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Bob Fitch Memorial: 5/27/16– Link to video and 2015 radio interview with Bob

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Bob Fitch Portrait RGB 2x 200jAutumn Sun took some nice photos at Bob’s memorial in May, 2016:

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Thank you to Eric Thiermann and Impact Creative for videotaping Bob Fitch’s memorial on 5/27/16 at Peace United Church in Santa Cruz. See link to video below.

We encourage people to share it and download it to your computers if you want to save it.  It is about 2 hours long.

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HEAR a 2015 radio interview with Bob Fitch by Ruth Copland, from her “A Question of Balance” show. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to click the link:   http://www.itsaquestionofbalance.com/physical-community-interview-iconic-photographer-photo-journalist-bob-fitch/

Bob’s memorial was a wonderful celebration and tribute to his life. Local singer/songwriter Aileen Vance began the service by leading Bob’s version of the song “All the Good People.” Good friend Brian Murtha emceed. Bob’s daughter Ma Ka Wa Alexander, sons Jaxon Raven and Ben Fitch spoke, and Ben sang a song. California  State Senator Bill Monning remembered Bob’s work with the United Farm Workers and connected with him through the Resource Center for Nonnviolence. Assemblymember Luis Alejo remembered Bob’s active support in Watsonville. Bob’s son Jaxon Ravens, chairman of the Democratic Party in Washington state, read a statement from Bernie Sanders, who knew Bob during the civil rights movement. Bob’s partner Karen Shaffer shared memories and led the group in singing one of Bob’s favorite songs: “Get Up and Go”. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s close colleague and lawyer Clarence B. Jones spoke about Bob’s impact on the civil rights movement. Numerous community members, including former RCNV staff member Sandino Gomez and many friends shared their reflections about Bob’s impact locally, regionally and nationally. A potluck and contradancing followed the memorial.

 

 

November 2- December 17: ENDURING POWER: the Middle Eastern and Iranian Woman’s Story– Photography Exhibit and Film Series–

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2.5x3.5 50dpi WomanWTattoo Hamideh Zolfaghari photoTHANK YOU TO ALL who attended the 12/4/15 First Friday reception and films. We had an enthusiastic turnout. People appreciated seeing the exhibit, the films, and hearing Tata Monfared speak about the exhibit. Join us on Human Rights Day, Thursday, December 10, for the final film in our series, And see the exhibit too! Details below…

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Enduring Power: the Middle Eastern and Iranian Woman’s Story

–A Photography Exhibit and Film Series –

November 2 – December 17, 2015

AT:  Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz.

Extended Exhibit HOURS: M-F noon – 4p.m. Sundays, 2-4PM or by appointment, 831-423-1626

Sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence and Senses Cultural

We invite you to See the ENDURING POWER Photography Exhibit and Watch the Films…

The  ENDURING POWER exhibit, curated by Sina Araghi, images represent a wide range of experiences, aspirations, fears and realities of Middle Eastern and Iranian women from Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain, Iran and Kuwait.  A collection of work from several female photographers of Middle Eastern backgrounds, Enduring Power shows an intimate and unique perspective of an otherwise private world to the American audience.

These women are empowering themselves – against all obstacles.  They are not weak or afraid.  They are powerful and energized.… Let their stories be heard.”— Sina Araghi, curator.

 

Enduring Power FILM SERIES:  In honor of the 5th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, recognizing women’s critical role in peacebuilding, and International Human Rights Day, the ENDURING POWER FILM SERIES profiles courageous women in these regions, breaking barriers, and working for justice and peace in the midst of war.

*Thursday, December 10:  Trials of Spring  Feature- length Film about the strength of Egyptian women. When Hend Nafea travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to the thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to 60 years of military rule, she is arrested, beaten, and tortured by security forces and later punished and imprisoned by her family for daring to speak out. Unbreakable, she sets out in a search for freedom and social justice. Shown in honor of International Human Rights Day, December 10.

*Tuesday, December 1, 7:30PMINTO THE SEA- film. Setting: Baluchistan, IRAN. Irish champion surfer Easkey Britton is joined by two pioneering Iranian sports women who use surfing as a tool for empowerment, self-expression, and bridging barriers.

*FIRST FRIDAY- Enduring Power Exhibit Reception & Film Screenings:  EnduringPower.FirstFriday flier:  Friday, December 4, 6:00 – 9:00PM at RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz.  Two showings at 6:00 & 8:00PM of several short films: The TRIALS of SPRING Nine courageous women fighting for peace in a state of war in Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Tunisia and Syria.  At 7:00PM, Tata Monfared, Founder and CEO of Senses Cultural, Sacramento, California, will speak about the exhibit. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

Senses Cultural, Sacramento,  CA, and the Resource Center for Nonviolence are collaborating on Senses Cultural’s traveling photography exhibition, Enduring Power: the Middle Eastern and Iranian Woman’s Story. Co-sponsors (list in Formation): WILPF Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz United Nations Association

See Overview of ENDURING POWER Exhibit and Film Series

Enduring Power FILM SERIES at RCNV: *  Tuesday, December 1, 7:30PM: INTO THE SEA: PDF- Into the Sea flyer  - setting: Baluchistan, IRAN. Irish champion surfer Easkey Britton is joined by two pioneering Iranian sports women who use surfing as a tool for empowerment, self-expression, and bridging barriers. * Friday, December 4See First Friday info below or PDF: FLIER EnduringPower.FirstFriday .   *Thursday, December 10, 7:30PM:  PDF- DEC. 10 Trials of Spring flyer feature length film about the strength of Egyptian women. When Hend Nafea travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to the thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to 60 years of military rule, she is arrested, beaten, and tortured by security forces and later punished and imprisoned by her family for daring to speak out. Unbreakable, she sets out in a search for freedom and social justice. Shown in honor of International Human Rights Day.

First Friday Exhibit Reception & Film Screenings, December 4:   FLIER EnduringPower.FirstFriday 

Please join us for the DECEMBER 4 FIRST FRIDAY EXHIBIT RECEPTION & FILM SCREENINGS, 6-9p.m. –  See the Enduring Power exhibit; Two showings of several short films at 6:00 and 8:00PM: View The Trials of Spring profiles amazing and courageous women. The TRIALS of SPRING: Three years. Six short films. Nine women fighting for peace in a state of war in Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Tunisia and Syria. These films tell the story of women on the front lines of the Arab Uprisings in their countries.  See DETAILS about The TRIALS of SPRING short Films.

7:00PM: Hear Tata Monfared, Founder and CEO of Senses Cultural, Sacramento, speak about the exhibit.

Light refreshments will be served. 

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“Peering behind the veil and headscarves to reveal real individuals is a delicate but necessary boundary to push. These photographs speak of the greater issues of identity and resilience, and the strength of women within these regions. Their sense of identity has not been erased by culture or governments…  These women are empowering themselves – against all obstacles – through their own will. A clear defiance and a sense of individuality is present. They are not weak or afraid. They are powerful and energized. They command your attention and your interest. Let their stories be heard.” — Sina Araghi, curator of Enduring Power

Enduring Power: the Middle Eastern and Iranian Woman’s Story Photography Exhibit  includes photographers Laura Boushnak, Haga Sobeea, Razan Alzayani, Hamideh Zolfaghari, Boushra Y. Almutawakel, and Sara Sasani.

See photographer biographies/photos: Enduring Power ARTIST BIOS

Co-sponsors: WILPF Santa Cruz, United Nations Association, Palestine-Israel Action Committee

 

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See interview with Anita Heckman about the partnership between Senses Cultural and RCNV:  http://sensescultural.org/2015/07/02/a-new-collaboration-with-rcnv/

AnitaHeckman, Tata Monfared, director of Senses Cultural, and Peter Klotz-Chamberlin at RCNV in February, 2015

Anita Heckman, Tata Monfared, Founder and CEO of Senses Cultural, Sacramento, and Peter Klotz-Chamberlin at RCNV in February, 2015

Thank You to all who made our Annual Dinner and Program with Pietro Ameglio on October 9 a big success!

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Thank You to all who made our Annual Dinner and Program with Pietro Ameglio on October 9 a big success!

We are especially grateful to our  hosts, sponsors and supporters, including Robert and Carolyn Levering, Anne Rosenzweig, Joe Wampler, Catherine Steele.  Markley Morris, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom- Santa Cruz Branch, United Services Agency, United Methodists of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism (SCCCCOR), Katharina Harlow, Teetle and Ben Clawson, Robert DeFreitas and Gigo de Silvas, David Foster, Don Lane and Mary Howe, Kris Kennedy, Chris and Robert Lyons, Paul Ortiz and Sheila Payne, Gary and Marilyn Patton, Barbara Riverwoman, Marilyn Robertson, Ken Thomas and Elizabeth Schilling, Jane Yett, NAACP-Santa Cruz Branch, Maria Elena de la Garza/ Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County

SPECIAL THANKS to Chef Eileen Balian, Pietro Ameglio, Phil McManus, Cynthia Gutierrez, Leslie Lopez, Peace United Church of Christ, Liz Klotz-Chamberlin and The Flower Garden Wedding Florist, Kris Kennedy, Joe Williams, Dan Spelce, Michael Hernandez, Grant Erickson

 A BIG THANK YOU to our BUSINESS SUPPORTERS: Mitchell Page, Nickelodeon Theaters, Lundberg Studios, Cafe Gratitude, India Joze, Malabar/Asian Rose, Manuel’s Restaurant, Pacific Coffee Roasting Company, Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine, Monarch Cove Inn, Play It Again Sports, Land of the Medicine Buddha, Soif Wine Bar, Rivendell, Discretion Brewery, New Camaldoli Hermitage, Sorensen’s Resort, Darling House Bed & Breakfast, Star of Siam, El Teatro Campesino, Christokiffer Designs, Staff of Life, Trader Joes, Beckmann’s Bakery, Kelly’s Bakery, The Buttery, Pacific Cookie Company, Metavinyl Records, Native Revival Nursery, Staff of Life, Martinelli’s, Discretion Brewery, Oku Inc.

Thank You to all of our terrific Annual Dinner Volunteers: Alex Jackson, Ann Docken, Robert DeFreitas, Gigo de Silvas, Steve Schnaar, Alexander Gaguine, Willow Katz,  Pablo Orozco-Castro, Jean Piraino, Mike Young, Kathleen Eschen-Pipes, Cinda Mefferd, Erick Cruz, Isaac Collins, Monica Larenas, Robby Labovitz, Paula LeRoy, Stephanie Trujillo, Chris Lyons, Alain Desouches, Jay Visbal, Simone Renee, Karen Kaplan, Claire Bruning, Gregory Eaton, Joan Marsh, Cinthya Rosario and all Staff, Steering Committee members.

 

Pietro Ameglio is one of the most important teachers and practitioners of active nonviolence in Latin America today.  He cofounded the Mexican Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) in 2011 in response to the spiraling toll of killed and disappeared persons in the so-called “war on drugs.”  He is author of “Gandhi and Civil Disobedience: Mexico Today,” served as Chair of the Humanities Department at La Salle University in Cuernavaca, and holds Special Chairs in Peace Culture and Nonviolent Civil Resistance in the School of Philosophy and Literature at the National Autonomous  University in Mexico City. He received the El Hibri Peace Education Prize in 2014.

The Scott Kennedy Drawing the Line Award was presented to  to gardeners of the Beach Flats garden and Save the Beach Flats Garden Coalition organizers. For over 23 years, the garden has provided a space where local residents can grow food, teach their children agroecological traditions from Mexico, El Salvador, and other places, and congregate in a lush oasis in the Beach Flats community. Now, the garden faces closure from Seaside Company. The gardeners have decided to demand that the garden remains a vital green-space owned by the people who work the land. Together with community members organizing in solidarity, the gardeners are currently strategizing to gain wide support for this effort.

Proceeds from the Dinner support our ongoing Resource Center for Nonviolence programs. We appreciate your support!

Come to the July REJUVENATION MIC!

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On Thursday, July 30th, come to the Resource Center for Nonviolence to enjoy incredible performances and free snacks at Project Regeneration’s monthly REJUVENATION MIC!

The Rejuvenation Mic is a community open mic that invites all performers including poets, musicians, dancers, and comedians to share their work with the community.

6:30pm: Workshop – content TBA
7:30pm: Sign ups
8:00pm: Open Mic

This event is free and open to the public, but donations are gladly accepted.

RSVP on Facebook!

Thursday July 30th, REJUVENATION MIC at the RCNV, 6:30pm - 10!

RCNV is in the NEWS: 612 Ocean St.–Stealth Building to Community Resource

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RCNV is in the NEWS: We’re getting closer to our goal for our Building for the Future campaign!

RSVP now for the Design Unveiling, Sunday, July 19, 2015, 3:00-5:00, 612 Ocean St.  to see our plans for revitalizing and renovating the Resource Center for Nonviolence, and learn how you can get involved.

See the July 14 Santa Cruz Sentinel article 

Press Release 7.19.15 Unveiling – RCNV Building for the Future V3

 

 

Sunday, July 19: You are INVITED: Design Unveiling- preview of the RCNV Building for the Future Renovation Project

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Untitled-5See PDF:  INVITATION 7.19.15 unveiling

IN BRIEF: You are INVITED to a Design Unveiling-a preview of the Resource Center for Nonviolence Building for the Future renovation project.

Time and Date:  3:00-5:00p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2015.  Includes ice cream social, music and more: 831-423-1626.   

Place: Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA (across from Hotel Paradox)  Parking: 612 Ocean parking lot; overflow parking at the County Building lot.

RSVPs requested by July 12: 831.423.1626, 2peterkc@gmail.com

DETAILS:

YOU ARE INVITED: Special Invitation

to the Design Unveiling for the

Resource Center for Nonviolence:

Preview will Reveal Plans for a New Look

The Resource Center for Nonviolence is raising its profile! RCNV’s Building for the Future campaign is excited to share plans for improvements to its 50-year-old building that are coming this Fall.

Just confirmed: Michael and the Faster String Band will be performing! https://www.facebook.com/fasterstringband/info?tab=page_info

We invite the community to join us for the Design Unveiling: a Preview of the New Design for the Resource Center for Nonviolence remodel by Nielsen Studios architects, on Sunday, July 19, 3:00 – 5:00p.m., at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz. RSVP’s requested by July 12 for the event, which features an ice cream social, music and more: 831-423-1626, rcnv.org

 Architect Christian Nielsen and designer Timerie Gordon will outline their designs for a lively and user-friendly community center for nonviolence.  RCNV will present a glimpse into its future as a flexible and affordable hub for active local participation. The renovation will improve access for all, provide multiple meeting and performance accommodations for two to 200 people, and add a kitchen as well as art exhibit space.

More than 400 supporters have donated to the Resource Center’s “Building for the Future” campaign so far.  The Center has $720,000 towards its goal of $900,000.  The Resource Center seeks $140,000 more to fulfill remodel plans, and $40,000 to put solar power on the roof.

Ocean Street is primarily known for its motels and access to the beach for tourists. . The building at 612 Ocean Street was formerly a Christian Science church, built in 1963, and was vacant for two years before the Resource Center bought it in 2011.

The Resource Center for Nonviolence improvements will contribute to City of Santa Cruz plans to revitalize the Ocean Street corridor.  This area has few locations for public and neighborhood gatherings. The renovation will provide affordable meeting and event space for the whole community.  The Resource Center joins Encompass Community Services and the Paradox Hotel as community-oriented enterprises transforming the 600 block of Ocean Street.

The Resource Center for Nonviolence is re-purposing and reinventing an existing building, a project more environmentally sustainable than new construction. Already centrally located, these improvements will make RCNV a greater asset to the city of Santa Cruz.

The Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) has been leading the Santa Cruz community and beyond for nearly 40 years. The Center has been at the forefront of major movements for justice, peace and social change and is known for galvanizing the power of the people. In times of crisis and opportunity, advocates for peace and justice locally, nationally and internationally look to the Resource Center for Nonviolence for leadership and constructive engagement for positive nonviolent change.

Since the move to the 612 Ocean building in 2011, RCNV has greatly expanded its collaboration with local community organizations: from the United Way to spiritual communities. Even in its current state, the building has been used for widely diverse uses by more than 100 different organizations, including film showings, memorial services, concerts, speakers, and workshops.  The renovations will open possibilities for more varieties of uses by more people, and further develop RCNV’s core values as a community center, public forum, and training center where diverse groups and individuals address social problems by life-affirming, nonviolent means.

We invite all those who care about building community and uniting together to move toward a better future to join us on Sunday, July 19. RSVP’s requested by July 12: 831-423-1626, rcnv.org

What people are saying about the Resource Center for Nonviolence and the need for renovation of 612 Ocean St.:

 “Architecturally, the building has its back to the community— which is the complete opposite of what the Resource Center for Nonviolence represents. Our goal is to design changes that bring attention to the building as the true community resource that it is.”  — Christian Nielsen and Timerie Gordon, Nielsen Studios

“New energy flows through the Resource Center for Nonviolence. The Center hosts and collaborates with an amazing array of local groups and events. They are building the future of democratic activism and community engagement with this reinvented and renovated community center for nonviolence.” — Don Lane, Mayor, City of Santa Cruz

“The need is very clear. The Resource Center for Nonviolence facility was used for over 400 gatherings in 2014, including 60 different workshops, 42 public events, and over 6500 visits. Local people working for positive change deserve an updated, attractive and welcoming venue to work, meet, and join together to make our world a better place.”           — Herb Schmidt, RCNV Building for the Future campaign committee

“The Resource Center for Nonviolence has been a great location for our United Way Speakers Bureau training events. We appreciate the collaboration and support RCNV has offered for justice issues in the county. The Resource Center is centrally located and near public transportation, which is important for our events. Once the remodel is completed, the facility will be even better resource for all. — Teela Williams, United Way of Santa Cruz County, and RCNV Steering Committee member.

“We love using the Resource Center for Nonviolence- it’s so centrally located: but the facility needs updating. We have managed to make-do with the existing space for Kids on Broadway productions, but we are excited that theBuilding for the Future renovation will make the space even better for local children’s theater and make it more accessible to the wider Santa Cruz community.” — April Burns, Kids on Broadway director and RCNV GI Rights Hotline counselor”

“We’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities for facility rentals because our building currently lacks a kitchen and private conference rooms. By providing improved and more flexible spaces for more kinds of uses, the renovation will more fully serve our community’s needs.” — Tom Monahan, RCNV Facilities Manager

“The Resource Center for Nonviolence was instrumental in our “Book to Action” kick-off event “Prison USA,” by offering their location and off-street parking lot. Because RCNV offered their facility for our use with short notice, our event, co-sponsored by thirteen local organizations, was a success. The Resource Center for Nonviolence is a vital resource for the Santa Cruz community.”  — Mailé McGrew-Frede, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, and RCNV Steering Committee member

“We know the importance of a place for the community. This is a chance to reinvent the Resource Center for Nonviolence. Our improved facility will strengthen and sustain our work by providing ample room for a wide variety of uses.”  — Scott Kennedy, co-founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, and former Mayor of Santa Cruz

“We want to turn the Resource Center for Nonviolence into the “NextSpace of activism. We want to create a new generation of activists. We’re expanding our ideas of what nonviolence-in-action can be.” — Sandino Gomez, former Resource Center for Nonviolence staff member

 

An Evening with JOAN BAEZ – Benefit Concert – Friday, May 9, 2014

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JoanBaez_Med.EmailThe Joan Baez Benefit Concert for the Resource Center for Nonviolence Building for the Future Campaign, on Friday, May 9, at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, is nearly sold out. There are no more tickets available through Ticketweb, the Rio Theatre or Tomboy.

RCNV has begun a Waiting List for a very limited number of Sponsorship seats (Sliding Scale  $100 per ticket up to $10,000 or more  Sponsor donation) available only through RCNV. Please be as generous as possible.  We cannot promise that being on the Waiting List will result in tickets.  Contact us

We had no idea the concert tickets would go so quickly! Thank you for your support!

An Evening with JOAN BAEZ

Friday, May 9, 2014

Rio Theatre

1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz,

8:00pm Concert  

(Doors open 7:00pm)

BENEFIT CONCERT for the Resource Center for Nonviolence Building for the Future Campaign

Joan Baez will perform a rare Benefit Concert to support RCNV’s Building for the Future campaign. This benefit is the public launch of our community campaign to fund the renovation of our 50-year old building. We invite you to join us for the concert and to consider sponsorship.

We ask for your support of this campaign in addition to your regular financial support of Resource Center for Nonviolence programs. Please be as generous as possible. Thank you for your support!

Click for a brief Letter about the concert and campaign

Click for information about  Joan Baez’ Long History with RCNV.

TICKETS: The concert is nearly sold out. There are no more tickets available through Ticketweb, the Rio Theatre or Tomboy. 

SPONSORSHIP:

RCNV has begun a Waiting List for a very limited number of Sponsorship seats (Sliding Scale  $100 per ticket up to  $10,000 or more  Sponsor donation) available only through RCNV.   There are only a very limited number of these seats available. We cannot promise that being on the Waiting List will result in tickets.  Contact us for more information about sponsorship.

Solidarity Sponsor:  $1,000 – $10,000:   includes two Reserved Seat Concert Tickets, two Reserved seats for the Scott Kennedy Hall Dedication on Saturday, May 10 (details soon), listing in Concert and Dedication Programs, and Permanent Naming Recognition at the Resource Center for Nonviolence

Soul Force Sponsor:  $500 – $999: includes two Reserved Seat Concert Tickets, two Reserved seats for the Scott Kennedy Hall Dedication on Saturday, May 10 (details soon), listing in Concert Program
Stakeholder Sponsor:  $100 – $499:
includes Reserved Seat Concert Ticket, and listing in Concert Program
I can’t attend: here is a donation to support the Resource Center for NonviolenceBuilding for the Future Campaign

For more information: 831.423-1626

Don’t Miss JOHN McCUTCHEON in Concert: Friday, January 17, 2014, part of M.L. King Jr. Celebration Weekend

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JOHN McCUTCHEON will perform one CONCERT:

Friday, January 17, 2014

7:30p.m.

at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz.

Buy John McCutcheon Tickets NOW via Paypal. Online tickets $18.50 – $35.00 sliding scale (includes paypal fee). Indicate what amount you want to pay in the Price section, and tell us how many tickets you want. FMI: call 831-423-1626 for reservations.  Proceeds benefit the Resource Center for Nonviolence

The Resource Center for Nonviolence and the NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch, are collaborating once again to bring a celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the Santa Cruz community in a full weekend of events, January 17-19, 2014 all at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz.

      THE POWER OF SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH MUSIC:  Friday, January 17: Renowned Folk Singer John McCutcheon highlights social change through his songs. Yes, It’s time again for another Amazing concert by John McCutcheon! Be sure to join us for this Annual Santa Cruz musical Tradition. The prolific world-class musician has a new release:  “22 Days” inspired by the Cellist of Sarajevo, Vedran Smailovic, who, in the midst of the Balkan War, began a 22-day vigil where he played his cello at the site of the 1992 mortar attack that killed 22 people in as they waited in line to buy bread. Once, when Vedran was playing in those dark, dangerous days, sniper fire erupting around him, a soldier approached him and asked, “You! Why are you playing where we are bombing?” Vedran responded:  “Why are you bombing where I am playing?” 

     “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” – Vedran Smailovic. John was so moved by Vedran’s acts that he wrote the song “Streets of Sarajevo.” And on the twentieth anniversary of Vedran’s playing, in honor of his friend’s courageous acts, John wrote songs for twenty-two days, resulting in the “22 Days” CD, which also includes the song “Forgotten” in honor of the young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. Other songs are playful and insightful. Don’t miss this concert!

FMI: call 831-423-1626 for reservations.  Proceeds benefit the Resource Center for Nonviolence

TICKET Information:   Buy John McCutcheon Tickets NOW via Paypal. Online tickets $18.50 – $35.00 sliding scale (includes paypal fee). Indicate what amount you want to pay in the Price section, and tell us how many tickets you want. Tickets for John’s concert also available in person for $18.00 – $35.00 at RCNV, 612 Ocean St., SC. Hours M-TH 12-4, or CAL831-423.1626 to make your reservation in advance. DOOR prices: $20-$35.00. RCNV will be closed from Dec. 24 - January 1. 

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John McCutcheon has been described by the Washington Post as “folk music’s rustic renaissance man” and as the “perfect example of a modern folk musician” by Sing Out! Magazine. For this tour John interprets the Woody Guthrie catalog giving new perspective to some Guthrie classics as well as unveiling some new gems and old favorites from his own canon.

“John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.” – Pete Seeger

Once again, John’s concert happens on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, which will also feature the NAACP annual GOSPEL NIGHT concert on Saturday, January 18, and Youth Day on Sunday, January 19. MORE details in other posts.

For more info about John McCutcheon:  http://www.folkmusic.com/

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION WEEKEND, January 17-19: Two Concerts and Youth Day

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The NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch, and the

Resource Center for Nonviolence

Invite you to the

 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION WEEKEND

Two Concerts and Youth Day

A creative and musical celebration in the spirit of

the Courageous Leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014

Friday, January 17, 7:30p.m.

John McCutcheon In Concert

One of the most dynamic and iconic live performers in Folk Music, six-time Grammy nominee John McCutcheon has a unique blend of stunning instrumental skills, incisive songwriting, and subtly seductive storytelling.

John’s latest recording highlights courage, current events and love. 22 Days pays homage to the “Cellist of Sarajevo,” who, in honor of 22 people killed by a bomb in a Bosnian breadline in 1992, played for 22 days in a row at the bombing site. The song Forgotten is inspired by Malala Yousafzai, targeted by the Taliban for her support of education for girls in Pakistan. Other songs are playful and insightful.

Tickets:  Sliding scale $18-35, available at www.rcnv.org or call 831-423-1626 for reservations.  Proceeds benefit the Resource Center for Nonviolence.
Saturday, January 18: 7:00p.m.
The Annual MLK, Jr. GOSPEL NIGHT

     Featuring local soloists and choirs:  An array of stirring and inspiring songs by prominent local Gospel choirs, featuring the Inner Light Choir, Progressive Missionary Baptist Church Choir, the Santa Cruz Community Choir, and others. Soloists include Valerie Joi, Dave “Woody” Wood, Janice Blume, Franklin Marshall and others TBA. Limited seating:  come early!

     Tickets: $10.00- 20 sliding scale, available at the Door. For more information:  831-429-2266Sponsored by NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch
Sunday, January 19: 2:00 – 5:00pm
“Youth Day”- free for youth of all ages: UCSC’s Rainbow

Theater performs Excerpts from “A Song for Coretta” A Free Performance, and Theater Workshop for Youth by UCSC’s Rainbow Theater. “A Song for Coretta” is a sharp, funny play about Coretta Scott King with wit, personality and life-affirming energy that has a lot to say to youth of all ages. A warm and infectious comedy, and a joyful and affectionate tribute to one of the great women of our time. Followed by a hands-on, empowering theater workshop for youth led by Rainbow Theater.

 

All events at the RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA

John McCutcheon Tickets available at www.rcnv.org or call 831-423-1626.

Gospel Night Tickets available at the Door or FMI: call 831-429-2266

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Where Should The Birds Fly? Film by Fida Qishta

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The stories of two resilient young Palestinian women struggling for normalcy in the cruel abnormality of Gaza.

Meet the filmmaker, Fida Qishta

Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 7 PM

at the Resource Center for Nonviolence
612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

$5-10 donation, sliding scale
No one turned away for lack of funds

Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Resource Center for Nonviolence, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine-Israel Action Committee.