Weekly Orange County Progressive


Sunday April 26, 2015     Issue No. 624


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New Apr 20 Monday 7:15-7:45am, Anaheim: Defend Anaheim High School from Westboro Baptist

Apr 21-22 Tuesday-Wednesday, 6am-12noon: i OC Giving Day Sponsored by OC Community Foundation for Participating Non-Profits

Apr 21-23 Tuesday-Thursday, Fullerton: CSUF Earth Week

Apr 21 Tuesday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats

Apr 21 Tuesday 7:30pm, Irvine: Cousin's Club of OC - "Reclaiming U.S. Leadership and Israel's Future: a Call to Action" David Pine, West Coast Regional Director of Americans for Peace Now

New Apr 22 Wednesday 7pm, Anaheim: Junk Ed: FREE Earth Day Screening of "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret"

Apr 23 Thursday 5:30-9pm, Orange: OC Labor Federation 15th Annual Solidarity Awards Dinner

new Apr 23 Thursday 7pm, Laguna Woods: SoCal Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women

New Apr 24 Friday 7:30-9am, Rancho Santa Margarita: SOCEC Monthly Meeting - Water Supply Part I

Apr 24 Friday 8:30am-5pm, Huntington Beach: 9th Annual PEACE & LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE "Leadership and Peace Building"

NEW Apr 24 Friday 9am-5pm, Orange: Breaking Borders: Dialoguing on Immigration

NEW Apr 24 Friday 9:30am-12:30pm, Santa Ana: OCDAmarch and Artic #DieInAnaheim .. representing ALL the lives lost By PoliceMurder

New Apr 24 Friday 6-8pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition

new Apr 25 Saturday 9am-3pm, Santa Ana: OCCCO Leadership Summit

Apr 25 Saturday 9:30am-3:30pm, Santa Ana: OC LGBTQ Youth Convening

Apr 25 Saturday 10am-noon, Santa Ana: UNA-USA OC Chapter Coffee Talk Series - Food Sustainability: Good Intentions, Unintended Consequences

new Apr 26 Sunday 11am-3pm, Santa Ana: El Día del Niño / The Day of the Child

New Apr 26 Sunday noon-3pm, Huntington Beach: Stop the TPP. "It's NAFTA on steroids!"

[Update] Apr 26 Sunday 2:30-4pm, Irvine: Democrats of Greater Irvine - LGBT Rights Activist Laura Kanter Director of Policy, Advocacy and Youth Programs at LGBT Center OC "Indiana's Religious Freedom Law, Orange County's Sodomite Suppression Act, and the Battle for LGBT Rights in 2015"

new Apr 26 Sunday 4:30-9pm, Santa Ana: Concert for Human Rights and Equity for All

NEW Apr 27 Monday 4pm-Friday 6pm, Irvine: DREAMS at UCI Immigration Awareness Week

New Apr 27 Monday 7pm, Laguna Beach: Don't Fukushima With Us presented by Rita Corn

New Apr 27 Monday 7pm, Orange: OC Democratic Central Committee Meeting - Spotlight on OC May Day Coalition

NEW Apr 27 Monday 7:30-9pm, Irvine: OC Action Group to help pass AB 700, the California DISCLOSE Act

NEW Apr 28 Tuesday 5pm, Irvine: Toxic Contamination on City Council Agenda

New Apr 28 (4th Tuesday) 5:30-7pm, Orange: Peace Vigil by MFSO and CODEPINK

NEW Apr 28 (4th Tuesday) 6:30-8:30pm, Tustin: NWPC General Meeting - Cities for CEDAW

New Apr 28 (4th Tuesday) 7-9pm, Orange: OC Peace Coalition general meeting

NEW Apr 29 Wednesday 11:30am-1pm, Irvine: Meet recipients of the Climate Action Fellowships and learn about the projects

new Apr 29 Wednesday 6:30-9pm, Irvine: OC Green Drinks

NEW Apr 30 Thursday 6pm, Irvine: PDA Greater OC Chapter

Apr 30 Thursday 6:30-7:30pm, Orange: Ecofeminism/Social Justice Community Reading Group


MAY

NEW May 1 Friday 9am, Anaheim: May 1st Mass and March - Primero de Mayo Misa y Marcha

May 1 Friday 2pm, Santa Ana: Annual March - May Day is Our Day - Human Rights and Equity for All

May 1-3 Friday 6:30pm-Sunday 9pm, Fullerton: Freethought Alliance Conference

May 2 Saturday 9am Brea/9:30am Corona del Mar, Long Beach: Monthly Meeting of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)

May 2 Saturday 10:30am-5pm, Aliso Viejo: Soka University's 14th Annual International Festival

May 5-7 Tuesday-Thursday, Los Angeles: 4th Annual USZWBC National Zero Waste Business Conference

NEW May 5 Tuesday 6-7:30pm, Irvine: Know Your Rights/ Deportation Defense Workshop

New May 5 Tuesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Robert Scheer returns to Concerned Citizens

New May 6 Wednesday 7:15pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America-OC: Poseidon: Its Impact & The Alternatives to Protect Water Resources

new May 7 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Democrats of North OC

new May 8 Friday 1pm, Seal Beach: Capitol Punishment speaker Nick Yarris

New May 9 Saturday 10am, Garden Grove: OC LULAC District 2 Convention

New May 13 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club - State of the "Union" Tim Steed Internal Organizer for the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA)

May 15-17 Friday 10am-Sunday noon, Anaheim: California Democrats State Convention

May 16 Saturday 10am-6pm, Santa Ana: OC Anarchist Book Fair

New May 16 Saturday 1:45-4:30pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State: Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion

New May 16 Saturday 6:30pm, Costa Mesa: Noche para recaudar fondos por DAPA! DAPA fundraiser movie night!

May 17 Sunday 2:30-4pm, Irvine: Democrats of Greater Irvine

NEW May 20 Wednesday 5:30pm, Santa Ana: Colors of Justice 2015 : 30 Years Of Sowing Justice

NEW May 20 (3rd Wednesday) 7-8:30pm, Orange: OC Death Penalty Focus

New May 21 Thursday 1:30pm, Laguna Woods: "Capitalism: A Love Story" a film by Michael Moore

May 26 Tuesday 11am-5pm, Buena Park: American Muslim Women's Empowerment Council Aims to Empower US Muslim Women

new May 27 Wednesday 11:30am, Irvine: Women For:OC - Film: "Mighty be our Powers", with presentation by Paula Garb

May 27 Wednesday 11:30am-1pm, Irvine: 6th Annual OCICE Faith Leaders' Luncheon - guest speaker Dr. John Cobb


JUNE

NEW Jun 11 Thursday 6:30-8:30pm, Orange: Dig Deeper About Climate Change Adapting to the Ecological Effects of Climate Change Alejandro E. Camacho

NEW Jun 24 Wednesday 11:30am, Irvine: Women For:OC - "Death with Dignity in California", Joe Barnes, Compassion and Choices

Jun 28 Sunday 2:30-4pm, Irvine: Democrats of Greater Irvine

NEW Jun 29-Jul 3 Monday 11am-Friday 2:3pm, Orange: Spring Into Action: Immigrant Youth Leadership Development Rundown


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Jan 2 Friday 6pm, Irvine: Animal Protection & Rescue League Meeting @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club
Admission and vegan dinner catered by Veggie Grill is completely FREE for the first 50 people to RSVP ($20 each thereafter). meetup.com/aprl-oc/events/158217412

Jan 3 Saturday 7:30pm, Santa Ana: 4th Annual OCIYU Art Show @ Centro Cultural de México
Orange County Immigrant Youth United will be hosting its third annual art show. This art exhibit will showcase the talent of students and community members. Participants can just exhibit their work, or put it up for silent auction if they would like to sell their piece.   OCIYU is accepting art submissions! If you are an artist looking forward to submit your art piece, please contact Miriam Lopez at (714) 661-3507 or at MiriamL123490@gmail.com

Jan 4 (1st Sunday) 7:30am-4pm, Huntington Beach: We start a new year with U.S. troops back in Iraq, the endgame in Afghanistan is requiring more troops - and perhaps more risks. Once again this first Sunday, we will again be setting up the Arlington West display on the sands of Huntington Beach. We hope we can have your help.
Weather forecast is calling for clear skies and a high about 70.   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. We usually need the most help in the morning, though both morning and evening are critical. We meet up at the beach around/after 7:30 and start the setup of the field of crosses and other items. Depending upon number of helpers this can take 45 minutes or over two hours. "Many hands make for light and fast work". Take down goes much quicker than setup. We will likely start breakdown at about 4:00PM and hopefully have everything back in the trailer before 5:00.   Please let us know if you are coming this Sunday by replying to jeff.mfso@earthlink.net, but you, of course, are most welcome without replying first.

Jan 5 Monday 6-8pm, Irvine: Worldly Women of Irvine "Our Dysfunctional Relationship with Water" @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club
Guest speaker Celeste Cantú General Manager Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority Celeste Cantú served as Executive Director for the California State Water Resources Control Board, which is responsible for water rights and water quality for our and was USDA Rural Development State Director for California during the Clinton Administration. youtube.com/watch?v=StUyp2ioVXs

Jan 6 Tuesday 4-7pm, Orange: Remembrance for Michael Kinslow @ OC Labor Federation, 309 North Rampart Street
Last Friday, December 26, Michael Kinslow passed away after a battle with cancer. Cards or notes of condolence may be sent to his family and wife:   Georgie Denman Kinslow 26502 Valpariso Drive Mission Viejo, 92691   You are cordially invited to a remembrance for Michael on Tuesday, January 6th from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at the Orange County Labor Federation (309 North Rampart Street, Orange, CA 92868). http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2014/12/in-memoriam-for-michael-j-kinslow-esquire-in-words-gently-borrowed-from-his-friends/

Jan 6 Tuesday 6-7pm, Irvine: Dreams at UC @ UCI Student Outreach and Retention Center - SOAR, 106 Gateway Study Center

Jan 6 Tuesday 6:30-9:30pm, Huntington Beach: HBPD Use of Force @ Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave.
Chief Robert Handy will speak on "Use of Force" and the Huntington Beach Police Department's policies and procedures.

Jan 6 Tuesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Concerned Citizens Of Laguna Woods Village: Why The Affordable Care Act is Not Enough Don McCanne M.D. Senior Health Policy Fellow, Physicians for a National Health Program @ Clubhouse 7
lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=5509

Jan 6 Tuesday 7pm, Santa Ana: Candidate Forum- 1st District OC Supervisor @ Rancho Santiago Community College District Boardroom, 2323 North Broadway
Connect-to-Council is presenting a forum for the voters of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Fountain Valley and Westminster to feature candidates running for the 1st District Orange County Supervisor position. There will be a special election on January 27 and absentee ballots begin going out on December 29, 2014.   Why is a Board of OC Supervisors election so important? The board makes decisions relating to land use, public utilities, and transportation, both directly and indirectly through its power over budgets and appointments to boards, committees, and commissions. Services that are ultimately managed by the board include regional parks, water, sewers, animal control, buses, freeways, and commuter rail. *The First District includes the Cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Westminster, portions of the City of Fountain Valley and the unincorporated community of Midway City. Promotional support of this Candidates Forum is being provided by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, Westminster Chamber of Commerce and Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce.

Jan 7 Wednesday 6pm, Costa Mesa: Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting @ the Neighborhood Community Center (1845 Park Avenue)
The vote could determine whether or not Fairview becomes an active use urban city park with sport complexes, parking lots, municipal lighting, concrete sidewalks, PA systems, etc. Developing the southeast quadrant of Fairview would forever destroy the remains of one of the oldest and largest Native American villages in Orange County, destroy wildlife and wildlife habitat (including burrowing owl, predatory bird, western toad, pacific chorus frog, and fairy shrimp habitat), destroy the model train ride experience as we know it, and destroy priceless open space and nature in a city becoming more crowded with higher density every day. To oppose destruction of the last of Costa Mesa's undeveloped open space and nature, please attend the meeting or e-mail the committee at FairviewPark@costamesaca.gov and tell them to keep Fairview the way it is or make it a better nature park by restoring more native habitat. Find agenda at http://www.costamesaca.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=16780.

Jan 7 Wednesday 7:15, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America-OC Monthly Meeting @ Karl Strauss Brewery, 901 South Coast Dr.
Dr. Jose Moreno, CSU Long Beach faculty member, recent member Anaheim City School District Bd. of Education and President of Los Amigos, will discuss privatization efforts aimed at public education. We will also hear from Katrina Foley, recently re-elected to Cost Mesa City Council and Hugo Romero, Coordinator for UCI Community and Labor Project. Collections: bring gently used coats and jackets for Katrina's annual coat drive and blankets for Marti Shrank's drive for Catholic Worker. Social hour begins at 6:30pm, meeting at 7:15. Admission is free. Please join us and bring a friend for a night of progressive action. If you have any questions, please email dfaoc.comm@gmail.com.

Jan 8 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Democrats of North OC @ Sizzler Restaurant, 1401 North Harbor Blvd.
Join the DNOC as our first guest speaker for 2015 will be Michael Shepherd, the Housing and Community Engagement Manager from Pathways of Hope a local non-profit organization serving North Orange County communities since 1975. DNOC wants to carry on with the holiday spirit of giving by collecting clean USED blankets for our community's least fortunate. DNOC times: 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

Jan 8 Thursday 6:30-8:30pm, Orange: Dig Deeper About Climate Change Film & Speaker Series @ St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room 480 S. Batavia St.
Droughts, wildfires, and sea level rise: How Climate Change Affects Southern CA Presented by:Dr. Jere H. Lipps. He is the Director of the John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontonlogical Center, a partnership between Orange County and CSU Fullerton. He holds a PhD in Geology from UCLA and served as a professor at both UC Berkley and UC Davis. Please RSVP: 714-633-8121 ext. 7716 mperales@csjorange.org ocice.org/dig_deep_about_climate_change

Jan 8 Thursday 7pm, Garden Grove: follow-up to #blacklivesmatter vigil @ Garden Grove Mosque (ISOC MASJID) 1 Al-Rahman Plaza, 9752 W. 13th St.
Restoring Peace and Justice in OC Local Organizing Commitee More info and to RSVP: Monica (714) 833-9739 monica@occcopico.org

Jan 8 Thursday 7pm, Fullerton: AIM OC Bi-monthly Meeting @ Denny's, 1101 S Harbor Blvd
Election, budget, fundraising and more. Mandatory for officers.

Jan 9 Friday 6pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition @ SEIU office 1936 W Chapman Ave. 92868
First half of the meeting will review PEPCOM AND DAPA

Jan 9 Friday 6:45-8pm, Anaheim: Program For Progressives - Know Your Rights Video - "Flex Your Rights" @ Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim, 511 S Harbor Blvd.
on knowing your rights during a police encounter. We will watch the film and address questions/ experiences. This is an attempt to educate ourselves as a community.

Jan 9 Friday 7-9:30pm, Irvine: Peace in Motion Café Movie Night: Last Call at the Oasis @ Center For Living Peace, 4139 Campus Dr
Filmmaker Jessica Yu examines the looming global water crisis and what can be done to avoid it https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peace-in-motion-cafe-movie-night-presents-last-call-at-the-oasis-registration-14913570892

Jan 9 Friday 7:30-9:30pm, Garden Grove: The Crisis of ISIS: The Community's Role and Response @ 9752 W. 13th St.
Speakers include Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Religious Director of ISOC, Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC President, Hussam Ayloush, CAIR-LA Executive Director, Shaykha Muslema Purmul, Co-founder of SAFA Center; moderated by Ustadha Lobna Mulla.Event is free and sponsored by Islamic Society of Orange County, CAIR California and Muslim Public Affairs Council. For more info, please contact Marwa Abdelghani, MARWA@MPAC.org, 323/258-6722.

Jan 10 Saturday 9am-noon Brea/9:30am-noon Corona del Mar: Monthly Meeting of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)
9am-noon: Brea Brea Congregational Church at 300 E. Imperial Hwy in Brea 92821
9:30am-noon: St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 3233 Pacific View Dr,Corona del Mar, CA 92625
New members welcome! Part of the meeting is a one-hour international conference call. We hear from an expert in Climate Change. 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 for a livable world. 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 Corona del Mar. Learn about CCL and register for live weekly introductory call at CitizensClimateLobby.org.

Jan 10 (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 10 Saturday 10am Huntington Beach,Laguna Woods,Orange,Santa Ana/11:30am San Clemente: ADEM Elections
AD 68 @ Plumbers Hall, 1916 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92868 cadem.org/resources/assembly_district_meetings?id=0068
AD 69 @ Laborers Local 652, 1532 E Chestnut Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92701 cadem.org/resources/assembly_district_meetings?id=0069
AD 72 @ IAM Local 725, 5402 Bolsa Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92649 cadem.org/resources/assembly_district_meetings?id=0072
AD 73 @ San Clemente Community Center / Fireside Room, 9100 Calle Seville cadem.org/resources/assembly_district_meetings?id=0073
AD 74 @ Laguna Woods Clubhouse 7, 24111 Moulton Parkway cadem.org/resources/assembly_district_meetings?id=0074

Jan 10 1-3:30pm, Anaheim: Saturday Forum - Community Healing @ Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim, 511 S Harbor Blvd.
Allow community members to share their experiences with police brutality - we bear witness. This is a speaking circle event where members young and old are invited to come to the church to talk about their experiences, feelings, and concerns with recent events.

Jan 10 Saturday 6-9:30pm, Irvine: Reclaim Democracy - Years of Living Dangerously @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
madmimi.com/p/3302c5 6:00 PM: Gathering, chatting and munching. 6:30 PM: Welcome and Introduction to Reclaim Democracy 7:00 PM: Years of Living Dangerously (episode to be determined) 8:30 PM: Discussion. 9:30 PM: Clean up and clear out

Jan 11 Sunday noon, Costa Mesa: The First of the League Film Series "Last Call at the Oasis" @ Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church, 2845 Mesa Verde Drive, E, (at Adams)
With discussion led by UCI professor, Dr. James Famiglietti. Co-sponsored with and held at the Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church Lunch at 12:15, film and discussion at 12:30, donations appreciated

Jan 11 Sunday noon, Anaheim: Really, Really Free Market @ La Palma Park, 1151 N Anaheim Blvd.
Bring stuff you don't need/want anymore! And get stuff you do need/want! *NO MONEY, NO BARTER, NO TRADE, EVERYTHING IS FREE.   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.

Jan 11 Sunday 12:30-1:30pm, Anaheim: Social Justice Book Club @ Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim, 511 S Harbor Blvd.
We began discussing a new book in August, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" by Thomas Piketty. This

Jan 11 Sunday 2pm, Irvine: Humanist Association of OC @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Juan Bernal, Ph.D.: Does Humanism substitute Humanity for God? or, Do Humanists Raise Humanity to a God-like Status? Juan will elaborate a bit on one of his blog articles on the question.   Also, we'll be accepting nominations for 2015 officers (Pres., V-Pres., Treasurer, Secretary) and two members at large on the board. There will be a discussion of the election pro-cedure. In addition, there will be a discussion about the general direction and purpose of HAOC in the coming years.   Meet and Greet at 1:30 pm. Meeting begins at 2 pm. meetup.com/OCHumanists

Jan 13 Tuesday 9am, Santa Ana: Townsend Gang Injunction Hearing @ OC Superior Court 700 Civic Center Dr West
Please come support the fight against the gang injunction. We need as many people to go as possible as the OCDA will try to use the recent tragedies in the neighborhood as a justification for a gang injunction.

Jan 13 Tuesday 6:30pm, Fullerton: Candle Light Vigil on 1 Year Anniversary Of Unjust Verdict For The Murder Of Kelly Thomas @ Kelly Thomas Memorial, 123 E Santat Fe
http://fullertonrag.com/2015/01/13/on-the-first-anniversary-of-not-guilty-verdicts-in-the-killing-of-kelly-thomas/

Jan 13 Tuesday 6:30-8pm, Irvine: Muslim Voices Against Extremism Panel @ Pacifica Institute - OC, 18872 Bardeen Ave.
eventbrite.com/e/pacifica-institute-oc-panel-muslim-voices-against-extremism-tickets-15131452582

Jan 14 Wednesday 3-4:30pm, Fullerton: California Dream Act Work Shop @ Fullerton Community College, room 611
The Cadena/ Transfer Center, in collaboration with the Fullerton College Dream Team, Financial Aid Office, and Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS) invite you to attend our California Dream Act information sessions/labs. We will provide information about opportunities available to AB540 students as a result of the California Dream Act, including eligibility for special programs such as EOPS, Cal Grants and scholarships. We will also highlight some resources at local universities for AB540 students planning to transfer. Financial aid staff will be available to assist you with filling out the application, so to make the best use of this session, please arrive on time and plan to bring the following documents:   Your Social Security Card and Driver's License/State Identification Card, if applicable Your 2014 Federal income tax return and W2 forms-or estimated income information. If you are a dependent student: Date of Birth, and parent's Date of Marital Status and Parent's 2014 Federal income tax return and W2 forms-or estimated income information.

Jan 14 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club - Dr. Jose Moreno "How the Face of Orange County is Changing" @ Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2
Special Guest Speaker Dr. Jose Moreno President of Los Amigos "How the Face of Orange County is Changing" Citing the UCI Community & Labor Project/ UCLA Labor Center study, July 2014, "Orange County on the Cusp of Change" Come hear a distinguished and honored OC resident and activist discuss the changes taking place demographically in Orange County (indeed throughout the State of California). Dr. Moreno will discuss the struggles of immigrant communities, particularly the Latino community, how inequality spreads across color lines, and suggested fixes to countywide problems.   Doors Open 6:30 p.m.; Program at 7:00   Meeting also includes Election of 2015 Officers and Directors, Legislative Action, Raffle, Refreshments, Membership, Voter Registration, and Volunteer Opportunities.   Please bring nonperishable food items for South County Outreach.   For info, call Linda Nearing at 949 460-0640

Jan 14 Wednesday 7pm, Dana Point: South OC Democrats @ Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan Ave.
This coming year will be our chance to take advantage of changing Orange County demographics and create a foundation for the 2016 election. Our work in 2015 will be key to the success of local and federal Democratic candidates in 2016.   With this in mind, for our January 14th meeting, we invite you to participate in a planning session. We would like to find out what our members like/dislike at meetings, what we want our club to accomplish, and how we can begin to create a base for our 2016 candidates.   We are also looking for leaders-people in our club who are willing to step up and help by participating on the board for the March 2015-March 2016 term. We are looking for: a voter registration coordinator, treasurer, secretary, and a chair/vice-chair. These roles are essential to the continued success of the SOCDC, and I ask you to consider whether you are able to donate your time to help create a launching pad for our 2016 Presidential candidate.   Please join us at our January meeting as we plan, discuss, debate, and strategize for this year.   *Please come early if you are able to help set up!*

Jan 14 Wednesday 7-9pm, Orange: OC Young Democrats @ Democratic Party of OC, 1916 W Chapman Ave. Suite B
Join OCYD for our first mixer of 2015! We are excited to be joined by special guest The Honorable Bao Nguyen, newly elected Mayor of Garden Grove!   We'll also share information about running to be on the OCYD E-Board, as elections will take place at the February mixer.   PLUS, learn how you can volunteer for Sen. Lou Correa in his Board of Supervisors race.   Join us at 7pm for drinks, apps and networking, followed by the program beginning at 7:30pm. ocyd.org

Jan 14 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Beach: Laguna Beach Democratic Club - Citizens Climate Lobby Spokesperson, Mark Tabbert @ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Drive
Mark will speak about what is being done about global climate change and how the Citizen's Climate Lobby is organizing the public into effective citizen lobbyist.   For more information visit lagunabeachdemocraticclub.com and facebook.com/lbdcpage

Jan 15 Thursday 2pm, Laguna Woods: Concerned Citizens Of Laguna Woods Village: "War On Whistleblowers: Free Press And The National Security State" @ Clubhouse 1 Main Lounge
lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=3656

Jan 16 Friday 8pm, Santa Ana: OC NORML Meeting @ OC NORML headquarters, 117 w. Fourth St. Corner of 4th and Sycamore in old downtown Santa Ana
We have two special guest speakers: Ellen Komp Deputy Director of CA NORML and Attorney Lance Rodgers from a local cannabis law firm.

Jan 17-18 Saturday 9am-Sunday 4:30pm, Westminster: Toward a More Peaceful World - featuring Dr. David Berceli & TRE @ Golden West College, 6802 Westminster Blvd.
Living Ubuntu, Golden West College Peace Studies Program, Southern California Institute For Bioenergetic Analysis   Celebrate Living Ubuntu's 10th Birthday! Toward a More Peaceful World Dr. David Berceli and Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) A 2-day workshop and evening birthday celebration   Net proceeds will benefit Living Ubuntu's ongoing project: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego.   For more event, TRE, or hotel info, to view video clips, or buy tickets: www.livingubuntu.org/events.   CONTACT: info @ livingubuntu.org; 949.891.2005

Jan 17 Saturday 9:30am , Long Beach: Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace and the Long Beach Area Peace Network will be marching together.   Join us so that the city of Long Beach hears our important message that the time to end this war is now. Free parking is at Long Beach City Coillege-Pacific Coast Campus, 1305 East Pacific Coast Hwy. and access the free shuttle to Martin Luther King Jr. and 7th St. The parade ends at the college, making return to car easy. MFSO truck will participate; T-shirts will be available. Truck decorating begins at 8:30, gathering time for the parade is 9:30, and parade starts at 10:30. Please keep signs on message - "Bring Our Troops and Tax Dollars Home" Military Families Speak Out Orange County and South Bay Chapters. www.mfsooc.org, contact mfsooc@earthlink, Pat Alviso 562-833-8035 or Jeff Merric 522-4241.

Jan 17 Saturday 1:30-4:30pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State: God Loves Uganda - Film @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
award film maker Roger Ross Williams explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda's terrifying turn towards biblical law and the propose death penalty for homosexuality. Thanks to charismatic religious leaders and a well-financed campaign, these draconian new laws and the politicians that peddle them are winning over the Ugandan public. But these dangerous policies and the money that fuels them aren't coming from Africa; they're being imported from some of America's largest megachurchs. au-oc.org

Jan 17 Saturday 7pm, Brea: Climate Change and National Security @ Brea Congregational Church-United Church of Christ, 300 E Imperial Hwy.
Rear Admiral Len Hering, USN (retired) talks about reducing the risks of Global Warming. There is no charge to attend. Event is sponsored by So Cal chapters of citizensclimatelobby.org

Jan 18 Sunday 2:30-4pm, Irvine: Democrats of Greater Irvine @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club
election meeting, installation of new officers   Doors open at 2 for a social half hour and the meeting usually begins at 2:30

Jan 18 Sunday 4:30pm, Costa Mesa: Ron Lindsay: The Necessity of Secularism @ Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave. centerforinquiry.net/oc/events/feed_your_brain_lecture_series1/

Jan 18 Sunday 5:30-7pm, Anaheim: GiTMO Guard @ West Coast Islamic Society, 1717 S. Brookhurst St
Terry Holdbrooks is a US Army veteran who was a guard in Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay. His experience there led him to accept Islam in 2003. Now is your chance to hear an inside perspective and get firsthand accounts of GiTMO. mlfa.org/event/gitmo-guard-comes-anaheim-ca/

Jan 19 Monday 6-7:30pm, Anaheim: Reclaim the Dream Peace March and Prayer Vigil @ Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim, 511 South Harbor Blvd.
An OCCCO (Orange County Congregation Community Organization) Local Organizing committee that seeks to develop a common analysis on violence in all its forms (direct, structural and cultural) in our communities and create a collaborative peace plan that is guided by our faith values which seeks to change hearts and minds, policies and dominant narratives that contribute to racist and oppressive systems in Orange County will be leading a Peace March and Prayer Vigil on Monday, January 19th.   We will be meeting at Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim and finishing at Anaheim City Hall. Please join us for a march seeking peace and justice and an end to violence in our community.   This is a public event please share with your networks. 4pm sign and art making and the march will begin at 5pm. https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=zNzQBRqpn1Nc.kSNvnYOZu8Yg

Jan 20 Tuesday 5:30pm, Orange: State of the Union Watch Party @ IBEW Local 441, 309 N Rampart
we will be gathering to watch President Obama's sixth State of the Union Address! 5:30 pm. (Speech begins at 6:00 pm) Join us for free food, drinks and great company! RSVP to Marti Schrank at Marti@OCDemocrats.org or call 714.634.DEMS (3367).

Jan 20 Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm, Huntington Beach: Watch Party for President Obama's State of the Union @ Buffalo Wings 'N Things, 18302 Beach Blvd (between Garfield and Ellis)
State of the Union speech begins at 6pm PST. Reply to patgoodman12@gmail.com or call 657/215-5336.

Jan 20 Tuesday 6-7:30pm, Santa Ana: County Supervisor Candidates Forum @ Greater Light Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 W 3rd St.
Contact Daniel Bravo | 714-270-6998 daniel@occcopico.org (Vote: Jan27)

Jan 20 Tuesday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats Monthly Club Meeting & Election of Officers for 2015 @ Norman Murray Center, 22932 Veteran's Way
Ms. Claudia Perez, from Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties will speak about where we are today and what we can do to ensure that women continue to have access to safe, quality reproductive health care.   We will also elect new officers for 2015. Nominees are: President: Fran Sdao Vice-President: Deborah Cunningham-Skurnick Treasurer: Kathy Westling Secretary: Thom Steury

Jan 20 Tuesday 7-9pm, Irvine: Presentation on CEDAW (the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) @ Center for Living Peace, 4139 Campus Dr.
Cities for CEDAW is a national, grassroots effort to encourage city officials and leaders around the U. S. to adopt ordinances and resolutions that recognize the principles of CEDAW at the local level.   To learn more about the Cities for CEDAW campaign, click here citiesforcedaw.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/welcome-to-the-cities-for-cedaw-weblog.   For more information on tomorrow's presentation, call CeCe Sloan at 949.683.1278.

Jan 20 Tuesday 7:30pm, Irvine: Cousin's Club of OC - Hassan Sughayer "Israel/Palestine, One State vs. Two States: Which Option Will Realistically Occur?" @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Hassan is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and retired engineer. He is a Palestinian who, as a young man, was a human rights activist on the West Bank.   Discussion will follow. Please join us and share your ideas.

Jan 21 Wednesday 6:30-9pm, Costa Mesa: Sierra Club Banning Ranch Park and Preserve Task Force @ Mesa Verde United Methodist Church 1701 Baker St.
to discuss the Coastal Commission enforcement action (now expected for March) as well as outreach efforts. Efforts to improve our website will also be discussed. Visit facebook.com/BanningRanchConservancy

Jan 21 (3rd Wednesday) 7-8:30pm, Orange: OC Death Penalty Focus @ St. Joseph Center, Room 4, 480 S Batavia
  OCChapterDPF@gmail.com facebook.com/OCCDPF https://twitter.com/oc_dpf

Jan 22 Thursday noon, Costa Mesa: Roe v Wade Anniversary Luncheon @ Hilton Costa Mesa - 3050 Bristol St.
This year's Roe v. Wade Anniversary Celebration will feature Keynote Speaker Erwin Chemerinsky, famed Constitutional Law Scholar, best-selling author, and Dean of the UCI School of Law.   Join us in honoring the OC Women's Coalition. Their tireless efforts ensure women continue to have access to quality and safe reproductive health care in OC.

Jan 22 Thursday 6-7:30pm, Orange: Roe v Wade Rally @ Circle Of Orange, Glassell St and Chapman Ave.
Join OC NOW for the 42nd annual Roe v Wade Rally at the Circle in Orange. let's make sure that we speak up for access to FULL reproductive healthcare for women throughout this county. Bring signs, NO Candles, Flashlights are OK, but lights really aren't necessary Dress Warmly

Jan 22 Thursday 6-7:30pm, Irvine: Candle Light Vigil For Victims Of Nigeria Attacks @ Corner of Alton Pkwy and Culver
Please join in the vigil to remember the 2000 innocent victims of Boko Haram's attack in Nigeria and lend your support to end Violence and War.

Jan 22 Thursday 6:30-7:30pm, Orange: Ecofeminism/Social Justice Community Reading Group @ Room 420, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, 1 University Dr
The book discussion group is open to everyone, we will discuss Silvia Federici;s Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1570270597/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Feel free to come if you've read all or just part of book. It is recommended that those who attend read at least the preface and introduction.   We will also have a special guest facilitator: Carol Downer, feminist activist and founder of the Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers in 1975 She is the editor of A New View of a Woman's Body and participated in the editing or authorship of several other women's health books, including Women's Book of Choices. Carol's website is at: www.womenshealthinwomenshands.org If you do not have time to read the entire book, Carol recommends reading the preface and introduction (about 10 pages). I would be happy to make copies of these pages for anyone.

Jan 23 Friday 6pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition @ SEIU office 1936 W Chapman Ave. 92868

Jan 24 Saturday 11am-1pm, Irvine: UC Irvine Legal Observer Training Sponsored by National Lawyers Guild, UCI Student Chapter @ EDU 1131
If you are interested in learning to legal observe at political demonstrations or are part of an organization that might want the support of legal observers in the future, come to this training. Refreshments provided. For more information, email legalobserving@lawnet.uci.edu.

Jan 24 Saturday 1-7pm, Garden Grove: Garden Grove Youth LULAC # 2082 Annual Food & Fun Carnival @ OC LULAC Foundation, 11277 Garden Grove Blvd. Suite 101A
Please come and support this new LULAC Youth leaders. They are working very hard to raise money for their annual activities. Bring your kids and enjoy the face painting, food, music and many other entertainments.

Jan 24 Saturday 4:30-9am, Countywide: 2015 Point in Time Count of the Homeless Every two years the County of Orange and non-profit partners conduct a single day count of the County's sheltered and unsheltered homeless population. Project goal is to preserve more than $16 million in annual federal funding for homeless programs and services. 1,500 volunteers are needed. For more information on the count of the homeless and how to volunteer, you may visit the following website:www.pointintimeoc.org.

Jan 25 Sunday 11am-1:30pm, Santa Ana: United Nations Association of the United States of America OC Chapter Annual Brunch and Membership Meeting @ Hacienda Restaurant, 1725 College Ave. Santa Ana. Speaker Dr. Paul Arthur will present "Thinking Beyond Conflict" Dr. Arthur, D. Litt., is National University of Ireland Visiting Distinguished Professor and Interim Director of Peace Studies at Chapman University. He has done extensive work as an author, international lecturer and advisor in the area of peace and conflict resolution. Event includes buffet, election of officers and silent auction. To purchase tickets www.una-oc.org; 714/538-5689.

Jan 25 Sunday 1:30pm, Irvine: Women For:OC - OC at the Forefront of the Civil Rights Movement @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club
womenfororangecounty.org/uploads/4/2/4/3/42430617/wfoc_january_2015_flyer-2.pdf Judge Aguirre will discuss the Civil Rights movement in Orange County; from Japanese Internment to school integration law - highlighting the 1945 public education integration case of Mendez, et al v. Westminster School District et al - a movement which did not begin or end with Brown v Board of Education.   Special thanks to OC Human Relations Council for sharing their informative Heritage Museum display "Orange County Civil Rights: A History of an Enduring Struggle for Equality".

Jan 25 Sunday 2-4pm, Anaheim: Betty Medsger, author of "The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI"; some of the original burglars of the FBI office; and the film, "1971" @ Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim, 511 S. Harbor Blvd.
Autographed copies of "The Burglary" may be purchased. Sponsored by the ACLU of Southern California; the Social Justice Committee of the U-U Church in Anaheim; the US Federation of Scholars and Scientists; the Southern California Federation of Scientists; the California Peace Academy   For Further Information: 949.940.8979 RDittmann@Fullerton.edu

Jan 25 Sunday 6pm, Long Beach: Conscious Cinema proudly presents: A Special Screening About Economic Injustice In America @ Hellada Art Center, 117 Linden Ave.
Happy New Year! Perhaps as we enter into 2015, it is the right time to examine economic injustice in America. This documentary features a prominent economic advisor who was served under numerous presidential administrations, most notable the Clinton administration. Topics include the disparity in income between the average American worker and the top 1%, the entrance of women into the workforce, and the state of unions today. Also covered is the uncomfortable parallel between the Great Depression and the current economic and political climate we are living in.   Running Time: 90 minutes   Guest Speaker: Labor Activist Michelle Deanovich   FREE Raffle Item: "In Time" This DVD, starring Justin Timberlake, presents an intriguing dystopian society where the currency is time, not money, and the rich live virtually forever. Time is money, indeed.   Donation: $5.00 All Proceeds will go to WomenShelter of Long Beach   consciouscinema.webs.com Conscious Cinema: Without Awareness, There Can Be No Peace

Jan 27 Tuesday 7am-8pm, District 1 (Garden Grove/Fountain Valley/Midway City/Santa Ana/Westminster): First Supervisorial District Vacancy Election ocvote.com/voting/current-election-info/2015-first-supervisorial-district-vacancy-election-info

Jan 27-30 Tuesday 5pm-Friday 5pm, Irvine: UCI's 3rd Annual Peace Week @ UCI Student Center South
Tuesday, January 27th: 5-7 pm Arts for Peace and Justice   Thursday, January 29th: 7-9 pm Keynote Speaker, Paul Chappell, Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, on "Why World Peace is Possible"   Friday, January 30th: 9am-5:30pm Peace in Action Summit with speakers and discussions about: 9:35am-10:30am Peaceleadership Workshop 10:35am-11:30am Restorative Justice Panel "Addressing Structural Violence in the US" 11:35am-12:30pm Social Justice Panel "Waging Nonviolent Social Justice Campaigns" 12:35pm-1:30pm Nonviolence training "Restorative Justice: Practicing Nonviolence Close to Home" 1:35pm -2:30pm "Voices of UCI Students: Advocacy Roundtable" "A Forum of the Southern California Network for Peacebuilding";

Jan 27 (4th 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.

Jan 27 Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm, Costa Mesa: Costa Mesa Democratic Club: panel about medical marijuana ordnances @ Costa Mesa Community Center, at 1845 Park Ave.
will have a panel of experts to answer questions about medical marijuana ordnances in Costa Mesa. We will have answers to questions such as if one of the proposals becomes law, where can the dispensaries be located? Who can buy it? How do dosages work? Address questions to cmdemclub@gmail.com

Jan 27 (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 28 Wednesday 6:30pm, Irvine: PDA Greater OC Chapter @ Home of Ron Varasteh and Masha Macurda, 9 Sunset River
Please join us for our monthly PDA Chapter meeting, where we will discuss national, regional, and local issues of concern, and opportunities for action! And please bring a Pot Luck Snack Food item.

Jan 29 Thursday 3pm, San Juan Capistrano: Campaign Finance, What Do We Know? @ San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino del Avion
Capistrano League of Women Voters invites you to attend a discussion on Campaign Finance.   The book, THE USA IS LESTERLAND, will be used as the stimulus for the discussion. This book was authored by Lawrence Lessig, professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard. Attendees are urged to read his work beforehand and to view his short talk on www.ted.com/talks/lawrence.lessig. For more information, contact Marilyn O'Brien at mjob35@gmail.com.

Jan 29 Thursday 4:30-6pm, Huntington Beach: Bolsa Chica Conservancy Presents Expert Talk Series: "Decoding Life-Giving Microorganisms: Zoom in on Zooplankton" with Dr. Peter Bryant @ the Bolsa Chica Conservancy Interpretive Center, 3842 Warner Ave.
Join us as Dr. Peter Bryant shares his passion in documenting, monitoring, and preserving local biodiversity and ecosystems. Dr. Bryant specializes in photographing tiny species, such as insects and marine and aquatic species.   Tickets are $5.00 per person. Make reservations in advance, spots are limited! Learn more at www.bolsachica.org and see the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1444067115814055/. Contact Rebecca@bolsachica.org or call 714-846-1114 with any questions.

Jan 29 Thursday 7pm, Irvine: Amnesty International group 178 meeting @ Irvine United Congregational Church, Plumer Hall, 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604
Let's continue our work on Human Rights in 2015! aiusaoc.org/irvine/meetings.html

Jan 30 Friday noon, Irvine: Across the Bridge: Diversity Dialogue Series @ UCI Cross Cultural Center
a collaboration with the Cross-Cultural Center, International Center, and Study Abroad Center. It is a time for international and domestic students to eat a meal together and have an open dialogue. This dialogue will focus on deconstructing the meaning of "American" culture.Lunch provided! It will be held in the Dr. White Room, in the Cross Cultural Center. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 28th at http://tinyurl.com/atbwinter.

Jan 30-Feb 1 Friday 5pm-Sunday 4pm, Fullerton: Ready to Lead - OC @ CSUF
The CA Public Leadership Pipeline Project will be providing a Ready to Lead Training hosted by the New American Leaders Project (NALP) in collaboration with Wellstone Action, Progressive Majority, and Emerge CA for community members who want to develop their public leadership skills. Attend this signature training program, with intensive leadership and skills building that will prepare you for civic leadership from the community to the Capitol! If you are a 1st and 2nd generation immigrant, this training is definitely for you. Apply today: http://bit.ly/NALP_OCApp. For further information and questions, please contact Asma at AsmaPLPP@gmail.com or visit NALP's website by clicking here.

Jan 30 Friday 6pm, Laguna Woods: Village Cannabis Club & Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis Collective with Speaker Project CBD Director Martin A. Lee. Discussion: The Science and Politics of CBD @ Club House 3, Dining Room 1.
https://www.facebook.com/laguanwoods.medicalcannabis.

Jan 30 Friday 6pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition @ SEIU office 1936 W Chapman Ave. 92868

Jan 31 Saturday 9-11:30am, Orange: Modern Day Slavery Addressing the Issue of Demand @ St. Joseph Center Auditorium, 480 S. Batavia St.
Human trafficking is driven by demand. As long as there are purchasers for commercial sex, there will be victims. It's even happening in our own backyard. The O.C. Human Trafficking Task Force calls Orange County a major stop on the sex trafficking circuit. These young women could be our daughters, nieces, or sisters. So how do we end modern day slavery? By addressing the issue of demand.   Please RSVP at: csjorange.org/justice-office/moderndayslavery sponsored by Vanguard University and the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.

Jan 31 Saturday 10am-2pm, Santa Ana: Immigration Executive Actions Training @ Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church 1100 S. Center St.
Do you want to help immigrant communities in their process for the new immigration exectuve action? Then join us to learn: 1. Details of new immigration executive action, 2. Organizing informational forums, 3. Ways to actively stay involved and much more

Jan 31 Saturday 10am-3pm, Santa Ana: Enroll OC - Health Insurance Enrollment & Information Fair @ OC Employees Association (OCEA), 830 North Ross St.
Hosted by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, event features certified bilingual enrollment counselors on site to enroll you in quality, affordable health insurance through Covered California.


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Feb 1 Sunday 10am-noon, Fountain Valley: Learn How to Raise Your Own Hens Meetup @ Mile Square Park, 16400 Brookhurst Street
Visit http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-Urban-Chicken-Enthusiasts/events/215720122/ to sign up.

Feb 1 Sunday 2-3pm, Irvine: Green Party of OC @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
We present John Earl and Debbie Cook speaking on a controversial proposed desalination plan in Huntington Beach and other critical water issues facing the Orange County Water District.   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 Monday 6pm, Irvine: Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) @ UC Irvine, in HH 210

[update] Feb 3 Tuesday 6:30pm, Laguna Woods: Concerned Citizens Of Laguna Woods Village: "The Political Economy of Racial Inequality: From Michael Brown to Eric Garner and Beyond" Rodolfo A. Torres Ph.D. @ Clubhouse 7
the speaker we'd arranged for tomorrow eve (Tuesday 2/3, 7 pm, CH 7) just told us he had to cancel, due to a family emergency. So we arranged for a different speaker, Rev. Madison Shockley, Pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, Calif. (He also spoke at our meeting honoring Black History Month a few years ago.) As Rev. Shockley describes his talk, in his email to us early this adfternoon:   My topic title is, "Putting Our Racial History in Perspective". I will address questions such as, "Does slavery still matter as we observe the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States?" "Does segregation still matter now that the Civil Rights act has been in effect for 50 years?" "Is racism over now that we have an African American President?" And, "Are we now living in a post-racial America?"   I hope you'll be able to join us to hear Rev. Shockley tomorrow evening. And bring your questions for Q&A time.   lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=5736

Feb 4 Wednesday noon, Irvine: DFOC Luncheon Honoring John Chiang State Treasurer @ The Irvine Hilton, 18800 MacArthur Blvd.
secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/johnchiangluncheon

Feb 4 Wednesday 7pm, Huntington Beach: Compassionate Huntington Beach Monthly Meeting @ room B-7, Huntington Beach City Hall
Subject of the meeting is planning for the Days of Service on April 25 and 26. Visit https://www.facebook.com/HBCompassion?fref=nf for more information.

Feb 4 Wednesday 7:15pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America-OC Monthly Meeting @ Karl Strauss Brewery, 901 South Coast Drive
Claudia P. Figueroa, External Affairs Manager for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, will discuss Planned Parenthood's 2015 plans for improving women's health in OC. We will also hear from Katrina Foley, recently re-elected to Cost Mesa City Council on her vision for the city and its challenges. Social hour begins at 6:30pm, meeting at 7:15. Admission is free. Please join us and bring a friend for a night of progressive action. If you have any questions, please email dfaoc.comm@gmail.com.

Feb 5 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Democrats of North OC @ Sizzler Restaurant, 1401 North Harbor Blvd.
Join the DNOC as our guest speaker will be Kevin Shenkman, Esq., the lead attorney in the pending lawsuit, filed by Vivian 'Kitty' Jaramillo, against the City of Fullerton for allegedly violating the California Voting Rights Act of 2001. DNOC times: Dinner and Socializing at 6. There is NO COST for attending the meeting which begins at 7. For more information contact: DNOC President Linda Gardner, linda@heareveryvoice.com

Feb 5 Thursday 7pm, Fountain Valley: Democratic Club of West OC featuring Fran Sdao, Southern Vice-Chair of the DPOC and President of the Canyon Democratic Club @ Green Valley Clubhouse, 17250 Los Jardines West.
She will discuss the success of Democrats on school boards an dplans for the 2016 elections. Fran has more than 25 years leadership experience as advocate for public education and children in CA and founding director of a political action committee successful in replacing trustees with Democrats. Doors open at 6:30.

Feb 7 Saturday morning, 9am Brea/9:30am Corona del Mar/Long Beach: Monthly Meeting of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)
@ BREA 9am to noon: Brea Congregational Church at 300 E. Imperial Hwy, Brea 92821, and
@ CORONA del MAR 9:30am to noon: St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 3233 Pacific View Dr, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
@ LONG BEACH 9:30am to noon: 126 Belmont Ave, Long Beach, CA 90803
New members welcome! Part of the meeting is a one-hour international conference call. We hear from an expert in Climate Change. 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 for a livable world. 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 Corona del Mar or Edric Guise at (562) 858-4640 for Long Beach. Learn about CCL and register for live weekly introductory call at CitizensClimateLobby.org.

Feb 7 Saturday 2:45am Buena Park -> 3:45am Gardena -> 11:30am Oakland -> Sunday 12:45 Gardena -> 1:30am Buena Park: March for REAL Climate Leadership @ Buena Park Station, 8400 Lakeknoll Dr., Buena Park -> Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th & Broadway, Oakland
thousands of people from all corners of the state will take to the streets of Oakland to call on Governor Jerry Brown to protect all Californians from dangerous oil activities that harm our water, our health and our communities. act.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Calendar?id=115529&view=Detail

Feb 7 Saturday 9am-12pm, Irvine: 6th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Conference @ Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, 45 Tesla
Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr., Emeritus Professor, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate School will deliver the Keynote address, Mother Earth & Sustainability. For more information, contact 949/955-0014 and www.corchurch.org.

Feb 7 Saturday 9am-4pm, Anaheim: 35th OC Black History Parade & Cultural Faire @ 205 West Center Street Promenade
Please join us for a day of Fun, Food, and Live Entertainment, while you catch up with old friends, and make new ones, as we celebrate the 35th annual Black History Parade & Cultural Faire! Admission and parking are free. If you would like to make a donation ($5, $10 or any amount) to help fund the Parade, click this link http://www.gofundme.com/OCBlackHistory. ** It's not to late to participate in the Parade and/or Cultural Faire. Visit our website at @ www.oc-hc.org for parade and vendor applications

Feb 7 Saturday 11am-2:30pm, Huntington Beach: Sustainable Activism Workshop on Nonviolent Communication @ 1920 California Street
If you are a vegan or animal rights activist struggling with burn out, frustration of living in a non-vegan world that does not support your values for compassion, self blame, or with finding ways to influence others effectively, In Defense of Animals invites you to join us for this Sustainable Activism Workshop on Nonviolent Communication where you will learn:   * Five life changing concepts and techniques that will allow you to have a bigger impact with less burn out * Transformational tools that will enable you to better cope with living in a non-vegan world * A system that will help you to influence others more effectively without sounding "preachy"   $15 online registration, $20 door price Online Registration: idausa.org/campaigns/council-sustainable-activism/upcoming-events

Feb 7 Saturday 1-5pm, Laguna Niguel: Awakening the Dreamer - Changing the Dream @ 24012 Estacia Ave
http://meetup.com/Change-agents-welcome/events/220261843/ http://pachamama.org/engage

Feb 7 Saturday 1-7pm, Santa Ana: Cafe Centro grand opening @ Centro Cultural de México
Cafe will open at 1pm but the Open Mic will start at 5pm. We will have Mole with rice and beans and Theresa will be bringing another one of her delicious plates so you know the drive out will be worth it. Check out the list of items we are asking to be donated at our facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Centro/932975740060639?ref=hl

Feb 7 Saturday 7pm, Irvine: Jimmy Webb Concert Fundraiser for Childs-pace and Women's Journey Foundation Self Esteem Program for Girls @ University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Jimmy Webb has been crafting amazing songs, many of which have become cherished standards, for some 40 years. Jimmy will entertain with some of his best classics: Wichita Lineman, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Galveston, Up Up and Away, MacArthur Park and many more. Childs-pace, a Costa Mesa based 501(c)3 non-profit, operates child development centers in Costa Mesa (Neighborhood Community Center on Anaheim Ave.), Anaheim and Buena Park, providing child care for pre-school and school-age children before and after school and during the summer. Reserved seats are $45. Tickets on sale at wjc.ticketleap.com/jimmywebb. To learn more visit http://childs-pace.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Childs-pace-Foundation-Inc/229116543661

Feb 8 Sunday 2pm, Irvine: Humanist Association of OC - Anti-Intellectualism and Neo Populism in American Life @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Prof. Catherine Liu, of the University of California at Irvine, will be revisiting the ideas of Richard Hofstadter in order to explore the ways in which American attitudes about knowledge, higher and vocational education have changed since he published his groundbreaking book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life in 1962. She will look at cultural/economic/political rhetoric around instrumentality, education and knowledge in recent cultural and political debates about the sustainability of our educational models. meetup.com/OCHumanists

Feb 8 Sunday 3-5pm, Tustin: Climate Change Committee @ REI, 2962 El Camino Real, We will be in the private meeting room in the store.
Items to cover Goals for 2015NEW - Sustainability Forum Cal. State Fullerton Sunday April 26 11-1:30pm meetup.com/ClimateChangeCommittee/events/220331729

Feb 9 Monday 3:30-6:30pm, Fullerton: Fullerton College Political Science Student Association to screen the film The Exonerated @ Lecture Hall, Fullerton College, Room 1440, 321 E. Chapman Ave.
Death Penalty Focus, OC Chapter has partnered with the Fullerton College Political Science Student Association to screen the film The Exonerated, followed by a Q&A. Exoneree Tom Goldstein to share his story

[date correction] Feb 9 Monday 6pm, Irvine: OC NOW General Membership Meeting @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room 15600 Sand Canyon Ave.
Please join us in planning for future actions in spreading the word on Women issues Looking forward to hearing your great ideas Feel free to contact me if you have any questions Tish Leon Co-President 714-401-8312

Feb 9 Monday 7-9pm, Orange: Pax Christi OC Gathering @ St. Joseph Center, Classroom 4, 480 S. Batavia
Following Vespers for Peace, join us to share your Peacemaking Challenges and Goals for 2015. Email me any articles or reflections that you would like to share with all of us and I will make copies for everyone. If you need directions or transportation, please call me. Peace and Blessings! Mike Walsh PaxChristi OC mikewalsh@pacbell.net

Feb 11 Wednesday 5:30pm, Capistrano Beach: Progressives of South OC - The Politics and Economics of Climate Change: Everything must change Roger Gloss @ Banquet Room, Agostino's Ristorante Italiano 34700 Coast Highway
Once again we return to Agostino's for an interesting talk on a timely and vital topic. Our speaker is an environmentalist with a background in physics, information systems, and literature. Please plan to arrive about 5:30 so you can be finished with food and drink before the program begins at 7.   Please RSVP so we can give the restaurant a head count: SCNJ66@yahoo.com

Feb 11 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club @ Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2
Joe Barnes SoCal Organizer for Compassion & Choices the leading non-profit committed to letting everyone have the best death possible There's a movement worldwide which resonates here in the Village. Why, for so many of us, does the end of life mean pain and suffering? Compassion & Choices has led the way in the US for "death with dignity," a way for terminally ill patients to determine how to die according to their own desires and beliefs. California is working on legislation like Oregon, Washington, and Vermont already have on the books. You can help by your personal activism. It's a controversial subject, but we ALL will reach our end. We need to let our loved ones, physicians and caregivers know our wishes.   Doors Open 6:30 p.m.; Program at 7:00   Meeting also includes Election of 2015 Officers and Directors, Legislative Action, Raffle, Refreshments, Membership, Voter Registration, and Volunteer Opportunities.   Please bring nonperishable food items for South County Outreach.   For info, call Linda Nearing at 949 460-0640

Feb 11 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Beach: Laguna Beach Democratic Club - Dr. Jose Moreno: Immigration and Community @ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Dr.
Dr. Jose Moreno, Professor of Latino Education & Policy Studies & Chair of Department of Chicano & Latino Studies, California State University, Long Beach will speak about immigration, legislative challenges and OC community

Feb 11 Wednesday 7-9pm, Huntington Beach: 72nd Democratic Alliance @ IAM District 725, 5402 Bolsa Ave.
Huntington Beach Mayor Jill Hardy will be our guest speaker this month. We will also be planning for our upcoming events, The Strawberry Festival, Flag Day The 4th of July Parade and more

Feb 12 Thursday 6-8pm, Buena Park: UCI Community & Labor Project Fundraiser @ UFCW Local 324, 8530 Stanton Ave
Your generous contributions towards the UCI Community & Labor Project will ensure the continued efforts to extend the work of the UCLA Labor Center in Orange County and have our own infrastructure locally. As the UCLA Labor Center celebrates its 50th anniversary of worker justice, the UCI Community & Labor Project is in the middle of its 2nd year after its successful launch of its report, Orange County on the Cusp of Change which has been presented to and engaged over a thousand labor and community members over the past few months. This year, the project will seek to engage UCI faculty, students, labor and community leaders in the development of a new report that will focus on economic justice in Orange County.   2015 Honorees: Tefere Gebre, AFL-CIO Executive Vice-President   UCI School of Law & Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the School of Law   Santa Ana Boys & Men of Color   Sponsorship Levels: Ground Breaker- $10,000 Advocate- $5,000 Supporter- $2,500 Friend- $1,000 Individual- $80 or 2 for $150 Student- $40   For more information and to RSVP, contact Hugo Romero at (714) 510-6597 or via email at hromero90@ucla.edu

Feb 12 Thursday 6-9pm, Irvine: Vigil for victims of Chapel Hill Shooting @ Barrance/Jamboree
Chapel Hill shooting: Three young American Muslims: Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha gunned down in North Carolina family home.   Two of the victims -- Deah Barakat, 23, a second-year student in UNC's School of Dentistry, and Yusor Mohammad, 21, a prospective dental student -- were married. Mohammad's sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, was a sophomore at North Carolina State University.   We are gathering to honor the lives, work, and memory of these three beautiful people. Please come out and join us in prayer for the victims and their families.   Stay tuned for further details.   Please call/text me for any questions/concerns.   Ali (714) 497-5808

Feb 12 Thursday 6:30pm, Santa Ana: Dr Richard Wolff & Ellen Brown Challenge Capitalism @ Delhi Center, 505 East Central Ave
Hosted by KPFK's 90.7fm and OC Native Andrew Tonkovich with live performance by El Centro Cultural de Mexico's Son Del Centrol. Door opens 6:30pm; Ellen Brown 6:45pm; Son Del Centrol 7:30pm; Richard Wolff 8:10pm. Pre-sale $15, Pre-sale with food $20, Door Price $20, Door Price with Food, $25. Special thanks to Equity for All Workgroup. drrickwolffinoc.brownpapertickets.com

Feb 13 Friday 6pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition @ SEIU office 1936 W Chapman Ave. 92868

Feb 13 Friday 7-9:30pm, Irvine: Peace in Motion Café Movie Night: For the Next 7 Generations @ Center For Living Peace, 4139 Campus Dr
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Feb 13 Friday 8:30-10:30pm, Santa Ana: Beehive Design Collective presentation: Mesoamérica Resiste! @ Centro Cultural de México
The Beehive is an all-volunteer swarm of educators, artists, and activists using images to communicate and educate about the complex realities of our times.   Mesoamérica Resiste is the final installment in a trilogy of graphics about corporate globalization and militarization in the Americas. With this project the Bees' strive to go beyond illustrating only the bad news to also sharing stories of grassroots organizing, collective action, and inspiration. The story begins with exploring the legacy of colonialism, connecting that history to today's industrial development plans and resource extraction. The rest of the graphic documents many examples of resistance and alternatives to these top-down plans, especially organizing led by indigenous peoples.

Feb 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

Feb 14 Saturday 6-9:30pm, Irvine: Reclaim Democracy - Years of Living Dangerously @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
Global warming is well under way. The signs are all around us. Do you recognize them? Do you know how serious climate change is? How it is hurting people around the globe? We will be viewing two episodes of "Years of Living Dangerously," an excellent documentary series made by ShowTime.   6:00 PM: Gathering, chatting and munching. 6:30 PM: Welcome and Introduction to Reclaim Democracy 7:00 PM: Years of Living Dangerously (Episodes 2 & 3; see synopses below) 8:45 PM: Discussion. 9:30 PM: Clean up and clear out madmimi.com/p/2a5fd5

Feb 17 Tuesday 7-9pm, Brea: North OC Chapter-PDA @ Council Chambers, Brea Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Drive
In lieu of a regular meeting and because this is a pressing and pertinent issue to our area, I am inviting all to attend a "Residents' Presentation on Enhanced Oil Recovery".   The majority of fracking in OC is taking place in the city of Brea, Fullerton, Yorba Linda and of course, offshore fracking in the waters off Seal Beach/Huntington Beach. Linn Energy, the company that is doing the fracking in Brea was granted a hearing by Brea City Council…resident requests were denied. Next week Damon Nagami, Sr. Attny. And Director of the Southern CA Ecosystems Project at the Natural resources Defense Council will cover the pollution and health threats associated with gas and oil development in CA. He will also address CA laws and regulations governing these activities and what legal options a community has to regulate locally. Also presenting is Calvin Tillman, Mayor Emeritus of Dish, TX who will share his first hand experiences of the environmental effects of fracking on the children in his community.   Please join us to show support for getting a ban on fracking!

Feb 17 Tuesday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats of South OC meeting @ Norman Murray Community Center, 22932 Veterans Way
Guest speaker for will be Donald Craig, President, OC Branch of the NAACP.

Feb 17 Tuesday 7:30pm, Irvine: Cousin's Club of OC - "The Road to Peace in Israel/Palestine" @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
We are each invited to address the Cousins Cub for up to three minutes on the key issues related to the topic, e.g. two States vs. one State, BDS, the right of return, the role of the U.S. and European nations, actions by peace groups here and in Israel/Palestine, etc. General discussion will follow. Please join us and share your views.

Feb 18 Wednesday 11:30am, Santa Ana: The OC Immigration Coalition will be holding a press conference to launch collaborate effort for DAPA Administrative Relief @ Old Orange County Courthouse, 211 W Santa Ana Blvd

Feb 18 Wednesday 6:30-9pm, Irvine: OC Green Drinks @ Andrei's Concious Cusine & 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

Feb 18 (3rd Wednesday) 7-8:30pm, Orange: OC Death Penalty Focus @ St. Joseph Center, Room 2, 480 S Batavia
  OCChapterDPF@gmail.com facebook.com/OCCDPF https://twitter.com/oc_dpf

Feb 18 Wednesday 7-9pm, Dana Point: South OC Democrats @ Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan Ave.
What are the decisive factors that determine whether and how members of various racial/ethnic groups participate in their local political environment? What are the unique opportunities and constraints facing those who seek to increase the political activity of members of racial/ethnic minority groups in Orange County?   South Orange County Democratic Club is pleased to present Davin Phoenix, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UCI, and his presentation "Race and Participation in the OC and beyond: Questions of Access, Opportunity & Engagement".;

[change of time & venue] Feb 19 Thursday 2pm 3:30pm, Laguna Woods: Concerned Citizens Book Review: "It Can't Happen Here" @ Clubhouse One Clubhouse Three Contact for further info: Jonathan Adler, 949-581-2178, LawGuruLaguna @ yahoo.com
[Alert! Concerned Citizens had to move today's review of "It Can't Happen Here," Sinclair Lewis' powerful 1935 novel -- to 3:30 pm and to Clubhouse Three, Dining Room 2 -- due to a reservation mixup. Open to all; free. (Each month, on the third Thursday, the club screens a top documentary or reviews a significant book.]   Concerned Citizens looks back at Sinclair Lewis' powerful 1935 novel "It Can't Happen Here," as reviewed by Village resident Dr. Bill Reinhardt. Open to all; free; call Margaret Pearlman, 949-768-1649, for more info. (On the third Thursday each month, the club offers a top documentary film or review of a significant book.)   In 1930, Lewis was the first American to get the Nobel Prize in Literature, after 13 novels including now-classics such as "Main Street," "Babbitt", "Arrowsmith" and "Elmer Gantry." As Hitler, Mussolini and Franco rose, he wrote "It Can't Happen Here" -- "an alarming, eerily timely work," says Barnes & Noble. "Lewis was outraged as he created it, tormented by Hitler's aggression, and nationalism rising in America. The book remains a warning about the fragility of democracy, juxtaposing hilarious satires with a blow-by-blow description of a president saving the country from welfare cheaters, sex, crime, and a liberal press by becoming a dictator."   By his death in 1951 at age 66, Lewis' prolific body of work was recognized as among our greatest, especially for his insightful critiques of American capitalism and materialism. In fiction form he often wrote about issues similar to those in the Muckrakers' non-fiction.   Reinhardt, the reviewer, earned his B.S. at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, an M.A. at Claremont Graduate University; and an M.A. and Ph.D. at Fielding Graduate Univ. A former assistant professor at the State Univ. of N.Y., his field is Critical Discourse Analysis.   Note: Community is gated. For gate entry, print out, fill in, bring, show and hand in (if asked) the Gate Entry Pass at bottom of flyer for this event by clicking here: lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=4187

Feb 19-21 Thursday-Saturday 7pm, Irvine: Vagina Monologues
Feb 19 - Physical Sciences Lecture Hall 100   Feb 20 - Engineering Hall 1200   Feb 21 - Physical Sciences Lecture Hall 100
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Feb 20 Friday 8pm, Santa Ana: OC NORML General Membership Meeting @ 117 W. 4th St.

Feb 21 Saturday 8am-5pm, Fullerton: Social Justice Summit "Solidarity: Breaking Down Barriers" @ Titan Student Union, 800 North State College Blvd.
featuring A. Breeze Harper, author of "Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England" Workshops will be held on gender and language, Islamophobia, what it means to be a minority, animal rights/factory farm issues, homelessness in OC, hate crimes and bias, human trafficking, economic injustice and civil disobedience. A resource fair featuring campus, regional and international organizations will also provide opportunities to get involved in social action. fullerton.edu/volunteer/summit

Feb 21 Saturday 9am-noon, Santa Ana: Active Transportation Learning Program | Santa Ana Active Streets Coalition - Community Workshop Series @ Kidworks: 1902 W. Chestnut
Guest Speaker Bryan Jones Senior Planner, Alta Planning + Design Topics to be covered: What is Active Transportation? How can you advocate for improving Active Transportation in Santa Ana? Where have communities successfully improved active transportation? Free childcare and English-Spanish, interpretation provided. http://saascoalition.org/programs/atlp-eng/

Feb 21 Saturday 10am-12:30pm, Tustin: National Women's Political Caucus - OC (NWPC OC) @ Loveland Home, Directions given upon RSVP
Please join NPWC OC to say THANK YOU to all the NWPC endorsed candidates who had the courage to run in 2014. This event is intended to raise funds for our next wave of candidates. Pay and RSVP at our website http://www.nwpcoc.org/ If you have any questions, please email Liesl Thomas at president@nwpcoc.org.

Feb 21 Saturday 10am-5pm, Orange: Global Citizens Leadership Summit @ Chapman University, 1 University Dr
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[update] Feb 21 Saturday 1:30-4:30pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Joe Barnes of Compassion & Choices au-oc.org

Feb 22 Sunday 1-3:30pm, Garden Grove: OCagainstfracking In person meeting @ OC LULAC Foundation, 11277 Garden Grove Blvd.
Since we are a coalition of groups, each group needs to send at least 1 representative to this meeting   We will discuss: * Timing, locations of forums on water, drought and fracking * Local campaigns in Brea, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, and La Habra * Meeting schedule - regular monthly in person meetings * Group structure * Timeline   Please let me know who from your organization will attend. RSVP to anagy@fwwatch.org.

Feb 22 Sunday 2pm, Irvine: PDA Greater OC Chapter @ Home of Ron Varasteh and Masha Macurda, 9 Sunset River
Please join us for our monthly PDA Chapter meeting, where we will discuss national, regional, and local issues of concern, and opportunities for action! And please bring a Pot Luck Snack Food item.

Feb 22 Sunday 2:30-4pm, Irvine: Democrats of Greater Irvine @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club Doors open at 2 for a social half hour and the meeting usually begins at 2:30

Feb 22 Sunday 5pm, Anaheim: Tamir Rice Solidarity Prayer Vigil and Potluck @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Anaheim, 511 S. Harbor Blvd.
The UUCA Social Justice Committee is hosting a potluck and Solidarity event in participation with the Nationwide Prayer Vigil for Tamir Rice Our purpose is to bring awareness to the shooting death of 12 year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OH who was shot by a police officer while he was playing with a toy gun in a park. We are seeking justice for this child, and to bring about discussion around issues of police brutality within our own community.   This is a potluck event, so please feel free to bring your warm heart and a dish to share with the community.   5:00 PM (Sign Making @ 4:30 PM)   CONTACT: uucasocialjustice@gmail.com 657-229-4053

Feb 22 Sunday 6pm, Long Beach: Conscious Cinema proudly presents: "The House I Live In" Directed By Eugene Jarecki Join Us As We Observe Black History Month @ Hellada Art Center, 117 Linden Ave.
For over 40 years, the War On Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, cost over $1 Trillion, has made America the world's largest jailer, and has damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. What's the real story behind the so-called "War On Drugs"?   Special Guest Speaker: Social Justice activist Imani J. of Shades of Afrika will give the latest information about the recently voter-approved Prop 47   FREE Raffle Item: "American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass" by Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton   Copies of "The House I Live In" will be available for purchase on DVD ($20) courtesy of Shades of Afrika   Donation: $5   All proceeds from this screening will go to A New Way of Life Reentry Project, a local organization that helps formerly incarcerated women transition back into society. consciouscinema.webs.com Conscious Cinema: Without Awareness, There Can Be No Peace

Feb 22-24 Sunday-Tuesday, Santa Barbara: "Why Water is Sacred" Conference @ La Casa de Maria
couragetothinkdifferently.com An Ecumenical Conference on Climate Change   Water is a key ingredient of all known life. In the context of climate change & widespread drought,   we seek: - Courage to be relentlessly honest about climate change - Courage to take compassionate and healing action - Courage to claim the biblical story of liberation - Courage to confront power and privilege - Courage to move in new directions   Featured speakers:   Ched Myers (run Bartimuaeus Cooperative Ministries)   Cynthia Moe-Lobeda (Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Seattle Univ.)   Larry Rasmussen (Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Feb 23-26 Monday-Thursday, Irvine: Olive Tree Initiative Week @ UCI
Monday, Feb. 23 5pm - The Northern Island Conflict: lessons for Peace & Reconciliation in SSPA 2112.
Tuesday, Feb. 24 5:30pm - Meet the Olives: OTI Information Session and Summer Trip Application Workshop in SBSG 1517
Wednesday, Feb. 25 7pm - Voices from a Region in Turmoil: Student Reflections from their January Middle East Trip in Pacific Ballroom D.
Thursday, Feb. 26 6pm - Dialogues Without Borders: Turkey-Armenia Youth Relations in Perspectives in SSL 140.
For more information visit olivetreeinitiative.org.

Feb 24 (4th 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.

Feb 24 Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm, Costa Mesa: Costa Mesa Democratic Club @ Costa Mesa Community Center, at 1845 Park Ave.
The program this month is about the State Convention. We can have a panel discussion about what our duties as delegates are. Afterward we will be meeting for cocktails at Social across the street

Feb 24 (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 25 Wednesday 11am, Irvine: Women For:OC - Vanishing of the Bees Film and Presentation by Guerrilla Bee Keeper Bill Walter @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club
Refreshments at 11am, Program begins at 11:30am Flyer: womenfororangecounty.org/uploads/4/2/4/3/42430617/wfoc20february20201520flyer_page_1.jpg

Feb 26 Thursday 6pm-8:30pm, Mission Viejo: Immigration Executive Action Volunteer Training @ Tapestry, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 23436 Madero
If you want to help immigrant communities in their process for the new immigration executive action, join us to learn details of new immigration executive actions, how to participate in implementation of DACA/DAPA, ways to actively stay involved and much more. For more info and to RSVP, contact Felicity Figueroa 949/280-3165 or Jan Meslin 858/395-4675. Sponsored by Tapestry and Irvine United Congregational Church.

Feb 26 Thursday 6:30-7:30pm, Orange: Ecofeminism/Social Justice Community Reading Group @ Mead's Green Door Cafe, 642 West Chapman Ave.
We will discuss Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me, a collection of seven essays on topics including Virginia Woolf, marriage equality, and violence against women.   The first essay "Men Explain Things to Me" is freely available at www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175584   Feel free to come if you've read all or part of the book!

Feb 26 Thursday 7pm, Irvine: Amnesty International group 178 meeting @ Irvine United Congregational Church, Plumer Hall, 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604
At our meeting we will be writing letters for current actions and discussing further events. aiusaoc.org/irvine/meetings.html

Feb 27 Friday 6pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition @ SEIU office 1936 W Chapman Ave. 92868 http://ocmdc.org

Feb 28 Saturday 10am-noon, Santa Ana: UNA-USA OC Chapter UN Coffee Talk Series Peace and Conflict Resolution Through Experiential Learning @ American Red Cross Bldg., 600 Parkcenter Dr.
Dr. Mike Moodian, Chair, UNA-USA of OC Advisory Board, Faculty Member, Chapman and Brandman Universities, will share his research on study abroad effectiveness and the need for improved intercultural training programs. Special Guests include Saeed Marandi, President, UCLA Olive Tree Initiative, and Hasmik Piliposyan, Cultural Chair, UCI Armenian Student Association Leader. RSVP: joy.adams0@gmail.com or 949-235-3603. Refreshments will be served; $5.00 Voluntary Donation Suggested. www.una-oc.org; info@una-oc.org.

Feb 28 Saturday 10am-noon, Santa Ana: OC Immigration Coalition - Information Forum on DAPA and DACA @ Laborers Union Local 652, 1532 E Chestnut Ave.
President Obama's new executive action will provide temporary immigration relief to millions of undocumented individuals. During this information session community leaders and attorneys will explain the details of the administrative relief, who will qualify, and what you need to apply. Come determine if you, or someone you know, qualify and what needs to be done to apply!

Feb 28 Saturday 11am-4pm, Santa Ana: Muxercitas Really Really Free Market @ Jerome Park

Feb 28 Saturday 6pm, Fullerton: Dinner and Jazz Concert Fundraiser for Get On The Bus Projects @ St. Juliana Catholic Church Parish Hall, 1316 N. Acacia
Sponsored by the Congregational Church of Fullerton and St. Juliana Catholic Church, the event's proceeds will fund the chartering of buses by GOTB to take children to prisons to visit their parents on Father's and Mother's Days. Please call Marti Shrank asap at 714/879-9063 to reserve a space. Admission is $50 and includes dinner and concert.

Feb 28 Saturday 6:30-9pm, Irvine: OC For Climate Action (OCCA) presents: A Screening of Cowspiracy @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
6:30p - Refreshments 6:45p - Program 8:30p - Discussion occlimateaction.org/2015/a-screening-of-cowspiracy


MARCH

Mar 1 (1st Sunday) 7:30am-4pm, Huntington Beach: We started 2015 with U.S. troops back in Iraq, the endgame in Afghanistan is requiring more troops - and perhaps more risks. Once again this first Sunday, we will again be setting up the Arlington West display on the sand. We hope we can have your help.
Weather forecast is calling for 10% chance of rain and a high about 65. We will setup the crosses if its not raining.   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. We usually need the most help in the morning, though both morning and evening are critical. We meet up at the beach around/after 7:30 and start the setup of the field of crosses and other items. Depending upon number of helpers this can take 45 minutes or over two hours. "Many hands make for light and fast work". Take down goes much quicker than setup. We will likely start breakdown at about 4:00PM and hopefully have everything back in the trailer before 5:00.   Please let us know if you are coming this Sunday by replying to jeff.mfso@earthlink.net, but you, of course, are most welcome without replying first.

Mar 1 Sunday 2-3pm, Irvine: Green Party of OC - Whom do government nuclear regulators really represent? @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Ron Rodarte will talk about events that led to the shutdown of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, including but not limited to his and Green Party of Orange County's involvement in this process.   He will also discuss the complex, potentially unsafe government regulatory agencies in charge of shut-down and storage of spent nuclear waste at SONGS. Focus will be on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, California Public Utility Commission, and former PUC official Michael Peevey as examples of bad management of this critically important public safety issue.   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 1 Sunday 4pm, Irvine: Ready for Hillary @ Panera Bread at Culver and Barranca
I know there are many supporters of both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and I am as well, but I think Sanders is trying to push HIllary to more progressive positions, and has said that he doesn't really want to run himself. Elizabeth Warren has said she is not running quite a few times. Perhaps her time will come in 2020. Personally, I'm going to hope for a long line of wonderful women as presidents. If HIllary does not run, I think it's going to be quite a surprise to everyone. And we need to join in pushing her to the most progressive stances possible.

Mar 2 Monday 3:30pm, Irvine: Special Irvine City Council Meeting on topic related to the Great Park "Audit" @ Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza

Mar 3 Tuesday 6pm, Fullerton: "Gender and Conflict Resolution in Palestine" by Noura Erakat @ Fullerton Marriott at California State University, 2701 Nutwood Ave.
CSUF's Women's History Month will start off with the President's Lecture featuring Noura Erakat. Join us to hear her speak on "Gender and Conflict Resolution in Palestine". There will also be an oral history performance on local Latina activists. meetup.com/The-Left-Bank-of-Orange-County/events/220513117

Mar 3 Tuesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Concerned Citizens Of Laguna Woods Village: "Tsar Putin, the Great: What do we really know about Russia's president?" @ Clubhouse 7
UCI Prof. Margaret (Peggy) Maradudin, teacher of the course "Russia Today: the History Behind the News" for the past six years, will speak and field Q&A. Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments; members free; guests $3 donation asked. For information call Margaret Pearlman, 949-768-1649.

Mar 4 Tuesday 3-4:30pm, Fullerton: 2nd Annual Immigrant Student Forum @ room 226, on the second floor of the cafeteria, Fullerton College, 321 E Chapman Ave.
We will have a former student of Cal State Fullerton share her story about what it was like to go to school before AB 540 was ever put in place. Also we will have a current Cal State Fullerton student walk about how AB540, California Dream Act, and DACA has affected him.

Mar 4 Tuesday 4-7pm, Fullerton: Women and Walls Film Screening: "When Will the Punishment End?" @ CSUF Room H212, Humanities Building
"When Will the Punishment End?", shows that not only are the formerly incarcerated feared and discriminated against, but they are also barred, through legal and authoritative means, from the opportunities and services they need. As Stormie, one of the women featured in the documentary stated, "We don't want special treatment. We just want to be treated equally."

Mar 4 Wednesday 6:30-8pm, Newport Beach: OC for Climate Action (OCCA) planning meeting (a Living Ubuntu and UNA-OC partnership) @ 1151 Dove Street #210,
One of the many things we will be talking about is what to do for our next event, tentatively scheduled for April 19, in honor of Earth Day and we could use your help with that. P.S. if you need a call-in option, we can offer that, but only if you RSVP because the "on hold" music is really obnoxious when no one calls in

Mar 4 Wednesday 7:15pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America-OC Monthly Meeting @ Karl Strauss Brewery, 901 South Coast Drive
Claudia P. Figueroa, External Affairs Manager for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, will discuss Planned Parenthood's 2015 plans for improving women's health in OC. We will also hear from Louise Stewardson about her write-in campaign for 37th State Senate District primary on March 17 and from Ida MacMurray, La Habra School District Board of Education Member, on Ed Royce's Women's Conference.   Social hour begins at 6:30pm, meeting at 7:15. Admission is free. Please join us and bring a friend for a night of progressive action. If you have any questions, please email dfaoc.comm@gmail.com.

Mar 5 Thursday 4pm, Fullerton: Conversation on the BDS Movement with SJP featuring Professor Lloyd @ CSUF H212 Humanities Building
Join Students for Justice in Palestine and the Women and Gender Studies Department discuss what the BDS movement is with UCR Professor Lloyd for Women's History Month.

Mar 5 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Democrats of North OC @ Sizzler Restaurant, 1401 North Harbor Blvd.
Join the DNOC as our guest speaker will be Joe Barnes, a voice of compassion from the advocacy organization Compassion & Choices who will take us through the difficult issues of end of life and death with dignity. DNOC times: Dinner and Socializing at 6. There is NO COST for attending the meeting which begins at 7. For more information contact: DNOC President Linda Gardner, linda@heareveryvoice.com

Mar 5 Thursday 7pm, Fountain Valley: Democratic Club of West OC - Dr. José F. Moreno @ Green Valley Clubhouse, 17250 Los Jardines West.
Dr. Moreno will talk about the changing demographics and emerging communities in Orange County. Besides his campaign for the Anaheim City Council, José also actively advocated for passage of Measure L. The measure supported by the majority of Anaheim voters in November amended the City Charter to make council member positions to be elected by district rather than at-large.   In addition to our main speaker, Louise Stewardson, who is a write-in candidate for the upcoming special election to fill the vacant 37th State Senate District seat, will discuss and provide updates on her campaign.

Mar 5 Thursday 7-9pm, Huntington Beach: R4RD will host a Town Hall @ Eader School, 9291 Banning Ave.
Mr.Peer Swan of the Irvine Ranch Water District will speak on why IRWD opposes the Poseidon project and why Poseidon is a bad project for Huntington Beach. Goal: to rally the troops to attend the March 18 Orange County Water District meeting where OCWD will consider a contract to buy ALL of Poseidon's water despite the extravagant cost. Here's hoping you all have healthy feet and knees and will. Get ready to walk flyers in your neighborhood, starting the week of Saturday, February 21. Please mark it on your calendar. We will cover as much of HB (and elsewhere) as possible. Please let me know if you, or your friends, will be able to distribute flyers by replying to this email. Yes, please recruit your friends. That way we can start planning for how many more walkers we'll need.

Mar 5 Thursday 7-9:30pm, Whittier: Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition screening of "Women Of Fukushima" @ St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave.
We will also show another short film about Fukushima: "Alone In The Zone" Our special guest Beverly Findlay-Kaneko will also give a slide-show presentation. whittierpeace.org/index.htm#MovieNight

Mar 5 Thursday 8pm, Santa Ana: OC NORML General Meeting @ 117 W. Fourth St. (corner of 4th & Sycamore)
Please join us to hear the about current legislation, events and from a guest speaker. This month our special guest speaker is Attorney Stefan Borst-Censullo talking about juvenile dependency and cannabis.

[update] Mar 6 Friday 6:30-9am, Fullerton: Justice For Zoraida @ OC Superior Court, North Justice Center, 1275 N. Berkely Ave.
We have just spoken with the District Attorney's Office and have been informed that the defendant will be making a motion for continuance of the preliminary hearing. Simply, he will be asking the court to continue this portion of the court process for at least a couple of weeks, depending on whether or not he waives his right to certain procedures. There will be nothing of substance occurring in the courts tomorrow. We have made a decision to postpone our gathering until the new date that the preliminary hearing is calendared. We thank all of you for the interest and concern in this matter and hope you will continue to stay apprised of the situation.

Mar 7 Saturday morning, 9am Brea/9:30am Corona del Mar/Long Beach: Monthly Meeting of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)
@ BREA 9am to noon: Brea Congregational Church at 300 E. Imperial Hwy, Brea 92821, and
@ CORONA del MAR 9:30am to noon: St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 3233 Pacific View Dr, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
@ LONG BEACH 9:30am to noon: 126 Belmont Ave, Long Beach, CA 90803
New members welcome! Part of the meeting is a one-hour international conference call. We hear from an expert in Climate Change. 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 for a livable world. 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 Corona del Mar or Edric Guise at (562) 858-4640 for Long Beach. Learn about CCL and register for live weekly introductory call at CitizensClimateLobby.org.

Mar 7 Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm, Santa Ana: 30th Annual Great American Write-In @ Delhi Center, 505 East Central Ave.
Women For: Orange County, a non-partisan women's group, is pleased to present the 30th Annual Great American Write-In. This free event is offered to the public every year to provide attendees with the means to influence policy decisions by writing letters to their legislators. It's also a great opportunity for participants to experience first-hand what informed citizen involvement in government is all about.   More than 50 different organizations and advocacy groups will be represented with information regarding some of today's most vital issues, including education, health care, human and civil rights and the environment. Attendees are invited to visit the various tables and then voice their opinions by writing letters to government and corporate decision-makers in the hopes of bringing about constructive change. There is no cost for this event; Women For: Orange County will supply the post cards, stationery, postage, refreshments and parking. Last year, 300 attendees generated over 2,000 letters and postcards.   PLUS: This year we are honored to present an incredible panel display created by OC Human Relations - "Orange County Civil Rights: A History of an Enduring Struggle for Equality". Don't miss it!   Program Flyer List of Participants

Mar 7 Saturday 1-3pm, Irvine: The Ecology Center Presents: Water Efficiency @ Center For Living Peace, 4139 Campus Dr.
eventbrite.com/e/the-ecology-center-presents-water-efficiency-household-strategies-registration-15490352060

Mar 7 Saturday 1-5pm, Laguna Niguel: Awakening the Dreamer - Changing the Dream Symposium @ 24012 Estacia Ave
Where on Earth are we going? And what can we do about it? These are two of the questions that are at the heart of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium The Symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on Earth. pachamama.org/workshop/2479/awakening-the-dreamer-symposium

Mar 7 Saturday 6pm, Orange: OC Interfaith Committee to Aid Farm Workers, fundraiser for the United Farm Workers @ Plumbers and Steam Fitters Union Hall, 1916 West Chapman
Our keynote speaker will be Arturo Rodriguez, President of the UFW. Because we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary, we expect some other folks to share a few words or memories of the early days with us. More news to follow but please plan to join us.   5:00 P.M.-Social & Silent Auction Browsing 6:00 P.M.-Dinner 7:00 P.M.-Program   $25 contribution per person with a prepaid reservation, or $30 at the door. Dinner will be catered, reservations requested by Tuesday, March 3. All proceeds will be given to the United Farm Workers. We must have a firm count so that the correct number of dinners can be ordered. Please indicate with the check the names of the people who plan to attend. Your Committee is obligated to pay for any dinner reservation made but not paid. For reservations, call Suzanne Darweesh at 714-738-1785 and for a pre-paid reservation, checks should be made payable to UFW (not tax deductible) and mailed to Suzanne, 2104 Hilltop Ct., Fullerton, 92835. If you can't be at the dinner, a donation would be very much appreciated. Also, if you have auction items to donate, please call Tina Laine, 714-565-7855, to let her know. Thank you so much.

Mar 8 Sunday 10am, Santa Ana: Seeds Of Resistance 4th Anniversary: E4rth is my Flesh ~Ombligo~ @ Birch Park
In honor of Womyn's International Day & Womyn's Herstory Month, Seeds of Resistance invites you to celebrate our 4th anniversary.   We're gathering to honor the female body, mind & spirit in connection and unity with womyn from around the world coming together through sacred circles, ceremony and prayer

[time change] Mar 8 Sunday 11amnoon-4:30pm, Laguna Woods: International Women's Day Event Women's Rights, Women's Voices, Women's Vision @ Clubhouse 6, 24061 Algarrobo
With Daylight Savings Time starting on Sunday, we're pushing our celebration of International Women's Day event start time to 12:00 PM noon!   If you haven't yet signed up, please do so now.
Join us this coming Sunday at noon for a jam-packed afternoon filled with a delicious ethnic luncheon, incredible speakers and artists, an important film and lots of great discussions around issues impacting women and girls.   Actress and filmmaker Celeste Thorson will be our special guest speaker. You've probably seen her on shows like How I Met Your Mother, The Exes, or Jimmy Kimmel Live!   We'll also hear from incredible poets, community organizers and artists.   For more information about this event and to RSVP, contact CeCe at cecesloa@gmail.com or call her at 949.683.1278   Pay online now: Click here for general admission ($39.00) Click here for seniors ($29.00) Click here for students ($19.00) Note: Donations are tax-deductible!

Mar 8 Sunday 1-3pm, Buena Park: Democratic Club of Buena Park @ UFCW Buena Park Headquarters, 8530 Stanton Ave.
We will meet with opposing advocates for the following two referendums that will be voted on in May. - Buena Park open space and park preservation initiative - Preservation of city parks and respect for private property rights in Buena Park initiative There will be an opportunity to hear each presentation and Q&A session.

Mar 8 Sunday 1-3:45pm, Santa Ana: DACA and DAPA Information Workshop @ El Centro Cultural de México, 313 N. Birch St.
Learn details of new immigration executive action, how to know your rights and fraud protection. Space is limited. RSVP with Gema at 714/845-7501 or email gema_ss@yahoo.com.

Mar 8 Sunday 2pm, Irvine: Humanist Association of OC - Peter Anderson: "The Golden Rule 0 Is It a Reliable Guide for Ethical Human Behavior?" @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
More on the question of where our moral values come from. Related ideas of Reciprocal Altruism and "Selfish" Genes. Researchers and Philosophers including Malthus, Darwin, Aldous Huxley, W.D. Hamilton, Robert Price (recent biography - "The Price of Altruism"), and Richard Dawkins.   Also, at this meeting, we will be electing officers for 2015-2016 (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) and two members at large for the Board.   Meet and Greet at 1:30 pm. Meeting begins at 2 pm.

Mar 8 Sunday 1:30pm, Santa Ana: "Pride" Screening and Preview @ The Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St.
The LGBT Center OC and The Frida Cinema invite you to a special screening of Pride. after the screening we'll invite you upstairs for Free Cocktaials and a preview of the new Brad Brafford LGBT Center on 4th.   Join us for this sneak peak and special screening!   http://thefridacinema.org/event/pride/

Mar 8 Sunday 3-5pm, Tustin: Climate Change Committee @ REI, 2962 El Camino Real
We will be in the Community Meeting room of the REI store in Tustin Marketplace meetup.com/ClimateChangeCommittee/events/220986155

Mar 9 Monday 7-9pm, Orange: Pax Christi OC Gathering @ St. Joseph Center, Classroom 4, 480 S. Batavia
Following Vespers for Peace, join in three Study opportunities - Militarizing of Police, Nuclear Weapons, and Diplomacy Not War. If you need directions or transportation, please call me. Peace and Blessings! Mike Walsh PaxChristi OC mikewalsh@pacbell.net

Mar 10 Tuesday 1-9pm, Fullerton: Symposium on Wrongful Conviction @ Cal State Fullerton, TSU Pavilion B hss.fullerton.edu/paj
1pm: Dr. Michael Radelet (University of Colorado, Boulder): "How the Discovery of Erroneous Convictions has Affected Contemporary Death Penalty Debates"   2:30pm: Dr. Simon Cole and Rosa Greenbaum (University of California, Irvine): "Fingerprints, Innocence and Investigation"   4pm: Tom Goldstein and Obie Anthony: "In Their Own Words: Experiences of the Wrongfully Convicted"   7pm: Dr. Saundra Westervelt (University of North Carolina Greensboro) and Dr. Kimberly Cook (University of North Carolina Wilmington): "Life After Death Row: Exonerees Search for Community and Identity"

Mar 10 Tuesday 2-4pm, Fullerton: "Gender Violence, State Violence, and the Dangers of Carceral Feminism" featuring Mimi Kim @ Cal State Fullerton PLS 363 Pollak Library
Join us to hear Mimi Kim from INCITE! speak about her work on communities of color and state violence for CSUF's Women's History Month.

Mar 10 Tuesday 6pm, Santa Ana: OC Young Workers Mixer @ Super Antojitos Express #2, 1002 E 17th ST STE A
Mix, mingle and join the young worker movement in Orange County. Join this energized, grass roots group of young activists promoting fairness in the workplace through education, conversation, civic engagement and activism. It's time to educate and empower our youth to stand up against attacks on workers' rights.

Mar 11 Tuesday 4-7pm, Fullerton: Women and Walls Film Screening: "Crime After Crime" @ CSUF Room H212, Humanities Building
"Crime After Crime" tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. Over 26 years in prison could not crush the spirit of this determined African-American woman, despite the wrongs she suffered, first at the hands of a duplicitous boyfriend who beat her and forced her into prostitution, and later by prosecutors who used the threat of the death penalty to corner her into a life behind bars for her connection to the murder of her abuser.

Mar 11 Wednesday 5:30pm, Capistrano Beach: Progressives of South OC - Citizen Activism: How you can be an effective activist Ray Lutz Founder of Citizens' Oversight Projects (COPS) @ Banquet Room, Agostino's Ristorante Italiano 34700 Coast Highway
How can ordinary citizens exercise oversight on the malfeasance of government and industry? We are pleased to welcome Ray Lutz who has had a distinguished career as a citizen activist. He stopped Blackwater from setting up a paramilitary training camp near San Diego, blocked the takeover of a performing arts center, and most recently he brought public attention to Peeveygate: the collusion between Edison and the Public Utilities Commission. Most of you know him for his activism in helping get San Onofre closed. Ray has an advanced degree in electrical engineering and has been a candidate for AD 77 and Congressional District 52. In his spare time he is an administrator for a Montessori School and he is also author of a science vs religion novel Coils of the Serpent. Check out his long list of accomplishments on CitizensOversight.Org.   Please arrive about 5:30 so you can be finished with food and drink before the program begins at 7.   Please RSVP to SCNJ66@yahoo.com

Mar 11 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club - Francine Busy, Chair, San Diego County Democratic Party, on "Women In Politics" @ Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2
Learn about the San Diego County Party's "Go Team", which turned that county from red to blue, as we strive to turn our own county blue. Plus, legislative action, raffle, membership, voter registration and volunteer opportunities. Please bring nonperishable food items for South County Outreach. For info, call Sue Dearing at 949/855-6965.

Mar 11 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Beach: Laguna Beach Democratic Club - Joe Barnes, Southern California Field Organizer, Compassion and Choices @ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Dr.
Compassion & Choices is leading the campaign to expand end-of-life options in California by passing a law similar to Oregon's Death With Dignity Act. In California, the "End-of_Life Option Act" (SB 128) (co-authors Sen. Bill Monning and Lois Wolk) ensures that a medication that can end the dying process is available to terminally ill, mentally competent Californians who request it from their doctor. For more information visit www.lagunabeachdemocraticclub.com and http://www.facebook.com/lbdcpage

Mar 11 Wednesday 7-9pm, Huntington Beach: 72nd Democratic Alliance @ IAM District 725, 5402 Bolsa Ave.
Our speaker will be Santa Ana Council-member Roman Reyna.Roman Reyna was elected to the Santa Ana City Council on November 6, 2012. Born and raised in Santa Ana, Roman has devoted his life to the betterment of the community through his leadership and advocacy efforts to enhance the opportunities for the youth. http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/elected_officials/ward5/   We will also begin planning for our upcoming events for the year, The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, 4th of July parade and out Flag Day Celebration

Mar 12 Thursday 1pm, Fullerton: Oral History Performance "Showcasing Fringe Narratives: Grassroots Latina Activists in Southern California" @ CSUF H212 Humanities Building
Showcasing Fringe Narratives: Grassroots Latina Activists in Southern California, highlights the voices of strong activists who fought for various causes in their local communities. Rather than remain hidden in the archives, their stories will be performed in public in order to shed some light on their experiences with grassroots activism.

Mar 12 Thursday 7pm, Costa Mesa: OC Coalition For Health & Justice - Moving Forward in 2015! @ Mother's Market and Kitchen, 1890 Newport Blvd.
GMO Free Orange County, Moms Across America, Label GMOs: California's Grassroots, and other forward acting organizations have formed a coalition for food safety and political justice.   Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Come early, reserve your seat and talk with representatives from organizations in your neighborhoods that are taking direct action to benefit all our lives!   Speakers include and not limited to: John Diaz, Prop 37, California Right To Know, GMO Free Orange County, March Against Monsanto - Laguna Beach, CA Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America D'Marie Mulattieri, GMO Free OC, March Against Monsanto - Laguna Beach, California Clean Money Campaign, Expose the TPP - Americans Organized for Change (National)   Come to find out the latest actions taking place in Orange County as well as California and across America to support you health and to ensure justice for all.   Volunteers are welcome! Please contact D'Marie at 949-429-9877 if you would like to help with this event or March Against Monsanto on May 23rd.

Mar 13 Friday 6pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition @ SEIU office 1936 W Chapman Ave. 92868 http://ocmdc.org

Mar 14 Saturday 9am-12:30pm, Santa Ana: "Reaping the Benefits of Unwavering Women" @ Second Baptist Church, 4300 Westminster Ave.
Sponsored by National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Orange County Chapter and Second Baptist Church College Bound Program, this special seminar for high school students, parents and the Orange County Community features The Honourable Judge Daphne Scott, OC Superior Court as Keynote Speaker and includes two sessions: Writing Winning Essays for students and Supporting Your Emerging Young Adults for parents. A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP by March 10 at ncbwoc@nc100bwoc.org or 949/551-4096.

Mar 14 Saturday 9am-4pm, Irvine: CA Dream Network's Southern Regional Summit @ UC Irvine
This will be a day packed with networking and education. There will be a series of workshops that focus on empowerment for our immigrant youth. You will also have the chance to network with other immigrant youth and share your experiences and build lasting friendship. Please register for our event here: http://goo.gl/forms/iuQzCeWjsO

Mar 14 Saturday 11:45am-noon, Anaheim: Public Witness Against the Death Penalty @ Religious Education Congress, Anaheim Convention Center, Meet outside main Arena Entrance
Join Death Penalty Focus, California People of Faith, Pax Christi, Sisters of St. Joseph, Campaign for Nonviolence Catholics Against the Death Penalty, So Cal

Mar 14 (2nd Saturday) 10am-noon, Irvine noon-2pm, Laguna Woods: OC Peace Coalition General Meeting @ Laguna Woods Village, Clubhouse 3
Note time and location change.   This Saturday, our meeting will be held right before our fundraiser in Laguna Woods ocpeace.org

Mar 14 Saturday 12:30-7pm, Anaheim: Really, Really Free Market @ La Palma Park, 1151 N Anaheim Blvd.
Bring stuff you don't need/want anymore! And get stuff you do need/want! *NO MONEY, NO BARTER, NO TRADE, EVERYTHING IS FREE.   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.

[time change] Mar 14 Saturday 2pm1:30pm, Laguna Woods: This PI-DAY 3.14.15 Look At Part Of Our American Pie Join us for our fundraiser as the OC Peace Coalition screens: Unmaned: America's Drone Wars @ Laguna Woods Village, Clubhouse 3
We will be joined by a speaker from Brave New Films, and the Local Vocal Peace Choir Admission $10 The information below must be given to the gate ambassador for entrance to Laguna Woods Village
Event type: Meeting Sponsor: Mark Richter Day of Week: Saturday Date: March 14, 2015 Time: 2pm Location: Clubhouse 3
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Mar 14 Saturday 6-9:30pm, Irvine: Reclaim Democracy - Years of Living Dangerously @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
Reclaim Democracy is spending several meetings learning about Climate Change. This Saturday we will be viewing the next two episodes of "Years of Living Dangerously," an excellent documentary series made by ShowTime.   6:00 PM: Gathering, chatting and munching. 6:30 PM: Welcome and Introduction to Reclaim Democracy 7:00 PM: Years of Living Dangerously (Episodes 4 & 5; see synopses below) 8:45 PM: Discussion. 9:30 PM: Clean up and clear out madmimi.com/p/241cf5

Mar 14-15 Saturday 7pm-Sunday 6pm, Fullerton: Students for Sensible Drug Policy 2015 Pacific Regional Conference @ Pavillion C, Titan Student, California State University Fullerton, 800 N State College Blvd.
ssdp.org/events/2015-pacific-regional-conference

Mar 15 Sunday 6-9pm, Santa Ana: "The San Patricios" @ Centro Cultural de México
Join us as we commemorate the St. Patrick's Battalion, a moment in history when the Irish and Mexican struggles for liberation intertwined. Enjoy traditional Mexican/Indigenous and Irish/Keltic food. Discuss contemporary struggles against militarism, racism and colonization   Schedule of events: 3:00-6:00 COMMUNITY SELF DEFENSE TRAINING 3:00 Open Mat 4:00 Youth Self Defense class 5:00 Adults Self Defense class   6:00-9:00 SCREENING AND DISCUSSION 6:00-7:00 Documentary Screening & dinner 7:00-7:30 Presentation on Colonialism 7:30-9:00 Community Discussion on the documentary, militarism, racism, and colonization.

[update] Mar 17 Tuesday 7am-8pm, 37th SD: 37th State Senate District Special Primary Election
Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. Hand-delivered vote-by-mail ballots shall be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day at any polling place in the county where the voter is registered, or at the office of the elections official. If one candidate receives a majority of the votes (50% + 1), no special general election will be held. ocvote.com/voting/current-election-info/37th-state-senate-district-special-primary-election-info/calendar
My name is Louise Stewardson and I've decided to challenge the big political machine with a Grassroots Cyber-Campaign for the 37th State Senate Primary CA. I want my message to go viral with social media, e-mail and phone texting. I will be fighting a classic David against Goliath battle and you can join me to bring real representation to the 37th.   This is an open primary and any registered voter in the 37th State Senate CA can vote for me. Your vote for me is a vote for all the people of California. As a nurse and mother I am passionate about community, families, and the environment, and once elected, I will fight for those who do not have a voice in government. We need to make Orange County and all of California a better place for our children and grandchildren and your vote will help ensure that happens.   Your vote counts so please write in Louise Stewardson for 37th State Senate CA primary on March 17th 2015. Contact all your friends and relatives and ask them to vote and write in Louise Stewardson if they live in the 37th State Senate District. (Anaheim Hills, part of Orange, Villa Park, Tustin, Irvine, Foothill Ranch, El Toro, Lake Forest, Laguna Woods, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and South Huntington Beach.   facebook.com/Louisesenate37 loustew75@gmail.com

Mar 17 Tuesday 5:30pm, Corona del Mar: Newport Beach Women's Democratic Club "The Banning Ranch: Fact vs Fiction" @ the Five Crowns restaurant, 3801 E. Coast Hwy.
Local conservationists Dorothy Kraus and Suzanne Forster will speak   Banning Ranch is a 400-acre parcel of bluffs and wetlands located in West Newport Beach near where the the Santa Ana River enters the Pacific Ocean. The talk aims to shed light and correct misinformation about the proposed development which includes homes, a resort hotel, commercial spaces, roadways and parks.   Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Patty Gwin at (949)640-0923. The cost is $20.

Mar 17 Tuesday 7-9pm, Irvine: The OC Task Force for Cities For CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) Planning Meeting @ 4139 Campus Dr. (Univ. Shopping Ctr.)
It's time women and men, girls and boys, with city leadership, address issues of violence against women. RSVP to Hopeinlifefoundation@gmail.com.

Mar 17 Tuesday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats of South OC meeting @ Norman Murray Community Center, 22932 Veterans Way
Please join us and our special speaker: Anila Ali Anila is founder of the Million American Muslims March Against Extremism on Facebook. She recently spoke at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to address keeping our communities safe - alongside of Homeland Security, the FBI and LA Police Department.

Mar 17 Tuesday 7:30pm, Irvine: Friends of OC Detainees presents: Caitlin Patler, Ph.D., President's Postdoctoral Fellow, UCI Criminology, Law & Society Bonding Out: Judicial Decision-Making in Immigration Bond Hearings @ Irvine United Congregational Church, Plumer Hall, 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604
An important insight into the workings of the immigration justice system that are usually only observable in an obscure way from a distance.   In 2014, ICE detained over 10,000 immigrants for six months or longer, pending the conclusion of their immigration proceedings. For many detainees, the only legal mechanism for release during this waiting period is a bond hearing. In a first-of-its-kind study, Dr. Patler collected data from 567 immigrant detainees and analyzed the factors that influence a judge's decision regarding bond and release. She will present the results of her study. R.S.V.P. friendsofocdetainees@gmail.com

Mar 17 Tuesday 7:30pm, Irvine: Cousin's Club of OC - "The Importance of Palestine Recognition" @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Jeff Warner's article, written with Eric Gordon and Yossi Ken, was recently published by Mondoweiss.net. Jeff and his colleagues will present this article and add further comments. Jeff is a member of L.A. Jews for Peace.   Discussion will follow. Please join us and share your ideas.

Mar 18 Wednesday 4-7pm, Fullerton: Women and Walls Film Screening: "Roadmap to Apartheid" @ CSUF Room H212, Humanities Building
Join Students for Justice in Palestine and Women and Gender Studies for CSUF's Women's History Month for the film screening "Roadmap to Apartheid"   In this award-winning documentary, the first-time directors take a detailed look at the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Narrated by Alice Walker, Roadmap to Apartheid is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.

Mar 18 Wednesday 5:30pm, Fountain Valley: OC Water District Vote On Desalination @ 18700 Ward St., between Ellis and Garfield.
Arrive early and join Residents for Responsible Desalination to express opposition to this project and to prevent special interests from ruling our water rates. For more info, visit www.nowaterdeal.com, www.r4rd.org and fb.r4rd.

Mar 18 Wednesday 6:30-8pm, Newport Beach: OC for Climate Action planning meeting @ 1151 Dove Street #210 Newport Beach CA 92660
to plan for April 19th event in honor of Earth Day

Mar 18 Wednesday 7pm, Irvine: Managing Groundwater for Drought, Clean Water, Food Security, and Ecosystems @ Beckman Center, 100 Academy Way
Groundwater is a critical source of drinking water for many Americans, it is the drought insurance for 40% of our planet's agriculture, and it sustains many aquatic ecosystems. Understanding this hidden resource is a key to it's sustainable management.   Thomas Harter, PhD, is the Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair in Water Management and Policy at the University of California, Davis. Tickets are free but lecture seating is limited. RSVP online: eventbrite.com/e/managing-groundwater-for-drought-clean-water-food-security-and-ecosystems-tickets-15444187982

Mar 18 (3rd Wednesday) 7-8:30pm, Orange: OC Death Penalty Focus @ St. Joseph Center, Room 2, 480 S Batavia
  OCChapterDPF@gmail.com facebook.com/OCCDPF https://twitter.com/oc_dpf

Mar 19 Thursday 2pm, Laguna Woods Village: Book Review - Capital in the Twenty-First Century @ Clubhouse 1, Main Lounge
The author is Thomas Piketty, Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics. The Reviewer is Suzanne Model, Professor Emerita in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Event is free. If you are not a Laguna Woods Village resident, bring this info with you: lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=5246

Mar 19 Thursday 6:30pm, Irvine: Information Meeting on Great Park Animal EcoCenter @ OSF Lunch Room across from the Irvine Animal Care Center, 6443 Oak Canyon.
Goal is a place for the whole family and discussion will focus on what to include: state of the art animal care facility, expansive yards and walkways, top notch venterinary care, dog friendly café, animal care education center, farm sanctuary, huge dog park. For more info, contact pitbullady@earthlink.net. (See also Mar 28)

Mar 19 Thursday 6:30-8pm, San Clemente: League of Women Voters of Capistrano Bay presents two compelling speakers on immigration @ San Clemente Community Center, 100 North Calle Seville
Nicholas Centino: Orange County on the Cusp of Change
Louis DeSipio: Making Americans, Remaking America: Immigration Policy Nationally and in Orange County
Questions? Contact Jan Meslin at jmeslin@cox.net

Mar 20 Friday 8pm, Santa Ana: OC NORML General Meeting @ 117 W. Fourth St. Santa Ana (corner of 4th & Sycamore)
Please join us to hear the about current legislation, events and from a guest speaker. This month our special guest speaker is Attorney Stefan Borst-Censullo talking about juvenile dependency and cannabis.

Mar 21 Saturday 9:30am-2pm, Orange: Orange Peace Award @ Orange Community of Christ, 395 S. Tustin St.
Join us for information booths and presentations from Community Organizations committed to the pursuit of peace, the presentation of the Peace Award to Abraham House, and a keynote address by Sr. Michelle Tochtrop of L'Arche WaveCrest as we celebrate a day of Peace at Orange Community of Christ If your organization, Faith community, or project is interested in presenting, hosting a booth, or sharing information about its mission and community involvement, please contact Pastor Craig Perryman craigp@cofchristorange.org More info can be found at http://www.cofchristorange.org.

Mar 21 Saturday 1:30-4:30pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State Darwin's Greatest Discovery: Design Without Designer @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Dr. Ayala currently teaches at the University of California Irvine and is University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences. He has been a member of advisory committees for the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Health, as well as, being on President Clinton's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. His research interests are in evolutionary biology and he is also interested in the philosophy of biology and bioethics and the relationship between science and religion, including the teaching of evolution in schools. Dr. Ayala served as an expert witness in the Arkansas trial on the teaching of evolution in 1981.   This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 1:00. Meeting starts at 1:30. Hope to see you there.   au-oc.org

Mar 21 Saturday 5pm, Santa Ana: Community Movie Night "The Mike Brown Rebellion" @ Memorial Park, Flower & St. Gertrude
It will get cold so bring blankets, sweaters, jackets, and friends. Spread the word For more information contact us at ajiamaru@riseup.net

Mar 22 Sunday noon, Santa Ana: Memorial for Ernesto Canepa, Monique Decker and Benito Osorio @ 3rd & Shelton.
Please join in solidarity with our community in honor of those whose lives have been stolen by the state. More info at https://www.facebook.com/cwsantaana/info?tab=page_info.

Mar 22 Sunday 2-4pm, Irvine: Democrats of Greater Irvine @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club Doors open at 2 for a social half hour and the meeting usually begins at 2:30
Professor Jose F. Moreno of California State University-Long Beach will address Immigration, Community and Latino Contexts

Mar 23 Monday 5-7:30pm, Santa Ana: Chant Down The Walls: Free Omara @ US Immigration & Customs Enforcement, 34 Civic Center Plaza
In the momentum of Women's History Month we--RAIZ, along with the IYC, and NDLON--want demand the release of all womyn including Omara to prevent their deportation.   Omara Gomez-Aviles (A#070-920-749) came to the United States when she was 17 years old from El Salvador. She is a responsible and loving mother of 3 U.S. Citizens. She sells champurrado and tamales to sustain her family.   YOU CAN HELP!   1. Sign Omara's Petition http://j.mp/freeomara   2. Make a call to Los Angeles field office for ICE (213) 830-7911 "I am calling in support of Omara Gomez-Aviles (A#070-920-749) who is currently detained in Santa Ana City Jail. Omara is the mother of 3 US citizen children, one who is graduating high school in June. Omara is a domestic violence and human trafficking survivor and should be granted asylum not deported. She has been in the US for over 25 years and has strong ties to her community in Los Angeles."   3. Join us on Monday the 23rd to Chant Down The Walls
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Mar 24 Tuesday 1pm, Laguna Woods Village: Letter Writing Happening - Express Your Opinion Along with Members of Citizens' Climate Lobby @ Laguna Woods Community Ctr, Spruce Room
Join Mark Tabbert, CCL Orange County Chapter leader, and Michelle Mareks of Laguna Woods for letter-writing to members of Congress. Letters can be simple request to Congress to address climate change or more detailed and CCL will help with information. For information, contact michelle_mareks@att.net

Mar 24 Tuesday 2pm, Irvine: Great Park Meeting and City Council Meeting @ Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza
http://www.cityofirvine.org/council/agenda/ http://www.greatparktruth.com/

Mar 24 (4th 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.

Mar 24 (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 25 Wednesday 6:30-7:30, Costa Mesa: Meeting of Sierra Club Banning Ranch Park and Preserve Task Force @ Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, 1701 West Baker
Following this meeting, the Banning Ranch Conservancy will meet from 7:30-9pm @ same location. We will focus on public outreach and organizing. Since the settlement agreement was approved, our focus will also be on NBR's continued effort to pursue their proposed development project on Banning Ranch. For more info, visit http://banningranchconservancy.org/.

Mar 25 Wednesday 7pm, Irvine: PDA Greater OC Chapter @ Home of Ron Varasteh and Masha Macurda, 9 Sunset River
Please join us for our monthly PDA Chapter meeting, where we will discuss national, regional, and local issues of concern, and opportunities for action! And please bring a Pot Luck Snack Food item.

Mar 25 Wednesday 7pm, Irvine: Women For:OC - "Immigration Reform: Where Are We Now?" @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club
Minerva Siguenza Gomez, is an immigration rights advocate and community organizer. She has extensive experience in immigrant rights issues, federal immigration policy, and building leadership capacity to create grassroots movements. The presentation will detail and update President Obama's executive action and offer information on how advocates can make a difference in the lives of immigrant families. Minerva serves as the lead community organizer of OCCCO, the Orange County Congregation Community Organization. She will highlight its successes of empowering families and improving communities.   6:30 pm - Social; 7pm - Program begins Free and open to the public. Men are cordially invited. Women For: Orange County is a volunteer, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing Human & Civil Rights, Peace, Social Justice, Education, Health Care and the Environment. womenforoc@aol.com womenfororangecounty.org Women For: OC is collecting new underwear and socks to be given to the Native Americans of Northern Arizona as part of an ongoing project of the Third World Gifts and Hand Arts, Sue Fenwick director

Mar 26 Thursday 6-8pm, Santa Ana: Ready For Hillary @ Diego's Downtown, 224 East 3rd St.
Please Join Event Chairs: Hon. Jordan Brandman, Hon. Michele Martinez and Fran Sdao and Hosts: Nick Anas, Alicia Berhow, Claudia Figueroa, Alex Flores, Hon. Sharon Quirk-Silva, Georgina Maldonado, & Melahat Rafiei Supporter: $20.16 Host: $201.60 or bring 10 guests Chair: $500 RSVP at http://ReadyForHillary.com/events/OC-Mar26 If you are interested in joining the host committee please email jmejia@ReadyForHillary.com

Mar 26 Thursday 6:30-7:30pm, Orange: Ecofeminism/Social Justice Community Reading Group @ Mead's Green Door Cafe, 642 West Chapman Ave.
Thank you to those of you who came out last month for our discussion of Men Explain Things to Me. I had a great time and hope you all did also. For March, we are reading bell hooks' All About Love. This book is readily available at libraries or online sellers. Please e-mail me with any questions and see the flyer for additional information. Thank you! Stacy

Mar 27 Friday 4:30-6pm, Huntington Beach: Magellanic Penguins - An Intimate Look at an Indicator Species @ Bolsa Chica Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3842 Warner Avenue
Certain communities in an ecosystem can tell us about the health of that ecosystem. In Bolsa Chica, for example, the presence of the Light-footed Ridgeway's Rail can indicate that the marsh habitat may be improving, and that organismal communities in wetland sediment are healthy enough to sustain the food web. Similarly, the Magellanic penguins of South America are a fascinating and important species that give us a peek at the health of our oceans. Come take an intimate look at these threatened South American sentinels and learn what clues they give us about our planet. Gain an understanding of their physiology, breeding, nesting, and threats. Join us to hear Terri's personal experiences working with these amazing seabirds.   $5/person FOR MORE INFORMATION: Rebecca Fent rebecca@bolsachica.org

Mar 27 Friday 6pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition @ SEIU office 1936 W Chapman Ave. 92868 http://ocmdc.org

Mar 27 Friday 7:30pm, Costa Mesa: Climate Change Fuels Deadly Conflict - Diane Randall, Executive Director of FCNL @ Daniels Hall, Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church, 2845 Mesa Verde Drive East
An Evening with Diane Randall, Executive Director of the Friends Committee on National Legislation The evening will also include a discussion of how we can all learn to be effective lobbyists for peace and justice. The FCNL has the largest number of registered lobbyists for peace and justice in DC, and works with faith groups and citizen activists across the country. For more information, contact fcnl@orangecountyquakers.com

Mar 28, Saturday 6:45am Fountain Valley: Walk Out Of Poverty meet @ Holy Spirit Church, 17270 Ward St.
concernamerica.org/walkoutofpoverty

Mar 28, Saturday 8am-12:30pm, Fullerton: 3rd Annual Protest Rally Against Rep Royce's Women's Conference @ Cal State Fullerton Titan Student Union
The Women's Conference is free and open to the public. Protesters make a sign that addresses your issue. On Feb. 27, 2015, Royce sent out a blast saying he has been a long-time advocate for women; fighting to protect their rights. What Royce should have said is once a year for three hours he pretends to care about Women's Issues. Royce voted for six bills in January that were against protecting women's health and reproductive rights. Royce is not a medical expert. Royce has voted 56 times to repeal the ACA which expands medical coverage to families. Royce's relentless partisan attacks on the ACA undermines women and their families. Every time a bill comes up to raise the minimum wage, Royce votes against it. He voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act (Equal Pay for Equal Work). What Royce does is he votes against legislation which would help women improve their lives and do better for their families. ALL ISSUES ARE WOMEN'S ISSUES whether they be Gun Safety, Climate Change, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Stop TPP Fast Track, etc. This year the keynote speaker will be Condoleezza Rice who has been convicted of war crimes in absentia.

Mar 28 Saturday 11am, Irvine: Information Meeting on Great Park Animal EcoCenter @ OSF Lunch Room across from the Irvine Animal Care Center, 6443 Oak Canyon.
Goal is a place for the whole family and discussion will focus on what to include: state of the art animal care facility, expansive yards and walkways, top notch veterinary care, dog friendly café, animal care education center, farm sanctuary, huge dog park. For more info, contact pitbullady@earthlink.net. (See also Mar 19)

Mar 28 Saturday 2-5pm, Los Angeles: 35th Anniversary Celebration of National Women's History Project honoring 2015 honorees @ The Autrey National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Dr., Griffith Park.
Honorees will speak, followed by reception. Doors open at 1pm, program 15 2pm and reception at 3:30. Tickets are $75, available online at www.shop.nwhp.org or call 707/656-2888.

Mar 28 Saturday 3-9pm, Santa Ana: 5th Annual International Woman's Day Event @ Plaza Santa Ana
This educational family FREE event is put together by various woman in the community, to learn , share and celebrate women's accomplishments. Fundraising every year for a Woman's group in need in Mexico- Recaudando fondos cada año con Insurgencia Femenina/ Voces de Libertad (90.7fm, martes 9:30-11:30pm) para grupos de mujeres en Mexico en necesidad urgente! vengan por sus aguas frescas!

Mar 28 Saturday 5:30-7pm, Santa Ana: Coming out of the Shadows - OC Immigrant Youth United @ Sasser Park, Santa Ana Blvd. & Ross St.
"Coming Out of the Shadows" began in March of 2010 when for the first time undocumented immigrant youth openly declared ourselves to be UNDOCUMENTED and UNAFRAID.   These actions created a space for undocumented youth to speak out and share our story by bringing undocumented people and allies together to form a safe space to uplift and affirm our existence, our stories, and our humanity.   So please join us on March 28 and and together lets make this year's Coming Out of the Shadows a success! #coots15 #not1mor

Mar 28 Saturday 7pm, Santa Ana: Screening of Concerning Violence @ Centro Cultural de México
Based on the book, The Wretched of the Earth By FRANTZ FANON, narrated by Ms Lauryn Hill, and directed by Goran Olsson who was also the director of "The Black Power Mixtape".

Mar 31 Tuesday 6:30pm, Costa Mesa: Costa Mesa Democratic Club Monthly Meeting @ Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave.
If you want to know more about immigration policy and how it affects Costa Mesa, join us to hear from Dr. Jose Moreno, CSU Long Beach, Felicity Figueroa, Friends of OC Detainees, and Lisa D. Ramirez, US Immigration Law Group, LLP CA State Bar Certified Immigration Nationality Specialist.

Mar 31 Tuesday 7:15pm, Irvine: Amnesty International group 178 meeting @ Irvine United Congregational Church, Plumer Hall, 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604
At our meeting we will be writing letters for current actions and discussing further events. aiusaoc.org/irvine/meetings.html


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Apr 1 Wednesday 4-5pm, Irvine: UC Irvine Chancellor's Chair Investiture of Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor of Law and Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, School of Law UCI @ UCI Education Bldg. Rm 1131.
Her investiture lecture (one hour) is "Reproductive Justice in an Era of Resistance" with reception to follow. Goodwin's expertise includes bioethics, constitutional law, family law, human rights, medical law, reproductive rights and torts. To RSVP and reserve your place, sent an email or call: Muhammad Ali, mali@law.uci.edu or (949) 824-8536. Please also let Lynne Riddle know you are attending at lriddleusbj@yahoo.com.

Apr 1 Wednesday 6-7:30pm, Irvine: Community Forum with Irvine Police Chief Dave Maggard @ New Horizon School, 1 Truman
Keep Irvine Safe! With a couple of recent hate incident involving Muslims in Irvine, we're gathering the community to be educated, informed and safe in such situations. If you are a Muslim that lives or works in Irvine, this community is for you. Come and hear what has recently occurred and how to Respond, Report, Recover. Contact Farrah N. Khan at farrahnk@yahoo.com

Apr 1 Wednesday 6:30-8pm, Newport Beach: OC for Climate Action planning meeting @ 1151 Dove Street #210
We will continue solidifying our plans for April 19th (in honor of Earth Day)

Apr 1 Wednesday 7:15pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America-OC Monthly Meeting with Focus on the Coast: Banning Ranch Development and Poseidon Desal Plant @ Karl Strauss Brewery, 901 South Coast Dr.
Suzanne Forster, vice-president of Banning Ranch Conservancy, will discuss the plan to develop the last major parcel of natural space along the OC coast. Banning Ranch is in Newport Beach but borders Costa Mesa, the Santa Ana River and its development will impact the whole region. Vern Nelson, DFA-OC member and activist, will report on the latest actions of the newly elected Orange County Water District concerning the proposed Poseidon plant in Huntington Beach. Social hour begins at 6:30pm, meeting at 7:15. Admission is free. Please join us and bring a friend for a night of progressive action. If you have any questions, please email dfaoc.comm@gmail.com.

Apr 2 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Democrats of North OC @ Sizzler Restaurant, 1401 North Harbor Blvd.
Join the DNOC as our guest speaker will be Randall T. Longwith, Esq., one if the country's premier criminal and medical cannabis attorneys. Mr. Longwith has written and fought for many laws to legalize the cannabis industry and bring safe access to patients in need. DNOC times: Dinner and Socializing at 6. There is NO COST for attending the meeting which begins at 7. For more information contact: DNOC President Linda Gardner, linda@heareveryvoice.com

Apr 2 Thursday 7pm, Fountain Valley: Democratic Club of West OC "Reproductive Rights and The New Constitutional Battleground" Professor Michele Goodwin of the UCI Law School @ Green Valley Clubhouse, 17250 Los Jardines West.
Professor Goodwin will explain how the reproductive rights movement should expand its discourse to understand and include a "reproductive justice" framework that accounts for the myriad ways in which women's reproductive liberty as well as their constitutional status are legally under attack. RSVP: http://DCWOC.com OR https://www.facebook.com/events/402613539933725

Apr 3 Friday 6pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition @ SEIU office 1936 W Chapman Ave. 92868 The May Day Coalition will now br meeting weekly until May Day http://ocmdc.org

Apr 4 Saturday 9am Brea/9:30am Corona del Mar, Long Beach: Monthly Meeting of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)
@ BREA 9am to noon: Brea Congregational Church at 300 E. Imperial Hwy, Brea 92821, and
@ CORONA del MAR 9:30am to noon: St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 3233 Pacific View Dr, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
@ LONG BEACH 9:30am to noon: First Congregational Church of Long Beach, 241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
New members welcome! Part of the meeting is a one-hour international conference call. We hear from an expert in Climate Change. 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 for a livable world. 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 Corona del Mar or Edric Guise at (562) 858-4640 for Long Beach. Learn about CCL and register for live weekly introductory call at CitizensClimateLobby.org.

Apr 5 (1st Sunday) 7:30am-4pm, Huntington Beach: We started 2015 with U.S. troops back in Iraq, the endgame in Afghanistan is requiring more troops - and perhaps more risks. Once again this first Sunday, we will again be setting up the Arlington West display on the sand. We hope we can have your help.
Weather forecast is calling for 10% chance of rain and a high about 65. We will setup the crosses if its not raining.   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. We usually need the most help in the morning, though both morning and evening are critical. We meet up at the beach around/after 7:30 and start the setup of the field of crosses and other items. Depending upon number of helpers this can take 45 minutes or over two hours. "Many hands make for light and fast work". Take down goes much quicker than setup. We will likely start breakdown at about 4:00PM and hopefully have everything back in the trailer before 5:00.   Please let us know if you are coming this Sunday by replying to jeff.mfso@earthlink.net, but you, of course, are most welcome without replying first.

Apr 5 Sunday 2-3pm, Irvine: Green Party of OC - OC May Day Coalition @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Claudia from OC May Day Coalition will be the keynote speaker.   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 Tuesday 2:30-5:30pm, Santa Ana: Call to Action: Protest the OC District Attorney @ 401 W Civic Center Dr.
The OCDA is NOT the people - WE are the people!   Save the Date and Spread the Word:   Stop Bullying/Papering Judges/Defense Attorneys No to Gang Injunctions Stop Allowing Killer Cops to Run Free Stop Unjust Sentencing Stop Charging Minors as Adults Stop Targeting Our Activists Stop Protecting Corrupt Politicians   The OCDA decides who to target and who to protect. They target us and protect their own while covering up their own corruption   #DAIsNotThePpl #WeRthePpl   After Rally: Santa Ana City Council at 5:30pm

Apr 7 Tuesday 7pm, Laguna Woods Village: Monthly Meeting of Concern Citizens of Laguna Woods Village Features Dr. James Corbett on Ending "Terrorism" @ Clubhouse 7
Dr. Corbett will present his definition of terrorism and discuss its history as a tool of the oppressed and as a tool of control.Members free; visitors $3 donation requested. For more info, visit http://www.lagunawoodsvillage.com/article.cfm?id=5509

Apr 8 Wednesday 5-6:15pm, Fullerton: Justice / Injustice: Exonerees Speak @ Western State College Of Law, 1111 N. State College Blvd.
WSCL CRIMINAL LAW ASSOCIATION joins with Death Penalty Focus - OC Chapter to present an evening of conversation with exonerees   Nick Yarris, exonerated after 21 years on Death Row for a crime he did not commit. Author of 7 Days to Live.   Tom Goldstein, exonerated after 27 years for a murder he did not commit. His wrongful conviction involved the use of jailhouse informants, flawed eyewitness testimony and ineffective counsel.   Food will be served

Apr 8 Wednesday 5:30pm, Capistrano Beach: Progressives of South Orange County @ Agostino's Ristorante Italiano, 34700 Coast Highway
SOAP BOX, an Open Mic Night   Join them if you would like to make an announcement, share some ideas, or pontificate! You get 5 minutes. RSVP with your name and a one sentence topic. Please be respectful and do RSVP. They need to let the Ristorante know how many people to expect. RSVP to SCNJ66@yahoo.com

Apr 8 Wednesday 7-9pm, Laguna Beach: Tom Hayden Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center "Listen Yankee, Why Cuba Matters" @ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Dr.
Tom needs little introduction -- especially among liberals and Democrats who cherish his 50 years+ of social and political activism (including 18 years serving California in the State Assembly and the State Senate) and tireless anti-war and civil rights efforts he has championed. Currently, Tom serves as Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City and remains as intent as ever to reform politics through a more participatory democracy.   For more information visit lagunabeachdemocraticclub.com and facebook.com/lbdcpage

Apr 8 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club - Mark Tabbert Citizens Climate Lobby @ Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2
Doors open at 6:30PM, program starts at 7:00PM. Contact Sue Dearing for info at 949-855-6965. Our friends at Laguna Woods collect nonperishable food items for South County Outreach so if you go please bring a donation to support needy families in our area.

new Apr 8 Wednesday 7-9pm, Orange: OC Young Democrats @ Democratic Party of OC, 1916 W Chapman Ave. Suite B
Join us for our monthly meeting and mixer. We will be discussing details for the upcoming 2015 California Democrats State Convention, along with other local Democratic issues.

Apr 9 Thursday 6:30-8:30pm, Orange: Soil Erosion, Storms and Floods: How Climate Change Affects Food Security presented by Alexandra Nagy Highlights Dig Deeper About Climate Change Film & Speaker Series @ St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 S. Batavia St.
Climate Change is affecting our communities now. Hear what is happening and what you can do. Alexandra Nagy is the Southern California Organizer at the Los Angeles branch of Food & Water Watch. Please RSVP 714/633-8121 ext. 7716 or mperales@csjorange.org.

Apr 9 Thursday 7-9:30pm, Whittier: Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition screening of "Cowspiracy" @ St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave.
whittierpeace.org/index.htm#MovieNight

Apr 10 Friday 1pm, Seal Beach: Climate Change & How You Can Make a Difference @ Clubhouse 4, Leisure World.
Edric Guise from Citizens Climate Lobby will speak on the grave risks of climate change and what you can do to build the political will needed to address this issue. Presented by Senior Patriots for Peace, this event is free & open to the public. To assure admission, those living outside Leisure World must call Nancy at 562/896-8604 to leave name for guest list at Main Gate.

Apr 10 Friday 6pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition @ SEIU office 1936 W Chapman Ave. 92868 The May Day Coalition will now be meeting weekly until May Day http://ocmdc.org

Apr 11 (2nd Saturday) 10am-noon, Irvine: OC Peace Coalition General Meeting @ OC Friends meeting house, 2091 Business Center Dr, Suite 100 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

Apr 11 Saturday 10am-1pm, Orange: CDP Convention delegate and volunteer training @ DPOC headquarters; 1916 W. Chapman Ave., #B

Apr 11 Saturday 12:30-2pm, Long Beach: Walk for Hope Planning Meeting @ Royal CupCafe, 994 Redondo Ave
This meeting is a kick-off planning meeting. Please join us to get involved in the planning, to join one of our volunteer committees, or just to learn more about the event.   As you might already know, the Walk for Hope is a compassion-themed 2 mile journey. Activities include Tree of Forgiveness, Garden of Kindness, Paintings of Inspiring Quotes, and much more.   It's transformative. It's introspective. It's Free! The Walk for Hope is a gift from the volunteers to the community. The actual walk takes place on September 12, 2015.   More on previous Walk for Hope events: bethecause.org/?cat=41

new Apr 11 Saturday 6-9:30pm, Irvine: Reclaim Democracy - Years of Living Dangerously @ IRWD Community Meeting Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
'The Earth needs our attention. It's time to have a conversation with our planet,' Alice Walker.   We at Reclaim Democracy are determined to trigger this conversation. It's time to rouse the Progressives of Orange County from their slumber. This coming Saturday we will view the Episodes 8 and 9 of Years Of Living Dangerously.   6:00 PM: Gathering, chatting and munching. 6:30 PM: Welcome and Introduction to Reclaim Democracy 7:00 PM: Years of Living Dangerously (Episodes 8 & 9; see synopses below) 8:45 PM: Discussion. 9:30 PM: Clean up and clear out madmimi.com/p/ea9816

[time change] Apr 12 Sunday noon-3pm, Huntington Beach: Stop the TPPA Stop Global Corporate Takeover @ Huntington Beach Pier/Main St.
Free trade deals give corporation the right to sue governments for passing laws that protect their people's health and rights. It has set back the labor movement by opening up thousands of sweatshops in "Economic Zones" like the illegally built Rana Plaza tragedy that killed over three hundred people.   It has set back the environmental movement by encouraging the shipping around of resources on an unprecedented level.   We will be holding a rally in front of the Huntington pier starting at noon. The TPPA cannot be allowed to pass!

Apr 12 Sunday 2pm, Irvine: Humanist Association of OC - David Silva on "Humor as it applies to Religion" @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
While serious writers such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens have made many Americans rethink their views on religion, so have humorists. George Carlin, Julia Sweeney and Bill Maher and others have shown religion to be in stark contrast with our modern scientific world view and often just plain ridiculous. We will discuss what makes religion funny and how humor can be an acceptable tool for advancing Humanist objectives.   Meet and Greet at 1:30 pm. Meeting begins at 2 pm.

Apr 12 Sunday 3-5pm, Tustin: Climate Change Committee @ REI, 2962 El Camino Real
We will be in the Community Meeting room of the REI store in Tustin Marketplace AGENDA meetup.com/ClimateChangeCommittee/events/221648313

Apr 13 Monday 7-9pm, Orange: Pax Christi OC Gathering @ St. Joseph Center, Classroom 4, 480 S. Batavia
Following Vespers for Peace, we will be joined by Amalia Molina with Get on the Bus - Uniting children with their mothers and fathers in Prison.   Mike Walsh PaxChristi OC mikewalsh@pacbell.net

Apr 15 Wednesday 6pm, Dana Point: South OC Democrats General Meeting & Dinner @ Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan Ave.
Superintendent Kirsten Vital of the Capistrano Unified School District will give an update on how things are going in the 9th largest school district in California.   Dinner will be available for those who RSVP by 4/11/15 to willa@cox.net 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 Regular meeting starts at 7pm.

new Apr 16 Thursday 7pm, Long Beach: Long Beach Area Peace Network (LBAPN) meeting @ Grace United Methodist Church, 3rd and Junipero
The agenda is as follows:   - Timekeeper - Note taker - Treasury Report   Updates/ Reports - PLA - Fight for $15 - Hotel Pickets - Left Forum - RAP - Iran Deal - TPP - MFSO DC Trip - Safe Parking   New Business - People's State of the City - Develop new call list - 2nd Friday Vigil - 4th of July Parade - LBAPN Website/ Media Committee   Announcements - Children's Day   As you can see, we have a lot to discuss, so we will start promptly! If you have any items to add, please email Taylor or Naida. Looking forward to seeing you there :)

new Apr 17 Friday 6-8pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition @ SEIU office 1936 W Chapman Ave. 92868 The May Day Coalition will now be meeting weekly until May Day http://ocmdc.org

new Apr 18 Saturday 10am-noon, Santa Ana: Children's March Preparation @ Sasscer Park
bring your children of all ages to learn this song, march and drum this two rehearsals, April 18 and April 25 in preparation for the Dia Del Nino's Children's March at 10am Sunday April 26th to kick off el Dia Del El Día del Niño / The Day of the Child

Apr 18 Saturday 1:15-3pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State Why Alabama Matters: Supremacists, Selma, and Same Sex Marriage @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Please join us as Hans Johnson, of Progressive Victory, speaks on the LGBT rights movement and church-state separation. Hans Johnson is a longtime supporter of church-state separation and an expert on labor, gay rights, and religious extremism. He has a winning record in coordinated, community-based action fueled by knowledge of the local and national political landscapes, Congress, and state legislatures. He has worked closely with leaders of nearly every constituency in civil society, including labor, business, banking, consumer advocacy, transportation, environmentalism, immigrants, good-government, disability, civil rights, education, philanthropy, media, arts, and moderate and progressive religious institutions.   This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 1:15. Meeting starts at 1:45. Hope to see you there.   au-oc.org

Apr 19 Sunday 9am-1pm Aliso Viejo,2-6pm Costa Mesa,6pm Newport Beach: OC For Climate Action - Enjoy and Celebrate EARTH on this DAY
9-11am: Hike in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park - Connect to nature and each other on a scenic, leisurely hike.   Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Canyon Vistas entrance Aliso Viejo CA 92656
11am-1pm: Lunch at Native Foods in Aliso Viejo - Grab a delicious, environmentally-conscious bite at this local vegan restaurant.   Native Foods Cafe (vegan) 26705 Aliso Creek Road Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
2-4:30pm: Cowspiracy at the Baha'i Center in Costa Mesa - View a timely and important documentary about animal agriculture and climate change. (More info about the film on the website.)   Baha'i Center 1950 Church St Costa Mesa CA 92627
4:30pm: Dinner or snacks at Mother's Market in Costa Mesa - Pick up a vegan snack before heading to our last destination.   Mother's Market & Kitchen (vegetarian) 1890 Newport Blvd Costa Mesa, CA 92627
6p: Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) at Inspiration Point in Corona del Mar - Join us at the beach for a series of exercises many find restores a natural state of calm. (More info about TRE on the website.) Alternatively, you can walk along the beach before coming together to watch the sunset.   Inspiration Point Ocean Blvd & Heliotrope Ave Newport Beach, CA 92663
Email: info@occlimateaction.org Phone: Trav Williams 949.466.3967 For detailed information, event updates, and to RSVP: occlimateaction.org

new Apr 19 Sunday noon-3pm, Huntington Beach: Stop the TPP. "It's NAFTA on steroids!" @ Huntington Beach Pier/Main St.
"The General Assemblies of Multiple Occupations across America hereby invite our communities, our regional neighbors, and our co-inhabitants of Earth, in general, to join us in both protesting the TPP and also in creating a new world."   "We will march in the streets, with pots and pans, and banners and signs to inform our fellow citizens on what is wrong with the TPP Pact and what are the people's alternatives."   Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a disaster in multiple ways. Corporations will be encouraged to outsource to countries that lack environmental or wage regulations. Most people don't even know what TPP is so please join us at the pier this Sunday to expose the TPP to the people.

new Apr 19 Sunday 4-5pm, Santa Ana: OC May Day Coalition Media Training
Common challenges when dealing with the media, best practices, talking points, and more!   Learn how to take control of the conversation and convey your message clearly. Together, we'll lay the foundation for a broad conversation about strengthening the social justice movement in Orange County and take steps to advance human rights.   We will be joined by two special guest speakers with a combined 20 years of experience in radio, print, and online media (OC Weekly, OC Register, KPFK Pacifica Radio, Truthout, Z Magazine, Common Dreams).   This training is designed for Coalition members and allies.   RSVP deadline is April 16. Send us a note at ocmayday@gmail.com; we'll confirm with location details for a private home in central Santa Ana.

New Apr 20 Monday 7-7:45am, Anaheim: Defend Anaheim High School from Westboro Baptist @ Anaheim High School, 811 W Lincoln Ave.
As you may have heard, the Westboro Baptist people are planning to disrupt the funeral service for Robert Schuller at the former Crystal Cathedral (now the Christ Cathedral) on Monday, April 20. For an unknown reason, the Westboro people are also planning to protest/disrupt/harass outside of Anaheim High School that morning. If you are a member of the clergy, please wear your clerical attire. There will likely be media present.

Apr 21-22 Tuesday-Wednesday, 6am-12noon: i OC Giving Day Sponsored by OC Community Foundation for Participating Non-Profits
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Orange County Community Foundation is super-charging local giving by hosting OC's first-ever countywide giving day on April 21-22, 2015. Secure, tax-deductible donations will be accepted on iheartOC.org during a 30-hour period, and participating Orange County nonprofits will be eligible to receive funding through bonus awards and prizes provided by OCCF and our Giving Day partners.Visit https://iheartoc.org/ to find your favorite non-profit and for more info.

Apr 21-23 Tuesday-Thursday, Fullerton: CSUF Earth Week @ California State University Fullerton, 800 N State College Blvd
CSU Fullerton celebrates Earth Week with annual festivities including art and poetry events, alternative energy, transportation, and waste conservation expos, a farmers' market, forums, and student presentations to show its continued commitment to sustainability in all its aspects. Sponsored by CSUF Center for Sustainability and ASI Environmental Sustainability Committee, along with many campus and community partners.

Apr 21 Tuesday 7pm, Mission Viejo: Canyon Democrats @ Norman Murray Center, 22932 Veteran's Way
Running to Win! Remember - our plan is to get candidates to run for local offices. GREAT NEWS : WE HAVE A PLAN! Join us for a lively discussion with Mr. Dave Leckness, former Mission Viejo councilman as we talk about campaigning for a city council position. What was different for him about 2014? What does it take to be a successful candidate? Please join us for this critical discussion as we prepare for the 2016 race for to win a seat on the Mission Viejo City Council. Think back to "Yes We Can" and we will do it.

Apr 21 Tuesday 7:30pm, Irvine: Cousin's Club of OC - "Reclaiming U.S. Leadership and Israel's Future: a Call to Action" @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
David Pine, West Coast Regional Director of Americans for Peace Now Discussion will follow. Please join us and share your ideas.

New Apr 22 Wednesday 7pm, Anaheim: Junk Ed: FREE Earth Day Screening of "Cowspiracy" @ Healthy Junk, 201 Center St Promenade Unit B
Join us on Earth Day, for a FREE screening of the documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. You won't want to miss this expose on animal agriculture and the devastating effect it's having on our planet!

Apr 23 Thursday 5:30-9pm, Orange: OC Labor Federation 15th Annual Solidarity Awards Dinner @ 309 N Rampart St Suite A
Honorees:   CÉSAR CHÁVEZ LEADERSHIP AWARD Doug Moore Executive Director, UDW Homecare Providers Union/ American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Local 3930   ORGANIZING UNION AWARD Communications Workers of America Local 9510   DELEGATE OF THE YEAR Francisco Arellano American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Local 3299   PHILLIP BURTON AWARD Dave Jones California Insurance Commissioner   FRIEND OF LABOR Rev. Dr. Sarah Halverson Fairview Community Church   LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Randi Weingarten President of the American Federation of Teachers   COCKTAILS- 5:30 PM PROGRAM & DINNER- 7 PM events.org/creg.aspx?e=82415&m=10

new Apr 23 Thursday 7pm, Laguna Woods: SoCal Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women @ Clubhouse 3 Conference Room
We're celebrating our 10 year anniversary as a chapter this year so our co-founders CeCe Sloan and Christine Griftner thought it made sense to discuss the original goals of the organization, talk about how we've evolved over the past decade, and then have an open discussion with you around ideas that will allow us to continue to evolve as a chapter.   We're looking for new ideas as well as revisiting and restructuring goals.   Details about the upcoming national conference (scheduled for June 26-28th in Long Beach) will also be provided at the meeting.   Guest speaker Rupsi Burman will discuss the latest on the Cities for Cedaw project (a national campaign that our local chapter is participating in).   Please RSVP to CeCe Sloan at cecesloa@gmail.com or call her at 949.683.1278 ASAP so that we can plan accordingly.

New Apr 24 Friday 7:30-9am, Rancho Santa Margarita: SOCEC Monthly Meeting - Water Supply Part I @ Santa Margarita Water District, 26111 Antonio Parkway
Join SOCEC as we explore two projects aimed at increasing OC's water supply: The Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project and Poseidon Desalinization Project. Poseidon Water and Cadiz give the insiders update on the benefits of the projects and the approval process.

Apr 24 Friday 8:30am-5pm, Huntington Beach: 9th Annual PEACE & LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE "Leadership and Peace Building" @ Student Center, Golden West College, 15744 Goldenwest St.
This year's conference emphasizes: *Personal Leadership *Preserving Cultural Diversity *Justice, Compassion, and Sustainability *Eradicating Poverty Locally & Globally *Women: An Untapped Resource for Peacebuilding *Commitment to Basic Human Rights Check out our Speakers & Register Now @ goldenwestcollege.edu/peace

NEW Apr 24 Friday 9am-5pm, Orange: Breaking Borders: Dialoguing on Immigration @ Fish Interfaith Center, Chapman University, 1 University Dr
free conference designed to engage and encourage dialogue between scholars and community members about the prominent issues in immigration across the United States and Mexico border - featuring keynote speaker, Father Pat Murphy. Event followed by a reception.   Sponsored by Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Immigration CRASsH Group, Chancellor's Office, Sociology Department, Department of Religious Studies and the M.A. in Internationals Studies Program.

NEW Apr 24 Friday 9:30am-12:30pm, Santa Ana: OCDAmarch and Artic #DieInAnaheim .. representing ALL the lives lost By PoliceMurder @ OC District Attorney, 401 W Civic Center Dr.
On this Day ******9:30AM there will be a victims rights march held by the District Attorney of OC 401 civic Center Dr, Santa ana. WE will BE there TO REPRESENT ALL THE PEOPLE MURDERED BY POLICE IN OC...if your able please attend that as well.. it begins at the DA's office in down town Santa Ana 9:30AM 401 civic center dr.. this is the 7th annual march .. WE WILL BE SENDING A MESSAGE.. it is "JUSTICE FOR ALL "...NOT justice for some... #OCDAcorruption #OCDAisNOTthePEOPLE~~

New Apr 24 Friday 6-8pm, Orange: OC May Day Coalition @ SEIU office 1936 W Chapman Ave. 92868
Last general meeting before May Day http://ocmdc.org

new Apr 25 Saturday 9am-3pm, Santa Ana: OCCCO Leadership Summit @ 1100 S Center St.
"Faith Filled Resilient Leadership" We will cover topics: Resilient Leadership Building a Youth Led Social Justice Movement Building Faith and Power in 2016 Interactive Gallery Walk: 5 Competencies of Faith-Based Organizing   Workshops: Celebrating our victories Multi -Faith Reflections on Faith-based organizing   pre-register online and get a free t-shirt http://www.occcopico.org/occco-leadership-summit-spring-2015.html

Apr 25 Saturday 9:30am-3:30pm, Santa Ana: OC LGBTQ Youth Convening @ Spurgeon Intermediate School, 2701 West 5th St.
This is an empowering all-day event for youth, students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and local community members. There will be an array of speakers, presenters, and organizations working to create affirming and inclusive spaces for Orange County lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth.   Topics include: * Social Justice * Local Organizing * Art and Identity * Coming Out * Transgender Awareness and Activism * Parent Support * Mental Health and Healing * And much more!

Apr 25 Saturday 10am-noon, Santa Ana: UNA-USA OC Chapter Coffee Talk Series - Food Sustainability: Good Intentions, Unintended Consequences @ American Red Cross Building, 600 Parkcenter Dr.
Speaker is Anuradha Prakas, Ph.D., Prof. of Food Science at Chapman Univ. and Science Advisor to the FDA Pacific Regional Lab-Southwest. No charge for event; RSVP joy.adams0@gmail.com or 949/235-3603. $5 voluntary donation suggested, refreshments served. www.una-oc.org; info@una-oc.org.

new Apr 26 Sunday 11am-3pm, Santa Ana: El Día del Niño / The Day of the Child @ Birch Park
Arts Orange County (Arts OC) and El Centro Cultural de Mexico will present "Día Del Niño"/"Day of the Child", a traditional Mexican holiday recognizes children, celebrates a child's importance in society, and promotes their well-being.

New Apr 26 Sunday noon-3pm, Huntington Beach: Stop the TPP. "It's NAFTA on steroids!" @ Huntington Beach Pier/Main St.
"The General Assemblies of Multiple Occupations across America hereby invite our communities, our regional neighbors, and our co-inhabitants of Earth, in general, to join us in both protesting the TPP and also in creating a new world."   "We will march in the streets, with pots and pans, and banners and signs to inform our fellow citizens on what is wrong with the TPP Pact and what are the people's alternatives."   Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a disaster in multiple ways. Corporations will be encouraged to outsource to countries that lack environmental or wage regulations. Most people don't even know what TPP is so please join us at the pier this Sunday to expose the TPP to the people.

[Update] Apr 26 Sunday 2:30-4pm, Irvine: Democrats of Greater Irvine @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club
Doors open at 2 for a social half hour and the meeting usually begins at 2:30   Our speaker for the meeting: LGBT Rights Activist Laura Kanter Director of Policy, Advocacy and Youth Programs at LGBT Center OC Her talk will be focusing on "Indiana's Religious Freedom Law, Orange County's Sodomite Suppression Act, and the Battle for LGBT Rights in 2015."   Laura Kanter has a Master's Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA. Her post-graduate work included research on the experiences of LGBTQ youth and the best policies and practices to support them. As a Fellow with the Women's Policy Institute, Laura worked with leaders from across California to develop and implement social justice policy projects.   She is now working with youth, educators, and community leaders to improve school climate through policy advocacy at the local and state levels and with Orange County law enforcement on developing an Orange County LGBTQ/Policing Partnership. She is an advocate and activist who has fought for marriage equality, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the rights of Transgender individuals, school discipline policies, restorative justice and immigration reform.   Laura and her wife Karla Bland were married in 2008 in Irvine, where they have resided since 2002.

new Apr 26 Sunday 4:30-9pm, Santa Ana: Concert for Human Rights and Equity for All @ Centro Cultural de México
Concert for Human Rights and Equity for All   World-wide music video release of "Break the ICE!" by Scott Keltic Knot, exposing the collaboration between ICE, local police and private prison corporations. In preparation for May Day   Come celebrate International Worker's Day with a very special evening of music and community featuring QUETZAL, Son del Centro, Los Ausentes, Salvajes, Proyecto Union & a special guest.   Tickets $10-$13 pre-sale $15 at the door   On sale on 4.10 at Espacio1839 & other locations.   Inquiries to sumaq.urpi@gmail.com or luisalberto_st@yahoo.com

NEW Apr 27 Monday 4pm-Friday 6pm, Irvine: DREAMS at UCI Immigration Awareness Week
Join us for Immigration Awareness Week, a week-long series of events focusing on immigration topics with the purpose of bringing more awareness and creating meaningful conversation about the undocumented community in and around UCI. For more information: dreamsuci@gmail.com The events include:
Immigration Forum, Monday April 27th, 4-5:30pm @ EDU 1131
Coming Out of the Shadows, Tuesday April 28th, noon-2pm @ flagpoles
Documentary Screening and Guest Speaker, Wednesday April 29th, 1-3pm @ Crescent Bay A and B in the Student Center
Resource Fair for Undocumented Students, Thursday April 30th, 11am-2pm @ Dr. White Room at the CCC
May Day March In Santa Ana, Friday May 1st, 1-6pm @ Sasscer Park Transportation will be provided. RSVP at: http://goo.gl/ZReMfb

New Apr 27 Monday 7pm, Laguna Beach: Don't Fukushima With Us presented by Rita Corn @ Unitarian Universalist Church, 429 Cypress St.
Edison plans to bury 1632 Tons of Nuclear Waste at San Onofre and Corn. Find out what is being done to stop the plans and what needs to be done next. Sponsored by Alliance for Secure Nucler Waste, letlagunavote.com, securenuclearwaste.com and villagelaguna.com.

New Apr 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! Community Spotlight: OC May Day Coalition

NEW Apr 27 Monday 7:30-9pm, Irvine: OC Action Group to help pass AB 700, the California DISCLOSE Act @ Clubhouse, Toscana Apartment Homes, 35 Via Lucca

Register Here: yesfairelections.org/contacts/civicrm/event/info Park in the shopping center garage across Jamboree. (Daily Grille is located on the corner of Jamboree and Dupont) Cross over Jamboree and walk straight into the main entry of Toscana. more info: 949-429-9877

NEW Apr 28 Tuesday 5pm, Irvine: Toxic Contamination on City Council Agenda @ City Council Chamber, 1 Civic Center Plaza, at the corner of Harvard and Alton
Listed on the City Council agenda as 5.1 "Status of Soil Contamination at Portola High School Site," this item is expected to be presented and discussed at about 6pm us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e08cf06e125150b710c95667c&id=9dcbafa9ef

New Apr 28 (4th 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.

NEW Apr 28 (4th Tuesday) 6:30-8:30pm, Tustin: NWPC General Meeting @ Loveland Home, 10920 Silverado Ter.
Lori Vandermeir, Communications Director for the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, will be discussing an important new campaign - Cities for CEDAW - which is focused on passing a municipal ordinance in cities across the country in order to create a framework for improving the status of women and girls.   CONTACT Colleen Redmond communications@nwpcoc.org (714) 676-8066   Please Note: NWPC OC has changed the date of their Monthly Meetings. Meetings are now held the 4th Tuesday of the month. Locations vary, so please check the calendar.

New Apr 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.

NEW Apr 29 Wednesday 11:30am-1pm, Irvine: Meet recipients of the Climate Action Fellowships and learn about the projects @ UC Irvine, Student Center South G460
Meet the recipients of the Climate Action Fellowships and learn about the projects UC Irvine students will be working on to promote climate resilience http://sustainability.uci.edu/climate-fellowship-recipients/

new Apr 29 Wednesday 6:30-9pm, Irvine: OC Green Drinks @ Cucina Enoteca, 31 Fortune Dr.
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

NEW Apr 30 Thursday 6pm, Irvine: PDA Greater OC Chapter @ Home of Ron Varasteh and Masha Macurda, 9 Sunset River
Please join us for our monthly PDA Chapter meeting, where we will discuss national, regional, and local issues of concern, and opportunities for action! And please bring a Pot Luck Snack Food item.

Apr 30 Thursday 6:30-7:30pm, Orange: Ecofeminism/Social Justice Community Reading Group @ Mead's Green Door Cafe, 642 West Chapman Ave.
Are you interested in feminism, social justice, animal rights/veganism, and environmentalism? Join us at our next meeting. This is a safe and supportive space. We will discover, grow, and learn from each other. People of all backgrounds, genders, and ages are welcome. This is FREE.


MAY

NEW May 1 Friday 9am, Anaheim: May 1st Mass and March - Primero de Mayo Misa y Marcha @ 120 N. Janss St., Anaheim, 92805 (Lincoln & Harbor)
Join us for a prayer mass and solidarity march for immigration, worker rights, dignity and respect!

May 1 Friday 2pm, Santa Ana: Annual March - May Day is Our Day - Human Rights and Equity for All @ Sasscer Park, 500 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
 Migration   Solidarity   Education   Housing   Culture   Peace   Restorative Justice   Health and Ecology   Human Rights 
 Migración   Solidaridad   Educación   Vivienda   Cultura   Paz   Justicia Restaurativa   Ecología   Derechos Humanos 

ocmdc.org 2pm gather/get food ticket 2-3pm presentations 3-4pm March 4pm post march/free food for first 100 people

May 1-3 Friday 6:30pm-Sunday 9pm, Fullerton: Freethought Alliance Conference @ Howard Johnson Hotel and Conference Center, 222 W Houston Ave.
freethoughtalliance.org

May 2 Saturday 9am Brea/9:30am Corona del Mar, Long Beach: Monthly Meeting of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)
@ BREA 9am to noon: Brea Congregational Church at 300 E. Imperial Hwy, Brea 92821, and
@ CORONA del MAR 9:30am to noon: St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 3233 Pacific View Dr, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
@ LONG BEACH 9:30am to noon: First Congregational Church of Long Beach, 241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
New members welcome! Part of the meeting is a one-hour international conference call. We hear from an expert in Climate Change. 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 for a livable world. 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 Corona del Mar or Edric Guise at (562) 858-4640 for Long Beach. Learn about CCL and register for live weekly introductory call at CitizensClimateLobby.org.

May 2 Saturday 10:30am-5pm, Aliso Viejo: Soka University's 14th Annual International Festival @ Peace Lake area, Soka University of America, 1 University Drive
soka.edu/news_events/international-festival

May 5-7 Tuesday-Thursday, Los Angeles: 4th Annual USZWBC National Zero Waste Business Conference @ The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (www.uszwbc.org) will host its 4th annual national conference, "The Stars of Zero Waste," in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation. The event will provide educational resources, professional training for businesses to start (or complete) their efforts to pursue Zero Waste, and presentations by industry leaders on Zero Waste business operations, economics, policies, and more. Professionals from all sectors (private, public, nonprofit, academia) are invited to gain practical knowledge, explore new business opportunities, and learn how to create healthier, more productive and more efficient businesses. Please visit the USZWBC website (www.uszwbc.org) for more information including registration, sponsorship opportunities, conference topics and much more.

NEW May 5 Tuesday 6-7:30pm, Irvine: Know Your Rights/ Deportation Defense Workshop @ UCI Student Outreach And Retention (SOAR) Center, 106 Gateway Study Center
With our current immigration climate, it is crucial for people to be prepared for any situation and know they have rights regardless of their immigration status. The Know Your Rights/ Deportation Defense Workshop is designed mainly for undocumented individuals to learn about their rights when stopped by police or detained by immigration agents (ICE).Everyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend and encouraged to share the knowledge with community members. This workshop is in collaboration with the Korean Resource Center and UC Irvine School of Law.

New May 5 Tuesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Robert Scheer returns to Concerned Citizens @ Clubhouse Five
His 20th talk this year is "They Know Everything About Us: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies are Destroying Democracy".   From 6:30 pm until the program starts at 7:00, and after his talk, Scheer will sign his newest book, titled the same as his talk, and his other books -- all for sale after doors open at 6:00. Members free; visitors asked to donate $3. Call Margaret Pearlman, 949-768-1649, for more information.   Contact for further info: Jonathan Adler, 949-581-2178, LawGuruLaguna @ yahoo.com

New May 6 Wednesday 7:15pm, Costa Mesa: Democracy for America-OC: Poseidon: Its Impact & The Alternatives to Protect Water Resources @ Karl Strauss Brewery, 901 South Coast Dr.
Speakers & Topics Debbie Cook, former mayor of Huntington Beach, will present the facts about Poseidon, its impacts county-wide and alternatives for securing Orange County's water resources. For background, read http://www.hbindependent.com/news/tn-hbi-me-0326-poseidon-20150325,0,4236799.story which Debbie will update at the meeting. Another background article is http://voiceofoc.org/2015/03/ocean-desalination-proposal-to-be-discussed-at-series-of-public-meetings.   We will also hear announcements on important events, updates on 2015-16 state budget planning, California Democratic Party Convention and TPP status.   Social hour begins at 6:30pm, meeting at 7:15. Admission is free. Please join us and bring a friend for a night of progressive action. If you have any questions, please email dfaoc.comm@gmail.com. dfa-oc.org

new May 7 Thursday 6-9pm, Fullerton: Democrats of North OC @ Sizzler Restaurant, 1401 North Harbor Blvd.
Join the DNOC as our guest speaker will be Martin Wisckol, OC Register Political Reporter, journalist with 30 years of newspaper and magazine experience. DNOC times: Dinner and Socializing at 6. There is NO COST for attending the meeting which begins at 7. For more information contact: DNOC President Linda Gardner, linda@heareveryvoice.com

new May 8 Friday 1pm, Seal Beach: Capitol Punishment @ Clubhouse 4, Leisure World.
Nick Yarris - Author Seven Days To Live and Seven Days To Love , former death row prisoner Presented by Senior Patriots for Peace, this event is free & open to the public. To assure admission, those living outside Leisure World must call Nancy at 562/896-8604 to leave name for guest list at Main Gate.

New May 9 Saturday 10am, Garden Grove: OC LULAC District 2 Convention @ OC LULAC Foundation, 11277 Garden Grove Blvd Suite 101A,
We will convene as a District to discuss various issues which impact not only the Latino Community but the greater community as a whole. This year's convention will be hosted by the OC LULAC Labor Council. The theme is "We Stand together".   For more information: Benny Diaz, bennydiaz@sbcglobal.net Edddie Portillo, eddieportillo@oclulacfoundation.org

New May 13 Wednesday 7pm, Laguna Woods: Laguna Woods Democratic Club - State of the "Union" Tim Steed Internal Organizer for the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) @ Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2
A long, long time ago, workers who belonged to unions worked for fair wages and benefits. Learn how the right-wingers have been chipping away at unions for the past many decades. Union workers represented 35% of the workforce in the peak year of 1954. Today they are only 11%, but California has 16% of them, 2.5 million workers.   Doors Open 6:30 p.m.; Program at 7:00 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; Members free; guests $3 at the door. Gate Clearance is necessary for those living outside Laguna Woods Village; please complete the forme before you get to the gate. Thank you.

May 15-17 Friday 10am-Sunday noon, Anaheim: California Democrats State Convention @ Anaheim Convention Center cademconvention.com

May 16 Saturday 10am-6pm, Santa Ana: OC Anarchist Book Fair - keynote speaker Andrej Grubacic @ Centro Cultural de México
We are a horizontally organized collective that came together to organize Orange County's first ever anarchist bookfair. Ours is an intersectional anarchism opposing all structures of oppression. We are feminist, queer, gender non-conforming, indigenous, anti-capitalist people of color. The collective actively creates another world within the very navel of this otherwise rotting orange. We subvert popular assumptions of conservative Orange County by unabashedly and daringly imagining a radical alternative. We work to create safer spaces for critical engagement, reflection and accountability without the presence of the state and those who mouth its oppressive tongue. We celebrate the local history of resistance upon this stolen land. We take inspiration from Indigenous peoples fighting the terror of Junipero Serra, the jailhouse cry of Modesta Avila, the Citrus Strike of 1932 and the spirit of Santa Ana's Black and brown youth protesting police violence in 1969. The collective wants to end all "isms" and phobias that perpetuate oppression in creating a new reality where many realities exist together.
Vendor application form: docs.google.com/forms/d/1eoAigka66jTsv3_m-YTTjK-3ZbrwWjYwWTJ601r2FBA/viewform Workshop application form: docs.google.com/forms/d/1rn1w-YaMV1neNvIfmc7nf38gxNjoGUBYHdlTL9l-01Y/viewform due April 12th:

New May 16 Saturday 1:45-4:30pm, Irvine: Americans United for Separation of Church and State: Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion @ Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave.
Part of Our On-Going "Flicks for Thought" Series A revealing and provocative look into the deep secrets and deep pockets of the pro-life movement, UNBORN IN THE USA: Inside the War on Abortion weaves a riveting story from more than 70 exclusive interviews with pro-life activists and seldom-seen archival footage to document one of the most controversial social movements in American history. This documentary examines the strategies of American anti-abortion activists. Mild-mannered college students are trained by conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family on how to infiltrate campuses and make their points. Other activists are more agitated, including the Rev. Don Spitz, who advocates violence against abortion doctors and clinics. Many rely on graphic, blown-up photographs of aborted fetuses to get people's attention, often infuriating passers-by. Filmmakers Stephen Fell and Will Thompson gained unprecedented access to pro-life groups, movement icons, fundraising machines, and even university students being specially groomed to carry the pro-life message for college credit, traveling across 35 states to bring us this eye-opening, often startling story.   Our doors open at 1:15 for socializing and the film will screen at 1:45. A discussion will follow the film. au-oc.org

New May 16 Saturday 6:30pm, Costa Mesa: Noche para recaudar fondos por DAPA! DAPA fundraiser movie night! @ The Crossing Church, 2115 Newport Blvd.
This is a community effort to raise funds for our DAPA applications as we wait for the courts to make their decision! Here's how it works, attend the movie night, donate $5 for a raffle ticket and popcorn, at the end of the film we will pull one raffle ticket and the winner will take home all the donated funds for their DAPA application!   We are hopeful that justice will prevail and the DAPA application will be out later this year or next, so now is the time for us to work together and get prepared! We will be watching Stand and Deliver, the film will begin at 7pm. Also, there will be an opportunity to purchase food from the Bravo family during the event and proceeds will go towards assisting Luis Bravo with his legal case. Let's support each other in this fight for justice, hope to see you there!

May 17 Sunday 2:30-4pm, Irvine: Democrats of Greater Irvine @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club Doors open at 2 for a social half hour and the meeting usually begins at 2:30

NEW May 20 Wednesday 5:30pm, Santa Ana: Colors of Justice 2015 : 30 Years Of Sowing Justice @ Delhi Community Center, 505 E. Central Ave.
For 30 years now, OCCCO has been sowing the seeds of justice in OC. Together as people of faith, we have been a prophetic voice in the face of injustice, empowering others to build their communities and shape public policy. You have been a part of this, bringing your faith, power and presence to very challenging times. Join us to celebrate your work and that of others who have also supported along the way. You are cordially invited to join us.   Live Music, Cocktails, and Raffle, Courtyard 5:30 pm | Program and Dinner 5:30 pm | 8 pm Live Music, Desert and Coffee and Raffle To purchase a table, become a sponsor or find more details on ticketing go to: occcopico.org/colors-of-justice-2015-30-years-of-sowing-justice.html

NEW May 20 (3rd Wednesday) 7-8:30pm, Orange: OC Death Penalty Focus @ St. Joseph Center, Room 2, 480 S Batavia
OCChapterDPF@gmail.com facebook.com/OCCDPF https://twitter.com/oc_dpf

New May 21 Thursday 1:30pm, Laguna Woods: "Capitalism: A Love Story" a film by Michael Moore @ Clubhouse 1, main lounge
The movie, hosted by Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods, examines the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. Event is free; bring a friend. If not a resident, bring a note with the following info: event - documentary; sponsor - Concerned Citizens; date - 5/21/15 at 1:30; Clubhouse 1; your name, dr. License #; auto make/model; license plate #.

May 26 Tuesday 11am-5pm, Buena Park: American Muslim Women's Empowerment Council Aims to Empower US Muslim Women @ Knotts Berry Farm Hotel.
Topics include educating American Muslim women in community relations, role of American Muslim women in correcting current misconceptions about Islam and the role of women in its practices and how American Muslim women can promote the well-being of Muslim women and increase their participation in civic affairs. For registration info, visit www.amwec.org.

new May 27 Wednesday 11:30am, Irvine: Women For:OC - Film: "Mighty be our Powers", with presentation by Paula Garb @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club
Refreshments at 11:00am, Program begins at 11:30am. Free and open to the public. Men are cordially invited. Women For: Orange County is a volunteer, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing Human & Civil Rights, Peace, Social Justice, Education, Health Care and the Environment. womenforoc@aol.com womenfororangecounty.org

May 27 Wednesday 11:30am-1pm, Irvine: Join OCICE and faith leaders from across Southern California For 6th Annual OCICE Faith Leaders' Luncheon @ the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 23 Lake Rd.
This year's guest speaker is Dr. John Cobb, professor emeritus of The Claremont School of Theology.   The 6th Annual Steward of Creation Award will be presented to the House of Worship that has done the most to "green" their facility. Let us know what your house of worship has done to tread more lightly on the earth.   The 3rd Annual Earth Day Sermon Awards will be presented. We will give three $500 awards this year! If you have heard an inspiring talk or sermon about caring for the Earth, please encourage the speaker to submit it or allow you to submit it for them.   Cost for admission and vegetarian luncheon: $15 (HURRY! Price increases to $25 on May 17!) ocice.org/2015_luncheon


JUNE

NEW Jun 11 Thursday 6:30-8:30pm, Orange: Dig Deeper About Climate Change Adapting to the Ecological Effects of Climate Change Alejandro E. Camacho @ St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 S. Batavia St.
A Professor of Law, Alejandro E. Camacho serves as the inaugural Director of the UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources. He currently works with The Nature Conservancy to develop and study a collaborative cyber-infrastructure for faciliating information sharing on and managing the ecological effects of climate change.   Please RSVP 714/633-8121 ext. 7716 or mperales@csjorange.org.

NEW Jun 24 Wednesday 11:30am, Irvine: Women For:OC - "Death with Dignity in California", Joe Barnes, Compassion and Choices @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club
Refreshments at 11:00am, Program begins at 11:30am. Free and open to the public. Men are cordially invited. Women For: Orange County is a volunteer, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing Human & Civil Rights, Peace, Social Justice, Education, Health Care and the Environment. womenforoc@aol.com womenfororangecounty.org

Jun 28 Sunday 2:30-4pm, Irvine: Democrats of Greater Irvine @ Irvine Ranch Water District Duck Club Doors open at 2 for a social half hour and the meeting usually begins at 2:30

NEW Jun 29-Jul 3 Monday 11am-Friday 2:3pm, Orange: Spring Into Action: Immigrant Youth Leadership Development Rundown @ El Modena Community Family Resource Center, 18672 E Center Ave.
Join OCIYU to their first youth leadership curriculum for Orange County's undocumented immigrant youth. Over the course of four days, you will get to learn about the history of the immigrant youth movement, the intersection between gender, race, and immigration status, and above all: the power of youth to change society for the better by standing up and fighting against injustice. Register at http://www.ociyu.org/spring-into-action.html


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.

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!

[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

(4th 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 Tuesday 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

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

1st & 3rd Thursdays 8:30 PM, Santa Ana Drinking Liberally (drinkingliberally.org) a no-agenda social club for local progressives, meets at Bistro 400, 400 W, 4th St (Parking on Birch) 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.

(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. Turn in the driveway off of Sand Canyon as usual, but just after the island in the middle of the driveway ends, turn LEFT and park as far to the left of the new building as possible. The new Community meeting room is on the far left side of the new building 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.
Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 23436 Madero Suite 140   Centrally located in Mission Viejo, Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, has rental space available for business or non-profit use. Available sanctuary space is perfect for large group meetings, classes, or fellowship activities. The classroom areas are suited for smaller meetings or gatherings. These areas are available for one-time, short-term or long-term rental.   The Great Hall (sanctuary) has seating for up to 140 in an auditorium style speaking venue. Rental of this space includes the use the kitchenette facilities and the grand piano. Chairs can be rearranged to accommodate your specific needs. Banquet style seating comfortably accommodates 80-96 people.   The classrooms range in size from large (appropriate for up to 15 participants) to more intimate spaces (for smaller or more informal gatherings). Our facility has ample parking and is fully handicap accessible.   We offer competitive, affordable rates, with discounts for non-profit organizations. Our facilities are rented in four-hour increments. Discounts are also available for long-term or multiple rentals.   Type of Group Sanctuary Classroom   Non-profit use $125 $30   For-profit use $250 $50
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)
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
meetup.com/goinggreenorangecounty/calendar   Going GREEN in OC
cgpacs.uci.edu   The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies
csjorange.org/justice-office/film-series   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
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
lgbtcenteroc.org/calendar   LGBT Center OC

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