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Sep 23, 2021

This month we had the special treat of speaking with local activist, Ruth Ann Angus, of Morro Bay, CA. Ruth Ann wears so many different hats within her work as a social justice activist, it was hard to know where to start with our interview. We decided to build our interview as Ruth Ann has built her own agenda for justice—with faith as her cornerstone, nonviolence as her inspiration and tenacity as her constant companion.


The Nonviolent Cities Project -

This site has blogs, podcasts, videos and training programs for individuals and groups desiring to embrace nonviolent living and/or organize social justice actions.

Central Coast of California Nonviolent Cities and other nonviolent development information  -

This site has blogs, videos, newsletters (SATYA) and training programs on how to develop and run a Nonviolent Cities Project, training and curriculum from the Human Rights Organization ( and, Talk Around the Table Discussion Groups, and six and 12 week nonviolent training workshops.

Spiritual nonviolence training and information -

This site is headed by international peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear and offers online Zoom workshops and lectures on living a Christian Nonviolent life. Many prominent peace activists are guests on these programs. Beatitudes Center also offers four-day in-person Retreats/Workshops in April, May, September, and October at the Inn at Morro Bay. 

The Morro Bay National Estuary Program -

Scroll to the bottom of the page at this site and click on Videos and view the award-winning short documentary film Of Marshes and Morros to learn about the grassroots movement that brought Morro Bay into the National Estuary Program of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Learn more about Ruth Ann Angus and her writing and photography -

UN International Day of Peace

Estero Bay Alliance for Care


Ruth Ann is the Director of the peace and nonviolence organization, Yes We Can Peacebuilders, in Morro Bay, CA and Administrative Consultant to Fr. John Dear, Executive Director of The Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus. 

Ruth Ann has lived in Morro Bay for 35 years and coordinates the Pace e Bene Nonviolent Cities Project there with city officials, police, civic organizations, humanitarian organizations, and members of the community. 

She is a longtime journalist, freelance writer and photographer who is published in many national, regional, and local newspapers, magazines, and online publications. 

Ruth Ann is a 26-year board member of the Morro Bay National Estuary Program and sits on the special Education and Public Outreach Committee with that organization. She is a past board member of the local Audubon Society, and both a past board member and current consultant to People of Faith for Justice of San Luis Obispo, California. 

Ruth Ann has a degree in marketing/merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and a business certificate from Pepperdine University. Ruth Ann became active in the California Democratic Party during the 1970’s and belonged to a grassroots political organization that worked to get progressive democrats elected. She wrote columns for local Democrat publications. She served in the 1976 presidential campaign for Governor Jerry Brown of California and was awarded an appointment as Special Assistant to the Governor on his 1978 state gubernatorial staff. She has worked in the Fashion industry in Los Angeles doing public relations writing and photography, and was a publicity writer and photographer during the 1960s-70s in the folk music industry in New York City. Ruth Ann spent 13 years at Union Bank of California in management and retired early as a Systems Analyst. 

Ruth Ann was an activist during the 1960s and 70s participating in anti-war and civil rights protest marches and demonstrations in the northeastern and southern states.


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