Please consider registering for two upcoming events as we near the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:
Thursday, February 23: The war in Ukraine: Impacts of nonviolent resistance and U.S. policy implications
An online briefing for Congressional offices. All are invited to register; please urge your Congressional representatives to participate.
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Eastern
Use this link to register
In this online briefing offered by the Peace and Security Working Group of the Washington Interfaith Staff Community, practitioners and researchers will share about the impact that strategic nonviolent resistance efforts are having in Ukraine and Russia to bring the war to a just and peaceful end; panelists also will speak to the implications for U.S. policy and Congressional action.
- Welcome: Eli McCarthy is a professor at Georgetown University’s Program on Justice and Peace. He has authored several articles and books, including his most recent book “A Just Peace Ethic Primer: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence (2020).” Eli is also the Director of Programs for the DC Peace Team.
- Moderator: Maria Santelli has served as Executive Director of the Center on Conscience and War since 2011. Prior to coming to CCW, Maria worked for disarmament and accountability in New Mexico as coordinator of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice.
- Felip Daza is a researcher and professor on civil resistance; public advocacy and human rights in the Paris School of International Affairs of the Sciences Po University and Open University of Catalonia. His recent work is published in the report: “Ukrainian nonviolent civil resistance in the face of war.”
- Andre Kamenshikov has 30 years of experience as a civil peace-building activist in conflict areas, including Russia. He has lived in Kyiv, Ukraine for the last 10 years. He is an author of a number of publications about the role of civil society in post-soviet conflicts, including “Strategic framework for the development of civil peace-building activities in Ukraine” (2017).
Friday, February 24: Online faith vigil for peace in Ukraine
2:30-3:30 PM Eastern
Organized by the Friends Committee on National Legislation and the Episcopal Church, this online prayer vigil will be an opportunity to pray together and to lament the human harm caused by violence and conflict. Prayers will be offered for the people of Ukraine, Russia, and across the region, and for those displaced, and for a peaceful resolution to the crisis that prevents further human suffering.