Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center
Mission: Rooted in the spirit of unconditional nonviolence, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center is dedicated to 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.
- RMPJC recognizes that all beings are interconnected and interdependent.
- We strive to nourish the inherent capacity for compassion, generosity and you is all people.
- We seek a healthy, sustainable relationship between people and the planet.
- We recognize that Earth and all its beings are inherently valuable and have the right to exist and be healthy.
- We seek to create egalitarian social, economic, political and environmental structures where all people are empowered to participate directly in decisions that affect their lives.
- We seek a world where conflict is handled justly and nonviolently, creating true peace.
Founding & features:In 1983 six individuals who had for some years been involved in nonviolent resistance to the nearby Rocky Flats nuclear bomb plant founded the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. They felt the need in the Boulder community for a permanent base for addressing peace and justice issues. The distinctive features of the new organization were its multi-issue nature and its commitment to nonviolence, including its provision of training in nonviolent action (something then done by no other organization in the Denver area).
Membership and outreach: Today the RMPJC has over 1,000 members and an active wider network of about 2,000 additional individuals and 200 organizations. Each week, we provide to this larger network action alerts and notification of upcoming events sponsored both by RMPJC and others. Every Friday RMPJC publishes “Peace Train,” a column in the Colorado Daily. Our web site, www.rmpjc.org, provides additional information.
Decision-making:The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center utilizes consensus process in making decisions. This process for deliberating and making decisions honors the dignity and integrity of every individual by carefully considering all points of view in order to reach decisions based on mutual understanding and agreement. Consensus process requires the empowerment of individuals; hence, it is crucial for peacemaking.
Organizational structure: The structure of RMPJC consists of the spokescouncil (roughly the equivalent of a board of directors), the staff, collectives (described below), regular volunteers and members at large. The Spokescouncil is responsible for overall oversight, policy-making and fundraising. The staff manages the office, administers day-to-day activities and coordinates the work of the collectives. The center as a whole has about 200 active volunteers who are generally local residents and students.
Collectives:The work of the RMPJC is carried out through education and action groups known as “collectives.”Each collective has a specific issue focus, and the work of all the collectives is interwoven and interconnected. In addition to working locally, most of the collectives participate in statewide and national coalitions. Issues addressed by the collectives are chosen by the staff and spokescouncil with input from the community. The collective structure promotes democratic participation in the ongoing work of the center. People in the community can become involved in the work of a given collective by participating in its meetings where they can help determine the actions of the collective. A staff member coordinates each of the collectives. Over the years the issues addressed by collectives have varied.