Jan, 2018

New Year’s Newsletter

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Welcome to the Ventura County Peace and Justice Network newsletter. We publish a comprehensive calendar of progressive events. Check out our Calendar page. We update our calendar and our Facebook group almost everyday with happenings in the county.

This Week’s Social Justice Topic by Narissa Petchumrus

How Questioning Queer Sexuality Could Erase Queer Identity

My co-author Kelly Eisenbrand and I penned this op-ed before Election day in 2016, so pardon some of the language that is now considered past-tense and I also still feel that its contents are relevant (unfortunately). After seeing the results, now is the time more than ever to stand with the vulnerable queer community. Despite the President-Elect recently saying “gay marriage is settled law,” this band-aid on top of a gaping wound won’t excuse his VP pick, his demagogic base, his potential cabinet picks, and his SCOTUS picks

We Compiled a List of Alternative Fitness in Ventura County

Why you might like this list

Your doctor ordered exercise.

You want to get out in the community, but you just spent the eight hours confine in an office.

You want to get outdoors, or work out, with like-minded people, but don’t know where to find them.

You want to support local art spaces.

You are looking for dance classes with deeper connection to the people who originated them.

You question race, class, and beauty assumptions of traditional fitness and the body shaming that often accompanies it.

The list includes bike tours, authentic dance from South Asia,  affordable Tai Chi and yoga at the Buddhist temple, and Polynesian Dance.

On the Calendar

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

Our Stories Matter Discussion Series

January 3, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Our Stories Matter Discussion Series Kick-Off December 6, 2017 at 5:30pm. In response to the disturbing increase in fascist and white supremacist activity and related militia presence locally, nationally, and internationally, the Centers for Multicultural Engagement (CME) and Integrative Studies (CIS) are co-sponsoring a monthly speaker/discussion series entitled Our Stories Matter.

Oxnard City Council: Second Public Hearing on District Elections Spanish/English

January 3 @ 6:00 pm

The Oxnard City Council will be hosting their second in a series of Public Hearings regarding District Elections! Come on out to learn about the implementation of Council Districts and the tools behind proposing your own District maps! Give feedback on communities of interest that you believe should be grouped together. SPANISH INTERPRETATION TO BE AVAILABLE Website: Timeline-Key Dates: Agenda

Munch at the Museum

January 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Grab a lunch and head on over to the Museum on Thursdays between 11:30 and 1:30 for music and free entry to the galleries. Enjoy your lunch break in one of our colorful patio chairs while you listen to local musicians, then take a stroll through the galleries. Entrance is free. Feel free to tip the musicians! Peirano’s Market and deli will offer discount for museum members and new visitors for the Munch events.

What’s Wrong with My Marijuana Plant? Talk and PowerPoint

January 4 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth will be giving a talk and PowerPoint presentation on cannabis. Topics will include; identifying pest, disease, and environmental problems, with all-organic solutions. Refreshments will be included. Roundtable discussion to follow 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. You need to reserve a space by emailing

Democratic Socialists of America Chapter Meeting

January 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the real resistance and help us create a new vision! Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. We are a political and activist organization, not a party; through campus and community-based chapters DSA members use a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that empower working people.

Thrive LGBTQ Community Meeting

January 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

It’s finally here! A place for LGBTQ+ adults to meet, connect, and thrive with others in our community. This meeting is: 21+ For making connections and building community To learn, share, grow, heal, and have fun A safe space to relax and let your authentic self free Not for networking Not for hookups A drug and alcohol free zone A 45 free zone There are two separate back to back events, come to one or both: 6:00 – 6:45:


January 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Open to all Liberals, Progressives, Dems and Independents! Solo singles, Dating Couples, Married couples, and all sexual preferences–WHO VOTE DEM 4 CLIMATE AND NEVER TRUMP! We have supported both HILLARY AND BERNIE! NOW UNITE TO DUMP TRUMP!OUR MEMBERS ARE 45+ but younger friends/family are welcome as guests. PROGRESSIVE SOCIABLES IS A  FUN HAPPY HOUR GROUP FOR FUNNY AND SERIOUS DEM VOTERS.  ENJOY DRINKS, FOOD & FUN  LIKE MINDED FRIENDSHIP!

Open Farm 1st Saturdays

January 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come explore our organic farm… Learn about our operations and community involvement… Get your hands in the dirt and connect with the land in new and exciting ways… The Abundant Table’s Open Farm 1st Saturdays are a way for the wider community to connect deeply with the farm and its mission. Come learn and explore. Volunteer your time and labor. Learn more about our ecological justice, environmental stewardship and farm education programs for youth and their families.

The Abundant Table from Megan Stone on Vimeo.

New Year Council Circle

January 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Commonly we come together to listen to and learn from experts or those with valued experience. On this day, as we start the New Year, we will come together in circle to listen to one another. We will hear from one another about what we see, feel, or desire for our future. Please come and share yourself. Organized by Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions.

Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) Monthly Meeting

January 11 @ 6:30 pm

Recurring Event (See all)

Greetings Everyone! We have a challenging season and challenging year(s) ahead of us. Please, bring your enthusiasm, ideas, energy and support! Our BAPAC meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Meeting starts at 630pm.

Immigrant Rights – Education for Allies

January 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

  • Current immigration news and developments • Common solutions to various immigration issues • Know-Your-Rights (basic rights available to all people, regardless of immigration status) Q & A Panel: Rafael Torres, III, Álvaro J. de Regil, and Julie Diaz Martinez Rafael Torres, III is an immigration attorney at The Torres Law Firm, APLC, in Simi Valley, and a member of the steering committee for the local immigrants’ rights group Buen Vecino (“Good Neighbor”).

MLK Celebration

January 15

Ventura County’s 32ND annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration Hosted by Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Ventura County.

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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