Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center is crafting an
opportunity to connect more deeply with the needs and values of the people
in Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill and Concord to build a culture
of peace. The Center plans to focus on five major programs: Youth and the
Military, Peace Through Art and Writing for middle and high school
youth, implementing the Department of Peace, and public educational forums
to be determined.
Center’s programs are designed to:
the culture of peace into the central Contra Costa community,
new members by providing clear options for actions they can take that will
make a difference, and
momentum for stirring peace awareness.
see that people are tiring of the cost of war and violence and that there
is an opening for peace activities and conversations. We are able to use
this opening to extend the olive branch of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice
Center to a larger interest group.
intention is to have more active members to spread the message that there
is a local community who does not agree with war as away to solve differences
or replace conversation and diplomacy. Many local actions can be sourced
from a committed group of peace activists.
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center can begin to seed the community with
peaceful programs and actions.
exist to offer Contra Costa County residents a choice – a choice
in how to view the world through peaceful eyes, to view Contra Costa County
as part of the global family. Showing support for community programs allows
the Center to work towards engendering new ways of thinking in every citizen.
That choice includes how we spend our time and money, and the picture of
what peace looks like gets clearer as we take actions that reflect our
resolve to be the change we want to see.
purpose is to work for a culture of peace through education, advocacy,
and community building. We seek to provide leadership and direction – to
serve as a lens to focus the energies of those seeking peace and justice
into productive activities.
focus for 2009-2010 is on supporting students in making peaceful
choices, the Peace Through Art and Writing program, implementing the Department of Peace, and offering four community educational
forums.. Our main objective is
to build a culture of peace in Contra Costa County.
vision is a world community with peace, justice and freedom for all. It
is a revolutionary vision of a beloved community where differences are
respected, conflicts are addressed nonviolently, oppressive structures
are dismantled, and people live in harmony with the earth.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: "One day we must come to see that peace
is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we
arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means." (1967,
A Christmas Sermon.)
purpose is to work for a culture of peace through education, advocacy and
community building. We are creating an organizing force that takes unfocused
dissatisfaction with war and injustice and provides a more peaceful, sustainable
and co-operative way to take that energy and create a better world. Our
challenge is to identify the tasks where people can make a difference and
match the people to those tasks.
values that are bedrock for developing the programs in alignment with our
intentions are as follows:
are all connected.
are individually and collectively powerful by our thoughts and actions.
treat the Earth with utmost respect to ensure sustainability.
beings deserve respect, liberty, and education.
non-violence as an operating principle.
must resolve conflicts non- violently.
are one people.