Lines of Flight: An Atomic Memoir

2017-03-21 11:21:09 mary

A Conversation with  Toronto-based activist Julie Salverson

at Bank of Books, 748 E. Main Street, Ventura

Saturday, March 25, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

H0sted by Bartimaeus Coopertive Ministries

When Julie Salverson discovers a link between Canada’s north and the atomic bombs that fell on Japan, she starts a ten-year journey that connects uranium, radiation, trauma and resilience in unexpected ways. From a small village outside Toronto to Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories and on to Hiroshima, she traces the radioactive trail through our society.  She follows a Dene delegation to Hiroshima and records its attempts to apologize to the Japanese for the role of the community in uranium extraction.

Previously well-designated moral boundaries start to splinter as both Salverson and the delegation are forced to confront the different functional roles of guilt and responsibility.

Julie Salverson is a playwright, librettist, scholar and non-fiction writer who teaches drama at Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada.  Before coming to Queen’s, Julie spent several decades working in Canadian theatre and founding two theatre companies.  Her experience in community engaged projects with survivors of violence led her to do graduate work and she completed her PhD in 2000 under the supervision of Roger Simon, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. She is a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and her plays have been produced in Canada, the US and Thailand.   Her current writing, research and performance interests include: the role of the creative arts and resiliency in military trauma; witnessing violence beyond an aesthetic of injury and spectacle; the importance of the imagination in learning and development; atomic culture.

Visit her website at https://jsalverson.wordpress.com/.

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April Meeting: Learning from Standing Rock

2017-03-09 12:08:46 mary
Dakota Access Pipeline protest at the Sacred Stone Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. photograph by Tony Webster, transferred to Wikimedia from Flickr via Flickr2Commons

Sunday, april 2

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

 E.P. Foster Library,  Topping Room

651 E. Main Street

Tim Nafziger and Tomás Morales Rebecchi will share their experiences and insights from visiting the Oceti Sakowin camp, where members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their supporters are opposing the Dakota Access oil pipeline that threaten their water supply and sacred grounds. The 1,134-mile pipeline project to connect the Bakken oil fields in northwest North Dakota to an oil tank farm in Illinois is routed through land that was granted to the Lakota and Dakota people in the 1851 treaty.
Nafziger spent a week with the Christian Peacemaker Teams at the camp. He stated, “I witnessed hours of police assault on water protectors with flash bangs, rubber bullets, bean bag rounds, tear gas and water hoses at freezing temperatures. And yet, in the face of all that, I have never been part of a mass movement so deeply grounded in prayer and ceremony as the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock.”
Tim Nafziger is a leader of the Ventura county chapter of Showing up for Racial Justice. Since 2003, he has been a reservist with Christian Peacemaker Teams and served there as part of their administrative team from 2008 to 2014. He lives with his wife Charletta in Oak View where he builds websites and writes.

Tomás Morales Rebecchi is a Senior Central Coast Organizer for Food & Water Watch. Based in Oxnard and Ventura, California, he works with local communities and statewide organizations to ban fracking. His background is in civic engagement, running voter registration drives and managing political campaigns. In 2016, he supported and was co-campaign manager for Measure Z in Monterey.

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March Meeting: Creating World Peace

2017-01-25 13:39:29 mary

Sunday, march 5

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

 E.P. Foster Library,  Topping Room


Sanderson Beck,

peace activist and author, will discuss his book

UNITING HUMANITY  by Spiritual Evolution & Democratic Revolution:

Solutions to the Megacrisis of Climate, Poverty & War

Loving people of the world unite:
to abolish nuclear weapons and disarm weapons of war,
to replace fossil fuels with clean and renewable energy,
to use wisely power of the sun, wind, water, and the Earth,
to tax carbon emissions in order to stabilize the climate,
to tax excessive wealth exploited from working people,
to provide education and health care for all people,
to nurture democracy by respecting human rights,
to establish world law, peace, and universal justice,
to treat every person as a member of the human family,
to act nonviolently to reform social and political wrongs,
to make sure all people have shelter and clean water,
to live gently on the Earth in harmony with Nature,
to create responsibly by considering the good of all,
to find peace by self-awareness, meditation, and prayer,
to respect ethnic, national, religious, & cultural differences,
to be compassionate toward those in need of help,
to be grateful for the sharing of wealth, talent, & abilities,
to love everyone regardless of personal differences,
to be honest, caring, and open with each other,
to use wisdom from experience of what works best,
to be courageous in facing difficult challenges,
to be forgiving of those who are willing to reform,
to be free of prejudice, contempt, greed, and arrogance,
to study, learn, and teach what is beneficial,
to preserve our mother Earth for future generations,
to live simply and share with the human community,
and to be friendly with everyone we meet.

Sanderson Beck is the author of 33 books that can be read on his website san.beck.org.

Sanderson earned an M.A. in Religious Studies at UCSB in 1971 and  was ordained a minister in the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA) in 1972. He completed
a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1980.

Sanderson Beck was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War and has been arrested for protesting war crimes more than fifty times.

*People who wish to come early can listen to recorded peace songs from 1:30 to 2:50.

Admission Free

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Climate Hub March 2017

2017-01-23 16:28:26 mary

March 9,  6:30 – 9:30 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura,  5654 Ralston Street

The program for March 9 is in collaboration with the Environment Task Force of the new Justice for All Coalition.

They will present a vision for three advocacy groups targeting local, state and federal environmental issues hoping people will choose one to work with. Most of the meeting will be action breakouts for planning one or more upcoming events:

 March 23-April 13 Screenings “Merchants of Doubt” – Who wants to organize one or more screenings around the county?

Sat April 22 – Stand Up for Science March from 10-noon from Ventura City Hall to Plaza Park (Ventura Ecofest happening there) —–Who will help organize this with me and Todd? We’re keeping it simple, mainly need help doing outreach to science related folks to come out.
Sat April 29 – Peoples’ Climate March – we welcome input including if you have people who can help. —–Who wants to help organize this with Erica, Matt B, Tomas, Margot, Helen and Ron? A lot of help is needed!

May – Climate Town Hall—–Who wants to help organize this?

Contact:  Jan   805-746-5365

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February Meeting: Non-Violent Communication

2017-01-20 13:26:07 mary

Sunday, February 5

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

 E.P. Foster Library,  Topping Room

651 E. Main Street

  Angry Conversations and Name-Calling About Politics Got You Down, or Guarded? Everywhere we go today we can hear, or read, or contribute to anger and/or name-calling about politics. Some keep their heads down and remain silent. Some jump in with both feet. Many agree that this “style” of “communication” does not bring people together, nor result in greater understanding. There is another way. Victoria Kindle Hodson, consultant, trainer, teacher, internationally recognized author, and passionate proponent of respectful interactions between people, will walk us through, and talk us through ways to bring peace and mutual understanding to our communications about controversial political topics, through the use of Nonviolent Communication. Admission Free.
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