The Chico Peace & Justice Center
Community-based nonprofit promoting peace and social justice through the power of nonviolence
Our Mission: “Building a more peaceful and equitable society by educating for peace and social justice, motivating for sustained commitment, and mobilizing for peace and justice.”
The Center works for social change through education, community building, and direct action and is dedicated to ending violent conflict among nations and individuals.
The Guiding Principle of CPJC's Work
The belief in the importance and power of nonviolence
In the early 1980s, the three founders and others agreed that Chico needed a center where people could meet to organize for change. They envisioned a place where people could come together to access information about peace and justice issues and educate each other on non-violent philosophy and action. The Chico Peace & Justice Center opened its doors in 1982 on Walnut Street and incorporated on September 13th, 1983.
Over the years the Center has actively organized to address issues that include nuclear weapons, U.S. militarism, war tax resistance, poverty, hunger, violence, military youth recruitment, racism, sexism, LGBTQ rights, minority and immigrant rights, gun control, the death penalty, Central American and Mexican violence related to U.S. policies, and U.S. military intervention in other countries.
The guiding principle for the Center's work on all of these issues is a belief in the importance and power of nonviolence, both as a moral value and as a tool to effect positive change. Since its inception, the Center has initiated numerous conflict resolution and violence prevention programs in the community, working almost exclusively with volunteers.
Guiding Principles: The Wheel of Integral Nonviolence
CPJC has adopted a Wheel of Integral Nonviolence as a description of our guiding principles and commitments. This holistic model provides a map for our journey as an organization, helping us discern where our energy and resources can best be put to use, which causes and approaches we ought to commit ourselves, and which groups and projects we will team up with along the way.
The 10 spokes on the Wheel are:
Beginning in September of 2016 and continuing throughout 2017, the Chico Peace & Justice Center will offer a series of workshops that are based on each spoke of the wheel. We will work our way around the wheel, exploring the ethical and moral implications of each spoke and discussing their interconnections. The goal of each workshop will be to enable attendees to conceptualize and organize for individual and group action.
If you share our commitment to nonviolent change