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Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions on Hiatus -- No Meeting December 2

2018-12-02 08:41:52 mary

The  current leadership of Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions is evaluating the role of our organization in our community.  Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions started in 2002 when a small group of concerned individuals met around a kitchen table to discuss the significant change in U.S. nuclear policy expressed in the Nuclear Posture Review.

This led to the realization that what is really at risk is the very sustainability of our planet and global society.  As such, we believe that what is essential is respect for nature, universal human rights, elimination of poverty and a culture of peace.  CPR has endorsed The Earth Charter as a basic framework articulating these goals.  Chartered by the 1987 United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development it sets forth a declaration of interdependence.  The goal of CPR has been to provide information about, and promote a public dialogue on these and other important issues affecting our future.

Since 2002, other groups have developed in Ventura which work on these issues in various ways.
We are considering how we can best participate in this important work.

We will  not hold a meeting in December.

We do celebrate the Nuclear Ban Treaty.
Promotion of the treaty continues. Each year, the world gathers in New York to discuss disarmament and international security during the UN General Assembly’s First Committee. On Nov 1, the First Committee passed a resolution supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and calling on all states to join it as soon as possible, by majority vote.

The Resolution, L.24, was co-sponsored by 70 states, and received 122 votes in favour, 41 against and 15 abstentions. http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/122-states-reaffirm-their-support-for-the-nuclear-ban-treaty/

When people point out that the nations holding nuclear weapons are among those voting against, we can remind ourselves of Mahatma Gandhi’s assertion:
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

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November Meeting: Council Circle

2018-10-26 09:03:56 mary

Sunday,  November 4

3:00 to 5:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura,

5654 Ralston Street, Ventura

Join us in a Council Circle.

On this day we will come together in circle to listen to one another. We will hear from one another about what we see, feel, or desire for our future. Please come and share yourself.

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Earth Charter Community Summit & Awards Ceremony 2018

2018-10-22 12:20:31 mary

Saturday, October 27,  2018

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Guthrie Hall *  on Central Campus Way at Ventura College

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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 Global and International Studies Program.

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

Respect and Care for the Community of Life
The 805 UndocuFund

Ecological Integrity
The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Social and Economic Justice (Richard Weinstock Memorial Award)
Martha Martinez-Bravo, MA, PsyD, Community Organizer

Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace (Betty Eagle and Bill Hammaker Memorial Award)
Kate Connell, Truth in Recruitment

Youth Education and Outreach
Educators Doing Justice

Earth Charter and the Arts
Penny Little

Youth Activism
Adam Vega

There is no charge to attend.

Refreshments will be served.

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.

Learn about the Earth Charter at:

http://earthcharter.org/discover/what-is-the-earth-charter”

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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The Earth Charter

2018-10-01 22:05:28 mary

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.

We have also sometimes presented a group of films as an Earth Charter Film Festival preceding the Earth Charter Community Summit.  Each film has exemplified principles of the Earth Charter.

For a brief overview of the Earth Charter, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Charter
To read the entire document, go to http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html

 

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October Meeting: The Man Who Saved the World

2018-09-20 16:09:23 mary

For decades his story was unknown to the world.

Few people know of Stanislav Petrov…

yet hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him.

The Man Who Saved the World

app.gruvi.tv/themanwhosavedtheworldus

An epic Cold War thriller that sends shivers down your spine and shows us just how close we came to Apocalypse … and it’s not over yet!  With a NEW COLD WAR rising and thousands of nuclear weapons on hair­ trigger alert, we still live under the same catastrophic danger that Stanislav faced back then.

Sunday, October 7
3:00 to 5:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura,
5654 Ralston Street, Ventura
Admission free.

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