“Wake up, America!” #BLM protests & other antiracist, anti-fascist & pro-democratic things to do…

Weekend Edition – Sunday 9/27 – We are rising.

The last time Americans united against fascism, over 400,000 of our troops died – soldiers of all races, political groups, religions and ethnicities. Never could those soldiers have guessed that a future American president, a corrupt and compromised authoritarian, would label anti-fascism “domestic terrorism” and condemn the press, Democrats and immigrants as enemies of the state.

So now we are united again, as “E-day” – November 3rd, approaches, to remove this fascist from our White House. His only weapons are lies. Our weapons are ballots and our strategies involve engaging voters and getting them to use their power.

We are keeping lists of opportunities to help – Phonebanking (there are several opportunities to do this TODAY!) Textbanking! Letter Writing! Postcards! along with other great things to do!: Click here. And because phonebanking seems the most unimaginable for us introverts, we’ve posted this video to show that we too can become very good at this.

Events happening today.

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; It must be demanded by the oppressed.” ~ MLK

  • We’re putting up information on local protests and actions by others we’re finding from informal sources. These listings are not endorsements nor guarantees as to time/place/type of protest or participant safety. Events can and have already been cancelled without notice.
  • Protest safely in the time of pandemic and police overreaction: Go here for resources on camera apps, equipment, what to know if you’re stopped by police.
  • Be sure you are counted. Be included on the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail at 2020census.gov
  • #BLM resources here and here.
  • For events happening after this weekend, see section below “Actions”.
  • POSTCARDS! Phonebanking! Textbanking! Letter Writing! and other great things to do!: Click here.

Sunday – 9/27 – ONLINE – “Spanish for Virtual Activists- (1:00-3:00 pm)

Facebook link here. Would you like to speak Spanish with voters when phone banking? Bienvenidos a Español para Activistas! Come join us online in learning Spanish phrases to help you when calling voters who prefer to speak in Spanish. This course is for volunteers with some Spanish, learned perhaps some time ago, who would like to refresh their knowledge or learn new vocabulary that is useful for talking about voting and election issues. Your Spanish doesn’t have to be perfect or even very good. Good enough will work because additional support from more advanced Spanish speakers is available when phone-banking. The Latinx community will appreciate your communicating in Spanish and it will make a difference. 

To enroll, Sign Up, and you will receive a confirmation email from Flip the West with the Zoom link and other information.  Please tell your friends about it so they may also join. Each class is limited to 14 people to make interaction in Spanish possible. We hope you can join but if you cannot at this time, know that it will be offered again in the future.

Sunday – 9/27 – ONLINE – “Spanish Language Phonebanking (1:00-3:00 pm)

Dates: 9/27, 9/28, 9/29, 9/30, 10/1, 10/2, 10/3, 10/4, 10/5, 10/6, 10/7, 10/8, 10/9, 10/10, 10/11, 10/12, 10/13, 10/14, 10/15, 10/16, 10/17, 10/18, 10/19, 10/20, 10/21, 10/22, 10/23, 10/24, 10/25, 10/26, 10/27, 10/28, 10/29, 10/30, 10/31, 11/1

Facebook link here.¡Bienvenidos a nuestras llamadas semanales en línea! Commit to Flip Blue, Democracy Action Marin, and Flip the West se han afiliado para organizar bancos telefónicos en español. Las llamadas se harán todos los días. Necesitamos su ayuda para llamar a votantes cuya lengua primaria es español. Queremos que se registren como votantes por correo y que apoyen a los candidatos del partido democrático para el Senado, la Casa Blanca y salvaguardar los escaños de la Cámara en CA.

Ya sea nuevo o experto en las campañas, tiene un lugar en nuestra campaña, que está impulsada por la gente. ¡La buena noticia es que es fácil aprender a usar las bancas telefónicas en línea! Si no ha hecho llamadas con una campaña, no se preocupe, ofrecemos entrenamiento. 

Qué sucederá: Se unirá a un “Centro de Banco de Teléfonos Virtuales” en Zoom. Ingresará a una sala virtual para entrenamiento, o irá directamente a una sala para hacer llamadas en español. El apoyo técnico estará continuamente disponible. Habrá oportunidades para conocer a sus compañeros del banco telefónico y para compartir sus historias de éxito y sus comentarios sobre la sesión...”

Sunday – 9/27 – ONLINE – Elect Biden-Harris & Flip the Senate (1-4pm)

Facebook link here. Public · Hosted by Greater Oxnard Organization of Democrats – GOOD ClubStonewall Democrats of Ventura County and Ventura County Democratic Party. Join Ventura County Democrats & the California Democratic Party for our official phonebank to flip the Senate and elect Joe Biden & Kamala Harris! Register here: https://www.mobilize.us/cadems/event/303583/ Each Sunday, we’ll be calling into one or two states for Democratic candidates for the Senate — and the Biden-Harris ticket! These are states where, if Joe wins, it’s likely we’ll win the Senate seat, too. And vice versa!We’ll be using the ThruTalk dialer system, and we’ll start the event with a training for those who need it. We will also have the “manual” phonebank, for those who prefer it.

Sunday – 9/27 – THOUSAND OAKS – BLM Art Protest (3-6pm)

Sunday – 9/27 – OXN. – PORT HUENEME – 2020 Census Caravan (1-5pm)

Facebook link here.

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Sunday – 9/27 – OXN. – Candlelight Vigil in honor of Breonna Taylor (6 pm)

Sept. 18-30th- VENTURA – Food Drive for local farm workers.

Watch – 111th NAACP National Convention – Conversation with Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris

(naacp.org) On Friday, September 25, the NAACP hosted a conversation with Vice Presidential Candidate Senator Kamala Harris. Moderated by CNN Commentator Angela Rye, the event included Leon W. Russell, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, and Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO, and other leaders.  Senator Harris will discuss the national reckoning on racism, the global pandemic and her vision for the future of America. “We are excited to have a real conversation with Vice Presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris about the current climate and where we need to go,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP. “In the closing of our national convention, we are eager to discuss her plans for the safety and well-being of our communities in America.

Action #1 – UPDATED! Actions for Breonna

This is a good interview with the Taylor family lawyer after the grand jury announcement.

Update 9/23/2020: Breonna Taylor Live Updates: One Officer Charged in Shooting. (NYTimes) “A grand jury indicted Brett Hankison on charges of wanton endangerment for his actions on the night of the shooting that killed Breonna Taylor. No other charges were announced.” What? Soon clarification followed.

Actions to take.

  • Sign this petition demanding the following:
    • The Mayor and City Council address the use of force by LMPD.
    • Fire and revoke the pensions of the officers that murdered Breonna. Arrest, charge, and convict them for this crime.
    • Provide all necessary information to a local, independent civilian community police accountability council #CPAC.
    • Create policy for transparent investigation process due to law enforcement misconduct. 
    • Drop all charges for Kenneth Walker, Breonna’s boyfriend, who attempted to defend them and their home. [DEMAND MET]
    • Release the 911 call to the public for accountability. [DEMAND MET]
    • Eliminate No Knock warrants
  • Post about Breonna: Follow instructions in the petition share it on your social media (the petition provides links).
  • Call/Email: Contact the investigative agencies, institutions and individuals in charge and repeat the demands listed in the petition. The contact information is provided in the petition.
  • Donate:
  • Read this statement from Black Lives Matter.
  • Read this statement from NAACP.
  • Read this statement from Movement For Black Lives

Action #2 – NAACP – “HOLD RBG’s SEAT!”

Call your Senators TODAY at 202-224-3121, and urge them to HOLD the Supreme Court seat open. The Senate must wait until a new President is sworn in.

Civil Rights Leaders Issue Statement on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy and the Supreme Court’s Critical Role in Protecting Civil Rights here. “…“We oppose any attempt by the president and the Senate to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat prior to the commencement of Congress’ new session and the presidential inauguration in January 2021. Any such effort is an affront to democratic principles and a violation of the trust of the American people who, at this very moment are voting in states all over this country to select their next president and senators, and it is only fitting that these newly-elected officials determine who will receive a lifetime seat on the most powerful and consequential court in the country.” (More here)

Action #3 – Urgent. “No” to confirming Sec. Chad Wolf, future “crimes against humanity” defendant.

Action here.

Action #4 – 5 actions for fairness and democracy.

Link to full post, with scripts and additional info. here:

  • Action #1 – When did pushing through judges become more important than helping hungry constituents? (Script here.)
  • Action #2 – Ask GOP senators not to vote for a replacement for RBG until a new president is seated. (tinyurl.com/Postcards-to-Hypocrites.) Activate your friends and family in GOP-controlled states to call and write their own GOP senators. (Script here.)
  • Action #3 – Ask all levels of government to pass a declaration that racism is a public health crisis. (Script here.)
  • Action #4 – Addition to “Help Wanted” post. Original Post here.  Addition to the 3rd task:  Email funders and ask them to form a network of wealthy progressives to pay off these fees for former felons in Florida, giving them back the right to vote. (Script here.)
  • Action #5 – Tell your legislators you support the “I am Vanessa Guillén Act.” (Script here.)

Action #5 – Additional actions to take today for Black Lives Matter

(From Indivisible National:) Here are a few things that elected officials and candidates can do right now:

  • Reading: 9/12/2020 – Statement by Patrisse Cullorss, Executive Director, Black Lives Matter Global Network in Response to Pat Robertson’s Comments on the Black Lives Matter Movement
  • Petition: Movement for Black Lives calls for “Congressional leadership to ensure that future action prioritize our communities over corporation and pushes back against the use of militarization in our communities as a response to this crisis.” Sign petition here.
  • Jacob Blake: Sign the Color of Change petition to demand the officer who shot Jacob “Jake” Blake in broad daylight is held accountable for attempting to take Jake’s life.
  • End “Qualified Immunity: Tell your representative you expect to see their names on the cosponsor list for  H.R.7085, the Ending Qualified Immunity Act. Under qualified immunity, government officials, including police officers, can only be sued if they “knowingly violate the law”. This much lower standard prevents many police officers from being held accountable in court.
    • Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to cosponsor H.R. 7085– the Ending Qualified Immunity Act
      • (Check herefor your rep.  – Brownley and Carbajal have NOT cosponsored this bill  yet.)
  • Resolution against Police Brutality: Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN-5) and Ayanna Pressley (MA-7) have introducedresolution in the House of Representatives condemning police violence. Call your representative and demand that they co-sponsor the resolution and speak out publicly about the need for the House to pass it without delay.
    • Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to support the Omar-Pressley resolution to condemn police brutality.
      • ( Brownley and Carbajal have NOT cosponsored this bill yet.
  • Stop taking money from police unions: Join Color of Change in the No Cash From Cops campaign, in asking our local, state, and federal officials to donate any police union campaign donations that they have received to bail funds and mutual aid organizations and to publicly commit to rejecting these funds in the future. Call, email, and tweet at them.
    • Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] I want to know if [___] has consigned the Color of Change pledge to refuse to take political donations from police unions or sheriff associations. Furthermore, is [___] willing to donate any contributions you have taken in the last year to Black-led community-strengthening initiatives.
  • Contact information for officials, from city to the feds, here.

Action #6 – Get your voter chain organized. 5 is a minimum. Then, go for more if you can! there is lots to do!

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  • POSTCARDS! Phonebanking! Textbanking! Letter Writing! and other great things to do!: Click here.

Action #7 – Thank our CA state legislators for AB 331 – “Ethnic Studies”

(Full post here.1st: Thank our state legislators: Thank your state legislators for having the courage to do what our national leaders can not. (Not sure how your people voted? Go here.)

Minimal script: I’m calling today from [zip code] and I would like to thank Assemblymember/State Senator [___] for voting to approve AB-331- “Pupil instruction…ethnic studies.

Contact: https://whoismyrepresentative.com  (put in your zip code)

2nd: Tell Newsom to sign AB-331: 9/14/2020: Current status: STILL NOT SIGNED! enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:00pm!

Contacts: Governor Gavin Newsom:email, (916) 445-2841

3rd: Call your federal legislators:Call your federal legislators and ask them what they’re going to do about the cuts to racial sensitivity training.

Contacts: Who is my representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Action #8: “YES” to a bill to define structural racism as a public health crisis

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Sen. Warren and Reps. Ayanna Pressley & Barbara Lee unveiled historic legislation today which confronts the public health impact of structural racism. “The Anti-Racism in Public Health Act of 2020,” the legislation is the first of its kind and would harness the power of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research health disparities and propose antiracist policies to eradicate racial divides in health outcomes. There is no number yet – read about it here, here and here.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I expect to see the name of  Rep./Sen. [___] as a cosponsor on the “The Anti-Racism in Public Health Act of 2020.

Contact: https://whoismyrepresentative.com  (put in your zip code)

Action #9: We demand formal censure against Rep. Scalese for stealing the voice of activist Ady Barkan.

See the full call action here.

Action #10: Pass these bills for BLM!

The House has already passed H.R. 7120 – The “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020” and H.R. 4  – The “Voting Rights Advancement Act“. The Senate versions: S.3912 – “Justice is Policing Act of 2020” and S.561  – “Voting Rights Advancement Act” have NOT been passed yet.

Call your senators to either thank ’em or spank ’em for their support and cosponsorship of these bills. (Thank Sens. Feinstein and Harris for already being cosponsored both. Check for yours here –  S.3912 and for S.561)

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to [ask/thank] Sen. [___] [to support/for supporting] S.3912 “Justice in Policing Act of 2020” and S.561  – “Voting Rights Advancement Act.”

Who is my representative/senator?:https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Action #11: Demand Justice for Jacob Blake 

There are a number of actions of actions – we gave them their own page here. Here’s a great graphic from our local Black Lives matter to share on your social media.

Action #12: Protect the US Postal Service, our election and basic democracy.

Action #13: NAACP – #DELIVERDEMOCRACY

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Sign their petition here. The NAACP has filed a federal lawsuit against the Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service for deliberately attempting to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service to obstruct voting by mail and to ensure a favorable outcome in the election.

These unprecedented attacks on the Postal Service serve to continuously disenfranchise voters of color, who are already more harshly impacted by coronavirus and require alternative methods to in-person voting in order to protect their health and safety.

Action #14 – Other actions to support the USPS!

Put pressure on the USPS Board of Governors and other actions described here.

Top 13 things you should know about our postal service! It is the leading employer of minorities (39%) and women (40%), and for three years in a row they were in Hispanic Business magazine’s annual “Diversity Elite 60” list of best companies for Hispanics, the only federal agency on the list. The USPS is also one of the largest employers of veterans, with more than 97,000.

📫 Tie a DARK BLUE RIBBON around your mailbox (or on your mail slot) to show solidarity and support to our postal carriers.
📫 Put a sign up in your yard or window that says #USPSForever.
📫 Call your representative and both senators and tell them not to pass any relief package that doesn’t contain funding for the USPS.
📫 And tell everyone who wants the Postal Service to survive to do the same.

Action #15 – VOTE! VENTURA COUNTY VOTERS – Answers here!

Watch this well-researched video from our dedicated NON-PARTISAN League of Women Voter members, who explain how voting will work in our county for the Nov. 3rd election. Please share this with those who are anxious or suspicious of the process. (BTW – The League is an awesome group that anyone can support and/or join, even the non-women out there.) For those who prefer a written informational sheet about this year’s voting format, go here.

  • Be absolutely sure you are eligible to vote. CA election center here.
  • For the November 2020 election, due to Covid-19, ALL CALIFORNIA VOTERS will automatically receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot, whether requested or not, INSTEAD of a sample ballot and you will be able to track it!

Action #17 – Black2thefuture.org – (3) Actions – HEROES ACT, PETITION, SOCIAL MEDIA

Indivisible Ventura has long admired this group’sThe Black Agenda 2020,” ( shorter summary here). Its principles for a just and thriving environment for the Black Community would also help the 40% of all Americans who are struggling to survive on crumbs from the tables of robber-barons and tattered safety nets. Their great Covid-19 Relief and Recovery Plan for Black Americaonline resistance package can be completed in 10 minutes or less. Click here for their action package, which includes:

  • HEROES ACT – CALL/EMAIL: Even if you’ve already called your senators to pass the HEROES Act before, it time to do it again with  black2thefutures’s terrific script. (Nice explainer here)  (The House passed their version on May 15th and the same GOP who slipped a $135 BILLION dollar giveaway to the wealthy into the CARES Act, are embracing austerity for the rest of us.   For convenience, we’re including their contacts below.) Contact: https://whoismyrepresentative.com  (put in your zip code)
  • HEROES ACT – Petition: Sign their petition here.
  • Share on your social media: Download their HEROES Act Toolket with graphics and videos.

Action #18 – CALL/Email Action!: “Then they came for the Democrats.” Actions to fight back.

People dismissed comparisons to the conditions that led to Hitler’s takeover, or the those that allowed Pinochet’s brutal regime of 17 years. But with people being kidnapped off the streets, and Trump announcing his power to ignore Congress, we are on historically perilous ground. But there is strength is numbers against the worst of tyrants. There are 7 actions  in this post you can take to add your strength to this fight, including

For senators: 

  • Tell your senators to vote for S.4220 – “Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on America’s Streets Act
  • Yes on S.3912 – Justice in Policing Act. (Check here – Thank Feinstein and Harris as cosponsors) (House version H.R. 7120 already passed.)

For representatives: 

  • Tell your legislators to actively support H.R.7711 “To require the display of certain identification for certain law enforcement officers
  • Tell your legislators to actively support HR. 7221 – “Prohibiting Law Enforcement Use of Chemical Weapons Act” and  S.4114 – “No Tear Gas or Projectiles Act.”
  • Yes on H.R. 1714 – Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act

Action #19 – CALL/Email Action!: In honor of John Lewis.

“Wake up, America, wake up! For we cannot stop, and we will not be patient.” – (3) Actions Link with more information and call scripts here: (3) actions in honor of John Lewis, including a petition and a call to your legislators.

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  • Rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after him.
  • Pass H.R. 4 /S.561  – Voting Rights Advancement Act and rename it as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act!
  • Sign this petition to Governor Kay Ivey. Almost half a million have signed on by this morning.

Action #20 – CALL/Email Action!: Urge your legislators to vote “YES” on the “Breathe Act”

Bill summery here:For decades, the federal government has incentivized mass criminalization through policies and funding programs that increase arrests, prison construction, hiring of police officers, and the militarization of police.  This funding has fueled the violent over-policing of Black people, while leaving social services and basic infrastructure that actually keep people safe woefully underfunded. The BREATHE Act proposes policy and funding that upends this violent reality. Policy is one of many tools at our disposal, and with this bill, we are creating a national standard of civil rights that will bring our demands into reality. We are not interested in someone else’s version of what is politically possible. We are interested in defending Black lives.” The bill doesn’t appear to have a number yet. 

Minimal script for representatives/senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen [___] to vote “YES” on Rep. Pressley and Tlaib’s BREATHE Act.

Action #21 – Additional calls: for information and scripts, go here.

Contact information for officials, from city to the feds, here.

  • Join in the boycott of Goya Foods!
  • Make discriminatory 911 Calls in CA a hate crime – “YES” on AB1550
  • Call your legislators about the ICE “Citizen Academy” boondoggle.
  • Make DC a state: Call your Senators and demand they cosponsor S.631 – Washington DC Admission Act
  • Send some postcards to ICE! – Stop these crimes against humanity now.
  • “NO” on throwing more money at the military: Call your senators and demand vote “NO” on S.4049 – the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
  • Bounty-Hunting: What are they going to do about reports that Trump ignored or dismissed Putin-funded Taliban bounty-hunting?
  • Rent is due on July 1st, and millions won’t be able to pay. Pass “HR 7301″ – Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020”. UPDATE: [H.R.7301 which waspassed by the House this week] CALL YOUR SENATORS!
  • Stop Water Shutoffs!: Send a letter to your Senators today demanding a nationwide moratorium on water shutoffs.
  • No more Tear Gas!: Call your legislators to make one’s right to protest safe from chemical warfare.”YES” on H.R. 7221 – “To prohibit law enforcement officers from using chemical weapons in the course of policing activities, and for other purposes.”
  • Poor People’s Campaign: Call your legislators to enact the planks of the Poor People’s Campaign
  • #Juneteenth – No more Excuses – Time to make Juneteenth a nation holiday. “YES” on HR 7232!
  • Yes on Reparations study: CALL ACTION #2: It’s past time to make amends! “YES” on HR 40/S.1038 – Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act.
  • No more contributions from law enforcement unions

Action #22 – Join the Poor People’s Campaign.

Both presidential candidates were invited to address the Poor People’s Campaign yesterday. Only Biden showed up, his full remarks outlining his plans for $15 min wage, universal healthcare, fully funded public education, pre-K to 12, free tuition at public universities, affordable housing as a right, & max of 7% of income for childcare. (watch full remarks here)

Join the We Must Do M.O.R.E. campaign here. (Mobilize, Organize, Register and Educate People for Movement that votes!) People are coming together to create a transformative moral agenda to fight systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the false moral narrative of religious nationalism into a powerful moral fusion movement that votes!

Check out all our “Watch Party” videos here.

Kindness alert – Protect and thank your essential workers!

“Grocery workers say morale is at an all-time low: ‘They don’t even treat us like humans anymore.’ 

New video to share with your friends:

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We heard that there was a workshop at Simi’s “Republican Values Center” to teach anti-maskers how to get into stores without their masks. Anti-masking is not just a political statement. It’s also a racialized one. We discuss this along with other facets of anti-masker mythology in our post today, but we also ask that you try out some of the listed methods of appreciation for the essential workers who help you today! Our post is here

Actions happening soon!

Friday- 9/25 – ONLINE – 111th NAACP National Convention – Conversation with Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris (2 PM ET / 11 AM PT)

9/29: Simi Valley Council PTA/PTSA School Board Candidate Forum!

Ask Indivisible Conejo if school board membership is an innocuous office…Know who you’re electing!

9/29: Tuesdays with Simi Valley Indivisible! Christy Smith for Congress!

Indivisible means just that. We work together with each other and with other community organizations that share our values. Indivisible Ventura members have “died” on lawns in from the former Rep. Steve Knight’s office alongside resisters from Los Angeles and beyond and we celebrated together (pre-pandemic!) when he was gone. Now, Katie Hill’s seat, the one that we fought so hard for, has gone to a Devin Nunes clone – Mike Garcia, due to a low voter turnout. Back to work! We need Christy Smith to take this district back!

Join Simi Valley Indivisible their Tuesday night phonebank! Each phonebank will start with a Zoom training then phonebanking to elect local Democrats! Meet new friends and help change our community. Link here.

Wednesday 9/30 – ONLINE – Santa Paula Education Candidate Forum (6pm-8:30 pm)

Facebook Link here. The Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, Santa Paula Latino Town Hall, and LULAC District 17 invite community residents in Santa Paula and the Santa Clara Valley to participate in a virtual local candidate forum with candidates for Santa Paula School Board Candidates and Ventura County Community College District Area 3. .
The forum will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 6:00 P.M. -8:00 P.M. Candidates for school board begin at 6:00p.m. and college trustee candidates start at 7:00 P.M. Candidates only will be present in the Santa Paula City Council Chambers, socially distanced and will be wearing masks. This forum will focus on educational issues the candidates hope to address as trustees of the Santa Paula Unified School District and Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees, Area 3. The candidates will share their vision and goals as well as take questions from the public that can be submitted in advance to candidatesquestionssp@gmail.com and at the time of the forum. Spanish interpretation will be provided. The event will also be live streamed on Facebook, kadytv.com and local Channel 10 for Santa Paula residents.

Wednesday 9/30 – Oxnard – Drive-up Flu Vaccine Event (12-6 pm)

Facebook link here. Public Health and Emergency Medical Services are offering flu shots at no charge on September 30 from 12 to 6 pm. 

Friday. 9/25 – Local LWV Candidate Forums – Mark your calendars! Port Hueneme candidates on tonight! (6:30-8:30)

Bookmark this site! The League of Women Voters of Ventura County will be holding online forums for local races in Ventura Country. ALL candidates have been invited to participate, and the public is invited to watch, either live or on recordings. (CA Senate District 19 candidate forum already available.) Before each event, you can register to participate as an attendee and submit questions for the moderator to consider. To guarantee they have time to view your submission, it is suggested that you submit your question 24 hrs. ahead of time.

Forums this week:

  • Monday, Sept. 21: REGISTER  6:30 – 8:00 PM   Camarillo City Council (both districts 3 & 4) – Co-hosted by Camarillo Chamber of Commerce DONE
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22:
    • REGISTER     5:00 – 6:00 PM       Ventura City Council District 2
    • REGISTER     6:30 – 7:30 PM       Ventura City Council District 3
    • REGISTER     8:00 – 9:00 PM       Ventura City Council District 7 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23:
    • REGISTER     6:00 – 7:15 PM       Simi Valley City Council (both districts 1 & 3)
    • REGISTER     7:30 – 9:00 PM       Simi Valley Mayor 
  • Thursday, Sept. 24:
    • REGISTER     6:30 – 7:30 PM       Ojai City Council District 4
    • REGISTER     8:00 – 9:00 PM       Ojai Mayor 
  • Friday, Sept. 25
    • REGISTER     6:30 – 8:00 PM       Port Hueneme City Council

Wednesday 10/7 – ONLINE – Justice is on the ballot. A Town Hall on CA Ballot Propositions. (6:00-7:30pm)

Facebook link here. Hosted by The Greenlining Institute. Register here.

There’s no mistaking that racial justice is on the ballot this November. From restoring equal access to opportunity and voting rights to defeating Prop. 20, a measure that would bolster mass incarceration; we must vote to protect our future and communities. Join Greenlining and other leading racial justice experts for a thought-provoking discussion on how our vision for a just future depends on our vote this November. We’ll explore how Yes on Prop. 16, Yes on Prop. 17, and No on Prop. 20 can fundamentally transform our economy, society, and our state if we center racial equity. Tickets to the event are free. For more information, check out our endorsement guide.

Wednesday 10/7 – ONLINE – Vice Presidential Debate (6:00-7:30pm)

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Facebook link here. Hosted by Laguna Beach Democratic Club, Democratic Party of Orange County and OC Veterans Democratic Club

  • Location: The University of Utah in Salt Lake City. As of now, the university has not reversed its decision to hold this debate.
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific time
  • Moderator: Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today
  • Details: The debate will be 90 minutes long and have no commercial breaks. It will be divided into nine segments of 10 minutes each.

Sun – 11/27 – OXNARD – Swap Meet Justice – Free Citizenship Fair on the LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH – Cancelled due to COVID closure of Oxnard College Marketplace.

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(The Oxnard Community Marketplace is still closed down due to the pandemic, earliest estimate in November 8th, which puts off our next appearance to November 29th.)

More information here on how to volunteer to help, or to get immigration paperwork, including citizenship application, renewals for DACA and green cards, done under the oversight of volunteer local immigration attorneys and accredited representatives. This fair is cosponsored by CLUE-VC, Ventura Co. Legal Aid, El Concilio Family Services, UFW, SEIU 721, and community volunteers

  • Due to DHS rulings, NO NEW DACA applicationscan be taken at this time.
  • DACA fees remain the same ($495), but now you need to renew EVERY YEAR.
  • Green Card Renewals reduced by $10
  • Citizenship UP by 80% to over $1000!!!!

Petitions/Funding

Additional petitions here.

Add your voice to the #FreeTianna protest

Haven’t heard of the arrest and imprisonment of SLO protest leader Tianna Arata? After a July 21st march for Black Lives Matter, the young advocate for peaceful protest and recent speaker at a local NAACP rally, has been charged with five felonies “as the organizer and march leader of last night’s protest,” while the drivers who deliberately aimed their vehicles into protesters have gone uncharged. Other protesters are accusing local police of targeting her as a #BLM organizer and are holding her legally responsible for the actions of all demonstrators, in a move that, according to Newsweek, could result in her facing up to 15 years in prison. “There was no riot,” a woman named Mel, who identifies herself as Arata’s best friend, told Newsweek. “It was a beautiful, peaceful protest filled with Black and Brown joy.

Sign this petition here to the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover her legal fees, #FREETIANNA

Sign the petition for Guillen!

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Sign the petition here. There are currently over 1,030,000 signatures!

ACLU petition  – CONGRESS: END POLICE MILITARIZATION AND OVER-POLICING IN OUR COMMUNITIES NOW.

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Sign this petition.  “The tragic and unnecessary killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade – and countless Black people at the hands of law enforcement – confirms what we’ve known for too long: Lawmakers must take serious action to fix the racist policing systems in our country.

Police militarization is not the answer. Police in our schools is not the answer. The over-policing of our communities – where Black and Brown people are criminalized, targeted, and killed – is not the answer. The only way to fix the brutality and violence of police in America is to divest from it as an institution. That is why we must call on Congress to end the Department of Defense’s 1033 program, the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) grants, and to rein in Byrne JAG (Justice Assistance Grant) grants – as long as it continues to perpetuate police violence and harm against.”

Ventura, CA: Freedom of Speech!

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Petition here. The city of Ventura, Ca requires “Free Speech Permits”. It cost $25 to apply and the website states any event, “that impact City streets, sidewalks, parking lots, public property, airways, public buildings, and traffic require a City permit. Many private properties also require City permits for special activities that have the potential to impact the public-right-of-way.”

The right to free speech and the right to assemble is protected by the United States Constitution under the first amendment. The first amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Notice how it says “free exercise thereof”? How is a $25 fee to apply for a free speech permit constitutional?

Tell ICE: #FreeTheFamilies

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Sign this petition to demand you comply with Judge Dolly Gee’s order to release all children who have been detained for more than 20 days by July 17th and that all family members and guardians of detained children be released as well with their children. Not ONE child should be separated from their families!

Amnesty International and RAICES petitions here.

A gofundme has been organized for the the farm workers now in quarantine.

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An outbreak of COVID-19 has left at least 176 residents and staff members infected at a farmworker housing facility in Ventura County. Of the 216 tests administered to people affiliated with the facility, more than 80% returned positive.” (LATimes)

Proceeds will be used to aid the farm workers who are now unemployed & receive no benefits. They will have medical expenses and bills to pay. They have picked the food that sits on our tables, now we can help put food on theirs.

OUR GENTE NEEDS US!!! SIEMPRE UNIDOS!!! Link here.

Featured Resources

Share this video on your social media. It’s hilarious!

Watch and share widely “CENSOmientos de mi Corazón,” the tale of achieving an accurate count, all in the name of love. This fun and informative video (in Spanish with English subtitles) was a collaboration between Child Development Resources of Ventura County, Inc., and Teatro de las Americas. Our local talent is awesome!

Share the basics of “Defund the Police” with your fearful friends!

Sharing some art for justice.

Download some art to be used for justice actions here.

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Sharing some memes.

QAnon, a toxic Pro-Trump conspiracy theory, is currently hijacking the #SaveTheChildren fundraising campaign to promulgate their own baseless accusations against Democrats and other enemies of Trump, who they claim are involved in child sex- trafficking. Their targets include Hillary Clinton Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey and Pope Francis, and improbably, companies like Wayfair. Their nonsense actually led an armed man to storm a pizza place, demanding that they free children from their non-existant basement (Pizzagate). Please, if you see people on your media feed getting all excited by #SaveTheChildren, those who are normally complaining about #BlackLivesMatter, immigrants, or having to wear masks, go ahead and share the links above and these lovely graphics.

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“If you’re pulled over…”

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  • “Pulled Over is inspired by current events. The app hopes to serve as a tool for the right people at the right time. If you have been pulled over, you can easily launch the app, and with a single hold of a button you are able to launch your native camera app and start recording the situation. You can then notify your preset emergency contact of your situation and current location in case they feel like they need to help. The video can also be shared with the rest of the Pulled Over community to raise awareness of both good and bad experiences. Users can take the opportunity to Call for Action or find and share videos of exemplary police officers.

We believe that technology can be used to make a big difference. Let’s together make a better world for everyone. “

Have any questions or want to find ways of helping out?
Contact the Pulled Over developer at: aaditya.agrawal36@gmail.com

Send your unwanted luggage to a new home!

Instead of offering unwanted items, like luggage, for free on free/barter websites, consider donating them to local groups, such as the Coalition for Domestic Harmony (aka Battered Women Shelter) in Ventura, because they are still collecting donations and they can make excellent use of your unwanted items. People arae listing very good items in the local D&D group wanting nothing in exchange. If it’s just that you don’t want to drive to donate your items, did you know BW will do a pick up at your house for free? Call (805) 643-4411 to request a pick up.

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Free meal delivery for seniors or with a disability. 

“Please share! Are you a senior who is sheltering in place or do you know one who needs meals delivered? Who qualifies for enrollment into the program? (Full FAQ’s here)

  • Individuals who are 65 or older, or 60-64 and at high-risk as defined by the CDC, including:
    • Individuals who are COVID-19 positive (as documented by a state/local public health official or medical health professional),
    • Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 (as documented by a state/local public health official or medical health professional), or
    • Individuals with an underlying condition.
  • Individuals must live alone or with one other program-eligible adult
  • Participants must not be currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs
  • Participants must earn no more than 600% of the federal poverty limit
  • Individuals must affirm an inability to prepare or obtain meals

Our local restaurants are preparing these healthy meals through a grant from FEMA. More participants have been approved from 1800 to 2500. More on the program here. Apply here.

Volunteers are also welcomed.

A free face mask for everyone who needs one. 

The Activ(ist)Wear brand DHVANI is giving a free mask to anyone in the United States who requests one. All masks are 100% free and paid for by donations. Learn more here. https://www.gofundme.com/f/MasksForAll

If you’d like a free mask, go here: https://DHVANI.com/FreeMasks

If you can pay $10 for a mask to help fund others, go here. All proceeds go to helping provide masks for others.

The pandemic has left millions hungry. This group helps people get food benefits fast, by text.

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In the past six years, this nonprofit has helped more than 700,000 people across the country connect to potentially lifesaving benefits by texting the word “food” to the number 74544. Their website is  here. WAPO article here.

Resource: Kids and Trauma/ Race Trauma/ COVID-19 Isolation 

Read here.

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FYI: Outside rallies, with masks, are “moderate-low” risk. 

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Aid for those impacted by COVID-19

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Facebook photo here. Website here.

Have you been laid off or have your work hours been impacted due to COVID-19? You may be eligible to receive up to $800 in supportive services assistance for housing, utilities, childcare, transportation, and telework equipment, such as a computer or internet. For more information and to apply for the COVID-19 Support Services Program, visit venturacountyajcc.org or call 805-204-5186.

Ethnic Studies Webinars

An archived broadcast can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation/videos/768846657195648/

Read and consider how this can apply here.

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Poor People’s Campaign

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Read the Poor People’s Campaign platform here.

More Racial Justice resources here. Extensive BLM resources, including donation sites, onlines classes, Black-owned businesses, reading/watching lists and more.

COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Plan for Black America

Black2thefuture

“For too long, Black people have had to work twice as hard to barely get half as far in America. The rules of the economy, our democracy, and our society are rigged — and as a result, Black communities are falling farther behind.

COVID-19 has exposed the connection between rigged rules and their impacts on our families: Black people are infected at higher rates, and comprise the majority of deaths from the disease in many cities across America.We need a plan for Black communities that protects our families, provides access to the care we need, and that builds new infrastructure to address the crises facing us. It’s time to change the rules, and make new ones that protect and strengthen our communities. The Black Agenda 2020 is a roadmap for making Black people powerful in all aspects of our lives.To flatten the curve and level the playing field, Congress must adopt the following Black Agenda2020 priorities immediately.”

SIGN UP YOUR FRIENDS TO VOTE – Color of Change

Our history is rife with injustice and we’ve got a ways to go before all Black people are free from systemic racism. But now more than ever, I encourage you to honor and celebrate the legacy of Black resilience and freedom by making sure you and your community members are registered to vote.

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