Jan Meslin, Director of Social Change Development for CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Migrants) talks about how the status of immigration reform affects many deportees or those in detention for deportation . The Direct Support Fund is a fundraiser which will continue until mid August. Support can be offered at: gofundme.com/directsupport, 385-212-4842 to send your support.
Charlie Blek, President of the OC Chapter of the Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence, returns to take stock of legislation passed in the aftermath of the Isla Ista shootings that occurred one year ago. This rapid response, the “California Gun Violence Restraining Order,” Blek maintains, would likely have prevented the assault in Santa Barbara.
David Feldman, UCI Director of Planning, Policy and Design, brings a reassuring tack on how we could all better manage the severe drought in Southwestern USA. His research on the Millennial Drought in Australia offers lessons learned which provide models of varying comparability for application in our socio-economic infrastructure.
Dr. Marc Lerner, pediatrician and medical officer of Orange County Schools, leads us not to temptation from the e-cigarette phenomenon, now a $3.5 business. Important resources from his agency and around the county include: http://www.projectalert.com/; http://www.notsosafe.org; http://www.ocde.us/ATODV/Pages/Electronic-Nicotine-Delivery-Systems-(ENDS).aspx; and http://www.ocde.us/healthykids. He also provides insight into the immunization requirement for school children as SB 277 chugs through the CA legislative process.
UCI stage manager Joel Veenstra with student directors Vinny Tangherlini and Chloe Schneider cover UCI’s Improv Revolution, presenting The Coup de Comedy Festival 2015, a free May 6-9 festival of comedic talent, 2 panels, 14 free workshops, and the Revolutionary Comedy Award honoring Keegan-Michael Key. Lots of links for loads of laughs: http://improvrevolution.org/coup-de-comedy-festival-2015/; https://www.facebook.com/irevatuci; https://coupdecomedy2015.sched.org/; http://improvrevolution.eventbrite.com/.
Then, Huntington Beach activists: Vern Nelson, Lori Robeson, and Paul Both make their case for their no-Styrofoam challenge, one business at a time. A posting of “good neighbor” participating businesses is available on the Facebook page – Huntington Beach No Styrofoam Challenge. Rainbow Recycling, wastetowaves.org and SustainableSurf.org are additional resources to which consumers can turn.