The Nonviolence Legacy Project (NVLP) began in the fall of 2008 with an original goal of creating a youth-led, adult-supported nonviolence training and direct action team for Tucson. A multi-generational team of certified youth and adult trainers are now available to provide a range of nonviolence training programs and community presentations in both Tucson and Phoenix. A group of middle school and high school students are certified to present ten modules about Kingian Nonviolence.
Special Events: The Nonviolence Legacy Project also organizes and produces special youth-focused, peace building events such as: Children, Youth & Art activities at the Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival (Feb. 26, 2011);Hip Hop Peace Summit, with workshops and performances highlighting the essential elements of Hip Hop as a peace movement (May 21, 2011).
Costs: Fees charged for various training programs or community presentations vary according to different factors (e.g. length of training or age of participants). All fees are considered donations. Partial work exchange scholarships are also available. When available grant funding allows for some free training programs. In-kind products or services (e.g., copying, meeting space, supplies, food) can sometimes be accepted in lieu of or in addition to payment. Donations are always welcome (checks addressed to COPA or use the JustGive button on COPA's home page).
National Kingian Nonviolence Network: The Tucson-based Nonviolence Legacy Project and the Phoenix Nonviolence TruthForce are both linked with a national/global network of Kingian Nonviolence programs and centers, which are all affiliated with civil rights pioneer Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., who was National Program Administrator for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are dedicated to realizing Dr. King's dream of a nonviolent, just, and compassionate society where everyone can reach their highest potential, what Dr. King called the Beloved Community. Collectively, we are committed to carrying out Dr. King's final instructions to Dr. Lafayette on the morning of King's assassination – that the next movement must be to instituitionalize and internationalize nonviolence.