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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, Community Organizer

Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace (Betty Eagle and Bill Hammaker Memorial Award)
Kate Connell, military counter-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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City of Ojai passes resolution in favor of nuclear weapons abolition

2018-09-06 19:46:24 mary

On April 10, 2018, the city of Ojai, California adopted a resolution declaring the city the first nuclear-free zone in decades. Against the backdrop of events over the past year, and recognizing the catastrophic human consequences of any use of nuclear weapons plus the exorbitant costs of nuclear weapons production and maintenance, the City Council adopted the resolution unanimously.

This bold Resolution has three main components.

First, it adopts the five point “Back From The Brink” resolution that many Physicians for Social Responsibility chapters are championing.

Secondly, the City Council declares Ojai a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone by prohibiting a variety of nuclear weapons-related activities within the city.

The third section, titled “Nuclear Free Contracts and Investments,” includes guidelines for city contracting and investment of funds.  The resolution calls for divestment from institutions and companies that are involved in the financing, manufacture, development, stockpiling and testing of nuclear weapons.

Recognizing that Ojai is but one small Southern California community, the resolution concludes with this appeal to other communities:

“Conscious of the magnitude of destructive capacity of modern nuclear weapons, we recognize that our proposal would have little meaning on its own. We therefore appeal to our neighboring counties and cities to make similar statements on the half of the citizens they represent”.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, on June 11, 2018, at its 86th Annual Meeting also unanimously adopted a resolution Calling on the Administration and Congress to Step Back From the Brink and Exercise Global Leadership in Preventing Nuclear War. The resolution was sponsored by Mayors for Peace U.S. Vice-President T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines, Iowa and 25 co-sponsors including USCM President Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina and USCM International Affairs Committee Chair Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, Ohio.
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Back from the Brink

2018-09-05 15:13:32 mary

Global tensions are on the rise and U.S. relations with Russia and several other countries are tense and growing worse. What’s more, the United States plans to build smaller nuclear weapons for “nuclear war fighting” as part of a plan to rebuild the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal at the staggering cost of $1.7 trillion over the next three decades.  This truly is an all hands on deck moment.

“The risk of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War — and yet our public is blissfully unaware of the new nuclear dangers they face.”
William J. Perry, U.S. Secretary of Defense (1994-1997)

Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles

is calling us to step Back from the Brink and change nuclear weapons policy.

https://www.preventnuclearwar.org/

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