Training: Unarmed Civilian Protection
Sponsored by the DC Peace Team
Sat. Jan. 13th, 1:00-5:00 pm
Location: Catholic University, Pryzbyla Center, room 323

Unarmed Civilian Protection is a methodology for the non-partisan, direct protection of civilians and others, reduction of hostility, as well as increasing of empathy and local peace infrastructures. This workshop will be largely experiential and learning-by-doing. The skills learned can be modified and applied in many facets of life, including political demonstrations, (ex. Charlottesville protests), local events, accompaniment, neighborhood conflicts, and international conflicts.

The facilitator will be Eli McCarthy, who is a past participant with Nonviolent Peaceforce in Palestine, member of the DC Peace Team, and coordinator of UCP deployments for the DC Peace Team.

• an increased awareness of the meaning, approach, and examples of unarmed civilian
• understanding and practicing how peace teams use these methods domestically and
• acquisition of skills to use in local community peacemaking, domestic events and
international conflict zones
• information on how to pursue involvement with domestic and international organizations
engaged in developing this practice

*Opportunity for immediate deployment: This training will enable you to participate in offering non-partisan UCP at the March for Life event on Friday Jan. 19th, from 1-2 pm at the Supreme Court. There may also be another deployment at a Jan. 27th event, details TBA.

*If you are interested in getting trained to lead this training, and thus, staying an additional 2-3 hours that day, please email Eli at

Requested payment is a sliding scale for what you are able to offer from $20-$40, but it is not mandatory because no one will be turned away for being unable to pay. You can submit your payment here:

This training is provided by the DC Peace Team, which empowers ordinary civilians to increasingly serve their communities particularly as nonviolent peacekeepers, and by extension as peacemakers and peacebuilders. The DC Peace Team lives this mission by: deploying unarmed civilian protection and peacekeeping units, providing training in various nonviolent skills, offering peace education for children and adults, and facilitating dialogues and restorative justice approaches

For more information about the DC Peace Team, please visit our website at

For questions, contact Eli McCarthy at

Eli S. McCarthy, Ph.D. is a co-founder of the DC Peace Team which offers training in nonviolent communication, restorative justice, bystander intervention, and peace education, as well as unarmed civilian protection deployments. He also teaches at Georgetown University in Justice and Peace Studies. Eli has published a book called “Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers: A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy,” (2012) along with numerous journal articles such as "Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: Toward a More Just U.S. Society," and "Will You Really Protect Us Without a Gun?: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping in the U.S." He has been formed by multiple trips to Haiti working with the poor, working with the homeless in Boston and DC, and monitoring the Palestinian Elections in 2006 with the Nonviolent Peaceforce.

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