Keep ’em in DC until they get their work done! #1 on the list – Raise or eliminate the debt ceiling!

Tell Democratic legilators to stay in session for the rest of the year so we can minimize the harm Republicans are planning to do with their regained power in the House. The GOP won’t just waste two years banging away at Hunter Biden – they have far more malicious and damaging plans, including chopping up social safety net programs. The first thing Democrats must do before they lose their House majority is raise the debt ceiling.

(Vox) “Addressing the debt ceiling, which essentially involves increasing the amount that the United States is able to borrow, is a routine congressional duty. Failing to do so would cause the US to default on its debt, triggering a global financial crisis. Recently, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suggested he’d be willing to risk such a crisis as speaker of the House, if doing so won the GOP serious spending cuts to climate and social programs.”

Make sure those who depend on these programs know the GOP’s intent and get them to start calling as well, no matter what their political affiliation.

Action #1: Call/email your senators.

Minimal script to your senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to stay in DC and spend every minute of available time pushing through important bills and minimize the harm the GOP intends to do. First, I demand that Senator [_____] work to RAISE or ELIMINATE THE DEBT CEILING NOW through budget reconciliation. (He/She/They) should not assume that the GOP will take the blame for the slicing and dicing of popular programs and economic chaos when Democrats HAVE A CHANCE TO FIX THIS NOW! Then I want [him/her/them] to concentrate on passing the following bills:

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Tell Congress – Raise, don’t cut, corporate taxes during the lame-duck session!

Corporations have hidden obscene price increases behind the inflation, affecting products from food to gas and raking in record profits. And unlike small businesses who could be prosecuted for price gouging during times of crisis, limited competition means there are no real market forces to stop the huge ones. But those profits are not enough for America’s oligarchs…

They are also demanding that Congress give them a new round of tax breaks before year’s end that could cost $100 billion over one year and up to $600 billion over 10 years―their true goal.

Action #1: Call action – Stop rewarding corporate price-gougers

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Your presence is requested! Come out and fight for our future! Ballot curing and campaigns for Warnock!

Whatever you imagine you would have done during slavery, the Holocaust, or the Civil Rights movement, DO IT NOW!

Every ballot thrown away over a dumb issue like a date or a signature, is a voter that’s been disenfranchised.

(People) “Republican officials in three battleground states are attempting to disqualify thousands of mail-in ballots ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections — with states tossing out ballots due to technicalities, like incomplete dates on envelopes or only partially filled-out witness addresses.

The Washington Post reports on three states — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan — where Republicans already have or are attempting to toss out mail-in ballots for various reasons. Those states have tight elections that could come down to a handful of votes.

The results of the elections taking place on Tuesday will determine which political party controls the Senate — and who shapes policies surrounding reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ expression, education and economy at the local, state and federal levels.

Republicans have for years argued that voter laws need to be strengthened in order to protect against voter fraud — even as courts and audits across the country have shown no overwhelming evidence that voter fraud has been significant enough to change the outcome of any recent elections.

Critics of attempts to strengthen voter ID laws and limit absentee ballots argue that they have just one goal: to get rid of as many Democratic ballots as possible.

Push back! Let’s “CURE” ballots of the dread disease of a wrong date, or some such nonsense. These “technical” issues, along with the many voter suppression laws that have been recently passed to somehow fix election denialism, are the new face of Jim Crow. See chart below!

We are adding in information for phone and text banks campaigns for Warnock in the chart below.

Postcard campaigns:

  • Postcarding #1: Postcard Brigade: Send request for cards in (25) lots, need for stamps, and pick-up or snail-mail
  • Postcarding #2: Send Postcards to Young Voters in Georgia for the US Senate Runoff here.
  • Postcarding #3: Postcards to Voters for Warnock


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Email Newsom about state taxes on student debt relief and vetoing a bill that hurts our solar industry.

Action #1: Hey, did you know that CA is one of a handful of states that might tax those who receive student debt relief?

While the American Rescue Plan prevents President Biden’s $10k student debt relief from being considered taxable income on federal tax returns until 2025, borrowers in seven states may have to pay state income tax on it, including CA residents.

Contact: Governor Gavin Newsom: email

Minimal script: Dear Governor Newsom, I was surprised to learn that our state was one of only seven that might tax Biden’s student debt relief as additional income. Most people who’ll qualify to have their debts forgiven are low income and many have struggled for decades to make their monthly payments. They shouldn’t have to worry about paying state taxes on the amount that’s forgiven. Please publicly announce that California, which is working to keep college costs down and to increase state financial aid for students, will exempt them from this additional financial burden.

Action #2: The CA legislative session closed on Aug. 31. Now we need to play mop-up and ask Newsom to veto solar-killing bill AB 2143.

Good news first!

  • We killed SB 396 which would have allowed PG&E to cut almost any tree anywhere with no recourse and no oversight, a wasteful and ineffective method to stop wildfires.
  • We killed AB 2667, which would have harmed microgrids we need for resilience and safety in wildfires and blackouts.
  • We killed SB 1385, which would have been a PG&E scam undermining successful solar on multi-family housing programs.
  • We got the Governor to pull out the solar tax in his Diablo bill that did pass and we still need to work to stop, but we stopped the solar tax, for now. 

Now, the issue...

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Dark-money oligarchs will “Uberize” all of us. Tell your legislators we will not cooperate.

It’s interesting to watch GOP crowds openly roar for a White Supremacy and Christian Nationalism vision of 1950’s “Father Knows Best” America. They have no idea that the oligarchs that fund their right-wing extremism, along with captive media shills and legislators, have no intention of returning us to that era, which included a 91% tax bracket for the wealthy and a +50% tax rate on corporations. Using flag-covered zealots as cover, they intend to regress us to a time when no laws or regulations impeded their single-minded drive for profit.

(Robert Reich) “They call themselves conservatives but that’s not it, either. They don’t want to conserve what we now have. They’d rather take the country backwards – before the 1960s and 1970s, and the Environmental Protection Act, Medicare, and Medicaid; before the New Deal, and its provision for Social Security, unemployment insurance, the forty-hour workweek, and official recognition of trade unions; even before the Progressive Era, and the first national income tax, antitrust laws, and Federal Reserve. They’re not conservatives. They’re regressives. And the America they seek is the one we had in the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century.”

And they have a bill to get started…

Action #1: We Californians were fooled into voting for Prop. 22. Don’t let this toxic anti-worker campaign go national. Educate your representatives and tell them we are watching – “NO” on H.R.8442 – Worker Flexibility and Choice Act.

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Tick, tick, tick, CA state bills near their deadline… Game over on Aug. 31. Now it’s Newsom’s turn!

Action: YES, these are longer calls than usual, but we only have two days left, and good bills could be left behind while damaging ones are sneaking through!

This action may be edited throughout the day…FINAL RESULTS AFTER MIDNIGHT!


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UPDATE! Pride Weekend actions! Add your voice!

In case you missed the handout at Ventura’s own Pride Festival – you can catch up here!

UPDATE! STATE ACTION #1: THIS PASSED! Tell your assemblymembers to pass SB-107 – Gender-Affirming Health Care to provide refuge for trans kids & their families from states that are criminalizing them & threatening to remove transgender children from their homes.

Minimal script to your assemblymember: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to[Assemblymember [___] to support and pass SB-107 – Gender-Affirming Health Care.

MORE INFORMATION!: This bill is heading to the Assembly floor! Amongst its provisions:

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“Schedule F” stands for “Fascism,” “Flunkey” and “Fraud.

Trump signed an executive order to fill the entire executive branch with his lackeys.

1830s – President Andrew Jackson riding a pig, which is walking over “fraud,” “bribery,” and “spoils,” and feeding on “plunder.” 

There’s a reason authoritarians target the bureaucracy. Once they have it under their control, they are better able to stifle dissent and criticism, reward friends and punish enemies, using the levers of government to maintain power.– Donald Moynihan

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.” 
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

ACTION #1: Call your representatives!

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What would Carmen do when faced with environmental injustice?

She fought it fiercely, but now it’s our turn. And you can do all these actions in your coffee break if you prep your phone – we show you how here.
Q: But why do I have to call my legislators? They’re all Democrats. Answer here.

  • Action #1 (State): Call your CA state senator TODAY and tell them to vote “NO” on SB 396.
  • Action #2 (State) : Call/email your CA state legislators to vote “YES” on the following environmental bills…
  • Action #3 (Federal): Fixing the “Inflation Reduction Act” – Can you say “sacrifice zone?”

Sierra Club Santa Barbara-Ventura Chapter: Tribute to Carmen Ramirez

In oil counties like SB and Ventura, where if we win it is with narrow 3-2 Supervisor votes, where oil companies spend $8 million on county initiatives (as they did in June in Ventura) and sue the county (as they are doing in both counties right now), it takes superstars like Carmen to set us on the clean energy path and not double down on increasingly carbon-intensive fossil fuel infrastructure. My hope is that we can step up our state game to lighten the load. Read more from members who have known and loved her on the following blog post here. (Tribute post here)

Katie Davis, Chapter Board Chair

Action #1 (State): Call your CA state senator TODAY and tell them to vote “NO” on SB 396.

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