Thu – 2/21: Keeping on the pressure.

Thanks to the over 200 protesters who showed up Monday, Presidents’ Day!  (KEYT)(VC Star)(VCStar)(VC Star images) You were amazing! And we were not alone!

Action #1 – Call your friends and family in Red states & ask them to call their legislator’s offices.

Why should we have all the fun? Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) introduced a joint resolution of termination to end Trump’s national emergency declaration and already has 92 cosponsors. So these are the rules: If this passes in the House, the Senate has to vote on it within 18 days. If the resolution passes both chambers and the president vetoes it, then a two-thirds majority is necessary to override it. So how do we get from here to there?

  • In the House, Democrats have a 235-197 majority . For a veto-proof  2/3rds vote with all members present, we would need 53 Republicans to join in.
  • In the Senate, Democrats/Independents are down by 47 to 53. We would need 4 Republican votes to pass and 22 Senators who’ve relocated their civic duty to be veto-proof.

Who are the most persuadable?
For senators, those listed below are the best bets, but try them all. Really, all they want is to get re-elected, so have your family and friends prove to them that they are active voters.

“Oppose” -At least eight GOP senators  have said they oppose the national emergency declaration – which doesn’t guarantee a vote but it’s a start. They are: Sens. Lamar Alexander (TN), Collins (MN), Murkowski (AK), Paul (KY), Rubio (FL), Sasse (NE), Thom Tillis (NC)  and Toomey (PA)

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Wed – 2/20: New “Courage Scores” for our state legislators! Click & Thank!

(CA Indivisible leaders just got back from a Summit meeting in Los Angeles, and we’re sharing some of the great information we talked about.)

Action – Thank our state legislators for voting for us. It’s easy! 

Today, 2/20, is the rollout of the latest Courage Scores for our state legislators (2018). This gives us a chance to see how our Democratic representatives are translating our progressive values into votes. Lucky us, ours are “A” legislators! Some, however, are voting like Republicans, and have been awarded Hall of Shame “F” status. (No actual Republicans are counted in this process.)

(From CourageScore) “Courage Scores grade California state legislators on their political courage, revealing how well they stand up for their constituents over corporate lobbyists that exploit Californians, particularly the poor, disadvantaged, or communities of color.

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Tues – 2/19: 4 civil rights activities – learn, join in!

Tonight – Meeting – “Police and White Supremacy” Panel

Hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ Ventura County and TheLAB
Facebook link, 7 PM – 8:30 PM (see note below for new attendees),
11137 Azahar St, Ventura, California 93004

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Tues 2/19: Buzz through this action on bees…

Action – Email your legislators to ask them to stop the EPA’s policy of granting large exceptions for the spraying of apicidal pesticides.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported last week that in 2018 it issued so-called “emergency” approvals to spray sulfoxaflor—an insecticide that scientists as well as the agency itself consider to be “very highly toxic” to bees—on more than 16 million acres of crops known to attract bees.

Read this article here. The video below shows one aspect of what is happening to the bees when exposed to these types of chemical pesticides.

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Tues 2/19: More actions against the wall!

Thanks to the over 200 protesters who showed up yesterday!  (KEYT)(VC Star)(VCStar)(VC Star images) You are amazing!

Action #1 & 2 – Tell your legislator we support their use of “every remedy available” to stop this wall boondoggle.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, confirmed in a tweet Friday that she and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, plan to introduce a joint resolution to terminate the emergency declaration, something House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said Thursday that he fully supports.

Minimal Script #1 for all legislators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I support Rep./Sen. [__] efforts to use every remedy available, including voting for a resolution of disapproval for the president’s false declaration of an emergency and to engage in a lawsuit if necessary to stop this process.

Minimum script #2 for senators only:  I’m calling from [zip code] and I want /Sen. [__] to know that I support the RAIDER Act of 2019

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Mon – 2/18 – This is no ordinary Presidents’ Day! Come out and roar!

“…that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”. (Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address)

Action #1 – Join us on Presidents Day— Today – Monday (2/18) from noon to 1:30pm

We’ll be at the corner of Victoria and Telephone in Ventura in front of the Government Center (800 S Victoria Ave, Ventura) (Share this Facebook link: here)

Bring your flags, signs, dress in red, white, and blue – and show what real patriots look like!

If you aren’t within driving distance of Ventura, look here for your nearest event. There are over 260 protests happening at 12 noon all across America!

  • Remind our legislators that we expect them to protect us from a nonsense campaign slogan run amok.
  • Remind our legislators that we expect them to protect the people, animals and environment from the harm this wall would cause.
  • Remind our legislators that we expect them to protect our tax money from being wasted on a vanity project.
  • Remind our politicians that when this debacle is recorded in the history books, they’re getting one chance to be described as the heroes who saved our system of checks and balances.  Continue reading “Mon – 2/18 – This is no ordinary Presidents’ Day! Come out and roar!”

Stop the #FakeNationalEmergency! Presidents’ Day Protest Ventura

Share, share, share the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2474989142574688/ – we need a HUGE turnout! This is a NATIONAL EVENT!

Join us on Presidents Day—Monday, 2/18 from noon to 1:30pm— on the corner of Victoria and Telephone in Ventura in front of the Government Center (800 S Victoria Ave, Ventura)

Bring your flags, signs, dress in red, white, and blue – and show what real patriots look like!

Donald Trump has declared a #FakeNationalEmergency—an illegal power grab from an unhinged man to push his racist, dangerous policies.

Let’s be clear: Trump is the real national emergency. In crisis moments like this—when a president abuses power so egregiously—how the citizenry responds in the immediate aftermath can shape the course of our country’s history. That’s why MoveOn members and allies are launching hundreds of events all across the country.

Together, we will say NO to Trump’s power grabs, NO to his racist border wall, NO to xenophobia, and NO to HATE.

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