CPJC activists have led anti-militarization demonstrations at the site of Beale Air Force Base for many years, including protests against the Iraq war and military escalation in southwest Asia and around the world. Currently, monthly demonstrations focus upon the U.S. military use of drones to attack overseas and US-born peoples.
Drones allow aggressors to destroy targets and kill suspects extrajudicially, including children and innocent people, from a computer thousands of miles away. They can spy intimately on anyone, including citizens in the US, and can commit assassinations in defiance of international and U.S. law. 50 nations now have drones — an expanding insane proliferation.
Occupy Beale AFB demands an end to Drone Warfare, Surveillance, Proliferation by the U.S. Government and the CIA. Specifically:
An immediate ban on the use of all drones for extrajudicial killing.
A halt to all drone surveillance that assaults basic freedoms and inalienable rights and terrorizes domestic life in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia.
A prohibition on the sale, and distribution of drones and drone technology to foreign countries in order to prevent the proliferation of this menacing threat to world peace, freedom and security.
An end to lawless US drone warfare that violates many international laws and treaties.
The Chico Palestine Action Group (CPAG) is dedicated to working for human rights and justice for the native peoples of historic Palestine in the face of brutal military occupation and continuing colonization of their lands and resources by the Israeli government. We work toward these ends through public education, information campaigns, and direct nonviolent action including support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement initiated by the Palestinian people. We ally with many groups world-wide who are working in support of Palestinian rights.
Our actions take the form of organizing peaceful demonstrations at local businesses or government offices, and sponsoring speakers, forums, and films to inform the public about the situation for the Palestinian people under occupation. CPAG is absolutely committed to nonviolence in all its activities and is prepared to commit nonviolent civil disobedience in pursuit of justice for Palestinians.
Tell Your Elected Officials to End U.S. Aid to Israel
The U.S. government sends $3.1 billion of our tax payer dollars to Israel ~ starting in 2018, that increases to $3.8 billion for the next 10 years! As Americans, we are complicit in the oppression of the Palestinian people. Thus we have a responsibility to do what we can to end U.S. financial and political support for Israel’s human rights abuses.
Tell the President, Congress and the State Department that, as a taxpayer and moral human being, you want U.S. aid to Israel halted until Israel ends its occupation of Palestine, the brutal siege and blockade on Gaza, and all violations of human rights and international law.
White House – www.whitehouse.gov/contact; 202-456-1111
State Dept – www.state.gov/contact; 202-647-4000
Senator Kamala Harris – www.senate.gov; (202) 224-3553
Senator Dianne Feinstein – www.senate.gov; 202-224-3841
Support the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Movement
In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. Many activists for Palestinan rights feel that the BDS Movement is the greatest hope for real change. (For more info log onto www.bdsmovement.netBDS)
Don’t buy Israeli products or invest in companies that profit from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine: SodaStream, Ahava, Sabra or Tribe Humus, Osem products, Dorot Garlic and Herbs, Israeli Cous Cous, Pastures of Eden Feta, Noat or Beauty Field Shoes, Osem, Glutino, Teva, L’Oreal/ The Body Shop, Estee Lauder, Sara Lee, Victoria’s Secret, Hewlett Packard, Caterpiller, and many more.
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity
Miko Peled, The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine
Max Blumenthal, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
Max Blumenthal, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistence in Gaza
Anna Baltzer, A Witness in Palestine
Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Max Blumenthal, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights
Ali Abunimah, One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse
Rachel Corrie, My Name is Rachel Corrie
Saturdays, rain or shine, at 3rd and Main, Chico. 12:30-1:30pm
The Chico Peace Vigil was the start of the Chico Peace & Justice Center.
The Chico Peace Vigil traces its history back to the tense Cold War years of the early 1960s. The U.S. military built Titan missiles and nuclear warheads that were to be stored in already-built underground bunkers in northeast Chico. Chico resident Wilhelmina Taggart, alarmed by this development, made weekly visits to the base to pray. Eventually the missiles were removed, but by then Willa was joined by Florence McLane and Helen Kinnee. Together they started what they called the Chico Peace Endeavor, and began holding a weekly peace vigil in downtown Chico. Fifty years later, the vigil still takes place.
While initially addressing the danger of nuclear proliferation and the arms race, the Peace Vigil has spoken against escalating militarism, has supported war tax resistance, has brought attention to poverty and hunger brought on by armed conflict, and to oppressive U.S. military intervention in other countries.
Sustaining the Peace Vigil is an enduring belief in the importance and power of non-violence, both as a moral value and as a tool to effect positive change.
The Peace Panel Project (PPP) is a traveling sidewalk graphics art show designed to educate and inspire new activism. It confronts the abuse of governmental and corporate power; domestic violence; foreign policy violence; and environmental issues.
The purpose of the Peace Panel Project (PPP) is to to build the movement toward peace and justice.The main themes of the PPP are Nonviolent Communication, Ruses For War, Better World Shopping, Project Censored, awareness of military spending and activities, reinstatement of the “Fairness Doctrine,” and now environmental issues. The PPP serves college students of the Central Valley and citizens at large.
PPP’s goal is to help build the Green-Peace movement in the Central Valley to the percentage size that it is in Germany (20%)!
Access to reliable and useful information has become increasingly difficult since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which officially ended the legal requirement for accuracy in news, and allowed news organizations to consolidate and operate with a profit motive, rather than as a public service.
The Peace Panel Project (PPP) offers accurate and under-reported information about the issues of our dayby an engaging and original means that prioritizes the direct, interactive and personal communication not available via mainstream or online social media.
PPP plans to exhibit at nine colleges in the next 12 months, as well as several peace activist events.
PPP welcomes volunteers or interns an hour a week or more to work on PPP’s Facebook postings; blog postings; maintenance of the easels and panels; designing new panels; publicity; set up and break down of exhibits.