About Us

Mission

Rooted in the spirit of unconditional nonviolence, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center is dedicated to progressive personal and social change. We are a multi-issue organization that works to restore and protect Earth and human rights. We educate, organize, act and build community in order to create a culture of justice and peace.

 

 

 

About Us 

Our Vision

  • RMPJC recognizes that all beings are interconnected and interdependent.
  • We strive to nourish the inherent capacity for compassion, generosity and you is all people.
  • We seek a healthy, sustainable relationship between people and the planet.
  • We recognize that Earth and all its beings are inherently valuable and have the right to exist and be healthy.
  • We seek to create egalitarian social, economic, political and environmental structures where all people are empowered to participate directly in decisions that affect their lives.
  • We seek a world where conflict is handled justly and nonviolently, creating true peace.

Founding & features: In 1983 six individuals who had for some years been involved in nonviolent resistance to the nearby Rocky Flats nuclear bomb plant founded the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. They felt the need in the Boulder community for a permanent base for addressing peace and justice issues. The distinctive features of the new organization were its multi-issue nature and its commitment to nonviolence, including its provision of training in nonviolent action (something then done by no other organization in the Denver area).

Membership and outreach: Today the RMPJC has over 1,000 members and an active wider network of about 2,000 additional individuals and 200 organizations. Each week, we provide to this larger network action alerts and notification of upcoming events sponsored both by RMPJC and others. Every Friday RMPJC publishes “Peace Train,” a column in the Colorado Daily. Our web site, www.rmpjc.org, provides additional information.

Decision-making: The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center utilizes consensus process in making decisions. This process for deliberating and making decisions honors the dignity and integrity of every individual by carefully considering all points of view in order to reach decisions based on mutual understanding and agreement. Consensus process requires the empowerment of individuals; hence, it is crucial for peacemaking.

Organizational structure: The structure of RMPJC consists of the spokescouncil (roughly the equivalent of a board of directors), the staff, collectives (described below), regular volunteers and members at large. The Spokescouncil is responsible for overall oversight, policy-making and fundraising. The staff manages the office, administers day-to-day activities and coordinates the work of the collectives. The center as a whole has about 200 active volunteers who are generally local residents and students.

Collectives: The work of the RMPJC is carried out through education and action groups known as “collectives.”Each collective has a specific issue focus, and the work of all the collectives is interwoven and interconnected. In addition to working locally, most of the collectives participate in statewide and national coalitions. Issues addressed by the collectives are chosen by the staff and spokescouncil with input from the community. The collective structure promotes democratic participation in the ongoing work of the center. People in the community can become involved in the work of a given collective by participating in its meetings where they can help determine the actions of the collective. A staff member coordinates each of the collectives. Over the years the issues addressed by collectives have varied. At present we have the following collectives:

International Collective 

  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Iran
  • The Global Economy

Nuclear Nexus Collective

  • Nuclear Abolition
  • Rocky Flats

Nonviolence Collective

  • Nonviolence Training
  • Meeting Facilitation and Consensus Decision-making
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Community-building Events
  • Committee for Pesticide Reform
  • Coordinate work to end racism and oppression (with Boulder Community United)
  • Coordinate with Bias Incident Hotline (an independent project under RMPJC fiscal sponsorship)

Middle East Collective: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Economic Justice Collective Health Issues Collective

Results: Our work has the following long-term effects

  • Enables people to participate actively in democratic processes
  • Fosters a vision for a just and sustainable society
  • Provides alternative voices to the cacophony and deception in the mainstream media
  • Helps build a global movement for peace, justice and ecological responsibility
  • Trains new and young activists
  • Raises awareness and educates people on particular issue

RMPJC Vision

  • RMPJC recognizes that all beings are interconnected and interdependent.
  • We strive to nourish the inherent capacity for compassion, generosity and joy in all people.
  • We seek a healthy, sustainable relationship between people and the planet.
  • We recognize that Earth and all its beings are inherently valuable and have the right to exist and be healthy.
  • We seek to create egalitarian social, economic, political and environmental structures where all people are empowered to participate directly in decisions that affect their lives.
  • We seek a world where conflict is handled justly and nonviolently, creating true peace.

Support: It is only with the help of our friends and supporters that we are able to continue this work, and we are most grateful for you. We’d love for you to make a monthly donation and become part of our Sustainers’ Circle. Click here to Donate!


Personnel

Betty Ball manages the RMPJC office and coordinates all our efforts in nonviolence education, including nonviolence training, conflict transformation workshops and community-building events. She works with other social justice organizations to create a more inclusive community and to end racism in Boulder. She coordinates efforts to replace toxic pesticides used in Boulder with non-toxic alternatives.
Carolyn Bninski coordinates efforts to end the US war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, to halt US intervention in Pakistan and to prevent an attack on Iran, and to gain peace and justice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And she convenes both the Health Issues Collective that focuses on the benefits of a plant-based diet, and the Economic Justice Collective which seeks systemic change on behalf of a sustainable economy.
Judith Mohling, a practicing psychotherapist, coordinates the Nuclear Nexus Project: Working to End Local Hazards and the Global Threat. She focuses primarily on the global threat by acting to de-alert nuclear missiles based in Colorado as a step toward nuclear abolition and by stopping the creation of a new nationwide “Bombplex,” including a “Second Rocky Flats.” She is also deeply involved in the local hazards of the defunct Rocky Flats nuclear bomb plant. She is a parent and a grandparent.
LeRoy Moore, PhD, one of the RMPJC founders, is a full-time consultant who concentrates primarily on the local hazards of the still contaminated site of the now defunct Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant a few miles south of Boulder. A lay specialist on radiation health effects, in 1996 he retired from a decade-and-a-half of teaching courses at the U. of Colorado on nonviolent social change. He is the father of three and grandfather of five. You can read more about LeRoy’s work on his blog.