Thurs Aug. 13: SB32 and SB350 Open Mic and Songfest


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EventSB32 and SB350 Open Mic and Songfest
Celebrate Climate and Oil Spill Bills Up for Vote by the California Assembly

On Thursday the Ventura County Climate Hub will highlight climate and oil spill bills to be voted on by the California State Assembly when they return to Sacramento on August 17.

WHO:   Ventura County Climate Hub with representatives from California Legislative Offices and featured singer Diane Ippel.

WHAT:  Talks, performances and open mic about the energy, climate and oil spill bills headed for the California State Assembly. Hosts will be Michelle Nosco of Arts for Earth and Mike Stubblefield of the Sierra Club.

Robert Barnett, dressed as an oil tanker car, will explain the elements of SB350 with the help of interpretive dancers. A Calfironia Clean Energy Sing-Along of “These Bills are Your Bills, These Bills are My Bills” will be followed by short talks by the elected or staff about their favorite bills in both the Energy and the Oil Spill packages and anyone can sign up to speak or ask questions on related topics. Producer of a CAPS TV special show will be doing interviews of all who would like to speak on the show.

Diane Ippel will close the program with Jean Ritchie’s “The Cool of the Day” and other songs that cherish the natural world.

WHEN:  Thursday, August 13. Doors open 6:30 and program from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE:  Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston, Ventura, CA 93001.

WHY:  Provide facts and counter myths about climate and oil spill prevention and rapid response bills that have passed the State Senate. Encourage Assembly Members to do all in their power to assure passage of particularly the following bills:
SB 32: Building for the Future by Senator Fran Pavley
SB 350: Golden State Standards by Senator Kevin de Leon
SB185: Investing with Values and Responsibility by Senator Kevin de Leon
SB 788: Ban Offshore Oil Drilling off Tranquillon Ridge by Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson and Mike McGuire
SB414: Rapid Oil Spill Response Act by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson


• Sign the petition at in support of SB 32, SB350 and SB185
• Promote these bills to friends–in person, by phone, text, email, on Facebook.
• Join Ventura County Climate Hub Facebook page and
• Call to ask support for these bills: Asm Jacqui Irwin (805) 482-1904 or Asm Das Williams (805) 641-3700
• Tweet:  @ASM_Irwin and @DasWilliams
• Sign up on a twitter storm list to tweet Assembly Members 6-7 p.m., Monday, August 17?
• Call or email friends in other Districts to call their Assembly Members.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:  Marie Lakin, Field Representative for Senator Fran Pavley

INVITED SPEAKERS WHO MAY ATTEND: Assembly Member Das Williams and representatives from offices of Asm Jacqui Irwin and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

VISUALS:  Dance interpretation of SB350, backdrop Global Warming Solutions banner

CONTACT:  Jan Dietrick 805-643-3640 office or!forum/ventura350

Ventura County Climate Hub

A grassroots, non-partisan local affiliate of under sponsorship of the non-profit Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, Environment Committee.

Mission:  Create a local movement working on reversing climate change, and to take action toward clean energy (off of fossil fuels) and a localized food system, with a vision of resilient communities in Ventura County.

Scope: Collaborate on climate and energy policy advocacy, protesting risky fossil fuels, fossil-free economy and lifestyle, regenerative agriculture, carbon sequestration, the arts, media communications, and any other activities supporting our mission.

Connect: Monthly newsletter goes to over 300 individuals and partners via email and, who suggest topics for monthly meetings normally on second Thursdays.

Current Working Groups and Teams:  Dirty Oil, including the Bomb Train and the Injection Well Teams; Renewables, focused now on the Community Choice Energy; Food and Garden, including Solar Oven Team and Soil Foodweb Discussion Group; Arts and Media; Letter Brigade

Current Partners
Arts for Earth Foundation
Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Ventura and Thousand Oaks Chapters
Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions
Food and Water Watch
Growing Circles
Ocean Friendly Gardens
Ojai Valley Green Coalition
Pachamama Alliance
Sierra Club – Ventura Committee Los Padres Chapter
Stewards of the Earth
Surfrider Foundation
Transition to Organic Ojai
UU-Environmental Action Committee of the UU Church of Ventura
UU-Climate Action Team of the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Ventura Food Coop

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Never Protest The Same Way Twice


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Micah White argues that learning to use social networks to benefit social movements is one of the greatest challenges of activism. “The biggest risk is becoming spectators of our own protests” he says. — FROM

CFROG is having a pool party!


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Summer_Jam_PosterCFROG brings accountability and RESPONSIBLE government action to regulate the thousands of active wells in operation in Ventura County and the hundreds more that are in the planning stages.

CFROG is having a pool party!
Music, tacos, and the swimming pool with the best view in Upper Ojai.

Tickets available now by clicking here.
$35 minimum donation (but please consider donating more if you can).

CFROG is a group of local residents working with elected officials, informed citizens and industry leaders to ensure effective oversight of oil and gas operations in Ventura County.

We demand a full environmental review for new and reworked wells and well stimulation regulations that protect our air, water and neighborhoods from industrial blight.

Ventura County is woefully unprepared to manage a proliferation of fracking and other enhanced recovery techniques anticipated to tap into the Monterey/Santos Shale Deposit. Can they get that oil responsibly without causing great environmental damage?


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