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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 within our lives and institutions. The senseless killing of George Floyd has devastated our community, nation and the world by laying bare the racist realities of People of Color yet…
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Interdependence

What value will we celebrate this July 4th, independence or interdependence?  The Covid-19 virus, then US government failures to contain the virus, then police murder of George Floyd, then eruptions of outrage and protest in every corner of the country, all combine to take the wraps off deep wounds in the national body, wounds that…
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Meredith March Against Fear- 54th Anniversary

Meredith March Against Fear 54th Anniversary Photo above by Bob Fitch, Stanford Library Archives On June 7th, 1966, James Meredith, who had integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962, began the March Against Fear; an attempt to walk from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, (Photo at Jackson state capitol above) to promote black voter registration and defy…
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RCNV Coronavirus Update to the Community

The RCNV facility at 612 Ocean Street in Santa Cruz, CA is temporarily closed to public events and meetings until Santa Cruz County health guidelines permit a step by step reopening. Listening to local and national health leaders, and the experience of RCNV Board President Jorge Mendez, who works with health centers, RCNV stopped public gatherings and…
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RCNV STATEMENT on IRAN

by Peter Klotz-Chamberlin, 1/7/20 The Resource Center for Nonviolence protests the assassination of top Iranian government leader Major General Qasem Soleimani by United States military forces. We encourage all organizations to join the local protest convened by Code Pink Saturday, January 25, 4:00 pm, at the Collateral Damage Statue / Town Clock, Santa Cruz. Protest alone is…
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A big THANK YOU to our 11.2.19 Annual Dinner Supporters: Businesses and Individuals…

THANK YOU!!! Our November 2, 2019 Annual Dinner with Enid Lee was a great success. We are so appreciative of all the individuals and businesses who supported this event. THANK YOU to our Business Supporters: Trader Joe’s Front St., Staff of Life Natural Foods Market, Pacific Cookie Company, Beckmann’s Old World Bakery, Discretion Brewery, Coffeol…
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We Want Your Feedback!!

Please complete this survey: https://forms.gle/ZQHmfmgGNdmbEn6u9 After forty three years advocating for social change through nonviolent struggle, the Resource Center for Nonviolence is entering a new era. Two of our staff members, Anita and Peter, are stepping down from their roles as paid staff, after decades of service. As we adapt our staffing model to fit…
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Justice, Joy, and Generosity: a conversation with Enid Lee

It’s no secret schools suffer from racial bias and disparity. Teachers discipline Black students more than white classmates for similar offenses and, according to a recent study, an increase in the discipline or achievement gap between white and black students predicted a rise in the other. But if schools want to change, who can they…
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Why Gandhi Today?

Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Why does a man who was born 150 years ago in India mean so much to me and, I would argue, all of us?  In brief Gandhi developed passive resistance into active nonviolence. Gandhi fought racism in South Africa and colonialism in India.…
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Kashmir: Fertile soil for the next genocide

Hindu nationalism, like many nationalist movements, has been gaining traction in recent years. But the steps being taken in Kashmir are part of a build up which has been 70 years in the making. Kashmir has been a hotly disputed territory long before India and Pakistan even existed, and this history can tell us a…
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