The Alternatives to Violence Project California, through a California state grant, is expanding and establishing a community presence of workshops and volunteer facilitators within Butte County to support local community and High Desert Prison workshops. AVP’s experiential workshops focus on community building, communication skills, and conflict resolution for community members and inmates in an effort to reduce violence, incarceration and recidivism.
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