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Meta Peace Team in Media

Meta Peace Team is so grateful to have our work documented by amazing storytellers. Learn below how to read or watch about the work we are doing.

"The Work of Nonviolence: Stories from the Frontline"

Julie Thomas-Beckett's Book Featuring Meta Peace Team 

Tension has been building long before the pandemic and its resulting shutdowns began. Tension is normal but escalation to violence serves no one.

Meta Peace Team has been working to interrupt or de-escalate violence since its founding by Rev. C. Peter Dougherty in 1993. A new book by MPT trainer Julie Thomas-Beckett explains how non-violence tactics are utilized in areas of tension and how to put them into everyday action — even at home.

The book uses stories and anecdotes from people on the frontlines doing the work.  Meta Peace Team has been at Ku Klux Klan rallies, Gay Pride marches, Arab-American festivals, national political conventions, the Flint Water Crisis, and numerous other rallies and marches. International Peace Teams have served in Haiti, Mexico, regularly in the Israeli-occupied territories of Palestine and most recently at the US/Mexico border.

"As our world sits on a fulcrum of sorts, it is up to all of us to decide if we tip toward anger, division and violence — or if we evolve toward creativity, courage, cooperation, and nonviolence where all our boats are tied to each other,” Thomas-Beckett said.  MPT founder Dougherty says the book details many skills needed “in one-on-one situations and on a societal level along the lines of Gandhi’s vision of ‘Shanti Sena,’ creating a ‘Peace Army.’”

"The skills of effective communication and use of nonviolent strategies to de-escalate tensions are needed now more than ever as we struggle with the effects of Covid-19; trying to balance our public health with our financial health,” Thomas-Beckett said.

At a time when hate speech is free speech, when the press is labeled fake news, and protests turn vitriolic and violent, The Work of Nonviolence shows how and why active nonviolence works, helping develop more "tools in the tool belt" in how to react to conflict, quelling the escalation to violence. The book details effective communication strategies, including Bystander Intervention and Third-Party Nonviolent Interventions.

"The lessons presented in The Work of Nonviolence: Stories from the Frontline provide necessary tools we can all use as we near a national election in America, and experience a transformational time in our nation's history," Thomas-Beckett said.

The book was published May 28, 2020 by Mission Point Press of Traverse City, Mich.


JULIE THOMAS-BECKETT feels acutely aware of a huge Circle of Concern, but has found writing this book as a way to stay focused on her Circle of Influence. She has participated on domestic peace teams and is a trainer for Meta Peace Team. She practices the skills of active listening in her everyday life as a Nurse Practitioner at her family practice in East Lansing, MI. She is a wife, a mom, a daughter, a teacher, a mentor, a rebel. She lives in East Lansing with her husband and their cute little dog named Leo.

Purchase a Book Now!

Contact the office to order a book! Books are $25 including shipping. If you can pick the book up at the Lansing office, the rate is discounted to $20.

In Peace We Trust

Produced by Petra Daher

The documentary film In Peace We Trust by Petra Daher Productions explores the Meta Peace Team, a group promoting non-violent alternatives for over 20 years in the United States and abroad. The documentary features co-founder Peter Dougherty and explores the tools and resources the MPT uses to deal with conflict through a series of interviews with key members and footage of peace teams in action. The documentary exposes how the MPT provides resources for citizens to become peacemakers and the benefits and success of non-violent alternatives. In Peace We Trust is now available for screenings globally. For more information contact Petra Daher Productions


PETRA DAHER is a filmmaker, photographer, and instructor who specializes in documentary film production, digital storytelling, and photography.  She studied at Michigan State University and has been the owner of Petra Daher Productions for twenty years.  Her films explore culture, creativity, environmentalism, and grassroots activism.  Petra has produced and worked on award-winning films that have been screened at film festivals, on Netflix, and on public and educational television. Her photography has been exhibited in galleries and published nationally in a variety of media outlets.  She loves to share her passion for storytelling and has taught Digital Filmmaking, Photography, and Puppet Theater to people of all ages.

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