November Meeting: Land-Use in Ventura County: Should we SOAR?

2015-10-12 21:56:25

Santa-Clara-River-Valley-with-Piru-Aerial-from-west-August-2014.scaledCounty Supervisor Steve Bennett, one of the co-authors of SOAR, will speak to the history, value and future of SOAR. We are seeking a knowledgeable individual to provide views that are substantially different than those of Supervisor Bennett.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday,   November 1, 2015
E.P. Foster Library Topping Room

Most agree that land-use planning is a must. One of the most influential ordinances in our County is SOAR. What is it? Has it been effective? Should it be continued? Are there other plans or considerations that we should be aware of, or put in its place?

Most communities across the United States have not had comprehensive land-use planning in place and have paid a price. We at CPR are interested in looking ahead and helping to inform our public about the history and the options for Ventura County.

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Amnesty International Write-a-Thon 2015

2015-10-10 20:55:37

Join Amnesty International Local Group #452

in a letter-writing marathon for human rights.AIstamp2

Saturday, December 12, 2015
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

College United Methodist Church
 4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura
  Corner of Baylor Avenue (across from Ventura College)

Every year around International Human Rights Day on December 10, hundreds of thousands of people around the world send a letter on behalf of someone they’ve never met, as part of Write for Rights. Our messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion (called “prisoners of conscience” by Amnesty), stop the use of torture, commute death sentences, and end


other human rights abuses.

We furnish snacks, pens, paper, stamps and good company.

Jon Portera and friends will inspire us with live music again this year!

For more info,  call Nan Durantini (805) 650-7314 or Mary Olson (805) 223-1187


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Celebration of a Victory in the Struggle to End Solitary Confinement

2015-09-12 08:39:05

presented by

The Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Community Forum

Friday October 23, 2015 – 7:30 pm

A live performance
In Celebration of a Victory in the Struggle to End Solitary Confinement*

A cast of  actors, activists and former prisoners read the voices of people experiencing the torture of long-term solitary confinement. Presented as part of actions launched by the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition.

Compiled by Andy Griggs and Melvin Ishmael Johnson
Directed by Andy Griggs

(Donations gratefully accepted)
Information: 805-498-9401 or email: ghclint@yahoo.com

*A moderated discussion following the performance will include information about the recent agreement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to limit indeterminate long-term solitary confinement. “If the SHU fits” is part of a call to STOP THE TORTURE with events in the greater Los Angeles area on the 23rd of each month, signifying the number of hours each day that prisoners are locked in their solitary cell.

Visit: http://bit.ly/23rdMonthlyEndSolitary

Co-sponsored by:  National Religious Campaign Against Torture
Californians United for a Responsible Budget
Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions
ACLU/SC Ventura County Chapter

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2015-09-10 22:53:52


Saturday, October 10 at 3:00 p.m.

at Ventura College’s Guthrie Hall

Every year Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions presents Earth Charter Awards to those community activists who best embody the Earth Charter’s core values.

Our event is co-sponsored by Ventura College’s International Studies Program.
There is no charge to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Please join us on this joyous occasion to honor this year’s Ventura County ambassadors of the Earth Charter Principles of:

Respect and Care for the Community of Life
Laundry Love

Ecological Integrity

Food for Thought

Lori Hamor

 Social and Economic Justice (Richard Weinstock Memorial Award)

Family to Family

Pat McLean

Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace (Betty Eagle and Bill Hammaker Memorial Award)
Pamela Brubaker

Youth Education and Outreach

Kathy Elliot, Beth Borer

Pacific High Elder Buddies

Earth Charter and the Arts

Huicho Le

 Youth Activism

                                                     Pacific High Students – Elder Buddies

Learn about the Earth Charter at http://www.earthcharterinaction.org

*   For a map of the Ventura College campus, go  to:    http://www.venturacollege.edu/college-information/maps-and-parking/campus-central
Guthrie Hall is marked GH on the map.

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Earth Charter Film Festival

2015-09-08 20:56:26

Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions presents its third Earth Charter Film Festival as a prelude to its 2015 Earth Charter Community Summit, co­sponsored by the Ventura College International Studies Program.

Each film exemplifies principles of the Earth Charter.

Sunday, October 4,  2015
E.P. Foster Library Topping Room
Admission FREE.

To exemplify the principle of Ecological Integrity:

3:00 pm    Tuk’e’m Mountain Ghost

tuk'e'm10 minute short
Tuk’e’m is the Chumash word for mountain lion, which can also be interpreted as mountain ghost. This short documentary film is about the need for a wildlife corridor over the 101 freeway at Liberty Canyon and how you can get involved to help build it.  The film was created by John Monday, a local student, musician and advocate for animal welfare.

To exemplify the principle of  Respect and Care for the Community of Life :

3:30 pm      The Case Against 8caseagainst8

112 min.


A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first makes headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore. The film also follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy. Five years in the making, this is the story of how they took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

To exemplify the principle of Democracy, Non-violence and Peace:

Iwasherage6:00 pm    I Was Her Age

35 min.

Young British filmmaker Emma Baggott’s documentary follows the delegation of 8 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors and accompanying youth on their journey around the world to share the horrors of nuclear weapons and appeal for their prohibition and eradication.   Events were held in host cities around the world  in the nuclear weapon states of Russia, the United States, France and India, for mayors, local officials and the community, focusing on the child survivors meeting local parents with children who are now the age the survivors were in 1945, as well as their teachers. Throughout the voyage the Hibakusha called on political leaders to support the Humanitarian Pledge (Austrian Pledge), which promised to “stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons in light of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences and associated risks.”
This film was created in collaboration with Peace Boat and Mayors for Peace.

To exemplify the principle of Social and Economic Justice:

6:45    Fed Up FEDUP_DVD

99 minutes
Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong.
FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig,
FED UP will change the way you eat forever.

8:45: Tuk’e’m Mountain Ghost

A repeat showing of the short documentary. 



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