The Peace and Social Justice Calendar

January 2023

Sponsored by the Fresno Center for Nonviolence

Note: Contact the organizer for up-to-date information on whether meetings are in person or via Zoom.

Sponsored by the Fresno Center for Nonviolence

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3

National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) 5:30 p.m. Los Amigo’s Restaurant, 5088 N. Blackstone Ave. Speaker: Torella McAlister Minor. Topic: What’s New at Mollie’s House. For more info, contact 559-222-6212 or joanne@pbyoga.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4

KFCF 88.1 FM: Stir It Up! 3 p.m. Community Alliance radio show hosted by Daren Miller. Guest: Carole Laval. Discussion of upcoming events focusing on the Stop the Hate Town Hall No. 2 and MLK Jr. Weekend. For more info, visit www.kfcf.org.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5

ArtHop Downtown/Tower District 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Museums, studios, galleries and other venues open their exhibits free to the public. For more info, visit FACarthop on Facebook.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) 7 p.m. Via Zoom. For more info, contact 559-360-8054 or taca_03@ymail.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7

Kennedy Club of the San Joaquin Valley 9 a.m. Marie Callender’s Restaurant, 1781 E. Shaw Ave. For more info, contact 559-435-4043.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) 6 p.m. For more info, contact 559-287-1308 or bapacfresno@gmail.com.

Stonewall Democratic Club 6 p.m., Democratic Party HQ, 1033 U St. For more info, contact 559-709-8016 or conantm@aol.com.

Peace Fresno 7 p.m. Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 Van Ness Ave. In person/via Zoom. For more info, call 559-355-9717.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11

KFCF 88.1 FM: Stir It Up! 3 p.m. Fresno Center for Nonviolence radio show. For more info, visit www.kfcf.org.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12

West Fresno Ministerial Alliance MLK Prayer Breakfast 8 a.m. Westside Church of God, 1424 W. California Ave. For more info, contact booker.lewis@fresno.gov.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13

MLK Garlanding Ceremony 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Courthouse Park. Welcome by Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer. Special guest: Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Michele Cantwell-Copher in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Also featuring the Fresno Unified School District’s Black student unions and the King Elementary School Dancers. For more info, contact 559-435-2212 or 559-681-3140.

MLK Awards Program 5 p.m. Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St. Welcome by Fresno City Council President Tyler Maxwell. Honorees—Educational Leadership Award: Retired Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Jim Yovino; Community Leadership Award: Tiffany Binion Mangum; Public Service Award: Clovis Police Chief Curt Fleming; and Les Kimber Community Service Award: Central Valley Black Nurses Association. For more info, contact summer.gaston-gehris@fresnounified.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14

Clovis Police Department MLK Community Breakfast 9 a.m. California Health Science University, 2500 Alluvial Ave., Clovis. Keynote speaker: Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor. Tickets $5 each (prepayment required). For more info, contact 559-324-2476 or erinf@cityofclovis.com.

Fresno Bike Station 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Tower Velo, 1440 N. Van Ness Ave. This event is to help you tune-up your bicycle for free. Experienced volunteers available to guide you in repairing your bicycle. Sponsored by Tower Velo Bicycle Shop and the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition. For more info, contact 916-479-2477.

West Fresno Ministerial Alliance MLK Service 6 p.m. Westside Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2750 S. MLK Jr. Blvd. For more info, contact saintscommunity@sbcglobal.net or booker.lewis@fresno.gov.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15

Gospel Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 4 p.m. Westside Church of God, 1424 W. California Ave. For more info, contact centralvalleygin@gmail.com or eric.paynecmc@gmail.com.

Candlelight Peace Vigil 6 p.m. Westside Church of God, 1424 W. California Ave. For more info, contact 559-435-2212.

Countdown to King Concert & Rally 9:30 p.m.–midnight. Tower Theatre, 809 E. Olive Ave. Free. For more info, contact edwardthomas858@icloud.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 16

MLK Community March 9:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m. St. John’s Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa Ave. Marchers assemble at 9:30 a.m. March begins at 10 a.m., stops at Fresno City Hall and then proceeds to Veterans Memorial Auditorium. For more info, contact 559-284-6420.

MLK Commemoration Program 11 a.m. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 245 Fresno St. Celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to the community and our enriched culture. Keynote speaker: Marc Philpart of the  California Black Freedom Fund. For more info, contact 559-908-0639 or eric.paynecmc@gmail.com.

California Latina Democrats–Fresno 6:30 p.m. Via Zoom. For more info, contact chaircalatinadems@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18

KFCF 88.1 FM: Speaking Truth to Empire 3 p.m. Hosted by Dan Yaseen. For more info, visit www.kfcf.org.

MLK Art, Essay and Speech Contest 6 p.m. Clovis Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 808 4th St., Clovis. Hosted by the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. For more info, contact 559-246-4432.

San Joaquin Valley Democratic Club 6:30 p.m. Via Zoom. For more info, call 559-312-3925.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19

Fresno State Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Noon–1 p.m. Fresno State Peace Garden, 5241 N. Maple Ave. Presented by the Fresno State African American Program. For more info, contact Maria Williams at 559-278-4435.

ArtHop Metropolitan/Fresno Metro Area 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Museums, studios, galleries and other venues open their exhibits free to the public. For more info, visit FACarthop on Facebook.

Clovis Democratic Club 6 p.m. Seven Cafe & Grill, 25 Clovis Ave. For more info, contact 559-322-9740 or jenikren@gmail.com.

Sierra Club Tehipite Chapter 7 p.m. Via Zoom. Speaker: Pamela Flick, California program director for Defenders of Wildlife. Topic: The Return of Gray Wolves to California. An overview of gray wolf natural history, ecological role and current distribution and population in North America and in California. The historic reintroduction efforts in the northern Rockies to bring wolves back from the brink of extinction will be discussed, as will implications for wolf recovery in the western states with an emphasis on the importance of coexistence and moving beyond misinformation about this native species. Visit sierraclub.org/tehipite to register in advance.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 

West Fresno Democratic Club 9 a.m. Via Zoom. For more info, contact 559-930-4909 or westfresnodemclub@gmail.com.

Central Valley Progressive PAC 3:30 p.m. Via Zoom. For more info, contact 559-978-4504 or simone.rhodes@seiu521.org.

Democratic Women in Action 6 p.m. Pardini’s, 2257 W. Shaw Ave. 6th Annual Celebration Honoring Woman of Action. Honoree: Dr. Carole Goldsmith, chancellor, State Center Community College District. Tickets $75; https://bit.ly/dwia-woa2023. For more info, contact 559-681-3140.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

California Association of Retired Americans (CARA) 10 a.m. SEIU Local 521, 5228 E. Pine Ave. For more info, contact 559-360-5955 or 559-704-8384.