‘Give peace a song!’ — Bridging art & politics at the Nevada City Veterans’ Building in Nevada City | TheUnion.com

‘Give peace a song!’ — Bridging art & politics at the Nevada City Veterans’ Building in Nevada City

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Saul and Elena Rayo are just one of the many performers that will be playing at the "Give Peace a Song!" event at the Nevada City Veterans' Building.
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The Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County was founded by the late U. Utah Phillips, and Russ and Mary Jorgensen in late 2001 following the World Trade Center disaster and the US invasion of Afghanistan.

The Peace and Justice Center envisions a world of justice, peace, equality and freedom. This vision includes local community where differences are respected, conflicts are addressed peacefully, supportive structures are developed and where people are empowered and live in harmony.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Peace Center is not affiliated with any political party or religion and is dedicated to principles of non-violence in all its activities and programs.

The Peace Center has been going strong all these years organizing rallies, peace marches, street demonstrations, programs and providing support to other like-minded organizations.

As one of its primary programs, the Peace Center brings “peace recruiters” to our local high schools and engages students in discussion about their career plans following high school.

The Peace Center seeks to balance the narrative about war and military service to counter the influence of military recruiters who visit our high school campuses throughout the year.

The center also provides education and information through its political films which are shown monthly at The Open Book on the fourth Friday of each month.

On Sunday, after Thanksgiving, the Peace Center will be holding its annual party and fundraising event, “Give Peace a Song!” which honors our local activists who stand up against war and injustice through spoken word, art, music, and poetry.

On the program are Saul and Elena Rayo, Happy Om, Nory Fussel, the New Peace Choir, Poet Chris Olander, Dianna Suarez, Chris Hawkins and more.

“Give Peace a Song!” takes place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Nevada City Veterans’ Building at 415 N. Pine Street, Nevada City.

As stated by the great Martin Luther King, Jr., “It is not enough to say ‘We must not wage war.’ It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but the positive affirmation of peace.”

For more information visit http://www.ncpeace.org or on Facebook. The event is free and open to the public with donations gladly accepted. There will also be coffee, tea and treats, free to all attendees.

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