Unarmed Civilian Protection: Community Safety Unit Training

Start: Saturday, October 16, 202112:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

End: Saturday, October 16, 2021 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

This is a virtual event

Location: ONLINE; Zoom link provided in the confirmation window that will pop up after you complete registration. It will also be sent via email about 24 hrs. before the session [After that time, contact esm52@georgetown.edu if you don't get it]

Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment is a methodology for teams that offer direct protection of civilians and others, reduction of hostility, re-humanization of parties, as well as increasing local peace infrastructures. The focus for this session will be on community safety units deployed for longer-term situations beyond a single event. We will be drawing on our recent experience of deploying a CSU at Columbia Heights Plaza for 2 months. 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, local events, accompaniment of those in danger, neighborhood conflicts, and international conflicts.

*It is recommended that you've taken the basic Introduction to Unarmed Civilian Protection previously; however, it is not required.

1) Sharing experiences of unarmed protection and accompaniment
2) An increased awareness of the coalition building/exploratory assessments, methods and tactics, team protocols, and data analysis of a community safety unit.
3) Acquiring skills by role-playing how CSU's use these strategies and tactics

Payment is requested on a sliding scale. Please consider $50-$100 to support our work and help us better serve the community. No one will be turned away for lack of payment and we welcome you either way.

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Heather Payne is a conflict resolution and peacebuilding practitioner. She is a former Program Manager at Nonviolent Peaceforce while working in South Sudan. Before South Sudan, Heather worked in Lebanon with local civil society NGOs on educational and vocational projects for children and women. She has facilitated numerous trainings in different contexts on civilian protection such as community protection, gender based violence prevention, child protection and EWER. Currently, she is working in the United States supporting various Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) structures. Most recently, she supported a congressional candidate with UCP doing protective presence, protective accompaniment and facilitating UCP trainings.

Eli S. McCarthy, Ph.D. (he/his) is a co-founder of the DC Peace Team and has led numerous trainings as well as deployments of unarmed protection. He also teaches at Georgetown University in Justice and Peace Studies. Eli has published a book called “A Just Peace Ethic Primer: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence" (2020) 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. He has also led strategic nonviolent resistance campaigns, such as on issues of immigration.

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