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MEDIA ADVISORY: January 8, 2015

Contact:
Jan Dietrick, Ventura County Climate Hub Steering Committee, 805-643-3640 (O)  or ventura@citizensclimatelobby.org
Tomás Morales Rebecchi, Food & Water Watch, 619-252-6899, trebecchi@fwwatch.org

January 14, 2015

Part of Statewide “California Crossroads Tour” to Promote the
February 7 March for Real Climate Leadership targeting Governor Brown

Oxnard, CA – When Governor Jerry Brown began his historic fourth term this month, he vowed to position California as a leader in the fight against climate change, in part by moving the state to 50% renewable energy by 2030. But, Brown’s vision is undermined by continued oil industry development in California, including fracking and other extreme extraction methods, wastewater injection into deep disposal wells, and the prospect of a dramatic increase of oil by rail.

Community leaders and expert speakers will inform Ventura County residents about how these dangerous oil industry practices affect our community. The forum is the third stop on the statewide “California Crossroads Tour,” hosted in partnership with the Californians Against Fracking coalition to bring awareness to these issues and to increase pressure on Governor Brown to protect our water, our health, and our communities by ending fracking, standing up to Big Oil, and moving beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy. The tour also promotes the February 7 March for Real Climate Leadership in Gov. Brown’s hometown, Oakland; forum attendees will learn how to sign up for bus travel from Ventura County to Oakland for the March.
What: Panel discussion forum as part of statewide “California Crossroads Tour: Taking Back our Health and Communities” to promote the February 7 March for Real Climate Leadership

When: Wed, January 14th- 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Doors open 6:30 p.m. Program starts at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Heritage Cultural Center, 141 W 5th St #202 (second floor), Oxnard, CA 93030. Free parking below, on A St facing the Center, and on C St.
Who: Ventura County Climate Hub; Oxnard Heritage Cultural Center; Vida News; and the Hub’s partner environmental and social justice organizations in Ventura County; Californians Against Fracking.

Speakers:

Carmen Ramirez – Oxnard Mayor Pro-Tem
David Pollock – Moorpark City Council Member
Maricela Morales – Deputy Executive Director, CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy)
David Braun – CA Against Fracking
Madeline Stano – Staff Attorney, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
Jan Dietrick – Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Admission: $10 donation requested, but nobody will be turned away. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30; donations requested.

Visual/Audio: Large banners and signage. Community leaders speaking and available for interview. Community members creating puzzle pieces featuring their messages to be delivered to Governor Jerry Brown in Sacramento at the tour’s end.

More information:

“California Crossroads Tour: Taking Back our Health and Communities” starts in San Diego on Jan. 12 with stops in LA, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Delano, San Juan Bautista, Oakland, on the way to Sacramento.

The March for Real Climate Leadership is hosted by a broad group of partner organizations and will bring thousands of people from across the state into the streets of Oakland on February 7 to call on Governor Brown to ban fracking, stand up to Big Oil, and move beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy. More information is available at marchforclimateleadership.org.
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Californians Against Fracking is a coalition of about 200 environmental business, health, agriculture, labor, political and environmental justice organizations working to win a statewide ban on fracking in California. Follow @CAagainstFrack on Twitter.

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