'm angry, and to work
at solving problems peacefully.

To Listen
To listen carefully to others, especially
those who disagree with me,
and to care about others' feelings and
not always demand to have my own way.

To Forgive
To say I'm sorry and mean it
when I have hurt another person,
to forgive others when they have hurt me,
and to keep from holding grudges.

To Respect Nature
To treat the environment and all living things,
including my pets, with respect and care.

To Play Creatively
To play in fun ways and not means ways,
and to keep from using toys,
watching TV programs and playing games
that make violence look exciting or funny.

To Be Courageous
To challenge violence in all its forms whenever I see it,
whether at home, at school or in the community, and
to stand with others who are treated unfairly.

"Eliminating violence, one person at a time, starting with me."

Institute for Peace and Justice
475 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone:  (314) 918-2630 --- Fax:  (314) 918-2643
ppjn@aol.com  www.ipj-ppj.org