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.

Paradise Chapter of Career Builders

The Paradise Chapter of Career Builders / counter recruitment had their first event, tabling, at "Back to School Night" at Paradise High School recently.  Hooray for Sue and her friends that thought enough of the kids in her community to offer them alternatives to the military.  The event went well.  May there be may more.

Chico High Career Night

Career Builders / counter recruitment, Camille and Charles, were on the job at Chico High's Career Night. Showing the students and parents programs to do after high school for free or for money besides the military. We were well received and went through a lot of brochures. Got a lot of "thank yous

" from the crowd. A night well spent. Thank you to Chris for coming by

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Celebrating Community

The Peace Panel Project / Chico Tree Advocates and Diane talking FREE TREES, and tickets to the Chico Peace & Justice Center Annual Dinner a the Farmers Market.

Friday, September 11, 2015

9/11 2015 Demonstration of Truth

Thanks to Peter, Page, Rain and Steve for all their help in pulling off our Chico response to 9/11 2015.  Rain Googled and painted up a storm of inspirational and motivational quotes  on cardboard.  Thanks to Peter's encouragement and help we dusted of six old 9/11 Peace Panels loaded up some easels and set up a "demonstration of truth" that occupied all four corners of the Plaza.  We got some great reactions from the passers-by.  Peter and friends put on a Food Not Bombs free food extravaganza to round out the event.  Chico Peace & Justice Center, Food Not Bombs, the Peace Panel P

roject and Rain's sign making workshop...we were happening this 9/11.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

To the Farmer's Market and beyond

We are getting better:  More volunteers; improving our message; engaging more people; and a new pitch: "TREES FOR KIDS!".  You should have seen us at the Farmer's Market last Saturday.  Introducing people to the Better World Shopping Guide, Ruses for War, Nonviolent Communication, Project Censored and Chico Tree Advocates.  Some volunteers and old classmates showed up to help spread the word.  A teacher asked me to come to his class to speak on the health of Chico's urban forest.  Things were going along really well, in spite of the windy conditions that were threatening to blow me over a time or two until, a woman showed up. With another sad story of many large trees just cut down, next to where she lived: East First Avenue and Downing Avenue.  (I guess the new owners of the old Congregational Church decided they had eight too many trees on the property.)  How sad.  Eight beautiful large trees, that shaded their building, their parking lot and Downing Avenue are gone.  I went in and introduced myself to the new minister, Gary Hamilton, to express my sadness at the loss of the eight great trees to the neighborhood and to offer him free trees from Chico Tree Advocates.  He was grateful.  We agreed to talk later.  I suggest if you are concerned about the future of Chico's urban forest that you contact that new minister and tell him that you are sad about the loss of the trees that used to grace his property.  We feel that they were a community asset that is lost.  So now, let's work together, to plant new saplings of large tree species to help build our urban forest canopy.  Let's encourage him,

to plant as many trees as possible near the sidewalk to shade our Avenues; Be like Chico.