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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Obstructing?

  1. As a citizen of Chico, I am outraged by the excessive use of force demonstrated by Officer Dyke in the video. My experiences and stories I was hearing about Chico Police conduct in the '70's and '80's were good. Chico Police were known for giving more warnings than arrests. Fast forward to 2010. One of my customers is a former Chico Police Officer who volunteers a statement I will never forget, “Chico Police are the people Chico hires to beat people up.”

  1.  In the video, referred to in the media, http://theorion.com/…/two-chico-state-students-arrested-by…/    Ms. Braham is seen standing beside her car that is parked in front of her house. She is standing by the car with her arms down. Office Dyke asks her to get back in the car. She is so scared and confused that she freezes, This is her crime, not getting back in her car.  And apparently filming Officer Dyke earlier in the evening.   Officer Dyke could have cuffed her right there as she stood with her back to him facing her car, but no, he forces her arm around backward forcing her to the ground, ripping the skin off her knees, putting his knees on her back and wrenching her arm around backwards before cuffing her on the asphalt.





The video, referred to in the media, shows an angry, nearly out of control, Officer Dyke being way more violent than what the circumstances justified. Officer Dyke appears to out weigh Ms. Braham by two to one. Judging from the video, Officer Dyke needs to be reprimanded, given more training, or fired. And if our Police Chief will not do that, then he needs to be fired. We have gotten to the point where citizens fear the police. That is wrong. Citizens finance the employment of the police, citizens are not the enemy.

This incident is made all the more concerning because of its backdrop: Kevin Moore's harassment and arrest after he photographed the arrest of Freddy Gray; the harassment and arrest of Ramsey Orta after he photographed the police murder of, (“I can't breathe”), Eric Garner; the arrest of Chris Leday after he uploaded the video of Alton Sterling being shot by police; and the arrest of Diamond Reynolds after releasing the video of the police shooting of Philando Castile.

The First Amendment protects the right to photograph police. The people who are capturing police violence on video are the ones enhancing public safety here, as well as standing behind very well settled law.” (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting 9/9/16)

We have to ask ourselves, do we want to live in a country of, for and by the people, or in a police state?
Are we to live our lives in a state of fear?

Monday, November 14, 2016

Why is the U.S. ranked 41st in Freedom of the Press?

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Armistice Day Action

The original Armistice Day was about the end of war.  Check out the Veterans For Peace statement where in they remind us that in the U.S., now, it has been changed to Veterans' Day and the glorification of war.  Thanks to Chris we met in the Downtown Plaza to read the VFP statement and enjoy some community and solidarity.  We had a sequential message for the traffic going south on Broadway.  "We're Bombing 5 Counties Now",  A Lot of Your Taxes Make War", How Much of your Time Makes Peace?", "Support Your Local Peace Group".  That's what Howard Zinn said.







Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Sunday Before

What were you doing on the Sunday morning before the election?  Izeck and I accomplished a goal I've had for years today!  We set up our "essential sequential seven" Peace Panels on the Esplanade just before you get to the Church on the Esplanade.  We had the Burma Shave peace message going on for the Sunday morning traffic .  From about 10 am to 11 am driving north on the Esplanade it read on your right, "We're Fighting 5 Wars Now!, How Many More Massacres..., Do You Want to Pay For?,  A Lot of Your Taxes Make War,  How Much of your Time Makes Peace?,  (we put a 16" x 14" post-it-note, with Remember written on it, on) Thou Shalt Not Kill,  and finally, Support Your Local Peace Group".  

Then we swapped  out the "We're Fighting 5 Wars Now" Panel for a new hand painted Panel that read, "We're Bombing 5 Countries Now!"  We thought it was a stronger statement. 

Then we sat and watched.  And it seemed like, to us, that cars were slowing down to read the Peace Panel Project (PPP) exhibit.  People were smiling and giving us the thumbs up.  Except for one guy who angrily shook his fist as he hung out the window and shouted, "That's illegal use of City property.  I'm calling the cops!"  It was a pretty conspicuous exhibit.

About 11 am the church crowd was thinning out, so Izeck and I started packing it up.  We got about 60% done and a reporter from KHSL Action News came up to me and asked if he could get a few words on camera.  So we put a few Panels back up and did a little TV interview that he said would be on the evening news.  What a bonus!








We finished packing up the PPP exhibit and I turned to Izeck and said, "Wouldn't it be great if a few actions like this actually perked up the peace movement in Northern California?  He agreed.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Project Censored's 40th Annual Media Freedom Summit

What an inspirational and information packed event!  With leaders in alternative media and educators from across the country the Media Freedom Summit was an event to remember! Media scholar Mark Crispin Miller, Abby Martin of the Empire Files and RT, Mnar Muhawesh of Mint Press, Mickey Huff, Peter Phillips and Andy Lee Roth of Project Censored were just a few of the luminaries that made this event so entertaining and informative.  Over the two days there were fourteen workshops to participate in from Student Strategies to Constructive Media Literacy; Community Engagement to Representational Framing.  We were encouraged to check out gcml.org and the Global Critical Media Literacy Project.  Taking notes and getting questions answered filled the two day event.  I look forward to writing up all my notes for reference.  Some of the books that were recommended, in addition to Censored 2017, included, Capitalism 3.0, Tribe by Junger, Super Survivors, Conspiracy Theory in America, Cruel and Unusual by Miller, and Propaganda by Bernays.  The Media Freedom Summit is a must see for all those interested in freedom of the press.  I'm already looking forward to next year's MFS.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Love Chapmantown

Last Saturday afternoon was the Love Chapmantown event and the Peace Panel Project was there to promote Career Builders, the Chico Peace & Justice Center and Chico Tree Advocates. There was a good turn out, good food, good friends and some great conversations. Kids were having fun. We made some neat connections. It was a good night. Thank you to Bill Mash for help with set up and the pack up. Thank you Bill.