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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
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-423-1626
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Thursday 12:00 pm to 4:00 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:Our primary mission is to support the growth of nonviolent activists. The Center hosts activists and analysts from nonviolent struggles around the world. Since 1976 RCNV staff and volunteers have worked to make the practice of nonviolence a means of affecting personal change and creating a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
Our store is open during normal office hours 12 – 4 pm Monday through Thursday. We focus on materials related to nonviolence, the Middle East, war and peace, racial and economic justice issues, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and fair trade items from Palestine.

Focused on ending systemic racism throughout Santa Cruz County, SCCCCOR’s purpose is to provide education and organizing activities in order to:
- equip member organizations and individuals to more effectively carry out their work from an anti-racist perspective
- join together to address systemic racism within institutions of law enforcement, education, housing, immigration, employment and health care.
If you are interested in joining the Action Group working on any of these areas, contact-
info(at)overcomeracism (dot) org

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.

Middle East Awareness and Education RCNV’s Middle East Awareness and Education program seeks to further understanding of the complex realities of life on the ground across the broader Middle East region. For more information, contact Peter Klotz-Chamberlin, (831) 251-4833.

SEARCH for Justice & Equality in Palestine/Israel
with upcoming Delegations to Israel and Palestine

Palestine Israel Action Committee is a group of local Jewish, Arab and other activists that meets on the last Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Resource Center for Nonviolence. PIAC sponsors speakers, hosts cultural and educational events, and mobilizes public opinion for a political settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For more information or to confirm meeting times, contact:
PIAC or piac at calcentral dot com.

Support Middle East Peace Work, please contact us if you wish to make a loan or make a gift to support this program.

The Youth Empowerment Program of the RCNV seeks to support the youth of Santa Cruz County in the fullest way possible in their own struggles to create a more just and peaceful world. Coordinated by Jay Bhukhan and Irene O’Connell, our goal is not to tell youth how to go about this, but instead to mentor, guide and support their own efforts and initiatives towards social and economic justice. We are available for classroom and community group presentations.

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.

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. Help out at special events, workdays, with programs or in the office. Contact rcnvinfo (at) gmail (dot) com
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

Anita Heckman
Graphic Design/Administration
831-423-1626 ext. 101

Peter Klotz-Chamberlin
Nonviolence Program Coordinator

Tom  Monahan
Facility Rentals
831-423-1626 ext. 106

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

Subject Headings
 Draft Counseling
Educational Programs
Facilities/Community Centers
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 December 13, 2015

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