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RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE

 

WHAT WE DO

The Resource Center for Nonviolence, founded in 1976, is a peace and justice organization promoting the practice of nonviolent social change.

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WHO WE ARE

The Board, staff, and volunteers of the Resource Center for Nonviolence have joined together to promote the conscious practice of nonviolence as a dynamic means of effecting personal and social change and creating a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.

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WHAT IS NONVIOLENCE?

Nonviolence is a force for change, different from “non-violence.” Nonviolent action is direct and practical: Refuse to do violence, resist violence, organize with others, change the situation. Cesar Chavez said “Nonviolence is our strength.”

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Upcoming Programs

Stay Connected. Sign-up for awesome programs and virtual events with RCNV

To make sure and keep our community safe during the COVID-19 orders, RCNV has developed a series of online programs that connect all of us in the conversation around nonviolence.

 
 
 

Antiracism Book Circles

The Black Lives Matter movement calls each of us to learn more about our part in racism and commit to antiracism and racial justice. 

Welcome to register for these facilitated discussion circles organized by RCNV. Registrants must commit to reading the book, attending most sessions, and following group agreements. Purchase books soon at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Kelly’s Books and elsewhere, or audio books. All times PDT. Donation encouraged, though not required. Visit our events page for the full schedules and to register.

 

WHAT WE DO

The Resource Center for Nonviolence brings people together to advance nonviolence, antiracism and beloved community. RCNV staff and volunteers organize and host trainings and education to support the growth of activists and the development of campaigns for social justice, human rights, and environmental resilience. RCNV presents online education and convenes community online to support social change in this crucial period of flux in our lives and institutions. When the community health situation permits, RCNV is a community center that hosts 100 organizations a year in meetings and events to build nonviolence culture and policy. RCNV thrives on relationships with volunteers, partners, vulnerable communities, donors, and nonviolent activists all around Santa Cruz County, California, the United States, and the world.

RCNV’S RESPONSE TO THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD

— May 25, 2020 —

Justice will remain illusive unless we take an honest look at ourselves and how we are complicit in the perpetuation of racist ideas and actions in our daily lives and institutions.

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ART OF NONVIOLENCE EXHIBITS
“CONNECTIONS: a Printmaking Exhibit”

The current exhibit is virtual, since RCNV is closed at this time. The “Connections” printmaking exhibit links us to each other and the human condition. In this time of the corona virus and sheltering at home, we yearn for connection. “Connections” ties us to the healing power of nature, our history and our memories. The art provides a window of hope for the current moment. It helps us to remember the past and to face the future.

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BELOVED COMMUNITY CAFE

This is an opportunity to join together by computer or phone and build the beloved community. Check-in from your place, hear from one another, share your vision of nonviolent changes we want to see in our lives and society.

In these times of physical distance, we can take the opportunity to gather as community, grow in core understanding of nonviolence and anti-racism education, and work together in outreach all via virtual platforms.

Join the next Beloved Community Cafe signing up for our newsletter or emailing peter@rcnv.org for the link.

Learn more about Justice Ginsburg’s work:

ACLU – Tribute: The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and WRP Staff

The Harvard Gazette – The life and legacy of RBG

Oyez – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Oyez – Significance of Fronteiro v. Richardson

Fortune – 5 key Supreme Court cases that highlight Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy

The New Yorker – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Through the Years

 
COVID-19 AND THE RCNV

The RCNV Executive Committee closed RCNV to public events and meetings until further notice.

Listening to local and national health leaders, and the experience of RCNV Board President Jorge Mendez, who works with health centers, we decided to help slow the spread of the corona virus by stopping public gatherings at RCNV.

The Resource Center for Nonviolence seeks Beloved Community. The corona virus teaches us once again that we are all bound together, and everyone is precious.

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Peace Through Justice

RCNV provides resources for critical reflection and constructive action, leadership development, and individual and group empowerment by encouraging diverse groups and individuals to address social problems by life-affirming, nonviolent means.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FEATURED PARTNER

Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism

SCCCCOR is a grassroots organization founded in 2007 to address structural racism as the the root cause of racial inequity in Santa Cruz County.

CRACKING THE CODES

This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities.

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS

RACED IN AMERICA: White Culture, Privilege and Bias

(DE)COLONIALISM

MIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION

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VISIT SCCCCOR WEBSITE

FEATURED PARTNER

Palestine Justice Coalition

Palestine Justice Coalition (formerly Palestine Israel Action Committee) is a group of local Jewish, Arab and other activists that meet and organize each month at the Resource Center for Nonviolence.

EDUCATION

PJC sponsors speakers, hosts cultural and educational events, and mobilizes public opinion for a political settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

PIAC co-organized a major Justice for Palestine conference with Friends of Sabeel North America in 2016.

ADVOCACY

A focus now is Hewlett-Packard, which makes technology to profile Palestinians and assist in preventing free travel for work, hospital, education and family in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights, and Israel.

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What People Are Saying About Us

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what people are saying:

 

RCNV is one of the places in my hometown where I actually feel at home too. The Managment and Staff have not only worked persistently on providing the community with heart-centered and eclectic activities focused on social justice and humanitarian issues, but also provided a haven for me and my activists group (The Muslim Solidarity Group of Sanctuary Santa Cruz) to present our own activities to the community. Thank you RCNV!
 
 
 Muna AlSheikh

Ben Lomond

 

I am a 28 year old queer latinx woman living and teaching middle school in Memphis, Tennessee. I recently relocated from Santa Cruz, CA, where I came to know and love RCNV. RCNV does the challenging and crucial work of advocating for social change, particularly racial justice, and in support of that goal, has recently begun an online class with Professor Paul Ortiz, the author of A Black and Latinx History of the United States. The class could not have happened at a better time. We are coming together, as learners, educators, and community members to do the work required to speak truth to power as it concerns the remarkable Black and Brown humans whose stories are not told. RCNV knows that to make real change we must be equipped with affordable, equitable, and meaningful education. I am grateful for RCNV for the tremendous work they do to empower those around them.

Bianca Martinez

Middle School Teacher in Memphis, Tennessee

 

 

For many, many years the Resource Center for Nonviolence has been helping our local community to envision, and work for, a world at peace. A world where justice, not predominance, is our goal. What’s that worth? Incalculable!

Gary Patton

Patton Law Offices, former member of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

Our Team

It takes a village.

 

 

Silvia Morales

Executive Director

 

Jorge Mendez

Board President

 

Joe Williams

Board Vice President

 

Darrell Darling

Board Member

 

Peter Klotz-Chamberlin

Board Secretary

Contact us: 831.423.1626