Nonviolence Training Overview

Women’s March Bay Area is pleased to offer nonviolence training. There are two types of nonviolence training; (1) for any/all march participants and (2) especially for “Peace Ambassadors.” See descriptions below.  The training is free, but goodwill contributions will be requested and kindly appreciated. Marchers and ambassadors from all three bay area marches are encouraged to attend. 

(1) NONVIOLENCE TRAINING - FOR MARCH PARTICIPANTS

This 2-hr session teaches march participants about nonviolence, both as a way of life and as a platform for addressing injustice. Learn how to reclaim your personal power by seeking a third path between passivity and violence: active nonviolence.  It is recommended for any participant planning to take part in nonviolent marches, rallies or other actions. All are welcome and encouraged. The Gandhi Team in particular teaches nonviolence through the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi.

(2) Nonviolence Training - for Peace Ambassadors

This 3-hour session is open to all but required for those who agree to serve as a Peace Ambassador during the Women’s March on January 21.  While we are not engaging in civil disobedience and do not expect arrests, there is always the possibility of counter-protestors or violent agitators. This session teaches the CLARA technique for nonviolent engagement, de-escalation skills, and other practical tools. Participants will be taught to:  a) remain clear, calm, and centered in a conflict, b) de-escalate potential conflict situations, and c) be a safe, effective Peace Ambassador. The session includes role-play and practical hands-on activities. Upon completion of the training, those who wish to serve as Peace Ambassadors will sign up and be provided further instructions of concrete duties.


San Francisco Volunteer Training

Please join the us for a mandatory San Francisco volunteer training for anyone who wants to help out as a Volunteer for the Women's March on January 21 in San Francisco.

We will cover event details, the principles of peaceful protest and how to be part of our safety plan. Plus, there will be time after to network and craft March signs.

Bring your Women's March friends and help us put on a powerful and safe event for everyone. *Bonus: Bring some art supplies for sign creation! Supply donations are much appreciated*


ABOUT THE TRAINERS

Mica Stumpf received her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from U.C. Berkeley and has been a nonviolence trainer for 5 years. In the fall of 2013 she spent six weeks working with an international peace team in Jeju Island, South Korea. Since January of 2013, she has been working as a Kingian Nonviolence trainer with Positive Peace Warrior Network and East Point Peace Academy. This work has opened the opportunity to teach nonviolence in local jails, tapping into a passion to serve communities most affected by violence. She has also trained in restorative justice and mediation. In 2015 Mica Stumpf became a nonviolence trainer with the Metta Center for Nonviolence. In 2016 she became a certified counselor and currently works as an assistant teacher at Interchange Counseling Institute. She lives in Oakland, CA.

 

Rev. Felicia Helen Parazaider attended the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministry, and was ordained in March 2012. She holds degrees from University of California Berkeley in both Religious Studies and Peace & Conflict Studies. She has completed training programs in Spiritual Psychology, Tree of Life Teachings, and is certified by Pace e Bene Nonviolent Service in nonviolent training. She is a self described radical sacred activist, traveling to India and the Middle East on peace delegations, walking over 200 miles through the Nevada desert against nuclear proliferation and for peace, as well as being arrested several times for participating in nonviolent civil resistance against drone warfare and nuclear proliferation. She is the founder of The Revolution Of Love (ROL), a ministry which focuses on inner work of the self and outer work in the world, through the vehicles of agape love and nonviolence. The ministry meets bimonthly in the San Francisco Bay Area for service in a revivalist tradition.

 

Mary Klein: Mary has practiced pacifism all her life, aware that “practice” is a method of learning. She served as a nonviolence trainer in several public action campaigns in the 1980’s and 1990’s, seeking to end the production of nuclear weapons and to oppose U.S. military interventions in Central America and in Iraq. She worked as an adult literacy instructor in the 1990’s, seeking to promote cross-cultural relationship building and consciousness-raising according to the philosophies of John Dewy, Paulo Freire, and John Chaffee. She was then employed as a community organizer with the PICO National Network in the 2000’s (piconetwork.org). Since January 2013, she has been the editor and executive director of a regional Quaker magazine, Western Friend and has also helped organize several sessions of Peace Action Camp for teens, which taught a range of social change techniques through participatory actions, focused on one particular social issue each year, including homelessness, abuse of migrants, and food insecurity. Mary currently serves on the boards of directors of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and the Ben Lomond Quaker Center.

 

The Gandhi team is a group of committed individuals who care about a diverse set of issues of justice and peace. We are a blend of lifelong activists and new leaders with over 40 years of combined experience in social ministry, justice, outreach and nonviolence. What unites us is our passion to stand in solidarity for social change, and to teach others about active nonviolence, as a worldview, way of life, and a means of working toward that change.  We collaborate with Campaign Nonviolence and Pace e Bene foundation and the Office of Justice and Peace in the Diocese of San Jose. To find out more or to get involved, contact: nonviolence.gandhi@gmail.com. We are Joanna Thurmann, Martin Thurmann, Lorin Peters, Stan Taylor, George Stachnik, Monica Rising, and Francesca Paist.

 

Rita Archibald has worked over 30 years with groups protesting nuclear weapons, US interventions in Central America and the Middle East, as well as, supporting a broad range of social justice and environmental advocacy organizations. She has lead trainings for nonviolent civil disobedience, peacekeeping at demonstrations, and lead a variety of workshops including meeting facilitation and consensus process. 

For more information about nonviolence training, please contact nonviolence.gandhi@gmail.com