OCPN Blog

OCPN is a listing of our community's justice and peace organizations that are interested in nonviolent means to peace. Our organizations range from gang prevention, interfaith dialogue, to world peace coalitions and many more. We want this website to make our community's peacebuilding organizations more visible and provide a space to network with each other as they contribute to a safer world. Please scroll below the calendar for the list of OCPN affiliates.

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ORANGE COUNTY PEACEBUILDERS NETWORK

"A non-advocacy group promoting connections and cooperation to build a community of peace."

Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods Village

 

 

Ahimsa Center at Cal Poly Pomona Ahimsa is nonviolence rooted in courage and compassion, fearlessness and forgiveness. It connotes reverence for all life. It evokes civility and trust, and promotes lasting peace in society. The Ahimsa Center was established in 2004 in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The Center is focused on interdisciplinary teaching and learning about nonviolence and its practical applications at various levels: personal, interpersonal, societal, national and international. Educational and outreach initiatives of the Center facilitate an understanding of ahimsa as a positive force informing the ways of thinking as well as living. Through its educational programs and outreach activities, the Ahimsa Center fosters synergistic interactions among students, scholars, educators and the community at large. Contact info: Tara Sethia, Ph.D., Director and Professor, History Department,. 3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768  Phone 909.869.3868  tsethia@csupomona.edu     www.csupomona.edu/ahimsacenter






The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is a coalition of diverse organizations working together to build sustainable peace and security worldwide. Members of AfP are directly engaged in applied conflict prevention and resolution. They provide negotiation and mediation services, train negotiators, facilitate communication to break down barriers, and help find solutions to the issues and pressures that otherwise drive groups and nations to achieve their objectives through violent force. Members also conduct research and provide evaluation and education. The role of AfP is to bring these organizations together for collaborative peacebuilding.
Contact info.: 11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036 Tel: 202.822-6135 Fax: 202.822.6068 Email: info@allianceforpeacebuilding.org       http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/

The American Jewish Committee is the nation's oldest human relations agency. Founded in 1906, AJC is dedicated to democracy and the values that support it. We work at the local, national, and international level to build understanding among religious and ethnic groups: to combat anti-Semitism, racism, and other forms of bigotry; and to foster respect for the dignity of all. Our programs focus on local, national and international issues, from education to political advocacy. Contact info.: The American Jewish Committee Orange County Chapter 2222 Martin Street, Suite 150 Irvine, CA 92612 Phone: 949/ 660-8525 FAX: 949/ 660-0570   Email: OrangeCounty@AJC.org    www.ajc.org

   Baha'i Center of San Clemente
Contact info: 3316 Ave Del Presidente, San Clemente, CA 92672  Tel: 949.218.8284  E-mail mzshortee19@aol.com

Be The Cause   As a fully volunteer-run network, Be The Cause has no paid staff and no office space. We are comprised of individuals who believe that what we do, what we say, and what we think starts a profound cause and effect chain reaction in the world we live in. Volunteers in numerous cities work together to coordinate various projects and to genuinely move to a place of greater good. Be the Cause, at best, is a reminder of the things that matter most in life; as a metaphor for the movement that we are all engaged in. By laying one foot on the ground the other follows. Only by beginning can we move forward. Contact info: Sukh Chugh, PO Box 3575, Tustin, CA 92781, 760.280.8073,  E-mail:info@bethecause.org  http://www.bethecause.org/

Breast Cancer Solution   This is the only organization of its kind in Southern California providing sustained financial support to breast cancer patients near or below the poverty level who might otherwise forego or be denied treatment. Heather Anne Rocha, Development Director, 949.752.2750, mobile 949.500.9825, fax 866.781.6068  www.breastcancersolutions.org

Center for Living Peace  is a bridge for positive change. We provide the tools and spaces to inspire inner peace and the collective expression of living peacefully. We also bring like minded organizations together so they can build a stronger sense of community. Contact Info: Faradee Rudy, Executive Director e-mail: contact@goodhappens.org 949.945.4431   www.goodhappens.org
Center for Living Peace  is a bridge for positive change. We provide the tools and spaces to inspire inner peace and the collective expression of living peacefully. We also bring like minded organizations together so they can build a stronger sense of community. Contact Info: Faradee Rudy, Executive Director e-mail: contact@goodhappens.org 949.945.4431   www.goodhappens.org

Center for Spiritual Discovery   A thriving and sacred work, the Center is home to over 250 members and friends. See our website for more info:   Contact info: Jim Turrell, Pastor, 2850 Mesa Verde Drive East, Suite 111, Costa Mesa, CA 92626   714.754.7399 Office  www.cmrs.org

Chapman University, Delp-Wilkinson Peace Studies was established to support Peace Studies at Chapman. Through an endowment, we support student travel to conferences and study tour classes. We provide books and videos to enrich the program and we support the Peace Lecture Series that annually brings at least one prominent peacemaker to campus to speak and meet with students. Contact info: Dr. Donald Will, Professor of Peace Studies and Associate Dean, Wilkinson College of Letters & Sciences, Dept. of Political Science, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866, Phone: 714.997.6620 Fax: 714.744.7400   e-mail: will@chapman.edu  Website
http://www.chapman.edu/wcls/peacestudies/peaceLectures.asp
Citizens for Global Solutions Citizens for Global Solutions is a membership organization working to build political will in the United States to achieve our vision. We do this by educating Americans about our global interdependence, communicating global concerns to public officials, and developing proposals to create, reform, and strengthen international institutions such as the United Nations. Membership is open to all interested persons. Citizens for Global Solutions envisions a future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. This vision requires effective democratic global institutions that will apply the rule of law while respecting the diversity and autonomy of national and local communities.  Contact info: Karen Stone, Chapter Leader for Laguna Hills/Laguna Woods.e-mail:Karsto41@aol.com   Website address: http://www.globalsolutions.org/
 
Common Ground Spiritual Center - Corona: We are an Inclusive Spiritual Community honoring all paths to God and all people on this planet. We gather for Sunday service at 10:00am at The Woman's Improvement Club (1101 S. Main Street, Corona, 92882).Common Ground Corona also hosts: Reiki Healing Circle, Women's Wisdom Circle, Alliance for a New Humanity and Community Outreach.    Contact Info: Rev. Danell Wheeler, Phone: 951.264.5147, e-mail: danell@commongroundcorona.com   www.CommonGroundCorona.com
Council on Islamic Education CIIE's mission is to support and strengthen American public education as the best foundation for a vibrant democracy, a healthy civil society, and a globally literate citizenry. CIE was founded in 1990 as a national, non-profit, non-advocacy resource organization T he Council on Islamic Education exists to foster fair-minded analyses and understandings of world cultures, their creative interactions and possibilities for growth through research based on the highest standards of historical and social scholarship, and open debate in the public square. Contact info: Shabbir Mansuri, Founding Director 9300 Gardenia St. #B-3, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, Tel: 714.839.2929 Fax: 714.839.2714 E-mail: info@cie.org    http://www.cie.org/

Cousins Club of Orange County   Formed in 1988 by Jews, Palestinians, and others concerned about the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Our monthly meeting features a guest speaker who is an expert on some aspect of the conflict and/or Israeli or Palestinian life under the occupation. We sponsor public educational meetings, counter clichés and misinformation in local newspapers, and meet with our legislators to present a reasoned view of mid-Eastern affairs. Everyone who has an interest in peace in the Middle East is invited to join us on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact info: Ted Shapin; P.O. Box 5891, Orange, California 92863-5891; phone: 714.633.0922  e-mail:info@cousinscluboc.org;    http://www.cousinscluboc.org/

(The) Dalai Lama Foundation is an international organization whose mission is to support the development of our shared global capacity for ethics and peace. It was established by friends and students of the Dalai Lama who wish to support his efforts for peace and the alleviation of human suffering. The Foundation is international in scope, with a growing network of National Chapters that includes Japan, Canada, Russia and Nigeria. Our headquarters is in Redwood City, California, USA. Visit us on the Web at www.dalailamafoundation.org to learn of our educational projects and programs.Contact Info: Tenzin N. Tethong, Pres.; 61 Renato Court #24, Redwood City, CA 94061; phone/fax 650.368.4435 E-mail: info@dlfound.org  http://www.dalailamafoundation.org

Gather the Women    Gather the Women is a grassroots, global community of women who share the belief that the time is now to activate the incredible power of women's wisdom.  Women create opportunities for women to connect, inspire and encourage action for creating a world of peace, balance and well-being for all.  Contact: Info: Joy Adams, Phone: 949.235.3603, E-Mail: gtwwocal@gmail.com  www.gtwsocal.org

Golden West College, Peace Studies Program and Peace, Mind & Body Club  Peace Studies at Golden West College is an interdisciplinary program formed to provide students with the tools they need to work towards a more peaceful world. This program was created with the conviction that education, awareness, and activism are essential to those interested in becoming the custodians of our futures. Through education we can empower students to lead with knowledge and passion, building bridges between daily reality and new possibility. Through awareness one can find ways to create peace, within one’s self, between the self and others, between “us” and “them” or between humans and nature. The Peace Studies program supports pioneers dedicated to peace. Contact info: Fran Faraz, Peace Studies Coordinator; 15744 Golden West St. Huntington Beach,Ca 92647  ffarazdaghi@gwc.cccd.edu; http://gwc.info/peacebodybrain/ 
Helpneighbors.com  Is a free Donation Website - designed to match people in their neighborhood that could use a little help.  Easy way to PASS on items such as clothes, toys, etc. that their children have outgrown.  Allows a more personal and fulfilling way to make a difference in another persons life.   The families that need  help create profiles to list their exact needs for their family.  They can list the ages and sizes of their children and any items that are needed.  The helpers sign up and then are allowed to browse profiles by zip code and chose a family they would like to help. We all have items sitting around our house that we no longer need and could mean the world to someone else. We have events every 2-3 months in Orange County and invite everyone to come together for the purpose of helping each other.
Contact Info:  Cara McVey:  Caralees2000@yahoo.com,     http://www.helpneighbors.com

Imagine Peace/Common Ground Spiritual Center Each Tuesday from 4 to 5PM, a group from Common Ground Spiritual Community (www.embracehumanity.com) gather to stand at the intersection of Irvine Blvd and Prospect Ave, in the city of Tustin, holding signs that read "Imagine Peace". We also hold a meditation for peace the first Sunday of each month from 9:30 to 10:00 A.M. Please join us as often as possible at both of these events. For the vigil, we stand on the northeast corner and there is parking off of Prospect just a few yards north of Irvine Blvd. We look forward to seeing you there!  Contact info: Carol Marshall - 714.961.5439

The Inside Edge Foundation for Education   The Inside Edge Foundation for Education is a membership organization where intellectually-curious and spiritually-conscious people meet for learning and fun. Each week we have well-known, cutting-edge speakers whose topics range from psychology, scientific breakthroughs, and global issues to success strategies, spiritual awareness, and the arts. We also maintain an online library of these speakers dating back to 2004. Contact info: Adrian Windsor, Ph.D., Program Director, P.O. Box 53351. Irvine, CA 92619-3351 949.460.4242  Email: info@insideedge.orgffarazdaghi@gwc.cccd.edu    http:/insideedge.org/

Institute on Religion and Civic Values (IRCV)  The Mission of IRCV is to strengthen civil society by exploring issues at the intersection of faith, citizenship, and pluralism and to serve as a catalyst to align public policymaking with our nation's core values.   Contact Info: Shabbir Mansuri, Founding Director, Address: P.O. Box 20186, Fountain Valley, CA 92728 Telephone: 714.839.2929 Email:info@ircv.org    http://www.ircv.org/
Institute on Religion and Civic Values (IRCV) The Mission of IRCV is to strengthen civil society by exploring issues at the intersection of faith, citizenship, and pluralism and to serve as a catalyst to align public policymaking with our nation's core values.   Contact Info: Shabbir Mansuri, Founding Director, Address: P.O. Box 20186, Fountain Valley, CA 92728 Telephone: 714.839.2929 Email:info@ircv.org    http://www.ircv.org/

Interfaith Council of South Orange County We are representatives of diverse faith communities gathered for the purpose of promoting respect and understanding between different faith through dialogue, education and common activities.Contact info: Chaplain Sheryl Faulk, President, P.O. Box 2549, Laguna Hills, CA 92654  Sfaulk@memorialcare.org

Laguna Beach Interfaith Council  A collection of local church outreach persons trying to help each other by sharing ideas on ways to improve our community and our service to that community. Our purpose is to further communication and cooperation between the religious institutions of Laguna Beach and between those institutions, and the community's social service agencies, in order to better serve the needs of this community – especially the needs of the poor, the sick, and the disenfranchised.  Contact info:  Don Healton, current President, 37 Tennis Villas Dr., Dana Point, CA 92629  dhealton@igc.org  949.496.2026   FAX: 949.496.1867 (by appointment only)

Laura's House 'Ending the Silence of Domestic Violence" - Changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse - Laura’s House operates on the philosophy that domestic violence is multi-dimensional and often cyclical in nature and must be addressed through a range of interventions. Our goal is to provide support programs that will prepare our clients and their children to live independent and violence-free lives and prevention programs aimed at breaking the multigenerational cycle of violence to create healthier families. We will gladly present your organization with brochures and resources free of charge.Contact info: Marissa C. Presley, Prevention Education Specialist, 999 Corporate Drive, Suite 225, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694, E-mail:  mpresley@laurashouse.org   www.laurashouse.org/

Lives Worth Saving-Gang Intervention
Equipping the Faith Based Community to impact gangs and at-risk youth, bringing positive change to
neighborhoods  Contact info: Pastor Kevin Brown, P.O. Box 23101 Santa Ana, CA. 92711 3101 E-mail:  livesworthsaving@hotmail.com   www.lwsgi.com 
Mediators Beyond Borders
Contact Info:  Elahe Amani, Director of Student Technology Services, California State University,Fullerton,
Division of  Information Technology    657-278-4892  800 N. State College Blvd. LH 700, Fullerton, CA 92831

The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ)   Primary Activities: Primary activities include high school leadership programs, principally through the Knowledge and Social Responsibility (KSR) Program, and a variety of interfaith initiatives.History: NCCJ, founded in 1927 as The National Conference of Christians and Jews, is a national human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in America and to promoting respect and understanding among people of all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, education and conflict resolution.Contact info: 3961 MacArthur Blvd. #101, Newport Beach, CA 92660, phone: 949 442.2814 fax: 949 756.8514  orange@nccj.org    http://www.nccj.org/

Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council The Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council is an interfaith dialogue organization that is building community that honors our many voices. Among other things, we hold monthly luncheon meetings to discuss issues of concern as well as a yearly National Day of Prayer breakfast. Contact Info.: Dennis W. Short, P.O. Box 1175, Newport Beach, CA 92659-1175 Mobile: 714.921.8665 nmiinterfaith@aol.com  nminterfaith.org

OC Human Relations Commission The OC Human Relations Commission's mission is to foster mutual understanding among residents and eliminate prejudice, intolerance and discrimination in order to make Orange County a better place for ALL people to live, work and do business.  Contact info: Iliana Welty, Director of Community Building, 1300 S. Grand. Bldg. B Santa Ana, CA 92706, Phone: 714 567-5054   e-mail:  iliana@ochumanrelations.org   www.ochumanrelations.org

Open Door Communication    Mission: To share Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and related life-serving tools with people from all walks of life in Southern California by: Offering NVC workshops, mediation, and coaching. Establishing practice groups and mentoring NVC resource people to multiply impact. Facilitating supportive relationships among NVC practitioners.  Contact Info: Terry LePage;  terry@opendoorcommunication.org   Phone: 949.400.3379   http://www.opendoorcommunication.org/

Orange County Chapter of The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA)  The OC/UNAUSA holds events, publishes periodic news by snail mail and email in order to Inform, Educate and Mobilize local individuals in learning more about the work of the UN. It is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that encourages active civic participation in the most important social and economic issues facing the world today. UNA-USA offers Americans the opportunity to connect with issues confronted by the UN - from global health and human rights to the spread of democracy, equitable development, preservation of the environment and international justice. Contact info:   e-mail  info@una-oc.org     http://www.una-oc.org/   Facebook: UNA Orange County Chapter

Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment Mission statement: The Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment (OCICE) educates, raises awareness and empowers people to actively protect and preserve creation through responsible stewardship Contact info.: Sherri Loveland, Co-Chair, P. O. Box 555, Tustin, CA 92781, Phone: 714.552-0333, email: ecofaith@ocice.org   OR Margaret Henke, Co-Chair, same address, Phone: 714.731.6775, Email:marghenke@cox.net   http://www.ocice.org

Orange County Interfaith Peace Ministry  We are a coalition of various faith-based communities working together for faith-based peace with justice, ecumenical outreach, education, and justice awareness issues. On our website, we provide articles, newsletters, movies and book titles, a calendar of events and links to other organizations and individuals providing a voice for peace with justice in a growing world of indifference and intolerance. Only speaking together in faith and love can we overcome the darkness surrounding our communities, our leaders and the world. Meetings held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 12:15 P.M. at the Sisters of St. Joseph, 480 S. Batavia, Orange, CA 92868. Contact info: patriciahug@cox.net      http://www.ipmoc.org

Orange County Peace Coalition   Our coalition advocates the peaceful resolution of international conflicts and that this ideal become a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy. Philosophy: The sanctity of life and the non-violent resolution of conflict are the guiding principles behind the Orange County Peace Coalition. We believe that people of all nations have the right, through truly democratic processes, to determine their own destiny, free from military coercion. We acknowledge national defense as a critical element of nationhood. However, civil liberties and democratic rights must never be sacrificed. Constitutional and international laws must never be overridden or ignored.  We believe that questioning, criticism and dissent must be valued and protected. We believe that all persons detained or prosecuted should have the right of due process. These rights must be defended. We will resist the machinery of war and repression. We make common cause with people of the world for peace, justice and freedom. Contact info: Address: Orange County Peace Coalition, PO Box 50021, Irvine, CA 92619-0021, Phone: 714.637.8313 email:info@ocpeace.org    http://ocpeace.org/

Pax Christi OC Pax Christi OC is a chapter group of Pax Christi USA, which strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, andwitnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. This work begins in personal life and extends to communities of reflection and action to transform structures of society. Pax Christi USA rejects war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination. It advocates primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation.  www.paxchristiusa.org  Contact info: Sharon Halsey-Hoover, 714.420.6771 e-mail: inscapeOne@aol.com

Progressive Christians Uniting Progressive Christians Uniting is committed to equipping individuals and congregations for the work of transforming society through the radically inclusive gospel of Jesus Christ. Founded in Los Angeles about 10 years ago by progressive pioneers Rev. Dr. George F. Regas & Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr., PCU seeks to organize people around issues of justice. Within the last 2 years it has grown a significant chapter here in Orange County. In strengthening and empowering liberal, progressive, and radical Christians to live out a faithful commitment to the gospel of active love, we work to: -develop networks of connections between progressive Christian congregations and individuals throughout the Southern California region, through our website, newsletters, events, Common Ground groups, and local chapters. More info.about our mission can be found on our website. Contact Info: Erin Weller, OC Chapter Coordinator, 714-721-6554, eweller@pcu-la.org    www.progressivechristiansuniting.org

Religious Diversity Faire  Religious Diversity Faire is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for people to learn about the diverse faith traditions in our community. It's mission is to promote respect, understanding and appreciation among the many faith traditions in our communities. Our goals are to provide education, an opportunity for people from the community to intereact with those from other faith traditions and cultural backgrounds, to provide a safe, comfortable environment to explore our religious and cultural differences and to discover our commonalities.and to be a catalyst for greater understanding of and respect for all faith traditions in the larger community. We produce an annual educational event, the Religious Diversity Faire, whose purpose is to provide education and the opportunity for getting to know people from diverse faith traditions. Contact info. President: Prany Sananikone, Office of OED, 4500 Berkeley Pl., Irvine, CA 92697, Phone: 949.824.4549, Fax: 949.824.2112, Fax,   e-mail: psananik@uci.edu

S.A.R.A.H.  We are women committed to empowering ourselves, one another, and the community, through our daily actions, dialogue, community, services and providing educational opportunities by comforming to the highest and deepest values of all our faith traditions. Contact: Info: Sande Hart sandehart@mac.com
reconciliation. www.sarah4hope.org
SHIP (Self Help Interfaith Program)  We help homeless individuals get back on their feet. Self-Help Interfaith Program, SHIP, is an ecumenical venture of volunteers from approximately 15 different churches which provides a four month residential program designed for permanent self-sufficiency of homeless individuals who are capable of obtaining full-time employment. Churches located in West Orange County have donated facilities to host the program on a rotating basis in Huntington Beach, Westminster, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, and Costa Mesa. We are always in need of new churches to house our guests for a period of one to two weeks once or twice a year. Contact Info: Contact: Jim Huffman or Sherrill Svalstad 15161 Jackson St., Midway City, California 92655   For interested churches 714.520.7587For homeless individuals interviews: 714.897.3221 Email: gsrlicks2@aol.com    :http://shipinoc.org/

Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange Justice Center  Contact info: Maria Elena Perales, 480 S. Batavia Street, Orange, CA 92868, 714.633.8121,  mperales@csjorange.org

St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church - Arts and Awareness Cafe  Mission statement: To promote and expand faith based awareness of peace and social justice issues.Contact Info: The Rev. Wilfredo Benitez, St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 13091 Galway Street, Garden Grove, CA. 92844  714.537.0604    e-mail: Stanselmgg@aol.com    www.Saintanselmgg.org

St. Mark Presbyterian Church - Peace and Justice Commission  Whoever you are, Wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, you are welcome at St. Mark. We are an inclusive church community with open arms and open minds. A portion of our Theological Mission Statement reads: We live our lives in the conviction that God is at work today establishing the reign of God’s love, peace, and justice in this world., Our mission, therefore, is to act as God’s hands and voice, as agents of reconciliation and companions in our commitment to Jesus’ vision. So, we worship and study to the end that we might grow ever faithful and effective in doing Christ’s work in our time and place.Contact Info:   Contact: Pastor Gary Collins, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92660;   949.644.1341; e-mail :thecollins1@cox.net  http://www.stmarkpresbyterian.org/

TIAS ARMS   Mission statement: Tias Arms is a non-profit, non-denominational organization that believes in providing a dignified, nurturing, and compassionate environment for orphaned or abandoned children affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Our goal also is to provide a hospice environment to comfort these children in their final stages of life. Contact info: Joanne Baker, 3 Wild Goose Ct., Newport Beach, CA 92663  Phone: 949.650.6254 Email: tias_arms@yahoo.com (underscore between tias and arms)  www.tiasarms.org

UNIFEM Southern California  UNIFEM is the women’s fund at the UN. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality and places the advancement of women’s human rights at the center of all its efforts. UNIFEM/USA supports these projects and offers American women the opportunity to reach out to women in the rest of the world who are struggling against poverty, disease, and prejudice. Contact info::Angela Rubio, 949.278.9773 rubioagr@yahoo.com UNIFEM/Southern CA: unifemsocal@yahoo.com or P.O. Box 51531, Irvine, CA 92619-1531 CeCe Sloan, SoCal Chapter President: 949.458.7967 orcece@fea.net   More information can be found at UNIFEM http://www.unifem.org/ and http://www.unifemusa.org/.

UNISON Interfaith Choir  The mission of UNISON Interfaith Choir is to foster harmony and mutual understanding between faith communities of Southern California through the collaborative creation of interfaith musical presentations, educational programs, and recordings. We produce our own concerts, plus we are available to sing at events that promote justice, peace, and interfaith understanding. Contact Info: Beth Syverson, 714.376.6666, e-mail: director@UNISONchoir.org   www.UNISONchoir.org

University of California Irvine Center for Citizen Peacebuilding  Contact info:  Paula Garb or David Snow, Co-Directors, University of California, Irvine , 3151 Social Science Plaza, Irvine, CA 92697-5100; phone: 949.824.8687 email: Paula Garb: pgarb@uci.edu;   Website:http://www.socsci.uci.edu/~cpb/

University of California, Irvine - Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies (CGPACS)  infocgpacs@uci.edu
University of California, Irvine International Studies International Studies provides an interdisciplinary perspective on global politics, societies, cultures and history. Contact info:  Mike Roesler, University of California, Irvine, School of Social Sciences, International Studies Program, 3151 Social Science Plaza, Irvine,CA 92697-5100, phone:949.824.8687  mroesler@uci.edu    http://internationalstudies.ss.uci.edu/

University of California, Irvine - Olive Tree Initiative  The primary goal of The Olive Tree Initiative is for UCI students to travel to Israel on a yearly basis to hear perspectives from Israeli and Palestinian academics, community leaders, and activists who have first-hand knowledge of the conflict and to bring what we learned back to the UCI community  Contact Info: Evonne Liew, University of California, Irvine, 3151 Social Science Plaza, Irvine, CA 92697949.824.8687, 8248687,  e-mail: eliew@uci.edu   http://www.uci.edu/uci/features/feature_olivetree_081020.php and for video about the trip: http://www.uci.edu/video/olivetree/
Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County (VPCOC) The Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County is the only countywide affiliation of businesses, community organizations, public and private agencies, and individuals seeking to promote violence prevention through a public health approach. Membership: Includes over 30 organizations, and individuals with the commitment to promote violence prevention in Orange County Goals: Promote policies that prevent violenceChange community norms by establishing non-violence as a desirable behavior.  Foster communication and collaboration among community members, stakeholders, and agencies currently addressing violence in Orange County. Mission Statement: To promote the health and wellness of our community by reducing violence. Vision: The Violence Prevention of Orange County will mobilize Orange County residents through education regarding those factors that contribute to violence and by advocating violence prevention strategies to break the cycle of violence within individuals, families, neighborhoods and the community as a whole. Challenges: Funding for projects including a social marketing initiative, Pocket Resource Cards, Fact Sheets, and the annual Ambassador's of Peace Luncheon. Primary Activities: Quarterly meetings on topics regarding all forms of violence, Annual Ambassador of Peace Luncheon honoring individuals in the community who are promoting violence prevention. Policy Committee: Reviews legislation concerned with the prevention of violence. Provides accurate information regarding violence policy issues. Resource Committee: Acts as a resource for violence prevention information and coalition information. Produces fact sheets, calendar of violence prevention activities, and current membership informationCommunity Awareness and Networking: Identifies and conducts community awareness activities to increase public awareness of issues related to the prevention of violence and the Coalition.Executive Committee: Provides leadership regarding violence prevention strategies and activities of the Coalition. Conducts Coalition business. Committee includes members from each committee and Coalition members at large. History: The VPCOC was established in 1996.  Contact info.: Chair: Mary Marlin, Address: 480 S. Batavia St. Orange, CA 92868, Phone Number: 949.858.1608 Fax: 949.858.1608  e-mail: healthoptns@earthlink.net

Visualize World Peace H.B.  It's hard for most people to imagine that peace is even possible in our world. Our group wants to change that mindset. We think that peace cannot be achieved unless people believe that it is possible to have peace. Once the "peace possible" mindset has been achieved, we will have the brains and courage to do what needs to be done in our world to achieve peace. We are working at changing this mindset by displaying a banner that says: "Visualize World Peace; It's Up to You ". We have done this every Sunday night since just before the war in Iraq started and will continue to do so until we achieve world peace. We meet at the foot of the Huntington Beach pier from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday nights. Please join us - or display your own banner in another part of our world. We'll be glad to tell you what works for us. Contact info:   Monique Theriault;  theriaum@alumni.uci.edu      Carol  Zwaans:  czwaans@socal.rr.com  Facebook Page:  visualizeworldpeace


 

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