Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County will be closed on Monday, February 20 for the legal holiday.

February 6th at 5:30pm, meeting of the Community Advisory Council of the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

5:30 today, February 6th, there will be a meeting of the Community Advisory Council of the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach to discuss the Sheriff's Immigration policy. The meeting will be in the Hearing Room at 2550 Ventura Ave., SR in the County Center. It is open to the public and there will be quite a bit of time for public comment on the policy.

Citizen Empowerment: Toward A Series of Public Forums

Because of the unprecedented circumstances developing in the wake of the recent Presidential election, the Peace and Justice Center is beginning a series of public conversations to empower and support people who are concerned about what is emerging in Washington. The Trump transition shows characteristics that are historically associated with tyranny.  Several national commentators (Robert Reich, Paul Krugman) have initiated a national conversation about this.  Two meetings at the Center in February will start this conversation.

Center Advisory Board members, Linda Sartor and Jack Wikse will co-facilitate the first conversation, 7-9 PM at the Center on Wednesday, February 1st on citizen empowerment.  How to involve a broad public will be the focus of this meeting-- a deep listening session for those who come.  We hope you will be able to join us then, and invite others who are interested.

The second meeting on February 15th will focus on developing a series of public forums, like those the Center sponsored at the beginning of the Iraq war.  As we organized to stop the war before it began, we hope to recognize and stop the tyranny before it becomes normalized. This is not simply a matter of the personality of Trump, but has been developing for decades in the U.S. national security state.  The development of a transnational capitalist class, the militarization of the police, continuing racism, the privatization of public education, economic exploitation, the attacks on organized labor, immigrant rights and the environment, a cabinet modeled on the Russian oligarchy are interconnected aspects of the attempted consolidation of a tyrannical plutocracy in the Trump transition.  These are issues the Center has been organizing around for a generation.  We have an opportunity today to widely educate about these interconnections. Please join us.

Become a member of the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County

Did you know a basic membership is $35 and a family membership is $60 per year? We even offrer low income and student memberships at $15 annually!

Becoming a member of the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County helps support our non-profit organazation. Also, it means you will receive the Sonoma County Peace Press in your mailbox 6 times per year!

Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County Annual Awards Celebration

A Great Big THANK YOU to everyone who attended and helped with our Building Bridges in Our Community
Annual Awards Celebration the event on April 23 at the 
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
was a huge success!
Peace and Justice Award - Marty Bennett
Russ & Mary Jorgensen Courage of Commitment Award - Eszter Freeman
Community Organization Award - Camp Michela
Unsung Hero Award - Emerald
Youth Activist Award - Elizabeth Castanon

DINNER was provided by Sam's Mediterranean Deli


Live Music was by the band, ODELL 

Peace & Justice Center's Youth Peacemaker Award

Be a part of recognizing someone who makes a difference!
The Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County is holding our annual awards event on April 23, 2016. At that time we recognize individuals who go the extra mile for their community (Local, National, Global).

The future is in our youth and they too should be recognized for their efforts.  This year we are establishing an award for someone dedicated to making our community just and peaceful. Could it be you or someone you know?  Then nominate them or yourself for our Youth Peacemaker Award.  
Here’s are the details to submit:
1. Name, Address, Email, Telephone #
2. Between the ages of 13- 21
3. Active in the social justice movement locally
4. Consistent with their actions
5. Two references from people who are active with the nominee
6. One page about his/her values and how they relate to the work you do in the community.

Nominees must be submitted between now and Feb. 29, 2016.   
(Note: We have to make our decision so, no late entries.) 

Send info to: Peace and Justice Center
                          Mail to:
Annual Dinner Committee at 467 Sebastopol Ave.   Santa Rosa, CA 95401
For more information: please call (707) 575-8902.

The Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County looking forward to 2016.

A great big THANK YOU to everyone who donated to and volunteered at The Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County in 2015.

The Peace & Justice Center relies on membership dues and donations to help support our work. We appreciate the new and ongoing members and our generous donors. Membership includes a one year subscription to the Sonoma County Peace Press; which is a bi-monthly publication that focuses on current events in the peace and social justice movement. 

Introducing our new Center Coordinator!

We're delighted to introduce our new Center Coordinator, Shekeyna Black. We hope you'll take the opportunity to drop by and welcome her.

We have a new mural!

Be sure to stop by and see our new mural. Thank you, Mario Uribe!

Letters to "The Wall"