Below is a list of peace and justice organizations in Ventura County. To have your group added, or to edit the description of your group, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to time constraints, we are unable to add events for all of these organizations. If you wish to make sure your groups’s events are added to the calendar, let us know and we can grant you access to the calendar.
Abolish Corporate Personhood – Ojai Valley (Facebook page). “… the local Move to Amend affiliate for Ojai, California. We are working locally to raise awareness of the challenges corporations pose to democracy, and coordinating our efforts… to help pass a Constitutional amendment establishing that corporations are not ‘people’ and that money is not ‘speech.'”
ACLU Ventura County Chapter (i.e. American Civil Liberties Union).
American Association of University Women – Thousand Oaks Branch (AAUWTO). “AAUW (formerly the American Association of University Women) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.”
Arts for Earth Foundation – Facebook page. “AFEF provides visual, performance and literary arts support to affiliate local green groups. Holds green events, is a HUB for our local green community!”
ArtsVentura.org. Facebook page here. “ArtsVentura.org is the leading online resource for arts and cultural information for Ventura, California. It offers the largest database of arts and cultural events, workshops, jobs, individual artists, organizations, venues, and more! … ArtsVentura.org makes it easy for Ventura residents and visitors to go out and see a show, visit an exhibit, take family or friends to a festival, and discover all the amazing things happening throughout our community!”
Association of Mexican-American Educators (Oxnard Chapter) – Facebook page. “Education advocacy organization that seeks to promote equity for Latino youth. Also, promoting alliances with marginalized communities.”
Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries. Facebook page here. “We are a group of believers committed to revisioning the relationship between the Word and our world, in order to help animate and build capacity for communities of discipleship and justice.” Other websites under the same umbrella are Radical Discipleship, Ched Myers, and Watershed Discipleship.
Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC). Facebook page here. Provides “comprehensive housing services and community economic development activities, through a community building approach, that facilitate self-sufficiency for individuals and families who are most lacking in opportunity.”
California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter. Facebook page here. Mission is “to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants.”
Campus Interfaith at CSUCI: This site includes a list of selected local religious organizations, including Buddhist, Jewish, mainstream Protestant, Catholic, and Unitarian Universalist groups.
CAUSE (Centra Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy). Facebook page here. Ventura Avenue branch (Facebook page) here. “… [T]o build grassroots power to invoke social, economic and environmental justice for the people of California’s Central Coast Region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy.”
Center for Equality and Justice at Cal Lutheran University. Facebook page here. Serving CLU and the surrounding communities, “to promote equality and justice, the CEJ integrates programming, teaching and learning, and research in service of communities by partnering with a diverse range of organizations.”
Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions (CPR). Facebook page here. “An inclusive, diverse group of individuals, committed to non-violence, and recognizing the interconnectedness of all life on our planet.” Takes a particular (but not exclusive) interest in nuclear disarmament.
City Impact. Facebook page here. “City Impact is a multicultural community organization established in 1995 to meet the growing needs of at-risk/high-risk youth and low-income families throughout Ventura County.”
CLUE-VC (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice – Ventura County). Facebook page here. Coalition of faith-rooted advocates that strives to engage local congregations in efforts to influence policy and public opinion to achieve economic justice, particularly for the region’s working poor. Currently efforts have a large focus on immigration reform.
Coalition for Family Harmony. Facebook page here. “The Coalition offers a variety of services to assist survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, as well as family and friends of those suffering from abuse.”
805 Comedy Underground – Facebook page. “Event Central for all 805 Comedy Shows and Open Mics! Showcasing the 805’s Funniest Comics, while keeping you informed on where to catch your Favorites!”
Community Advocacy Coalition. Facebook page here. “The Community Advocacy Coalition (CAC) is a social justice organization dedicated to improving the economic, educational, health and wellness, legal, and social well-being of the African American community. ”
Community Roots Garden. Facebook page here. “Community Roots Garden is a ministry of the North Oxnard United Methodist Church. Our Garden started in response to hunger issues in Oxnard and a desire to share food and land with those in need.”
CVUUF Community Forum – Facebook page here. The Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (CVUUF) Community Forum “is an ongoing series of speakers, films and socially relevant entertainment events. Our aim is to organize and present public programs that inform, inspire and delight our community.”
Diversity Collective Ventura County. – Facebook page here. Our mission is “to promote diversity, education, mental and physical health via community outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] population as well as the general public.” Parent organization of Ventura County PRIDE (Facebook page here), Diversity Gala, AIDS Walk Ventura (FB page here), and LGBT+ events in Ventura County. Resources page for the VC LGBT+ community here. For healthcare needs, there is a PRIDE Clinic located in Santa Paula. Santa Barbara also has a transgender support network here and the Pacific Pride Foundation here.
El Centrito Family Learning Centers. Facebook page here. “El Centrito’s mission is to prepare the youth and families of Ventura County to meet the future and become productive members of the community by providing bilingual, bicultural family and youth educational programs in partnership with parents, schools, and neighborhoods.”
Ethnic Studies Now Ventura County. Facebook page here. “Ventura’s Ethnic Studies Now Coalition’s goal is to ensure that our local high schools implement the creation of an A-G approved Ethnic Studies course as a high school graduation requirement in each of the school districts in Ventura County.”
Farmers’ Markets in Ventura County. Fifteen farmers’ markets! Websites found here: Camarillo, The Collection (Oxnard), East Ventura, Ojai (Facebook page here), Oxnard (two listed here), and others (Facebook pages here and here).
Food Forward, Ventura Branch. Facebook page here. “Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.”
Friendly Neighborhood Action Committee – Facebook page. Solidarity action group in Santa Paula.
Friends of Fieldworks – Facebook page. “Friends of Fieldworkers, Inc., is a non-profit charity established to help improve the lives of the families of fieldworkers in Ventura County, California.”
Future Leaders of America. Facebook page here. “FLA provides a comprehensive youth empowerment program in our public schools and in the community year-around. The FLA Way teaches young leaders to take pride in their cultural diversity, strengthen their leadership capacity, and shares the value of an education to achieve their full potential for success in their academics, career choices, and in life.”
Habitat for Humanity Ventura County. Facebook page here. “Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County strengthens communities and fosters hope by bringing people together to build simple, decent houses in partnership with those in need.”
Holistic Wellness Community Center of Ventura. Facebook page here. “We are a holistic education and science resource center whose programs focus on self-healing techniques, sustainable living and inner peace.” Ventura Chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce is here.
House Farm Workers. Facebook page here. “House Farm Workers! is a program of the Ventura County Ag Futures Alliance. Through education and advocacy, HFW! promotes the provision of decent, safe, affordable homes for farm workers.”
The Lab – Facebook page. “The Lab is an activist creative studio offering everything vehicle wraps to merchandise printing. Stocked with urban art supplies and outdoor mural walls.”
Lideres Campesinas. “Organización en California de Líderes Campesinas, Inc.” represents a culmination of decades of work by farm working women (Campesinos)…. Líderes Campesinas provides these long-time leaders and activists with the opportunity to coordinate their work statewide and has built collectives so that campesinas may become agents of change and be a more effective unified voice.
Lift Up Your Voice To End Homelessness. Facebook page here. “Lift Up Your Voice is the Homelessness Advocacy Ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, seeking to End Homelessness in Ventura and beyond.”
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Ventura County. Facebook page here. “The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Ventura County – Facebook page. Established in 1986, the Committee (among other things) “strives to enlighten, enrich, and provide continuous awareness to citizens of Ventura County about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and acknowledge the positive achievements and accomplishments of individuals within the community.”
MICOP (Mixteco Indigenous Community Organizing Project). Facebook page here. MICOP is an Oxnard-based organization that “unites indigenous leaders and allies to strengthen the Mixtec and indigenous immigrant community of Ventura County.” Very active organization.
NAACP Ventura County Chapter (i.e. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) – Facebook page.
Ojai Chautauqua. The goal of the Ojai Chautauqua is “to educate and engage the community on central issues of common concern, as well as celebrate the abundant agricultural resources of Ventura County and the state of California.”
Ojai Peace Network. Related Facebook page here. “Ojai is a community that fosters a culture of peace within, as well as in our homes, schools, businesses, government and all aspects of community life and livelihood. We are dedicated to serving the emergence of personal, ecological, and Universal well being.”
The Ojai Retreat. Facebook page here. Calendar of events here. An Ojai-based inn that “offers many educational and cultural events for our guests and the community. It also has 3 libraries (an Ojai Authors library, a spiritual library and a general library) which are open to the public from 11 am to 7 pm.”
Ojai Valley Green Coalition. Facebook page here. “The Ojai Valley Green Coalition is a gathering of residents and friends of the Ojai Valley actively working together to create an environmentally sustainable community in Ojai.”
One Step a la Vez. Facebook page here. “One Step a la Vez (OSALV) is a non-profit, 501c3, teen advocacy agency that serves low income, isolated, minority populations of the Santa Clara Valley, specifically the communities of Fillmore and Piru.”
One Tribe Anti-Bullying Project – Facebook page. “One Tribe was created in 2012 by a group of young leaders from Villa Cesar Chavez, a farmworker affordable housing complex in South Oxnard, to address bullying issues in both their schools and communities to generate dialogue about preventative actions.”
Progressive Democrats of America, Ventura County – Facebook page. “PDA Ventura County exists to support progressive Democrats in office or running for office, and where there aren’t any we’ll create them in our communities by promoting our positions on the issues, and speaking truth to power!” Issue areas include economic and social justice, ending corporate rule, ending mass criminalization, ending wars and occupations, universal healthcare, stopping global warming, and many others.
RAIN Transitional Living Center. “RAIN is a transitional housing program located in Camarillo, California and sits on over two acres of open space..
Sacred Indigenous Preservation. Facebook page here. “SIP exists to protect and preserve indigenous ceremonies of North America and to support the places where the practice of these ceremonies is threatened.”
Segue Career Mentors Program. “Segue enables volunteers from the local workforce in all careers to speak in local students’ classrooms. [Our] mission is to empower, inspire, and motivate students to explore, choose, and act on their life’s path.”
Showing Up for Racial Justice – Ventura County Chapter. Facebook group here. “SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice.” There is an active chapter in Ventura County. Email email@example.com for details and contact info.
SOAR-VC (Save Open Space & Agricultural Resources). Facebook page here. “SOAR slows urban sprawl in Ventura County by requiring a vote of the people before converting open space and agricultural lands to development.”
Social Justice Fund for Ventura County. Facebook page here. “The Social Justice Fund for Ventura County (SJF) is a social change grant-making and educational organization created and guided by Ventura County donors.”
Surfrider Foundation – Ventura County Chapter. Facebook page here. “he Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.”
Todo Poder al Pueblo. Facebook page here. “Our Mission: The Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective is an independent, grassroots formation organizing for the self-defense and empowerment of our community as a response towards the escalation of repressive measures aimed at migrantes, families and workers.” Significant recent efforts on protesting institutionalized racism and police brutality in Oxnard and elsewhere.
Totally Local VC. Facebook page here. “Totally Local VC is a support live local Alliance designed to help educate and inform our community about how we can all support our local community.” Comprehensive list of local farmer’s markets and CSA (community-supported agriculture) groups here.
United Farm Workers. Vision: “To provide farm workers and other working people with the inspiration and tools to share in society’s bounty.” Has an office in Oxnard.
VCCool (Ventura Climate Care Options Organized Locally). “VCCool is an active, grass roots Climate Change Action organization, located in Ventura, California…. [A]mong other things, we now run two prolific programs: the Ventura Bicycle Union (advocacy group) and the Ventura Bike HUB (community bicycle shop).
Ventura Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Facebook page. “Creating political will for a sustainable climate in Ventura County and US Congressional District 26. At monthly meetings we connect with the growing national organization and plan visits with our Members of Congress and editorial boards of local papers. We attend voter forums and bring climate into election campaigns.”
Ventura co-op. Facebook page here. “Ventura Cooperative is worker owned and operated. We design and build permaculture gardens. We distribute locally produced goods. Buy Local. Share something. Grow with us.”
Ventura County Activists’ Network (VCAN) – Facebook page. Mission: “To establish a network of free thinking and dedicated groups and individuals who fight for justice, peace, and freedom in Ventura County.” Similar to VCPJN; also has an active Facebook page.
Ventura County Climate Hub / Ventura 350. Facebook page here. Google Groups forum here. Local chapter of 350.org, which sponsors “climate-focused campaigns, projects, and actions led from the bottom-up by people in 188 countries.”
Ventura County Community Foundation. Facebook page here. “Established in 1987, the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) is a family of charitable funds created by citizens who care deeply about strengthening the community, preserving and expanding its cultural resources, and helping those in need.”
Ventura County LGBTQ News – Facebook page. “This group focuses on raising awareness on the narratives, experiences, and acknowledging the systems of oppression faced by LGBT Queer People of Color.”
Ventura County Peace and Justice Network (VCPJN – yup, that’s us!). Facebook page here. “We are a network of peace and justice activists in Ventura County…. Our current goal has been to create a calendar for peace and justice events in Ventura County, which can be found at our website.”
Ventura County Queer Xicana/o 805 – Facebook page.
Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network. Facebook page here. “The VCRRN is a countywide umbrella of organizations and individuals committed to educating the community about reproductive health issues and mobilizing its members in support of reproductive freedom, rights and access.”
Ventura County Watersheds. Facebook page here. “Enhance, protect and preserve water quality in Ventura County water bodies using proactive and innovative ideas for preservation of biodiversity, ecological viability and human health. Work as a countywide team with public agencies, private enterprise, the environmental community and the general public to locally implement Clean Water Act requirements, balancing the actions taken with social and economic constraints.”
Ventura County Women’s Forum. Facebook page here. The Ventura County Women’s Forum Collaborative is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Ventura County women around the 12 critical areas of concern including the economy, environment, girl-child, violence, media, education, institutional mechanisms for advancement, peace, human rights, poverty, power sharing and health.
Ventura County Women’s Political Council. Facebook page here. “VCWPC is a multi-partisan organization whose objective is to achieve equality for all women. We encourage, recruit, train and support diverse women candidates who support the goals of VCWPC and will bring a woman’s perspective to every issue, foremost including reproductive health; the environment and social, educational and economic justice.”
Ventura Flash Mob – Facebook page. “Flash Mob: A sudden gathering of people in a public place for a common goal, to raise awareness throughout the community and to express a common intention.”
Ventura Growing Circles – Facebook page. “Based on models of local food self reliance and community building, Ventura Growing Circles networks with neighbors, health advocates, social and environmental organizations, and community at large” to promote growing local food and community gardens.
Ventura Homeless Prevention Fund. Facebook page is inactive as of Feb 2015. “Preventing homelessness for families and individuals living in Ventura.”
Ventura Sierra Club. Facebook page here. “… [T]o protect and restore the natural world. Ventura Sierra Club plays a leadership role on critical and vital issues that have local, regional, national and sometimes global impacts. … But we’re not all about work. We play hard too! Every year we have over a hundred hikes and outings.”
Volunteer Opportunities in Ventura. Comprehensive list and calendar of volunteer opportunities in Ventura, maintained by the city.
REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (We hope to expand this list at some point):
Coalition for Immigration Reform/Central Coast – Facebook page. “Our community is calling for fair comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.” Based mostly in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties.
Engineers Without Borders – Santa Barbara and Ventura Chapter. “EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.”
Food & Water Watch. California Facebook page here. “Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.”
HopeDance FiLMS. Facebook group here, and pages here and here. Goal is ” to reveal transformational videos, trailers and clips like TED talks… issues that are solutionary, uplifting, positive yet revealing and unveiling, typically leaving the viewer a way to feel inspired and a way to DO something…” Based mostly in SLO and surrounding area.
Just Communities. Facebook page here. “Just Communities advances justice by building leadership, fostering change, and dismantling all forms of prejudice, discrimination and oppression.” Provides cultural competency trainings. Based in Santa Barbara.
Peace Action West. Facebook page here. “Peace Action is a peace organization [with over 100,000 members nationwide whose] focus is on preventing the deployment of nuclear weapons in space, thwarting weapons sales to countries with human rights violations, and promoting a new U.S. foreign policy based on common security and peaceful resolution to international conflicts.”
Witness for Peace Southwest – Facebook page here. “WPSW is a national grassroots human rights organization that works in solidarity with peoples of Latin America to build a more just and humane US foreign policy towards the Americas.”