Peace Center Logo

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events.

Justice for Amaud and Bre

Audrey Schwartz, PJCNC board member, requests that we support justice for Amaud and Bre.

Here are action steps that can be taken in order to seek some sort of justice for Ahmaud Arbery and Brianna Taylor.

Two of the men responsible for Ahmaud Arbery’s murderer were finally arrested, thankfully. The third suspect; William Bryan,  who filmed Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, and actively participated in the murder when he boxed Ahmaud in so he couldn’t get away, has not been arrested.
Please call (770) 800-0689 to demand that William Bryan be arrested and charged for his active participation in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, as well as demand the resignation of D.A. Jackie Johnson who interfered with the case when she told police not to arrest the murderers the day of the crime.

Please go to to seek #justiceforahmaud .

Brianna Taylor was killed in her home when police mistakenly raided it to serve a warrant for someone else. Police had the wrong home and the person they were serving a warrant to was already arrested!
Police fired a barrage of bullets from outside Brianna Taylor’s home, through a window with closed curtains! The bullets went through three different apartments!

Please call (502) 735-1784 to demand that the three officers who killed Brianna Taylor be fired immediately, arrested, and charged for their reckless actions that killed Brianna Taylor and demand an investigation be opened into the Louisville Police Department for their gross mishandling of the case.

Please sign the petition at for justice for Brianna Taylor.

Thank you.

Coronavirus Dashboard

Iowa: Just a coincidence?

Incompetence or malevolence?  Was the Iowa Caucus tabulation meltdown really just a blooper, or meant by the DNC, as conjectured by some, to delay and obscure the reporting of unwanted results?  The Intercept, Common Dreams and the Washington Examiner point to the software developer Shadow, part of Acronym Corp.’s strong donor connections with Clinton and Buttigieg campaigns, and acrimony for the Sanders campaign.  Perhaps justice demands an investigation.  Jeffrey Gottesman

cancelled: Retired Colonel Ann Wright Freedom Flotilla 2020

Freedom Flotilla 2020 to Break the Siege on Gaza
Retired Col. Ann Wright will speak on Gaza, Iran, and ending U.S. militarism in the Middle East at this fundraiser. Col. Wright resigned from the U.S. Diplomatic Corps in 2003 in opposition to the U.S. war on Iraq. Since then she has been actively challenging U.S. war-making, speaking to audiences in the United States and around the world. 6:30-refreshments. 7-Program. This event is sponsored by the Nevada City United Methodist Church’s Church and Society Committee, the Palestine -Israel Working Group, and Earth Justice Ministries.

Jan 24: Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook

Rescheduled for January due to the October power outages, the Peace and Justice Center presents “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook”  (2019) This documentary examines how, since 2008, right-wing groups have worked with certain states, to make it harder to vote, particularly for minority groups and young people.  The film examines states across the U.S. and the effects of gerrymandering and voter ID laws on voter turnout. Texas is home to one of the most stringent voter ID laws, and was ground zero for a recent decade-long battle over gerrymandering that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Texas also happens to have one of the lowest voter-turnout rates in the country.

“Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook” shows on Friday Jan. 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way (near the Rood Center), Nevada City.  Come for the film, and stay for the discussion following the film. $10.00 suggested donation includes free hot tea and organic popcorn!  For more information write to, or visit the Peace & Justice Center’s website or visit our Facebook page. 

12-27 Film: Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

“Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary” is an inspiring portrait of a man whom many consider America’s most famous political prisoner – a man whose existence tests our beliefs about freedom of expression. Through prison interviews, archival footage, and dramatic readings, and aided by a potent chorus of voices including Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis and others, this riveting film explores Mumia’s life before, during and after Death Row – revealing, in the words of Angela Davis, “the most eloquent and most powerful opponent of the death penalty in the world…the 21st Century Frederick Douglass.” In the film renowned journalist Chris Hedges sits with Mumia Abu-Jamal and discusses American foreign policy and mass incarceration. 

Featuring the song “Society” sung by Eddie Vedder.  “Mumia” shows on Friday Dec. 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way (near the Rood Center), Nevada City.  Come for the film, and stay for the discussion following the film. $10.00 suggested donation includes free hot tea and organic popcorn!  For more information write to, or visit the Peace & Justice Center’s website or visit our Facebook page. 

John Bolton, Neocon Extremist, Warhawk, Sacked on Eve of 9-11 18th Anniversary.

On the eve of the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy, President Trump ousted his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, perhaps the most infamous  and frightening member of the neocon cabal.  I can’ t help but reflect on the irony of the timing.  You will recall that Bolton and the neocon’s Project for a New American Century advocated overthrowing the governments of Iraq, Afganistan, Iran, Libya and several other Mideast/north African countries.  The report stated that this would take decades, short of a “New Pearl Harbor”, a provocative attack on the U.S. that would enable us to go to war to accomplish the goal of replacing those regimes with multinational oil industry friendly successors.

I am currently reading Stephen Kinzer’s book, The True Flag, in which he details how the pro-empire clique, including Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge and Randolph Hearst manipulated public opinion to go to war with Spain, then subsequently to annex the Phillipines, Cuba and Puerto Rico instead of liberating them as promised.  The highly suspect “attack” on the warship U.S. Maine was the justification.  Declassified documents now reveal that besides the U.S. Maine, the sinking of the Lusitania was probably engineered to get us into WW1; the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a hoax to get us into the Vietnam War; Operation Gladio in Italy involved the CIA simulating left-wing terrorist attacks in order to keep the Italian Communist and Socialist parties from winning elections after WW2; Operation Northwoods featured U.S. generals planning attacks on Florida to incite a war against Cuba. 

Was 9-11 another “false flag” terror attack designed to enable the War on Terror to procede?  Unfortunately, we do not know the answer because the 9-11 commission covered up  and thwarted the real investigation of 9-11.  Abundant evidence, however, like the unexplained collapse of Building 7, suggest that perhaps this was another staged provocation to lead us to war, not to mention giving up a whole basket full of our domestic civil liberties.

John Bolton was a strong advocate of war with Iran and Venezuela.  Hopefully, his exit will short-circuit another multi-trillion dollar and million death Middle East episode, and avoid an invasion of Venezuela.  Maybe we will spend our wealth and international goodwill (what’s left of it) on life, not death. 

Jeffrey Gottesman

Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County


We envision a world of justice, peace, equality and freedom. This includes a community where differences are respected, conflicts are addressed peacefully, and supportive structures are developed. It is a community where people are empowered and live in harmony with the earth, nurtured by traditions that foster compassion and reconcilliation.


Through open inquiry, education, and nonviolent direct action, the Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County honors the essential power of people in community. We nurture peace, justice and dignity in ourselves, our community and our earth.

Peace Partnerships


  • Peace Alliance US Dept. of Peace
  • Palestine – Israel Working Group
  • Brady Campaign stop gun violence
  • Move to Amend Campaign
  • Occupy Beale AFB no drone killing
  • Alternatives to Violence Project
  • Creating Communities Beyond Bias


Fourth Friday Film Forum

We show monthly films on peace and justice issues for public education and discussion. Shows are at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Admission by donation.

Peace Recruiting

Our mission is to promote a culture of peace in our schools. We visit high school campuses to provide information and resources on careers, further education and realities of military service so that each student has complete information to choose their future.

Peace Events

We host peace events including Give Peace a Song, Students Meet Activists and our booth at the Nevada County Fair to promote peace and justice in our community.  We celebrate our connections with those who work for peace and justice around the world.

Activist Calendar

We support other local peacebuilding organizations through our activist calendar, news articles and pages on our web site and Facebook Group.


Our newsletter features timely articles and calendar events. It is sent by email. Subscribe by entering your email address at our web site.  We do not share your email address.


We welcome your donation whether one time, annually or monthly.

  • Peace Pioneer $100 (or $10/month)
  • Families for Peace $ 40
  • Individuals for Peace $ 25
  • Students/Low Income for Peace $ 10

Checks payable to PJCNC or by PayPal on our web site

PJCNC is a 501c(3) non-profit

Contact Your Representative


GET INVOLVED!    Click Here if you are a kid or would like information on contacting Congress.   Click Here  to send an email to your representative.

US Capital, Washington, D.C.

  • Make sure that you are registered to vote.  Many offices discard communication from non-voters.
  • Find the information you need and check the representative’s web site.
  • Be courteous and respectful.  Start a letter or email with Dear Senator/Representative.
  • Be very clear about the action you need and what the personal or local impact will be.
  • GET INVOLVED! click here for your representative’s phone,  email or letter contact info.
  • Ask for a reply if appropriate
  • Follow up by checking the voting record or the bill.
  • Express your appreciation for good work.