July Meeting: Is Community Choice Energy Right for You?

2017-06-21 22:37:11 mary

 Sunday, July 2

3:00  to 5:00 p.m.

E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room

651 E. Main St., Ventur

Community Choice Energy is a new way to get cleaner electricity to local homes and businesses at competitive prices and have greater local control of how electricity is produced. Three central coast counties (Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo) have joined together to explore Community Choice Energy and plan to release a feasibility study this summer. Angus Simmons and Linda Hillman will provide an update on current central coast and statewide trends in CCE.

Linda Hillman is an attorney and CPA whose career includes federal service (SEC and GAO), big four public accounting, private sector financial management, private practice of law, and county fiscal and operational management. Angus Simmons has served as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State.

Sixty percent of California residents who aren’t already served by municipal utilities could be served by CCEs by 2020, according to an analysis by the Center for Climate Protection, an nonprofit that sees community choice as a potent tool to reduce greenhouse gases. Five CCEs (Marin Clean Energy, Sonoma Clean Power, Lancaster Choice Energy, Clean Power San Francisco and Peninsula Clean Energy purchase energy for 915,000 customers.
For more information: http://www.centralcoastpower.org/

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June Meeting: Students’ Dreams for Our Nation, Dreams for Our World

2017-05-16 22:25:40 mary

 Sunday, June 4

3:00  to 5:00 p.m.

E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room

651 E. Main St., Ventura

8th grade students from Oxnard will present their research and the educational products they created as part of their year-long Common Core Project-Based learning. See what 13 and 14 year olds are concerned about locally and globally.

  • Andres: Dystopic Novel on the U.S. Debt
  • Gabby:  iMovie on Kindness
  • Matthew: Keynote on Global Warming with Solar and Wind-powered Lego creations
  • Sam & Esme:  Poster and Presentation on LGBTQ Rights
  • Marcos:  Display and Keynote on Youth Empowerment

Admission Free.

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May Meeting: Current Challenges in Protecting Immigrant Families

2017-04-25 23:01:57 mary

For 10 years Ventura County Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE-Ventura County) has been on the front lines working for policies – local, state and national – to integrate immigrant families into society.  Representatives of CLUE will discuss how the work has changed since the November election and explain how they are meeting the current challenges in preventing the separation of immigrant families.

Sunday, May 7

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library

CLUE’s current working groups address:
– Getting ICE Out of Ventura County and California – emerging statewide policies to separate local law enforcement from federal immigration enforcement
– Dreamers Without Borders – working with undocumented students on their high school, college and university campuses
– Sanctuary – how the work is changing since “Liliana Santuario” was in Sanctuary at UCC Simi Valley
– Immigrant detention centers – the vast, growing, and largely invisible for-profit prison-like industry
– “Know Your Rights” – work to educate isolated immigrant communities about basic rights afforded by the Constitution to everyone here and how families are being prepared for separation if a family member is deported.
You are invited to become engaged in this urgent work!  www.cluevc.org, clue@cluevc.org

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Mothers' Day for Peace

2017-04-24 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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Standing Women on Mothers' Day

2017-04-23 16:55:26 mary



Please join us as we continue the tradition… standing together and anchoring ourselves firmly in the love we share for our children and the vision we carry for their positive future:

Sunday May 14, 2017, Mother’s Day in many countries, 1 pm local time.
Read the Declaration of Standing, and stand in silence with intention.
Take the next step, whatever it may be for you, to move the love forward.

We invite you to  stand with us for five minutes of silence at 1 p.m.  local time on May 14, 2017, in Plaza Park, Ventura, Santa Clara Street, across from the Post Office.

Bells will  ring at 1 p.m. to signify the beginning of the five minutes of silence and ring again to signify the end of the period of silence.  During the silence, please think about what you individually and we collectively can do to attain this world.  If you need to sit rather than stand, please feel free to do so.  Afterwards, hopefully you and your loved ones can talk together about how we can bring about this world.


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