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SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK EVENTS September 9 - 14
See more details and more events at link below.

http://stonewallalliance.wix.com/careenoughtoact

Before I Die All Day Events
Before I Die is an interactive art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in a public space. People passing by will be able to write on the chalkboard wall what they want to do before they die.

Location: Chico State campus next to the Rose Garden Lawn (by Glenn Hall and Siskiyou Hall)
When: All day Monday-Friday, September 9th-13th, as well as Saturday, September 14th, during the
AFSP "Out of the Darkness" Walk
Contact: Ariel Ellis,umatter@csuchico.edu

Location: Butte-Glenn Community College main campus, Swing Space a common area
When: All day Monday-Tuesday, September 9th and10th
Contact: Stephanie Jimenez and Cedar Hernandez, safeplace@butte.edu

Location: Butte-Glenn Community College main campus, Campus Lawn
When: All day Wednesday-Thursday, September 11th and12th
Contact: Stephanie Jimenez and Cedar Hernandez, safeplace@butte.edu

Location: The Harmony House Drop in Center located at 343 Yolo Street, Orland, and The TAY Center
located at 612 4thStreet, Orland
When: All day Monday-Friday, September 9th-13th
Contact: Roxann Baillergeon/Sean Joslin, rbaillergeon@glenncountyhealth.net


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The public is invited to the FREE film viewing and discussion:
Voices from Israel/Palestine: Three short films on the struggle and the possibility

When: Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: 100th Monkey Café and Books, 642 W. 5th Street (5th & Ivy), Chico, CA.

The following short films will be shown, followed by a discussion.

  • Israel and Palestine, an animated introduction created by Jewish Voice for Peace, Easy to understand, historically accurate mini- primer about why Israelis and Palestinians are fighting, why the US-backed peace process has been an impediment to peace, and what you can do to make a difference.
  • Is Peace Out Of Reach? A 60 Minutes segment asks: Has peace in the Middle East become nothing more than a pipe dream? As Bob Simon reports, a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians feel that a two-state solution is no longer possible.
  • Mandy Patinkin, noted actor, singer and Association for Peace Now Board Member, speaking about his impressions of the Occupation at the 2012 Peace Now Conference

Co-sponsored by: The Middle East Working Group, and 100th Monkey Café and Books.
For further information contact: Ann Polivka, 530-228-1344.

This free event is part of a Fall 2013 presentation, film and discussion Series on 2nd Tuesdays: ISRAEL/PALESTINE TODAY:  CONFLICT!  OPPORTUNITY? offered to the community to stimulate dialog and encourage work for peace and justice in Israel-Palestine.

  1. September 10: Voices from Israel/Palestine: Three short films on the struggle and the possibility
  2. October 8:  Film:My Neighborhood-- Friends, Enemies, Neighbors-- Which future for Israel/Palestine
  3. November 12:  First Hand Report: Current Impressions in Israel/Palestine
  4. December 10:  Refusing to Be Enemies: An Interfaith Approach to Peace

 


Transcript: Obama Speaks of Verdict Through the Prism of African-American Experience

Following is a transcript of President Obama’s remarks on race in America in the White House briefing room. (Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service.)

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I — I wanted to come out here first of all to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is — is very much looking forward to the session.

Second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks there are going to obviously be a whole range of issues — immigration, economics, et cetera — we’ll try to arrange a fuller press conference to address your questions.

The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions, but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week, the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gave an — a preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday, but watching the debate over the course of the last week I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.

First of all, you know, I — I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s — it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.

The second thing I want to say is to reiterate what I said on Sunday, which is there are going to be a lot of arguments about the legal — legal issues in the case. I’ll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues.

The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a — in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.

But I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling. You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African-American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away.

There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me.

And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.

And you know, I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear.

The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws, everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.

Now, this isn’t to say that the African-American community is naïve about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they are disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact, although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context.

We understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.

And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of African-American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African-American boys are more violent — using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.

I think the African-American community is also not naïve in understanding that statistically somebody like Trayvon Martin was probably statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else.

So — so folks understand the challenges that exist for African-American boys, but they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it or — and that context is being denied. And — and that all contributes, I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.

Now, the question for me at least, and I think, for a lot of folks is, where do we take this? How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction? You know, I think it’s understandable that there have been demonstrations and vigils and protests, and some of that stuff is just going to have to work its way through as long as it remains nonviolent. If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family.

But beyond protests or vigils, the question is, are there some concrete things that we might be able to do? I know that Eric Holder is reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government — the criminal code. And law enforcement has traditionally done it at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.

That doesn’t mean, though, that as a nation, we can’t do some things that I think would be productive. So let me just give a couple of specifics that I’m still bouncing around with my staff so we’re not rolling out some five-point plan, but some areas where I think all of us could potentially focus.

Number one, precisely because law enforcement is often determined at the state and local level, I think it’d be productive for the Justice Department — governors, mayors to work with law enforcement about training at the state and local levels in order to reduce the kind of mistrust in the system that sometimes currently exists.

You know, when I was in Illinois I passed racial profiling legislation. And it actually did just two simple things. One, it collected data on traffic stops and the race of the person who was stopped. But the other thing was it resourced us training police departments across the state on how to think about potential racial bias and ways to further professionalize what they were doing.

And initially, the police departments across the state were resistant, but actually they came to recognize that if it was done in a fair, straightforward way, that it would allow them to do their jobs better and communities would have more confidence in them and in turn be more helpful in applying the law. And obviously law enforcement’s got a very tough job.

So that’s one area where I think there are a lot of resources and best practices that could be brought to bear if state and local governments are receptive. And I think a lot of them would be. And — and let’s figure out other ways for us to push out that kind of training.

Along the same lines, I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if it — if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than defuse potential altercations.

I know that there’s been commentary about the fact that the Stand Your Ground laws in Florida were not used as a defense in the case.

On the other hand, if we’re sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there’s a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see?

And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these Stand Your Ground laws, I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened?

And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.

Number three — and this is a long-term project: We need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys? And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?

You know, I’m not naïve about the prospects of some brand-new federal program.

I’m not sure that that’s what we’re talking about here. But I do recognize that as president, I’ve got some convening power.

And there are a lot of good programs that are being done across the country on this front. And for us to be able to gather together business leaders and local elected officials and clergy and celebrities and athletes and figure out how are we doing a better job helping young African-American men feel that they’re a full part of this society and that — and that they’ve got pathways and avenues to succeed — you know, I think that would be a pretty good outcome from what was obviously a tragic situation. And we’re going to spend some time working on that and thinking about that.

And then finally, I think it’s going to be important for all of us to do some soul-searching. You know, there have been talk about should we convene a conversation on race. I haven’t seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations. They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have.

On the other hand, in families and churches and workplaces, there’s a possibility that people are a little bit more honest, and at least you ask yourself your own questions about, am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can; am I judging people, as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin but the content of their character? That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy.

And let me just leave you with — with a final thought, that as difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better. Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race. I doesn’t mean that we’re in a postracial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated. But you know, when I talk to Malia and Sasha and I listen to their friends and I see them interact, they’re better than we are. They’re better than we were on these issues. And that’s true in every community that I’ve visited all across the country.

And so, you know, we have to be vigilant and we have to work on these issues, and those of us in authority should be doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature as opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions. But we should also have confidence that kids these days I think have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did, and that along this long, difficult journey, you know, we’re becoming a more perfect union — not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.

All right? Thank you, guys.

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Rowell Family Empowerment

of Northern California, Inc.





IEP Prep Training for Parents
Join us for a Webinar on July 16

 

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/678049214


Join us (FREE to parents) and learn about all aspects of the IEP process! The IEP document itself may seem big and lengthy, but once you start to understand it and learn about the applicable laws, you'll feel more comfortable and empowered while advocating for your child.

Our experienced trainers will tell you what to expect during an IEP Meeting. You will learn about the IEP document and how you can use it as a tool for planning your child's education. We will teach you how to arrange Lil Johnny's (or Lil Jenny's) assessments, reports and everything else in an organized binder so you'll be prepared for that next IEP Meeting like never before!

Title:
    IEP Prep Training for Parents
Date:    Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Time:    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® XP or newer

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®/iPad®/Android™ smartphone or tablet




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From Our Friends at the Children’s Defense Fund:

Thirteen-year-old Michael Graham, an eighth grader at Henry H. Wells Middle School in Brewster, New York, was popular with his classmates and played football, basketball, and lacrosse. But this year on January 14th, Michael committed suicide using a pistol he had found in his home. Michael’s father had three unregistered handguns in the house:  a .40 caliber, a 9mm, and a .44 Magnum.

On February 5th, the grandmother of 15-year-old Steven Keele reported her grandson missing. She went to take a bath and came out to find him gone. Authorities found Steven the next day, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the edge of a field behind his grandmother’s home in Limestone County, Alabama. His grandmother doesn’t know where Steven got the gun.

On March 11th, a New Hampshire police chief left his service gun on top of the safe in his closet when he went to run some errands. It was there that his girlfriend’s son, 15-year-old Jacob Carver, found it. Later that day, Jacob shot himself in the stomach with the gun. Jacob was a freshman at Timberlane Regional High School where he was a member of the school’s football and freshman wrestling teams. He was remembered as “a goofball and a free spirit who had a great sense of humor and always made people laugh.”

To some people each of these boys probably seemed like any other teenager in their communities—young people with ups and downs, but who should have had the rest of their lives ahead of them. No one but them might have been able to predict when those ups and downs would become too much. But when that moment came, Michael, Steven, and Jacob all sadly had something in common:  access to a gun. Now all three are among this year’s child victims of a quiet but widespread American epidemic.

In 2010, 19,392 Americans, including 749 children and teenagers, killed themselves with a gun. Boys were eight times more likely than girls to die in a gun suicide. A little over one in four (28 percent) gun deaths in children and teens were suicides and 66 percent were homicides. For adults 20 and older, it was almost the reverse. Two out of three deaths (65 percent) were suicides and 32 percent were homicides. Almost 88 percent of the victims of gun suicides of all ages were White, but for children and teens, American Indian or Alaska Native children and teens had the highest rate of gun suicide, nearly twice as high as White children and teens. Gun suicides have contributed to a terrible overall trend: suicide has now overtaken car accidents as the leading cause of injury-related deaths for the total population in the United States.

As with all gun deaths, there are multiple victims when a suicide occurs. Family members, friends, teachers, and coaches often struggle with guilt about signs they missed or extra steps they could have taken.

Some people argue these tragic deaths would all have taken place no matter what and the same victims who killed themselves with guns would have simply used other means if they had not had access to guns. But studies show this is not true.  An estimated 94 percent of gun-related suicides would not occur if no guns were present. In fact, having a gun in the home makes the likelihood of suicide three to five times higher. One simple reason is that most suicide attempts are not successful, and nine out of ten people who survive a suicide attempt eventually go on to die from something else. Using a gun makes a terrible difference: experts estimate suicide attempts using guns are as much as 90 percent likely to succeed. This is especially tragic for teenagers, who may lack the experience and perspective to know how to cope with highs and lows triggered by brain chemistry they can’t always control. The simple presence of a gun can make what otherwise might have been a temporary period of depression or momentary despair fatal. 

When it comes to guns and suicide, especially in young people, there are things we can do. Access to guns is itself considered a risk factor for teenage suicide. There are many common sense ways to limit child access to guns. More than half of youths who commit suicide with a gun obtain the gun from their own homes, usually a parent’s gun. Parents who own guns should store them unloaded and locked, and make sure their children don’t know how to access the gun. Parents whose children are going through tough times can temporarily remove guns from their homes to make sure their children can’t access them.

I hope all of us will oppose laws—like the one passed in Florida in 2011 but later invalidated in a legal challenge—that prevent medical professionals from asking about guns in the home and providing counseling about how to prevent gun injuries and deaths.

We can do better.  Visit the Children’s Defense Fund web site to learn what else we can do. What we can’t do is pretend the guns themselves don’t matter. As Harvard School of Public Health scholars Dr. Matthew Miller and Dr. David Hemenway put it, “Too many seem to believe that anyone who is serious enough about suicide to use a gun would find an equally effective means if a gun were not available. This belief is invalid . . . Effective suicide prevention should focus not only on a patient’s psychological condition but also on the availability of lethal means — which can make the difference between life and death.”

Michael Petit
President
Every Child Matters Education Fund

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Honoring the Human Spirit- NVC in Chico
Meagan Fischer


 

Five of us--Nadir Nimrod, Jennifer and Eric Anderson, Jonah Richman, and myself--have been offering classes both in the general foundations of NVC, and in specific applications of NVC such as parenting and social change. We also have connections with trainers in Oregon House and Grass Valley who occasionally come to Chico to do offerings for the community here.

For those who complete some form of basic class and have a desire for ongoing intermediate practice, we host a practice group every Saturday at the Peace and Justice Center, which has been a continuously supportive venue for this group, as well as for other NVC offerings. We are now working with CPJC to involve interns in our classes, and the Center is always a great resource for networking with those who are seeking out opportunities to learn about NVC.

Lately I've been seeing human responses to conflict as a spectrum. On one end of the spectrum is compassionate dialogue, while on the extreme of the other end is killing (on any scale, including war and genocide). The more people stray from dialogue, the more they move in the direction of violence and harm, be it emotional or physical. And the more we have the tools to dialogue meaningfully about conflict, the further we move away from the potential of violence. Every time I gather with the NorCal NVC steering committee to decide on our next steps as a group or to collaborate on a project or support one another myriad of ways, I have renewed hope for the world. We are practicing a new way of interacting with one another that honors the human spirit. When we do that it is much harder to objectify others, which means we're much less likely to ever bring them to harm.

I have heard participants at our weekly offerings say that this is the best thing they do all week. People come to be rejuvenated through honest connection with others who hold similar values of peace, respect, and compassion. People leave workshops and retreats inspired and empowered about parenting, activism, and many other areas of life.

To find out about upcoming free events, classes, and workshops, please visit our website, norcalnvc.org, where you can also sign up on our email list to get regular updates. We would love to meet you!

Sincerely,
Meagan Fischer,
on behalf of NorCal NVC
March 30, 2013 

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VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT RENEWED
WITH NEW PROTECTIONS FOR LGBT AND NATIVE AMERICANS

Link to Democracy Now interview:

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/8/new_violence_against_women_act_includes

Obama Signs Violence Against Women Act

By JOSH LEDERMAN 03/07/13 04:14 PM ET EST AP

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama signed expanded protections for domestic violence victims into law Thursday, renewing a measure credited with curbing attacks against women a year and a half after it lapsed amid partisan bickering.

The revitalized Violence Against Women Act also marked an important win for gay rights advocates and Native Americans, who will see new protections under the law, and for Obama, whose attempts to push for a renewal failed last year after they became entangled in gender politics and the presidential election.

"This is your day. This is the day of the advocates, the day of the survivors. This is your victory," Obama said. "This victory shows that when the American people make their voices heard, Washington listens."

As Obama prepared to put his pen to the new law, new government data underscored both the progress that has been made and the enduring need to do more.

The rate of sexual violence against women and girls age 12 or older fell 64 percent in a decade and has remained stable for five years, the Justice Department said in a survey released Thursday. In 2010, women and girls nationwide experienced about 270,000 rapes or sexual assaults, compared with 556,000 in 1995.

The survey also showed that rapes and sexual assault rates involving women have plateaued while violent crime rates overall have declined. Women's advocacy groups called the report proof that the Violence Against Women Act and heightened awareness of the problem by police has had a positive effect.

Still, 1 in 5 women will be raped during their lifetime, said Obama, asserting a continued need for action nearly two decades after the bill's original passage in 1994.

"It didn't just change the rules, it changed our culture. It empowered people to start speaking out," Obama said.

The law authorizes some $659 million a year over five years for programs that strengthen the criminal justice system's response to crimes against women and some men, such as transitional housing, legal assistance, law enforcement training and hotlines. One element of this year's renewal focuses on ways to reduce sexual assault on college campuses. It also reauthorizes the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, adds stalking to the list of crimes that make immigrants eligible for protection and authorizes programs to reduce the backlog in rape investigations.

After twice being renewed with little resistance, it was something of a surprise in 2011 when lawmakers let the act expire. At the crux of the election-year clash were disagreements about expanded protections for gays and lesbians, Native Americans and illegal immigrants.

Sensing a political advantage, Senate Democrats offered an expanded law that specifically protects gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender Americans and gives tribal authorities the power to prosecute non-Indians for abuse committed on tribal lands. Republicans saw the move to load a popular bill with controversial elements as a provocation and objected to the Native American provisions on constitutional grounds. Democrats rejected a Republican alternative, arguing it didn't go far enough.

Continued resistance became less tenable for the GOP after its less-than-stellar performance among women voters in November's election. In February, House Republicans capitulated and allowed a vote on an almost identical version of the bill, which passed 286-138. It was the third time in two months that House Speaker John Boehner let a Democratic-supported bill reach the floor despite opposition from a majority of his own party – a clear sign that Republicans wanted to put the issue behind them.

"When I see how quickly it got done, I'm feeling – it makes me feel optimistic," Obama said sarcastically as he signed the bill Thursday.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden offered special thanks to Republicans, including Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who supported the renewal despite opposition from many in her party.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Eric Holder and members of the House and Senate from both parties joined Obama for the signing ceremony. Biden, who wrote and sponsored the original law in 1994, credited survivors who brought attention to the issue by speaking out despite the pain of reliving the attacks they endured.

"It brings it all back like a very bad nightmare," Biden said.

It was just days after the weddings that the assaults started, recalled Diane Millich, a Native American and advocate who introduced Biden. She said her ex-husband would mock her defenselessness by calling tribal police and sheriffs, who refused to act until he showed up with a gun.

"All the times I called the police and nothing was done only made my ex-husband believe he was above the law and untouchable," she said.

Linda Fairstein, the former chief sex crimes prosecutor for New York County, said domestic violence remains a huge problem in many Native American and ethnic communities, where women have been less able to seek recourse.

"This gives access to tens of thousands of victims who have just been denied access to the criminal justice system," Fairstein said in an interview.

Although the Violence Against Women Act has been credited with helping reduce domestic violence incidents by two-thirds since its inception, advocates were careful not to suggest that the problem has become any less urgent. Some questioned the accuracy of the new Justice Department data and whether the decline really represented fewer women reporting attacks.

"Having worked in the field, I don't think things are that much better for women," Fairstein said. "That's why these protections are so important."

Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report.

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-WE
A Magazine Exclusively for Everyone

A publication of AMJaMB, a local Supported Living and Day Services non-profit
See the 3rd issue of this wonderful magazine at
http://we-for-everyone.com/we3/


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Parenting From The Heart
With Jennifer and Eric Anderson
Join us for a monthly workshop and support group for families who want to integrate Compassionate Communication into their daily lives. On the second Saturday of each month beginning in March, Eric and Jennifer Anderson, long time NVC parents and teachers will share the basics of Nonviolent Communication for parents. Over the course of many months topics will include:
  • Basics of NVC
  • Conflict Resolution in the home
  • Caring for the caretaker first
  • Building support networks for healthy, strong families
  • Attachment 
  • Anger, stress, and the nervous system
  • Playful parenting-learn how to give super silly empathy and use natural language rather than an NVC "formula"
Cost: Free
Location:  TBA
Time:  Second Saturday of each month beginning March, 2013, 10-12pm. Child care can be arranged. 
Call 701-0999 or 635-7424 to register.

www.norcalnvc.org


 

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White Power Symbols & White Power Music 

Become informed about the White Supremacist Movement's outreach to our youth through music. Turn It Down is a resource of the Center for New Community.

http://turnitdown.newcomm.org/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

Be aware of the symbols used by the White Power movement. These symbols represent and promote hate. Follow this link to the Anti-Defamation League's resource  http://www.adl.org/hate_symbols/default.asp


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Teaching Tolerance,
a semi-annual magazine of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is an excellent resource for parents and teachers. The articles are always interesting, compelling and timely.  Here is the web address for the most recent issue.

http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-41-spring-2012

Feature Articles

Catching Kids Before They Sink

Laura Sofen�s inner angry teenager guides her each day as a teacher.

Overcoming Cultural Gaps and Digital Divides

Teacher-librarian Amy Hamrick found out the hard way why it�s important to learn about students� many cultures.

Possession Obsession

Almost one-third of teen relationships involve abuse. Help students learn to avoid�or break free from�unhealthy entanglements.

Out of Bounds

Sports rivalries can energize school spirit. But keeping events respectful takes a dynamic blend of foresight, leadership and buy-in from the community.

�Give Bigotry No Sanction�

Why did religious pluralism flourish in the United States? Because George Washington and other Founders worked hard to nurture it. Facing History and Ourselves offers lessons that can guide students through key documents that illustrate the freedom our Founders envisioned.

And more

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NorCal Nonviolent Communication Workshops
with Francois Beausoleil
Register and for more info at www.norcalnvc.org or call Jennifer 530-701-0999, Cindy 530-520-0589, or Lakshmi 530-895-3706.

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  IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ELDERS ABOUT SERVICES

RESOURCES:
Passages: 898-5923 Chico main office;
898-6716 to make appointment with
representative who is at the Paradise
Ridge Senior Center on Tuesdays.

BC Behavioral Health Adult Crisis Line
(24 hrs): 1-800-334-6622

Senior Connections/BC Behavioral
Health: 872-6452 Medication support,
case management, in-home supportive
services.

Senior Law Project of Legal Services
of Northern California: Make an
appointment through Passages at 898-5923.

Adult Protective Services/BC Dept. of
Social Services: 1-800-664-9774

California Senior Legal Hotline: 1-800-
222-1753 Free and confidential legal
assistance for seniors who are victims of
domestic abuse.

 

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Stonewall Alliance Groups & Meetings

Support Groups for all ages -- Go to www.stonewallchico.org

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 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES

SERVICES

Catalyst Services include a 24-hour hotline (1-800-895-8476), counseling, both one-on-one and weekly drop-in group sessions, legal advocacy, and safe housing. Their website is at www.catalystdvservices.org.

FOCIS Domestic Violence, Women�s Support Group meets Tuesdays at 3pm - 5pm. It is open to all, not just Native Americans. For information contact FOCIS Program @ 534-5394 ext 270. Individual assessments must be completed before entry into the group.

http://www.frth.org/images/stories/Newsletters/focis-2012-04.pdf

Anger Management Group at Feather River Clinic meets Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm. The Co-ed six-week Class start date is contingent upon sign-ups. You must be a registered patient at Feather River Tribal Health. Full attendance required to obtain a certificate. There is a fee for non-native participants of $40. (No couples and not for Court Mandates). Please contact Tom @ 532-6811, Ext. 270.

 

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