Our Partners in Creating a Peaceful World
What is the Shanti Sena Network (SSN)?
The Shanti Sena Network (SSN) is a coalition of nonviolence skills trainers from across North America, working to train and place short-term peace teams where needed. These peacemakers and educators work to expand their nonviolent intervention training skills and broaden/promote domestic peacekeeping networks.
Peace teams in the Shanti Sena Network provide training to those parties interested in learning nonviolent peacekeeping, and are also available to provide a nonviolent presence when violence is a possibility. In addition, the SSN functions as a network to help build a movement of domestic peace teams across North America.
Meta Peace Team is a founding member of the Shanti Sena Network.
History of the Shanti Sena Network
Working together for Peace
In September of 2012, peacemakers from around the United States and Canada met collectively for the first time to discuss the possibilities of unifying, strengthening, and networking our efforts. By the end of this gathering, some things were abundantly clear:
We need to change the national conversation from one that is war and retaliation based to one that is nonviolent and justice based.
We need to actively confront the illusion of our separateness from one another.
We must be prepared to offer a strong, viable, effective alternative to violence if we are to turn the tide.
We must be able to deploy prepared, trained, supplied peace teams as fast as the police can deploy their officers to a crime scene or the military can deploy their troops to the front lines.
As peace and nonviolence educators, we must teach as many alternative tools of nonviolence as we can, using as many different avenues & methods of teaching as we can, to put these tools into the hands of any-and-everyone interested.
We need to document and disseminate the stories of our work & successes using words, pictures, and video. We must take full advantage of independent (a.k.a., "Indy") media. The public cannot gain interest in something it is not hearing about.
We must maintain the emphasis on our centering work as part of our training: When things become most chaotic, we will more readily be able to access our best/highest self to work from if we've consistently practiced the path to getting there.
Our first step in solidifying the above aspirations is the creation of this Shanti Sena Network. We will continue to work together to bring about this paradigm shift, collectively striving to establish the most effective training curriculum and networking of concerted efforts for replacing violence (whether individually perpetrated or state sponsored) with nonviolence, reparation, and reconciliation.
Our Peace Partners
MPT is fortunate to collaborate with other powerful peace and justice groups that are actively striving for a better, less violent, more just world. Listed below are a few of our active partners in this effort.
Cure Violence Global
Cure Violence Global (CVG) stops the spread of violence by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control, resulting in reductions in violence of 70% or more. Cure is the #1 violence prevention organization worldwide, with a unique, evidence-based approach and one mission: to end violence in all forms. CVG has a partner network of more than 50 communities in 15 states across the US. CVG takes an entirely different approach to violence, managing it as an epidemic behavior that can be prevented by credible messengers trained to interrupt and prevent spread and change behaviors and norms. Violence in the U.S. is now behaving like an epidemic. CVG guides and trains local community organizations to implement the epidemic control approach to stop the spread of violence, an approach based on the World Health Organization’s approach to epidemics. This approach was developed over the last 20 years ago by CVG founder and CEO, Dr. Gary Slutkin, formerly WHO’s Director of Intervention Development and it has been successfully applied to multiple forms of violence in many countries including to election violence.