Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

A nonprofit organization

$32,708 raised by 273 donors

82% complete

$40,000 Goal


For our 40th anniversary we are asking You, our beloved supporters, to help us recruit 90 Sustainers! We are well on our way to our goal (60/90) and need your help to end 2022 on a high note. If you are inspired by our work for justice and peace, please choose RMPJC for your CO Gives Day donation!

Testimonials

Testimonial from David Wilson, Former Station Manager at KGNU Community Radio

"For the past 30 years, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center (RMPJC) has provided a vital source of information and activism focused on peace and social justice issues for the Front Range of Colorado and beyond. RMPJC has informed our community about the dangers that the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant posed to our community and the world. RMPJC has held the government officials and the private contractors that ran the plant accountable to the public. RMPJC was also instrumental in providing The Citizen's Guide to Rocky Flats along with many other important resources for our community to learn about Rocky Flats.

RMPJC's continued work on Rocky Flats following its shut down has helped us not forget the toxic and radioactive legacy the plant has left, despite the efforts to clean up the site. This has been particularly relevant recently because the historic flooding of September 2013 may have helped further spread the legacy contamination. RMPJC has been a leader in calling attention to this issue, providing critical information and research regarding the ongoing threat that this former nuclear weapons production site poses to our community.

RMPJC has been involved with more than just nuclear weapons issues. They have provided important programs advocating for non-violent solutions to local, national, and international conflicts. All of the ongoing work at RMPJC is essential to community and is worthy of all of our support."

David Wilson
Former Station Manager
KGNU Community Radio

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Testimonial from Kayann Short, Ph.D.; Author, Farmer, Teacher, Activist

"Two years ago, when I taught Approaches to Contemporary Issues through Community Service at the University of Colorado, I wanted to help my students--young activists ready to graduate and enter the world as social change agents--understand that the work of peace and justice in a local and global context doesn't end with one project, one war, or one life but is ongoing and collaborative, giving the gift of non-violence from one generation to the next. To see lifelong activism in action, I invited elder community leaders from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center to work with my students in making first-person videos about a moment that galvanized their life of activism. The stories were remarkable, recounting work in women's rights, non-violent resistance to war, and the global peace movement, becoming a permanent part of our local oral history archive.

But beyond the stories themselves, the process of working with members of the RMPJC left a lasting impression on my students. They understood as they never had before what committing one's life to social and environmental justice could mean for them. This project demonstrates the indelible, multigenerational importance of RMPJC's 28-year presence in our community. RMPJC combines the institutional memory of peace and justice history with the enthusiastic commitment to social change in all its forms. We are lucky to have such an organization in our community, giving young people role models for the ongoing work of peace and justice today."

Kayann Short, Ph.D., taught at the University of Colorado-Boulder for 24 years, where she was awarded for her work combining service with academic learning. She is the co-owner of Stonebridge Farm, the first organic community-supported agricultural farm in Boulder County, where she continues her feminist and environmental activism. Her book, Farmroots: An Ecobiography of Farms Past and Present, is forthcoming by Torrey House Press.

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Testimonial from Cathy Comstock, Ph.D., Senior Instructor, Farrand Residential Academic Program, University of Colorado-Boulder

"I consider the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center to be one of the great not-for-profits of our time. By any meaningful standard--effectiveness, efficiency, theoretical understanding and concrete application, unrelenting commitment to the common good--the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center succeeds beyond any reasonable expectation.

One sign of this is their extraordinary cost effectiveness. Their life-saving achievements have been accomplished on a budget so small that it verges on the nonexistent. They are in some ways very like Gene Sharp, the famed theorist of nonviolent strategy, who has operated for years out of a crowded office in his home with almost no resources, yet is widely seen as providing both inspiration and instructional manual for the emergence of the Arab Spring...

Mission

Rooted in the spirit of unconditional nonviolence, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center is dedicated to radically progressive personal and social change. We are a multi-issue organization that works to restore and protect Earth and human rights. We educate, organize, act and build community in order to create a culture of justice and peace.

Background Statement

With the ever-changing political situation, rise of devastating natural disasters, and injustices continually placed on marginalized groups, our work is very relevant and as needed now as it was in 1983. The support of the community has been exceptional, and we need you now more than ever to volunteer and to donate. Your contributions allow us to continue the work of our mission and remain a consistent presence of peace and nonviolent action in the community!

FOUNDER'S STATEMENT

by LeRoy Moore, Ph.D

In October 1983, at just the time of the encirclement of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons plant by about 17,000 people, six individuals, three men and three women, who knew each other through their Rocky Flats activism, founded the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. The new organization responded to the oft-expressed need for an enduring center for social change activity in Boulder.

Originally called the Boulder Peace Center, the name was soon changed to Rocky Mountain Peace Center because the founders envisioned a center whose work was regional and not simply local. Years later the name was changed to Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.

Four features that from the first marked what is today the RMPJC are 1) a commitment to nonviolent action in all our endeavors, 2) an intent to be a multi-issue organization (not limited to a single issue, such as Rocky Flats), 3) a determination to use consensus process for making decisions within the organization, and 4) creation of a non-hierarchical internal structure that can serve as a model for the larger society beyond. Commitment to these four practices continues today.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

other names

RMPJC, Rocky Mountain Peace Center

Year Established

1984

Tax id (EIN)

74-2302470

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Organization Size

Medium Organization

Address

3970 Broadway Suite B5
Boulder, CO 80304

Service areas

Boulder County, CO, US

Phone

303-444-6981 1

Other

303-903-0412

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