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Veterans for Peace trainings...

So you joined a protest?

Elliott Adams

Now what?

"We need to train to be effective activists, just as we trained to be effective soldiers. CCP nonviolence training was the foundation for my work. It was critical in preparing me to be an effective activist for justice and to end war.”
--Elliott Adams,
VFP Past President,
CCP Board President & CCP Trainer


CCP Nonviolence Training

* $1000 grants for VFP Chapters
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* skill practice
* analysis
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* 2-day trainings

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Four new projects planned at PA training

Over a May weekend in Stroudsburg, PA, participants in a 20-hour CCP basic 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 the certificates go to...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.


The Stunning Success of Nonviolent Resistance

Watch this excellent talk by Erica Chenoweth, giving essential details from her research on the effectiveness of nonviolent campaigns. She finds that from 1900-2005, nonviolent people's movements had a 46% success rate, compared with 26% for violent campaigns:



Yes to assertive, no to aggressive

Tom Hastings

I teach and write in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, with a special focus on strategic nonviolence. It is a rich field, growing in its scholarship and its widespread usage. I'm so enthused by this--the more we wage our conflicts with nonviolence the lower the costs.

Counting the costs of conflict, we normally think of blood and treasure, of casualties and expense. We are slowly beginning to also count other costs, including our environment, our relationships, our civil rights, our human rights, our metrics of democracy, and more. Nonviolence is superior to violence in every way if we read the research and consider all the costs. ...continue to full article on


Video: CCP Hassle Line Exercise


Program Overview

CCP FacesCreating a Culture of Peace (CCP) is a nationwide program for community- based peacemaking. The innovative design of CCP provides a holistic and practical foundation in spiritually-grounded active nonviolence. Participants come to recognize their own power for making personal and social changes without violence and improve their skills for respectful engagement with opponents, instead of confrontation that polarizes and demonizes.

Unlike trainings that focus only on anti-war protest, CCP training is an incubator for participants to raise issues which most concern them--group controversy and conflict, neighborhood violence, domestic violence, climate change, war and militarism, discrimination, video games, homelessness, peace education, and health care.

The training is highly participatory and does not depend on reading a book or lectures. It draws upon the wisdom, experience and talents of all the participants and on the skills and knowledge of trainers. Mutual learning occurs through storytelling, meditation, small group sharing, brainstorming, role plays, thought-provoking exercises, music and movement. CCP offers training on nonviolence principles, analysis of social change and community-building, skills for peacemaking, and resources. Every group chooses and plans concrete projects for change.

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