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Resource Center for Nonviolence

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General Agency Information
Name:Resource Center for Nonviolence
Address:612 Ocean St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Primary Phone:831-423-1626
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Thursday Noon to 5:00 pm
Description:The Resource Center for Nonviolence promotes the practice of nonviolence in personal and social change to create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. We believe that there is no force more powerful than nonviolence.

"The focus is on the growth and development of people as a basis for structural change." -Resource Manual for a Living Revolution

In addition to ongoing peace education and action activities, current RCNV programs and projects include: Project ReGeneration: engaging and inspiring the next generation of activists; training in nonviolence; peace and justice in the Middle East; Youth Empowerment ; GI Rights Hotline and Counseling and Palestine-Israel Action Committee (PIAC).


ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED: Parking & Wheelchair Access. Bathrooms are not yet ADA accessible, but the facility is wheelchair accessible.

FUNDING SOURCE: Mostly individuals lIke you who support our mission and programs. We welcome donations of any size. We are a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. Donations are tax-deductible.
Mission:Founded in 1976, the Center provides resources for critical reflection, constructive action and leadership development. The Resource Center is a community center, public forum, and training center for diverse groups and individuals to address social problems by life-affirming, nonviolent means.
Programs:Project ReGeneration: Inspiring the next generation of activists. The Resource Center for Nonviolence’s Project Regeneration is a collaborative effort dedicated to discovering creative and sustainable ways to inspire local and global social change through the powerful forces of the arts, community, and nonviolence. Project ReGeneration is committed to raising social consciousness, promoting creative expression, and fostering relevant inter-generational dialogue through the vehicles of art and community. Project ReGeneration seeks to empower youth by cultivating the collective power with which we can reclaim, redefine, and revitalize our contemporary social climate. Inspired by the lives and actions of nonviolent peace leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Dorothy Day and Caesar Chavez, Project ReGeneration is actively pursuing a more peaceful and just future for all.

Active Nonviolence: Trainings, study groups and engagement with diverse activists

Public Forums: Speakers tell stories and analyses from struggles around the world

GI Rights Hotline: counseling for people in the military and people considering alternatives to military service. Our group of trained and experienced counselors can assist:
-Young men required to register with the Selective Service System
-Men and women considering military service
-People who signed up to join the military, but have changed their minds
-People now in the military who want out or simply want to know their rights. Check out the questions on our website and then call the GI Rights Hotline at 877-447-4487 or 831-359-0202 to speak to someone about your situation. The call is confidential and toll free. We can also arrange to meet with you in person.

Palestine Israel Action Committee: seeks human rights for Palestinians and Israelis.

Resources: We offer training and education in nonviolence. Our store features Fair Trade Organic Olive Oil from Palestine; Palestinian Keffiyehs (traditional scarves), and books for sale. We also welcome visits to our Kepler Library on Nonviolence and Social Change, which includes a large collection of books by and about Gandhi, nonviolence, and social change.
Facilities:A main hall with seating for 200 and a multi-purpose room that are available for rental. We encourage the community to visit us and consider hosting events at our new home. The facility is wheel-chair accessible and includes a large parking lot and access to overflow parking at the County Building. Please call Tom, 831-423-1626 extension 106 for rental information.
Volunteer Info:We have many ways to engage volunteers and are expanding working committees. We welcome your involvement! Help out at special events, workdays, with programs or in the office. Contact Anita at 831-423-1626x101.
Languages other than English:See Description Notes
Accommodations for Disabled:See description notes
Public Transportation:Available Within One Block
Eligibility:Open to All
Fees:Donations Accepted
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
Funding Source:See Description Notes

Jay  Bhukhan
Project ReGeneration Program Staff
831-423-1626 ext. 103

Anita Heckman
831-423-1626 ext. 101

Peter Klotz-Chamberlin
Active Nonviolence Program staff

Irene  O'Connell
Nonviolence Programs and Project ReGeneration
831-423-1626 ext. 103

Subject Headings
 Draft Counseling
Educational Programs
Information Services
International Human Rights Programs
Library Services
Peace/Anti-War Advocacy Programs
Private Nonprofits
Public Awareness/Education
Social Responsibility Programs
Speakers/Speakers Bureaus
Volunteer Opportunities
This record last modified November 3, 2014

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