Kathy Kelly speaks on
The Cost of War, the Price of Peace:Eyewitness Reports from Afghanistan
Wednesday, April 16, 7:00p.m.
at the Resource Center for Nonviolence
612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz
Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare.
During each of nine recent trips to Afghanistan, Kathy Kelly, as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe that “where you stand determines what you see.” They are resolved not to let war sever the bonds of friendship between them and Afghan people whom they’ve grown to know. They insist that the U.S. is not waging a “humanitarian war” in Afghanistan.
Kelly has actively protested drone warfare by holding demonstrations outside of numerous U.S. military bases. From 1996 – 2003, Voices delegations openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. Kathy lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing. They have also lived alongside people during warfare in Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua. Kathy was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (1988-89) and spent three months in prison, in 2004, for crossing the line at Fort Benning’s military training school. As a war tax refuser, she has refused payment of all forms of federal income tax since 1980.
John Malkin with the Good Times has written a piece about Kathy’s visit, please check the link for more information.
Suggested Sliding scale donation: $8-15. No one turned away for lack of funds.
For more information: 831-423-1626, www.rcnv.org
Marjorie Swann, Nonviolent Activist
Marjorie Swann, nonviolent activist for disarmament, peace and civil rights, died March 14 in her home in Santa Cruz. Swann was 93 years old.
Marjorie Swann was instrumental in many of the historic anti-war demonstrations of the 1960’s. She joined Dick Gregory in a 22 month fast seeking an end to the war.
In the 1950’s Swann was a leader of nonviolent direct action campaigns against nuclear weapons at the Polaris nuclear submarine base in Groton, Connecticut.
In 1958, Swann was arrested for trespassing during civil disobedience at an Omaha, Nebraska nuclear missile site, and sentenced to 6 months in federal prison.
Marjorie Swann and her husband Robert Swann founded the New England Committee for Nonviolence Action in 1960, and for 12 years they dramatically popularized nonviolent resistance to the U.S. war in Vietnam. Based in a farm in Voluntown, CT, they traveled throughout New England conducting vigils, walks, fasts, caravans, draft and military counseling, war tax resistance, military base conversion projects, and preparations for large-scale anti-war demonstrations in Washington, D.C. Their farm was attacked by right-wing paramilitary Minutemen with fire in 1966 and guns in 1968. Swann and her
companions held fast to their commitment to nonviolence, and after these attacks surrounding neighbors befriended them.
Marjorie Swann was a charter member of the Congress of Racial Equality, and was active with the NAACP, War Resisters League, American Friends Service Committee, the National Committee on Conscientious Objection, and Cambridge, Massachusetts Friends Meeting.
Swann was the mother of four children. She wrote “as a woman, I certainly experience a kind of rage and frustration similar to that which Third World people do, and as a woman working on women’s liberation issues, I advocate and practice aggressive nonviolence to deal with the injustices I feel as a woman.”
Swann worked as Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center of Rhode Island and was Director of the American Friends Service Committee in Cambridge, MA. Swann co-founded the Domestic Violence Program for Latin Women in Willimantic, CT, and worked at St. Mary’s Homeless Shelter in Oakland, CA, among many other community organizing roles.
Swann wrote, “most of us do not realize, or have not accepted, the reality that disarmament and peace and the development of a ‘nonviolent world’ call for some startling changes in economic, social and political structures.”
Swann lived in Santa Cruz during her last years, attending Santa Cruz Friends Meeting. The Resource Center for Nonviolence hosted a 90th birthday celebration with Marjorie Swann in 2012, when friends and relatives from around the United States shared stories about the rich life of the groundbreaking activist.
“I feel so fortunate to have met Marjorie Swann,” said Candace Laning, staff member for the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz. “Her example as a mother who was an amazing activist tells me that it is possible to love my family and my world and take creative action for policies that enable all families to live in peace and justice.”
A memorial meeting for worship will be hosted by the Santa Cruz Friends Meeting Saturday, August 16, 10:30 AM, at the Friends Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz.
The 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
1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz,
(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.
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.
For more information: 831.423-1626
Activism through the lens of Parenting
I am the newest staff member at the Resource Center and have proudly worn that title since August 2012. If you have seen me at the Center, most likely you have also seen the two, tiny people who follow closely behind! Whether I am at the Center or home, these two individuals are my full time work, a job I cherish and enjoy. However, before I had children,I had a very fulfilling and busy life as an activist in New York City. This life before kids was exciting, demanding and sometimes dangerous, and not always appropriate for children. For the past five years I have devoted my time and energy to raising my family and at times there has been no room for activism, especially since the financial rewards are small. So for the most part, I have tried to create a new brand of activism that works for my family. It is not always as exciting but it serves a different function and that is to help guide a new generation of peace-loving, open-minded, accepting individuals.
I officially became an activist in 2001 after watching two airplanes, purposefully crash into the World Trade Center. It was not the act of terrorism that sparked my activism but what occurred directly afterwards. The government took a stand against an ideology that resulted in a war that we are still currently engaged in. I was in shock at first but it was the spark that ultimately fueled many years of dedicated activism. After that moment I was in desperate search for an outlet and so marched with the nation against a war that no one wanted.
Those early years of activism were very busy with anti-war protests, war tax resistance, nonviolence training and education, egalitarian community building, animal rights and prisoner rights work. It was busy and rewarding when it wasn’t exhausting and frustrating. That is the thing about activism, it works if you are willing to sacrifice yourself on a level that is not compatible with being a parent, or so I found out after giving birth to my first child in 2008. While I was pregnant I continued my work as an activist. I would ride the Chinatown bus from NY to DC and engage in rallies. I attended weekly strategic meetings, taught an art class to incarcerated youth, volunteered my office skills to the local War Resisters League (WRL), all while working a full time job. It also became apparent to me that I could not do it all and my interest in social justice began to wain. I always felt connected to that sense of justice but being pregnant, working full time and the activist demands were too much and so I quit, retired from activism.
My retirement did not last long because I retained the feeling that the world still needed justice and I needed to do my part. I made a slow return to activism but with a different level of commitment. I would go to peaceful marches or sporadically attend meetings but mostly I changed my focus to raising aware children. I devoured books on nonviolence, especially work written by Colman McCarthy and Dennis Dalton. I had this profound moment when I read the following by McCarthy “the most revolutionary thing anybody can do is to raise good, honest and generous children who will question the answers of people who say the answer is violence.” It was clear to me that my purpose was no longer on the front lines per say but in classrooms, in homes and now at the Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV). I have been lucky enough to call RCNV my work for over a year now and one of the best reasons to be here is the inclusion of my family, of all families. On a regular basis my kids are here at 612 Ocean Street either sifting through 40 years of activist memorabilia, disrupting staff meetings, helping plan murals, engaging with our colorful community or simply learning the ropes of being a nonviolent activist. There are no shortage of opportunities to get them engaged with my work and at the same time, getting other families engaged too. In the past year my girls have helped make signs for gun control rallies and talked to their preschool about gun control, they and their friends marched in the Pride Parade, they have written letters to families who have lost children to gun violence and spoken regularly about violence against animals.
I find my work, my activist career, has been strengthened by having children and being a part of the Resource Center for Nonviolence. It has given me the most wonderful gift of pursuing an activist life that includes my children. I now have a place where I can organize for things that matter and hopefully make a positive impact on the world. I used to wonder why I should keep organizing and participating in the activist world but after having children I realized, I must keep organizing and involving myself in the areas of injustice because there are two, tiny people in my life now and they, as well as all other children, deserve having people organize on their behalf. As one of my activist friends and mother of 2, Frida Berrigan, most eloquently wrote in response to why she keeps protesting injustices such as Guantanamo “I am haunted by the families shattered by indefinite detention. I am undone that they suffer for our “security.” I do what I can because I cannot sit by idly while children are kept from their fathers.”
I, and my family thank you for your past support of the Resource Center for Nonviolence. It is a place that supports and invites our community to be involved and it needs your continued support. Please take this time to give to the Center as it continues to give to everyone!
Syrian Crisis: Three Years On with Stephen Zunes and Paul Larudee
Sunday, May 18 at 7PM
Resource Center for Nonviolence
612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
Three years after the Arab Spring protests began across the Middle East, violence in Syria has caused the deaths of tens of thousands of Syrians and created millions of Syrian refugees. In spite of calls by politicians and pundits, the majority of Americans have continued to oppose US military intervention in Syria. Stephen Zunes and Paul Larudee will discuss the roots and history of the current crisis in Syria and suggest possible resolutions.
Stephen Zunes is a professor of Politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco.
Paul Larudee is a founder of the Free Gaza movement and a leader of the Syria Solidarity Movement, who has been a Fulbright-Hays Exchange Lecturer in Lebanon and a U.S. government contract adviser to Saudi Arabia.
Don’t Miss JOHN McCUTCHEON in Concert: Friday, January 17, 2014, part of M.L. King Jr. Celebration Weekend
JOHN McCUTCHEON will perform one CONCERT:
Friday, January 17, 2014
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 CALL 831-423.1626 to make your reservation in advance. DOOR prices: $20-$35.00. RCNV will be closed from Dec. 24 - January 1.
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/
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: 831-429-2266. Sponsored by NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch
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
Co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence and the NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch
Remembering Nelson Mandela
(July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013)
Nelson Mandela “We fought injustice wherever we found it, no matter how large, or how small, and we fought injustice to preserve our own humanity.”
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself…
Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”
Steve Martinot presents:
The Need to Abolish the Prison System: An Ethical Indictment
Thursday, November 7
Resource Center for Nonviolence
612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA
Join the Resource Center for Nonviolence and Sin Barras for a presentation and Q&A discussion by Steve Martinot, author of the essay “The Need to Abolish the Prison System: An Ethical Indictment.” This evening will closely examine the ethics of incarceration from a race- and class-conscious perspective.
Steve’s essay will be available for sale at a cost of $3-4 per copy. Suggested donation of $5 for entrance, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Skills for Constructive Responses to Conflict in our Community Series. Tools for Effective Communication in Conflicts with Jane Weed Pomerantz.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 7-9 p.m.
Tools for Effective Communication in Conflicts with Jane Weed Pomerantz
Listening to Understand, Communicating to be Understood
We will learn simple communication tools to increase understanding, look at how the brain functions, and consider the importance of self-care during conflict as well as for the long term of social action.
$5-15 suggestion donation, no one excluded for lack of funds.
Jane Weed Pomerantz is a Certified “Positive Discipline” Lead Trainer, and is President of the Board for Positive Discipline Community Resources. Jane facilitates “Positive Discipline” workshops and trainings for faculty and staff in schools and with families in public schools and parents in local jails. She was a WILPF delegate to the 57th UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2013. Jane is a former City Council member and Mayor of the City of Santa Cruz