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February & March Madness!!!

posted Apr 6, 2011, 8:40 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 31, 2011, 1:45 PM ]
Here at the Center, as usual we have been busy as bees!!!  Here is an update on what went on February & March at the Center!!!!!  We promise to update our site as time permits!!!  PS Dream Big!!!

February, 2011

Presentation by Ventura County Air Pollution Control District - film: Air We Breathe followed by presentation on Global Climate Change


Organizing 101 sponsored by Coastal Alliance United for Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)


Center for Third World Organizing 
    The Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) is a racial-justice organization dedicated to building a social-justice movement led by people of color. We prioritize the role of grassroots organizations and individual community members in engaging our communities to achieve racial justice. Over its 30-year history, CTWO has trained thousands of organizers and future leaders while directly building the campaign and leadership capacity of hundreds of community-based organizations.
    Representatives from the One Step Center attended the CAT training.  Community Action Trainings (CAT) provides entry-level organizer training to individuals, staff, and members of community-based organizations through field work, role plays, and discussions. During this high-intensity three day training, CAT participants learn how to door-knock as a tool for recruiting and mobilizing constituents, participate in campaign development and actions, and learn to appreciate the legacy of organizing in communities of color and its relevance in today's fight for social justice.


International Day of Women
One Step A La Vez Representatives met at the Santa Clara River bridge in Fillmore celebrating the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day (March 8).  International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Marilyn Gittell Institute for Youth Organizing and Activism sponsored by the McCune Foundation & Just Communities
The Institute’s goal is to catalyze a dynamic, powerful and active network of youth activists across the Central Coast who engage in youth-run, youth-led, adult-supported organizing efforts through which youth can effect change around the issues that most affect and concern them.

College Tour during Spring Break sponsored by Prison Hospital Action Committee (PHAC)
   One Step A La Vez and Fillmore High School Junior AVID Class enjoyed a 2 day trip, touring college campuses in Northern California.  Campuses visited included UC Santa Cruz, Cal State Monterey Bay, San Francisco State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Social Justice Fund of Ventura County - Practioners Convening
One Step A La Vez representatives attended the SJFVC Practioners Convening.  The meeting objectives included:
*Dialogue around the key issues and challenges we face in our communities
*Learn about most recent Census data, its impact on communities in Ventur County , and its usefulness to our work
*Learn about the status of California state budget crisis and proposed June special election
*Identify actions organizations can take individually and collectively to address challenges ahead