Saturday, November 30, 2013
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.
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.
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
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Monday, September 16, 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
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.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Chico Peace Vigil stands up for Trayvon! Check out tonight's news story. Its about justice.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
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
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.