“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
(From Lauren O’Neal)
A minor victory: The Senate vote on the Republican health care bill is delayed until after the July 4th recess. Here are some ways to keep combating the bill during the recess.
- First of all, keep calling your senators every day, especially if they’re Republicans. It lets them know the public is still paying attention and still hates their bill. (From IV: – Here’s how to contact the offices of the Trumpcare 10 (Alaska, West Virgina, Maine, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Arkansa) if you live in their state – click here. Outside of CA and the Trumpcare 10 – click here. Here’s ours here in CA! – 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. Here’s a bunch of scripts for your calls – tinyurl.com/3-week-war)
- Go to your senator’s (or congressperson’s) town hall event. I know a lot of Republicans aren’t doing this specifically because they don’t want to deal with how much their constituents hate the bill they’re trying to pass. But if your senator is doing one, go. (From IV – Kamala Harris’s event looks like the closest for us – see below) If you see another relatively local one in the news, please let us know. townhallproject.com is a good site for information.)
- Go to your senator’s (or congressperson’s) 4th of July event. If your senator isn’t holding a town hall event, but will be showing up at a local 4th of July event, go to that. (From IV – Julia Brownley and Hannah-Beth Jackson will be marching in the Ojai 4th of July Parade – see below. Stand Indivisible with our Ojai Indivisible partners and join in the fun.)
How to find these events: Go to your senator’s website and look for an “events” page. Alternatively, Google something like “[your senator’s name] town hall 2017” or “[your senator’s name] independence day event 2017” and click around until you find one. This Kamala Harris health-care rally is a good option if you live in LA!
What to do at these events: It seems to me like there are three main ways to be effective at a town hall event.
- Stand up and ask a pointed question. (E.g., “Why do working-class people have to lose our health care just so the 400 wealthiest families in the country can get a tax break?”) (From IV – Indivisible National has provided a nifty guide for questions here.)
- Give a one- to two-sentence summary of your own health care story. (E.g., “My child was able to get cancer treatment because of Obamacare. Without it, children like her could very well die.”)
- Just be an additional body in the crowd who can cheer and boo at the right times.
I don’t know if those will apply to various 4th of July events, but if you get the chance, I think it would be a really good idea to shake your senator’s hand, introduce yourself as a constituent, and tell a one- to two-sentence story about why repealing Obamacare would be bad for you, your loved ones, and/or the country. (See examples above.)
If you don’t want to go alone, bring a friend! And if either of you does ask a question or tell a story, have the other one film it on their phone and post it to social media. When good ones go viral, they can be really powerful.
You can also probably go with your local chapter of Indivisible, the DSA, or another organization you like. (Just Google “Indivisible [your city]” or similar to see if they’re planning to attend—or hold—an event.) Then, even if you’re by yourself, you’ll have a group of like-minded folks to sit with. They might even give you a sign to hold!
Resistance Events! Local and within driving distance.
GrassrootsVentura and Ventura Couty Activist for Bernie Sanders are co-hosting the Ventura Impeachment Rally & March as part of of Impeachment Worldwide March. The event is from 4-6 pm. Bring your signs, for impeachment, healthcare or whatever issue that proves that Trump is an American tragedy in the making. Click here for more information.
Parade down the main street of Ojai with fellow Indivisians and Democrats. Rep. Julia Brownley and CA Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson will be walking with you! Ojai has the best small-town parade. People have been putting out chairs to watch for a week.
Click here for event information:
Indivisible Ventura Resistance Potluck!
If you follow our website, Facebook page, twitter or Instagram feed and make calls, Indivisible Ventura would like to invite you to our first ever Resistance Potluck on July 8th, from 11:00 to 2:0-ish. We want to connect, have fun and talk about upcoming events. Click here for more information.
The ‘Summer Social For Justice’ is an opportunity for leaders, activist, organizers and those who have a passion to help others to connect, discuss, share and build community.
Hear success stories, learn how you can be involved in shaping our future – or just come to unwind, re-energize and connect with groups + Venturians wanting to make a difference.
Let’s keep the movement marching forward for human and environmental rights & equality for all. Click here for more information.
It all for one and one for all at Indivisible!
Stand Indivisible with Indivisible Conejo and Indivisible Fresno!
Indivisible Conejo and their cosponsors want to register voters in the 22nd California Congressional District – that’s right, the district of the un-recusably awful Congressman Devin Nunes! They could use all the help they can get!
They are launching overnight voter registration trips once a month at the invitation of Fresno Indivisible, the San Joaquin Valley Democratic Club, Central Valley Democrats, and the Tulare County Democrats. Why CA22? First, it has the lowest voter registration in California – and therefore has the most potential for new, progressive voters; and, second – did we mention this is the only way to get rid of Devin Nunes? For more information – click here!