Education & Training

Peace Organizations

Peace Resources for Educators



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Education & Training


• Jerry Braza, Ph. D., 503.391.1284,
Dr. Braza is a Buddhist Dharma Teacher in the Thich Nhat Hanh lineage. He leads his group, The River Sangha, every Wednesday between 7:00-8:30 p.m., at the Woodland Chapel Library (Back stairs by rear lower-level parking), at 582 High Street, SE, Salem, to celebrate and promote respect for all individuals, and to deepen practice of compassion, insight and loving-kindness through meditation and thoughtful dialogue. Their Buddhist practice supports a mindful way of living as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh. People from all spiritual traditions are welcome.

• D. Angus Vail, Ph. D., LMT, 503.585.8912
A graduate of and teaching assistant at Oregon School of Massage, Dr. Vail participated in a 7-day professional training program for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthy Care and Society. He has been practicing mindfulness meditation for the last six years and has designed several mindfulness classes for Oregon School of Massage (Salem Campus). He offers to public the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes, at $275 each for 8 weekly Tuesday sessions, and one all-day Saturday session.


• Mark Babson,, 503.569.7223
For the past 3 years, Mark Babson has co-led 10 to 12-week classes on Nonviolent Communication using Marshall Rosenberg’s book as a text. Classes have 8 to 12 participants and involve discussion, small group work, and role playing. Also he is developing a class, to be offered at Chemeketa Community College, called The Practice of Peace. This will involve readings on the history of nonviolence and presentations from local peace activists.

• Peter Bergel, 503.371.8002
At different times, Peter Bergel has done nonviolence training for legal action as well as civil resistance; taught college courses in general nonviolence; offered shorter general trainings in nonviolence theory and practice; trained peacekeepers for both civil resistance and other kinds of demonstrations; co-trained mediators for Neighbor to Neighbor and co-trained people in Nonviolent Communication. Also he has trained people in organizational skills including consensus decision-making, media, and group process. Currently he is working with a team to design a new kind of training in how to visualize a world without war.

Peace Organizations

ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROJECT (AVP): Conducts nonresidential training workshops to enable participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. The shared experience of participants, interactive exercises, games and role-playing are used to examine the ways in which people respond to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration and anger can lead to aggressive behavior and violence.,, 541-345-3944

INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK: Seeks to unite the religious community in its efforts to provide shelter, meals, assistance, and compassion to families without homes in Salem, Oregon and the surrounding area.,, 503-370-9752

ONENESS COALITION: Represents people of diverse spiritual traditions, and is committed to building peace by sharing these traditions and worshiping together. Organizes interfaith events.,

OREGON NETWORK FOR COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION: Committed to living and teaching the process of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which strengthens the ability of people to connect compassionately with themselves and one another, to share resources, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to contribute to social change that is in harmony with NVC consciousness.,

OREGON PEACEWORKS: Aims to educate and activate people to work for peace, justice and environmental sustainability.,, 503-371-8002

OREGON PRISON PROJECT: By using approaches that honors prisoners’ humanity while holding them accountable for their acts and Nonviolent Communication training the project helps them start making different choices in their lives., 503-395-5254

OREGONIANS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE DEATH PENALTY (OADP):  Works towards repeal of the death penalty, supports life sentence alternatives in response to aggravated murder as effective and sufficient punishment, promotes research, education and discussion of issues relating to the death penalty, and works to promote principles of restorative justice for all those affected by murder, including victims’ family members, prisoners and prisoners’ families.,, 503.990.7060

PARTNERSHIP FOR SAFETY AND JUSTICE: Works with people convicted of crime, survivors of crime, and the families of both to advocate for policies that make Oregon’s approach to public safety more effective and more just.,, 503.335.8449

PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public healthworks to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival by striving to end the nuclear threat, advance environmental health, protect our climate and promote peace., 503-274-2720

SALEM FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION: Gathers peacemakers and allies for dialog, education, and action; organizes vigils, demonstrations and other forms of direction action for social justice., 503.371.6109

SALEM MULTICULTURAL INSTITUTE: Operates World Beat Gallery, and each year organizes World Beat Festival with an aim to create an atmosphere of openness and to provide family-friendly, economically inclusive and culturally authentic activities for all people.,, 503.581.2004

SALEM PEACE PLAZA: A nonprofit organization which is dedicated to promoting peace the community through the stewardship of Salem Peace Plaza, which is located just south of downtown Salem between City Hall and the Public Library, and through an annual peace lecture.

VETERANS FOR PEACE (LINUS PAULING CHAPTER, CORVALLIS): Like the national organization, the chapter is dedicated to eliminating war as an implement of foreign policy and to that end, works to educate the public about the true costs of war.,

Peace Resources for Educators

Books, Manuals & Syllabi

• Global Issues Resource Center, Cuyahoga Community College.

The website carries sample documents and resources (including syllabi and market surveys) from colleges across the U.S.

• Human Rights Education Associates.

Containing 32 adaptable lesson plans, and techniques for minimizing violence, this manual blends life skills with human rights education for ages 10-14. It is designed to help learners to understand attitudes that promote violent behavior, and to recognize violence in social contexts. Also it features a note for the facilitators on how to use it, tools for outreach to parents and guardians, recommendations for additional resources, and eight annexes with supplemental information. It was piloted in El Salvador and Kenya.

• National Peace Academy.

Consisting of three units, one each for children, youth and adults, this study guide provides exercises and resources appropriate for the elementary and secondary school classrooms, and self-study by adults.


Conflict Resolution

Institute for Economics and Peace

Teaching Tolerance

United Nations

United States Institute for Peace


AMERICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION: Through education and involvement, the Foundation is dedicated to teaching people to care for and about the environment in the local communities. Also it provides shelters and veterinary and rehabilitation care to wildlife and promotes reasearch and continuing education for animal care and conservation professionals., 971.227.4036

BIRTHRIGHT OF SALEM: Helps women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant by providing free pregnancy tests, and finding resources and clothing for them and their babies., 503.585.2273

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF SALEM, MARION & POLK COUNTY: Aims to inspire and enable youth ages 6-18 realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through the development of a positive self-image and self-reliance and by focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and leadership.,, 503.581.7383

CAPACES LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: Prepares Latino youth for leadership roles in the community, in its struggle for social justice and rights of immigrant and farm workers., 503.902.0756

CASA OF MARION COUNTY: Through trained volunteers, advocates for abused and neglected children who need safe and permanent homes.,, 503.934.1298

CENTER 50+: For those 50 and older, provides programming that promotes active aging and quality of life through health, wellness, lifelong learning and connections to peers and the community.,, 503.588.6303

COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER: An offering of Salem Health aims to inform and empower patients, families, community members and hospital staff by providing accurate health information as print material, videos, online source, classes and outreach presentations.,, 503-561-5200

FAMILY BUILDING BLOCKS: Provides therapeutic classes for children and home visits, parenting education, and other services for families., 503.566.2132

INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT PROGRAM: An Oregon Housing & Community Service project run by the Oregon IDA Initiative, and administered by Neighborhood Partnerships provides a $3 match for every $1 saved by low-income Oregon families to reach their financial goals such as buying a home, starting a business, etc., along with financial planning education and one-to-one financial counseling., 503.779.2680 (Salem), 877.320.1479 (Woodburn)

MANO A MANO FAMILY CENTER: Delivers direct services to low-income (primarily Latino) families that promote personal and leadership development, cultural education and civic participation, and that will lead them to self-sufficiency.,, 503.363.1895 NE Salem, 503.315.2290 SE Salem

MARION-POLK FOOD SHARE: Provides emergency food assistance and aims to increase self-sufficiency for families living with limited resources.,, 503-581-3855

NORTHWEST EARTH INSTITUTE:  Offers to the general public, classes, seminars, and other resources having to do with sustainability. Through its Salem-based Eco-School Network, which is a group of staff and parents from different area schools, seeks to improve the ecological awareness in their schools.,, 503.227.2807

POLK COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER: A joint effort of several service organizations, serves low-income families find everything from rental assistance to help with the Oregon Health Plan, including immunizations disability services and WIC.

ST. FRANCIS SHELTER: Provides temporary and safe housing for homeless families with children., 503.588.0428

SALEM AND KEIZER MEALS ON WHEELS: Serves and delivers meals to homebound seniors and disabled adults throughout the Salem-Keizer area.,, 503.364.2856

SALEM AUDUBON SOCIETY: Aims to connect people to Nature, through education focused on birds, other wildlife and their habitats, and conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems.  To this end, the Society promotes the enjoyment of wildlife and the stewardship of the environment with birding field trips, nature walks and other educational programs., 503-588-7340



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