Originally Posted by Venari
I respectfully disagree as well. There is a line between "relentless Nonviolence" harassment. Frakly repedetly calling someone and leaving messages, or bulk e-mailing, gets pretty close and if not corsses that line.
Calling him once a week and leaving a message, or writing once a week, is understandable. But honestly one needs to be careful that your "non-viloence" becomes harassment. Also suck actions can be taken to a counter point of what your trying to acheve... as in the old line "I am being attacked by Satan so I must be doing that right thing."
I don't think anyone said to call him repetitively.
I called his office once and will probably call his cell phone once.
Bulk emailing is fantastic tool to use to get out information and it does help.
Last week, a friend of mine sent me an email. She was a student in a Houston High School. She told of a friend of hers that came in to class crying because he had just been suspended. He was out sick the day the immigration protests took place and the attendance clerk asked him if he was hispanic. She gave him an unexcused absence because he was hispanic he "was at the protest." And he was given a 3 day suspension.
I sent an email to: The principal, the Superintendent of the school district, the ACLU, the Society for the Advancemet of Mexican Americans and a local TV station.
Long story short, he was back in class the next day.
There may not be a clear legal avenue to help Jason Johnson with his situation at the University of the Cumberlands, but the court of public opinion is VERY powerful. Illuminating injustice is an important part of a non-violent response to injustice.
For someone who has experienced the trauma of discrimination and emotional/spiritual violence, you seem very concerned with the well-being of the perpetrator. We are not attacking a specific person, we are sending a strong message that their violent words and actions will be publicized in the hopes they will have a change of heart and take steps towards reconciliation.