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March for Climate, Jobs, Justice 2018: Workshops prepare us to RISE 9/8

August 22, 2018

What’s this graph about you wonder? At Palmer Station Antarctica, starting in late July 2018, severe fissuring of the glacial sheet was equal to a magnitude 6 earthquake. What normally takes several hundred years occurred in one day in a section a little larger than Connecticut. This glacier helps lock down the others in place. Summer is coming to Antarctica and It’s already melted about 400 million tonnes of glacier.

So what are you going to do about climate change and global warming while we still can?

JUMP ON THE BUS with a dynamic group of activists for the Rise For Climate March in San Francisco on Saturday, September 8th.  Take part in street art, music, chants and merriment as we demand government leaders take action on global warming.  Details below on how to get on the bus! ‘

Or join our actions in Ventura, like the one I organized above on February 11 2017 and for the Climate March 2017!

In preparation for these events, this weekend, join an Artbuild in on Saturday in Ventura or on Sunday in Isla Vista with arts organizer David Solnit. We will be screen printing, painting flags and banners, and planning a street mural for the Sept 8th CA Rise for Climate march. Great way to meet people before the event! There’s also an Art Build in Oxnard

  • Saturday Aug 25 at the Bugfarm off Ventura Avenue in Ventura.
  • 3-5 pm RISE ARTS training and production of signs and banners with infamous artivist David Solnit on tour (all materials provided!)
  • 5 pm David will teach us how to make a street mural to bring to San Francisco for the big March on September 8
  • Dinner. Bring your supper, OR, bring something to share for potluck buffet with your plate and fork; we’ll at least have beans, rice, & homemade kombucha and lemonade for all.
  • 7:30-9 pm The Peace Poets on tour for RISE ARTS will do an outdoor concert preparing us with songs and chants about rising for climate, jobs and justice.

The purpose of the RISE ARTS CALIFORNIA TOUR is to mobilize for the historic Rise for Climate Jobs and Justice March in SF on Sat. Sept. 8. Stopping in Ventura on 8/25 and in Isla Vista on 8/26, touring artivists will lead sign, flag and banner-making (with all materials provided) and how to plan, coordinate, and paint a street mural in preparation for helping paint the world’s largest street mural in SF on 9/8.

Touring with long-time artivist from the Bay Area David Solnit are The Peace Poets, the foremost grassroots movement song group from the Bronx, NY, with roots in the immigrant rights movement, sharing and teaching their mix of singing, hip hop, and spoken word for a better world. If you can’t make the Art-Maker Event, there is a Rise Arts Toolkit with new design ideas for DIY signs and flags for Sept 8.

The street mural training will be in the parking lot under the oil well just across the bike trail up the Ventura Avenue near highway 33. The Peace Poets will perform in the driveway to The Bugfarm near the mural layout activity. Parking is therefore limited near The Bugfarm.

Northbound 16 Bus drops off on the corner of Orchard at 2:35 and 3:35 pm and the last bus leaves around 7:30 pm. Use the Facebook Event Page to make carpool plans.

Join Facebook Page: ART BUILDS FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE AND A BETTER WORLD for most current details about the whole tour.

In Isla Vista, on Sunday, August 26, 12 to 4 p.m. join in art making and  from 4 to 6 p.m, watch the Peace Poets singers teach and perform at the Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op, 777 Camino Pescadero, Isla Vista, CA 93117-4620. Facebook event page:

In Oxnard CA, join the Rise Art Build for Climate Justice at the Dr. Manuel M. Lopez Community Garden on Sunday August 26 from 2-7pm. + Ventura County Climate Hub will offer training in sign-making and mural practice (all materials provided). Poets, visual artists, performers, and musicians tare invited to share in an open flow session and to prepare songs and chants about rising for climate, jobs and justice. Bring your supper, OR, bring something to share for potluck buffet with your plate and fork; we’ll at least have beans, rice, & homemade kombucha and lemonade for all.

To get there, take the northbound or southbound 4B or 6 at stop: C St & 1st. Bus drops off on C St, cross the street and walk down 1st, make a right at the corner of A St & 1st, the garden is located next to the yellow house on the corner. Use the Facebook Event Page to make carpool plans. Connect with people to carpool by commenting here or email

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To attend the historic Climate March in San Francisco, you can ride a bus from Ventura & downtown Santa Barbara & UCSB in Goleta; buy your ticket here today. Cost is $85, but there are discounts for low-income, fixed-income residents and students. Sliding scale charter bus tickets run $20, $50, $85 and $100. Two comfortable Charter Buses are reserved for a 24 Hour round trip from Ventura to San Francisco.

Help make this the biggest climate action in history on the West Coast and have an unforgettable time.
Take part in street art, music, chants and merriment.TICKETS AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE PAGE: RISE FOR CLIMATE MARCH SAN FRANCISCO:

Buses leave from Ventura and Santa Barbara/Goleta around midnight on Friday night and return about 24 hours later on Saturday night around midnight. To ride the bus leaving Ventura, reserve a spot to be picked up at 5654 Ralston St, Ventura, CA 93003 on Friday, Sept 7, 11:30 p.m. Buy tickets here. For the bus leaving Santa Barbara/Goleta, you can get picked up at: MTD Transit Center, 1020 Chapala st, Santa Barbara Ca, 93101 around midnight on Friday Sept. 7, 12 am. Buy tickets here. UCSB students and Goleta or North County residents can get picked up at Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte, Goleta CA 93117 on Sat. Sept. 8, at 12:30 am (but be there before Sept. 7 is over!) Buy tickets here.

Can’t go to San Francisco for this historic event?
Join me and others in creating a Human Banner to spell RISE and possibly VOTE! Directions below to do one in your community or join me in Ventura on Saturday Sept. 8 when we will make a Human Banner like we did last year where we spelled RESIST and we made statements about climate change using our bodies to form a rainbow.

Here’s directions from the website, Beautiful Trouble: Toolbox for the Revolution, about Human Banners.

More information to come about the Sat. Sept 8 Climate March activities in Ventura!

On the following day, Sunday Sept 9, there’s FREE art activism workshops plus a film screening of the award-winning documentary, Little Stones. Weaving together the personal narratives of four women who are using art – fashion, street-art, hip-hop, and dance – to challenge gender-based violence and empower women and girls around the world. Following the film, learn how YOU can use art to impact change using design, movement, or spoken word. Full workshop schedule coming soon! Sponsored by, Bell Arts Factory, Ojai NOW, The Girls Girl Club, The Acorn Project, The Coalition for Family Harmony, Buenaventura Arts Association, Ventura County Women’s Forum, and Justice for All.


This Sunday is a busy day for activitivists. In addition to the art workshops related to the Climate March in Oxnard and Santa Barbara,  in the morning is a workshop on environmental justice and in the afternoon a protest about Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

From 1130-1230, learn what the Black Lives Matter movement has to do with the Environment? when  Prof. David Pellow connect the dots on the relationship between Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability at Ventura Unitarian Universalist Church.

Pellow argues that the battle for global sustainability cannot be won without addressing the ecological violence imposed on many human populations, and thus justice for humans is inseparable from environmental protection.

A big “Aha” from listening to him is recognizing that environmental justice struggles exist within spaces of conflict and collaboration that are not always typically defined as “environmental.”

Recently featured on KCLU, Dr. David Pellow is the author of What is Critical Environmental Justice?, Dr. David Naguib Pellow is Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

His vision of what an environmentally and socially just and sustainable future might look like at a local, regional, national and global scale will leave the audience feeling hopeful. For more information, contact Kathleen Wheeler at

This presentation is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by UUCV’s Adult Programs Department and Seventh Principle Environmental Action Team. More information about the Unitarian Universalist Church and its programs are available at The church is located at 5654 Ralston Street in Ventura.

Also on August 26, all across the country, Americans will stand united in commitment to our freedom and our future to demand that the U.S. Senate stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for a lifelong appointment to the Supreme Court. Sign up here. Locally, meet  at 4pm at the Ventura County Government Center at the corner Victoria and Telephone.

Why? According to MoveOn, “No one is above the law, but the nominee to become the next Supreme Court Justice does not believe this foundational tenet of American democracy. Kavanaugh has been selected for the position by current administration solely because of his wrongheaded heresy. Brett Kavanaugh has suggested that Richard Nixon should have been able to keep his notorious tapes secret — and that he may have disagreed with the unanimous 8-0 Supreme Court ruling to compel Nixon to release the tapes because it may have violated Nixon’s executive privilege. He’s a judge who has argued that presidents can be above the law—but we believe Nobody Is Above The Law. Is it any coincidence that Trump, who is at the center of a criminal investigation and who on this very day is making headlines today for his own secret recordings, nominated a man who thinks the president should be above the law to the Supreme Court? And that’s just the start of it — Kavanagh is an extremist opposed to the Roe decision and the Affordable Care act, to name a few. Trump wants to pick his own judge and jury — this cannot be allowed. WE MUST STAND TOGETHER TO DEFEAT THIS NOMINATION & DEFEND JUSTICE!”

Note: By choosing to attend these events, and events like them, you are committing to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law, to work to de-escalate confrontations with others, and behave lawfully to ensure the safety of event participants. You also acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any injury or damage to your person or property resulting from or occurring during this event, and that you release all event sponsors and organizers (and their officers, directors, employees, and agents) from any liability for that injury or damage.
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  1. August 27, 2018 10:31 am

    Reblogged this on whisper down the write alley and commented:

    join us! I’m one of the co-organizers of the event in Ventura!

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