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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 immigrants.

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...

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...