Wed. 3/25: Ventura County volunteers step up! Update on requests for help.

UPDATED 4/01: Total cases: 160.  Active under quarantine: 124. Deaths: 5. Tested: 2,987. (Source: VC Emergency)
New  – Action #14 – Train online to be a volunteer certified nurses aid.

Action #1 – More masks please! They need at least 3000 3500!!

Check here for all updates to mask project pattern and specifications.

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Update 4/02/2020: 2,194 completed masks out of 3500 needed!
Update 3/25/2020: Ventura’s mask-making volunteers have made the New York Times! Check out the bottom paragraphs of this article! Then watch this video of the project from KEYT. Local high school students are also using 3D-printing to create face shields for medical workers. Ventura County is full of awesome people!

Update from Amy Towner, CEO of Health Care Foundation for Ventura County, Inc.:

Our community continues to grow, today 250+ people to help protect and serve our county. Infection control is thrilled with the quality of masks being produced as is administration, doctors and nurses. (We knew all along that we could produce something better than money could buy and made with love to provide additional protection). We now have about 1,769 masks in current stock and we need at least 3,500 and we can do it.”  UPDATE 4/01: 500 additional masks required for drive through clinic personnel. 

  • Send an email to Amy here to volunteer (do this first!) Tell her the following:
    1. Full Name
    2. Cell Phone
    3. Email address
    4. Full residential address
    5. Need/donation
      • “I have fabric/thread supply to donate”
      • “I need need fabric so I can sew”
      • “I can drive for supply/demand”
  • Mask pattern, instructions, fabric specifications and drop-off information are here.

Action #2 – UPDATED 4/01 – Check your garage and storage areas for unused baby monitors and other medical equipment! 

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Tues 3/24: “Cruel and unusual” – Law enforcement and punishment in a pandemic.

Quote by Dr. Ranit Mishori, a professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and medical adviser to the group Physicians for Human Rights. “

Action #1 – Tell ICE to stop sucking up supplies of surgical masks needed for real emergencies.

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ICE has recently ordered 45,000 N95 surgical masks so that agents can be protected when they round up undocumented people, prior to putting them into jails where they will become vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. Nearly half of immigrants detained by ICE have been accused of no crime other than civil immigration violations, and many probably would not have been held under previous administrations. Rep. Omar stated “Immigration detention facilities, even before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, have been breeding grounds for illness. For detainees who are immunocompromised or otherwise susceptible to the worst consequences of contracting Covid-19, holding them in detention may be literally a matter of life or death.

Please contact Amanda Stought and ask her to reconsider her order and to ask ICE to stand down during until this pandemic is over.

Minimal script: Good [morning] Ms. Stought. You may have noticed the pandemic in the news, and the associated lack of PPE gear (personal protective equipment) for medical professionals and first responders. Please consider that none of the people your ICE officers arrest deserve a coronavirus death sentence. Keep your officers at home, safe with their families during this lockdown like everyone else and send all your N95 masks to hospitals where they’re desperately needed.

CONTACT: Email her at amanda.stought@ice.dhs.gov and/or leave her a call at 202-732-2544.

Action #2 – Release ALL non-violent offenders, including detained immigrants.

Continue reading “Tues 3/24: “Cruel and unusual” – Law enforcement and punishment in a pandemic.”

Mon – 3/23: It’s time to do more.

Action – If you can sew, if you have material, if you can drive to connect these resources, please help!

Update 3/25/2020: You volunteers have made the New York Times! Check out the bottom of this article! Also check out this video of the project from KEYT, along with news of a local high school project to make 3d-printed face shields. Ventura County is full of awesome people!
Update 3/26/2020:
Instructional video added!
Update 3/29/2020: 1,127 masks completed out of 3000 needed! Go here for updates on other donations and other volunteer opportunities.
Update 4/02/2020: 2,194 masks completed out of 3000 needed! Whoops, that’s now 3500 need, adding in the drive-thru personnel. Go here for updates on other donations and other volunteer opportunities. New opportunity to sign up for the GOWN BRIGADE!

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Message from Amy B Towner, MBA, Chief Executive Officer 
Health Care Foundation for Ventura County, Inc.

Thank you for your willingness to sew and donate your time, talent and fabric for this endeavor. These masks will be used countywide. Point of entry will be Ventura County Medical Center for dissemination which is part of your Ventura County Health Care Agency.  Our Trauma Nurse, Gina Ferrer will be receiving and disseminating and her information and drop off location is below.”

Continue reading “Mon – 3/23: It’s time to do more.”

Mon 3/23: No, bad GOP! Put workers first!

Action: The GOP just can’t help themselves. $600 to the poor, weak worker protections and billions to corporations. Say “No!”

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is mad that his munificent “corporate bailout” scam isn’t slipping through unchecked. Democrats are protesting that the GOP’s bill “does too little to protect the unemployed, feed the hungry, subsidize states and cushion students facing mounds of debt. They’re also up in arms over language to provide up to $500 billion in loans and guarantees for corporations, at the sole discretion of the administration.

It amounts to a blank check for Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told MSNBC Sunday night. “That’s outrageous, and that’s not going to happen.Continue reading “Mon 3/23: No, bad GOP! Put workers first!”

Fri 3/20: Making masks and volunteering in a quarantine. Two actions.

Action #1 – How to make masks.

Update 3/23/2020:  Ventura County needs masks!: Go here for their specifications.

Update 3/25/2020: Ventura’s mask-making volunteers have made the New York Times! Check out the bottom paragraphs of this article! Also – check out this video of the project from KEYT. Local high school students are also using 3D-printing to create face shields for medical workers. Ventura County is full of awesome people!

Continue reading “Fri 3/20: Making masks and volunteering in a quarantine. Two actions.”

Thurs 3/19: This proposal is for the birds. Write a comment to protect them tonight.

Action – Write a comment before 11:59 pm EST tonight to stop the Trump Administration to allow killing birds “unintentionally.

Write against a proposal that would allow the fossil fuel industry to avoid corporate penalties for their lazy and destructive practices that kill millions of our birds every day.

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Wed 3/18: Tell your legislators that it’s now or never. Force through worker protections before corporations get a dime of bailout money!

Action #1 – Trump wants more corporate welfare while children go hungry. Call your legislators and give them some conditions.

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Trump has finally figured out that it’s time to pivot to “chicken-in-every-pot” politics if he wants to be re-elected. But a $1000 check is couch-cushion change compared to what he’ll hand to a rapidly growing list of companies, such as airlines, hotels, and cruise lines, casinos, retailers and more. He himself might even profit from a bailout.

On Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), after reviewing the implementation of the 2008 bailout for banks and automakers (that was the one where banks and financial institutions paid their executives $32.6 billion in bonuses), released proposed conditions for any new industry bailouts—including guaranteeing workers a $15 minimum wage, banning corporate stock buybacks, and prohibiting federal funds from going to executive bonuses.

Continue reading “Wed 3/18: Tell your legislators that it’s now or never. Force through worker protections before corporations get a dime of bailout money!”

Tues 3/17: In an emergency, the first lifeboat seats go to the wealthy…Call your legislators!

Image – Last Photo of RMS Titanic, Wikimedia Commons. Who survived, who didn’t.
Quote – Crisis and Terror in the Age of Anxiety: 9/11, the Global Financial Crisis …By Luke Howie, Perri Campbell

Action #1 – If you haven’t called on HR 6201 yet, do so now.

HR 6201 is the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”, which has just passed the House. Click here for details and how to call your senators. 

Action #2 – Make sure recovery money goes into the right pockets.

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“Boss Tweet” comic, original by Thomas Nast 

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Mon 3/16: Tell your senators to not only support H.R. 6201, but to add two important improvements.

Action : Call your senators and tell them “YES” on H.R.6201 (the Families First Coronavirus Response Act with two improvements.

One thing that is sure about this administration: Corruption follows incompetence.

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Mon 3/16: HUD is gutting fair-housing protections for profit. Comments due tonight 11:59pm EST.

Action: Comment now on HUD’s stepping back from their charge to “affirmatively further” fair housing.

This still happens…It will happen more often if this proposal is passed.

In the latest of the Trump administration’s attacks on fair housing, HUD has proposed a new rule that would effectively eliminate their basic mandate – “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” Act (AFFH), making housing discrimination easier and further entrenching housing segregation.”The administration’s new proposal ticks four boxes that are basic themes for our “Who profits?” Trump administration.

  1. We must search out and destroy any program Obama touched.
  2. We hate poor people other than as convenient scapegoats for all America’s ills we can’t hang on immigrants.
  3. We do not “see” the results of racism.
  4. With a little tweaking, we can make money meant for the poor flow upwards to the wealthy.”
  • Comment here by tonight (Monday 3/16, 11:59pm EST)
  • Proposal here.
  • Other comments for inspiration here. Do not copy!

Points you can include in your comment! Mix them up. Use words that sound like you. Exact copies will be purged! Continue reading “Mon 3/16: HUD is gutting fair-housing protections for profit. Comments due tonight 11:59pm EST.”