Coming up this January!!

Take a look at some of the exciting things happening at the RCNV this month!
WE NEED HELP! If you can volunteer on the 14th, 17th, 19th, or 30th–

 please contact us!!

The NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch
and the
Resource Center for Nonviolence
Invite you to a series of events:


In the spirit of MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

January 13 – January 19, 2015

 Two Concerts, a Youth Day, a Film and More!

A creative and musical celebration in the spirit of the Courageous Leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, January 13: 7-8pm at the Del Mar Theatre mezzanine (2nd floor) 1124 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz.

Let’s Talk About the Moviesfilm discussion of “Selma” which chronicles the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Lyndon B. Johnson  signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence and the NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch

Wednesday, January 14, 7:30p.m. @ the RCNV

Folk Master John McCutcheon Benefit Concert

     Music that inspires people to make the world a better place, empowers people, and delivers a message of hope. One of the most dynamic and iconic live performers in Folk Music, six-time Grammy nominee John McCutcheon has a unique blend of stunning instrumental skills, incisive songwriting, and subtly seductive storytelling.

     John’s music has long been inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. and his message of nonviolence. His latest recording highlights courage, current events and love. 22 Days pays homage to Vedran Smailovic, the “Cellist of Sarajevo,” who, in honor of 22 people killed by a bomb in a Bosnian breadline in 1992, played for 22 days in a row at the bombing site. Smailovic chose to respond to violence and ugliness with a counterintuitive act of beauty, echoing a 1958 quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Don’t ever let anyone pull you so low as to hate them. We must use the weapon of love.” 

    The song Forgotten is inspired by Malala Yousafzai, targeted by the Taliban for her support of education for girls in Pakistan.

      Tickets:  Sliding scale $18-35, available at or call 831-423-1626 for reservations.  Proceeds benefit the Resource Center for Nonviolence.

Saturday, January 17, Noon – 4p.m. @ RCNV
Youth Day:  “Project ReGeneration- Celebrating Young Leaders”

Free for youth of all ages: *Free food.  *Youth Talent Showcase, *Interactive Workshops, Rainbow Theater performance; Empowering Youth. Sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence and the NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch. For more information: 831.423.1626×103or

Saturday, January 17: 7:00p.m. @ RCNV
The Annual MLK, Jr. GOSPEL NIGHT honoring Sista Monica ParkerA

     Featuring local soloists and choirs. An array of stirring and inspiring songs by prominent local Gospel choirs. Limited seating:  come early!

     Tickets: $10.00- 20 sliding scale, available only at the Door. For more information:  831-429-2266Sponsored by NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch

Sunday, January 18: 7:00p.m.  Film and Discussion.
AL HELM (the Dream): Martin Luther King in Palestine

at the RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA

An African-American gospel choir goes to Palestine to sing in a play by Clayborne Carson about Martin Luther King Jr.  They become witnesses to life under occupation and a nonviolent movement for social justice.  An impassioned cultural exchange ensues, new friendships are forged and attitudes are altered.  A rousing portrait of the changes unfolding in the Middle East as a nonviolent movement grows in Palestine. Sponsored by PIAC, RCNV, NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch .   No entry fee. A free-will donation will be collected.

For more information:


 Monday, January 19:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: A Day On, rather than a Day Off.  Charter for Compassion kick-off.  Volunteer! Call the Volunteer Center:  831-427-5070,

Co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence and the NAACP, Santa Cruz Branch

 Friday, January 30 @ RCNV

Sign-ups at 7:30, Open Mic 8-10p
@RCNV 612 Ocean St.


Pizza Fundraiser at Woodstock’s!

Please support Project ReGeneration by eating some Woodstock’s pizza on WEDNESDAY 11/19!

Just show them this image or mention you are supporting the RCNV, and they will donate proceeds to our youth empowerment program!


Thanks for your support!

Coming up this October!

 @ RCNV 612 Ocean St.
Thursday 10/16, 23 
       Why Civil Resistance Works
           Discussions supported by Erica Chenoweth’s “Why              Civil Resistance Works” 7-9PM 
Tuesday 10/14, 21, 28
        Discussions on Racism in SC
                Conversations supported by the film “Race: The Power of Illusion.” The 14th and 28th discussion will be at Santa Cruz Public Library, the 21st at RCNV. 7-9PM
Friday 10/24
             Resource Center’s Annual Benefit Dinner at Peace United with keynote speaker Erica Chenoweth!
                                             2-5p: Cook and set-up
                                             5-8p: Serve dinner
                                             8-9:30p: Clean-up
send an email to if you can help!
Thursday 10/30
             OPEN MIC! 6:30p pumpkin painting, 7:30p sign-ups, 8-10p open mic. Some pumpkins available, BYOP. Free, donations welcome, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.

Volunteers Needed!!

Hello friends of Project ReGeneration and the Resource Center for Nonviolence!

October is a super busy month for us! We need your help!

Here is a list of event and volunteer positions needing to be filled. If you have availability, please email

Wednesday Oct 8th: An evening with Museum of Art & History director Nina Simon
We are needing help to set-up starting at 5:30 PM and breakdown at 7:30 PM
For more information on the event, click here:

Friday October 24th: RCNV’s Annual Dinner
We are needing help preparing food day-of (1:30pm-5pm) and serve food in the evening (5:30-7:30pm) and clean up (8-9pm). The event is at Peace United church on 900 high st.

Check out the events calendar for more exciting events coming up this weekend!


Nonviolence is Participatory! Upcoming programs:

Check out upcoming Fall 2014 programs from the Resource Center for Nonviolence:

Nonviolence is Participatory!

Action, Relationships, Collaboration, People Power

Participation is the theme of Fall 2014 programs at RCNV

            All events at RCNV, 612 Ocean Street, unless a different location is given below.

September 11, 18, 25

“Nonviolence Handbook” discussion group with Irene O’Connell and Peter Klotz-Chamberlin.  Read and discuss Michael Nagler’s 65-page introduction to social and personal nonviolence.  Buy the book at RCNV ($12).  7 PM

September 15

“Voices Across the Divide” film and Q & A with Alice Rothchild.  Oral history project exploring the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through personal stories. $5-$10 sliding scale.  7 PM

September 20

“Meatless Mondays on a Sunday” vegetarian and vegan potluck at RCNV with the Vegetarian Meet-Up. 4-7 PM. RSVP

September 22

Love Mondays at Discretion Brewery.  2703 41st Ave. 20% proceeds benefit RCNV’s Building for the Future Campaign.  10 AM to 9 PM.

September 26

Open Mic “Truth and Story Telling” with Project ReGeneration. 7 PM

October 7, 14, 21, 28, 

November 4, 13, 18

“Studying Conflict and Compassion” re: the Middle East. Cowell College course lectures (Hatam Bazian, Christine King, Bruce Thompson, Stephen Zunes and more), plus community conversation after each lecture.  Lectures at Merrill College 105, 6-7:45 PM.  Contact RCNV for conversation details.

October 8

“Participate!” with Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.  Mixer at 6:30 PM.  Program at 7:30.  Explore how your group can improve its invitation to participate. Nina will share her experience and advice about how she and her team have transformed the MAH into a participatory experience.  The museum’s profile, attendance, and participation have skyrocketed under Nina’s leadership.  Nina Simon is the author of “The Participatory Museum.”  $10-$20 donation.  Please RSVP.

October 9, 16, 23, 30

“Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict” 3 week conversation group to prepare for the author speaking at the RCNV annual dinner.  Buy the book at RCNV ($22).  Case studies of the Iranian Revolution, Palestinian First Intifada, Philippine People Power, and Burmese Uprising.

October 24

“Nonviolence is Participatory” Annual Dinner program with Erica Chenoweth, co-author of “Why Civil Resistance Works: the Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.”  Gourmet vegetarian dinner with friends to support the work of RCNV.  Reserve a ticket ($40-$100 sliding scale) or a table by calling RCNV.  5 PM meet and greet.  6 PM dinner.  7 PM program.

October 30

“Pumpkin-Powered Poetry” Open Mic and pumpkin art workshop on Last Thursday.  6 PM.

All Fall

Building for the Future Capital Campaign.  House meetings, visits, invitations to help RCNV build a better building to serve social change groups, non-profit organizations, and its own programs to grow nonviolence.  Your contribution builds for the future!  For more info: