Free Speech & Advocacy

Community Resources

Find off-campus resources and support from local, statewide, and national organizations listed below, in the following areas:

Civil Rights
Health and Safety

Civil Rights

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Chico Chapter (ACLU)
The Chico Chapter of the ACLU meets monthly in Chico.

African American Family and Cultural Center
A cultural center for community members to create a place that supports the values of the Black and African American community.

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans individuals, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.

California Women’s Law Center
The California Women’s Law Center works to ensure, through systemic change, that life opportunities for women and girls are free from unjust social, economic, and political constraints.

Chico Islamic Center
The Chico Masjid offers Quranic lessons, to create a peaceful environment where Muslims can worship, and non-Muslims can learn about Islam.

Chico Peace and Justice Center
The Center works for social change through education, community building, and direct action and is dedicated to ending violent conflict among nations and individuals.

Human Relations Network of Butte County
The mission of the Human Relations Network of Butte County is to promote the civic understanding necessary to achieve an accepting community.

Know Your Rights: Demonstrations and Protests
Guidelines about practicing your constitutionally protected right to free speech and public demonstrations.

NAACP - California Chapter
Our goal is to provide you with timely information regarding the status of civil rights in California and the nation. The California Hawaii NAACP is committed to equality and justice for all.

Mechoopda Maidu Indians
The Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria provides services to tribal members such as education, child care, health care, and more to promote the common welfare of our members and as a sovereign political entity. 

Redding Rancheria
The tribe provides services to members including child care, health care, and more to Native Americans in Shasta and Trinity Counties. 

Showing Up for Racial Justice
SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice.

Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.

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Frequently Asked Questions: California State University System DACA Update - August 30, 2017

Advisory regarding DACA by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Information regarding DACA updates

California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)
The CIPC advances inclusive policies that build a prosperous future for all Californians, using policy analysis, advocacy, and capacity building to unlock the power of immigrants in California.

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)
CRLAF is a statewide non-profit organization providing legal services and policy advocacy for California’s rural poor. They focus on some of the most marginalized communities: the unrepresented, the unorganized, and the undocumented.

California State University System Resources for Undocumented Students

CSU Fact Sheet Regarding Rescission of DACA - September 5, 2017

Dreamer Resource Center—CSU, Sacramento(opens in new window)The mission of the Dreamer Resource Center is to make the dream of a college degree a reality for undocumented students and students with mixed-status families at Sacramento State. The goal of the center is to help students overcome the unique challenges that get in the way of achieving academic, personal, and professional excellence.

Immigrants Rising: Immigrant Intake Service
A free, confidential online survey to help undocumented young people learn about possible immigration options.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
The center provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy-to-advance immigrant rights.

Know your Rights
Everyone has certain basic rights, no matter who is president. (Resource sheet from the National Immigration Law Center)

Northern California Immigrant Resource Center(opens in new window)
They are a non-profit organization based in Chico providing legal guidance to immigrants, students, and the community in Northern California’s Central Valley. They also provide pro bono legal services for immigrants and students who qualify for specific forms of relief.

UndocuCollege Guide & Equity Tool
They offer this guide and equity tool as an integral part of this new strategy and a stepping stone toward a new ecosystem for California Higher Education.

United We Dream
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. They organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.

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Health and Safety

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
The Alex Project: Text "Listen" to 741741

211 Butte County provides a way to quickly find low-cost and no-cost health and human services in Butte County. This free online resource can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by any Internet user. You can search for specific services or browse categories to find information.

6th Street Center for Youth
The mission of the 6th Street Center is to provide a safe place where youth experiencing homelessness can acquire the skills, resources, and opportunities, they need to transition into healthy independent living and adulthood.

The Arc of Butte County
The Arc of Butte County is a nonprofit community organization serving individual with developmental disabilities and their families.

Butte County Behavioral Health—Chico Services
Behavioral Health provides services for individuals in crisis, for youth, for adults and for alcohol and drug treatment. Services are provided in Chico, Paradise, Oroville, Gridley, and rural communities. They are here to Help.

California Department of Health Care Services—Mental Health Services Division
MHSD administers a number of mental health programs for children and youth, adults, and older adults.

Caring Choices
Caring Choices provides innovative, low or no cost health and wellness services to seniors, disabled adults, families affected by cancer, and persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Catalyst Domestic Violence Services
Catalyst is a nonprofit organization committed to serving the needs of all victims of domestic violence and their children regardless of ethnicity, citizenship, language, religion, physical disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.

Center for Healthy Communities
The Center’s community programs promote physical activity, nutrition education, and food security and provide resources and training to more than 100,000 north state residents of all ages through a variety of programs.

Legal Services of Northern California
The mission of Legal Services of Northern California is to provide quality legal services to empower the poor to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty within our community, efficiently utilizing all available resources.

National Alliance on Mental Health Illness - California
NAMI California is a grassroots organization of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. They advocate for lives of quality and respect, without discrimination and stigma, for all our constituents.

Planned Parenthood—Chico Center
Planned Parenthood Northern California champions healthy communities and increases access to quality health care, information, and reproductive freedom by providing medical services, education and advocacy. Click here to find other centers in the North State.

Rape Crisis Intervention
Rape Crisis provides a variety of services to sexual assault survivors and their family members and friends within Butte, Glenn, and Tehama counties.

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE, and in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Safe Space Winter Shelter
The mission of the Chico Housing Action Team is to ensure that every person in our community has access to fair and adequate shelter and sanitation.

Shalom Free Clinic
The Clinic mission is “to provide underinsured and uninsured children, teens, and adults with health screening, primary care interventions, health service, and education. This includes physical, mental, and behavioral health services. All services are provided free of charge. They welcome and accept people of all sexual orientations, races, genders, nationalities, ages, economic standings, marital status, mental and or physical abilities, and family configurations.

Torres Community Shelter
The Torres Community Shelter is a large 140-bed homeless shelter in Chico that serves men, women, and families with children. In addition to providing overnight shelter, showers, and an evening meal, they strive to help people improve their circumstance: find jobs, housing, and other support systems vital to getting back on their feet.

Women's Health Specialists
They provide services for women, men, trans individuals, and youth. English, Spanish, and Hmong spoken.

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Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 / Text "Trevor" to 1-202-304-1200

Equality California
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society.

GLBT National Health Center
Serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people by providing free and confidential peer support and local resources.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

It Gets Better Project
The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.

Stonewall Alliance Center
Stonewall Alliance is committed to cultivating a safe, open, inclusive environment for all members of the gender and sexual minority and ally community of the North State. Stonewall Alliance unites, strengthens, and affirms the community through support, resources, education, advocacy, and celebration.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) young people ages 13–24. Connect with support via the lifeline (866-488-7386), text line (Text “Trevor” to 202-304-1200), or online chat.

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