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5:57 am Film: Long Distance Revolutionary
Film: Long Distance Revolutionary
Dec 27 @ 5:57 am – 6:57 am
Film: Long Distance Revolutionary
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[...]

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. 


On December 1, 2019, the Sunday following Thanksgiving, the Peace & Justice Center will be holding its annual party and fund-raiser, “Give Peace a Song!”which honors local activists who stand up against war and injustice through spoken word, art, and music.  On the program are Paul Kamm and Eleanor MacDonald, poet Chris Olander, singer songwriter Nory Fussel, The 20-person strong New Peace Choir, and more.  Surprises!  Free food and beverages! $10.00 suggested donation at the door (no one turned away).  The Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County was founded by the late U. Utah Phillips, Russ and Mary Jorgensen and other activists in late 2001 following the World Trade Center disaster and the US invasion of Afghanistan.  The Peace & Justice Center envisions a world of justice, peace, equality and freedom. This vision includes local community where differences are respected, conflicts are addressed peacefully, supportive structures are developed and where people are empowered and live in harmony, nurtured by diverse traditions that foster compassion and reconciliation.  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Peace Center is not affiliated with any political party or religion and is dedicated to principles of non-violence in all its activities and programs.  The Peace Center has been going strong all these years organizing rallies, peace marches, street demonstrations, programs and providing support to other like organizations.  As one of its primary programs, the Peace Center brings “peace recruiters” to our local high schools and engages students in discussion about their career plans following high school.  The Peace Center also shows political and controversial films on the Fourth Friday of each month and hosts discussions at the Madelyn Helling Library.   

As stated by the great Martin Luther King, Jr., “It is not enough to say ‘We must not wage war.’ It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but the positive affirmation of peace.”  And that’s just what we will do together on December 1, 2019!


WHAT:   “Give Peace a Song” a community gathering for the music, art and spoken word making a difference in our lives.   WHEN:   December 1, 2019 

TIME:     2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE:  Nevada City Vet’s Hall, 415 N. Pine Street in Nevada City.
For more information contact, Lorraine ReichPeace & Justice Center of Nevada County 

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or call (530) 274-1077

All Star Election Integrity Conference Livestream from Berkeley now!

Listen live at the National Voting Rights Task Force Facebook Page right now. Scroll down to the livestream on facebook.

Someone is stealing our elections, but probably not the Russians. (RNC and DNC maybe) Exit polls, the gold standard for certifying foreign elections, have shown that at least 3 presidential elections and hundreds of other elections have been stolen since 2000. This conference gathers together 20 plus of the country’s leading experts and election integrity activists this weekend to talk about the problem and the solutions. If you care about the results of the 2020 elections, this is a must listen. You can listen live at the National Voting Rights Task Force Facebook page at the link above. The speeches should be available as archived videos afterwards too. Jeffrey Gottesman


Reasons to Join the Global Climate Strike on 9/20/19

As an active community member and a new grandmother, I am gravely concerned about the climate crisis.  The earth’s ice caps are melting, species are going extinct daily, and whole communities of people are dying as a result of the climate chaos that is sweeping our nation and our world.  The forests around my home are drier than ever — will they be the next to burn?  From the increase in wildfires that have scorched our beloved Sierras to the decline in essential pollinator populations, will there ever be a Climate Crisis warning sign that will truly wake us up?

In the face of the threat of human extinction in the foreseeable future, we must not allow ourselves to become paralyzed.  No one is coming to save us — we must organize and save ourselves.  We need to show those in power that we are not willing to settle for empty promises, nice words, and vague goals.  We need climate action now.  This is why I will strike.  Please join your neighbors and me in the Global Climate Strike on September 20th in solidarity with youth, organized labor, faith groups, and indigenous and frontline communities.  Now is the time to act: our children’s children are depending on it!

Janie Kesselman,

Camptonville, CA

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.


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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

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PJCNC is a 501c(3) non-profit

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