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February Meeting: The Age of Consequences

2018-01-19 21:20:51 mary

‘The Hurt Locker’ meets ‘An Inconvenient Truth’
in the film  THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES.

The film investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.

Sunday, February 4

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

E.P. Foster Library Topping Room

651 E. Main Street, Ventura

Admission Free

co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace Ventura County

Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.

These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.   theageofconsequences.com/

The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism – but instead a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy.
Following the film, learn about our local responses to this global crisis.

Let us know you’ll attend on facebook:

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Rally to Oppose Off-shore Drilling

2018-01-15 00:34:32 mary

The time is now – to speak up for our coastal communities and the ocean economy that depend on beautiful beaches and harbors.

This Saturday, Feb. 3

come Rally in Ventura as part of a statewide day of action to oppose the federal plans to open up our coastline to more offshore drilling.

12:00 noon – Gather in front of Ventura City Hall and walk to the beach
12:45 pm – gather at Promenade Park (in front of Crown Plaza Hotel) and stand together and link HANDS ACROSS THE SAND.

There will be an information booth about the federal offshore leasing plan, and how to submit your comments.
We will also be taking sign ups for our VAN to Sacramento on February 8 to speak at the public hearing about the leasing plan.

Questions & to Volunteer:
Kimberly Rivers, CFROG: ed@CFROG.org, cell: 805-727-1393

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Ventura County Rising Rally for Community

2017-12-31 11:58:07 mary
  Justice For All VC is hosting another dynamic community event. “Ventura County Rising” will bring us back together once the smoke has cleared and the ashes have settled. It will be a celebration of the first responders and community activists who have kept us safe and fed. It will be a time of healing. And it will be a political rally that addresses the environmental factors that allowed such a vicious fire to uproot our community. We are one world, political and social. These worlds communicate with each other on the street, and perhaps more importantly, in the voting booth. We have a say in our political and environmental future, and it is up to us exercise our vote. The event aims to bring community members both awareness and inspired action items that can help heal the people of the county, can strengthen the stability of the state and especially the nation and earth. The gathering is about community action ~ building and rebuilding community – offering resources and tangible ‘calls to action’.

Guest speakers include: Congresswoman Julia Brownley Ventura Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere Environmentalist Peter Kalmus & Ventura Resident Veronica James.

Representatives from 30 local nonprofit organizations will be there to help you get involved in the community!
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January Meeting: New Year Council Circle

2017-12-30 15:01:08 mary

Sunday,  January 7

3:00  to 5:00  p.m.

E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room

Commonly we come together to listen to and learn from experts or those with valued experience. On this day, as we start the New Year, we will come together in circle to listen to one another. We will hear from one another about what we see, feel, or desire for our future. Please come and share yourself.

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Nobel Peace Prize awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

2017-12-20 09:22:02 mary

Congratulations to ICAN!

http://www.icanw.org/

Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions is proud to be a partner organization.

Photo from the recent United Nations convention for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.  Dr. Dodge on the left side in this image holding the sign in the back and Kristin is over to the right in the back row.

Statement from Nobel Prize Committee:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea. Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth. Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition.

Through its work, ICAN has helped to fill this legal gap. An important argument in the rationale for prohibiting nuclear weapons is the unacceptable human suffering that a nuclear war will cause. ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations from around 100 different countries around the globe. The coalition has been a driving force in prevailing upon the world’s nations to pledge to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. To date, 108 states have made such a commitment, known as the Humanitarian Pledge.

Furthermore, ICAN has been the leading civil society actor in the endeavour to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law. On 7 July 2017, 122 of the UN member states acceded to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. As soon as the treaty has been ratified by 50 states, the ban on nuclear weapons will enter into force and will be binding under international law for all the countries that are party to the treaty.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is aware that an international legal prohibition will not in itself eliminate a single nuclear weapon, and that so far neither the states that already have nuclear weapons nor their closest allies support the nuclear weapon ban treaty. The Committee wishes to emphasize that the next steps towards attaining a world free of nuclear weapons must involve the nuclear-armed states. This year’s Peace Prize is therefore also a call upon these states to initiate serious negotiations with a view to the gradual, balanced and carefully monitored elimination of the almost 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world. Five of the states that currently have nuclear weapons – the USA, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China – have already committed to this objective through their accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of 1970. The Non-Proliferation Treaty will remain the primary international legal instrument for promoting nuclear disarmament and preventing the further spread of such weapons.

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