Action #1 – #DefundHate – Ask your congress member to use their vote to protect immigrant families.
Funding for immigration enforcement has exploded under Trump, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have received billions in additional funding, some taken from other agencies, to tear gas, separate, and cage families, and to terrorize communities. House Democrats must act during this year’s appropriations process to reduce funding to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Control back to its Obama-era levels, and to rein in the worst abuses of these agencies.
Our particular members of Congress, Reps. Carbajal and Brownley, are not members of the Appropriations committee, but they can still have a meaningful impact on the process by voting against any funding bill that increases the ability of ICE and CBP to enforce Trump’s racist agenda.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to commit to voting against any funding for ICE and CBP enforcement and sign the letter led by Reps. Jayapal, Pocan, Castro, and Chu calling on the House Appropriations Committee to #DefundHate.
Action #2 – Thank your legislators for fighting all forms of family separation, starting with H.R.6.
Sí, se puede! H.R. 6 just passed the House on Tuesday with a 237-187 vote. Continue reading “Wed 6/5: Cut funds for Trump’s deportation machine and thank your reps for pushing through H.R. 6 – the “American Dream & Promise Act!””
Action – Come to the meeting tonight and talk to the city council about your concerns. (Meeting begins at 6:00)
It is now clear that Oxnard has serious financial problems. However, people need to oversee that cuts are not unfairly placed upon minorities, the poor, the disabled and children. Unfortunately, beyond the employees who will actually lose their jobs, it appears that these groups will be hurt the most.
The city is targeting art and cultural mainstays, like the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, home to mainstream musical acts, film festivals, dance classes, school graduations, Boys & Girls Club, Martin Luther King Day, and private events and the Carnegie Museum, which hosts art shows, poetry reading and free kids’ art workshops. Both these venues serve the soul of a community, bring pride to participants and draw in visitors to the area. (The PACC is running a support campaign here, with a gofundme page here.)
Continue reading “Wed – 6/5: Come join your neighbors tonight! Oxnard’s City Manager and Council needs to hear from you about the proposed budget cuts.”
Video and top graphic from equalcitizens.us
Today’s action on protecting our right to vote is to ask our Senators to push through H.R.1/ S.949, historic bills to strengthen democracy. H.R.1 passed the House on March 8th, on a 234-193 vote. Now the Senate version – S.949, is in the Senate and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a shamelessly partisan operative, has vowed to stop it, calling it “radical” and “socialist“. This would be a surprise to the non-partisan League of Women Voters, who’ve endorsed H.R.1 as “an important step forward in repairing our broken political system and our destructive campaign finance system.”
These bills will:
- Change the way campaigns get funded
- End partisan gerrymandering
- Establish automatic voter registration
- Restore the Voting Rights Act
- Impose strong new ethics rules on members of Congress.
Action – Call your senator and remind them that we want this brought to the Senate floor now.
All the Democratic senators have already signed on. Get your family and friends in red states to pick up their phones too. We need GOP senators to get this done.
Minimal Script for Democratic Senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Sen. [___] for [his/her] support of S.949 and to tell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that his constituents aren’t accepting corruption-as-usual nonsense anymore and to bring S.949 – “For the People Act” to the floor for a vote.
Continue reading “Tues 6/4: H.R. 1/S.949 – “For the People Act” is a litmus test for corruption. Ask your senators to stand up and fight for a country to be proud of.”
Action #1 – Write a comment to oppose the Plains permit for an oil pipeline in SB,SLO and Kern Counties! Deadline today!
More information here. The people who brought us the Refugio Oil Spill in 2015 are back for another bite of the apple. Tell the BLM “no thanks”.
Action #2 – Support our local year-round homeless shelter/housing navigation center! Attend the City Council meeting tonight at 6 pm.
More information here. If you’ve ever wondered how you can help the homeless people you see around you, this is it. Sit at the City Council (it won’t be for long) and let your support be seen.
Action #3 – Donate to “Spread the Vote”.
More information here. “Spread the Vote” helps people get that ID in their pocket that allows them into the polling place in our more oppressive states.
Action #4 – Join in a free online course on reducing gun violence.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are offering an online course, which begins today, to teach the academic research and strategies they say are the best weapon to curb gun violence. Gun violence experts put the course together after hundreds of thousands of people — many of them students — participated in March For Our Lives last year, calling for tighter gun laws.” You can take the online course here from Coursera for free (or pay $49 for a certificate) and learn how to combat gun violence in our communities.
Yeah, we often make our readers do complicated actions because we know you can (yes, we’re looking at this action right here, also due today), but every once in awhile, it’s nice to do one simple thing…
So, this month, first thing in the morning, we’re going to share an action from Americans of Conscience, each one covering different aspects of protecting our right to vote in preparation for the 2020 election.
Not every action applies to us here in CA, thank goodness, but if we’re off the hook, take a moment to share it with friends and family in more oppressive states.
Action #1: Empower future voters.
Spread the Vote and its Project ID initiative help citizens obtain IDs in states that require ID for voting. This graphic report breaks down who has ID’s and who we need to reach out to. Key findings show: Continue reading “Mon – 6/3: Donate to “Spread the Vote”.”
Both Exxon, a company that’s been gaslighting the public on the risks of fossil fuels since 1977, and Plains Pipeline, L.P., a Texas-based oil transport and storage company who was convicted of felony charges for their mishandling of the 2015 Santa Barbara pipeline oil spill (aka Refugio Oil Spill) want us to give them a second chance. Exxon wants to re-open their three old oil platforms off our coast and Plains want to build a new 123 mile pipeline system to replace the one that leaked. With a great team like that…what could go wrong?
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is now asking for public comment on the pipeline proposal by Plains to determine relevant issues before they prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Let’s tell the BLM EXACTLY what could go wrong…
Action – Write a comment to oppose the Plains permit for an oil pipeline in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties! Deadline, Monday, June 3rd,
1. Go here to comment! It will look like this…
Continue reading “Sun 6/2: Tomorrow (Mon. June 3rd) is the deadline for comments to stop our area’s next major pipeline disaster.”
CA legislature progress update.
Our assemblymembers and state senators created a record 2,576 new bills on a strict timetable for the 2019 CA legislative term. Today, May 31st, is the deadline for bills to pass through all the committees in the house that created them and a floor vote. After that, surviving bills must pass a similar obstacle course in the opposite house. Bills that make it through both venues may get to meet the governor and his pen, for approval or a veto. Here’s a listing of 140 bills that are interesting to us and groups, like the Sierra Club, that we coalition with. You will recognize a number of these bills as the subject of calls or emails we’ve asked you to make.
- Black words – the bill has passed and will be assigned to a committee in the next house
- Blue words – the bill has NOT passed and won’t continue to the next house.
- Red words means that a bad bill is continuing to the next house.
- AB-25 California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.
- AB-539 California Financing Law: consumer loans: charges.
- AB-818 Local government finance: vehicle license fee adjustment amounts.
- AB-857 Public banks.
- AB-1525 Cannabis: financial institutions.
- SB-203 Public bank.
Continue reading “Fri 5/31: Time’s up! Here are some winners & losers of the first half of the race to become a California law.”
The Fairgrounds board members told us to reach out to the governor and our legislators if we want change.
Action #1: Call your legislators!
Minimal script for our state senator: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator Jackson to support SB-281 – a bill that would ban gun shows at the Cow Palace, as well as AB-893 when it comes before you on June 11th in your Public Safety Committee. We would also like her to sponsor new legislation to help us ban gun shows at our Ventura County Fairgrounds. It’s the 21st century and we need to find more positive ways to support our state-owned facilities than with the sale of weaponry.
Minimal script for our assemblymember: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Assemblymember Limón for supporting AB-893, which bans firearm sales at Del Mar Fairgrounds and we hope she will similarly support SB-281 – which bans gun shows at the Cow Palace, when it arrives in the Assembly. We would also like her to sponsor new legislation to ban gun shows at our Ventura County Fairgrounds. It’s the 21st century and we need to find more positive ways to support our state-owned facilities than with the sale of weaponry.
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19): SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940 email
State Assemblymember Monique Limón (CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700 email
Not your people?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.
Action #2: Call the Governor!
Continue reading “Thur 5/30: 5-3 against us on banning guns at Ventura County Fairgrounds. Let’s get to work… (3) calls = 5 minutes.”
We won! This time.
(Original post from 5/15/19 here) Yesterday, we got news that the University of California Board of Regents put aside 3 years of planning and abandoned their proposal for UCSF Medical Center to “expand their relationship” with Catholic-based Dignity Health. If the proposed partnership had passed, the health needs of women, LGBTQ people and the dying would placed in the crosshairs of religious directives from the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops. Resistance in the form of protests from UCSF faculty and staffers, a record 147 speakers at the Regent’s board meeting, a lawsuit threat from the ACLU and calls and letters from people like us, convinced the board to stop the process.
Action – Call/email Governor Newsom to stop all taxpayer-funded religiously-based discrimination by hospitals. All hospitals. Full stop.
“We’ve heard a growing chorus of concern from multiple stakeholders over the last several weeks particularly in light of the passage of very severe anti-abortion legislation in many states and the stripping down of transgender anti-discrimination protections by the [Trump] administration.”- Vanessa Jacoby, an associate OB-GYN professor at UCSF, regarding the proposed “partnership”.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and in light of the recent UCSF/Dignity Health issue, I want to know what Governor Newsom is going to do about Covered CA and other taxpayer-funder support to our 49 Catholic hospitals, one of which is a “sole community provider”. These hospitals systemically discriminate against the legal and common medical needs of women, the poor, minorities and our LGBTQ community.
Continue reading “Wed 5/29: Update on the unsuccessful “side door” incursion of a Catholic hospital into our UC medical system. Thanks to all who called and emailed!”