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.
As an unarmed, paid civilian peacekeeping force, Nonviolent Peaceforce fosters dialogue among parties in conflict and provides a protective presence for threatened civilians. They have four primary goals:
- To create a space for fostering lasting peace.
- To protect civilians, especially those made vulnerable because of the conflict.
- To develop and promote the theory and practice of unarmed civilian peacekeeping so that it may be adopted as a policy option by decision makers and public institutions.
- To build the pool of professionals able to join peace teams through regional activities, training, and maintaining a roster of trained, available people.
The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the long-entrenched and systematic oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian population, using non-violent, direct-action methods and principles. Founded in August 2001, ISM aims to support and strengthen the Palestinian popular resistance by being immediately alongside Palestinians in olive groves, on school runs, at demonstrations, within villages being attacked, by houses being demolished or where Palestinians are subject to consistent harassment or attacks from soldiers and settlers as well as numerous other situations.
All ISM volunteers must agree to work within the three guiding principles that the movement was founded upon, of being
1) Palestinian-led in our overall directive;
2) Non-violent in our actions that affect others;
3) Consensus based in our decision making.
For more information, visit the International Solidarity Movement website.
Jewish Voice for Peace is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights. They support the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination. JVP members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.
JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. It seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.
For more information, visit the Jewish Voice for Peace website.
We are fortunate to collaborate and partner with some other amazing peace and justice groups. Below are just a few of our partners in peace.
The mission of the Metta Center is to promote the transition to a nonviolent future by making the logic, history, and yet-unexplored potential of nonviolence available to activists and agents of cultural change (which ultimately includes all of us). They help practitioners use nonviolence more safely and effectively, and anyone interested to understand and articulate it more fully.
They offer five propositions:
- Life is an interconnected whole of inestimable worth
- We cannot be fulfilled by an indefinite consumption of things, but by a potentially infinite expansion of our relationships
- We can never injure others without injuring ourselves, so:
- Security does not come from locking up “criminals” or defeating “enemies”; it can only come from rehabilitating offenders and turning enemies into friends
- Human evolution may be complete as far as the body is concerned, but it has only begun in terms of the potentialities of our consciousness.
For more information, please visit the Metta Center's website.
Veterans For Peace (VFP) is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using their experiences and lifting their voices. They inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars.
The VFP network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes:
- Educating the public
- Advocating for a dismantling of the war economy
- Providing services that assist veterans and victims of war
- and most significantly, Working to end all wars.
VFP holds a permanent Non-Governmental Organization seat at the United Nations. It is also the first military veterans’ organization invited to be a member of the International Peace Bureau based in Geneva, Switzerland.
For more information, please visit the Veterans for Peace website.
Pace e Bene works to transform lives and our world through nonviolence education, resources, and action.
Imagine a world with dignity, justice, and peace for all. A world with the tools to challenge the spiral of war, poverty and ecological devastation. A world where we apply these tools to our own lives as well as our larger society. Pace e Bene is bringing that world into being one person, one group, one organization at a time. For Pace e Bene, nonviolence is more than a principle for effective protest – it is a way of life. For two decades Pace e Bene’s unique approach has been transforming lives and reaching people around the globe.
Meta Peace Team is proud to partner with Pace e Bene on their Campaign Nonviolence.
For more information, visit the Pace e Bene website.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation is composed of women and men who recognize the essential unity of all creation and have joined together to explore the power of love and truth for resolving human conflict. While it has always been vigorous in its opposition to war, FOR has insisted equally that this effort must be based on a commitment to the achieving of a just and peaceful world community, with full dignity and freedom for every human being. In working out these objectives, FOR seeks the company of people of faith who will respond to conflict nonviolently, seeking reconciliation through compassionate action. FOR encourages the integration of faith into the lives of individual members. At the same time it is a special role of FOR to extend the boundaries of community and affirm its diversity of religious traditions as it seeks the resolution of conflict by the united efforts of people of many faiths.
For more information, visit the Fellowship of Reconciliation website.