“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Quote by Maya Angelou. Interview of John Bolton.

“We are America; we don’t torture. And the moment that is not the case, I want off the train.” –  Shepard Smith

(Trigger warning! The following video is a graphic depiction of the late author Christopher Hitchens voluntarily being waterboarded in the interests of journalism. Skipping to the end… “Yes, it is torture.”)

Republicans are preparing for a weeks-long battle as they try to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of State and CIA deputy director Gina Haspel to succeed him.

Action: Read the “Open Letter” to our senators below from Indivisible chapters throughout California and ask our senators to issue strong public statements against the confirmations of Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel. Not only will they work together to enmesh the U.S. in morally reprehensible military actions, but our enemies, taking the measure of whom we’ve chosen to elevate, will respond in kind. Along with Trump and Bolton, we can not afford this “morally flexible” gang of four. Continue reading ““When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.””

Wed. 4/11 – The war on the truth continues. Power up your phones.

Trump sought to fire Mueller last December and on Monday, he said “many people” have suggested he fire him now, after the special counsel issued a referral that helped lead to a Monday FBI raid on Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney.

Senators have just introduced a new bipartisan bill to protect Mueller.
Lots of noise and fury, but we’re yet to see a lot of signers on any of these bills.
This time you call, make it clear you expect to see your representatives names as cosponsors on all their houses’ bills.

Action #1 – Contact your Representative in the House

H.R. 4669 – Special Counsel Integrity Act
Text similar to HR 3771 below.
Current cosponsors hereThere is currently only one. Continue reading “Wed. 4/11 – The war on the truth continues. Power up your phones.”

Tues. 4/10 – Let them eat tax refunds.

https://georgelakoff.com/2011/02/19/what-conservatives-really-want/

The CBO has just published a snapshot of the results of the GOP’s “Tax Scam” combined with the Bipartisan Budget Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Our GOP-dominated government has significantly cut revenues and increased outlays and our national debt will grow to the largest percentage since just after World War II.

This was not by accident or oversight. They were not just drunk with power.
This is part of their concerted war on the middle class and the poor. They will manipulate anger and fear to cement their power over us and the coup de grâce will be making us hand over our social insurance programs that allow us to live with dignity in this, the richest and most powerful country in the world.

The GOP now has two strategies they’re working on to deflect blame from themselves.

Continue reading “Tues. 4/10 – Let them eat tax refunds.”

SNAP, SNAP, SNAP – The swamp monsters come after the poorest among us. COMMENT TODAY!

How cruel are we?

The Agriculture Department is considering a policy change in the SNAP (Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program) that would expose single adults to a harsh three-month time limit on food stamp benefits if they aren’t employed at least half-time or in a qualifying work or training program.

SNAP recipients in states that have few or no employment programs and fails to offer them a spot in a work or training program — which is the case in most states — or those who live in high-unemployment areas, will have their benefits cut off after three months, even if they are searching diligently for a job or working less than 20 hours a week.

Because this provision denies basic food assistance even to people who want to work and will accept any job or work program slot offered, it is effectively a severe time limit rather than a work requirement, as such requirements are commonly understood. This will help no one get out of poverty and will take food away from people who need assistance.

 

Action: Let’s stand indivisible with the most vulnerable members of our society and write a comment to protest this new policy.

Today is the FINAL DAY we can submit public comments objecting to this change here. Continue reading “SNAP, SNAP, SNAP – The swamp monsters come after the poorest among us. COMMENT TODAY!”

Mon. 4/9 – Tonight, come help DACA kids with their renewal application forms!

“The image of America deporting fellow Americans is not something this country or the Republican Party want to see unfolding every night on the national and local news.”
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a top champion of Dreamer relief

Action: Come to help tonight! Show up at 5:00 for the instruction lecture at One Step A La Vez at 421 Sespe Ave, Fillmore and stay from 5:30 – 7:30 to assist DACA recipients.  Continue reading “Mon. 4/9 – Tonight, come help DACA kids with their renewal application forms!”

Hey Indivisible Ventura! – Let’s adopt a poll!

Indivisible Ventura is looking for volunteers to help us adopt-a-poll!
We need at least 3-4 volunteer “clerks” per four-hour shift for 4 shifts. First shift starts at the ridiculous time of 6:00 am. Frisky and/or long-suffering volunteers can sign up for more than one shift. Only requirement is that you’re registered to vote in California.

At least one clerk from each shift is encouraged to take the full training course, so they can pass on the knowledge to their crew. Election officer training classes last 3 hours (one hour online or at the county, two hours in a hands-on equipment lab). Classes are offered at a variety of times and places around the county.  Those who volunteer as clerks get a $90 stipend along with a $20 stipend for those completing the training.

Not only is this an interesting and extremely educational volunteer opportunity, but it’s also a fundraiser! For each poll adopted, the group receives $475! That’s a lot of paper, ink cartridges and postcard stamps!

Volunteer and/or sign up for more information here! Continue reading “Hey Indivisible Ventura! – Let’s adopt a poll!”

CA roars! We’re taking back net neutrality with SB 822!

This wouldn’t be the first time that the state with the nation’s largest economy has set its own agenda. We have some of the strictest environmental standards and gun laws in the country.

Now we want to be in charge of our own internet requirements.

CA State Senator Scott Wiener just introduced SB 822 – the most comprehensive state-level net neutrality bill in the country. Although other states are working on their own bills, this is the first one that includes ALL of the net neutrality protections that the GOP-dominated Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stripped away from us.

In fact, it’s even stronger than the recently repealed rules.

Continue reading “CA roars! We’re taking back net neutrality with SB 822!”