Weekly Orange County Progressive


Friday April 18, 2014     Issue No. 571


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Apr 1 Tuesday 5pm, Anaheim: Homeless Count Reveal

Apr 1 Tuesday 5-8pm, Aliso Viejo: April GAPM Film Series: Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future (Rwanda)

Apr 1 Tuesday 6pm, Irvine: Strike Town Hall

Apr 2 Wednesday 7pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America OC

Apr 2 Wednesday 7-9pm, Irvine: April GAPM Film Series: Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future (Armenian)

Apr 3 Thursday, Irvine: UAW 2865 On Strike

new Apr 3 Thursday 4:30-6pm, Irvine: A Conversation with filmmaker Alex Rivera - About borders, technology, and immigration activism

Apr 3 Thursday 5:30-9pm, Anaheim: OC Labor Federation 14th Annual Solidarity Awards Dinner

Apr 3 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Democrats of North OC

Apr 3 Thursday 6:30-0pm, Huntington Beach: April GAPM Film Series: Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future (Cambodia)

Apr 3 Thursday 7-9:30pm, Whittier: Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition screening of "The Healthcare Movie"

Apr 4 Friday 9am-9pm, Westminster: OC #WaveofAction Civil Rights Rally

Apr 4 (1st Friday) 6:30pm, Orange: Friday Night Film Series "Earth: The Operators' Manual"

[moved] Apr 4 Friday 7pm, Irvine Westminster: Occupy OC United General Assembly

new Apr 4 Friday 8:30pm, Lake Forest: South County OC NORML meeting

[time correction] Apr 4 Friday 8:15pm, Irvine: James Schamus, former CEO of Focus Features "My Wife is a Terrorist: Lessons in Storytelling from the Department of Homeland Security"

Apr 5 Saturday, 6-8am Costa Mesa/6-8am Santa Ana/10-11am Garden Grove/Noon San Juan Capistrano/7pm San Juan Capistrano: 2 Million Too Many: National Day of Action

Apr 5 Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm, Santa Ana: 29th Annual Great American Write-In

Apr 5 Saturday 10am-noon, Garden Grove: Honoring Civil Rights icon Cesar Chavez

new Apr 5 Saturday noon, Santa Ana: OC Industrial Workers of the World GMB Meeting

new Apr 6 (1st Sunday) 7:30am-5pm, Huntington Beach: Arlington West memorial

Apr 6 Sunday 2-3pm, Irvine: Green Party of OC - Ban Fracking speaker, Alexandra Nagy of Food & Water Watch

Apr 7 Monday 6pm, Santa Ana: Building a Bike Friendly City - Conversation with Jeff Miller

new Apr 7 (1st Monday) 6:30-8:30pm, Tustin: National Women's Political Caucus OC

new Apr 8 Tuesday 6-7pm, Irvine: Dreams at UCI

Apr 8 Tuesday 6-8:30pm, Santa Ana: Respect and Dignity Education Forum

new Apr 8 Tuesday 6pm, Santa Ana: Project Homelessness Meeting

new Apr 8 Tuesday 6:30pm, Irvine: Students for Justice in Palestine at UCI present: Israeli Activists for Palestine

new Apr 8 Tuesday 7pm, Brea: North OC Chapter-PDA

new Apr 9 Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm, Newport Beach: Speak Up Newport's Candidates Forum

Apr 9 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Beach: OC Democratic Party Chairman Henry Vandermeir To Speak At Laguna Beach Democratic Club

Apr 9 Wednesday 7pm, San Juan Capistrano: South OC Democratic Club

New Apr 9 Wednesday 7pm, Santa Ana: OC Young Democrats monthly meeting and mixer

New Apr 10-11 Thursday 9am-Friday 10pm, Fullerton: 44th Annual CSUF Philosophy Symposium: Rethinking Mass Incarceration: Gender, Race, and the Prison Industrial Complex

Apr 10 Thursday 5:30-7:30pm, Irvine: Fundraising reception in support of Melissa Fox, for Irvine City Council

Apr 10 Thursday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Robert Scheer The Surveillance State And The End Of Privacy

Apr 11 Friday 9:30am, Santa Ana: Victims Rights March... OCDA

Apr 11 Friday 1pm, Seal Beach: Senior Patriots for Peace will present Jeff Dietrich speaking on "Poverty, Hunger & Homelessness"

New Apr 12 Saturday 6:45am, Fountain Valley: 17th Annual Walk out of Poverty

new Apr 12 Saturday 8am-1pm, Santa Ana: Car Wash! Fundraiser for May Day 2014

Apr 12 (2nd Saturday) 10am-noon, Irvine: OC Peace Coalition General Meeting

Apr 12/13 Saturday/Sunday 10am-4pm, Fullerton: Green Scene

new Apr 12 Saturday 11am-2pm, Garden Grove: OC NAACP Legislation & Candidate's Forum

Apr 12 Saturday 1:30pm, Irvine: AU-OC: Constantine's Sword

New Apr 12 Saturday 1:30-6pm, Huntington Beach: OC #WaveofAction Mystery Activism Tour

Apr 12 Saturday 3pm, Tustin: Tustin Stands Against Police Brutality

Apr 12 Saturday 6-10pm, Irvine: Reclaim Democracy meeting: presentation by OC May Day Coalition "Families w/o Borders: Human Rights, not Broken Ties"

new Apr 13 Sunday noon-5pm, Laguna Beach: Women Artist Boutique to Benefit The Woman's Club of Laguna Beach Scholarship for Laguna College of Art & Design

Apr 13 Saturday 1pm, Costa Mesa: The Health Care Movie

Apr 13 Sunday 1pm, Dana Point: Wendy Gabriella for Assembly / Dave Peiser for Congress 2014

New Apr 13 Sunday 3-5pm, Tustin: Climate Change Committee Meeting

new Apr 14 Monday 7-9pm, Orange: Pax Christi meeting

New Apr 15 Tuesday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats

Apr 15 (3rd Tuesday) 7:30pm, Irvine: Cousins Club of OC - Miko Peled "The General's Son"

Apr 16 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club: Guest Speaker Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva

Apr 17 Thursday 5-6:30pm, Irvine: April GAPM Film Series: Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future (Sudan)

New Apr 17 Thursday 6:30pm, Costa Mesa: Feet to the Fire Forum for 74th Assembly District Candidates

New Apr 18 Friday 8:30am-5pm, Huntington Beach: 8th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference

New Apr 18 Friday 5:30pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition General Meeting

Apr 18 Friday 6pm, Fullerton: World Workshop #29: "Locked Up" (Prisons & Asylums)

New Apr 18 (1st & 3rd Friday) 7pm, Irvine: Occupy OC United General Assembly

New Apr 19 Saturday 8am-4pm, Fullerton: Social Justice Summit

Apr 19 Saturday 8:30am-4pm, Garden Grove: OC LULAC District # 2 Convention

New Apr 19 Saturday 1-5pm, Laguna Niguel: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

New Apr 20 Sunday 4pm, Irvine: Animal Protection and Rescue League Meeting - PETA's Discussion on Vivisection

Apr 21 Monday 11:30am-1:30pm, Irvine: Women In Leadership lunch with Sandra Fluke

new Apr 22 (4rd Tuesday) 5:30-7pm, Orange: Peace Vigil by MFSO and CODEPINK

new Apr 22 (4th Tuesday) 7-9pm, Orange: OC Peace Coalition general meeting

New Apr 24 Thursday 11am-3pm, Anaheim: Stop Staples attack on union jobs

New Apr 24 Thursday 5:30-7pm, Irvine: Meet and Greet for Irvine Council Candidate Melissa Fox

Apr 24 Thursday 5:30-9:30pm, Laguna Beach: Intimate artist bio series and Anti Bullying Event

new Apr 24 Thursday 7:30-9pm, Irvine: A Healthcare Forum

Apr 25 Friday 6pm, Fullerton: World Workshop #30: "Do You Really Need It?" (Consumerism)

Apr 25 Friday 6:30pm, Orange: Friday Night Film Series "The Window in the Wall"

New Apr 26 Saturday 9am-6pm, Los Angeles: 28th Amendment National Roadshow

New Apr 26 Saturday 5pm-7pm, Huntington Beach: Fundraiser to Elect Jim Moreno to OC Board of Supervisors, 2nd District

New Apr 27 Sunday 7:30am-4pm, Santa Ana: El Centro Cultural Need Volunteers for Day of the Child

new Apr 27 Sunday 1pm, Irvine: Wake Up America! Get Out the Vote

NEW Apr 27 4p-6pm, Tustin: Fundraiser for Drew Leavens Candidate for Congressional District 45

New Apr 29 Tuesday 7pm, Orange: OC Death Penalty Focus

Apr 29 Tuesday 7-8:30pm, Orange: April GAPM Film Series: Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future (The Holocaust))

New Apr 30 Wednesday noon, Irvine: Democratic Foundation of OC luncheon honoring Henry Vandermeir Democratic Party of OC Chair


MAY

May 1 Thursday 2-6pm, Santa Ana: May Day March "Families w/o Borders: Human Rights, not Broken Ties"

New May 1 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Democrats of North OC

May 2 Friday 6pm, Fullerton: World Workshop #31: "Living With Earth"

May 2-5 Friday 7pm-Sunday 10am, Fullerton: Freethought Alliance Fifth Annual OC Conference: What Direction is Atheism Taking?

New May 3 Saturday 10:30am-5pm, Aliso Viejo: Soka University's 13th Annual International Festival

new May 4 Sunday 9am and 11am, Irvine: Americans United Executive Director Rev. Barry Lynn Speaking

NEW May 4 Sunday 2-3pm, Irvine: Green Party of OC - "How to become more involved in elections-- as candidates, volunteers, and as voters"

New May 6 Tuesday 7pm, Laguna Woods Village: Concerned Citizens - Dr. Stanford A. Lakoff "Leading from Behind: Obama and the Middle East"

New May 7 Wednesday 7pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America OC

New May 10 Saturday 10am-3:30pm, Santa Ana: OC LGBTQ Youth and Allies Convening

New May 11 Sunday 10am-6pm, Orange: 99Rise Strategy Workshop

May 17 Saturday 8am-1:30pm, Irvine: AIDS Walk Orange County & Red Ribbon 5K Fun Run

New May 20 Tuesday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats

May 28 Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm, Buena Park: OC Interfaith Coalition for the Environment 5th Annual Faith Leaders' Luncheon


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Nov 1-3 Friday-Sunday, Los Angeles: Amnesty International Western Regional Conference @ Four Points by Sheraton, 9750 Airport Blvd amnestyusa.org/events/regional-conferences/western-regional-conference

Nov 1 Friday 7:30pm, Lake Forest: last OC NORML meeting of the year @ Fuddruckers 23621 El Toro Rd.
We will also be meeting on the patio as there will be a party in our usual room. At this meeting we will discuss current events and plan for the future. If you purchase food at the meeting please let the restaurant know you are with our group so that we may receive a portion of the sales. Next Lake Forest meeting 1/3/2014 Next Fullerton meeting 1/17/2014 -- Kandice J. Hawes 714-928-9129 KandiceOCNORML@aol.com   Executive Director Orange County NORML www.OrangeCountyNORML.org 1-877-OC NORML   Principal Officer Committee to Support Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative PAC www.SantaAnaMMJ.com

Nov 2 Saturday 9am-10pm, Santa Ana: Queer Youth Against Bullying: Remembering Our Community- Noche De Altares @ 4th St. and Birch St.
Queer Youth from The Center OC will, for the first time, participate in El Centro Cultural de Mexico's and Cafe Calacas' Noche De Altares.   For one night, families, students, community organizations, activists, artists, and businesses are invited to build an altar in memory of a deceased loved one or to bring awareness to a social issue.

Nov 2 Saturday 9:30am-noon, Newport Beach: Monthly Meeting of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL-OC) @ Home of Mark Tabbert at 20172 Spruce Ave Newport Beach CA 92660.
Part of the meeting is a 1-hour monthly international conference call from 10am to 11am. Then we take and plan actions move our members of Congress toward a solution to the climate crisis. Join the fun as we build political will that our politicians need to respond to. RSVPs appreciated by calling Mark Tabbert at cell (949) 310-5256.

Nov 2 Saturday noon, Santa Ana: OC Industrial Workers of the World Monthly Branch Meeting @ OC Catholic Worker
dues at noon, meeting begins at 12:30pm The Catholic Worker is located at 316 S. Cypress, Santa Ana, CA, and is accessible by OCTA Bus 53, 55, 64, 83, 145, 206, and 462. Street parking is available.

Nov 2 Saturday 12:45-4pm, Fullerton: Energy & Our Future: A Symposium. Hosted by the Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment, in partnership with St. Jude Medical Center's Healthy Communities Dept., 101 E. Valencia Mesa Dr., Fullerton. Guest speakers: Rev. Dr. Jeanyne Slettom of Brea UCC, Chris Roth of Climate Reality Project, and Alexandra Nagy of Food & Water Watch. Visit our website at OCICE.org for details and to purchase tickets.

Nov 2 Saturday 1:30pm, Irvine: Forum on the philosophy of Secular Humanism of OC: Reflections on nature, evolution & religion @ Irvine Ranch Water District - Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Wayne Gray will be speaking in November. The title will be "Humanism...a Blast (sometimes)". meetup.com/OCHumanists/events/130215032

[canceled] Nov 3 (1st Sunday) 7:30am-5pm, Huntington Beach: No Arlington West Huntington Beach This Sunday Nov 3 Due to the large number of workers being out of town this weekend we will not setup this month. Jeff M

[rescheduled] Nov 3 Sunday 1-3pm, Huntington Beach: How Much Cruelty Can You Swallow Visual Display Rescheduled to Nov 17

Nov 3 Sunday 12:30-4:30pm, Anaheim: Really Really Free Market @ La Palma Park
The Really, Really Free Market (RRFM) movement is a horizontally-organized collective of individuals who form a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy. The RRFM movement aims to counteract capitalism in a proactive way. It holds as a major goal to build a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all.

Nov 3 Sunday 2-3pm, Irvine: Green Party of OC General Meeting @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Meeting, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave.
Featured Speaker: Community Activist Madeline Spencer, co-founder of The Santa Ana Coalition for Responsible Development. This group crafted a Community Benefits Agreement, which requires the City of Santa Ana to clearly disclose and define benefits to residents displaced or affected by large public/private redevelopment.

Nov 3 Sunday 4pm, Newport Beach: Eyewitness to Genocide: The Journey of Carl Wilkens An event to highlight trauma, refugees & recovery @ St. Mark Presbyterian
livingubuntu.org/events/2013/journey-of-carl-wilkens Carl Wilkens, former head of Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA) in Rwanda, was the only American to remain in Rwanda when the genocide began in 1994.

Nov 4 Monday 10:30am, Orange: OCTA's Regional Planning and Highways Committee is set to make a recommendation next week to the full board. The committee meets Nov. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at OCTA headquarters, 550 S. Main Street in Orange.   The full board meeting is Nov. 8 at 9 a.m.

Nov 4-8 Monday-Friday, Brea: STAND WITH FAMILIES: TIME TO ACT Week of Action in Downtown Brea
From November 4th-8th, KRC is organizing a Week of Action in Orange County for Immigration Reform, to bring urgency to an issue that impacts our families and communities, and to ask Congressmember Ed Royce to come out publicly with a statement on a path to citizenship for all. This week of action will mark the beginning of escalation of organizing, campaigning and actions.   MON 11/4: Press Conference TUES 11/5: Small Business outreach in Fullerton THUR 11/7: Small Business outreach in Buena Park FRI 11/8: Candlelight Vigil 4:30-6:30pm, Downtown Brea Weeklong: Daily 1-2 person vigils 4:00-5:30pm DT Brea Weeklong: Call-Ins to Royce office Weeklong: Social Media (hashtags below) Monday, 11/4/2013: #RepEdRoyce** #areyoulistening Tuesday, 11/5/2013: #RepEdRoyce #RememberNovember Wednesday, 11/6/2013: #kevinomccarthy #webelongtogether #countdown2citizenship  RepEdRoyce #webelongtogether #countdown2citizenship Thursday, 11/7/2013:  #RepEdRoyce #keepfamiliestogether #areyoulistening Friday, 11/8/2013: #RepEdRoyce #haveaniceweekend #WeAreWatchingYou

Nov 4 Monday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club - Voting Rights, Voting Wars and the Supreme Court with Rick Hasen, Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science, UCI School of Law
lw-dems.org/e107_files/public/rickhasenflyer.pdf Hasen was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal this year and is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation. Graduate of UC Berkeley and UCLA, his newest book is The Voting Wars: From Florida to the Next Election Meltdown.   Note different day of week and location.   Nominations from the floor for 2014 Directors prior to the talk.   For more info, call Sue Dearing at 949/855-6965.   Clubhouse 1, 24232 Calle Aragon, Laguna Woods, CA 92637.

Nov 5 Tuesday 1-2:30pm, Fullerton: The Left Bank's Coffee Break @ Aloha Java Café, CSU Fullerton (outdoors between Humanities and University Hall) 800 N. State College Blvd.
Students, faculty and other Left Banksters, please come and join CSUF's Left Bank officers Don, Tyanna, Maria, Caralou, Ivan and Jonathan and advisor Dr. Hélèn Domon for a coffee break and informal discussion. We have a lot of good ideas for upcoming events! Your suggestions will be welcome. We'll talk about life and politics and get to know each other.   Cost: FREE. Andy's booth Aloha Java sells great coffees, teas, hot chocolate, juices and pastries. meetup.com/The-Left-Bank-of-Orange-County/events/146813662

Nov 5 Tuesday 6:30pm, Irvine: Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core Speaking at UCI Living Peace Series. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7pm. Patel has served on President Obama's inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and has presented at the TED Conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and universities around the world. He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR, and CNN, and named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. He has written authored several books. More info at http://news.uci.edu/media_advisories/interfaith-advocate-eboo-patel-to-speak-at-uci-as-part-of-living-peace-series/. Event is part of Living Peace Series. Location: UC Irvine Student Center, Pacific Ballroom (grid E8, bldg. 113 on campus map).

Nov 5 Tuesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods Village - "The Plutoctrats Haven't Won - Yet" How You Can Help Save Our Democracy @ Clubhouse 7
Our nation was founded with a Declaration that stated a principle that We the People were what counted and that We the People have the right to rule ourselves ac-cording to our desires and needs. But the constitution tells a rather different story-one that gives protection to property owners over those who are "merely" citizens. Ever since then we've had an on-going struggle between those two themes. If you think the plutocrats that own most of the property and their corporations are in the driver's seat in this country, you'd be at least mostly right. That is NOT what We the People want or need. Fortunately, we are not without power. We do still have an exclusive right to the vote. With it, we can take back our country for our protection and to satisfy our needs and wants. But only if we act forcefully enough and soon enough.   Dr. Goodman will go over the history of this conflict and talk about what some of the key current issues are that need our attention. He will explain what you can do in the coming weeks and months to move the CA Clean Money campaign forward. Much progress has been made, but we must act now to secure those gains.   Dr. Goodman holds a PhD from Cornell, has taught at Claremont College and is a published author. His on-going activism began when he worked for the Eugene McCarthy presidential campaign while serving as co-director of the Claremont Draft Counseling Center. He is OC Coordinator for the CA Clean Money Campaign, and is active in campaigns for OC Fair Elections, CA single-payer health insurance, and the CA Disclose Act. He regularly hosts meetings for MoveOn.   Please join us for this inspiring speech.   Members free. Guests $3. lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=5509

Nov 6 Wednesday noon-3pm, Irvine: Cross-Cultural Center Festival: Media & Representation Noon-1pm, UC Irvine Flag Poles | Noon-3pm, UCI Ring Road Performances
The Cross-Cultural Center festival is a longstanding traditIon that celebrates the cultural and ethnic diversity that is present at UC Irvine. This years' theme questions how cultural and ethnic specific communities are represented in social media. Participants attending the fair will have the opportunity to learn from the different campus organizations through educational displays, performances, and traditional food.   Participating organizations:   Alyansa Ng Mga Kababayan   American Indian Student Association   Black Student Union at UC Irvine   Central American Student Association   Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine   Multicultural Greek Council   Tomo No Kai   100 Black College Women   Asian Pacific Student Association (APSA)   Cambodian Awareness Organization   Chinese Association   Delta Sigma   DREAMS at UCI   Hmong Student Association   Jodaiko   Journal of Human Rights at UC Irvine   Konnect at UCI   Latino Student Psychological Association   Mariachi Organization at UCI   Phi Lambda Rho   Southeast Asian Student Association   Thai Club at UCI   LGBTRC   MEChA   Sigma Delta Sigma ccc.uci.edu/rbf/images/2013/cccfestival2013_large.pdf

Nov 6 Wednesday 5:30-9pm, Anaheim: OC Rising: OCCORD's 3rd Annual Dinner & Celebration @ Hilton Anaheim, 777 W Convention Way
Join us for cocktails, dinner, music and fellowship as we celebrate the people who are making Orange County a better place for working families and immigrant communities.   Keynote Speaker: María Elena Durazo, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO   For information about tickets and sponsorships, visit occord.org/article.php?id=208

Nov 6 Wednesday 7pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America-OC - Smart Cities Prevail, OC Coastkeeper, Keeping Families Together @ Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 901 South Coast Dr.
Guest Speaker: Kyle Krahel-Frolander of Smart Cities Prevail with a presentation on the organization's work to build middle class jobs. Smart Cities Prevail provides complete information, research and education on how prevailing wage standards on public construction projects benefit taxpayers, local governments and working families. It is a 501c(4) nonprofit organization based in California, where SmartCitiesPrevail.org serves as an information source for news media, community leaders and members of the public interested in learning more about prevailing wage.http://www.smartcitiesprevail.org/
Pamela Crouch, Director of Communications & Marketing for Orange County Coastkeeper, will update us on the November Coastal Commission Hearing (in Newport Beach) where the Huntington Beach desalination plant proposal will be considered. Pamela spoke to DFA-OC a few months ago. Coastkeeper's campaign to prevent Coastal Commission approval of the plant and to inform the public about the effects of the plant on the marine environment and water rates in Orange County. See more at http://www.coastkeeper.org/desal-hb/
Alexis Nava from Keeping Families Together will update us on immigrant detention issues and the group's work to protect immigrant rights.
The Action Committee for Women in Prison, along with All Saints Episcopal Church,have joined together to provide small gift bags for the 2,500 women imprisoned in California State Prisons and Fire Camps. Allowable items are small lotions, soaps, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lip balm, hair ties & scrunches, stationery, greeting cards, lined paper, golf pencils, and single packets of coffee, tea, cocoa and candy. Please bring any of these items to the Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 meeting.
We have decided to move toward a paperless meeting. To reduce waste, our goal is one page front and back for the agenda. If you have an announcement, it must be submitted in advance to be included in the agenda and space is limited. You may request time to make your announcement, but we no longer permit distribution of flyers. If you have a petition to distribute, please request permission by Monday prior to the meeting.
Submit any announcements for the agenda to dfaoc.comm@gmail.com by noon on Monday, November 4.

Nov 7 Thursday 5-7pm, Irvine: New Narratives In Understanding Race & Culture @ UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom D
Panelist: James Lee, Ph.D. - Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies, Thomas Parham, Ph.D. - Vice Chancellor Student Affairs, Ana Rosas, Ph.D.- Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Director in the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies. Jared Sexton, Ph.D.-Director of African American Studies ccc.uci.edu/rbf/images/2013/cccfestival2013_large.pdf

Nov 7 Thursday 5:30-7:30pm, Irvine: Fundraising Reception Support Melissa Fox Candidacy for Irvine City Council in 2014 Sponsorships are available: $75 for individual, $150 for Superior Sponsor, $250 for Appellate Sponsor, $470 for Supreme Sponsor. RSVP to Jason 714/576-4303 or Jason.s.mills80@gmail.com. Please make checks payable to Melissa Fox for Irvine City Council 2014, 14252 Culver Dr., #A248, Irvine, CA 92604. Location: Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, 2607 Main St., Irvine 92614.

Nov 7 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Join the Democrats of North Orange County at our November 7th meeting as the DNOC program will be the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Our keynote speaker will be Tarik Takkesh, of Covered California. Join the DNOC as we get the updated information on the ACA from Covered California. The DNOC meets at the: Sizzler Restaurant, 1401 North Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton; Dinner at 6, Meeting begins at 7. For more information please contact: DNOC President Pete Anderson, petedem04@gmail.com

Nov 7 Thursday 6:30-8pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition General Meeting @ SEIU-USWW 1877, 1936 W. Chapman Ave,
Tentative Agenda   I. Intros & Acuerdos, assignments of tasks (note-taker, time-keeper, interpreter)   II. Updates from Organizations (what are you working on)   III. Old Business   A. Campaign Updates   IV. New Business   V. Announcements

Nov 7 Thursday 7pm, Huntington Beach: Residents For Responsible Desalination Town Hall @ Eader School, 9291 Banning Avenue
Information meeting on proposed Poseidon project Speakers: HB Mayor Connie Boardman, O.C. CoastKeeper Ray Hiemstra

Nov 8 Friday, 11:15am, Costa Mesa: Join us for a protest rally, Ed Royce is speaking on World Affairs at a meeting of California Women's Leadership Association @ Scott's Restaurant & Bar, 3300 Bristol Street
Bring signs that express: Royce's does not listen to his constituents and that Royce voted to shut government and ruin our economy, Royce voted to slash SNAP, etc. Let's force Royce to hear us!!! Please join us in protesting!

Nov 8 Friday, 4:30-6pm, Brea: Stand With Families! Candlelight Vigil @ Sidewalk in front of Ed Royce's Office (210 W Birch St)
Join us House Representative Ed Royce's office as we wrap up a week of actions pressuring Rep. Royce to join the ranks of a growing bipartisan group of House members who support creating opportunities for all and a road to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Americans living and working in the United States.   A groups of organizations in OC, including KRC, have been engaging the community in Rep. Royce's district through petitions, business endorsements, voter education and direct actions.

Nov 8 Friday, 6:45-9:30pm, Anaheim: Potluck for Progressives: The ACA versus Single Payer @ UU Church in Anaheim, 511 S. Harbor Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92805 (Corner of Santa Ana St.)
Dr. Bill Honigman, M.D., will discuss the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") vs. a single payer system. You could bring a snack to share at 6:45. The program starts at 7:15 and discussion will follow. Program for Progressives is sponsored by the UUCA Social Justice Committee.

Nov 9 (2nd Saturday) 109am-noon, Irvine Long Beach: OC Peace Coalition General Meeting @ Atlantic Ave. between Harding and Artesia
Let's All March in the Veterans Day Parade in Long Beach!   OCPC will meet in the park after the parade in lieu of our normal meeting
Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Veterans for Peace (VFP) and their supporters are invited to participate in this year's Veterans Day Parade in Long Beach on Saturday November 9, 2013   This year's Long Beach Veterans Day Parade will be on Saturday Nov 9. Meet up with our group between 8:30 and 9:45 AM on Atlantic Ave. between Harding and Artesia (look for our banners and flag). Also, the parade committee has only allowed us to wear our MFSO or VFP t-shirts, (which calls for supporting the troops and ending the war). If you do not have one, we will have some on hand, or if you prefer any non-political shirt if fine to wear. Also, parade rules only allow us to bring our banners which has our message also), but no other signs are allowed.   This year we will have a MFSO booth in the park so come by before or after the parade. If you would like to help out at the table call or email Pat. Hope to see you all at the parade- we belong there, and it took many of us to finally get approval to march on this holiday. We want to honor our families and those who have died in the war and remind all that we can support the troops without supporting the war. Please join us. Pat and Jeff

Nov 10 Sunday 1pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State, OC Chapter Panel Discussion: How Should Religious Leaders Participate in the Public Dialogue? @ Community Room, Irvine Ranch Water District, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave
Religious leaders who believe in church/state separation face a huge dilemma: * If they speak as religious leaders on social and political issues, will it appear that they are trying to impose their faith on others? How can they speak as religious leaders and still promote a strong church/state separation? * If they don't speak as religious leaders on social and political issues, will this give a "monopoly" on the religious voice to the religious right and those who don't support church/state separation?   Join us as we explore these complex issues with three distinguished religious leaders and scholars: Imam Jamaal Diwan, Rabbi Art Levine, and Rev. Paul Tellstrom.   There is no charge for the this talk. Come early for a good seat and socializing and snacks.   Doors open at 1 pm for socializing and snacks. Panel begins at 1:30 pm.   For more information, visit www.au-oc.org, email OrangeCountyAU@yahoo.com or call 949/733-9157 or visit AU-OC on Facebook.

Nov 11 Monday 10am-4pm, Costa Mesa: Celebrate our Veterans with the Labor Community @ OC Fair and Events Center, 88 Fair Drive veteransandlabor.com

Nov 11 Monday 11:30am-1:30pm, Irvine: Sandy Banks, Los Angeles Times Columnist Is Featured Speaker at WomenFor:OC. @ The Duck Club
During 32 years at the paper, Banks has been a writer, reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer. WomenFor:OC supports the Action Committee for Women in Prison by gather holiday gifts for incarcerated women. The goal is to provide small gift bags for the 5,000 women in LA County jails and the CA Institute for Women in Corona. Allowable items are small lotions, soaps, shampoo, conditioners, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, lip balm, stationery, greeting cards, candy and coffee, tea and cocoa packets. RSVP by Nov. 6 due to space limits. Make checks payable to WomenFor:OC and mail to WomenFor:Orange County, PO Box 5402, Irvine 92616. Contacts: www.womenfororangecounty.org, 714/590-7804, womenforoc@aol.com.

Nov 11 Monday 5-8pm, Irvine: National Organization for Women Presents Building Your Legacy NOW with speaker Helen H, Timpe, CFP. @ IRWD Duck Club, 15 Riparian View
The founding partner of The Timpe Group at Morgan Stanley, Timpe will discuss how to recognize who we truly are and the gifts within ourselves to ensure we're building our own legacies through or actions. Members will hear updates on current chapter projects and ways to become more involved. Social hour is 5-6pm; program is 6-8pm. Contact Tish at Tish@ocnow.org. Learn more about NOW at http://ocnow.org.

Nov 11 Monday 7-9pm, Orange: Pax Christi Meeting
We will begin with Vespers for Peace and we will watch part of a new documentary by Robert Greenwald titled "Unmanned: America's Drone Wars" We will meet at the St. Joseph Center at 480 S. Batavia, Orange, CA 92868. If you have questions you can email us shalseyhoover@gmail.com or call us at 714-420-6771.

Nov 12 Tuesday 5pm, Irvine: Speak Out Against Tea Party Tactics at Irvine City Council Meeting @ Irvine City Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza
On Oct. 24, the Republican appointed majority on the Irvine Planning Commission hastily called a "special meeting" where they rammed through approval of FivePoint Communities' massive new development of nearly 5,000 homes in addition to the 4,900 approved in 2011. The commission approved the expansion without considering public input or quality-of-life questions: traffic, air pollution, public safety and demands on City services. Contact Matt Stone with Irvine Democrats at matthewstone5@gmail.com

Nov 12 Tuesday 5pm, Irvine: The Conversations on Writing & Public Life Series Presents: "Commentaries and Controversies: The Art of the Hot Topic Op-Ed" @ Humanities Gateway 1010, UC Irvine School of Humanities
Featuring Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC Irvine School of Law)

Nov 12 Tuesday 7pm, Fullerton: American Indian Movement Open Meeting Supporters Welcome @ Denny's Restaurant, 1101 South Harbor Blvd.
Gathering our network with supportive elements of our community and going over agenda items pertinent to current issues.

Nov 12 Tuesday 7pm, Brea: PDA of North OC @ Millie's Restaurant, 297 S. Randolph Ave.
Directly across the street from Lascari's -where we normally meet- we will be at this location for Nov. and Dec. 6:30 PM for ordering 7:00PM...meeting starts
Topics: PDA issues of interest, current issues,suggested topics and reports on Issue Organizing Teams. possible guest speaker!

Nov 12 Tuesday 7:30pm, Santa Ana: The Attacking Ocean: Sea Levels Past and Future @ the Old County Courthouse, 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Join us as Brian Fagan, world-renowned archaeologist, takes us on a fascinating journey into the world of sunken lands and the inexorably rising ocean, and into the frightening realm of megastorms and sea surges. He tells a sobering tale of increased vulnerability and potentially catastrophic disasters in the future that confront millions of us living near sea level.   The event, sponsored by the Cooper Center, is free and open to the public. For further information, visit: http://www.jdcoopercenter.org/lecture

Nov 13 Wednesday 7:30am, Newport Beach: California Coastal Commission Meeting to Hear Poseidon Water's Coastal Development Permit Application for Huntington Beach Desalination Plant. @ Newport Beach City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive
Coastkeeper is asking concerned ratepayers and community members to attend the hearing in order to encourage the commissioners to deny Poseidon's permit. Coastkeeper will have a booth set-up at 7am with coffee and pastries available while supplies last. We will be able to assist with filling out speaker cards and we will have signs to pass out. If you cannot attend for the entire day, please drop in at any point to join the opposition and hold a sign. Visit Coastkeeper web site at coastkeeper.org for more info and talking points.

Nov 13 (2nd Wednesday) 7pm, San Juan Capistrano: South OC Democratic Club @ San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion
The SOCDC General Meeting for November 2013 Will feature: Mr. Mark Tabbart, an environmental activist and financial advisor. Mark will speak on climate change, and influence of large Multi-national corporations on the environment and climate change.
Did you remember to make your R.S.V.P. ?   Buffet Dinner includes salads, entrees, side dishes, dessert and beverages tax and tip. Dinner served 6-7pm Members $17 Dinner, Non Members $20 Meeting only at 7pm Members $3, non members $5 RSVP'S are required for dinner OR meeting only Reservations due by Monday, Oct 7, 2013 Please!   Contact: kenton805@cox.net

Nov 13 Wednesday 7pm, Irvine: The Future of Nuclear Technology @ Beckman Center, 100 Academy Way nasonline.org/programs/distinctive-voices/upcoming-events.html

Nov 13 Wednesday 7pm, Huntington Beach: 72nd Assembly Democratic Alliance @ International Assoc. of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, IAMAW District Lodge 725, 5402 Bolsa Avenue (doors open at 6:30 PM) 72ndada.com

Nov 13 Wednesday 7-8:30pm, Garden Grove: Garden Grove LULAC Council Meeting @ OC LULAC Foundation, 11277 Garden Grove Blvd.Suite 101-A
We are very pleased to inform you of our upcoming monthly council meeting. We look forward to seeing you there and feel free to share this invitation with your family and friends. Please make a note in your calendar; we have our regular monthly council meetings every second Wednesday of each month.   http://lulac.org/about/history/

Nov 13 Wednesday 7pm, Santa Ana: OC Young Democrats monthly meeting and mixer @ Bistro 400, 400 W. 4th St.
Please join us as we welcome Dan Jacobson, Chair of the Democratic Foundation of Orange County who will give us a 2014 election preview.   What happened at the CYD Lake Tahoe Retreat? Join us to find out! We'll also be announcing details for our annual Holiday Party! http://ocyd.org

Nov 14 Thursday 2pm/7pm, Irvine: Discussing the Real Fruitvale Station with BART Police Chief Kenton Raineym Co-Sponsored with ASUCI & New Narratives on Race and Culture
2pm @ Dr. White Room, CCC   BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey, who took his position after the real-life Fruitvale Station incident, shares his professional perspective. The first 50 participants to check in at this forum will receive preferred seating to the 7pm screening of Fruitvale Station.
7pm @ HIB 100   Participants will view and discuss Fruitvale Station, a film based on the Bay Area incident involving resident Oscar Grant and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police. There will be free Giveaways. ccc.uci.edu/rbf/images/2013/cccfestival2013_large.pdf

Nov 15 Friday 5-8pm, Tustin: National Women's Political Caucus - OC "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" Fundraiser @ The home of Sherri and Gary Loveland in Tustin Ranch.
The National Women's Political Caucus - OC will host their Fall Fundraiser, "Breaking the Glass Ceiling," honoring the Honorable Ellen Corbett, the Honorable Martha Escutia, the Honorable Ursula Kennedy, Karen Cebreros, and Allyson Sonenshine. nwpcoc.org/breaking_the_glass_ceiling

Nov 16 Saturday 7am-4pm, Santa Ana: Wellness Corridor Walk & Ride Kick Off @ Latino Health Access, 450 W. 4th St.
We invite you to join us on Saturday, November 16th in making history as Santa Ana gets healthier one step at a time by walking the talk! Join community residents, leaders, and businesses for a 2 day kick-off event featuring art, music, a 1.5 mile walk and a 9.2 mile bike ride. It will start at 5pm on Friday, November 15th with "Murals Under the Stars" an audio/visual presentation by renowned speaker, Gregorio Luke at the Latino Health Access "Familias Corazones Verdes" park and community center located at 602 E. 4th St., Santa Ana, CA 92701. On Saturday, November 16th, the event will continue with a walk and bike ride throughout the Wellness Corridor at 9am followed by a resource fair, community arts & craft vendors, as well as live entertainment for the entire family until 4pm. Both events are free and open to the public and are expected to draw a crowd of over 1,000 people. Participants are encouraged to pre-register on-line (www.wellness-corridor.eventbrite.com)or in person at Latino Health Access. The flyer is attached, please feel free to print and circulate across your networks. We encourage you to participate as a team with your contacts, employees, constituents for added fun! Help us reach our goal of over 1,000 people walking and biking the Wellness Corridor in Santa Ana!

Nov 16 Saturday noon-2pm, Laguna Beach: Save the Sumatran Tiger @ Main Beach
Our Paradise Rainforest in Indonesia is being destroyed at a rapid rate. One of the many species going extinct is the Sumatran Tiger; there's less than 400 tigers left in the wild.   So we will be having an event to create awareness about the damaging effects of Deforestation. We will have Text petitions and Photo petitions as well as fun arts and crafts! ex: Face painting ;)   It will be an exciting and informative event filled with Greenpeace staff dressed as Orangutans and Tigers! So bring family and friends, lets show corporations whose voice really matters!

Nov 16 Saturday 12:30pm, Garden Grove: Pray and Speak Up for Comprehensive Immigration Reform @ The Christ Cathedral (Crystal Cathedral) 13280 Chapman Ave.
Bishop Kevin Vann invites Catholics and other people of faith in the Diocese of Orange and beyond to join him & come together in prayer, solidarity and action with and for our immigrant sisters and brothers.   Where / Donde : Christ Cathedral Plaza   Time / Tiempo Arrive / llegar : 12:00-12:30 pm Welcome / Bienvenidos : 12:30-1:00 pm Prayer Service / Servicio de oración : 1:00- 2:00 pm Reception / Recepción : 2:00-2:30 pm

Nov 16 Saturday 1pm, Costa Mesa: Rally Congress To Stand With 'We The People' - Stop TPP, Stop Fast Track @ South Coast Plaza, sidewalks - exact rally point to be announced.
We ask everyone to gather on Saturday, November 16th at a public place where you can be seen with signs and give out flyers so the American people can be made aware of this deal masquerading as a "free" trade agreement that will destroy our national sovereignty, totally destroy our limping economy, and basically make us all slaves to the multi-national corporations.   The Trans Pacific Partnership Agree is NAFTA on Steroids. It must be stopped. http://mam-lb.com/no-on-tpp-no-on-fast-track/   marchagainstmonsanto.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/stop-tpp-halfpagepostage.jpg

Nov 16 Saturday 1-4pm, Aliso Viejo: Student Movement for Nuclear Disarmament 2nd annual conference "Dialogue as a force for peace" @ Pauling Hall 216, Soka University of America, 1 University Dr, Aliso Viejo
We think that dialogue between people and countries can help us attain peace, what do you think? We will open the event with a few short presentations by SUA alumni and students on topics related to nuclear abolition as well as presenting the 1000 cranes our students have been working on. Then we will hear from the amazing Shigeko Sasamori, an atomic bomb victim who now lives in the United States. Finally we will have a dialogue with Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's David Krieger

Nov 16 Saturday 5pm, Anaheim: CAIR Banquet @ Anaheim Hilton, 777 West Convention Way
Join us as we reflect on our past year's endeavors, honor inspirational figures, and embrace a more tolerant, inclusive and just future for all.   FEATURING   Glenn Greenwald Political Commentator, Lawyer, Author The Guardian Newspaper   Imam Siraj Wahhaj Religious Director of At-Taqwa Mosque in New York Leader of Muslim Alliance in North America   Rohina Malik Playwright and Performance Artist   Children's CAIRnival * Games, prizes and much much more! ca.cair.com/losangeles/event/cair-la_17th_annual_banquet

Nov 17 Sunday 11am-2pm, Irvine: Immigration Sunday @ Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Pkwy.
Everyone is welcome!   11am - Guest preacher Rev. Jerry Stinson will give a special sermon on immigration   12:45pm - Julio Vargas will show his documentary film "The Wall that Binds Us"   1:30pm - Immigration Panelists will speak & answer your questions:   Roger Bañuelos, one of the pilgrims who marched 285 miles from Sacramento to Bakersfield for immigration reform   Jessica Bravo (the daughter of two of the pilgrims), who was excoriated by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher when she spoke to him about reform in DC   Tony Ortuño, who will speak about the special obstacles faced by LGBT immigrants & Dreamers *** There will be an informal luncheon, letters to sign and information regarding our Visiting Immigrants in Detention program.   Please join us!!   For more information, call Felicity at 949-733-0850 www.iucc.org

Nov 17 Sunday 1-3pm, Huntington Beach: How Much Cruelty Can You Swallow Visual Display @ Pier Promenade

Nov 17 Sunday 5-8pm, Anaheim: Democratic Foundation of OC 2013 Annual Dinner @ Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, Anaheim
This Year's Honorees Include: The Honorable Bill Lockyer California State Treasurer The Richard J. O'Neill Award for Excellence in Service The Honorable Fiona Ma The Wylie A. Aitken Award for Excellence in Leadership George Urch The Howard Adler Award for Excellence in the Art and Science of Politics   $170 Individual Tickets Click here to reserve your ticket online using our secure page! secure.actblue.com/page/annualdinner2013 Please contact Lee Adams via email: info@dfoc.com, or phone (714) 979-4436 to purchase tickets or sponsorships!

Nov 17 Sunday 5:30-8pm, Irvine: Transgender Day of Remembrance @ Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Pkwy.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the "Remembering Our Dead" web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester's murder - like most anti-transgender murder cases - has yet to be solved. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender - that is..., as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant - each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people. We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating. The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn't perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who've died by anti-transgender violence.

Nov 18-21 Monday-Thursday, Cypress: Human Trafficking Awareness Event @ Cypress College, 9200 Valley View St.
Make a difference in the world by educating yourself and others about Human Trafficking. Make this possible by attending Club L.E.A.D.'s Human Trafficking Awareness Event which will be taking place November 18th-November 21st. Here you will be able to listen to an expert lecturer in Human Trafficking Prevention and find out the simple ways that you can prevent these travesties worldwide. Now is the perfect time to expand your awareness.   More details will be soon to come. For more information or if you are interested in helping with this cause, please FB message me or email me at:   Hart.Crystal2016@yahoo.com   *Be sure to include the event title in the subject line of any messages.

Nov 18-22 Monday-Friday, Brea: Fast for Families-OC Kickoff @ 210 W. Birch Street
We are asking our House Leadership in OC to publicly support and lead to move Immigration Reform with a Pathway to Citizenship.   Fast will last the entire week, 24 hours a day and then we are heading to Washington, D.C.   Share your support for 11 Million American Dreams   #FAST4FAMILIESOC #FAST4FAMILIES   For more information contact: 714-612-5028 or 714-448-5378 standwithfamilies.org/2013/11/17/fast-for-families-orange-county

Nov 18 Monday 3pm, Irvine: Sympathy Strike Townhall @ UC Irvine, HIB 220
Our union, UAW Local 2865--the union representing 12,000 TA's, tutors, and readers across the UC--will be joining CNA and UC's Skilled Craft's Unit in a one-day sympathy strike with AFSCME 3299 on November 20th.   We will be holding a campus-wide townhall to provide information, answer any questions or concerns, and organize volunteers. If you can't make this townhall, and would like to set up an individual or department meeting, please contact us at irvine@uaw2865.org. In the meantime, please like and follow our facebook page and blog, irvineuaw.wordpress.com, for updates and information.

Nov 18 Monday 7pm, Whittier: Towards Collective Liberation: lessons from 25 years of social justice organizing @ Whittier College, Hartley House, 13741 Earlham Drive
American society is far more diverse because of the gains of the Civil Rights, feminist, Lesbian and Gay, immigrant and disability rights movements which have changed laws, broken barriers, and transformed how people relate to one another. As a result, we are encouraged to be aware of differences of race, class, gender and sexuality. How can we move from personal awareness to collective action for equality? Author and organizer Chris Crass will draw lessons from American social movements as well as his own experiences in social movements over the past 25 years to help us see how divisions of race, class and gender can become bridges to help expand democracy and create healthier communities. From civil rights and women's liberation to Occupy Wall Street and immigrant justice, Crass brings together effective strategies for social change that have put awareness of privilege into action that can further democracy for us all.

Nov 19 Tuesday 6pm, Irvine: I Am… We Are… A Discussion Of The Intersections Between Sexual Orientation, Gender, Race And Ethnicity Co-sponsored with Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center @ UCI Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. White Room
Join us for a conversation where we will share our identities based on our sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity. We will create pieces of art that represent our own identities and values. Following the art project, we will hear personal stories from students thinking about their own identities through creative forms of expression. Food will be provided. ccc.uci.edu/rbf/images/2013/cccfestival2013_large.pdf

Nov 19 (3rd Tuesday) 7:30pm, Irvine: Cousins Club of OC - J Street a Jewish Peace Group
Jerry Bloch is our speaker. He is a member of J-Street, a Jewish peace group which advocates for a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Are two States still viable? Discussion will follow. Please join us.
The address is 15500 Sand Canyon Ave, in the same parking lot as the Irvine Ranch Water District Offices. You would turn left when entering the parking lot off of Sand Canyon Ave. The entrance is on the far left of the parking lot and "Community Meeting Room" is on the door.
It is between the 5 freeway and the 405. Get off the 5 freeway at Sand Canyon and go south to Waterworks Drive and make a U-turn. Or exit the 405 freeway at Sand Canyon and go north to Waterworks Drive. Annual Cousin Club dues are $10. We would appreciate your support for 2013 if you have not already paid.

Nov 20 Wednesday, Irvine: Solidarity Strike! @ UC Irvine
UC students and workers, including service workers affiliated with AFSCME 3299, will be holding a day-long, system-wide strike to challenge UC management's illegal acts of intimidation against AFSCME workers, and to call upon UC management to respect those whose labor makes the university work. Recognizing that the fates of students and workers are tied together, academic student employees affiliated with the UC Student-Workers Union (UAW 2865) will be holding a solidarity strike on the 20th with AFSCME workers. We are encouraging all sections, classes, and office hours to be cancelled on November 20th, and for everyone to respect and to participate in the picket lines. In particular, we ask that students and workers gather at noon at the flagpoles for a rally and to join the picket lines.   We will be holding a campus-wide townhall on Monday, Nov. 18, in the Humanities (room and building TBA) to provide information, answer any questions, and organize volunteers for the picket lines.   Please like and follow our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/IrvineUAW/) and blog (irvineuaw.wordpress.com) for updates.

Nov 20 Wednesday 5:30pm, Capistrano Beach: The Progressives of South Orange County will meet in the banquet room of ,Agostinos By the Sea, 34700 Coast Highway, Capistrano Beach 92624. Dinner and social hour at 5:30 followed by the meeting at 7. The speaker will be Professor Peter Ditto from UCI who will discuss the polarization of politics and why the Republicans and Democrats can't get along. His expertise is in the area of social cognition and human judgment. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to: scnj66@yahoo.com

Nov 20 Wednesday 6-9:30pm, Santa Ana: Covered California Workshop @ The Center OC, 1605 N. Spurgeon St.
Changes in Healthcare Are Coming--Welcome to Covered California, the new marketplace that will make it easier for you to get quality health insurance at an affordable price. You may also qualify for financial help to pay for that insurance. The first session will be offered in English at: 6pm to 7:30pm. The second session will be offered in Spanish from 7:30 to 9pm.

Nov 20 Wednesday 6:30pm, Fountain Valley: Democratic Club of West OC @ Green Valley Adult Clubhouse, 17250 Los Jardines West, (off Warner between Euclid and Brookhurst Sts.)
DemClubofWestOC.org DCWOC will elect new officers and the program will Expose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, A "free trade" agreement that would set rules on non-trade matters such as food safety, internet freedom, medicine costs, financial regulation, and the environment. We are asked to contact our representatives and ask them to oppose this legislation www.exposethetpp.org Doors open at 6:30 PM; meeting starts at 7 PM

Nov 20 Wednesday 7pm, Irvine: OC Film Festival Documentary Series "The Gatekeepers" @ University Synagogue - 3400 Michelson Dr.
"The Gatekeepers" has received worldwide acclaim for its courageous exposure and examination of Israel's secret service. For the first time, six former heads of Shin Bet, the country's most secretive security force, share personal and intimate confessions and muse publicly about the morality of torture and terrorism, arrests and assassinations. Collectively, these interviews offer a rare window into the moral dilemmas the country faced in the aftermath of the Six Day War, and pose questions about today's escalating global war on terror.
Co-sponsored by J Street, the home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. Cost: $10

Nov 20 Wednesday 7pm, Tustin: Movie Screening: Chasing Ice @ Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1201 Irvine Blvd
Join the Environmental Ministries Committee for a screening of Chasing Ice. Discussion will follow.   In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.   Chasing Ice is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.   As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.   The movie is FREE, but we do ask you to RSVP.

Nov 21 Thursday 6pm, Long Beach: Guantanamo-A National Security Risk with Jason Leopold and Elliott Adams
Topics are "Eye Witness Account on Guantanamo Detainees" by investigative reporter Leopold, and "Why We Are Better Off With Guantanamo Closed" by Army Veteran Adams. Sponsored by the Long Beach Area Peace Network. Contact Pat Alviso 562/833-8035 or mfsooc@earthlink.net. Dinner at 6pm (no charge), presentation at 7pm. Location: Grace United Methodist Church, 2324 E. 3rd St., Long Beach 90814.

Nov 21 Thursday 6-9pm, Costa Mesa: OC Equality Coalition Annual Membership Meeting @ Durty Nellie's, 2915 Red Hill Ave #G101
Join us for a recap party that is free to all OCEC Members and $10 for non-member guests. ocequality.com/events/membership-meeting-2

Nov 22 Friday 11am, Anaheim: Fast for Families-OC Closing Actions, March, and Rally @ 210 W. Birch Street http://standwithfamilies.org/2013/11/17/fast-for-families-orange-county

Nov 22 Friday 2-4pm, Anaheim: Respect is a fair contract @ 605 N Euclid St.
Come join El Super workers fighting against management for respect.

Nov 22 Friday 5-7pm, Laguna Hills: "RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway" @ Shanti Orange County, 23461 South Pointe Drive, Suite 100
Join us for the continuation of The Center OC's Queer Film series, now being held at Shanti Orange County for our Friday Rainbow group in Laguna Hills!   A variety of queer films will be screened the last Friday of every month. The more, the merrier, so feel free to bring your friends!   This free event is for LGBTQ and allied youth ages 14-18.   This month we will be screening "RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway," which is footage of the final Broadway musical on its closing night celebration in 2008.   RENT is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.   The film will start immediately at 5:00 p.m., please be on time!

Nov 23 Saturday 10am-noon, Santa Ana: UNA-USA OC Chapter UN Coffee Talk Series: Solving Global Problems On a Grand Scale @ American Red Cross Building, 600 Parkcenter Dr. (Between 5 & 55 freeways off 4th St. Park by delivery entrance)
How is the UN doing on the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)? What's next after 2015? Join us in a global conversation to create the world we want for all! For Information or Directions: 949-554-3132 www.UNA-OC.org info@una-oc.org $5.00 Voluntary Donation Suggested

Nov 23 Saturday 11:30am-4pm, Santa Ana: Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities and the Children's Health Initiative will be doing outreach for the Affordable Care Act at these Superior locations listed below:   For more information please contact Children's Health Initiative of Orange County 1-855-927-8333
1720 E 17th St Santa Ana, CA 92705
2009 W 1st St Santa Ana, CA 92703
See also Nov 24

[canceled] Nov 23 Saturday noon, Irvine: MoveOn council meeting CANCELED @ Kate's House, 6 Gold Bluff
Kate and I attended the MoveOn Organizing Summit last Saturday in LA, and it's time to put a great training to work. This Saturday, November 23, and after our usual excellent Potluck, we'll show you what we learned about MoveOn's Petition system, and how to incorporate its many assets into our organizing campaigns, both local and national. We have an interesting local campaign to start with, establishment of a Veterans Cemetery on a parcel of land at the old Marine Corp Air Station, next to the proposed Great Park development in Irvine. And, we'll open the floor for discussion and start-up of campaigns on other issues of interest, like the TPP or Fracking, always on our radar for action. So, grab your chicken wings or that quiche you're so proud of, bring your favorite issue for action, and join us this Saturday at Noon.
pol.moveon.org/event/meeting/140411

Nov 23 Saturday noon-3pm, Orange: Democratic Ambassador Training @ Democratic Party of OC, 1916 West Chapman Avenue, Suite B
Join us for a training for our Democratic Ambassador Program!   Democratic Ambassadors serve as DPOC's public face in their respective communities. These leaders are people excited about turning grassroots efforts into victory for Democrats!   What do Democratic Ambassadors do? - Deliver the Democratic 'Welcome Package' to Democrats in your Neighborhood - Cultivate and expand a network of enthusiastic volunteers - Find out what voters are thinking and let us know - Notify current and prospective volunteers about upcoming political events - Facilitate candidate meet-and-greets - Support Democratic candidates by encouraging neighbors to vote

Nov 24 Sunday 11:30am-4pm, Santa Ana: Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities and the Children's Health Initiative will be doing outreach for the Affordable Care Act at 1710 S Main St Santa Ana, CA 92707   For more information please contact Children's Health Initiative of Orange County 1-855-927-8333   See also Nov 24

Nov 24 Sunday noon, Santa Ana: March Against Monsanto @ Orange County Superior Court, 700 Civic Center Drive West socuteurl.com/jollysnowball

[rescheduled] Nov 24 Sunday 5pm, Fullerton: MoveOn council meeting @ Nelson Home
Rescheduled until Dececmber 15th Join fellow progressives for a viewing of "Hedges in Person: The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies". Come enjoy food and a conversation on where we are going as a country. Help plan our council'ls future actions, pol.moveon.org/event/meeting/140396

Nov 26 4pm, Irvine: Fate of the OC Great Park @ Irvine City Council, 1 Civic Center Plaza
FivePoint Communities, the developer, wants to build 688 acres of the Orange County Great Park, over half the Park, in exchange for rights to build an additional 4,606 homes on the land surrounding the Park.   Their offer changes the intention and design of the Great Park, voted on by you, the community, and control over the Park will rest with FivePoint, not the city!   Their offer is mostly a major sports facility rather than a multi cultural regional great part. It is not required to comply with our public standards and their operating costs for 5 years is grossly unrealistic.   Also at stake is the location of the Irvine's fifth high school at Site A, in between the soon-to-be-expanded Musick jail and a landfill contaminated with toxic wastes (radium, benzene, trichloroethylene to name a few).   Clearly, there will be severe consequences for all of OC community if the Irvine City Council votes to approve the proposal. In the recent months there has been alleged broad support from the public to approve the proposal. This support is from a small but very vocal (and well-funded) group of youth sports enthusiasts, called BuildTheGreatParkNow!   The citizens of Orange County deserve better than some short-sighted park development package to please a few sports enthusiasts so the developer can build more homes and make more money. That is why we need people, from all parts of the County, to come out and fight against this. latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-great-park-20131120,0,5359101.story

Nov 26 (4rd Tuesday) 5:30-7pm, Orange: Peace Vigil by MFSO and CODEPINK The Orange Circle at the intersection of Glassell St and Chapman Ave.
As many of you know, after our monthly vigil at the Traffic Circle in Orange, most of us meet for a little "down time and socialization" at Watson's Drug Store. The Orange County Peace Coalition has requested that we change our regularly held vigil, (the third Tuesday of the month), to a time when they have their regularly scheduled OCPC meetings. The idea would be to combine the two activities, (many of us go to OCPC meetings and the vigil).   This means that instead of socializing after the vigil, the OCPC meetings would be held at Watsons Drugs at 7pm. This might help us have more people at our vigil if OCPC members will just come a little earlier. We hope that you will join us at the Traffic Circle on the 4th Tuesday of this month starting at 5:30. At 7pm we are all invited to join the OCPC meeting which will be held right after the vigil at Watson's Diner- just around the corner beginning at 7pm.   hope you will join us at our monthly MFSO/ Code Pink vigil. Please encourage everyone to come; there is a lot of traffic so it's well worth the time. Come help us get the word out that we demand an end to the war in Afghanistan NOW - 2014 is a full 2 years away and we will not stand by silently.. We have signs, but please bring your own if you have one.

Nov 26 Tuesday 6:30 pm, Costa Mesa: Costa Mesa Democratic Club General Meeting will include a panel of leading activists working with the homeless population in Costa Mesa. Location: Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa CA 92626.

Nov 26 Tuesday 6:30pm, Costa Mesa: MEATONOMICS Dinner and Book-Signing with David Simon @ SEED People's Market, 2937 Bristol St.
Join author David Robinson Simon for dinner (at Native Foods), talk and book-signing marking the September release of MEATONOMICS (Conari Press, 2013). It's the first book to explore the unseen economic forces that drive our animal food system and the strange ways these forces affect consumers' spending, eating, health, prosperity, and longevity. In Simon's eye-opening, fact-filled presentation, you'll discover what makes this bizarre system tick and how it can be fixed.   6:30 - We'll meet for dinner at Native Foods at the Camp in Costa Mesa.   7:30 - We'll move to Seed People's Market (next door, also at the Camp in Costa Mesa) for the talk.   David Robinson Simon is a lawyer and advocate for sustainable consumption. He works as general counsel for a healthcare company and serves on the board of the APRL Fund, a non-profit dedicated to protecting animals. David received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Southern California.   There is no charge to attend. See you there!   For more information about the book, visit www.meatonomics.com or www.facebook.com/meatonomics.

Nov 26 (4th Tuesday) 7-9pm, Orange: OC Peace Coalition general meeting ocpeace.org @ Watson Drugs and Soda Fountain, 116 E Chapman Ave (After Circle Vigil)
WHO: All interested people are invited, especially anyone who might represent one of our member organizations. We're likely to be planning for tabling, future actions, or whatever business people want to bring up (excluding any specific support of candidates or political parties). Please bring your ideas, and be ready to step up and participate.

Nov 26 Tuesday 7:30-9pm, Irvine: How Welcome Is The Mat: 50 Years After The Signing of The Civil Rights Act, How Is Orange County Doing? @ University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Pre-Thanksgiving services with Irvine United Congregational Church at University Synagogue, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Reverend Paul Tellstrom, with speaker Rusty Kennedy, founding CEO of the OC Human Relations Commission

Nov 29 Friday 8am, Anaheim / noon Buena Park: Anti-Black Friday Protest/Anti-Walmart Protest
On this day Walmart workers all over will be striking.   People are fighting for:   Fair wages,   Fair hours,   Walmart's War Against Unions   Retaliation against employees who criticize the company   Lets not forget Walmart's corrupt business practices, racial and gender discrimination, environmental practices, treatment of product suppliers and outsourcing. Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days. It goes out to show our country's issues of over consumption and materialism.   Its about PEOPLE OVER PROFITS Come out and support Buy Nothing Day!
8am @ 88 East Orangethorpe Ave. Anaheim https://actionnetwork.org/events/stand-with-walmart-workers-for-livable-wages
noon @ 8450 La Palma Ave, Buena Park https://actionnetwork.org/events/justice-walmart


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Dec 1 (1st Sunday) 7:30am-5pm, Huntington Beach: Military Families Speak Out and Veterans For Peace will again be setting up the Arlington West Display on the sands of Huntington Beach at 6th Street.   We are still deployed and fighting in Afghanistan in America's longest war, so there will be another Arlington West in Huntington Beach. Please help if you can but if your schedule doesn't permit that please consider coming by to visit if that's possible.   While polls show public opinion turning sharply against our continued deployment in Afghanistan and America's longest ever war, and our President having committed to "ending the war", we need to maintain our efforts to keep visible the costs and to support our veterans. Our continuing efforts to remind the public of the cost of our wars and to "bring Our Troops Home" must continue. Come help or just visit.   Volunteers meet at the beach (6th st. north of the pier) at 7:30AM to help unload the trailer and setup the crosses and other material, and/or come by 5:00PM to help take it down and put it away.

Dec 1 Sunday noon-2pm, Huntington Beach: How Much Cruelty Can You Swallow Visual Display @ Pier Promenade
Using a visual display we will confront the public with the fact that we are ALL made of flesh, bones, blood and we all feel pain.

Dec 1 Sunday 2pm, Irvine: Green Party of OC General Meeting @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Meeting Center, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave (If you haven't been to a meeting in the last year or so, please see the map at: http://www.ocgreens.org/IRWDmap.jpg )
The main topic will be a recap of the recent State Meeting in Santa Rosa, which was represented by 5 OC delegates. Candidates running for state offices, including Luis Rodriguez and David Curtis, were present. The fate of the party in view of Prop 14 was addressed, as well as initial discussions of the mystery of the SGA (standing general assembly).   The GPOC County Council meeting will immediately follow the General Meeting. All attendees are welcome to stay and view the business aspects of running the Green Party during the County Council meeting.

Dec 2 Monday 10am, Santa Ana: Rally and march against deportation @ Sasser Park (Santa Blvd. & Ross St)
OC Says #Not1More Deportation   A coalition of Orange County grassroots organizations will be holding a rally and a march in response to the 2 million deportations overseen by President Obama, and the collaboration between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The event is part of a national movement to demand that President Obama use his executive power to put a stop to all deportations, and will highlight the impact of deportations at the local level
In January 2013 alone, almost 2,000 people in California were deported through the "Secure" Communities program. Orange County has the highest rate of youth deportations in the State of California and accounts for 43% of youth in ICE Detention Centers. 45% of youth on ICE Holds in California don't have a criminal record. Locally at the county level, the Theo Lacy detention facility was cited as one of the 10 worst ICE Detention Centers in the nation and is the subject of a civil rights complaint regarding the abuse of LGBTQ detainees. Individual cities like Santa Ana also have contracts with ICE. These contracts with ICE play a key role in the mass deportation process at the local level.
The groups; demands are as follows:   The President must place a moratorium on deportations, terminate the "Secure" Communities program, and grant Administrative Relief to all undocumented people in the same way he did for immigrant youth with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Local law enforcement must cease all collaboration with ICE by terminating (IGSA) contracts with ICE for bedspace, 287(g) agreements, and refusing to honor ICE Hold requests ICE must release all individuals that qualify to be released under the TRUST Act, the Morton Memo and the Parental Interest ICE Directive immediately
The event will feature testimonies from affected community members, music, theater, and art by local community members. Who: CopWatch Santa Ana, Keep Our Families Together, OC Dream Team, RAIZ, Seeds of Resistance

Dec 2 Monday 6-8pm, Irvine: Worldly Women of Irvine Celebrate The Winter Solstice @ The Duck Club at the San Joaquin Marsh
This is the season of celebration for many faiths and cultures. According to the Pagan Wheel of the Year and the precession of the equinoxes, this is the dark time of the year waiting for the Sun to return to us at the Winter Solstice.   Our speaker, Trisha Howe, an expert on Pagan culture, comes from the tradition of the Norse peoples, but has studied, practiced and written about regional, cultural, pre-historic and historic traditions, many of which are still practiced in our times.   Please RSVP to worldlywomenirvine@gmail.com

Dec 3 Tuesday 5pm, Orange: City of Orange, CA joins Global Day of Action Against Toxic Trade Agreements incl. TPP @ The Orange Circle - Plaza Square Park, Intersection of Glassell Street and Chapman Ave
Bring: Signs and Flyers   NO on Fast Track, NO on TPP   We want FAIR TRADE - Not Free Trade   Free Trade Is for the 1% - Fair Trade Is for the 99% http://marchagainstmonsanto.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/stop-tpp-halfpage.pdf For more information on this Global Day of Action go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1417714898461057

Dec 4 Wednesday 11am Santa Ana: OC Probation Department Stop Deporting Our Youth press conference @ 429 French St.
Keep Our Families Together has three areas of focus:   1. To identify, change or end local policies that lead to the Police and ICE collaboration in Orange County as well as the mass deportation of our community members.   2. Develop a stop deportations self-defense network throughout the county in order to successfully stop local deportation cases.   3. Address the issue of youth deportations as well as better the life chances of undocumented youth in Orange County.   Orange County has the highest rate of minors who get deported and referred to Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE).   UC Irvine Law School is publishing a report the will cover the following:   - The Orange County Juvenile Probation Department (OCJPD) is breaking state and federal laws as well as their very own mission statement by unlawfully sending the information of minors to ICE.   - OCJPD officers are acting as ICE agents when coercing minors to tell them about their immigration status or country of birth.   - The UCI Law School recommends that OCJPD stop honoring ICE Hold Requests and unlawfully providing the information of minors to ICE.   We are organizing a press conference this Wednesday at 11am on the corner of 4th and French.   After this press conference we will march to the probation department and deliver the report with a community delegation.   Come support us!

Dec 4 Wednesday 6pm, Tustin: OC National Organization for Women Annual End of the Year Party and Fundraiser. Help celebrate 2013 and raise money for OC NOW and the many causes and actions we support throughout the year. We will have a fun and diverse silent auction and raffle. Cost of the dinner is whatever you order off the menu. Please bring check or cash for dinner and only checks or cash will be accepted for the silent auction winners and the raffle tickets. Everyone is welcome; bring family and friends but please make a reservation. Socialize at 6pm; dinner at 7pm. RSVP to Dr. Kimberly Salter at kimsalter@cox.net or 949/230-1169. Location: Rutabegorz Restaurant at 158 West Main, Tustin.

Dec 4 Wednesday 6pm, Huntington Beach: Chasing Ice Watch Party & Fundraiser @ St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church, 18631 Chapel Lane
Join us for a screening of an award-wining documentary Chasing Ice which follows a photographer who documented the detriments of climate change on the Arctic. We will feature a Q&A with local Climate Experts following the screening. To RSVP and make your donations please click the link below: my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gs8h22

Dec 4 Wednesday 6:30pm, Santa Ana: The Rainbow Group Speaker Series @ The Center Orange County, 1605 N. Spurgeon St.
Come and participate at The Center OC's Rainbow Group Speaker Series, where we will be welcoming Stephen MacLeod, who assists developing UC Irvine's LGBT Community Archives.   Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) activists and community organizers in Orange County have left a rich documentary trail over the past forty years. The UCI Libraries' Special Collections and Archives Department is actively building collection

Dec 4 Wednesday 7pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America-OC @ Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 901 South Coast Dr.
1. Guest Speaker: Kyle Krahel-Frolander of Smart Cities Prevail with a presentation on the organization's work to build middle class jobs. Smart Cities Prevail provides complete information, research and education on how prevailing wage standards on public construction projects benefit taxpayers, local governments and working families. It is a 501c(4) nonprofit organization based in California, where SmartCitiesPrevail.org serves as an information source for news media, community leaders and members of the public interested in learning more about prevailing wage.http://www.smartcitiesprevail.org/   2. Rosa Vizcarra, Community Program Specialist, Registrar of Voters Office: Rosa will conduct a survey during the meeting, giving us a chance to provide input on how to improve the voting process in Orange County. She will also bring us up to date on the responsibilities of the Registrar of Voters, answer our questions and take our suggestions back to the office for consideration. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the most vital aspect of elections.

Dec 5 Thursday 11:30am-1:30pm, Irvine: Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties Presents CONSIDER THIS... THE NEW LANGUAGE OF CHOICE @ Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails 2607 Main St.
Dawn Laguens, Chief Experience Officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, is coming to Orange County to teach us the new language of choice. Ms. Laguens, a veteran campaign strategist, is on a mission to show America the real Planned Parenthood. She will share her research on the most effective ways to discuss one of the nation's most debated topics.   Individual tickets: $45 Lunch and valet parking provided

Dec 5 Thursday 12:30-1pm, Irvine/Orange/Santa Ana: "Low Pay is Not OK" National Strike And Protests Against Fast Food's Low Pay
events.lowpayisnotok.org/rallies
Irvine: McDonalds, 15459 Culver Dr
Orange: McDonalds, 105 E. Katella Ave
Santa Ana: McDonalds, 666 S Harbor Blvd

Dec 5 Thursday 3pm, Irvine: Engaging Anteaters in the Community - Leadership Compass Workshop @ UCI Cross-Cultural Center, Ring Room
What kind of leader are you? There is no one type of leader. Learn why different leadership styles matter and what it really means to be in a team. This workshop will be presented by Cross-Cultural Center student staff and City Year representatives. Join us in learning more about your leadership style and about volunteer opportunities.

Dec 5 Thursday 6:30-9:30pm, Fullerton: Democrats of North OC DNOC Holiday Party and Fundraiser @ Angelo's and Vinci's Ristorante, 550 N Harbor Blvd
$40 individual ticket $70 couple ticket   Please send your R.S.V.P. to: Linda Gardner linda@heareveryvoice.com

Dec 5 Thursday 7pm, Irvine: Amnesty International group 178 @ Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604
Group 178 does not meet in the last week of November, instead we move our meeting to the first week in December. December is the month for Amnesty International's year Write For Rights event, where we gather in the holiday spirit to send letters and cards to help free prisoners of conscience, and raise their spirits in jail. Our group will also be selling baked goods at the event. Please join us for the local Write For Rights events!   November/December calendar:   Thursday 5 December: Group 178 Local Meeting at Irvine United Congregational Church in Irvine aiusaoc.org/irvine/meetings.html   Saturday 7 December: Write For Rights Event in Lakewood aiusaoc.org/common/writeathon_2013.html   Sunday 8 December: Write For Rights Event (and Bake Sale fundraiser!) in Irvine aiusaoc.org/common/writeathon_2013.html

Dec 6 (1st Friday) 6:30-9pm, Orange: Friday Night Film Series "A Place at the Table" @ St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 South Batavia St, Orange 92868.
http://www.takepart.com/place-at-the-table/ Fifty million people in the U.S.-one in four children-don't know where their next meal is coming from. The film examines the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all.
There is no fee to participate. Join In. http://sistersofstjosephorange.org/OUR_MINISTRIES/justice/film-series.php 6:30-7:00 P.M.: Gathering & Refreshments 7:00-9:00 P.M.: Film & Discussion RSVP: (714) 633-8121 Ext. 7716 Justice@csjorange.org

Dec 7 Saturday 7am-9pm, Irvine: Palestine Conference @ South Coast Chinese Cultural Center, 9 Truman
eventbrite.com/e/the-palestine-conference-of-southern-california-a-movement-united-tickets-9168592507

Dec 7 Saturday 9:30am-noon, Newport Beach: Monthly Meeting of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL-OC) @ Home of Mark Tabbert at 20172 Spruce Ave Newport Beach CA 92660.
Part of the meeting is a 1-hour monthly international conference call from 10am to 11am. Then we take and plan actions move our members of Congress toward a solution to the climate crisis. Join the fun as we build political will that our politicians need to respond to. RSVPs appreciated by calling Mark Tabbert at cell (949) 310-5256.

Dec 7 Saturday 10:30am Santa Ana -> noon Los Angeles: OC Industrial Workers of the World at Anarchist Book Fair December's GMB will be held at the Los Angeles Anarchist Book Fair la.anarchistbookfair.com We will meet at 10:30 AM and carpool from OC's Catholic Worker Isaiah House, 316 South Cypress Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701. to Cielo Galleries 3201 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90011 Please RSVP by Friday, at the latest, for the carpool in order that we can get an accurate head count.

Dec 7 Saturday 1-4pm, Santa Ana: SACReD/SABHC Forum for the Santa Ana 5 Year Strategic Plan @ Familias Corzazones Verdes Park- Community Center, 602 E 4th St. (Next to the Spectrum Condominiums)
What would you like to see for Santa Ana? Come to SACReD & SABHC's Community Forum To provide your opinion on the community vision for the next five years in our beautiful city of Santa Ana - for education, health, safety, neighborhoods, and other topics of interest for our community.   There will be child care, snacks, water and coffee during the event. Call Juan Carlos at 714-650-2109 for more information Or send an email to andrew@occcopico.org "Let's Grow Our Future Together"

Dec 7 Saturday 1:30pm, Irvine: Humanist Association of OC "Freethinkers' and Humanists' participation in historical social movements" @ Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave.
Victor Tanious will give a presentation on "Freethinkers' and Humanists' participation in historical social movements". What have Humanists done historically to make the world a better place? The discussion will highlight the contributions of Humanists in social movements.   This meeting is our Annual Dessert Potluck event as we welcome the winter solstice with its companion days of celebration. So, bring a dessert and let us share in the merriment. Also, we will be accepting nominations for the upcoming Board elections in January. Please drop your name in the hat if you are eager to see the Humanist Association play a more active and visible role in Orange County. We would like to keep the board gender balanced, so we encourage women to nominate themselves as well. There are six positions open: President, Vice President, Treasurer,Secretary, and two Board Members. Our organization would be enriched if our Board can get help with tasks associated with membership, hospitality, newsletter, audiovisual set-up, publicity, fundraising, etc. Let's make the year 2014 a remarkable year for Humanism in Orange County!

Dec 8 Sunday 10am-1pm, Irvine: Amnesty International Write For Rights @ Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604
Write For Rights and baked goods sale! Write a letter, and support our group by getting some delicious baked goods.   Sponsored by Amnesty International Group 178 (Irvine) and the Irvine United Congregational Church.   An RSVP is appreciated but not required. You can RSVP with an e-mail to ai_irvine@aiusaoc.org.

Dec 8 Sunday 1:30pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Who's Steering This Thing? Where Are We Going? We need your driving skills in 2014!   Appetizer & Dessert Potluck - Annual Planning Meeting Bring your favorite snack food!   For more info: (949) 733-9157 au-oc.org

Dec 8 Sunday 3-5pm, Tustin: OC Global Warming Committee Meeting @ REI, 2962 El Camino Real, We will be in the Community Meeting room of the REI store in Tustin Marketplace
meetup.com/OCGlobalWarmingCommittee/events/154517712 Orange County Water District votes on Dec. 9th on whether to lease land to CPV to build a power plant in Anaheim. Also, I learned that the energy company Valero is in the process of wanting to transport via rail of Tar Sands Oil from Canada to Wilmington at LA Port. Sierra Club is working to stop both of these projects.

Dec 8 Sunday 5pm, Anaheim: ICNA fundraiser @ Sheraton Park Hotel, 1855 S Harbor Blvd.
icnarelief.org/site2/index.php/campaigns-a-events/458-fund-raising-anaheim-ca-8-12-2013

Dec 8 Sunday 6-9pm, Fountain Valley: Democratic Club of West OC's Holiday Party @ Claim Jumper Restaurant Banquet Room, 18050 Brookhurst St.
You won't want to miss the Democratic Club of West Orange County's holiday dinner! Join us for a fun evening of dinner, speakers, and raffle items. DCWOC is proud to welcome as its keynote speaker Hon. Edward J. Wallin, Retired Court of Appeals Justice, former Superior Court Judge, and former attorney. He is currently serving as a mediator and arbitrator at JAMS. Justice Wallin's expertise in areas of law, politics, and history will ensure an entertaining program as he discusses some of the top issues facing voters in 2014. Doors open at 5:30 PM, Buffet dinner starts at 6:00 PM, Program starts at 6:30 PM   In light of recent cuts to food stamp benefits, Second Harvest Food Bank will likely have more hungry families to feed. Please bring canned food donations to the party; every person donating will receive a free raffle ticket!   Please invite your friends and family and feel free to post this on your wall.   Price for attendance and dinner is $50 if paid by December 1, $65 if paid at the door.   Pay online (www.DemClubofWestOC.org) with Act Blue or mail a check to P.O. Box 20036, Fountain Valley 92728 and indicate if you will have chicken or vegetarian pasta Please include your occupation and employer (required for reporting purposes) Contributions are not tax deductible

Dec 8 Sunday 6pm, Newport Beach: Discuss "Sustainability" meetup.com/bookclub-794/events/149043232

Dec 9-13 Monday-Friday 11am-6:30pm, Irvine: Fast for Families @ 20 Pacifica
Due to problems with the Irvine police and/or the Irvine Company, the fasters will not be allowed to remain outside Campbell's office during daylight hours as originally planned. Therefore, they will be standing vigil from 11am until noon Tuesday-Friday and will hold a candlelight vigil from 5:30-6:30pm every evening through Thursday outside his office at 20 Pacifica, Irvine 92618. Please do come to offer your support during these hours For more information contact: 714-612-5028 or 714-448-5378 standwithfamilies.org/2013/11/17/fast-for-families-orange-county

Dec 9 Monday 3-5pm, Costa Mesa: Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education. Across the country on Monday, December 9th, parents, teachers, classified staff, students, clergy, and community members will gather to speak to the public through press conferences, social media, rallies, teach-ins and all manner of public presentations to reflect on our vision for reclaiming the promise of public education. In Orange County, dozens of concerned members of the community will gather at 3 pm at Fairview and Arlington Avenues in Costa Mesa to raise public awareness ofour actions to "Reclaim the Promise of Public Education" and "The Principles That Unite Us". The Principles That Unite Us are a set of ideas on quality public education that dozens of organizations agree are worth fighting for. Wear Blue!

Dec 9 Monday 5:30-7:30, Santa Ana: YETA's GSA Leaders Mixer @ The Center OC, 1605 N. Spurgeon St.
Join us for a night of food, fun and information on the Color Me Equal Campaign! You will have an opportunity to exchange ideas with GSA leaders and learn how your GSA can make a difference in your School and across Orange County!

Dec 9 Monday 7pm, Orange: Pax Christi December meeting @ St. Joseph Center, Classroom 2, 480 S. Batavia
Following Vespers for Peace, Vicki Tamoush from Interfaith Witness will be the guest speaker.   If you have questions email shalseyhoover@gmail.com or call 714-420-6771.
This is Vicki's bio:   Vicki Tamoush is a second-generation Arab American whose grandparents emigrated from Syria and Lebanon around the turn of the century. Vicki has been involved with the investigation of hate crimes since 1979 and she has provided hundreds of workshops for law enforcement, educational and medical institutions, nonprofits, and community-based organizations. She has provided victim assistance for numerous Arab and Muslim hate crime victims and participated in drafting legislation to enhance sentencing for hate-motivated acts. Vicki is a certified mediator and lay arbitrator through the Los Angeles County Bar Association and she serves on the boards of numerous pacifist, Christian, Middle East and interfaith organizations. In March, 2011, she founded Interfaith Witnesses, a group that silently greets and escorts attendees at faith-based events and worship when they are being harassed. Interfaith Witnesses now has members throughout southern California.   Hope you can join us...

Dec 11 Wednesday 6pm, Westminster: Fight the Exclusion of Vietnamese-American LGBTQ Members from 2014 Tet Parade @ Westminster Police Department, First Floor
Westminster City Council will be discussing their permitting plans and the exclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) member's participation in the 2014 Tet parade.
Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning community members, supporters, and allies will be present during the public comment session to urge the city council to take appropriate action and protect ALL City of Westminster citizens from exclusion. Vietnamese American LGBTQ individuals and their supporters encourage the city to take the appropriate actions in ensuring an inclusive and non-discriminatory cultural celebration. WE URGE YOU TO JOIN US IN VOICING OUR NEED FOR FULL EQUALITY OF ALL CITIZENS.   After the exclusion of LGBTQ members of the community from last year's Tet parade by the parade organizer, THE VIET LGBT CONSTITUENTS WILL NO LONGER STAND TO BE SIDELINED at this year's event. Our communities are not complete without each other.   VROC-Viet Rainbow of Orange County, a community-based organization, continues to fight for a Tet parade that is inclusive of all individuals regardless of sexual orientations and gender identities.

Dec 11 Wednesday 6-8pm, Santa Ana: Covered California Workshop/ Taller de Covered California @ The Center OC, 1605 N. Spurgeon St.
Changes in Healthcare Are Coming--Welcome to Covered California, the new marketplace that will make it easier for you to get quality health insurance at an affordable price. You may also qualify for financial help to pay for that insurance. The first session will be offered in English at: 6pm to 7:00pm. The second session will be offered in Spanish from 7:00 to 8pm.

Dec 11 Wednesday 7pm, Irvine: Hydraulic fracturing @ Beckman Center, 100 Academy Way
This talk will examine natural gas geochemistry and water quality issues related to hydrocarbon migration and extraction to better understand the environmental effects of controversial natural gas extraction process known as "fracking". nasonline.org/programs/distinctive-voices/upcoming-events.html   eventbrite.com/e/water-quality-and-natural-gas-production-tickets-9654975291

Dec 12 Thursday 6:30pm, Tustin: National Women's Political Caucus-OC Holiday Party @ Home of Sherri and Gary Loveland. Address will be provided upon RSVP
nwpcoc.org Join NWPC OC for the annual Holiday Party! Meet OC Elected Women and Endorsed Candidates for the 2014 election cycle!   Cost: $20 ($30 at the door!) Includes dinner, drinks and dessert.   Enjoy Harpist, Grace Tuohey and Carolers, as well as a special guest speaker.

Dec 12 Thursday 7pm, Huntington Beach: 72 AD Democrats Annual Pot luck @ IAM Hall, 6402 Bolsa
This is a pot luck with a small donation requested $10.00 or ??? to help fund the 72nd Assembly activities for the coming year. This year we will be honored to have former Assemblyman, Current College Trustee and future State Senator Joe Solorio as one of our Guests. Rising Star Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva will be joining us this year. Also joining us and cooking some soon to be world famous Turkey will be Current College Trustee and future Supervisor Jim Moreno. We will be inviting many of our local elected Democratic leaders to join us, currently Lorraine Prinski, Jamison Powers, Sergio Contreras, Bonnie Castery, Miguel Canales, Joesph Cho, Jill hardy, Connie Boardman and several others will be joining us. We always have a good time and often eat to much as we sample each others favorite dishes, come hungry and bring a friend. Thank you, Jim Benson Co Chair Holiday Party. Please RSVP and let us know what favorite dish you are bringing.

Dec 12 Thursday 7-9pm, Laguna Beach: LBDC annual Holiday Party and Election @ Unitarian Hall, 429 Cypress Drive
Come for food, drink, music, friends. It's our treat for members and supporters.

Dec 13 Friday 10-11:30am, Orange: The Changing Health Care Landscape & the Impact on Your Homeless Clients. @ CalOptima, 505 City Parkway West, Orange 92868.
CalOptima and Commission to End Homelessness (C2eH) Present an Informational Forum for Service Providers. Learn about the expansion of Medi-Cal to non-senior adults, the new Medical Safety Net Program and enhanced behavioral health services for Medi-Cal members. For info contact Kim Nguyen at 657/235-6834 or email knguyen@caloptima.org.

Dec 13 Friday noon, Irvine: Lunch with League of Women Voters: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)- "NAFTA on steroids?" @ Marie Callender's Restaurant, 15363 Culver Dr.
Speaker: Lance Simmens, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Santa Monica College and California State Director of Citizens Trade Campaign
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a conglomerate of multi-national corporate enterprises seeking to advance their profit making goals by exerting financial and political influence in several nations. They hope to achieve their objectives with prior approval from Congress and President Obama by a strategy called "fast tracking". Also known as the Trade Promotion Authority, this process eliminates Congress' Constitutional authority to hold hearings on proposed trade policies and calls for only an up or down vote by legislators for approval. Lance Simmens spent 22 years in Washington, DC, six years on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee staff and has intimate knowledge of fast track procedures and trade policy.   The Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC) is a national coalition of environmental, labor, consumer, family farm, religious, and other civil society groups founded in 1992 to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The CTC believes that international trade and investment are a means for achieving other societal goals such as economic justice, human rights, healthy communities, and a sound environment.   This event is open to League members and the general public.

Dec 13 Friday 6:45pm, Anaheim: Program for Progressives - "The Healthcare Movie" @ UU Church in Anaheim, 511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim 92805
Dr. Bill Honigman, M.D., will lead the discussion afterwards. The film is narrated by actor Kiefer Sutherland, the grandson of Tommy Douglas, the founder of universal health care in Canada. It shows how the Canadian system was established after a lengthy struggle and how Canadians feel about their health care system. Join us for a timely and interesting program. Snacks at 6:15 and film at 7:15. (You may wish to to bring a snack to share.) Program for Progressives is sponsored by the UUCA Social Justice Committee.

Dec 13 Friday 7-9:30pm, Irvine: Peace In Motion Café Movie Night Presents: "Fierce Light" @ Center For Living Peace, 4139 Campus Dr goodhappens.org/events/peace-motion-caf-movie-night-presents-fierce-light-2013-12-13

Dec 14 Saturday 9:15am, Irvine: Join Us For The Ringing Of 26 Bells @ Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Pkwy
Please join a non-political, interfaith event 26 Bells: Orange County Remembers Newtown to solemnly remember the one-year anniversary of the Newtown tragedy, honor the victims lost and strengthen our collective resolve to stop gun violence.   We will not forget Newtown. Dr. Paul Tellström, pastor of Irvine United Congregational Church, will speak at this brief event. Other clergy of various faiths have been invited to share their remarks before the reading of the victims' names and a bell-ringing ceremony at 9:35 am, marking the time of the attack. Attendees will be invited to hang provided paper bells in honor of the victims, in a symbolic pledge to recommit to the cause.   Please forward to family, friends and colleagues.   Sponsored by OC Brady Chapter, Moms Demand Action, South Co. Citizens Against Gun Violence and Irvine United Congregational Church.

Dec 14 (2nd Saturday) 10am-noon, Irvine: OC Peace Coalition General Meeting
WHERE: The new Friends meeting house at 2091 Business Center Dr, Suite 100, Irvine 92612   Exit at MacArthur off of 405 and go towards OC Airport Turn Left at MacArthur and go to Michelson Turn Left at Michelson and go to the very next street (?) Turn Left at that next street that starts with a "D" and go to Business Center Drive Turn Right on Business Center Drive and go about 1/4 mile 2091 is on Left Hand side Go around to the back side of the building to where the handicap parking is. Suite 100 is off of the inside courtyard, in the center of the office complex.
WHO: Anyone interested in educating, organizing and changing US foreign policies promoting illegal invasions and occupations, as well as stopping the militarization of the U.S. (High School Military Recruitment, the brutal treatment of undocumented workers, and the criminalization of youth, especially those of color).   We do not support any specific party but do support anyone who is working for Peace and Justice.   Breakfast and Coffee provided!   Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! ocpeace.org

Dec 14 Saturday 10am-2pm, Laguna Beach: JOY of Giving Holiday Gift Market @ Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann's Drive
purchase unique gifts that give beyond the holidays providing support and sustenance for people in need (school shoes, uniforms and supplies for girls in Africa; a community garden in East LA; safe ride home for girls in Afghanistan; life-saving vaccines; flocks of chicks; micronutrients for children in need; hand-made, fair trade gifts from SERRV. Call (949) 494-8061 for more information.

Dec 14 Saturday 11:30am, Mission Viejo: 2013 Richard O'Neill Holiday Brunch & Membership Drive with Guest Speaker Bill Lockyer, hosted by The Canyon Democrats and The South Orange County Democratic Club. Lockyer is a former California attorney general and state treasurer. The cost is $40 per person before Dec. 8 and $45 thereafter. Reserve seat by mailing check to S.O.C.D.C., PO Box 7292, Capistrano Beach 92624 or online at http://secure.actblue.com/page/2013holidaybrunch. Phone 404/822-3240. Location: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, 26772 Avery Parkway Mission Viejo 92692.

Dec 15 Sunday 11am-1:30pm, Laguna Beach: JOY of Giving Holiday Gift Market @ Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann's Drive
- purchase unique gifts that give beyond the holidays providing support and sustenance for people in need (school shoes, uniforms and supplies for girls in Africa; a community garden in East LA; safe ride home for girls in Afghanistan; life-saving vaccines; flocks for chicks; micronutrients for children in need; hand-made, fair trade gifts from SERRV. Call (949) 494-8061 for more information.

Dec 15 Sunday 4pm, Fullerton: MoveOn council meeting @ Nelson Home
Join fellow progressives for a viewing of "Hedges in Person: The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies". Come enjoy food and a conversation on where we are going as a country. Help plan our council'ls future actions, pol.moveon.org/event/meeting/140396

Dec 15 Sunday 5-8pm, Irvine: Animal Protection and Rescue League Holiday Party @ IRWD Duck Club, 15 Riparian View. (access is off of Campus Drive)
Please join APRL for our Annual Holiday Party!   It's a potluck, so please bring a vegan dish to share. meetup.com/aprl-oc/events/125139712

Dec 16 Monday 7pm, Orange: Democratic Party of OC December meeting and holiday party @ 1916 West Chapman Ave., Suite B,

Dec 17 Tuesday 4:30pm/6pm, San Clemente: Should Nuclear Waste Be Stored At San Onofre Forever? @ San Clemente City Hall, 100 Avenida Presitio;
Press conference 4:30 Meeting starts 6pm http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001tSljqwxIiFNnPCNHgdMO_M5TR3-TE9_dK_zav7PdLxhIDrh-Z0pEO0wGLWTilNxYQzksiA9IR-sLHlrJPWCS2aPT172DpJa_XTWTAgcSeAb0x6XcEBo5EoendlITIjcSW_xp2VAlf59uL-KN3eiYB1kQ24sUCzrQLAuFv_fyoUQ-0ya_TJV5KfSq3cQKEn5B2Y46TZb14V5yXLya8R3khg==

Dec 17 Tuesday 7pm, Irvine: Ponder the Role of Meritocracy in American Society @ Panera Bread, 3988 Barranca Pkwy
Our nonfiction book for December is "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy" by Chris Hayes. The author is an editor at large of The Nation and popular host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. The book takes a fresh look at America's relationship with traditional institutions of authority. meetup.com/bookclub-794/events/146815512

Dec 17 (3rd Tuesday) 7:30pm, Irvine: Cousins Club of OC
"Does the Tail Wag the Dog?" Jeff Warner, an active member of L.A. Jews for Peace, is our speaker. He will explore whether Israel does America's bidding, as Noam Chomsky alleges, or does Israel control America's policies in the Middle East, as Walt Mearscheimer asserts? Will peace in Israel/Palestine be sacrificed for an Iran nuclear deal? Join us for an interesting discussion.
The address is 15500 Sand Canyon Ave, in the same parking lot as the Irvine Ranch Water District Offices. You would turn left when entering the parking lot off of Sand Canyon Ave. The entrance is on the far left of the parking lot and "Community Meeting Room" is on the door.
It is between the 5 freeway and the 405. Get off the 5 freeway at Sand Canyon and go south to Waterworks Drive and make a U-turn. Or exit the 405 freeway at Sand Canyon and go north to Waterworks Drive. Annual Cousin Club dues are $10. We would appreciate your support for 2013 if you have not already paid.
"The Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause or activities of organizations which use the District's facilities. The facilities are made available as a public service."

Dec 18 Wednesday 5:30pm, Capo Beach: Holiday Party for Progressives of South OC @ Agostinos in Capo Beach. Please RSVP to SCNJ66@yahoo.com

Dec 18 Wednesday 6-8pm, Santa Ana: Juvenile Justice Town Hall @ Christian Tabernacle, 309 N. Main St.
The Status of Juvenile Justice in Orange County: A Community Conversation   A recent UC Irvine School of Law report focuses attention to Orange County Probation Dept.'s practices of referring juveniles to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Learn more about the Orange County juvenile justice system, including who is admitted into detention, why they are detained, Alternatives to Detention and local referrals of children for deportation. We will engage in a conversation around how to bring awareness and develop solutions to these issues. Refreshments provided. Co-sponsored by Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities, Santa Ana Boys and Men of Color, Christian Tabernacle and the Orange County Interdenominational Alliance (OCIA).   To register, please click here: docs.google.com/forms/d/1k0lhm5loYZKM0l89m9NUjgIv-dN8DqpwzMm82w3PLJY/viewform

Dec 18 Wednesday 6:30-9pm, Costa Mesa: Banning Ranch Conservancy Board Meeting with Public Invited. Focus will be on outreach, planning for upcoming wildlife surveys on Banning Ranch, membership drive and fundraising. An update on the group's water quality plan will be presented. Visit http:banningranchconservancy.org. Location: The Methodist Church, 1701 West Baker, the southwest corner of Baker and Mesa Verde Drive.

Dec 19 Thursday 5:30-8pm, Newport Beach: Newport Beach Women's Democratic Club @ Laura Feddema's home
We will hear a interesting presentation, discuss the upcoming campaign, and welcome the holiday season together. As always, bring food and drink for 2-3 and please RSVP on this Evite so Laura can plan for us. newportbeachwomensdemocraticclub.com

Dec 19 Thursday 7pm, Long Beach: LBAPN (Long Beach Area Peace Network) Meeting @ Grace United Methodist Church, 2324 E. 3rd St. (3th and Junipero)
We will welcome any ideas you would like to share about peace and justice events in our community. Reports will be made on funds raised at our last event for the typhoon victims in the Phillippines and other upcoming events.   We will provide drinks and snacks but will gladly welcome any donations.

Dec 20 Friday 11:30am-2:30pm, Brea: Demonstration to protest Ed Royce's support of the TPP @ Ed Royce District Office - 210 W Birch Street, Suite 201
Rep. Ed Royce is promoting passage of the TPP. The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) has been nicknamed "NAFTA on steroids." It has been negotiated in secret for the last 4 years without a single member of Congress present, yet over 600 Corporate advisers have been invited to the negotiating table and asked to weigh in on the draft text. Congress has been pretty much in the dark during negotiations. http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1987/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1268389

Dec 20 Friday 6pm, Fullerton: OC Young Democrats Annual Holiday Party Purchace tickets here

Dec 21 Saturday 8pm, Anaheim: OC DREAM Team Holiday Party @ 751 N. Lemon St.
Every year OCDT has an end of the year celebration and this year is no different. We invite our community to come and celebrate another year of hard work with us and help us fundraise for the coming year. So come and support our group and our cause while having a great time.

Dec 22 Saturday 5pm: Citizens Climate Lobby Book Club will be discussing "Active Hope" with the author, Joanna Macy The first half of the call will be an interview with Joanna, and in the second half you will have the chance to ask her questions. Call in on the normal conference line, 1-866-642-1665, https://citizensclimatelobby.groupsite.com

Dec 23 Monday 6pm, Anaheim: Vigil In Support of Families Who Have Lost Children to Violence in Anaheim In response to a blog post (see article at http://www.voiceofoc.org/oc_north/anaheim/article_caf99966-66bd-11e3-ba0a-001a4bcf887a.html), this vigil is aimed at healing the community and asking for adequate representation at City Hall and a safe environment for children. Event hosted by Julio Perez. Location: Anaheim City Hall, 200 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, California 92805.

[canceled] Dec 24 (4th Tuesday) 7-9pm, Orange: NO OC Peace Coalition meeting on Xmas eve ocpeace.org

Dec 29 Sunday 3-5pm, Anaheim: Kwanzaa 2013 @ 8201 East Santa Ana Canyon Road.
Presented by OC Section of the National Council of Negro Women Partners with NAACP Of OC and Southern California Council on Black American Affairs   Open to the Public More information to follow: Food, History, Music Vendors

Dec 29 Sunday Sunday 6pm, Long Beach: Conscious Cinema proudly presents Fierce Light A film by Velcrow Zipper In these times of crisis, is change possible? Acclaimed filmmaker Velcrow Zipper sets out to discover the power that is released when spirituality and activism meet. Sparked by what Gandhi called "soul force" and Martin Luther King called "love in action," Ripper spotlights remarkable individuals who are taking action from the heart. This film is a revelation of a new global 'movement of movements' of positive, compassionate action. Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action illuminates what is possible when human beings are their absolute best...a human sunrise.   Featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, Daryl Hannah and other spiritual activists.   Running Time: 95 minutes Donation: $5.00
Hellada Gallery, 117 Linden Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 435-5232 consciouscinema.webs.com Conscious Cinema: Without Awareness, There Can Be No Peace

Dec 30 Wednesday 7pm, Irvine: PDA Greater OC Chapter @ Home of Ron Varasteh and Masha Macurda, 4022 Escudero Dr.
Please bring Pot Luck Snack Food Item   INTRODUCTIONS   NATIONAL "Change Makes Change!" EDUCATE CONG/PROG ROUNDTABLE - Ellison/Grayson WED 12/11 IOTs {EWO, HCHR, SGW, ECR, CFTE, ESJ} Working Grps {ERA, EMI}-- reports www.pdamerica.org, www.pdacommunity.org, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Reports: Stop TPP/Fast Track, HC Sec Acts, Save SNAP, RH Tax, Carbon Tax, Tim's health.   REGIONAL CDP/Prog Caucus - Issues, Candidates - Report Nov EBoard Meeting   LOCAL PDA North OC Chapter Report 2ND TUES DPOC- OC Prog Summit, Candidates, Coffee/Weekly Discussion Groups-Los Amigos, LH Progs, CHC-OC, DFA, MoveOn, OFBA, Issues Groups, Occupy, Actions, Announcements, Irvine Matters, and … WEEKLY ORANGE COUNTY PROGRESSIVE Other Announcements / Events   OPEN DISCUSSION NEXT MEETING THURS 1/30 7PM


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Jan 2 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Join the Democrats of North OC at our January 2nd 2014 meeting, the DNOC program will be forming our Committee Groups as we do our planning for the 2014 Election Campaigns. You can join the DNOC and be a part as we continue our work to turn North Orange County from red to BLUE. The DNOC meets at the: Sizzler Restaurant, 1401 North Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton; Dinner at 6, Meeting begins at 7. For more information please contact: DNOC President Pete Anderson, petedem04@gmail.com

Jan 2 Thursday 7pm, Whittier: Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition screening of "Dirty Wars" @ St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. whittierpeace.org/index.htm#MovieNight

Jan 2 Thursday 8:30pm, Lake Forest: South County OC NORML meeting @ Fuddruckers on El Toro and Raymond
The next Lake Forest meeting will be moved to Thursday, January 2nd instead of the regular first Friday meeting,   if you choose to make a purchase there please let them know you are with our group so you can help us raise money.   we will have a special guest speaker Cheri Sicard who will be talking about Corr Links a system that we can use to send emails to prisoners as well as talking about the cases of several people doing life sentences for marijuana charges. At these meetings we will also be discussing goals from last year, setting new ones as well as discussing current events.

Jan 5 (1st Sunday) 7:30am-5pm, Huntington Beach: Military Families Speak Out and Veterans For Peace will again be setting up the Arlington West Display on the sands of Huntington Beach at 6th Street.   We are still deployed and fighting in Afghanistan in America's longest war, so there will be another Arlington West in Huntington Beach. Please help if you can but if your schedule doesn't permit that please consider coming by to visit if that's possible.   While polls show public opinion turning sharply against our continued deployment in Afghanistan and America's longest ever war, and our President having committed to "ending the war", we need to maintain our efforts to keep visible the costs and to support our veterans. Our continuing efforts to remind the public of the cost of our wars and to "bring Our Troops Home" must continue. Come help or just visit.   Volunteers meet at the beach (6th st. north of the pier) at 7:30AM to help unload the trailer and setup the crosses and other material, and/or come by 5:00PM to help take it down and put it away.

Jan 5 Sunday 10am-noon, Orange: Backyard Skeptics Discussion Breakfast @ Marie Callender's, 307 E. Katella Ave. meetup.com/Backyard-Skeptics/events/152461282

Jan 6 Monday 6pm, Irvine: Worldly Women of Irvine Monthly Meeting @ The Duck Club nwpcoc.org/worldly_women_of_irvine_monthly_meeting_20140106

Jan 7 Tuesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods Village - "TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP: FAST-TRACK TO MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATOCRACY" @ Clubhouse 7
Jesse Swanhuyser will describe how 'investor protection' rules included in U.S. trade agreements fundamentally change the power dynamics between transnational corporations and the sovereign nations that are the actual parties to trade agreements. These rules increasingly challenge public interest policies around the world, preventing governments from intervening in the market place. Examples will be given in which climate and trade policy are in direct conflict.   Lance Simmens will explain how TPP encourages off-shoring further manufacturing jobs, enacts patent extensions that increase costs and delay release of generic drugs, relax financial services restrictions, food safety, and benefit further use of pesticides and genetically modified organisms.   Members free. Guests $3. For more info: Margaret, 949-768-1649 lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=5509

Jan 8 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club: Guest Speaker Henry Vandermeir Chair, Democratic Party of Orange County @ Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2
Status report on the Democratic Party of Orange County, the California Democratic Party, the California Democratic Council, and the Democratic Foundation of Orange County - 2014 goals; plus installation of your 2014 Board.   With appreciation to all those who volunteered in Club activities during 2013, the first meeting of the New Year is dedicated to you. We need ALL OF YOU to help in 2014 - an important election year!   For info, call Linda Nearing 949 460-0640

Jan 9 Thursday 5-7pm, Irvine: Strengthening Orange County's Safety Net Through Collective Impact with Speaker Shelley Hoss, President of the Orange County Community Foundation. Find out how we can improve employment and workforce training, prevent homelessness and improve access to housing, increase access to nutritious foods. Light dinner is included. Presented by The Pacifica Institute, Compassionate California and Mandala Multicultural Alliance. For more info and to RSVP, contact Sande Hart at 949/584-7841. Location: The Pacifica Institute, 18872 Bardeen Ave., Irvine 92612.

Jan 9 Thursday 6:30-8pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition General Meeting @ SEIU-USWW 1877, 1936 W. Chapman Ave

Jan 10 (2nd Friday) 6:30pm, Orange: Friday Night Film Series "Girl Rising" @ St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 S. Batavia Street,
Discussion panel following the film includes: Dr. Sonia Rodarte - Santa Ana School District Ruthi Hanchett -Global Center for Women and Justice, Vanguard University   There is no fee to participate. Join In. For more information, visit www.csjorange.org, contact (714) 633-8121 ext. 7716 or justice@csjorange.org.

Jan 10 (2nd Friday) 6:30pm, Orange: Peace In Motion Café Movie Night Presents: "Ethos" @ Center For Living Peace, 4139 Campus Dr
goodhappens.org/events/peace-motion-caf-movie-night-presents-ethos-2014-01-10

Jan 11 (2nd Saturday) 10am-noon, Irvine: OC Peace Coalition General Meeting
WHERE: The new Friends meeting house at 2091 Business Center Dr, Suite 100, Irvine 92612   Exit at MacArthur off of 405 and go towards OC Airport Turn Left at MacArthur and go to Michelson Turn Left at Michelson and go to the very next street (?) Turn Left at that next street that starts with a "D" and go to Business Center Drive Turn Right on Business Center Drive and go about 1/4 mile 2091 is on Left Hand side Go around to the back side of the building to where the handicap parking is. Suite 100 is off of the inside courtyard, in the center of the office complex.
WHO: Anyone interested in educating, organizing and changing US foreign policies promoting illegal invasions and occupations, as well as stopping the militarization of the U.S. (High School Military Recruitment, the brutal treatment of undocumented workers, and the criminalization of youth, especially those of color).   We do not support any specific party but do support anyone who is working for Peace and Justice.   Breakfast and Coffee provided!   Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! ocpeace.org

Jan 11 Saturday 10am-4:30pm, Santa Ana: New Latina/o LGBTQ policy, politics, and social change group retreat @ The Center OC, 1605 N. Spurgeon St.
Do you identify as a Latina/o & LGBTQ? Do you want to be active in your community? We invite you to be a part of developing a new space that focuses on overall Latina/o LGBTQ policy, politics, and social change. We are joining the efforts of the work done by great organizations like Orange County Dream Team (OCDT) & DeColores Queer Orange County (DCQOC) and the organizers of these years LGBTQ Immigration Forum.   Lunch and Snacks will be provided This is a free event and we welcome all! For more info or questions contact Javier (714) 209-3397 or email decoloresoc@gmail.com@

Jan 11 Saturday 1:30pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State "The Revisionaries" The School Text Book Fight in Texas @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
This documentary portrays the story of what happened when the Texas State Board of Education tried to rewrite science and history text books when a creationist was chair of the Texas School Board. He decided to replace evolution in favor of creationism, limit the teachings of Thomas Jefferson and FDR and replace hip hop with country music.   For more info: (949)733-9157 au-oc.org

Jan 11 Saturday 6:30pm, Irvine: Reclaim Democracy meeting - You need to know about the TPP @ Irvine Ranch Water District New Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
It is critical that we get as many people educated as quickly as possible about the contents of this trade package and how to block it.   Our meetings are free and open to all. Bring a tray of snacks to share if you can. We will supply hot and cold beverages. We gather at 6:00 PM, chat and munch for about ½ an hour, start the serious talk at 6:30, and finish about 9:30. It is fine if you must leave earlier.

Jan 12 Sunday 1:30pm, Irvine: Humanist Association of OC @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
Our Vice President Victor Tanious will be speaking to us.   Victor will give a presentation on "Freethinkers' and Humanists' participation in Historical Social Movements". What have Humanists done historically to make the world a better place? The discussion will highlight the contributions of Humanists in social movements.   Also, at this meeting, we will be accepting nominations and holding our HAOC Elections. Please drop your name in the hat if you are eager to see the Humanist Association play a more active and visible role in Orange County. There are six positions open: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and two Board Members. Our organization would be enriched if our Board can get help with tasks associated with membership, hospitality, newsletter, audiovisual set-up, publicity, fundraising, etc. Let's make the year 2014 a remarkable year for Humanism in Orange County!

Jan 12 Sunday 2pm, Garden Grove: LULAC Candidate Forum @ 11277 Garden Grove Blvd. Suite 101-A
With Green Party candidate for Governor Luis Rodriguez, Green Party candidate for Controller Laura Wells, And Green Party candidate for Treasurer Ellen Brown   Contact: Sandy Stiassni (714.269.7225) dadcab@sbcglobal.net

Jan 12 Sunday 2pm, Anaheim: Anaheim PD .... We Have Not Forgotten Caesar Cruz, David Raya, Bernie villegas, Justin Hertl,Joe Whitehouse, Martin Hernandez,Roscoe Cambridge,Joey Acevedo,Anthony Sanchez, Manuel Diaz, Julian Alexander, Marcel Ceja, Barry Koenisberg
join us on this day for a peaceful public awareness gathering at the Anaheim Police Department 425 S. Harbor Blvd.

Jan 12 Sunday 3-5pm, Tustin: OC Global Warming Committee Meeting @ REI, 2962 El Camino Real, We will be in the Community Meeting room of the REI store in Tustin Marketplace
meetup.com/OCGlobalWarmingCommittee/events/159965982 Agenda:3:00 to 3:20 - Business part of the meeting. Discussion on changing our group name and other items.3:20 to 4:15 Movie 4:15 - Discussion of the Movie.   Steve Wicke Chair Sierra Club Orange County Global Warming Committee

Jan 13 Monday 7-9pm, Orange: Pax Christi Meeting @ St. Joseph Center, 480 S. Batavia, in classroom 4.   Park in the southwest parking lot.
We will start with Vespers for Peace, then we will watch half of the film on Greg Boyle, SJ, G-Dog, followed by discussion.

Jan 14 Tuesday 6:30pm, Brea: PDA North OC Chapter @ Lascari's Italian Deli - Back Patio - 1060 E. Imperial Highway hq-salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1987/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?event_KEY=75497
We will be discussing the letter drop and have updates on Rep. Ed Royce. We'll have Issue Team reports and a discussion of where PDA may be headed for the future. And we'll discuss the PDA Progressive Round Table coming Wednesday.

Jan 14 Tuesday 6:30-9pm, Laguna Beach: Transition Tuesday Potluck @ Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann's Dr.
Please join Transition Laguna Beach in welcoming Councilmember Toni Iseman. Find out how we can all help move Laguna Beach forward on the path to sustainability and greater resilience. Q & A to follow.   Bring your own plate, cup, flatware, and a dish and beverage to share! Free admission; open to everyone.

Jan 15-Feb 20 Irvine: The 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium @ UC Irvine
focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of social justice, activism and equality. This year's theme, "Realities of Injustice: Where Do We Go From Here?", through the various programs and events in collaboration with campus community, brings attention to understanding the injustices happening everywhere and how to take action. ccc.uci.edu/mlk

Jan 15 Wednesday 11:30am-1pm, Tustin: Lunch With League - Dave Jones, California State Insurance Commissioner on "Implementing the Affordable Care Act & Reforming Insurance Markets in California" @ China Palace, 13444 Newport Ave.
Don't miss this event! Make your reservations early! Reservations: Brenda Davis at 714-665-9591 or redhilldavis@att.net Cost is $15 for the public, $13 for LWV members, and includes lunch!   Read the full letter here at the OC Register: http:// www.ocregister.com/letters/insurance-595915-workers-compensation.html

Jan 15 Wednesday 6-8pm, Orange: The Rainbow Group Speaker Series - GSA Network @ The Center OC, 1605 N. Spurgeon St.
The Center OC's Rainbow Group will be kicking off its Speaker Series for the new year, where we will be welcoming Ariel from GSA Network.   This is a great opportunity to receive Gay Straight Alliance resources and learn more about GSA Network.   This event is open to LGBTQ and allied youth ages 14-18! The more, the merrier, so feel free to bring your friends to this engaging event!   Food and beverages will be provided.

Jan 15 Wednesday 7:30pm, Capistrano Beach: Progressives of South Orange County will meet in the banquet room of Agostino's in Capo Beach. The speaker will be James Corbett and the topic will be Terrorism in Perspective. Social hour 5:30, meeting starts at 7 PM. RSVP to SCNJ66@yahoo.com

Jan 15 Wednesday 7pm, Santa Ana: OC Young Democrats monthly meeting and mixer @ Bistro 400, 400 W. 4th St.
This 2014, we'll be making waves for a stronger, more progressive Orange County. We are the voice of the young. We need to continue to organize, build power and fight for fairness and opportunities for our communities. With your participation, we'll be able to do this and more. http://ocyd.org

Jan 16 Thursday 2pm, Laguna Woods Village: Legalize Democracy @ Clubhouse 1 Corporate Personhood? How Did We Get Here? How Do We Solve The Problem? lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=5628

Jan 16 Thursday 6-8pm, Santa Ana: Southern California TRUST Act Regional Implementation Training @ Centro Cultural de México
This event will provide organizers, activists, grassroots groups and other stakeholders the necessary information and tools to help spread awareness about the TRUST Act. *The training will take place in English   Please RSVP to dfernandez@aclu-sc.org or at goo.gl/McqquT

Jan 16 Thursday 7pm, Anaheim: Close Guantanamo Speaking Tour @ Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim, 511 S Harbor Blvd. 92805.
Jason Leopold, an investigative reporter covering Guantanamo, counterterrorism, national security, human rights, open government and civil liberties issues. He will have just returned from GTMO on Jan 12.
Andy Worthington is a British historian, investigative journalist, and film director. He has published three books, and been published in numerous publications. In 2009 Worthington was the co-director of a documentary about the Guantanamo detainees. Worthington is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, a liberal weblog. Worthington published what has been described as the most definitive annotated list of all Guantanamo detainees. In January 2010 he published the first annotated list of Bagram detainees.
Sponsored by IUCC Advocates for Peace and Justice, Orange County Peace Coalition, Pax Christi Orange County

Jan 16-19 Thursday 7pm-Sunday 3pm, Costa Mesa: Dreamscape @ South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive
Hindsight Studio Productions, written and directed by Rickerby Hinds   "Ever have one of those dreams where nothing comes out when you try to scream?" The fatal Riverside police shooting of Tyisha Miller, which made national headlines in 1998, gets re-imagined through the powerful lens of hip-hop theatre. Using beatboxin', spoken word and dance, two actors depict the inner life and death of 19-year-old Myeisha Mills. As 12 bullets rip through her body, Myeisha shares the memories of her life - the pleasures of softball, food, movies, kissing - with humor, beauty and pitch-perfect hip-hop rhyme. scr.org

Jan 17 Friday 6pm, Irvine: Occupy OC United General Assembly @ the Gazebo behind City Hall.
Occupy Orange County United will have it's first GA in a long time THIS Friday @ 6pm in the gazebo to plan for future actions like this Saturdays march for Kelly Thomas. Everyone is invited to participate; OWS GA rules.

Jan 17 Friday 7pm, Fullerton: North County OC NORML meeting @ Giovannis Pizza 922 W. Williamson. on Euclid one street from Commonwealth
we will have a special guest speaker Cheri Sicard who will be talking about Corr Links a system that we can use to send emails to prisoners as well as talking about the cases of several people doing life sentences for marijuana charges. At these meetings we will also be discussing goals from last year, setting new ones as well as discussing current events.

Jan 18 Saturday 9am-6:30pm, Riverside: Tabla Conference @ UC Riverside, in the Highlander Union Building
Bringing together Queer & Trans* college students and allies with ties to South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and neighboring countries tablaconference.com

Jan 18 Saturday 10am, Fullerton: We Demand Justice Now For Kelly Thomas
Kellly's Corner, Commonwealth & Pomona, to Fullerton Police Department, 237 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Bring signs, flags, friends and...   Remember police violence in not an accident, none of the murders or attacks by the police are the 'exception' or a part of 'isolated incidences.' They are on the contrary the rule. The very logic on which this society is based is one of death. It is a society dedicated to the myth of equality before the law. But this fragile pane is shattered when a cop lives up to their true duty of executioner and gets away with it. And remember, this is where the media steps in to reassemble the illusion of social progress and protect the interests of the ruling class by proposing questions about how to move forward. SEE YOU IN THE STREETS! http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/01/13/41569/kelly-thomas-trial-jurors-reach-verdict-in-beating/

Jan 18 Saturday 10:30am-5pm, Long Beach: Martin Luther King Jr. Parade @ Martin Luther King Ave and 7th Street.
Join LBAPN and our allies (Military Families Speak Out and Veterans For Peace and others) as we march in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
The parade kicks off at 10:30 am at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street, but it would be best if we had a group there by 10 am--or even earlier. The celebration follows from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, located at 1950 Lemon Avenue, Long Beach, CA.
As usual, there is parking and a shuttle from the LBCC PCH campus. (But note, the shuttle is iffy. If you can walk, just come to the start of the parade at Anaheim and MLK, Jr. Ave.) Go to the sign in table and find out where we are in the march....we don't get the assignment until that morning.
This is an important event--it's a way for us to remind everyone that Dr. King took a strong stand for peace, even when it wasn't popular. It's also a way to remind everyone that the war continues and we need to bring the troops home now.

Jan 18 Saturday 11am, Huntington Beach: cross country run for a gmo free world @ Huntington Beach Pier
join us to kick off the Sitka Alaskan Wilcox family's cross country run for a gmo free world. The family will arrive at the pier at 9am for interviews, followed by a meet and greet with the us all. 11am: Brett will give a talk from the pier. Please do not miss Brett's talk,

Jan 18 Saturday noon, Newport Beach: Boycott Russo's - Puppy Mill Awareness & Outreach @ Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive
Please join advocates as we protest the sale of dogs in retail stores. Every year shelters kill over 5 million animals - many are killed for lack of homes. Many people have dogs and cats and consider them part of the family, yet the killing continues. Part of the problem is that pet stores are still in business selling dogs and cats from puppy mills. Not only are the parents condemned to a lifetime in a cage, but when someone buys a dog they take the chances of adoption from an animal in a shelter.

Jan 18 Saturday 6-8pm, Tustin: Howard Vlieger So Cal Tour Get in the know about GMOs @ Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1201 Irvine Blvd
First in Series of Get in the Know about GMOs with Howard Vlieger. Vlieger is a third generation farmer who works and teaches as an independent crop nutrition advisor, helping crop and livestock farmers all across the US. He is co-author and the primary coordinator of a first of its kind scientific study of the feeding of GMO and non-GMO grain to hogs for their lifetime. His goal is to educate people so that they know what is in their food.

Jan 19 Sunday 11am-2pm, Irvine: Women For:OC - International Sanctuary: Aiming to Put an End to Human Trafficking @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club
In 2007, two young Orange County women established International Sanctuary (iSanctuary) to advocate for and help exploited people throughout the world. Come hear about how this organization got started, how it operates and about the world-wide problem human trafficking. iSanctuary programs provide for victims of human trafficking in India and in Orange County. (Information online at: isanctuary.org)

Jan 20 Monday 10am, Santa Ana: OC Minister's Conference Annual Martin Luther King Jr Celebration @ Second Baptist Church, 4300 Westminster Ave.

Jan 20 Monday 6:30-7:45pm, Costa Mesa: Howard Vlieger So Cal Tour @ Mother's Market, 1890 Newport Blvd
Second in Series of Get in the Know about GMOs with Howard Vlieger. Vlieger is a third generation farmer who works and teaches as an independent crop nutrition advisor, helping crop and livestock farmers all across the US. He is co-author and the primary coordinator of a first of its kind scientific study of the feeding of GMO and non-GMO grain to hogs for their lifetime. His goal is to educate people so that they know what is in their food

Jan 20 Monday 6:30pm, Tustin: National Women's Political Caucus OC @ Sherri Loveland's Home (10920 Silverado Terrace in Tustin)
Join us for our first meeting of the new year to help strategize for 2014.   We'll be discussing details around our upcoming candidate trainings, brainstorming on dynamic speakers to invite to meetings and plans for our annual "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" event. The more voices (and ideas), the better!   Note: The meeting will include a potluck so please bring a dish that feeds 2-3 people. Drinks will be provided by NWPC.   RSVP: president@nwpcoc.org

Jan 21 Tuesday 7pm, Orange: Latino/a Judges' Perspective Lecture @ Chapman University School Of Law. 1 University Dr.
Judge Elizabeth Macias and Judge Nathan Scott from the the Orange County Superior Court will be speaking about their experiences as Judge and a Latina/o. This is a great opportunity to network and meet the few Latina/o Judges.   The event will provide free refreshments and snacks.   Please share with anyone interested. This event is open to the public. For more information email me at salaz128@mail.chapman.edu or call me at 619-254-1261.

Jan 21 Tuesday 7-8:30pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats @ Norman Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way
The speaker for our meeting is Henry Vandermeir, Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County. Henry was elected last year as chairman of the county party and has put forth a substantial effort to build a supporting structure of sustaining donors and hardy volunteers.

Jan 21 (3rd Tuesday) 7:30pm, Irvine: Cousins Club of OC "Nuclear Deal Plus Three Steps to Peace"
Jack Sklansky, Professor Emeritus from UC Irvine, is our speaker. The presentation will include slides and a song based on Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land." Join us for an interesting and enlightening program.
The address is 15500 Sand Canyon ave, in the same parking lot as the Irvine Ranch Water District Offices. You would turn left when entering the parking lot off of Sand Canyon Ave instead of turning right. The main entrance faces the parking lot and "Community Meeting Room" is stated on the door.   It is between the 5 freeway and the 405. Get off the 5 freeway at Sand Canyon and go south to Waterworks Drive and make a U-turn. Or exit the 405 freeway at Sand Canyon and go north to Waterworks Drive. Annual Cousin Club dues are $10. We would appreciate your support for 2014 if you have not already paid.

Jan 22 Wednesday 6-7:30pm, Orange: Roe v Wade Rally @ the Circle in Orange (118 S Glassell St.) orangecountynow@yahoo.com

Jan 22 Wednesday 7pm, Fountain Valley: Democratic Club of West OC @ Green Valley Adult Clubhouse, 17250 Los Jardines West, (off Warner between Euclid and Brookhurst Sts.)
DCWOC's monthly meeting will feature a guest speaker from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. The presentation will focus on who their clients are, how cuts to food stamp benefits have increased the need for help, and how we can get involved. Please bring monetary or canned food contributions.   Doors open at 6:30, meeting at 7:00

Jan 23 Thursday 5:30-8pm, Newport Beach: Newport Beach Women's Democratic Club @ Brenda McCroskey's Home, 17 Goleta Point Dr.
Speakers: Patty Turrell - FOUNDING MOTHERS: the Forgotten History of American Women http://newportbeachwomensdemocraticclub.com

Jan 25 Saturday 10am-noon, Orange: Council of Clubs @ DPOC Headquarters 1918 W. Chapman Ave.

Jan 25 Saturday 10:15am-noon, Dana Point: Affordable Care Act and Single Payer. How You Can Support Both @ Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Rd
The Capo Bay League of Women Voters is inviting you to a presentation by Shannon Miller Chair for Health Care for All - California, who is presenting to counties all over California. We are her 8th county and she brings information tailored to each specific county. In this time of change, this is a great opportunity to compare health care systems with straight forward information and time to ask questions.   Contact: Crisynda Buss 949 249-1345

Jan 25 Saturday 5-8:30pm, Santa Ana: Vida y Cultura Presentation of "Cultural Treasurers" @ Centro Cultural de México
Join us for the presentation of 4 short documentaries, workshops, food, music, and art!   What is a Cultural Right? These four short documentaries will be exploring this question and taking a look at what are the cultural treasurers in Santa Ana. Last year surveys were taken to ask Santa Ana residents what were their cultural treasures in Santa Ana. El Centro will present the results of these surveys with Art & Data gallery. After screening of the short documentaries, there will be a panel discussion where participants of the video will talk about how the different issues that were exposed in the video connect with each other. There will be a session of workshops for people to learn more in detail about the content of the videos.
PROGRAM
5:00-6:30 PM Food samples from various Mexican states   Music   Walking Art & Data Gallery
6:30-7:00 PM Documentary 1: Family, cultures and deportations   Documentary 2: Calle 4, Gentrification   Documentary 3: Son Jarocho   Documentary 4: Santa Ana Youth
7:00-7:30 PM Panel Discussion, Q&A
7:30-8:30 PM Workshops on film topics

Jan 26 Sunday 11am-1:30pm, Santa Ana: Annual Brunch of UNAUSA-OC @ beautiful Hacienda Restaurant, 1725 College Ave., Santa Ana 92706
Silent Auction, All You Can Eat Champagne Brunch, "Why OC should lead the way in combating climate change: Connection OC actions to UN goals." Dr. Fred Smoller, Prof. Political Science, Chapman Univ. Dr. Smoller spearheaded the effort to ring the 2013 Solar Decathilon to the OC Great Park. $35 members (including those who join now), $40 non-members, $25 students & limited income. Use PayPal button on our website & use PayPal or your credit card at www.una-oc.org or send a check today to UNA-Orange County, P.O. Box 16067, Irvine, CA 92623-6067. More info at 714-538-5689 or info@una-oc.org.

Jan 26 Sunday noon, Santa Ana: March Against GMOs @ 307 N Spurgeon St. socuteurl.com/jollysnowball

Jan 26 Sunday 2pm, Irvine: Democrats of Greater Irvine Kickoff Event with Erwin Chemerinsky @ the Duck Club
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Dean Chemerinsky is a world-renowned constitutional scholar and successful author. He was appointed in 2009 as the founding Dean of the UCI Law School, and is widely recognized as a leading voice for progressive activism, civil liberties and human rights. %nbspl Free for all paid up (2014) members of the Democrats of Greater Irvine Non-members: $20 at the door (includes reception following program) You can become a member at the door as well for only $10 more   RSVP: By January 25th to Dinah Frieden at dinahfrieden@gmail.com irvinedemocrats.org

Jan 26 Sunday 6pm, Long Beach: Conscious Cinema proudly presents The Nature of Existence A film by Roger Nygard @ Hellada Art Center, 117 Linden Ave. hellada.us
Why are we here, and what are we supposed to do about it? What started the Universe, and was it a mistake? Does God exist, and why does he seem so interested in our sex lives? This film by Roger Nygard is a humorous yet uplifting search for enlightenment, presenting some of the most challenging ideas and extraordinary people you'll see. Includes science fiction novelist Orson Scott Card, physicist Steve Biller, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Rabbi Boruch Kaplan and author Richard Dawkins.   Special Guest Speaker: We are pleased to host filmmaker Roger Nygard, who will lead Q&A and group discussion after the film.   Donation: $5.00   DVDS will be available for purchase   consciouscinema.webs.com   Conscious Cinema: Without Awareness, There Can Be No Peace

Jan 27 Monday 10am-3pm, Irvine: UCI Peace Week Kickoff @ Ring Road at UC Irvine
Peace Week at UC Irvine is an initiative to build a more compassionate community by expanding our knowledge of how peacebuilding and nonviolent practices can be used in everyday life to resolve interpersonal, intergroup, and international conflicts. peaceweek.weebly.com

Jan 27 Monday 7pm, Orange: OC Democratic Central Committee Meeting @ Carpenters' Union Hall, 1916 W. Chapman Ave.
General meeting for the Democratic Party of Orange County. All Democrats are welcome!

Jan 28 (4rd Tuesday) 5:30-7pm, Orange: Peace Vigil by MFSO and CODEPINK The Orange Circle at the intersection of Glassell St and Chapman Ave.
As many of you know, after our monthly vigil at the Traffic Circle in Orange, most of us meet for a little "down time and socialization" at Watson's Drug Store. The Orange County Peace Coalition has requested that we change our regularly held vigil, (the third Tuesday of the month), to a time when they have their regularly scheduled OCPC meetings. The idea would be to combine the two activities, (many of us go to OCPC meetings and the vigil).   This means that instead of socializing after the vigil, the OCPC meetings would be held at Watsons Drugs at 7pm. This might help us have more people at our vigil if OCPC members will just come a little earlier. We hope that you will join us at the Traffic Circle on the 4th Tuesday of this month starting at 5:30. At 7pm we are all invited to join the OCPC meeting which will be held right after the vigil at Watson's Diner- just around the corner beginning at 7pm.   hope you will join us at our monthly MFSO/ Code Pink vigil. Please encourage everyone to come; there is a lot of traffic so it's well worth the time. Come help us get the word out that we demand an end to the war in Afghanistan NOW - 2014 is a full 2 years away and we will not stand by silently.. We have signs, but please bring your own if you have one.

Jan 28 Tuesday 5:30-8pm, Irvine: Arts for Peace @ UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballrooms ABC) peaceweek.weebly.com

Jan 28 Tuesday 5:30pm, Orange: State Of The Union watch party @ Teamsters Local 952, 140 South Marks Way
Join us to watch President Obama's 2014 State Of The Union address. Our watch party will be at the Teamsters Local 952. The speech starts at 6:00pm PST, food and refreshments will be provided.

Jan 28 Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm, Costa Mesa: The Costa Mesa Democratic Club Presents Discussion of "Obamacare, The ACA" @ Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave. Costa Mesa.
with Dr. Judith Connell of Brandman University. Admission is free.

Jan 28 (4th Tuesday) 7-9pm, Orange: OC Peace Coalition general meeting ocpeace.org @ Watson Drugs and Soda Fountain, 116 E Chapman Ave (After Circle Vigil)
WHO: All interested people are invited, especially anyone who might represent one of our member organizations. We're likely to be planning for tabling, future actions, or whatever business people want to bring up (excluding any specific support of candidates or political parties). Please bring your ideas, and be ready to step up and participate.

Jan 29 Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm, Newport Beach: Roe v. Wade Anniversary Celebration @ Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 West Coast Hwy
Featuring Keynote Speaker Cecile Richards President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund celebrateroe.org

Jan 29 Wednesday 6-7:15pm, Irvine: Affordable Care Act Forum @ Irvine Civic Center
In partnership with Catholic Charities of Orange County and the Children's Health Initiative of Orange County, the City will host a free community forum: Understanding the Affordable Care Act. Individuals and families are invited to attend to learn about how to find and enroll in health insurance through the state's Covered California insurance health insurance marketplace. Covered California Certified Enrollment Counselors will be available to answer questions.

Jan 29 Wednesday 6-9pm, Irvine: OC Green Drinks @ Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails. 2607 Main St.
OC Green Drinks events are casual and agenda-free; they're just a great forum in which Orange County's growing demographic of eco-conscious professionals can have a drink, spark up a 'green' conversation and not be met with a blank look. ocgreendrinks.org

Jan 29 Wednesday 7pm, Costa Mesa: Movie Screening: "The 11th Hour" @ Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church, in the conference room, 2845 Mesa Verde Drive East
Join us for a showing of the documentary film 'The 11th hour', which explores climate change with 50 world leading scientists, thinkers, designers, historians and leaders.   We'll have a discussion after the film and refreshments will be provided.

Jan 29 Wednesday 7-9:30pm, Irvine: UCI Peace Week: James R. Doty speaks on the culture of compassion @ UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom D peaceweek.weebly.com/schedule-of-events.html

Jan 30 Thursday 12:30-6pm, Irvine: Peace in Action Summit: Day One @ UCI Student Center, Doheny Beach A&B
Learn mediation and communication skills with OC Human Relations. Take a workshop on Practicing Nonviolence. Attend panels on Challenging Violence and Learning to Forgive peaceweek.weebly.com/day-two.html

Jan 30 Thursday 3-6pm, Orange: Fast 4 Families Across America Bus Tour in support of CIR- (for Feb 25th) OC Host Planning Committee Meeting @ SEIU-USWW, 1936 West Chapman Ave.

Jan 30 Thursday 7pm, Irvine: Hussein Ibish: Evolving US Policy in a Changing Middle East @ UCI Humanities Hall 262
Join OTI at UCI for a discussion with Middle East policy analyst, Dr. Hussein Ibish.   Hussein Ibish is a Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine and a weekly columnist with the National (UAE), the Arab world's premier English-language daily newspaper, and with NOW media. He is also a frequent contributor to many major American and Arab publications and commentator on programs such as the PBS NewsHour. Dr. Ibish has published several books and studies on Arab Americans and Middle Eastern politics. He has a PhD in comparative literature from UMass, Amherst.

Jan 30 Thursday 7pm, Irvine: PDA Greater OC Chapter @ Home of Ron Varasteh and Masha Macurda, 4022 Escudero Dr.
Please bring Pot Luck Snack Food Item   INTRODUCTIONS   NATIONAL "Change Makes Change!" EDUCATE CONG/PROG ROUNDTABLE - Ellison/Grayson WED 12/11 IOTs {EWO, HCHR, SGW, ECR, CFTE, ESJ} Working Grps {ERA, EMI}-- reports www.pdamerica.org, www.pdacommunity.org, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Reports: Stop TPP/Fast Track, HC Sec Acts, Save SNAP, RH Tax, Carbon Tax, Tim's health.   REGIONAL CDP/Prog Caucus - Issues, Candidates - Report Nov EBoard Meeting   LOCAL PDA North OC Chapter Report 2ND TUES DPOC- OC Prog Summit, Candidates, Coffee/Weekly Discussion Groups-Los Amigos, LH Progs, CHC-OC, DFA, MoveOn, OFBA, Issues Groups, Occupy, Actions, Announcements, Irvine Matters, and … WEEKLY ORANGE COUNTY PROGRESSIVE Other Announcements / Events   OPEN DISCUSSION NEXT MEETING THURS 1/30 7PM

Jan 31 Friday 9am-5pm, Irvine: Peace in Action Summit: Day Two @ UCI peaceweek.weebly.com/day-one.html
9-11am: Discover the global progress of peace education (SBSG 1511)
11am-2pm: Networking with Nonprofits: Meet changemakers in our community! (UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom C)
3-5pm: Hear from leaders of local K-12 and University Peace Education Programs (UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom C)

Jan 31 Friday 5-7pm, Huntington Beach: Meet Jim Moreno, Candidate for O.C. Supervisor @ 18531 Bentley Lane evite.com/event/009F7XZZ54JRX42F2EPDQADXWTWMGM

Jan 31 Friday 6-9pm, Laguna Woods Village: Howard Vlieger So Cal Tour @ Community Center, 24351 El Toro Road, Redwood Room, First Floor
Second in Series of Get in the Know about GMOs with Howard Vlieger. Vlieger is a third generation farmer who works and teaches as an independent crop nutrition advisor, helping crop and livestock farmers all across the US. He is co-author and the primary coordinator of a first of its kind scientific study of the feeding of GMO and non-GMO grain to hogs for their lifetime. His goal is to educate people so that they know what is in their food

Jan 31 Friday 6:30pm, Santa Ana: #OpStopTPP Orange County @ Santa Ana City Hall
On January 31, we protest the TPP and raise awareness in our communities! Let's start organizing local events and coordinate our efforts to fall on the same day so that we are noticed and recognized~ invite your friends, family, and anyone who you think would be interested in making a difference!


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Feb 1 Saturday 7:30am-noon, Westminster: March with Viet Rainbow of OC in the 2014 Tet Parade @ Corner of Bolsa/Newland
VROC asks for help from its supporters. If you would like to march in the parade, please sign up by visiting vietroc.org/paradeparticipation so that we may build a participant list. The important points of our participation in this cultural parade will be further discussed once you visit the above link.   To get good parking, we advise you to arrive at 7:00 a.m. You can find parking in the nearby neighborhoods.   Marchers will meet at BOLSA and NEWLAND in Westminster no later than 7:30 a.m. Please remember to wear a white button-up shirt with black slacks, or Aó Dài of any color while marching with VROC.

Feb 1 Saturday 8am-4pm, Santa Ana: OC Progressive Summit @ Delhi Center, 505 E. Central Avenue, Santa Ana
ocprogressivesummit.org/?event=progressive-summit-2014 The OC Progressive Summit is back, and now is your chance to purchase your ticket for this great event. The admission fee includes: * entrance to the event * six different workshops, including Mapping your Organization, Beginning and Advanced Facebook, Know Your Rights and more * 10 TED talk-type mini-presentations * 40+ exhibitor booths * lunch * keynote speaker Robert Scheer, nationally syndicated journalist and co-founder of Truthdig news website
For updates about the Summit, check out our website at ocprogressivesummit.org or go to our Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/OC-Progressive-Summit/125226327492401 . For further information, feel free to contact me at felicitynf@aol.com or by phone at 949-733-0850 or cell 949-280-3165. This will be a stellar event for OC's progressive community that you won't want to miss.

Feb 1 Saturday 9am-noon, Newport Beach and Brea: Monthly Meeting of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL-OC)
@ Brea Congregational Church at 300 E. Imperial Hwy in Brea 92821, and
@ home of Mark Tabbert at 20172 Spruce Ave, Newport Beach CA 92660.
New members welcome! Part of the meeting is a one-hour international conference call featuring Jonathan Haidt, a professor in the Business and Society Program at NYU-Stern. He is a social psychologist and author of The Righteous Mind and The Happiness Hypothesis. He'll discuss how we came to be so politically polarized as a nation and what needs to happen to restore a more cooperative system of governing. Then we plan actions to move our members of Congress toward a solution to the climate crisis. Join the fun as we build political will that our politicians need to respond to. RSVPs appreciated by contacting Dennis Arp at (714) 747-0206 or arp@chapman.edu for North OC or Mark Tabbert at (949) 310-5256 for Newport Beach. Learn about CCL and register for live weekly introductory call at CitizensClimateLobby.org.

Feb 1 Saturday 9am-2pm, Anaheim: 33rd Annual Orange County Black History Parade and Cultural Fair @ Downtown Anaheim on Center Street Promenade
Celebrate African American history and culture. The Parade kicks off on Anaheim Boulevard, north of Lincoln Avenue, at 10 AM. Enjoy the Cultural Fair on Center Street Promenade featuring musical entertainment, vendor booths, the Black History Walk, health village, youth village, art exhibit (including winners of the youth art contest) and food booths.

Feb 1 Saturday 9am-2pm, Buena Park: Citizenship Fair @ UFCW 342, 8530 Stanton Ave.   +1-714-621-0919 Ext. 13 occord.org

Feb 1 Saturday 9am-4pm, Garden Grove: 2014 OCCCO Leadership Summit @ 13091 Galway St.
Please RSVP on Google doc: docs.google.com/forms/d/184nOLmGRJPZtSlKX8SczJBGXryyrggg-1QAg2A7FSxc/viewform?edit_requested=true   Join us February 1st. 2014 for our Annual Leadership Summit at St. Anselm's Episcopal Church in Garden Grove There will be a clergy panel and for facilitated discussion on the essentials of Community Organizing Workshops Include: • Building prophetic movement thru relationships: The power of 1-1' s. • Communications for Social Change • Understanding The Network: Relationship Mapping • Civic Engagement: Tools and Methods

Feb 1 Saturday 12:30pm, Santa Ana: OC Industrial Workers of the World Monthly Branch Meeting @ Black Panther Park, 4th Street & Ross, across from the Federal Building & Latino Health Access, Parking is located along 4th Street, along Birch Street, in the structure on Birch Street & 3rd Street and the Latino Health Access parking lot on 3rd & Ross Street.
Just a reminder that the OC IWW GMB February meeting will take place this Saturday, February 1st. We will meet at Black Panther Park this month @ 12:30 PM (dues @ noon).

Feb 1 Saturday 2pm, Irvine: Nation Discussion Group @ Friends meeting house. 2091 Business Center Dr, Suite 100, Irvine 92612

Feb 2 Sunday 2-3pm, Irvine: Green Party of OC General Meeting @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
This meeting: Signature gathering for Green statewide candidates   The GPOC County Council meeting will immediately follow the General Meeting. All attendees are welcome to stay and view the business aspects of running the Green Party during the County Council meeting.

Feb 2 Sunday 3:30-4:30pm, San Juan Capistrano: Howard Vlieger So Cal Tour @ Ecology Center San, 3701 Alipaz St,
Second in Series of Get in the Know about GMOs with Howard Vlieger. Vlieger is a third generation farmer who works and teaches as an independent crop nutrition advisor, helping crop and livestock farmers all across the US. He is co-author and the primary coordinator of a first of its kind scientific study of the feeding of GMO and non-GMO grain to hogs for their lifetime. His goal is to educate people so that they know what is in their food

Feb 2 Sunday 4pm, Irvine: Ready for Hillary @ IRWD Duck Club meetup.com/ready-for-Hillary-OC/events/156133012 Meet and decide how we are going to support Hillary Clinton

Feb 3 (1st Monday) 6:30-8:30pm, Tustin: National Women's Political Caucus OC @ Sherri Loveland's Home Click here to RSVP. The address and directions will be given upon RSVP.
Join us for our February meeting which will include a panel discussion with many of our locally endorsed candidates. Come hear what's going on with their campaigns and how we can help them win.   Don't forget that this is a potluck so please bring a dish that serves 2-3 others. Drinks will be provided by NWPC OC.   CONTACT Sherri Loveland president@nwpcoc.org

Feb 4 Tuesday 5:30pm, Irvine: School To Prison Pipeline Workshop by Community Rights Campaign @ UC Irvine Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. Joseph L. White Room
Join us for a discussion with Community Rights Campaign who is organizing in L.A. high schools and among bus riders to build campaigns to push back the growing police and prison state. Food provided. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yPU1A-PoFkMrWj3d5TUXTw-JPon8xaPTYvIZMVDMuq4/viewform

Feb 4 Tuesday 7pm, Laguna Woods Village: Concerned Citizens will present a lecture on "Global Whiteness and Racial Geography" @ Clubhouse 7 by Dr. Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, Assistant Professor of African-American Studies, School of Humanities at UCI.
In recent years academics studying racism have increasingly turned their critical attention to the subject of racial whiteness. The emergence of whiteness as a racial category influences the meaning of whiteness across the entire culture, including, justice, politics, literature, film, and television. Dr. Willoughby-Herard is a comparative political theorist who states, "I am concerned about the function of race and enslavement in national identities, which has important implication for theories of citizenship, democracy and justice."   Join us for a Meet and Greet with refreshments. Free to members; $3 for visitors. For further information contact Margaret Pearlman, 768-1649.

Feb 5 Wednesday, 6pm, Santa Ana: CoveredCA Community Meeting. @ The Center OC, 2605 North Spurgeon
Learn how to make informed decisions about what health insurance plan satisfies your needs and meet your budget. Visit http://www.thecenteroc.org/programs_coveredcalifornia.php.Locaton: The Center OC, 2605 North Spurgeon, Santa Ana.

Feb 5 Wednesday 7-9pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America-OC @ Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 901 South Coast Dr.
Speaker: Kwame White on the Affordable Care Act. Kwame is Adjunct Instructor - Healthcare Management & Health Information Technology Programs at Fremont College and Program Manager - Benefits at UC Irvine. His work makes him extremely knowledgeable on the ACA and its implementation in CA and nationwide.
Speaker: Abraham Medina, Keeping Our Families Together, will update us on the UCI Irvine Law School Report on Orange County's high rate of referrals of minors to federal immigration authorities (ICE). For more information http://www.voiceofoc.org/countywide/this_just_in/article_45d21d12-5dd5-11e3-ae46-001a4bcf887a.html.
Social hour starts at 6:15, meeting at 7:15. Since we meet on a protected patio, prepare for cold weather. Menu is diverse; billing is by table but it's easy.

Feb 6 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Join the Democrats of North Orange County at our February 6th 2014 meeting, our guest speaker will be Orange County NAACP President Donald Craig. Mr. Craig has been active in the local chapter of the NAACP for over 16 years. He is an advocate for disenfranchised African-American voters. His strong leadership is helping give voice to Orange County minorities, while welcoming all community members to get involved.
The DNOC meets at the: Sizzler Restaurant, 1401 North Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton; Dinner at 6, Meeting begins at 7. For more information please contact: DNOC President Pete Anderson, petedem04@gmail.com

Feb 6 Thursday 7:15-9:30, Santa Ana: common ground's "Where is the Love?" Open Mic Show @ Vaala Cultural Center, 1600 N. Broadway
This month at common ground we'd like to challenge you to think about other places where love is present, but is often overlooked, ignored, or unaccepted… we challenge you to look at the love that can be found in YOURSELF and YOUR COMMUNITY!   OPEN MIC SIGN-UPS! - Doors open at 6:30pm - Open Mic sign ups start at 6:30pm and end at 7pm. - We have limited open mic slots, so come on time for sign ups. - We DO NOT reserve spaces -- NO EXCEPTIONS! Priority will go to first timers at the mic.   The show starts at 7:30pm! $5 suggested donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. BUT, if you donate you get entered into a raffle to win some really cool giveaways!   Questions? Interested in volunteering? Contact us! Leave a message here or email us at commongroundoc@gmail.com

Feb 7 Friday 11am-noon, Irvine: War Crimes and Trials: The War on Terror @ UCI Newkirk Alumni Center Den
with Tony Smith, Associate Professor, Political Science For further information, please email humcore@uci.edu. socsci.uci.edu/node/25434

Feb 7 Friday 4pm, Orange: National experts on evolution and climate change speak (dinner after) @ Chapman Univ. 333 N Glassel, Argyros Forum, Room 202
The nation's top experts in defending science education will host an open panel discussion on evolution and climate change chapman.edu/email/weekly-events/01-16-14.html We will be going out to dinner afterward at a restaurant in downtown Orange.

Feb 7 Friday 5-7pm, Santa Ana: Candle Light Vigil for Missing women @ DMV on corner of 1st & Grand.
Candles will be provide, but feel free to bring one. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/12/11/santa-ana-police-investigating-possible-connection-in-disappearance-of-4-women/ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/women-593433-missing-vargas.html http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?id=9361651

Feb 7 (1st Friday) 6:30pm, Orange: Friday Night Film Series "The Way" @ St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 S. Batavia Street,
http://www.theway-themovie.com/   There is no fee to participate. Join In. For more information, visit www.csjorange.org, contact (714) 633-8121 ext. 7716 or justice@csjorange.org.

Feb 7 (1st & 3rd Friday) 6pm, Irvine: Occupy OC United General Assembly @ the gazebo in the park behind city hall.

Feb 7 Friday 8:30pm, Lake Forest: South County OC NORML meeting @ Fuddruckers on El Toro and Raymond
if you choose to make a purchase there please let them know you are with our group so you can help us raise money.   At this meeting we will discuss current events and plan for future activities.

Feb 8 Saturday 9am-noon, Santa Ana: Community Review of the 5 YR Strategic Plan Draft @ Laborers Union Local 652, 1532 E. Chestnut Ave

Feb 8 Saturday 10am, San Juan Capistrano: CADEM Region 18 Pre-Endorsement Conference @ San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion
Doors open: 9:30am Meeting begins: 10am Contact Phil Hanneman pghanne@pacbell.net http://cadem.org/resources?id=0552

Feb 8 (2nd Saturday) 10am-noon, Irvine: OC Peace Coalition General Meeting
WHERE: The new Friends meeting house at 2091 Business Center Dr, Suite 100, Irvine 92612   Exit at MacArthur off of 405 and go towards OC Airport Turn Left at MacArthur and go to Michelson Turn Left at Michelson and go to the very next street (?) Turn Left at that next street that starts with a "D" and go to Business Center Drive Turn Right on Business Center Drive and go about 1/4 mile 2091 is on Left Hand side Go around to the back side of the building to where the handicap parking is. Suite 100 is off of the inside courtyard, in the center of the office complex.
WHO: Anyone interested in educating, organizing and changing US foreign policies promoting illegal invasions and occupations, as well as stopping the militarization of the U.S. (High School Military Recruitment, the brutal treatment of undocumented workers, and the criminalization of youth, especially those of color).   We do not support any specific party but do support anyone who is working for Peace and Justice.   Breakfast and Coffee provided!   Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! ocpeace.org

Feb 8 Saturday noon-2pm, Garden Grove: OC NAACP General Membership Meeting @ Garden Garden Blvd, Ste A

Feb 8 Saturday 12:30pm, Orange: CADEM Region 17 Pre-Endorsement Conference @ Plumbers Hall, 8502 E Chapman Ave.
Doors open: noon Meeting begins: 12:30am Contact: Florice Hoffman hoffman@socal.rr.com http://cadem.org/resources?id=0551

Feb 8 Saturday 1:30pm, Irvine: AU-OC hosts Kate Jeffrey of Planned Parenthood State of Women: Dynamics in the Current Climate @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
Kate Jeffrey is Vice President of External Affairs at Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. In that role, she oversees marketing, public affairs, and health care reform efforts for the organization. Kate brings a wealth of experience from the political, marketing and business worlds. A former journalist and national political press secretary, Kate has also worked as a media consultant and as an executive in the financial and insurance industries. She holds a Bachelors in Journalism and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Feb 8 Saturday 6:30pm, Irvine: Reclaim Democracy meeting "11th Hour" @ Irvine Ranch Water District New Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Global Warming, or more accurately Climate Disruption, is clearly well under way. If we don't tackle this problem soon, Mother Earth may go on without the human species. In 2007 Leonardo DiCaprio produced one of the best films on this topic, "11th Hour".   Bring a healthy snack to share, we will provide hot and cold drinks. Join us for an astonishing film.   6:00 PM: Gathering, chatting and munching. 6:30 PM: Welcome and Introduction to Reclaim Democracy 7:00 PM: The 11th Hour (92 min) 8:35 PM: Discussion: How can we speed up the march toward sustainability?

Feb 9 (1st Sunday) 7:30am-5pm, Huntington Beach: Military Families Speak Out and Veterans For Peace will again be setting up the Arlington West Display on the sands of Huntington Beach at 6th Street.   We are still deployed and fighting in Afghanistan in America's longest war, so there will be another Arlington West in Huntington Beach. Please help if you can but if your schedule doesn't permit that please consider coming by to visit if that's possible.   While polls show public opinion turning sharply against our continued deployment in Afghanistan and America's longest ever war, and our President having committed to "ending the war", we need to maintain our efforts to keep visible the costs and to support our veterans. Our continuing efforts to remind the public of the cost of our wars and to "bring Our Troops Home" must continue. Come help or just visit.   Volunteers meet at the beach (6th st. north of the pier) at 7:30AM to help unload the trailer and setup the crosses and other material, and/or come by 5:00PM to help take it down and put it away.

Feb 9 Sunday 10am, Mission Viejo: Actor and Activist Mike Farrell "Human Rights as a Spiritual Practice" @ Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 23436 Madero #140
Best known for his eight years on M*A*S*H and five seasons on Providence, Mike Farrell is also a writer, director and producer. He has served on human rights and peace delegations to many countries around the world. He has served as president of Death Penalty Focus, coordinating efforts to stop executions; and received PETA's Humanitarian Award He also served in the U.S. Marines.   Two of his books, "Just Call Me Mike: A Journey To Actor and Activist", and "Of Mule and Man" a journal of his five week, 9,000 mile drive around the U.S., will be available for purchase and autographs after the service.   Mike Farrell describes faith in this way: "There are many different views of the proper way to express one's faith, and I applaud those who wrestle with the questions. I particularly appreciate the seekers. This seems to me closer to the concept of true faith than that of extremists who claim to have all the answers and, content in their settled wisdom, judge and condemn those who see things differently."   Refreshments and discussion follow the talk.

Feb 9 Sunday 11:45am-2:30pm, Mission Viejo: Free screening of "Chasing Ice" film on climate change @ Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 23436 Madero #140 Mission Viejo CA, 92691
followed by panel discussion on what you can do to change our current trajectory.   Panel includes: Mark Tabbert with Citizens Climate Lobby, Allis Druffel with Interfaith Power and Light and Glenn Pascal with Sierra Club. Questions? email tapestrysocialaction@gmail.com

Feb 9 Sunday 1:45pm, Irvine: Humanist Association of OC @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
Celebrating Darwin Day: Speaking to us will be Dr. Brian Alters of the Evolution Education Research Center at Chapman University, and President, NCSE (National Center for Science Education).   His topic will be:God and Evolution Science Education, or, Why Supreme Beings Should Not Be Included In Science Education In Our Nation's High Schools. meetup.com/OCHumanists/events/152083552

Feb 10 Monday noon-1pm, Irvine: Healthcare Reform in California: The ACA 2.0 @ UCI Cal-IT2 Auditorium
With Cindy De La Cruz, education & outreach coordinator, Physicians for a National Health Program California   contact Slink@uci.edu or 949.824.8214.

Feb 10 Monday 7-9pm, Orange: Pax Christi meeting @ St. Joseph Center, 480 S. Batavia, in classroom 4.
We will begin with Vespers for Peace and will finish watching the movie, G-Dog, which is about Father Greg Boyle and his work with gangs.   In March, April and May we will study John Dear's new book, A Nonviolent Life.   Hope you can join us for these meetings.

Feb 11 Tuesday 7pm, Brea: PDA meeting @ Lascari's Restaurant (across from the Brea Mall) 1060 E. Imperial Hwy.
6:30 PM- social 7:00PM- meeting starts   Letter drop discussion...TPP....vote for Fast Track is anticipated 2/18 - 2/22....so we need to mobilize faster and keep pushing. Letter drop at Royce's is on 2/19.
This month we are welcoming guest speakers from CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles), Katie Brazer and Diana Colin. They will speak about what we can do to move Royce toward accepting a humane immigration reform and will let us know what we can do to help raise awareness in our community!

Feb 12 Wednesday 6-8pm, San Juan Capistrano: South OC Democratic Club @ San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Delarion
Our featured speaker this month is Denise Penn the Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County and member of the Executive Committee for the California Democratic Party.   She will be speaking about the 2014 elections and the focus for Democrats.   Dinner served 6- 7pm Members $17 Dinner, Non Members $20   Buffet Dinner includes salads, entrees, side dishes, dessert and beverages tax and tip courtesy of the Catering Factory   Meeting only at 7pm Members $3, Non Members $5   RSVP'S are required for dinner OR meeting only   Reservations due by Sunday,February 9, 2014   Contact: kenton805@cox.net

Feb 12 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club: Guest Speaker Donald Craig, OC NAACP President - update and how we can help NAACP, national effort @ Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2
  For info, call Linda Nearing 949 460-0640

Feb 12 Wednesday 7pm, Santa Ana: OC Young Democrats monthly meeting and annual board elections @ Bistro 400, 400 W. 4th St.
You must be an active member between the age of 14-35 in good standing to vote. We will accept dues to vote in this election until February 7, 2013. To confirm if you are eligible, please email Gladys Park at gladysmares@gmail.com to check your membership and dues paying status. http://ocyd.org

Feb 13 Thursday 6pm Costa Mesa: Surfrider Rise Above Plastics Ban the Bag planning Meeting @ Native Foods, 2937 Bristol St.
Rise Above Plastics campaign for Ban the Bag is having a planning meeting with Surfrider Newport Beach chapter.   We will be planning our strategy and coordinating events for 2014. Please come and help us ban the bag in Newport Beach! If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to be part of our team or just stay informed on the campaign please send an email with your contact information. We look forward to making a difference with you!   Contact: Tiffany (714)351-3709/ TDekle@me.com

Feb 14 Friday noon-1pm, Irvine: V-Day UCI "Flag Your Justice" @ UCI flagpoles
We consider solidarity in ending gender-based violence to be the only effective mode of progress and we want all UCI organizations included. No one justice is more important than another, in fact, many issues surrounding gender-based violence are underrepresented microcosms for macro issues and vice-versa. Please join us Friday, February 14th at noon at the flagpoles. Each organization will be given a square of fabric to detail their unique search for justice and when all have been completed we will tie the fabrics together to show our strength in unity. When our diverse flag is completed we will march through campus and shake the very grounds that have been subject to much gender-based violence.   Contact me, Tess Andrea, if you have any questions/ want to be a part of this groovy demonstration!

Feb 14 Friday 1pm, Seal Beach: Senior Patriots for Peace showing "Gasland" @ Leisure World Clubhouse 4, 1419 Northwood Rd.

Feb 14 Friday 6:30pm, Fountain Valley: Make Love, Not War dinner party in support of GI Coffeehouse tour @ Home of Marselle and Carol Sloan 9893 Peralta River Circle
gicoffeehousetour.org contact: Pat Alviso, mfso-oc@earthlink.net, 562-833-8035

Feb 15 Saturday 6-10am, Anaheim: 2nd Annual Citywide Homeless Count sponsored by Anaheim Poverty Task Force in partnership with the Orange County Congregation Community Organization. Volunteers must attend one of the following training dates: Sat. Feb. 8 (2-3:30pm), Wed. Feb. 12 (6-7:30pm); Thu Feb. 13 (6-7:30pm).   For more information contact Jennifer at anaheimcounts@gmail.com. Visit anaheimptf.org.

Feb 16 Sunday 12:30pm, Irvine: Animal Protection & Rescue League meeting @ IRWD Duck Club meetup.com/aprl-oc/events/158216472

Feb 16 Sunday 6:30pm, Santa Ana: #OpStopTPP Orange County @ Santa Ana City Hall
we protest the TPP and raise awareness in our communities! Let's start organizing local events and coordinate our efforts to fall on the same day so that we are noticed and recognized~ invite your friends, family, and anyone who you think would be interested in making a difference!

Feb 18 Thursday 5:20pm, Irvine: Discussion on Antiblackness @ UC Irvine Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. Joseph L. White Room
Participate in a discussion about exploring the meaning of Antiblackness and how Antiblackness is manifested daily. Food provided.   RSVP ccc.uci.edu/mlk

Feb 18 Monday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats @ Norman Murray Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way
Our Speaker is Melissa Fox, Esq. Melissa is an Irvine Community Services Commission, a member of the Democratic Party of OC's Central Committee, and is a candidate for Irvine City Council.

Feb 18 (3rd Tuesday) 7:30pm, Irvine: Cousins Club of OC "Can Secretary of State John Kerry Achieve a Peace Agreement?"
The U.S. is expected to release a "framework for peace" in the near future. What are our views in regard to a viable peace agreement? What actions can we take to promote them? We will have a round table discussion. Please join us and share your ideas.
The address is 15500 Sand Canyon ave, in the same parking lot as the Irvine Ranch Water District Offices. You would turn left when entering the parking lot off of Sand Canyon Ave instead of turning right. The main entrance faces the parking lot and "Community Meeting Room" is stated on the door.   It is between the 5 freeway and the 405. Get off the 5 freeway at Sand Canyon and go south to Waterworks Drive and make a U-turn. Or exit the 405 freeway at Sand Canyon and go north to Waterworks Drive. Annual Cousin Club dues are $10. We would appreciate your support for 2014 if you have not already paid.

Feb 19 Wednesday 11:30am-1pm, Tustin: League of Women Voters of the Central OC Area Luncheon @ China Palace - 13444 Newport Ave
Guest Speaker: Dr. al Mijares, OC Superintendent of Schools "Preparing OC Future Workforce & Addressing the Achievement Gap".

Feb 19 Wednesday 11:45am-1:30pm, Irvine: Hate Crimes in OC @ Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Pkwy
The Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council luncheon meeting will center on Hate Crimes in Orange County. Jim Armendaris from OC Human Relations will talk about the types and frequency of hate crimes and hate incidents in our county and will then moderate a panel that includes Rev. Everett Bell, National Organizer for PICO National - Life lines to Healing Campaign; Kevin O'Grady The Center of O.C. and a representative of CAIR.   The meeting is open to the public and registration begins at 11:45, lunch at 12:05, and the program itself at 12:50 with adjournment by 1:30.. The meeting, including lunch, is $12 with reservation and $15 without reservation. Register and pay on line with a credit card at www.nmiinterfaith.org or email your reservation to nmiinterfaith@aol.com. For further information, contact the Council at nmiinterfaith@aol.com or by phone at (760) 641-0301.

Feb 19 Wednesday 7pm, Capo Beach: Progressives of South OC - What Scientific Research Tells Us About Media Violence: Effects on Children, Effects on Society Roger Johnson, PhD @ Banquet Room at Agostinos Ristorante Italiano
Social Hour and dinner 5:30, Meeting at 7   RSVP to SCNJ66@Yahoo.com

Feb 19 Wednesday 7pm, Irvine: Follow People Who Migrated from the Jim Crow South @ Panera Bread, 3988 Barranca Pkwy
Our nonfiction book for February is "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson. This will be a good sequel to our November topic book discussion, the American South after the Civil War. meetup.com/bookclub-794/events/156917702

Feb 20 Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm, Huntington Beach: Climate Change Rally @ Huntington Beach Pier
The Rally will start at the Huntington Beach Pier, and and will culminate with a walk across the PCH where we will meet with Congressman Dana Rohracher in his office at 101 Main Street, Suite 380. Huntington Beach, CA 92648 my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gs8hv4

Feb 20 Thursday 2pm, Laguna Woods: Concerned Citizens of LWV book review - "The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South" @ Clubhouse 1 Main Lounge
In this, his first major book, Stampp countered the arguments of some historians who characterized slavery as "an essentially benign and paternalistic institution." Instead, he asserted that African-Americans "actively resisted slavery, not just through armed uprisings but also through work slowdowns, the breaking of tools, theft from masters," etc. Kenneth Stampp has been named the "most influential historian of the 20th Century."   Reviewer, Ed Pope, member of Concerned Citizens and community activist living in Irvine, is a retired history teacher. He earned his M.A. in European History from CSU Long Beach after serving in the U.S. Seventh Army in Germany.   The book review is free and the community is invited. lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=5509

[canceled] Feb 20 Thursday 6pm, Irvine: Night of Empowerment and Reflection @ UC Irvine Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. Joseph L. White Room
Join us for a night of expression through spoken word, art, dance and other creative forms. The night will focus on empowering experiences in relationship to your social identities-- including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, citizenship status, and ability status.   RSVP to attend or sign-up to share your expressive piece at ccc.uci.edu/mlk

Feb 20 Thursday 7pm, Long Beach: LBAPN meeting @ Grace United Methodist Church.
Tentative agenda: Regular business: Chair, timekeeper, minutes, treasury report   Actions: People's State of the City: March 6--6 pm 700 Ea. 70th St. Donation Women v. Repression and Occupation: Rock, Rap, and Speakout vs. Poverty, Prison, and War: March 8--MacArthur Park Donation Women Hold Up Half the Sky train to event 2014 MLK fairgrounds recruiters   Announcements: Send calendar information to Sally Esquivel: rockergirlU2@gmail.com Coastal Commission hearing re Bluff hotel March 16-18 at Long Beach City Hall BHC: Sharon Barton and All of Us or None: A New Way of Life film festival

Feb 20 Thursday 7-9pm, Fullerton: Drug Prohibition: Pros and Cons @ California State University Fullerton, TSU Pavillion B
OC NORML will be co-sponsoring an event with CSUF Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) at the California State University Fullerton campus. This event is titled "Drug Prohibition: Pros and Cons" and will feature guest speaker Ret. Redondo Beach Police Lt. Diane Goldstein. The event is free, open to the public and runs from 7-9 PM at TSU Pavillion B. The only cost is parking which can be purchased in the structures for $8. At this event Diane Goldstein will be showing a video, talking about her experience fighting the drug war and why her opinion changed, and will be available for questions. The TSU Pavilion's are located in the University Conference Center and the easiest parking is at the State College parking structure on State College and Gymnasium Dr.

Feb 21 Friday 6pm, Fullerton: World Workshop #22: "BORN INTO HARD LABOR" + Dinner @ California State University, Fullerton, Humanities Bldg. Room 123, 800 N. State College Blvd. meetup.com/The-Left-Bank-of-Orange-County/events/164311592

Feb 21 Friday 6:30-9:30pm, Garden Grove: OC LULAC Foundation Center Open House @ 11277 Garden Grove Blvd, Suite 101-A
The Orange County LULAC Foundation, A 501-c3 non profit corporation, part of the largest and oldest Latino Civil Rights organization in the nation have the pleasure to invite you to our Annual Open House   For more information and RSVP please call Benny Diaz at 714-357-4328 or email at bennydiaz@sbcglobal.net

Feb 21 (1st & 3rd Friday) 7pm, Irvine: Occupy OC United General Assembly @ the gazebo in the park behind city hall. Everyone is invited to participate; OWS GA rules.

Feb 22 Saturday 9am-5pm, Irvine: Prisoners' Access to Justice Symposium Exploring Legal, Medical, and Educational Rights @ UCI School of Law, Room EDU 1111
Details available at law.uci.edu/events/prisoners-rights/2014 Problems or questions? Email: bweitzma@lawnet.uci.edu

Feb 22 Saturday 10am-noon, Orange: Council of Clubs @ DPOC Headquarters 1918 W. Chapman Ave.

Feb 22 Saturday 10am-2pm, Santa Ana: Restorative Justice Summit Growing Social Justice @ Cedar Evergreen Community Center, 1818 S. Evergreen St.
Contact: Madeleine Spencer 714-815-2653 (main contact)   Joseph Linnert 714-631-6974   Dr. Cristina Jose Kampfner, 675-235-8449

Feb 22 Saturday 10:30am-3pm, Dana Point: #TellGMA2LabelGMOs Rally - What Do YOU Want To Say To The GMA? @ Pacific Coast Hwy & Ritz Carlton Drive
10:30 am - 10:45 am Arrive for Rally to be held on the corner of Pacific Coast Hwy and Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point   11:00 am - 1:00 pm #TellGMA2LabelGMOs Rally - What Do YOU Want To Say To The GMA?   1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Head to the beach for bagged lunch brought from home   1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Arrive for Photo Shoot on Beach Below the Ritz Carlton   1:45 pm - Group staging for photo   2:00 PM Photo shoot of Message in Sand to the GMA - Need huge crowd   We ought to be finished by 3:00 pm   PARKING - Salt Creek Beach $1.00/hr takes dollar bills, change and debit/credit cards   JOIN THE CONTEST FOR BEST BANNER SLOGAN: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO THE GMA http://mam-lb.com/contest-what-do-you-want-to-say-to-the-gma/   ADDITIONAL ACTIONS:   TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM LIGHT BRIGADE WELCOMES GMA - Corners of PCH & Ritz Carlton Drive   WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH @ 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM - AFTER WORK RALLY - BRING SIGNS - PCH & Ritz Carlton Drive   THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH @ 11:00 am - TBA   From John Diaz, Prop 37 - Label GMOs   Will your group or organization join Operation Shopping Cart to Expose the GMA? Write GMO.Free.OC@gmail.com if you want to be a coalition partner.

Feb 22 Saturday 5-9pm, Santa Ana: Victory Party Celebrating Repeal of Costa Mesa Anti-Day Laborer Ordinance 10-354 @ Centro Cultural de México
All humans have a right to work. The City of Costa Mesa unfortunately passed a law prohibiting the solicitation of work (10-354) in Dec. of 2005. Day laborers continued to resist the ordinance by congregating at Corners of Resistance, and people from the Tonantzin Collective monitored police behavior at the corners. This policy was combined with an agreement to have immigration officers in the Costa Mesa Police Station. In Sept. of 2009, 12 day laborers were picked up by undercover Costa Mesa police disguised as employers. All 12 were arrested and booked for the "crime" of looking for work. All 12 of them were later turned over to ICE custody and deported since they were undocumented. This outrage encouraged Costa Mesa day laborers to sue the City along with the Tonantzin Collective, and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Plaintiffs were represented by attorneys from the ACLU, NDLON and MALDEF. The law was finally repealed in Oct. of 2013. Day laborers can freely look for work in Costa Mesa without police harassment! aclusocal.org/jornaleros

Feb 22 Saturday 6pm, Silverado: For Pete's Sake A Hootenanny celebration of Pete Seeger's life @ 28890 Modjeska Canyon Rd
Starts at dusk around 6PM This is a free event some limited food will be provided although we do not know how many will attend so pot luck is fine and deserts are always welcomed.   This will be in "Modjeska" Canyon at the park just past the firehouse or in community center before it weather permitting,dress warmly as temps will be cool.   If you have never been here get directions before hand as GPS does not work well in the hills and it is a rural area.   Bring your instruments / voices participation is mandatory.   Karl 714-288-2846 kgb@copper.net Not available day of event.

Feb 23 Sunday 2pm, Irvine: Democrats of Greater Irvine @ the Duck Club irvinedemocrats.org

Feb 23 Sunday 6pm, Long Beach: Conscious Cinema proudly presents Life and Times: Nelson Mandela film by Robin Benger @ Hellada Art Center, 117 Linden Ave. hellada.us
He rose from all-but-forgotten political prisoner to the pinnacle of power in his nation, and is now recognized around the world for his courage, dignity and leadership. Now see the complete story of Nelson Mandela, from his childhood to his isolated days as a political prisoner, his eventual release after 27 years, and his triumphant election in 1994 as South Africa's first post-apartheid president, in a stirring film biography. We are honored to feature this film in remembrance of his passing at age 95 on December 5th, 2013 and to observe Black History Month.   Group Discussion Follows The Movie   Special Guest Speaker: We are pleased to host filmmaker Roger Nygard, who will lead Q&A and group discussion after the film.   Donation: $5.00   DVDS will be available for purchase   consciouscinema.webs.com   Conscious Cinema: Without Awareness, There Can Be No Peace

Feb 25 Tuesday 9-10:45am, Santa Ana: Rally Against Mark Denny Appointment to Oversee Registrar of Voters @ County of Orange Hall of Administration, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
The Board of Supervisors has appointed Mark Denny (COO of OC) to oversee the Registrar of Voters. Denny was convicted of voter fraud in 1996. Gather outside the Administration Building at 9am to send a clear message to the Board of Supervisors. Bring signs say Keep OC Elections Clean, Dump Denny! etc.

Feb 25 Tuesday 10:30 am, Orange: Fast for Families Across America Bus Tour Is Coming to OC. @ Congressman Ed Royce Office, 1110 E Chapman Ave #207, Orange, CA 92866.
Join the Korean Resource Center, OCCCO, OCLF, Mi Familia Vota, OFA and SEIU USWW to welcome the bus tour at the office of Congressman Ed Royce and show support for commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship. For more info, contact Marisol Rivera (714)448-5378, Marisol.rivera@seiu-usww.org or Minerva Gomez (714)612-5028, Minerva@occcopico.org. Join us at: 10:30 am 1:00 pm 5:30 pm

Feb 25 (4rd Tuesday) 5:30-7pm, Orange: Peace Vigil by MFSO and CODEPINK The Orange Circle at the intersection of Glassell St and Chapman Ave.
As many of you know, after our monthly vigil at the Traffic Circle in Orange, most of us meet for a little "down time and socialization" at Watson's Drug Store. The Orange County Peace Coalition has requested that we change our regularly held vigil, (the third Tuesday of the month), to a time when they have their regularly scheduled OCPC meetings. The idea would be to combine the two activities, (many of us go to OCPC meetings and the vigil).   This means that instead of socializing after the vigil, the OCPC meetings would be held at Watsons Drugs at 7pm. This might help us have more people at our vigil if OCPC members will just come a little earlier. We hope that you will join us at the Traffic Circle on the 4th Tuesday of this month starting at 5:30. At 7pm we are all invited to join the OCPC meeting which will be held right after the vigil at Watson's Diner- just around the corner beginning at 7pm.   hope you will join us at our monthly MFSO/ Code Pink vigil. Please encourage everyone to come; there is a lot of traffic so it's well worth the time. Come help us get the word out that we demand an end to the war in Afghanistan NOW - 2014 is a full 2 years away and we will not stand by silently.. We have signs, but please bring your own if you have one.

Feb 25 Tuesday 6:30pm, Costa Mesa: Costa Mesa Democratic Club General Meeting Focuses on the Political Landscape 2014 including upcoming elections for Congress, State Senate and Assembly, OC Board of Supervisors, Special Districts, City Council, School Board, Controller, Board of Equalization, Charter Measure and more. What to watch for, who's running and how you can be involved. @ Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave.,

Feb 25 Tuesday 7-9pm, Dana Point: Expose the GMA Candlelight Vigil & Light Brigade Welcomes GMA @ 33333 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point - Corner of PCH and Ritz Carlton Drive
We are in the middle of a multi-day event called Operation Shopping Cart to Expose the GMA. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HOLD THE LIT SIGNS AS WELL AS VERY LARGE BANNERS. If you will be coming to the Rally AND can hold signs please RSVP JOIN. We have people coming from out of the town so we will be on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Ritz Carlton starting at 4:00 PM for those who want to come hold signs.   WE HAVE A HUGE 60 FOOT BANNER THAT WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HOLD.   Please come out and support this action whatever time you can make it starting at 4:00 PM.

Feb 25 (4th Tuesday) 7-9pm, Orange: OC Peace Coalition general meeting ocpeace.org @ Watson Drugs and Soda Fountain, 116 E Chapman Ave (After Circle Vigil)
WHO: All interested people are invited, especially anyone who might represent one of our member organizations. We're likely to be planning for tabling, future actions, or whatever business people want to bring up (excluding any specific support of candidates or political parties). Please bring your ideas, and be ready to step up and participate.

Feb 26 Wednesday 11:30am, Irvine: Women For: OC Present Fracking, Drought and Off Shore Pollution @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club, 5 Riparian View
Speakers include Jack Eidt, founder of SoCal Climate Action Coalition 350 and Alexandra Nagy, Southern CA organizer for Food & Water Watch. Program will begin at noon. Visit womenfororangecounty.org.

Feb 26 Wednesday 4-6:30pm, Dana Point: Operation Shopping Cart - Expose the GMA @ 33333 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point - Corner of PCH and Ritz Carlton Drive

Feb 26 Wednesday 6-9pm, Brea: OC Green Drinks @ Green2Go, 2435-A Imperial Hwy
OC Green Drinks events are casual and agenda-free; they're just a great forum in which Orange County's growing demographic of eco-conscious professionals can have a drink, spark up a 'green' conversation and not be met with a blank look. ocgreendrinks.org

Feb 26 Wednesday 7pm, Fountain Valley: Democratic Club of West OC @ Green Valley Adult Clubhouse, 17250 Los Jardines West, (off Warner between Euclid and Brookhurst Sts.)
DCWOC's monthly meeting will feature the founder of the national coalition Moms Across America (MAA), Zen Honeycutt.   MAA seeks to raise awareness and support moms with solutions to eat food free of genetically modified organisms (GMO), while demanding GMO labeling locally and nationally.   Zen will give an overview of what GMOs are, how labeling will make everybody safer, and how she started a national movement after California's Proposition 37 to label food failed to pass. Please join us to hear how to get involved!

Feb 26 Wednesday 7:3008:30pm, Irvine: Worker's Justice Town Hall: Students in Solidarity with AFSCME 3299 Worker @ UC Irvine, Humanities Hall 143
Our campus service workers and patient care technicians at the UCI Medical Center have authorized a 5 DAY STRIKE because after 20 months of bargaining, the UC still does not want to give our workers living wages and protect them with safe staffing!
So come out to our town hall, to be updated on how our workers are preparing for the 5 DAY STRIKE, so we may support them, or learn more about how we can support them!

Feb 27 Thursday 5:30pm, Newport Beach: Newport Beach Women's Democratic Club @ Bev White's home
We will be filled in on what it takes to run a successful campaign. And we will hear about an exciting, new potential website option. This promises to be a great meeting. As always, bring food and drink for 2-3 and please RSVP on this Evite so Bev can plan for us. newportbeachwomensdemocraticclub.com

Feb 27 Thursday 4pm Irvine, 6-9pm Costa Mesa/Laguna Woods: Inequality for All watch parties http://act.democracyforamerica.com/event/inequality_watch_party/
4pm Irvine @ 1 Civic Center Plz   Join us for a public & free viewing of Robert Reich's film, "Inequality for All", with an online appearance by Dr. Robert Reich, Professor, U. C Berkeley. Jointly sponsored by the O. C. CAL Alumni Club.
Costa Mesa @ 2442 Andover Pl
6pm Laguna Woods @ CH3 DR2, 23822 Avenida Sevilla   Secretary Reich will join us for a special conference call to help us all start to change the conversation on income inequality. You must contact Susan DEARING for gate clearance. 5:45--Doors Open 6:00--strategy Call with Robert Reich 6:30--Film lnequality for All begins

Feb 27 Thursday 6-10pm, Laguna Beach: "For The Love Of Autism" @ Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art - the humanitarian gallery, 611 South Coast Hwy
Autism as a "gift not a curse" - personal stories   Arts and Services for Disabled is holding the event designed to show that autism is a gift, not a curse. The event will feature several prominent speakers to provide personal stories and information, along with food, music and wine.   Also on hand will be a talented sculptor, Max Carraher, who will be sculpting live at the event all evening. Lewis and others have dubbed Carraher, 24, as a modern day Rodin. He will be donating 30% of any and all sales of his works Thursday to the buyer's choice of autism group or school. All participating artists will donate a percentage of their sales to help fund research for autism.   For more information about the event, call 949.424.4077 or visit http://www.christianafineart.com or http://www.lgoca.com.

Feb 27 Thursday 7pm, Irvine: Amnesty International group 178 @ Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604
At our meeting we will be writing letters for current actions and discussing further events, in particular the film festival planned for April 2014 to commemorate Genocide Prevention Month.

Feb 27 Thursday 7pm Irvine: PDA Greater OC Chapter @ Home of Ron Varasteh and Masha Macurda, NEW ADDRESS: 9 Sunset River
INTRODUCTIONS   NATIONAL "Change Makes Change!"   EDUCATE CONG/PROG ROUNDTABLE: debrief IOTs {EWO, HCHR, SGW, ECR, CFTE, ESJ} Working Grps {ERA, EMI}-- reports www.pdamerica.org, www.pdacommunity.org, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Updates: Stop TPP/Fast Track, HC Sec Acts, Save SNAP, RH Tax, Carbon Tax, Tim's health. Winslow Group 2/22-23 - report   REGIONAL   CDP/Prog Caucus - Convention 3/7-9 LA preview Issues, Candidates   LOCAL   PDA North OC Chapter Report 2ND TUES OC Prog Summit 2/1, DPOC, Candidates, Coffee/Weekly Discussion Groups-Los Amigos, LH Progs, CHC-OC, DFA, MoveOn, OFBA, Issues Groups, Occupy, Actions, Announcements, Irvine Matters, and ... WEEKLY ORANGE COUNTY PROGRESSIVE Other Announcements / Events   OPEN DISCUSSION NEXT MEETING TUES 3/25 7PM

Feb 28 Friday 6-8pm, Fullerton: World Workshop #23: "HIGHER ED IN CRISIS (2)" + Dinner @ California State University, Fullerton, Humanities Bldg. Room 123, 800 N. State College Blvd. meetup.com/The-Left-Bank-of-Orange-County/events/164317112

Feb 28 Friday 6-8pm, La Habra: La Habra Action Council (LAC): SCOMM and the TRUST Act Presentation @ La Habra Family Resource Center, 301 W. Las Lomas Drive
The La Habra Action Council (LAC) is a community group of La Habra residents that work with local agencies in the community. LAC works with the La Habra Family Resource Center to promote their services and bring positive change in the community.
For more information, please call: (714) 447-3460 dial 0

Feb 28 Friday, 6:30-9:30pm, Huntington Beach: Plastic Pollution is No Laughing Matter Comedy fundraiser for Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Joe Shaw & City Councilwoman Connie Boardman @ Don the Beachcomber, 16278 Pacific Coast Highway
Hosted by • Garry Brown • Raymond Hiemstra • Tony Soriano • Jeff Coffman * Jose Solorio   $540 "All-in" $125 Couples $75 Individual   Featuring Katsy Chappell and friends Appetizers   RSVP • 714-576-4303 jason.s.mills80@gmail.com   Donate or Pay online: https://joeshaw.nationbuilder.com/ https://connieboardman.nationbuilder.com/


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Mar 1 Saturday 5:45am-7:30pm, Wilmington: Great March for Climate Action: Opening Rally & Kick-Off wilderutopia.com/politics/great-march-for-climate-action-kick-off-in-los-angeles-march-1st
5:45 am - Native American Sunrise Ceremony / 7:00 am - Drums   8:30 am - PRESS BRIEFING   9:00 am - RALLY @ Wilmington Waterfront Park   10:00 am - March Starts*   10:40 am - Climate Action Fair (@Wilmington Athletic Complex, 1650 Figueroa Blvd., http://j.mp/MXiOOy)   10:00 am to 6pm - Great March Duration to Mercado La Paloma   6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Day One Closing Ceremony with Semillas Community School (Aztec dancers) and bands. @ Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90007

Mar 1 Saturday 8:30am-5pm, Fullerton: "Decolonizing Knowledge: Culture, Society and Institutions" @ Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union Portola Pavilion and Titan Theatre, 800 N. State College Blvd.
Cal State Fullerton's Chicano and Chicana Studies Student Alliance hosts its third annual research symposium, "Decolonizing Knowledge: Culture, Society and Institutions." The daylong program is free and open to the public. news.fullerton.edu/2014sp/Chicano-Research-Symposium.asp

Mar 1 Saturday 9am-2pm, Orange: Candidate Bootcamp @ Plumbers & Steamfitter Local 582, 1916 West Chapman Ave.
Suggested Donation: $35 for general admission, $20 for Young Democrats   Click here to purchase your ticket Lunch, snacks and refreshments provided   Consultants, Fundraisers, Elected Officials and Party leaders will be on hand to provide information and the tools it takes to run and win at the local, state and federal levels.

Mar 1 Saturday 9am-noon Brea/9:30am-noon Newport Beach: Monthly Meeting of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL-OC)
Brea 9am-noon: Brea Congregational Church at 300 E. Imperial Hwy in Brea 9282
Newport Beach 9:30am-noon: Conference room at 4570 Campus Dr. Newport Beach 92660
New members welcome! Part of the meeting is a one-hour international conference call featuring Eli Lehrer, President of R Street Institute, a free-market think tank based in Washington, D.C. Lehrer will discuss the no-nonsense view of climate change held by the insurance and re-insurance industry, which has the most to lose for getting it wrong. Then we plan actions to move our members of Congress toward a solution to the climate crisis. Join the fun as we build political will that our politicians need to respond to. RSVPs appreciated by contacting Dennis Arp at (714) 747-0206 or arp@chapman.edu for North OC or Mark Tabbert at (949) 310-5256 for Newport Beach. Learn about CCL and register for live weekly introductory call at CitizensClimateLobby.org.

Mar 1 Saturday noon, Santa Ana: OC Industrial Workers of the World GMB Meeting @ Black Panther Park (aka Sasser Park) 4th & Ross
across form the Federal Building & Latino Health Access. (we will move to the library if it's raining) Parking is located along 4th Street, along Birch Street, in the structure on Birch Street & 3rd Street and the Latino Health Access parking lot on 3rd & Ross Street.

[canceled] Mar 2 (1st Sunday) 7:30am-5pm, Huntington Beach: No Arlington West because of rain We have rescheduled for next weekend March 9

Mar 2 Sunday 2-3pm, Irvine: Green Party of OC - Donald Craig, President of the OC NAACP @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Donald Craig, President of the Orange County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will share with the us the many activities from NAACP programs & resources, community complaints and collaborations.   Mr. Craig has worked to revitalize the OC NAACP and is very active in the community, under the "Reaching Out and Giving Back" banner. He is a past member of the 100 Black Men of Orange County, current member of the Cultural Broker program for the Orange County Social Services Department, involved in the Orange County Sheriff Coalition, Hate Crime Network, Garden Grove LULAC, Orange County Interdenominational Alliance, and Orange County Human Relations Commission   The GPOC County Council meeting will immediately follow the General Meeting. All attendees are welcome to stay and view the business aspects of running the Green Party during the County Council meeting.

Mar 2 Sunday 4pm, Irvine: Ready for Hillary @ IRWD Duck Club meetup.com/ready-for-Hillary-OC/events/166845082 We have a statement of purpose ready for the group to critique, and will be moving ahead planning to spread the word about Hillary Clinton for President throughout Orange County.   Please bring a light snack to share. We will try to meet early this month, and be out to watch the Oscars.

Mar 2 Sunday 3pm, Anaheim: Reception for Al Jabbar for AUHSD Trustee @ Aleppo's Kitchen, 513 1/2 S. Brookhurst St.
Hosts: Arab American Democrats of California, CAIR PAC, Orange County Employees Association, United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 324, United Domestic Workers, Hussam Ayloush, Rashad Al-Dabbagh, Bill Dalati, Rida Hamida, Rima Nashashibi, Julio Perez, Faisal Qazi, Joseph Salas, with Special Guest Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva for a Special Reception to Support AL JABBAR Anaheim Union High School District Trustee   Please make checks payable to: Al Jabbar for AUHSD 2014 (ID# 1355846) committee address: 118 Chestnut Place Fullerton, CA 92832-2123   RSVP Rida Hamida (714) 865-0276 rida.hamida@gmail.com Carina Franck (714) 675-3653 carina@thefranckfirm.com

[canceled] Mar 3-7 Monday/Tuesday/Thursday noon Irvine, Wednesday Los Angeles: UC Service Workers Strike @ UCI Flagpoles
Because you never gave up and never stopped fighting, last night AFSCME 3299's Service Unit reached an historic tentative agreement with the University of California. Now, we must keep up the pressure to ensure our brothers and sisters in the Patient Care Unit receive the fair contract settlement they have earned and deserve. Click the link below for all the details: action.afscme.org/c/399/images/A3299.Service.Victory.pdf

Mar 3 (1st Monday) 6:30-8:30pm, Tustin: National Women's Political Caucus OC @ Sherri Loveland's Home
We'll start off socializing with a pot luck at Sherri's home in Tustin Ranch so please bring a dish that feeds 2-3 others. Drinks will be provided by NWPC.   We're excited to have as this month's speaker, financial advisor Debra Curry (Director of Yosemite Capital Management) who will discuss the importance of women and the financial world.   We'll also be updating you on the final details around the screening of the acclaimed documentary "After Tiller" (scheduled for Sunday, March 23rd in Santa Ana) as well as our upcoming candidate training (Saturday, March 15th).   Click here to RSVP. The address and directions will be given upon RSVP.
  CONTACT Sherri Loveland president@nwpcoc.org

Mar 4 Tuesday 7-9pm, Orange: Transforming the Human Spirit: Opening Ceremony @ Fish Interfaith Center, Chapman University, One University Dr.
Is it possible to transform the culture of violence into a culture of peace? UPB and SGI-Chapman are partnering to bring you the opening ceremony of a week long exhibition. To kick off the week, a panel of speakers, including a nuclear war survivor, UCI professor, and NGO director, will speak about nuclear abolition around the world. Refreshments will also be served.   UPB strives to make all events open and accessible to everyone. Please contact us at ChapmanUPB@gmail.com for accommodations and questions.

Mar 4 Tuesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Can We Wage a Just Drone War? with speaker Dr. Daniel Brunstetter @ Clubhouse 7.
at monthly meeting of Concerned Citizens of Laguna Wood Village. Dr. Brunstetter will explore the moral arguments used to defend and critique US drone strikes, examine the consequences of their use and more. He is Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science at UCI. Members free; visitors $3 donation requested. Website: www.lagunawoodsvillage.com under Clubs and Club Webpages. Gather and greet at 6:30pm.

Mar 5 Wednesday 6:15pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America-OC Meeting - Celebrating Women's History Month with Lori Vandermeir, VP Communications National Women's Political Council CA. Lori will discuss where women are in terms of pay, elected office, access to health care, educational opportunities and more. We'll also hear from women candidates about their campaigns. Social hour starts at 6:15, meeting at 7:15. Admission is free. Email dfaoc.comm@gmail.com with any questions. Join other OC progressives for an informative evening @ Karl Strauss Brewery, 901 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa (Metropointe Shopping Center).

Mar 5 Wednesday 7:30pm, Capistrano Beach: dessert & dialogue with Christian anarchist Mark Van Steenwyk, the author of The UNkingdom of God (2013) at The Manna & Mercy House (27522 via Saratoga, Capistrano Beach, CA, 92624)
Optional: bring a dessert to share. RSVP to tommyairey@hotmail.com

Mar 6 Thursday 5pm, Irvine: The Cross-Cultural Center, CANANA, and Office of Campus Organizations present... Cesar Chavez Special Screening with Director Diego Luna @ Edwards University Cinema, 4245 Campus Dr
A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.   Tickets will be available on 2/28 starting at 9am at the Top Floor of the Cross-Cultural Center. One per person.

Mar 6 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Join the Democrats of North Orange County at our March 6th 2014 meeting, our guest speaker will be Orange County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Haskins. ADA Haskins has filed to run for Orange County Superior Court Judge in the June 2014 election. He is a veteran Orange County prosecutor with over twenty years of experience. The DNOC meets at the: Sizzler Restaurant, 1401 North Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton; Dinner at 6, Meeting begins at 7. For more information please contact: DNOC President Pete Anderson, petedem04@gmail.com

Mar 7-9 Friday 10am-Sunday 1pm, Los Angeles: 2014 California Democrats State Convention @ Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St.
cademconvention.org

Mar 7 Friday 3-4pm, Anaheim: UFCW Rally for a fair contract for El Super workers @ 650 N. Euclid St.
Thousands of customers have signed petitions to support the workers.

Mar 7 Friday 4pm, Irvine: Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Francisco J. Ayala @ Bio Sci 3 Lecture Hall
Lecture: 4-5 p.m. Reception to follow: 5-6 p.m. RSVP to biosci-events@uci.edu by Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mar 7 Friday 6-8pm, Fullerton: World Workshop #24: "WHY VEGAN?" + Dinner @ California State University, Fullerton, Humanities Bldg. Room 123, 800 N. State College Blvd. meetup.com/The-Left-Bank-of-Orange-County/events/164877182

[update] Mar 7 (1st Friday) 6:30pm, Orange: Friday Night Film Series "Nourish" @ St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 S. Batavia Street,
What's the Story of Your Food? The film invites us to look beyond our plate and explore where our food comes from and how it gets to us. The purpose of this film is to open a meaningful conversation about food, health and sustainability that encourages citizen engagement.   Lara Montagne from the Grain Project will share how her organization is assisting the local community grow local food and will also share how sustainable gardens can be implemented in your community, school and home.   There is no fee to participate. Join In. For more information, visit www.csjorange.org, contact (714) 633-8121 ext. 7716 or justice@csjorange.org.

Mar 7 (1st & 3rd Friday) 7pm, Irvine: Occupy OC United General Assembly @ the gazebo in the park behind city hall. Everyone is invited to participate; OWS GA rules.

Mar 7 Friday 8:30pm, Lake Forest: South County OC NORML meeting @ Fuddruckers on El Toro and Raymond
At this meeting we will discuss current California legislation, upcoming events and chapter business. If you purchase any food or drink please let the restaurant know you are with our group so that we may be credited with your purchase.

Mar 8 Saturday 11am-1pm, Laguna Beach: International Women's Day, Inspiring Change and Empowering Women Rally at Main Beach next to peace protesters, Free parking on Park Ave and at Laguna Beach High School.
Goals are to create Greater Awareness of Women's Equality, More Women in Senior Leadership Roles, Equal Recognition of Women in the Arts, Increased Financial Independence of Women, More Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, Fairer Recognition of Women in Sport. We will celebrating being a woman and knowing we deserve equality. Bring signs, family and friends. If interested in speaking please email me at the address below. Look forward to a fun day. Contact Lynn @: wemakeithapn@yahoo.com; Bring signs supporting equality, choice, change, art, empowerment and anything to do with improving women and girl's lives. http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=223&town=Laguna+Beach%2C+CA#.UxcoPzzVhn5

Mar 8 Saturday 2pm, Los Angeles: International Women's Day: Rock, Rap & Speakout vs Poverty, Prisons & War. @ MacArthur Park, Wilshire Blvd. between Alvarado & Park View
Activities will include concert, speakout, people's art show, children's activities, food and more. All welcome. To help plan for the event or stay informed, contact 323/276-9833 or la@allwomencount.net or visit www.globalwomenstrike.net.

Mar 8 Saturday 1:30pm, Irvine: AU-OC: The Ongoing Threat of the Religious Right Presented by Eddie Tabash, AU Nat'l Legal Committee Chair @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
au-oc.org   The religious right is now more poised than ever before to abolish the separation of church and state. Equality of believers and non-believers hangs by a thread in the United States Supreme Court. Eddie Tabash, a Los Angeles area constitutional lawyer and chair of the Legal Committee of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will provide a powerful historical demonstration of how the Framers intended to create a government that is neutral in matters of religion. He will then discuss the current threats to secular government, including the latest Supreme Court cases.   Eddie Tabash is a Los Angeles area constitutional lawyer. He has filed amicus briefs arguing for the equal rights of believers and non-believers before the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court and the California Court of Appeal. His best known work is his brief before the California Supreme Court in that Court's first same sex marriage case, in which he argued that confining marriage to heterosexuals was a concept based on religious beliefs and thus unconstitutional. He also chairs the board of directors of the Center for Inquiry, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism.

Mar 8 Saturday 5:30pm, Laguna Woods: Inspiring Change: Through Women's Eyes, an International Women's Day Event. @ Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 1
The SoCal chapter of UN Women and Orange County NOW is excited to announce we will be celebrating International Women's Day by welcoming actor Debra Ehrhardt for her premiere Orange County solo performance of Jamaica, Farewell. Program will include a screening of the documentary film Look Us in the Eye: The Old Women's Project. Donation is $25 (tax deductible). For more information or to RSVP, contact CeCe Sloan. Call or text 949/683-1278 or Email cecesloa@gmail.com. Social hour with food and drinks at 5:30, program at 6:30.

Mar 8 Saturday 6:30pm, Santa Ana: In honor of Womyn's International Day & Womyn's Herstory Month, Seeds of Resistance invites you to celebrate our 3rd anniversary @ Centro Cultural de México $10 donation at the door $5 student with ID Seeds of Resistance is spiritual, autonomous, grassroots ZapARTista womyn of color collective empowering womyn of all ages through art. seedsofresistance.net

[canceled] Mar 8 (2nd Saturday) 6:30pm, Irvine: No Reclaim Democracy Meeting in March! Sorry folks, there will not be a Reclaim Democracy meeting this month (Saturday, March 8th 2014). I was not able to get a copy of the movie I wanted to show. April 12th we will have a very special meeting. I will tell you all about it soon. Linda

Mar 9 Sunday 3-5pm, Tustin: Climate Change Committee Meeting @ REI, 2962 El Camino Real, We will be in the Community Meeting room of the REI store in Tustin Marketplace meetup.com/ClimateChangeCommittee/events/165491712

[canceled] Mar 9 Sunday 7:30am-5pm, Huntington Beach: Looks like we will need to cancel Arlington West for this month. First it was rain and because of the rain the new concrete around the trailer will not be dry by Sunday. See you all April 6 at the next first Sunday of the month. Jeff

Mar 9 Sunday 5-8pm, Orange: OC Interfaith Committee to Aid Farm Workers, fundraiser for the United Farm Workers @ Plumbers and Steam Fitters Union Hall, 1916 West Chapman
Social hour and silent auction followed by dinner and speaker Fred Ross, Jr. Fred, a labor and human rights activist, was trained by his father and Cesar Chavez; he is involved in countless justice issues. You won't want to miss this opportunity. Cost: $25 prepaid reservation, $30 at the door. For reservations and more info, contact Suzanne Darweesh at sdarweesh@aol.com. Mail your checks made out to the UFW (United Farm Workers) and send to her at 2104 Hilltop Ct, Fullerton, CA 92831.

Mar 10 Monday 7-9pm, Orange: Pax Christi meeting @ St. Joseph Center, 480 S. Batavia, in classroom 4.
We will begin with Vespers for Peace   Followed by the study of John Dear's newest book, The Nonviolent Life. if you can, by Monday, read the Foreword, the Introduction, and Part One. If you don't have time to read that much than read what you can...it's a fairly easy read...

Mar 11 Tuesday 7pm, Fullerton: CSUF Student's for Sensible Drug Policy presents Drug Use Through the Ages @ TSU Titan Theater
During this event you will learn about how drug use has affected humanity from the beginning of recorded time to the present. We will examine drug use from a historical, geographic, sociological and criminal justice perspective.   Presentations by:   Dr. Jonathan Taylor, CSUF Professor of Geography and Department Graduate Advisor   Dr. Carter Rakovski, CSUF Professor of Sociology and Department Chair   Dr. Dina Perrone, CSULB Professor of Criminology   Please join us for this free special event, we will also have great snacks and drinks available.   Parking is available steps away from the CSUF TSU Titan Theater at the St. College Parking Structure on St. College between Nutwood and Placentia for $8.

Mar 11 Tuesday 7pm, Brea: PDA North OC meeting @ Lascari's Restaurant (across from the Brea Mall) 1060 E. Imperial Hwy.
6:30 PM social (chatting/food ordering) 7:00 PM We have some important letter drops to discuss at this meeting, a recap of PDA and Progressive Caucus activities from the Convention and our guest speaker from the Harvest Club. Jeff Lebow is a founder and harvester for the Harvest Club. This club is unique in that it employees volunteer pickers to harvest fruit from peoples yards that would otherwise fall to the ground and rot. All the food is donated to our local food banks for distribution to those who are food needy! This should be a wonderful chance to learn about how you can further help your community! Please come and join us for the fun and learning!

Mar 11 Tuesday 7pm, Costa Mesa: Roy Zimmerman: the Blue Dot Tour @ Orange Coast UU Church, 2845 Mesa Verde East
$18 or pay what you can   In thirteen albums over twenty years, Roy Zimmerman has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. Zimmerman's YouTube videos have amassed over seven million views. He's been profiled on NPR's "All Things Considered", and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. The world is full of funny songs, but Zimmerman's hilarious, rhyme-intensive originals are also incisive calls to action, smart, savvy and undeniable.

Mar 11 Tuesday 7pm, Laguna Beach: Transition Tuesday Potluck @ Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann's Dr.
transitionlaguna.org Welcome Sue Kempf City of Laguna Beach Task Force on: 'EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS'

Mar 12 Wednesday 8am, Costa Mesa: Fundraiser for Katrina Foley @ Crowne Plaza, 3131 Bristol Street
Join Katrina to help launch her 2014 Costa Mesa City Council campaign. Light breakfast and discussion about promoting tourism in Costa Mesa. Reception will be held in the Promenade Rooms. Minimum donation to attend of $249

Mar 12 Wednesday 5-6:30pm, Fullerton: 10th Annual St. Patrick's Day Event, Supporting Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva @ Steamers Jazz Club & Café, 138 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Program begins at 5:45pm. Individual $25; couple $40; sponsor levels at $99, $250 and $1000. Make checks payable to Sharon Quirk-Silva for Assembly 2014, ID#1353689, PO Box 4026, Fullerton CA 92832. RSVP to Jason Mills 714/576-4303 or Jason@winningstrategycampaigns.com. See volunteer opportunities at www.sharonquirksilva.com.

Mar 12 Wednesday 6-8pm, San Juan Capistrano: South OC Democratic Club @ San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Delarion
buffet dinner at 6:00 PM, business meeting at 7:00 PM.   The evening's speaker will be Lorena Martinez, the Program Director for "Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano", which is a year-round, tuition-free educational program for underserved youth attending Marco Foster Middle School in San Juan Capistrano. The goal of this program is to increase the educational opportunities for motivated low- income middle school students so that they can realize their potential to excel in high school and college.   For more details and to RSVP for the dinner/meeting, e-mail kenton805@cox.net by Sunday, March 9.

Mar 12 Wednesday 6:30pm, Huntington Beach: 72nd ADA Meeting. Guest speaker is Santa Ana City Councilman Roman Reyna. Agenda includes discussion of club goals and an update on the California Democratic Party convention. Location: IAMAW District Lodge, 5402 Bolsa Ave., Huntington Beach CA 92647. Map here: http://www.72ndada.com.

Mar 12 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club: Guest Speaker Kevin O'Grady Exec. Dir., The Center OC, on LGBT Issues @ Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2
Issues affecting seniors, same-sex marriage, immigration reform, Orange County in particular  For info, call Sue Dearing at 949 855-6965

Mar 12 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Beach: Laguna Beach Democratic Club Kicks Off 2014 Campaign Season With Speaker Congressional Candidate Dr. Suzanne Savary @ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Drive
Dr. Suzanne Savary is the Democratic candidate for the 48th U.S. Congressional District. She is president of the Newport Beach Women's Democratic Club and a community leader who champions women and the middle class. Dr. Savary is a retired USC professor and CEO of her management consulting firm. For more information go to www.DrSueSavary.com   Dr. Savary will discuss topical issues and why she is running to defeat Dana Rohrabacher. There will be a 30-minute Q&A following her presentation. lagunabeachdemocraticclub.com

Mar 12 Wednesday 7pm, Santa Ana: OC Young Democrats monthly meeting and mixer @ Bistro 400, 400 W. 4th St.
This months meeting will feature campaign internship opportunities, voter registration job opportunities, and 2014 Democratic Convention election updates.   We will have a special presentation, "OC Democrats 2014 Strategic Plan," from OC Democratic Party Executive Director, Nick Anas.   As always there will be complimentary appetizers, great conversation, and drinks with your favorite young Democrats! ocyd.org

Mar 13 Thursday 1-5pm, Orange: Free Tax Preparation for Individuals and Families with Lou Correa and John Chiang @ Horizon Cross Cultural Center, 3707 W Garden Grove Blvd

Mar 14 Friday 1pm, Seal Beach: John Goodman speaking on "The Plutocrats Are Trying to Steal Our Democracy; Here's What You Can Do To Stop Them." @ Leisure World, Clubhouse 4
Hear political activist John Goodman discuss how we can fight back against the power of corporations and the concept that corporations are people and have the right to more free speech than you because they can afford to buy it. All Leisure World residents and guests are invited to attend this presentation. For more info, call Nancy Goldstein 562/896-8604 or Mary Lawson 562/296-8521.

Mar 14 Friday 5:30pm, Santa Ana: Walk & Bike for Unity and Family Wellness @ Broadway & 4th
There will be a LHA Unity and Family Wellness Walk today at 5:30pm to express the need for healthy family-friendly businesses and address the drinking, partying, violence and lack of security in Downtown Santa Ana. For more Information, please contact Laura from the Latino Health Access Dept. of Community Engagement and Advocacy, 714-542-7992. Starts at the corner of 4th and Broadway!

Mar 14 Friday 1pm, Huntington Beach: The role of Workers World Party in LGBTQ liberation history Meeting in front of the HB Library by the park, if no rooms available there, we'll go to the stage in the park
Bob McCubbin, a member of Workers World Party since 1967 and formerly an activist with the San Francisco Gay Liberation Front (1970-1971), will facilitate a discussion focusing on the role that Workers World Party has played throughout the years in the LGBTQ movement. His comments will touch on five relevant topics (Party culture, Stonewall and the Gay Liberation Front, the revolutionary movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the labor movement, and the relevance of Marxism for LGBTQ liberation). The format of the meeting will be informal and the floor will be open for questions and discussion throughout the meeting.

Mar 14 Friday 5:30pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition General Meeting ocmdc.org @ SEIU-USWW 1836, 1936 W. Chapman Ave.

Mar 14 Friday 6pm, Fullerton: World Workshop #25: "TALK ABOUT SEX" + Dinner @ California State University, Fullerton, Humanities Bldg. Room 123, 800 N. State College Blvd. meetup.com/The-Left-Bank-of-Orange-County/events/167253922

Mar 14 Friday 7-9:30pm, Irvine: Peace in Motion Café Movie Night: Miss Representation @ Center For Living Peace, 4139 Campus Dr
goodhappens.org/events/peace-motion-caf-movie-night-presents-miss-representation-2014-03-14

Mar 15 Saturday 4am Irvine/5am Buena Park -> 1pm, Sacramento: Don't Frack California Rally, sponsored by Food and Water Watch The plan is to get as many voices as possible to Sacramento to make it loud and clear to Governor Brown and his administration that Californians want an end to fracking in our state. We'll be hearing from voices from all over the state who are witnessing fracking in their own communities and organizing against it. Our goal, is to show the overwhelming number of Californians who will take the long trek to Sacramento to make it clear that climate leaders don't frack. If you need a ride or a place to stay in Sacramento, check out our ride board at http://dontfrackcalifornia.org/rideboard/. A bus is leaving from the Irvine Transportation Center. Visit http://dontfrackcalifornia.org/.
Bus Pick Up Times & Locations:
4am Irvine Transportation Center, 15215 Barranca Parkway, act.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=111510
5am Buena Park Station, 8400 Lakeknoll Dr. act.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=111511

Mar 15 Saturday 8am-noon, Orange: National Women's Political Caucus Candidate Training @ IBEW 441, 309 N Rampart Street, Suite M
Topics will include planning & organizing your campaign, fundraising, and promoting your campaign through the use of PR and social media strategies. Trainers will include Dr. Kimberly Salter, Teray Stephens and Lori Vandermeir. We'll also have a representative from NationBuilder on hand to discuss the strategic use of a campaign website.   $40 (NWPC members) $50 (paid before event) $65 (at the door). Candidates and staff are encouraged to attend. If you are a candidate, considering running for office, or are helping a candidate this election cycle, we encourage you to attend. Click here to contact Teray Stephens to learn more about this training nwpcoc.org

Mar 15 Saturday 8:30am-noon, Fullerton: Rally at Representative Royce's Women's Conference to protest Royce's votes against raising the minimum wage, equal work for equal pay, and other efforts to support women, families and children. @ California State University Fullerton Titan Student Union. Map and Directions
Make sign (no wooden stakes) about any issues important to you. Please join the rally for one or more hours.

Mar 15 Saturday 8:45am-noon, Fullerton: Fullerton is Fracking on Acid breaucc.org/sites/default/files/Stop%20Fracking%20California%20Flier%20Final.pdf   8:45 AM If you can ride your bike or walk to the event, please to! Parking: Professional office building area at the SW Corner of Bastenchury and State College or the Summit Hill Restaurant Parking Lot right next to the oil well. Walk down the hill on Bastenchury to Rolling Hills Park. If that parking lot is full, go West on Bastenchury to the corner of Bastenchury and Brea Blvd to the Union Bank of California and Stater Brothers Shopping Center and walk back to the park.   9:00 - 10:00 Educational Event - learn about fracking and acidizing & why we are calling for a moratorium on these oil techniques until our safety can be assured. 10:00 - 12:00 Protector's March. We will be marching along Bastenchury between State College and Brea Blvd. Standing at the corner of Bastenchury and State College right next to the oil well would be a good place to position yourself if you need to rest!   We will demonstrate on Bastenchury, between State College and Brea Blvd, right next to the (6) oil wells that are being fracked. (Acidized fracking) http://media.wix.com/ugd/50dca9_84b6780e3add483f92376eab533c7528.pdf

Mar 15 Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm, Irvine: 2nd Annual Women & Girls Retreat: Making Our Voices Heard @ New Horizon Irvine, 1 Truman Street
The Islamic Center of Irvine, MPAC and New Horizon Irvine are proud to invite women and girls aged 13+ to join our 2nd Annual Women & Girls Retreat for an inspiring day of learning how to amplify and define your voice, strengthen leadership roles in mosques & the community and find peace through spirituality.   Participants will be divided into four age groups: 13 - 17 18 - 25 26 - 34 35+   Lunch will be provided Babysitting will not be available. Spaces are limited - 25 people per age group   Register at go.mpac.org/womenandgirls   For more information, contact Edina Lekovic, MPAC's Director of Policy and Programming, at 323.258.6722 or edina@mpac.org

Mar 15 Saturday 10am-2pm, Santa Ana: Santa Ana Boys and Men of Color School-To-Deportation Workshop #RESTORATIVE Justice For All @ Trinity Cristo Rey Lutheran Church, 902 S. Broadway
Join us as we develop awareness about OC's school-to-deportation pipeline here in Santa Ana. In 2012-13 SAUSD suspended over 4,470 students, consequently fueling dropouts and youth being caught in the Juvenile Justice System. Youth deserve alternatives to suspensions & second chances. #SolutionsNOTSuspensions. #RJ4ALL For more information and to RSVP, contact Rafael (714) 390-0814

Mar 15 Saturday 10am-3pm, Fullerton: International Day Against Police Brutality meet @ Kelly's corner, 120 E Santa Fe Ave march to Fullerton Police Department, 237 W Commonwealth Ave

Mar 15 Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm, Dana Point: Does the US Protect Your Food? Join the League of Women Voters in the second session of a study of the important issue of food safety and the federal regulation and financial support of agriculture. Learn what is currently done and what could be done to protect the safety of our food. The outcome of this study will enable the League to educate and advocate both locally and nationally on this issue. Topics are Technologies to Modify Food, Food Safety, Food Labeling. Reading materials on these topics are posted on ur Capistrano Bay League website: Agriculture Study Materials.

Mar 15 Saturday 10:30am/noon/1:30pm Laguna Beach: Advocates for Cost Effective Justice in OC present "It's More Expensive to do Nothing" @ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Drive
For more information on the film check out its website: its-more-expensive.com.

Mar 15 Sunday 11am-4pm, Anaheim: Really Really Free Market @ E. Avon Pl.
The Really, Really Free Market (RRFM) movement is a horizontally-organized collective of individuals who form a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy. The RRFM movement aims to counteract capitalism in a proactive way. It holds as a major goal to build a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all.

Mar 15 Saturday 11:40am, Anaheim: Join the Public Witness to End the Death Penalty at the Religious Education Congress Outside the main entrance to the Anaheim Convention Center
Pray to end state-sanctioned killing   Reflect with bishops, clergy and people of faith   Join us: Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty, California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty, Death Penalty Focus, Catholic Worker, Pax Christi, Religious Sisters of California, Catholic Archdiocese Office of LA, Office of Restorative Justice, Catholics Against the Death Penalty Los Angeles, St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care, Center for Restorative Justice Works

Mar 15 Saturday noon, Orange: Anarchist General Assembly @ Hart Park, 701 South Glassell Street

Mar 15 Saturday 3pm, Orange: Free Public Showing of the Movie Fresh - Creating a Sustainable Food System @ Orange Public Library & History Center, 407 E Chapman Ave. slowfoodoc.org/calendar.php#fresh

Mar 15 Saturday 6:15pm, Orange: GMO Free Orange County Monthly Meeting Kick-off & GMO Free Potluck https://www.facebook.com/events/229984997189303/ Please RSVP and the actual address of the residence will be sent to you the day before. PRIVATE RESIDENCE IN ORANGE, vicinity of Peter's Canyon, Jamboree and Canyon View Avenue.

Mar 16 Sunday 11am-1pm, Santa Ana: Central OC Food Swap @ The Village, 1505 E. 17th St.
Food swaps are part silent auction/part village marketplace/part fun-loving open house where your homemade creations (breads, preserves, special concoctions, canned goods, etc.) become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants.   We welcome everyone, as long as you bring something EDIBLE you made, grew, or foraged yourself. We will also consider other homemade non-comestibles (soaps, beauty products, etc) on a case-by-case basis; these need to be approved in advance of the event. Although COCFS is sponsored by Slow Food of OC, both members and non-members of Slow Food are welcome to join us.   Find more details, including tickets, at: cocfs-almostspring-2014.eventbrite.com.

Mar 16 Sunday 2-4pm, Newport Beach DrSue Campaign Kickoff @ Joan Morris' home, 15 Carmel Bay Dr
Please stop by and you will receive an update on our progress. I officially filed last Thursday and received the ENDORSEMENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY yesterday. I have a fabulous staff, but I am counting on your help so please join us for cocktails and appetizers. As always, bring food and drink for 2-3 and please RSVP on this Evite so Joan can plan for us.   Dr. Suzanne Savary, Candidate for Congress, 48th Congressional District 949 510-5446

Mar 16 Sunday 6-9pm, Santa Ana: 5th Annual San Patricios event @ Centro Cultural de México
Join us for our 5th Annual San Patricios commemorative and educational event. We will have Keltic/Irish and Indigenous/Mexican food, folk music from both cultures and a documentary about the San Patricio struggle. We will also have a kids' space with cultural coloring activities and a kids' film "The Secret of the Kells." The event is free.

Mar 17 Monday 11:30am, Irvine: Walmart: Keep Your Promise Rally @ Walmart's Region Office, 9 Executive Circle
We are calling on Walmart to follow-through on its public commitment to provide Associates with more hours and more clearly defined full-time positions. Walmart Associates want to do the best job they can. They go to work every day and are proud of the job they do. One year ago, Walmart said it would provide Associates the opportunity to work more hours and make available more full-time positions. With $17 billion in profit per year, we believe there is no viable reason why Walmart can't follow-through with its commitment and provide these much needed changes. Tell Walmart to keep its promise and give workers the hours they need to survive!

Mar 18 Tuesday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats @ Norman Murray Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way
Our meeting this month is focused upon water issues. Our speakers are Joe Shaw and Michael Kinslow.   Joe is Mayor Pro Tempore of the City of Huntington Beach. He is one of the leading environmentalist in Orange County's Democratic Party and will be speaking about water issues generally and is in a position to provide frontline information surrounding the proposed Poseidon desalination plant in Huntington Beach.   Michael is an attorney and our club's vice-president who also serves as the chairman of the Democratic Party of Orange County's Environmental Committee. Michael will be sharing an overview of the environmental issues in the recently adopted platform of the Democratic Party of California and update on the fracking demonstration taking place this weekend in Sacramento from which he will have recently returned.

Mar 18 Tuesday 7-8:30pm, Costa Mesa: Dignity for All: Homelessness in Orange County @ Fairview Community Church, 2525 Fairview Road
aclusocal.org/events/dignity-homelessness-orange-county Featuring Heather Johnson, ACLU SoCal Staff Attorney on the Dignity for All Project   In Orange County, thousands of persons experience homelessness in a given year. Many remain homeless because they cannot access affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, medical care, or benefits. Due to the lack of year-round emergency shelter, many homeless individuals are forced to live in public spaces and face criminal penalties for engaging in necessary activities - like sleeping in public - that are a direct result of their homeless status.   This event is free and open to the public. For information contact Miguel at mcruz@aclu-sc.org or call at 213-977-5255

Mar 18 (3rd Tuesday) 7:30pm, Irvine: Cousins Club of OC
David Deutsch is our speaker. He is a founding member of Jewish Voice for Peace, San Diego, and will give us his views about the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions) movement, Join us for an interesting and enlightening program.
The address is 15500 Sand Canyon ave, in the same parking lot as the Irvine Ranch Water District Offices. You would turn left when entering the parking lot off of Sand Canyon Ave instead of turning right. The main entrance faces the parking lot and "Community Meeting Room" is stated on the door.   It is between the 5 freeway and the 405. Get off the 5 freeway at Sand Canyon and go south to Waterworks Drive and make a U-turn. Or exit the 405 freeway at Sand Canyon and go north to Waterworks Drive. Annual Cousin Club dues are $10. We would appreciate your support for 2014 if you have not already paid.

Mar 19 Wednesday 7pm, Capo Beach: Progressives of South OC Meeting and Social @ Agostino's Ristorante Italiano
Social Hour at 5:30 in the banquet room, meeting at 7. Topic: Campaign Finance Reform with speaker Ann Porter. Please RSVP to: scnj66@yahoo.com

Mar 19 Wednesday 7pm, Costa Mesa: Greenpeace OC - Documentary Screening Night "The Vanishing of the Bees" @ 125 E Baker St #B115
Every THIRD Wednesday of the month, Greenpeace Orange County will be hosting a documentary night at our Costa Mesa office (125 E Baker St #B115 Costa Mesa, CA 92626) at 7PM! Bring vegetarian/vegan snacks to share with the group and any lounging items you need (i.e. pillows, blankets)   Wednesday, March 19th we will be screening "The Vanishing of the Bees". http://www.vanishingbees.com/

Mar 19 Wednesday 7pm, Casta Del Sol: Casta Del Sol Democratic Club showing "Behind the Orange Curtain" @ Garden Room
The film is about teenage drug abuse, addiction and death from prescription drug use in Orange County.   Speakers include: Della Lisi Kerr, Alcohol & Drug Education & Prevention Team Natalie M. Costa, Award Winning Documentary Producer Mark Nomandy, Special Agent from the Drug Enforcement Agency.   Please contact Norm Rosenkrantz at 949-380-0171 for information and gate access.

Mar 20 Thursday 2pm, Laguna Woods Village: Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods Village Presents "Dirty Wars" @ Clubhouse 1 Main Lounge
This film will take viewers to remote corners of the globe to see, first-hand, wars fought in their name. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at high stakes investigation, leaving us with haunting questions about freedom and democracy, war and justice. lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=5628

Mar 20 Thursday 5:30pm, Garden Grove: The Educational Impact of Immigration Policies @ Rancho Alamitos High School, 11351 Dale Street
Join RAIZ , Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles and the Gurmukh Singh family in a forum with Garden Grove Unified School District board member Bao Nguyen and Congressman Lowenthal to talk about how the immigration policies that are currently in place have affected the lives of students and their education.   Has your son or daughter been negatively impacted by a deportation in the family?   Has your son or daughter been deported?   Want to know more about the School to Deportation Pipeline?   We invite teachers, students, parents and community members to come to this historic forum that will address the educational impact of immigration policies.

Mar 21 Friday 7pm, Fullerton: North County OC NORML meeting @ Giovannis Pizza 922 W. Williamson. on Euclid one street from Commonwealth
We will be discussing current legislation, chapter business and will begin our special OC NORML Classroom presentation at the end of the meeting.   The OC NORML Classroom is a 9 part back to basic's lesson provided at the end of each North County OC NORML meeting. The March OC NORML Classroom subject will be "Criminal Procedure Basic Rights" presented by local criminal defense lawyer Daniel Cornelious. This presentation will give us a basic outline of the civil rights that protect us from government intrusion into our privacy, protect us while under arrest and during the criminal justice process.

Mar 22 Saturday 9am-3:30pm, Anaheim: Girls Teen Leadership Conference @ Loara High School, 1765 W Cerritos Ave
Join us for a full-day conference, where you'll hear from local female professionals who will discuss their career paths, lessons they wished someone would have shared with them when they were your age, and tips for planning your own unique leadership path.   Join us to start planning how YOU will become our next leader!   Email us if you're coming: VickiS@ocnow.org All participants will leave with valuable information... and a goody bag! If you are interested in helping us empower girls here in Orange County, click here to sign up as a volunteer.

Mar 22 Saturday 10am-noon, Orange: Council of Clubs @ DPOC Headquarters 1918 W. Chapman Ave.

Mar 22 Saturday 11am-2pm, Anaheim: Rally for Anaheim @ Little Peoples Park, Elm Street Trece
Show your civic pride and join us to learn more about district elections in Anaheim. We will have food, speakers, opportunities to volunteer and fun activities for the whole family.

Mar 22 Saturday noon, Santa Ana: Santa Ana Solidarity Will be having a meeting this Saturday 3-22-14 at 12:00pm in front of the old Santa Ana Courthouse 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd between Sycamore and Broadway.

Mar 22 Saturday 6-8pm, Santa Ana: Shooting Cops with your camera: A Training on Strategic Community Self-Defense and Copwatch Santa Ana Intro @ Centro Cultural de México
Interested in direct action and applying it in Santa Ana? Are you down for self-defense and self-determination? Want to help out in the checkpoints, community/school workshops, community patrols, etc...? Tired of facebook, voting, fake politicians and want to take it to the streets? Do you want to know what it's all about and how to do it?   At this meeting we'll be going over:   The history of copwatch Know Your Rights Flipping the Script on SAPD/Putting the Cops on Check Watching each others backs   Everything we do is legal and is based off our real life experiences with Santa Ana police and school police. The goal is to have organized resistance to police oppression in our community. Anyone interested in joining Copwatch Santa Ana is invited. SAPD and any agents of the state are NOT welcomed and will be exposed.

Mar 23 Sunday 1-5pm, Irvine: Women and the Courts @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
Patrick Henry Democratic Club, the National Women's Justice Coalition and the California Peace Academy will be presenting an event about the current trends in Orange County Courts where abuse victims are an extreme disadvantage.   Cindy Sheehan, Ruby Dillon, attorney Athina Powers and others will be informing the public about an alarming trend in the courts and what needs to be done to protect women and children.   Contact is Bea Foster, (949)336-8677.

Mar 23 Sunday 2pm, Irvine: Olive Tree Initiative - "Dialogue, Diversity and Democracy" @ IRWD Duck Club
The Olive Tree Initiative was formed at UC Irvine to foster discussion about the possibility of Israeli-Palestinian peace, as well as providing learning experiences in conflict resolution.

Mar 23 Sunday 3pm, Santa Ana: "After Tiller" @ Cinamatheque (305-100 E 4th st)
Join National Women's Political Caucus OC along with Planned Parenthood, OC NOW, Women For: OC, Newport Beach Women's Democratic Club and Americans United for a special screening of the documentary "After Tiller"   Price: $10 ($15 at the door)   Seating is limited. Click here to purchase your ticket.

[canceled] Mar 24-28 Monday 4am-Saturday 4am: AFSCME 3299 Strike Canceled We are happy to announce that UC Patient Care Workers have reached a tentative agreement and WILL NOT be going out on strike. That means the rallies scheduled for tomorrow are CANCELED. Thank you for your prayers and support of UC workers. afscme3299.org/bargaining/patient-care-ulp-strike-march-24-28th

Mar 24 Monday 11am-9pm, Fullerton: Honoring the Farmworkers' Struggle - Through Community Activism and Education Advocacy @ California State University Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd
Annual event honoring Cesar Chavez, with Dr. Jose Moreno at 11am, President of Los Amigos of Orange County, keynote speaker Dolores Huerta at 6pm, Co-founder of United Farmworkers and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award. Many activities are planned throughout the day: from performers and artists, to faculty and student panels sharing narratives on their work. The documentary: The Struggle in the Fields will be shown in the evening, with a preview clip of the New Cesar Chavez film, opening in theaters on Friday, March 28. Location: Day Program: 11:00am -2:00pm - Humanities Quad; Evening Program 3:00pm-9:00pm - TSU Pavilions ABC. For more information or any questions please contact the Chicana and Chicano Resource Center at 657/278-2537.

Mar 24 Monday 7pm, Orange: OC Democratic Central Committee Meeting @ Carpenters' Union Hall, 1916 W. Chapman Ave.
General meeting for the Democratic Party of Orange County. All Democrats are welcome!

Mar 25 (4rd Tuesday) 5:30-7pm, Orange: Peace Vigil by MFSO and CODEPINK The Orange Circle at the intersection of Glassell St and Chapman Ave.
As many of you know, after our monthly vigil at the Traffic Circle in Orange, most of us meet for a little "down time and socialization" at Watson's Drug Store. The Orange County Peace Coalition has requested that we change our regularly held vigil, (the third Tuesday of the month), to a time when they have their regularly scheduled OCPC meetings. The idea would be to combine the two activities, (many of us go to OCPC meetings and the vigil).   This means that instead of socializing after the vigil, the OCPC meetings would be held at Watsons Drugs at 7pm. This might help us have more people at our vigil if OCPC members will just come a little earlier. We hope that you will join us at the Traffic Circle on the 4th Tuesday of this month starting at 5:30. At 7pm we are all invited to join the OCPC meeting which will be held right after the vigil at Watson's Diner- just around the corner beginning at 7pm.   hope you will join us at our monthly MFSO/ Code Pink vigil. Please encourage everyone to come; there is a lot of traffic so it's well worth the time. Come help us get the word out that we demand an end to the war in Afghanistan NOW - 2014 is a full 2 years away and we will not stand by silently.. We have signs, but please bring your own if you have one.

Mar 25 (4th Tuesday) 6:30pm, Costa Mesa: Costa Mesa Democratic Club General Meeting @ Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave.,
the topic of the meeting will be Water and Waste, with a panel of experts. costamesademocrats.org

Mar 25 Tuesday 7pm Irvine: PDA Greater OC Chapter @ Home of Ron Varasteh and Masha Macurda, NEW ADDRESS: 9 Sunset River
Please bring Pot Luck Snack Food Item INTRODUCTIONS   NATIONAL "Change Makes Change!"   EDUCATE CONG/PROG ROUNDTABLE: debrief IOTs {EWO, HCHR, SGW, ECR, CFTE, ESJ} Working Grps {ERA, EMI}-- reports www.pdamerica.org, www.pdacommunity.org, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Updates: Stop TPP/Fast Track, HC Sec Acts, Save SNAP, RH Tax, Carbon Tax, Tim's health.   REGIONAL   CDP/Prog Caucus - Convention report Issues, Candidates   LOCAL   PDA North OC Chapter Report 2ND TUES OC Prog Summit 2/1, DPOC, Candidates, Coffee/Weekly Discussion Groups-Los Amigos, LH Progs, CHC-OC, DFA, MoveOn, OFBA, Issues Groups, Occupy, Actions, Announcements, Irvine Matters, and ... WEEKLY ORANGE COUNTY PROGRESSIVE Other Announcements / Events   OPEN DISCUSSION   NEXT MEETING TUES 4/24 7PM

Mar 25 (4th Tuesday) 7-9pm, Orange: OC Peace Coalition general meeting ocpeace.org @ Watson Drugs and Soda Fountain, 116 E Chapman Ave (After Circle Vigil)
WHO: All interested people are invited, especially anyone who might represent one of our member organizations. We're likely to be planning for tabling, future actions, or whatever business people want to bring up (excluding any specific support of candidates or political parties). Please bring your ideas, and be ready to step up and participate.

Mar 26 Wednesday 6pm, Santa Ana: Celebration of Pollination with private screening and Director Q&A of Dinsneynature's Wings of Live @ The Frida Cinema, 305-100 E. 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Join OC Food Access Coalition and Louis Schwartzberg for an evening about food, pollinators and the "love story that feeds the earth". The evening benefits The Harvest Club of Orange County, harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables to nourish our neighbors in need. For tickets and info, visit www.ocfoodaccess.org/WoL.

Mar 26 Wednesday 6-9pm, Costa Mesa: OC Green Drinks @ Avanti Cafe, 259 E. 17th St.
OC Green Drinks events are casual and agenda-free; they're just a great forum in which Orange County's growing demographic of eco-conscious professionals can have a drink, spark up a 'green' conversation and not be met with a blank look. ocgreendrinks.org

Mar 26 Wednesday 7pm, Fountain Valley: Democratic Club of West OC @ Green Valley Adult Clubhouse, 17250 Los Jardines West, (off Warner between Euclid and Brookhurst Sts.)
DCWOC's monthly meeting will feature Lori Vandermeir, California Communications Director of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Vice President of Communications for the OC Chapter of National Women's Political Caucus.   Our second speaker is Suzanne Savary, Ph.D., Democratic Candidate for the 48th Congressional District.

Mar 27 Thursday 6pm, Irvine: Women For: OC The Wall That Binds Us: Immigration in Orange County and Beyond @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club, 5 Riparian View
Filmmaker Julio Vargas will present his short documentary on the search for those who have gone missing in the no-man's-land along the Mexican-U.S. border. The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the current status of immigrants and immigration reform in the country today. womenfororangecounty.org.

Mar 27 Thursday 6-7:30pm, Orange: OC Labor Federation Delegates Meeting @ Int'l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Office, 309 N Rampart St # M,
Monthly meeting of union delegates from all union in all sectors around OC.

Mar 27 Thursday 6:30-7:30pm, Orange: Community Reading Group Discussion of T. Colin Campbell's book The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted @ Mead's Green Door Café, 640 W. Chapman Ave.
Parts I and II will be discussed on March 27; Parts III and IV will be discussed at April meeting. The group focuses on feminism, social justice, animal rights/veganism and environmentalism. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are free. More info at stacylee1970@yahoo.com or 714/595-7589.

Mar 27 Thursday 7pm, Irvine: Amnesty International group 178 @ Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604
At our meeting we will be writing letters for current actions and discussing further events, in particular the film festival planned for April 2014 to commemorate Genocide Prevention Month.

Mar 28 Friday 6pm, Fullerton: World Workshop #27: "Colonies And Empires" + Dinner @ California State University, Fullerton, Humanities Bldg. Room 123, 800 N. State College Blvd. meetup.com/The-Left-Bank-of-Orange-County/events/167257082

Mar 29 Saturday 8am-5pm, Santa Ana: Lambda Legal Training for National Parent Network
DeColores' La Familia invites you to a training provided by Marco Castro of Lambda Legal to help create a national network of parents and families of LGBTQ folk focus on the Latin@ community and families. We want to educate parents and anyone interested in how to be efficient and how to provide resources across the United States. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.   Details on location are coming shortly! The training will take place tentatively from 8am to 5pm.   Please RSVP by Thursday March 27th by emailing us at decoloresoc@gmail.com.

Mar 29 Saturday 11:30am-1:30pm, Costa Mesa: Global Day Of Action for the Forests @ South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St
Greenpeace OC will be holding a funeral procession to mourn the loss of the rainforests for cheap palm oil. Wear all BLACK, semi-formal attire to show your empathy for those who are silenced. Signs will be provided. We will be meeting at 11:30AM SHARP outside of South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA to prepare for our funeral procession. Meet OUTSIDE in front of Macy's.

Mar 29 Saturday noon-5pm, Irvine: Working The MOE: Mobilizing, Organizing, Electing DEMS Workshop @ UC Irvine, Student Center A311 C, Balboa Island A
All Democratic Activists welcome fs3.formsite.com/CADEM2011/form125/index.html?1395190231589

Mar 29 Saturday 6-9:30pm, Newport Beach: Childs-pace 35th Anniversary Celebration @ OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Avenue
Enjoy Dinner, Auctions, Music, Friends, Stories and More While We Celebrate and Support Childs-pace's Child Development Centers childs-pace.org/new-events/35thcelebration

Mar 30 Sunday 11am-4pm, Irvine: Animal Protection & Rescue League Lunch at Veggie Grill and GMO Presentation at the Duck Club @ IRWD Duck Club meetup.com/aprl-oc/events/158216612

Mar 30-31 Sunday 1pm-Sunday noon, Brea: UU Women's Day of Action on Immigration @ Congressman Ed Royce's Office, 210 W Birch Street, Suite 201
All are welcome to join us in a fast and overnight vigil for compassionate immigration reform, to especially urge Rep. Royce of its urgency and importance.   We will Stand on the Side of Love, sing, journal, write letters, read, and engage the community.   March 30 is UU International Women's Day and March 31 is Cesar Chavez Day.   Please join us for all or part of the time. RSVPs to debbiela@pacbell.net

Mar 30 Sunday 7pm, Newport Beach: St. Mark Presbyterian Church will host Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh speaking on The Importance of Palestine in Middle East Politics and the US Citizen's Role @ 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road.
He is professor at Bethlehem and Bir Zeit Universities, and author of Popular Resistance in in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment, and a leader in the Palestinian nonviolent resistance movement. Also scheduled for 12:30pm on same day at All Saints Church, Sunday, 132 N. Euclid Ave, Pasadena. Newport Beach

Mar 31 Monday 5:30pm, Santa Ana: Public Safety and Neighborhood Improvement Meeting @ Santa Ana Police Department, Community Room, 60 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana.
The topic is Restorative Community Conferencing. For more info, contact Rafael at 714/390-0814.


APRIL

Apr 1 Tuesday 5pm, Anaheim: Homeless Count Reveal @ Anaheim City Hall, 200 S Anaheim Blvd.
To share the results of our Homeless count and celebrate the collective successes of all working toward ending homelessness including faith-based organizations, the City of Anaheim, the Anaheim Police Department, non-profits, and other people of goodwill. This information is vital in our efforts to establish a year-round emergency shelter with a multi-service center in Anaheim. For more information visit anaheimptf.org

Apr 1 Tuesday 5-8pm, Aliso Viejo: April GAPM Film Series: Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future (Rwanda) @ Soka University of America, Pauling 216, 1 University Drive
April 2014 Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month   Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future -- A free six event commemorative film series featuring stories of survivors and their children   My Neighbor, My Killer (2011)   Reception: 5p-6p Program: 6p-8p   Speakers: Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli, Delly Nzella, Kristi Wilson For all event details, film trailers, list of community partners, and RSVP: livingubuntu.org/events

Apr 1 Tuesday 6pm, Irvine: Strike Town Hall @ UCI Student Center, Crescent Bay C/D
We'll be holding a final information town hall session to go over any questions over our rights and to finalize our picket lines. If you can't make this meeting, but have any questions, please feel free to contact us through irvine@uaw2865.org (See also Apr 3)

Apr 2 Wednesday 7pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America OC @ Karl Strauss Brewery, 901 South Coast Drive (Metropointe Shopping Center)
Two Important Issues   Fracking in California with Alex Nagy, Organizer at Food and Water Watch Background info at fracking   Sheriff Hutchens' Concealed Carry Weapons Policy with Charlie Blek President, Orange County Chapter Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Background info at policy   And as usual, we'll have announcements, news and intelligent conversation!   Social hour starts at 6:15, meeting at 7:15.   Admission is free. We meet on the patio but it's protected by awnings now and it's warm and cozy. Enjoy an appetizer or full meal, progressive friends and ideas. Find new ways to get involved in Orange County's progressive community and organizations.   Because we are hoping to reduce paper waste by including all announcements in the agenda packet, please submit announcements in writing to dfaoc.com@gmail.com by noon on Monday. If you have questions, please send them to dfaoc.com@gmail.com.

Apr 2 Wednesday 7-9pm, Irvine: April GAPM Film Series: Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future (Armenian) @ Concordia University Irvine, CU Center, 1530 Concordia West
April 2014 Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month   Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future -- A free six event commemorative film series featuring stories of survivors and their children   The Armenian Genocide - PBS (2006)   Program: 7p-9p   Speakers: Levon Marashlian   Camp Darfur, a mobile 6-refugee tent exhibit featuring info on genocides commemorated in April will be on campus all day, as well as booths featuring our community partners.   For all event details, film trailers, list of community partners, and RSVP: livingubuntu.org/events

Apr 3 Thursday 4am-4am, Irvine: UAW 2865 On Strike @ UC Irvine
Teaching assistants, readers, and tutors here at UC Irvine will be going on an all-day strike on Thursday, April 3rd, joined by all UC campuses across the state, to challenge a number of unfair labor practices committed by UC management during the course of its negotiations with our union.   Please follow this page and our blog, irvineuaw.wordpress.com, for more information on our picket lines and how to get involved.   Picket lines will be going all day, with a convergence at noon at the flagpoles.   We'll be holding a final information town hall session on Tuesday

new Apr 3 Thursday 4:30-6pm, Irvine: A Conversation with filmmaker Alex Rivera - About borders, technology, and immigration activism @ UCI Humanities Gateway Room 1030
Join us for a conversation with filmmaker and immigrant rights activist Alex Rivera. Alex Rivera is a digital media artist and filmmaker who has spent the past fifteen years using a variety of forms to explore issues of labor, migration and cross-border communities. His feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science-fiction filmset in Tijuana, Mexico, picked up two awards at Sundance 2008, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. More recently, Rivera has teamed up with singers like Aloe Blacc and the LA-based group La Santa Cecilia to produce music videos to raise awareness about immigration issues. Rivera will present some of his work and reflect on his role as an artist in this political moment. *Snacks will be provided*

Apr 3 Thursday 5:30-9pm, Anaheim: OC Labor Federation 14th Annual Solidarity Awards Dinner @ Anaheim Convention Center Ballrooms A & B, 800 W Katella Ave.
The Orange County Labor Federation cordially invites you to attend our annual Solidarity Awards Dinner.   AWARDEES:   CÉSAR CHÁVEZ LEADERSHIP AWARD Armando Esparza Southern California District Council of Laborers   ORGANIZING UNION AWARD UNITE HERE Local 11   DELEGATE OF THE YEAR Gilbert Castillo Teamsters Local 396   PHILLIP BURTON AWARD Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva   LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Mike Garcia SEIU United Service Workers West   Anaheim Convention Center, Ballrooms A & B Cocktails -5:30 PM >> Dinner - 7 PM   Purchase your tickets today! For sponsorship rates visit: http://bit.ly/KotVOK You can also call (714) 385-1534 or email Joline@oclabor.org to RSVP. Download an electronic invite: http://bit.ly/1gBORwj OCLF is a 501 (c) (5) non-prot organization. Tax ID #95-0614067. ONLY for Union Political Action checks: FPPC #1229755.

Apr 3 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Join the Democrats of North Orange County at our April meeting; we have invited the candidates for the office of California State Controller. Candidate Betty Yee has confirmed. She is currently serving on the State Board of Equalization. Candidate John Perez, Speaker of the Assembly, will be represented by Dante Atkins, his Campaign Manager. Following their presentations there will be time for questions. The DNOC meets at the: Sizzler Restaurant, 1401 North Harbor Blvd., Fullerton; Dinner and Socializing at 6, Meeting begins at 7. For more information contact: DNOC President Pete Anderson, petedem04@gmail.com

Apr 3 Thursday 6:30-0pm, Huntington Beach: April GAPM Film Series: Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future (Cambodia) @ Golden West College, Student Center, 15744 Goldenwest St.
Community booths in the Student Center starting at 5:30pm Enemies of the People (2009)   For all event details, film trailers, list of community partners, and RSVP: livingubuntu.org/events

Apr 3 Thursday 7-9:30pm, Whittier: Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition screening of "The Healthcare Movie" @ St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave.
Free screening of "THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE" With special guest Dr. Bill Honigman, whittierpeace.org/index.htm#MovieNight

Apr 4 Friday 9am-9pm, Westminster: OC #WaveofAction Civil Rights Rally @ Freedom Park, 14180 All American Way
Be the change. Your time has come, California. It is time to unite on April 4th along with the rest of the world in a wave of peaceful actions. April 4th was chosen because it is the anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. He rallied people for civil rights in peaceful movements that gained national attention and change.   Various groups are coming together in their communities to rally, including Anonymous and Occupy. We will rally, parade, get on our soapbox and others will be there to speak about civil rights! This is a peaceful protest and a rally for justice. https://www.facebook.com/events/602660349813218/

Apr 4 (1st Friday) 6:30pm, Orange: Friday Night Film Series "Earth: The Operators' Manual" @ St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 S. Batavia Street,
http://earththeoperatorsmanual.com/landing/watch-share   There is no fee to participate. Join In. For more information, visit www.csjorange.org, contact (714) 633-8121 ext. 7716 or justice@csjorange.org.

[moved] Apr 4 Friday 7pm, Irvine Westminster: Occupy OC United General Assembly @ Freedom Park, 14180 All American Way
Moved to coincide with OC #WaveofAction

new Apr 4 Friday 8:30pm, Lake Forest: South County OC NORML meeting @ Fuddruckers on El Toro and Raymond

[time correction] Apr 4 Friday 8:15pm, Irvine: James Schamus, former CEO of Focus Features "My Wife is a Terrorist: Lessons in Storytelling from the Department of Homeland Security" @ University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
In 2008, James Schamus learned that his wife, the peace activist and novelist, Nancy Kricorian, had been under surveillance by the Division of Homeland Security for over a year. A few pages of her file were "reluctantly coughed up" by the authorities, and Dr. Schamus was struck by the word "Narrative" at the top of a hugely-redacted document that was as ominous for what it left out as for what it revealed. The experience got him thinking: how much could we learn from the "huge, story-producing industry" that is Homeland Security? His provocative lecture draws from his own academic study of narrative forms and narrative theory, as well as from directors like Alfred Hitchcock and films like The Bourne Identity. James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain) and is the former CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Moonrise Kingdom, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Pianist, Coraline and The Place Beyond the Pines. He is also Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University's School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley. Co-sponsored by University Synagogue's Tom and Andra Ellingson and Irvine United Congregational Church.

Apr 5 Saturday, 6-8am Costa Mesa/6-8am Santa Ana/10-11am Garden Grove/Noon San Juan Capistrano/7pm San Juan Capistrano: 2 Million Too Many: National Day of Action With 2 Million deportations under the Obama Administration, OC DREAM Team and other OC Immigrant Youth will be participating in the April 5th National Day of Action to demand the President use his executive authority to put a stop to the inhumane deportations and expand Deferred Action to all undocumented people.   Below is a list of events that will take place in Orange County throughout April 5th:
Costa Mesa Banner Holding:6:00 AM to 8:00 AM/ Mesa Dr. and 5 Freeway
Santa Ana Banner Holding: 6:00 AM-8:00 AM/Main Street and 5 Freeway
San Juan Capistrano Banner Holding: 12:00 PM/ Camino Capistrano and Ortega.
Press Conference: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM/ District Office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez - 12397 Lewis Street, Ste. 101 Garden Grove, CA 92840
San Juan Capistrano Vigil: 7:00 PM/ Camino Capistrano and La Zanja.
More events may be added. Please check this page as we get closes to April 5th for a finalized agenda of the day's events.

Apr 5 Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm, Santa Ana: 29th Annual Great American Write-In @ Delhi Center, 505 East Central Ave.
Discover that The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword! At the Write-In
MEET representatives of local and national advocacy groups! LEARN about todays vital issues! RAISE YOUR VOICE by WRITING to the decision-makers who can make a difference in health, the environment, peace, human and civil rights, education.   FREE ADMISSION! FREE PARKING!
Participating Organizations   AIDS Services Foundation   American Civil Liberties Union - O.C. Chapter (ACLU-OC)   American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee - OC   Americans United for Separation of Church & State   Amnesty International, Irvine   California Alliance for Retired Americans   California Clean Money Campaign   Childs-pace Foundation, Inc.   Church of the Foothills Peace & Justice Ministry   Church of the Messiah   Citizens for Global Solutions   Coalition for Sustainable Future Community   Compassion and Choices of Orange County   Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods Village   Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)   Cousins Club of Orange County   Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., O.C. Alumnae Chapter   Earth Resource Foundation   Friends of Harbors, Beaches & Parks   Gay & Lesbian Services Center of O.C. (The Center OC)   HARP - Humanism, Atheism, Rationalism, & Philosophy   Health Care for All - CA, Orange County Chapter   IUCC Advocates for Peace & Justice   League of Women Voters, O.C.   LiYA USA - Living Joyfully   MANA de Orange County   Military Families Speak Out   MoveOn.org   National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI OC)   National Assoc. for the Advancement of Colored People - OC   National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. - OC   O.C. 9/11 Truth   O.C. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence   O.C. Equality Coalition (OCEC)   O.C. FTM   O.C. Interfaith Committee to Aid Farm Workers   O.C. May Day Coalition   O.C. National Organization for Women (NOW)   O.C. Peace Coalition   ONE   Organizing for Action (OFA)   Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties   Reclaim Democracy/Move to Amend   Residents for Responsible Desalination (R4RD)   Returning Home Foundation   San Clemente Green   United Nations Assn., O.C. Chapter   Veterans for Peace - O.C. Chapter
For more information, please contact Felicity Figueroa 949-733-0850 or felicitynf@aol.com   FREE REFRESHMENTS! FREE POSTAGE!   Women For: Orange County is a grassroots advocacy and educational organization. As engaged members of the community, we take action on local, state, national, and international issues. We believe in building a more inclusive democracy, cultivating peace by meeting human and environmental needs, empowering women, and creating a sustainable world of shared prosperity, freedom, and justice. Networking with like-minded groups, we focus on the following goals to help enact our shared vision.   Advancing human and civil rights Promoting peace and justice Improving public education Securing health care for all Protecting the environment   Most of the groups represented at the Great American Write-In reflect the stated goals of Women For: Orange County. In a few cases, groups have been included that deal with controversial issues on which Women For: Orange County has not taken a public stand. Thus you may encounter conflicting views on the same issue, and may address these issues as you deem proper.   No participating organization may be anti-choice, racist, or sexist.   womenfororangecounty.org 949-951-8140 / womenforoc@aol.com

Apr 5 Saturday 10am-noon, Garden Grove: Honoring Civil Rights icon Cesar Chavez @ OC LULAC Foundation, 11277 Garden Grove Blvd, Suite 101-A
The Orange County LULAC Foundation, part of The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest latino organization in the nation founded in 1929, proudly welcomes the UDW Homecare Providers Union to Honor our Civil rights icon, CESAR Chavez

new Apr 5 Saturday noon, Santa Ana: OC Industrial Workers of the World GMB Meeting @ Black Panther Park (aka Sasser Park) 4th & Ross
The OC IWW GMB April meeting will take place this Saturday, April 5th. We will meet at Black Panther Park @ 12:30 PM (dues @ noon). Black Panther Park (Sasser Park) is located at 4th Street & Ross Street, across form the Federal Building & Latino Health Access. Parking is located along 4th Street, along Birch Street, in the structure on Birch Street & 3rd Street and the Latino Health Access parking lot on 3rd & Ross Street.

new Apr 6 (1st Sunday) 7:30am-5pm, Huntington Beach: Military Families Speak Out and Veterans For Peace will again be setting up the Arlington West Display on the sands of Huntington Beach at 6th Street.   We are still deployed and fighting in Afghanistan in America's longest war, so there will be another Arlington West in Huntington Beach. Please help if you can but if your schedule doesn't permit that please consider coming by to visit if that's possible.   While polls show public opinion turning sharply against our continued deployment in Afghanistan and America's longest ever war, and our President having committed to "ending the war", we need to maintain our efforts to keep visible the costs and to support our veterans. Our continuing efforts to remind the public of the cost of our wars and to "bring Our Troops Home" must continue. Come help or just visit.   Volunteers meet at the beach (6th st. north of the pier) at 7:30AM to help unload the trailer and setup the crosses and other material, and/or come by 5:00PM to help take it down and put it away.

Apr 6 Sunday 2-3pm, Irvine: Green Party of OC - Ban Fracking speaker, Alexandra Nagy of Food & Water Watch @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Hear Alexandra Nagy of Los Angeles Food & Water Watch speaking on food safety, the human right to water, and a statewide ban on fracking. Food and Water Watch is working to pass a fracking moratorium bill in Los Angeles and California.   The GPOC County Council meeting will immediately follow the General Meeting. All attendees are welcome to stay and view the business aspects of running the Green Party during the County Council meeting.

Apr 7 Monday 6pm, Santa Ana: Building a Bike Friendly City - Conversation with Jeff Miller @ 20 Civic Center Plaza
Miller is President/Ceo of the Alliance for Biking Walking, the North American coalition of more than 200 state and local advocacy organizations. Get ideas on how Santa Ana can become a more bike friendly city. For more info, contact Gerardo Mouet, Parks & Recreation 714/486-4732 or gmouet@santa-ana.org.

new Apr 7 (1st Monday) 6:30-8:30pm, Tustin: National Women's Political Caucus OC @ Sherri Loveland's Home
Because April includes Earth Day, we're going to be hearing from Stephanie Barger, Executive Director of U.S. Zero Waste Business Council. Stephanie will discuss the latest with regards to what her organization is currently working on. As progressive women, we all care about the environment and what we can do to help make a greener, safer world for our children.   Click here to RSVP. The address and directions will be given upon RSVP.
  CONTACT Sherri Loveland president@nwpcoc.org

new Apr 8 Tuesday 6-7pm, Irvine: Dreams at UCI @ 106 Gateway Study Center
Update: Our "Creating Illegality" event will be postponed to week 3 or 4 due to an emergency. We will have our regular club meeting at 6pm.

Apr 8 Tuesday 6-8:30pm, Santa Ana: Respect and Dignity Education Forum @ Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 2204 W McFadden Ave, 92704
Come learn how to get actively involved in making our schools safer by engaging youth and parents by changing school policies.

new Apr 8 Tuesday 6pm, Santa Ana: Project Homelessness Meeting @ 333 East 9th #303

new Apr 8 Tuesday 6:30pm, Irvine: SJP at UCI presents: Israeli Activists for Palestine @ UC Irvine, Humanities Hall 262
Come join our Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) in hosting Maya Wind and Eran Efrati. Eran is a former combat soldier, formerly chief researcher for Breaking the Silence (an organization of veteran IDF soldiers that raises awareness to human rights abuses in Palestine), and has since worked as an investigative journalist covering the IDF and Israel's weapon trade. Maya is a conscientious objector who spent time in prison for refusing service. Please come with your questions as they highlight their experiences. We will also be selling great Palestinian products.

new Apr 8 Tuesday 7pm, Brea: North OC Chapter-PDA @ Lascari's Italian Deli, 1060 E. Imperial Hwy.
social time 6:30PM meeting starts 7:00PM   Speaker from Citizens Climate Lobby- Sherri Davison- Explaining the Carbon Tax- important information relating to our CPC budget Letter drop for April IOT reports Ed Royce update ! Future speaker topics-fracking in OC ! The CPC budget proposal contains a provision for a Carbon Tax! Join us to find out what the Carbon Tax is!!!!

new Apr 9 Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm, Newport Beach: Speak Up Newport's Candidates Forum @ Newport Beach City Hall, Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive.
Anila Ali, a middle school teacher and Democratic candidate for the 74th Assembly District, will be participating with the four Republican candidates for the 74th Assembly District. Reception from 5:30-6pm includes free appetizers and drinks available for purchase. The event is free to non-members of Speak Up Newport. The program lasts from 6:00 to 6:30pm.

Apr 9 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Beach: OC Democratic Party Chairman Henry Vandermeir To Speak At Laguna Beach Democratic Club @ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Drive,
Henry Vandermeir has been active in Democratic politics for almost two decades. He has served in a variety of positions including state party executive board member, president of the California Democratic Council (CDC), and Executive Director of the Orange County Democratic Foundation. He was elected Chairman of the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) in January 2013.   Vandermeir will be speak about the status of the DPOC and the 2014 election
The Laguna Beach Democratic Club (LBDC) is dedicated to supporting the election of Democratic candidates on local, state and national levels. For more information visit www.lagunabeachdemocraticclub.com and http://www.facebook.com/lbdcpage

Apr 9 Wednesday 7pm, San Juan Capistrano: South OC Democratic Club @ San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino del Avion, 92675
buffet dinner at 6:00 PM, business meeting at 7:00 PM.   The evening's speaker will be Jose Solario, former California Assemblyman and current candidate for the California Senate from the 34th District. He's a Rancho Santiago Community College trustee and holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University. Solario has focused his efforts towards education, job creation, public safety and infrastructure improvements.   Buffet dinner $17 for members, $20 for non-members. Please respond by e-mail by Sunday, April 6, to kenton805@cox.net .

New Apr 9 Wednesday 7pm, Santa Ana: OC Young Democrats monthly meeting and mixer @ Bistro 400, 400 W. 4th St.
Join us to learn about opportunities to get involved in campaigns and help elect Democrats to key offices.   We will also have a special presentation from OCYD Vice Chair Jonny Barba on OC's young voter engagement and registration program, #Voterpalooza.   As always there will be complimentary appetizers, great conversation, and drinks with your favorite young Democrats! ocyd.org

new Apr 10 Thursday 10am-3:30pm, Santa Ana: OC LGBTQ Youth Convening - Building a Queer Youth Movement @ 1801 S Greenville St.
Attention all queer youth advocates and allies, adults, and GSA advisors! We are inviting you to participate at our first and upcoming OC LGBTQ Youth Convening! Please save the date for Saturday, May 10. This is a free, fun and empowering event, filled with a variety of workshops ranging from social justice and advocacy work to self-healing. This is also a great opportunity to network with other youth from around OC.

New Apr 10-11 Thursday 9am-Friday 10pm, Fullerton: 44th Annual CSUF Philosophy Symposium: Rethinking Mass Incarceration: Gender, Race, and the Prison Industrial Complex @ Titan Student Union, 800 N. State College Blvd.
THURSDAY 04.10.14   9:00-9:15 Welcome Address Brady Heiner, Philosophy, CSUF   9:15-11:00 The Prison Label: Inclusion and the Invisible Punishment of Incarceration
Democracy Held Captive: Felon Voting Rights and Prison-Based Gerrymandering Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School   To Look, But Not To See: Felon Voting Rights, Political Membership, and the Limits of Contemporary Liberal Theory Andrew Ditts, Political Science, Loyola Marymount University   11:15-1:00 Solitary Confinement: A Living Death Penalty?
A Critical Phenomenology of Solitary Confinement Lisa Guenther, Philosophy, Vanderbilt University   Building a Movement to End Solitary Confinement Azadeh Zohrabi, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights   1:00-2:15 Lunch and film screening: Herman's House (2012)   2:30-4:15 The Political-Economics of Immigration, Race, and Social Control: Back to the Future Kitty Calavita, Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine   FRIDAY 04.11.14   9:15-11:00 Male Violence: Rethinking Accountability Beyond Confinement
Feminist Complicity with Mass Incarceration Sarah Tyson, Philosophy, University of Colorado, Denver   Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence Alissa Bierria, Philosophy, Stanford University   11:15-1:00 Hiding in Plain Sight: Women, Confinement, and Reentry
The Old Jane Crow: Black Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Production of Ignorance Kristie Dotson, Philosophy, Michigan State University   A Holistic Approach to Women Reentry Susan Burton, Founder/Director, A New Way of Life Reentry Project   Johnitha Wilbon, Resident, A New Way of Life Reentry Project   1:00-2:15 Lunch   2:30-4:15 Rethinking The School-to-Prison Pipeline: An Intersectional Analysis Kimberle Crenshaw, Columbia and UCLA Law   4:30-5:30 Panel: Reflections and Looking Forward All Symposium Speakers   6:00-10:00 Post-Symposium Social and Dinner All are welcome!

Apr 10 Thursday 5:30-7:30pm, Irvine: Fundraising reception in support of Melissa Fox, for Irvine City Council @ Caspian Persian Cuisine, 14100 Culver Dr.
Please join: FARRAH KHAN, CAIR-CA PAC, THE ARAB AMERICAN DEMOCRATS OF CALIFORNIA and more for a fundraising reception in support of MELISSA FOX, candidate for IRVINE CITY COUNCIL in 2014.   Sponsorship Levels: $470 Campaign Sponsor $250 Event Sponsor $150 Couple/$99 Individual RSVP to: Enaya Hanbali 661-433-0986 Or enayahanbali@yahoo.com Please make checks payable to:   Melissa Fox for Irvine City Council 2014 14252 Culver Dr. #A248 Irvine, CA 92604   Contributions are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. An individual, political action committee, association, or other committee may contribute a maximum of $470 to Melissa Fox for Irvine City Council 2014. Spouses may contribute $940 from a joint account if both signatures are on the check.

Apr 10 Thursday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Robert Scheer The Surveillance State And The End Of Privacy @ Clubhouse 3 Auditorium
Robert Scheer is Editor-in-Chief and a columnist for Truthdig, the Webby Award winning on-line magazine, nationally syndicated in publications such as Huffington Post and The Nation. He co-hosts the weekly political radio program "Left, Right, and Center" on KCRW. lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=5509

Apr 11 Friday 9:30am, Santa Ana: Victims Rights March... OCDA @ 401 Civic Center Drive West
Orange County D.A will be marching from his office to the Santa Ana old courthouse... WE WILL BE THERE TO REPRESENT ALL VICTIMS

Apr 11 Friday 1pm, Seal Beach: Senior Patriots for Peace will present Jeff Dietrich speaking on "Poverty, Hunger & Homelessness" @ Clubhouse 4, Leisure World, Seal Beach, located on Seal Beach Blvd. at Golden Rain Rd. between the 405 freeway and Westminster Blvd.
Jeff will discuss his life's work of political activism, anti-war non-violent actions, and advocacy for the homeless poor. For the last 40 years he has lived and worked among the poor of   Los Angeles' Skid Row at the Catholic Worker's free soup kitchen and hospitality center. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.   IMPORTANT: Those living outside Leisure World must call Nancy Goldstein at 562-896-8604 the day before to leave your name to assure admittance to Leisure World Seal Beach the day of the presentation

New Apr 12 Saturday 6:45am, Fountain Valley: 17th Annual Walk out of Poverty @ Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 17270 Ward St
more than 750 people from across Southern California will gather together to show their support for people around the world that are living in situations of poverty. *Walking- all are welcome to participate in the 5-mile walk-a-thon around Mile Square Park. Please contact Teri for more details. * Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. -7:30 a.m., walk begins at 7:30 a.m.* For more information, call 714-953-8575 to speak with Teri Saydak (walk@concernamerica.org)

new Apr 12 Saturday 8am-1pm, Santa Ana: Car Wash! Fundraiser for May Day 2014
Help us raise funds for May Day 2014 in Santa Ana. It will be at the parking lot of Mexicanisimo. We also need volunteers to wash cars! Spread the word!!

Apr 12 (2nd Saturday) 10am-noon, Irvine: OC Peace Coalition General Meeting
WHERE: The new Friends meeting house at 2091 Business Center Dr, Suite 100, Irvine 92612   Exit at MacArthur off of 405 and go towards OC Airport Turn Left at MacArthur and go to Michelson Turn Left at Michelson and go to the very next street (?) Turn Left at that next street that starts with a "D" and go to Business Center Drive Turn Right on Business Center Drive and go about 1/4 mile 2091 is on Left Hand side Go around to the back side of the building to where the handicap parking is. Suite 100 is off of the inside courtyard, in the center of the office complex.
WHO: Anyone interested in educating, organizing and changing US foreign policies promoting illegal invasions and occupations, as well as stopping the militarization of the U.S. (High School Military Recruitment, the brutal treatment of undocumented workers, and the criminalization of youth, especially those of color).   We do not support any specific party but do support anyone who is working for Peace and Justice.   Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! ocpeace.org

Apr 12/13 Saturday/Sunday 10am-4pm, Fullerton: Green Scene @ Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Rd. fullertonarboretum.org/event_green.php

new Apr 12 Saturday 11am-2pm, Garden Grove: OC NAACP Legislation & Candidate's Forum @ Garden Grove LULAC Foundation - 11277 Garden Grove Blvd, Ste 101A
All local and state candidates in the June election plus Democratic Party, Republican Party and Green Party representatives have been invited to share their plans for Orange County Welcome by Garden Grove City Councilman Christopher V. Phan. For more information, contact Donald Craig, OC NAACP President drcraig1955@gmail.com; 714/325-0103.

Apr 12 Saturday 1:30pm, Irvine: AU-OC: Constantine's Sword @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
au-oc.org The film uncovers the roots of war and charges that there is an ongoing evangelical infiltration of the U.S. military.

New Apr 12 Saturday 1:30-6pm, Huntington Beach: OC #WaveofAction Mystery Activism Tour @ 7755 Center Ave parking lot
Followup to OC #WaveofAction Civil Rights Rally

Apr 12 Saturday 3pm, Tustin: Tustin Stands Against Police Brutality @ Casa Cortez Apartments, 1412 Nisson Rd.
The Families of the fallen in Tustin are calling out for ACTION and Justice in the matter of the deaths caused by harassment and brutality. American Indian Movement OC, CA, and Southern California American Indian Movement are coordinating with Harmony Keepers, Brown Berets, and other groups to keep order. THIS IS A PEACEFUL gathering. There will be NO destruction or defacing of property, there will be NO violence. NONE. Further details to follow

Apr 12 Saturday 6-10pm, Irvine: Reclaim Democracy meeting @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
Join us at Reclaim Democracy's monthly gathering to see a presentation by the OC May Day Coalition. "Families w/o Borders: Human Rights, not Broken Ties" is the Coalition's campaign which coincides with the annual May 1st May Day March. Come hear about the struggle to stop collaboration between local police and federal immigration. Learn about the struggles of undocumented families, day laborers and undocumented students in OC.

new Apr 13 Sunday noon-5pm, Laguna Beach: Women Artist Boutique to Benefit The Woman's Club of Laguna Beach Scholarship for Laguna College of Art & Design @ Laguna Beach Woman's Club, 286 St. Ann's Dr.
Bring your friends to support local women artists. Enjoy great gifts, refreshments, silent auctions.

Apr 13 Sunday 1pm, Costa Mesa: The Health Care Movie @ Orange Coast UU Church 2845 Mesa Verde Drive East (near intersection of Adams and Mesa Verde Drive East)
http://duh4all.org/calendar/

Apr 13 Sunday 1pm, Dana Point: Wendy Gabriella for Assembly / Dave Peiser for Congress 2014 @ StillWater Spirits & Sounds, 24701 Del Prado
Meet and support your Democratic candidates for Congress and the California legislature

New Apr 13 Sunday 3-5pm, Tustin: Climate Change Committee Meeting @ REI, 2962 El Camino Real, We will be in the Community Meeting room of the REI store in Tustin Marketplace meetup.com/ClimateChangeCommittee/events/171525062

new Apr 14 Monday 7-9pm, Orange: Pax Christi meeting @ St. Joseph Center, 480 S. Batavia, in classroom 4.
Just sending a gentle reminder that Pax Christi Orange County will meet on Monday, April 14, from 7pm to 9pm. We will begin with the Vespers for Peace and then we will continue our book study of John Dear's newest book, The Nonviolent Life. For this session we will study Part two.

New Apr 15 Tuesday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats @ Norman Murray Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way
Meet Congressional Candidates: Dave Peiser, 49th CD; Drew Leavens, 45th CD and Dr. Sue Savary, 48th CD.

Apr 15 (3rd Tuesday) 7:30pm, Irvine: Cousins Club of OC
MIKO PELED is our speaker. He is the son of an Israeli general who conducted the 1967 war and later became a peace activist. Growing up in Jerusalem, Miko now lives in San Diego, and has followed in his father's footsteps as a prominent advocate for peace. He is the author of "The General's Son". Please join us for this special event. Discussion will follow. Admission is free.
The address is 15500 Sand Canyon ave, in the same parking lot as the Irvine Ranch Water District Offices. You would turn left when entering the parking lot off of Sand Canyon Ave instead of turning right. The main entrance faces the parking lot and "Community Meeting Room" is stated on the door.   It is between the 5 freeway and the 405. Get off the 5 freeway at Sand Canyon and go south to Waterworks Drive and make a U-turn. Or exit the 405 freeway at Sand Canyon and go north to Waterworks Drive. Annual Cousin Club dues are $10. We would appreciate your support for 2014 if you have not already paid.

Apr 16 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club: Guest Speaker Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva @ Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2
Note different date - third Wednesday and not second Wednesday - for April only!   Come hear WHY her re-election is so important to Democrats! Although she's not running in our District (the 65th includes Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, Stanton and most of West Anaheim), we have the chance to support her campaign, so learn how you can help Sharon and PLEASE BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK!
Doors Open 6:30pm; Program at 7pm  Meeting also includes Legislative Action, Raffle, Refreshments, Membership, Voter Registration, and Volunteer Opportunities. Please bring nonperishable food items for South County Outreach. For info, call Sue Dearing at 949 855-6965 lw-dems.org

Apr 17 Thursday 5-6:30pm, Irvine: April GAPM Film Series: Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future (Sudan) @ UC Irvine, 151 Social Sciences Plaza, SSP A1100
  For all event details, film trailers, list of community partners, and RSVP: livingubuntu.org/events

New Apr 17 Thursday 6:30pm, Costa Mesa: Feet to the Fire Forum for 74th Assembly District Candidates. @ Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave.,
Feet to the Fire Forums address issues and campaigns in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach and the county. Forum co-creators are Barbara Venezia, OC Register, and John Canalis, Daily Pilot, with partners the Daily Pilot, OC Register and Voice of OC.. Doors open at 6:30, forum is 7-8:30.

New Apr 18 Friday 8:30am-5pm, Huntington Beach: 8th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference @ 15744 Goldenwest St.
Peace: Our Challenge, Our Opportunity, Our Legacy A Conference for Students, Teachers, Leaders, Researchers, Artists, and Community Groups.   Speakers and Subjects include: Keynote: Nipun Mehta - "Where Can We Find Gandhi Today?"   -Rev. Peggy Price - "Compassion - No Exceptions" -Monica Curca - "Social Media and Peacebuilding" -Brent Collins - "Slow Money" -Nimesh Patel - Music and story telling -David Nahai - "Water Supply in Los Angeles" -Khamisa - "Restorative Justice & Forgiveness Project" -Peggy Callahan, Free the Slaves- "They Said They Were the Walking Dead. Not anymore." -Nicole Jafari - "Education Under Fire" -Meymouna Hussein-Cattan -Charlotte Backman - "The Beauty We Create Together"   Breakfast, Lunch and refreshments is provided.   We are proud to continue proclaiming this a ZERO-WASTE event.   For more information please contact Fran Faraz: ffarazdagi@gwc.cccd.edu   Register at our website: www.goldenwestcollege.edu/peace/

New Apr 18 Friday 5:30pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition General Meeting ocmdc.org @ SEIU-USWW 1836, 1936 W. Chapman Ave.

Apr 18 Friday 6pm, Fullerton: World Workshop #29: "Locked Up" (Prisons & Asylums) @ California State University, Fullerton, Humanities Bldg. Room 123, 800 N. State College Blvd. meetup.com/The-Left-Bank-of-Orange-County/events/167324062

New Apr 18 (1st & 3rd Friday) 7pm, Irvine: Occupy OC United General Assembly @ the gazebo in the park behind city hall. Everyone is invited to participate; OWS GA rules.

New Apr 19 Saturday 8am-4pm, Fullerton: Social Justice Summit @ Titan Student Union 800 N. State College Blvd.,
2014 Keynote Speaker will be non-violence Activist, Reverend James Lawson.   The Social Justice Summit is a community-wide event planned by Students ACT (Students Advocating Civic Transformation) and is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Summit provides an avenue for individuals to discover societal disparities and overall global concerns while promoting social change and volunteerism, through education, empowerment, and action. In addition to the Keynote Speaker the day will include: Opening Speaker Dr. Berenecea Eanes, VP for Student Affairs, three workshop sessions, a Vegan lunch, and a closing by Spoken Word Artist, Abraham Medina.   Online Registration is now open; visit www.fullerton.edu/volunteer/summit to register!

Apr 19 Saturday 8:30am-4pm, Garden Grove: OC LULAC District # 2 Convention @ OC LULAC Foundation Center, 11277 Garden Grove Blvd. Suite 101A
THIS YEAR'S THEME "Building Alliances & Strengthen our Values"

New Apr 19 Saturday 1-5pm, Laguna Niguel: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium @ 24012 Estacia Avenue
The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is a transformative workshop designed to help you tap into your personal potential to create a thriving, just, and sustainable world. uptous.org/event/1925/awakening-the-dreamer-symposium

New Apr 20 Sunday 4pm, Irvine: Monthly APRL Meeting - PETA's Discussion on Vivisection @ IRWD Duck Club Welcoming Jeremy Beckham from PETA's Laboratory Investigations Department . The presentation is a full look at vivisection. meetup.com/aprl-oc/events/158216662

Apr 21 Monday 11:30am-1:30pm, Irvine: Women In Leadership lunch with Sandra Fluke @ University Club, 801 Peltason
Although best known for her advocacy for gender equality and reproductive justice, for the last decade, Sandra Fluke has devoted her career to public interest advocacy for numerous social justice concerns, such as LGBTQ rights, worker rights, economic justice, immigrant rights, and international human rights, including focusing on the impact to communities of color. Her work has been honored by the American Federation of Teachers, American Constitution Society, National Association of Women Lawyers, National Partnership for Women and Families, Planned Parenthood, and Women's Campaign Fund, among others. Perhaps most inventively, Women's eNews bestowed Fluke with the title "Truth- Teller to the Powerful" in their "Leaders for the 21st Century"   She came to national attention in February 2012, when Congressional Republicans prohibited her from testifying instead hearing from a panel of only men on a question of women's health. She then testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the importance of women's own private insurance covering contraception. Despite ongoing personal attacks, she continues speak out for social justice across news outlets, and addressed the Democratic National Convention. She served as a surrogate for the President in his reelection campaign, and helped elect over a dozen progressive candidates to Congress. Continuing her public advocacy, she speaks to audiences across the country, in addition to her legislative policy work in Sacramento and D.C., and pro bono representation of victims of human trafficking.
WIL Members: $30 Non-Members: $40 Sustaining Members: Free Leadership Members: Free plus one free guest Free if you join as a New Member either online when you make your reservation (go to "Join WlL" tab) or at the lunch. Vegetarian option available RSVP by Thursday, April 17 http://womeninleadership.com/events/

new Apr 22 (4rd Tuesday) 5:30-7pm, Orange: Peace Vigil by MFSO and CODEPINK The Orange Circle at the intersection of Glassell St and Chapman Ave.
As many of you know, after our monthly vigil at the Traffic Circle in Orange, most of us meet for a little "down time and socialization" at Watson's Drug Store. The Orange County Peace Coalition has requested that we change our regularly held vigil, (the third Tuesday of the month), to a time when they have their regularly scheduled OCPC meetings. The idea would be to combine the two activities, (many of us go to OCPC meetings and the vigil).   This means that instead of socializing after the vigil, the OCPC meetings would be held at Watsons Drugs at 7pm. This might help us have more people at our vigil if OCPC members will just come a little earlier. We hope that you will join us at the Traffic Circle on the 4th Tuesday of this month starting at 5:30. At 7pm we are all invited to join the OCPC meeting which will be held right after the vigil at Watson's Diner- just around the corner beginning at 7pm.   hope you will join us at our monthly MFSO/ Code Pink vigil. Please encourage everyone to come; there is a lot of traffic so it's well worth the time. Come help us get the word out that we demand an end to the war in Afghanistan NOW - 2014 is a full 2 years away and we will not stand by silently.. We have signs, but please bring your own if you have one.

new Apr 22 (4th Tuesday) 7-9pm, Orange: OC Peace Coalition general meeting ocpeace.org @ Watson Drugs and Soda Fountain, 116 E Chapman Ave (After Circle Vigil)
WHO: All interested people are invited, especially anyone who might represent one of our member organizations. We're likely to be planning for tabling, future actions, or whatever business people want to bring up (excluding any specific support of candidates or political parties). Please bring your ideas, and be ready to step up and participate.

New Apr 24 Thursday 11am-3pm, Anaheim: Stop Staples attack on union jobs @ 1251 N Tustin Ave.
http://stopstaples.com/ free t-shirt, posters, fliers, water, snacks Working class solidarity-combativeness and self-confidence information/directions call 714-396-1073 or 714-666-1080

New Apr 24 Thursday 5:30-7pm, Irvine: Meet and Greet for Irvine Council Candidate Melissa Fox @ home of Sandy Stiassni, 33 Morning View
Light refreshments will be served, families welcome Kindly RSVP to Enaya Hanbali 661-433-0986 or enayahanbali@gmail.com

Apr 24 Thursday 5:30-9:30pm, Laguna Beach: Intimate artist bio series and Anti Bullying Event @ Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art - the humanitarian gallery, 611 South Coast Hwy
3 amazing artists... Éric Nadeau..Maxwell Crraher...Dana McMullan ..3 very Intimate life stories..and How bullying needs to stop before it leads to suicide…These artists will share their life experiences on this topic on This Magical evening…..Food..wine and live music as well….

new Apr 24 Thursday 7:30-9pm, Irvine: The UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality, In co-sponsorship with the Public Law Center, Health Policy Research Institute, Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers, Covered OC, and the UCI Department of Political Science Invite you to A Healthcare Forum @ Social Science Plaza A, Room 2112
Sheldon Greenfield, MD - "Payment Reform-Will Lower Costs Lead to Less Quality Healthcare: California in the Era of Health Reform"   Adriana Moreno, BA, MPH - "The ACA Rollout: Who Is Enrolled and How does Orange County Compare?"   Leslie Bigler Lindgren, JD - "The ACA Structure: How Did We Get Here?"   Maggie Moreno, - "The Healthcare Delivery System Post-ACA: Where Are We Going?"   For further information, please contact Sylvia Lotito, slotito@uci.edu

Apr 25 Friday 6pm, Fullerton: World Workshop #30: "Do You Really Need It?" (Consumerism) @ California State University, Fullerton, Humanities Bldg. Room 123, 800 N. State College Blvd. meetup.com/The-Left-Bank-of-Orange-County/events/167324062

Apr 25 Friday 6:30pm, Orange: Friday Night Film Series "The Window in the Wall" @ St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 S. Batavia Street,
A documentary currently in production about the commitment and actions of people in Northern Ireland to create a shared future following decades of sectarian conflict.   This is an opportunity to see excerpts from this powerful work-in-progress and to reflect and dialogue about peace, reconciliation and community.
Moderators/Producers: Maria Garvey- committed to creating spaces where people can flourish and shine. She does this as leader of L'Arche Ireland and Northern Ireland, and through leadership coaching sessions, international workshops and retreats.   Jean Kling- a certified mediator with a Master in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. She serves on the Board of Directors for Mediators Beyond Borders International, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a more peace 'able' world.   Tanner Kling- has produced and directed multiple projects from animation, narrative, and short docu-series. He is a member of the Producer's Guild of America and serves on the Dean's Council of the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University.
There is no fee to participate. Join In. For more information, visit www.csjorange.org, contact (714) 633-8121 ext. 7716 or justice@csjorange.org.

New Apr 26 Saturday 9am-6pm, Los Angeles: 28th Amendment National Roadshow, sponsored/hosted by Common Cause CA, UCLA Chapter of the American Constitutional Society, and MOVI Confirmed Speakers include Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks and Wolf-PAC.com, Kathay Feng, Common Caue CA, Daniel Lee, Move To Amend, Kai Newkirk, 99 Rise, Trent Lange, CA Clean Money, Senator Ted Lieu, author of The Overturn Citizens United Act, SB 1272, and others. Keynote address by Jeffrey D. Clements, co-founder of Free Speech for People and author of Corporations are not People. For all details, visit http://28amend-movi.nationbuilder.com/ or email Holly Mosher hollywoodnt@springmail.com. Location: UCLA School of Law, 71 Dodd Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095

New Apr 26 Saturday 5pm-7pm, Huntington Beach: Fundraiser to Elect Jim Moreno to OC Board of Supervisors, 2nd District Enjoy light snacks as Jim Moreno discusses his plans for the county and how his experience as an elected Trustee with the Coast Community College District has prepared him to serve on the OC Board of Supervisors. $35 for Students, $50 for Individuals, $90 for Couples   International Associations of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, 5402 Bolsa Ave., Huntington Beach 92649. Ask about joining the Host Committee! For more information and to RSVP contact: Shelly Haggerty at shellyhaggerty@aol.com. Visit Jim's website at: www.jim4supervisor.com

New Apr 27 Sunday 7:30am-4pm, Santa Ana: El Centro Cultural Need Volunteers for Day of the Child Help needed for set-up and with various workshops. If you can help volunteer time, please email Gema at gema_ss@yahoo.com. Location: Birch Park, Santa Ana.

new Apr 27 Sunday 1pm, Irvine: Wake Up America! Get Out the Vote initial meeting to form a new national organization. The organization will be an active nonpartisan coalition of groups and individuals dedicated to getting people more personally involved with the future director of the country locally and nationally. Kate Nikolenko and Guy Johnson are heading up the new group. Location: Kate's Place. RSVP for directions: sofztk8@aol.com or guyparalegal@sbcglobal.net.

NEW Apr 27 4p-6pm, Tustin: Fundraiser for Drew Leavens Candidate for Congressional District 45 @ Home of Sherri & Gary Loveland in Tustin- address will be given upon RSVP.
Help get a progressive elected to CD 45! John Campbell is retiring and now is our chance to take this district. Visit Drew's website at www.DL45th.com/fundraiser_in_tustin for event details and to RSVP. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. For additional information, contact Teray Stephens: teray@stephensconsultinggroup.com

New Apr 29 Tuesday 7pm, Orange: OC Death Penalty Focus @ St. Joseph Center, Room 4, 480 S Batavia
Join local activists to End the Death Penalty Join us: to plan strategies to end the death penalty by 2016.

Apr 29 Tuesday 7-8:30pm, Orange: April GAPM Film Series: Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future (The Holocaust) @ Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall, One University Dr.
An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance   For all event details, film trailers, list of community partners, and RSVP: livingubuntu.org/events

New Apr 30 Wednesday noon, Irvine: You are cordially invited to a luncheon honoring: Henry Vandermeir Democratic Party of OC Chair @ The Irvine Hilton, 18800 MacArthur Blvd.
Henry served as Executive Director for the Democratic Foundation of Orange County for two years and was elected Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) in January, 2013. Henry will be speaking about and discussing with you, the status of the DPOC and the 2014 Election in Orange County.   To reserve a Non-Member ticket ($45.00) you may write a check payable to DFOC, PO Box 26708, Santa Ana, CA 92799 ...or pay securely online at secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/vandermeir DFOC members RSVP here


MAY

May 1 Thursday 2-6pm, Santa Ana: May Day March "Families w/o Borders: Human Rights, not Broken Ties" @ Sasscer Park, 500 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Preprogram 2pm March 3pm Program 4:30pm ocmdc.org

New May 1 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Join the Democrats of North OC @ Sizzler Restaurant, 1401 North Harbor Blvd.,
We have invited the Democratic candidates for the office of California Secretary of State. Candidate Derek Cressman will be represented by Bruce Meyer, OC Volunteer Campaign Spokesperson. Mr. Cressman has a previous obligation. CA Senator Alex Padilla's campaign hopes their schedule will allow them to be represented.   Dinner and Socializing at 6. There is NO COST for attending the meeting which begins at 7. For more information contact: DNOC President Pete Anderson, petedem04@gmail.com

May 2 Friday 6pm, Fullerton: World Workshop #31: "Living With Earth" @ California State University, Fullerton, Humanities Bldg. Room 123, 800 N. State College Blvd. meetup.com/The-Left-Bank-of-Orange-County/events/167335292

May 2-5 Friday 7pm-Sunday 10am, Fullerton: Freethought Alliance Fifth Annual OC Conference: What Direction is Atheism Taking? @ Howard Johnsons Hotel freethoughtalliance.org/fta/annual-conference/schedule-2

New May 3 Saturday 10:30am-5pm, Aliso Viejo: Soka University's 13th Annual International Festival @ Peace Lake area, Soka University of America, 1 University Drive
soka.edu/news_events/events/2014/05/soka-universitys-13th-annual-international-festival.aspx

new May 4 Sunday 9am and 11am, Irvine: Americans United Executive Director Rev. Barry Lynn Speaking @ Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Parkway
Rev. Lynn will speak at services starting at 9am and 11am. A coffee will be held after each service with the opportunity to meet Rev. Lynn. Services are open to all. Americans United recently brought a case to the US Supreme Court on prayer at city council meeting and the outcome would have impact throughout the country. For more info, www.au-oc.org or email orangecountyau@yahoo.com. Fax 714/515-4248 or call 949/733-9157.

NEW May 4 Sunday 2-3pm, Irvine: Green Party of OC - "How to become more involved in elections-- as candidates, volunteers, and as voters" @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Rosa Vizcarra and Annasophia Servin are Community Liaisons for the Orange County Registrar of Voters. Their job is to increase participation in elections, from publishing materials to recruiting poll workers. They will be there to answer any questions you have about how elections are conducted and how you can help.   The GPOC County Council meeting will immediately follow the General Meeting. All attendees are welcome to stay and view the business aspects of running the Green Party during the County Council meeting.

New May 6 Tuesday 7pm, Laguna Woods Village: Concerned Citizens is privileged to have Dr. Stanford A. Lakoff in Clubhouse 7
The title of his talk will be "Leading from Behind: Obama and the Middle East". Besides his analysis of President Obama's foreign policy strategies, Dr. Lakoff will bring us up-to-date on the constantly changing picture of the Middle East.   Dr. Lakoff has long maintained expertise in the Middle East, analyzing U. S. diplomacy in Israel/Palestine, Syria, Iran, Egypt, and North African Countries. As he notes, previous presidents have proclaimed strategic "doctrines." Dr. Lakoff describes the development of President Obama's foreign policies from his first term into his second while dealing with unanticipated crises, domestic and foreign resulting in "...something that could pass for one (doctrine) emerging early in his second term."   Join us for Meet-and-Greet at 6:30. Members free; Guests $3.00. Please note that Concerned Citizens monthly speakers are broadcast on TV6 the 1st Thursday of the month at 6 pm, the 2nd Wednesday at 2 pm, and the last Tuesday at 6 pm. For further information contact Margaret Pearlman, 786-1649.

New May 7 Wednesday 7pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America OC @ Karl Strauss Brewery, 901 South Coast Drive (Metropointe Shopping Center)
Speakers: Pat Alviso, Military Families Speak Out, on MFSO campaign to bring all troops home from Afghanistan; Katrina Foley, on her Costa Mesa City Council campaign; Anne Cameron on her campaign for 68th Assembly District; Cathey Ryder on her campaign for Huntington Beach Union High School District. Special Collection: Women's purses and accessories for Working Wardrobes. And as usual, we'll have announcements, news and intelligent conversation! Social hour starts at 6:15, meeting at 7:15. Admission is free. We meet on the patio but it's protected by awnings now and it's warm and cozy. Enjoy an appetizer or full meal, progressive friends and ideas. Find new ways to get involved in Orange County's progressive community and organizations. Because we are hoping to reduce paper waste by including all announcements in the agenda packet, announcements must be made in writing to dfaoc.comm@gmail.com by noon Monday. If you have questions, please send them to dfaoc.com@gmail.com.

New May 10 Saturday 10am-3:30pm, Santa Ana: OC LGBTQ Youth and Allies Convening @ 1801 S Greenville St
This is a free, fun and empowering event, filled with a variety of workshops ranging from social justice and advocacy work to self-healing. This is also a great opportunity to network with other youth from Orange County and beyond. There will also be designated workshops for adult allies such as teachers, school administrators and parents.

New May 11 Sunday 10am-6pm, Orange: 99Rise Strategy Workshop @ SEIU-USWW 1836, 1936 W. Chapman Ave.
99Rise training is designed to build the organizing skills and strategic thinking that can lead our movements to victory. Newer organizers will be given the basics they need to participate in movement building. More experienced organizers will supply their own knowledge and experience to the discussion while engaging with exciting, innovative strategies and tactics designed by activists with over a decade of experience in the global justice, immigrants rights, and labor movements.

May 17 Saturday 8am-1:30pm, Irvine: AIDS Walk OC & Red Ribbon 5K Fun Run @ OC Great Park, 6990 Marine Way
Help raise money and awareness to improve the lives of thousands of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in OC. Walk or run as an individual, join a team or start a team. To learn more, register or donate, visit us at aidswalkorangecounty.org For more information or assistance with the registration process contact Carolyn Spivak, Director of Events and Community Outreach at AIDS Services Foundation at cspivak@ocasf.org or Ph: 949 809 5750.

New May 20 Tuesday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats @ Norman Murray Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way
Meet Assembly Candidates: Wendy Gabriella, 73rd AS and Anila Ali, 74th AD.

May 28 Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm, Buena Park: OC Interfaith Coalition for the Environment 5th Annual Faith Leaders' Luncheon @ Jain Center of Southern California, 8072 Commonwealth Ave.
ocice.org/register_2014_faith_leaders_luncheon Join OCICE and faith leaders from across Southern California for the 5th Annual Faith Leaders' Luncheon at the Jain Center of Southern California, 8072 Commonwealth Ave., Buena Park, CA. This year's Guest Speaker is Rev. Sarah Halverson, recipient of the 2013 Earth Day Sermon Award. Other speakers will include members of houses of worship that have taken steps to "Green" their house of worship and educate their congregation of the importance of earth stewardship.   OCICE will also present of the 2014 Steward of Creation Award, as well as the 2014 Earth Day Sermon Award.


REPEATING EVENTS

O. C. Catholic Worker - Volunteer Schedule occatholicworker.org

Mondays, 7:30am, Laguna Hills: Neighborhood Democratic Discussion Group at Starbucks Coffee, 25630 Alicia Parkway, across from Laguna Hills High School.

Mondays, 6pm, Irvine: Worker-Student Alliance (WSA) UC Irvine, in SSL 105. wsauci.blogspot.com

Tuesdays, 4-5pm, Tustin Stand in Peace Tustin Common Ground (embracehumanity.com) is a spiritual community in the City of Tustin. Each Tuesday afternoon from 4 to 5 PM, several members come together at the intersection of Prospect Ave and Irvine Blvd (northwest corner) to hold signs that read "Imagine Peace". Carol Marshall 714-961-5439 camarshall7@sbcglobal.net meetup.com/common-ground-spiritual-center/calendar/vvbknypcbhc

(3rd Tuesday), 5:30-7 pm, Orange:  Bring our troops home protest, sponsored by MFSO at the Traffic Circle in Old Towne Orange. Bring an anti-war sign and wear pink or black!

Mondays, 5:30-8:30pm, Orange Calling for Citizenship. Help us win citizenship for 11 million new Americans by phone banking to outreach to voters in key congressional districts in OC and asking them to speak with their members of Congress. Schedule is every Monday and Wednesday starting April 3and 5 at OC Labor Federation Office, 309 N. Rampart St. Ste A, Orange 92868. Training at 5:30pm and calling from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For more info or to sign up, contact Andrew Hausermann 714/931-6041, Andrew@occcopico.org or Ana Cabral 714/928-3030, ana@oclabor.org. (See also Wednesdays)

[Canceled] (2nd & 4th Tuesdays) 6:30 PM, Fullerton:  Drinking Liberally (drinkingliberally.org) Drinking Liberally meets at Table Ten in Fullerton, 124 W. Commonwealth Ave. in the SoCo District (Harbor/Commonwealth). We begin around 6:30pm. Our location is just one block from the Fullerton Transportation Center so you can take the bus or the train. We are on the patio in warm weather or front bar in cold weather. $6.00 burgers every Tuesday and a few specials just for us. It is time to rouse the North! Contact: orangecounty@drinkingliberally.org or (714) 955-7765

Tuesdays, 7pm, Santa Ana Junta de Voluntarios/Volunteer Meeting El Centro Cultural de México, 313 N. Birch Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701 el-centro.org

(3nd Tuesday), 5:30-7 pm, Orange:  Peace Vigil, sponsored by MFSO & CODEPINK at the Traffic Circle in Old Towne Orange.
Dear OC Code Pink Activists & Supporters,
I am happy to report that our friends from the OC chapter of Military Families Speak Out have resumed monthly peace vigils at the Circle!
These vigils will be held on the 4th Tuesdays of each month from 5:30-7:00 pm.
In peaceful solidarity, Kathy (Code Pink OC)

Tuesdays, 7pm, Irvine: Irvine Queers. 106 Gateway Commons Irvine, CA 92697 UCI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center located between Gateway Commons and the Cross-Cultural Center. spirit.dos.uci.edu/irvineq

Wednesdays, 7:30 am, Anaheim:  Los Amigos of OC, a progressive networking group, meets at Jagerhaus Restaurant, 2525 East Ball Road..  Contact: guevarasart@yahoo.com or (949) 636-2750 losamigosoc.com

(3rd Wednesday), 7:30 am, Orange:  CARA Action Team, @ Teamster Local #952, 140 S. Marks Way, Orange Karen Connor, 626-915-4044

Wednesdays, 2-3pm, Irvine: Olive Tree Initiative - Public Forum at the founders circle benches in the middle of Aldrich Park at UCI www.socsci.uci.edu/~cpb/OLIVE TREE INITIATIVE.html

Wednesdays, 3pm, Costa Mesa Occ Amnesty in Art Center 311

[Suspended] Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, Laguna Hills  Women in Black of Laguna Woods The local chapter of Women in Black has suspended their vigil, Check 588-9367 for more info. Local email wiblagunawoods@yahoo.com;  International website: Womeninblack.org . Local call: 949-588-9367

[Rescheduled] (2nd Wednesday), 5:30-7 pm, Orange:  Peace Vigil sponsored by OC Code Pink (codepinkoc.org) Moved to 4th Tuesday

Wednesdays, 5-6 PM, Irvine:  College Democrats at UCI collegedems.uci@gmail.com Social Science Tower (SST) 120 ucirvinedemocrats.webs.com

(Last Wednesday), 5-6:30pm Seal BeachSENIOR PATRIOTS FOR PEACE INVITES YOU TO JOIN A DEMONSTRATION FOR PEACE THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 5 TO 6:30PM IN FRONT OF THE LARGE WORLD GLOBE LEISURE WORLD, SEAL BEACH Seal Beach Blvd. at Golden Rain Rd. Between 405 Freeway and Westminster Parking in local shopping center, corner Seal Beach Blvd. & Westminster SIGNS AND BANNERS PROVIDED Call 562-430-7509 or 562-430-1047 for information

Wednesdays, 5-6 pm, Irvine:  UCI Amnesty International meeting, Crescent Bay Room B (A124) in the Student Center spirit.dos.uci.edu/amnesty/calendar.htm

Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30pm, Orange Calling for Citizenship. Help us win citizenship for 11 million new Americans by phone banking to outreach to voters in key congressional districts in OC and asking them to speak with their members of Congress. Schedule is every Monday and Wednesday starting April 3and 5 at OC Labor Federation Office, 309 N. Rampart St. Ste A, Orange 92868. Training at 5:30pm and calling from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For more info or to sign up, contact Andrew Hausermann 714/931-6041, Andrew@occcopico.org or Ana Cabral 714/928-3030, ana@oclabor.org. (See also Mondays)

[Canceled] (2nd Wednesday), 6:30pm, San Clemente: Drinking Liberally (drinkingliberally.org). meets at Sunsets Bar & Grill in Capistrano Beach, 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy. Contact: SCDrinkingLiberally@gmail.com or (949) 682-5291.

Odd Wednesdays (starting week 1), 7pm, Irvine: Transgender Alliance Group To Educate And Motivate (TAG TEAM) This will be an open space for allies and members of the transgender, gender variant, and gender non-conforming community to spread awareness and create an open space to plan actions for change on our campus. If you are interested, please join us Location: LGBTRC (Student Center South G302) If you would like more information, feel free to contact Sophie Punkar spunkar@uci.edu\ Amanda Woo awoo@uci.edu

(2nd Wednesday), 7 pm, Huntington Beach: 72nd Assembly Democratic Alliance meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm (door is open at 6:30pm), at International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) District Lodge 725, 5402 Bolsa Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Next meeting is February 8, 2012. For information, scheduled guest speaker, and map www.72ndada.com.

(2nd Wednesday), 7-10pm, Santa Ana: CopWatch Santa Ana General Meeting/Community Forum El Centro Cultural de México, 313 N Birch St
You are invited to come participate in direct-action based barrio organizing against the police state. Every 2nd wed. of the month at 7pm.   Professional childcare will be provided.   Agents of the state including the Santa Ana Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are NOT welcomed.

(Usually 4th Wednesday), 7 pm, Fountain Valley: Democratic Club of West OC Green Valley Adult Clubhouse (in the Green Valley neighborhood, south of Mile Square Park, off Warner Ave.),17250 Los Jardines West, Fountain Valley
Doors open at 6:30PM, program begins at 7:00 PM (speaker would start about 7:20 PM and speak until 8:30 PM, according to speaker's wishes with time for Q & A). check website for holiday and summer schedule and special events. DemClubofWestOC.org

Thursdays, 7:30-10:30 am, Santa Ana:  Los Amigos de Santa Ana, a progressive networking group, meets at Mariscos Zamora Restaurant 3701 W. McFadden Ave, #H, Santa Ana, 92704, (714)650-9287

(1st & 3rd Thursdays), 6:30-8:30 PM, Irvine:  pints and politics are suspended momentarily while we look for a new location. destiny@club48democrats.com

(1st Thursday), 6-9PM, Fullerton:  Democrats of North Orange County (DNOC), Sizzler Restaurant, 1401 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, Dinner at 6, Meeting begins at 7. Contact: Pete Anderson, President petedem04@gmail.com

(1st Thursday) 7-9 PM, Whittier Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition Movie Night
St. Matthias Episcopal Church - Chase Room, 7056 Washington Avenue, Whittier, CA 90602
1st Thurs-Movie night; 2nd Thurs-Steering Committee; 3rd Thurs "Teach in" meeting - Peace and Justice Work whittierpeace.org

Suspended (3rd Thursday), 7pm, Progressive Network Conference Call Third Thursday, every month 7 PM. To listen in to announcements , plans, and requests for help from other progressive in OC, call 949-954-3015 and enter 57169 when prompted for a pin number. These calls are open to the public, so you can also participate by registering with Calliflower.com and searching for the Progressive Network OC Monthly Call. To present information about your event, organization, or issue, you must be a registered user at Calliflower.com. For more information email lindamay@ocequality.com

4th Thursdays 6:30pm - if you wish to speak, please arrive by 6:15 to fill out a speaker's form, Irvine Green Ribbon Committee meeting 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine

Thursdays 8-11 PM, Costa Mesa:  Drag Show Fun Raiser Potatoe Skins & Platform Shoes - Party with a Purpose
Durty Nelly's Irish Pub 2915 Red Hill Ave Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Every Thursday, starting August 27th, "Durty Nelly's" is hosting a fundraiser for various charities in OC. Admittance is $10 which includes the show. Come enjoy yourself and support our Community! Durty Nelly's Irish Pub 2915 Redhill Ave. Costa Mesa

Thursdays 8:30 PM, Santa Ana Drinking Liberally (drinkingliberally.org) a no-agenda social club for local progressives, meets at Memphis Bar at 201N Broadway in the Artists Village Contact: orangecounty@drinkingliberally.org or (714) 955-7765

(2 Thursdays) 6:30 PM, Huntington Beach Drinking Liberally (drinkingliberally.org) King's Fish House, 7691 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 Contact: Louise Stewardson 714-356-6559 HuntingtonBeachg@drinkingliberally.org Jut a reminder that we are back to our "normal" 2nd Thursday of each month. Next get-together is March 14th. See you then, Tim and Susan

(2nd Thursday) 7-9PM, Santa Ana: OC Young Democrats Meeting
Bistro 400 400 W. 4th Street Santa Ana, CA 92701 OCYD.net

Thursdays 7 PM, Rancho Santa Margarita Drinking Liberally (drinkingliberally.org), a no-agenda social club for local progressives, meets at Canyon Fireside Grille 22312 El Paseo Rancho Santa Margarita California 92688 Contact: rsm@drinkingliberally.org.

Fridays 7:30am, Huntington Beach: Informal "Blue HB" Coffeeklatch at Natale's Cafe, 7251 Warner, between Gothard & Goldenwest. Contact: Vern Nelson 724-235-VERN

Fridays 8 am, San Juan Capistrano:  Informal discussion of local issues at Playhouse San Juan

(2nd Friday) 6:30pm, Anaheim: Potluck for Progressives. Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim, 511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim CA 92805. uuanaheim.org

(1st Friday) 7:30pm, Huntington Beach: OC Nation Group meets at the home of a member in Newport Beach for a two-hour discussion on current political and social topics. There is often a guest speaker limited to 20 minutes and an extended Q&A session. Contact: Allan Beek +1 (949) 645-1419 abeek@flash.net

Fridays 7:30-9pm, Santa Ana: Did you know that a new Transgender Support Group is forming at Church of the Foothills? The group will be meeting on the third Friday of the Month, from 7:30-9:00 PM in the Sr. High Room. Called "TG Rainbow", this all inclusive transgender support group will be holding their first meeting will be Friday, July 16. For more information about the group go to www.mach25media.com/tgr.html or contact Michelle Evans at mach25@sbcglobal.net or 949-770-0702.

(3rd Friday) 7-8pm Fullerton: OC NORML normally meets on the third Friday of the month at Giovanni's Pizza, 922 W Williams in Fullerton ocnorml.org

(1st & 3rd Fridays) 5-6pm Costa Mesa: Women In Black Harbor and Newport, Costa Mesa, CA Women in Black is a world wide peace group. We protest silently, wearing all black and holding signs.

Fridays 5pm Costa Mesa: Street corner protest against Colonial Occupation from Iraq to Palestine to Haiti at the corner of Bristol and Anton across from the South Coast Plaza Contact: Chuck Anderson, quetzalcoatl38@aol.com, (714) 956-5037

Fridays 5:30pm, Santa Ana: OC DREAM Team Coalition Meeting (istillhaveadream.org) Centro Cultural de México 313 N. Birch Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701 Santa Ana, CA 92701 Contact: Minerva S. Gómez (714) 376-8065

(1st Friday) 7:30pm, Newport Beach: OC Nation Group meets on the First Friday of every month at 7:30pm at the home of a member for two hours of discussion of current political or social topics. Often there is a guest speaker. We limit speakers to 20 minutes because we want to have an extended question and answer session and expound our own opinions.   Contact:   Allan Beek 949.645.1419 abeek@flash.net

(2nd Friday of the month) 6:45pm, Anaheim: Program for Progressives. Networking from 6:45pm to 7:15pm. Program begins at 7:15pm. Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim, 511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim CA 92805. Networking begins at 6:45pm, featured presentation at 7:15pm. For more information, please visit our website at uuanaheim.org

(Last Friday of the month) 7pm, Anaheim - UUCA Interweave, a gay/straight alliance which supports and addresses the needs and concerns of LGBT people, welcomes you to a potluck dinner and meeting held on the last Friday of the month at 7pm. UUCA Interweave is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim, 511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim CA 92805. For more information please visit the church website at uuanaheim.org, email uucainterweave@gmail.com, or follow us on Facebook.

[Canceled] Saturdays, 9-11am, IrvineWeekly Democratic Kaffee-Klatch I am suspending, until further notice, our Kaffee-Klatch. We have been meeting continuously since January 3, 2009, but there is little interest in political discussion for discussion's sake, so I'm not going to be there in the future. If there are at least four people who would like to continue, let me know, and we can see about resuming. Sharon Toji 9499296512 htoji@cox.net

Saturdays, 9am-2pm, IrvineOC Green Market OC's First Eco-friendly Open Air Market! is located on the beautiful Irvine Valley College Campus, 5500 Irvine Center Dr. and is open every Saturday from 9am - 2pm - rain or shine. Admission is free.   IVC policy requires that every parked car has a valid single use parking permit. A single use parking permit costs $2 per day. Cars not displaying a valid permit will receive a citation beginning at $20. Permit dispensers are located near parking lots #3 & #5. Signs will be posted.   For questions, comments or more information please email info@ocgreenmarket.com or call 714 717 4424.   ocgreenmarket.com

Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am, OrangeConnecting Communication Event the LGBT Center in OC will host a Connecting Communication/Nonviolent Communication Practice Group
1605 N. Spurgeon St. Santa Ana, CA 92701 Please email David Esch to sign up davidbrianesch@gmail.com thecenteroc.org Peace and Equality will not happen without connection--learn why and how.

(2st Saturday), 10am-noon, Irvine: OC Peace Coalition General Meeting @ the new Friends meeting house, 2091 Business Center Dr, Suite 100, Irvine 92612 ocpeace.org

[Canceled] 1st Saturday, 11am-12:30am, Laguna Woods: JOIN US FOR PEACE! Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods Village's Steering Committee voted to restart the People for Peace ad hoc committee. Monthly demonstrations for peace will take place on the First Saturday of every month, at the corner of El Toro & Valencia. Please call or email Margaret Pearlman margaretpearlma@yahoo.com for more information

Saturdays, 11am-1pm, Laguna BeachLaguna Beach Peace Vigil We meet every Saturday at Main Beach (PCH and Ocean Ave). Join the longest running peace vigil in the US. More info at https://www.facebook.com/LagunaBeachPeaceVigil

[Moved] (Last Saturday), 11am-12:30pm, Seal BeachSENIOR PATRIOTS AGAINST THE WAR Demonstration moved to Last Wednesday

First Sundays, 9am-noon, Costa Mesa:  Habitat Restoration Program at Talbert Regional Park. Join the Banning Ranch Conservancy to meet new people, learn more about natural history, and contribute to the health of environment and community. There is no special knowledge or skill required. Tools, gloves and water are provided by OC Parks. For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer call 949/923-2275 or email cblack949@hotmail.com or unbic@ocpark.com.

Sundays, 9:45-10:45am, Anaheim:  Adult Forum. All adults are welcome to join a group discussion on topics of social &/or political interest, co-facilitated by Ruth Shapin and Edward Dunvan. Held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim, 511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805. Phone: (714)758-1050. uuanaheim.org For further information call the phone number above, or Ruth at 714-567-0188, or see the above website.

Sundays, 12-1pm, Huntington Beach:  Enough! Every Sunday from noon to 1pm,
Huntington Beach: At Main St. and PCH S/W corner For more info. Contact, Albert afitguy@excite.com Dorrine quitetherebel@hotmail.com theyoungturks.com/section/Enough dfalink.com/event.php?id=25376

Sundays, noon-2pm: AnaheimProtest Against Police Brutality Anaheim Police Department, 425 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, California 92805 We will be protesting on Sunday....Please come out and support us in our effort to bring awareness to the community in our effort to get justice!!! youtube.com/watch?v=MST4RhWdlMQ

Sundays, 3pm, Cerritos:  The newly formed Southeast L.A. chapter of Progressive Democrats of America will be meeting every Sunday at 3pm, starting April 17. Location: Starbucks at the Cerritos Towne Center, 12751 Towne Center Drive Suite N-3, Cerritos, CA 90703-8588.

Sundays, 3 pm, Santa Ana:  Santa Ana Food Not Bombs (foodnotbombs.net/california.html) meets every Sunday @ 3pm to share fresh and healthful vegan food with the community because food is a right, not a privilege. Our local picnic location is at Sasscer Park at Civic Center and Ross Street across from the Santa Ana Library. For information on volunteering, please come meet us in person and we will point you in the right direction for the following week. Thanks for your interest. Much love and solidarity. It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Food Not Bombs Santa Ana will be taking a hiatus due to lack of interest by volunteers. We have had 4 volunteers holding this group together for about a year now, and we just don't have the energy to do it alone. Many call outs, parties and requests for meetings have not been able to hold us up. Please feel free to message us and if interest returns we may be able to pass the torch to a new group of volunteers.   So, we will not be serving until further notice. The core volunteers that are left in this over 10 year old chapter are very sad to have this happen, but we don't have the time we used to. We have served faithfully together for lots of Sundays and thank everyone who came out to help.

Sundays, 7-8 pm, Huntington Beach:  "Visualize world peace, surf city style" at Main St. & Pacific Coast Highway,  Bring a covered candle just help hold up the banner (no signs please; the banner says it all!).  Contact: mtheriault@socal.rr.com.


Addresses

Clubhouse 1, 24232 Calle Aragon, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. Click here for zoomed-in GoogleMap "pinned" to that venue, with directions from anywhere typed in.
Clubhouse 2, 24112 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. Click here for zoomed-in GoogleMap "pinned" to that venue, with directions from anywhere typed in.
Clubhouse 3, 23822 Avenida Sevilla, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. Click here for zoomed-in GoogleMap "pinned" to that venue, with directions from anywhere typed in.
Clubhouse 5, 24262 Punta Alta, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. Click here for zoomed-in GoogleMap "pinned" to that venue, with directions from anywhere typed in.
Clubhouse 6, 5365 Algarrobo, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. Click here for zoomed-in GoogleMap "pinned" to that venue, with directions from anywhere typed in.
Clubhouse 7, 24111 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. Click here for zoomed-in GoogleMap "pinned" to that venue, with directions from anywhere typed in.
Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, CA 92618   in the same parking lot as the Irvine Ranch Water District Offices. You would turn left when entering the parking lot off of Sand Canyon Ave. The entrance is on the far left of the parking lot and "Community Meeting Room" is on the door.
Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club, 5 Riparian Way, Irvine 92612 irwd.com/images/pdf/education/SJWS%20Map%20Aug%202012.pdf
Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause nor activities of organizations which use the District's meeting rooms that are made available as a public service.
Friends meeting house, 2091 Business Center Dr, Suite 100, Irvine 92612
Exit at MacArthur off of 405 and go towards OC Airport Turn Left at MacArthur and go to Michelson Turn Left at Michelson and go to the very next street (?) Turn Left at that next street that starts with a "D" and go to Business Center Drive Turn Right on Business Center Drive and go about 1/4 mile 2091 is on Left Hand side Go around to the back side of the building to where the handicap parking is. Suite 100 is off of the inside courtyard, in the center of the office complex.
Centro Cultural de México   313 N. Birch Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701   el-centro.org
Other event calendars
southerncaliforniajp.wordpress.com/   So Cal Justice and Peace
la.indymedia.org/calendar   Los Angeles Independent Media Center
change-links.org   Change Links
icujp.org/calendar.shtml   Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
coalitionforworldpeace.org/events.html   Coalition For World Peace
lbapn.org/lbapn-event-calendar   Long Beach Area Peace Network
sddemocrats.org/calendar.htm   San Diego County Democratic Party
ocdemocrats.org/index.php/blogs/upcoming_archives   Democratic Party of OC
my.barackobama.com   OFA (Obama for America)
ocgopaction.ning.com/events   Republican Party of OC
www.oc911truth.com/events/calendar/   OC 9/11 Truth
totalbuzz.freedomblogging.com/political-datebook   OC Register
calaction.org   CalAction
creec.edgateway.net/cs/creec9bp/cal/65   California Regional Environmental Education Community
bethecause.com/calendar   Be The Cause
prcsd.org/webcalendar/month.php   Peace Resource Center of San Diego
www.sarah4hope.org/SARAH4Hope/Community_Events.html   Spiritual And Religious Alliance For Hope
ocpeace.org/Antiwar%20Calendar%20for%20Orange%20County.html   OC Peace Coalition
ocpeace.org/calendar.html   OC Peace Coalition
au-oc.org/calendar.htm   Americans United for Separation of Church and State - OC
whittierpeace.org/calendar.htm   Whittier Peace and Justice Coalition
progressivechristiansuniting.org/events   Progressive Christians Uniting
ocice.org/events.html   OC Interfaith Coalition for the Environment
ocgreenguide.com/OC-Events.php   OC Green Guide
meetup.com/goinggreenorangecounty/calendar   Going GREEN in OC
cgpacs.uci.edu   The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies
sistersofstjosephorange.org/calendar.php   Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
ocequality.ning.com/events   OC Equality Coalition
nowoc.org/e107_plugins/calendar_menu/calendar.php   OC NOW
orangecoast.ca.lwvnet.org/calendar.html   League of Women Voters of Orange Coast
lwvcba.org/calendar.html   League of Women Voters of the Capistrano Bay Area
ocvoice.wordpress.com/calendar-listings   Orange Coast Voice calendar
pdamerica.org/events/calendar   Progressive Democrats of America
peacebuttons.info/E-News/thisweek.htm   This Week in History
laprogressive.com/progressive-events-in-los-angeles   Dick & Sharon's LA Progressive
officeoftheamericas.org/peace_calendar.html   Office of the Americas | Campaigns | Peace Calendar
shantioc.ning.com/events   Shanti OC
lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=3198   Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods Village
goodhappens.org/events   Center for Living Peace
activistsandiego.org/event   Activist San Diego
actionla.org   Action LA Network
http://72ndada.com/eventcalendar.asp   72nd ADA Meeting And Event Schedule
occupy-oc.org/calendar   Occupy OC (Irvine/Fullerton/Huntington Beach)
tinyurl.com/7x9waou   OCcupy Santa Ana
ocmdc.org/calendar   OC May Day Coalition
transitionlaguna.org/events   Transition Laguna Beach
www.eventslaguna.com/LBDC.aspx   Laguna Beach Democratic Club
calendar.www.thecenteroc.org   The Center OC
meetup.com/The-Left-Bank-of-Orange-County/events/calendar   The Left Bank of OC
rileybecky1.com   Greater Irvine Committee on Gun Violence Reduction

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