Weekend of Resistance! – Sunday Edition!

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We had a wonderful day yesterday!

We danced to an amazing band, listened to great speeches, including the keynote speech from Indivisible Ventura Co-Director Veronica James, talked and marched with fellow resistors and filled up our souls again on the strength and resilience we need as we prepare for the 2018 elections. 

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Today, Sunday, January 21st, the “Weekend of Resistance” event will focus on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  

Please join those of us who believe in a women’s right to privacy and self-determination at 2-5pm for the the VCRRN Movie Screening of:

Birthright: A War Story.

“This is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America.”

Facebook event link here.
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America is greater than this…

Right now, the Trump administration is asking their supporters to swamp Democratic senators with a message. A message that they will be blamed for a shutdown by choosing “illegal immigrants” over the healthcare of 9 million kids…

…a message that our great country has sunk to the level of a “hunger-games” dystopia, where we can afford to give huge tax-cut giveaways to the wealthy and corporations, but can only leave a few beans at the bottom of a can for our children to scrabble over.

But America is greater than that.

And they are ALL our children.

The kids who born here, and the ones that weren’t. Just like America has been since its beginning.

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These are the kids that need the CHIP insurance that the GOP couldn’t fit into their busy schedule of party-line health care repeals and tax-scams.
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Weekend of Resistance! – Come fill up on hope, strength and friendship!

 

Both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, Ventura County is sponsoring resistance activities on the anniversary of the first Women’s March, the largest collective protest march in US history. 

Come make history again and join in with your fellow resistors and fill up on the strength and resilience we need as we prepare for the 2018 elections. If you missed the last march, come join with us now.   

THIS Saturday, Jan. 20th – Women’s March Day Everywhere!

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Come to your local Ventura County event! It’s a march, it’s a rally, it’s fun! Lots of community organizers to talk to and learn about opportunities to become involved. Bring your family-friendly signs that express our political strength and committment to creating a world that stands up not only for women’s rights but also for justice for all. You don’t have to be part of the planning committee to help out at this event. You can sign up to work a shift during, before, or after the rally and still participate in the march itself. If you would like to help/volunteer at the event, there are still volunteer slots to fill at this  link.

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Thursday 1/18 – We’re going to need a new guidebook if we don’t fight back.

(Note: I’ve received some great feedback that I should remove the analogy of the Green Book to a potential need for a future guidebook/spreadsheet to help LGBTQIA community and women avoid homophobic or misogynistic establishments or service providers. My critic is absolutely correct that despite the common religious tie-in, our current issues cannot be compared to the completely pervasive discrimination the black community suffered during Jim Crow, that it is not my story to tell and that people will not be familiar with this part of American history. All true. However, I personally find learning history to be a transformative experience, equally uplifting and horrifying, so I’m running it and letting you work your way through it with me.)

Does everyone recognize this? This is the 1940 cover of the “Green-Book“, a guidebook  that was published between 1936 and 1966 by New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green, to help black Americans find food, gas and lodging as they traveled through a hostile countryside that could legally refuse them such services.

Why? Because the Supreme Court in 1883 struck down the Civil Rights Act of 1875, stating that, while the Equal Protection Clause prevented the government from discriminating against black citizens, it couldn’t prohibit such actions from private individuals and organizations.

OK, why are we talking about this now? Because one of the fundamental causes of this shameful period of American history, religious zealotry, has hitched itself to our current administration and is now targeting women’s rights and our LGBTQIA community, with the goal of making discrimination against these Americans completely legal, based on the personal religious or moral objections of others. Continue reading “Thursday 1/18 – We’re going to need a new guidebook if we don’t fight back.”

Wednesday – 1/17 – Women, your rights are at stake. Call.

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ANTI-CHOICE LEGISLATION

This week is the 45th anniversary of Roe v Wade. There will be a march against the decision and our legislature will be swamped with dramatically-named anti-choice bills aimed at interfering with both women’s rights to choose what’s best for themselves and their families, but also with the hard decisions patients must make with their doctors, when their health, or even their lives, are in danger. Make sure your legislators know we’re watching and we expect them to trust women.

H.R.4712 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
H.R.490Heartbeat Protection Act.
S. 1922 Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Senate bill – this passed House as H.R. 36!!!)

Minimal Script for representatives: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask that Representative [__] oppose the anti-choice bills H.R.4712 and H.R.490.

Minimum Script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask that Senator [__] oppose the anti-choice bill S.1922.

Additional script for both: Instead, we want [Rep./Sen.] to create and support bills that promote reproductive healthcare services, safe and legal abortions, affordable birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, standards to reduce our ridiculously high rate of maternal mortality and medically accurate sex education for all people, regardless of income, location or education. Continue reading “Wednesday – 1/17 – Women, your rights are at stake. Call.”

Ventura County 32nd Annual MLK Day was awesome!

Excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birmingham Jail letter (okra.standford.edu)

We’ve also never had a president in recent memory so determined to drive us apart in order to splinter our resistance. So we asked everyone to come together to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and to commit to being part of that movement fighting for the equality he described so eloquently. If you weren’t able to make the event on Monday, here’s a quick update….

Here’s the VC Star’s report of the beginning of the morning’s march at Plaza Park in Oxnard and their picture of Congresswoman Brownley giving her speech.

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Here are some scenes along the march route…Lots of little kids, and everybody was enjoying the perfect day. Continue reading “Ventura County 32nd Annual MLK Day was awesome!”

Tuesday 1/16 – 3 Quick Actions on a tight timeline…

Tuesday – Jan. 16th 

CLEAN POWER – Write a commenTODAY by 11:59 PM ET !

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Photo: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36916781
Save the Clean Power Plan – Deadline Jan. 16

The EPA intends to end the Clean Power Plan. First though, they will have to successfully repeal it, thereby deregulating power plants and slashing environmental protections. Post a comment protesting the EPA’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan before January Jan 16 2018, at 11:59 PM ET . Link to comment form.

Sample Written Script (try to mix it up a little):   I strongly oppose the revoking of the Clean Power Plan by the EPA. The Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of recent climate change regulation, is intended to slash carbon emissions from power plants. It should not be repealed or replaced only strengthened. Climate change is not “fake news” it is the scientifically verified future of the planet. Ending the Clean Power Plan is a crime against that future. The role of the EPA is not to boost the economy of the fossil fuel industry; it is to protect the environment. Do your job.

ORGANIC FARMING – Write a comment!

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