About DPJ

Welcome to the Durango Peace and Justice website! Founded in September 2016, Durango Peace and Justice provides networks and resources for organizations and individuals to advance peace and social justice in the Durango, Colorado and La Plata County region.

Contact Durango Peace and Justice for media interviews, volunteer and internship opportunities, and collaborating on events and actions.

Phone: 315-657-2911 (Anthony Nocella)

E-mail: durangopeaceandjustice@gmail.com

Twitter: @Durangopeace

Facebook Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/durangopeaceandjustice/?fref=ts

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/415510605315429/

Flickr: coming soon

Instagram: coming soon

Anthony Nocella
C/O Durango Peace and Justice
Department of Sociology
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Durango, Colorado 81301


Supportive Documents


Laurie Roberts, Advisory Board Coordinator, is a school psychologist who has lived in La Plata County for 18 years. Her research interests are teacher expectations of success as a self-fulfilling prophecy. All of her clinical internships were in Oakland, CA where she worked with victims of deliberate crack importation and police oppression. Laurie has worked exclusively with racial minority, disabled students. She has implemented restorative justice and violence reduction programs and has volunteered with foster children through the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. More recently, Laurie has undertaken political organizing in La Plata County. Laurie is a Quaker.


Anthony J. Nocella II, Administrative Coordinator, Ph.D., scholar-activist is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College, Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, Editor of the Peace Studies Journal, Editor of Radical Animal Studies and Total Liberation book series with Peter Lang Publishing, Co-editor of Critical Animal Studies and Theory book series with Lexington Books, and National Co-Coordinator of Save the Kids. Nocella Director of the Academy for Peace Education has published over 50 scholarly articles or book chapters and 30 books. His website is www.anthonynocella.org


Becky Clausen, Internship and Volunteer Coordinator, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Fort Lewis College, and affiliate faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program. Becky is an environmental sociologist whose research interests include the social drivers of environmental change and the political economy of global food systems.  In 2015, she co-authored and published The Tragedy of the Commodity: Oceans, Fisheries, and Aquaculture.  She is currently researching the social, emotional, and cultural impacts of the Gold King Mine spill to communities on the Navajo Nation. Her work is grounded in a commitment to social justice and a sustainable future for our planet.


Carolina E. Alonso, Reporting Coordinator, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Gender and Women’s Studies at Fort Lewis College. Dr. Alonso is a queer Chicana scholar born and raised in the Mexico-U.S. border. She specializes in Latinx literature and culture; her research concentrates on queer Chicana writers. She is currently analyzing how violence shapes gender constructions in Latinx children’s and young adult literature. As a professor and as a scholar, Dr. Alonso disseminates the cultural, historical, and literary heritage of Latinxs in the United States.


Emma Salazar, Board of Director’s Meeting Coordinator, a proud Chicana, grew up in northern NM and attended FLC, graduating in 2001 with a degree in Sociology and completion of the Teacher Ed program.  She has worked and volunteered with organizations that are addressing issues of social justice such as minority overrepresentation in prison systems, access to higher education, poverty, immigration rights, early childhood education, sexual violence prevention education, and food justice.  She has recently become a mother for the first time, and is committed to raising an empowered young activista who will participate in the dismantling of the systems built on white supremacy and patriarchy.


Katherine (Kate) Smith  is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Human Services at Fort Lewis College. She joined the College in 2014. Smith’s primary research is in the field of Gerontology (the study of aging.) Kate has worked in the domestic violence and sexual assault field in Colorado Springs, Colorado, serving as the Safehouse Manager for two and one- half years for the non-profit organization TESSA, and then as an Educator for TESSA for another two and one-half years, speaking in the community of the topics of domestic violence and sexual assault



Cleo Thomas, Information Booth Coordinator, has come from gang affiliation in Watts, CA to rebuild himself into an activist and scholar seeking knowledge of self, and is passionate about saving young people from prison and self destruction through many of the same activities that led him to experience the justice system first hand, starting in CA Youth Authority at the age of 14.  He is inspired by the work of activists that came before him such as Harriet Tubman, Malcom X, John Henry Clark, Martin Luther King Jr., the Black Panthers, and Marcus Garvey, just to name a few.  Power to the People!


Wendolyne Omaqa, Board of Director’s Meeting Coordinator, a bilingual Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, and Social Justice activists, finds passion in speaking the language of gratitude; she sees Social Justice as an opportunity for her to serve the greater good. Currently, she serves under-served populations in the La Plata County, offers by donation yoga classes in Spanish and advocates for accesible alternatives to the less privileged communities. Wendolyne uses her extra time to serve as seat of Vice-Presidente of the board of Directors of the Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition and to study Ayurveda. Among others, her additional interests include Pranayama, and the Neuroscience of crisis. She believes that through natural alternatives, one becomes capable of falling authentically in love with oneself, and simultaneously with the entire universe.



  • Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris
    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango

  • Frank Lockwood, J.D.


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