Break Free from Fossil Fuels, March & Rally in LA

2016-05-01 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.
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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May Meeting: iMatterNow: Ventura Youth present their Climate Report Card

2016-04-20 16:18:14

imatterVentura iMatterYouth  will introduce 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  have prepared a Report Card for Ventura which they will deliver to the City Council on May 9 and 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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Mother's Day for Peace

2016-04-19 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

2016-04-18 16:55:26



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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April Meeting: The Earth Charter and Choosing a Vocation for a Sustainable World

2016-03-14 10:14:16

Mary WatkinsPhoto 2009scaled


Sunday, April 3

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

 Bell Arts Factory

432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura


The usual approach to finding a vocation is to begin by studying the currently existing roles in a given field. A more radical method is to imagine the world you want to live in, and seek a path that can help bring it more fully into existence. The Earth Charter can be used as a scaffolding to imagine, prepare for, and embody work that is needed in our communities.  Drawing from 20 years of helping 100’s of masters and doctoral students engage in community and ecological fieldwork,  Mary Watkins will help us to re-imagine our own roles in the community and bioregion. As we shift to lend our weight to what eco-philosopher Joanna Macy calls “The Great Turning”—the necessary shift from industrial societies to life-sustaining societies—we can lean more fully into the work of creating forms of democratic, dialogical, joyful, sustainable, and nonviolent living.

NOTE:  Change of venue and slight change of time from our usual meeting place and time.  Ventura County Library has scheduled events in the Topping Room for the first Sundays in March, April and May, so that venue is not available for those months.

Mary Watkins, Ph.D, is a core faculty member and founding Coordinator of Community and Ecological Fieldwork and Research at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Mary Watkins works at the interfaces between Euro-American depth psychologies and psychologies of liberation from Latin America, Africa and Asia. She has worked as a clinical psychologist with adults, children, and families, and with small and large groups around issues of peace, envisioning the future, diversity, vocation, immigration and social justice. She is a Peacebuilding Associate of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and is a member of the national Steering Committee for Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR).

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century.  Various UN agencies and visionary thinkers developed the Earth Charter over a ten-year period.  The final version was approved at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in the year 2000.  The Charter has been endorsed by countless nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Every October cities all over the world hold Summits to celebrate the Earth Charter.  Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions coordinates Ventura County’s Earth Charter Summits and presents annual Earth Charter Awards to those community activists who best embody the Earth Charter’s core values.


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