De-colonising Our Non-Violence in the Context of COVID-19
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About the Event
Please join POC4NVC for a return to our open call series, exploring the principles of Non-Violent Communication from the lens of black, indigenous, and people of color practitioner perspectives (BIPOC).
In this talk, panelists will explore what it means to decolonise their practice.
- Is it possible to remove the impacts of settler-colonial behaviour from our own communication patterns? What are we moving towards and what are we returning to?
- How do we understand the principles and practice of non-violence within the context of our current global pandemic, in which settler-state policies directly and disproportionately result in black, brown, and indigenous loss of life?
This call is the second in a developing series to create a space for marginalized voices to be centred and honored within the NVC community. Real-time captioning will be available for this call.
Suggested donation is $25 USD - no one turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds will go towards POC4NVC and funding our first NVC retreat for people of colour.
Leonie Smith is a first-generation Canadian of Jamaican heritage and co-founder of POC4NVC, a network dedicated to supporting people of colour in NVC community. She is founder of a consultancy dedicated to supporting organisations and individuals find ways of working that are less harmful and more inclusive, The Thoughtful Workplace. She has more than 20 years experience in senior management positions championing an approach to leadership that supports care and efficiency towards a shared purpose.
Azzam Talhami is a Palestinian CNVC Certified Trainer, peace-builder, and mental health advocate. He has trained hundreds of people across the Middle East, Europe and the US in peace-building and Nonviolent Communication (NVC), including at the MidEast International Intensive Training in NVC in Beit Jalla, Palestine. Dedicated to supporting historically conflicting communities towards a just peace, he has trained the students at the Peace Engineers School in Ukraine in sustainable peace and NVC, in partnership with PAX, the Netherlands, with the support of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. Azzam founded the NVC Arabic Academy, leading in-person and online classes for Arabic-speaking journalists, psychologists, and aspiring peace-builders across the world, as well as creating programs that train international peace organizations, such as for forumZFD. Devoted to sharing the story of his people through the lens of compassion, his interests as a guest speaker and teacher include deepening the conversation around power and privilege. He has served as an on-camera political analyst, news correspondent, documentary filmmaker, journalist, translator, and war-zone photographer for many Palestinian, Israeli, Russian, and American media outlets. Among these, he has been a translator and Middle East journalist consultant for the AT&T Original Documentary The Volunteers on Audience Network, as well as writer and reporter for Huffington Post Arabic and Ma’an News Agency. As a means of self-expression, Azzam pours his heart and soul into writing poetry. One of his particularly compelling pieces, What Does Living Under the Occupation Mean? gained attention from peace activists around the world and was translated into English and Hebrew.
Meenadchi is an NVC facilitator and practitioner whose work blends transformative justice principles and trauma-informed care with a decolonial lens. Meenadchi's practice is rooted in lessons learned over a decade's worth of work in crisis stabilization, including first crisis response and advocacy for black and brown youth directly impacted by systemic oppression and carceral forms of state violence. Meenadchi is the author of "Decolonizing Non-Violent Communication", the inaugural publication of Co-Conspirator Press, and primarily supports audiences who seek to expand their understanding of internalized supremacy and develop deeper collective practices of accountability and care.
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