Alternatives to Violence Project - Basic Workshop February 20-22

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

Cultivating a Spirit of Peace in Chico

Conflict is a normal part of life, and can be used as a tool for change and transformation. AVP workshops use the shared experiences of participants, interactive exercises, games and role-plays to see beyond differences, to explore common ground and to discover the power within ourselves to transform our lives.

When:     February 20th-22nd, 2015

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.

Tellebration! A Benefit for the 6th Street Center for Youth

You don't want to miss this fun and powerful community storytelling event! The evening will feature local story tellers, music, and food and all proceeds will benefit the 6th Street Center for Youth offering services and counseling to teens experiencing homelessness. Tickets available at The Bookstore and Magnolia Gift & Garden. $20 for dinner and the show, or $10 for just the show.
For more information contact Jennifer Barzey at or 530-321-6267.

Documentary Film Screening of "If These Halls Could Talk"

During the hot summer of 2010, Director Lee Mun Wah brought together eleven diverse college students to discuss what the atmosphere is like on campuses across the country today. The students shared the frustration and anguish of trying to be understood and acknowledged on campus where the faculty and students are predominantly white. Their stories are starkly emotional and raw, filled with incredible tenderness, courage and pain. The issues that they challenge us to look at are equally provocative, begging to be heard and confronted.

A Writing Conspiracy

The Peace and Justice Writing Conspiracy meets at 9:30 Tuesday mornings at the Center. We welcome poets, storytellers, essayists, and non-fiction writers from all Chico communities. Our group supports, encourages, and provides editorial support to all in attendance. Drop by and check us out.
Facilitated by Andy Hanson

CPJC Volunteer Orientation

Want to plug in to the work being done by Chico Peace & Justice Center, our community partners, friends and allies? Then join us for our monthly volunteer orientation events where you'll learn about volunteer and activist opportunities in the area and share your own skills and interests. This orientation is held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month 12:30-1:30pm.

CPJC Volunteer Orientation -- PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!!!

Want to plug in to the work being done by Chico Peace & Justice Center, our community partners, friends and allies? Then join us for our monthly volunteer orientation events where you'll learn about volunteer and activist opportunities in the area and share your own skills and interests. This event occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7pm and requires registration (see below for info on registering).

Free Immigration Clinic

This is an opportunity for the non-citizens in our community to sit down on on one with an experienced immigration attorney, and have their questions answered about everything from asylum to marriage visas to green cards to DACA for students. Members of the immigrant community seeking personal advice are encouraged to attend, as are social workers, teachers, and community service providers eager to better assist the needs of their non-citizen students/clients/cases. For more information visit or call (530) 231-7733.

Rummage Sale to Benefit 6th St Center for Youth

Come down to the 6th St Center to buy some gently used items for your home and wardrobe, and help support the youth in our community! All proceeds will benefit the 6th Street Center for Youth, a non-profit program serving homeless teens and young adults in Butte County by providing meals, basic needs, and professional case management services.
Want to donate lightly used items? Deliver your donations to the 6th St Center between 9am-5pm no later than Sept. 30th, then come to the sale on October 4th and replace your unwanted items with something new-to-you!

Climate Crisis: Are We There Yet?

An evening with author and ecobiologist Guy McPherson to discuss his work and the connection between "our civilized way of life" and rapid changes to climate and habitat. This event will be held at the CPJC, 526 Broadway in Chico, at 7pm, doors open at 6:30. The event is free and open to the public. If you can't make it to this event, you can also catch Guy McPherson speaking at the 100th Monkey Cafe, 642 W 5th St, at 7pm on October 1st.


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