Tues. 2/20 – DACA & immigration – fast actions and information update

“The image of America deporting fellow Americans is not something this country or the Republican Party want to see unfolding every night on the national and local news.”
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a top champion of Dreamer relief

Action #1: Call your Rep. and Senators to give them support to do the right thing. Contact information at the bottom of this post.

Sample Script: I am calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] and Senator [___] to continue opposing any DACA bill that includes Trump’s racistfour pillars” immigration plan. Oh, and please don’t confirm Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan.

Action #2: Be part of the resistance network. Print out these flyers in English and Spanish for this DACA renewal clinic and post them in public spaces, and/or send them digitally to friends and organizations who can get them to those in need. Spanish, English Continue reading “Tues. 2/20 – DACA & immigration – fast actions and information update”

Feb. 19th – Tipping point

We’re going to put out a special gun protest call for Ventura activists later but let’s start with this.

We’re children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role.” (CNN)

There are two big student-led protests planned – March for our lives 3/24 and 4/20 as well as the Women’s March event on 3/14. The May 1st action has been cancelled in favor of the 4/20 version.  We believe that more is better and recognize that protests involving students are more complicated to plan and accomplish than those mainly populated with adults. We support them all and will be updating you on how we can become involved.

With the students of Parkland calling out the president and other NRA lackeys by name, we are at a tipping point.  

Action: Encourage young people to take their commitment to the next step by liking and following this page https://www.facebook.com/menext2018/.

Continue reading “Feb. 19th – Tipping point”

Friday 2/16 – Bringing our kids to a gun fight.

It’s been 19 years since Columbine…

Those 12 kids would have been adults today, maybe with kids of their own. We can never know what talents were lost to us that day, and continue to be lost every year since then to gun violence.

Here, he reads the list of fatal school shootings since Columbine.

We really like this summation from WTF Just Happened Today about the reactions of those concerned….

Trump, in a tweet, suggested that students and neighbors should have reported the Florida shooter to authorities, because there were “so many signs” that the shooter “was mentally disturbed.” The FBI was warned in September about a possible school shooting after a YouTube user named Nikolas Cruz – the same name as the shooter who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – left a comment that read: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” The FBI said it had investigated the comment, but was unable to identify the person who posted it. (NBC News / CNN / BBC)

  • Trump’s budget would cut millions of dollars from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which gun dealers use to verify if someone is banned from buying a gun before selling it to them. (HuffPost)
  • One of Trump’s first actions as president was to undo a regulation that would have made it more difficult for people with a known mental illness to buy guns by requiring their names to be entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Nikolas Cruz legally purchased the AR-15. (ABC News)
  • (from IV) The GOP health bill (AHCA), if it had passed, would have removed a requirement set forth in the ACA that mandated Medicaid to cover basic mental and behavioral (including substance-related) health services, beginning in 2020. This would have threatened the care that over 1.28 million people grappling with mental health issues receive thanks to Medicaid’s expansion. (psychologytoday). Although Trump is now calling for spending on mental health care in the wake of this shooting, his budget is advocating for sharp Medicaid cuts which will decimate mental health care. The right hand giveth a little, the left hand taketh away a lot. (nbc )

2/ A student who witnessed the shooting called out lawmakers on TV, looking directly into the camera and saying: “We’re children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together, come over your politics, and get something done.” He added: “Ideas are great but without action, ideas stay ideas and children die.” (CNN)

3/ The leader of a white supremacist group said the gunman in the Florida shooting was a member of his “white separatist paramilitary proto-fascist organization.” Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of killing 17 people in one of the deadliest school shootings in modern American history. His peers say he also wore a “Make America Great Again” hat in school. (Anti-Defamation League / The Daily Beast / New York Times) Continue reading “Friday 2/16 – Bringing our kids to a gun fight.”

We’re in! Vigil tonight and mark your calendars for April 20th.

Action #1 – Tonight!

Join us this evening, to express our grief and yes outrage that yet again at least 17 lives have been lost due to senseless gun violence! We are frustrated and angry and oh so very sad for those lost and their families.
We must keep fighting, raising awareness and pressuring Congress to take action. We cannot quit or give up!!
So yes, yet again we are asking you to show up to make a statement and ultimately a difference.
 
Thursday 2/15 –  5:30 PM
100 N Westlake Blvd , NE Corner of Westlake and TO Blvds, Thousand Oaks, 91362 (across the street
 from the Westlake Promenade   
 Parking: Lots at the Promenade, Ralphs or Bed Bath and Beyond

 

Action #2 – April 20th – Columbine Anniversary Children’s March against Gun Violence

Continue reading “We’re in! Vigil tonight and mark your calendars for April 20th.”

Thursday 2/15 – Direct from the national Indivisible Team

ActionKit_IndivisibleLogo-navy-transparent-700_1

Dear Indivisibles,

Monday night, the Senate voted 97-1 for cloture on Motion to Proceed (that’s Hill speak for beginning the process to vote on legislation) on an immigration bill. And this morning, they voted on the Motion to Proceed, so we’re headed into debate about what will go into the final bill.

The full bill and amendments haven’t been released, but the one-page framework released by Republicans yesterday shows us that Republicans aren’t serious about finding a solution for DACA recipients or a bipartisan compromise. The Republican proposal is a racist bill written by white supremacists to use Dreamers as bargaining chips to advance a draconian anti-immigrant agenda.

Here’s what you should know about the Republican proposal: Continue reading “Thursday 2/15 – Direct from the national Indivisible Team”

Wednesday 2/14 – Protect Elections and the ADA.

“We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated.” – nbc news

Wait a minute…what?

#1 – Support the DETER Act: Defend Our Elections from Foreign Interference

With the 2018 midterm elections only 9 months away, it is urgent that stronger security measures are put in place to protect the integrity of our elections from foreign interference. The DETER Act (Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines Act) (S. 2313/ HR 4884) will require monitoring, reporting, and imposing of severe penalties and sanctions on foreign governments that engage in actions interfering in our elections.

Action: Call your rep. (HR 4884) and both senators (S. 2313). How-to-call information at bottom.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask that Rep./Sen. [___]  co-sponsor the bipartisan DETER Act (HR 4884,S. 2313).

More info: 

  • Bi-partisans senators move to deter future election interference (theHill)
  • Russians penetrated US voter systems, says top US officials (nbc news)

#2 – Going old-school – remove the paperless voting machines 

Continue reading “Wednesday 2/14 – Protect Elections and the ADA.”

Good news for DACA!

NILC email header

Immigrant youth won today.

Our plaintiffs, along with co-counsel at Make the Road New York and Yale Law School’s Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, asked the court to help protect Dreamers, and today we got our wish: a federal court has rejected President Trump’s rationale for ending DACA and put in place another important block to protect Dreamers.

This means that anyone who had DACA in the past must be allowed to re-apply for DACA.

This ruling is particularly important as the arbitrary March 5th deadline that resulted in the crisis President Trump created is right around the corner.

Now all eyes turn to the Supreme Court as it decides whether it will take on a separate case regarding Trump’s DACA termination. It is likely that the Trump administration may appeal rapidly to the Supreme Court in an effort to take away this victory from our plaintiffs and all immigrant youth across the country.

This case is a testament to the bravery of Dreamers like our plaintiffs — this decision wouldn’t have happened if not for their courage to stand up for their rights. Continue reading “Good news for DACA!”