Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 15 at the Farmer's Market

We had a fun exhibit at the Farmer's Market last Saturday.  We delivered 10 Better World Shopping Guides to a grateful customer who suggested that he intended to give them all away!  That is so great!  It's funny how many customers buy Better World Shopping Guides a handful at a time.  The weather was great; we got to hand out some brochures; met some neat people.  I got some great help from Justin, a veteran,

and the Peace Panel Project's newest volunteer.  He took the photos and helped set up and fold up.  Thank you Justin!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Peace Panel Project's 2014 Nevada Tour

Great weather greeted me as I set up the Peace Panel Project exhibit, for the fourth year, out in front of Joe Crowley Student Union of the University of Nevada Reno.  In response to the feed-back last year from the student newspaper reporter I only set up five easels, instead of all twelve.  Students get overwhelmed with too much to look at.  Everybody is exposed to so much information these days, less is better.  I got some good feed-back.  One viewer bought me lunch!

Later I got to meet with Pat Coia of the Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace.  We talked about coordinating an event next year.

I met with Katie and Kyle of "Be the Change".  They are an inspiration, living without gas, electricity or a car. Way to go!  I got some great ideas to refine the exhibit.

Met with the Program Officer of Truckee Meadows Community College and started the ball

rolling to exhibit there next year.  It was a good trip.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Farmer's Market 10/11/14

I pedaled up to the Saturday Farmer's Market at a leisurely 9:44 am and set up under the old magnolia tree.  Perfect weather, good traffic and an anti fracking parade!  What a kick!  Sold a few books; got

some great encouragement and conversations that had me feeling like the movement to more peace and justice is building.  It was a good day!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Chico Peace & Justice Annual Dinner 2014

The Peace Movement was alive and well last night at the Chico Peace & Justice Annual Dinner!  We packed the place!  Thanks to many volunteers a good meal and a great time was had by all.  We honored Michael Pike and Steven and Susan Tchudi.  Sue Hildebrand was an inspiring "mistress" of ceremonies.  We got inspired by Kristian Davis Bailey, a recent Stanford grad who connected the dots between Gaza and Ferguson.  Mini Peace Panels were on display and new large Peace Panels were unveiled.  The new Censored 2015 sold out!  It was a good showing for peace, justice and environmental stewardship.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Do you agree with US policy?

Peace Panel Project's
Career Builders at Fair View High School’s “Night Out”

It was a rocking time.  Wet sponge toss at teachers; Plunkit (a carnival type game); bean bag toss; pizza; cake; cookies; music; Career Builders counter recruitment and the U.S. Army military recruiter.  I was so glad to be there to offer alternatives to the students and parents.  I just had just one easel up with Career Builders on the front and “Doubt is Creative” on one side and Project Censored on the other.  Our six foot table was full of brochures of alternative programs; counter recruitment brochures, flyers and cookies!  Students would come up and ask for a cookie and I would say they will cost you picking up two brochures; reading them and telling your friends about what you read.  It was a deal.  We got lots of takers.  As the evening wore on a sad mom came up to check out our table.  I asked her if she knew anyone who was thinking about joining the military.  She said yes, her son.  I showed her some of our alternative programs and a Career Builders brochure and her face lit up!  She was thrilled to get the info and thanked me profusely.  I knew I was doing some good!  It was a rockin’ good night.   

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Petaluma Progressive Festival 2014

If you haven't checked out the Petaluma Progressive Fest you are in for a treat!  It was a great group of people; great entertainment; a lot of cool booths about every activist cause; the weather was great and the food was good; big trees all around.  I got to meet Peter Phillips of Project Censored and was serenaded by Maria Muldaur and her band and the gang was brought to their feet by the encouraging and clever words of Jim Hightower.  And I sold out of Better World Shopping Guides by 2 pm!  A woman came up to me and described the Peace Panels as songs.  She was grateful for the Peace Panels.  This is an event not to be missed the next time it comes around.

Smallest Exhibit yet

Last Saturday, was the last Saturday of Chico Tree Advocates' Community Grant Fundraising campaign for this year.  I was a little slow off the blocks that morning, since I had just got back from the Peace Panel Project Fall 2014 Valley Tour.  So it was my smallest exhibit yet, just one easel, one large Peace Panel, a card table and a few books.  Small is good.  It seemed as many people as ever stopped by to say hi or see what was going on.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Modesto - Stockton Exhibit and Speaking Fall Tour 2014: Why is the US 23rd in Freedom of the Press?

Goals got accomplished this week!  I was able to set up, schedule, and complete an exhibit and speaking tour (Why is the US 23rd in Freedom of the Press?) in Modesto and Stockton, that resulted in many new volunteer sign ups for the peace group in each of those towns.   Last Tuesday I addressed a group at the Church of the Brethren, in Modesto.  After which I received a warm applause and some interested questions and some brisk book sales.  The next day John Lucas and I got a good response from the students and faculty that stopped by the Peace Panel exhibit at the Modesto Junior College Quad, in front of the cafeteria.  There turned out to be a Career Fair that day so we were happy to show off our Career Builders programs.  The Modesto Peace/Life Center had a volunteer doing outreach at Modesto High School so I provided him with a handful of our Career Builder brochures that he put to good use.

The next day I was in Stockton at the First Unitarian Church and participated in their simple meal and short readings and sing along and then was the featured speaker at that gathering. Then the next day Christie Kelley of the Peace & Justice Network joined me tabling at Delta College.

Four successful events in coordination with the local peace groups in as many days. It felt so good we all resolved to do it again in the spring.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Farmers Market 9/20/14 What a kick!

I pedaled into the Farmers Market a little late.  I am not always the first one off the blocks.  Checked in and set up thanks to the generosity of the  Market Management.  And a lady came up and checked out the Chico Tree Advocate exhibit and almost jumped!  She was thrilled, she said, to find a program to be involved in that was new to her that would benefit the community!  She signed up her contact info and promised to write a letter right away to tell the City Council how sad she was that those trees on Mangrove got cut down.  Maybe we will see her at the City Council meeting in two Tuesdays.  Another mom came up and looked over our table and said she needed to know more about Nonviolent Communication and Better World Shopping and she bought the two books on the spot.  Pammie came by with a cup of tea for me, and

Alfa brought me a cookie.  It was a good day!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

This Weekend at the Farmers Market

This Weekend at the Farmers Market we were all about our new Project Censored Panel, Career Builders, and Chico Tree Advocates.  So what happened?   We sold out of Nonviolent Communication!
But that's not all, we got a couple of more Tree Advocate sign ups and sold a Better World Shopping Guide (27% off retail).  We had some great conversations.  Pammie, Alfa, Scott, Mike, Cheryl and Nelson stopped by among others to encourage our campaign.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Farmer's Market 8/30/14

I pedalled the Peace Panel Project down to the Farmer's Market this last Saturday and met some great people.  Nelson, on the left in the photo, is an author of thought provoking essays. Sheldon came by with flyers for a new movie at the Pageant 9/20/14 - 2 pm "The Way Home" A Tiny House Village story.  Scott Murphy is a regular and also many new people came by.  I got to introduce Project Censored, Career Builders, the Chico Peace & Justice Center, Better World Shopping Guide, Ruses for War, Chico Tree Advocates and Nonviolent Communication to those who stopped by.  Also I unveiled a new Ruses for War Peace Panel.  Then it was off to the Chico Peace Vigil at 3rd & Main from 12:30 - 1:30 pm.  There,

other activists and I brainstormed on our next action.  It was a good day.  

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Farmer's Market 8/23/14

We featured the Chinese proverb Panel "To Know and Not Act, is to Not Know"; Project Censored and Chico Tree Advocates.  A couple that had just moved to Chico from Santa Cruz were thrilled to know that there was a Chico Peace & Justice Center.  Several people made small cash donations.  We introduced people to Better World Shopping Guide, Nonviolent Communication and Ruses For War.   It was a good day.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Farmer's Market and the Chico Peace Vigil 8-9-14

We had a good time showing off Project Censored, Chico Tree Advocates, Better World Shopping and the Chico Peace & Justice Center at the Farmer's Market last Saturday.  Then I pedaled the exhibit to Third and Main, for the Nagasaki Memorial and Chico Peace Vigil. We had over 30 people there.  It was a good day.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Farmer's Market 8-2-14

At the Farmer's Market this Saturday, 8-2-14, I got to show off some fun hand work, that made the word "IMPACT" look impacted! It got some good attention. We featured "3 Things"; Project Censored (PC), and Better World Shopping Guide (BWSG).   We sold a couple of copies of BWSG.  We sell all our books, (BWSG, PS, Nonviolent Communication, and Ruses for War) at 27% off retail now.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Farmer's Market 7/26/14

We had a good time today introducing people to Project Censored, Better World Shopping and Chico Tree Advocates.  We got another 6 or 7 sign-ups of people who want to plant trees.  It was a good


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Farmer's Market 7/19/14

Had a good exhibit at the Farmer's Market today.  Had some great discussions with Sterling and Nelson.  Sterling likes End Corporate Rule; Legalize Democracy move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.  

Sounds good to me.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Justice for Palestinians.

The image of Rachel inspired us at our latest action.  The Peace Panel Project is honored to share her story.  We had over twenty people on the corners of Third and Main in Chico today for justice in Palestine.  It was well received. 

Farmer's Market

The Peace Panel Project was at the Farmer's Market today, with the image of Howard Zinn encouraging the passersby to support their local peace group. Our lead off Panels promoted Chico Tree Advocates,  and brand new Panels for

Better World Shopping, and Project Censored.