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Number 162: September 2008

FEIC activist arrested in Derry
Foyle Ethical Investment Campaign activist Jim Keys was arrested in Derry during a protest at Raytheon’s plant there on 8th August and was charged with criminal damage. The arrest was over Jim using spray paint to touch up a Black Shamrock on the ground. Next protest at Raytheon; Friday 12th September (Science Park, Buncrana Road) at 5 pm – bring your chalk! See interview with Jim in the e-mail and web editions of this issue of Nonviolent News and also Indymedia article, photos and discussion at

Since its foundation in 2000, TIDES has developed an extensive programme and project portfolio across the voluntary and public sectors in Northern Ireland. This work includes Training of Trainers Programme in Conflict Management and Community Relations, Community Mediation, Diversity Training, Labour Mobility, Civic Leadership Training and Equality and Good Relations training. Internationally TIDES has ongoing Conflict Management programmes through the Dialogue for Peaceful Change programme [DPC] in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Pakistan, USA and Canada.Our Staff Team currently consists of six Full –time Trainers, one full-time Administrator, one Programme Intern, one Administrative Intern and four Associate Trainers.

TIDES is committed to working where ever possible through collaborative partnerships. We believe that the impact and long-term sustainability of our work is deeply enhanced by the synergy our partnering relationships bring. We currently have ongoing programme partnerships with the Multi-cultural Resource Centre, Oikos [Netherlands], Bytes, Springboard, and Aurion [eLearning systems].Northern Ireland Programmes include :

  • As a National Training Centre for both NIOCN and NOCN accredited Training programmes we offer a wide range of programmes to both the Community, Voluntary and Public Sectors including Conflict management, Good Relations, Diversity, Labour Mobility, Advanced Group Work and Contentious Issues.

  • We provide extensive consultancy and training services across Northern Ireland within the Community, Voluntary and Public sectors on capacity building on organisational management, conflict management diversity and good relations. Over this last year we have worked with Craigavon, Coleraine and Ballymoney Councils, Extern, PSNI, DARD and Translink

  • As part of our commitment to innovative programme design, we have developed through our partnership with Aurion eLearning diversity programmes with the N.I. Civil Service and Disability Action.

  • The roots of all our work lies in our commitment to build and support capacity building and leadership development within the community sector. Over the last year we have continued to work closely with a range of community based organisations including Bytes, Springboard, 18-25 Project, New Border Action and Parkside Community Association.

  • We provide a range of Monitoring and Evaluation services, which include programme and community auditing, M and E design and implementation.

For further information please contact: - Gary Carpendale, Administrator, ph 028 – 90202026, e-mail : Colin Craig, Development Director, ph 077 - 66250849, e-mail ; Mary Montague, Training Director, ph 078 – 18036180, e-mail Or visit our Web [currently being rebuilt]

White poppies for a culture of peace
Symbols are important and especially so around the time for remembrance in this part of the world for those killed in wars. The Peace Pledge Union sells white poppies and other educational resources, both interactive CDs and printed materials, which may help you to remember without forgetting the need to build a culture of peace and avoid the culture of war. Poppies are available in varying amounts – a pack of 10 would work out at £10 include postage and packing within UK postal area.

See or the leaflet enclosed for most people receiving the paper edition of Nonviolent News. PPU, PeaceWorks, 1 Peace Passage, London N7 0BT, ph. 020 7424 9444, or e-mail

MNI Training in conflict and mediation
Open access training events coming up from Mediation Northern Ireland include:

1) Handling Life’s Conflicts (2 days) including understanding, self awareness and strategies, venues Newry, October 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th – 4 evening sessions; Belfast, January 21st & 22nd – 2 day sessions. Fee £260.

2) Foundation Training in Mediation (6 days accredited) including types and functions of mediation, mediation process and the skills required, conflict analysis tools, venue Belfast, March 4th & 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th & April 2nd – (6 day sessions), fee £780 inclusive.

3) Group Mediation Skills (6 days accredited) including reflection on previous mediation practice, group dynamics and systems theories, large group conflict analysis tools and intervention techniques, opportunities for skills practice, Belfast – May 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st – (6 day sessions), fee £895 inclusive. Mediation Northern Ireland also provides tailored training to meet individual needs of groups or organisations.

More information at or contact MNI, 83 University StreetBelfast BT7 1HP, phone 028 – 90438614, e-mail While it may be too late to attend, MNI is organising a Local Governance Dissemination Event and Launch of Good Practice Guide on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th September. The Local Governance Project involves a process of civic dialogue to assist District councils and other local authorities in their promotion of Good Relations and the resolution of local conflicts. Contact Denise Hughes or Robert Colwell, phone as above or and

Afri Hedge School
The Afri Hedge School will take place in Erris, Co. Mayo, 25th and 26th October, 2008. Further information in next edition. Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7, phone 01 - 882 7563/7581 and e-mail

Let’s start an arms company!
This is a lunchtime seminar, Thursday 18th September 2008, 1pm – 2.30pm, at The Junction, Derry/Londonderry, lunch provided, everyone welcome, run in association with Afri and Children in Crossfire. Sister Barbara Raftery talks about her experiences of setting up an after schools arms company, the accessibility of arms brokerage and the impact that a group of young people can have on policy on the arms trade. Please contact Helen at Children in Crossfire on 028 - 71 278958 or e-mail for more information.

Peace wails walls
Regrettable necessity or avoidable obstacle, ‘peace’ walls have been a feature of life in Northern Ireland for a long time and show no sign of going away, certainly not of their own accord. Tony Macaulay has written a valuable paper exploring complexities and possibilities including a 5-stage process for removing them. It is available at (click on ‘Peace Walls Discussion Paper’ on home page) or e-mail

Slow is Beautiful
This is a residential weekend at Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne, from Friday evening 14th November until Sunday 16th November, to explore the ideas of "slow" - slow places, slow cities, slow design.. Further details and booking form available at or phone 028 – 28272196/28276455. Cost is £70 residential, £50 non-residential, attendance only for the main day - Saturday - is possible, at a reduced charge of £25.

TIDAL (Teachers in Development and Learning) is an OCN accredited course for post primary school teachers, to develop the confidence and skills of teachers using creative and participative methodologies, exploring values and incorporating a global dimension into teaching. This year’s course is part of a bigger 3 year project (8 Good Reasons) to promote active citizenship and promote understanding of issues relating to equality and social justice locally and globally, using creative media such as theatre as a tool for social change. The course will be run over 4 days- beginning 9th and 10th October (residential), followed by a day on 4th November and a day on 2nd December. We have funding to provide for substitute cover and travel expenses.

Further details: Gráinne O'Neill, Global Education Project Worker, Children in Crossfire, 2 St Joseph's Avenue, Derry BT48 6TH, ph 028 (048 from Republic) - 71 278948.

Belarusian ban on Chernobyl children’s holidays and treatment
At the start of September the government of Belarus banned ‘Chernobyl children’ leaving the country for medical care or holidays, following the refusal of a teenage girl to return home from a holiday in the USA. Chernobyl Children's Project International alone has brought 17,000 children to Ireland for treatment and recuperation since 1991 and is pressing hard for the ban to be overturned. Chernobyl Children's Project International, Ballycurreen Industrial Estate, Kinsale Road, Cork, ph 021 431 2999, web

International Days of Peace and Non-violence

  • Springboard is marking UN International Day of Peace with a Peace Day Concert in Belfast, from 1- 7 pm at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Cathedral Quarter, Gordon Street – see for details.

  • Pax Christi International has urged people to join with the World Council of Churches and others marking the day as an International Day of Prayer for Peace – see and

  • INNATE is marking UN International Day of Non-violence, 2nd October, with street theatre and a nonviolence training in Belfast, and INNATE’s Eco-nonviolence training takes place at Kilcranny House, Coleraine on 3rd and 4th October (see Nonviolent News 160) – this will be looking at nonviolent campaigning on environmental issues.

Cultivate Living and Learning Centre
As always with the aim “to respond to energy vulnerability and climate change by providing access to the knowledge and tools to cultivate sustainable lifestyles and resilient communities”, Cultivate has many really useful courses coming up including basic domestic energy auditing, introduction to low cost design and construction, and skilling up for Powerdown. See and their e-mail newsletter carries others’ news as well. Cultivate, 15-19 Essex St. West, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, ph 01 - 674 5773.

Judicial diversity – Strategies for change
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights at UCC have an evening seminar from 6 – 8 pm on Thursday 18th September on this theme at the Atrium, Law Library, Distillery Building, Church Street, Dublin 7. Speakers are Baroness Usha Prashar, chair of the UK’s Judicial Appointments Commission, Kate Malleson and Dermot Feenan. If you want to attend contact Joanne Garvey, ICCL Administrator, by Monday 15th September, ph 01 – 799 4504, e-mail and website

In Northern Ireland, NIEL is the networking and forum body for organisations interested in the environment. It represents 52 full members (voluntary organisations) and 54 associate members (statutory organisations, companies or individuals). ‘NIEL News’ (monthly) provides comprehensive listings of news and events for members. NIEL, 89 Loopland Drive, Belfast, BT6 9DW, ph 028 9045 5770, e-mail and web http://www.nienvironmentlink.orgDeadline for next issue: 1st October.

INNATE networking group meets next at 7pm on Wednesday 17th September – contact us for details, all welcome.


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