How to Ride a Bicycle
(Keeping Equilibrium in Times Out of Balance)
The survival of a democracy depends upon opposition. And, since I’ve ridden a bicycle the whole of my life, I know something first hand of the essential need for such opposition. Riding a bicycle requires a continuous adjustment of equilibrium in order to maintain balance. Otherwise you crash. And that’s the state of democracy in the United States today: it’s already tilting out of balance and on the verge of crashing.
That’s where the necessity for opposition comes in, for equilibrium is a consequence of opposition. Equilibrium is a word of Latin origin, and the prefix equi means something like “even” or “equal” and librium means “balance.” And equilibrium as a whole is defined as “a state of rest or balance due to the equal action of opposing forces.”
If ever there was a need for opposition, it is now, when the onslaught of actions by the Trump administration threaten the essential stabilizing principle of checks and balances that are written into the constitution of the United States precisely to avoid a one-sided force from toppling the whole weight of the government in a single disastrous direction.
With the executive, congressional, and judicial branches of our government all in the hands of a single party led by one unrestrained demagogue, equal and opposite force can only come from the dissent of the people themselves. In a time when the government no longer represents the people, the people must push back with all their might. And it’s not a one-time thing, but a continuous and urgent action where, as in riding a bicycle, balance is a matter of intuitive, split second adjustment to equilibrium.
Today, under the pressure of an erratic presidency, our democracy is tilted toward a fall. To restore our government to equilibrium, we, whose ultimate civil viability depends upon the democratic principle of checks and balances, must now and for all time apply equal and opposite pressure.
Lin Jensen is a long-time Chico activist and Buddhist practitioner. He has been applying pressure to have Chico established as a sanctuary city in opposition to the discriminatory and likely unconstitutional actions of the new president against immigrants. See next item.
Sanctuary City Proposal
At its March meeting, the CPJC Board of Directors endorsed the proposal by Lin Jensen to the City Council seeking to establish Chico as a sanctuary city. (The full text of the resolution appears at the end of this month's newsletter. Click here.) As reported by CPJC members and the local press, some thirty-five people appeared at the City Council meeting on February 21 to support the resolution.
As Lin writes, "The four conservative council members, Sean Morgan, Reanette Fillmer, Mark Sorensen, and Andrew Coolidge, all voted down even so much as a request to give the Resolution a hearing, and did so in the blink of an eye. I was in disbelief and disheartened that they could be so indifferent to the 30 or more Latino immigrants who waited hours to make a plea to the council for help and support. I'm no veteran of politics, but apparently this sort of hardened disregard of others is not uncommon."
Lin plans to continue the campaign, and CPJC and its members applaud his efforts.
Peace Center News and Notes From the Board and Executive Director
Women's March. CPJC was pleased to be major facilitators of the Women's March, resulting in praise for CPJC (and some financial contributions). The use of social media was a major factor in helping with the turnout. For an update on the next Women's March activity, scroll down.
Activism 101, a program at Chico State, was particularly successful, drawing in a lot of CPJC people. Many of our new volunteers helped out in doing two 20-minutes presentations on community building. We have prepared a list of major nonprofits in Chico were noted, including ways of contacting those organizations via phone codes. The list of nonprofits will be broadened. Our Activist Toolkit will be revised and used for future workshops, including a map of activist organizations.
A pilot workshop, “Whose Lives Matter,” will take place in April. This will be by invitation only, but the Center will be offering the workshop to all after this test run.
The Wall Mural project, painting the north outside wall of the Center, facing the parking lot, will take place in the summer, linked to an Activist Summer Camp for Kids. The camp is in response to parents who are concerned about racism and uncivil actions in Chico and would like for their children to have some nonviolent training.
The Board's Money Committee reports that our income and expenditures remain balanced. Response to the January Annual Report mailer has brought in approximately $2300, including 40 re-enrolls, a number of people writing one-time checks. The next solicitation will be going out in June. We'll be looking at a member recognition event at some point.
The People Committee is continuing to recruit new Board members. Contact Ann Polivka if you have recommendations for the Board. <email@example.com>
The Program Committee reported that Everybody's Revolution in February, with a focus onGrassRoots Health Care, attracted our largest crowd yet. March theme: Right Sharing and Stewardship of Resources and Wealth will feature a panel followed by small group brainstorming on such topics as money, water, agriculture, time, and energy.
Planning for Pancakes for Peace is well underway. (See announcement elsewhere in this issue. ) As always, we'll be looking for volunteers. The Board is deeply appreciative of the work put in by the P4P planning committee and wants to make their work as easy as possible.
CPJC has endorsed the Sanctuary City Proposal created by. Lin Jensen.
Support for minority groups in Chico. Chris Hayashida-Knight raised the question of whether there are specific movements in Chico that we can support in regard to the presidential fiats regarding immigrant travel. Mobilize and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) are taking actions that we certainly can support. One of our functions can be, as a local organization, to find the local connections emerging from national issues. Aramenta Hawkins notes commented that there is fear of ICE in Chico—people are extremely cautious about revealing information for fear that ICE might get word. She has also prepared a handout that gives information on whom to call to get assistance. An immigration workshop is being scheduled for March and will be publicized through our media outlets.
Mobilize Group. Aramenta is working with the Mobilize leaders, who are seeking a larger space. One suggestion is the use of Subud Hall in Chapmantown. Mobilize will be doing background research into Chapmantown and its history. CPJC certainly supports the work of that group in our role as a hub for community activism.
Board President Izeck Hempseed has also been in touch with Kazu Haga from of Waging Nonviolence regarding doing an MLK nonviolent training for us, training that leads to a certificate from Emory U. We would need to guarantee 15 participants. This would be a donation event, aimed at comvering travel and lodging. Possible dates in April or May. See his website: http://wagingnonviolence.org/author/kazuhaga/.
Exploring the Wheel of Revolutionary Nonviolence
Right Sharing and Stewardship
of Wealth and Resources
Wednesday, March 8, 6-8 pm at CPJC
The March workshop in the ongoing "Everybody's Revolution" series will explore: "Right Sharing and Stewardship of Wealth and Resources," a spoke in the Wheel of Integral Nonviolence. The program will discuss the significance of Mahatma Gandhi's 1938 statement, “The earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.”
We will examine the resources of Time, Money, Water, and Gardening with panelists Sue Steiner (Northern California Counties Time Bank), Izeck Hempseed (CPJC Board President), Carol Perkins (Butte Environmental Council water policy analyst) and Sheri Scott (GRUB Education), who will discuss their views on how people can use earthly and human resources sustainably. After the panel, participants will divide into discussion groups to consider additional means and strategies for conservation and sharing. The evening will conclude by linking these ideas to Gandhian teachings. The Everybody's Revolution workshops are open to all, and there is no charge for participation. Registration is encouraged but not required at chicopeace.org/events.
The Trump Regime and the People's Resistance
Richard Becker and Gloria LaRiva
Friday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 at CPJC
Join Richard Becker, ANSWER Coalition’s West Coast Coordinator and Gloria La Riva, labor, community and anti-war activist based in San Francisco, California, for an analysis of the election of Donald Trump and for a discussion of how we can fight back at the national, state, and local levels – and win!
The Trump administration and current Congress represent an open attack against workers, immigrants, women, the Black community, Indigenous communities, the LGBTQ population, public education, and the environment.
Pension plans, infrastructure, and the public sector are slated for privatization as are Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Labor unions and public lands are slated for destruction.
Throughout history there are moments that urgently require radical change and the reorganization of political and economic power. This is such a moment.
Richard Becker is ANSWER Coalition’s West Coast coordinator and has been central to virtually every mobilization against U.S. war, occupation and sanctions in the Bay Area for more than 25 years. In the early 1980s, he organized against the Nazis and Klan in Oroville, and he has been a union activist or active supporter for decades, marching on countless picket lines. He has traveled worldwide—often with Ramsey Clark—to countries targeted by the U.S. government: Palestine, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Cuba, Yugoslavia, El Salvador, and other countries in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Of Richard's 2009 book “Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire,” Ramsey Clark said , Richard “gives us the most focused and penetrating analysis we have of the real dynamics in the continuing persecution of the Palestinian people. He calls for international unity to end this tragic injustice.”
Gloria La Riva is a labor, community and anti-war activist based in San Francisco. She was the presidential candidate of the Peace and Freedom Party and the Party for Socialism and Liberation in 2016, receiving more than 75,000 votes, the most for a socialist candidate since 1976. Gloria has been a key organizer of many mass demonstrations and other actions opposing the wars and occupation in Central America, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia and elsewhere. Gloria has worked for decades to defend Cuba’s sovereignty and against the U.S. blockade. She was awarded Cuba’s Friendship Medal in 2010, approved by the Council of State, for her many years of Cuba solidarity, and is the national coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five. She is the elected First Vice President of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Communications Workers of America, Local 39521.
De-escalation Training Workshop
Andy Duch, Butte County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM CPJC
How do you de-escalate a person in crisis? Do you wish you had tools to help you better react to persons suffering a mental or emotional crisis? Join Andy Duch, Butte County Sheriff's Office Captain Jail Commander, for this educational de-escalation training workshop. Tactical de-escalation communication can help resolve a tough interaction with another person. The training focuses on how you can help calm difficult people who may be under severe emotional crisis or other influences. From this training you will come away with the skills to identify barriers to communication and overcome them to turn a negative situation to a positive direction. Free to the public Donations are welcome. For more info contact Andy Duch at ADuch@buttecounty.net
Peace Gardening 101
Soil Preparation and Seeding
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 10 - 11:30am, CPJC Peace Garden
CPJC's Peace Gardening 101 Program will be getting you started cucumber, melon, squash, beans, and corn at this workshop, which will focus on how to amend your soil to support a vibrant garden. Gardening supplies for participants to start their own vegetable plants to take home will be provided. For more information contact Colleen Wofchuck at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some samples from our Executive Director and members of the Board of Directors:
Emily Alma: "We live in a violent, militarized world, with our country at the center of that violence, causing unimaginable suffering. I'm a member of the Chico Peace and Justice Center because it provides our community with a place where that violence is countered by voices of peace and justice, kindness and compassion. If we envision it and work toward that vision, we humans can turn it around; we can bring peace and justice to our world - every day."
Aramenta Hawkins: “I'm a member of the Chico Peace and Justice Center because it allows me to connect and form bonds with activists locally and around the world.”
Chris Hayashida-Knight: "I'm a member because I want a better world for my kids.”
Izeck Hempseed: “I'm a member of the Chico Peace and Justice Center because I am Iraq War veteran and know peace is the only way.”
Ann Polivka: "The Chico Peace and Justice Center SO supports my activism for human well-being, as well as the natural world. It's very satisfying to work shoulder to shoulder with others of like-mind."
Stephen Tchudi: "CPJC is an absolutely vital part of our vibrant community: educating, motivating, mobilizing."
Cathy Webster: "I am a member of the Chico Peace and Justice Center because I see its mission as: inspiring, supporting and being a vehicle for peace consciousness in the Chico area, and I support that!"
Charles Withuhn "To quote Desmond Tutu, 'If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor'. "
. . . and coming in April
Pancakes for Peace 2017 April 16, 2017, 8 am – 1 pm
545 Vallombrosa (C.A.R.D. Center)
Join Chico Peace and Justice Center's 36th annual Pancakes for Peace, with all you can eat pancakes, Easter egg treasure hunt (11 am), massage chair, silent auction, and more! Adults $12-15; children 12 and under $6. For more info call: (530) 893-9078 or contact us at www.chicopeace.org
. . . from Our Partners and Allies
Women's March on Chico
Saturday, March 4th 11:00AM to 1:00PM Chico Women's Club
592 E. 3rd Street Chico, CA
In solidarity with the call to action from the International Women's Strike and the Women's March on Washington, there will be two days of events in Chico for International Women's Day. International Women's Day began in 1908 when thousands of women gathered in New York City to demand better working conditions, better pay, and the right to vote. The actions happening this year are the beginning of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance against the decades long economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad. We celebrate the diversity of the many social groups that have come together for the International Women’s Strike.
The events in Chico include: Saturday, March 4th a Community Potluck at the Chico Women's Club from 11 am to 1 pm with speakers and music. This event will be a space for people to network to build a more proactive community. There will also be a special podcast created at the event. Wednesday, March 8th (International Women's Day) from 2:30 pm to 4 pm we will gather on the Trinity Commons lawn, CSU campus with a dance flash mob and photo booth. We will be creating a giant community letter to Representative LaMalfa about the concerns of women and allies. The national call to action includes women striking from work (paid and unpaid), abstaining from putting money into the economy, and wearing red in solidarity.
News and Next Meeting
Sunday, March 12, 4:30-6:30 at CPJC by Jake Davis
With the recent changes in our national government the fight for climate justice needs your heart and your head and your hands now more than ever. The new administration is, in a word, backwards on climate.
Some of He-who-shall-not-be-named's first actions were approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline and a promise to "re-start" the Keystone XL Pipeline; two pipelines that will transport some of the dirtiest oil there is, fracked-oil and tar sands oil, to refineries on the coasts where they'll be turned into fuel and shipped overseas. He has also directed his staff to figure out how to pull us out of the recently signed (and quite historic) Paris Climate Accord. In short our new president believes climate change is bad for business and is prepared to do everything in his power to remove all environmental protections in favor of making money. He has even appointed Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma governor who currently has several lawsuits pending AGAINST the EPA to be in charge of... yep, THE EPA! It would almost be funny if it weren't so scary....
This does not bode well for our planet or for the creatures who call it home. We can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines and hope that our "leaders" will save us. In fact, they seem hell-bent on taking us down the path of absolute climate destruction. And our window is closing fast. This is not hyperbole; it's scientific reality. With global temperature records being smashed each year, the ice caps melting at unprecedented rates (10x faster than previous projections) and extreme weather events becoming more frequent and far more extreme we simply can't afford inaction any longer. It's time for all hands on deck (that means yours too!) to try and solve the biggest threat our species has ever faced. If you've ever considered getting involved in activism work please join us at our next meeting.
Chico 350 will be holding a big meeting on Sunday March 12th at Chico Peace and Justice Center from 4:30-6:30. We'll be offering lots of ways you can get involved in the fight for climate justice. From working to stop the transport of oil by train through the Feather River Canyon, to getting companies, schools, churches and municipalities to divest from fossil fuels, to lobbying our elected officials so they'll pass meaningful climate legislation to tabling at community events, to... we will have plenty of opportunities for you to find your perfect place in the movement for climate justice. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Hell, I'm beggin' ya!
We need you. The Earth and all the life on it needs you. I hope you'll join us.
2017 Professional Trainings
Thursday March 30, 2017 evening Friday March 31, 2017 all day
Thursday evening is an introduction to caring for transgender (trans*) and gender non-conforming (GNC) people. Friday is specific breakout sessions. There are sessions specifically for Medical Providers. Other sessions are focused on general health and wellness, including sessions for Mental Health Providers, Care Givers, Allied Health Care, and other professionals and staff working with the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming populations.
Location: First Christian Church, 295 E Washington Ave, Chico CA 95926.
Fees: $95 for both days, includes food and continuing education credits - There will be generous scholarships available for students and those with limited income – do not hesitate to ask. More specifics will be available soon at transgnc.com
New Stonewall Youth Group Announced!
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 4:30-5:30
Pre-Teen Trans* Group (ages 12 and younger). RSVP to attend: 530-893-3336 or email@example.com(Please use the back entrance: 539 Flume St #101). The Pre-Teen Trans* Group will be a safe, supportive place for all youth 12 and under who identify as transgender, non-binary, gender-expansive, gender-nonconforming or who are exploring their gender identity. Please come join us for this group. Parents/guardians should come in when dropping youth off to sign a group consent form. We will be providing snacks - please let us know ahead of time if you have any food allergies. The group will be lead by Jasmine Buck, one of our counselors - you can reach her at 530.420.5502. Or, call the center Call 530-893-3336
LGBT*Q+ Older Adult Group 2nd Friday of Every Month, 6:30pm
Stonewall Alliance has a new group! Any LGBT*Q+ identified older adults are welcome to join this new conversational group at the Stonewall Alliance Center on 6th street. Topics are open to whatever is relevant to those in the group and there are no age requirements. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Council for Grieving
4th Tuesdays, 6:30-8 pm
Council for Grieving is a talking circle open to anyone in the community to come together to begin to cultivate the skills for community, grieving, and cultivating a world that is sustainable and sustaining for all.
Qmunity Meetings First Friday of Every Month at 6:00 pm
In an effort to learn how we can better serve our community, involve more folks and increase the transparency of our organization, we are holding a loosely moderated forum for anyone who is interested in coming to discuss issues, propose ideas, ask questions and participate in finding solutions.
This is intended to be a safe space. There are many people who don't feel heard, seen or safe. You are expressly invited to help us change that, and any suggestions on how to make it a more accessible, safe and respectful space are welcomed.
Environmental Community Gathering
Friday, March 24, 5-8 pm
Chico Women's Club
This Way to Sustainability, a conference sponsored by CSU Chico takes place on Thursday and Friday, March 23 and 24 on the Chico State campus. Go to TWTS online to register and learn about the wide array of issues being addressed by conference presenters and keynote speakers.
Following the Conference on Friday evening, 5-8 PM at the Women's Club on 3rd St., will be an Environmental Community Gathering with local environmental leaders providing information about their organizations in an informal setting. Hors D 'ouerves will be served and a cash bar will be available. This event is free and open to the public.
Sanctuary City Resolution
CHICO CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION DECLARING CHICO A SANCTUARY CITY FOR ALL WHO SEEK ASYLUM AND PROTECTION FROM UNJUST DEPORTATION OR DETAINMENT
WHEREAS, President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration and his stated intent to defund sanctuary cities has sent a wave of uncertainty and fear among the immigrant/refugee communities in Chico and across the nation who feel intimidated by threats of deportation and/or detainment; and
WHEREAS, the Senate of the State of California has passed a resolution condemning President Trump’s executive ban on immigration as a discriminatory overreach that illegally targets immigrants based on their national origin and religion, and urging the President to immediately rescind the executive order; and
WHEREAS, the United States supported the United Nations adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that commits member countries to recognize and observe basic human rights; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chico is committed to providing a safe haven for immigrants from all countries, a city where immigrant residents participate in civic life and daily activities without fear of being arrested or reported to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chico has a strong tradition of embracing and valuing diversity and respecting the civil and human rights of all residents regardless of their immigration status; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chico is made up of racial, ethnic, and gender diverse individuals, both native born and immigrant, whose collective cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints join to form a highly cohesive community; and
WHEREAS, what unites us as Americans from the time of our nation's inception to the present day is not where one is born but our belief in shared values and in our country where immigrant families are taken into our hearts and neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, many children who are native to the United States or are undocumented immigrants have been separated from their families due to their parents' or their personal immigration status by the United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency; and
WHEREAS, most immigrants in Chico are law abiding citizens and are themselves the victims of crime, and the City wishes to foster trust and cooperation with its immigrant communities and encourage immigrants to report crime and speak to the police without fear of being arrested or reported to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency; and
WHEREAS, Timothy P. White, Chancellor of the California State University System, and Gayle E. Hutchinson, Chico State University president, upon observing increased anxiety among students, reaffirmed the State University System’s commitment to providing a safe environment for staff, faculty, and students regardless of background, religious affiliation, and nationality; and
WHEREAS, over 200 U.S. cities have declared themselves to be Sanctuary Cities including 35 of which are California cities, including Chico’s Northern California sister cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and Davis; and
WHERAS: the Chico City Council opposes immigration raids and calls upon the federal government to impose a moratorium in order to protect the civil rights of immigrant communities until such time as the U.S. Congress implements comprehensive immigration reforms that are fair and humane and recognize the economic and cultural contributions of immigrants and support efforts for universal representation of immigrants in deportation hearings; and
WHEREAS, the Attorney General of the State of California, relying on the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Gonzales v. City of Peoria, has concluded that the enforcement of the civil provisions of the immigrant law is within the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government and that local and state officials "have no duty to report to the INS [Homeland Security] knowledge they might have" about a person's immigration status, and further, that their failure to do so does not constitute any violation of law; and
WHEREAS, the enforcement of civil immigration laws by local police agencies raises many complex legal, logistical, and resource issues for the city of Chico, including undermining trust and cooperation with immigrant communities, increasing the risk of civil liability due to the lack of training and expertise of local police on civil immigration law and enforcement, and whose involvement in immigration enforcement detracts from the core mission of the Chico Police Department to create safe communities; and
WHEREAS, the President of the United States while commander in chief of the Armed forces, exercises no direct command over the members and staff of the Chico police Department who are hired, paid, and directed the city of Chico under the authority of the Chico City Council; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, that consistent with the law and with Chico City Council policy, the Chico Police Department does not enforce federal civil immigration laws, does not conduct immigration raids, does not question, detain or arrest individuals solely on the basis that they might be in this country in violation of federal civil immigration laws, and does not cooperate with federal immigration agents by providing the names, addresses or other identifications of any Chico resident except in cases of warrant issued on “probable cause” for the investigation and/or arrest of an individual suspected of a serious crime beyond an individual’s immigration status; and be it further
RESOLVED, that consistent with the law and with Chico City Council policy, the Chico City Manager, city staff, and City Council members do not cooperate with immigration authorities in the questioning, deportation or detainment of any Chico resident except in cases except in cases of warrant issued on “probable cause” for the investigation and/or arrest of an individual suspected of a serious crime beyond an individual’s immigration status; and be it further
RESOLVED: That, regardless of President Trump’s threat to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities, the Chico City Council stands by its immigrant/refugee community and does this day and for all time, declare the city of Chico to be a city of Sanctuary.
In This Issue
February 2016 Volume 36, No. 2 Scroll down to read the article. Sorry, blue links NOT active in this web edition. Members and contributors also receive an e-mail edition. Go to chicopeace.org/membership to join or contribute.
Since the start of the year, the Chico Peace and Justice Center has embarked on a number of community building projects inspiring program and exciting social justice events. After the election, CPJC brought in various active community groups who strive to strengthen communication and create working groups dealing with race, economic, environmental, and other important social justice issues. Groups like Mobilize, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and Daring to Discuss are just some of the few groups that meet at CPJC on a regular basis and who take it upon themselves to engage community members with a plethora of current, valuable and events. CPJC followers can find out more about these groups and more on our website at www.chicopeace.org.
As the Executive Director of CPJC, I am presently taking part in various speaking engagements and media events to guarantee CPJC continues to be in the forefront of local and national social justice issues. For instance, CPJC was a big part of the Women’s March in Chico, sharing with the Women’s March planning group much needed resources that allowed community members to gather in our space and to organize and carry out an impactful event for the community. During the Women’s March CPJC volunteers and I conducted community outreach and assisted with the march through Chico and the rally.
In addition, I took part in developing and presenting CPJC’s vision and mission at Chico State’s Activism 411 event, which engaged community members and Chico State students on a multitude of activist concerns subject matters and provided tools which foster effective community building.
In the month of February, CPJC volunteers, interns and I are set to take part in upcoming community events such as: the People’s State of the Union presented by Slow Theatre and CSU Chico’s Cross Cultural Leadership Center’s programs about race and race relations in Butte County.
Center News: Recent Board Actions
The Center is getting a lot of visibility and good will during the preparation for recent events such as the MLK Observances in Chico and Paradise, the Women's March in Chico, an Activism 411 event at CSUC and others. We have high praise for our Executive Director, Aramenta Hawkins.
The People Committee reports that applications are coming in for a part-time position based on the AJ Muste grant. It will include four hours per week for Career Builders, plus time for administrative help for Aramenta. The Alternatives to Violence project is looking looking for someone to over AVP in Justin Lin’s place. This would be a 6-month position.
The Money Committee has launched its fundraising drive with paper mailing to our current and recent contributors. It includes the annual report and will be one of several membership mailings this year. See also Financial Report.
The Events Committee was pleased with the MLK Dinner and thanks Ashley and Johnny for their work of coordination. We are now gearing up for Pancakes for Peace, scheduled for April 16, with the Board coordinating efforts with the P4P team.
The Program Committee committee reported Gardening 101 is resuming in February with a Seed Starting Workshop, and the Everybody's Revolution workshop will focus on the Grassroots Healthcare Revolution. The next Veteran’s Voice date isn’t set yet. Jesse Olson will return for a presentation to be filmed.
The Board is planning a De-Escalation Training workshop soon focusing on how to deal nonviolently with potential incidents. This is intended as part of the Board's ongoing training, but will be open to all.
The CPJC board is seeking new members for three-year terms. Any interested people should contact Board president Izeck Hempseed. We need some new blood on the Board, particularly new, energized activists.
Financial Report and Membership Drive
You most likely received a snail mail from CPJC including our 2016 annual report of activities (an impressive list, by the way) and our financial status. The good news as reported by treasurer Chris Hayashida-Knight is that the Center balanced its budget for the previous year with income of $53,590 and expenses of $49,285. This shows that CPJC is accomplishing an extraordinary amount with very modest funding. As the graphic below shows, we rely heavily on member contributions for our support. We'd like to do even events, and outreach in 2017, and the Board is committed to finding more paid help to support our Executive Director, Aramenta Hawkins. If you have responded to our mailing, thank you. If you have not responded or have maybe misplaced the packet, please consider supporting—or increasing your support—for CPJC. You can send a check to 526 Broadway, Chico 95928 or go to the CPJC Website to learn about our membership options and make your contribution.
Peace Gardening 101 Resumes
with Collen Wolfchuck
Saturday, February 4
11 am - 12:30 at the Peace Center Garden
Spring really is just around the corner, and this workshop will help you create your own vegetable starts for your home garden, for free. There's nothing more peaceful than your garden. We'll have tomato, peppers, eggplant and lettuce seed along with all the supplies for you to use. We will provide as much or as little instruction for participants depending on skill level and interest. Growing your own food is empowering and healing. Come connect with other gardeners and share your stories while we plant seeds. For additional information, contact Colleen Wolfchuck at email@example.com.
Grassroots Healthcare Revolution
Exploring the Wheel of Integral Nonviolence
with Mojohito von Tchudi
Wednesday, February 8, 6-8 pm at CPJC
This workshop will describe local, affordable, non-toxic, and sustainable prevention and care within the current and evolving health care system. Mojohito will advocate plant-based medicine providing four local/global benefits: affordable healthcare, ecological restoration, economic uplift, and preservation of botanical health traditions. He'll describe how medicinal herbs, when ethically sourced, embody the four global benefits, and how attendees can get started with the grassroots healthcare revolution in their homes and with their families.
Mojohito is an Asian Healing Arts and Whole Foods Nutrition certified practitioner and teacher of nutrition, herbalism, tai chi, and yoga philosophy. He formerly served as the director of the Heartwood Institute Wellness Center and has practiced clinically in Chico. He teaches classes that blend principles of nutrition, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, healing movement, and awareness practices. This workshop will offer a practical entry to grassroots healthcare with techniques learners can apply immediately, plus a broader vision that inspires contemplation and self study.
The workshop is part of the ongoing Peace and Justice series, “Everybody's Revolution: Exploring the Wheel of Integral Nonviolence,” which discusses current issues from a Gandhian perspective. Previous workshops have examined poverty, homelessness, and community building. Future sessions, second Wednesday of each month, will explore the environment, local economy, and community action to achieve peace and social justice.
We’ve Got to Stop This Fascist Takeover!
On Inauguration Day and Women’s March day, January 20 / 21, thousands of Chicoans responded powerfully to the threat of a fascist takeover by the new administration, whose leader is a madman. Since then we have been left gasping by the audacity, foolishness, and cruelty of Trump’s pronouncements.
Following an inauguration speech filled with blind nationalism and dark distortions of the state of our union, Trump’s pronouncements have been even more swift, blatant and anti-democratic than most of us imagined possible: firing top level State Department staff, stripping grant money from Sanctuary cities, reinstating the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, reinstating a ban on federal funds to international groups that perform abortions, and banning all refugees and residents from seven predominately Muslim countries to enter the US, even American citizens returning home, those with approved visas, even those who risked their lives to aid US armed forces.
That “Democracy is not a spectator sport” is true more than ever. The energy of resistance continues unabated, with thousands in the streets, in government offices, at airports, wherever there has been a travesty of justice. And beneath the surface of the demonstrations, the long term strategizing is under way.
In future Peaceful Actions, more in-depth thoughts, but at this moment, just tossing it out there – to get involved! Some options in Chico:
• Butte County Health Care Coalition strategy meeting is February 21; check face book pages.
• Everybody's Revolution meets the second Wednesday of each month to explore the Wheel of Integral Nonviolence and to consider community actions.
• The Women's March on Chico, Moving Forward, and Norcal Progressives for the 99%; the January 20 Solidarity Coalition are gearing up for new actions.
• The Chico Peace Vigil continues its decades-long tradition at the corner of 3rd and Main Saturdays, 12:30 to 1:30
• The Chico Palestine Action Group resumes monthly Sunday demonstrations on 20th Street, February 5.
See you in the streets!
Slow Theatre Presents People's State of the Union: Hope & Fear Friday, February 3, 2017, 7:30 PM
1078 Gallery (820 Broadway, Chico)
The People's State of the Union will be an opportunity for our community to come together and share our thoughts on where our country is headed.
The theme is “Hope and Fear,” and we’ve invited a range of community members to share their thoughts in short, five-minute presentations. Please join us for this one-hour presentation—a chance to listen to each other, and a space to share your own hopes and fears.
Community speakers include: Tracy Butts, Aramenta Hawkins, Josh Indar, Anna Moore, Anthony Peyton Porter, Jose Preciado, Robert Tinkler, Roger Trent, Daniel Veidlinger, David Welch and Jer Xiong
Occupy Beal Update
Occupy Beale protestors faced rain on their Monday monthly vigil January 23 and 24. After thoughtful discussion on who was willing to risk arrest, our guest Brian Terrell, from Maloy, Iowa, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, decided, along with Flora Rogers of Occupy Beale in Marysville, to put crime scene tape around the base marquee inside of the Main Gate at Beale. Terrell and Rogers slipped across the line before dawn but were quickly arrested. Although they were cited and released the time with the young air force service personnel was an excellent sharing opportunity. One of the military police even wrote on the back of the Drone Killing is a Crime sign—We Love you Occupy Beale! Terrell also spoke here in Chico on Sunday, Jan. 29th See www.vcnv.org for more on Voices' activist peace work.
Join with Mobilize Now Meeting Sundays* at CPJC
Mobilize is a new Chico organizationdedicated to the defense of human rights and human dignity and to the preservation of democratic values locally, regionally, and nationally through political engagement, direct action, and community collaboration. We do this work by:
• Supporting groups and individuals who have long histories in these struggle
•Seeking common ground with new allies and compelled by new urgenc
• Organizing resources to meet long-standing as well as freshly uncovered needs
*The first Sunday of each month our meetings are held at noon out in the fresh air at the Chico City Plaza ; we’ll be holding Signs for Solidarity to demonstrate our support for vulnerable groups in our area, putting our words into action. Other meetings Sundays, noon, at CPJC.
Safe Space continues its extraordinary work proving food and shelter for Chico homeless people. They have lots of opportunities available for volunteers, so please take a look at the schedule and sign up for slots. Similarly, please pass along this information to a friend, they'd love to have new volunteers! Here is the link to the volunteer schedule: http://signup.com/go/JysGGF
Torres Shelter Empty Bowls 2017
Thursday, February 23, 5 and 6:30 pm
Chico High School in the Lincoln Center
Amazing local soups will be served in handmade bowls made by guests from the Torres Community Center with the help of artist Robin Lee and local high school students. A raffle and silent auction will be part of the evening. Purchase tickets for the 5:30 or 6:30 sittings for $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are on sale at Christian and Johnson; Zucchini and Vine; Chico, Marsh, and Bidwell JHS; CHS and PVHS, and at the Inspire School of Arts and Sciences.
Chris Moore-Backman Interview on Truthout
Author and nonviolence educator-practitioner, Miki Kashtan, recently interviewed former CPJC Director Chris Moore-Backman about his book, The Gandhian Iceberg. The interview, now featured byTruthout, explores the meaning and place of nonviolence at this most critical moment.
The Gandhian Iceberg is a twist on the conventional depiction of an iceberg, in that the proverbial "tip of the iceberg" in this model refers only to the small, outermost edge of the ice visible above water. The biggest, weightiest part of the iceberg—the enormous mass under water—is what Gandhi called self-purification, which I refer to as self-transformation. This is the foundational expression of nonviolence, where we align our individual practice with our deepest principles. This alignment is the cardinal Gandhian commitment.
Peaceful Action is published monthly by the Chico Peace and Justice Center. Contributions, announcements, essays, articles, and letters are always welcome. Deadline for publication is the 4th Friday of each month. Send queries and contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.