Ghandi’s Gift Documentary Screening (Tickets Available)


DECEMBER 28, 2017 (CHICO, CA) The Center for Spiritual Living Chico is proud to present the award-winning documentary “Gandhi’s Gift” during two special screening events scheduled for January 27-28, 2018. The event, co-sponsored by Chico Peace and Justice Center and the Chico Area Interfaith Council, will take place at the Center for Spiritual Living Chico (CSLC), located at 14 Hillary Lane. Event times are as follows:

Saturday, January 27, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Discussion led by Gandhi’s Gift Producer/Writer Cynthia Lukas follows movie including refreshments

Sunday, January 28, 2018 1:00 p.m.
Sunday matinee showing with food truck purchases available at 11:30 a.m. Discussion led by Reverend Kathy Fernandes, Spiritual Co-Director of CSLC, follows movie

“Gandhi’s Gift” chronicles the Master of Nonviolence at the end of his life. Having led masses in nonviolent marches, Gandhi walks for unity and peace. The event serves as the local kick-off to A Season for Nonviolence, which is celebrated during the 64 days between January 30 and April 4, the assassination anniversaries of Martin Luther. King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. It is an annual, international series of localized events to increase awareness of nonviolence.
“The Center for Spiritual Living is proud to host this special screening about Gandhi to launch the Season of Nonviolence. The world is still in need of learning and walking for unity and peace. We look forward to engaging in this Chico opportunity to learn together and discuss how we can use the same principles in today’s environment,” said Reverend Kathy Fernandes, Spiritual Co-Director of the CSLC.

Tickets ($15 in advance and $20 at the door) are available online, at the Center for Spiritual Living Chico, Chico Peace and Justice Center (526 Broadway Street) and Zucchini and Vine (204 Main Street, Chico). A $5 discount is available for students and seniors.

For more information, contact the Center for Spiritual Living Chico at 530-895-8395 or

Backpack Full of Cash Film Showing

Before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, filmmakers Sarah Mondale and Vera Aronow couldn’t have known that the new administration would dramatically shift the national debate about education to the very issues at the heart of their film: charter schools, vouchers and privatization. Now, this timely new documentary takes viewers into the world of market-based education “reform”.

BACKPACK FULL OF CASH follows the tumultuous 2013-14 school year in Philadelphia and other cities where public education – starved of resources and undermined by privatization – is at risk. The documentary also showcases a model for improving schools – a well-resourced public school system in Union City, New Jersey, where poor kids are getting a high quality education without charters or vouchers. BACKPACK FULL OF CASH makes the case for public education as a basic civil right.

The film features genuine heroes like the principals, teachers, activists, parents and most hearteningly, students who are fighting for their education. Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, writer David Kirp and policy expert Linda Darling Hammond are among the national thought leaders who provide analysis in the film.

Narrator Matt Damon explains, “I got involved in BACKPACK FULL OF CASH because I believe that every kid should have access to great public schools. I got a great education in public schools and my mom is an educator so I know just how hard teachers work every day.”

Director Sarah Mondale notes, “I come from a family of teachers. I know the value of what public education did for me. Public schools face big challenges, but I think with charters and vouchers, there’s a real danger of undermining the system.” Producer Vera Aronow adds: “We wanted to understand the impact of reforms on the public schools, and give the families and educators who are most affected a chance to tell their own stories.”

The filmmakers are part of the team that made the award-winning, four-part PBS series SCHOOL: The Story of American Public Education narrated by Meryl Streep. BACKPACK is a follow up to the SCHOOL series, and a rebuttal to the widely seen 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman.

Official Website:

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event

“Unarmed truth and unconditional
love will have the final word.”


2:30pm Rally and March – Chico City Plaza
Rainy Day Plan: Rally will be held in the Trinity Church Social Hall
4:00pm Program, Music, & Community Dinner at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5th and Flume

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Lesa Johnson, Professor of Sociology, CSU Chico

Chico’s Annual Celebration of REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Fred T. Korematsu Day Celebration

Join Beyond Violence Alliance
in honoring Fred T. Korematsu State Holiday
of Civil Liberties and the Constitution
on Monday, January 29 from 6-8:30pm at CPJC

The special workshop will commemorate Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu of Japanese descent
who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for dissenting the Executive Order to be
interned during World War II. His case went to the Supreme Court but was With a combination
of Beyond Violence Alliance activities and Way of Council Circle participants will honor this
courageous Japanese American.

The workshop seeks to educate on the roots of systemic violence in our society and will give
participants an opportunity to speak out against injustices and speak up for solutions for a more
peaceful and just world.

To RSVP, contact Diane Suzuki at

A New Year’s Revolution


Please join us for a beer-themed fundraising party for the Respectful Revolution Project!!

? Featuring our brand new RR portrait on Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Ken Grossman!

Did you know that craft beer can save humanity?
OK…that may be overstating it a bit, BUT here at Respectful Revolution we have found that the world of craft beer is in many ways reflective of the values that we try to promote:
PLUS it’s waaay past time for a Respectful Revolution fundraising party!!

We’ll be decking out one of the warehouses at Chico Honda Motorsports on the Midway and hosting a showing of three beer-centric Respectful Revolution videos, followed by tastings of various brews from our evening’s featured breweries (Sierra Nevada (Chico), Great Basin (Reno) and Bayern (Missoula).
Two of these producers don’t even sell in California, but we’ve made special arrangements to pair their beer with our videos and have them available!!!!

JOIN US Friday, January 5th at 5pm at the
Chico Honda MotorSports warehouses on Midway in south Chico!!!
-Beer tastings! (wine and non-alcoholic drinks also available)
-Raffle prizes!
-Respectful Revolution merchandise!…and of course
-Video presentations! + more!

$5 suggested donation at the door. (But no one will be turned away!)

Many thanks to Chico Honda Motorsports owner Gabe Eggen

Holiday Season CPJC Closures

The Holiday season is a busy time, and our volunteers are just as busy as you are. Due to this, the Chico Peace & Justice Center office will be closed on the 20th, 22nd, and 24th of November,  the 25th, 27th, 29th of December, and New Year’s Day. Normal office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 3rd.

We apologize if this is inconvenient.