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
Our panelists will be:
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.
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.
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.
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/
Just as in the recent outcry regarding the financing of the NRA, so to it must be for the companies that fund, develop and manufacture nuclear weapons
These weapons continue to be modernized at an expected cost of $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years. The non-nuclear nations have declared enough and that they will no longer be bullied and held hostage by the nine nuclear nations. Now is the time to stop the insanity and divest of nuclear weapons just as apartheid was ultimately stopped by divestment in South Africa.
There are 20 principal companies involved in the manufacture, development, production, and modernization of these weapons and 329 significant investors the world over who are financing this work investing over $525 Billion in the last three years alone! The top three US investors include Blackrock, Capital Group and Vanguard and have a combined investment of more than $110 billion. It is both astonishing and an obligation for each of us to review our financial institutions investments and retirement funds to identify whether or not we are inadvertently investing in these companies.
Just as in the recent outcry regarding the financing of the NRA, which not coincidentally has been funded by many of the same companies, has led to divestment and disassociation with and by these companies, so to it must be for the companies that fund, develop and manufacture nuclear weapons. Each of us has a responsibility to stigmatize these companies by speaking up, contacting these institutions and telling them that it is NOT OK for them to be making a profit from the production of nuclear weapons which threaten our very existence, and to demand that they cease and desist in the words of Medea Benjamin and, “stop making a killing by killing”.
To read Dr. Dodge’s complete article, go to: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/03/19/eliminate-nuclear-weapons-divesting-them