rom logo Daniel Sheehan and Sara Nelson, two of the co-founders of the Christic Institute, carry on their previous work through the Romero Institute. Based in Santa Cruz, California, the Institute engages nationwide in legal consulting, litigation, and public education.

In response to constitutional violations of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, the Romero Institute is working to create a Constitution Protection Zone in Santa Cruz.  This would require all Santa Cruz City and County law enforcement officers to actively stop outside agencies from enforcing the unconstitutional  sections of the act.

aclu santacruz The Santa Cruz County Chapter is working to protect and advance civil liberties and civil rights in Santa Cruz County.

Chapters are the ACLU’s eyes and ears in our home communities. We extend the ACLU’s reach throughout Northern California and keep lawmakers on their toes by working tirelessly to advance countless civil liberties goals using a variety of tactics.

Monterey Bay Central Labor Council

We are a membership organization serving as a coalition of the Labor Community in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. Over 60 unions are affiliated with the MBCLC, representing more than 30,000 union members and their families.

thrive What on Earth does it take to thrive?

We are at a critical turning point in human history.  The path we are on is leading toward a global police state. We must change direction, but how? What are the guiding principles that would lead to freedom from war, hunger, and domination? How do we work toward a world where no one is violated or coerced in any way?

logocaps-eee The Resource Center for Nonviolence, founded in 1976, is a peace and justice organization promoting the practice of nonviolent social change. Located in Santa Cruz, California, we cultivate relationships with allies around California, across the United States, in Latin America, the Middle East and elsewhere. Our primary mission is to support the growth of nonviolent activists.
700_color_11x17_logo_post Food Not Bombs is trying to inspire the public to participate in changing society and focus our resources on solving problems like hunger, homelessness and poverty while seeking an end to war and the destruction of the environment. We are also showing by example that we can work cooperatively without leaders through volunteer effort to provide essential needs like, food, housing, education and healthcare. When over a billion people go hungry each day how can we spend another dollar on war?
Peace_and_Freedom_Party_(logo) The Peace and Freedom Party is an open, multi-tendency, movement-oriented socialist party. We are united in our common commitment to socialism, democracy, feminism and unionism and our common opposition to capitalism, imperialism, racism, sexism and elitism.
logo Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars.
download Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
SCBU_netstamp_pic  Barrios Unidos is a grassroots organization that grew out of the Mexican-American civil rights and anti-war movements of the 60s & 70s to offer hope and healthy role modeling for young people.
Dluedolphin In order to make a difference in the quality of life we live, and to leave a legacy of value for the society that follows us, BLUE DOLPHIN ALLIANCE is committed to creating a “path of awareness.”
jvp_email_logo Jewish Voice for Peace members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.
women rise logo  Promoting a new consciousness and standing together as one to proclaim that:

– We can live in celebration and respect for all life and all love
– The power of our individual choice to be peaceful in our thought, word and deed does change the world
– Using compassionate communication, we can promote peace more effectively


project pollinate

Project Pollinate

Designed to operate as a bridge between community resources, organizations and activators in order to maximize their efficiency as well as inform the public about the services that are available to them.

Aimed at promoting human rights, social justice and peace, our goal is to engage the community in a dialogue about social problems, which affect our lives here in California and the world both physically and metaphorically through roundtable discussions, meet ups and workshops. Not only do we strive to raise social consciousness and overall awareness, we want to provide an avenue for identifying problems and discussing solutions.



Raging Grannies

We are totally non-violent, believe in only peaceful protest (with lots of laughter), work for the ‘many not the few’ (motto of the old Mechanics’ Institute) and see our work as the spreading green branches of a great tree, rising up to provide shelter and nourishment for those who will come after us.

“Look out for these women! The Raging Grannies are not your mothers’ grandmothers. They’re feisty women over 50, some as old as 90, who will not go quietly into old age.”

connection-circle-logo Connection Magazine’s purpose is to awaken and enliven our community by presenting a forum of ideas from all aspects of health, fitness, fun, art, adventure and awareness, to increase our awareness and understanding about the many quality healthy living and consciousness lifestyle options available.
customLogo The mission of the SCLO Grange is to be a hub for advocacy and activism on behalf of small family farmers, organic agriculture, sustainability, food sovereignty and security, and local resilience.
homebutt2 HUFF is Santa Cruz’s oldest and most stubbornly persistent grass roots homeless advocacy group. We make trouble for the powers that be and fight institutional human rights abuses such as the “blanket ban”: a Santa Cruz City Council law prohibiting homeless mothers and children from covering up with a blanket between the hours of 11 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.
logo-TerraNova-orangeGreen  Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping started in 1988 as an ecological landscaping company focusing on the creation of beautiful living systems for public and private lands. We offer expertise in sustainability, organics, permaculture, drought tolerance, and native plant knowledge.

Owner Ken Foster lectures on topics relating to sustainable landscaping including ‘Fossil Free Landscaping’, sustainable design, hardscape and softscape installation and maintenance. He served on the Board of Directors of the Ecological Farming Association for ten years and currently serves on the planning committee for the Ecological Farming Conference.

Great Questions Foundation  We provide educational awareness about about core issues that relate directly to evolving into a peace based humanity. We use the “community conversation” method for engagement.
Dharma Homeless Network  A socially engaged Buddhist organization dedicated to the poor, disadvantaged, and especially the Homeless. Our efforts are directed towards helping our homeless Dharma Brothers and Sisters by providing group meditation sessions and talks, simple friendly gatherings for socializing and meeting others on the Path.
 Indigenous Nations Network
Smart Local #23 (Bus Drivers Union)
Pachamama Alliance South Bay Community

Quotes from Endorsers:

Steven Levine “This is no time to sit idly by while years pass with  this law on the books, sanguine in the belief that the judiciary will eventually right a constitutional trespass that should never have seen the legislative and executive light of day.  The perpetrators of the National Security State have made clear that the people’s failure to outright object shall be deemed acquiescence and legitimization.  A Santa Cruz CPZ is the necessary first step toward renouncing this usurpation of the Bill of Rights.”
Dr. Karl Maret “As our constitutional rights are eroding to an ever greater extent, it is absolutely vital that the citizens of Santa Cruz County and their elected representatives support the formation of a Constitution Protection Zone.  Our lives depend on it.”
Rev. Deborah Johnson “Wake Up and Pay Attention!”
Pauline Seales “We need to work together to protect ordinary citizens.”
Alan Godley “Ignore your rights & they go away.”
Joy Binah May all be fed, may all be healed & may all be loved.”
Rex Resa I support the Constitution of the United States!  I want this ordinance in the city and county of Santa Cruz to be enacted.”