June Meeting: The World is my Country

2018-05-25 22:03:26 mary

Join us for a preview  screening of the documentary film The World Is My Country,  for consideration in an Earth Charter Film Festival in October.

Sunday,  June 3

3:00 to 5:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura,

5654 Ralston Street, Ventura

The World Is My Country tells the story of World Citizen #1 Garry Davis, and looks at the concept of the World Passport—an idea designed to help us imagine a world without borders and without war.  https://www.theworldismycountry.com/media

Founded by Garry Davis in 1954, the World Service Authority® has issued almost 5 million World Passports, Birth Certificates, ID Cards, World Citizen Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Political Asylum Cards, and other human right documents mandated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).


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The Earth Charter

2018-05-24 22:05:28 mary

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century.  Various UN agencies and visionary thinkers developed the Earth Charter over a ten-year period.  The final version was approved at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in the year 2000.  The Charter has been endorsed by countless nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Every October cities all over the world hold Summits to celebrate the Earth Charter.  Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions coordinates Ventura County’s Earth Charter Summits and presents annual Earth Charter Awards to those community activists who best embody the Earth Charter’s core values.

We have also sometimes presented a group of films as an Earth Charter Film Festival preceding the Earth Charter Community Summit.  Each film has exemplified principles of the Earth Charter.

For a brief overview of the Earth Charter, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Charter
To read the entire document, go to http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html


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Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor

2018-04-15 11:37:06 mary
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In support of ICAN, Norwegian People’s Aid is now establishing the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor, which will be a de facto monitoring regime for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

The Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor will measure progress related to signature, ratification, entry into force and universalization of the TPNW. It will also assess the performance of all states (signatories, States party and States not party) in relation to the provisions and norms of the TPNW, including each of the specific prohibitions contained in Article 1, the positive obligations on victim assistance and environmental remediation in Article 6, and the reporting obligations.

The establishment of such a monitoring regime for the TPNW is urgent and crucial in order to protect and promote it, at a time when the taboo around the use of nuclear weapons is diminishing and nuclear war is a real possibility.

The programme will be managed by Norwegian People’s Aid, which is a central organization in ICAN’s International Steering Group, in support of ICAN and its objectives. It will form an important part of the knowledge base upon which ICAN carries out its global advocacy. Data collection and analysis will be assisted by a number of research institutes.

This information is from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Read the entire article here:


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May Meeting: Women in Leadership, Mothering the Planet

2018-04-10 12:50:49 mary

This year, at our May Mother’s Day For Peace meeting, we ask local women who are community leaders to address the question of whether we have reached a tipping point for women in leadership and what this could mean for matters of peace and justice.


Sunday,  May 6

3:00 to 5:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street, Ventura

We’ve invited guests to open the conversation:


Kat Shore, one of the organizers of the March for Justice in Ventura in January 2017, one of the many marches in the country in reaction to the election of 2016.  She continues to support people  uniting against unjust and discriminatory practices through peaceful action.  She works as a family practice physician at the Ventura County Medical Center.


Carmen Ramirez, public interest lawyer who has served the community since she was admitted to practice in December of 1974, focusing on consumer matters, Social Security Disability cases as well as immigration.  She is currently a member of the Oxnard City Council.

Mary Haffner, a VUSD board member and representative on the Ventura Social Services Task Force, the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, the Family, School and Community Partnership, and the Healthy and Green Schools Partnership.   She is a partner in the downtown Ventura law firm, Haffner Law Group.  Apart from her law practice and her work with the Ventura Unified School District, Mary brings her passion for engaging and thought-provoking art into the community through her art gallery, The Blue Cube.


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Mothers' Day for Peace

2018-04-09 15:14:35 mary

At our May meeting, we honor  Julia Ward Howe’s original intention for Mothers’ Day. In 1870, Julia Ward Howe took on a new issue and a new cause. Distressed by her experience of the realities of war, determined that peace was one of the two most important causes of the world (the other being equality in its many forms) and seeing war arise again in the world in the Franco-Prussian War, she called in 1870 for women to rise up and oppose war in all its forms. She wanted women to come together across national lines, to recognize what we hold in common above what divides us, and commit to finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts. She issued a Declaration, hoping to gather together women in a congress of action.

Read the proclamation here.


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