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Aug, 2017

Ventura County Book Banning, Pesticides & the Museum

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This is Natalie Cherot writing for the Ventura Peace & Justice Network newsletter this week.

We publish a comprehensive calendar of progressive events. Check us out often at vcpjn.org/calendar/. We update multiple times a week.

This week I highlight book banning, pesticides, and the museum.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

A beautiful book that deserves to be read. Tell our local school board we support Native American writers.

Conejo Valley Unified School District is considering a book ban.

The board’s target is Sherman Alexie’s National Book Award-winning Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alexie is Smoke Signal‘s screen writer. A community campaign may be pushing to add Snow Falling on Cedars, The Kite Runner, and The Catcher in the Rye to their list.

This Tuesday, Aug 15th! — Important need to speak out against censoring one of Sherman Alexie’s great books in Conejo Valley Unified School District.

WRITE THE BOARD MEMBERS

These are the members of the Conejo Valley Unified School District board of trustees:

*Mike Dunn: mikedunn19990@gmail.com

*John Andersen: andersens_5@verizon.net

* Sandee Everett: sandee.everett@gmail.com

Betsy Connolly: dvmmum@gmail.com

Pat Phelps: pat.phelps5@verizon.net.

(Conservative board members are marked with an asterisk.)

The title won the following awards and honors:

National Book Award for Young People’s Literature (2007)

Book Sense Book of the Year Children’s Literature Honor Book (2008)

American Indian Library Association American Indian Youth Literature Award (2008)

Pacific Northwest Book Award (2008)

Notable Children’s Book by the New York Times (2007)

Favorite Children’s Book by the Los Angeles Times (2007)

Read an excerpt of the book:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0316013692?ref_=pfb_6in4md67d92h20f601ll237dm84b&tag=hydfbook0e-20&ascsubtag=pfb-P01-V01-O3-T1-LO-4DCJUB

Please visit Indivisible Conejo for more information or contact jon.cummuings@indivisible.conejo.org  

Read more here

PESTICIDE ORGANIZER PAID INTERNSHIP

Young adult residential intern position with The Abundant Table/CAUSE/CPR

The Abundant Table

P.O. Box 6295, Ventura CA 93006

E-mail: tatinternprogram@gmail.com

Web Site: www.theabundanttable.org

The Abundant Table is a non-profit organization based in Ventura County, CA. Our organic farm located in Camarillo, CA is the heart of our organization and serves as a base for our Farm to School educational projects, and Farm to Faith outreach projects, and young adult intern program.

Find more information here

WHY GO TO THE MUSEUM

You may have remembered the old Museum of Ventura County, the lovely stucco building off Main Street in downtown Ventura. Maybe you went once and maybe you forgot about going again. You weren’t alone.

The downtown museum paid deep homage to the old settler families. The museum told the same stories over and over for decades. It got stale. It lost its vibrancy.

We couldn’t see our own histories, our contributions to the community. We saw our art and our culture pushed aside.

It was time for the museum to innovate and uncover stories and art the community hadn’t seen or heard.

It changed.

Today you enter the website and greated with the reassuring phrase:

OPENING NEW DOORS. TO YOUR  HISTORY AND YOUR  CULTURE

It is a simple statement. It is inclusive.

But the museum faces financial issues.

For the next few weeks I will offer some hopefully compelling reasons to visit the museum.

Reason One: The  remodeled Chumash room

Read the rest here

CALENDAR FEATURES

If you organize your life by your Google Calendar. scroll to the bottom of the event you want to attend, and click on the “+ Google Calendar”

MISSION OF SOLIDARITY VENTURA COUNTY

Solidarity Ventura County publicizes critical information on actions, events, and group meetings.  It is a progressive grassroots tool to complement local direct action. Our organization will facilitate communication and connection between activists, interested community members, and local organizations; and will become an informed and mobilized county-wide base, ready to stand by our community.  

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