Monday, December 2, 2013

Censored 2013 half off while supplies last!

Censored 2013 is normally a $20 book plus tax and shipping.  Donate $10 + $4 for tax and shipping and we will send you a copy of Censored 2013.  Contact Charles at :

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Chico Tree Advocates

We are forming a local group to help
our urban forest with these four goals:
1.  Establishment of a new citizen and certified
      arborist committee to monitor and consult on
      issues of the urban forest.
2.  Better citizen notification before the removal
      of significant trees.
3.  Enforcement of current Municipal codes that
      protect and promote trees.
4.  Plant more trees.

Chico Hero's Exhibit at the Farmers Market and the Peace Vigil

After being named a Chico Hero for 2013, I had to put together an exhibit for this Saturday's Farmers Market and Peace Vigil.  We made new 2' x 4' Peace Panels for the Chico Tree Advocates; Career Builders and 3 Things You Control, to show off.  Photos show the Farmers Market we were at in the morning.  Then at noon I packed up the Peace Panels on my bike trailer and peddled them of to the Chico Peace Vigil on Third St. & Main from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.

 We got a page and a half of volunteer signatures and reconnected with many friends.  It was a good day!

One of Chico's Heros

Peace Panel Project creator, Charles Withuhn, was named as one of Chico's Heros for 2013 and got his picture on the cover!  (Not the turkey.)  Withuhn attracted the attention of the editors with the formation of
Chico Tree Advocates to press for the protection and planting of more trees in Chico.

Each year, around Thanksgiving time, the CN&R editors select a handful of individuals who have shown to be exemplary when it comes to giving back to the community without expecting anything in return.
Butte County certainly has a lot of people to be thankful for, so it wasn’t easy narrowing the cast of worthy nominees into this year’s picks for Local Heroes. But the result is a diverse group of honorees who have devoted countless hours, sometimes under great pressure, to make a difference in the community.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

University of Nevada Reno 2013 exhibit

It was a crisp clear and sunny fall morning at University of Nevada at Reno, when I set up the full exhibit: all 12 easels fully loaded with 3 Panels each and the table.  I was able to set up with plenty of room in between each easel so people could walk between them and see all 3 Panels.  There were other groups with tables set up nearby so the traffic was good.  I got some donations; gave some books away; handed out a lot of brochures about Better World Shopping, Project Censored, Ruses for War, and Nonviolent Communication.  I got interviewed twice by a couple of charming reporters.  A history teacher came up and thanked me sincerely for the Patriotism Panel.  He said he's been trying to teach that idea to students for years and he appreciated the way we articulated the idea on the Panel.  Some students took pictures of the Panels.  A woman from Romania thanked me and expressed her concern over what she had seen of US imperialism in Europe.  A guy from Cameroon came by twice thanking me and made a donation.  He said, "Bless you".  It was a good day.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

It is about time!

You Have Control

This Panel has been brewing in my mind for a time.  I'm happy to get it out in time for the upcoming UNR exhibit next Wednesday.  Updated 11/30/13.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Chapmantown / Farmers Market Event 2013

This was our third Chapmantown event.  It's a fun neighborhood gathering and the Peace Panel Project was there pitching Better World Shopping, Nonviolent Communication, and Project Censored.  Sold some books, gave away some books and a plate full of cookies, provided by Midnight Munchies. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Remember 9/11

We couldn't let 9/11 go by without a little demonstration on the street.  Peter, Chuck and I set up six easels and Peace Panels.  We caught the rush hour traffic and the attention of a few passers-by.  One remarkable young man came up and asked, "This 9/11 event has me very concerned.  What can I do? Is there a group in town I can help?"  I said, "Yes, the Chico Peace & Justice Center, 526 Broadway.  Stop by between 12 and 2."  He took a brochure and thanked me. 
It was a good day.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Realize The Dream

We had a good turn out at our local 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King inspired the crowd with his "I have a Dream" speech.   

Saturday, July 6, 2013

4th of July Celebration in Chico

The 4th of July Chico Celebration at One-Mile 2013

We arrived at, a cool, 7:40 am and set up at spaces 29, 30, and 31.  This was the most impressive exhibit of the Peace Panel Project yet!  11 matching easels with 3 – 2’ x 4’ panels each, many of them new, revised, or nearly new.  Fresh off our show at the Wildflower Music Festival, we showed a softer side then we did here last year, trying to appeal to as wide an audience as possible.  We left our smash-mouth Panels at home.  Thanks to Bill Mash and Lakshmi, a new friend named Doug, Greg and all the friends that stopped by we had a good show. 
Chris Nelson bicycled by in Guantanamo garb, with her signs to remind people of the injustice there.  Standing in her orange jump suit and black hood that had to be hot!

It’s fun to watch some passersby, occasionally, get hooked into reading every word of several Panels.  We sold some books; had discussions; got signatures on petitions (including No on Sit & Lie); opened some eyes.  Photography got underway prior to most viewers’ arrival.  Folding up the Project, in the sun, at 1 pm on this 4th of July proved to be a challenge.  It was so hot the exertion took another day to recover from.  It was HOT!  How hot was it?  Damn Hot!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Wildflower Music Festival 2013

Wildflower Music Festival  6/29/13

“Beautiful and poignant” were the words I overheard one of the staff of the Wildflower Music Festival 2013, use to describe the Peace Panel Project to her relatives, as she walked them past where our exhibit had just been.  Chuck, Bill and I were just finishing folding up the exhibit and it felt good to hear her say that, as I saw them walk by.  I had never thought of the Peace Panel Project in those terms, but they seemed reasonable and complimentary.   

This exhibit was a little different.  We had been asked to put on a “kid friendly” show, so we left all the real controversial and scary panels at home.  It’s interesting, as the Peace Panel Project matures, with five years under our belt, and over 70 large panels to choose from, we are able to customize each show to be appropriate to the target market.  With the goals to educate and inspire activism, now it is even more fun, to see how well we can refine our display, to appeal to a particular audience. 

We unveiled four new Panels today, Doubt Is Creative, Free Lynn Stewart, John McCain don’t join the military, Respect Ecuador, plus a major update on What Can I Do. 

From 11 am to 4:30 pm we enjoyed the fun music and kid noises in the background as we engaged attendees and other vendors, who stopped by, with our messages of peace, nonviolence, Better World Shopping and Project Censored.

We sold some books, a few peace buttons, had some good conversations, and made some great contacts with local teachers that expressed interest in our topics as the subject of a guest lecture visit to their classrooms.  It was a good day.  

Free Lynn Stewart!

What good is the "Bill of Rights" without civil rights lawyers?  Sign the petition!  Call the Director!

Respect Ecuador

How soon we forget the grief we have visited on our neighbors to the south.  See Ruses For War by Quigley.  The Peace Panel Project offers it at 10% off the marked price.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Chico Peace & Justice action

Chico Peace & Justice was on the corner of East Ave. and the Esplanade this morning. During the rush hour we gave commuters something to think about.