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Janet Chisolm Retires as Executive Director of CCP

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Janet ChisholmIt is with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation that we announce the retirement of our founding Executive Director, Janet Chisholm, on May 31, 2012.

More than 12 years ago, Janet envisioned the possibilities that would emerge from a national nonviolence training organization. She created the curriculum that is at the heart of our work, thus giving birth to this organization that is becoming a national movement. We would, simply, not be here without her leadership, her vision and her dedication.


CCP Board Member Arrested at Hancock Air Base

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Elliott Adams--by CCP board member Elliott Adams, who was arrested on October 25, 2012 at Hancock Air Base along with 17 other nonviolent activists who were drawing attention to reaper drone war crimes.
The US government is attempting to silence people who call attention to the war crimes of drones by serving "orders of protection," a legal order intended to protect vulnerable victims of domestic violence.

The Upstate New York Coalition to Ground the Drones has repeatedly tried to deliver an indictment for war crimes to the Commander of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base. In response to trying to fulfill this obligation under International Humanitarian Law and the principles of Nuremberg, members of the group have been arrested six times and sentenced to fines and jail time. If the government believes drone attacks are legal, they would welcome the chance to address the accusations in a court of law. Instead the government denies these citizens their First Amendment Rights.


National Peacemakers Summit Meeting Leads to Creation of Shanti Sena Network

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Two CCP facilitators, Katherine Wojtan and Elliott Adams, were present at this event:

October 7, 2012, Portland, OR – Seventeen people from across the United States and Canada, committed to nonviolence and teaching the tools of third-party nonviolent intervention, gathered this weekend at the Whitefeather Peace House in Portland, Oregon to discuss unifying their efforts to create a nonviolent response to violence in their local areas.  The three-day gathering resulted in the creation of the Shanti Sena Network (SSN). "Shanti Sena" was a term coined by Mahatma Gandhi, and it means “peace army.”

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Reflections on Occupy from a Local Church Pastor

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I spend a fair amount of time volunteering on the national board of Creating a Culture of Peace. It is the parent organization of the nonviolence training program that over 30 folks from my congregation, Robbinsdale United Church of Christ have attended. One of the unique pieces of this training program is that it is both spiritually grounded and interfaith in its approach. During the training each participant comes out with a plan of nonviolent action that can be accomplished in order to build a more compassionate and just culture around us. These past several months in the news, many of us have been following the Occupy Wall Street Movement. As a trainer of the strategies and techniques of nonviolent action, I have been paying close attention and learning from the process that is happening on the ground in New York City and around the world. There have been trainings going on every day to help new folks understand the principles and practices of nonviolence, and people are committing to the power of nonviolence and love in the face of the institutions that focus more on competition and greed.


Strategic Directions for Occupy Wall Street

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Famed sociologist Frances Fox Piven and labor organizer Stephen Lerner were recently interviewed by Democracy Now on how Occupy Wall Street could grow into a major political movement that draws millions into the streets. "I’m absolutely convinced that Occupy is the beginning of another massive protest movement," Fox Piven says. "Protest movements have a long life—10, 15 years—and they are what we have to rely on to take our country back." "I think there’s never been a more exciting time in my 30 years of organizing to imagine building the kind of movement that can transform the country, that can really talk about redistributing wealth and power," Lerner says. "And there’s never a better time to get involved."
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