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Resource Center for Nonviolence PROGRAMS:
Jay Bhukhan and Irene O’Connell lead Project ReGeneration and the Youth Empowerment program. They lead Kingian Nonviolence trainings for youth and all ages. They also ally with other youth activists, leaders and organizations in Santa Cruz County. Jay teaches a course at Costanoa Alternative High School, and seeks to ally himself with youth led initiatives in local high schools and colleges for nonviolent social change and racial and economic justice. If you know a good youth-led project or group working on peace and justice issues, please let him know or conversely, if you know a young person seeking to get involved with other like minded youth please let him know.
Peter Klotz-Chamberlin is a co-founder of RCNV. He brings a wealth of experience and an amazing ability to build relationships with companion organizations and individuals. He leads our Active Nonviolence program. He is also the staff liaison to the Palestine Israel Action Committee.
The Middle East Education and Awareness program is coordinated by Peter Klotz-Chamberlin with RCNV’s Palestine Israel Action Committee and seeks to educate and inform the general public about people working for nonviolent solutions on all sides of the various middle east conflicts. Through speaking events with noted authors, activists, and academics as well as film screenings, discussion groups, and educational travel delegations to the middle east the program works in solidarity with numerous national and international groups involved on promoting a message of dignified nonviolence.
The GI Rights Hotline meets weekly at RCNV is part of the national GI Rights Hotline project, an phone resource that quickly connects soldiers from all branches seeking assistance and answers with trained professionals such as lawyers, doctors, and PTSD counselors. They provide information and alternatives to those in the military who seek to get out. The team assists soldiers who are questioning the legitimacy of war and their own role in the Military Industrial Oil Complex. They also assist with filing the necessary paperwork for conscientious objector status. When people say “Support The Troops” we do more than talk the talk, we walk with them in the quest for their solutions!
Our Bookstore is open Monday through Thursday from 12 – 4 pm and is centrally located at our 612 Ocean St. facility in Santa Cruz. Our store features books focused on nonviolence and justice, posters, fair trade items from Palestine, (olive oil, keffiyehs, pices), as well as a community bulletin board.
Facilities: The Resource Center has several spaces for the community that are available for rental: Scott Kennedy Hall (capacity 200) Community Room (capacity 60). The Center can host meetings, performances, films, celebrations, or exhibits and offers very reasonable rates. For scheduling and rates: Tom Monahan 831.423.1626 extension 106 or rcnvrentals (at) rcnv.org
Please click on the links to the right side of our website for more info about each program.