This Week in Resistance – Events, New and Ongoing Actions, More!

Your weekly guide to resistance! Never surrender!

Events

April 8thHelp Flip the House Blue – phone bank party to flip Georgia and Kansas seats

April 11thVentura District Office Open House w/Monique Limón

April 13thVolunteer Training – Assisting Undocumented Parents

April 15th – Demand Trump’s Tax Returns March – Ventura Santa Barbara – Los Angeles

April 22nd – March for Science -Santa BarbaraLos Angeles Washington DC

April 23rdDemocratic Club of Ventura Meeting

April 24thNational Free Press Appreciation Day Petition and Rally

May 6th – 7thNonviolent Organizing Workshop

Let us know if you have an event to add by emailing us at indivisibleventura@gmail.com. Same e-mail if you are interested in carpooling to any event – we’ll do our best to hook you up!

New and Ongoing Actions

Swing these States!
No matter where we live we can help change the face of Congress by helping with upcoming special elections. Here are some current opportunities:

April 8thHelp Flip the House Blue – local phone bank party to flip Georgia and Kansas seats

April 11: James Thompson is seeking election to the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. Sign up here to help.

April 18: Jon Ossoff is seeking election to the 6th Congressional District of Georgia. Sign up here to help.

April 25: Rob Quist is seeking election to the sole Congressional District of Montana. Sign up here to help.

Add more scientists to the conversation: Joseph Kopser, an aerospace scientist, tech company CEO and former Army Ranger, is considering a run for Congress Texas’ 21st District, the seat currently held by Republican Lamar Smith, chair of the House Science Committee. Consider pledging your support here.

Internet Privacy is Not Necessarily Dead
As a direct response to Congress passing S.J. Res.34, Minnesota’s Senate has passed legislation, which aims to protect its citizens’ Internet privacy. Let’s follow Minnesota’s lead, and urge our State Legislators to pass similar legislation.

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (representing Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Camarillo): Sacramento: (916) 651-4019,  Santa Barbara: (805) 965-0862,  Oxnard: (805) 988-1940

and #37 State Assembly Member Monique Limon (representing Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard): Sacramento: (916) 319-2037, Santa Barbara: (805) 564-1649, Ventura: (805) 641-3700

Let’s Get College Debt Under Control with Bernie!
Rep. Jayapal (D-WA) and Sen. Sanders (D-VT) have introduced a bill that would make college free for many families and change how student debt works.   Let’s contact our legislators and tell them we support this effort to make college more accessible to more students.

Seriously, People?
KitchenAid sponsors several women’s golfing events.  Let’s tell KitchenAid that we don’t think they should sponsor a golf event at a Trump golf course when we know his attitude toward women!

Internet Privacy
Senate voted 50-48 to undo FCC’s broadband privacy rules. This bill would allow internet service providers (ISPs) to sell user data, including browsing history and location data, without user consent. Now the bill heads to the House.  Let’s make sure this does not pass in the House. Let’s call our reps and tell them we oppose H.J. Res 86 and S.J. Res 34 and that we want to preserve our legal rights to consumer online privacy.

We’re not talking about criminals! This is about your neighbors.
Call our mayor and tell him you support the rights of all local citizens, and want our local government to declare its commitment to protecting those rights and become a sanctuary city.  Mayor Erik Nasarenko (805) 654-7827. Then, call the Department of Justice (202-353-1555) to express your opposition to defunding sanctuary cities. 5 Calls has a great script for this.

Town Halls: The April congressional recess is coming up very soon (April 10-21). So far, nothing from Feinstein or Harris listed. Go ahead and call their offices and ask them to speak with us about their opinions.

The Bills are in Committee: The “HONEST” Act and the Science Advisory Board Reform Act (see above) are now in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Our Senator, Kamala Harris is on it, and she would love to hear from you! Call her at (213)894-5000 in LA, (916) 448-2787 (Sac) or (202) 224-3553 in DC

Save our Planet! Ask Julia Brownley to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, which will explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate.

And now, Bill O’Reilly
Sleeping Giants, who have worked diligently to have advertisers remove their presence on Breitbart, is now working on getting advertisers to stop advertising on Fox News during Bill O’Reilly’s show.  We can help:   Here is their current list that is being updated   Most of their work is on Twitter (good time to join!), but you can follow them on Facebook, too.

We know that the NCAA decision was ‘reluctant’.  Let’s keep up the pressure on the NCAA to stand up against North Carolina’s non-repeal of HB2, and withhold the championship games from North Carolina until a real repeal takes place. Let’s give NCAA President Mark Emmert a call to voice our concerns: (317) 917-6905

Hey, remember all those amazingly scenic train rides you want to take?  Let’s sign this Change.org petition against Trump’s proposed budget would most likely end Amtrak’s long-distance routes to 23 states and Canada. 

Compelling Articles

The already-grueling process of vetting refugees.

A very interesting read on how Fox News works: “One Nation Under Fox:  18 Hours with a Network that Shapes America”  

How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory 

How Black women experience Maxine Waters’ and April Ryan’s lives every day.

A Black woman goes to national parks seeking solace.

Medical bills and the realities of living without health insurance.

Donald Trump’s worst deal.

Does law-enforcement’s automatic face recognition violate your privacy?

The pros and cons of raucous town halls.

 

 

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