The latest CCP Basic Training took place over a May weekend in Stroudsburg, PA. Participants in the 20-hour training worked hard, laughed a lot, practiced skills, and analyzed the stages of building a nonviolent movement as well as how to ensure community solidarity to make it happen.
Here are the projects the break-out groups designed as part of the last module in the training:
• Grow it, Eat it, Poop it (teaching young children nutrition through gardening, food preparation, and health lessons)
• De-escalation of Conflict – Dos and Don'ts (designing a program using jujitsu and other techniques)
• Letters of Hope to Prisoners (organizing a group for letter writing)
• Westend Feed the Homeless (creating a van delivery system for 200 in the rural area)
And at the end, they received their basic training certificates!
The sponsors of the training were the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, PA, and CCP.
CCP trainers who facilitated the weekend were Janet Chisholm and Daniel Petersen-Snyder.