Last updated: 1/25/2012
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Street Address
202 Harvard SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Mailing Address
202 Harvard SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
phone: 505-268-9557
e-mail: dtwm@earthlink.net
web: abqpeaceandjustice.org/
Museum Type(s)
Staff
Description

Archives

The Peace Center was founded in 1983 by concerned members of the community who felt it was important for groups working on peace and justice issues to have a place to go to share in and support each other's work. Over those two decades of grassroots action, we have built up a significant archive.

Art Project

The art project features diverse artists and varied content. We believe that many roads lead to peace and that part of art making is to stimulate dialogue. We welcome your responses to our exhibits.

Mission

The Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice provides resources and space for organizations and individuals working on peace and justice issues to network with one another and share information. Through our programs and collaborations, we work locally to support regional and global justice.

History

The Albuquerque Center for Peace was founded in 1983 to provide space where groups working on peace and justice issues could support and network with one another. In 1984, the words "and Justice" were added to our name to better represent the greater mission and goals of our work. We moved to our second, larger location on the NE corner of Harvard and Silver in 1987 and in 2003, we purchased and moved to our current location.

The initial focus of the Center was disarmament and peaceful economic conversion -- work that reflects our location in a state that has been controlled economically by the war industry since the 1940s. Our work broadened in the mid-80s to include Central America solidarity movements, including the Sanctuary Movement; and the Peace Education Project, which provided local educators with resources, curricula, and training on issues such as multiculturalism, Rethinking Columbus, and Nonviolence. Throughout the 80s and into the early 90s, the Center published Center News, a newspaper of local actions, campaigns, and commentary on peace and justice issues.

In the 1990s, Center members, staff and volunteers organized peaceful resistance to unjust US policies, including the 1991 Gulf War and the opening of WIPP -- a nuclear weapons waste dump in southeast NM.

With the controversial election of 2000 and then the September 11, 2001 attack on the US, the activity at the Center has greatly increased. We continue to support and implement projects that work to overcome challenges to peace and justice.

Library

We have a library of alternative media sources and information, available for checkout by our members and the community. This is information you cannot get at the public library or the corporate bookstores.

Access: General Public

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

We publish a monthly newsletter/calendar highlighting social justice events and happenings in our community. We welcome submissions from groups or individuals about upcoming activities related to peace and justice, and short articles relevant to our mission.

Web: AbqPeaceAndJustice.org

The Web site includes the monthly newsletter / calendar in its entirety, plus listings of events scheduled after the hard copy of the calendar goes to print. Also, additional resources are available on the Web site, including descriptions of each of our Peace and Justice Organizations Linking Arms (PAJOLA) groups. We would love your pictures, graphics, input, etc. to help make the Web site a more effective organizing tool for the peace and justice community.

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