Wednesday, January 14, 2015: JOHN McCUTCHEON Benefit Concert for RCNV- Don’t miss this community celebration!
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 guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, 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!!
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”
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
The Resource Center for Nonviolence stands in support of our neighbors in the Islamic Center of Santa Cruz who suffered vandalism on their place of worship. We support free and safe expression of religion for all. We believe each person is responsible, in what we say and do, for violence in our community and culture. We build nonviolence when we renounce violence and stand with victims of violence. We ask neighbors in Santa Cruz County to speak out against intimidation and scapegoating of any person or group.
In Santa Cruz County and abroad, the Resource Center for Nonviolence sees violence as traumatic and counterproductive. We object to all violence by persons, groups, parties, and states in the Middle East. We object to targetting of people and communities because of their group identity, such as people worshipping in a synagogue in West Jerusalem or farmers tending olive groves near Bethlehem, or Sunni or Shiite Muslims or Western journalists. Scapegoating and collective punishment have been waged by national militaries and political parties as well as by terror groups and distressed victims of oppression. Realistically, we especially renounce violence that we share responsibility for. American military action in the Middle East, in support of American interests, has contributed to collective punishment of Iraqis, Afghanis, Palestinians in Gaza, disintegration of societies in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and militarization of societies in Israel and Egypt. U.S. warfare in the Middle East teaches a way of blame and violence that comes home in Santa Cruz County. As Americans, we share responsibility for this violence, in our community and overseas.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy,” said Martin Luther King. This is not a moral statement. It is a practical statement. Recent Resource Center guest Dr. Erica Chenoweth said,
“We found that during the period of 1900 to 2006, nonviolent resistance campaigns are about twice as effective as violent ones in achieving their goals. We also found that these trends hold even where most people expect nonviolent resistance to be ineffective — for instance, against dictatorships and highly repressive regimes.”
The way to peace, justice, and dignity for all our neighbors and our allies and our enemies is to renounce violence in our community, renounce violence by our nation, and support nonviolent civil action for justice, freedom, self-governance,, and mutual security in Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Iran, all the regions of the Middle East and world and our nation and county too.
“We found that during the period of 1900 to 2006, nonviolent resistance campaigns are about twice as effective as violent ones in achieving their goals. We also found that these trends hold even where most people expect nonviolent resistance to be ineffective — for instance, against dictatorships and highly repressive regimes.” — Erica Chenoweth
Erica Chenoweth was the featured speaker at our Resource Center for Nonviolence Annual Dinner and Program on Friday, October 24, 2014
We will have a link soon to video and photos from the event. If you missed it, see:
Interview with Erica Chenoweth by John Malkin, in the Good Times: ”Melt The Guns”: http://www.gtweekly.com/index.php/santa-cruz-news/santa-cruz-local-news/6003-melt-the-guns.html
Discovering the Unexpected Power of Nonviolence: Street Spirt Interview with Erica Chenoweth: http://www.thestreetspirit.org/discovering-the-unexpected-power-of-nonviolence-street-spirit-interview-with-erica-chenoweth-4/
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL DINNER & PROGRAM
There’s plenty of room at the Program, and still a few spaces left for the dinner, but RSVP SOON!
Friday, October 24, 2014
AT: Peace United Church of Christ
900 High St., Santa Cruz
NEW this year:
5:00 – 6:00p.m.
Social Hour and Silent Auction
Gourmet Vegetarian fare
7:00p.m. Program featuring political scientist,
author and professor Erica Chenoweth speaking on
“Nonviolence is Participatory.”
The Annual Dinner celebrates the community that supports and participates in the program work of the Resource Center for Nonviolence.
Political scientist Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D., coauthored “Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.” Dr. Chenoweth is Associate Professor at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and is Associate Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo. Foreign Policy magazine ranked Chenoweth among the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2013 for her efforts to promote the empirical study of civil resistance.
The Annual Dinner is one of our biggest annual fundraisers. Please be as generous as possible. If you cannot attend, please consider a scholarship donation so youth and families that would not otherwise be able to attend will participate thanks to your support.
NEW this year: 5:00 – 6:00p.m. SOCIAL HOUR
(wine and beer available) and SILENT AUCTION
6:00p.m. DINNER- Gourmet Vegetarian fare
“Nonviolence is Participatory.”
Tell us how many of you are attending. You can pay at the door (cash or checks) or click below to pay now via Paypal.
(prices here include 3% paypal fee):
GENERAL RESERVATIONS: $42-100 per person sliding scale for the Dinner and Program.
Table Host $500 -$1000 Reserved seating for a table of 8.
Organizational Host $300 – $500 Reserved seating- table of 8 for community organizations
Sponsor $200 – $300 Reserved seating for 4 people.
Supporter (2) $100 – $200 Reserved seating for 2 people.
Supporter (1) $60 -$100 Reserved seating for one person
Scholarship Donation: if you cannot attend: any amount
Program Only: $8.50 – $25 sliding scale.
Our Souls Turned into Weapons… Eulogy for an Afghanistan Vet: “During basic training, we are weaponized:our souls turned into weapons.”
This is a very moving story from Common Dreams, of an Afghanistan Vet who served three tours and then came home to work for peace through activism and through his music – he recently took his own life… Click link or read story below…
U.S. veteran Jacob George, a deeply admired anti-war activist who ended his own life last month, had gone from being a soldier of war to a warrior for peace. (Photo: Ward Reilly)
“During basic training, we are weaponized:our souls turned into weapons.”
Jacob George’s suicide last month — a few days after President Obama announced that the US was launching its war against ISIS — opens a deep, terrible hole in the national identity. George: singer, banjo player, poet, peace warrior, vet. He served three tours in Afghanistan. He brought the war home. He tried to repair the damage.
Finally, finally, he reached for “the surefire therapy for ending the pain,” as a fellow vet told Truthdig. He was 32.
Maybe another war was just too much for him to endure. Military glory — protection of the innocent — is a broken ideal, a cynical lie. “Times for war veterans are tough because we know exactly what is going to happen with the actions that Obama talked about in his recent speech,” his friend Paul Appell told Truthdig. “Jacob and other war veterans know the pain and suffering that will be done to our fellow man no matter what terms are used to describe war, whether it is done from afar with drones and bombs or up close eye to eye.”
And wars don’t end. They go on and on and on, inside the psyches of the ones who fought and killed. War’s toxins hover in the air and the water. Landmines and unexploded bombs, planted in the earth, wait patiently to explode.
In a chapbook that George published called “Soldier’s Heart,” which contains the lyrics to a number of his songs accompanied by essays discussing the context in which they were written, he explains his song “Playground of War.” It was written when he returned to Afghanistan with a peace delegation — George was one of the first Afghan vets to do such a thing — and at one point visited, God help us, a landmine museum.
The guide, “hard-faced,” overflowing with emotion, explains, George writes, that “it would take over a hundred years of working seven days a week to clear every single landmine out of Afghanistan. He says their fathers and grandfathers used to work their fields with plows, but now they work their fields with metal detectors and wooden rods. Instead of harvesting potatoes, they harvest explosives. He tells me all kinds of things that change my life in a matter of minutes.”
This is war. War never ends. George came home with the war raging inside him and rode his bicycle across the country to promote peace. Inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh, he understood that veterans “can help lead the healing of the nation” In 2012, he marched in Chicago in protest of NATO and returned his medals. Marching with fellow vets, he led this cadence call: “Mama, Mama, can’t you see/What Uncle Sam has done to me?”
He called his peace work a “righteous rite of passage.” He said it was “how we transform PTSD into something beautiful.”
He also chipped the last letter off the acronym: post-traumatic stress is not a disorder, he realized, but a completely natural, sane reaction to causing harm to others. He called it a moral injury.
A fellow vet, Brock McIntosh, interviewed on “Democracy Now” shortly after George’s suicide, said: “. . . he saw a lot of killing in Afghanistan, and he also talked about seeing fear in the eyes of Afghans. And the idea that he could put fear in someone kind of haunted him. And he had lots of nightmares when he returned, and felt kind of isolated and didn’t really tell his story. But over the last few years, he’s had the opportunity to tell his story and to build long-lasting relationships, not only with other veterans who are like-minded, but also with Afghans.”
In “Soldier’s Heart,” George talked about the dehumanization process that begins in basic training. Young people’s souls are “turned into weapons.” This is an image I can’t move beyond. It’s an insight into the nature of war that cannot be allowed to remain trapped inside every used up vet — that our deepest hunger to do good, to contribute to the good of the world, is commandeered by selfish and cynical interests and planted back into the soil of our being like a landmine.
“Through my personal healing from PTSD, I’ve discovered it’s not possible to dehumanize others without dehumanizing the self,” he wrote in “Soldier’s Heart.”
George, unable to find a place in the society he thought he was leaving home to protect, spoke primarily to all the other returning vets trapped in the same existential hell. What he came to realize was that only by surrendering the rest of his life to the elimination of war could be himself find any peace. In doing so, he made a spiritual transition, from soldier to warrior.
“You see,” he wrote, “a soldier follows orders, a soldier is loyal, and a soldier is technically and tactically proficient. A warrior isn’t so good at following orders. The warrior follows the heart. A warrior has empathic understanding with the enemy, so much so that the very thought of causing pain or harm to the enemy causes pain to the warrior.”
And now one more warrior lets go just as another war begins.
“We have been at war for 12 years. We have spent trillions of dollars,” Bernie Sanders said recently on CNN. “What I do not want, and I fear very much, is the United States getting sucked into a quagmire and being involved in perpetual warfare year after year after year. That is my fear.”
I’m sure that was Jacob George’s fear as well. I’m sure he felt it in his soul.
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The naturalist and pacifist asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” His answer was simple: “I say, break the law.”
One hundred and sixty-four years later, on May 15, 2013, Ken Ward Jr. and Jay O’Hara did just that. They navigated a small lobster boat, named “The Henry David T.,” to a point off the Massachusetts coast near the enormous Brayton Point Power Station, a coal-fired power plant built in 1963 that is the largest source of carbon emissions in the region. They dropped anchor and blocked access to the pier, preventing a cargo ship from unloading 40,000 tons of coal. They suspended banners from their boat reading “#CoalIsStupid” and “350,” a reference to the international climate action group 350.org. Three hundred fifty parts per million (ppm) is the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that scientists feel is the maximum level that will allow the planet to avoid catastrophic human-induced climate change. Ward and O’Hara succeeded in blocking the coal shipment. From the boat, they reported themselves to the local police and were later arrested by the U.S. Coast Guard.
O’Hara, a Quaker and a sailmaker on Cape Cod, explained, “We were charged with … disturbing the peace, conspiracy to disturb the peace, negligent operation of a motor vessel and a failure to act to avoid a collision of a boat.” They faced years in prison. They decided to mount a “necessity defense,” admitting that they broke the law, but claiming that they did so only to prevent a much greater harm, i.e., the burning of coal that increases global warming. Last Monday, Sept. 8, they finally went to court. Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter offered them a deal. He dropped all criminal charges against them in exchange for a guilty plea to a civil offense and a fine. D.A. Sutter then went a step further — a few steps, actually, to the plaza in front of the courthouse, where he shocked the two defendants and close to 100 of their supporters with a short speech:
“The decision [we] reached today … certainly took into consideration the cost to the taxpayers in Somerset, but was made with our concern for their children, the children of Bristol County and beyond, in mind. Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced. In my humble opinion, the political leadership on this issue has been gravely lacking … we were able to reach an agreement that symbolizes our commitment at the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office to take a leadership role on this issue.”
Sutter’s incredible demonstration of political leadership is timely, indeed. This week, the World Meteorological Organization released its latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, packed with dire statistics about the accelerating threat of climate change. “The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013,” the WMO reported, with current concentration of carbon dioxide at 396 ppm. The WMO also warned, ominously, “The current rate of ocean acidification appears unprecedented at least over the last 300 million years.” Defendant Ken Ward, a former deputy director of Greenpeace USA, noting the urgency he feels for the climate, told me, “We should … be taking emergency actions everywhere we can. And the very first emergency action is to stop burning coal.”
Henry David Thoreau is best known for his book “Walden,” in which he describes the year he spent living in a cabin he built on Walden Pond, near Concord, Mass. Thoreau opposed the 1847 U.S. invasion of Mexico. He was a staunch opponent of slavery. To protest these violent policies, he decided he would not pay taxes. When he was jailed for his protest, he was visited by his friend, the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is said that when Emerson asked, “Henry, what are you doing in there,” Thoreau replied, “Waldo, what are you doing out there?” Thoreau’s essay on civil disobedience was one of the first modern articulations of the resistance tactic of nonviolent noncooperation. His words and actions have inspired millions, among them Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
The People’s Climate March will happen in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21. Organizers expect it to be the largest march for the climate in history. The march’s slogan: “To Change Everything, We Need Everyone.” Sam Sutter says he’ll be there, as will the two activists he prosecuted. I asked the district attorney and the defendants if they would be marching together. They all smiled. Prosecutor Sutter said, “It’s certainly possible.” Jay O’Hara concurred, “Sounds like a plan.”
This Fall the Resource Center for Nonviolence is inviting you to PARTICIPATE. We have several events surrounding the idea of participation. One that we are really excited is a reception and presentation with Nina Simon.
We have a great resource in our community on this topic:
Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History! Nina will share her experience and advice about how she and her team have transformed the MAH in to a participatory experience for our community. The museum’s profile, attendance, and participation have skyrocketed under Nina’s leadership. Nina is the author of “The Participatory Museum,” speaks around the country, and leads a summer professional development camp on the topic of Participation.
Nina Simon and the Resource Center for Nonviolence invite you to participate!
Wednesday, October 8, 6:30 PM for a mixer (light refreshments) 7:30 PM for Nina’s presentation.
Suggested donation, $10-20 sliding scale.
Please RSVP by October 1. Space is limited. Email Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831.423.1626. It’s all at the
Resource Center for Nonviolence:
612 Ocean Street, across from Hotel Paradox.
We welcome everyone and we especially invite leaders, staff, board members, activists from community groups, non-profit organizations, political and religious groups to meet Nina, visit the Resource Center for Nonviolence, and consider how you can improve participation in your organization.
We hope you will join us!
Anita, Candace, Irene and Peter
AL HELM (the dream): Martin Luther King in Palestine
Film and Discussion
Thursday, August 14 @ 7:00
The Resource Center for Nonviolence 612 Ocean Street
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.
For more information: Click For Flyer or 831.423.1626