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Workplace Pledge of Nonviolence

Making peace must start within ourselves and in our workplace.  Each of us, workers at   ____________________________________, commit ourselves as best we can to become nonviolent and peaceable people.

To Respect Myself
To care for myself physically, emotionally and mentally; to take
responsibility for the work that I have accepted and that has been entrusted to me; and to resist negative peer pressure and self-destructive behaviors.

To Respect Others
To affirm and encourage others and to avoid uncaring criticism, impulsive
remarks, hateful words, physical and emotional attacks and anything else that might dehumanize others.

To Communicate Better
To share my feelings honestly and respectfully, to look for safe ways to
express my anger and other emotions, to work at solving problems peacefully, and to encourage an open system of communication and to promote teamwork throughout the workplace.

To Listen
To listen carefully to others, especially those who disagree with me, and to take into consideration others' feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.

To Forgive
To forgive others and myself, to apologize and make amends when I have hurt another, and to keep them from holding grudges.

To Respect the Environment
To treat the work environment and all resources with respect, to use the
resources for the purpose for which they are intended, and to promote
environmental concern in the workplace.

To Socialize Nonviolently
To select social activities that strengthen our commitment ot nonviolence in the workplace and that promote a less violent society and to avoid social
activities that make violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.

To Act Courageously
To actively challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it,
whether at home, at school, at work, or in the community, and to advocate for and with others who are treated unfairly, even if it means standing alone.

This is our pledge.  These are our goals.  We will check ourselves monthly on what we have pledged to keep our promise to build a more peaceable workplace.

"Building a better world, one person and one workplace at a time!"

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