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Nov, 2017

November Newsletter

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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 vcpjn.org/calendar/. We update multiple times a week.

Call for Volunteers

Rainbow Umbrella in Ventura, is seeking volunteers! Rainbow Umbrella is Ventura County’s LGBTQ Youth Services and Support Organization. We offer a weekly activities-based peer support group for LGBTQ+ youth and allies on Fridays from 5:30-7:30pm, in West Ventura. We are currently seeking adult volunteers interested in becoming facilitators for youth peer support meetings for satellite locations, such as Oxnard and Thousand Oaks/Westlake. These groups have not yet been formed; interested volunteers will go through training and help to launch these satellite models. Meeting days and times for new groups will be determined by the new facilitators. For more information or to be considered, please contact Brook Masters, Coordinator for Rainbow Umbrella at ruyouthgroup@gmail.com.

On the Calendar

Click on the title of the events to get more information.

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 Abundant Table: Farm Day

November 4 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Abundant Table Farm is participating in the Annual Ventura County Farm Day, along with McGrath Family Farms, Baby Root Farms, and Carranza Family Farms! Stop by the farm between 11am to 3pm and check out food truck “SHRIMP vs CHEF” as Chef Temple cooks ups tasty concoctions featuring produce from the farm!  Live music featuring Farmer Dave Danopoli of BioSolar Farms (TAT’s field neighbor) and his band “G.O.A.T” will keep the afternoon lively!  Free farms tours from Mike Roberts of Baby Root Farm

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

NOCHE De Altares

November 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

MICOP and 94.1 FM Radio Indigena would like to cordially invite you to our Noche De Altares celebration, November 5, 2017 from 5:00PM-8:00PM at Heritage Square in Oxnard, CA. Kid friendly Noche de Altares is a community celebration of Day of the Dead, where families, students, community organizations and local businesses join together to create a truly cultural experience that reflects both Mexican traditions and our communities today.

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.

LGBTQ Clinical based support group

November 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Coalition for Family Harmony The Coalition strives to provide nonjudgmental, affirming, survivor centered care. We recognize that LGBTQ+ people have been excluded from conversations about sexual assault and domestic or intimate partner violence. LGBTQ Clinical based support group Meets every Wednesday from 5:30PM-7PM for LGBTQ+ youth ages 12-18 Call (805) 983-6014 or email c.gonzalez@thecoalition.org

VC Art Market

November 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

It’s the Second Saturday of the month, that means it’s time for the VC Art Market to set up shop @ Figueroa Plaza and Main Street. Right next to Mission Park in beautiful downtown Ventura. Come on down Saturday from 10am-4pm. The VC Art Market is Ventura’s first and only outdoor art gallery. Each month we feature 15+ of Ventura’s local, urban artists of all mediums and genres. You will not want to miss the September VC Art Market. Follow us on Instagram @vcartmarket Questions?

In Memoriam: The Chicano Moratorium Panel Talk

November 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a special panel talk on the Chicano Moratorium, a massive mobilization in 1969 to raise awareness of the Vietnam War as a civil rights issue in the Chicano community. Set at the height of the disproportionate death rates of Mexican-American casualties in Vietnam, the march was the largest anti-war action of any oppressed nationality in the history of the U.S., drawing over 30,000 Chicanos in protest. Speakers, Gloria Arellanes, Rosalio Muñoz, and Gilbert Cano will lead us into an interesting time of history.

DRAG QUEEN Bingo

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.

Ventura Wildlife Ponds – Community Volunteer Day!

November 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Resource Conservation Partners (RCP),  a local non-profit organization in Ventura, CA. RCP’s purpose is to restore, conserve, protect, and monitor our natural resources. Help RCP  and our community to restore the Ventura Harbor Ecological Reserve, to its native habitat. Most of the natural wetland areas of southern California have been lost to urbanization. This site provides important habitat for many native plants and animal species.

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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