Education Activities

Salon Series Discussions

A monthly event features informative, interactive and stimulating discussions among people who are concerned about peace and justice in the world today. Our series began with an exploration of the framework Transitional Justice affords societies moving forward from a history of violence and genocide to a future of justice.

Upcoming Salons: June 16th at 7:00 PM

The Denver Justice and Peace Committee & The Committee in Solidarity and Support with the Struggle of the People of Apurimac

Presents the Salon Discussion: “Las Bambas NO VA!”

Las Bambas is copper mine situated in the province of Catabambas and Grau in the department of Apurimac, in the center of Peru.

47 communities of campesinos and the people of the province of Catabambas have been on strike against the mining corporation MMG Limited.

The Bambas mine has been contaminating the rivers and throwing out villagers from their lands.


  • Thursday June 16 2016
  • 7:00 PM
  • Highlands United Methodist Church
  • 3131 Osceola Street. Denver
  • Free Parking
  • Interpretation will be provided

El Comité de Justicia y Paz de Denver & El Comité de Apoyo y Solidaridad con la Lucha del Pueblo de Apurímac

Presenta: “Las Bambas NO VA!”

Las Bambas es una mina de cobre ubicada en las provincias de Cotabambas y Grau en el departamento de Apurímac, en el centro de Perú.

47 comunidades campesinas y el pueblo de la provincia de Cotabambas de la región Apurímac han relizados paros en contra de la empresa minera MMG limited.

La minera Las Bambas esta contaminando los rios y expulsando a los comuneros de sus tierras.

  • Jueves 16 de Junio del 20167:00 PM
  • Iglesia Metodista Unida de Highlands
  • 3131 Osceola Street. Denver. 80212
  • Estacionamiento gratuito
  • Habrá interpretación

On May 19th: “Rana Plaza and the Fight for Safe Factories in the Global Garment Industry”

On April 24, 2013, 1,129 garment workers in Bangladesh who were making clothes for foreign brands such as Benetton and Wal-Mart died when the building they were working in collapsed. Though it was hardly the first industrial accident in the country’s garment sector, Rana Plaza was by far the deadliest, and it brought increased urgency to an ongoing conversation about how to address the problem of workplace safety in the region’s export factories. Drawing from recent field research and interviews with government officials, factory owners, and labor leaders in Bangladesh, Professor Bair will address how the discussion of labor conditions in export factories in Latin America as well as Asia relates to ongoing discussions about trade and U.S. trade policy, including the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership -TPP.

“La Plaza Rana y la Lucha para tener Fábricas Seguras en la Industria Global de las Maquiladoras”

El 24 de Abril del 2013 en Bangladesh murieron 1,129 obreros y obreras quienes confeccionaban prendas para marcas como Benetton y Wal-Mart al desplomarse el edificio donde trabajaban. Aunque no ha sido el primer accidente industrial que ocurre en ese sector en el país, la Plaza Rana fue el más desastroso, lo que atrajo la atención al tema sobre la problemática de la seguridad laboral en las fábricas de exportación en la región. La profesora Bair nos presentará algunos hallazgos de su reciente investigación de campo y entrevistas realizadas a funcioarios del gobierno, dueños de fábricas, y líderes laborales en Bangladesh. Al mismo tiempo Bair, abordará cómo la discusión sobre las condiciones laborales en las fábricas de exportacion en América Latina y en Asia se relacionan con el discurso actual sobre el comercio y las políticas comerciales de los Estados Unidos incluyendo el Acuerdo Tránspacífico de Cooperación Económica.

On April 21st: The Social Psychology of “Us vs Them” Climate Change Messages a conversation with Maria Talero

This was an interactive mini-workshop on key lessons from social psychology that apply both to the climate crisis and the struggle for social justice. The punchline: we are deeply prone to “us vs them” thinking and other cognitive biases, and we selectively ‘filter’ information in a way that conforms to our worldview, making us less effective messengers to others who do not share our perspective. Come learn how to jump-start new strategies for effectively communicating the urgency of social change and climate justice.

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Part 2



La Psicología Social de “Nosotros vrs Ellos” El Mensaje del Cambio Climático una conversación con Maria Talero.

Este fue un pequeño taller interactivo sobre las lecciones principales que la psicología social que implementa ambos la crisis climática y la lucha por la justicia social. La frase clave es que: estamos profundamente propensos a pensar en “nosotros vrs ellos” y otros prejuicios intelectuales, y “filtramos’ selectivamente información de manera que se conforma con nuestra visión del mudo, lo que nos hace menos efectivos al transmitir nuestros mensajes a otros quienes no comparten nuestra perspectiva. Venga y aprenda como iniciar nuevas estrategias para comunicar efectivamente la urgencia del cambio social y la justicia climático.

To watch the salon on Climate Courage: Facing the crisis without going crazy. January 2014:


On March 17th: Honoring immigrants from the past… “To have a better life”

Reconociendo a los inmigrantes del pasado… “una mejor vida”

Aqui estamos y no nos vamosOn March 17 we had an inspiring group of students from the 5th grade of McGlone Elementary in Denver tell us about how they learned about their own history of migration to the US after they interviewed their mothers and fathers about their journey to the United States.

El 17 de Marzo escuchamos a estudiantes del 5to grado de la Escuela Elemental McGlone en Denver quienes nos contaron como aprendieron sus propias historias de migracion a los Estados Unidos al entrevistar a sus madres y padres sobre su viaje a los Estados Unidos.

You can listen to the podcast of the students interviewing their parents on the Soundcloud/Puede escuchar el podcast de los estudiantes entrevistando a sus padres en el Soundcloud:

Watch the students producing their podcast/ Vean a los estudiantes produciendo el podcast:

On February 18th: Zika in Central America a public health problem and a feminist challenge.

A conversation about Zika with Maria Hamlin Zúniga a Public Health Specialist with 48 years of experience in Central America, living and working in Guatemala y Nicaragua in Comprehensive Community health programs. Founding member of the Regional Committee for Community Health in Mesoamerica and the People’s Health Movement in Latin America and globally.

El Zika un problema de Salud Publica en Centro America y un reto para las feministas.

Maria Hamlin ZunigaConversando sobre Zika con Maria Hamlin Zúniga, activista de salud comunitaria con 48 años de experiencia en Centro América. Miembro fundadora del Comité Regional de Promoción de Salud Comunitaria en Mesoamerica y el Movimiento de Salud para los Pueblos en America Latina y globalmente.




On January 21st 2016: Colorado Sin Fronteras Unidos por Mexico.

Solidaridad con el pueblo de Ayotzinapa:conversando con Ismael Netzahualt.

 Fall 2015 Salon Series:

“Struggles for Justice through Guatemalan Social Movements” a conversation with Juan de Dios Garcia.

The Association for the Integral Development of Victims of the Violence in Verapaces, Maya Achí (ADIVIMA) has been at the forefront of representing the families of the Maya Achí peoples, survivors of genocide and grave violations of human rights during the civil war. To repair the fabric of society, ADIVIMA promotes actions to ensure the Guatemalan State guarantees access to justice and reparations to the families of survivors.


“Struggles for Justice: From Guatemala to Ayotzinapa”

As Guatemala´s fist female Attorney General, Dr. Paz y Paz Bailey prosecuted organized criminals and perpetrators of mass human rights abuses despite threats to her own safety. She was a 2013 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.



Global Solutions to Violence Curriculum

In 2003, DJPC introduced Global Solutions to Violence (GSTV) a program  to teach students in local high schools and youth programs about issues related to peacemaking, nonviolence and globalization. The program curriculum explores conflict, thus creating the potential for a paradigm shift away from physical and economic violence. While DJPC no longer directly offers GSTV, we want to make the curriculum available to as many teachers and students as possible. Lesson plans can be accessed online and include printer friendly versions. Resources are presented in each lesson and an additional resource list is also offered. The lessons are available at no charge, however, we do hope that you will make a donation for the value received. Donations may be made to “DJPC Education Fund” and will be gratefully appreciated.

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