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2018-08-13 21:40:09 mary

 

RISE Arts and Peace Poets Tour

The purpose of the RISE ARTS CALIFORNIA TOUR is to mobilize for the historic Rise for Climate Jobs and Justice March in San Francisco.

Saturday, August 25, 3 to 9 pm

at the Bugfarm in the Oilfield

108 Orchard Drive, Ventura

ROUGH AGENDA FOR RISE ARTS EVENT:

3-5 pm RISE ARTS training and production of signs and banners with infamous artivist David Solnit on tour (all materials provided!)

5 pm David will teach us how to make a street mural to bring to San Francisco for the big March on September 8

Bring your supper, OR, bring something to share for potluck buffet with your plate and fork; we’ll at least have beans, rice, & homemade kombucha and lemonade for all.

7:30-9 pm The Peace Poets on tour for RISE ARTS will do an outdoor concert preparing us with songs and chants about rising for climate, jobs and justice.  The Peace Poets, the foremost grassroots movement song group from the Bronx, NY, with roots in the immigrant rights movement, sharing and teaching their mix of singing, hip hop, and spoken word for a better world.

https://www.facebook.com/events/275779499679460/

Rise for Climate in San Francisco September 8

Charter Bus Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rise-for-climate-march-san-francisco-tickets-48614002791

Bus leaves Ventura Friday, September 7 at 11:30 pm

Departs from San Francisco to return on Sunday, September at 12:30 am

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Remembering Hiroshima and Honoring the Role of Civil Society in the Cause of Nuclear Weapons Abolition

2018-07-26 17:06:15 mary
Flame of Peace, Hiroshima By redlegsfan21 (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sunday,  August 5

3:00 to 5:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura,

5654 Ralston Street, Ventura

As we reflect again on the anniversary of the first use of nuclear weapons,  we also mark the first anniversary of  the United Nations’ Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, passed on July 7, 2017.  122 nations – comprising almost two-thirds of the total UN membership – voted in favor of adoption of the treaty.  To date, 59 nations have signed the treaty and 13 have ratified.    We realize that there is  long road to the treaty coming into force.   There is also a long history of civil society advocating  for the goals of the people in order to develop the political will to achieve them.   The loudest endorsement of the treaty doesn’t come from the UN, or parliamentarians, or even the Nobel Committee. It comes from hopeful, determined people all around the world. New polls released in July 2018 show that a vast majority of Italian, German, Belgian, Dutch and French citizens, want their governments to join the Nuclear Ban Treaty.

The recent award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is the latest recognition of this crucial role of civil society.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty.  Included in this coalition are:  Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Peace Action, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Sierra Club USA, Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Project, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (US) and World Beyond War.

Let’s reflect on the path we have traveled and the path ahead to a better world free of nuclear weapons.

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The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at 50 – Awaiting Good Faith

2018-07-05 16:56:21 mary

by Robert Dodge

50 years ago on July 1, 1968 the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was signed. This landmark nuclear arms control treaty brought the world’s nuclear powers together with the ultimate goal of eliminating nuclear weapons by engaging in good faith efforts toward that end. Unfortunately, there was no legal mandate to enforce this provision. The Treaty also had a “grand bargain” that allowed nations to pursue the “peaceful” use of the atom for nuclear power, medical and scientific research. This bargain resulted in the continued proliferation and development of nuclear weapons programs in North Korea, while India, Pakistan and Israel went on to develop their own nuclear programs and Iran pursued a nuclear program that was halted by the Iranian nuclear deal, that now may be in jeopardy due to Trump’s unilateral withdrawal. Ignoring the good faith Article VI of the NPT Treaty, the US/Russian arms race continued, almost doubling, until the ultimate passage of the Start I Treaty in 1991 after a decade of negotiations. The reductions in nuclear arsenals continued thereafter until the past decade where they have slowed dramatically and a new arms race is under way in direct violation of the intent of the Treaty. Approximately 14,455 warheads continue to exist as of early 2018.
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Support for Family Unification

2018-06-27 14:32:20 mary

Sat. June 30

Families Belong Together rally in Oxnard  – support families seeking asylum –  10am -12 noon  at Collections Shopping Center in Oxnard.  Meet in the Target parking lot at 9:30 AM. We will then walk together to the 101 overpass located on Oxnard Blvd.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2033939450192473/

Sat. June 30 – Families Belong Together rally in Ventura – support families seeking asylum –  2pm  – Government Center  Ventura, CA 93009 Hosted by Indivisible Ventura.

Sat. June 30Families Belong Together rally in Ojai – support families seeking asylum – 12 noon at Libbey Park, Ojai, CA 93023

For more information on these events:  https://www.familiesbelongtogether.org/

 

CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy) is raising funds to help the Immigrant Legal Defense Center (ILDC) provide legal representation to local immigrants picked up by ICE, separated from their families, and placed in deportation proceedings. The ILDC recruits and trains pro bono attorneys in the area to make deportation defense accessible to our community. But they cannot do this alone! Although volunteer attorneys are willing to represent an individual on a pro bono basis, the out-of-pocket expenses for representing an individual in immigrant detention (mileage and accommodations) is about $400-700 a case.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/211401813013520/1795031267199140/

https://www.sbimmigrantdefense.org/

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Ojai celebrates its Nuclear Free Zone Resolution in 4th of July Parade

2018-06-26 23:18:45 mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On April 10, 2018, the city of Ojai, California adopted a resolution declaring the city the first nuclear-free zone in decades. Against the backdrop of events over the past year, and recognizing the catastrophic human consequences of any use of nuclear weapons plus the exorbitant costs of nuclear weapons production and maintenance, the City Council adopted the resolution unanimously.

The background for the Resolution began last November when Dr. Dodge approached a city council member about the proposal, and then, during public comments, challenged the City Council to take a stand on behalf of the citizens of Ojai regarding the greatest public health threat we face, that of nuclear war.

This bold Resolution has three main components.

First, it adopts the five point “Back From The Brink” resolution that many PSR chapters are championing.  “The city council, on behalf of the residents of Ojai, call on the United States and our elected officials to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war” via:

  • Renounce the option of using nuclear weapons first.
  • End the president’s sole, unchecked authority to launch a nuclear attack.
  • Take U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert.
  • Cancel the plan to replace the entire U.S. arsenal with enhanced weapons.
  • Actively pursue a verifiable agreement among nuclear armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

Secondly, the City Council declares Ojai a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone by prohibiting a variety of nuclear weapons-related activities within the city.

The third section, titled “Nuclear Free Contracts and Investments,” includes guidelines for city contracting and investment of funds.  The resolution calls for divestment from institutions and companies that are involved in the financing, manufacture, development, stockpiling and testing of nuclear weapons.

Recognizing that Ojai is but one small Southern California community, the resolution concludes with this appeal to other communities:

“Conscious of the magnitude of destructive capacity of modern nuclear weapons, we recognize that our proposal would have little meaning on its own. We therefore appeal to our neighboring counties and cities to make similar statements on the half of the citizens they represent”.

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