Tues 1/21: Inquiring minds want to know: Do the president’s lawyers really need 24 hours to say two words over and over again?

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The trial of our corrupt president starts this afternoon, in front of a GOP-dominated Senate full of potential perjurers of their oaths of office.

UPDATE: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is waiting for a confirmation vote for a resolution allowing both the House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team 24 hours apiece to present their arguments. Less than an hour ago, those 24 hours had to be contained within 2 days, with opening statements starting at 1:00 pm and final arguments ending in the middle of the night. These shenanigans show us how seriously the GOP need to cover up Trump’s guilt and to get this trial over before the Feb. 4th State of the Union speech, where a still-impeached Trump will assuredly melt down on national TV. The overall trial time has since been changed to 3 days, which is similar to the Clinton impeachment trial, but not before McConnell was redubbed “Midnight Mitch.”

Action #1: Tell your Senators that the Senate Resolution is unacceptable.

Minimum script for GOP senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to know that I want [him/her] to

  1. Support witnesses, depositions, and the public release of testimony. (The resolution does not admit House evidence into the trial record until after the Senate votes on whether or not to call witnesses or admit documents.)
  2. Realize that we know that it’s actually the President’s duty to protect whistleblowers and if his team intends to call this person, how will [he/she] be protected?

Minimum script for Democratic senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to first thank Sen. [___] for publicly demanding a fair and open impeachment trial. We want a trial with open press coverage, reasonable start and ending times and witness testimony from Bolton, Guiliani, Perry, Perry, Pompeo, Lev Parnas and a representative of the GAO, which has determined that an actual “CRIME” had been committed.

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Mon. 1/20: Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for access to the polls. We also need to fight – for our polls, our votes, and our democracy to be secure. Comment deadline TONIGHT 5:00 pm.

“Let My People Vote” – In June 1965, the Voting Rights Act languished in the House Rules Committee after passage in the Senate. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote this letter to the New York Amsterdam News urging its passage as the first step in ensuring access to the ballot. (Atlantic) Image by Tumisu from Pixabay

DEADLINE TONIGHT! – Fight for secure elections! Write a comment opposing the certification of an easily hackable voting system for LA County!

Los Angeles County has been working on a more accessible and transparent voting system, using high-tech “ballot marking devices” (BDM). Groundbreaking, just like the first electric voting machines were, compared to old-fashioned hand-marked ballots. However, testers have found user interface and security problems, including being able to access and alter electronic records and get into the physical ballot boxes without detection. Although in-person voting begins in six weeks, the state has yet to sign off on the new technology and in-person voting begins on Feb. 22.

Comments are due by TONIGHT – Monday, January 20, 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST.

  • E-mail the state at VotingSystems@sos.ca.gov immediately.
  • Comment line: Use the words “Comments on VSAP 2.0” in the Subject.
  • Write in the email: Please do not certify the dangerous, unverifiable VSAP touchscreen computer voting system. Instead, require a HAND-MARKED PAPER BALLOT (HMPB) for all voters at the polling place in this year’s crucial primary and general elections. Every precinct should still have ballot-marking devices (BMD) available for those who cannot mark paper ballots by hand
  • Call (916) 695-1680 and say the same thing!

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Sat. 1/18: What to do today!

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This day, three years ago, was our beginning, as well as the start of organized resistance against our corrupt administration all across the country. 4.1 million people peacefully took part in that first march in the U.S., along with 300,000 worldwide. It was the largest single-day march in U.S. history.

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Thur 1/16: Say ‘Hello!” to some folks in Galveston! Today is our 3rd Thursday “Pizza & Postcards” event. Then mark your calendars for more!

Today, we’re featuring FOUR great events to put on your calendar, including our pizza/postcard party happening today! Ventura’s resistance movement is strong and varied. Check out the entire list and keep track here. Send additions for the list to indivisibleventura@gmail.com

Action #1  – TODAY – Thursday, 1/16: Meet at Santino’s for pizza, good conversation, and social justice – every Third Thursday starting at 11:30 am

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Indivisible Ventura, along with other groups and individuals across the country, have been participating in a postcard campaign with Reclaim our Vote campaign, a coalition with NAACP, Black Lives Matter and the Center for Common Ground. Over the last few months, over 80,000 handwritten postcards have been sent to alert people of color in Dallas County that their rights to vote might be in danger. Continue reading “Thur 1/16: Say ‘Hello!” to some folks in Galveston! Today is our 3rd Thursday “Pizza & Postcards” event. Then mark your calendars for more!”

Wed. 1/15: And now a word from Greta and a request from Jim Hines of the Sierra Club.

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We’re taking a moment away from the mob drama starring our current administration to talk about the environment…

(But in case you missed the latest episode… (slate)(Wapo)(vox)(hill)(npr)(motherjones))

Action #1: Start here! Call to urge passage of S.1111 – Central Coast Heritage Protection Act.

Greetings Friends of the Los Padres National Forest:
 The Sierra Club supported U.S. Senate legislation to preserve and protect some of the most wild and pristine ecosystems within the Los Padres National Forest of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties as well as the Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obispo county needs a boost from YOU.
Senate bill S.1111– Central Coast Heritage Protection Act (Harris D-CA) needs to have a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources before the bill can move to a full U.S. Senate vote.
I would like to ask each of you to contact Senator Harris and request of her to officially request a full committee hearing on S.1111. (Senator Feinstein is the only cosigner)
Contact information: (202) 224-3553, email

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Tues: 1/14: The “imminent threat” has always been to himself. Call your legislators!

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

-Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride.

We thought that the Soliemani assassination was a suspiciously well-timed and bloody wag-the-dog from Trump’s impeachment, but it’s worse than that. News stories say that he may have felt pressured to kill the Iranian general to curry favor with some of his future jurors in the Senate. “High crimes and misdemeanors” is an apt phrase for a president willing to starting a war to save himself. But using military force without proof of imminent attack is more than abuse of presidential power – it’s actually illegal and should rightfully be added to the articles against him. His trial is no longer just about whether he extorted a foreign country to smear a political rival. Over 200 people from seven countries have died as collateral damage from those Jan. 3rd drone strikes. This struggle to hold on to his ill-gotten seat has turned into a bloodsport and we will not accept a sham trial.

Events since the original two impeachment articles were approved:

  • Just Security issued a report on Trump’s direct involvement in the illegal withholding of funding from Ukraine, naming a full range of potential witnesses.
  • John Bolton, former national security advisor, and the “first-person witness” the GOP has stated they want, has volunteered to testify, though Trump plans to block him his appearance, claiming executive privilege to “protect the office.”
  • Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born associate of Rudy Giuliani, has just submitted the contents of his cellphones, including audio and video recordings, to the House Intelligence Committee.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported on Trump’s possible influence from senate supporter and potential impeachment jurors to strike against Gen. Soliemani, a possible war crime.

Make these calls.

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Mon 1/13: DEADLINE TONIGHT! Comment by 11:59 pm EST on ANOTHER proposal to hurt asylum seekers.

Today in MORE terrible things to do to immigrants.

Our little band of white supremacists led by Stephen Miller, and ably seconded by acting USCIS director Ken Cuccinelli, would like to have your opinion on how they can make people who seek asylum here more miserable. We’ve already submitted comments on why its barbaric for the U.S. to charge entry fees to asylum seekers. Now we are asked to comment on new ways to disqualify and economically cripple asylum seekers. This  horrific process is described by immigration expert Marshall Fitz as the Trump administration’s “relentless cruelty” toward our country’s immigrant population.

Here are some of the administration’s main points.

  1. From the same thought pattern that separated kids from their parents to “discourage” families from crossing the border, this proposal wants to discourage “frivolous” asylum applications by doubling the time asylum seekers must wait to a year before they can apply for and EAD (Employment Authorization Document), despite their willingness to work immediately to pay their own way and that asylees aren’t eligible for state or federal benefits.
  2.  Eliminates the issuance of recommended approvals from asylum officers. “The “recommended approvals” for affirmative asylum — protection sought from asylum-seekers away from the border and within a year of entry to the US — have been issued in the past to those whose cases are deemed worthy of an asylum grant but whose background investigations or other matters have not been fully approved. The recommended approval allows the asylum-seeker a chance to apply for a work permit before the 150-day wait period. The proposal would cut the approval and force asylum-seekers to wait for their clearance or other matters to be completed.”
  3. Removes from eligibility those who’ve filed late more than a year from entering and those who entered outside a port of entry. According to the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol (to which the U.S. is a signatory), refugees have a legal right to seek asylum protection and cannot be punished for doing so, no matter their mode of entry. The Trump Administration replaced that with his “zero tolerance” policy, a policy that is in conflict with U.S. international obligations and U.S. policy. Continue reading “Mon 1/13: DEADLINE TONIGHT! Comment by 11:59 pm EST on ANOTHER proposal to hurt asylum seekers.”

Mon. 1/13: Mark your calendar! The Ventura County Healthcare Forum is Feb. 1st!

Physicians for Progress is organizing an public informational forum on single-payer healthcare, with an experienced panel of speakers/physicians.

  • Who: Physicians for Progress – Ventura County is a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)
  • When: Saturday Feb. 1st 3:00- 5:00 PM 
  • Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street

Why is this so urgent now? Here’s a selection of issues that affect every person living in America.

  • Profit over people: A veteran had his prosthetic legs repossessed by a private company. The former UN Secretary denounced our healthcare system as “politically and morally wrong.
  • Young people: Young adults who’ve aged off their parents’ plans are dying trying to stretch out expensive insulin supplies.
  • Children: 400,000 children have been dropped from Medicaid under this administration. Poor healthcare in childhood could have ramifications throughout their lives.
  • Medical bill “bake sales”: A third of GoFundMe campaigns are for medical bills, and that 25% are to aid under-insured patients. Begging strangers for help to pay medical bills does not happen in other first world countries.
  • Corporations are cutting back: Even big companies, like FedEx and Amazon, are paring back health benefits to their workers and restricting out-of-network coverage. Many are now steering employees towards telehealth options and in-plan provider networks.
  • “Choice” is a myth: The healthcare industry pays millions to gaslight Americans  into supporting the private insurance model. Read the whole thread here.

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Thurs 1/9: “Hold on, Madam Speaker!” And don’t miss the anti-war rallies tonight!

Action #1 – Go to your “NO WAR” rally tonight! There are over 365 of them across America! 

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Action #2 – Trump can use”emergency powers” to stop impeachment. His action of war against Iran is a warning.

Read yesterday’s post about the terrifying powers our immoral president can use “in case of emergency.” This is no mere “wag-the-dog” comedy. Make the calls to your legislators supporting all anti-war bills now.

Action #3 – Don’t send the articles to the Senate Chipper-Shredder of Oblivion yet! 

Our more antsy legislators want to put up a white flag to McConnell and hand the articles of impeachment over to a rigged “trial” and certain dismissal or acquittal. (See Sen. Schumer’s statement here about McConnell’s misleading claims of similarity to the Clinton impeachment) There’s no hurry other than handing Trump a win before his Feb. 4th SOTU address. Our country deserves better. New developments will lead to additional charges and those involved need to speak on the record, using Congress’ power of inherent contempt if necessary, and be questioned by people who care about the answers. That means that the House has more work to do. Don’t let everything done so far evaporate in McConnell’s hands. This impeachment is worth a war to Trump. It’s worth a wait.

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Mon – 1/6: Trump choosing war, right now, is not a coincidence. It’s his next logical step. Iran is not the only country in trouble. Call your legislators now!

In the first 48 hours after this attack, what did we hear? Well, we heard it was for an imminent attack. Then we heard, no, no, it was to prevent any kind of future attack. Then we heard from the vice president himself, no, it was related to 9/11. And then we heard from press reports of people in the intelligence community saying that the threat was overblown. Elizabeth Warren.

Our wars start with lies. This one is no exception. 

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This is not hyberbole. It’s part of a dark alchemy that those in power use – to transform the base metal of fear into hate, hate into “patriotism”,”patriotism” into war, war into money, and at the end… into gold –  a small star to mark the sacrifice of a son or a daughter, a husband or a wife.

2003’s version: Colin Powell now calls his lie something that will “always be a part of my record” when he deliberately fabricated “evidence” of “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD) and ignored repeated warnings that what he was saying was false. As of June 2016, his lie has caused the deaths of 4,424 soldiers and 31,952 wounded in action (WIA)  and the extinction of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

2020 version: After a number of literally false starts, Mike Pence is having his own Colin Powell moment, trying to link Iran to Al Queda and 9/11, to justify both the assassination of General Suleimani, (there’s no connection, according to actual experts) and to legally engage in war. Because if they can make us believe their story, the administration can use the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), to “use all necessary and appropriate force…”. Iran has already responded by completely pulling out of the nuclear deal and Trump just threatened Iraq for disinviting our 6000 troops.

How to fight back? Read this excellent article by currentaffairs.org called “How to avoid swallowing war propaganda” and share it widely. It will help us all cut through bad arguments, Hitlerized enemies, euphemisms, rabbit holes like Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman, and let us see murder for what it is. And with Trump is charge, that it could be something more.

Trump is going all in with lethal force because he’s playing for keeps. And he’s not focusing on countries far away.

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