Taking active nonviolence to the next level
Are you ready to take active nonviolence to the next level?
We believe that trained community peacekeepers are one of our greatest contributions to effective nonviolent action for peace and justice. We host Peacekeeper Trainings where participants learn nonviolent de-escalation techniques for successful demonstrations. After successfully completing the training, volunteers are eligible to join our Peacekeeper Team. Learn more about our Nonviolence Guidelines that we use at PJALS to put peace into action.
Who are peacekeepers?
Peacekeepers are trained demonstrators who accept responsibility for the flow and tone of a demonstration. PJALS trains Peacekeeper Teams in the following roles and responsibilities:
- Facilitate the group achievement of the goals of the demonstration in a nonviolent way.
- Set the tone for action.
- Maintain nonviolent spirit and discipline.
- Provide information about the action and logistics.
- Communicate with demonstrators, organizers, and others.
- Defuse and deescalate conflicts.
- Act as buffer between demonstrators and police, counter-demonstrators, hecklers, etc.
- Help maintain the energy of the action by constructively participating in songs, chants, or moments of silence as indicated by the demonstration leaders.
- Facilitate movement of people where appropriate, including safe movement of marchers through traffic.
- Assist the demonstrators, not police them.
- Direct media to appropriate spokespeople.
- Help people handle their emotions; providing support and empathy.
- Distribute demonstration props to participants such as candles, flags, and signs.
- Anticipate potential conflict situations and taking preemptive action.
- Limit harm.
- Call for emergency medical or legal aid or support.
Learn more about the role of PJALS Peackeepers here.
We can train you and members of your group to act as a Peacekeeper Team for your demonstration. The process of scheduling and organizing a training event for new Peacekeepers takes about two to three weeks. If you would like to request a PJALS team, please reach out two to three weeks before your demonstration is scheduled to occur.
Ready to learn nonviolent de-escalation for successful demonstrations? Follow the link below to request a PJALS Peacekeeper training for your organization.