May Meeting: Women in Leadership, Mothering the Planet

2018-04-10 12:50:49 mary

This year, at our May Mother’s Day For Peace meeting, we ask local women who are community leaders to address the question of whether we have reached a tipping point for women in leadership and what this could mean for matters of peace and justice.


Sunday,  May 6

3:00 to 5:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street, Ventura

We’ve invited guests to open the conversation:


Kat Shore, one of the organizers of the March for Justice in Ventura in January 2017, one of the many marches in the country in reaction to the election of 2016.  She continues to support people  uniting against unjust and discriminatory practices through peaceful action.  She works as a family practice physician at the Ventura County Medical Center.


Carmen Ramirez, public interest lawyer who has served the community since she was admitted to practice in December of 1974, focusing on consumer matters, Social Security Disability cases as well as immigration.  She is currently a member of the Oxnard City Council.

Mary Haffner, a VUSD board member and representative on the Ventura Social Services Task Force, the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, the Family, School and Community Partnership, and the Healthy and Green Schools Partnership.   She is a partner in the downtown Ventura law firm, Haffner Law Group.  Apart from her law practice and her work with the Ventura Unified School District, Mary brings her passion for engaging and thought-provoking art into the community through her art gallery, The Blue Cube.


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Mothers' Day for Peace

2018-04-09 15:14:35 mary

At our May meeting, we honor  Julia Ward Howe’s original intention for Mothers’ Day. In 1870, Julia Ward Howe took on a new issue and a new cause. Distressed by her experience of the realities of war, determined that peace was one of the two most important causes of the world (the other being equality in its many forms) and seeing war arise again in the world in the Franco-Prussian War, she called in 1870 for women to rise up and oppose war in all its forms. She wanted women to come together across national lines, to recognize what we hold in common above what divides us, and commit to finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts. She issued a Declaration, hoping to gather together women in a congress of action.

Read the proclamation here.


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Standing Women on Mothers' Day

2018-04-09 06:55:26 mary



Please join us as we continue the tradition… standing together and anchoring ourselves firmly in the love we share for our children and the vision we carry for their positive future:

Sunday May 13, 2018, Mother’s Day in many countries, 1 pm local time.
Read the Declaration of Standing, and stand in silence with intention.
Take the next step, whatever it may be for you, to move the love forward.

We invite you to  stand with us for five minutes of silence at 1 p.m.  local time on May 13, 2018, in Plaza Park, Ventura, Santa Clara Street, across from the Post Office.

Bells will  ring at 1 p.m. to signify the beginning of the five minutes of silence and ring again to signify the end of the period of silence.  During the silence, please think about what you individually and we collectively can do to attain this world.  If you need to sit rather than stand, please feel free to do so.  Afterwards, hopefully you and your loved ones can talk together about how we can bring about this world.


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Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor

2018-04-08 11:37:06 mary
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In support of ICAN, Norwegian People’s Aid is now establishing the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor, which will be a de facto monitoring regime for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

The Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor will measure progress related to signature, ratification, entry into force and universalization of the TPNW. It will also assess the performance of all states (signatories, States party and States not party) in relation to the provisions and norms of the TPNW, including each of the specific prohibitions contained in Article 1, the positive obligations on victim assistance and environmental remediation in Article 6, and the reporting obligations.

The establishment of such a monitoring regime for the TPNW is urgent and crucial in order to protect and promote it, at a time when the taboo around the use of nuclear weapons is diminishing and nuclear war is a real possibility.

The programme will be managed by Norwegian People’s Aid, which is a central organization in ICAN’s International Steering Group, in support of ICAN and its objectives. It will form an important part of the knowledge base upon which ICAN carries out its global advocacy. Data collection and analysis will be assisted by a number of research institutes.

This information is from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Read the entire article here:


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Tax Day Rally

2018-03-24 16:19:41 mary

Each April, Dr. Bob Dodge, President of PSR-LA’s Board and co-founder of Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions, calculates the cost of nuclear weapons programs to our communities.

The current estimate of this year’s Ventura County tax bill for nuclear weapons is $189 million.

On Tuesday,  April 17

Please join us and gather on the corner of Telephone and Victoria from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m to peacefully protest the outrageous waste of resources spent on our deadliest weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons.

We encourage folks to bring signs stating what they would prefer their tax money be spent on instead of bombs.

You can see  the  costs for other US cities and counties and use the community calculator to calculate what you individually  or your community spent on nuclear weapons programs in 2017 at http://www.psr-la.org/nuclear-costs/

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