Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! Get out a #2 pencil…there’s a quiz.

(Huffpost) “Every year, the U.S. holds special citizenship-induction ceremonies on or around the Fourth of July. This year, nearly 15,000 people were being sworn in as U.S. citizens at more than 65 such gatherings across the country, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

At one of those ceremonies, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) ― the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica ― took not-so-veiled jabs at President Donald Trump, who has called for limits on legal immigration along with his effort to ramp up deportation of undocumented immigrants.

“Whenever you feel that future is threatened, whenever those values of liberty and justice for all that drew us here seem under assault, you need to speak up and speak out,” Harris said at a ceremony on the battleship Iowa in the Port of Los Angeles on Monday, according to prepared remarks. “That’s the whole point of the freedoms we cherish.”

Here are photos from some of citizenship ceremonies across the country leading up to and on the Fourth of July. ”

Would you pass the US Citizenship Test? Take this quiz!

There are two components to the test. To pass the civics portion, which tests knowledge of American politics and history, applicants must correctly answer six out of 10 questions. The questions are randomly selected from a list of 100, and there’s no multiple choice. The other portion of the test, which is not included here, is the English language test. If an applicant fails either, they have to re-pay the fee ($680) and re-take the exam.

The following questions were taken from the list of 100 civics questions. Admittedly, these are some of the harder ones. Could you pass?

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Answers here.

Check out our website indivisibleventura.org for the next Citizenship Fair volunteer training class and Citizenship Fair so you can be a part of this great process.

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“Rep. Barbara Lee persisted and finally got her victory this week after nearly two decades of work: A House Committee unexpectedly passed her amendment to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). She was the only member of Congress to vote against the AUMF in the days after September 11, 2001, arguing that it gave the president a “blank check” to go to war. Despite death threats and attacks from the press, she continued to fight against this resolution while it was being used to justify an ever-expanding war around the world. Finally, after 16 years, a bipartisan committee passed her repeal—to applause, no less. As she put it, “I’ve been working day and night for many, many years with Democrats and Republicans to get to this point. It’s been quite a journey… Today was a remarkable victory, I think, for the American people.”(Alison & Stephanie)

Elizabeth Warren shows us how it’s done…

So does Ted Lieu.

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Indivisible and other resistance groups persist too.

Close to home. Outside Steve Knight’s office in Simi with Indivisible CA-25 Simi Valley Porter Ranch, Indivisible Conejo and Indivisible Ventura members. It’s 95°.

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Protesters play dead in the rain.

Arizona protesters occupy Sen. Jeff Flake’s office.

Hundreds of Activists invade GOP offices across America/

Good news grab bag!

Newspapers are putting the upcoming health insurance crises on their front pages.

Attorneys general from 18 states, plus D.C., are suing Betsy DeVos after she delayed a new Department of Educaton regulation that protects students from predatory colleges.

Migrant Justice has announced that Esau Peche and Yesenia Hernandez, who had been detained by Border Patrol following the Milk With Dignity march on the Ben & Jerry’s Vermont production facility, have been released! ICE ended up receiving over 1,600 e-mails in support of Esau and Yesenia’s release, as well as dozens of letters

The Outdoor Retailer trade shows decided to leave Salt Lake City because of Utah’s political opposition to public lands, particularly the Bears Ear Monument.  Per the Denver Post “Denver will host the prestigious Outdoor Retailer gatherings for the next five years, with a trio of shows drawing upwards of 85,000 people a year, delivering the city a $110 million economic impact.”

Check the websites of your favorite brands of to see how they address environmental or other issues related to their products before we make our next purchases. For example, on outdoor retailer Black Diamond’s site, we can see that they are actively engaged civically.

Check out this amazing collection of photographs of monuments dedicated to black people and their history.

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Michigan’s governor vetoed a license plate that would have raised money for an anti-reproductive rights group.

Nevada is now selling recreational marijuana, and business is booming!

The ACLU has been busy.  Since the election, they have filed 93 legal actions (and counting) on issues ranging from immigrants’ rights, reproductive rights, voting rights, criminal justice, government transparency and accountability, and LGBT rights. In the next term of the U.S. Supreme Court, the ACLU will have five cases on some of the most urgent, cutting-edge civil rights and civil liberties issues confronting our nation, including:

  • Muslim Ban – challenging President Trump’s ban on immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries (Trump v. IRAP)
  • Using religion to discriminate – arguing that religious beliefs do not provide businesses with a license to discriminate (Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado)
  • Voting rights – challenging Ohio’s practice of purging voters from the rolls for failing to vote (Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute)
  • Privacy – arguing that the government is required to get a warrant before it can obtain records from our cell phone providers that detail everywhere we’ve been (Carpenter v. United States)
  • Immigrants’ rights – challenging long-term detention of immigrants (including lawful permanent residents, asylum seekers, and survivors of torture) facing deportation hearings who pose no threat of flight or danger to the community (Jennings v. Rodriguez)

Environmental good news!

Governor Brown isn’t waiting for Trump to catch up.

After environmental groups like the Center for Biological Diversity have been sounding the alarm, California added a chemical in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup to a list of cancer-causing agents, and will now require the product (and others with the same ingredient) to carry a warning label.

The United States Conference of Mayors adopted resolutions to fight climate change, support community development initiatives, encourage the federal government to invest in our country’s infrastructure, and a whole lot more. It’s worth reading this piece by USCM President Mayor Mitch Landrieu, where he outlines the importance of the work happening at that local level.

After ten thousand people wrote concerned comments, the Coast Guard suspended a project that would have transported oil on the Hudson River.

Planes were halted at JFK while turtles migrated across the runways.

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Crafting and the Resistance

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“Looking for new ways to be creative in the #resistance?  “Trump has awakened an American “craftivism” movement that’s been dormant since the 1980s AIDS quilt. Craftivism in the US is largely associated with the resurgent feminist movement, but its roots trace back to colonial times. In the 1760s, women revolted against British taxation on textiles by spinning their own yarn and sewing their family’s clothes. Famous spy Molly “Old Mom” Rinker smuggled messages to George Washington’s troops through balls of yarn… Today’s activists—armed with glue guns, sewing needles, and X-ACTO craft knives—are making one-of-a-kind protest gear.” Check out this book by Sarah Corbett, How to be a Craftivist: the Art of Gentle Protest  These homespun works are the expressions of the frustrations of all of us living under this political climate.” (Rogan’s List)

Education and Research Opportunities!

Organizing For Action and Swing Left have joined together to create an online training series: Turning Action Into Organizing. The four-part series will help us better prepare for the August congressional recess. Let’s sign up and get organized!

The Resistance will be crowdsourced. The Center for Public Integrity  and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting  have created a searchable, sortable database of the financial disclosures of members of the Trump administration, and they’re asking us to let them know if we notice something that might be “off” or worth a closer look.  Here’s the database. Jump in! The water’s getting warmer!

Thank you postcard opportunities! – Some surprises here…

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has spoken out loudly against the Texas anti-transgender bathroom bill: “I’m not a lawyer, but I am a Texan,” said Straus, … “I’m disgusted by all this. Tell the lieutenant governor I don’t want the suicide of a single Texan on my hands.” Thank him for taking a stand for diversity and civil rights: Joe Straus, 7373 Broadway Ste 202A, San Antonio TX 78209-3253.

In a totally surprising statement, Jeff Sessions has vowed to aggressively enforce federal hate crime laws, including violence against transgender victims. (Now, if they could only pee in peace…) It’s a good start and should be encouraged. Jeff Sessions
Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Special Request – Thank you postcards for a local company!

Patagonia, our local world-renown outdoor gear company, is being slammed by supporters of Breitbart and other right-wing media outlets for its strong defense of our national parks and monuments and for its donations to Planned Parenthood. As a result, the company has been receiving tons of negative phone calls, which has been frightening and demoralizing to the staff. A little love from the public would be very much appreciated. We’ve had people calling to support them at 805-643-8616, but we think that some postcards and letters that they can hang in their employee areas would be appreciated. Send postcards to 235 W Santa Clara St., Ventura, CA 93001.

(Thanks as usual to Rogan’s List, Alison and Stephanie and all things internet)

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