Trans Week 2015, March 26 - March 31 At Various Venues

Trans* Week 2015 is an outgrowth of International Transgender Day of Visibility, which celebrates Trans* people around the globe, brings attention to their accomplishments and raises trans* awareness and inclusivity. It is a day to show your support for the trans* community. Our local Stonewall Alliance has created an entire week of events to educate, celebrate, honor, and bring more awareness to trans* people and proactively include everyone in all aspects of our community.

Quakers and Social Justice

Date: 03/25/2015 Time: 7:00 pm Are you a Quaker? Maybe! Quakerism as practiced at Chico Friends Meeting is a contemporary spiritual path grounded in the tradition of simplicity, peace, equality, community and concern for nature. The program "Quakers and Social Justice" will introduce people to Chico Friends Meeting on Wednesday, March 25 at 7pm at 1601 Hemlock Street, Chico, CA. Light refreshments and social time start at 6:30.

Earth Day Movie Night

What will you do for Earth Day this year?  Join BEC at the Sierra Nevada Big Room for the local premier of a new film, 'The Little Things'! This night is full of fun, film, and connecting back to nature. Sierra Nevada, ChicoBag Company, and Klean Kanteen present the annual Earth Day Movie Night brought to you by BEC and benefiting the Environmental Coalition of Butte County

Introducing the new CPJC Co-Directors!

Dear CPJC Community,
We are thrilled to introduce our new Co-Directors, Aramenta Hawkins and Olivia Schmidt, and are looking forward to re-opening our office this coming Monday, March 9th. As we enter this exciting new phase of growth and community engagement, we invite you to personally engage in our work and community. First and foremost, we encourage you to drop in to our upcoming reception on Wednesday March 25th from 4-6pm at the CPJC office to meet and greet our new co-directors. This will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with our new staff and our board of directors, and to talk about the work of CPJC. In the meantime, please read on to the end of this email to find out more about our new Co-Directors.

Ash Wednesday Nonviolent Direct Action and Service at Beale Air Force Base

On February 18th there will be an anti-drone vigil, an Ash Wednesday service of repentance, and nonviolent direct action at Beale Air Force Base. Everyone, including people from all faith traditions, are invited to join in these events, which will take place at Beale's main (Schneider) gate. Beale is the home of the Global Hawk Drone, a surveillance drone that helps find targets for the armed Predator and Reaper Drones. Events will begin with an anti-drone vigil at 3 p.m., followed at 3:30 with an Ash Wednesday service.


This is an exciting time for the Chico Peace & Justice Center and our community of social justice activists and peace makers. As we continue seeking our new Co-Director, we are looking inward to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses, and looking outward to a world full of opportunity for peace and justice work. We are now entering our second month with a single part-time staff person in the office, and we see that in order to serve our community and enter into a new co-directorship, that we need to take time and space for the internal work that comes with positive change.

KZFR Peace & Social Justice Radio Show

Join Laurel Avalon, Chris Moore-Backman, Chris Nelson, Jim Brobeck, and other guest hosts each week for the latest on the status of peace and social justice in our community, nation and planet. Hear inspiring good work being done by people right here in our community. We also feature interviews with national and international experts on topics that affect our well-being, our humanity and our future on this planet.

Career Builders/Counter Recruitment

**Career Builders February 2015 Mtg rescheduled for 2/11, normally meets monthly on the 4th Thursday.**
This program, which is one of Chico Peace & Justice Center's Historic and Ongoing Campaigns, seeks to educate youth on alternatives to serving in the US Military. After years of petitioning Chico High, Career Builders was successfully admitted on their campus in 2013.

Career Builders is also on the road with the Peace Panel Project helping set up new Career Builders groups in other towns of the California central valley and Nevada.

CPJC/GRUB Community Meal

Come enjoy a community dinner at CPJC! A vegetarian dinner will be served by CPJC Community Partners GRUB Education at the peace center downtown for anyone who would like to enjoy a meal among others. The intent is to bring people together around the same table who may not normally come together. We hope you can join us! If you would have questions or would like to help prepare any of the meal please contact Stephanie Elliott, 354-1646. Please bring anyone you feel would enjoy the meal.

'Til Justice Rolls Down: A Celebration in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Local volunteers with the MLK Unity Group bring this annual event back to Chico to celebrate MLK Day with a community event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day's celebrations begin at 3pm at the Downtown Chico Plaza with a rally and music, followed by a march to the nearby Trinity United Methodist Church at E 5th St & Flume for an inspirational program beginning at 4pm at the church. This event is free and family-friendly!

The New Jim Crow Study Circle

Join in community to explore Michelle Alexander's paradigm-shifting book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Come learn and share about the ways the prison-industrial complex impacts our own lives and community, and how we intend to respond to the call for a nationwide movement to dismantle it.

Integral Nonviolence Workshop 9am-5pm Dec 20th

This is a great opportunity for our community to learn the meaning of Gandhi's words and works and to investigate how we may incorporate those teachings into our own activism and lives. Gandhi’s threefold approach to nonviolence (personal-social-political) is more relevant than ever. This interactive workshop invites the mahatma down from his pedestal so we can dig in to what he actually taught, and actively apply it to our own lives and social change work.

Event Watch Training for Rally for Justice

This training will be held immediately prior to the Rally for Justice and will provide attendees with basic skills for monitoring police activity at the event. The training will clarify our legal rights to free speech and prepare attendees to take on the critical job of supporting activism through community responsibility, techniques for de-escalation, and how to interact with police personnel present at the rally. At the end of the training we will walk across the street for the Rally for Justice planned for 4:30 at the Downtown Chico Plaza.

Monitor Training for Rally for Justice

Join activists Bob Trausch and Leslie Johnson for a Monitor Training in advance of the Rally for Justice. This training will help to prepare new and long-time activists for the upcoming rally by teaching basic concepts of nonviolence and community responsibility that attendees can take with them to the rally to support a safe and supportive environment for the activists present.

Sign-Making Gathering for Rally for Justice

The Rally for Justice being planned by a local Chicoan and youth activist will take place Saturday, December 13th at 4:30pm in the downtown Chico plaza, and we are gearing up for the event by making colorful and impactful signs for the demonstration.
Join us a week before the protest to gather in anticipation of the event and to make signs for the protest. We will meet at the CPJC office in downtown Chico (526 Broadway) 12:30-1:30 and we will have some supplies to share. Please bring posterboard/cardboard and pens/paints if you can.

Rally for Justice: Equality Under the Law

Chico youth organizers have taken on the responsibility of responding to the grievous decision by the Ferguson Grand Jury to not indict the police officer who shot and killed un-armed teenager Michael Brown by organizing a protest. The event will take place at 4:30pm on Saturday, December 13th at the downtown plaza. We encourage the Chico Peace & Justice community to come out in support of these young activists and to find community in grieving and processing the realities of the social injustice enacted by our criminal justice system.


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