Rize Up! Tour: Roy Zimmerman in Concert Aug 10, 7:30 pm

Singer-songwriter and political satirist, Roy Zimmerman, returns to the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, bringing comic relief and encouragement to the struggle for Peace and Justice.  He’ll sing songs from his soon-to-be-released CD, Rize Up, along with classic favorites.  Have hope! Laugh! Sing along! Let’s RiZe Up together!

Friday, Aug 10, 7:30 pm. Doors open 7pm.
Monterey Peace Resource Center
1364 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, CA

Tickets are $20 or pay what you can.  Available at the door and at brownpapertickets-RoyZimmerman-MPJC-8-10-18

Proceeds will help Roy and his wife and co-writer, Melanie Harby, take their 2018-2019 RiZe Up Tour on the road — bringing laughter and encouragement to progressive-minded people who need a lot of both.

More info:  email montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com or (831) 915-7257

 Rize Up Tour info: email roy@royzimmerman.com.
Find more videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyZimmerman

We’re Hiring!  Part-time paid staff position:  Volunteer Manager.  Apply by 10/31/18.  

Monterey Peace and Justice Center
Position:  Volunteer Manager
To apply, scroll down for details.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

The Monterey Peace and Justice Center is seeking a staff member to recruit, train, supervise, and retain volunteers.  The Volunteer Manager will be responsible for seeing that the Center is staffed during open hours and as needed for various programs, events and special projects — including the art gallery and lending library.

The position is part-time, 20 hours per week, paying $15 to $18 per hour, depending on experience and training.  The person hired for this position will use a variety of interpersonal, communication, and administrative skills to coordinate a pool of volunteers in activities that further the mission of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center.  Work hours are flexible.

Volunteer Manager:

  • Actively recruit, train, supervise and retain volunteers for events and programs hosted and/or sponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center (MPJC).
  • Supervise volunteers at MPJC, which involves scheduling, orientation of new volunteers, and preparation of task lists for volunteer job assignments.
  • Direct volunteers to collaborate with MPJC committees, including Programming, Special Events, Art Gallery, and Fundraising committees.
  • Collaborate with other MPJC staff and board members to develop meaningful volunteer opportunities.
  • Become familiar with the Filemaker Pro volunteer management system and volunteer database.
  • Recognize volunteers by arranging annual events to acknowledge and appreciate their work – collectively and individually, highlighting their impact, and to encourage camaraderie.

Facility Support:

  • Coordinate volunteer staffing of the Peace Center to ensure coverage during open-to-the-public hours, 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Become familiar with use the audio-visual equipment and train volunteers to use it for events.
  • Learn the lending Library system and train volunteers to maintain it.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with CSUMB Service Learning Institute, designated MPJC board member(s), and with Service Learner recruits in conducting service projects at MPJC.  May supervise some Service Learning projects.
  • Report monthly to the MPJC Board, attend board meetings as a guest, to provide a status report, or optionally submit a written or electronic report in advance of the meeting.
  • Commit to a mutually supportive and collegial working relationship with other staff and volunteers.

Desired Skills and Experience:

• Commitment to nonviolence and core values of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center
• Familiarity with nonviolent communication and compatible methods of interaction
• Experience in volunteer management/development work preferred
• A team member who is committed to consensus decision-making and shared responsibilities
• Minimum of one year of work experience
• Competent writing, editing, and interpersonal communication skills
• Experience working or living with diverse persons or communities
• Ability to manage conflict and resolve issues in a timely, professional manner
• Competent social media and web skills
• Commitment to consensus decision-making and shared responsibilities
• Ability to create reports and analyze data
• Competent computer literacy, including MS Office applications and database programs
• Competence in the use of audio-visual equipment


  • One week paid time off at the employee’s discretion for vacation and sick leave
  • Workman’s compensation

Work Culture:

MPJC is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.  MPJC promotes a workplace that is respectful of differences, perceived or actual characteristics, based on, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and physical disability.

To Apply:

Send a PDF of your resume and cover letter. Complete the application form:  https://peacecentral.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/mpjc-job-application-ver-7-18.pdf

In addition, respond to these questions:

1. What is your philosophy and practice of nonviolence?
2. Outline the skills and experience you would bring to this position.
3. How did you learn about this position?

Send to:  montereypeaceandjustice {at} gmail {dot} com
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 31, 2018.


About MPJC:
Monterey Peace and Justice Center was founded in 2004 as a resource center and venue for educating and advocating for peace, social justice, nonviolence, democracy and environmental sustainability – which means challenging perceptions of the forces that shape our world.  Our challenge is to create awareness that a world beyond war is possible, that there is popular support for ending war, and to provide resources for conceptualizing and finding nonviolent responses to conflicts and injustices.

Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, CA  93955

831. 899.7322


Workshop: Self Care in Challenging Times

Self Care in Challenging Times:   In a time of political and social crisis, staying engaged in the struggle for social change can deplete our energy and resolve. Taking care of yourself allows you to be there for others.  Self Care is an act of Peace needed now more than ever. Facilitated by Trish Nelson.

1:00 PM Saturday, March 7, 2018
Monterey Peace and Justice Center
1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside 

Learn tools to: 

  • Calm the body and mind. 
  • Give yourself permission to say Yes and No
  • Rewire automatic roles
  • Water the seeds of joy and well-being
  • Take care of yourself; Be there for others

Bring a notebook, dress comfortably.  Refreshments provided.

Voluntary sliding scale donation of $5 to $30.  No one will be turned away.

To sign up in advance, visit tinyurl.com/SelfCare-In-Challenging-Times or phone 831-915-7257

Workshop flyer:  https://peacecentral.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/self-care-3-10-18-flyer.pdf
Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/427029154398179/

For more information, contact Trish at (831) 392-6574 or email montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com

Trish Nelson is a spiritual peace activist, author, teacher, and student of Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. She participated in two Compassionate Listening Project delegations to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.   In 2007 she accompanied Thich Nhat Hanh and a community of monastics and lay practitioners on a journey to Vietnam to participate in three powerful “Grand Requiem” ceremonies to transform and heal the wounds of war.  She is passionate about promoting the active re-wiring of consciousness, offering methods to move from ingrained, devitalizing patterns into ways of being that sustain ourselves and all life.  Her approach is to start with concrete and humble actions, like mindful walking, slowing down, and noticing our auto-pilot reactions to others, the news, and events of the outside world.

Dave Lippman and Bev Grant in Concert: Sunday, Jan 17, 7:00 pm

Double-Trouble Tour, with two veteran award-winning musician/activists: political satirist and sardonic songster Dave Lippman, along with social activist, feminist and labor singer-songwriter, Bev Grant.  Join us for a double dose of razor-sharp lyrical insight, alternating wit and wisdom, as Dave and Bev take aim at an array of social and political ills, with great precision.

Sunday, Jan 17, 7:00 pm  (doors open 6:30 pm)
Monterey Peace & Justice Center
1364 Fremont Blvd, Seaside
$10 – $15 sliding scale donation.  No one turned away.  Proceeds will benefit MPCJ.
Light refreshments will be served.
For information, email montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com or phone 831-915-7257.

Dave’s Reviews:Dave Lippman t-shirt

“With his astute observations about the American political system and his sly, often underplayed humor, Lippman is a national treasure.”
– L.A. Herald-Examiner

“One of my favorite political satirists. This is a very funny man.”
– Erich Lee Preminger, KGO-TV, San Francisco

“Brilliant political satire.”
– U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Bev Grant

Bev’s Reviews:

“Unhesitatingly fervent, unflinchingly personal and reflecting the diversity of a real person’s musings.”
-Sing Out! Magazine

“Bev Grant still looks like a kid, but she has been a constant source of inspiration to me for almost 40 years… a brilliant feminist pioneer with a true rock and roll heart! What’s not to love?”
– Anne Feeney (union-maid, hellraiser, labor singer and traveling agitator)

Film and Discussion: Etz Limon (Lemon Tree), Saturday, Nov 28, 2015, 2:00 pm

The 2008 film, Etz Limon (Lemon Tree), directed by Eran Riklis, is inspired by a true incident.  It tells the story of Salma Zidane, (Hiam Abbass), a Palestinian widow who tries to hang on to the lemon grove her family has tended for decades.  When the Israeli Defense Minister and his wife move into the neighboring property, he demands, for security reasons, that the lemon trees be cut down.  As Salma embarks on a legal quest to defend her trees, she finds an unlikely ally in the Defense Minister’s wife.   106 minutes, in Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles.

Etz Limon - promoSaturday, November 28, 2015
:00 pm film screening, followed by discussion.
Suggested donation of $5.  No one turned away.
Information table with resources on the Israeli-Palestine conflict, including books and DVD’s to lend.
Mediterranean fare will be provided.
Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, between Hamilton and Sonoma Streets. 

More info:   831- 899-7322

The Bilingual Film Series is a project of the
Monterey Peace and Justice Center

November 29 is International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

“On this International Day of Solidarity, I call on the parties to step back from the brink. The mindless cycle of destruction must end. The virtuous circle of peace must begin.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message on the International Day of
Solidarity with the Palestinian People


Coming Together for Racial & Social Justice

A workshop to bring diverse community members together to end racism:
♦ Identify and welcome social identities
♦ Learn about allyship
♦ Brainstorm on local issues and racial injustices
♦ Discuss resources, opportunities & next steps

Saturday, November 14, 2015
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Oldemeyer Center, dance studio
986 Hilby Ave., Seaside

Register online at:

Free event. Voluntary donation appreciated.
Facilitated by NCBI Monterey County, and co-sponsored by Monterey Peace & Justice Center and NAACP Monterey County Branch

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Renati Mannan Photography Exhibit and Reception Sat, April 4, 1pm

Renati Mannan photography exhibit:  Opening, with refreshments, 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 4th, 2015.

Come experience the breath-taking and natural photographs of a world traveler and appreciator of many cultural traditions. Whimsy included.

Using digital photography, editors, and painting, Ms. Mannan captures the essence of the photographic subject, experiencing great joy and satisfaction in the creative process.  Allowing herself to be captured by the image and captivated by its beauty, she presents images designed to stir up the viewer’s emotional response.  Come and see for yourself!

Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, between Hamilton and Sonoma Streets.    Admission is free (donations are always appreciated).  More info:   831- 899-7322.

Renati Rainbow Falls

More examples of Ms. Mannan’s photography can be seen on the Carmel Foundation Photographers web site. http://cfphotographers.org/RenatiMannan.html




Bilingual Film Series: Cual es el Camino a Mi Casa? (Which Way Home?), Monday, January 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

The 2009 documentary film, Cual es el Camino a Mi Casa? (Which Way Home?), directed by Rebecca Cammisa follows several children attempting to cross from Mexico and Central America to the United States on top of a train known as “La Bestia.”   2010 Emmy Winner for Best News and Documentary.  90 minutes – Spanish with subtitles.

7:00 – 9:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30).   Film runs 90 min.  

Admission is free – gratis (donations appreciated).
Peace Resource Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, between Hamilton and Sonoma Streets. 

More info:   831- 899-7322

The Bilingual Film Series is a project of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center.

PEACE DEMONSTRATION: Opposing U.S. Intervention in Ukraine, Tue, May 13, 4pm

PEACE DEMONSTRATION:  To oppose U.S. Intervention in Ukraine.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

4:00  pm   Gather at Window-on-the-Bay, on Del Monte Blvd. at Camino El Estero in Monterey

5:00  pm   Walk to Farmers Market on Alvarado to distribute leaflets to the crowd.

Join us on Tuesday, May 13 at 4:00 pm for a demonstration against U.S. intervention in Ukraine.  After we gather at the rally for an hour we’ll march to the Farmers Market around 5:00 pm to distribute flyers.  Signs and flyes will be provided.

Other ACTION you can take:  

SIGN the online petition at http://www.iacenter.org/ukrainepetition

Contact Congress and the White House and demand:

  • That the U.S. government and all its public, secret, official and unofficial agencies immediately cease all forms of intervention in Ukraine, including all material and political aid to fascist and right-wing organizations within the country;
  • That all sanctions and threats of sanctions against the Russian Federation be dropped — sanctions are an act of war;
  • That U.S. military forces immediately be withdrawn from the Eastern European region and that NATO’s expansion and provocative actions against Russia be ended.

Senator Dianne Feinstein: 202-224-3841
Senator Barbara Boxer: 202-224-3553
Congressman Sam Farr: 202-225-1861 or 831-424-7099
President Barack Obama: 202-456-1111

Background articles:  

April 16, 2014:  Ukraine through the U.S. Looking Glass     http://consortiumnews.com/2014/04/16/ukraine-through-the-us-looking-glass/

May 10, 2014: Burning Ukraines Protesters Alive    http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/23596-burning-ukraines-protesters-alive

Robert Parry is a distinguished American investigative journalist who closely covers the subject of neo-Nazi activity in Ukraine.