Peterborough Peace Council Winter Meeting

Sunday, Feb 11th, 2018 - 1:30 pm

This gathering will be facilitated by Gianne Broughton, a member of the Peterborough Peace Council Organizing Team. Feel free to leave at 3:00 or stay for the discussions.

1:30-3:00 Counter-Protest & Human Rights Accompaniment
3:00-3:30 Sharing recent learning about anti-oppressive practice
3:30-4:00 Discussion on Peace Council accountability structure
We invite donations to help cover meeting room rental & transportation for our guest speaker, Rachelle Friesen. 

Many who attended our fall gathering also participated in Solidarity Weekend, a counter-protest organized to assert belonging for racialized community members & reject racist hatred. There was much discussion at the fall meeting about addressing expressions of white supremacy in our community. Participants identified a need to learn how we can better do that as part of our local peace work.

Anishinaabe Kwe Alice Olsen Williams of Curve Lake First Nation, whom we hold with great respect, recommended we invite the Christian Peacemaker Teams to support our learning. She made this recommendation because of their recent presentation at a conference called "Getting Organized" hosted by the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group. 
Here's their website

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1:30-3:00 Workshop description:

- Skills in Counter-Protest & Human Rights Accompaniment -

As white supremacy continues to become more overt, so too are counter-demonstrations. These demonstrations can often lead to potentially tense and violent situations. 

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has decades of experience providing accompaniment to people resisting various forms of oppression as well as human rights documentation. CPT does not believe in telling people how to protest, however we provide skills in de-escalation, as that can be one way to keep people safe and is a skill all people can use. 

This workshop will explore practical skills in de-escalation & human rights accompaniment. While providing concrete skills, we will discuss what is de-escalation & when is de-escalation appropriate, as well as skills in by-stander intervention. 

Presenter: Rachelle Friesen is the Canada Coordinator for Christian Peacemaker Teams. She is one of the founding members of Solidarity Against Fascism Everywhere (SAFE) in Toronto which seeks to stop white supremacy in the GTA. Recently, CPT has provided accompaniment work for the Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park. Previously, she spent 5 years in Palestine doing peace & advocacy work.

Emmanuel United Church West (formerly St. Andrews) 441 Rubidge St