Moving the Central Coast Forward

Arts for Action is allying with a network of community based organizations from Ventura County to Santa Maria to advocate for improvements in alternative Transportation.  This means improving the bus and train systems and securing better and more plentiful bike infrastructure – such as bike racks and bike lanes.

Join us for “Moving the Central Coast Forward” – a large public meeting and strategizing session to improve public transportation in Ventura County.  There will be speakers and strategizing workshops.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ventura College Cafeteria


Click this link to download a PDF of the flier – Moving Forward Flier (PDF)

Also, keep your eye on the Arts for Action media archive for our upcoming documentary about public transportation.

Currently, the Alliance for Sustainable and Equitable Regional Transportation (ASERT) includes CAUSE, PUEBLO, COAST, VC COOL, SEIU Local 721 and Arts for Action.


Youth Encuentro, Pre-Register TODAY!

Register for the Youth Encuentro Today!


Youth Encuentro Concert Flier (PDF)

Youth Encuentro Brochure (PDF)

The Youth Encuentro is an opportunity for our community to learn more about itself, its history, its present condition, its challenges, and its dreams. The Youth Encuentro is also an opportunity for praxis – a space and a moment to unite intellectual development with action, activism, and civic participation.

The Encuentro will include workshops on media art production, a public forum for community based organizations, and a concert featuring politically conscious artists. The Youth Encuentro will be an opportunity to learn new art skills, develop relationships with local social justice organizations, and celebrate our cultures through music and dance. Through the Youth Encuentro, we plan to kick off a summer of arts and community empowerment.


The Youth Encuentro is open to everyone. No one will be turned away. But, we encourage you to pre-register for the workshops of your choice.


Oaxaca Resiste – Workshop Tour

APRIL 17, 3-4:30PM

Multimedia presentation & workshop about Oaxacan social movements, CODEP and APPO by Simon Sedillo. Hosted by Arts for Action and CSUCI Students and Faculty. At Cal State University Channel Islands, Room BT1302.

Multimedia presentation & workshop about Oaxacan social movements, CODEP, and APPO by Simon Sedillo. Hosted by Ventura College MEChA at Ventura College, Room G117.

“Paz Sin Justicia” Movie Screening & workshop by Simon Sedillo. Hosted by the Oxnard College MEChA at the Oxnard College Student Lounge.

CODEP places skills, cameras and editing equipment in the hands of indigenous communities in resistance, so that they can document their own histories and human rights situation.

Independent films – made by indigenous Mixteco communities from Oaxaca, Mexico. For autonomy and human rights. Against neo-liberalism and paramilitarism.

April Cine Libre

Thursday, April 3rd – 6pm

4225 Saviers Road, Suite 2
Oxnard, CA 93033

CODEP places skills, cameras and editing equipment in the hands of indigenous communities in resistance, so that they can document their own histories and human rights situation.

Simon Sedillo is coming to Ventura County to offer movie screenings and workshops about: Neo-liberalism; Paramilitarism; Mesoamerican indigenous principles of unity and reistance; Alternative Media Tactics; The Oaxacan People’s Popular Assembly (APPO) 2006-2007; The Oaxcan Anti-neoliberal Popular Magonista Coordination (COMPA) 2002 – 2007; The Committee in Defense of the People’s Rights (CODEP) 27 years of Oaxacan Resistance; AND The effects of the neoliberal political economy on immigrant communities and communities of color in the US.

Black Book Sessions.

black book session

Announcing Arts for Action’s first Black Book Session.

painters, cartoonists, graph-artists, illustrators, graphic-designers, stencilists, amateurs, and professionals…

… draw, share, inspire, create – REVOLUTIONARY ART.

Sunday, March 16th – 5pm.
4225 Saviers Road.
Oxnard, CA 93033

Arts for Action Bennefit Party


Bennefit Party Flier (pdf)

Arts for Action is throwing a benefit party to raise money for our upcoming Youth Encuentro – scheduled for Saturday May 24th.

Saturday, April 12 – 9pm.
4920 Halsey Way
Oxnard, CA 93033

The Youth Encuentro is an opportunity for collective introspection – for our community to learn more about itself, its history, its present condition, its challenges, and its dreams. The Youth Encuentro is also an opportunity for praxis – a space and a moment to unite knowledge with action for liberation. The Encuentro will include workshops, a community forum and a live concert.

A Walk for Justice

walk for justice

By Joseph Cortez


The first Walk for Justice was held on March 31, 2006. During this time was when all the walkouts were happening all over California to protest the immigration bill, HR 4437. Local youth in Oxnard formed an organization, SOMOS RAZA, which was a project of Union Del Barrio, to organize and aware the youth of what is happening around the country that affects us and our family. Walkouts were happening everyday, which led to having a meeting at a local café, Tonalli, which has been closed down now. The meeting was to discuss a more organized approach on this HR 4437 bill. They decided to organize an after school march from the high schools to the Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard.


The students themselves wrote a Press Release and informed local newspapers, radio and TV News Stations. Somos Raza also received help from better known Organizations. Flyers were created and passed out at the local high schools and Ma and Pa businesses. With only 3 days to organize, the youth worked hard and accomplished their set goals.


After the school bells rang the students met in front of their high schools and marched to the plaza park. Every school marched and met, including Rio Mesa. After all schools arrived the students proceeded to have a Rally with selected student and teacher speakers. Once the speakers ended, The youth marched around the park a few times chanting then marched to the Café On A where there was an Open Mic held with Poetry, Music and more speeches. Everybody was united, meeting new people, and listening to their stories. History was made.


Due to the success of the Walk for Justice, Somos Raza continued to have a March once a year on the last Friday of the month of March. The 2nd Annual Walk for Justice landed on March 30th, 2007. The selected theme was Immigration, Education, and Anti-War. This event was also a success. The 2006 walk for justice was around the walkouts so it did have more people than 2007, but there were still many people. Hueneme High School (HHS) must get a round of applause. HHS was let out at Noon and marched for about 5 hours before reaching the Plaza Park. Somos Raza closed the night with another annual Walk for Justice Open Mic, which had a Live DJ, Bands and Poets.


So it is that time again and Somos Raza does plan to have the 3rd Annual Walk for Justice. They are currently organizing it and getting outreach. Somos Raza invites you to join them for the Walk for Justice on March 28, 2008. The topics that will be marched for and discussed will be WAR: Anti-Globalization, Neo-liberalism, and the working class pride. The March will start when each of the High School bells ring. The rally will start possibly at 4:30. Also we invite you to join us at the Open Mic at the Café on A, following the March and Rally. The Café on A is located in back of the Plaza Cinemas on A Street. ORGANIZE and PARTICIPATE!





Cine Libre – March 6th, 6pm.

Cine Libre-MJB

Click here to download a double-sided PDF flier for the event…. cinelibre-mjb.pdf

As part of their international tour, Movement for Justice in El Barrio comes to Arts for Action’s Cine Libre to share a multi-media presentation about their organizing model, their vision, and their efforts on a local and international level. This international tour is intended to raise consciousness around the struggle against gentrification, gain allies in the struggle and raise the funds necessary to continue organizing for justice in 2008!

For Movement for Justice in El Barrio, the struggle for justice means fighting for the liberation of women, immigrants, lesbians, people of color, gays and the transgender community. We all share a common enemy and its called neoliberalism. Neoliberalism wishes to divide us and keep us from combining our forces. We will defeat this by continuing to unite our entire community until we achieve true liberation for all.


Movement for Justice in El Barrio (MJB) was founded by immigrants and low-income people of color fighting back against the effects of neoliberalism and discrimination in all of its forms and operates on a commitment to the ideals of self-determination, autonomy and participatory democracy. MJB believes they have the right and responsibility to lead their own struggle for justice by making decisions collectively and democratically and by developing their political analysis through the examination of the root causes of oppression.

Driven by multi-national corporations and profit-seeking landlords and facilitated by city officials, gentrification has swept New York causing the grand-scale displacement of low-income people of color and immigrants from our communities. East Harlem is experiencing a wave of harassment, abuse and intimidation in attempts by greedy landlords to evict us from our homes in order to raise rents and increase profits. MJB is fighting back. declaring: “We Will Not be Moved!!! No Nos Moverán!!

MJB has fought hard for three years and made great strides in building a 400-member community-led social justice organization. They have successfully protested, marched, gone to court and fought back against the actions of multinational corporations, abusive and greedy landlords, and the city institutions that are agents of the gentrification of their neighborhood.

  • After months of fighting against the most powerful landlord in El Barrio, MJB celebrated their victory over Kessner as they forced him to sell all of his 47 buildings. While he viciously attempted to drive his tenants from their homes, MJB turned the tables on him and drove him out of El Barrio.
  • Through their “Consulta del Barrio”, MJB hit the streets to facilitate self-determination by consulting with the community as to what their next issue would be to address as an organization. Deeply inspired by the Zapatistas, MJB implements its own form of Urban Zapatismo in the heart of NYC through grassroots participatory democracy involving the community. Through this process, 1500 community members participated directly in a community-wide vote, town hall meetings, and hundreds of one-on-one interviews.
  • In October, MJB organized the first-ever “NYC Encuentro for Dignity and Against Gentrification” to begin to build a city-wide, national and international network against gentrification. Representatives of 27 groups attended from as far as Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

International Campaign in Defense of El Barrio: Gentrification is one of the devastating manifestations of neoliberalism at the local level, but the threat transcends borders. Governments and institutions all over the world are sanctioning the violent, unjust, and inhumane displacement of people and communities from their rightful homes. As part of their International Campaign in Defense of El Barrio, MJB is organizing on a transnational level to combat displacement in El Barrio by building a multi-national network to go after one of their main targets, the multi-national corporation Dawnay, Day Group at their central headquarters in London and on multiple continents where they hold property.

Somos Raza – Open Mic Night

Join us for an evening of poetry readings, spoken word, music and food. Open-Mic Nights organized by Somos Raza is a political-cultural space for youth and community to gather and utilize cultura y arte as a form of resistance to oppression, injustice and exploitation. This is a free community event. Donations are welcome!

Friday – January 18, 2008 – 6pm
At Café on A
438 South “A” Street

Oxnard’s very own DJ Kid Palsy on the Turntables!

For More Information: (805) 436-5901

SOMOS RAZA Youth Organization is a Project of Union del Barrio en Oxnard. Meetings are every 1 and 3 Wednesday of the month at Rusty’s Pizza at 606 N. Ventura Road in Oxnard.

Una Noche de Cultura y Musica

jarochoThe Bell Arts Factory presents: Una Noche de Cultura Musical – Fandango: Jarocho y Musica Romantico featuring Conjunto de la Familia Moraza, Yolipan and Los Amigos.

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Bell Arts Factory,
432 No. Ventura Avenue, Ventura, CA 93001.

This event is a benefit for the Bell Arts Youth Programs. Admission $10 ($5 for students & seniors.) Food & Drink available.

For more info: (805) 258-1160.