The April CPJC highlight was Pancakes for Peace, which drew about 500 children and adults for a great, all-you-can breakfast plus the annual Easter Egg and Golfball Treasure Hunt, silent auction, massage, and excellent community conversation and socializing. Thanks once again to the planning team, myriad volunteers, and contributors to the silent auction.

During the month we added Love Chapmantown, Mobilize, and Chico Velo to our roster of community allies, and the Center has collaborated with Chico Velo, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Love Chapmantown, and Mobilize for event planning and action.

The pilot workshop for Whose Lives Matter was conducted in early April and will be a major program of the center in coming months. The Human Relations network held an especially well attended and candid public town hall meeting with the District Attorney and Chico Police Chief to discuss the Desmond Phillips Shooting—a meeting that was also covered by local media. The newly formed Citizen’s Climate Lobby group is now meeting at CPJC, working to bring about climate change action through an innovative approach to carbon taxes. The Executive Director also participated in a Gold Radio broadcast—a public tv/radio program widely broadcast in the northern Sierra.

The new Program Coordinator for Career Builders, Moses Salgado, has begun the outreach campaign, including high schools and businesses, preparing for major school visits in the beginning of the school year. Volunteer Blake Hollingsworth is analyzing data to identify schools and classes which have the most military recruits after high school; this will help focus the program.

Coming up in May will be the monthly gathering for Peace Gardening 101 (May 6), Everybody’s Revolution (May 10), and a Doin’ It Justice Choir concert benefitting CPJC and Women’s Health Specialists on May 20 and 21. (See separate announcements of these events.)

CPJC is growing a vibrant hub for activists and activism. But our budget is small and we need financial support from the peace and justice community. Please consider a one-time or increased sustaining contribution to further our work. Our website is open 24/7/365 and welcomes your support at http://chicopeace.org/membership.