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June Meeting: Where to Invade Next!

2016-05-10 15:27:32

wheretoinvadenext.poster-intlSunday, June 5

3:00 to 5:00 pm

E.P. Foster Library   Topping RooM

Admission Free

Honored by festivals and critics groups alike, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before—an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.

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Break Free from Fossil Fuels, March & Rally in LA

2016-05-09 12:55:05

may2016-social-share-img-v2 When: Saturday, May 14, 1 pm
Where: Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring St, LA. March around downtown LA.
Why: 
A global wave of resistance to show widespread support for just transition off fossil fuels and toward a new economy centered on 100% renewable energy.

How:  1. Chartered Bus:  Depart: 9:00 am from Ventura Unitarian Church (5654 Ralston St.) Return: The bus will return to Ventura by 9:00 pm on the 14th  Cost:  $40  If this is a hardship, please select a scholarship ticket at checkout. If you can, please also make a donation so that we can offer scholarships to people who wish to attend. Click here to reserve your seat on the bus!  [And please invite 5 friends to join you on the bus!]
2. Train:
  Depart: 9:59 am Amtrak from Harbor Blvd & Figueroa St (arrives Union Station 12:10 pm,  0.5 miles from L.A. City Hall).  Return: 7:15 pm train from Union Station to return to Ventura at 9:00 pm. Cost: $24 one-way ($48 round-trip)  Purchase your train ticket through Amtrak.
3. Drive:  Limited parking (mostly paid garages). Click here for directions and click here for parking options.

Sign up: Add your name here to be able to get more details! Volunteer to help with fundraising or logistics.  This is an escalation at a dozen Dirty Carbon Sites around the world by 350.org focused on protecting frontline communities and demanding to keep fossil fuels in the ground. There are rumors that Bill McKibben and Tom Steyer may speak at the rally after the march.

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Mother's Day for Peace

2016-05-03 21:56:37

Julia Ward Howe, having seen some of the worst effects of the Civil War and seeing
the onset of the Franco-Prussian war, called in 1870 for women to rise
up and oppose war in all its forms.  Her idea for a Mother’s Day for
Peace was influenced by Anna Jarvis who worked to reconcile Union and
Confederate neighbors.  Although she failed to get official recognition
for a Mother’s Day for Peace, we can reclaim and honor her intent.
You can read in its entirety
Mother’s Day Proclamation.

Standing Women (men are welcome, too) will stand together across
the globe every year on the second Sunday in May at 1 p.m. local time with those in their time zone.  The message of Standing Women is:  We are standing for the
world’s children and grandchildren, and for the seven generations
beyond them.  We dream of a world where all of our children have safe
drinking water, clean air to breathe , and enough food to eat . . .  A
world where they don’t live in fear of violence –in their home, in
their neighborhood, in their school or in their world.  At the Standing Women website
you can see all the  places  where others will be standing.

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Standing Women on Mothers' Day

2016-05-02 16:55:26

 

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Mothers’ Day, Sunday May 8, 2016 will mark the 10th year of Standing Women anchoring a vision for the whole human family.

We invite you to  stand with us for five minutes of silence at 1 p.m.  local time on May 8, 2016, 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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May Meeting: iMatterNow: Ventura Youth present their Climate Report Card

2016-05-01 16:18:14

imatterVentura iMatterYouth   introduced  their Climate Report Card, part of a recently launched national campaign that empowers youth to hold their cities accountable to lower emissions to levels that insures a livable planet for their future.  

Sunday, May 1,   3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura

Students from El Camino High School  will deliver the Report Card for Ventura  to the City Council at the City Council Meeting on Monday, May 9, 6:00 pm at City Hall.  They would appreciate your support at the meeting.

They will continue to work toward a Climate Inheritance Resolution.   They invite students from other high schools to join the effort.  imatteryouth.org
iMatterNow is a network of passionate youth leaders from all across the country, organizing to hold their communities accountable for protecting their future.

Alec Loorz, co-founder of iMatter announced the launch of iMatterNow:

“We are adopting a new strategy: working with grassroots teams in schools to make significant community-level climate policy changes across the country.

These teams are supported by a robust online organizing platform. They are guided through a step-by-step campaign to push our communities to develop climate action plans that are in line with what science says is necessary to avoid climate catastrophe.

I am very excited about this approach because it focuses on concrete local solutions, and then brings these small-scale actions together as a powerful national movement.

iMatterNow teams have already begun moving through this process.”

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