This speech was delivered by Resource Center for Nonviolence co-founder Scott Kennedy in 2008 when he was awarded the 2008 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize. In May, 2014, the El-Hibri Foundation produced this Youtube video that combines audio from Scott’s speech with a slideshow.
The photos are courtesy of Bob Fitch Photo Archives © Stanford University Libraries, Matt Fitt and include other photos from the Kennedy family, Resource Center for Nonviolence and El-Hibri Foundation archives.
Excerpts from the speech: “there are so many on whose shoulders I rise.” Scott highlights the importance of a place and community: of local work that is also national and international in scope; deeply rooted in our community- that is the heart of social change work, the essential Gandhian practice of truth seeking.
He quotes from a book by Jean Zaru, a Palestinian Quaker christian: “Occupied with Nonviolence” about her life in Ramallah and her sacrifices… “How do I teach a culture of nonviolent action? I raise critical and decisive consciousness; consciousness of the value of justice over injustice, peace over warfare; human institutions over against dehumanizing institutions, I try to make clear that we are against evil not against people…Human well-being is our ultimate goal; We should be ready to say what we think is the truth, and be ready to pay the price… that is what all peace education is about… to build a world that is more nonviolent.”
He mentions his favorite quote from Gandhi: “an abstract principle has no meaning without its concrete application” and includes more stories and quotes from Jean Zaru on truth: “truth speaking must be put into practice…. “I will never kill for truth- truth is incompatible with violence.”
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
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: 831-429-2266. Sponsored 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
Co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence and the NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch
January 18-20, 2013- MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION WEEKEND- The Power of Songs for Social Change
*THERE IS STILL ROOM for all concerts and BOTH SATURDAY Workshops… You can simply sign up and pay when you come.
TICKETS: will be on sale at the DOOR FOR ALL EVENTS. NO MORE ONLINE TICKET SALES or WILL-CALL. See you there! For more info: 831-423-1626.
All events at RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz
January 18 – January 20, 2013. The Santa Cruz County NAACP and the Resource Center for Nonviolence invite you to share in a musical celebration:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Events-
The POWER of SONGS for SOCIAL CHANGE:
Featuring: John McCutcheon Concert and or Music Workshop; Aileen Vance: “Zabalaza” Music Workshop; NAACP Annual MLK, Jr. Gospel Night, Youth Day, Hip Hop Concert
*Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m.: Folk musician extraordinaire. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR: $20-35 sliding scale donation.
John McCUTCHEON IN CONCERT:
One concert only! One of the most dynamic and iconic live performers in Folk Music, six-time Grammy nominee John McCutcheon\’s four-decade career has taken him around the world with his unique blend of stunning instrumental skills, incisive songwriting, and subtly seductive storytelling. Hilarious, heartwarming, stirring, and always entertaining.
*Saturday, January 19: NEW this year!
MUSIC WORKSHOPS: The Power of Songs for Social Change. Attend one or both workshops. Light vegetarian lunch available at Noon. THERE IS STILL ROOM IN BOTH WORKSHOPS. SIMPLY SHOW UP AND PAY AT THE DOOR: Workshops only $10-$65 sliding scale for one workshop; $20-65 for both workshops. Light lunch available for $8-15 sliding scale, but you must RSVP for lunch in advance of the workshops. For more info, call 831-423-1626.
10:00-Noon: John McCutcheon: Sing Out! The Power, Purpose & Pedigree Of Music in Our Times. John’s first up-close and personal workshop in Santa Cruz! Gather for a conversation about the history and possibilities of music in social movements; lots of singing, and how to find, make, and spread music that is, as McCutcheon describes, “artful and useful.”
1:00-3:00: Aileen Vance: “Zabalaza!” Revolution in 4-Part Harmony- Songs for Social Justice in the South African Choral Tradition.
Songs of freedom and struggle, hope and healing, peace and justice. Aileen Vance is an award-winning songwriter, singer, songleader and music educator.
Featuring songstress Tammi Brown and her choir, the Inner Light Choir led by Valerie Joi Fiddmont, and an array of stirring and inspiring songs by prominent local Gospel choirs.
Sunday, January 20: 1:00-5:00p.m.- YOUTH DAY and 5:00-6:00p.m. Abstract Rude HipHop Workshop-FREE- for youth of all ages. Create (Y)our Future Now! Celebrating the Youth of Today and Tomorrow. Focus on the four elements of HipHop: Music, Art, Dance, Spoken Word; also open mic, food! Sponsored by NAACP with SCCCCOR and RCNV. Info: 831-429-2266, or 831-425-4500
MORE DETAILS: ML King, Jr. Celebration Weekend: The Power of Songs for Social Change
Throughout America’s history, music has been a catalyst for change, a medium for protest, and a way to deliver a message of hope. Songs have rallied support for social justice and civil rights, influenced public opinion, united us for a common cause and created a powerful tool to impact the world. Music can amaze and inspire us to action; then, suddenly we become optimistic that change is possible.
The Santa Cruz County NAACP
and the Resource Center for Nonviolence
invite you to share in a musical celebration:
The POWER OF SONGS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE -
a full weekend of Folk, Gospel and Hip Hop concerts,
Music Workshops, and a Youth Day
Friday, January 18 – Sunday, January 20, 2013
At the new Resource Center for Nonviolence
612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA
For More information: call 831-423-1626
Title: Innocent…On Death Row, featuring Juan Melendez
Location: RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz
See PDF flier: NOV 2- Juan Melendez flyer SC Nov 2
Description: Juan Melendez spent nearly 18 years on Florida\’s death row for a crime he did NOT commit. In January 2002, he became the 99th death row inmate to be exonerated and released since 1973. His case highlights persistent pervasive problems in our death penalty system. Don\’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Juan\’s inspirational story of human resilience, courage, faith and forgiveness. \”Juan is a living testament to the injustice of capital punishment and his talk is more effective than anything I could teach my students.\” – Law Professor, Thomas Jefferson Law School.
Suggested donation: $10. No one turned away for lack of funds. Sponsored by IF, RCNV and Voices of Angels.
For more info: call RCNV, 831-423-1626.
Title: Occupation Art: Untold Stories, Eyewitness Accounts
Location: Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, CA
Description: Occupation Art: Untold Stories, Eyewitness Accounts featuring Nora Barrows-Friedman & others and video featuring artist Suzanne Klotz. SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2-4 p.m. Come starting at 1:00 to see the exhibits!. Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, CA. Nora Barrows-Friedman is a staff editor and reporter with The Electronic Intifada. She has been regularly reporting from occupied Palestine since 2004, and worked with youth in broadcasting and photographic arts at the Ibdaa Cultural Center in the Dheishah Refugee Camp in the West Bank for several years. .
Start Time: 1:00 -see the exhibits; 2-4 Presentation
“Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope & Empowerment”
Meet & hear Palestinian author & activist Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh
3 events on Saturday April 2!
12:00 noon Book-Reading
Resource Center for Nonviolence
515 Broadway, Santa Cruz
Militant Nonviolence & the Palestinian Struggle
2:30 presentation at SubRosa, a community space.
703 Pacific Avenue
7:00 p.m.* United Methodist Church
250 California Street, Santa Cruz
* Several speakers have been invited to share the platform and to represent Israel’s interests but their participation is not yet confirmed. The evening will not be a strict debate format, but a frank and clarifying exchange of views to help people in this community better understand what is happening, what is at stake and what is possible as we observe or examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Viewpoints will galvanize around the following topic:
“Given the current turmoil in Egypt, the impasse in making progress towards a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the prominent role that the US government plays in the Mid East region, what should be the priorities of US Middle East policy and why?”
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh (pictured above when arrested by Israeli soldiers at Al Walaja in May 2010) teaches and does research at Bethlehem & Birzeit Universities in Israeli occupied Palestine. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke and Yale Universities. Qumsiyeh is president of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Sahour. His most acclaimed book is “Sharing the Land of Canaan: human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle.” He published an activism handbook on his web site qumsiyeh.org. Qumsiyeh’s main interest is media activism and public education, having been published in and interviewed in print and on TV and radio extensively (local, national and international) including the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, CNBC, C-Span, and ABC. He also regularly lectures on issues of human rights and international law. His new book “Popular Resistance in Palestine” reviews Palestinian nonviolent civilian resistance to displacement and occupation dating back to the beginning of the 19th century until today.
Dr. Qumsiyeh’s “rather complex background” — born a Christian Palestinian in the Bethlehem area, exposed as a boy to the harsh realities of Israeli military occupation, trained in biology & teaching in US Colleges & Universities, field research in Israel & Palestine, extensive experience in civil society & nonprofit organizations, & leadership in nonviolent organizations & movements in the occupied West Bank — helped Qumsiyeh “come to understand the importance & the centrality of a pluralistic solution to the simmering conflict in the Land of Canaan.” Qumsiyeh’s electronic human rights newsletter” has made him the most important chronicler of contemporary popular resistance in Palestine, brilliantly evoking the spirit of Jesus, Gandhi, Edward Said, Rachel Corrie and many others, to tell the unvarnished truth about Palestine and Zionist settler colonialism, with a focus on ‘history and activism from below.’
Sponsored by Middle East Program of Resource Center for Nonviolence 831.423.1626 rcnv.org and the Palestine Israel Action Committee http://palestineisraelactioncommittee.com
<>You can still sign up for Engage!, a study program for learning and experimenting with the power of creative nonviolence to transform our lives and our world, led by Barbara Hayes and Joan Marsh.
Continuing series: each Thursday evening, 6:30 – 8:30p.m., Resource Center for Nonviolence, 515 Broadway, Santa Cruz.
<>This course is offered on a donation basis: $5 per session suggested; the workbook is $27 (includes tax). For more information, ask for Barbara, 423-1626×105.
Mexico at a Crossroad
Sun. April 13, 3-5p.m.,
SC Police Station Community Room, 155 Center St., Santa Cruz
Mon. April 14, 7p.m.
- bilingual presentation -
Resource Center for Nonviolence, 515 Broadway, Santa Cruz (during la Liga de la Comunidad Soccer Coaches meeting)
Tanja Markus, a SIPAZ team member, will speak about the Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Guerrero regions of Mexico. Tanja holds a Masters in Law with an emphasis in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and has worked with the UN High Commissioner on Refugees in Stockholm, The International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague, and with Caritas in Valencia, Spain. SIPAZ supports the search for nonviolent solutions that contribute to the construction of a just peace through building tolerance and dialogue. SIPAZ team members accompany threatened indigenous communities to reduce tension, and facilitate conflict transformation and human rights workshops. For more information, 423-1626 or www.rcnv.org
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 420 Melrose, Santa Cruz
George Baldwin is author of “A Political Reading of the Life of Jesus.” Baldwin was a local pastor for twelve years and a seminary professor for fourteen years. He felt called to live in voluntary poverty and lived in Nicaragua from 1984 to 1996.
Bill Moyers called George “…one of the memorable people I have met in my work and one for whom I have the utmost admiration.”
Baldwin says, “Don’t ask, what would Jesus Do? Read what Jesus did Do!” Baldwin examines Jesus as the leader of a political insurrection, in relation to Christology, the Trinity, theories of atonement, love of neighbor, and the role of the Church.
This event is part of a series, “Jesus and Justice: Journeying Towards Repentance and Reconciliation” organized by local churches, Quaker Meeting, and RCNV.
Call 251-4833 for more information.