“First of all, I hear you brother, I hear you, sister. It is devastating. the attacks every week on black people, on brown people, on all of us, on workers, – it’s exhausting and humiliating and it undermines your confidence in the country and your core values.
And so the first thing you have to do is acknowledge the pain and own it and be at peace with it. And then you have to say, you know what, in the face of that I will fight. Right? Because the struggles that are in front of me are in fact, they’re big, I mean whether it’s you, or me or anyone else. We have real struggles. But other people have had hard struggles in their lives and they’ve persevered. You know, a lot of people, throughout human history, have had shitty lives with major obstacles and they’ve fought hard. I mean, think about refugees in Syria.
So what we’ve got here is less difficult than that. We have a functioning democracy, we still have the ability to raise our voices, we have to do it we have to persevere, we have to put a little self-sacrifice in. The democracy doesn’t work if we hand it off to K Street, if we let the monied interest do their work, then of course the Republicans will do the bidding and the Democrats will fold like playing cards.And so yes, all around the country, call your representatives right now, today and tomorrow and all week, tell them to stop this bill. Go to their offices, take a photo of your family, tell your story in front of their office and hand it to them and their staff.
Not just because we can stop the bill, not just because we can nationalize the issue so that, come November if they do pass this thing, they suffer under the wrath of American outrage and see a landslide, the likes of which we’re unfamiliar with. But most importantly, because it’s a liberating experience. You’ve gotta leave your houses, you gotta close your laptops, and actually participate in this thing.”
Here’s some participation for you…
Postcard Parties! Help flip districts around the country!
Join us for a Postcard party or two. Or three.
- Sunday, Dec. 24th – 1:00 – 3:00 PM
- Friday, Dec. 29th – 1:00 – 3:00 PM
- Thursday Jan. 4th – 10:00 – 12:00
Rallies! Raise awareness of the issues in our own community!
Help plan “Ventura County Rising”. Meeting on Jan. 10th at 7:00 pm at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave. They need a lot of volunteers!
Then, join in on Jan. 20th for a day of celebration,
Films Festivals! Meet with your fellow activists!
“Birthright – A War Story” – Jan. 21st, Sunday, 2018 at 2 PM – 5 PM
Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Rd, Ventura, California 93004
The Reproductive Rights Network will be presenting the film “Birthright: A War Story”, an informative documentary about how reproduction has become perilous for women in America as the radical right tightens it’s grip across the country.
The Reproductive Rights Network is a countywide umbrella of organizations and individuals committed to educating the community about reproductive health issues and mobilizing its members in support of reproductive freedom, rights and access.
“Equal Means Equal” – Feb. 8th, Thursday, 2018 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM
Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, California 93003
Free film screening: Equal Means Equal offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today by uncovering outdated and discriminatory attitudes that influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. Director Kamala Lopez, reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
Co-hosted by The Acorn Project, Ventura College, Ventura County Women’s Political Council, Ventura County Women’s Forum Collaborative, Ventura County reproductive Rights Network, Ventura County League of Women Voters, Justice for All, Ojai NOW, The Coalition for Family Harmony, and WIN/CAWA. To learn more, visit: www.equalmeansequal.com.
Voter Registration and Canvassing! This is where magic happens!
Don’t let anyone tell you that flipping 24 House seats next year is impossible.
But don’t think for a minute that a wave election is a certainty. The way we win is by getting together with friends and neighbors and making flipping the 25th a priority!
Many more dates coming after this. Keep watching for them on our website – IndivisibleVentura.org.