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.

Jan 31

Nevada-Placer Brady Chapter Update

 1. Next Nevada-Placer Brady Chapter Meeting is Wednesday, June 24th, 7-8:30 pm, at the Auburn Public Library in Auburn (350 Nevada St, Auburn, CA 95603)

2. Newsworthy:
Op-Ed: California sets example for US, pioneers gun violence prevention
Supreme Court Justices Reject NRA Appeal Over San Francisco Gun Laws
Study Shows Effectiveness of Brady Background Checks

3. National ASK Day is June 21st
Asking if there is a gun in the home where your children or grandchildren visit and play saves lives.
Sign the Pledge to ASK Petition

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

The following meeting dates have been set for 2015. Mark your calendar and join us!
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

July 2nd Next AADC Meeting – Join us!

MindyRomeroUCDOur next meeting is Thursday, July 2nd at 7 pm, Placer County Library (Beecher Room), 350 Nevada Street, Auburn.

 Mindy Romero, Ph.D., Director of the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) will be our speaker at AADC’s Monthly meeting July 2nd. CCEP is a non-partisan civic engagement research and outreach initiative for the State of California. A key focus of CCEP data analysis is identifying disparities and opportunities in civic participation across place and population in the state. An AADC business meeting will follow Dr. Romero’s presentation.

Romero is a political sociologist and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCD. Romero has been invited to speak about civic engagement and political rights in numerous venues, and has recently provided testimony to the National Commission on Voting Rights and the California Legislature. Her research has been cited in numerous major news outlets, including the Washington Post, LA Times, SF Chronicle, Politico and the Huffington Post. A native of California’s Central Valley, Romero currently serves as President of the Board of Mutual Housing California and is a member of the Social Service Commission for the City of Davis.