About CCPJ

The Charlottesville Center For Peace and Justice (CCPJ) was established in the early 1980s as a grassroots response to the threat of nuclear war and to promote alternatives to violence.  CCPJ promotes education and action for peace and justice in our community. We encourage all citizens to take responsibility for the policies and decisions of their government.  Since the events of September 11, 2001 and the ensuing "war on Terrorism", CCPJ has intensified its work and advocacy for peace and justice.

CCPJ is committed to:

  • Peace, Justice, and Understanding
  • Maintaining an organization that brings the community together with groups engaged in peace and justice work.
  • Halting deployment of nuclear weapons.
  • Abolishing Virginia’s Death Penalty laws.
  • Practice of non-violent strategies for resolving conflicts
  • A living wage for all workers
  • Ending U.S. proliferation of violence, militarism and racism

Over the past 30 years, our focus has expanded to include diverse social and political issues:

  • Global economic disparity
  • Protection of civil liberties and human rights
  • Proliferation of weapons in space
  • Excessive military spending
  • and many others.

Please join us.


CCPJ's Board Members are:

Robert McAdams (President)

Bob has been a steadfast participant in CCPJ for over decade.  Additionally, he is a member of Clergy Laity United for Peace & Justice, Charlottesville Toastmasters, Interfaith Cooperation Circle, and Peace Lutheran Church.

Richard Lord

Richard is a renowned photographer and committed activist who is passionate about working with young people to create long-term social change.

Nancy Carpenter

Nancy joined CCPJ's board after working with Occupy Charlottesville in 2011-12.  An advocate for democracy, the homeless, housing rights, LGBT and income equality, Nancy is also a community organizer and Human Services professional at The Haven, downtown Charlottesville.

Evan Knappenberger

Evan joined the Army in 2003 after graduating from Albemarle High School.  After serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom he became a peace and justice activist first in Bellingham, Washington.  He has worked with Veterans for Peace, Occupy Charlottesville and Mennonite Central Committee.  He is currently a graduate student at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

Julia Calland

Julia is a welcome recent addition to CCPJ's board.  She is a student at Tandem Friends School, and a member of the Charlottesville Friends Meeting (Quakers).