This year our local group 452 is coordinating our write-a-thon with Amnesty International USA's Global Writeathon. Write For Rights December 2 - 17, 2013 is the world's largest letterwriting event. You can be part of a global initiative that will generate a massive outpouring of letters and cards to protect the human rights of people at risk. Join us
Saturday, December 7, 2013 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
at College United Methodist Church 4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura, Corner of Baylor Avenue (across from Ventura College)
Drop by any time between 1 and 4 to write one or several letters.
We furnish snacks, pens, paper, stamps and good company.
Live music from local musicians to accompany your letter writing!
Mr. Al-Marayati has been deeply involved in interfaith activities in the Los Angeles area, where he serves as an advisor to numerous political, civic and academic institutions. He served as co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles, which formed as a result of the Los Angeles uprising in the Summer of 1992.
For the past 24 years, Dr. Al-Marayati has spoken to congregations at community-sponsored events, temples, synagogues, churches, high schools, and college campuses. He has written extensively on Islam, human rights, democracy, Middle East politics, the Balkan Crisis, and the Transcaucus conflict. He is currently president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
His articles and interviews have appeared in such prominent newspapers as The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The LA Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today.
Sunday, December 1
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room
Is Your Movement Stuck in the Mud? M.A.P. (MOVEMENT ACTION PLAN) A ROAD MAP FOR SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS!Are you working to change unjust social systems? Do you wonder if your work is making a difference? History is full of the dramatic successes of social movements, but also of dismal failures. Don't reinvent the wheel! Learn from generations of successful social movements. Social movement trainer and veteran Elliott Adams presents tool to analyze, strategize and conduct your movement.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 at 2:30 - 5 PM
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH of VENTURA 5654 Ralston St. Ventura, CA 93003 Sponsored by VETERANS FOR PEACE Santa Barbara and Ventura.Accessibility: call Harold at (805) 701-9672
SOCIAL HOUR TO FOLLOW- PLEASE BRING A DISH TO SHARE
AT 6 PM ELLIOTT WILL PRESENT A TALK ON GUANTANAMO AND HIS 80 - DAY FASTThis past spring, Adams undertook an open-ended fast in solidarity with the prisoners at Guantanamo that lasted eighty days. While weak from fasting Adams spoke to reporters saying, "Guantanamo is an affront to to everything that we call American. There are 186 prisoners there. One hundred of them have gotten so desperate that there is no way to get out, that they have gone on a hunger strike. Eighty-six of them have been cleared by the government, over a year ago, to be released. Yet they stay there and are held under torturous conditions in an inhumane prison. It serves no purpose for national security."
Adams will speak at 6 PM on Saturday, November 16th
at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura
located at 5654 Ralston St., Ventura
Q and A will follow
Event is free and open to the public; donations gratefully acceptedThis event is sponsored by the Unitarian Church, Veterans for Peace Santa Barbara and Ventura Chapters, and Citizens for Peaceful Resolution.
A pot-luck social hour will precede the presentation.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Please bring a dish to share.For more information email: email@example.com or call 805-407-7997
an alternative way to understand the hidden wounds of war
Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
E.P. Foster Library's Topping Room, 651 E. Main StThe inherent limitations of the current diagnoses of the hidden wounds of war - Post traumatic stress disorder, depression, military sexual trauma - do not adequately encompass the deepest and most potentially disabling wound. A moral injury alters a person's entire sense of him/herself in the world. Examples will be given of moral injuries that have followed armed conflict since time immemorial. Moral Injury is defined as “perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations” (Litz et al., 2009)
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is the biggest expansion of the safety net in generations.
CAUSE is in the middle of a big push to talk to over 6,000 Central Coast residents about getting healthcare for their families. Teams of volunteers are going door to door in Oxnard, West Ventura, Santa Paula, Fillmore and Santa Maria, covering neighborhoods with the most uninsured people in our region to make sure they know what Obamacare does and how to sign up.
If you don’t live near any of these areas or don’t have time to walk, you can still support the effort by donating at https://causenow.org/ to contribute to the cost of food, training and materials for the volunteers.