Thurs 5/24: Criminal justice reform is one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our time.

It requires a comprehensive and carefully considered bipartisan effort if we are to no longer be the most incarcerated nation on earth. On this, progressives — and even many conservatives — agree. There are two different legislative approaches to criminal justice reform moving through Congress.: sentencing reform and prison reform. They should both have been on the same bill.

Continue reading “Thurs 5/24: Criminal justice reform is one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our time.”

Thurs 5/24: The “Blue Wave” starts at home.

Just like the calls we ask everyone to make to their legislators, showing up at our local city council meetings gives our local leaders the strength to do the right thing.

The fight to stop cities from joining in on an anti-SB-54 lawsuit, Camarillo Edition.

(From Indivisible Conejo) “Some great news to start (or finish) your day! The Camarillo City Council has voted 5-0 to take a neutral stance on SB 54, the California Values Act. The vote followed more than three hours of public comment. Thank you so much to the activists of Camarillo, the Conejo Valley and elsewhere — including a number of hearty souls from Indivisible: Conejo. Thousand Oaks, take note — this is how a good-hearted group of activists and a brave council repel the anti-immigrant horde!” Continue reading “Thurs 5/24: The “Blue Wave” starts at home.”

Wed. 5/23: Postcard Warriors, join us this morning!

We will be joining a National effort to get out the vote in California Congressional District 25!

When: Today, Wednesday, May 23rd at 9 – Noon
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston St, Ventura
Fun! Coffee, tea, and yummies will be provided (we must keep up our energy!)

CD25 is Steve Knight’s district which includes part of Ventura County, Santa Clarita, Lancaster, and Palmdale. We Venturans can’t vote Knight out, but we can help our neighbors rid themselves of him – and help ourselves by removing one of the 24 Trump minions needed to turn the House blue! We are not endorsing a candidate, just advocating power to the polls.

Our appeal will be directly to the voters in CA25 – NOT mass political mailings, because all of our cards will be handwritten. Each will be a message from one voter to another. We are simply asking Americans to do that most American thing — VOTE!

Here are some tidbits from about Steve Knight to inspire us:

Let us count the ways Steve Knight has betrayed us:

He votes with Trump 98% of the time. He voted against our healthcare. The National Rifle Association gives him an A rating. He voted for the #TrumpTaxScam. He’s rabidly anti-choice. He opposed raises to minimum wage for workers. And his environmental record is dismal.

And we’d bet our shirts that when it’s time to vote for the DREAMers or the Stupid Border Wall, he’s going to rubber stamp Trump too.

Indivisible Ventura has joined forces with Swing SoCal Left, a powerful coalition of organizations determined to Flip the 25th. See more ways you can work to flip the 25th district of Congress.

 

Wed. 5/23: The “Gag Rule” comes home. Now American women will die for someone else’s beliefs.

“The First Thing A Principle Does Is Kill Somebody”

– Dorothy Sayers.

We’ve been abusing women abroad with the “global gag rule” every time a Republican president is in office. Literally dying. Preventable deaths. By the thousands. Now it’s our turn. Continue reading “Wed. 5/23: The “Gag Rule” comes home. Now American women will die for someone else’s beliefs.”

Tues 5/22: Protect marine mammals against H.R. 3916. (A Letter from Jim Hines)

Greetings Activists:

Whales, dolphins, sea otters, sea lions and other marine mammals evoke a powerful emotion within us to protect these magnificent creatures which call the oceans home. We are dazzled by breaching whales, fall in love with cute sea otters and marvel at how dolphins seem to dance in the ocean.

America’s commitment to protecting marine mammals in federal waters has worked for the last 46 years ever since congress passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). No more killing of marine mammals allowed, federal actions in ocean waters have to address the impacts to marine mammals the MMPA requires.

But that is all about to change for there currently is legislation in congress to move the marine mammal protection program from NOAA a science-based agency, over to the U.S. Dept of the Interior, a politically driven agency.

HR 3916 The FISH Act (Federal Integrated Species Health Act) has passed the House Committee on Natural Resources. This bill by congressman Calvert (R-CA) was introduced at the request of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke who would like to gain control over ALL federal ocean management programs. In fact the Secretary’s’ office is also working on legislation to move the National Marine Sanctuary System also currently within NOAA over to Interior.

“Marine sanctuaries need to be open for oil and gas drilling” the Secretary has often said to me. Continue reading “Tues 5/22: Protect marine mammals against H.R. 3916. (A Letter from Jim Hines)”

Tues 5/22: Make large retirement funds acknowledge the risks of climate change. Due 5/24!

(Shared from Indivisible Berkeley)

SB-964 Public Employees’ Retirement Fund and Teachers’ Retirement Fund: investments: climate-related financial risk.

Minimal Script:

“Hi, my name is (name) and I live at (street,city and zip). I am very worried about climate change and the harm it is causing. I am calling to urge the Committee to move SB 964 to a vote in May, so it can proceed to the full Senate. By requiring CALPERS and CALSTRS to consider climate-related financial risk for all their investments, this bill should prod all companies to calculate their financial risk from climate change. Because SB 964 requires that CALPERS and CALSTRS publicly report on the climate related financial risk of all the companies in its portfolios this bill will also focus public attention on the economic damage fossil fuels are creating and the importance of transitioning away from fossil fuels as fast as is feasible.”

Send your comment to Committee Analyst:
Robert Ingenito
robert.ingenito@sen.ca.gov

Background

CALPERS is the largest public pension plan in the country and CALSTRS is the second largest. Together their portfolios are worth $560 billion. Their size gives them tremendous influence. More and more data is becoming available making it possible to link fossil fuel companies to their share of climate change. Several lawsuits, Continue reading “Tues 5/22: Make large retirement funds acknowledge the risks of climate change. Due 5/24!”

Voting in CA – Last day to register “normally”.

Today, Monday, May 21st, is the last day to register to vote like a normal person for the June 5th election!

Register online until 11:59 tonight (completed form) or take one of the paper forms into the Elections Division office until they close.

But procrastinaters, take heart! There’s a loophole!

Due to a new CA state law, you can vote up to and on June 5th, but after today, May 21st, you have to register and vote IN PERSON at the Elections Division nearest you.

This is a “conditional” registration and a “provisional” ballot, which means that the election personnel will have to check that no mail-in ballot came in with your name or that you haven’t already voted in another district before they can count it.

See below for the address of your local Elections Division. Continue reading “Voting in CA – Last day to register “normally”.”