Civil Disobedience What is it and how does it change things?
What’s Your Verdict? Page 16 Review the passage on Page 16. Dr. King decided in the 1960s the civil disobedience was ethics in CERTAIN limited circumstances. It is ethical when: A law is in conflict with ethical reasoning No effective political methods are available to change the law The civil disobedience is NON violent The civil disobedience does not advance a person’s immediate self interest The civil disobedience is public and one willingly accepts the punishment for violating the law
The Assignment Think of some rule you want to change (and why you want to change it). This can be something in your house, at school, in the state, in the US or in the world In a Word Document explain:
What you want to change
You want to change it
What act of Civil Disobedience you are going to use to make the change happen
This should be about 1-2 pages in length.
It needs to be clear enough that if you were NOT there, someone else could make your idea happen
The example My city requires that garbage for trash day cannot be put out until the day of pick up but pickup starts at 7am. I want to change this because it is really hard to take the garbage out at 6am before I go to work and I want to be able to put it out before I go to bed without fearing that I will get a ticket. I will organize all my neighbors to put the garbage out the night before and show the city that we all want things changed. (If I was handing this in for CREDIT, it would be MUCH longer and more details—this is just an example)
Resources If you go to the ACLU Website and search for Civil Disobedience you will find ideas of things that have happened before. Also you can search Google Think about the things that matter to you or upset you in your life or when you read the paper or listen to the news