By Marc Eliot Stein, World BEYOND War, August 30, 2023
In a preview of our upcoming #NoWar2023 global conference, Episode 51 of the World BEYOND War podcast dives deep into the practice of nonviolent resistance, or unarmed civilian protection, which is the topic of this year’s annual gathering of peace activists. Our guests Rachelle Friesen and Randy Janzen are both experienced hands-on experts in this important field, and they join Rachel Small and Marc Eliot Stein for a wide-ranging discussion of how teams of trained and qualified civilian peacekeepers can provide badly-needed resistance in the most difficult crisis situations in the world, as well as what it means to enter war zones to assist some of the most vulnerable and oppressed communities around the world today.
We talk about the work being done by organizations like Community Peacemaker Teams, Unarmed Civilian Protection and Nonviolent Peaceforce, and about the important lessons unarmed peacemakers learn when they begin to engage in this difficult but vital work. We break down the vocabulary of unarmed protection – accompaniment, deescalation, engagement, observation – and survey the disturbing spread of global crises that currently call for nonviolent resistance, which range from invasions of indigenous land in isolated areas to attacks on vulnerable urban populations to actual war zones from Palestine to Ukraine.
Thanks to Dinah Thorpe for the song “Hummingbird” that opens this episode. Dinah Thorpe will also be appearing at #NoWar2023.
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