Photos of our 23rd Anniversary

As promised, here are some of the photos that Richard Iyall took at the Center’s 23rd Anniversary on June 20th.  Most of them are of our annual Way of Peace Awardees.Steve Malm Signs Auction Sheet JIm Grant at the Podium Jim Grant, Emcee Anniversary Way of Peace awards 2015 Chris Breedlove & Angela Price with Award Bruce Ratcliffe Stepping in as Connie Young Chris Breedlove Dan Yaseen & Teresa Castillo with Award Award for Connie Young Richard Stone Teresa Castillo with Microphone FCNV 2015 Way of Peace Award Winners Way of Peace Group Award to Fresno Immigrant Youth In Action

2nd Wednesday Film Series

Each 2nd Wednesday of the month the Center for Nonviolence shows a film
either at the Center itself (1584 N. Van Ness, Fresno) or at a larger venue
like a library if we are expecting more people to attend. We have showings at
12 noon and again at 7 p.m. (with a potluck at 6:30 p.m.). They are free to the
public and wheelchair accessible.

These films reflect the mission of our Center to introduce the ideas of nonviolence
and to explore the root causes of, and best antidote to violence. We show
documentaries on subjects like: capital punishment and prison problems; water
issues and climate change; animal cruelty; defense of human rights; and, of
course, the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We have shown the films “The Canary Effect”; “Rethink Afghanistan”; “Witness”;
“The Greatest Silence” ; “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”; “Forgiven”; “Gasland”;
“Dive” “What Would Jesus Buy” – to name a few.

Most of the films that have been in our 2nd Wednesday video series are
now in our Video/DVD library. You may borrow them for the small donation of
$2.00 each and keep them for a week. (We are still working on transferring
titles from our old website to our new one – so it’s best to call and ask at
559-237-3223 Mon-Fri 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Fair Trade Program

The Center maintains a Fair Trade program which includes organic coffee, baking & drinking cocoa, green teas and chocolate bars from the interfaith program of Equal Exchange.

Our coffees include  French Roast, Café Salvador, Love Buzz and our newest coffee “Organic Sister’s Blend”.  With this special blend, we honor women coffee farmers who are active in their cooperatives and women in the U.S., who advocate for Fair Trade.  We also stock organic hot chocolate and baking cocoa and for all chocolate lovers we have a great selection of chocolate bars, including Panama Extra Dark Chocolate, Mint Chocolate and Chocolate Caramel Crunch.

All coffees are $8.50 each, except for Decaf and Sister’s Blend which are $9.00.  Tea is $4.00, hot chocolate and baking cocoa $7.00 and our chocolate bars are $3.00 each.

We buy our fair trade products from Equal Exchange because they created a different path to the market – one that brings farmers closer to you, and delivers more of your dollars to their communities.  They do this by partnering with small-scalefarmer co-ops that are democratically organized, which means they make
decisions on their terms. Fair trade is a way of doing business that ultimately
aims to keep small farmers an active part of the world marketplace, and aims to
empower consumers to make purchases that support their values.

The Ebay Project: A Painless Way to Help the FCNV

Your “trash” might be our “treasure.”   One of our volunteers, Gioia Frank has undertaken the FCNV Ebay Project.  Gioia will take your discards and try to make money for the Center by listing them on ebay, craigslist, or clovisyardsale.   Things that don’t sell will be freecycled or donated.   Bring items to the Center during open hours, or call for a pick up.  Almost anything can be donated, large or small, and you’ll receive a tax-deductible receipt and our sincere thank you.

Call the Center at 559-237-3223 or send a note to Gioia at

You can also help by bidding on our items on eBay.

We are very excited about this idea and hope you will be too!  I imagine that all of us can find something to sell. So look around your homes, in your garages, your attics or in the garden and let’s make some money for our Center for Nonviolence.