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Second RCNV JOB now open for Applications: PROGRAM STAFF: Project ReGeneration/ Nonviolence Education & Training. Apply by February 12

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The Resource Center for Nonviolence is HIRING! Yes, we have a Second  JOB  opening. Apply by February 12, 2016. Irene O’Connell has decided to depart from RCNV after 5 years of involvement, effective February 16. We are now seeking a person to replace her….

SEE PDF job announcement:  1.23.16 RCNV PROGRAM STAFF- ProjectReGeneration: Nonviolence Education & Training

Position: Program Staff: Project ReGeneration / Nonviolence Education & Training

Overview: The Resource Center for Nonviolence seeks a new staff person to work in a collaborative team of 4 half-time staff members. Emphasis: Project ReGeneration coordination– inspiring the next generation of activists, and Nonviolence Education & Training. The position is half time, 23 hours per week, paying $15 per hour. The person hired for this position will use a variety of interpersonal and communication skills to further the mission of the Resource Center for Nonviolence with youth and young adults. The Center has an egalitarian structure; work hours are flexible and coordinated with co-workers.

TO APPLY: Send a PDF of your resume and cover letter. In addition, respond to these questions: 1.What is your philosophy and practice of nonviolence? 2. Outline the skills and experience you would bring to this position. 3. How did you hear about this position?  SEND TO: rcnvhire  ( a t ) gmail ( d o t ) com   The deadline for applications is Friday, February 12, 2016

JOB DESCRIPTION:  PROGRAM STAFF: Project ReGeneration / Nonviolence Education & Training

EMPLOYER: Resource Center for Nonviolence,  612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA  95060   831- 423-1626     rcnv.org

PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES: (16-18 hours per week)

1. Project ReGeneration Coordination: Work with diverse groups that involve young people in social issues, activism and empowerment throughout Santa Cruz County; Organize and support community building and nonviolence education activities that prioritize youth and young adult participation; Build alliances among diverse youth activists and groups; Maintain and expand ReGeneration contact lists and integrate these with other RCNV lists; With other staff, maintain a webpage and Facebook page; Invite and encourage young adult participation in other RCNV programs; Seek and involve interns and volunteers in Project ReGeneration activities.

2.  Nonviolence Education: Speak in public forums and classrooms and youth groups about nonviolent social change; Support public programs organized by other RCNV staff; Learn nonviolence training methods such as Kingian Nonviolence, Engage, or similar methods; Develop and implement collaborative, participatory, and action-oriented nonviolence/social justice trainings and workshops for youth and all ages.

3.  Community Engagement: Participate in community efforts that prevent violence and develop community and nonviolence among youth, such as the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force; Connect with groups engaged in political struggle and nonviolent direct action in Santa Cruz County and local region.

4.  Fundraising: Take primary responsibility to write the annual grant that funds this position, and seek other grant sources to augment and complement that funding; Organize other fundraising activities to support Project ReGeneration; Coordinate one major RCNV fundraising project each year.

ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (5-7 hours per week)

All staff will:

  • Commit to nonviolence and the mission of the Resource Center for Nonviolence.
  • Maintain regular office hours.
  • Actively participate in staff and Steering Committee meetings and retreats, RCNV programs, and special projects. Representation on sub-committees will be divided among staff.
  • Actively participate in fundraising for RCNV’s budget and operations.
  • Coordinate one major fundraising event and letter per year.
  • Update and maintain relevant areas of RCNV website
  • Commit to a mutually supportive and collegial working relationship with other staff and volunteers.
  • Maintain clear and regular communication with all staff.

NOTE: The first 3 months will include orientation to RCNV and training in Kingian Nonviolence or other nonviolence methods.

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Commitment to nonviolence and core values of the Resource Center for Nonviolence
  • Familiarity with nonviolence and compatible methods of community organizing
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus
  • Team member who is committed to consensus decision-making and shared responsibilities
  • Demonstrated follow-through with responsibilities
  • Experience with nonviolence training methods a plus
  • Experience with non-profit or other organization a plus
  • Experience working or living with diverse persons or communities
  • Excellent social media and web skills, including WordPress,YouTube, Fb, Forums, Instagram, etc.
  • Excellent writing, editing and interpersonal communication skills
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Flexible availability
  • Some college experience
  • One year’s work experience
  • At least one year commitment

TO APPLY:  Send a PDF of your resume and cover letter. In addition, respond to these questions: 1.What is your philosophy and practice of nonviolence? 2. Outline the skills and experience you would bring to this position. 3. How did you hear about this position?

SEND TO: rcnvhire  ( a t ) gmail   (  d o t ) com        The deadline for applications is Friday, February 12, 2016

WE’RE HIRING! Position: Administrative and Program Staff, half-time. Focus on social media, volunteer coord. & NV program. Apply by 2/5/16.

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View 1.5.16 RCNV JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Resource Center for Nonviolence 

Position:  Administrative & Program Staff

TO APPLY: Scroll down for details.    The deadline for applications is Friday, February 5, 2016.

The Resource Center for Nonviolence seeks a new staff member to conduct social media, outreach, administrative, and program coordination tasks in a collaborative team of 4 half-time staff members. The position is half-time, 23 hours per week, paying $15 per hour. The person hired for this position will use a variety of interpersonal, communication, and administrative skills to further the mission of the Resource Center for Nonviolence. The Center has an egalitarian structure. Work hours are flexible.

Position: Administrative & Program Staff 

Employer:  Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA  95060     (831) 423-1626        rcnv.org

ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES  (approximately 11 Hours/week, variable)

1. Coordinate Social Media, Outreach and Publicity: 

Manage RCNV website, enter weekly RCNV web and blog content, expand RCNV web traffic, and update RCNV information, video links, and archives on the website; Strengthen and expand RCNV’s social media    presence and produce compelling content (YouTube, Fb, Twitter, Forums, Instagram, etc.); Coordinate targeted publicity and outreach for events and RCNV facility via social media and print/radio; Expand outreach/publicity to diverse constituencies including youth, LGBTQ, communities of color and spiritual communities; Coordinate, edit and post RCNV videos for RCNV events.

2. Volunteer and Intern Coordination:

Expand, improve and coordinate RCNV’s volunteer and intern program. Work with current volunteers and connect with new volunteers/interns; Collaborate with other staff to develop meaningful volunteer opportunities; Expand RCNV’s volunteer capacity by networking with the Volunteer Center, UCSC, Cabrillo, etc.; Schedule, orient and oversee volunteers/ interns for office hours, events and mailings; Respond to email inquiries; Plan and implement two annual recognition events for volunteers.

3.  Administrative Responsibilities, in collaboration with other staff:

Organize and maintain office systems including filing; Oversee office volunteers; Conduct RCNV financial business as needed; Coordinate Email Newsletters; Coordinate mailing and email lists; Coordinate thank you’s for donations; Keep the office environment functional, accessible, orderly and safe for visitors, volunteers and staff; Order and maintain office supplies and equipment as needed.

PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES  (approximately 8 Hours/week, variable)

1. Nonviolence Training  Perform outreach and publicity for trainings to diverse constituencies including youth, LGBTQ, communities of color; Assist other program staff with trainings.

2. Practice Nonviolence program

Collaborate with other staff and community partners to develop and implement educational programs/ forums that amplify nonviolent voices locally, in the U.S. and abroad; Build RCNV’s impact by encouraging and supporting creative nonviolent activism efforts and movements, creating connections and building community; Mainstream nonviolence values and practices by representing RCNV in community forums; Build bridges between diverse communities.

Other ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES  (approx. 4 hrs/ week, variable)  

All staff will:

*Commit to nonviolence and the mission of the Resource Center for Nonviolence.

*Maintain regular office hours.

*Actively participate in staff and Steering Committee meetings and retreats, RCNV programs, and special  projects. Representation on sub-committees will be divided among staff.

*Actively participate in fundraising for RCNV’s budget and operations.

*Coordinate one major fundraising event and letter per year.

*Update and maintain relevant areas of RCNV website

*Commit to a mutually supportive and collegial working relationship with other staff and volunteers.

*Maintain  clear and regular communication with all staff.

NOTE:  The balance of time spent on administrative vs. program responsibilities may vary. The first 3 months will include orientation to RCNV and training in Kingian Nonviolence or other nonviolence methods.

Desired Skills and Experience:

*Commitment to nonviolence and core values of the Resource Center for Nonviolence

*Team member who is committed to consensus decision-making and shared responsibilities

*Familiarity with nonviolence and compatible methods of community organizing

*Demonstrated follow-through with responsibilities

*Excellent social media and web skills, including WordPress,YouTube, Fb, Twitter, Forums, Instagram, etc. are mandatory

*Excellent writing, editing and interpersonal communication skills

*Experience with non-profit or other organization a plus

*Administrative support experience a plus

*Experience working or living with diverse persons or communities

*Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite

*Fluency in Spanish a plus

*Photoshop, InDesign skills a plus

*Video or film editing skills a plus

*Flexible availability

*Some college experience

*One year’s work experience At least one year commitment

TO APPLY: 

Send a PDF of your resume and cover letter. In addition, respond to these questions:

1. What is your philosophy and practice of nonviolence?

2. Outline the skills and experience you would bring to this position.

3. How did you learn about this position?

Send torcnvhire  {at} gmail  {dot}   com       The deadline for applications is Friday, February 5, 2016.

 

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Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA  95060       831. 423.1626

 

 

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!

Pope Francis names RCNV mentors in address to Congress: Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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We are excited that Pope Francis named three historic mentors of the Resource Center for Nonviolence in his address to Congress — Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, and Martin Luther King, Jr.!  Read this Amy Goodman interview with Robert Ellsberg, biographer of Dorothy Day.

VISIT RCNV’s library, which includes books by and about each of these nonviolence advocates.Hours: M-TH Noon – 4pm.

RCNV also has Posters available for purchase, of Dorothy Day. Martin Luther King, Jr.  and others, with photographs by Bob Fitch.

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You are Invited: Friday, October 9: RCNV Annual Dinner and Program features Pietro Ameglio, one of the most important practitioners of nonviolence in Mexico; and other Local Events with Pietro…

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You are Invited: 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Pietro Ameglio

Resource Center for Nonviolence

ANNUAL DINNER

& PROGRAM

Featured Speaker:

Pietro Ameglio, one of the most important teachers and practitioners of active nonviolence in Latin America today.

AT:  Peace United Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz

SEE PDF Color FLIER Annual Dinner with PietroAmeglio

5:00-6:00p.m.- Social Hour and Silent Auction; 6:00 Dinner 7:00 Program with Pietro Ameglio

     Pietro Ameglio, activist, teacher and Gandhian organizer in Mexico, is our featured Annual Dinner speaker on Friday, October 9. Pietro is one of the most important teachers and practitioners of active nonviolence in Latin America today. He will speak on “Nonviolent Struggle in a Mexico at War” offering perspectives from victims of political and drug-war violence in Mexico and from the movement for peace with justice and dignity.  TO RSVP: Email Peter OR call 831-423-1626 
 There are no tickets for this event, only a reservation list and will-call at the door. You may also pay at the door, but please RSVP in advance. General Reservations: RSVP by Thursday, October 1.   For more information: 831.423.1626. 
    DETAILS about the Annual Dinner below.
   Pietro will also speak at two other Local events:  Thursday, October 8, 7:00p.m.  AT: Bike Shack, 555 Main St., Watsonville.  Co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence, Watsonville peace & Unity Festival and Watsonville Brown Berets. Free event; donations welcome. More info: 831-423-1626
    Friday, October 9, 2015, 12:00-1:30pm, UCSC, Charles E. Merrill Lounge. Pietro Ameglio: la lucha por la paz y la justicia en un México en guerra. The CLRC Politics of Forced Migration Research Cluster  cosponsors this free, public event with the Latin American and Latino Studies Department, Colleges 9 and 10, and the  Resource Center for Nonviolence.  More info:    
We need Annual Dinner VOLUNTEERS: dinner provided: call 831-423-1626.
Thank you to our Annual Dinner Hosts as of 9.28.15!  Organizational Hosts: United Services Agency; United Methodist Church group; Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism, Santa Cruz Friends Meeting; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Table Hosts: Anne Rosenzweig, Catherine Steele. Supporters:  NAACP Santa Cruz Branch, Jane Yett, Robert DeFreitas and Gigo De Silva, Tom Helman and Mary Ann Balian, Don Lane and Mary Howe, Paul Ortiz and Sheila Payne, Community Action Board, Katharina Harlow.
DETAILS:  Annual Dinner:  You are invited to the
Resource Center for Nonviolence
2015 ANNUAL DINNER & PROGRAM
Friday, October 9, 2015
Featuring Pietro Ameglio
AT: First Congregational Church
900 High St., Santa Cruz, CA
5:00 – 6:00p.m.: Social Hour with Wine and Silent Auction
6:00p.m. Dinner: Gourmet Vegetarian cuisine
7:00p.m. Program featuring Pietro Ameglio
**Click links to Make your RESERVATIONS:
General Reservations RCNV Annual Dinner & Program: $42 – $100 per person suggested sliding scale. Program Only- RCNV Annual Dinner: $8.50 – $25 sliding scale for attending the Program only. Note: online prices include Paypal transaction fee. General reservations: please reserve by October 1.
Table Host
$500 – $1000suggested
sliding scale
Reserved seating for a table of 8
Organizational Host $300 – $500 Reserved seating for 8 people
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 Any amount If you cannot attend: helps youth or others to attend.

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Remembering AL WASSERMAN: Civil Rights and anti-war activist; participated in the Selma to Montgomery march with Martin Luther King

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Al WassermanAl Wasserman, 10/1/26 – 8/14/15, led several thought provoking RCNV Study Groups, including “Violence: reflections on a national epidemic” by James Gilligan and “War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning” by Chris Hedges. He enjoyed a good discussion about weighty moral issues. Al was a long-time RCNV supporter and attended many of our events over the years. Presenté.

Excerpts from Cindy Wasserman, writing about her father, Al Wasserman:

He was an intellectual man.  Up at 3am every night, for decades, writing, reading – and noshing.  A voracious reader, he consumed books on labor’s history, economic globalization, U.S. foreign policy and the occasional Hollywood memoir the way kids pound down milkshakes, with about as much gusto and relish.  He led study groups with the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz and he became a regular contributor and columnist to a local newspaper.

He was a man with a strong moral compass.  An activist in the civil rights and anti war movements, he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.  Dad had seen footage, on the news, of the beatings on Pettus Bridge.  He quickly bought a plane ticket to Alabama, happened to meet a news reporter returning home who gave Dad his press badge, thereby allowing him access to the march.  He marched with his dear, lifelong friend, Bill Pool (and, as he liked to mention, alongside one of his other heroes, Pete Seeger.)  My Mom called Millbrae Furniture every day to tell them my Dad was sick and wouldn’t be in to work that day.  Bill loved telling how funny it was when Dad came back to work with a great tan after a week of “sick leave”!  But it was a compelling and dangerous thing to do, and I am proud of my Dad for having participated in this march, and for demonstrating, sitting in, protesting and even going to jail for so many just causes.

A supporter of the disenfranchised, working people and countries that placed their citizens above profit, Dad studied Cuba, China, Palestine and, more recently, Venezuela.  He and my Mom were among the first Westerners to travel to The People’s Republic of China in the early 70’s (before Nixon).  Dad was actually invited there, as a guest.  They got to watch surgeries performed without anesthesia other than acupuncture (after which patients awakened and stepped off the operating table themselves) and met “barefoot doctors,” farmers who were provided enough basic medical training to work in rural villages where urban-trained doctors would not settle.  Read moreCindy Wasserman- Remembering Dad

Excerpts from Mardy Wasserman, writing about her father, Al Wasserman:

  • When I was in high school in the 60’s, Dad was arrested during a sit-in, protesting racial discrimination in hiring practices on famed Auto Row, Van Ness Ave., in San Francisco.
  • Many of you probably know that Dad and his best friend, Bill Poole, terrified but committed, joined Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his March from Selma to Montgomery, AL.
  • Dad and I walked with Cesar Chavez on a long, hot, 4 day protest through Central CA, during the grape boycott, staying with braceros who offered us rice and beans, a place on their floor to sleep, and an outhouse.
  • He was a radical, anti-war activist who expressed his beliefs in action, and was again arrested at the Oakland Induction Center as he tried to prevent young men from registering to go to war.  He said, “It has to start somewhere, sometime, by people like us.”  And it happened:  people like us stopped that war. Read more: Mardy Wasserman, Celebration of Dad

Excerpts from Harvey Wasserman, writing about his father, Al Wasserman:

Good afternoon, everybody.  I thought I might share some fragments that came to mind as I was pondering what to share with you today.

Most of you will be more or less familiar with dad’s political life – sit ins at Van Ness Auto row, Picketing and sit ins at the Oakland Induction Center – I was with him when he was picked up and charged with sedition – Selma, Alabama; The  March on Washington, his trip to China.

But some of you may not know that in the 60’s, dad was a black panther. Really! He had the jacket, the beret, and he had a Black Panther bumper sticker on his lovely little red Alpha Romeo. A bushois Black Panther!  Read more:  Memories of my father, By Harvey Wasserman

Remembering LOIS MUHLY: activist on behalf of Nicaragua, Alliance for Children, CCRC, RCNV, and more…

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IN REMEMBRANCE–
Presenté:

Lois Muhly

May 9, 1926 – August 10, 2015
Lois Muhly
Lois was active with Three Americas, Coalition for Nicaragua, Alliance for Children, Children’s Creative Response to Conflict, Women’s Democratic Club, People’s Democratic Club, and RCNV. She and Bert were actively involved in local, state, and national politics. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lois may be sent to RCNV or Three Americas. We are encouraging donations toward the Bert & Lois Muhly kitchen at RCNV or general donations. Contact Herb Schmidt for more information.
Services will be held September 26, 2015, at 3:00pm at the Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational Church), 900 High St, Santa Cruz, Ca
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, Ca, 95060 or Three Americas, Inc. PO Box 711, Santa Cruz, Ca 95061-0711 – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/santacruzsentinel/obituary.aspx?n=lois-roberts-muhly&pid=175553711&fhid=8818#sthash.GySMTAUQ.dpuf

GEORGE HOUSER: Freedom Rider, CORE co-founder: he impacted millions…

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Walking Quietly Forward… He impacted millions…

GEORGE HOUSER,Freedom Rider, CORE co-founder 

George Houser, age 99, June 2, 1916 – August 19, 2015,
WWII C.O., mentor, civil and human rights organizer, died recently in Santa Rosa. He wrote articles for RCNV, spoke at and visited RCNV many times. He organized one of the first Freedom Rides in 1947, was co-founder of the Congress on Racial Equality, and was active with the Fellowship of Reconciliation since the 1940′s. Scott Kennedy served with George on the FOR National Council. George was an expert on South Africa, and worked there for many years to abolish apartheid.

20 Years since the Dedication of the Collateral Damage Sculpture by E.A. Chase: See the original and recent video; in memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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1995 dedication and history of the Collateral Damage Statue. Mathilde Rand filmed the installation and dedication of the Collateral Damage sculpture in Santa Cruz, CA, 1995. A historical view of the reasons for the Collateral Damage statue, the placement of the statue and dedication/ rally in Santa Cruz, California on the 50th anniversary of the US dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The concert featured Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby and many more musicians.

The Peace Community of Santa Cruz commemorated the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with music and a candlelight vigil at the Collateral Damage Sculpture. Annie Newman’s video clip: Coming Together on August 2, 2015 at the Collateral Damage Statue and Town Clock.