Events happening today, tomorrow and beyond!

Fri 1/15/Sat 1/16: Healdsburg Jazz Presents Free Family Concert – “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Through The Eyes of Children” with Marcus Shelby, Tiffany Austin, and Others (Fri:7:00 – 8:00 pm, Sat: 12 noon PT)!

Click here for more information: (Two performances). “The concert is 1-hour music and spoken word performance inspired by and dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the music of the Civil Rights Movement. We are excited to do this in collaboration with Stanford‘s King Research & Education Institute, led by Professor Clayborne Carson who was selected in 1985 by Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband.…” See more here. (PLEASE ACCESS THE TWO-PART RESOURCE GUIDE HERE: PART 1 and PART 2.)

Saturday – 01/16/2021 – ONLINE – “New Voices for Justice Meet the Social Justice Fund for Ventura County’s 2020 Fellowship Grantees” (7:00 pm – 9 pm PST) 

Facebook link here. “The Social Justice Fund for Ventura County provides funds to emerging leaders who have a passion for social justice and a project impacting Ventura County. Meet three of the 2020 Social Justice Fellows who will talk about their projects followed by an interactive Q & A.

Sara Guillen has a project to identify nutritional needs in Oxnard to help launch a healthy food project with the Westminster Free Clinic. She will also share the results of her research with local leaders to raise awareness of the need for healthy food in our most marginalized communities in the county. 

Elibet Valencia Munoz has a project to create a video and photographic documentary of a traditional Mixteco Dance “La Danza de los Diablos.” Through this work she hopes to honor the Mixteco culture, conduct exhibitions throughout Ventura County and create material for ethnic studies in our schools.

Kativa Rai from Justice in the Classroom, a group of high schools and college students who will receive a capacity grant to help them pay for a zoom account, non-profit status and a web site. This group is seeking to end the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion across schools in Ventura County.Register in advance here:  
https://chaliceuu.breezechms.com/form/4ba09653 Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Sunday – 01/17/2021 – “Prayer for Beloved Community in the Midst of COVID and Chaos” (5:00pm PT)

Click here: www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/livestream Join the Poor People’s Campaign for for a 30-minute prayer service as a part of A National Call to Love, Light and Leadership

Monday – 01/18/2021 – “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day”  
(Live Broadcast – 10:00 am) (“Drive-in” rebroadcast at OPAC – 4:30 pm)

Facebook link here. ” The Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Ventura County is pleased to announce that its 35th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day observance and birthday celebration, will be held online on Monday, January 18, 2021, starting at 10 AM. This is a free all-virtual, online event that will be broadcast via multiple online platforms, including Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube. There is no advanced registration required, just use the links below or click the “Join Event” button before the event starts on January 18th.

The program will also be rebroadcast at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, at 4:30 PM, where it may be viewed with safe social distancing from parked cars. Parking spaces are limited, so we suggest arriving early.This year’s event theme, “Lives end when we are silent… Get in trouble, good trouble,” incorporates an homage to the late civil rights hero John Lewis, who was a close associate of Dr. King and made famous the words “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and redeem the soul of America.” 

The keynote speaker will be Tamika Jean-Baptiste, AMGEN Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Ms. Jean-Baptiste has over 25 years in the biopharmaceutical field and has worked for Amgen for over 19 years, serving in the capacities of Director of Sales, Key Account Manager, and District Sales Manager. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University and a Global Executive MBA from TRIUM (NYU, London School of Economics, HEC Paris). Throughout her career, Tamika has been a champion for diversity and a mentor to others to find their authentic voice and professional purpose. AMGEN Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. 

The event will also include brief comments from elected officials, spiritual music, and a virtual Freedom March, as well as the winning speech from the annual Alpha Kappa Alpha Youth Speech Expo.How to Join the Live Stream:We recommend joining the event on Zoom for the best participant experience. Please join before 10 AM to ensure your spot. A full list of streaming options can be viewed at: https://mlkventuracounty.com/livestream

Monday – 01/18/2021 – “MLK Moral Monday – A National Interfaith service of Love, Light and Leadership” (10:00am PT)

Click here: Click here: www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/livestream As Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris assume the offices of President and Vice-President of the country, and as members of the U.S. Congress take their place as legislative leaders, we ask all persons of faith and moral conscience to pray for our new national leaders and call on them  to embrace the 14 Policy Priorities to Heal the Nation: A Moral and Economic Agenda for the first 100 days. The only way forward for our nation is if love is tied to justice, light is grounded in truth and we have leadership rooted in a moral agenda for the nation.Forward together, not one step back!

Rev. Dr. William Barber, II & Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

P.S. In light of the event on January 6th, we produced a video showing the split realities of how non-violent protest has been met versus the racist double standard we saw that day. Please check out the video and share widely.

Wednesday – 01/20/2021 – ONLINE – “Joe Biden presidential inauguration 2021

The 59th Presidential Inauguration will be held on January 20th, 2021 in Washington, D.C. The Presidential Swearing-In ceremony will take place on the west front of the United States Capitol and will be followed by the Inaugural Address.

  • Facebook link here. (9:00am – 12:00pm PST)
  • Facebook link here. (3:00 am – 6:00 pm PST)

The event will include brief comments from elected officials, spiritual music, and a virtual Freedom March, as well as the winning speech from the annual Alpha Kappa Alpha Youth Speech Expo.How to Join the Live Stream:We recommend joining the event on Zoom for the best participant experience. Please join before 10 AM to ensure your spot. A full list of streaming options can be viewed at:https://mlkventuracounty.com/livestream

Wednesday – 01/20/2021 – LIVE – Verify final location – “Santa Paula Brown Berets – National Call to Action ” (3:00 pm PST)

Facebook page here. Event by Patricia Zavala and Guadalupe Coatlaxopeuh Popocatepetl Guadian

March for Justice. In collaboration with Santa Paula Brown Berets, BLM VC, VC M.E.Ch.A, MMIWGP VC, and other organizations. 
#freethekidsincages
#stopfamilyseperation

Thursday – 01/21/2021 – ONLINE – “FFLUID LGBTQIA+ Support Group Meeting” (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PST)

Facebook link here. “We offer monthly support meetings for LGBTQIA+ persons, their families, friends and allies. Often the group is attended by people who are transgender, transitioning or gender fluid and/or their parents. We have have helped dozens of individuals and families who need friendship and support along this journey. You will find our support meetings informative, friendly, warm and very talkative!
Meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month via Zoom video conferencing. 
Registration through Eventbrite is required to attend. You can go to Eventbrite.com and do a search for FFLUID to bring it up or use the following direct link to the event page. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ffluid-lgbtqia-support-group-tickets-124952063987

Wednesday – 01/23/2021 – ONLINE – “THE WORK CONTINUES – PICK YOUR PASSION VIRTUAL ZOOM EVENT” (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm PST)

Facebook link here: Justice For All Ventura County and partners discuss the crucial issues we must continue to advocate for. Joins us as we explore how we can continue to fight for justice. This is a free event. 
Don’t miss the collection-drive sister-event to this virtual rally where we will be collecting warming packs for our houseless community members. 

Wednesday – 01/27/2021 – ONLINE – “Innovative Housing Solutions for the Post-Pandemic World” (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PST)

Facebook link here. Event by MIT Enterprise Forum Central Coast. “We’ll discuss the growing affordable housing gap & explore how local policies & design solutions can solve the housing shortfall.” Online: mitefccjan2021.eventbrite.com

Sunday – 01/31 AND 2/7/2021 – ONLINE – “Whiteness 101 Workshop” – SURJ (2:00 – 4:30 pm PST)

Save the Date for our upcoming Whiteness 101 Trainings! More information to follow, but we will be asking participants to commit to attend both Sundays, 1/31 and 2/7, from 2 – 4:30 PM.

Sun – 01/31/21 – OXNARD – Swap Meet Justice – Volunteer Citizenship Fair on the *LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH

*Verify! – MAY BE CANCELLED due to COVID closure of Oxnard College Marketplace. We will update here again if the Market opens for the last Sunday in December.

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(The Oxnard Community Marketplace is still closed down due to the pandemic, earliest estimate in November 8th, which puts off our next appearance to November 29th.)

More information here on how to volunteer to help, or to get immigration paperwork, including citizenship application, renewals for DACA and green cards, done under the oversight of volunteer local immigration attorneys and accredited representatives. This fair is cosponsored by CLUE-VC, Ventura Co. Legal Aid, El Concilio Family Services, UFW, SEIU 721, and community volunteers

  • Due to DHS rulings, NO NEW DACA applicationscan be taken at this time.
  • DACA fees remain the same ($495), but now you need to renew EVERY YEAR.
  • Green Card Renewals reduced by $10
  • Citizenship UP by 80% to over $1000!!!!

Friday – 02/5/21 – ONLINE – “Protecting Youth from Recruitment into Online Hate” – (7:00pm PST)

Facebook link here.

Thursday – 02/25/21 – ONLINE – “Reuben Jonathan Miller | Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration” – (4:00pm – 5:00 pm PST)

Facebook link here. Event by UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center “REGISTER NOW: http://bit.ly/Miller-IHC

Incarcerated people in the US are met by more than 48,000 laws, policies and administrative sanctions upon release, a supervised society that Ruben Jonathan Miller calls “carceral citizenship.” Join Miller as he examines the afterlife of mass incarceration and how U.S. criminal justice policy has altered the social life of the city and the contours of American Democracy one (most often poor black American) family at a time. Drawing on ethnographic data collected across three iconic American cities–Chicago, Detroit, and New York–the talk will explore what it means to live in a supervised society and how we might find our way out. Audience Q&A will follow. ASL and Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Reuben Jonathan Miller is an Assistant Professor in the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA). His research examines life at the intersections of race, poverty, crime control, and social welfare policy. He is the author of Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration (February 2021), based on 15 years of research and practice with currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, their families, partners, and friends.

Sponsored by the IHC’s Living Democracy series. ASL and Spanish interpretation will be provided. To view ASL interpretation, please attend the webinar on a desktop computer.

Free to attend; registration required to receive Zoom webinar attendance link”

SURJ Resources

  • A guide for calling-in white folks around narratives of violence and property destruction in the face of mass protests
    • SURJ National (Word Doc)“This is the time when we as anti-racist white folks must commit to having intentional conversations with the people in our lives and in our newsfeeds who might be on the fence or conflicted about the protests because of narratives of “violence” and lootings offered by the Right and many mainstream news outlets. … We have created this guide as a work-in-progress to offer best practices, talking points, and lines of conversation to explore with other white folks in your life to bring them into the fight for racial justice and to #EndWhiteSilence. 
  • Stopping the Coup: The Disruption Guide for 2020
    • Disruption Project (Google Doc) “This guide offers a framing and organizational approach to respond to our current electoral moment. We live under a president who is energized by the forces of white supremacy and brutal capitalism. He is empowered to use the state’s resources to repress dissent. And he is encouraged and emboldened by a mass of people who share his interests. We believe the 2020 election will be a flashpoint, and we must be ready.”
  • Having Difficult Conversations
    • SURJ-VC with Resources from SPLC and AWARE-LA (Google Slides). If you weren’t able to attend our August meeting, this is the slide deck we used to frame our role-play around difficult conversations. It covers how to be better prepared to interrupt problematic language, behavior and narratives.
  • Black Lives Matter 805 Resource and Action Guide
    • (Google Doc) An exhaustive compilation of local resources, non-profit organizations and where to donate, petitions, email templates, educational resources, black-owned businesses, media, and protesting tips. Compiled by BLM Ventura County.
  • Anti-Racism Resources
    • (Google Doc)
  • A comprehensive compilation of resources including suggestions of who to follow on social media, books, articles, websites, films, podcasts, and resources for parents. Compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein.