Transparency or collusion? Some reflections

A peace activist shaking hands with a police officer, Swan Island 2011Simon has written a clear-sighted, articulate and honest reflection on a strategic conundrum faced by the Convergence, published by Waging Nonviolence in New York:

“… Our goal was total Gandhian transparency – we had nothing to hide. Plans and reflections were put up on our website. We had been liaising with police for weeks beforehand, telling them everything we knew …

“Part of the reason for transparency was reduced fear – on the part of the participants (many of whom were attending their first “resistance” action) and on the part of the base staff and police. It is only in the context of reduced fear that people are open to changing their minds, and build the trust which is essential for working together and building an inviting movement …”

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