Peace Gardening 101

Family, Education, Fun!

Peace Gardening 101 is a comprehensive gardening workshop where you can learn:

  • Organic Gardening
  • Learning to build a healthy compost pile
  • Seed Care and Seed Saving
  • Herb Gardening
  • Tea Mixing
  • And More!

For more information, contact Colleen at riverbluesfarm@gmail.com or (239) 272-9661. Space is limited!

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A Community Hub

The core of CPJC is the Center itself—a community hub where activists on a range of peace and justice issues can gather, organize, retreat, and plan. The Center’s meeting space can be reserved for one-time meetings, recurring weekly or monthly gatherings, or simply visited by anyone interested in learning about peacemaking and the efforts underway in Chico and the north state region.

Reserve the Center for your next gathering!

Everybody’s Revolution: Exploring the Wheel of Integral Nonviolence

The wheel was adopted by the Chico Peace and Justice Center as a way of understanding the elements of peace and social justice and seeing their interconnections. Each “spoke” of the wheel addresses a group of related issues and problems in our world today: community, political action, spiritualism, health, poverty, environmental degradation, social cohesion, racism, and others.

The 10 Spokes on the Wheel are:

  • Heart Unity: Forging connection and understanding across lines of race, religion, class, etc.
  • Manual Labor toward self-reliance and simplicity
  • Spiritual practice and fellowship
  • Political Witness: Nonviolent action, engagement, and resistance
  • Walking with the Poor: Service and mutual empowerment
  • Building and nurturing community and interdependence
  • Ecological Awareness and Responsibility: Honoring the unity of creation
  • Health and Wholeness
  • Withdrawing Support from the Violent Systems and Institutions: Building and nurturing nonviolent alternatives
  • Right Sharing and Stewardship of Wealth and Resources

Chico Peace Vigil

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.