Friday, January 9, 2009

Carpool to Gaza Protest, Saturday January 10
Ventura County Caravan to
National Day of Emergency Mass Action

in LA at Westwood Federal Building
(11000 Wilshire Blvd)

Ojai, 9:30 am at Full of Beans parking lot on 11534 N Ventura Ave Ojai. or call 805-421-9708

Ventura, 10 am at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4360 E. Main St. corner with Telephone Rd.
Call 805-641-1789 if you are interested. No calls, no ride! (Go to TO instead.)

Thousand Oaks, 10:30 am at TO Trans Center, Rancho & Hwy 101

Contact organizers at 805-241-0708 or


Gaza: Two More (Online) Actions
1. Sign this email letter to our Senators and Representatives urging support for immediate ceasefire, ending the blockade on Gaza, and diplomatic efforts in the region.
Sponsored by Peace Action West.

2. The Network of Spiritual Progressives is planning to run a full-page ad in some major newspapers, appealing to President-Elect Obama to get involved in the Middle East peace process. Read the proposed ad's text HERE, and sign onto it (with an option to donate) HERE.
Sponsored by Network of Spiritual Progressives.


Push YOUR Issues to the Top!
There are TONS of vital issues scrambling for priority on Obama's desk, all asking for supportive votes to make it into the coveted "Top Ten". Whatever YOUR favorite issues are, find them and support them at so that the new Administration takes them to heart!


E-Waste Recycling Event,
402 W. Ojai Ave
January 10, 2009 9:00am-1:00pm

In partnership with Ojai Community Bank, Ojai Valley Directory and Gold Coast Recycling & Tranfer, the Ojai Valley Green Coalition will hold a recycling event Saturday, January 10 in the bank parking lot located at 402 W. Ojai Avenue from 9am to 1pm. Gold Coast will be accepting for recycling most types of electronics including computers, monitors and all accessories, TVs, radios, stereos and small appliances, such as toasters and microwaves. The Coalition will be accepting household batteries (limit 5 pounds), ink and toner cartridges, cds and dvds, ipods, cell phones and incandescent holiday lights. The event is open to all Ojai Valley residents and businesses.


Annual MLK Day Celebration - Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 in Libbey Park fountain area (rain location Matilija Jr. Hi auditorium). Sponsored by the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation. Youth lead a celebration of Dr. King's life with music, art and activities..all for Free!


The Truth: Still Inconvenient, but now Updated and Revised!
The Ojai Valley Green Coalition welcomes Al Gore-trained Climate Jedi Gretchen Lewotsky to our Ecology and Community series Wednesday January 28, 2009 · 7:00 pm $5 donation.

Download the PDF event flyer HERE.

Inconvenient Truth slideshow and discussion with Gretchen Lewotsky Currently VP of State & Local Government Affairs and Environmental Operations for the Fox Entertainment Group, in January 2007 Gretchen was chosen by Al Gore's The Climate Project to be one of the 1000 persons selected world-wide to be trained by Al Gore to present his An Inconvenient Truth slideshow.
from the Ojai Valley Green Coalition.


Season for Nonviolence begins January 30th
January 30th is the memorial date of Gandhi's assassination (this year is the 61st), and the Season for Nonviolence runs the 64 days between this date and Martin Luther King Jr's assassination date, April 4th.

One practice of this national campaign has been to dedicate each of the 64 days to a different mantra, committing oneself to nonviolence in thought, feeling, and action. Beginning on January 30, the first handful of mantras that i've traditionally used follows:

Jan 30: Today, I will reflect on what peace means to me.
Jan 31: Today, I will look at opportunities to be a peacemaker.
Feb 01: Today, I will practice nonviolence and respect for Mother Earth by making good use of her resources.
Feb 02: Today, I will take time to admire and appreciate nature.
Feb 03: Today, I will plant seeds--plants or constructive ideas.
Feb 04: Today, I will hold a vision of plenty for all the world's hungry and be open to guidance as to how I can help alleviate some of that hunger.
Feb 05: Today, I will acknowledge every human being's fundamental right to justice, equity, and equality.
Feb 06: Today, I will appreciate the earth's bounty and all of those who work to make my food available (i.e., grower, trucker, grocery clerk, cook, waitress, etc.)
Feb 07: Today, I will work to understand and respect another culture.
Feb 08: Today, I will oppose injustice, not people.
Feb 09: Today, I will look beyond stereotypes and prejudices.

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