Wed- 1/2: Resisters – Mark your calendars! This government isn’t going to fix itself!

Photo: SEIU’s volunteer caravan to Tijuana to deliver supplies & medical care to refugees. Members of Indivisible Ventura and DSA joined in…

One thing we’ve all discovered after Trump was elected, was just how much a bunch of committed volunteers could accomplish. Last year, IV & friends ran a (3)-precinct polling place, citizenship fairs, voter registration drives and postcard campaigns. Looks like we were just warming up…

Jan. 3rd – Join in! Our Women’s March isn’t going to plan itself either!

Women’s March Planning Committee (Event is on Jan 19th, see below), Ambrosia by Caffrodite Cafe, 1987 E. Main, Ventura

Jan. 7th – Start your Martin Luther King “Day of Service” work early! 

The “MLK Day of Service (Jan. 21st) is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”

“Please consider joining the 2018-19 MLK Committee to help us plan this beloved community event! (This planning meeting is being held on Monday, Jan. 7th at 6:30 pm, at the Oxnard School District office at 1051 S. A St., Oxnard. (confirm with Facebook link here)

image.png“We welcome all members of the community curious about how they can help support the mission of the MLK Committee to join us as we meet in preparation for the 2019 event… Never worked on an event like this before? Don’t worry, there are lots of ways to help.”

Jan. 12th – Community Cleanup & Recycling Event – Help keep our city clean!

Get rid of your unwanted items and shred old documents for free at the next Community Cleanup & Recycling Event, January 12th from 9am-12pm. Event held at 765 S Seaward Ave. (City lot on the corner of Seaward and Alessandro).

Jan. 17th or 18th – Training day for the “Annual Ventura County Count of Homeless Persons” volunteers! 

Want to help with a “Day of Service” in your own community?
The County of Ventura needs our help to complete the Homeless Count on January 22, 2019 at sites all throughout Ventura County including: Ventura, Camarillo, Ojai, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks, Fillmore, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Port Hueneme, Moorpark, and unincorporated Areas. This count is required to continue to receive crucial HUD support.

All volunteers will work in 3-4 person teams and will receive training in recording the count. Teams go out in the early morning through afternoon to places where homeless persons are known to gather. Most counters are in the field for a couple of hours at a time, and must be at least 18 years old, be able to walk around the community and have a cell phone to use for the survey.

Either sign up individually here or…

Join Indivisible Ventura’s team! Email us here with your name, email, phone #, and preferred shift on Jan. 22nd, either [6 am-12 noon] or [11am-5pm]. Tell us if you’re signing up with a friend. The morning shift always needs more people (6 am!!!), so please indicate if you’re flexible.

Training time options:

  • Thursday January 17, 12 noon (Atrium Room) or 5:30PM (Community Meeting Room), Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street, Ventura. You need attend only one training. No RSVP required.
  • Friday, January 18, from 9:30am to 10:30am, Ventura County Behavioral Health, 1911 Williams Drive, 2nd floor – Lake Tahoe training room, Oxnard

More information: contact Jennifer Harkey at (805) 658-4342

Jan 19th – This is your community. “March for Justice” right here!

Facebook link here. Saturday, 10 am, Plaza Park, downtown Ventura. Jan 19th.

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Jan 20th – 50 years of progress is in danger. Come to this event!

Facebook link here. Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM, Temple Beth Torah –  7620 Foothill Rd, Ventura

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Each January, the Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network (VCRRN) celebrates the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The current assault on healthcare threatens America’s women. Join Cal Lutheran University professors Adina Nack and José Marichal with student Kleya Dhenin to explore:

  • What are the threats to access and affordability of reproductive care?
  • What happens to a society that severely restricts women’s healthcare and personal choices?
  • How can young people transform the political landscape?For more information, call 805-212-0702 or email VCRRNetwork@gmail.com.

Jan 21th –  This is THE MLK Day event and it’s right here in our county! Show up and be counted.

image.pngJoin in this inspiring day organized by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Ventura County. (Facebook link here). Like last year, people will come together to march, cheer on the amazing speakers and listen to choir singing so beautiful as to run shivers down one’s spine. It’s everything a MLK Day celebration should be and more.

  • Freedom March (Starts at 8 am at Plaza Park at Fifth and “C” Streets. Transport provided for those who can’t march)
  • Celebration Program: 9:00 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are available online here for $8.13 or $7 at the door or from MLK Committee members. Buy an extra one for a friend.

Jan 22nd – “Annual Ventura County Count of Homeless Persons” volunteers! 

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Go back up to Jan. 17th above to sign up for both the count and the training.

If you’ve never seen the results of this count, go here to read the “2018 Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey: Final Report”. It gives a person-by-person picture on those in our community.  How many live in emergency or transitional housing? How many live in their cars or in encampments? How many are at risk of becoming homeless? How many are children? How many are veterans? How many are lifelong Ventura residents? How many are homeless because of recent fires?

Knowledge is power. Not only does the count help us secure HUD funding, but it helps our community formulate the best solutions for our homeless neighbors.

Jan 27th – Citizenship Fair/DACA and Green Card renewal Clinic

Last-Sunday-of-the-Month: 8am-3pm. Oxnard College Community Marketplace, next to the bookstore.

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Thanks to all the volunteers who came out in the cold last Sunday (Dec. 30th) to help our immigrant community complete paperwork for citizenship, DACA and green card renewals. We had over 50 separate requests for assistance, including one person who thought they needed a new green card, but found out that they were actually an American citizen all along! Happy beyond words!

If you’re interested in helping, we have training in the mornings at 8:30 for new volunteers. Although Spanish skills are very helpful, all volunteers who are kind, patient and good at paperwork are most welcome.

Please assist now by downloading/printing and posting these flyers in places likely that immigrants will see them. We had good luck with apartment laundry rooms, bulletin boards in offices, restaurants and stores, libraries, classrooms, and waiting areas. You are welcome to share them too.

Black and white: DACA SIGN – both ENG:SPA

Color here: DACA SIGN – both ENG:SPA color

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