Each year, the nonprofit Peace & Justice Resource Center
serves hundreds of individuals, programs, and groups. The largest center
of its kind in the Pacific NW, the PJRC's services include:
- A REFERENCE LIBRARY with
12,300 books as well as files, videos, and data bases: PJRC volunteers
assist teachers, scholars, activists, and librarians with resources in
such areas as nonviolent responses to conflict; international issues;
race, gender, and economic justice; social ethics; organizing and
leadership skills; and the arts and social change.
- WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITS
for conferences, community groups, teacher in-service days, universities,
and schools: Topics include Youth and Peacemaking, How to be a Bridge
in a World of Walls, Peace and Justice in the Real World, and The
Vision and Challenge of Martin Luther King, Jr. Our "Wall of
Hope" exhibit and activities have been used by over 600 groups
and events attended by more than 150,000 people.
- A BOOK SERVICE offering
recommended books to teachers, scholars, activists, libraries, and
university programs: The PJRC reaches out with book tables at several
dozen conferences and events each year. We also donate 2000-3000 books
most years to Books to Prisoners, a network of shelters, tribal schools,
- RESOURCE GUIDES bibliographies,
and fact sheets, as well as commentaries published in Fellowship
magazine, NY Newsday, the Peace Chronicle, Seattle
Times, Houston Chronicle, academic journals, and interviews
on many media news and talk shows.
Since 1977, the nonprofit Peace & Justice Resource
Center has helped scores of libraries select and make available
peace and justice materials. We have provided resources and training
for several hundred social change leaders, projects, and groups. The
PJRC is volunteer-run and supported by contributions, book sales, workshop
honoraria, and occasional grants. PJRC leaders serve on the planning
committee for Peace Day Seattle and other regional and national efforts.
The PJRC’s director was selected as US delegate to the international
meetings held in India to plan the United Nations Decade for Peace.
The Spirit of the PJRC
For years, a key focus of the Peace & Justice Resource Center has
been exploring nonviolent responses to conflict in a variety of challenging
arenas, from domestic abuse and interpersonal conflict, to media violence
and international conflict.
We've identified or developed many outstanding resources to help folks
get past the various myths of nonviolence (e.g. that it means passivity
or lack of patriotism) and find its true effectiveness as we confront
the many challenges in our lives and world.
It is urgent that this powerful perspective on conflict be part of
our community and national dialog. We invite you to join this dialog,
and to consider these prophetic words of Martin Luther King, Jr.:
I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf
of the civil rights movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence
is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time
-- how to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence
and oppression... Nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful
moral force which makes for social transformation.... We must evolve
for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression,
and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love... Martin
Luther King, Jr., Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, 1964
For more information about PJRC services and
volunteer opportunities, contact us at: PJRC, 1710 11th Ave.,
Seattle, WA 98122,
349-2501 (area code 206), firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright 2000-2013 Peace & Justice Resource
All rights reserved.
Light, Links, Laughs . . .
OWS insights, links, resources
New resources for young people and parents on recommended computer games, media, books…
Economic Crisis: a deeper, more engaging, more hopeful vision. (doc, pdf)
a "best of the best" listing of recommended books and web sites
on a range of topics.
basic info and descriptions of a half dozen of our most popular
Films for Exploring Peace and Justice
Themes: dozens of options for group discussion, film series,
and individual use.
Highlights of Activity
since the establishment of
the PJRC in the mid-70s.
The Invisible Option,
The Wall of Hope
an inspiring listing and exhibit of peace and justice events throughout history: Introduction
and activities relating to the Wall. Timeline of events: (pdf)
. . . An outstanding workshop on social change
a prescient analysis of the Iraq conflict that appeared widely in the months before the war.
The Potential of a Deeper, More
Effective Approach to Conflict and Violence A brief summary of useful insights and tools.
on small libraries:
organizing or expanding a
resource center for a school,
community group, church,
or academic program.
Is our situation today a Kairos moment? Check out this thoughtful faith-based movement.
Pres. Obama has received a lot of criticism from progressives; this MLK Day flyer from early 2009 identifies the most important source of needed change in the US.
Especially reliable and useful materials evaluated by PJRC volunteers and leaders.
Work In Progress:
Help update one of our core annotated resource guides.
to additional resources