Symbolic Reclamations

There may be instances where the government or other organizations choose to participate in activities with which you don’t agree. When this happens, violent protests are often not the answer. These types of protests will simply cause problems for everyone involved. Instead, symbolic reclamations can let the government or organization know that you and your organization or institution do not agree with the actions they are taking. These protests are harmless and can be far more effective.
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Symbolic Lights

Symbolic Lights are used in non-violent action in most parts of the world for a particular reason. This action entails the use of light producing devices such as torches, lanterns, candles and other tools. They are used in protest marches and parades, though they have also been used in other kinds of protests in the world.
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Wearing of Symbols

A great way to non-violently display your views in public is by wearing symbols. Just about every organization has at least one symbol that they can be readily recognized by. The democratic party, for instance, is represented by a donkey. If you support the fight against cancer, you can be easily recognized by wearing a pink ribbon. Religions, of course, each have their respective symbols. Wearing a crucifix you will be readily identified as a christian or catholic or a star of David will signify you as Jewish. Many Wiccans wear a pentagram. If you support a particular country or their government, you can show it by displaying their flag. The best part about wearing symbols to show your beliefs and allegiances is the wide variety of ways to go about displaying them.
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Displays of Portraits

When it comes to nonviolent action there are many techniques but one of the more effective methods is the use of portraits. This can be particularity good in the event of honoring someone who was a martyr or someone who has been injured or imprisoned during the course of the nonviolent protests. This can be a powerful psychological motivator and really stir up the crowds emotions as well as reaching the emotions of the opposing forces.
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New Signs and Names

Changing the symbolism of a culture by using new signs and names to define it has great impact. There are a variety of types of non-violent protest, but all of them have this at the root of how they motivate changes. Symbolism has long been understood to be the art of using identity to create empathy through propaganda, nationalism, journalism, patriotism, or the reversal of these. Overall the possibilities for using these methods are almost endless. The most effective symbolic and non-violent protests must redefine the national behavior, so that social changes will take effect.
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Delivering Symbolic Objects

Delivery of symbolic objects makes a specific point to someone in a position to act. It can be a gentle reminder of an unkept promise or a graphic illustration of conditions that need to be changed. Using hundreds or even thousands of a given symbol turns a spotlight on situations that are being ignored.
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Prayer and Worship

People have often turned to prayer and worship as a reservoir of strength in times of trials and tribulation. The same can be said for nonviolent action. Prayer and worship have actually been used as a form of passive, peaceful protest in regards to political actions in the world. By holding a special day of prayer, people have been known to express their opposition to a government’s decree or to raise their communal voices against the actions of an enemy.
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