Gandhian Nonviolence Workshop:
Be the Change
Peace Ambassadors help to keep marches and demonstrations peaceful and safe. We're looking for friendly, diplomatic types who can respond calmly in tense situations. This session teaches the CLARA technique for nonviolent engagement, de-escalation skills, and other practical tools, and includes role-play (in live events only). Note that you must be at least 18 years old to serve as a Peace Ambassador. Upon completion, those who wish to serve will be provided further materials, instructions and opportunities to sign-up to serve at various events.
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How do we address the socio-political challenges of our times and transform a hurting world? What power do you have to affect that change? Neither passivity nor violence will work. Active nonviolence is the third way; the means of both social and personal transformation. This session explores the success of nonviolent resistance to injustice and oppression and focuses on the nonviolent life through the example of Mahatma Gandhi.
What is the difference between Peace Ambassadors vs. Safety Monitors?
Safety Monitors (SM): will first be assigned to a particular location along the route and remain there until the march passes that location. They will help at VTA crossings, look for road hazards, mobility or first aid issues, help with crowd flow on the turns, etc. After the crowd passes their assigned location, SMs will assume General Safety duties throughout the assembly and continue serving until the end of the event. SMs will wear a yellow vest and be assigned to teams/pods of 4-5 and report to an SM captain, who maintains radio contact with the SM Lead(s), SJPD, and march organizers. SMs should attend training to become familiar with their duties and event logistics.
Peace Ambassadors (PA): will move along with the march (spaced about 1 PA per 200 marchers) in their assigned teams/pods. They focus on conflict de-escalation, potential counter-protesters, and violent agitators. At the march end-point, they will continue serving in this role at the perimeter of the assembly until the end of the event. PAs will wear a yellow vest and be assigned to teams/pods of 4-5 and report to an PA captain, who maintains radio contact with the PA Liaisons, SJPD, and march organizers. PAs should attend training to learn conflict de-escalation skills and become familiar with event logistics.