Feb, 2018

February 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.

On the Calendar

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Surfrider Foundation Monthly Meeting

February 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

A vibrant chapter that comprises volunteers interested in all aspects of beach and ocean protection. Check out their campaigns Come join us for our monthly meeting. Catch up on events, chat with members and volunteers, and eat some pizza!

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

February 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

New Camarillo Location

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.

Our Stories Matter Discussion Series

February 7 @ 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.This discussion series will consist of focused interdisciplinary evidence-based perspectives—at least two at each—presented by CI faculty and/or invited experts who will speak on and discuss specific topics related to fascism, white supremacy, current events (local to global)

Equal Means Equal | Free Film Screening | Feb 8th 6pm

February 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Equal Means Equal offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today by uncovering outdated and discriminatory attitudes that influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. Director, Kamala Lopez, reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. Co-hosted by The Acorn Project, Ventura College

State of the State with Sandra Fluke

February 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Sandra Fluke is the California State Director of an advocacy organization that has focused on climate change, economic inequality, campaign finance reform, immigration, healthcare, and criminal justice reform. She will bring us up to date on the issues being addressed right now in Sacramento, and how we can be advocates for local and national issues right here at home. Ms Fluke was a State Senate candidate in 2014. Prior to that run she garnered national attention by testifying before members of Congress regarding insurance coverage for birth control,

VC Art Market

February 10 @ 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

Ocean Litter and Microplastics – A lecture by Prof Clare Steele

February 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

CI professor Clare Steele will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018, to deliver a presentation titled “Ocean Litter and Microplastics: A New Wave of Research.” Dr. Steele comes to us from CSU Channel Islands (CI), and is the first speaker in this season’s CI Library Lecture Series. Ocean litter is a global concern, with millions of tons of plastic debris accumulating in the world’s oceans. Microplastics are common on our beaches and along the California coast

Book Club “Ruby” by Cynthia Bond

February 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join fellow art and book lovers at our next Carnegie Art Museum Book Club discussion. Book selections focus on making connections with art and history inspired by current exhibitions and the museum’s permanent collection. Club activities include an early evening book discussion held the third Thursday of the month. $5 / members free

Ffluid Monthly Meeting

February 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

FFLUID (formerly Simi Valley chapter of PFLAG)  is dedicated to offering “streams” of unconditional love, heartfelt support and quality resources to members of the LGBTQ+ community, their families and friends.

Together We Will Rise. United We Will Remain. Thomas Arts Festival

February 17 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Together We Will Rise. United We Will Remain. Thomas Arts Festival Saturday, February 17, 2018 12:00pm noon – 5:00 p.m. Bell Arts Factory 432 N. Ventura Avenue Ventura, 93001 Our community is filled with artists expressing many art forms, yet hundreds of neighbors suffered tremendous loss due to the recent Thomas fires & flood. Many of these people do not fit in the constructs of society, because they focus on creativity and helping others, and therefore may not qualify for traditional assistance.

Brew Ride!

February 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We will be visiting some great local establishments on bikes. Check  Ventura Bike HUB and BikeVentura  for updates!

Break the Chain Film Screening Free

February 21 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us Wednesday, February 21st for a free screening of Break the Chain with filmmaker, Laura Swanson. This award-winning feature-length documentary film addresses the often “hidden-in-plain-sight” issue of Human Trafficking in the United States. The film chronicles two survivors of Human Trafficking along with nearly 20 interviews with researchers, Senators, non-profit organizations, legal service agencies, law enforcement officers and several artists actively working to raise awareness for this global issue. Here, in Ventura County, we are far from immune.

Two Documentaries About The Chinese in Ventura County

February 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Two Documentary screenings Courage and Contribution: The Chinese in Ventura County The Ventura County Chinese American Historical Society captures the history of the Chinese in Ventura from 1865-1970, and the dedication of the China Alley Memorial mural commemorating Chinese American history in Ventura. Often the rich history of the Chinese in Ventura County cannot be easily found. Their vital contribution is key in understanding their part in the development of the state of California. Grit and Grace – History of the Oxnard’s Chinese Chinese settlers farmed the area

Walkability, Housing & PlaceMaking in Oxnard and Ventura County

February 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We explore what it takes to make great downtowns and how to apply the principles we learn to downtown Oxnard, Ventura and other VC cities. Walkability, housing and placemaking issues are central to the discussion and we will explore case studies and contemporary literature to learn what works and how we can apply what we learn to our local towns and communities. We will start with introductions and perhaps a YouTube or two. Then launch into thoughtful conversation about what we viewed and how it applies to downtown Oxnard

Film Screening: Telling the Truth About California Missions

February 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a short film that reveals the truth about Junipero Serra, California’s historic missions, their treatment of Native Americans and the lies, myths, and falsehoods that glorified these institutions while denigrating the people for whom they were supposedly built. Q&A session with film director Gary Robinson and narrator Alan Salazar (Chumash/Tataviam).

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Dog

February 24 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Dog! Saturday, Feb. 24 from 11am – 4pm Bring your entire family for a picnic lunch, bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy this FREE Celebration featuring: Traditional Chinese Dance – Chinese Lion Dance – Music – Films –

Up From The Ashes

February 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Benefit concert for the victims of Thomas Fire. All proceeds will go to Help of Ojai to distribute. Music starts at 6p.m. and continues to 9 p.m. Milton Kelly and other locals singers and bands on the Art Center patio by donation. 646-0117,

Seed & Plant Swap

February 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This event is open to all seed savers and seed planters alike. Most seeds are offered free by hobbyists and professionals although there are some sales/donation requests for certain potted plants, starts and some commercially packaged seed. There is a $5 donation request at the door to support the sponsors. Participating in seed swaps is a core community event. Our food security is supported through local seed sovereignty. Sharing in the seed commons is a historical act of community solidarity

Dinner and a Movie: Sonic Seas

February 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The multiple Emmy award winning film, Sonic Seas (2017) will be shown Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 PM, at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 740 East Main St, Santa Paula. Sonic Sea, co-produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, shows the ocean as a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. However man- made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world for whales, porpoises and other ocean life.

LGBTQ Clinical based support group

February 28 @ 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

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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