Educating, Motivating, Mobilizing
Volume 36, Number 7
In This Issue:
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Let Your Fingers Do the Walkin' and Just Scroll Down
CPJC News and Updates
Meet the Interns
Six Critical Questions for CPJC
CSU/CPJC Youth Leadership: Middle East and North Africa
Announcements from Stonewall
Separate but Unequal: Racial Equity in Butte Schools
Restorative Community Trainings
Recommended Reading: About Yemen
New Staff and Key Volunteers: Our new volunteer Office Manager is Tim Phillips, who is already doing myriad needed projects for us. Tim has worked at the Butte College administrative offices and has lead student organizations at BCC. Blake Hollingsworth is now the volunteer Human Relations manager, focusing on recruitment and training. He does technical writing for us as well. Executive Director Aramenta Hawkins is working on some perks and rewards for our volunteers, e.g. bus passes, gym memberships, alternative high school or university credit. (The Center is open 9-4 M-Th this summer.)
A recent Strategic Planning Meeting suggested that we need to smooth out the flow of activities in the Center. Volunteer Blake Hollingsworth has done research on how to best use volunteers, and we will be sending out inquiries to CSU/BC professors looking for key students. We'll also define and create specific job descriptions and applications for some of our needed tasks. Thank you to these wonderful and selfless volunteers.
Upward Bound Interns: This summer we have three new interns from the CSU Upward Bound program. (See their photos and article following.) As part of our efforts to attract the next generation of peacemakers, they have set up a SnapChat account for high school students and have created a scannable “QR” code on a window poster to enable new users. The interns are also working on a CPJC office procedures flow chart and making plans for civic engagement and a legislative committee.
Doin' It Justice: Our sincere thanks and appreciation go out to the members of the Doin' It Justice Chorus, which made CPJC one of the beneficiaries of their May concerts. We received a check for $900, and a number of audience members made additional contributions. “Doin’ it Justice, Voices for Peace” is a community chorus dedicated to promoting peace and justice, sharing its love of music, improving people's singing ability, and inspiring others. They rehearse Mondays, 7-9 pm at the New Vision Church, 1600 Mangrove, and they welcome new singers. Learn more at dijchorus.org.
Board Retreat Seeks Member Input: The CPJC Executive Board will hold a two-day retreat July 28 and 29. Topics for discussion include reviewing the mission and goals of the Peace & Justice Center, plans and priorities for the coming year, and fundraising efforts. The Board members are writing individual answers to “Six Critical Questions” about nonprofit aims and organizations, and members are invited and encouraged to send in their thoughts. (See separate article, following.)
Chapman Coalition on Display: CPJC offers the front window for a community ally display each month. In June the window was created by the Love Chapmantown Community Coalition, with posters showing the achievements of the Coalition and its future plans and a great window painting of the Coaltion logo by Sue Egdahl. You can learn more about the Coalition at lovechapman.org. Its meetings are the fourth Friday of each month, 6-7:30 pm, at 574 E. 12th Street, Chapmantown.
Youth Activist Camp: CPJC will be concentrating on family programming and is developing a children's activist camp in August. Our community allies will have an opportunity to participate. More news to follow.
Yadira, Tia, and Jaime are new CSU, Chico’s Upward Bound interns at CPJC. The Upward Bound program connects students to local businesses and nonprofit organizations during its summer program by assigning internships and volunteer positions to help them gain experience as well as give them an idea of what the real world will be like. Yadira is an incoming senior at Lindhurst High School, and it is her first year participating in the Upward Bound program. As an intern here at CPJC, Yadira has been in charge of several projects such as creating a Snapchat account, updating our other social media accounts, and doing basic office work. Jaime is also an incoming senior at Colusa High School, and this is his second year participating in the Upward Bound program. As an intern, Jaime’s main focuses are on assisting Human Resources, creating crucial upcoming positions in the CPJC center, and participating in needs assessment for the center. Tia is an incoming Junior at Lindhurst High School; she has been in the Upward Bound program for two years as well. As an intern here, Tia's main focus is making posters and working on office assignments.
At the annual CPJC Board retreat, coming up at the end of the July, discussion will begin with an assessment of CPJC's values and mission, which will also lead to setting priorities for coming years. Board members are writing answers to the following six questions posed by our Treasurer, Chris Hayashida-Knight. The Board invites CPJC activists to send in their ideas, including recommendations for needed programs and actions.
There are three of ways you can complete this survey:
1) Select and cut the questions below, paste them into a new e-mail, and write your answers. Send that e-mail to email@example.com.
2) Just send an e-mail requesting a copy of the survey to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you an editable word processing document that you can return. 2.5) We can mail you a paper copy if you include your address.
3) Swing by the Center, where we'll have paper copies you can fill out.
Six Critical Questions
1. Why does CPJC exist?
What is the organization’s core purpose, beyond making money?
2. What are the core values of CPJC?
What are some of the values that members need to share for the organization to thrive—Are there limits to the diversity of values that can exist within the organization?
3. What does CPJC do?
What do you see as the "business" of the Peace Center?
4. How will the Peace Center succeed?
What anchors define the strategy of the organization?
5. What is most important for CPJC, right now?
What is or should be or can be the organization’s rallying cry and over-arching objectives?
6. Who must do what?
What are the roles of CPJC leaders, members, and community activists in achieving those objectives?
Priority Programs and Actions:
Please list the kinds of projects, events, topics, themes, community outreach, and/or social justice campaigns you would like to see the Chico Peace & Justice Center undertake in the coming year.
Thank you. Send your comments to email@example.com.
CPJC will be hosting two events that are open to the public with CSUs MENA Student Leaders program July 12th and 26th.
Using skills developed during sessions on restorative practices and dialogue, student leaders from the Middle East and North Africa will facilitate small group dialogues on topics related to current issues affecting the MENA region with members of the Chico community. The Student Leaders are spending a month at CSU developing their leadership and conflict transformation skills and participating in civic engagement activities.
The consortium of which CSU is a member has won the MENA Student Leaders program and connected with CPJC in the fall of 2016 to assist with its events. Both Stephanie Hamel and Tami Ritter are working with CPJC on this program.
The tentative activities are as follows (check the CPJC calendar for most recent information):
Wednesday, July 12: Site visit to CPJC and overview with ED Aramenta Hawkins (3:30-4:00 pm). Potential community dialogs on civil society and participatory governance (4-6 pm).
Wednesday, July 26: Community Dialogues (2:30-4:30 pm) Using leadership and communication skills gained up to this point, students will engage in small group dialogs on topics of their choosing related to current issues affecting the MENA region with members of the Chico community.
More background on the program: The Student Leaders program offers outstanding undergraduates from across the MENA region an intensive leadership training course of approximately six weeks in the United States. The program emphasizes lessons in participatory governance and the application of leadership skills.
Approximately 120 undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa are divided among U.S. academic institutions. Participants have the opportunity to meet their American peers, engage in local community service activities, and observe and take part in the governmental process on the local, state, and federal levels.
Upon completion of the U.S.-based program, participants are mentored by the program to leverage their experiences through sponsored alumni activities designed to effect positive social change in their home countries.
Funding for the Student Leaders Program is provided by the U.S. Department of State. https://mepi.state.gov/opportunities/mepi-exchange-programs/student-leaders.html
Blake Hollingsworth is a community researcher and dedicated volunteer with the Chico Peace & Justice Center. He will be presenting his original research on racial inequity in Butte County’s local school systems and touch upon the intersection between youth and criminal justice. He’ll be covering the following topics: new school segregation, college readiness, career readiness, and the school-to-prison pipeline
Qmunity Meeting, Friday, July 7, 6pm
Qmunity is a monthly meeting held at Stonewall Alliance where individuals can freely and safely discuss issues, ask questions, and purpose ideas. This month's meeting will also be an opportunity for the community to voice their ideas and concerns for Chico Pride 2017! We welcome all community members to attend this meeting to improve the quality of our Pride event.
Mental Health Recovery Workshop
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
Starts Monday, July 10, 10 am
A workshop for people who experience mental health challenges and for those who care about them. Free eight-week class taking place at the NVCSS Iversen Wellness & Recovery Center, 492 Rio Lindo Ave, Chico. Call for more information or to reserve your spot!
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for Our Board of Directors!
Are you 18 or older? Experienced in leadership? Knowledgeable about and invested in the well-being of Chico's LGBTQI+ community? Able to volunteer 20 hours per month? Join us and be part of something great. Click here to start the application process!
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CPJC Board member Emily Alma has expressed deep concern that the mainstream media have largely ignored the crisis in Yemen that is resulting from Saudi Arabia's war and blockade (done with U.S. support). She recommends a Huffpost article by Robert Naiman, who is Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy.
Naiman writes, “It’s beyond reasonable dispute that Saudi Arabia’s war and blockade in Yemen would not be possible without U.S. approval.” He describes the lack action on the part the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, which have dodged votes to curtail the sale of weapons to the Saudis and to rein in their blockade. The U.N. Security Council “unanimously approved a statement calling for immediate ceasefire to save Yemen from cholera and famine; yet the Saudi war continues, with U.S. approval.”
He explains that “House Members can force a vote on U.S. participation on Saudi Arabia’s war by invoking Congressional war powers, since U.S. participation has never been authorized by Congress.” Naiman has created an online petition urging the House to act. You can read the full article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/congress-amartya-sen-and-the-saudi-imposed-famine_us_59502adfe4b0c85b96c65a8b
The petition is at: https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/house-back-un-call-for?r_by=1135580
Also of interest to Peaceful Action readers concerned about Yemen is an article by Maggie Michael, published in the June 29 issue of the Chico Enterprise Record.
Describing the effects of the Saudi blockade, she writes: “More than 3 million people have been driven from their homes. More than 10,000 people have killed. There are major fuel shortages caused by a coalition blockade. Health services have collapsed. Some 1 million civil servants have not been paid for months, including 30,000 health workers.”
Her article details the more than two years of civil war “that have led to continually compounding disasters in Yemen. Fighting rages on in a deadly stalemate. The economy has been bombed into ruins. Hunger is widespread, and a new misery has been added: the world’s biggest current outbreak of cholera, with more than 200,000 cases.”
Read the full article about this humanitarian disaster at http://chicoenterpriserecord.ca.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=1af9129d5
Peaceful Action is published monthly by the Chico Peace and Justice Center. Articles, letters, commentaries on peace and social issues, global to local, are always welcome. Deadline for the August issue is July 31. Send materials or inquiries to email@example.com.
June 1, 2017 Volume 36, No. 6
In This Issue
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Desmond Phillips Justice Campaign
New Board Member
News from Creech and Beale
CHAT Continues Housing Now
Chico Vibe on Homeless Youth
Chico Climate Change Lobby
Finding Common Ground Workshop
Class and Intersectionality Workshop
The Better World Shopping Guide
The Peace Center and many of its allies and partners have been actively involved in the campaign to seek justice for the killing of Desmond Phillips. Aramenta Hawkins, Emily Alma, Diane Suzuki, Rain Scher and Vince Haynie (pictured below) were among the speakers at a press conference held at the Bethel AME Church.
As reporter Andre Byik reported in the Enterprise Record, “Speakers questioned the level of mental health response training Chico police officers undergo, the independence of the Butte County District Attorney’s Office in police conduct investigations, and the role race plays in violent encounters with the police.”
Aramenta Hawkins CPJC Executive Director “called for publicly accessible data regarding police crisis intervention training, stronger community oversight, and changes in police training and protocols.”
Desmond Phillips’ death, she continued, is another example of a high-profile police shooting that raises the question, “How effective are our de-escalation trainings for those that interface with community members, both those living with mental illness and everyday citizens?”
The campaign to bring awareness to the community will continue with a Justice For Desmond Community BBQ Fundraiser, Sunday, June 4, 5:30-8:00 pm, at 20th Street Community Park, Chico. The event will feature music by local bands, spoken word performances, T-shirts for sale, a raffle and barbecue. All proceeds will go toward the Phillips family's struggle for justice and to increase mental health services and crisis response training for local law enforcement.
There will also be a Rally and March at the Capital in Sacramento on June 9 hosted by Black Lives Matter, Sacramento and Justice for Desmond Phillips. For more information about the Sacramento rally and the Chico barbecue, visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Desmond/.
Executive Director Aramenta Hawkins is focusing on developing and implementing a five year strategic plan that will enhance the Center’s local visibility, programs, media, volunteer base, and office logistics, in addition to assuring the Center’s office operates smoothly. At a meeting on May 25, the Media Team met to discuss the flow of information through the Center to our various media outlets, including social media, the newsletter and updates, press releases, and the KZFR radio show and other broadcast media. In early June, center members, volunteers, and officers will meet to discuss the longer-range objectives, and the planning will continue at the Board retreat, which is now scheduled for the end of July.
Aramenta is also strengthening the Center's relationship with Chico Sol by collaborating with them on news projects and establishing them as a new community ally.
The Whose Lives Matter workshop is in the final stages of development and will be presented soon to the CPJC Program Committee for approval and implementation. The workshop will be presented to interested organizations, groups, and community members for a fee/donation.
The Career Builders program has been put on hold until the third week of August 2017, which is the week before the beginning of the school year and fall college semester, when the project will be highly active in the schools under the leadership of Moses Salgado.
CPJC is also developing family oriented programming with three engaged community members who are mothers with professional organizational experience and knowledge in child development
New community ally Chico Velo had a display in our front window during the month of May to celebrate national/local bicycle month. And new community ally the Love Chapmantown Community Coalition will have the widow display for the month of June.
The CPJC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Anna has accepted appointment to the Board. Anna Marie Meehan (aka Ram Sahai Kaur) was born in Pasadena. She loves her adopted hometown of Chico because it reminds her of the trees and older houses of her town of birth (She also loves the creek that runs through town!). She attended UC Santa Cruz and did coursework at CSU Chico before earning her Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders with a specialization in Autism Spectrum Studies. She is currently working as a speech-language therapist with pre-school-age children. She is looking forward to attending the Summer Solstice Sadhana in New Mexico, where she will serve on the Peace Team that organizes a day dedicated to World Peace. She is happy to serve on the Board of the Chico Peace and Justice Center where she can contribute to peace and justice in our local community.
Occupy Beale Summer Dates
Occupy Beale is planning to protest only on the Tuesday morning rush hours, from 6 to 8 AM on the following dates: June 27, July 25, and August 29. Location will be at the Main Gate on N. Beale Rd., as the base staff are still saying it will be a while before Wheatland Gate is reopened. This plan will eliminate potluck and camping for these three months. We will continue to have planning meetings at the Brick House in Marysville after Tuesday morning protests. All are welcome to bring a sign or just show up. Contact Chris Nelson for full details: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Letter from Creech—May 1
Today is May Day. Workers of the World Day. A pivot of the sun for remembering and getting out in the streets and dancing under the stars.
Last week two people went to Creech AFB north of Las Vegas from Chico to protest drone killings with a group called Shut Down Creech. Unlike the Air Force Base which has grown outrageously through the Obama years, our numbers were much lower than the last few years even as the numbers of civilian drone strikes have increased under the new administration. We know activism has increased but activism against the militarism that can and well might destroy the planet and is causing untold suffering world wide has not.
Life in Camp Justice, across from the base, is dry and windy, hot in the day and cold at night yet we were nourished by the company we kept and the good food provided by Code Pink and the Las Vegas Catholic Worker/Nevada Desert Experience. We circled around a fire at night for music and circled round in meetings when we aren’t vigiling out on the highway at the entrance to the base at shift changes.
We also vigiled in front of the Trump Towers in Las Vegas, at the very maw of the capitalist infestation that afflicts are country.
One of our Chico folks was arrested this year. Sharon Fritsch is a veteran of the US military and of Occupy Beale but this was her first arrest. She was the only woman in the action and spent 10 plus hours in the Clark County 5 star Jail learning about the situation of poor women who form the underclass of the Las Vegas glitz economy.
My appreciation to Sharon Fritsch and all those who continue to stand up against the immoral, illegal drone killings. (7 were arrested at this action, 3 arrested in a later action for nonviolent direct action to close the base.)
Many people have heard of our winter shelter program, Safe Space, but fewer are aware of our program to provide regular, long term housing for people in shared housing settings. We have several houses operating now, including Harmony House for people with mental illness. We also have a couple of small, donated trailers, housing individuals who were previously homeless. CHAT has the opportunity now to open several additional houses this summer; however, we need your support. We continue to operate entirely with volunteer help, and donations. Our program calls for residents to pay a very reasonable fee for their room and the supportive services that go along with the room. If you would like to help CHAT with program in any way, large or small, financial or through volunteerism or in-kind donations, please get in touch and we can tell you more about what we are doing. Feel free to contact Leslie, email@example.com, 530-518-9992.
Homeless youth activist Bill Mash has passed along a copy of Homeward Street Journal, published in Sacramento, which now includes The Chico Vibe in each issue. The May-June number includes an article by Jessica Candela, Facilitator of the Butte County Youth Advisory Council, which meets first and third Tuesdays of the month at the 6th Street Youth Center, 130 West 6th Street, 3-4 pm. The Chico Vibe also includes poetry by Sonny from the last issue of Writing for Donuts (a 6th Street publication of young people's writing) and "What I Want You to Know About Me" by Jeremy William Wolf, in which he contradicts the stereotypes that many have about homeless young people in Chico. Bill Mash also has a radio program, "Without a Roof," that airs Wednesdays, 5 pm, on KZFR community radio, 90.1. Issues of the Homeward Street Journal are sold on the streets of Sacramento for $1; subscriptions are available with a $20 contribution to Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee, PO Box 952, Sacramento 95812.
Chico Climate Lobby Seeks Support
The Climate Lobby's primary goal is to enlist community support for federal legislation to put a price on carbon coupled with a payment mechanism to return the proceeds to citizens. Many economists, environmentalists and business leaders believe tacking a fee tied to the carbon content of fossil fuels is the best way to limit greenhouse gas emissions. It avoids the need for myriad regulations by enlisting the power of the market place to stimulate alternatives and reward clean energy and conservation measures.
Currently, there are several action areas where the Chico Chapter of CCL is seeking volunteers:
1. We're looking for several more people to join our steering committee, which meets once or twice a month to plan. Our next meeting is Thursday, June 8 from 6:30-8 PM at the Chico Public Library (1108 Sherman Ave.). If you are unable to join us for the June 8th regular chapter meeting, we are planning a special training program in the next few weeks that will take a couple of hours and will present several ways folks can get involved.
2. A fun job is tabling at venues such as the farmers market where we can share information about CCL and the proposed climate solution plan.
3. People are encouraged to make a call or drop an email to Rep. Doug LaMalfa at critical times expressing your thoughts about climate change and your support for a carbon fee mechanism. For example, June 9 is CCL Lobby Day across the USA, a good day to call Representatiave LaMalfa. His Oroville office number is: 534-7100 (his DC office number is : 202-225-3076).
4. CCL would like to e want to do presentations to as many groups as possible, especially business groups. If you know anyone who is a member of an organization we might contact to see if they’d be interested in a presentation?
Please let Robin Kramer know if you are interested in helping out in any of these areas. She's at (415 794-1897).
CCL's Eric Nilssen and Gordon Gregory were interviewed on Susan and Stephen Tchudi's Ecotopia radio program on Tuesday, May 30. You can hear the recording at www.ecotopiakzfr.com.
The Anti-Polarization action group has arranged with the Alternatives to Violence Project to offer a mini version of AVP's 2-day workshops on finding common ground across difficult lines. This 4-hour workshop will be tailored just for Mobilize and held on the morning of Saturday June 10. This is a chance to explore alternatives to the demonizing and unproductive "us vs. them" world many of us find ourselves in, and to develop some effective strategies for communicating with that relative you haven't spoken to since November.
Workshop fee is $40 per person and space is limited. Reserve your seat by replying to Kate McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org. By June 5, please!
Class and Intersectionality
June 17, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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 Cathryn.Carkhuff@gmail.com
For more information at https://www.facebook.com/surjbutte/
The Better World Shopping Guide by Ellis Jones, 6th Edition.
New Society Publishers, 2017.
“Money is power. Perhaps more than any generation that has come before, we understand this and it’s meaning for every living being on the planet. As trillions of dollars accumulate in the corporate sphere, we witness the growing power of corporations to shape our government and the world as they see fit. Make no mistake, these new power centers are not democracies, yet our destinies are increasingly in their hands. But there are things we can do. Like acting on the research in the Better World Shopping Guide.
There are a lot of petitions these days. I don't know how much difference they make, but when you spend a dollar, that makes a difference! Check out this powerful little book, by Ellis Jones and his team of researchers. Just about whatever you want to buy has a page. Then they tell you which companies make it. Then they grade those companies A, B. C, D, and F, based on their environmental sustainability, human rights, an’ social justice. And it’s FUN to flip through and see who always flunks! My wife won’t go shopping without it. We have soap on the sink I’ve never heard of. You don’t have to spend your money with big polluting corporations. This little book makes it easy to find the more environmental companies that make the things we need.
On a personal note as my ability to hear has declined I asked a few friends with hearing aids what they did. Costco's name came up along with prices and features. I flipped through the BWSG and found that Costco flunked in a couple of categories! Remember buy local? So I ended up at Chico Hearing Aid Center and saved $500 over the same deal that my friends said they got at Costco.
Peaceful Action is published monthly by the Chico Peace and Justice Center and the Chico Peace Endeavor. Articles, essays, news, op eds, and about anything else you'd care to submit are welcome. Deadline: 4th Friday of the month, June 23, for the July issue. Send your writing to Peaceful Action: email@example.com.
News and Commentary
Center News and Notes
Commentary: Militarism and Spiritual Death
Everybody's Revolution: Heart Unity
Doin' It Justice Concert
Community and Allied Events
Chapmantown Annexation Forum
Friends Advocacy Team Meets
Endangered Species Faire
Multicultural Gender Studies Conversation
Chico Velo Bike Month Calendar
Stonewall Mental Health Month Calendar
Aramenta Hawkins Wins Another Award
Last month we told you that CPJC Executive Director Aramenta Hawkins was selected for the 2017 “After Chico” award, which honors “Chico alums' outstanding contributions in the field of diversity activism, service, education, and/or celebration.” Travon Robinson, Director of University Diversity Programs & Inclusion at Chico State, wrote that “the committee has been truly impressed by your hard work and commitment to diversity efforts for our campus community.” The award was presented April 26; recipients are pictured below.
Now comes word from the Chico State Gender and Equity Center that Aramenta is receiving the Angela Davis Award for being an outstanding woman activist for feminist issues.
The award will be presented in a ceremony at the Chico Women's Center on May 11.
We all celebrate Aramenta's achievements and thank her for being such a marvelous representative of the Chico Peace and Justice Center in our community.
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Center News and Notes
Compiled from the Executive Director Report and Board Minutes
The April CPJC highlight was Pancakes for Peace, which drew about 500 children and adults for a great, all-you-can breakfast plus the annual Easter Egg and Golfball Treasure Hunt, silent auction, massage, and excellent community conversation and socializing. Thanks once again to the planning team, myriad volunteers, and contributors to the silent auction.
During the month we added Love Chapmantown, Mobilize, and Chico Velo to our roster of community allies, and the Center has collaborated with Chico Velo, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Love Chapmantown, and Mobilize for event planning and action.
The pilot workshop for Whose Lives Matter was conducted in early April and will be a major program of the center in coming months. The Human Relations network held an especially well attended and candid public town hall meeting with the District Attorney and Chico Police Chief to discuss the Desmond Phillips Shooting—a meeting that was also covered by local media. The newly formed Citizen's Climate Lobby group is now meeting at CPJC, working to bring about climate change action through an innovative approach to carbon taxes. The Executive Director also participated in a Gold Radio broadcast—a public tv/radio program widely broadcast in the northern Sierra.
The new Program Coordinator for Career Builders, Moses Salgado, has begun the outreach campaign, including high schools and businesses, preparing for major school visits in the beginning of the school year. Volunteer Blake Hollingsworth is analyzing data to identify schools and classes which have the most military recruits after high school; this will help focus the program.
Coming up in May will be the monthly gathering for Peace Gardening 101 (May 6), Everybody's Revolution (May 10), and a Doin' It Justice Choir concert benefitting CPJC and Women's Health Specialists on May 20 and 21. (See separate announcements of these events.)
CPJC is growing a vibrant hub for activists and activism. But our budget is small and we need financial support from the peace and justice community. Please consider a one-time or increased sustaining contribution to further our work. Our website is open 24/7/365 and welcomes your support at http://chicopeace.org/membership.
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US Extreme Militaristic Culture:
Charles Withuhn, CPJC Board Member
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. April 4, 1967
Let’s be honest, Obama was not the champion of peace many of us hoped he'd be, but at least, he maintained the appearance of providing independent direction to his military advisers. Now that it’s Trump's turn, he has assembled military entourage of former generals, doing away with any semblance of the executive branch acting independently from the military. In one case, Trump broke with federal law by appointing Gen. James Mattis—popularly known as “Mad Dog”–only four years after Obama fired him as the head of Central Command for being too hawkish. Trump's appointment violates an important federal statute dictating that to serve as Secretary of Defense a person must be out of the military for seven years—a person needs time out of the military to learn the value of diplomacy and to get a balanced view of the world. This appointment suggests that we will have an even more militaristic and brutal foreign policy. This should be an important concern to every taxpayer. What will be done on our dime?
A dime is actually very small change. How about the biggest discretionary item in the US budget that costs us over $2 billion dollars a day? Our military budget. And as if that's not enough, as first reported in Mother Jones magazine, (1/14/15), then in the Fiscal Times in (3/19/15), and then by Reuters (6/18/15), “the last 8.5 trillion dollars in tax payer money given to the Pentagon has never been accounted for.” (Note 1)
One trillion is 1000 billion; one billion is 1000 million—gone AWOL despite a Federal Audit requirement! The Reuters article mentions one Department of Defense accountant who “spent the last 15 years of her career inserting phony numbers in Dept. of Defense accounts.”
We don't know what our tax dollars are being spent on! This is a violation of the basic concept of representative governance. If you don't know what your government is doing, how is that different from a dictatorship?
We do know, since Trump’s election, we've been bombing Yemeni civilians, unleashed 59 Tomahawk missiles in Syria, dropped the inappropriately named “Mother of All Bombs” on Afghanistan, made threats to withdraw from the nuclear weapons agreement with Iran, and engaged in brinksmanship and posturing with nuclear-armed North Korea. We are witnessing a reckless cost to US taxpayers and inflated profits for the military industrial complex, particularly Raytheon, in which Trump owns stock! The apathetic response from the US congress, including many Democrats, and from many in the general public, reflects acceptance of an extreme militaristic culture at the expense of social programs and, as Martin Luther King said, “spiritual death”.
For more on increasing militarism and civilian casualties under Trump, check:
“March was the deadliest month ever recorded by Airwars during the Coalition’s campaign in Iraq and Syria. This coincided with the greatest number of munitions dropped by the allies so far in the war.” https://airwars.org/news/international-airstrikes-and-civilian-casualty-claims-in-iraq-and-syria-march-2017/
"Bottom line: Look for ever more death and destruction against civilians and the inevitable blowback that sends us into a downward spiral of violence, all accompanied by an increasingly robust offer of 'alternative facts' on civilian casualties." Gabor Rona, head of the Law and Armed Conflict Project at the Cardozo Law Institute on Holocaust and Human Rights.
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Center Events in May
Peace Gardening 101:
Creative Container Gardening
Saturday, May 6, 9:30 -11:00 am
at the Peace Center Garden
If you enjoy having herbs, flowers and some vegetables at your home but don't have much space or a sunny yard you can have a container garden instead! Come learn about ways to save space and how to grow edible plants successfully in containers. Take home a culinary herb pot to start your container garden. Contact: Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 239-272-9661.
Wednesday, May 10, 6-8 pm at CPJC
The topic for this month's “Everybody's Revolution” workshop is Heart Unity: Forging Connection and Understanding Across Lines of Race, Religion, and Class. This will be the eighth and final workshop in the series Exploring the Wheel of Integral Nonviolence and will serve as a summing up as we find “heart unity” in our lives and activism. All are welcome, even if you have not attended previous sessions. The workshop will center on participants' preparing “life maps” of their past experiences with race, religion, and class and speculation about a future of individual and group activism. We'll also look again at the spokes of the Wheel of Integral Nonviolence seeking connections among the various spokes, e.g., walking with the poor, withdrawing support from violent institutions, caring for and sharing planetary resources. Join us at CPJC, Wednesday, May 10, 6-8 pm for this important and integrative workshop.
The Doin' It Justice Chorus has generously presenting this concern as a benefit for CPJC and Women's Health Specialists. Suggested donation is $10-$20. We encourage CPJC members to attend either of these concerts where you will enjoy and appreciate music to provide a “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” under the direction of Warren Haskell.
New CPJC Ally, the Love Chapmantown Community Coalition will hold this community forum to discuss Chapmantown annexation. City and county officials will discuss and answer questions about the pending annexation of previously unincorporated Chapmantown by the City of Chico.
Participating will be:
Ann Schwab, City Councilor
Larry Wahl, Butte County Supervisor
Mark Orme, City Manager
Chris Constantin, Assistant City Manager (Economic Development)
Michael O'Brien, Chief of Police
Bill Hack, Fire Chief,
Mark Wolfe, Community Development Director (Code Enforcement)
Brendan Ottoboni, Director of Public Works Engineering
Erik Gustafson, Director of Public Works Operations
Scott Dowell, Administrative Services (Finance)
The Moderator will be Vincent Ornelas, Chapmantown resident and a professor in the School of Social Work, CSU. After brief presentations by the officials, members of the audience will submit questions to the panel. The forum is intended specifically for Chapmantown residents, but all community members are invited to attend. Additional information about the Coalition is at www.lovechapman.org.
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Friends Advocacy Team Program
Saturday, May 6, 11 am – 12 pm at CPJC
The first meeting of the Quaker Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Teams Program—a national Quaker affiliated program that welcomes all who are excited about developing relationships with local legislators.
In our case, we will try to catch the ear of the California’s 1st Congressional District Representative, Doug LaMalfa, and specifically trying to convince him that a budget that increases military spending by $30 billion is a budget against the interest of his constituents.
Emily Savin, Advocacy Team Trainer for FCNL, will be conference calling us and will be giving an introduction training on leadership, lobbying skill building, network building, and civic engagement. Please come join the conversation!
Contact Peter Hoffman for more information, at email@example.com
Butte Environmental Council
38th Annual Endangered Species Faire
Saturday, May 6, 11 am – 4 pm
One Mile Recreation Area
If you’re looking for a chance to meet a reindeer and a crocodile on the same day, Butte Environmental Council’s 38th Annual Endangered Species Faire is the place to be! There will be countless opportunities to learn about threatened and endangered species living in your own backyard. There will be a live animal show featuring exotic endangered animals from all over the world! Local groups have been working around the clock to create hundreds of life like puppets for a puppet parade full of endangered species at 11:30. There will be live music, local food, an eco-scavenger hunt, and much more! The theme of this year’s Endangered Species Faire is “urban habitats”. Visit www.becnet.org/events for more information!
Multicultural Gender Studies
“Talk About It”
Tuesday, May 9, 2-3pm
Sylvester's Cafe, CSU Campus
Students from Multicultural Gender Studies would like to invite you to come support and talk with first-year first-generation students from Multicultural Gender Studies 155. Listen to our podcasts; check out our websites; join us in discussions and share your insights. Presentations and exhibits will include immigration rights, deportation, motherhood, poverty, wage gap, pro-choice/pro-life, and car culture. More information available from Josh Whittinghill firstname.lastname@example.org
All are invited to a benefit concert for the Chico Housing Action Team's "My Brother's Keeper" Free Store for the homeless. Featuring three great local bands: Dylan's Dharma, Bahapki, and Low Flying Birds. Come on down for a night of dancing and original music while supporting a worthy cause. All ages welcome. $10 minimum donation at the door. For more information, contact Dan at email@example.com or 530-412-3910.
New CPJC Community Ally Chico Velo is excited both to be the ‘local host’ of Bike Month for 2017 and to partner with the Center for Peace and Justice. As a 501.c.3 non-profit organization, our mission is to encourage bicycling in our community through advocacy and education. We work closely with the city and county to improve conditions for cycling, educate cyclists and motorists about safety, and represent your interests locally and at the state level in partnership with the California Bicycle Coalition. Join us in improving bicycling in Chico by volunteering or contributing to Chico Velo programs and our Foundation, established to support local bike-related projects and activities.
May is National Bike Month and there’s a host of fun bike rides and activities “on tap” here in Chico and close by, for riders of all abilities and ages. Whether you’re a serious bicyclist already, or wanting to ‘up your game’ or new to it all, there’s bound to be something just right for you! As a League of American Bicyclists’ Gold level Bike-Friendly City, Chico has a lot to offer for bicyclists. It is ideally suited to biking for transportation, recreation, fitness and competition.
Here’s a sampling of the many free Bike Month events and programs (Details and more events and programs at www.chicovelo.org/bike-month.)
National Bike Challenge: The Challenge runs from May 1 through September 30. A fun way to track your miles and compete with friends and family, it will motivate you to get out and ride!
Chico Bike Party – Every Wednesday and every 4th Saturday evening: Join the party on wheels! Meet at 8 pm at ‘The Hands’ at the front of the Muni Bldg parking lot for a short social ‘destination’ ride.
May 6: Ride your bike in the Pioneer Day Parade! – The organizers of the Pioneer Day Parade have invited all bicyclists to come and join the parade! Arrive early and join the bicyclists at the head of the parade! Family Friendly! FREE! Learn more at www.chicopioneerdayparade.com.
May 7: Seersucker Ride – Dress up in vintage clothes. Ride your most-vintage bike. Have a picnic!
May 8-12: Bike to School Week - By riding or walking to school, kids at participating schools earn raffle tickets for daily prizes and a ‘grand prize’ drawing for $250 gift certificates. Maps, stickers and more!
May 13: Bike-in Movie Night: Triplets of Bellville – Ride your bike. Wait for sunset. Watch a great bike movie – outdoors! Popcorn and Bike Valet provided.
May 14: Mother’s Day Ride – Join us for a casual ride to Coffee. Options for Cruiser, Roadie or Mtb rides.
May 17: Ride of Silence – Join with riders from hundreds of cities all over the world to honor and remember bicyclists killed or injured by crashes with vehicles.
May 18: Chico Velo meeting at CPJC – 6:30 to 7:30pm. May meeting topic: Bikepacking – how to, some trip reports and some planned group trips!
May 19: Bike to Work Day and Bike to Happy Hour – Ride your bike to work. Ride your bike from work on a fun short social tour of recent and proposed improvements to bike lanes and routes.
May 21: Ride your Bike in the Park day –Chico Parks department invites us all to take a ride in one of our great parks!
May 21: Bike with BEC Enviro Tour – BEC will guide this casual ‘enviro tour’ including a visit to the BEC gardens on Humbolt and the proposed Stonegate development site.
Details and more events and programs at www.chicovelo.org/bike-month. Now get out for a ride!
Check stonewallchico.org for a full calendar of Stonewall events for May, including the following events surrounding Mental Health Month”
Friday, May 5, 6:30 pm @ Stonewall
Mental Health in the Queer Qmunity Meeting & Discussion
Wednesday, May 10th, 10am-2pm @ Hmong Cultural Center, Oroville
Walk for Mental Health Awareness
Friday, May 12, 6:30 pm @ Stonewall
LGBT Older Adults and Mental Health
Wednesday, May 17th, 11am-3pm @ 492 Rio Lindo Ave.
Iverson Wellness & Recovery Fair
Wednesday, May 17th, 3-5pm @ Rio Lindo Veteran's Hall
Behavioral Health Board Town Hall
Wednesday, May 17th, 5:30pm @ 441 Main street
Chico Police Advisory Board Meeting: Mental Health
Friday, May 19, 6:30 pm @ Stonewall
Queer Mental Health in the Movies
Sunday, May 21st, 1pm @ American Family and Cultural Center, Oroville
Ways to Wellness
Wednesday, May 24th, time TBA @ Sacramento
Mental Health Matters Day at the Capitol