NYAP’s Board Vice Chair dies at 62

NYAP's Board Vice Chair

Our dear friend, co-worker, and co-founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence Scott Kennedy died Saturday, November 19, 2011, of an apparent heart attack, while he was sleeping beside his wife Kris.   We love Scott.  He is one of us.  He collaborated with many of you in active nonviolent struggle for freedom and justice.  And he shared deep friendships with so many.

Please share your remembrances of Scott with us. Let us know how we can reach you as we make plans for a memorial, and let us know of others we should contact: rcnvinfo  at gmail  dot com, or call 831-423-1626. We will be in touch soon with more information.

Scott’s circle of community and friends is large, and you are all a part of it.  We will miss him fiercely, but Scott will continue to be a part of all of our lives as we continue our work for nonviolent social change and justice through the Resource Center for Nonviolence and beyond.  On Scott’s behalf, we thank you for your love, thoughts, and support.

For now we share this message from one co-founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, Joan Baez, as she writes from Occupy Wall Street…
“Scott died in his sleep last night, I’m sure you know.

Scott Kennedy’s death is a loss to not only family and friends, but to the larger family of nonviolent soldiers he has taught, shared with, laughed with, and loved.  I’m fortunate to consider myself a member of his compassionate and passionate army.  Not many people manage to make a dent in the world of conflicts, but Scott’s work in the Middle East defies all cynicism and hopelessness.

At this time in the world of extraordinary current events, we now need those of his nonviolent army to infuse the enthusiastic thousands with the true spirit of Gandhi, and of the minions who have steadfastly stood their ground through the waves of violence with strength, love, caring, and the willingness to suffer rather than inflict suffering.

May he make the crossing smoothly and joyfully.”

Joan Baez

original article By @AnitaH

Former Santa Cruz Mayor Scott Kennedy dead at 62

original article By @santacruzsentinel.com

Posted: 11/20/2011 06:59:31 PM PST
Updated: 11/20/2011 10:25:43 PM PST

SANTA CRUZ — Scott Kennedy spent almost his entire life working to promote social change and help those who were less fortunate, with much of that work done through the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz, which he co-founded in 1976. He was a man who would go out of his way to help others — and was stubbornly driven.

The former mayor, former Santa Cruz city councilman and longtime activist died in his sleep Saturday morning at the age of 62.

He was known for being passionate, intelligent and at times intense, and many are calling his death a huge loss for the Santa Cruz community. Friends and colleagues remember him as someone with a sharp sense of humor and amazing energy. In his political career, he was dedicated and tenacious.

“Serving with him was always a challenge because he was so damned smart,” said city Councilwoman Katherine Beiers, with whom Kennedy served on the City Council. “He had an incredible wit.”

In 2010, he was the recipient of the 2010 Pfeffer Peace Prize, an honor for international human rights, justice, and peace work which has been awarded by the Fellowship of Reconciliation since 1989.

“His name is synonymous with peace and nonviolence,” said Dan Cavanaugh, a former principal of Bay View Elementary, who worked with Kennedy’s wife, Kris Kennedy, at the Santa Cruz school.