10 Things Your Health Insurance Won’t Tell You

The Sunday Wall Street Journal publishes a weekly list of “Ten Things ____ Won’t Tell You” in the Sunday business section of affiliated papers around the US.  It can be interesting and a bit of fluff as well.  This week they chose to focus on health insurance.  Given the changes in Butte County benefits in the last couple of years, it is worth a read if only for some background and a little perspective about where we fall in the current climate.  This is a link to the original content on the Market Watch website. It is a slideshow, obnoxious to navigate, but worth clicking through the pages for the information.  Happy reading!


Chico Nature Center Hosts Workshops for High School Teachers

 3 Saturdays, 3 locations, 3 different themes: October 4th at Rancho Esquon – “Places We Live,” October 25th at the Lake Oroville Visitor’s Center – “Biodiversity,” and November 15 at the Chico Creek Nature Center – “Focus on Forests”

All workshops are 8:30AM-11:30AM

Participants will receive a PLT unit and access to EEI units at each training. Participants who attend all three trainings will qualify for CEU’s through CSU San Marcos  Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Sign up for one or all. Register here.

Promote Literacy in Chico

The first ever Chico Comic-Con is today from 10 am to 5 pm

 Chico Veteran’s Building 554 Rio Lindo Avenue Chico, CA 95926

Children 12 and under are free, all others are $3  ***  The funds collected go to support the Veterans group sponsoring the event.

Go out and support a wonderful literacy event in our community!!

Here are some resources for using Comics in the Classroom!

National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, a non-partisan celebration of democracy and the largest one-day effort to register voters.

The coming fall election will have a tremendous impact on students, teachers and schools, so it is vitally important that everyone who supports public education turns out to vote if eligible. National Voter Registration Day can help us make that happen. Click through to the National Voter Registration page below:


Banned Books Week Approaching!

Banned books week will celebrate the freedom to read September 21-27.  The focus this year is on comics and graphic novels!

The National Council of Teachers of English have resources available for teachers. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has discussion guides for 10 high quality graphic novels, they also have a free Banned Books Week Handbook.  If you would like to borrow any of these graphic novels, check with your local library or contact your chapter president.  The American Library Association has a well-organized and staggering amount of resources and information about banned books and Banned Books Week.

Enjoy the beautiful weather by going outside with a book or two!

Happy Labor Day – Join the Laborhood

I would like to share a few thoughts from the great organizer Fred Ross Sr. today.  Ross was an extraordinarily influential and somewhat overlooked organizer.  He began organizing after graduating from USC in the late 1930’s and continued through the 20th century.  He supervised the camp that John Steinbeck wrote about in the Grapes of Wrath and was the only supervisor known to push back against the injustices there.  He helped folks learn to organize around the issues of racial segregation in the workplace, schools and community; Japanese interment and reentry; civic improvement; police harassment; workers rights; and voter registration; across California.  He trained Dolores Huerta, Gilbert Padilla and Cesar Chavez in community organizing.  Fred Ross Sr moved countless people to stand up for what they knew was right for themselves and for their communities, together they made significant changed to the laws and practices in California.

These are thoughts from Axioms for Organizers by Fred Ross Sr, a booklet published in 1989:

Every Day – Organizing isn’t a job done once and done with. If organizers don’t renew their efforts every day of their lives, then only the grasping and greedy people remain active.

Doing It “For” People – If you think you can do it for people, you’ve stopped understanding what it means to be an organizer.

Winning Hearts & Minds–to win the hearts and minds of people, forget the dry facts and statistics; tell them the stories that won you to the cause.

Something else:

The Laborhood is a new online community for folks in and interested in the labor movement.  It is a well-designed site with articles, bits of information about labor in California, areas to share your story, get involved, and fun and games.  Check it out!  The app is also worth a download.

Thoroughly enjoy your Labor Day!

We must all hang together or assuredly we shall all hang separately.  -Benjamin Franklin