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November Meeting: Detention Witness - A Year Visiting Immigrants Locked in a Desert Prison

2014-10-13 13:45:43

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Gordon Clint will share his experiences visiting immigrants in the detention center in Adelanto.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday,   November 2, 2014
E.P. Foster Library Topping Room

As a volunteer with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice – Ventura County (CLUE-VC), Gordon Clint has organized 18 carpool trips to Adelanto, the largest immigrant detention center in California. Clint is concerned about the perverse incentives of private, for-profit prisons and detention centers like GEO Group’s Adelanto facility.  He will share what he has learned about the cost of our detention and deportation system on immigrants, their families, and taxpayers.

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Coming in February!

2014-10-01 14:12:53

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Earth Charter Community Summit and Awards Program

2014-09-22 10:52:31

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.

EARTH CHARTER SUMMIT AND AWARDS PROGRAM

Saturday, October 11 at 3:00 p.m.

at Ventura College’s Guthrie Hall

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

Respect and Care for the Community of Life
Hugh Ralston – Ventura County Community Foundation

Ecological Integrity
Sandy Hedrick – Hedrick Ranch Nature Area
Kitty Merrill – Ventura350.org
Jan Dietrick – Ventura Citizens Climate Lobby

 Social and Economic Justice (Richard Weinstock Memorial Award)
Gordon Clint – CLUE Ventura County “Detention Witness”

Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace (Betty Eagle and Bill Hammaker Memorial Award)
Dr. Judith Broder and Robin Grant – Soldiers Project

Youth Education and Outreach
Danna Lomax- El Lugar Mas Bonito del Mundo Curriculum

Earth Charter and the Arts

 Ana Carrillo- Our Town, Our Children: A Social Awareness Art Project

 Youth Activism
MEChA and ASG from Oxnard College

         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/campus_central.shtml
Guthrie Hall is marked GH on the map.
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Earth Charter Film Festival

2014-09-21 22:56:34

Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions presents its second Earth Charter Film Festival as a prelude to its 2014 Earth Charter Community Summit, co­sponsored by the Ventura College International Studies Program.

Each film exemplifies principles of the Earth Charter.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
E.P. Foster Library Topping Room
Admission FREE.

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3:00 pm – ­4:00 pm:   Line in the Sand: Stories from the US/Mexican Border
40 minutes with 20 minute discussion

Video of a play performed by the Drama Department of St. Bonaventure High School.
The Line in the Sand by Jared Delaney, Gina Pisasale, Baird Kistner and Elizabeth
Pool uses the power of theater to tell the personal stories of people affected by
US/Mexico border migration. Through a collection of monologues and photos,
audiences are exposed to a variety of points of view on this complex and critical issue.  A student actor from the Drama Department will be present to participate in the discussion.  This video exemplifies the Earth Charter principle of Social and Economic Justice.
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4:00­ pm – 5:00 pm:  Ground Operations: Battlefield to Farmfield
40 minutes with 20 minute discussion
Ground Operations follows an ensemble of young men and women who tell us why they joined the
military, how the war changed them, how they’ve struggled to return home and ultimately, how they
found organic farming and ranching to be the answer to a dream. In a world full of problems,
Ground Operations is a story about solutions. A film by Dulanie Ellis and Raymond Singer of Ojai.   This film exemplifies the Earth Charter principle of  Respect and Care for the Community of Life,Filmmaker Dulanie Ellis will lead the discussion.

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5:00­ pm – 7:00 pm: Damnation
87 minutes with 30 minute discussion
This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.  This video exemplifies the Earth Charter principle of Ecological Integrity.

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7:00­ pm – 8:00 pm: Legalize Democracy
30 minutes with 30 minute discussion
This documentary from Move to Amend sets out the historical timelines of the Supreme Court
cases that shaped the doctrine of “corporate personhood”, the rights guaranteed by amendments fought for by people’s movements, and the intersection of law and culture that codified and created discrimination based on race.  Move to Amend is calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech and can be regulated in political campaigns.        Bill Haff, chair of the Ojai chapter of Move to Amend will lead the discussion.

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8:00­ pm – 9:00 pm: (3 minutes)  Chipotle Pictures: The Nuclear Genie and The Myth of Nuclear
Deterrence (5 minutes) with conversation to follow
Two award­-winning shorts by Erik Choquette.                    The Nuclear Genie uses inventive graphics to connect nuclear weapons history with a way to “get the genie back in the bottle” through public participation.  The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence shows that relying on nuclear deterrence is extremely dangerousand that, in fact, the only way for us to be safe from a nuclear attack is to abolish all nuclear weapons.

The last films exemplify the principle of Democracy, Non-Violence and Peace.

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US Conference of Mayors take stands on Nuclear Disarmament and Climate Change

2014-09-18 11:36:33

us_conference_mayors-150x150The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the non-partisan association of America’s big cities, on June 23, 2014 unanimously adopted a sweeping new resolution Calling for Constructive Good Faith U.S. Participation in International Nuclear Disarmament Forums at its 82nd annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. According to USCM President Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, California, “These resolutions, once adopted, become official USCM policy.”

The resolution notes that “the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) continue to suffer from the health and environmental impacts of 67 above-ground nuclear weapons test explosions conducted by the U.S. in their islands between 1946 and 1958, the equivalent of 1.6 Hiroshima-sized bombs detonated daily for 12 years.”

On April 24, 2014, the RMI filed “landmark” cases in the International Court of Justice against the U.S. and the eight other nuclear-armed nations, claiming that they have failed to comply with their obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law to pursue negotiations for the global elimination of nuclear weapons, and filed a companion case in U.S. Federal District Court. In its resolution, the USCM “commends the Republic of the Marshall Islands for calling to the world’s attention the failure of the nine nuclear-armed states to comply with their international obligations to pursue negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons, and calls on the U.S. to respond constructively and in good faith to the lawsuits brought by the RMI.”

The USCM resolution calls on the administration to participate constructively in deliberations and negotiations regarding the creation of a multilateral process to achieve a nuclear weapons free world in forums including the Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons to be held in Vienna, Austria in December 2014, the UN Conference on Disarmament, and the May 2015 NPT Review Conference.

The resolution was sponsored by Mayor Donald Plusquellic of Akron, Ohio, past President of the USCM and a Vice-President of Mayors for Peace, and 26 co-sponsoring mayors from cities in Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Florida, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Maine, California, Minnesota, and New Mexico.

Full text of the resolution: http://www.usmayors.org/resolutions/82nd_Conference/international08.asp 

The Conference also passed several resolutions regarding climate change, including:

a resolution to prioritize natural infrastructure to protect freshwater supplies, defend the nation’s coastlines, maintain a healthy tree and greenspace cover and protect air quality, sometimes by partnering with nonprofit organizations; and
 a resolution calling on the Administration and Congress to enact an Emergency Climate Protection law that provides a framework and funding for the implementation, in conjunction with state and local government and the private sector, of a comprehensive national plan to dramatically reduce GHG emissions to avoid catastrophic impacts of climate change on the planet, including full funding of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, incentives for the implementation of energy efficiency building standards, the development of more aggressive mileage efficiency standards, adoption of a national renewable portfolio standard, establishment of national GHG reduction goals; and creation of a Federal Climate Protection Board to oversee progress of meeting such goals, and  calling on the Administration to give high priority to the pursuit of international agreements to address global climate change and GHG emission reductions.

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