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Peace Initiative Shasta County

Peace Initiative Shasta County

The rhetoric from the recent Presidential election has caused concern and fear that the civil/human rights of some religious, racial, disabled, mentally ill, LGBTQ, ethnic minorities and public policy dissenters will be lost. There has been an increase in hate and intolerance. In November 2016 a group of citizens in Shasta…

The Opportunity Agenda

This 3+ minute YouTube video from Opportunity Agenda is about how social justice leaders can connect to the values shared by the vast majority of Americans to build public support for transformative change. The Opportunity Agenda is a social justice communication lab. They “collaborate with social justice leaders to move hearts and minds, driving lasting policy […]

Make It A Happy Thanksgiving

Make It A Happy Thanksgiving

With the divisive Presidential election still a raw, open wound in the psyches of the majority of American families, it is important to consciously make this Thanksgiving Day happy by practicing civility at the dinner table. PBS New Hour has published a Guide to Holiday Civility with wisdom from their contributors.…

Transpartisan America

Rev. Mary Mitchell  is conducting a discussion study of Stephen Dinan’s book Sacred America, Sacred World, on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m to noon, starting November 15, 2016 through December 13, 2016, at Center for Spiritual Living, 1905 Hartnell Ave., Redding CA. The book, published in July, 2016, prior to the Presidential election, is “a manifesto for a […]

Day of Healing & Reconciliation

After a bitterly divided election with unexpected results, can we still reunite in a spirit of unity, forgiveness, and solidarity? Shift Network is having a Day of Healing & Reconciliation on November 13, 2016 from noon to 2 p.m. pst. The event will be a live broadcast on Facebook. Can the right and left come together as […]

Now What? After the Presidential Election

Now What? After the Presidential Election

On Tuesday, citizens of the United States unexpectedly elected Donald Trump as President. So now what, after the Presidential election? Trump has promised to undo the Obama legacy and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate might facilitate this. We have a country that is bitterly divided and polarized between…

California Ballot Initiatives

California Ballot Initiatives

By now you have probably received your mail-in ballot and realize that you now have to make final decisions on the California Ballot Initiatives for November 8, 2016. After Bernie Sander’s supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign the populist revolution movement he started morphed into Our Revolution. Officially launched in August 24, 2016 Our…

Pride March in Redding

Pride March in Redding

NorCal OUTreach Project is sponsoring a PRIDE gathering at noon on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in the Atrium at the south end of the Promenade. The proposed march from the north end of the Promenade to Library Park, adjacent to the railroad tracks has been changed due to rain. NCOP is a…

Justice Bus Project

Justice Bus Project

OneJustice’s Justice Bus Project is coming to Redding on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 1-5 p.m. at Shasta College Health Sciences Center, 1400 Market Street, Suite 8204, Redding CA. One Justice will be offering for a FREE criminal record clearance clinic –  an opportunity for individuals to meet one-on-one with volunteer law…

International Day of Non-Violence

International Day of Non-Violence

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on October 2nd, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. The United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution in 2007 which “established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to…

International Day of Peace

September 21, 2016 is International Day of Peace established by the United Nations in 1981 as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” For the text of the U.N. Resolution, CLICK HERE. Furthering the Day’s mission, the General Assembly augmented the original resolution in 2001, fixing […]

Eleven Days of Global Unity Summit

Eleven Days of Global Unity Summit

The 11 Days of Global Unity Summit from September 11-21, 2016 bridges gaps by connecting and promoting changemakers who are working within each of the identified themes (below) and then mobilizing these agents into 11 Campaigns for Change, offering a comprehensive blueprint for global transformation. This is an example of truly moving from vision into…

Sustainable Development Goals

This video gives the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2 minutes. On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and insure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone […]

Our Revolution

Bill McKibben spoke at the launch of Our Revolution, streamed live on Aug 24, 2016. “At this meeting, Bernie Sanders and others from Our Revolution laid out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the […]

Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2016 is Women’s Equality Day, as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. “Nearly one century ago, with boundless courage and relentless commitment, dedicated women who had marched, advocated, and organized for the right to cast a vote finally saw their efforts rewarded on August 26, 1920, when the 19th…

Countering Violent Extremism

Countering Violent Extremism

We can’t address extremism with short-term or fear-based thinking. Join the online Countering Violent Extremism Summit, August 10-11, 2016 produced by The Shift Network in partnership with Alliance of Peacebuilding. Hosts and guest speakers will answer your most pressing questions about terrorism and empower you with accessible, relevant solutions. Plus you’ll hear stories that…

Gun Deaths vs. Terrorism

Watch Good Magazine’s infographic on The Casualties Of Gun Deaths And Terrorism Visualized. Data Sources: http://www.vox.com/2015/10/1/9437187/… (using numbers from the State Department, the Justice Department, and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Micah Zenko)

Prophetic Moral Dissent

The “sermon” delivered by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II last week at the Democratic National Convention was a powerful prophetic voice, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Barber is the architect of Forward Together Moral Movement; its Moral Monday protests; Repairers of the Breech revival tour; and the Higher Ground Moral Declaration. Repairers of […]

Make America Afraid Again

Make America Afraid Again

Washington Post had an interesting article on Donald Trump’s acceptance speech. They also fact-checked the claims of decline, many of which a blatantly not true. Here are a few truthful excerpts to counter the fear mongering: “Homicides and overall violent crime, in both raw number and rates per population, have…

From Independence To Interdependence

Happy 4th of July! This 13-minute TEDx Pacific Palisades video looks at how deeply interdependent we are as a species and how we need to bridge the gaps of our cultural, geographical, class, ethnic and gender preferences for independence, for survival of our species. Alana Conner, PhD, is a cultural psychologist and science communicator who coauthored, with Stanford […]

Transformation in the Holy Land Trip

Transformation in the Holy Land Trip

Redding’s Euphrates Institute is hosting Transformation in the Holy Land, a 15 day journey through Israel and the West Bank from September 12-26, 2016. Explore ancient Biblical sites, examine present day Middle East politics and social landscape, and interact with over 20 different groups who will help you better understand the current Israeli/Palestinian…

Great Kindness Challenge

The 2016 Great Kindness Challenge was January 25th-29th, 2016, devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a 50 item checklist. The Challenge is intended to increase tolerance, unity and respect for all grades Pre-K through High School. The 2016 Great Kindness Challenge was a HUGE success. Over 5 million students united and inspired over […]

Dominionism World View

Dominionism World View

Everyone has a worldview – “a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true, or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic construction of…

California Public Integrity

California Public Integrity

The Center for Public Integrity gives the State of California an overall C- grade in the State Integrity Investigation, but we are second only to Alaska in combating corruption and promoting transparency. On the other hand, California received A ratings on the State budgeting process and State Pension Fund management.…

Euphrates Institute

Did you know that Redding CA is the home of The Euphrates Institute, a non-profit organization promoting peace and justice in the middle east? In early 2004 Janessa Gans Wilder, Founder and CEO, was on a military base outside Fallujah, Iraq, during a major battle between US marines and Iraqi insurgents. Sitting on the bank of the Euphrates river several weeks later, […]

2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Honoring the life & work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the Shasta County Multicultural Board is holding the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 18, 2016, with the following program: 8-9 a.m.: Bell Ringing Ceremony honors the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. – at Old City Hall, 1313…

Response to Violence

The recent attacks in Paris has evoked diverse responses to the violence. At a two-day meeting in Turkey on Sunday ABC News report that President Barack Obama called the violence an “attack on the civilized world” and Russian President Vladimir Putin urging “global efforts” to confront the threat. Anonymous has “declared total war on Islamic State” and vowed […]

Civil Right & Social Justice Awards

Civil Right & Social Justice Awards

Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect (SCCAR) members and friends are invited to the 26th annual Civil Right & Social Justice Awards Dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn on Friday, November 6, 2015. The social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. followed a buffet at 6:30 p.m. For reservations call 53-243-0962. CIVIL RIGHTS &…

Criminal Justice System

Criminal Justice System

Reform of the criminal justice system has been underway for some time now throughout the United States and it has some bipartisan support, albeit for different reasons. A National Journal article entitled How Republicans Stopped Being Tough on Crime notes, “there is more bipartisan support for reforming the criminal-justice system than there has…

Unity based on Diversity

“In opposing every attempt to create a rigid uniformity, we can and must build unity on the basis of our diversity of languages, cultures and religions, and lift our voices against everything which would stand in the way of such unity.” Pope Francis In his speech to the joint meeting of Congress the Pope remarked, […]

International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Monday, September 21, 2015 is the 70th annual International Day of Peace as designated by the United Nations. Locally in Redding CA Peace Day will be commemorated from 7-8:30 PM on September 21st through Inviting the Sacred, a multicultural spiritual experience co-presented by Rev. Lynn E. Fritz and Rev. Sue MillerBorn and…

Social Creed for the 21st Century

Social Creed for the 21st Century

In 2007 the National Council of Churches adopted the Social Creed for the 21st Century. Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for shared ecumenical witness among Christians in the United States. The NCC’s 37 member communions…

National Gun Violence Awareness Day

National Gun Violence Awareness Day

  June 2, 2015 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, a national campaign organized by the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. They have asked Americans to wear the color orange today to honor victims of gun violence. The Wear Orange campaign organizers say they “hope to turn the color into…

State of the World’s Human Rights

The photo above of the horrific condition in Gaza last year is but one example of thousands of violations of human rights documented by Amnesty International. The organization has just released their 424 page International Report 2014/15, documenting the state of human rights in 160 countries and territories during 2014. The Report bears witness to the suffering endured […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

Selma, the movie may have got snubbed for multiple awards by the Academy, but Martin Luther King Jr. Day is still being remembered on January 19, 2015 in Redding, CA by Shasta County Multicultural Advisory Board. Here is a schedule of events: 8:00 AM – bell ringing ceremony inside of Old City…

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

My wife and I just got back from a lovely trip to the Bay Area, where we listened to Christmas choirs in a cathedral and a church and, while on the road, to Paul McCartney/Wings singing “simply having a wonderful Christmastime.”  It’s the most wonderful time of the year. What…

That’s What I Am

HUMAN DIGNITY + COMPASSION = PEACE is what Mr. Simpson wrote on the blackboard. The 2011 movie is “set in California against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, “That’s What I Am” is a coming-of-age story that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to […]

Not In Our Town

Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect (SCCAR) is having it’s 25th annual Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards Dinner on November 7, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5050 Bechelli Lane, Redding, CA. They will  be honoring the following individuals: Ann Muir Corrin – minister of Pilgrim UCC is this year’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Award […]

International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

September 21 has been celebrated as the International Day of Peace by the United Nations each year since 1982. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Declaration of the Right of Peoples to Peace by the U.N. in 1984. That declaration called on all member states “to do their utmost…

Safe and Smart Priorities

Marc Beauchamp suggests in his July 12, 2014 Record Searchlight Editorial, that we need to “make crime the No. 1 issue in the November election,” after quoting excerpts from several vitriolic emails he has received. Homeless persons, transients, drug users, alcoholics, scrawny punks, mentally ill persons and outright criminals are all lumped indiscriminately together as if homelessness […]

The Summit: World Change Through Faith and Justice

Sojourners: Faith in Action for Social Justice is presenting The Summit: World Change Through Faith and Justice, June 18-20, 2014. The Summit is a collection of 300 leaders from a variety of sectors meeting today through Friday in Washington DC to “discuss, strategize, and create opportunities to act on some of the most…

Victims of Gun Violence

Please do more than pray for those affected by gun violence! Will you help stop gun violence? And today the New York Times had an article on how the G.O.P. is using gun sweepstakes and gun raffles as a campaign outreach tools! Is this how we protect our freedom and have the…

Vaisakhi Festival & Day for Non-violence

  Saturday, May, 10, 2014 has been set aside for the Vaisakhi Festival & Day for Non-violence at the Sikh Center, 5400 Sikh Centre Drive, Anderson, CA from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. There will be Punjabi food/snacks; community booths and multicultural performances. The FREE event is co-sponsored by the Shasta…

Nation of Change

Nation of Change

“Progressive Journalism for Positive Action” is the byline of non-profit NationofChange. The mission of NationofChange is “to help people create a more compassionate, responsible, and value-driven world, powered by communities that focus on positive solutions to social and economic problems.” They “strive to accomplish this mission through unbiased, independent journalism…

Ed Asner at Pilgrim

Ed Asner at Pilgrim

Ed Asner, the Emmy-award winning actor and social activist, will speak to the annual meeting of the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 1 to 4 PM at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding, CA During a career that has spanned…

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

The 12th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD 2014) will bring together hundreds of people of faith for “Resisting Violence, Building Peace.” on March 21, 2014 in Washington, D.C.  The national gathering will focus on the ways various forms of and policies promoting violence can be transformed to policies which enable peace. Ecumenical Advocacy…

Strict Father versus Nurturant Family

George Lakoff makes an important point about the power of two opposing moral postures, frames, world-views or value systems – strict-father (conservative) versus nurturant-family (progressive). He argues, in the strict-father worldview, “the father is the ultimate authority, he knows right from wrong, his job is to protect the family and so he’s…

For The Bible Tells Me So

Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating homosexuals and Christianity too wide to cross? How can the Bible be used to justify hate? These are the questions at the heart of Daniel Karslake’s 2007 movie FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO. This provocative, entertaining…

GUNS! What do you think their place in society is?

Shasta County Citizens for Democracy and Shasta-Tehama-Trinity ACLU are sponsoring a forum on Guns and Their Place in Society on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM  at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd, Redding, CA 96001 Bruce Ross, Record Searchlight Editorial Editor will be the moderator. Panelists include:…

Background Checks for Gun Purchases

This morning, the White House honored the victims of Sandy Hook  Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.who lost their lives due to gun violence one year ago with a moment of silence. Wouldn’t it be more fitting to have our government enact laws that requires background checks for all gun purchases…

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