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 or phone 831-915-7257

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For more information, contact Trish at (831) 392-6574 or email

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 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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Meet the Golden Rule Boat Crew. Take a Ride, and Chow Down

Golden Rule Boat: She's in the Water Greet and eat with the crew of the Golden Rule Anti-Nuclear Sailboat, a Veteran’s for Peace Project.
Potluck and talk at Monterey Peace and Justice Center (1364 Fremont Blvd, Seaside) on Sunday, September 13th at 2:00 pm. Bring your own plates, glasses, and silverware, for a waste-free event.
Find out about the 10-year plan to sail for a nuclear-free world!
Rides on the boat offered before the potluck and/or after – contact Gerry Condon at 206/499-1220.
About the Project

Exposing Lies of the Empire: A Conversation with Andre Vltchek

Saturday, June 13, 4:00 pmExposing Lies of the Empire: A Conversation with Andre Vltchek

Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Boulevard, Seaside

Andre-VltchekAndre Vltchek speaks about Western Imperialism’s crimes against humanity and what he has concluded from his travels worldwide investigating and documenting the exploited and the oppressed. His is a clear voice for a revolution of the downtrodden.

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. His latest books are: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and  “Fighting Against Western Imperialism.  Discussion with Noam Chomsky: On Western TerrorismPoint of No Return is his critically acclaimed political novel. Oceania – a book on Western imperialism in the South Pacific. His provocative book about Indonesia: “Indonesia – The Archipelago of Fear”. Andre is making films for teleSUR and Press TV. After living for many years in Latin America and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East Asia and the Middle East. He can be reached through his website or his Twitter.

Sponsored by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Monterey Peace and Justice Center.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Could it actually do what its name suggests?

Sunday, June 7, 2:00 pm, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation:  Could it actually do what its name suggests?

Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Boulevard, Seaside

Community Forum and Potluck hosted by the Civil Rights Coalition for Jail Reform – Monterey County and NAACP.

Moderator: Helen Rucker, civil rights activist, educator and community leader in the City of Seaside since 1964.

Taina Vargas-Edmond: co-founder of Monterey County’s Civil Rights Coalition for Jail Reform – Legal and legislative aspect of education is jails and prisons

Kennith Johnson: Former Three Strikes CA State prisoner – The limited educational opportunities presently available and the possibilities in a liberalized system

Thomas Lee: Monterey County Columnist on Criminal Justice – Findings on the effects of education on recidivism.

Free Event – the public is invited!
CRCJR-MC is a Project of the Monterey Peace & Justice Center

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Bold and Tender: Art Reception and Oil Paintings by Larry Contreras

Saturday, June 6, 2:00 pm, Bold and Tender:  Art Reception with oil paintings by Larry Contreras.

Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Boulevard, Seaside

Bold and Tender will hang in the MPJC gallery June 1 – July 31*.

LC_WildHorsesPainting brought extra pleasure to Larry’s life. It allowed him to step away from more mundane aspects of working for a living and taking care of responsibilities. He enjoyed painting scenes that involved very basic emotions, and brought pleasure to his eyes.

Born in San Jose, CA in 1949, Larry was exposed to his mother’s oil painting. It was later in life that Larry took it up himself, receiving encouragement from the Joy of Painting PBS show, diving into how-to books, and painting, painting, painting!

The results are amazing, with a great variety of subject matter! Bright colors, imaginative landscapes, and wild and not-so-wild animals in their natural habitat. You will find great composition, alongside a tenderness for the subjects. Come by and see for yourself!

Larry left us in 2007, and his wife, Eva, will be joining us for the reception, sharing some of her beloved husband’s many paintings.

*Open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1:00 – 5:30 pm