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Aug, 2017

Redlining

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Topic of the Week: Redlining Hello everyone.  I apologize for the hiatus on writing.  Now that I’m back on track, this week’s Social Justice topic is redlining.  The reason why this word was chosen is due to the negative impact redlining has had on people of color being able to secure critical life chances that can still be seen today.  This article will be primarily concerned with redlining in the mortgage industry. First off, redlining is defined as the practice of denying services, either directly or through selectively raising prices, […]

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Jul, 2017

Oxnard’s Power Plants

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A Long Haul The city of Oxnard (population 186,000) has a whole lot of power plants. Now there are plans to build another. Energy consultants argue that California has more than enough power. So why build another? Environmental justice groups like CAUSE have carefully reminded the public about the stakes when one less economically advantaged city takes up the power burden. Oxnard posses a place called Ormond Beach, home to Halaco, a superfund site, and an obsolete power plant that sits on otherwise gorgeous beach. This is more than just […]

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Jul, 2017

Power Plant Blues

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The city of Oxnard (population 186,000) has a whole lot of power plants. Now there are plans to build another. Energy consultants argue that California has more than enough power. So why build another?

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Jul, 2017

Dam If You Do, Learn About Undoing the Dam

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This is Natalie Cherot writing for the Solidarity Ventura County newsletter this week.  We publish a comprehensive calendar of progressive events. Check us out often at vcpjn.org/calendar/. We update multiple times a week. This week we have a special contribution from our advisory board member, Narissa Petchumrus, a discussion of the undoing of Matilija Dam, events on the calendar, and fun stuff. DAM IF YOU DO Join Paul Jenkin, founder of the Matilija Coalition and campaign coordinator for Ventura Surfrider Foundation, as he provides a fascinating overview of the ongoing […]

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Jun, 2017

Newsletter, Free Film, and Events

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This week’s word is microaggression.  The reason why this word was chosen is because we have perhaps heard of the word before, witnessed one being said, or even perpetuated them without knowing it.

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Jun, 2017

Blue Lives Matter: Featured social justice topic of the week

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This week’s word (or phrase) is Blue Lives Matter.  The reason why this topic was picked is due to seeing no shortage of this flag hung outside of homes within Ventura County. I wanted to take the time to couple Blue Lives Matter with this insignia and unpack its implications.   First off, let’s define Blue Lives Matter.  Blue Lives Matter is a pro-police position that started after the killings of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, New York, on December 20, 2014, after they were ambushed […]

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