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SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.
Racism is devastating to People of Color and is closely intertwined with all systems of oppression. It robs all of us- White people and People of Color- of our humanity. We honor and learn from the long history of People of Color and White people who have been unrelenting in their struggles for racial justice, and ending all systems of oppression. We are showing up to take our responsibility as White people to act collectively and publicly to challenge the manipulation of racist fear by the ruling class and corporate elite.
We envision a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a sustainable world.
For more information contact
Cathryn Carkhuff, at
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Starting with a bit of history
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) began in 1975 as a collaboration between inmates in Green Haven Prison and Quakers interested in working with youth gangs and teens at risk. This successful, ongoing program quickly spread throughout New York State prisons and then to other states as a prison program and as a community program for people from all walks of life. AVP is active internationally in countries on all inhabited continents. Click here for an overview of
How does it work?
Through an international network of local chapters, AVP facilitators — all trained volunteers — offer workshops in prisons as well as in the community for all who would like to reduce the level of unresolved conflict in their lives and the lives of those around them.
AVP offers Basic, Advanced, and Training-for-Facilitator Workshops. Workshops are fast-paced, weaving together interactive exercises, facilitated discussions, role plays, humor and games.
AVP builds upon a spiritual base of respect and caring for self and others. Though founded by Quakers, AVP draws participants and trainers from all religions, races, sexual identity, and walks of life. Click here for more information about Workshops and other ways to support AVP.
Local groups are connected through an informal California collective of representatives, who bring together facilitators to produce successful workshops. They assist one another by exchanging ideas and working on specific California AVP issues. Until local groups are established throughout the state, the AVP/CA Steering Committee functions as the statewide contact for opening new prison and community programs, as well as developing direction for AVP in the state. Click here for minutes of Steering Committee and Annual Meetings. Click here for an overview of the AVP/California program. Click here for AVP/CA By Laws and Policies.
For more info contact:
Justin Lin Outreach Coordinator | High Desert Mobile: 415-868-5546 | Office: 530-421-8287 | Fax: 415-363-9585Email: email@example.com
Web: www.avpcalifornia.org | AVP/CA NSVSC Council
AVP Workshop Registration HERE
The Peace Institute at California State University, Chico was founded in 2004 by faculty and members of the community. Its purpose is to present speakers and activities addressing peace and war, social justice, sustainability, reconciliation, and peace education.
For more information about the Peace Institute - http://www.csuchico.edu/peace/
Contact Tom Mhoff at, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chico 350: Steering Committee Meeting
Chico 350 aims to gather people in Chico and surrounding areas from all walks of life to emphasize the importance of action on climate change.
Chico 350 is the local affiliation of 350.org, which organizes climate focused campaigns, projects, and actions led from the bottom up by people in 188 different countries. They are organizing a climate coalition, a loose group of nonprofits, businesses and other organizations who recognize that we all have a stake in climate change.
Connect with our website - Here
For more info contact email@example.com
For more info contact Jake Davis at, firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Coalition of Butte County (ECBC)
ECBC general meetings are the 3rd Thursday of every month. for more information.
Contact: Susan Tchudi at, email@example.com
The ECBC gathers together with hope to build relationships and improve communication between local organizations to develop more viable strategies and alliances for a safer, healthier and more vibrant community.
Alternative to Violence Project CA
In- house Meeting/ Work Time: AVP works in-house at the center every Tuesday, 9am-2pm and Wednesday, 1pm-5pm.
Contact: Justin Lin, Outreach Coordinator,
Mobile: 415-868-5546 | Office: 530-421-8287 | Fax: 415-363-9585 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AVP through a California State grant, is expanding and establishing a community presence of workshops and volunteer facilitators within Butte County to support local community and High Desert Prison workshops.
AVP's experiential workshops focus on community building, communication skills, and conflict resolution for community members and inmates in an effort to reduce violence, incarceration and recidivism.
This group is focused on learning Spanish basics to develop understanding of the language and conversational skills.
This class is great for beginners who are new to the language or folks who are seeking to refresh basic Spanish-language skills.
For information contact Ann Polivka at 530-228-1344.
Mobilize is a group of citizens who organize for political and social action to protect our rights.
Mobilize supports local, regional, national, and global communities under threat: People of Color, LGBTQ+, Women, Children, and Our Natural Environment. Now. Immediately. Today.
For more info contact Anna B. Moore, at email@example.com
Check out the website, at mobilizechico.org
Human Relations Network (HRN)
HRN meets the first Monday of each month.
HRN promotes the civic tolerance necessary to achieve a hate-free community by encouraging by the most effective means possible: recognition and respect for the rights of all persons not to suffer discrimination, physical or verbal threats, or abuse.
For more info contact HRN, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about activities of the HRN in this CN&R article: New Complaint Procedure With Chico Police
Peace Panel Project (PPP)
The purpose of the Peace Panel Project is to educate; to inspire activism; to build the movement toward peace and justice.
The main themes of PPP are Nonviolent Communication, Ruses For War, Better World Shopping, Project Censored, awareness of military spending and activities, reinstatement of the "Fairness Doctrine," and now environmental issues.
The PPP group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month.
For more info contact Charles W., at email@example.com
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA) has weekly meetings every Sunday 2:00-4:00pm at the Chico Peace & Justice Center.
Participate in its weekly meetings to find support and resources for Co-Dependency.
Free conversational Spanish. Join in community to practice your second language skills or to refresh your native language. Free and open to the public.
Career Builders and Counter Recruitment (CB/CR)
The CB/CR program, which is one of the Chico Peace & Justice Center's main programs, seeks to educate youth on alternatives to serving in the US Military.
CB/CR meets every fourth Thursday of every month at CPJC
For more information contact Charles W. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPJC Program Committee
Meeting Time: The CPJC Program Committee meets the first Wednesday of every month
Committee Chair: Steve Tchudi, CPJC Board
Contact:Steve T. at, email@example.com
This committee helps activists develop new programs and projects for the Center and makes connections with our supporters, volunteers, partners and the Chico public.
Interested volunteers meet at the CPJC, every first Wednesday of the month at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM to get updated on new outreach events and volunteer trainings.
For more information please contact CPJC reps at 530-893-9078.
Daring to Discuss- Abrupt Climate Disruption (DD)
Daring to Discuss gives participants the opportunity to converse about the deep-reaching implications and diverse feelings that come with our changing climate and changing times.
DD meets the first Monday of every month
For more info contact CPJC
CPJC People's Committee
The CPJC People's Committee is concerned with Center outreach and inreach: communicating with the public and enhancing communication with staff, Board, and volunteers.
The CPJC People's Committee meets the second Monday of every month 3- 4pm.
Community Bicycling Update (CBU)
Thursday, April 20th meeting will focus on how to get involved with May Bike Month events.
CBU meets every third Thursday of the Month, 6:30pm-8:30pm at CPJC.
CBU's monthly meetings are open to the community to provide updates on upcoming bike events as well as city and county bike infrastructure planning, and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and opportunities to volunteer and get involved.
Check out Chico Velo's website Here.
For more information connect with Janine Rood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chico 350 General Meeting
Donald Trump and EPA director Pruitt are out to roll back environmental progress. We have a fight ahead of us! Come get plugged into the local environmental movement. We have groups organizing around: stopping oil trains through Butte County, getting institutions to divest from fossil fuels, educating the community about climate change, planning for marches and rallies, and lobbying elected officials. Come find a place in the movement to preserve our precious Earth.
For more info contact email@example.com
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF NORTHERN CA (ACLU)
The ACLU works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.
We will meet every second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM.
For more information click Here and/or email Michael Coyle at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT WE DO
The ACLU is frequently asked to explain its defense of certain people or groups—particularly controversial and unpopular entities such as the American Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Nation of Islam. We do not defend them because we agree with them; rather, we defend their right to free expression and free assembly. Historically, the people whose opinions are the most controversial or extreme are the people whose rights are most often threatened. Once the government has the power to violate one person's rights, it can use that power against everyone. We work to stop the erosion of civil liberties before it's too late.
Since we can't take on every worthy case, we usually select lawsuits that will have the greatest impact, cases that have the potential for breaking new ground and establishing new precedents that will strengthen American freedoms.
HOW WE DO IT
We have grown from that roomful of civil libertarians to more than 500,000 members. The ACLU today is the nation's largest public interest law firm, with a 50-state network of staffed, autonomous affiliate offices. We appear before the United States Supreme Court more than any other organization except the U.S. Department of Justice. About 100 ACLU staff attorneys collaborate with about 2,000 volunteer attorneys in handling close to 6,000 cases annually.
The ACLU is non-profit and non-partisan. We do not receive any government funding. Member dues and contributions and grants from private foundations and individuals pay for the work we do. The ACLU, with headquarters in New York City, litigates across the nation and all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Our Washington, D.C., legislative office lobbies the U.S. Congress. We use strategic communications to educate the public about issues. And the ACLU has expanded its reach by applying international human rights standards in our complex Post 9/11 world. A number of national projects address specific civil liberties issues: AIDS, capital punishment, lesbian and gay rights, immigrants' rights, prisoners' rights, reproductive freedom, voting rights, women's rights and workplace rights.
The CHAT Tiny Home Group Meeting
Chico Housing Action Team's Tiny Home Group is working to establish a tiny villages in Chico.
The group meets the 2nd Saturday of every month from 3pm to 4:30pm for CHAT Tiny Home Group.
For more information contact Charles Withuhn, at email@example.com.
SURJ Media & Outreach Team
Organizing meeting for the SURJ media and outreach working group.
Group meets the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm.
For more info contact Rain at firstname.lastname@example.org
CPJC Board Meetings
The CPJC Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 5-7pm. The public is welcome to attend.
Comments from guests are given time at the beginning of the meeting. If you would like to contribute more than brief comments during the 'input from public guests' agenda item, please contact the CPJC to request time on the regular meeting agenda.
Requests for agenda items must be submitted at least one week prior to the meeting to be considered for inclusion. You can connect with CPJC, at email@example.com
Chico Velo Board Meeting
Chico Velo Board Meeting is the first Thursday of every month.
For more information contact Janine Rood
The center will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day
Class and Intersectionality
This workshop is sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and will be facilitated by SURJ Nor Cal and open to the public.
The workshop will cover class and its importance and intersectionality to racial justice work.
There is a sliding scale donation of $5-$20 to attend this workshop. One hundred percent of the donations go to the Justice4Desmond campaign.
For more info contact Cathryn Carkhuff, at
For more information check out SURJ's website here.
Queer Justice is Racial Justice: An Organizing Meeting
This event would be hosted on behalf of Stonewall's Annual Chico LGBTQ+ Pride Weekend and would serve as an opportunity to discuss the dismantling of racism and other related prejudices both within the LGBTQ+ community and the Chico community at large.
The format of this event would most likely consist of a facilitated discussion, utilizing an intersectional lens, with a chance to brainstorm and identify clear ways that LGBTQ+ community members can effectively promote racial justice within their personal and professional networks.
For more info contact Rachel Ward, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chico Peace & Justice Center | 526 Broadway, Chico, CA 95928 | 530-893-9078 | email@example.com