Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Join us again on Sunday, August 2 for an update on international efforts to abolish nuclear weapons.
E.P. Foster Library Topping RoomDuring this CPR presentation participants learned how the process of participatory budgeting (PB) empowers members of a community to make real decisions on how part of their public budget will be spent including the basic outlines of how the process works. The combination of immediate practicality in getting things done locally with the empowering experience of directly affecting one’s own community not only concretely improves communities but energizes and inspires residents to take ownership of and more fully participate in the democratic process. The program was presented by 2014 National Participatory Budgeting Conference participant, Janette Daniel-Whitney.”My goal in attending the PB conference was to learn the specifics of where and how participatory budgeting is being used in the US in order to inform our Ventura community about the exciting possibilities inherent in the PB process for everyone involved.” The national Participatory Budgeting support organization that has seeded PB throughout the US has lots of info. CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE HERE: http://www.participatorybudgeting.org Be sure to check out their Examples of PB and video pages with links to some of the major PB projects. You can also go directly to some California projects such as: http://pbvallejo.org and http://www.pblongbeach.org
Workshop Tuesday, June 23 6-7:30
at Ventura City Hall, Community Meeting Room,
501 Poli St, Ventura, 93001
Deadline July 18 to be part of group-purchasing for residential solar electric. Solarize makes it easier and more affordable to own your equipment or do a lease agreement. Offered through City of Ventura and the Climate Hub’s newest partner, Community Environmental Council, Solarize offers vetted installers who offer discounted, fixed pricing for Solarize customers. Check out Solarizeventura.org or call 805 963-0583 x101. If your home is in the Ojai Valley, work through Solarize Ojai Valley sponsored by Hub Partner, Ojai Valley Green Coalition
by Robert F. Dodge
Every moment of every day, all of humanity is held hostage by the nuclear nine. The nine nuclear nations are made up of the P5 permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and their illegitimate nuclear wannabes Israel, North Korea, India and Pakistan spawned by the mythological theory of deterrence. This theory has fueled the nuclear arms race since its inception wherein if one nation has one nuclear weapon, its adversary needs two and so on to the point that the world now has 15,700 nuclear weapons wired for immediate use and planetary destruction with no end in sight. This inaction continues despite the forty-five year legal commitment of the nuclear nations to work toward complete nuclear abolition. In fact just the opposite is happening with the U.S. proposing to spend $1 trillion dollars on nuclear weapons modernization over the next 30 years fueling the “deterrent” response of every other nuclear state to do likewise.
“The nuclear-armed states are on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of morality, and the wrong side of the future. The ban treaty is coming, and then they will be indisputably on the wrong side of the law. And they have no one to blame but themselves.” —John Loretz, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
This critical state of affairs comes as the 189 signatory nations to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) concluded the month long Review Conference at the U.N. in New York. The conference was officially a failure due to the refusal of the nuclear weapons states to present or even support real steps toward disarmament with an unwillingness to recognize the peril that the planet faces at the end of their nuclear gun and continuing to gamble on the future of humanity. Instead presenting a charade of concern, blaming each other and bogging down in discussions over a glossary of terms while the hand of the nuclear Armageddon clock continues to move ever forward.
The nuclear weapons states have chosen to live in a vacuum, one void of leadership. They hoard suicidal nuclear weapons stockpiles and ignore recent scientific evidence of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons that we now realize makes these weapons far more dangerous than we thought before. They fail to recognize that this evidence must be the basis for prohibiting and eliminating them.
Fortunately there is a powerful and positive response coming out of the NPT Review Conference. The Non-Nuclear Weapons States representing a majority of people living on the planet frustrated and threatened by the nuclear nations have come together and demanded a legal ban on nuclear weapons like the ban on every other weapon of mass destruction from chemical to biologic and including land mines. Their voices are rising up. Following a pledge by Austria in December 2014 to fill the legal gap necessary to ban these weapons, 107 nations have joined them at the U.N. this month committing to do so. That means finding a legal instrument that would prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. Such a ban will make these weapons illegal and will stigmatize any nation that continues to have these weapons as being outside of international law.
Costa Rica’s closing NPT remarks noted, “Democracy has not come to the NPT but Democracy has come to nuclear weapons disarmament.” The nuclear weapons states have failed to demonstrate any leadership toward total disarmament and in fact have no intention of doing so. They must now step aside and allow the majority of the nations to come together and work collectively for their future and the future of humanity. John Loretz of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons said, “The nuclear-armed states are on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of morality, and the wrong side of the future. The ban treaty is coming, and then they will be indisputably on the wrong side of the law. And they have no one to blame but themselves.”
“History honors only the brave,” declared Costa Rica. “Now is the time to work for what is to come, the world we want and deserve.”
Ray Acheson of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom says, “Those who reject nuclear weapons must have the courage of their convictions to move ahead without the nuclear-armed states, to take back ground from the violent few who purport to run the world, and build a new reality of human security and global justice.”
Hands Across the Sand against Dirty Fuels
Citizens from Ventura County will be joined by Surfrider Foundation and Ventura County Climate Hub
Saturday, May 16th at 12:00 PM Noon
A crowd will join hands forming a line across the beach in a local “Hands Across the Sand” gathering; this is one of hundreds of synchronized events globally to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to speed the transition to available, affordable clean energy solutions. The events are particularly salient this year with the passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline bill in the Senate, and President Obama’s plans to open East Coast waters to oil drilling, while at the same time removing drilling protections in Arctic seas. The impacts of these actions will affect people across the country