Participating Organizations celebrate diversity, engage in work that is in some way committed to supporting nonviolence, and share the vision of a harmonious community. The key principles of this conference include focusing on the good work being done by our organizations to promote nonviolence and to ensure that people are supported in their diverse viewpoints. Proselytizing is not allowed at the conference. Participation in the conference is not an endorsement of the views of the organization.
Gratitude to Our Conference Sponsors & Contributors
We are grateful to the conveners, conference partners, participating organizations and the generous financial sponsors of this conference whose support makes it possible.
Participating organizations are organizations that share the vision of the power of nonviolence to create positive change in our community and our world and whose mission includes working toward this goal.
Carry the Vision acknowledges these participating organizations who share in the vision, goals and commitment of this conference to make a positive difference in our community and our world.
Visit their websites by clicking on their names.
2014 Community Conference Conveners:
- Dave Cortese - Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
- The Center for Spiritual Enlightenment
- Carry the Vision
2014 Conference Partners
- Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, Levy Family Campus
- Jain Center of Northern California
- Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley
- Pacifica Institute
- San Jose Sikh Gurdwara
- Silicon Valley Faces
- Silicon Valley Interreligious Council
Be The Change Sponsor ($5000 and up)
- Office of Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
- Center for Spiritual Enlightenment
Peace Sponsor ($2000-$4,999)
- Namaste Foundation
- Robert & Nancy Weeks
- Sean Stanton Graphic Design
- J.P. Graphics
- United Mechanical Inc.
- Larry Kuechler & Ivonne Montes De Oca
- Jain Center of Northern California
Compassion Sponsor ($1000-$1,999)
- San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra
- San Jose City Councilmember Don Rocha
- Datta & Girish Shah and Family
- San Jose City Councilmember, Kansen Chu
- Cynthia J. Keehen
Hope Sponsor ($500-$999)
- Kathy McFadden
- Dick Evans and Vickie Martin
- Susan Hass
- San Jose City Councilmember Johnny Khamis
- Jodi Krause
- Santa Clara County Law Advocates
- South Bay Islamic Association
- Hindu American Foundation
- Kaiser Permanente - South Bay Public Affairs
- Silicon Valley Interreligious Council
- Carmen Castellano
Harmony Sponsor ($250)
- Ann Hayes and Jeff Collins
- Shelley Swan
- Ann Fisher and Debra Higgs
- Bipin Shah Foundation
- Pacifica Institute
- Mihir Meghani
2014 Particpating Organizations
350 Silicon Valley is a local grassroots effort working to solve the climate crisis as part of 350.org a global grassroots climate movement. 350 Silicon Valley includes people from all backgrounds and all ages. What we all have in common is a deep concern for the planet and our future.
ARCC has addressed the damage of family conflict, school failure, and deliquency among high-risk youth, producing responsible community members and a healthier, more vibrant East San Jose since 1974. ARCC offers practical, proven solutions to families when and where they need them most.
The Amanda Network is a mission of the Cambrian Park United Methodist Church. We intend to stop bullying, cyber-bullying, and other forms of violence against our kids and teens.
The AMV is committed to bridging the gap between all communities and fostering life-long friendships with all. We will work with all Muslim and non-Muslim organizations/groups who share our dedication and commitment to protecting and preserving civil liberties and constitutional rights for all, and protecting human rights. We regard all humans as equal and will stand by all oppressed and targeted communities in their plight. We feel strongly about protecting and improving human rights globally.
Our mission is to lead teenage girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others, and community by providing practical tools to affect behavioral change.
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) is Santa Clara County’s largest community-based organization focused on the Asian community. Our mission is to improve the health, mental health and well-being of individuals, families and the Asian community by: Providing an array of high quality health and human services, Sharing expertise about the Asian community's needs and best services delivery practices, and Providing Asian leadership in advocating on key health and human services issues.
CIPL is a faith based organization and stipulates that every major spiritual tradition calls on us to be faithful stewards of Creation. We have a responsibility to protect the earth for our children and future generations. Global warming is a crisis that has severe environmental, social, moral, economic and spiritual consequences.
The mission of CET is to promote human development and education by providing people marketable skills training and supportive services that contribute to self-sufficiency. CET is dedicated to fighting poverty and dependence on public aid by making quality skill training available to adults of all educational levels and backgrounds, especially those most in need and hardest to serve.
The Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale offers classes and retreats to all age groups year round to promote a sustainable lifestyle and a compassionate society centering around Buddhist meditation and wisdom.
Compassionate California supports the ever growing Compassion Movement that brings the Charter for Compassion to life. We do this by providing a platform for the emerging network of California Compassionate City campaigns and California-based Charter Partners. We provide opportunities for engagement, initiatives, connectivity, resources, and ways in which we can amplify and illuminate your work, organization, initiative, and vision.
Compassion Games mission is to inspire, activate, celebrate, and share compassionate action. The Compassion Games are designed to make our communities safer, kinder, more just, and better places to live. No matter where you are you can perform a random act of Random Act of Kindness, or become a Secret Agent of Compassion and receive a secret mission for each of the eleven days.
CommUniverCity builds community by engaging residents and San Jose State students in service learning projects that accomplish neighborhood driven goals. CommUniverCity works to strengthen the community's capacity to bring about vibrant, healthy and engaged neighborhoods. Projects are a collaboration with central San Jose neighborhoods, San Jose State University, community-benefit organizations and the City of San Jose.
The Office of Human Relations promotes and provides services that serve to bridge county government and our diverse community, build positive intergroup relations, and help to eliminate predjudice and discrimination in Santa Clara County.
The Office of Reentry Services is responsible to oversee the operations of the County of Santa Clara Reentry Resource Center (RRC) a centralized assessment and resource facility where individuals released from custody and/or on Probation or Parole can receive service referrals and wrap-around services t help them become stable and self-sufficient as they re-integrate into the community.
Disha Darshan teaches abused women, victims of domestic violence and all women of color that they have a fundamenta right to live with respect and dignity. “We show the way to abused South Asian women, youth, and families, and help them live a life of dignity and hope.”
East Side Heroes
East Side Heroes is committed to improving the quality of life for young people and their families through educational scholarships, innovative student-led community improvement projects, and personal life-long mentorship designed to produce the next generation of problem-solving leaders.
Freedom House has a mission to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human-trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare. In August 2010, Freedom House launched The Monarch, the first safe house in Northern California for adult female survivors of human trafficking. The Nest, its residential shelter for minors, is located in Santa Clara County.
Hindu American Foundation is an advocacy group providing a progressive voice for over two million Hindu Americans. HAF interacts with and educates leaders in public policy, academia, media and the public about Hinduism and global issues concerning Hindus, such as religious liberty, the misportrayal of Hinduism, hate speech, hate crimes, and human rights. By promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism, HAF stands firmly against hate, discrimination, defamation and terror.
The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education promotes and enhances the distinctively Jesuit, Catholic tradition of education at Santa Clara University, with a view to serving students, faculty, staff and through them the larger community, both local and global. The Center seeks to be recognized throughout Silicon Valley as providing leadership for the integration of faith, justice, and the intellectual life. The Bannan Institutes, one of the Center's signature programs, are yearlong thematic programs, which span academic, public and pastoral offerings to engage Santa Clara University and the larger community around issues of contemporary religious, cultural, and theological debate.
Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit organization that counters prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions in the context of America's history and cultural diversity, while building relations between American Muslims and other groups.
The Jain Center of Northern California (JCNC) is a unique membership-run, nonprofit religious organization incorporating the innovative and progressive life styles of over 1500 Jain families in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area while sustaining the Jain religion with eternal beliefs and historical roots back to 900 B.C. The JCNC was founded in 1973 and the Jain Bhawan, its current facility in Milpitas, CA was inaugurated in 2000. Jain Bhawan is a two story structure with beautiful marble architecture, catering to religious, spiritual, educational and cultural needs of JCNC member families. Jain's seek spiritual uplift by practicing three core principles of Jainism: Non-Violence, Non-Absolutism and Non-Possessiveness.
Kids in Common, a program of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, champions policies, partnerships and investments tha improve children's lives. Kids in Common provides a strong public voice that promotes and protects children's best interests and works to make every child's safe, healthy and successful in life.
We are a free, conﬁdential, nonproﬁt organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area, that primarily helps families from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka among others) facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, human trafﬁcking or family conﬂict.
We are a grassroots organization based on the peninsula that come together from diverse faith and spiritual traditions to say NO to war and violence and YES to peace and justice.
Next Door Solutions provides services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Their mission is to end domestic violence now and for all time.
The mission of the Office of the Independent Police Auditor (IPA) is to provide independent oversight of and instill confidence in the complaint process through objective review of police misconduct investigations. By providing outreach to the San Jose community and making thoughtful policy recommendations to the City Council, the IPA works to promote accountability and to strengthen the relationship between the San Jose Police Department and the community it serves.
Pacifica Institute was established in 2003 as a non-profit organization by a group of Turkish-Americans. Pacifica Institute designs and executes projects covering social welfare, education, poverty, and conflict resolution issues in collaboration with scholars, activists, artists, politicians, and religious leaders-communities.
Project Cornerstone is Silicon Valley's youth development initiative committed to building a community where all adults suppport youth so that they thrive. Project Cornerstone works with the YMCA, 400 schools and community partners to change personal behavior of adults, strengthen programs that serve youth and impact public policy.
We give youth and their influencers the tools to redefine respect so that they can break the cycle of disrepect and thrive.
Santa Clara County Law Advocates
Santa Clara County Law Advocates is a nonprofit group that promotes law-related education. We distribute consumer-oriented legal materials, arrange court visits for students, support mock trial competitions and have luncheons with interesting speakers.
Silicon Valley De-Bug is a media, community organizing, and entrepreneurial collective based out of San Jose, California. Started in the Spring of 2001, De-Bug has become a nationally recognized organization while also establishing itself as a trusted local platform for communities in the South Bay region.
Our mission is to build a community free of bias, bigotry and violence by:transforming youth into community builders and empowering crime victims to thrive.
Late Pyra Singh Obhi and many other dedicated sevadars of the community founded the Sikh Gurdwara in 1984. To enforce equality and remove all prejudices, First Sikh Guru Nanak started the community kitchen. All Sikh Gurus welcomed everyone to cook, eat and clean here together regardless of race, color, religion etc. All Gurdwaras have community kitchens and only vegetarian food is served.
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department and Kaiser Permanente South Bay Community Benefits Program have partnered to produce a violence prevention campaign titled, "Everyone Plays a Role in a Violence-Free Community" that focuses on increasing safety, trust and empowerment among young people and adults. This is the first phase of a targeted campaign with several goals to prevent bullying, as well as intimate partner and gang-related youth violence.
Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC) builds interreligious harmony and understanding so as to promote a just and compassionate society in Silicon Valley.
Formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, is a private, non-sectarian school offering graduate and undergraduate programs. Sofia is a leader in transpersonal research and transpersonal education of clinicians, spiritual guides, wellness caregivers, and consultants who apply transpersonal principles and values in a variety of settings.
(SBIA) is one of the oldest Islamic organizations in the Bay area. SBIA has been providing various services to the community since 1977 including:
- Daily prayer services and Friday weekly sermon services at Downtown San Jose & Evergreen
- Sunday School classes
- Quran and Arabic lessons
- Monthly family nights
- Regular Feed the homeless events
- Biannual Eid celebrations at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
- Ongoing open houses, Mosque tours and interfaith programs
Yes! For Schools is dedicated to providing youth with a healthy body, a healthy mind and a healthy lifestyle. We do this by offering practical tools and life skills to manage stress and emotions.