Nonviolent Communication Workshop: Finding Empathy in a Radical World

sunflowerHow we communicate impacts ourselves, our relationships, our families and our communities. Join gifted facilitators Jack Lehman and Pan Vera at the Peace and Justice Center from Friday, Mar. 17 to Saturday, Mar. 18, 9am-5pm each day for this highly experiential workshop. Come ready to gain clarity of your unique communication needs and any barriers to effective interpersonal communication. Leave with a new awareness, a new set of tools, deeper empathy and compassion for self and others and the potential to make every relationship infinitely richer.

The Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process offers proven, effective interpersonal communication skills to foster healthy, satisfying relationships—with yourself and others. Learn to understand the root of conflict and emotional pain. Transform unhealthy communication habits to create satisfying relationships, resolve conflicts with ease. In this training, we will focus on using NVC to bring empathy into the political dialogue. This era marks a time of great uncertainty that presents tremendous dangers and opportunities! Let’s create a new story, titled "We Are All in This Together." We'll animate politics with compassion, and inter-being. It will take empathy; the result of the compassionate inquiry: "What is it like to be you?"

Register at cnvc.org/trainingcal/register?training_id=10921. Admission is a self-serve sliding scale; suggested range $75-200, none turned away for lack of funds. If you are unable to pay $75 for this two-day training, please select Already Paid. Price includes 14 CEU's (Continuing Education Units/Credits) approved by the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board.

Contact: 988-4564 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

"In This House..." Yard Signs For Sale

In this house Yard SignThe Peace Center is selling the popular turquoise yard signs and posters about human rights that say "In This House We Believe...." Rose Marin has kindly and generously offered these for us to sell, with all proceeds after her costs going to the Peace Center. The large yard signs cost $10, and the smaller posters cost $5. We do not have change, so please bring exact change in cash, or we also accept checks. (We prefer not to receive payment with credit cards. If you want to pay with a credit card, you would be given the opportunity to use one of our desktop computers to go to our website and pay online via paypal.) The Peace Center office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. You can call us if you want to confirm we have your size and quantity available at (505) 268-9557. Thank you so much!

Dr. Lori Rudolph to Report Back about Hebron Neighborhood in Palestine

HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians took part in planting olive tree saplings in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron on Tuesday, local activists ...Jewish Voice for Peace ABQ presents Dr. Lori Rudolph giving a report on her work in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron in occupied Palestine, on Friday, Feb. 24, 6-8pm at the Peace Center. Dr. Rudolph just returned from a 3-month stay in Palestine where she observed the apartheid regime first-hand:

  • The most oppressed neighborhood in Hebron is Tel Rumeida
  • Palestinians and Jewish settlers live under separate and unequal legal systems
  • Jewish Settlers in Tel Rumeida are guarded by the Israeli military
  • Palestinians need permits from the Israeli army to enter or leave their neighborhood
  • Military closures, surveillance technology and checkpoints keep Palestinian residents in an open-air prison

Sponsors: Jewish Voice for Peace - ABQ & Friends of Sabeel North America. More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Light refreshments served, donations requested at the door, no one turned away.

Tularosa Downwinders Release Health Impact Assessment from Trinity

The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium (TBDC) invites you Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6pm at the Peace Center for the release of their Health Impact Assessment (HIA) report addressing the physical, mental, generational, and economic health impacts of the July 16, 1945 atomic bomb test at the Trinity Site in south central New Mexico. The people exposed to that radiation have been the unknowing, unwilling, and uncompensated “collateral damage” of the test that ushered in the Nuclear Age.


The purposes of the HIA are to analyze the short- and long-term health impacts of the Trinity Test in Otero, Lincoln, Socorro and Sierra Counties, and to consider the ways that the passage of amendments to the federal Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to include the Trinity Downwinders - and many others - may affect the health of the individuals and communities in the Tularosa Basin. The TBDC urges the U.S. government to issue an apology and award reparations to individuals and their families who have suffered as a result of radiation exposures from the Trinity Test.


This HIA report provides evidence and analysis to support the passage of the proposed RECA amendments. The three primary health determinants examined are the lack of access to healthcare; economic impact(s) to patients and families; and generational trauma. The TBDC compiled data from focus groups, literature reviews, and approximately 800 health surveys collected over the years from individuals and families living downwind and downstream of the test. No major health study by the U.S. Government or otherwise has ever been conducted on the people living downwind and downstream of the world’s first atmospheric nuclear test. Thus, this HIA attempt to cull information relevant to the health and status of these communities that has been historically ignored.

The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership of the Santa Fe Community Foundation funded the HIA, which included a two-day training and technical assistance throughout the process. To learn more and to download the HIA report, please visit www.trinitydownwinders.com.

FREE Stress Reduction Workshop!

SheilaFoxInstructor Sheila Fox presents: Keeping Your Activist Self Strong – a workshop for burnout prevention with resilience tools on Thursday, January 26, 6-8pm at the Peace Center. 

Social Change is hard work. It takes staying strong, focused and visioning a brighter future. Sometimes your body is on the line. How do you stay healthy? How do you keep your spirits up? Accessing our body and mind‟s wisdom and strength, we will use meditation, meridian tapping, vocalization and singing. We will take on animal postures like dragon, bear and eagle to strengthen ourselves. This will bring a sense of peace and well-being within ourselves that we will take back to our communities. Practicing these skills brings immediate results and should be shared widely!

Instructor Sheila Fox is a long time activist and cultural worker. She is a certified meditation teacher, Acutonics® Sound Healing Practitioner and is certified in Capacitar® Trauma Transformation Exercises. Her background includes 15 years as a licensed massage practitioner and 20 years as a professional musician and  vocalist. She is a mother and grandmother here in Albuquerque.

Donations accepted, please be fragrance free. RSVP requested by contacting Sheila at 717-2402 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (206) 898-5090.

Anti-Racism Day in New Mexico

fight racism stencil grayPlease join us at the NM Capitol Roundhouse in Santa Fe, January 31, 2017 for a rally from 1-2pm in the Rotunda. Anti-Racism Day activities include: presentations by representatives from the Courageous Conversation Youth Writing and Art Challenge, community member performances and talks, anti-Institutional Racism Legislation activities presented by Senator Linda Lopez and Rep. Javier Martinez, an Anti-Racism Pledge, and a reception following the program in the West Hall. You can visit partnering organizations' info tables in the West Hall throughout the day. The P&J will be tabling at the Roundhouse for Anti-Racism Day and is looking for volunteers! Please call 268-9557 if you can help.

For more info, find New Mexico Health Equity Working Group at www.facebook.com/NMHEWG or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Homeless Peoples’ Memorial Vigil

HomelessWednesday, Dec. 21, 12:30-3pm

Homeless Peoples’ Memorial Vigil Please join us again in honoring and celebrating the lives of our friends and neighbors who have experi- enced homelessness and who passed away in our community during the past year. The memorial vigil will be held on Wednesday, December 21, from 12:30pm to 3pm. At 12:30 pm we will meet at the "Memorial Wall" at Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (1217 First St. NW) for lunch (provided by Joy Junction) and a short ceremony at 12:45pm. We will begin the silent march from AHCH to The Rock at NoonDay (2400 Second St.) at 1pm. The Vigil will be held from 2-3pm, inside The Rock at NoonDay (2400 Second St.). Please arrive a few minutes early so you do not miss the ceremony. If you have questions, please contact Hana Ottesen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Students Raise Awareness: Church Rock Uranium Spill

sandersThursday, Dec. 1, 6-8pm

Students from UNM’s Nuclear New Mexico class give a presentation for awareness and action on the July 16, 1979 Uranium Tailings Spill in Church Rock, NM, one of the largest radioactive leaks in human history. More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


“The Church Rock Uranium Spill of 1979: NM’s Little-Known Nuclear Accident”

UNM students from Eileen Shaughnessy's ―Nuclear New Mexico‖ class present an evening to raise awareness and spur action on the July 16, 1979 Uranium Tailings Spill in Church Rock, NM, one of the largest radioactive leaks in human history, at the Peace Center, Thursday, Dec. 1, 6-8pm.

Learn what happened, what cleanup has occurred, what threats remain, and how you can take action. Organized by students Amy Sedillo, Denise Brown (Diné), and Sue Schuurman, the panel will feature members of the Red Water Pond Road Community Association, Edith Hood and Bertha Nez, plus Chris Shuey from the Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC). Excerpts from the films The River That Harms and Four Stories on Water will be shown. Everyone is invited, and refreshments will be served. This is also a fundraiser for the Red Water Pond Road folks to build a much-needed Hogan for community healing.

24th Annual Muertos y Marigolds Día de los Muertos Parade

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The 24 th Annual Muertos y Marigolds Día de los Muertos Parade, followed by Celebration at the WestSide Community Center, 1250 Isleta Blvd. SW in the South Valley. The Peace Center will be tabling, call 268-9557 to help.

Theme Meaning

So near yet another pivotal election season, feelings of entrapment in a corrupt Bi-partisan system continue to plague us. Nuevomexicanos must resist and engage in any capacity they can to restore their communities to their flourishing states. Whether that be voting, petitioning, protesting, creating, reflecting or protecting, we ask our gente to take a stand against injustices in their community. We reclaim our demon, the chupacabra as an ally in ridding this land of malicious, power-hungry, exploitative entities.  

Reclaiming our querencia is reclaiming the mountains that replenish the rivers, the arroyos that nourish the chile, beans, corn, squash, pecans and pinon. It calls up the herencia of that which is dear to us; food, tradition, tamales steaming: calls up that which is self, home, land and sky; calls up a pre-contact-pre-colonial, pre-industrial past of the mesoamericas; calls up the land of the ephemeral waterways, dry farming, sheep husbandry and the acequias. 

La reclamacion is to protect the home that is the dear nuevomexicano heritage: the language, the land, the water and the culture. We implore everyone to act, and unite in defying systemic, institutional and internal oppression.

For more info: muertosymarigolds.org

Do Not Resist film at the guild

 poster-largeSaturday & Sunday, Nov. 19-20, 1pm ONLY

Do Not Resist, a documentary about the militarization of police forces, followed by panel discussion co-sponsored by ACP&J, at Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave NE

Guild Cinema

 Watch the trailer below.

 An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST– the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson – offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action – from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments – before exploring where controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms, could lead the field next.



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