October Meeting: The Man Who Saved the World

2018-09-20 16:09:23 mary

For decades his story was unknown to the world.

Few people know of Stanislav Petrov…

yet hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him.

The Man Who Saved the World


An epic Cold War thriller that sends shivers down your spine and shows us just how close we came to Apocalypse … and it’s not over yet!  With a NEW COLD WAR rising and thousands of nuclear weapons on hair­ trigger alert, we still live under the same catastrophic danger that Stanislav faced back then.

Sunday, October 7
3:00 to 5:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura,
5654 Ralston Street, Ventura
Admission free.

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City of Ojai passes resolution in favor of nuclear weapons abolition

2018-09-06 19:46:24 mary

On April 10, 2018, the city of Ojai, California adopted a resolution declaring the city the first nuclear-free zone in decades. Against the backdrop of events over the past year, and recognizing the catastrophic human consequences of any use of nuclear weapons plus the exorbitant costs of nuclear weapons production and maintenance, the City Council adopted the resolution unanimously.

This bold Resolution has three main components.

First, it adopts the five point “Back From The Brink” resolution that many Physicians for Social Responsibility chapters are championing.

Secondly, the City Council declares Ojai a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone by prohibiting a variety of nuclear weapons-related activities within the city.

The third section, titled “Nuclear Free Contracts and Investments,” includes guidelines for city contracting and investment of funds.  The resolution calls for divestment from institutions and companies that are involved in the financing, manufacture, development, stockpiling and testing of nuclear weapons.

Recognizing that Ojai is but one small Southern California community, the resolution concludes with this appeal to other communities:

“Conscious of the magnitude of destructive capacity of modern nuclear weapons, we recognize that our proposal would have little meaning on its own. We therefore appeal to our neighboring counties and cities to make similar statements on the half of the citizens they represent”.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, on June 11, 2018, at its 86th Annual Meeting also unanimously adopted a resolution Calling on the Administration and Congress to Step Back From the Brink and Exercise Global Leadership in Preventing Nuclear War. The resolution was sponsored by Mayors for Peace U.S. Vice-President T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines, Iowa and 25 co-sponsors including USCM President Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina and USCM International Affairs Committee Chair Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, Ohio.
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Back from the Brink

2018-09-05 15:13:32 mary

Global tensions are on the rise and U.S. relations with Russia and several other countries are tense and growing worse. What’s more, the United States plans to build smaller nuclear weapons for “nuclear war fighting” as part of a plan to rebuild the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal at the staggering cost of $1.7 trillion over the next three decades.  This truly is an all hands on deck moment.

“The risk of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War — and yet our public is blissfully unaware of the new nuclear dangers they face.”
William J. Perry, U.S. Secretary of Defense (1994-1997)

Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles

is calling us to step Back from the Brink and change nuclear weapons policy.


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Won't You Be My Neighbor

2018-09-03 17:14:02 mary

The Social Concerns Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Paula hosts monthly films and discussions.  The films are preceded by a pot luck supper at 5:30 pm.  Film begins at 6:30 pm.

The film Won’t You Be My Neighbor

will be screened on Tuesday, October 23

at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Paula, 741 E.Main St., Santa Paula

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Rise for Climate Saturday, September 8

2018-08-27 08:26:45 mary

People are rising up around the world on September 8th to demand real climate leadership from every level of government.

One week before civic leaders meet in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit, we will mobilize to show that true climate leadership means nothing less than a fast, fair and just transition to 100% renewable energy, an immediate end to new fossil fuel projects and a break of all financial ties with the fossil fuel industry.

We’ll be demanding that local and civic leaders step up, rise up, and take action to stop climate change – every gathering, big or small, will help build momentum.

If you can be in San Francisco on September 8, everyone who sees this as an historic moment for climate action, please RSVP at  https://ca.riseforclimate.org/
JUMP ON THE BUS to march in SF and take part in street art, music, chants and merriment. Sliding scale charter bus tickets:  $5, $20, $50, $85 and $100.
Our being in SF powers the demand for a just, equitable and a resilient 100% renewable energy economy that rapidly expands economic opportunity, creates family sustaining jobs, and protects vulnerable communities, workers, and future generations.

Amber Bassett is the bus captain for the Ventura to San Francisco ride on Sept 8th, we are still booking tickets for our buses leaving from Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Goleta.

And, in our city, RISE VENTURA:

Please join us at the beach near the parking garage and pier at 2:00 for a rally and march to City Hall. We will either take our RISE photo at the beach or behind City Hall at the end of the march.
Bring your signs and your spirit! Also, bring hats, sunscreen, and water. (Free refills will be available at the end of the march.)
Participants are encouraged to wear yellow, orange, or red to the event. PLEASE RSVP so that we know how many people are coming AND invite your friends and family! Hope to see you there! Remember, to change everything, it takes everyone!

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/527973280991777

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