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May, 2019

Whistleblowing Farmworker

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This is a story of a whistleblowing farmworker and now a local hero. An Oxnard, California man documented how a farm exposed his fellow farmworkers to dangerous pesticides multiple times. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has rules against exposing workers to pesticide drift.   Ventura County uses the more pesticides per mile than any other county in the state. Amadeo Sumano had harvested for an Oxnard strawberry farm carrying the green Good Farms label sold at Coscto and Whole Foods. It was certified through the Equitable Food Initiative that […]

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Feb, 2019

Disappearing California Coast

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Mudslides, and flooding have weighed heavily on California Central Coastal minds. The fires of 2017 and 2018 that raged through Ventura County exacerbated anxiety. We worry about our beaches. We want to know how we can manage climate change. In a coastal community, we live in uncertainty. To address some of it I created a video about an Oxnard, California beach that breaks down some coastal adaptation science. If you watch this video to the end, you will find ways to save some of our beaches. It isn’t all doom […]

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Dec, 2018

Ventura County’s Most Polluted Neighborhoods

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Did you know there is an area of Oxnard the state of California considers is one of the most polluted places in the state?  Here is a short informative video about air pollution in Oxnard. Natalie Cherot, PhD did the research.  John Alarid formerly of NBC news, shot and edited a fast-paced video. It is perfect to show for people who don’t have a lot of time, easily bored, or don’t want a long winded and slow moving explanation about pesticide exposure. This is the California map used throughout the video. When you watch […]

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Sep, 2018

Free Indigenous Cookbook and Radio Matters

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This weekend’s Ventura County Peace and Justice Network’s podcast features a new research study documenting a Radio Indigena en Oxnard success story. I then summarize how the organization running the radio station, Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) co-developed a cookbook with researchers at CSU Channel Islands. The cookbook features recipes that may be helpful for suffers of helicobacter pylori and other illnesses.  I dedicated this show to food lovers. When I first told a friend I was thinking of doing a radio show he responded, ‘”radio is dead.” Today I bring you a podcast story […]

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Sep, 2018

Three Stories of Three Oxnard Beaches

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This podcast covers three Stories of three beaches: Silver Strand, Kiddie, and Ormond My station manager at Radio Indigena (94.1fm) in Oxnard, California wanted me to do a show on the environmental safety of Kiddie Beach. The news is good. Kiddie Beach is cleaner. In the podcast I summarize recent Heal the Bay and California Water Board reports to let you know why Kiddie Beach has had problems with cleanliness. The City of Oxnard has released a geographic information systems map with the location of all the sampling sites and […]

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Aug, 2018

Life, Death and Chemicals Podcast

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Ventura County environmental groups, Citizens For Responsible Oil and Gas and Food and Water Watch, have a new tar sands advocacy project. This was an inspiration for creating a short podcast from my article, Life, Death and Chemicals.   Life, Death and Chemicals by Natalie Cherot Much of America’s strawberry supply is farmed atop a rich deposit of oil. For a family living among the pesticides and drilling, the source of their health problems is a painful mystery. Welcome to the California tar sands. Published in Latterly A Longform pic […]

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Jul, 2018

Fear and a Hate Group Podcast

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On Monday, July 9, 2018, Solidarity Radio interviewed Dr. Marta Martinez-Bravo and Julie Diaz about Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, also known as the “sanctuary state” law. SB 54 aims to prohibit state and local law enforcement from holding undocumented immigrants in federal custody, unless they have been convicted of a list of designated crimes in the last 15 years, or are a registered sex offender. Martha Martinez-Bravo and Julie Diaz Martinez attended the nearly six-hour Simi Valley City Council on June 25th. The SB54 supporters did not […]

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Jul, 2018

Conejo Valley Pride Podcast

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Listen to Kendra Mellinger and Narissa Petchumrus are organizers of the first LGBTQ pride in the Conejo Valley California on the Radio Solidarity podcast. Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 11 AM – 6 PM at Civics Arts Plaza is Conejo Valley’s inaugural LGBTQ+ PRIDE Festival. There will be entertainment, food trucks, vendors, multiple counseling and healthcare services, youth space, and kids’ crafts. Visit the Conejo Pride website here Kendra Mellinger and Narissa Petchumrus discuss activists, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera and the people who inspired their pride. Streaming now on Netflix   Kendra Mellinger speaks about […]

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Jun, 2018

Thomas Fire Podcast Coming Soon

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Check back here soon California mudslides: as wealthy town recovers, undocumented are left behind Workers living paycheck to paycheck find they will not be paid for lost time – and without papers, many lack recourse to emergency funds

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Mar, 2018

Compare Three Thomas Fire Mudslide Risk Maps

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With another storm coming, the Ventura County Peace and Justice Network is offering three mudslide risk maps for our readers to compare. This might help you make the difficult decision to evacuate, or at least pick up extra sandbags. US Geological Survey Debris Flow Hazard Map The US Geological Survey (USGS) provides the most extensive background on how it gets its information. The map pays special attention to river flows and explains how being beneath a creek during a rain might affect your safety. It is detailed. For example, it classifies […]

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