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Community Rising: Annual Dinner, Coming Events, and More
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Educating, Motivating, Mobilizing
Volume 36, Number 9         September 2017
In this Issue
Save the Date: Annual Dinner Coming Up October 4
Recent CPJC Events and Actions
SURJ Joins CPJC as Community Ally
Meeting in the Middle
Chico.350 Org Meeting on Divestment
Bidwell Park Cleanup
People's Congress of Resistance
CHAT Community Update
Chapmantown Night Out
Feast or Famine Film Festival
Save the Date
Wednesday, October 4

CPJC Annual Dinner: 
Community Rising
Chico Family Masonic Center, 5-8 pm
This year's annual dinner will highlight CPJC's many achievements and will featuring our allies and their great work in our community.  Join us for a social hour/meet-and-greet at 5, a gourmet lasagna dinner (followed by baklava dessert) at 6, and a program featuring our Career Builders program, CPJC's history and future aims, and the annual Peace Endeavor Award to distinguished community activists.  Tickets are available at CPJC. Plan to come and to bring friends and allies.  This event is a major fundraiser for CPJC and helps us continue our work.
How You Can Help
Purchase a table:  A table seating eight can be purchased for $250. Consider buying one and inviting your friends or members of your activist circle.  Drop us a note at
Contribute food: Bake up a pan of lasagna for our Lasagna Lollapalooza, including traditional, meatless, vegan, and gluten free. Unusual lasagnas are also welcome, and we can supply you with recipes for some really interesting ones, e.g., substituting sliced zucchini and sweet potatoes for the pasta, or a French ragout lasagna with cashew bechamel cream! We also welcome contributions of salad greens and garlic bread.  If you can help with food, please contact Cathy Webster Cathy <>
Volunteer to help at the event: We can use lots of volunteers for shifts before, during, and after the event for setup, ticket sales, serving, and cleanup.  Send your availability to Steve Tchudi <>

Recent Center Events and Actions
CPJC in/and Our Community

From the Executive Director's August Report

In September, CPJC will be featured at Chico Natural Foods, which will donate a portion of the month's proceeds to our work. Information about the center will be prominently displayed near checkout, and you can indicate that you would like your purchases to be credited toward CPJC. We deeply appreciate their selection of us as a recipient of funds. Be sure to express appreciation as you check out. Board members Cathy Webster and Emily Alma will also be volunteering live and in person on Saturday, September 2 and Monday, September 4.

CPJC was an active participant in Stonewall's Pride festival in August, including sponsoring a well attended event at the Center on August 17 as well as tabling in the Plaza throughout the weekend.

With excellent, short-time-frame leadership by Aramenta Hawkins, CPJC was a major organizer of the vigil held at 20th Street immediately following the traumatic events in Charlottesville. This event was widely and positively covered in area newspapers and television news broadcasts. 

We participated in CSU's “Meet the Cause”  on August 21, tabling at a campus event designed to inform and attract students—especially incoming students—to volunteer opportunities in the community.

We've added Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) as a community partner. Please see the description of SURJ following, along with dates for its September events.

We're holding discussions with Chico Sol about becoming a community ally.

In the works with the Alternatives to Violence project will be training some of our interns to facilitate a New Jim Crow reading group.

• Executive Director Aramenta Hawkins is actively connecting and collaborating with college professors to fold them into CPJC programs, events, and office projects. There will be a strategic planning session to cultivate college interns and volunteers in the beginning of the Fall semester.

CPJC will be linking up with Butte County Healthcare Coalitions legislative team to monitor pending bills get information about important legislation out to our members. Trainings will begin in October.

CPJC is working with the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice and will assist in a project to create national database of all peace and justice centers and to develop a national conference call for those centers.

as a Community Ally

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Butte County is proud to formalize its partnership with the Chico Peace and Justice Center as a community ally.  The local chapter of SURJ has primarily been supporting the Phillips family in our Justice4Desmond campaign.  As well they have been developing workshops to give folks tools to move white folks in their ally ship for racial justice.  SURJ is excited to continue building with the Chico Peace and Justice Center in Chico and throughout Butte County.  Please let us know how we can support you!

Please join us for these upcoming events!

September 15th - Are you interested in finding out more about SURJ? Come to an orientation from 4:30-5:30 at the CPJC and hear also hear what you can do to support our efforts. Feel free to stay for our general meeting right after: 5:30-7:30.

September 17th - Join us at the downtown plaza from 2-4 pm. to honor Desmond Phillips and other lives lost by police.  We will feed our friends who don't have homes as Desmond did regularly and have a graffiti wall for community expression.  Please bring flowers and a t-shirt for a live silk screen of the names of those lost in Butte County.

September 18th - Meet at the park 'n' ride and join us in Sacramento at noon as we rally to demand Attorney General to open an independent investigation into the killing of Desmond Phillips.

Follow us on facebook at SURJ Butte County or email us

News and Events from
Community Allies
and Activist Organizations

The Meeting in the Middle
Thursday, September 7
City Plaza, 5:30-8 pm

Depolarize Chico, along with Mobilize Chico and the CSU Office of Diversity are sponsoring a social experiment in finding common ground. What do you have in common with perfect strangers at Thursday night market? Groups and individuals of widely differing values and interests will gather at the plaza for a peaceful evening of conversation, building community with simple discoveries we all share.  For more information or to table contact


There will be an organizing meeting for local action in support of national and international divestment movements to defund pipelines and other new oil infrastructure on:


We plan to choose local actions which will be aligned with ongoing actions by Greenpeace, FossilFreeCA and Mazaska Talks (Mazaska is "money" in Dakota.). There will be pizza and beer also! If you are interested but not able to make the meeting, please contact Ann at

Butte Environmental Council
Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup

If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors join us for the 30th Annual Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup! Butte Environmental Council will be hosting this community event to help keep our land and water ways clean, on September 16th from 9:00am to 12:30pm. There will be two check-in locations: Hooker Oak Park and Annie K. Bidwell Parlor.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will be hosting a volunteer appreciation BBQ for volunteers to come celebrate all the good work they have done! Volunteers will be invited into the hop fields at the brewery to enjoy a free burger and a beer for those over the age of 21.  Those who register in advance will also receive a free event T-shirt! You can register for the event as an individual or as a group on our website.

Please visit for more information or to register. Or call the Butte Environmental Council at (530) 891-6424 with questions!

People's Congress of Resistance
Washington, D.C. 
September 16-17

Paul O'Rourke-Babb encourages participation and financial support for the  Peoples Congress of Resistance in Washington D.C. on September 16th and 17th.  The Congress will  

  • chart a path of nationwide grassroots resistance and mobilization to defeat Trump's reactionary program of unrestrained capitalism. This path will draw on the experiences of the grassroots, amplifying the voices and spreading the tactics of those who are already fighting back to defend their communities.
  • project its own platform and vision of what America should be if it is to be a society truly devoted to fundamental social and political rights.

Also for donors to help pay the costs of the congress.    If you go to www.peoplescongressofresistance  you can learn more.  To support the Congress from our area, contact Paul  <>

CHAT Community Update 

Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT) is working to end homelessness in Chico - one home at a time.  We want to tell you about some of our recent accomplishments.

NEW WEBSITE!  CHAT is super happy to announce that we have a beautiful new website, thanks to Reyes Barboza!  We think you'll be impressed.  It describes all our main programs:  Safe Space, Housing Now, and the Tiny House Village that is still in the works.  Please take a look.

HOUSING NOW!  You probably know about our Safe Space Winter Shelter, and you may have heard about our Tiny House Village campaign, but you may NOT have heard about our very special and unique Housing Now program.  The problem of homelessness is complex, but CHAT's solution is simple: get people into housing, and then help them get healthy and stable.  
 Our Housing Now program has had a major growth spurt this summer - we now have 11 houses for people who were previously trapped in homelessness, or very close to being homeless.  Four houses are occupied by families, five are providing shared housing (housemate situations), and two are small units housing single individuals.  These eleven houses are providing homes for a total of 39 people in Chico! All residents in CHAT's Housing Now program are expected to contribute toward rent and utilities, but sometimes income is interrupted, someone falls ill, or moves out, or unexpected expenses arise.  The program needs financial and volunteer support from our community to continue to operate and thrive.  We are a Chico based non-profit, and we rely on your help to get people back into homes, and back on their feet.  Your donations will help us cover rental costs, insurance, utilities, beds and furnishings, and incidental household costs.  CHAT is seeking to raise $10,000-$15,000, to carry on this program for another year.

 We invite you to DONATE online at the NVCF website, or send your check to:  CHAT, PO Box 3868, Chico, CA 95927

We very much appreciate your support.  For more information, please call CHAT at 530-520-6412, email us at, or visit our website.  We welcome volunteers also, to mentor and help our residents.

Chapmantown Night Out
Friday, September 29  5-7:30 pm
Dorothy Johnson Park, 775 E 16th St
Come learn more about Chapmantown, soon to be annexed by the City of Chico, with its diverse and multicultural community.  There's a free barbecue (chicken, corn-on-the-cob, hot dogs, chili, salad, and more), concert by the Chico Community Band, games and crafts for kids, and tabling by numerous community organizations, including the Peace Panel Project and the Chico Peace and Justice Center. This event is open to all. More info at

Feast or Famine Film Festival
Sunday, October 22, 2:30 to 5
Chico Community Guilds Hall  
2775 Nord Avenue (just north of W. East Avenue)

A unique event of short films accompanied by discussions with local food heroes who are making our county more food secure and tasty.  

Community groups will have their info and representatives to answer your questions.
Free Admission and Popcorn. Snacks for sale. 

Sponsored by Butte County Good Food Network & the Chico Community Guilds.




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Educating, Motivating, Mobilizing
Volume 36, Number 7
July 2017

In This Issue:
Note—Blue Links Inactive on Our Web Edition
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


CPJC News and Updates
from the Executive Director and Board of Directors

New Staff and Key Volunteers: Our new volunteer Office Manager is Tim Phillipswho 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

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 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.

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Meet the Interns
Chico State Upward Bound Program

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.

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Six Critical Questions
for the Peace & Justice Center

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

2)  Just send an e-mail requesting a copy of the survey to 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

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CSU/CPJC Student Leader Conference
Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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.

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Separate and Unequal:
Racial Inequity in Butte County’s School System
Presentation by Blake Hollingsworth
Thursday, July 27, 2017, 6-8 pm
CPJC, 526 Broadway

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

For more information, forward questions to:, or call us at
(530) 893-9078


Announcements from Stonewall Alliance

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!

Stonewall is Now Accepting Applications
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!

Interested in an Asexual Social Group?  

We want to know! If you would be interested in joining a group where those on the asexual spectrum can meet and socialize, please let us know.

You may contact The Center with any questions at 530-893-3336 or

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Restorative Community Trainings
July 30-August 6

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Recommended Reading:
About Yemen

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:

The petition is at:

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

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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

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 Desmond Phillips
Justice Campaign

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:

 News from the Director and the Board
CPJC Developing Five-Year Strategic Plan

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.


New Board Member
Anna Meehan

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.


News from Beale and Creech
Chris Nelson

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:

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.)


CHAT Continues
Housing Now Program

Leslie Johnson

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,, 530-518-9992. 


Chico Vibe in
Homeward Street Journal

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
Robin Kramer

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


Mobilize Workshop
Finding Common Ground
Saturday Morning, June 10

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 By June 5, please!


SURJ Workshop:
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  

For more information at


A Book Review from the CPJC Library
Charles Withuhn

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:

May 1, 2017                                                                Volume 36, Number 5

News and Commentary
Congratulations Encore
Center News and Notes
Commentary: Militarism and Spiritual Death

Center Events

Gardening 101
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
CHAT Fundraiser
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

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US Extreme Militaristic Culture: 
Spiritual Death?
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.”

"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 or call 239-272-9661.  

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Everybody's Revolution:
Heart Unity

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.

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Doin' It Justice Chorus

A Benefit for CPJC and Women's Health Specialists
Saturday, May 20, 7 pm
Sunday May 21, 4 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Avenue

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.  

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Community and Allied Events

Chapmantown Annexation: What Next?

Wednesday, May 3, 7-8:30  pm at
Chapman Elementary School, 1071 16th St, Chico.

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

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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

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Butte Environmental Council
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 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

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Chico Housing Action Team
Benefit Concert

Friday, May 19, 7-11 pm
Chico Women's Club

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 or 530-412-3910.  

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Chico Velo announces

It’s Bike Month! Let’s Go for a RIDE!

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

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

 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 Now get out for a ride!

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Stonewall Alliance Observes
Mental Health Month

Check 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

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 March 2017 Peaceful Action: Center updates, news from our allies, actions for activists. 

Volume 36, Number 3, March 2017

In This Issue.  Scroll Down to Read More.

Commentary: How to Ride a Bicycle. Lin Jensen comments on the need for equilibrium in difficult political times. 

Chico as a Sanctuary City. A proposal to City Council is rebuffed, but activists will continue to fight to protect Chico's immigrant population. A copy of the Sanctuary City Resolution is attached.

Center News and Notes

Recent Reports and Actions by the CPJC Board and the Executive Director.

Everybody's Revolution: Right Sharing and Stewardship. Workshop coming up on March 8 will continue exploring the Wheel of Integral Nonviolence.

The Trump Regime and the People's Resistance.  Richard Becker and Gloria LaRiva will conduct an activist workshop on March 10.

De-Escalation Training.  County Sherrif Captain Andy Durch will conduct a workshop on March 14. 

Soil Preparation and Seeding. Peace Gardening 101will get us ready for spring planting with a workshop on March 18.

Pancakes for Peace. This great family event and CPJC fundraiser comes up April 16.

Share Your Story.  Why are you a member of CPJC?  Tell us your story.

From Our Community Allies

Women's March Community Potluck/Flash Mob. Join the continuing action of the Chico Women's March for a potluck March 4 and a flash mob on the 8th.

Chico News. Learn about events and actions coming up, plus a meeting on March 12.

Stonewall Alliance News. Check out several new groups being sponsored by Stonewall, plus announcements of upcoming events and their annual art exhibit.

Environmental Coalition of Butte County.  Join ECBC for its annual reception following the CSU Sustainability Conference on March 24, featuring exhibits by numerous environmental organizations. 

Sanctuary City Resolution.  Text of the resolution submitted to Chico City Council.

How to Ride a Bicycle 
(Keeping Equilibrium in Times Out of Balance)
Lin Jensen

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.

CPJC Endorses
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. <>

  • 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.

  • De-Escalation Training has now been scheduled for March. (See full story.)

  • 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:


Everybody's Revolution:
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  


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


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

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Share Your Story

In a sentence or two, tell us why you're a member of your local Peace Center. What motivated you to join? What keeps you renewing each year? How does CPJC make a difference in your life?

We'll be sharing your story with other CPJC members and prospective members down the road!  Go to

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


. . . from Our Partners and Allies

Women's March on Chico

Community Potluck
Saturday, March 4th 11:00AM to 1:00PM
Chico Women's Club
592 E. 3rd Street Chico, CA

Flash Mob
Wednesday, March 8, 2:30-4 pm
Trinity Commons Lawn, CSU

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.

For more info on our local events visit our facebook page:


Chico 350 
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.  

See you on the 12th.

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News and Events from
Stonewall Alliance

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 

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  (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 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.

Go to for a list of all Stonewall groups. 


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


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.

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February 2016        Volume 36, No. 2
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Executive Director's Report
Center News 
Financial Report and Membership Drive
Peace Gardening 101
Grassroots Healthcare Revolution Workshop
We've Got to Stop This Fascist Takeover
Slow Theater State of the Union

Join with Mobilize
Occupy Beal Update
Safe Space Needs Volunteers
Torres Shelter Empty Bowls
Chris Moore-Backman Interview by Truthout


Executive Director's Report
Aramenta Hawkins

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 

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


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.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Preregistration is recommended but not required at


We’ve Got to Stop This Fascist Takeover!
Next Steps

Emily Alma

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:

• Mobilize meets Sundays at noon at CPJC.

• 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 ChicoMoving 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
Chris Nelson

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 for more on Voices' activist peace work.  


Join with Mobilize
Now Meeting Sundays* at CPJC

Mobilize is a new Chico organization dedicated 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.

Join with us to effect change, defend democracy, protect equality, and secure civil rights. Our website:  Our email:  


Safe Space Needs Volunteers

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:  

Thank you for supporting Safe Space.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Safe Space at  Also check out Safe Space on Facebook facebook@chicosafespace or on the web


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.  

Chris says: 

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.

Read the full interview: Is There A Nonviolent Path to a Livable Future: A Conversation with Chris Moore-Backman.


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