Wed – 2/26: “The past refuses to lie down quietly.” Ask your legislators to pass H.R. 35 – Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act.

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Action – Call your legislators. H.R. 35 is long overdue.

The Senate on Thursday passed legislation to make lynching a federal crime.  The bill, introduced by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), makes lynching punishable as a hate crime.

Some people may be under the misapprehension that lynching violence is a long-ago historical travesty. They are mistaken.

“Phillip Carroll was 22 years old when his body was found hanging from a tree in the Washington Addition neighborhood in Jackson in 2017. His death was ruled a suicide. Continue reading “Wed – 2/26: “The past refuses to lie down quietly.” Ask your legislators to pass H.R. 35 – Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act.”

Tues – 2/25: 2 quick actions!

We’ve grouped these actions together, not just because both are quick to do, but because they are also connected. The global warming discussed in Action #2 is destroying agricultural economies in Central America. In Guatemala, it’s driving people into cities overrun with drug gangs and violence, caused both by its location in the drug supply chain from South America and from drug demand from us, the United States. The results of this forced interaction, combined with weak and corrupt law enforcement, ends with many having no choice but to flee for their lives. (Action #1).

Action #1 – Deliberate cruelty does not go unnoticed. Flood ICE with calls! This is a nationwide effort!

(From Rogan’s List) Cosecha Massachusetts leader, father, and beloved community member Nelson Fuentes is currently in detention, facing deportation. Nelson, who fled Guatemala to escape death threats, recently filed an appeal, automatically granting him a two week “stay of removal” and beginning a month-long period in which he can use more legal avenues to fight his case. Now ICE is trying to move him to another state—away from his partner and infant daughter, his legal team, and all his community support.

  • Call ICE now and tell them to stop Nelson Fuentes’s transfer!
  • Call 781-359-7500, dial 3 and ask for Jennifer Hood. Nelson’s A# is 206-801-944. 

Minimal script: I’m calling to ask you not to transfer Nelson Fuentes, A# 206-801-944. His entire legal team and, more importantly, his family and baby daughter, is in Massachusetts. Please keep him where he has access to them. Cruelty for the sake of cruelty is NOT an American value. Thanks.

More information can be found on Movimiento Cosecha’s Facebook Page.

Action #2 – Ventura County Climate Hub needs your help! Comment before 5:00 pm Thursday !

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Tues 2/25: Busy morning. Remind the Ventura County Fair Board that their “gun problem” isn’t going away.

The monthly meeting of the Ventura County FairBoard is TODAY at 9 am! Go visit! Ask a question!

Brady members and others who find the continuing GUN SHOWS at our Fair Grounds unacceptable attend to speak during PUBLIC FORUM. Join us! WEAR ORANGE!!

Issues:

  • Should GUN SHOWS be there at all? Has the board been actively searching for more acceptable alternatives? Is there a committee assigned to that task? When can we expect to hear the results?
  • As long as gun shows are continuing, how are they improving safety issues? Are the guns secured? Other weapons?
  • What kind of security is there, both in the building and in the parking lots? How are weapons brought in being tracked? Are people leaving the facility checked for proper paperwork for all weapons and ammunition?
  • What actions are they taking to actively discourage straw buyers? Is there an informational campaign with an active sign-in requirement at entrances to warn such buyers of the legal consequences?
  • What good-faith actions are gun show purveyors voluntarily doing to protect Californians from their dangerous merchandise being sold in more permissive nearby states? In 2018, 3,920 guns originally purchased in Nevada and Arizona were recovered by California law enforcement officers from crime scenes.
  • Why hasn’t the FAIR BOARD posted minutes from last month?
  • What action is the FAIR BOARD taking on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee suggested by many?

Continue reading “Tues 2/25: Busy morning. Remind the Ventura County Fair Board that their “gun problem” isn’t going away.”

Tues 2/25: Easiest election decision ever – vote for the mountain lions!

URGENT: Action is at 8:30 am this morning!

(A note from Jim Hines, team leader of the Sierra Club California Wildlife Team)

Greetings Friends:
The Sierra Club’s Mountain Lions FOREVER! campaign to protect the largest wild cats in California is asking each of you to support the following resolution before the Ventura county board of supervisors today (February 25) –  Agenda item # 37 with no time certain, but we can all speak at general public comment which is at 8:30 AM
Where: Ventura County Government Center at 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura
Resolution: here.
Excerpt from resolution: 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Ventura County Board of Supervisors hereby includes in its 2020 State Legislative Agenda and Platform support or sponsorship of legislation and/or administrative action to end the issuance of depredation permits in Ventura County for mountain lions that attacked livestock and other animals; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County of Ventura supports legislative or executive action to support the listing of the Southern /Central Coast Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU) of Mountain Lions at Threatened under the California Endangered Species Act as recommended by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Continue reading “Tues 2/25: Easiest election decision ever – vote for the mountain lions!”

Mon 2/24: “Thank you!” to every Swap Meet Justice volunteer!

Swap Meet Justice began as a result of our voter registration efforts. We learned that the people passing us by were permanent legal residents who wanted to become citizens but were facing significant challenges in doing so. These included unaffordable attorney fees for help with the application process, and the impossibility of taking time off from work to meet with them.

Thanks to previous instruction from SEIU 721, the volunteer services of community members, local immigration attorneys and coalition organizations like VC-CLUE, Ventura County Legal Aid, El Concilio, UFW, and MICOP,  and the generosity of Oxnard College, we were able to start Swap Meet Justice at the Oxnard College Community Marketplace.

Services are free and they take place on the last Sunday of every month.

Yesterday, a man came up to the tent to show us his brand new citizenship certificate and to thank us for helping him get it. We’ve heard that others have received their citizenship, but this personal visit was a first for us.

Continue reading “Mon 2/24: “Thank you!” to every Swap Meet Justice volunteer!”

Sun 2/23: Tomorrow is Swap Meet Justice at Oxnard College! Please volunteer and help spread the word to those who need our services!

Ventura’s resistance movement is strong and varied. Check out our entire list of events and keep track here. Send additions for the list to indivisibleventura@gmail.com

Action #1: THIS SUNDAY- 12/29: Volunteer, help spread the word and/or donate to our local free citizenship fair – Swap Meet Justice! 

What are we doing? We help our neighbors turn their green cards (permanent residency cards) into citizenship. We also help renew green card and DACA applications and register new voters. Come help! No experience required.

If you’ve never watch Ronald Reagan’s astonishing last speech as president, reminding his listeners that immigration is “the great life force of each generation of new Americans…” watch it here. (Quick timeline of the history of immigration here.)

  • More details on this event and downloadable flyers here!
  • Where: Oxnard Community Marketplace –  Oxnard College Campus.
  • When: We are open from 8am-3pm, last application starting at ±1:00 pm.
  • Note: First-time volunteers MUST take a 1-hour training course at 8:30 am. It’s actually really interesting. We do reserve the right to refuse the services of any volunteers.
  • Mark your calendar for next month and beyond!: 2020 dates are 1/26, 2/23, 3/29, 4/26, 5/31, 6/28, 7/26, 8/30, 9/27, 10/25, 11/29, and 12/27.

Thinking about being a volunteer? You don’t have to be a lawyer. You don’t need to speak a foreign language, but that extra skill is appreciated. You don’t have to be a citizen and you don’t have to be over 18. Teen volunteers are great! Basic requirement is that you care about helping our immigrant neighbors. We do reserve the right to respectfully refuse services from anyone. More details here!

Action #2: Donate in a powerful way for the needs in our own community. Share this information!

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Fri 2/21: Deadline tonight to write against another side-door incursion of priests into your health care. Two actions!

Action #1 – Write a comment to tell the University of CA to stop collaborating with  entities that discriminate against women and the LGBTQ community.

Last year, we wrote a post alerting people to write comments to stop University of San Francisco Medical Center’s planned merger with Dignity Health, a Catholic hospital chain that uses religious directives to openly discriminate against women and LGBTQ patients.

Your reponse was awesome and UCSF backed out of the deal!

Now, this whole issue is back, and not just for one city.  NARAL Pro-Choice California has notified us that the University of California’s six health systems across the state, which serves nearly two million patients a year, and trains over 14,000 health professionals throughout UC — has affiliations with religiously-affiliated health systems, who use “non-evidenced-based policy restrictions on care” – care defined by those guys in pink skull caps, to refuse essential reproductive health care services such as  LGBTQ+ inclusive care, “End of Life Option” Act, abortion care, miscarriage management, tubal ligation — even medical contraception, that could be required while treating another illness. (UC report, pg. 15)

UC is seeking feedback on maintaining or extracting themselves from this arrangement.

  • Read a short summary and provide feedback here;
  • Get more background on the Working Group on Comprehensive Access here; and
  • Read the full Working Group on Comprehensive Access report here.

Anyone can comment. You don’t need to live in California or have any connection with UC.

Possible comment: My name is _____, I live in [town/city/state]. [If you have an affiliation with the University of California, say what it is.] I’m calling on you to reject religiously imposed limits outlined in this report. The University of California needs to end affiliations that discriminate against women and members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

No one should be denied care because of religious interference. UC is a public healthcare institution and has an obligation to ensure that patients receive appropriate care. You put Californians’ health in real jeopardy by failing to provide this care. Continue reading “Fri 2/21: Deadline tonight to write against another side-door incursion of priests into your health care. Two actions!”

Thur 2/20: Today is our 3rd Thursday “Pizza & Postcards” event and our goal is to reach 400 folks in Montgomery County, Alabama! Join in. We need your help!

Action #1  – TODAY – Thursday, 2/20: Meet at Santino’s for pizza, good conversation, and social justice – every Third Thursday starting at 11:30 am

The next community showing of this film will be by the Chalice UU on 3/28. Stay tuned to our “Event” page for more details. 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

Indivisible Ventura, along with groups and individuals across the country, has been participating in a postcard campaign with the Reclaim our Vote campaign, organized by the Center for Common Ground.   This month, the campaign has sent us 400 addresses for the next area of deliberate voter disenfranchisement – Montgomery County, Alabama.

If you have a moment, read these great reports: “Alive and Well: Voter Suppression and Election Mismanagement in Alabama,”  and Systemic Inequality and American Democracy.”

  • Where: Santino’s Pizza. It’s at 4231 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, 93003
  • When: Thursday, Feb. 20th, between 11:30am – 1:30pm.
  • RSVP for our supporters: Nope. Just come. Invite your friends!
    We do, however, reserve the right to refuse any volunteers and their services.
  • What to bring: We provide the pizza, postcards, stationary. If you prefer, you may bring your own pre-stamped postcards, or stationary for letter actions. You are also welcome to bring stickers and different colored pens.
  • Donations gratefully accepted: A postcard stamp is $0.35! We’re trying to achieve 400 finished postcards, which equals $140!. Donations of money for stamps and pizza or rolls of postcard stamps are gratefully accepted. 
  • Questions? Email indivisibleventura@gmail.org

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Indivisible Ventura’s Voting Guide for the 2020 Primary Election – March 3rd!

Note: this post will be periodically updated with new information!

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To save you time, if you’re looking for which Republican candidate to vote for, this is not the voting guide for you.

We at Indivisible Ventura don’t believe we have any more time to coddle those who feel that the answers to the problems of this new century lie in the bones of the last one. Or those who vote from fear or anger.

We believe in progress and in science. We believe in women, their sovereignty over their own bodies and their access to equal pay, paid family leave and access to child care. We believe in the separation of church and state. We believe that all Americans should have access to clean air, pure water, affordable, accessible healthcare, and a safe place to sleep. We believe in protecting our environment and our wildlife. We believe in our youth, their access to equally-funded education and higher education without crippling debt. We believe in helping our immigrants, our poor, and our homeless. We believe in the rights of workers and a living wage. We believe in strong gun laws to keep our communities safe and reexamining and removing laws that unfairly target members of our communities. We believe in the fundamental American value that all people are created equal. We believe that the American dream is worth fighting for. And right now, we’re doing it at the ballot box.

Wake the sleeping giant, the 91 million Americans who didn’t vote, and change America into a more just society.

Although Indivisible Ventura is not officially endorsing any particular candidate, we’ve pulled together endorsements from other groups we respect, for you to read and compare along with reference materials that mention all candidates.

Basic Information Continue reading “Indivisible Ventura’s Voting Guide for the 2020 Primary Election – March 3rd!”