Shifting Into Peace Gear Nonviolence Trainings

May 7, 2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Peter Bergel

First United Congregational Church
700 Marion St. NE
Salem, OR, 97301
United States

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“Shifting into Peace Gear” is a one-day, highly participatory training workshop to help participants shift from domination to cooperation. The training is limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required. The $10 registration fee includes all training materials. Please bring a sack lunch and plan to eat it with other participants rather than leaving the building. Pre-register at For more information, contact Peter Bergel at

“Shifting into Peace Gear” is one of 1000 cross-connected nonviolence trainings that will take place nationwide during the next year. It will be held on May 7, 2016 from 10 am-5 pm at the First Congregational Church in Salem, OR.

The domination paradigm controls much of our culture – domination of one group by another, poor by rich, nature by technology, government by wealth, women by men, labor by management, etc. Virtually every progressive social change struggle centers on ending some form of domination and replacing it with a more cooperative paradigm. In fact, that is the meaning of the term “nonviolence.” Shifting our culture away from domination and toward cooperation is central to achievement of just about every social change goal and thus provides a strategic umbrella under which various movements: human rights, environmentalism, peace, labor, good government and all their sub-movements can come together as allies.

Whether we see ourselves as dominators or victims of domination, or both, we are all affected by the domination paradigm. Freeing ourselves, and our movements, from ways of thinking and behaving that involve domination is not easy, nor does it “come naturally” to most of us.

This training is designed to help participants develop insight into the hold domination has taken on us and to help us break that hold, both as individuals and as members of groups.

Long-time nonviolence trainer Peter Bergel from Salem has developed this training in cooperation with Campaign Nonviolence.