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Peace Education Programming

CCPJ and Veterans for Peace Charlottesville Chapter #171 are currently involved in a new, long-term effort aimed at educating people about relevant Peace & Justice issues including war, violence, peacebuilding, environmental concerns, veterans issues, community service and social justice.  Join us in the following ongoing endeavors:
  • educating local youth about post-high school national and community service opportunities (such as Americorps and NCCC).
  • help guide local youth toward peaceful career options including job corps, private and public sector employment.
  • educate young adults and youth about selective service registration and conscientious objection to war.
  • connecting veterans with young people to talk about war, violence and veteran issues.
  • provide second opinions and veteran advice to individuals interested in military service.
  • engage school communities in issues of war, violence and social justice.

For more information, check the calendar to attend our next meeting, or contact us.

Visit the peace education project page at or watch the video below.

Community-building, Advocacy & Engagement

CCPJ has a long history of working with community members and organizations on behalf of our mission.  Some of these groups most recently include Charlottesville Friends Meeting, Veterans for Peace Ch. 171, Augusta Coalition for Peace & Justice, Clergy and Laypeople United for Peace, Sierra Club, Virginia Organizing and many other local faith congregations.

Check the calendar for details on our annual Community Dinner where local leaders and activists can network and share the benefits of their collected experiences.  This event is usually mid-June.

Other regular events include the Eyes Wide Open exhibit for Veterans Day; International Day of Peace (21 Sep.); the Charlottesville Dogwood festival; and Hiroshima/Nagasaki day observances.

Weekly Vigil for Peace & Justice 

Thursdays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Join members of CCPJ every Thursday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. to demonstrate for peace in front of the Federal Appeals Court at the corner of the intersection of Ridge Street, Main Street, South Street and Water Street. Bring signs and props or use one of the posters we can provide you with.  (Please note: usually the vigil times will shift during non-daylight savings hours.)

Map of 255 W Main St
CharlottesvilleVA 22902-5058US

Nonviolent Toys Campaign

CCPJ engages in a yearly campaign to promote the purchase of nonviolent toys for children.  Every year we publish an advertisement in a local paper, and we hold signs outside a major retailer during the holiday season reminding people that non-violence begins at home.  This year we will be on Hilton Heights Road, at the entrance to Walmart, from 10am to noon, on Friday, November 24.  Signs will be provided, but you can bring your own, if you like.