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Remembering Daniel Berrigan 1921 – 2016

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Daniel Berrigan, former resident activist at RCNV in our founding year, widely known nonviolent resister, poet, author, social critic, Jesuit priest, and with William Stringfellow a significant donor towards the RCNV remodel, died April 30, 2016 at age 94.

New York Times article about Dan Berrigan:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/nyregion/daniel-j-berrigan-defiant-priest-who-preached-pacifism-dies-at-94.html?_r=0

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/postscript-daniel-berrigan-1921-2016

The Resource Center for Nonviolence, founded in 1976, had a rich history with Daniel Berrigan. Dan Berrigan was the first “resident” at RCNV in April, 1977. The residency program brought people committed to nonviolence to stay for a period of time to share in the life of the Center. Dan spent a month meeting with classes at UCSC, offering several workshops, public lectures, poetry readings, and meeting people informally. He spoke to several hundred people at Page Smith’s “Penny University” at Cafe Pergolesi in Santa Cruz.

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1977: Conversations in Nonviolence with Dan Berrigan during his RCNV residency.

Over the years, the Resource Center for Nonviolence maintained a close connection with Daniel Berrigan. He visited several times in those early years, and baptized Ben Kennedy (son of Scott and Kris Kennedy) and Isaac Klotz-Chamberlin (son of Peter and Liz Klotz-Chamberlin) in 1979.  Scott Kennedy was a one of a few trustees for the estate of  theologian William Stringfellow. Stringfellow owned a cottage on Block Island, RI.  Dan was one of the Catonsville Nine, whose members doused Selective Service files in Catonsville, Maryland, with napalm. After Catonsville, Dan had gone underground, eluding the F.B.I. for four months before he was captured on Block Island in 1970. Dan Berrigan continued to live on the Block Island property until only a few years ago. Proceeds from the sale of that property benefited the Resource Center’s Building for the Future campaign.

Evidence for the Prosecution

The boxes of paper ash      The size of infant caskets     Were rolled in on a dolly,    Heaped there like cord wood    Or children after a usual      Air strike on Hanoi.    I heard between heartbeats     Of Jesus and his hangman    The children’s mouths mewing    For the breasts of murdered women     The blackened hands beating    The box of death for breath.

— Daniel Berrigan, “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine”

 

Poem by Dan Berrigan written on the wall of Peter and Liz Klotz-Chamberlin’s house, 1977

Then

Showed me he
in his right hand
every thing that is
The hand was a woman’s
Creation, all, lusty,
A meek bird’s egg
Nesting there, waiting
a word,
and I heard it
Newborn, I make you
Nestling, I love you
Homing, I keep you

Bob Fitch -A Life Well-Lived – Presenté!

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Bob Fitch Portrait RGB 2x 200jThe world lost an amazing organizer, Bob Fitch,  on Friday, April 29, 2016. Bob was 76. Below is a brief snapshot of Bob’s activism with the Resource Center for Nonviolence. For more about Bob, his life and photos, see BobFitchphoto.com    A memorial for Bob will be held on Friday, May 27, 2:00PM at Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St., Santa Cruz, CA followed by a potluck reception. To volunteer at the event, or for more information, contact RCNV: 831-423-1626.

 

 

 

Obituary written by Bob: Santa Cruz Sentinel 5/3/16: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/santacruzsentinel/obituary.aspx?n=robert-dewitt-fitch-bob&pid=179857270&fhid=24160

New York Times Obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/04/arts/bob-fitch-photojournalist-of-civil-rights-era-dies-at-76.html

Santa Cruz Sentinel Story about Bob 5/3/16:  http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/obituaries/20160502/bob-fitch-1937-2016-progressive-activist-chronicled-historical-movements-as-a-participant-and-observer

A lifelong labor and workers rights activist, Bob Fitch had a stellar career as a photojournalist and was a low-income housing organizer with the state of California for a decade before joining the Resource Center for Nonviolence staff. He served on RCNV’s staff from 1999 – 2006.  Bob first connected with RCNV co-founder Scott Kennedy at UC Santa Barbara in the 1970′s. Bob continued as a volunteer after 2006. He was the Resource Center’s Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, but also organized many key programs, assisted with fundraising, and documented RCNV events with his photos. Bob lived upstairs at the Resource Center for several years and served as the unofficial on-site host and chief mischief maker. He was a mentor to countless young people and a role model for us all.

Bob described himself in a 1999 Resource Center for Nonviolence document “as a community organizer, photojournalist, labor union activist, and low-income housing developer. Bob has contributed over 40 years of work to various local and nation-wide campaigns for peace and social justice. A singer and writer for folk songs, Bob draws from movement and personal history to bring down to earth and spirited music to numerous RCNV meetings and events.”

Bob was an impressive organizer. He set up RCNV’s website, streamlined and perfected RCNV’s outreach and media connections, and pushed us all to be better activists. He was active with the Center’s GI Rights Hotline (DAMIT- Draft and Military Information Team) where counselors provide alternatives to the military. He was instrumental in bringing the Santa Cruz City School’s Opt-In program to high schools, so that students had to request to be contacted by military recruiters instead of their info being automatically sent. This program was replicated nationwide.

Bob played a lead role in RCNV organizing efforts. Here are only a very few: 1999- Congressman Ron Dellums; 2002 Congresswoman Barbara Lee (the sole vote against the US War in Afghanistan); the Santa Cruz Living Wage Coalition; the Million Mom March; the Santa Cruz Peace Coalition…. The list could go on and on.

Bob participated in an Interfaith Peace Builders delegation to Israel and Palestine in 2001 led by Scott Kennedy. He brought a big heart, a hearty laugh, humor and music to RCNV events.

A few quotes from Bob:

1999:  “In 1966, a white civil rights worker was thrown in jail in a rural Alabama town. To his surprise and enlightenment, he was bailed out by local citizens – three Afro American families used their farms as security for his bail! That worker was me. Those committed and generous farm families, and other working families like them, are my heroes, my role models. The farmers and their families were not Civil Rights movement public all-stars. They were not featured and profiled in the daily papers and on TV. Nevertheless, they were the source and sustenance of the Black Civil rights movement. ….

Successful organizing requires shrewd tacticians, articulate spokes-people and focused workers. But I also know from study and experience that successful social struggle requires the participation and support of the people who will live that struggle in their daily learning, job, family and community. ”

July, 2002: “I have known and connected with the Resource Center for Nonviolence since its incubation days in Santa Barbara. Having worked with various peace and justice organizations throughout this state and nation for 45 years, my experience affirms what Barbara Lee said is accurate — for 25 years RCNV has been an unusually enduring and potent community-based organization striving to continually develop and empower current and future peacemakers.”

Bob generously donated the photographs for five Resource Center for Nonviolence Posters with proceeds benefitting RCNV: Iconic photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Catholic Worker Dorothy Day, Pete Seeger During his tenure at RCNV, Bob also reinvigorated his interest in photojournalism by documenting local peace & justice actions and special projects in Vietnam (Friendship Village), Brazil (alcohol fuel), Sri Lanka (International Peaceforce) the 2006 241 mile Guerrero Azteca Tijuana-to-San Francisco march with Fernando Suarez del Solar, Camilo Mejia and Pablo Paredes.

Bob proudly led a life well-lived and truly made a difference. He acted on his beliefs and moved the world to a more just and nonviolent place. 

We will all miss him.  Bob would say:  ”Hugs to all! Make mischief!”

Bob Fitch, !presenté!

Resource Center for Nonviolence Endorses the Driscoll’s Berry Boycott

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The Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz, California stands in solidarity with the nearly 70,000 farmworkers in Burlington, Washington and San Quintín, Baja California, who have organized a boycott of Driscoll’s

berries. The workers, led by their independent unions, have been fighting since 2013 in Washington and 2015 in Baja California for a just contract that guarantees fair wages and decent working conditions, including an end to child labor, sexual harassment and substandard housing.

This struggle of the farmworkers who pick berries for the world’s largest berry producer is consistent with the mission of the RCNV to support nonviolent social change in our region and around the world. The headquarters of Driscoll is in Watsonville, here in our county, and nearly all local grocery stores in the area currently sell Driscoll’s berries. We urge these businesses to stop selling Driscoll’s products and local consumers to stop buying the products until the growers agree to a collective bargaining process with the workers’ unions and a contract is agreed to.

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend JAN 16-18

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The Santa Cruz NAACP a​nd the Resource Center for Nonviolence invites you to

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WEEKEND

A creative and musical celebration in the spirit of the Courageous Leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 16 – Monday, January 18, 2016
at the RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

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Saturday January 16th 1­-4 PM YOUTH DAY: Celebrating Young Leaders w/ Project ReGeneration
Live Performances, Food, Activities, Fun Photobooth, Raffle for a FREE SKATEBOARD & more!! Youth, teens, and young adults from all over the county welcome at the RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA for more info call 831.423.1626

Saturday January 16th 7-­9 PM Gospel Night
Be moved by a powerful array of inspiring songs from Santa Cruz Community Gospel Group and local soloists! $10­20 Sliding scale, available only at the Door RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA Info: 831.429.2266

Sunday January 17th 3-­4:30PM Group Reading of L​etter from a Birmingham Jail​​
A read­-through and discussion of the powerful letter King wrote from jail. Drop In! At RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA 831.423.1626

Monday, January 18th All Day A Day ON for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday-A day ON instead of a day off!
The volunteer center is offering service opportunities in the spirit of beloved community! For more info: ​Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County 831­427­5070 x 117 connect@scvolunteercenter.org www.scvolunteercenter.org

For more information contact Irene O’Connell irene.cj.oconnell@gmail.com (818) 383- 2426

The Resource Center for Nonviolence, a Santa Cruz non­profit organization founded in 1976, promotes the practice of nonviolence in personal and social change to create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. The NAACP, Santa Cruz County Branch #1071, has celebrated over 62 years of service, and promotes cultural exploration, economic empowerment, educational enrichment and spiritual nourishment.

 

 

No Thanks to Tanks!

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Stop the Militarization of the Santa Cruz Police!

Give Back the Bearcat; Let City Council know how you feel! Stop the national rush to militarize local police departments. Help resist efforts to form a local militarized police force in Santa Cruz.

Come out on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Starting at 4:00pm

Santa Cruz City Council, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz

 

SCRAM! (Santa Cruz Resistance Against Militarization !)

(831) 687-9118  -  scram911@gmail.com

Have You Heard of the NDAA?

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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a federal law specifying the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense (DOD). Each year’s act also includes other provisions, some related to civil liberties (ACLU.org).

This year the bill added these egregious amendments in regard to closing Guantánamo Bay,

  • Brings Indefinite Detention to the U.S. Itself
  • Bolsters Claims of NDAA and AUMF Indefinite Detention Authority
  • Requires Report on Even More NDAA and AUMF Indefinite Detention Authority
  • Tries to Strip Federal Courts of Ability to Decide Challenges to Harmful Conditions
  • Violates Supreme Court Decision by Stripping Habeas Rights from Detainees Left at Guantánamo
  • Blocks Most Cleared Detainees from Going Home

For more information on the NDAA and how it affects our rights, check out the Santa Cruz Constitution Protection Zone at SantaCruzCPZ.org and like them on Facebook under Constitutional Protection Zones. Also, if you’re interested in the CPZ’s weekly meetings contact kim.w@romeroinstitute.org

 

Versatile peace activist David Hartsough tells his story March 2

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Please don’t miss this special opportunity:
We invite you to join us on Monday, March 2, 7:00p.m. for a presentation by DAVID HARTSOUGH, legendary nonviolent activist. David will speak about his new book “Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist.” Since meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. as a teenager in the mid-1950s, David has been actively part of many key nonviolent movements over the last half-century: the civil rights movement, the anti-nuclear testing movement, the movement to end the Vietnam War, the U.S. Central America peace movement, the anti-apartheid movement, and the movements to end the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In recent years he has helped found the Nonviolent Peaceforce and a new global venture to end armed conflict, World Beyond War. Please help us spread the word about this amazing evening. Read more about David.

DAVID HARTSOUGH

WAGING
PEACE:
Global Adventures
of a Lifelong Activist
Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:00 PM
AT the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

David Hartsough knows how to get in the way. He has used his body to block Navy ships headed for Vietnam and trains loaded with munitions on their way to El Salvador and Nicaragua. He has crossed borders to meet “the enemy” in East Berlin, Castro’s Cuba, and present-day Iran. He has marched with mothers confronting a violent regime in Guatemala and stood with refugees threatened by death squads in the Philippines.
“Waging Peace” is a testament to the difference one person can make. Hartsough’s stories inspire, educate, and encourage readers to find ways to work for a more just and peaceful world.
Inspired by the examples of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., Hartsough has spent his life experimenting with the power of active nonviolence. It is the story of one man’s effort to live as though we were all brothers and sisters.
A peace activist’s eyewitness account of many of the major historical events of the past sixty years, including the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements in the United States and the little-known but equally significant nonviolent efforts in the Soviet Union, Kosovo, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.
Hartsough’s story demonstrates the power and effectiveness of organized nonviolent action. This struggle is waged all over the world by ordinary people committed to ending the spiral of violence and war.
Co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence, the Santa Cruz Friends Meeting, WILPF-Santa Cruz. Books will be available for purchase.
For more information: 831.423.1626

Wednesday, January 14, 2015: JOHN McCUTCHEON Benefit Concert for RCNV- Don’t miss this community celebration!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7:30p.m.

New DAY:  WEDNESDAY

John McCutcheon BENEFIT CONCERT for RCNV

at the Resource Center for Nonviolence

612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR: $20-35 suggested sliding scale donation. Cash or checks preferred. Doors open at around 7:00p.m. or whenever John finishes his sound check.

Join us for a rousing concert with John McCutcheon! This year, John has generously agreed to donate his time. We want the biggest crowd ever for this musical celebration. Please help us to spread the word far and wide!

We’re counting on you!  Buy Lots of tickets and invite your friends! This is one of our biggest fundraisers, and part of our January series Celebrating Compassion & Courage: In the spirit of MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. John is generously donating his time this year! Enjoy a great concert and support RCNV at the same time. 

In ’22 Days,’  John McCutcheon wanted to honor his friend Vedran Smailovic, the “Cellist of Sarajevo,” who chose to respond to violence and ugliness with a counterintuitive act of beauty, echoing a 1958 quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Don’t ever let anyone pull you so low as to hate them. We must use the weapon of love.”  “22 Days” highlights courage, current events and love. “Forgotten” is inspired by Malala Yousafzai, targeted by the Taliban for her support of education for girls in Pakistan.

* Stunning instrumental skills  * Insightful and incredibly entertaining     * Subtly seductive storytelling

“The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.” - Johnny Cash

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

John McCutcheon’s eclectic catalog of ballads, historical songs, children’s songs, love songs, topical satire, fiddle and hammer dulcimer instruments, and even symphonic works are among the broadest in American folk music. His thirty-six albums have earned 6 Grammy nominations. His songwriting has been hailed by critics around the world; his song Christmas in the Trenches is considered a classic and was recently named one of the 100 Essential Folk Songs.  John McCutcheon is an American folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist who has produced 36 albums since the 1970s.  He is regarded as a master of the hammered dulcimer, and is also proficient on many other instruments including guitarbanjoautoharpmountain dulcimerfiddle, and jawharp

 “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

 

 

January 13 – 19, 2015: Celebrating Compassion and Courage: In the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.: You are invited!!

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The NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch, and the

Resource Center for Nonviolence

Invite you to a series of events:

 —CELEBRATING COMPASSION and COURAGE—

In the spirit of MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

January 13 – January 19, 2015

 

Two Concerts, a Youth Day, a Film and More!

DETAILS:  www.rcnv.org, 831.423.1626

Tuesday, January 13: 7-8pm AT the Del Mar Theatre mezzanine (2nd floor), 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MOVIES:

discussion of the film “SELMA”

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The following events are AT: RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA:

 

Wednesday, January 14, 7:30p.m. at RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

Legendary Folk Musician-

JOHN MCCUTCHEON BENEFIT CONCERT

Tickets:  Sliding scale $18-35.  www.rcnv.org  831-423-1626 for reservations.  Benefits the Resource Center for Nonviolence.

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Saturday, January 17, Noon – 4p.m. . at RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

YOUTH DAY:  “Project ReGeneration- Celebrating Young Leaders”

Free for youth of all ages: *Free food; *Youth Talent Showcase, *Interactive Workshops

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Saturday, January 17: 7:00p.m.  at RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

The Annual MLK, Jr. GOSPEL NIGHT honoring Sista Monica Parker

Tickets: $10.00- 20 sliding scale, available only at the door. Benefits NAACP, Santa Cruz Chapter.

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Sunday, January 18: 7:00p.m.  Film and Discussion. at RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

AL HELM (the Dream): Martin Luther King in Palestine

An African-American gospel choir goes to Palestine to sing in a play by Clayborne Carson about Martin Luther King Jr.  They become witnesses to life under occupation and a nonviolent movement for social justice. No entry fee. A free-will donation will be collected.     831.423.1626, rcnv.org

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Monday, January 19:

Martin Luther King, Jr. DAY OF SERVICE:

A Day On, rather than a Day Off.  Charter for Compassion kick-off.  Volunteer! Call 831-427-5070, scvolunteercenter.org/events/compassion-santa-cruz/

 

Sponsored by the NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch and the  

RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA

 

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

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

DETAILS:  www.rcnv.org, 831.423.1626

THANK YOU to all those who attended and supported our ANNUAL DINNER and Program!

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THANK YOU to our Resource Center for Nonviolence Annual Dinner hosts, all of those who attended, and our Business Sponsors:

We appreciate your support! All of you made the Dinner the most successful ever!  Proceeds from the Dinner, held on October 22, 2014, support our ongoing Resource Center for Nonviolence programs.

Table hosts: Santa Cruz Friends Meeting, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom- Santa Cruz Branch, Palestine-Israel Action Committee, United Services Agency, Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism (SCCCCOR), Darrell and KarenDarling, Kris Kennedy and friends

Sponsors: Markley Morris, Senator Bill Monning and Dr. Dana Kent, Diane K. Pike, NAACP-Santa Cruz Branch

Supporters: Nancy Abbey, Tatanka Bricca, Maria Elena de la Garza, Debra Ellis and Kali Rubaii- The Islah Reparations Project, Chris Johnson-Lyons, Tom Helman and Mary Ann Balian, Deena Hurwitz, Yolanda Henry, Iverne Rand, Barbara Rogoff, Diana Rothman, Dan Spelce and Yolanda Provoste-Fuentes, Joe Williams, Stephen Zunes and Nanlouise Wolfe

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Chef Eileen Balian, Peace United Church of Christ, Pat Arnold, Liz Klotz-Chamberlin and The Flower Garden Wedding Florist, Maitre’D Brian Murtha, Edgar Ontiveros, Kris Kennedy, Kate Doyle, Stephen Zunes, Joe Williams; Eric Thiermann, Michael Hernandez

THANK YOU to our Business Supporters:

Mitchell Page, Bob Taren, Darling House Bed and Breakfast, Ron and Kay Bailey, Monarch Cove Inn, Land of the Medicine Buddha, The Hotel Paradox, Best Western Plus All Suites Inn, Larry Bernstein, CST, Ron and Kay Bailey, Chardonnay Sailing Charters, La Posta Restaurant, NHS, Inc., Ken Foster, Manuel’s, Restaurant, Hula’s Island Grill, Nickelodeon Theaters, Riverside Lighting and Electric, Linda’s Seabreeze Café, Lundberg Studios, Christokiffer Designs, Go Green Cab, Sones Winery, Pacific Coffee Roasting Company, Play It Again Sports, Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine, Way of Life, Pacific Cookie Company, The Bagelry, Penny Ice Creamery, Artisans’ Gallery, World Market Bazaar, Native Revival Nursery, Martinelli’s, New Leaf Community Markets, Kelly’s French Bakery, Beckmann’s Bakery

THANK YOU to our ANNUAL DINNER VOLUNTEERS

Willow Katz, Nanlouise Wolfe, Gabriel Skinner, Dan Spelce, Juan Salinas Robert DeFreitas, Gigo da Silva, Steve Schnaar, Alexander Gaguine, Tom Monahan, Kathleen Eschen- Pipes, Mari Clare Daly, Tom Monahan, Teela Williams, Racquel Felix, Vasiliki Argyris, Leslie Munoz, Shanti Zunes -Wolfe, Kalila Zunes-Wolfe, Felicia Davidson, Christian Villamil, Cappy Israel, Mary Mykhaylova, Karen Puerta, Arlon Johnson, Jamie Epstein and all Staff and Steering Committee members