Remembering Scott Kennedy

Scott Kennedy

– December 9, 1948 – November 19, 2011 -

We thank you for all your blessings and support in memory of our dear friend, co-worker and co-founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, Scott Kennedy. If you were unable to attend Scott’s memorial on December 11,, 2011, it was videotaped and we hope to have it on our website soon. There are lots of photos, sharing, and links on Scott’s Facebook page as well as on RCNV’s facebook page.  We hope you will continue to be involved with the Resource Center for Nonviolence as we make our way forward.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO COMMUNITY TV AND WATCH THE MEMORIAL ONLINE.

Dear friends, the memorial for Scott on Sunday, December 11, 2011, was an amazing celebration of Scott’s life. Scott would have loved to see how many lives he touched, and what an impact he made on this world.  We thank you for all your thoughts and prayers on Scott’s behalf.

Many of you have asked:  what can I do to help in this moment of grieving and beyond? Remember Scott with your thoughts and prayers, but also take action.  Click the link  for some ideas… Remembering Scott and Looking Forward- A Call to Action: ***Call to Action-Memorial Program1Pg.

For those of you unable to join us, the service was videotaped, and a link to an edited version of the the memorial videotape will be available here at some point in the future. So many of you have stories about Scott that you would like to share: Please continue to send us your thoughts, stories, photos or videos, or memories of Scott. Email rcnvinfo   at   gmail    dot ,  call 831-423-1626×101, or send to RCNV 515 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA  95060.

Please scroll down for more links about Scott…

We attempted to LiveStream the memorial- the quality is not stellar, and it shows only a portion of the memorial, but it may give you a glimpse: Please Click Here for a Link to the webpage where the Memorial Service was LiveStreamed online for those of you not able to make it.

Thank you to Cruzio.com and The Darling House Bed and Breakfast for their assistance with  the LiveStream.

Joe Williams, a friend of RCNV,  also attempted a live stream through his mobile phone and www.ustream.tv. Click Here to go to his channel and watch the service.

Please click this link for more about Scott’s life.Memorial for Scott Kennedy: Sunday, December 11, 2011

Please Click here for an interview done with Scott about his work as a nonviolent social justice advocate and organizer.–> Scott Kennedy Memorial Booklet_2

A memorial for Scott Kennedy was held in Santa Cruz, CA on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 2:00p.m. at First Congregational Church, 900 High Street in Santa Cruz.

Memorial donations (in lieu of flowers) are welcome to the Resource Center for Nonviolence, New Profile of Israel and the Wi’am Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center.  Best way for online donations:  connect to the link on the email newsletter here Memorial for Scott Kennedy: Sunday, December 11, 2011 , or you can  click on our Donate Button on top right of this page. (If you want to donate to New Profile or Wi’am, choose them via the link above. More info about these group is  also in this link). Or, you can mail contributions to:  Resource Center for Nonviolence, 515 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA   95060. Please include a note that your donation is in memory of Scott. Thank you.

-Anita Heckman, Sandino Gomez, Marciano Cruz, Peter Klotz-Chamberlin, Ricardo Banda, Darrell Darling, Yolanda Henry, Erik Larsen, Dorah Rosen and Woody Wood:  the Staff and Steering Committee of the Resource Center for Nonviolence.

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Links to Articles on Scotts Passing:

Scott Kennedy, former Santa Cruz mayor and founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, dead at 62

SJ Mercury News Article

Scott Kennedy’s family, colleagues plan memorial and center’s future

Online Memorial Guestbook at Legacy.com

SC Patch: Scott Kennedy, Former Mayor and Nonviolence Center Founder, Died Saturday

Scott Kennedy wins 2010 Pfifer Peace Prize, A PDF file report of the event

Fellowship of Reconciliation Blog Tribute to Scott Kennedy by Mark Johnson, Staff.

Scott Kennedy, PRESENTE!

Video of Scott Kennedy on Community TV Program SoWat

The Mid-County Post

The National Catholic Reporter

Sojourners Magazine, An Article by Jim Wallis

Our dear friend, co-worker, and co-founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence Scott Kennedy died Saturday, November 19, 2011, of natural causes.   We love Scott.  He is one of us.  He collaborated with many of you in active nonviolent struggle for freedom and justice.  And he shared deep friendships with so many.

Please share your remembrances of Scott with us. Let us know how we can reach you as we make plans for a memorial, and let us know of others we should contact: rcnvinfo  at gmail  dot com, or call 831-423-1626. We will be in touch soon with more information.

Scott’s circle of community and friends is large, and you are all a part of it.  We will miss him fiercely, but Scott will continue to be a part of all of our lives as we continue our work for nonviolent social change and justice through the Resource Center for Nonviolence and beyond.  On Scott’s behalf, we thank you for your love, thoughts, and support.

For now we share this message from one co-founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, Joan Baez, as she writes from Occupy Wall Street…
“Scott died in his sleep last night, I’m sure you know.

Scott Kennedy’s death is a loss to not only family and friends, but to the larger family of nonviolent soldiers he has taught, shared with, laughed with, and loved.  I’m fortunate to consider myself a member of his compassionate and passionate army.  Not many people manage to make a dent in the world of conflicts, but Scott’s work in the Middle East defies all cynicism and hopelessness.

At this time in the world of extraordinary current events, we now need those of his nonviolent army to infuse the enthusiastic thousands with the true spirit of Gandhi, and of the minions who have steadfastly stood their ground through the waves of violence with strength, love, caring, and the willingness to suffer rather than inflict suffering.

May he make the crossing smoothly and joyfully.”

Joan Baez

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Links to Media about Scott’s passing and Life’s work:

Scott Kennedy, former Santa Cruz mayor and founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, dead at 62

SJ Mercury News Article

Scott Kennedy’s family, colleagues plan memorial and center’s future

Online Memorial Guestbook at Legacy.com

SC Patch: Scott Kennedy, Former Mayor and Nonviolence Center Founder, Died Saturday

Scott Kennedy wins 2010 Pfifer Peace Prize, A PDF file report of the event

Fellowship of Reconciliation Blog Tribute to Scott Kennedy by Mark Johnson, Staff.

Scott Kennedy, PRESENTE!

Video of Scott Kennedy on Community TV Program SoWat

The Mid-County Post

The National Catholic Reporter