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Resource Center for Nonviolence

General Agency Information
Name: Resource Center for Nonviolence
Address: 612 Ocean St.
Santa Cruz,  CA  95060
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Contact Information
Primary Phone: 831-423-1626
Days/Hours of Operation: Everyday, noon-4 p.m.
Description: The Resource Center for Nonviolence, founded in 1976, is a peace and justice organization promoting the practice of nonviolent social change. Located in Santa Cruz, California, we cultivate relationships with allies around California, across the United States, in Latin America, the Middle East and elsewhere. Our primary mission is to support the growth of nonviolent activists. The Center hosts activists and analysts from nonviolent struggles around the world. And the Center is a venue for social change groups and non-profit organizations to conduct meetings and public events in its 200-seat Scott Kennedy Hall or its Community Room.
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.
Programs: Current Programs:

Nonviolence Education and Training:
Speakers, Conversation groups, Films, Organizer training. For Kingian Nonviolence Trainings, contact Sarah Durant Smith- extension 102, or Drew Glover- extension 103, at RCNV- 831.423.1626. For general nonviolence programming, contact Peter Klotz-Chamberlin,, 831-423.1626 extension 104.

Project ReGeneration:
Engaging the next generation of activists through Intentional support groups, Nonviolence Trainings. Sarah Durant Smith is available to Speak in Classrooms, and she blogs on various dimensions of personal practice and social organizing for nonviolent social change. Contact Sarah, 831-423-1626, extension 102.

Palestine Israel Action Committee:
Public education and advocacy for human rights, equality, and sovereignty for Palestinians and Israelis, in co-existence. Contact Peter Klotz-Chamberlin,, 831-423.1626 extension 104.

Opportunities to work with RCNV programs, or develop other nonviolence-related programs and activities. Contact Drew Glover- 831-423-1626 extension 103.

Bookstore and Library:
Nonviolence resources; the Roy C. Kepler Library on Social Change features a special collection of books by and about Gandhi.
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.
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.
Languages other than English: See Description Notes
Accommodations for Disabled Persons: 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: Donations
Officials/Contact Persons
Officials: Irene O'Connell
Nonviolence Programs and Project ReGeneration
831-423-1626Ext: 103

Peter Klotz-Chamberlin
Nonviolence Program Coordinator

Anita Heckman
Graphic Design/Administration
831-423-1626Ext: 101

Tom Monahan
Facility Rentals
831-423-1626Ext: 106
Subject Headings
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 agency was last updated on April 15, 2020.