Monday, December 28, 2015

Chris Hedges before "Rise Up October" rally

If you haven't heard Chris Hedges speech before the "Rise Up October" rally you are in for a treat. Go to  Democracy and put "Chris Hedges" in the search bar.  Most inspiring speech I've heard in a while.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Manufacturing Consent

After seven years of promoting just four books, Nonviolent Communication, Ruses for War, Project Censored's annual, and Better World Shopping Guide, the Peace Panel Project has decided to pick up a fifth, Manufacturing Consent, by Chomsky and Herman.  Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Tree Planting

Chico Tree Advocates was on the job today!  Sterling , Robert and I got two more Chico Street Trees planted before the rain got heavy.  An October Glory Maple on E. 3rd Ave. and a Dogwood on the southeast corner of 8th Ave and Magnolia.  Thanks to the property owners for their permission and thanks to our donors for the funds to buy the trees.  We bought thirty trees Tuesday and we have already

distributed sixteen to Advocates to plant and our core crew has planted two!  More on Monday!  For the Future of Our Urban Forest!   Call if you want a free tree!  Charles 530-518-1417

Sunday, December 13, 2015

High Noon @ 12-12 Climate Solutions Rally

The BEC / Chico 350 "Climate Solutions" Rally was well attended especially for a cold, nearly winter, day.  The few drops of rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.  It was fun to see Steve and Susan interviewing folks, perhaps for a future Ecotopia Radio show (Tuesdays at 6 pm on KZFR).  Our Chico Tree Advocate / Peace Panel Project booth got good action lots of interest, conversations and Nonviolent Communication, Ruses for War, Better World Shopping and Censored 2016 book sales (27% off retail).  We handed out brochures on those topics and Career Builders, Move to Amend and Manufacturing Consent.  And as an added bonus, volunteers showed up to help set up and pack up.  Thank you to our volunteers.  I couldn't do it without you.  Our (hand painted) "Chico 350" banner graced the stage and made a good vocal point.  Unfortunately I didn't whip out my camera until the crowd had thinned.  Food Not Bombs, Rain, Peter and Page were there with the best veggie stew.   Yum yum.

A good time was had by all.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Chico 350 March

My latest Peace Panel is a hand painted banner.  Marching with friends today calling for clean energy and less fossil fuels.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Syrian Connection

A billboard seen in Chico, going north on Mangrove just before 3rd Avenue.  When will we reign in our out of control military?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Censorship in the USA in Oroville

Finished day one of the two day, "Censored in the USA" presentation in Oroville and was invited to address the local Democratic Club at a later date!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Peace Panel Project in Reno

I showed up in front of the Federal Building, 400 S. Virginia St. with the "Essential Sequential Five" Panels only to be confronted by a security guard who wanted to call his supervisor to see if this "demonstration" would be OK.

 He showed me the corner where the Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace has their vigil on Mondays.  So I set about holding two Peace Panels by myself.  Then Steve came by and offered to hold one.  And then there were three.  And then a young lady named Tuesday came by and offered to hold one and we made it up to four Peace Panels exhibited on the corner from 4:30 to 5:30 pm last Friday.  We got good reactions from the crowd.  It felt good to make this statement.  It turned out the security supervisor didn't mind.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Seeds of Change

Censorship presentation

We were at the Farmer's Market last Saturday talking about Nonviolent Communication, Ruses for War, Better World Shopping and Project Censored. 3 pm, next Tuesday, at Gordon 2 of Craig Hall is our last "Censorship in the USA" presentation, in Chico, for the season. We are going to have a special presentation about nonviolent communication. It is free. Come on down and check it out.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSUChico outreach/class

In an effort to raise awareness of some censored issues, increase activism, and remind other members of our community about the Chico Peace & Justice Center, I conducted my third class entitled "Censorship in the USA" yesterday.  We had a good group, ten, attentive participants that made it through my 45 minute presentation that included Power Point, a little video ("Why do we need 800 military bases overseas?"), show cards, mini Peace Panels, and hand outs.  I got a modest applause at the end and a robust Q&A.  The next and final class for the season in, Chico, is next Tuesday at 3 pm in Gordon 2 behind Craig Hall.  All are welcome at no charge.  Come on down.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Campaign Nonviolence

The Chico Chapter of Campaign Nonviolence had our first action at the "Hands" today. It was a brainstorming session about issues important to us like homelessness, the environment, police, government and others. We were well received. Many people took the time to fill our panels with their ideas. We gave out free watermelon and flyers about free trees; made many good connections. We had a "penny poll". It was an easy way for people to engage with others and share ideas. Time well spent.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Chico Tree Advocates

Chico Tree Advocates were on the job yesterday! [9-24-15]  Jacob and Charles planted 4 Valley Oaks within spitting distance of E. 1st Ave. and Mildred Ave. Yippee! 4 more large native trees in the Avenues! Yea! Future shade.  

I see planting trees as an important part of the Peace Panel Project.   Research has shown neighborhoods with trees are more peaceful than those without.  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Touch of Chico

Peace Panel Project, and Chico Tree Advocates exhibited at "Touch of Chico" last Sunday.  What a hoot!

Great food, great music, belly dancers, massage under the pines, it was great.