Oct, 2017

Mosques and Rainbow Umbrella Connections

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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.

We added new events to our calendar that serve the LGBTQ community. For more information about the programs watch this video by marketing coordinator and facilitator, Audrey Ford, and  Cynthia Gonzalez, a facilitator for Rainbow Umbrella, the LGBTQ Program at The Coalition for Family Harmony, and the Pride Clinic at Santa Paula West Medical Group.

More Open Mosque Day

Regretful about missing last weekend’s Open Mosque Day at the Islamic Center of Conejo Valley? This Sunday you have another opportunity

Open Mosque Day in Simi Valley

October 29 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Take a tour and ask questions about Muslims Everyone is invited Light refreshments

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.

Indivisible: Conejo POSTCARD & PIZZA PARTY for the Virginia Election & the Healthy California Act

October 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We Indivisible: Conejo activists love our Postcard Parties! On behalf of, we are sending notes to Virginia voters urging them to vote for progressive candidates on Nov. 7. We’ll ALSO be sending cards encouraging California Assembly’s Select Committee on SB 562, the Healthy California Act, to get the bill back on track for passage. We’ll have signups for people to bring cards, stamps, pens & markers, snacks & drinks, etc., early this week, so keep an eye out on Facebook and our website!

India Festival

October 28 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Walk through two villages – one from Tamil Nadu and the other from Punjab and learn about how diverse the cultures are. Come dressed up in costumes from Punjab or Tamil Nadu Watch a charming love story unfold through dance and music throughout the day! Unity through Diversity Be part of a traditional wedding party and dance in joy. Attend workshops conducted by from some of the foremost artistes – Vijayalaxmi (Mohinyattam), Isha Ferraz (Kuchi Pudi), plus more! ​

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:

Ojai Film Festival

November 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Opening night for the Ojai Film Festival. Now in its 18th year, the festival continues its commitment to enriching the human spirit by seeking out important films that in some way uplift people, help audiences feel good about being members of the human race or encourage them to live meaningful lives inspired by the examples of others.

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.

The Suppressed Luther: The Meaning of his Biblical Critique of Capitalism for Today’s Crises

November 4 @ 7:00 pm

Martin Luther’s critique of early capitalism is absent in the many occasions of commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation—in Germany and in the United States. This is strange, because it is crucial for Luther’s understanding of God, the human being, and of society in his context—but also of the Gospel. Today’s context cries out for careful consideration of this issue.

“Free First Sundays” at the Museum(s)

November 5 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The first Sunday of every month offers free admission at both the Museum of Ventura County (in Ventura) and the Agriculture Museum (in Santa Paula). In addition to gallery exhibitions, look for additional activities for the entire family. Activities may include arts and crafts or live performances that relate to our current exhibits. Free Sunday activities are recommended for children 6 years and older. Museum of Ventura County 100 East Main Street Ventura, CA 93001 805.653.0323 Agriculture Museum 926 Railroad Avenue Santa Paula, CA 93060 805.525.3100

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

November 7 @ 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.

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

November 7 @ 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.


November 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come show your PRIDE at Drag Queen Bingo hosted by the ever so lovely Ruby Diamond at our very own Paddy’s! Fantastic prizes every round along with bingo fun and Ruby zingers to keep you entertained! Every month proceeds will benefit a local nonprofit.

Forum: Empowerment, Healing & Social Justice through Cultural Activism

November 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meaningful and lasting social movement requires changes to the hearts and minds of people. These movements can take a deeper hold when presented through some often overlooked, but absolutely necessary, artistic avenues. Join artists and activists, Julia “Jules” Balen and Veronica Xochitl Valadez from CSUCI, for this forum.

Mission of the Ventura Peace and Justice Network Calendar

The 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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