Nonviolent Civil Disobedience
Why are you getting arrested?
The goal of our nonviolence is to confront our public servants and insist that they see themselves as human beings obligated to serve the public, and that we are human beings worthy of living in a democracy. Getting arrested illustrates the level of sacrifice activists are willing to bear for the cause.
I’ve been arrested in the past. Can I still get arrested?
Because we are not lawyers, we cannot advise anyone on whether or not they should get arrested. If you believe that a past charge may result in escalated charges, there are other ways that you can support the action without putting yourself at risk. It is critical that during arrestable actions, everyone involved is aware and looking out for those that are most vulnerable when dealing with law enforcement: people of color, members of the LGBT community, and women. The safety of all activists is paramount.
What is the action?
Due to the nature of nonviolent civil disobedience, we do not publicly disclose what kinds of events that we are planning until the day before the action. Each evening before an arrestable action, we provide nonviolent direct action training for anyone that is able and willing to risk arrest.
What will I be charged with?
The charge incurred will depend on the action taken. While we can never know with absolute certainty, we will go over what charges and fines can be expected during each evening’s direct action training. In the past, March On Harrisburg activists have been charged with obstructing doorways, disturbing the peace and trespassing.
Do you have legal support?
We will have access to free legal counsel after arrestable actions. The majority of those arrested with March On Harrisburg will be charged with minor misdemeanors, meaning that they will be released on your own recognizance, without bail. We will have individuals serving as Jail Support to keep track of those arrested and greet individuals upon their release.