#BLM protests and other antiracist things to do…

Today’s Local Actions – Thursday 7/9  – “Continue on” Edition

Check out all our “Watch Party” videos here.

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.

Today’s CALL/email Actions! 

Junipero Serra Statue Action

Whose history counts? Write Ventura City Councilmembers to relocate the Serra Statue! Get ready for the next meeting on Wed. July 15.

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Although Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere, Father Tom Elewaut of Mission San Buenaventura and Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, tribal chair of the Barbareno/Ventureno Band of Mission Indians (Chumash), had already agreed that the statue of Junipero Serra should be transferred from City Hall to the mission grounds where he belongs, a contentious city council meeting spooked some council members to abandon this civilized solution, and punt their decision to a later meeting on a CEQA technicality (Wed. July, 15th) or even to a costly public vote.

Taking down monuments does not erase history. On the contrary, it signals a deep societal awakening where people are willing to learn and confront the truths of our past. This statue actually presents two problems, as both an icon for a specific religion in front of a seat of secular government and as a colonizer of California’s native population. (VCReporter) “[Tumamait-Stenslie] hopes those who might not understand why the statue is being removed will consider that while Serra “is an iconic figure representing a lot of history,” that the Chumash people had a history that is not being told. “That was a very dark time for our family, and it continues past the missionization [era]. It went on… and it continues.” 

“History has just changed to a different color, with different protagonists. Now we are not getting punished, we have the freedom to move about. We’ve found our voice to speak freely about our concerns and advocate for our culture.’”

Let’s do our part:

Write to our local city councilmembers – all of them and tell them that it’s past time to make this right for our Chumash neighbors. Obviously the city managed without such a statue up until 1936, and if it hadn’t been for a Depression WPA grant for artists, we’d be living in a Serra-statue-free environment now. Ask them to remove this monument and convey it to the grounds of his own creation – the San Buenaventura Mission. There is also an interior wood statue that should be returned to its owner, as it is on loan to the city. (Attachment “C” of the City’s July 7 Staff Report regarding Agenda Item #12A.) Feel free to give them some creative ideas with what to do, if anything, with the traffic island space the statue leaves behind. Maybe it’s time for a grant for an artist of this century to create something new.

The Camarillo City Council blinked when it came to affirming “Black Lives Matter.”

On the bright side, the community has a list of districts that need new, better, councilmembers!  

From an alert observer:

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I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice” Dr. MLK

Last night Kevin Kildee, Tony Trembley, and Charlotte Craven were the white moderates who failed miserably at acknowledging the trauma and pain of the Black community. It was painful to observe white discomfort being protected while silencing the voice of Black people.”  A watered-down version was passed instead.

Make discriminatory 911 Calls in CA a hate crime – “YES” on AB1550

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Rob Bonta Please join with me to stop discriminatory 911 Calls in California! AB1550 will provide justice for victims and impose accountability on 911 callers motivated by an individual’s race, religion, sex, or any other protected class by designating such calls as hate crimes.

“The intent of AB 1550 is not to discourage individuals who are facing real danger or who seek to report a crime in good faith from calling 911. Instead, this bill could protect millions of Californians from becoming targets of hate and prevent the weaponization of our law enforcement against communities of color.”

The bill has passed the Assembly (Limón and Irwin voted ‘YES.” See all votes here.) It has now been re-referred to the CA Senate Committee on Public Safety, of which our Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is a member.

Minimal script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want state senator [___] to vote “YES” on AB 1550 – Stop Discriminatory 911 Calls in CA.

Minimal script for our assembly members  I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Assemblymember [___] for voting “YES” on AB 1550 – Stop Discriminatory 911 Calls in CA.

Contacts:
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19)
SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940 email
State Assemblymember Monique Limón (CA-37):SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700 email
State AssemblymemberJacqui Irwin (CA-44):SAC (916) 319-2044 CAM (805) 482-1904 email
Not your people?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Urge your legislators to vote “YES” on the “Breathe Act”

Summary of the act by Movement for Black Lives here. This bill was introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib and it’s discussed in the video below of the bill unveiling that happened on Tuesday.

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.

Contact

Rep. Julia Brownley: email(CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal:
email.(CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231-4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Who is my representative/senator?:https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Actions happening soon!

Friday –7/10 – ONLINE – 13th Documentary Panel discussion – How we got here. (7 pm)

Complete description on Facebook event here.

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Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. Please join us for a discussion of race in America today, how we got here, and what we need to do now!

The documentary 13th is currently available for free on YouTube and is on Netflix.
Please view before the event. RSVP for Panel Discussion here:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYqfumhpzksHNOHS3DytgJOzvV_F7jxlJDm

Saturday –7/11 – LOMPOC – Lompoc Federal Complex Caravan Protest (11:30 am in Lompoc)

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There is a Peaceful Caravan Protest happening on July 11, 2020! Lompoc Federal Complex’s deliberate indifference to the risk of disease violates the Constitution, and puts both those in prison and the surrounding community at risk. Join in solidarity to demand the release of qualified Prisoners and widespread proper protections.

Tuesday –7/14 – ONLINE – Hear Our Stories: DACA in Context (6:00-7:30pm

Facebook link here.

imageJoin us as we hear from those on the frontlines fighting for those in our DACA and immigrant community.

Jose Barrera (California LULAC Deputy Director) – Moderator
Assemblywoman Monique Limón
Jorge Reyes Salinas (Communications Director – CA Assembly)
Mayela Morales (VCYD)
Nidia Bello (CAUSE)

Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvdOyppzovGdITkR3O8eWfDRTX2qrWR5Gn

Sunday –7/17 – ONLINE – Unite We Dream: Fight Back and Win in Your Local Community (2pm EST)

Link here

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Local government has power to influence our daily lives. But we have the power to influence their decisions.

It is time that local governments TRULY recognize the undocumented communities in a holistic way, not just for our labor. We deserve real protections not empty statements, and we deserve real allocation of resources for all of our needs, such as housing, healthcare, education, and more.

RSVP and join us for an interactive webinar with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center to learn about the three clear ways local governments can protect our undocumented community and how YOU can take action to pressure local government to protect us

Sunday –7/19 – ONLINE – CADEM Virtual Day of Action for Christy Smith for Congress, CA-25 (1 – 4pm)

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Link here. Democrats in California like YOU energized the nation in 2018 by flipping seven Congressional districts from red to blue! But sadly, one of these districts flipped back to the GOP earlier this year — CD-25 in Southern California. We cannot let this stand.

Monday –7/20 – ONLINE – Ibram X. Kendi “How to be an Anti-Racist (7-8 pm EDT)

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Free online event. Register here.

2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. The conversation will be streamed live online on Crowdcast, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope, and will air on PGCC TV on a later date.Praised as “The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind” (New York Times), Kendi’s groundbreaking work has provided a major new counterpoint in the national conversation about race in America and resonates in this, our collective moment of reckoning. 

Petitions

Additional petitions here.

Ventura, CA: Freedom of Speech!

Petition here.

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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.

JUSTICE FOR AMANI KILDEA

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Please sign this petition to the Prosecutors Office of Morris County and Governor Phil Murphy. Amani Kildea was a 20 year old man found hanging in a tree in Morristown, NJ. His death, without investigation, was ruled a suicide. Amani has goals and dreams to be in the FBI or CIA one day. He was set to attend James Madison University in the fall of 2020.

#JusticeForMassaiCole (Hate Crime Enhancement)

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This petition is for 18 year old Massai Cole, a native of Ventura, killed 18 days before his 19th Birthday in Moreno Valley, CA by 2 white supremacy first cousins at one of his best friend’s party. So far, the courts are not treating his death as a hate crime and his case isn’t getting the public attention it deserves. We are asking for Darren & Jared Zesk (first cousins) to be charged with a Hate Crime Enhancement in the murder of Massai Jevon Cole 02/19/01 – 02/01/20.

Monroe County Prosecutor Erika Oliphant – Arrest and prosecution of Jerry Cox, Ian Cherco and Sean Purdy.

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If you missed this story in the news of an attack and threatened lynching on a young Black man named Vauhxx Booker, here’s a couple of links. (Wapo), (The Bloomingtonian)(indystar.com)

That the attackers posed for the camera, demonstrates their firm conviction that they are untouchable.

Sign this petition to tell them that’s not how any of this works anymore and to inform the local county prosecutor that the world is watching.

You can also call/email the Monroe County Prosecutor Erika Oliphant directly and ask her to swiftly act to bring these individuals to justice.
eoliphant@co.monroe.in.us (812) 349- 2670

HOLD THE US ARMY ACCOUNTABLE: Justice for Vanessa Guillen

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Sign the petition 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.

Cut Ties with the Fraternal Order of Police

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Read/sign the petition here.

(Color of Change) TO: All elected officials and candidates for office

 The continued violence against Black, brown, and Native communities at the hands of ‘law enforcement’ is disgraceful. Police unions are in the business of defending the most consistent murderers and abusers and creating obstructions to justice.

We are urging you to stand on the right side of history: refuse to take any political donations from police unions or sheriff associations and donate any contributions you have taken in the last year to Black-led community-strengthening initiatives.”

Calls for Justice!

For more information and scripts, go here.

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

  • 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 was passed 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

Featured Resources

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.

July 6-10th TRAINING – High School Students to work for youth voter participation.

The Civic Center’s Future Voters Action Week (FVAW) is a 5-day, virtual workshop that trains a select group of dedicated high school students and 2020 graduates to lead efforts to improve youth voter participation. Participants from around the country develop personalized Public Narratives and action plans to lead drives during High School Voter Registration Week. Applications are now open for the next session: July 6-10th from 12:00 – 1:30pm PT / 3:00 – 4:30pm ET.  FVAW takes place entirely over Zoom. There is no cost to apply or to participate, and required program materials will be available online.  Let’s make sure this information gets to those who can use it: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtsf4AyMPVWq2BaHljDazgXRX3jTay35uBF2prTR_lp0en5A/viewform

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 Webinar starts July 7!

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UPDATE: Our series of virtual ethnic studies webinars and lessons will launch July 7, and more special guests have been announced!

This series of webinars will feature the four foundational groups of ethnic studies: Africana Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano Latino Studies, and Native American Studies. The series will feature prominent leaders and educators from each discipline to provide lectures during the webinars.

More details will be announced in the coming days! In the meantime, you can read more here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr20/yr20rel52.asp
So far, confirmed special guests include:

  • Assemblymember James C. Ramos, co-founder of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ Cultural Awareness Program and director of the California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference at California State University, San Bernardino
  • Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta
  • Dr. Karen Korematsu, educator, civil rights advocate, and daughter of late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu
  • Assemblymember Jose Medina, who drafted legislation to make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement
  • Assemblymember Shirley Weber, a professor emeritus and co-founder of Africana Studies at San Diego State University

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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Additional Petitions

(6/9 – Update) TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Sign this petition for Victoria, one of our own! Call our senators!

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(6/9 – Update): According to Victoria’s attorney, your messages of love and support you’ve added along with your names on the petition site mean the world to Victoria and her family. Thank you for your kindness, Ventura County! America is happy to extract the labor of immigrants, but we won’t give the hardworking essential workers who make our lives more comfortable the basic dignity and security they need. LA Times article here.

  • Sign the petition for Victoria here. All actions to help her here.
  • Make a call/email:
    • Minimal script: Please grant Victoria Galindo’s June 1st stay of removal application. Allowing her to remain with her family. She is an essential worker who is valued by her community. 

Contacts:
Senator Kamala Harris: (310) 231-4494
Senator Dianne Feinstein (310) 914-7300

Results – You make things change!

A RUNNING CROWDSOURCED LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY 2020 UPRISING SINCE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD 

5/26 – 4 officers fired for murdering George Floyd – Minneapolis, MN
5/28 – Univ of Minn cancels contract, including commercial and research contracts, with police – Minneapolis, MN
5/28 – 3rd Precinct Police station neutralized by protestors – Minneapolis, MN
5/28 – ATU Local 1005 refuses to bring police officers to the protests, or transport arrested protesters, Minneapolis, MN
5/29 – Activists commandeer hotel to provide shelter to homeless – Minneapolis, MN
5/29 – Officer Chauvin who killed George Floyd arrested – Minneapolis, MN
5/29 – Louisville Mayor suspends “no-knock” warrants in response to police’s 3/12 #BreonnaTaylor killing and subsequent protests – Louisville, KY……(List continues here.)

Upping our power – Voting/Census

Phone Bank with SURJ 

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Will you sign up to phone bank white voters on June 4th? The head of the Minneapolis Police Union sells “Cops for Trump” t-shirts, has been applauded by the President on Twitter, and spoke at a Trump rally. The violence people face will be worse, and the possibility to make the changes needed will only be harder, under another 4 years of the Trump administration. We need to show up big this election year to ensure white voters don’t re-elect Trump.

Be sure your power level is set to maximum by filling out your census form!

Current stats as of 7/2/20

National                61.8%
California              63.0%
Ventura County   70.7%
Camarillo              77.9%
Fillmore                 66.3%
Moorpark              77.9%
Ojai                         68.1%
Oxnard                   62.7%
Port Hueneme      62.6%
Santa Paula            67.9%
Simi Valley             75.9%
Thousand Oaks     77.1%
Westlake Village   76.3%
Ventura                  70.3%

The most powerful political action you can take today is to fill in your census form online. #shapeyourfuture. If you haven’t filled yours out (busy!!!) or you know someone who may have questions, or is having trouble finishing it, check out our site or the official site here.

Maximum power level – Register to vote by mail and then…DO IT!

The bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both.” – President Obama

(Read“Trump made Florida his official residence. He may have also made a legal mess.)

Here’s the easy way. Here’s the official state site. You need to re-register to vote when:

  • You change your name, or
  • You change your political party choice or
  • You change your address.

To register to vote in California, you must be:

To pre-register to vote in California, you must:

  • Be 16 or 17 years old, and
  • Meet all of the other eligibility requirements to vote.
  • You will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.

Resources

  • Racial Justice resources here. Extensive BLM resources, including donation sites, onlines classes, Black-owned businesses, reading/watching lists and more.
  • DACA: Go here for more information on latest ruling and what to do now. Free Citizenship fair on 7/26 an OXNARD COLLEGE.
  • Community resources here. Volunteer opportunities, donations, food banks.
  • County information here: Free antibody testing info., safety net resources, mortgage/rent assistance, etc..
  • Emergency information: Emergency Preparedness Guide,
  • Coronavirus : information, stats, tracker: here.
  • Advisory: Masks are required in CA. Specific instructions here.
  • Help us update info:  Send “EVENT” in email header here

Independence Day reading:

  • Read the full text of the Declaration of Independence. There’s are some astonishing, wonderful and terrible phrases contained in the parts beyond “We hold these truths to be self-evident.
  • The right wraps itself in the flag, but this year the left are the Fourth of July patriots.” (Salon)
  • Pulling down statues? It’s a tradition that dates back to U.S. independence” (National Geographic)
  • Colonists drove the revolution from the bottom up, and they challenged power structures of every sort.” (Washington Post)
  • On the Fourth of July, ask when patriotism became synonymous with selfishness” (NBC)

 

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