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The Big Read

The Big Read

March begins The Big Read. The Big Read is a cooperative effort of the City of Ventura Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships and the Ventura County Library.  It is designed to encourage the community to read, discuss and participate in activities inspired by this year’s featured book, The Things They Carried by Tim […]

Women of the Viet Nam Era

Women of the Viet Nam Era

Sunday, March 30 2:00-3:30 p.m Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library OLLI presenter Roz McGrath will give a free talk exploring how women were a large part of the antiwar movement, even though they were relegated to second class status within the organizations such as SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and the SDS (Students for Democratic […]

Ordinary Men -- How Normal People Can Do Terrible Things

Ordinary Men — How Normal People Can Do Terrible Things

Wednesday, March 19, 7 :00 p.m.  E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, 651 E Main St  CUSCI Professor of Psychology Kevin Volkan discusses how ordinary people can engage in horrendous acts of cruelty through the Nazi example of “Einsatzgruppen,” paramilitary death squads responsible for mass killings of civilians. Group psychology is applicable to any armed conflict. […]

March Meeting: Pete Seeger Commemorative Social Action Sing Along

March Meeting: Pete Seeger Commemorative Social Action Sing Along

Local Singers and Musicians will lead us in Seeger songs!  Sunday, March 2, 2014 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Bell Arts Factory Community Room Join Alan Thornhill, Mark Wingland and members of his youth choir (who are focusing on social action music this term), Paul Belgum and more local musicians for inspirational singing and social action […]

Ban Fracking Rally and Protest Wednesday at the State Fracking Hearing in Ventura

Ban Fracking Rally and Protest Wednesday at the State Fracking Hearing in Ventura

State Fracking Hearing in Ventura Wednesday, January 8, 4-8 pm Ventura College Performing Arts Center,  4700 Loma Vista Everyone can comment about Content and Scope for the Environmental Impact Report DOGGR (the regulatory state agency) will prepare for Ventura County. Share comment at the hearing verbally or in writing, or see below for mailing or […]

January Meeting:  Move to Amend:  Legalize Democracy

January Meeting: Move to Amend: Legalize Democracy

We will screen Legalize Democracy, a new 30 minute documentary from Move to Amend.   Historical timelines featured in the film  tell the story 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 […]

Amnesty International Local Group #452 Write-a-thon

Amnesty International Local Group #452 Write-a-thon

This year our local group 452 is coordinating our write-­a­-thon with Amnesty International USA’s Global Write­a­thon. Write For Rights ­ December 2 – ­17, 2013 ­ is the world’s largest letter­writing event. You can be part of a global initiative that will generate a massive outpouring of letters and cards to protect the human rights […]

Season of Peace Meeting:  Salam Al-Marayati on Converting from Hostility to Friendship through God

Season of Peace Meeting: Salam Al-Marayati on Converting from Hostility to Friendship through God

Mr. Al-Marayati  has been deeply involved in interfaith activities in the Los Angeles area, where he serves as an advisor to numerous political, civic and academic institutions.  He served as co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles, which formed as a result of the Los Angeles uprising in the Summer of 1992. For […]

Elliot Adams on Closing Guantanamo and Building Non-Violent Social Movements

Elliot Adams on Closing Guantanamo and Building Non-Violent Social Movements

On November 16, Elliot Adams will be in Ventura to discuss closing Guantanamo and building social movements with the power to accomplish the will of the people despite government failure.  Past president of the National Veterans for Peace, Adams, is intent on closing the off-shore facility and ending the practices that have undermined international and […]

November Meeting: The Soldiers Project

November Meeting: The Soldiers Project

In  November, the month of Veterans’ Day, the focus of our meeting will be the concerns of veterans.   Judith Broder, MD, founder of The Soldiers Project, will present Moral Injury an alternative way to understand the hidden wounds of war Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.     E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room, […]