Feb. 19th – Tipping point

We’re going to put out a special gun protest call for Ventura activists later but let’s start with this.

We’re children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role.” (CNN)

There are two big student-led protests planned – March for our lives 3/24 and 4/20 as well as the Women’s March event on 3/14. The May 1st action has been cancelled in favor of the 4/20 version.  We believe that more is better and recognize that protests involving students are more complicated to plan and accomplish than those mainly populated with adults. We support them all and will be updating you on how we can become involved.

With the students of Parkland calling out the president and other NRA lackeys by name, we are at a tipping point.  

Action: Encourage young people to take their commitment to the next step by liking and following this page https://www.facebook.com/menext2018/.

We are also looking into protests for the rest of us too…

We who have ever  worried about a recently-fired employee coming back and shooting us or a loved one.

We who have ever worried about whether a former boyfriend or husband might be dangerous. In the US, a woman is shot to death by an intimate partner at the rate of every one every 16 HOURS. More savage statistics here.

We who worry that the GOP will overthrow all the protections that our state has fought to put in place to satisfy their NRA obligations, starting with nationwide concealed-carry reciprocity.

Vigils have already taken place all over the country and students and their families stood outside the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA, last Friday. DC teens are now holding a lie-in at White House.

lie in

Warming up…

Make the NRA’s endorsement radioactive.

#NoNRAMoney features two petitions, one allowing candidates to publicly reject NRA support, and the other for voters to vow to oppose any candidate who takes NRA money. We can take the pledge, and ask candidates to take it, at https://www.nonramoney.org

Action #1: Sign this petition https://www.nonramoney.org

Action #2: Email this link to your senators and reps. Even those you know who support gun control.

Senator HarrisSenator Feinstein, Rep. Brownley (CA-26)Rep. Carbajal (CA-24):

If these aren’t your people, go here: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Make legislators give their NRA money to gun violence protection groups.

In the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy, two representatives–Representatives Tim Ryan (Ohio) and Tim Walz (Minnesota)–have donated previous NRA contributions to gun violence protection groups. Our representatives and senators here Indivisible-Ventura territory are not recipients of NRA largess, but if you know people with GOP legislators across the country, contact them and ask them to click on this link, find out how much their leaders have gotten from the NRA, and ask them to start or continue the petition drive.

Here’s the overall California situation.

Repeat Friday’s actions. Rinse and repeat until this is done

Senators

Action: Call your Rep. and ask them to oppose this bill. How-to-call information at bottom.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen. [___] to not only vote “HELL NO” on S.446Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, but to do whatever is necessary to get S.2095 – Assault Weapons Ban of 2017 passed.

More Script if you want it: Ask for these too!

  • Closing the loophole that lets people buy guns at shows and through private sellers without background checks. Here are California gunshow laws and private sales laws.
  • Instituting universal background checks for ammo and gun buyers, a measure 80% of gun owners support. Here are California laws
  • Removing the Dickey Rider from the federal budget and finally allowing the CDC to research gun violence prevention
  • Funding evidence-based community antiviolence programs, like Ceasefire, which have been shown to reduce shootings

Representatives

Action: Call your Rep. and tell them to press for our safety. How-to-call information at bottom.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] to pass legislation to close the gun show/private owner loophole, to provide for universal background checks, to remove the Dickey rider preventing research and fund programs like Ceasefire.

More Script if you want it: Ask for these too!

Join us in voter registration and canvassing drives.

Indivisibleventura.org – check out the “Events” column

How to contact your legislators

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Which one is yours?: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

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

and 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 Rep./Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Readings:

Mentally ill people aren’t killers. Angry people are.

  •  “Poll: Majorities Of Both Parties Favor Increased Gun Restrictions,”(NPR, October 13, 2017)
  • Mentally ill people aren’t killers. Angry people are. (slate)
  • Trump’s actions speak louder than his words… (Slate)
  • “Three Weeks After Las Vegas, Legislation to Ban Bump Stocks Has Stalled Out in Congress” ( The Daily Beast, October 23, 2017)
  • The Gun Lobby – See how much your representative gets (Politico)
  • Frustration Grows as Congress shows inability to pass even modest gun measures. (nytimes)
  • US Appeals court uphold Maryland’s ban on assult rifles as “weapons of war” (reuters.com)
  • Amid continued string of mass shootings, gun control going nowhere in Congress (CNN)
  • What Congress has accomplished since the Sandy Hook Massacre (nytimes)
  • Next Week, My School Will Have An ‘Active Shooter’ Drill. Here’s What I’ll Be Thinking.(Huffpost)
  • How to Reduce Mass Shooting Deaths? Experts Rank Gun Laws (nytimes)
  • Here’s Why American Teenagers Can Buy AR-15s (thedailybeast)
  • News and notes on guns in America (thetrace.org)
  • Gun Violence Archive – Jan. 1st thru Feb. 16th, 2018(http://www.gunviolencearchive.orggun violence

 

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