You are invited to join the Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping (Protection) advanced training. This is an emerging, proven, and transformative practice in both domestic and international conflicts. It includes providing protective presence, accompaniment to those in danger, monitoring and documentation, bodily interposition, and capacity building.
You’ll have the chance to learn about UCP with international field expert David Grant from the Nonviolent Peaceforce and Eli McCarthy of the DC Peace Team.
This training will be largely experiential and learning-by-doing. The skills and strategies learned can be modified and applied in many social spaces and events, such as challenging neighborhoods/streets, schools, social events, political demonstrations, etc.
Particular attention will be paid to: 1. basic principles and approach of UCP with examples of UCP work internationally and domestic 2. learning and experimenting with advanced UCP responses to interpersonal conflict scenarios; 3. learning and practicing how peace teams use unarmed civilian peacekeeping methods and strategy, domestically and internationally, in the non-partisan prevention and transformation of violence
*No previous training is required, but some familiarity with UCP is encouraged. A simple introductory reading will be provided ahead of time. Also, space is limited.
Location: Catholic University in the Pryzbyla Center room 323. Metro stop is Brookland/CUA on Red line. Walk is about 3 min. (Campus Map: http://www.cua.edu/res/docs/cuamap.pdf)
Snacks will be provided, but please bring a lunch. Food spots are also within walking distance.
Once you hit "submit" at the end of the form, the sliding-scale payment form to help cover the costs of the training will come up. Please fill in the box with the amount you are giving. (However, for those who are unable to pay, everyone will be accepted at the door regardless of any financial contribution.)
This training is being offered by the DC Peace Team which is an organization committed to cultivating peacemakers through regular peacemaker skill training, peace education, inspiring speakers, restorative justice, and unarmed civilian peacekeeping. See www.dcpeaceteam.com for more details and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Facilitators: David Grant has dedicated over four decades to political, cultural and community affairs. He has led multiple trainings in UCP across the world, led UCP assessment missions, and led Nonviolent Peaceforce field teams in Sri Lanka and Palestine. Among his other accomplishments, in chronological order, are: Master of Fine Arts at the Iowa Writer's Workshop; television producing and directing at a PBS affiliate; Peace Corps in the Philippines; community organizer with Rural Southern Voice for Peace, developing "The Listening Project"; founder of "Peace Troupe” theater group; educator and trainer in nonviolence for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation; and founder of Common Lot Productions, exploring improved forms of democracy.
Eli McCarthy is a co-founder of DC Peace Team and a professor at Georgetown University in Justice and Peace Studies. He has direct experience offering UCP in Israel/Palestine and has recently completed research on "good practices" of UCP organizations in Israel/Palestine. Eli has also offered UCP in DC at political demonstrations, through the Safe Passage program accompanying children to school, and at Gallery Place.
For questions, contact Eli McCarthy: firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-717-8867.