Peace & Justice Resource Center

1710 11th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
email: pjrcbooks@hotmail.com
349-2501 (area code 206)

Peace and Justice

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, etc.

  • 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), pjrcbooks@hotmail.com    www.pjrcbooks.org

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PJRC Resources:

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)

Transforming Our World,
a "best of the best" listing of recommended books and web sites on a range of topics

PJRC workshops:
basic info and descriptions of a half dozen of our most popular sessions.

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 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) (html)
. . . An outstanding workshop on social change

The Invisible Option,
a prescient analysis of the Iraq conflict that appeared widely in the months before the war.
Spanish Version / En Español (Spanish version)

The Potential of a Deeper, More Effective Approach to Conflict and Violence A brief summary of useful insights and tools.
(pdf) (html)

Memo on small libraries:
organizing or expanding a
resource center for a school,
community group, church,
or academic program.

Kairos Action: 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.

Resource Reviews
Especially reliable and useful materials evaluated by PJRC volunteers and leaders.

Work In Progress:
Help update one of our core annotated resource guides.

PJRC Links
to additional resources