Talking with friends, Techies needed, Veterans needing help, Wake up, Microsoft! – 4 new actions…
Thanks to everyone who came to a Ventura County “Families Belong Together” event! (Photos, links, additional actions here.) We’ve asked you all to do some phone calls to our legislators on the links, but if you have a little more energy…
#1 – Tell your friends it’s time for “all hands on deck”.
(from President Obama) ““If you are one of these folks who is watching cable news at your cocktail parties with your friends and you are saying ‘civilization is collapsing‘ and you are nervous and worried, but that is not where you are putting all your time, energy and money, then either you don’t actually think civilization is collapsing … or you are not pushing yourself hard enough and I would push harder.“”
Action: Ask your favorite mopers to watch the video in the link above and help them sign up at IndivisibleVentura.org or have them type in their zip code here to find a nearby group to get started. Then check in with them and see how they’re doing. Ask if they want to carpool to events. Make fighting back the new normal, not the exception.
#2 – CALLING ALL TECHIES! The Resistance needs your help!
RAICES, the Immigrants’ Rights group working to reunite families separated at the border, needs you right now to help them build a database to #ReuniteTheFamilies! They are looking for UX/UE Designers, HTML, CSS, JS, NODE JS, Python, C++, Ruby, Angular JS, Docker, MongoDB, CouchDB, MySQL, Postgres, Riak ESPECIALLY. While the first priority is connecting the adults with legal aid so they can process through the system quickly and be reunited with their children, RAICES is also looking for an advisory board and a list of tech volunteers to call upon for future projects.
Action: If we have technology skills, or can refer someone who does we can check out the Crisis Code website and sign up here: https://www.crisiscode.com/ or contact Erin DeRuggiero at email@example.com. Then share this action widely through your social media connections.
#3 – Please help VETERANS who were deported. (We can’t believe we actually had to type that sentence…)
(from Indivisible Ojai Valley) 76 US veterans who, after suffering from PTSD from serving in our military, may have infractions such as drug use or DUI, and were deported. As we celebrate July 4th with our families, please take a few minutes to help them and their families with donations of canned foods, hygiene supplies, baby formula, diapers for children. Baby stuff especially needed prior to July 13th, and other supplies up until July 28th.
Action: Here is a link to Amazon, the shipping address is to our partner in District 25 who is collecting items and distributing them to veterans: Jackie Thomas, 22519 Brightwood Place, Santa Clarita, CA 91351 Thank you for your generosity!!!
#4 – Tell Microsoft to quit profiting off the deportation-industrial complex.
Microsoft sells Azure, a cloud computing service that does everything from file storage to facial recognition, to ICE and make millions – $19.4 million to be exact – off of ICE’s deportation machine. After the news hit that families were being separated at the border, and children were being held alone in cages at secret ICE facilities, Microsoft was quick tried to walk back their earlier boasts about their “mission critical” role in ICE operations.
Action: Although we’re not fans of sending petitions to those who don’t care, like our president, corporations really hate having “BOYCOTT” attached to their name. So, please take a moment and sign this petition.
1. Wired, “Microsoft’s Ethical Reckoning Is Here,” June 18, 2018.
2. Vanity Fair, “Like “IBM’s Work During The Holocaust”: Inside Microsoft, Growing Outrage Over A Contract With ICE,” June 19, 2018.
3. Microsoft employees call on company to cancel contract with ICE. (SeattleTimes)
#5 – More actions here.
How to help the kids – updated.