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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...

Remembering our Nonviolent History

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”                                                                                                         -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  About...

Everyday Strategies for Building Peace in the New Year

On New Year's Eve, eight Worcester leaders reflected on strategies for building peace in 2017 at Community Voices of Peace, a First Night program held at the First Unitarian Church in Worcester.  It was a wonderful way to begin the new year. The evening's...

Worcester First Night

On New Year's Eve, eight Worcester leaders reflected on strategies for building peace in 2017 at Community Voices of Peace, a First Night program held at the First Unitarian Church in Worcester.  It was a wonderful way to begin the new year. To see one of...

Remembering Dr. Richard Seder

The Center for Nonviolent Solutions mourns the passing of longtime friend and supporter, Dr. Richard Seder, who was tireless in his work to build trust and harmony between Israelis and Palestinians. His obituary is available at this...

Happy Holidays

Many thanks to everyone who responded so generously to our year-end appeal. We appreciate your gift and knowing of your interest in our mission to promote a culture of peace. With 2017 just around the corner, we anticipate the work to come - developing our...

Goods for Gun Program

Dr.Hirsh a supporter of the Center for Nonviolent Solutions had the annual Goods for Guns program on December 10th.  Goods for Guns allows community members to bring in guns for gift cards. The event collected over 250 guns in hopes of decreasing gun...

Year-end Appeal

In this fractious political year violence has been all too evident in our inner cities, in our schools and even in our public discourse. In Worcester, our high schools have armed guards, and our district ranked among the top five in the state for school...

Social Justice Happy Hour on Resources for Teaching Peace

Come join us on Thursday, November 17: 5:30-7:00 p.m. Sahara Restaurant 149 Highland Street, Worcester, MA 01609 Free appetizers Questions: inquiry@nonviolentsolutions.org/  774 641-1566 While violence dominates our media, the untold good news is that...

Claremont Academy Featured in Worcester T&G

A recent news article from the T&G discuses the success of restorative justice in two Worcester schools. Our peer mediation program helps to contribute to the success at Claremont Academy. Please check out the...

Remembering Pete Seeger in Song

Folk singer Jim Scott will hold a Pete Seeger Songfest to benefit the Center for Nonviolent Solutions 7:00 PM Sunday November 6, in the sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester, MA. Composer/guitarist Jim Scott, who knew Pete well...

Fall Training 2016

On September 27th and October 4th, the Center hosted a 2 part Introductory Training in Peace Education. Participants were able to learn about mindfulness, youth peace builders, the conflict escalator, the CLEAR model and other activities to look at resolve...

Fall Update

Late September and early October were busy times at the Center. On September 26 and October 3, staff members met with Clark University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students working at Claremont Academy and gave brief presentations on peace education....

Peer Mediation at Claremont Academy

On August 25 and 26, seventeen high school students from Claremont Academy gave up their last days of summer vacation to participate in a two-day training in peer mediation, with instructor Karen Thomsen. The training, which took place at Clark University,...

An Autumn of Peacebuilding

The office is abuzz these days with the creative energy of our new staff. In late June, we bade a fond farewell to Jennifer Smead, our former director of finances and then interim executive director. In August, we hired Dan Margolis as our education...

Cultivating Nonviolence event

On March 22nd, the Center held its annual meeting event, Cultivating Nonviolence: A Celebration of Peace Education in our Schools and Neighborhoods. Attendees enjoyed some beautiful music by Neighborhood Strings, a program of the Worcester Chamber Music...

Help build a culture of peace in Worcester

“There is so much hate and so much violence in this country,” lamented a dear friend in the wake of the Orlando massacre. I understood his reaction. Perhaps you have felt similarly. And yet, I am unexpectedly optimistic despite these heart-breaking times...

NEYM Educator Training

On Saturday, October 24th, we provided nonviolence education training to about ten New England Yearly Meeting (Quaker) youth educators. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss the many dynamics of working with youth and how to best foster emotional...

Summer Youth Peace Education

As the summer wound down, we had the unique opportunity to facilitate youth nonviolence courses at the Wiogora School of Wisdom and Wonder - a Hogwarts/Harry Potter themed day camp at First Unitarian Church in Worcester. Our peace education course was...

Planning Ahead

Amidst summer's beauty, members of the Center's Board of Directors and staff came together to reflect and plan future initiatives. Although not everyone was able to attend, this visionary and pragmatic group discussed the past year's operations and...

Successful Cultivating Nonviolence Event

The Center thanks everyone who helped make our Cultivating Nonviolence event on March 3rd a great success with our many donors, members of the community, and our Board in attendance! Throughout the night, Neighborhood Strings, Worcester Chamber Music...

Afterschool Youth Peace Education

We are pleased to be working in our second 15-week session of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant at Sullivan Middle School (Sullivan). The program runs every Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 with about 50 students at Sullivan, and through...

We Grow Into Courage: A dramatic reading of civil rights texts

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 by...