Programs currently conducted at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center (MPJC) include:
Art Gallery: Two walls are used for art and photography shows on a variety of themes. The emphasis is to use art to create an appreciation for the diversity of cultures and the natural environment and raise awareness about issues.
Peace Through Understanding: Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered at the Center Thursdays 6:00–7:45 pm. No advance registration is required. Walk-ins are welcome. Some English is needed to participate. Classes are taught by CSUMB Service Learning students and volunteers, under the direction of a certified ESL instructor. For more information: (831) 899-7322.
Library – Reading Room: Our free lending library of books and DVDs has a concentration on social issues, history, politics, economics, green living, and education. Our catalog of more than 800 items is now available online in a searchable database. To set up an account, please visit the Monterey Peace and Justice Center at 1364 Fremont Boulevard in Seaside during open hours, Wednesdays and Saturdays between 1pm and 5:30 pm. Phone (831) 899-7322 for more details.
Peace Central: The Monterey Peace and Justice Center is available for use by many different organizations for meetings and events, and serves as a hub of information on activities of various groups. Activities guest speakers, panel discussions, film screenings, book study and focus study groups, board meetings, candidate forums, activist training, art openings, artist receptions, and more. Resources, including computers and internet access, audio-visual equipment, tablecloths and reusable dinnerware for potluck gatherings.
Our Peace Central program provides networking opportunities among local grassroots peace and justice organizations. Flyers posted on our bulletin board by one organization are seen by members of many other groups, and you’ll find a copy of the Weekly Peace Calendar (listing events in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and beyond). To inquire about using the venue, phone (831) 899-7322 Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1-5:30 pm, or (831) 915-7257 otherwise.