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Proposal for a transnational nonviolence trainers gathering. The early 1990s saw a marked increase in the use of nonviolent tactics in overcoming entrenched regimes in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. At the same time, regional friction, national liberation struggles and inter-ethnic conflicts continue. In some of these situations local organizers have asked for assistance from the international community, specifically requesting experienced nonviolence trainers to share concepts and skills in support of their efforts. The International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), War Resisters International (WRI), Peace Brigades International (PBI) and the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) have an ongoing interest in promoting the development of nonviolent movements for justice and peace. However their capacity to respond to requests for training has been limited. One reason for this limitation is a lack of trainers prepared to respond to such requests.. The short-term goal of the gathering would be to increase the capacity to respond to requests for nonviolence training by expanding the number of experienced trainers ready and willing to engage in cross-cultural training. In the long term the gathering would begin the process of building a transnational network of trainers by providing a place for people to meet each other, exchange experiences and develop working relationships.
Directory of resource people for nonviolence training issued by the War Resisters League. The War Resisters League has actively promoted nonviolent direct action for decades. Since our founding in the aftermath of World War I, we have acted on our belief that creative nonviolent action can create a democratic society free of war, racism, sexism and all forms of oppression. This directory of nonviolent trainers is a logical step in that tradition. This directory provides information about 181 nonviolence trainers in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Trainers are identified by the areas in which they train and by the areas in which they are able and willing to train new trainers. Training has been a part of nonviolent social movements for many years. During the 20th century many consciously nonviolent movements have made it a fundamental aspect of our work. Training has had different meanings in different contexts, cultures, time periods, etc. However, training has generally included the following areas: philosophy, decision making skills, community building, skills development, campaign development, information sharing and organizational development. Training begins the process of unlearning the attitudes and behaviors taught in the oppressive societies around us.
Directory of trainers issued by the North American Nonviolence Training Network (NANTRAN). The directory contains the alphabetical contact information for trainers and nonviolence organizations. The long-term goal of this directory is to develop a broad network of empowered people. Other goals include: maintaining a list of active trainers ; being a resource for building a decentralized training movement ; listing people who can be resources for national actions; listing people with special skills; and being a resource for reaching groups engaged in social change with a different focus from our own.