Things are heating up!
Have you noticed lately that the NHDC has been accused of being intimidating and hostile? We’ve been called bullies. The recent email that is going around from Home Depot’s Outreach Team called us a neighborhood gang. Last year we were accused of being racists – that didn’t stick, of course, because it isn’t true. And these new accusations aren’t true either.
You’ve all seen the video of Jeff Nichols giving Joe a little shove. Joe didn’t let himself get provoked, and to his credit he didn’t react, because he’s not that kind of guy.
The thing is, very recently a member of the NHDC was threatened by an individual who is possibly working with Home Depot’s PR organization and may be trying to create a confrontation that would discredit the NHDC. We don’t want that to happen.
You may remember that there were some fairly provocative signature-gatherers a couple of years ago. We believe that there may soon be some similar or possibly even more outrageous behavior intended to try the patience and tempers of our citizens. I’m not saying this to scare anyone – I’m only saying this to inform all NHDC and STA supporters that we must be prepared for … well … almost anything.
We are strictly a non-violent group.
Cesar Chavez said it so well: “Nonviolence is not inaction. It is not for the timid or the weak. It is hard work. It is the patience to win.”
This describes our philosophy pretty well, I think.
If you find yourself in a situation where you feel angry or frustrated, remember:
You need to walk away and not allow yourself to be provoked.
Here are a few tips:
Don’t yell or use abusive language.
Don’t let yourself be bullied or hurt.
Don’t shove back.
Don’t damage anyone’s personal belongings.
We are not against people, we are against shady tactics.
Remember to stay safe and sane while continuing to exercise your First Amendment Rights!