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Nov 10 - Dec 31, 2022

Monterey Peace and Justice Center

Mission

To inspire and mobilize the people of Monterey County to cultivate peace, social justice, nonviolence, democracy, and environmental sustainability in our community and the world through education and advocacy

The Big Idea

Nonviolence is not broadly taught in our schools and is seldom the focus of mainstream news, yet nonviolence is one of the most powerful forces for lasting social change. As a personal practice, it develops personal peace and resiliency. It stands the test of history in being the most effective path of action in resolving conflict under oppressive political regimes. MPJC's Big Idea is to invite the public to explore the potential of nonviolence as a foundation for pursuing and maintaining a culture of peace with justice in our communities. Our aim is to present a series of discussions, panels, book groups, and films that explore the principles, tools, and skills of nonviolence using Gandhian and (Martin Luther) Kingian principles. We hope to broaden awareness of nonviolence as a positive force for challenging injustice and empowering people to realize that there are always nonviolent responses to conflict.

The Monterey Peace and Justice Center is the hub of the Monterey County peace community, including Veterans For Peace Chapter 46. As VFP Chapter 46 president, I find MPJC to be an invaluable resource for organizing educational forums and coordinating social justice actions.

- Michael Dempsey