(Note: I’ve received some great feedback that I should remove the analogy of the Green Book to a potential need for a future guidebook/spreadsheet to help LGBTQIA community and women avoid homophobic or misogynistic establishments or service providers. My critic is absolutely correct that despite the common religious tie-in, our current issues cannot be compared to the completely pervasive discrimination the black community suffered during Jim Crow, that it is not my story to tell and that people will not be familiar with this part of American history. All true. However, I personally find learning history to be a transformative experience, equally uplifting and horrifying, so I’m running it and letting you work your way through it with me.)
Does everyone recognize this? This is the 1940 cover of the “Green-Book“, a guidebook that was published between 1936 and 1966 by New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green, to help black Americans find food, gas and lodging as they traveled through a hostile countryside that could legally refuse them such services.
Why? Because the Supreme Court in 1883 struck down the Civil Rights Act of 1875, stating that, while the Equal Protection Clause prevented the government from discriminating against black citizens, it couldn’t prohibit such actions from private individuals and organizations.
OK, why are we talking about this now? Because one of the fundamental causes of this shameful period of American history, religious zealotry, has hitched itself to our current administration and is now targeting women’s rights and our LGBTQIA community, with the goal of making discrimination against these Americans completely legal, based on the personal religious or moral objections of others. Continue reading “Thursday 1/18 – We’re going to need a new guidebook if we don’t fight back.”
(Photo from this article…)
This week is the 45th anniversary of Roe v Wade. There will be a march against the decision and our legislature will be swamped with dramatically-named anti-choice bills aimed at interfering with both women’s rights to choose what’s best for themselves and their families, but also with the hard decisions patients must make with their doctors, when their health, or even their lives, are in danger. Make sure your legislators know we’re watching and we expect them to trust women.
H.R.4712 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
H.R.490 – Heartbeat Protection Act.
S. 1922 – Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Senate bill – this passed House as H.R. 36!!!)
Minimal Script for representatives: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask that Representative [__] oppose the anti-choice bills H.R.4712 and H.R.490.
Minimum Script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask that Senator [__] oppose the anti-choice bill S.1922.
Additional script for both: Instead, we want [Rep./Sen.] to create and support bills that promote reproductive healthcare services, safe and legal abortions, affordable birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, standards to reduce our ridiculously high rate of maternal mortality and medically accurate sex education for all people, regardless of income, location or education. Continue reading “Wednesday – 1/17 – Women, your rights are at stake. Call.”
Excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birmingham Jail letter (okra.standford.edu)
We’ve also never had a president in recent memory so determined to drive us apart in order to splinter our resistance. So we asked everyone to come together to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and to commit to being part of that movement fighting for the equality he described so eloquently. If you weren’t able to make the event on Monday, here’s a quick update….
Here’s the VC Star’s report of the beginning of the morning’s march at Plaza Park in Oxnard and their picture of Congresswoman Brownley giving her speech.
Here are some scenes along the march route…Lots of little kids, and everybody was enjoying the perfect day. Continue reading “Ventura County 32nd Annual MLK Day was awesome!”
Tuesday – Jan. 16th
CLEAN POWER – Write a comment TODAY by 11:59 PM ET !
Save the Clean Power Plan – Deadline Jan. 16
The EPA intends to end the Clean Power Plan. First though, they will have to successfully repeal it, thereby deregulating power plants and slashing environmental protections. Post a comment protesting the EPA’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan before January Jan 16 2018, at 11:59 PM ET . Link to comment form.
Sample Written Script (try to mix it up a little): I strongly oppose the revoking of the Clean Power Plan by the EPA. The Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of recent climate change regulation, is intended to slash carbon emissions from power plants. It should not be repealed or replaced only strengthened. Climate change is not “fake news” it is the scientifically verified future of the planet. Ending the Clean Power Plan is a crime against that future. The role of the EPA is not to boost the economy of the fossil fuel industry; it is to protect the environment. Do your job.
ORGANIC FARMING – Write a comment!
Continue reading “Tuesday 1/16 – 3 Quick Actions on a tight timeline…”
January 15th – Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
You may have never been to a MLK Day event before. However, we’ve also never had a president in recent memory so determined to drive us apart in order to splinter our resistance. So yes, come and join us in paying our respects to the memory of this amazing man and the movement he helped start. Then become part of that movement fighting for the equality he described so eloquently. Your presence is important. This fight involves us all.
The Facebook event link here for Ventura County. The website link is here. If you’re not from around here, check out this list of MLK Day activities happening across the country.
Continue reading “Come out Monday morning and stand up with the kids…”
Put this on your calendar for Jan. 23…
And this for Jan. 16th.
Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 8pm EST: “We Have Always Done it this Way: Understanding the Ways Faith Institutions Maintain White Supremacy Culturally and How to Interrupt It.” Sign up here.
Please comment on “bump stocks” to the ATF. Deadline January 25th.
Continue reading “Friday 1/12 – Five Good Things to do”