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Goals and Guidelines
(Revised May 20, 2011)
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- To ensure that women have access to
all reproductive health care services that they desire.
- To convey the message that women have
the right to control their own bodies and lives.
- To encourage personal empowerment
- To keep the clinics open and
functioning at the request of the providers.
- To maintain a commitment to
nonviolence at all times; see the WACDTF Nonviolence Policy
- WACDTF NONVIOLENCE POLICY
The Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force (WACDTF) is committed to nonviolent direct action. While engaged in clinic defense or escorting, WACDTF acts at the invitation of the clinics and seeks to keep the entire location as calm as possible. Therefore, WACDTF volunteers agree not to act in a confrontational manner or to engage in physical or verbal attacks against anyone present. We ask people to abide by this Nonviolence Policy at all times. Any person who, in the opinion of the WACDTF site coordinator acts inappropriately will be asked to remove his or her WACDTF identifier and leave the clinic property.
- In keeping with our Nonviolence
Policy we will seek to secure the positions required to keep
clinic access open, hold our ground, and not be bullied out of
- We will not engage anti-choice
activists ("antis") in debate. We are not counterprotesters.
- We will always attempt to utilize
designated spokespersons when talking to the media.
- Only designated persons should talk with police or other such officials on site. We will maintain respect in all interactions with police. This does not preclude negotiation when appropriate.
- If asked by law enforcement to move from private
property when we have permission of the clinic (or
other owner) to remain present, we will ask if not
moving will result in our arrest. If told yes,
volunteers should be notified and given the
opportunity to move and avoid arrest. With the
concurrence of site leadership, volunteers willing
to risk arrest to defend the clinic despite the police
order may do so.
- We will work in ways that put the goals of clinic
defense above personal differences and respect
the diversity of participants.
- The safety of patients, providers, volunteers /
escorts, and everyone else present is paramount
and will guide our actions. Volunteers are never
expected to tolerate risks they find objectionable.
All are encouraged to take reasonable actions to
protect their own safety and that of others, and to
support each other in doing so.