Working to Eliminate Poverty, Racism and Militarism: Resource Center for Nonviolence Calls for Action to Prevent Militarization and Racial Profiling in Local Law Enforcement.

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SEE PDF version:1.11.15 RCNV statement on justice issues

January 11, 2014

Working to Eliminate Poverty, Racism and Militarism:

Resource Center for Nonviolence Calls for Action to Prevent Militarization and Racial Profiling in Local Law Enforcement.

In 1967 the great nonviolent activist Dr. Martin Luther King identified the three greatest threats
to America: poverty, racism, and militarism.
48 years later America and Santa Cruz continue to suffer these threats.
The Resource Center for Nonviolence calls on local governments in Santa Cruz County to make
our democracy work for everybody by continuing to combat poverty, racism, and militarism.
Poverty: The Santa Cruz city council has for decades used economic development and progressive
commitment to social services to combat poverty. Still we have far to go. People who
are poor and homeless are disproportionately contacted by law officials in a way that does not
seek to address underlying causes that create inequality leading to crime and violence, but only
attacks the symptoms. We support efforts underway involving social service agencies to
change this.
Racism: The city council has taken stands of noncooperation with the federal INS in a significant
effort to combat racism and violence against local residents.
The killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City, by police
officers and ratified by Grand Juries, are visible examples of a reality in the American legal system
that Michelle Alexander calls “the New Jim Crow.” People of color are disproportionately
contacted by police, arrested, charged, convicted, and incarcerated across America. This reality
is institutional racism.
The Resource Center for Nonviolence calls upon local governments to study practices and policies
of law enforcement, legal systems, and incarceration in Santa Cruz County to combat racial
and social class profiling and bias that make justice unequal under the law.
Militarism: Across America, lines between the military and civilian law enforcement are blurring
and merging. Since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security and the CIA have taken increased
combatant roles abroad and in America. The “war on terror” justifies invasions of foreign
countries, occupations, and police actions domestically. Now the Department of Homeland
Security provides grants to local police departments, in Program 1033 and other means, to supply
military equipment for local law enforcement.
City of Santa Cruz acceptance of this Homeland Security grant opens a door to a trend of accepting unnecessary military equipment.
The Resource Center for Nonviolence calls upon local government to prevent militarization of
local law enforcement. Military style vehicles, even if they carry no weapons, present a posture
of defensiveness and power that separates policing roles from community service. In this climate,
the Center calls upon the City of Santa Cruz to rescind the decision to purchase an armored
vehicle under a Department of Homeland Security grant.January 11, 2014
The job our society gives to police officers is one that most citizens refuse ourselves. The city
asks police to respond to difficult and dangerous conflicts and violence in our community. We
respect our officers’ dedication and safety, and we support a police force in our community that
does maintain peace and de-escalates violence without the use of military equipment.
The Resource Center for Nonviolence calls upon local government, law enforcement staff, and
all community members to come together, across all divides, to engage community safety issues,
build trust, and support constructive community responses to conflict and to those caught
in violence.
The triple threats of poverty, racism, and militarism, need to be fought by everybody, working
together, and by local government as well as national government.
Thank you for your consideration and dedication to conducting fair, well-publicized
meetings to include a diversity of voices on these issues.
In Community,
The Resource Center for Nonviolence


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


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


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

on YouTube now: Scott Kennedy 2008 El-Hibri Prize Acceptance speech/ slideshow

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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.”

An Evening with JOAN BAEZ – Benefit Concert – Friday, May 9, 2014

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JoanBaez_Med.EmailThe 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

Rio Theatre

1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz,

8:00pm Concert  

(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.

Solidarity Sponsor:  $1,000 – $10,000:   includes two Reserved Seat Concert Tickets, two Reserved seats for the Scott Kennedy Hall Dedication on Saturday, May 10 (details soon), listing in Concert and Dedication Programs, and Permanent Naming Recognition at the Resource Center for Nonviolence

Soul Force Sponsor:  $500 – $999: includes two Reserved Seat Concert Tickets, two Reserved seats for the Scott Kennedy Hall Dedication on Saturday, May 10 (details soon), listing in Concert Program
Stakeholder Sponsor:  $100 – $499:
includes Reserved Seat Concert Ticket, and listing in Concert Program
I can’t attend: here is a donation to support the Resource Center for NonviolenceBuilding for the Future Campaign

For more information: 831.423-1626

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION WEEKEND, January 17-19: Two Concerts and Youth Day

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The NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch, and the

Resource Center for Nonviolence

Invite you to the


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, 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.

     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:  831-429-2266Sponsored 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

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*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

Click to see Detailed Flyer PDF:  King Weekend EVENTS

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-


Featuring: John McCutcheon Concert and or Music Workshop; Aileen Vance: “Zabalaza” Music Workshop; NAACP Annual MLK, Jr. Gospel Night, Youth Day, Hip Hop Concert

Call  831-423-1626.

John McCutcheon playing guitar*Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m.:  Folk musician extraordinaire. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR: $20-35 sliding scale donation.


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.”

Aileen Vance SM1:00-3:00: 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.

Saturday, January 19, 7:00p.m.:

$10.00 . Tickets available at the DOOR

Sponsored by the NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch.
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

7. Sunday, January 20: $15.00 available

Beats, Rhymes and MLK: Abstract Rude is a West Coast veteran of independent and underground hip hop. Benefits RCNV and NAACP

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:
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

SPONSORS: NAACP & Resource Center for Nonviolence
Co-sponsors:  Good Times, Community Printers, KUSP, SureThing
Productions, KZSC, Comic News, SCCCCOR, Darling House Bed &
Breakfast, Barrios Unidos. Endorsers:  African American Resource & Cultural Center

For More information:  call 831-423-1626

Friday, November 2: Innocent…On Death Row, featuring Juan Melendez

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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.
Date: 2012-11-02

Sunday, March 4- Occupation Art: Untold Stories, Eyewitness Accounts

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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
Date: 2012-03-04

“Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope & Empowerment” with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh

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Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh when arrested by Israeli soldiers at Al Walaja in May 2010.

“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

Thursday Eves: ENGAGE! Nonviolence Study Series

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<>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.