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
E.P. Foster Library Topping RoomDuring this CPR presentation participants will learn 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 will be 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.”
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.
At our May meeting, May 3, mothers speak to us on the dangers of nuclear power.
Sunday, May 3
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
E.P. Foster Library, Topping RoomYoko Kubota will report on her research into the continuing effects of the Fukushima nuclear accident and show a preview of the documentary film she is directing and producing. The film documents the current situation of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster and the problems in the Nuclear Power Industry worldwide. Can the global community come together to protect humanity from this critical issue? http://indispensableshiftdoc.com/ __________________________________________ Mothers for Peace of San Luis Obispo will report on their efforts to close Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and to promote peace and a nuclear-free, carbon-free world, utilizing conservation and sustainable resources. http://mothersforpeace.org/
Sunday, April 26 at 1 pm Chain Reaction peace sculpture 1800 block of Main St., Santa Monica
Photos from Global Wave events will be presented to world leaders at the NPT conference at the UN. Bring signs with your message waving goodbye to nuclear weapons.