Indivisible’s Potluck Blowout – Setting the Stage for the Take-back of Congress in 2018! Speakers Galore!

Join Indivisible Ventura, Indivisible Ojai Valley,  Indivisible Conejo and a host of other Ventura County organizations on Saturday, September 30. Bring a dish, bring a friend, and get ready to socialize and hear from a spectacular line-up of speakers!

When: Saturday, September 30, 11:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa Plaza, Ventura 
Bring: Your favorite dish, a friend, and your unbridled energy!
RSVP on our Facebook Event Page: facebook.com/events/350846208699765

Our line-up of incredible speakers (bios below):

Zacharie Boisvert of Indivisible National will speak about Indivisible’s relentless drive toward the 2018 elections!

Jennifer Eis, the Field Director/Co-Founder of Indivisible: Conejo, will fill us in on the local ground game in play for flipping Congress blue.

Helen Conly, President of the Ojai Democratic Club, will show us how easy it is to register your family, friends, neighbors (and the occasional waitress) to vote! We will have voter registration forms on hand for you to take with you.

Dr. Gregory K. Freeland, Phd. for Califoria Lutheran University’s Department of Political Science, Director of the Global Studies Program, faculty adviser to Model United Nations will be talking about gerrymandering and the surpression of minority voters.

Allied Progressive Front will speak out their efforts to aid voters whose voting rights have been deliberately sabotaged.

Bios: Continue reading “Indivisible’s Potluck Blowout – Setting the Stage for the Take-back of Congress in 2018! Speakers Galore!”

Submit Trumpcare Comments to the Senate Finance Committee by Monday, Sept. 25!

(From Indivisible Austin)

Here are instructions from our friends at Community Catalyst:

Working against the September 30th deadline for the budget reconciliation instructions, Senate republicans are trying once again to ram a repeal bill through the Senate. After some members of the Senate called for regular order – a public process with committee hearings, expert testimony and opportunity to offer amendments – the Senate Finance Committee will meet on Monday, September 25th at 2:00pm EDT in a hastily thrown together attempt at “regular order.” However, without a full CBO score detailing the impact on how many consumers will lose coverage and with no time for actual debate, this hearing is nothing more than a distraction from what is really happening: the latest attempt to gut Medicaid and strip health care from millions of Americans.

The hearing record needs to be filled with strong statements of opposition from organizations and individuals!

  1. Draft comments detailing the harmful effects of the Graham-Cassidy bill.
  2. At the committee’s request, be sure to submit comments with the following formatting instructions: a typewritten, single-spaced statement, not exceeding 10 pages in length, with title and date of the hearing and the full name and address of the individual or organization on the first page of the statement.
  3. Email to GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov by 12pm CDT on Sept. 25.
  4. We recommend that you also provide a copy of the letter to your own Senators.

Talking points from Community Catalyst (PDF)

This one is easy…The Sierra Club’s got it all set up for you.

Tell the Bureau of Land Management that they should protect public lands, not polluters. 

Submit your public comment here.

(Extra Credit: If you customize your comment to show why you care about this issue it will have a bigger impact)
The Trump administration is trying to remove environmental protections that would shield public and tribal lands and water from the worst effects of fracking.

The Bureau of Land Management’s fracking rule was created to make sure that fracking well construction protects local water supplies, ensure that the fluids that flow back to the surface because of fracking are managed responsibly, and provide public disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking. Removing safeguards only benefits Trump’s oil industry buddies.

Fracking injects millions of gallons of fluids and chemicals directly into the earth. A 2011 study by the House Committee on Energy identified more than 700 chemicals used in fracking, including benzene, acrylamide, ethylene oxide, bisphenol A (BPA), and formaldehyde — all well-known carcinogens.

More Info Continue reading “This one is easy…The Sierra Club’s got it all set up for you.”

If their phones are quiet…they’ll think they’re winning.

(Quote from  https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2017/09/21/sorry-i-cant-go-to-your-thing-i-must-call-my-senator-to-plead-for-my-life/)

Jimmy Kimmel  has responded to Sen. Bill Cassidy’s condescending rebuke that the comedian didn’t understand his bill…

Got a postcard? Say “Thanks” to Jimmy for taking time to do this here:

Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
El Capitan Entertainment Center
6840 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

So much for the entertainment portion of our post…back to business.

We’ve tried to compile all the best ways to communicate with legislators that this is a really bad idea…If you know of a method we’ve missed, please send it in. 

Step 1 – Put your own oxygen mask on first!

I’ve noted that I’m getting through easily on their lines! We must call our BLUE senators so they have big call tallies to show their RED state colleagues!

Minimal Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling to ask Senators [___] to oppose the Cassidy-Graham ACA repeal plan. Congress needs to improve the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it and leave millions of people without options. Thanks!

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Not your senators? Click here. Continue reading “If their phones are quiet…they’ll think they’re winning.”

Save Kids from Being Deported “Just Because”! – 9/23

I’m calling to urge Senator (Feinstein and Harris) to vote no on HR 3697, which will grant broad powers to the Department of Homeland Security to designate and deport immigrant youth as gang-affiliated, with little judicial review or due process. This expansion of DHS power will promote racial profiling and infringe on basic, guaranteed Constitutional protections.
More Info:

https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-congress-should-vote-no-latest-anti-immigrant-bill
 

The Dark Side returns. Fight back with your phone!

For those who missed this yesterday, take a moment and mentally thank Jimmy Kimmel for taking time out of his show for this!

Here’s another good video. Remind these senators what they said the last time our health care was at risk.

Step 1 – Put your own oxygen mask on first!

Minimal Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling to ask Senators [___] to oppose the Cassidy-Graham ACA repeal plan. Congress needs to improve the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it and leave millions of people without options. Thanks!

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Not your senators? Click here. Continue reading “The Dark Side returns. Fight back with your phone!”

Nominee Watch – “EPA Science Advisors” Edition – Written Comment Deadline 9/28

So here’s the scoop…

The EPA is filling up vacancies on the EPA Charter Science Advisory Board.

They’ve got all the official biographies of the candidates listed here. Frankly, they are very dull reading.

However, a least 11 of the bios are missing some REALLY INTERESTING BITS! Both E&E News and Scientific American are warning us about them in this article and this one.

11 of the nominees are climate change deniers! 

And they are each angling for an important scientific advisory job with the power to corrupt our country’s environmental legislation for years.

“The Science Advisory Board (SAB) is a scientific/technical advisory committee. The objective of the SAB is to provide independent advice and peer review on the scientific and technical aspects of environmental issues to the EPA’s Administrator. While the SAB reports to the EPA Administrator, congressional committees specified in Environmental Research Demonstration and Development Authorization Act may ask the EPA Administrator to have the SAB provide scientific advice on a particular issue.” (EPA)

These  nominees promise to make what’s already happening with our climate worse… Continue reading “Nominee Watch – “EPA Science Advisors” Edition – Written Comment Deadline 9/28″

Vote YES on “Medicare for All”

With the bi-partisan healthcare group disbanded, GOP members are more motivated than ever to pass their horrible Cassidy/Graham bill.

Give your representatives the courage of your convictions! Call and ask them to do the right thing.

Script:  I am calling Senator [__] to support the Bernie Sanders “Medicare for All”  approach as the best solution for providing universal health care. (S. 1804)

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

More Info:

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