May 24

HISTORY OF CHILDREN’S PEACE CAMP by Millee Livingston and Leslye Janusz, Peace Camp Organizers


Peace Camps began in 1986 by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) at the WILPF Western Regional Meeting in Missoula, MT. WILPF members, who wanted to bring their children, felt that there should be something beyond childcare for their children. Thus WILPF Peace Camps were born and quickly sprang up over the country in the following years. It probably was the first Children’s Peace Camp ever presented in the United States.

Since that eventful day in Missoula, Children’s Peace Camp was organized in Auburn, CA in 1987 by Millee Livingston and the Auburn branch of WILPF. It has been happening since then, with a few years off for rest and rehabilitation. The Camps have introduced over a thousand young children, in the past twenty-nine years, to the ways of peace, justice, and environmental awareness.

Peace Camp in Auburn is a grassroots program, with volunteers, staff and fiscal sponsors from many community and faith based organizations. In addition to WILPF, most of them are involved in its planning and implementation. The camp typically runs for a week in the summer, usually ending with a commemoration for Hiroshima Day.

In 2010, Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists picked up the program, changed the name to “Growing Peace Camp” and ran the program for two years at the Placer Nature Center. The Camp has been hosted for the past three years at the Alta Vista School in Auburn. The dates for this year’s Camp are August 3-7, 2015.

In 2014 and 2015, the Placer People of Faith Together (PPOFT) has offered to be the fiscal umbrella agency for the camp. Growing Peace Camp has found a home with PPOFT, as one of their outreach programs working to strengthen families and community.

We are very excited to announce that the 2015 Growing Peace Camp theme is “Peace With Our Planet”. Currently the Camp is partially funded by a variety of grants, local government and civic organizations. No child will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Activities will support respect, protection and conservation of our natural world. They will include nature hikes, music and friendship building. Children ages 5-10 will participate in hands on artistic and educational curriculum designed to promote peace in our world (including environmental and social concepts). Other activities include involving Campers with special needs as well as a Camp video project with the 11-14 year olds.

Additional funding for staff and daily guest specialists will make this year’s Growing Peace Camp the best one ever!

For more information and how you can help with Growing Peace Camp, please contact Millee Livingston at 530-887-1775 or email:


Growing Peace Camp’s mission is to provide an alternative day camp experience that fosters an understanding of peace, justice, and environmental awareness appropriate to the needs of the children involved.


  1. To teach concepts of peace, equality, and justice at a developmentally appropriate level.
  2. To encourage the development of self-esteem, empowerment, critical thinking skills and the interdependence of all livings things.
  3. To encourage respect for the environment and the interdependence of all living things.
  4. To introduce peaceful conflict resolutions skills and alternatives to war play.
  5. To provide an opportunity for children of diverse ethnic and class backgrounds to create comfortable, empathic relationships with one another.
  6. To facilitate in children an understanding of their humanness and different ways they are human.
  7. To provide a relaxing, yet energizing “camp” atmosphere for the campers and their families.
  8. To provide opportunities for young children, teens and young adults to learn new ways to interact together that build and strengthen their families and communities in which they live through the practice of non-violent peaceful communication.

May 24

Wed May 27th Community Forum in Davis to prevent violence

One year ago today, the Isla Vista rampage took six, young promising lives. We remember the victims today and commit to working to prevent violence. Attend our community forum in Davis next Wednesday to learn and support actions for NOT ONE MORE Victim of Gun Violence (let me know if you are interested in car-pooling to Davis):

Preventing Gun Violence: A Call to Action
Brady Chapters host public forum on May 27

The Yolo County and Sacramento Valley Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will host a community forum on May 27. UC Davis gun violence researcher Dr. Garen Wintemute of the UC Davis School of Medicine will be joined by Senator Lois Wolk; Assemblymember Bill Dodd; former Assemblymember Helen Thomson; and Amanda Wilcox, legislative and policy chair of the California Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The forum will take place from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the first floor auditorium of the Genome Center, 451 Health Science Drive on the UC Davis campus in Davis. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will mark the one-year anniversary of the Isla Vista shootings near the UC Santa Barbara campus, which claimed the lives of six people and injured fourteen others.

“Unfortunately, the violence continues,” said Anke Schennink, chair of the Yolo County Brady Chapter. “A recent tragic death in Davis, and yet another shooting in Isla Vista, reinforce the urgent need for action to make our campuses and our communities safer.”

Speakers will highlight recent research findings and current legislation aimed at decreasing the incidence of gun violence. Senator Wolk will discuss Senate Bill 707, her legislation to prohibit individuals with concealed weapons permits from bringing firearms onto any public or private school (K-12), college, or university campus without permission of campus officials. Dean Michael Lairmore of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine will offer remarks in memory of Whitney Engler, the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine student who was shot and killed in March.

The forum is co-hosted by the Associated Students of UC Davis-sponsored One Campus Health Coalition Initiative and Saving California Communities.

Directions to the Genome Center can be found at:
Directions to Community Forum in Davis

Amanda Wilcox
Nevada-Placer Chapter
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Mar 17

Conservation AND Power Production – by AADC member Kermit Carraway

I was very interested in the recent talk on global warming and methods to combat it. There is no disputing that Americans need to practice conservation, given that we use about some 20% of resources with only 5% of the population. However, conservation cannot solve the global warming problem. On a recent trip to China we were told that the ambition of middle class Chinese is to live an American life style, including an automobile. We heard a similar line in Vietnam on a later trip. One has to believe that Indians, Bangladeshis, Indonesians and others feel similarly. There are about 10 Asians for every American; for every nickel Americans save in energy, the Asians will eventually burn a dollar. And the African population is predicted to double or more in this century. Where do you get the energy to accommodate these populations?

Engineers who are smarter than I have shown that the sunlight impinging on a small fraction of the Sahara Desert is sufficient for all of the energy needs of everyone in the world. The key is to be able to capture, store and distribute that solar energy or other types of renewables (e.g. wind, tidal). Americans should be leading that effort. In fact, we had a start in the 1970s when the Carter administration set up a renewable energy research institute(s) in Colorado to investigate these issues. Unfortunately, the Reagan administration largely shut down this effort at the behest of their corporate masters, particularly the oil and coal industries.

The first issue is generation. I produce about 80% of our electricity needs with a solar panel, but that is not feasible in much of the world, which has less sunlight. However, a 2-3-fold increase in collection efficiency should be feasible in the next 2 decades and make solar more practical for everyone. Wind power is currently dominated by wind farms using these monstrous windmill towers visible on some California hills. But there are much smaller and more efficient collectors available; they are simply not economical at present. That is a question of scale; powerful computers became incredibly cheap when kids started using them for gaming.

The second issue is storage. With a 3-fold more efficient battery (an updated version of the one in my Ford Hybrid) I could store the sunlight energy collected and eliminate the “dark cycle” problem. Moreover, that battery would power an electric vehicle with a 300 mile range to replace the hybrid. I could then use sunlight-powered energy for all of my needs except air travel (until there is an electric airplane engine).

The final issue is transmission. As much as half of electric power produced is lost in transmission from power plant to user. There are methods to reduce this loss, but they are incredibly expensive (e.g. liquid nitrogen cooling of transmission cables). I would like to put PG&E (as well as the oil and coal companies) out of business by localizing power production and distribution. Not everyone has the ability to produce electricity at their homes, but certainly most communities could do this. What is lacking is the political will and muscle. Fortunately, the State of New York has just passed legislation to encourage this effort. An article in Mother Jones describes their attempt; I have posted it on my Facebook page. It is only a beginning, but combatting global warming is a critical issue that we cannot leave to the politicians and power producers.

Kermit Carraway

Jan 31

Nevada-Placer Brady Chapter Update

May 2015 Nevada-Placer Brady Chapter Update


1. Forum on Gun Violence Prevention – May 27th
2. Oregon Expands Background Checks!
3. State Superintendent backs School Memo on Safe Storage of Firearms
4. Million Mom March 15th Anniversary

1. Forum on Gun Violence Prevention – May 27th. The Yolo County and Sacramento Valley Brady Chapters will mark the one-year anniversary of the Isla Vista shootings near the UC Santa Barbara campus with a forum on May 27, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., in the first floor auditorium of the Genome Center, 451 Health Science Drive on the UC Davis campus in Davis. Speakers will highlight recent research findings and current legislation aimed at decreasing the incidence of gun violence.

2. Oregon Senate Bill 941, a bill to expand Brady background checks to all gun sales, was signed into law last week by Governor Kate Brown. Oregon is now the sixth state since the Sandy Hook tragedy to expand Brady background checks to all gun sales. Since the U.S. Congress is refusing to act, we are taking background checks to the states. The next state will be Nevada in 2016!

3. California Brady’s Safe Storage of Firearms Memo has the backing of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson! For a number of years, individual CA Brady chapters have been working to get school districts to send home a memo regarding child access to firearms and safe storage. (Our own Ready Springs School District in Nevada County was the first district in the state to send home the memo!) Last February, a group of Brady leaders met directly with Superintendent Torlakson to explain the importance of this gun safety issue. He agreed wholeheartedly and sent our memo to all school districts, charter schools and private schools in California. Superintendent Torlakson’s letter, the memo, and our Press Release can be viewed HERE.

4. Million Mom March 15th Anniversary. The Million Mom March became a grassroots movement started by Donna Dees-Thomases in response to the tragic shooting at a day care center in Granada Hills, California on August 10, 1999. Many of our advocates participated in the March in Washington DC on Mother’s Day 2000 and have been working to prevent gun violence ever since. (In California, the Million Mom March Chapters became the Brady Chapters.) Watch a special tribute video about the MILLION MOM MARCH.

Studies of school shootings show that 68% of school shooters acquired the guns from their own home, or that of a relative.

Amanda Wilcox
Nevada-Placer Chapter
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence


Our next Nevada-Placer Brady Chapter meeting is on Wednesday, June 24th in Auburn. The meeting begins at 7 pm. The following meeting dates have been set for 2015. Mark your calendar and join us!

June 24 (Wed.) Auburn
July 22 (Wed.) Nevada City
Oct. 28 (Wed.) Auburn
Dec. 9 (Wed.) Nevada City

All meetings start at 7 pm. Auburn meetings are at the Auburn Library (350 Nevada Street, Auburn).  Nevada City meetings are at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office (112 Nevada City Hwy, Nevada City)

Jan 23

June 4th Next AADC Meeting – Join us for our POT LUCK!

Our next meeting is Thursday, June 4th at 7 pm. We’ll return to our regular meeting place, Placer County Library (Beecher Room), 350 Nevada Street, Auburn now that the Library has been re-carpeted and painted.

We’ll be celebrating AADC’s 11th Birthday with cake and ice cream so join us!  Please bring a dish to share at our semi-annual Pot Luck dinner as follows:

Last names beginning with A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H – Drinks and snacks (chip n’ dip, etc.)

Last names beginning with I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P – Main dish

Last names beginning with Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z – Salad or Side Dish

Following the Pot Luck we’ll hold a short AADC Business meeting where we will vote on AADC Officers for 2015-2016 (term begins July 1st) and the 2015 AADC Budget.