Sunday – 6/17: “Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”

(– St. Francis of Assisi)

The converse of St. Francis’ statement, unfortunately, is also true.

Our president has asked us to be fearful.

Unlike John F. Kennedy’s inspirational call to action – “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” – for the public to rise up for justice and the greater good, our current president has asked Americans to become to be the smallest and least version of ourselves.

Today’s post is not action call, nor is it a sermon. It’s a reminder of why we fight everyday.

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How to help the kids.

As more resources are discovered, we’ll update this page.

Protest

We had over a hundred people turn out in Ventura for our Families Belong Together Rally. Thanks to all who attended for taking an important step in the fight to help immigrants and their kids…visibly standing up and reminding our community that wrong is being done in our name.

Here’s more we can do to continue the momentum built by yesterday’s action rallies to stop the separation of children and families at the border.  Volunteer support is not allowed in detention centers and shelters for the unaccompanied children, but there are ways you can help the children and/or immigrant families.

Keep calling your elected representatives.

Keep up the pressure on their office staff, who will remind their bosses to get this done.
Latest calls and tiniest scripts (30 seconds or less) here.

Donate money

We can donate to eight organizations fighting this issue in one step here. This link also has information about each of these agencies if we want to contribute individually.  Congressman Joe Kennedy III‘s campaign is matching the first $25,000 donated.

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Families Belong Together – Ventura, CA. Join us today (Thurs, 6/14) to protest against cruelty being done in our name.

Starts TODAY – Thursday afternoon at 4:00 PM

Ends: 6:00 PM

Location: Corner of Victoria and Telephone (Government Center – 800 S. Victoria)

RSVP on Facebook and click that “share” -> “invite friends button”– we need a BIG crowd! This is a part of Nationwide effort!

  • Get out your posterboard and paint and colored pens!
  • BRING YOUR AMERICAN FLAGS! What is happening in our name is un-American.
  • Make yellow wristbands with the downloadable file below and pass them out today everywhere you go. 

Meet at the corner of Telephone and Victoria TODAY from 4-6pm! Bring your signs, enthusiasm, and friends to stand up for children that have been ripped from their mother’s arms.

Email this to your friends and family! We cannot stand by and let this continue to happen!

Note to commuters coming home to Ventura from Santa Barbara:  Indivisible groups reach out and hold hands with each other. Indivisible Carpinteria invites you to join their protest on the way home if you’d otherwise miss ours. Information here.

If you’re not near either of us, check here for your closest location.

See you on the sidewalk!

 

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Thurs 6/14: Fast action: Urge your representative to vote “No” On H.R. 5735, a flawed opioid bill.

“THRIVEing at the expense of other needy groups...

(From the National Low Income Housing Coalition) The House  will vote today on H.R. 5735, the “Transitional Housing for Recovery in Viable Environments Demonstration Program (THRIVE) Act,” introduced by Representative Andy Barr (R-KY). Despite the bill’s worthy goal of helping individuals struggling with substance use disorders, it has significant flaws.

So far, NO DEMOCRAT has cosponsored this bill.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I’d like Rep. [___] to vote “NO” on H.R. 5735THRIVE.

Contact:
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

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Let’s help our Ventura Homeless Residents off the Streets! Contact our City Council Members and Attend the IMPORTANT 6/18 Council Meeting

First things first. Familiarize yourself with the issues, myths, and solutions in the pipeline regarding our homeless brothers and sisters in Ventura.

On Monday, June 18, our City Council will be deciding whether or not to fund a 24-hour, year-round shelter with the goal of transitioning folks into permanent housing

The City Council allotted $300,000 in Measure O funds last year, and the ask is for an additional $300,000 for 2018. Zoning for a shelter was put into place last year and advocates are asking for a site to be chosen by the end of 2018. THIS IS HUGE.

This would enable our homeless residents to be surrounded with services and given the chance to gain a foothold in their lives. A year-round shelter is supported by our police, business owners and homeless advocates alike.

Action: Email (addresses below) our City Council and show up at the Monday, June 18 Council Meeting to support this important cause!

6 pm at 501 Poli Street (At the top of California Street, downtown). Parking is around back and use the door at the rear of the building. 

Talking points for emails (be sure to make it your own!):

-As a voter and concerned citizen in Ventura, I’d like your commitment to $600,000 in Measure O funds to acquire a year-round shelter.

-In addition,
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Wed. 6/13: Three fast actions for our own safety.

(NYTimes)(NYTimes)(Salon)

#1 – Don’t let him run wild. Vote ‘YES’ on S.J. 61.

The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was adopted 17 years ago after September 11th, giving the president the power to commit acts of war against any group that was deemed to have any connection, even if unproved, with the acts of September 11th. Two joint resolutions in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would repeal and replace the AUMF and the 2002 AUMF authorizing the Iraq War.

One, S.J. 59 – “Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2018”, is a blank check for a President to indiscriminately commit acts of war against other countries. And we now have the president who would do this.

S.J. 61– “Constitutional Consideration for Use of Force Resolution”, sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkeley, gives the President far limited powers to respond to emergencies but not to create a war which circumvents Congress. This choice should be a no-brainer.

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Families Belong Together – Ventura, CA. Join us tomorrow (Thurs, 6/14) to protest against cruelty being done in our name.

Starts Thursday afternoon at 4:00 PM

Ends: 6:00 PM

Location: Corner of Victoria and Telephone (Government Center – 800 S. Victoria)

RSVP on Facebook and click that “share” -> “invite friends button”– we need a BIG crowd! This is a part of Nationwide effort!

Meet at the corner of Telephone and Victoria TOMORROW (June 14) from 4-6pm! Bring your signs, enthusiasm, and friends to stand up for children that have been ripped from their mother’s arms.

Email this to your friends and family! We cannot stand by and let this continue to happen!
See you there!

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(Thanks to the RCCUCC for this awesome description in both English and Spanish.)

(From Indivisible Ventura…If you haven’t made these calls yet, please do so. Thanks!)

Join us on this nationwide day of action to show our elected officials that we will not passively stand by while immigration officers tear children from the arms of their parents. The cruelty and abuse these children suffer cannot, and will not, be tolerated.

Families Belong Together opposes the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the U.S. border with Mexico and at other ports of entry into the U.S. We protest the conditions in which these children are kept. We protest the irreversible trauma that has already been perpetrated on these children and their parents for the crime of seeking a better life.

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