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Robert T. Jones Talks on Kingian Nonviolence at Claremont Academy

On a snowy Tuesday in February, high school students at Claremont Academy listened with interest as Mr. Robert T. Jones spoke about his migration from tough Bronx kid to teacher of Kingian nonviolence. The Associate Director of Multicultural Education at the College...

Do Men Need Masculinity, Positive or Otherwise?

Ethan Hoffman, doctoral student of clinical psychology at Clark University, speaks on how men and boys can be more prosocial, and less aggressive, in resolving conflicts. Thursday, February 15 5:30-7:00 p.m. Sahara Restaurant 143 Highland Street,...

Remembering Gene Sharp

Re-posted from David Cortright: Gene Sharp, the pioneering and prolific scholar of Gandhian nonviolence and civil resistance, passed away this week at age 90. His life was dedicated to examining the ways in which nonviolent action achieves political change. While...

Meeting of Peace and Justice

A statewide meeting of Massachusetts peace and justice groups convened on Saturday, February 3, at First Unitarian Church in Worcester. More than 50 people attended the collaborative gathering, including Center board members Paul Ropp and Christine Johnson...

Brian Leonard Reflects on Social Justice Happy Hour

Here's a report from Brian Leonard, who shared with us at the October 19th Social Justice Happy Hour his experiment with peace practices in his public school classroom: About 15-20 people attended the Social Justice Forum at the Sahara Restaurant, which offered the...

Peer Mediation Launch

Peer mediation kicked off at Claremont Academy on Thursday, October 19 with some fun roleplay activities and a Q&A with our peer...

Empowering Our Youth with Kingian Nonviolence

Join us for the first Social Justice Happy Hour of 2018. Thursday, January 18 5:30-7:00 p.m. Sahara Restaurant  143 Highland Street, Worcester, MA Appetizers are on us. So come get inspired and network with other peace educators. Background: Mr. Robert T....

Don’t Hate! Peer Mediate!

CNVS Education Coordinator Claire Schaeffer-Duffy speaks on the joys and challenges of running a high school peer mediation. Come learn how kids can play an important role in creating a culture of peace within their school. Discussion to follow. Lots of...

CNVS Statement on U.S. Mass Shootings

As board members and staff at the Center for Nonviolent Solutions, we abhor the mass shootings that have now plagued our country for two decades. We have a violence problem in the United States and it is exacerbated by guns. Even a partial list of recent...

Peacemaking in Perilous Times

The Center's event called Peacemaking in Perilous Times held on Friday, September 15 was a success. Here's a photo of our beautiful staff at the reception at First Unitarian...

Forgiveness as a Way to Peace in the Classroom?

Worcester public school teacher Brian Leonard speaks on his experiment with reconciliation and other peace practices in his classroom of middle school students. Thursday, October 19 5:30-7:00 p.m. Sahara Restaurant 143 Highland Street, Worcester, MA 01609 Appetizers...

School Committee Honors Claremont’s Peer Mediators

Six high school students from Claremont Academy received certificates of honor from Mayor Joseph Petty on September 7 during the Worcester School Committee meeting at the City Council. The students were recognized for learning and implementing the skills...

Center Trains New Cohort of Peer Mediators

A new school year has begun, and with it new opportunities for resolving conflicts nonviolently. Students at Claremont Academy will be ready. In the final days of summer, eight rising sophomores attended the Center’s ten-hour training in peer mediation in...

Straight Ahead Training

The Center held its first staff training in Conflict Transformation and Mediation with Straight Ahead Ministries The Center's four-session staff training included skills for conflict analysis, negotiation, and mediation. Straight Ahead Ministries works...

Center Conducts First Staff Training

On Tuesday, June 19, the Center completed a four-session training with staff at Straight Ahead Ministries, a faith-based organization that works with formerly incarcerated youth, some of whom are gang affiliated. This was our first staff training with an...

Social Justice Happy Hour

Our Social Justice Happy Hour, originally scheduled for Thursday May 25, has been re-scheduled for Thursday, June 1. Massachusetts State Senator Harriette L. Chandler will speak about her bill promoting instruction in civics in our public...

Civil Rights Readings

Join the Center for Nonviolent solutions for "We Grow Into Courage." Wednesday, April 12, 5:30-7:00 pm Saxe Room - Worcester Public Library 3 Salem Square, Worcester The civil rights readings are excerpted from Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts...

March Report

March has been a demanding and energizing time for the Center. It began with our Annual Meeting on March 8th. David McMahonand Colleen Hilferty, recipients of the our 2016 Community Peacemaker Award, spoke of their fine work at Dismas House and Dismas Farm...

Community Peacemaker Award

This year our award goes to David McMahon and Colleen Hilferty, co-directors of Dismas House a residential program for newly released prisoners. Colleen had more than 20 years experience in the development of programs and services engaging low income and...

Annual Meeting

Please join us for the Center's Annual Meeting, March 8th from 5:30-7:00pm, Saxe Room at the Worcester Public Library. Our informal meeting will include an update on the Center's progress this year. We will share with you new programs that have been...

Solidarity Rally

The Center for Nonviolent Solutions helped to support Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Worcester on January 31st. The rally was held at town hall to show support for Worcester's refugees and...

Women of Color in the Civil Rights Movement

Dr. Joyce McNickels While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., may feature prominently in curriculum for Black History Month, few students are familiar with the extraordinary history of the women who fought for civil rights and expanded American democracy. Dr....

International Exchange Essential for Mutual Understanding

“International educational exchange is the most significant current project designed to continue the process of humanizing mankind [humankind] to the point, we would hope, that men[and women] can learn to live in peace-eventually even to cooperate in...

Social Justice Happy Hour

Join us this semester for our Social Justice Happy Hours. These informal evenings provide an opportunity to get inspired and to network with teachers interested in peace and justice education.  Appetizers are on us. So mark your calendars and join us.  Now...