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.
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.
Ukranian Crisis: Prologue to World War III?
With Guest Speaker, George Wright, Professor Emeritus CSUC Dept of Political Science
Wednesday, February 18, 4pm
At CSUC PAC 144
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.
OFFICE HOURS for the week of FEB 2nd:
Monday, Feb 2nd, 11am-2pm
Thursday, Feb 5th, 11am-2pm
**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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CPJC office will be closed Thursday, November 27th. Our regular office hours are Monday-Friday 11am-2pm and we will be open the rest of this week.
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 email@example.com or 530-321-6267.
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.
Chico's HUD Consolidated Plan addresses the City's use of federal funding to benefit low-income populations. The agency is looking for your valuable input on how these funds should be used. This will provide the foundation for City HOME and Community Development Block Grant budgets over the next 5 years. Your voice is valuable in this process!
This is the final film in the LabelGMOs film series providing free screenings and informative talks on issues affecting our region and our world. This week the film Symphony of the Soil will be featured along with guest speaker Phil La Rocca of La Rocca Vineyards and Baji Hantleman of Wookey Ranch.
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
Beehive Design Collective at CPJC Sunday 11/2 at 11am Presenting "Sucked Dry: Examining Drought and Privatization from Mesoamerica to California"
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.
***Please note: This Volunteer Orientation has been cancelled for March 2015****
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).
Dinner to Save 1,000 Acres of Palestinian Land
Sunday, October 5, 4:30-6:30pm
Cost: $10, all funds go directly to Palestine Land Defense Expert, Abdulhadi Hantash
Note: This event is NOT being held at CPJC, please RSVP for location information.
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 www.norcalirc.org or call (530) 231-7733.