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2017-08-16 12:36:56 mary

SATURDAY,  AUGUST 19

10 AM

CORNER OF CALIFORNIA AND THOMPSON – VENTURA
BRING YOUR SIGNS, BANNERS AND VOICES
sponsored by The Green Party of Ventura County

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September Meeting: Ventura Food Co-op

2017-08-14 11:22:02 mary

Sunday, september 3

3:00  to 5:00 p.m.

E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room

651 E. Main St., Ventura

 

Ron Whitehurst will introduce us to the Ventura Food Co-op.

The co-op was incorporated last year and now has 55 members on the way to 1250 members, at which point we can open a grocery store. The location will probably be in the downtown area, a relative food desert. This would be a bricks and mortar grocery store, similar to the Isla Vista Coop near UCSB.
Ron plans to foster other cooperative enterprises and cottage industry through the operation of the co-op. This could be a spring board to a full fledged food hub, such as the one that Larry Yee is working on in Fresno.
The co-op can sell breads, canned goods, ferments, brews and other products produced under the cottage foods legislation in CA and carry local and organic produce from our area like Isla Vista sources 40% from local farms. We can contract with local growers to produce for us fruits and vegetables that are not readily available in the market. We can take a box or two of fruit grown in local yards. We can take local farmers second quality produce or culls and offer them at reduced price. There are many ways that we can stimulate the local economy and promote resiliency.
Our focus would be on good food for the value with the farmer, and our employees getting a fair price or wage, vs cheap food.
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August Meeting: The End of the Nuclear Weapons Age

2017-07-27 10:22:47 mary
Photo courtesy of The Official CTBTO @flickr

Sunday, August 6, 2017

3-:00 – 5:00  p.m.

E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room

Join us on the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima as we sit in circle, reflect on this history, and discuss the July 7, 2017 United Nations’ Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty which has now made all nuclear weapons illegal.

 

On July 7 at the United Nations, 122 nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In addition to banning use and threat of use, this new treaty also bans possession, stockpiling, transfer, development, testing, production, manufacturing, and acquisition of nuclear weapons, among other important prohibitions.

This treaty is an important step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. The majority of the world’s nations consider nuclear weapons to be illegal, immoral, and prohibited.

The United States actively boycotted this process and responded to it in a hostile manner. Responding to the newly-adopted treaty in a joint statement, the U.S., UK, and France stated, “We do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it.”  While the majority of the world has negotiated in good faith to ban nuclear weapons, the U.S. and other nuclear-armed nations stubbornly continue to cling to the concept of nuclear deterrence. The U.S., for example, is in the process of upgrading its nuclear arsenal and production infrastructure at a cost of over $1 trillion over the next three decades.

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United Nations Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons adopted on July 7, 2017

2017-07-25 12:26:19 mary

By resolution 71/258, the General Assembly decided to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The Assembly encouraged all Member States to participate in the Conference,  convened in New York, under the rules of procedure of the General Assembly, with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives.

The treaty was adopted on July 7, 2017.

To read a draft of the treaty and the voting results on July 7, 2017, go to

https://www.un.org/disarmament/ptnw/index.html

To learn about the treaty, go to:

http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/about-the-treaty-to-prohibit-nuclear-weapons/

Dr. Robert Dodge was part of  Physicians for Social Responsibility’s team of citizen-lobbyists attending the United Nations  convention for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

Physicians for Social Responsibility worked closely with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a coalition of over 400 NGOs in 60 countries.

Hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki attended, as well as victims from the British nuclear tests in Australia in the 1950s and French tests in the Pacific in the 1960s.  A woman from Erwin, Tennessee told of victims from “nuclear Appalachia” where uranium processing is still being carried out apart from the Oak Ridge operation, that has devastated communities through contamination and cancer.

Nuclear weapons issues in general, and this historic event in particular,  receive little coverage in news in the United States.

To read Dr. Dodge’s op-ed in the Ventura County Star, go to:

http://www.vcstar.com/story/opinion/columnists/2017/07/22/treaty-could-change-and-save-world/501530001/

To read Dr. Dodge’s op-ed in Common Dreams, go to:

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/08/nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty-rx-survival?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

Researchers and students at the University of Colorado and Rutgers University are studying the human and environmental impacts of a potential nuclear war, using the most advanced scientific tools available.  CU Professor Brian Toon and Rutgers Professor Alan Robock are hardly new to their subject matter, having been among those involved in the initial research that revealed the potential for nuclear winter, showing that the effects would last more than a decade, with smoke from nuclear conflagrations rising as high as 25 miles into the atmosphere.  Read about their research at http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-news/ci_31159133/cu-boulder-researcher-seeks-extend-understanding-nuclear-winter?utm_content=bufferfdb59&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Think your elected representatives are insufficiently informed with regard to nuclear weapons?

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation offers a tool to send them a message:

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6357/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=25118

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Justice4All Women's Task Force

2017-07-23 15:03:58 mary

SAVE THE DATE:
Sept 9 is the first Woman’s Task Force Event and will focus on Women at Work. Information on location and other details to follow.

Women Talking Frankly: Women at Work in Ventura County

With Labor Day upon us, please join the Justice For All Women’s Rights Taskforce for a quarterly discussion on women’s rights, both locally and nationally. We’ll mix and discuss current events and initiavies related to employment, pay equity, employment trends and more. We’ll have directed converations and send everyone away with new ideas and energy to make a difference for women at work!
In addition, we will honor our JFA Founders, Kathleen Shore and Catherine Pulisic for their contributions to the Ventura community.

Light snacks will be served. Speakers and agenda to follow.

Sat, September 9, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street

Register at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-talking-frankly-women-at-work-in-ventura-county-tickets-36233890542

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