Who We Are
Rooted in the spirit of unconditional nonviolence, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center is dedicated to radically 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.
We welcome you to see this inspiring film, directed and edited by Erik Sween, featuring Chet Tchozewski, and produced by Jeff Gipe.
At the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant near Denver, people spent years protesting and getting arrested. In 1983 they decided to try something completely different. They surrounded Rocky Flats hand-in-hand around its 17 mile perimeter.
The Encirclement was on Saturday, Oct. 15, 1983. This was the action that lead directly to the founding of the Boulder Peace Center, later renamed Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.
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 it's multi-issue nature and its commitment to nonviolence, including it's provision of training in nonviolent action (something then done by no other organization in the Denver area).
How We Make Decisions:
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.
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.
Photos from the 2019 MLK Day March
Progress We've Made:
Enable people to participate actively in democratic processes
Foster a vision for a just and sustainable society
Provide alternative voices to the cacophony and deception in the mainstream media
Help build a global movement for peace, justice, and ecological responsibility
Train new and young activists
Raises awareness and educates people on global and local issues