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Happy Earth Day 2014! What action will YOU take to promote environmental and social justice??

April 22, 2014
1913410_488054104633266_85005011_o“Our livelihood is intimately tied to the food we eat, water we drink and places where we recreate. That’s why we have to promote responsibility and conservation when it comes to our natural resources.”  Mark Udall
(If you are looking for more inspiring images with quotes for Earth Day 2014, scroll through this blog –there are a lot!–or please go to our Facebook page: Ventura College Earth Day:
On April 22, over a billion people in over 190 countries are expected to take action on Earth Day.
What action will you take? How will change your lifestyle to promote both environmental and social justice?

If you live in the Ventura California area, p
lease join us today at Ventura College’s FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY Social Justice and Environmental Justice Earth Day 2014 from 2:00-9:30pm in the lower quad by the bookstore and student center.  Please bring your classes, and invite your students, neighbors, and family. Parking will be free from 2-10pm in the West Lot by the gym.

We are encouraging people to picnic on the grass, and ride or bring bikes to learn how to fix them. Check out interactive exhibits by Gwendolyn Alley’s English 1A students and community non-profits including VCCOOL and the City of Ventura.

Performances will be on two stages–the quad stage and the Alive TV stage featuring the “The Big TV Set: TMSL Deluxe 2013” a 26’ replica of a Zenith 1974 TV set  and performance space designed by Steve Knauff, MFA UCLA.

Headliners are Alice Bag, author of Violence Girl: A Chicana Punk Story, reading and performing; Tony Fletcher, author of multiple books including Boy About Town, who will DJ and read and discuss his writing and research process with English Adjunct and event organizer 1926837_489822841123059_1379436454_nGwendolyn Alley.

The schedule includes music by VC and UCI grad Abel Garcia; music and lecture by poet Linda Ravenswood, ABD; spoken word and poetry by Pat Payne Taos Circus Heavy Weight Champ; living history and poetry by Gwendolyn Alley; comedy by Sharon Gorsch; poetry by Ventura County’s Poet Laureate Mary Kay Rummel and VC grad F. Albert Salinas, MFA; Aztec dance from two local performance groups. Here’s the complete schedule:
2pm BLUE GOLD: WORLD WATER  WARS SCI-313In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology grows. The rampant overdevelopment of agriculture, housing and industry increase the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the desertification of the earth. Corporate giants force developing countries to privatize their water supply for profit.
2:45pm Abel Garcia, VC, UCI grad, reggae influenced singer/songwriter (quad stage)

:15pm Tony Fletcher: award winning author of books about REM, The Clash, Keith Moon, The Smiths, autobiography Boy About Town; reading & DJ set (Alive TV stage)

4p Spoken Word/Performance (Alive TV Stage)

“The Flower Wizard of California—

Theodosia Burr Shepherd presented by her daughter Myrtle Shepherd Francis”

Mary Kay Rummel, Ventura County Poet Laureate

F. Albert Salinas, MFA, VC, CSUCI grad

Pat Payne, Taos Poetry Circus Heavyweight champ

:45pm Linda Ravenswood, MFA, ABD, The Ravenswood Jones (quad stage)
live performance with discussion of music and social and environmental justice

:15pm Danza Kalpulli Kuauhziuatl directed by Ygnacia Gonzalez from Ojai (quad)

:30pm Alice Bag, author Violence Girl: A Chicana Punk Story, lead singer of The Bags, reading, discussion, music (accompanied by guitar, Alive TV)

:30pm Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, led by Veronica Xochitl Valadez (quad)

:45pm Comedy/Spoken Word (Alive TV)
Pierpont Rats: “Royals/Rested” parenting parody by 9, 10, 11 year old boys

Sharon Gorsch, Eco Standup

Gwendolyn Alley, Pat Payne: commissioned poems on “Water”

:15pm Tony Fletcher, author, dj, musician (Alive TV)

8pm Spoken Word/Comedy (TBA)

:45-9:15pm Abel Garcia


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