Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It looks as though i have something like 6-8 confirmed volunteers with which to pull off this year's Independence Day parade entry from the OPC, and i'm related to 90% of them. i want to build a local culture of peace, and this was a good centerpiece for that at one time, but perhaps that time has passed.
We'll still do it this year, but then it's up for serious review. PLEASE, if you intend to be there and can help, let me know. i need to be reassured that we'll have what we need on the day of the parade...i'm not interested in being pleasantly surprised by a good turnout if it means days of worry and frustration beforehand. HOWEVER, i'm also not interested in poisoning our planet with guilt or fear...if you can help from a genuine place of solidarity, please do!!

in Peace,


"Peace One Day" at Ojai Retreat

This inspiring and very popular film was screened last year as part of the opening ceremonies of the valley's first Living Peace in Ojai weekend, which also included the awarding of the Ojai Peace Coalition's first-ever Noble Peace Prize (nominations still being accepted for this year's prize...see below!).
The film is being screened tomorrow, Wednesday June 25 at 7pm at the Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, as a fundraiser and pre-publicity for this year's Living Peace event in September.


Independence Day Parade Entry

Under the official parade theme of "Fourth of July Memories", this year the OPC will urge our community to remember America's small family farms and the fresh, local produce that came/comes from them. We will use the opportunity to promote the "Eat Local One Year" project that's slated for 2009, and we will connect local eating to larger issues of peace and security.

immediately, i'm aware of a few needs:
· two people to bear the OPC banner
· one vibrant Earth flag
· 4-8 strong people to keep our "float" (a trailer) moving, since our environmental
values don't include an idling tow vehicle.
· 6-10 people to walk behind the float carrying signs representing the related issues.

remember: this is our peace community's most ready-made public opportunity to express our values in a patriotic setting, and our past appearances have been very well received! one or even a handful of people cannot do it alone...it requires a community, just like Peace itself.
watch for another email very soon about working parties to prepare our entry!
if you can help, please contact me.


Noble Peace Prize Nominations!

The Noble Peace Prize is awarded each year to an individual or entity that is working primarily within the Ojai Valley to create and promote cultural Peace.


CPR: Eat Local One Year


WHAT: EAT LOCAL ONE YEAR: A 2009 Locavore Project
Could you live for an entire year eating only food that was grown within 100 miles of your home? A spunky group of Ventura County residents are going to give it a try in 2009!
Ojai residents, Kristofer and Joanne Young, will speak about "EAT LOCAL ONE YEAR", the Ojai-centered, countywide, and nationwide locavore project they founded. They will discuss their inspiration in Barbara Kinsolver's book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," the groundrules for participation in EAT LOCAL ONE YEAR, and how you can be a part of this movement.
Local organic vegetable farmer Phil McGrath of McGrath Family Farms will discuss the importance and availability of local food.
Participants in the EAT LOCAL ONE YEAR project will share their motivation for committing to local eating for all of 2009.
Join us to help grow a safer, healthier and sustainable food system for our community and our nation!
WHEN: Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Foster Library's Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura, CA


Integrity Now meets July 6

The local movement that grew out of Dennis Kucinich's presidential campaign continues to meet on the first Sunday of each month from 10am to 12pm at 207 North Ventura St. (former site of Ojai Creates!)

The next meeting is on Sunday July 6, 2008 and is open to all!

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