RPEC educates about and works for peaceful alternatives to war and militarism.
The center sponsors educational forums and other activities to promote peaceful foreign policy, challenge the military industrial complex, and promote the resolution of global conflicts.
Our current programming includes the following:
- International Day of Peace Gathering (cosponsored with Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond) (2012)
- Peace Perspectives on Iran: Why Military Intervention is Not the Answer (2012)
- Report Back from Afghanistan: An Eyewitness View (2011)
Other forums RPEC has organized in recent years include “Is the Occupation Really Ending? The Future of Iraq;” “Building Foundations for a Lasting Peace: An Agenda for the 21st Century;” and “Torture and the ‘War on Terror’.” All have been informative, factual, and have provided peace perspectives on critical foreign policy issues.
This powerful and moving display is available for free to community groups to host in their own communities. It has been shown all over the state. To host Eyes Wide Open in your community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
RPEC co-coordinates the exhibit statewide together with Richmond Friends Meeting, in a collaboration with the American Friends Service Committee. Download the Eyes Wide Open-Virginia posters here: EWO VA Poster 1, EWO VA Poster 2.
Upcoming Events and Action Opportunities
Letters to Senators Warner and Kaine
Roll back Sequestration cuts
RPEC, along with other organizations in Virginia, is circulating a sign-on letter to our two Virginia senators. In brief, the letter asks Senators Warner and Kaine to protect human needs and the social safety net, raise revenues without harming the poor, find “smart” Pentagon savings, and seek ways to reinvest in communities affected by cutbacks.
Stand for Peace With Iran
Endorse the RPEC Position Statement on Iran
Come to the Day After Demo
RPEC together with the Richmond Defenders call on community members to gather at 5pm the day following any western strike on Iran, in front of the Federal Courthouse at 701 E. Broad, for a demonstration against war. Contact email@example.com for more information.