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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

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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.

Our Beloved Community Cafe discussion this week will be dedicated to Toni Morrison’s 1975 presentation entitled “A Humanists View” which she gave at the Portland State University campus hosted by the Black Studies Department as a part of a public lecture series on the theme of the “American Dream”. A recording and a transcription of the presentation is linked and described in Kiesha Mckenzies blog in the following way, “She discusses aspects of historical and contemporary racism, the economic roots of the racism tree, and uses racial epithets while describing how specific populations buy their way out of limiting social positions—literally using their creativity to become indispensable to local markets”.
I came across this presentation during a Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality training given by the African American Policy Forum, an influential social justice think tank founded by Kimberlé Crenshaw. It was used to frame the week long Summer course. In it, Morrison not only gives a creative and artful articulation of the atrocity of slavery, but frames racism and the role of people of color within it in an inspiring and beautiful way. Direct quote, “Unless all races and all ages of man have been totally deluded, there seems to be such a thing as grace, such a thing as beauty, such a thing as harmony—all of which are wholly free, and available to us.”Please join me to discuss and revere this treasure of a presentation on Friday August 14, 2020 at 12:00 PM Pacific Time. Email peter@rcnv.org for link.

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.

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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:

 It was a perfect introduction to the what and how of Kingian nonviolence, besides honoring his memory, ideals and achievements. My wish to work for social justice and personal transformation motivated me to attend this “Orientation to Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation,” and it has provided the perfect jumping off point, complete with a bag of wonderful tools”.

Sydney

Spring 2019 Kingian Nonviolence Participant

“The moment that touched my soul the deepest was singing with all folks from the Center around the piano, overlooking the Alabama river. Like…wow.

I still reflect on this moment from time to time randomly in my daily life and get a feeling of hope and courage to overcome the obstacles faced.”

Linnea

2018 Selma Cultural Exchange Participant

“You are an organization that shares my beliefs regarding peace, justice, and equality. You make Santa Cruz and the country a better place. I am grateful that you exist. Keep on keeping on.

We can work together to make a better world.”

Laurel

Community Member

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