Oct, 2017

Educating Children

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Welcome to Ventura Peace and Justice Network newsletter.

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

This Saturday the Ventura County Peace & Justice Network will be at the Earth Charter Summit and Awards Program October 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Gutherie Hall, Ventura College

We give thanks to Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions for granting us the Betty Eagle and Bill Hammaker Memorial Award.

Every year Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions presents Earth Charter Awards. The event is co-sponsored by Ventura College’s Global and International Studies Program.

Something New

In the spirit of Detroit activist, Grace Lee Boggs who said, “Children need to be given a sense of the ‘unique capacity of human beings to shape and create reality in accordance with conscious purposes and plans,” we are promoting kid/family spaces. Right now we have a work-in-progress page.  Please let us know if you want to promote your kid/family space on our webpage.

Find our new page here

On The Calendar

Just a sample of events on the calendar

Work/Play Day at Community Roots Garden

October 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Community Roots Garden is a one acre garden at the North Oxnard United Methodist Church. We are dedicated to growing a community of gardens that build food security and empower our community. Our garden volunteers share land, labor, and harvest with one another and those in need. We offer hands-on gardening experience, workshops, resources, tours, and service opportunities to volunteers, community groups, youth, and those starting gardens in their own neighborhoods. Contact us at (805) 616-2326 or, or check us out on Facebook!

Green Party Meeting

October 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Regular monthly meeting of the Green Party of Ventura County. Our meetings are open to everyone. Our county party is committed to the Ten Key Values of the Green Party of California: ecological wisdom, sustainability, social justice, grassroots democracy, respect for diversity, decentralization, community-based economics, non-violence, local and global responsibility and feminism.

Rainbow Umbrella-Friday meetings

October 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Rainbow Umbrella (RU) is a positive, safe and welcoming space, free of drugs and alcohol. RU is an activities based program that provides support and empowerment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTIQQ) youth ages 13 to 23 and their allies. All youth are welcome. Free and confidential. Fridays Open to all Youth (13 to 23) Community Resource Center 2471 Portola Rd Ventura, CA 93003

East Ventura County Concerned Collective

October 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The 2nd Saturday of the month is coming up so we will be meeting. We have a lot of updates and progress to be made with EVC3’s Know Your Rights Street Team and LGBTQ+ Pride Planning.

Gender Zone Meeting, Open to all

October 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

F2BM/TAV is hosting the new GENDER ZONE meeting. This meeting is open to alll gender identies, expressions, and those that identify with no gender. Please tell your friends, family members, allies, supporters, business partners, etc. The purpose of this meeting is to support the transgender and gender non-conforming community. We need everyone’s help to fight against the social and political marginalization of a community in great need.

TAG: Teen Advisory Group at E.P. Foster Library

October 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

TAG (Teen Advisory Group) meets every month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. Now is the time to join TAG, if you want to share ideas, meet new people and have a great time shaping the library teen program. Members duties include promoting / co-hosting teen events & participating in library activities. Members also provide general feedback on various aspects of the teen programs: reviewing books, movies, music and other media plus suggestions for the Teen Collection. Active members will get credit towards School Community Services Hour

Showing Up for Racial Justice-Ventura County (SURJ-VC)

October 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Organizing white people to show up for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing and education. Meets monthly on the first and third Tuesday.  For locations and meeting information, follow SURJ-VC on Facebook.  Newcomer Orientation begins at 6:30pm. Occasionally meetings will change locations so SURJ members can support political actions.

Ventura Co.’s Indivisible Groups’ Potluck Blowout: Healthcare

October 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join Indivisible Ventura, Indivisible Ojai Valley, Indivisible Conejo, Physicians for Progress, the National Health Law Program, Grassroots Ventura, MoveOn, and a host of other Ventura County organizations on Saturday, October 21. Bring a dish, bring a friend, and get ready to socialize and hear from a spectacular line-up of speakers! When: Saturday, October 21, 11:30 – 1:30 PM Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa Plaza, Ventura Bring: Your favorite dish, a friend, and your unbridled energy! RSVP here or by emailing

Opening Reception – Portraits of the Past

October 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“Portraits of the Past,” will be the public’s first glimpse into the Santa Paula Art Museum’s exceptional “De Colores” art collection. The De Colores Collection is part of the Museum’s larger permanent art collection, and is designed to reflect the role of Latino culture in the art and history of our local region. Portraits by Judy Baca, Sergio Hernandez, Gilbert “Magu” Luján, David Siqueiros, Eloy Torrez and more will inspire visitors to consider themes of identity, culture, and the traditions that connect us all. Exhibit runs through January 18, 2018

Open Mosque Day

October 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Assalamu alaikum Peace be upon you On behalf of our congregation, the Islamic Center of Conejo Valley, we would like to invite you to our annual Open Mosque Day: Sunday October 22, 2017 12:00- 3:00pm Islamic Center of Conejo Valley 2700 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, Ca 91320 In the spirit of friendship and conversation, we hope to give members of the local community an engaging insight into the life of the mosque and to promote greater understanding of Islam. Please join us.

Meet The People’s Candidates 2018!

October 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ventura County Activists for Bernie Sanders 2020 co-sponsored with the Green Party of Ventura County present an opportunity for the People of Ventura County to listen, ask questions, and meet 2018 Candidates for the People aligned with our core values. Join us to meet: Delaine Eastin for CA Governor; Gayle McLaughlin for CA Lt. Governor; and David Hildebrand for U.S. Senate. This event is FREE to the People of Ventura County. Listen, learn, ask questions, then visit each Candidate’s station with plenty of literature to share.

PFLAG monthly meeting

October 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Ventura Chapter of PFLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) PFLAG supports the members, families, and allies of the LGBT community. PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) provides support, education, and advocacy to the families and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. PFLAG’s goal is to strengthen families and help them through the often difficult adjustment when a family member comes-out. The Ventura chapter of PFLAG has a core group of parents who are active in the community

Surfrider Beach Cleanup

October 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Most of the items collected at beach cleanups are plastic and don’t truly biodegrade. It is important to host cleanups because litter is ugly and we want to help protect the coastal wildlife that we love! For all beach cleanups, please wear comfortable clothes, closed toed shoes and sunscreen. All volunteers are welcome to participate and must sign a liability waiver. Pre-­registration is not required unless your group is larger than 25 people – please email Ryan with how many people you expect:

First Friday

November 3 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First Friday’s goal is to promote the appreciation and sales of art in a relaxed, supportive and fun environment. Each month, visual fine art spaces in downtown and midtown Ventura offer a variety of special entertainment to compliment the collectible artworks on display. Demonstrations, lectures, music, and performance provide an opportunity for everyone to share in this unique Ventura cultural experience. Join Ventura’s vibrant arts community for a gallery crawl through town

Mission of the Ventura Peace and Justice Network Calendar

Solidarity Ventura County Calendar 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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