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. High school-age youth are certified to present ten modules/lessons 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 annual Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival (last Saturday in February at Reid Park);Hip Hop Peace Summit, with workshops and performances highlighting the essential elements of Hip Hop as a peace movement (conducted May 21, 2011). NVLP took a leading role in organizing the first Youth & Peace Conference, which is now an independent program affiliated with COPA
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 loosely organized network of Kingian Nonviolence programs and centers across the US and in several other countries. These programs are connected with civil rights pioneer Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., who was National Program Administrator for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These programs 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.