2013-11-07 / Community


Documentary screened at forum

“Rape in the Fields,” a documentary on the hidden story of sexual assault on the job in America, will be screened at a community forum at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15 at the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3327 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with producer Andres Cediel, a lecturer in the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and Bernice Yeung, a reporter with the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting.

Yeung spent a year researching for “Rape in the Fields,” which was aired on PBS’s “Frontline.”

The film tells the stories of migrant women who say they were sexually assaulted by supervisors in America’s fields and packing plants.

Most do not report the attacks for fear of losing their jobs or being deported, according to the documentary.

The program will be presented in English and Spanish and is open to the public.

Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

For information, visit forum. cvuuf.org or call (805) 358- 5844.

Goofy sweaters highlight fundraiser

Assistance League of Conejo Valley Thrift Shop will present its Outrageous Holiday Sweater Event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16 at 783 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

Volunteers have been creating pretty, cute, ugly and funny hand-decorated holiday sweaters, which will be for sale at thrift-shop prices.

All profits from the event will support Operation School Bell, the league’s program that provides Target shopping nights for elementary school children in need.

For more information, call (805) 379-5400.

Author to speak at GOP luncheon

The Ventura County Federation of Republican Women will host a Harvest Festival luncheon on Thurs., Nov. 21 at Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo.

Boutique shopping and a reception will start at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the program at noon.

The community is invited.

Arya Abbas Amirie, Ph.D., will discuss “Inside Iran: U.S. Relations and Potential Peace.”

Amirie, born in Iran, is a U.S. citizen. He earned a doctorate from Kent State University, Ohio, and has taught political science at Kent State and UCLA.

He served as Middle East policy adviser to President Reagan from 1980 to 1984.

At the event he will sign his book “Unparalleled Journey: From Raising Lambs to Advising World Leaders.”

The cost for the luncheon is $35. Prepayment and reservations are due by Fri., Nov. 15.

For reservations, call Rosemary Licata at (818) 889-4839.

Please email your Community Briefs to tonewstip@theacorn.com, fax to (805) 367-8237 or call the editor at (805) 367- 8232, ext. 29. For mail, please use the address provided on page 4.

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