Mon 8/5: Senators, get back to D.C. and vote on these gun bills!

Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We must act. Mitch McConnell – please call the Senate back to work tomorrow and let us vote on gun-safety laws.” Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) August 4, 2019

Meanwhile, after notification of the massacre in El Paso, our president continued on with his busy day of golfing and crashing weddings at his club. He has, in the last few hours, finally gotten down to business with his inimitable mix of laziness, lies and misdirection…

So, no help there, as usual. It’s up to us to get our legislators moving…

Action #1 – Call your senators and ask them to return to Washington D.C. and finish the job of passing background check bills. 

Minimal Script for Senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to Sen. [___] to return to D.C. and press for the passage of background check bills S.42 and HR 1112.

Action #2 – Call your legislators and ask them, while they’re at it, to push through assault weapon and large capacity ammo bans

Minimal Script for Representatives: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to Rep. [___] to return to D.C. and press for the passage of assault weapon and large capacity ammunition feeding device bans HR 1296 and HR 1186

Minimal Script for Senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to Sen. [___] to return to D.C. and press for the passage of assault weapon and large capacity ammunition feeding device bans S.66 and S.447. Continue reading “Mon 8/5: Senators, get back to D.C. and vote on these gun bills!”

Sat 7/27: Kids take a stand! – kids raise awareness and funds for KIND and the Rio Grande Valley Rapid Response.

What are your kids doing this weekend?

The Lawyer Moms Foundation is organizing Kids Take a Stand—lemonade stands set up all over the country on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, to raise awareness of the plight of migrant families and to raise funds to support the Rio Grande Valley Rapid Response and KIND (Kids in Need of Defense).  

Last year, kids and families in 91 cities, across 38 states, hosted over 112 lemonade stands as part of Kids Take a Stand. These lemonade stands raised OVER $35,000!

Does your kid want to help? Go here to sign up your stand! Here is the link to the tool kit. Continue reading “Sat 7/27: Kids take a stand! – kids raise awareness and funds for KIND and the Rio Grande Valley Rapid Response.”

This weekend, 7/27 – 7/28, there are going to be TWO (2) citizenship fairs! Volunteer and spread the news! Let’s help make some new Americans!

Someday, someone you’ve helped will be in a video like this…

…which they will proudly show their kids and grandkids and retell their origin story of how they became an American. As completely 100% an American as anybody else.

Ronald Reagan, in his surprising last speech as president, (watch it here) reminded his listeners that immigration is “the great life force of each generation of new Americans…”  (Quick timeline of the history of immigration here.)

Share this information with people who need it!

Citizenship: If you know someone who’s had their permanent residency card (green card) for 5 years, or for 3 years if they’re married to a U.S. citizen, tell them to get their citizenship application done for free, with trained volunteers and volunteer lawyers at either fair on the flyer below. Saturday 7/27 and Sunday 7/28.

Citizenship, DACA and Green Card Renewals: Tell them to get their citizenship, DACA and green card renewal applications done for free, with trained volunteers and volunteer lawyers at Swap Meet Justice on Sunday 7/28. (See flyer below for details)

Citizenship for those who can’t speak English well: An applicant can apply for citizenship in their own language if:

  • If the applicant is 50 or older, and has had their green card for 20 years or more.
  • If the applicant is 55 or older, and has had their green card for 15 years or more.
  • If the applicant is 65 or older, and has had their green card for 20 years or more.

Get trained to help!

We love to have bilingual people but English-only volunteers are also most welcome. Volunteers do not need to be citizens, nor adults. Interested teens make great volunteers! Continue reading “This weekend, 7/27 – 7/28, there are going to be TWO (2) citizenship fairs! Volunteer and spread the news! Let’s help make some new Americans!”

Fri 7/26: Sign up for this lunch hour “History of Criminalization” webinar series. Starts today! July 26- Oct. 25

We invite you to join the the History of Criminalization Webinar Series (see flyer attached below) co-presented by the ICE out of CA Coalition and Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)! We’ll kick off the series with Part 1 on Friday, July 26th from 12pm-1:30pm which will cover the history of police, policing, and caging in the United States. The webinar features Amber-Rose with CURB and Mohamed with Critical Resistance.

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Thurs 7/25: Sen. Rand wants to “offset the costs” of the 9/11 responders bill. Sure. But first, rescind the 2017 TaxScam’s lovely “departing” gift to the uber-wealthy.

Action: YAY for the “DEATH TAX”, our most progressive tax! Tell your legislators to support bills that raise estate taxes to the 2009 level or higher. 

Two GOP attacks on the poor and sick this week… Senator Rand Paul stated that “Any new spending (est. $10.2 billion for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund billshould be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable”…like Medicaid. Meanwhile, millionaire Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue is proposing eligibility rules that would remove 3 million people barely above poverty level from the food stamp program, with an average annual “savings” of $2.5 billion. You can discuss that with him here.

It’s been such an exciting race to the bottom, we may have missed just how much money has been removed from our coffers by the deficit-inducing 2017 TaxScam, including the bloating of the estate tax exemption from $5.5 million to $11 million ($22 million per couple). Returning to the pre-2017 rate would pay off Rand and Perdue’s demands, with a lot left over – see our easy explainer” below. We need to let our legislators know that restoring a rational estate tax isn’t just some arcane issue, but a critically important step towards safeguarding democracy. That there are at least SIX GOP bills (listed below) to kill what’s left of it is a great tip-off as to how important this is to people like our president, who stated…

“The point is that you can’t be too greedy.”

Here are some bills we need our legislators to support NOW!

  •  H.R.3922/S.2231 – the “American Opportunity Accounts Act,” which would use the increased revenues to mitigate our wealth gap by creating savings accounts for every American child
  •  S.1950 – “Strengthen Social Security by Taxing Dynastic Wealth Act“, which concentrates on strengthening Social Security and expanding benefits.
  • S.309  – For the 99.8%” is a multi-tiered expansion that taxes the rich according to their degree of wealth. Bernie Sanders’ team estimates that it would raise around $2.2 trillion from 588 billionaires within 10 years.
  • Not posted yet – Senator Kamala Harris proposes to return the estate tax rate to $5.5 million, close tax loopholes, and give the new funds directly to teachers, who, unlike heirs to multi-million dollar fortunes, may be working second jobs.

Minimal script for reps: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to cosponsor ALL bills that raise the estate tax to pre-2017 TaxScam level, and preferably to the 2009 level, including  H.R.3922American Opportunity Accounts Act“.

Rep-check for H.R. 3922 here.  Reps. Brownley and Carbajal are not yet cosponsors.

Minimal script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to cosponsor ALL bills that raise the estate tax to pre- 2017 TaxScam level, and preferably to the 2009 level, including: S.2231 American Opportunity Accounts Act“, S.1950 – “Strengthen Social Security by Taxing Dynastic Wealth Act“, and  S.309 – For the 99.8%.Continue reading “Thurs 7/25: Sen. Rand wants to “offset the costs” of the 9/11 responders bill. Sure. But first, rescind the 2017 TaxScam’s lovely “departing” gift to the uber-wealthy.”

Thurs 7/25: Volunteer training for citizenship fairs – 6:00 pm TONIGHT!!!

Action! – Come get trained to help make people citizens! It’s fun!

Always wanted to voluteer at local citizenship fairs, including Swap Meet Justice, but couldn’t make our regular 8:30 am Sunday training class at Oxnard Swap Meet?

Now, there’s an option! Come tonight!

Volunteer Training:

  • Teens welcome!
  • We need biligual speakers, but “English-only” welcome and necessary too.
  • Once you’re trained, you are welcome at all our citizenship fairs!
  • You’ll get to practice what you learn almost immediately, as Ventura County has TWO citizenship fairs THIS WEEKEND! Information here!

Where/When/How to I access all this fun?

Tues 7/23: Join Food & Water Watch at the VC Government Center at 1:30 TODAY – No new oil wells in Oxnard!

Action – Join Food & Water Watch to fight for environmental justice today

Facebook page here.

(Food & Water Watch) “An oil company wants to drill new polluting oil wells in the Cabrillo Oilfield right next to Oxnard residents’ homes and within 2 miles of 8 schools!

Send a message to your Ventura County Supervisor urging them to deny these new oil wells: https://fwwat.ch/stop-renpet

This is a frontline community that has already been a sacrifice zone subject to heavy pollution for decades. Enough is enough! We need Ventura County Supervisors to deny these new oil wells!

Renaissance Petroleum’s proposal would add four new oil wells, an oil and gas processing facility, and a flare to burn off gas produced at the project. The production facility is being built to separate oil, water and gas for a minimum of 20 permitted oil wells, causing more air pollution and truck traffic in the area.

According to the State of California residents in this area are in the top 100 percentile for pesticide pollution, 97 percentile for impaired water and 91 percentile for pollution burden percentile.

We must fight back with all the people power we’ve got! Help demand environmental justice for Oxnard communities before the vote by sending a message here: https://fwwat.ch/stop-renpet or calling your County Supervisor! And then attend the hearing on July 23rd at 1:30PM”

Steve Bennett (805) 654-2703
Linda Parks (805) 214-2510
Kelly Long (805) 654-2276
Bob Huber (805) 955-2300
John Zaragoza (805) 654-2613

Send a message to them easily here: https://fwwat.ch/stop-renpet

Mon 7/22: Tell our county supervisors to just say “NO” to Operation Stonegarden’s bait.

Action – Tell your supervisor to turn down Consent Agenda Item #39 – “Operation Stonegarden” at tomorrow’s board meeting. (7/23)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is dangling a $390,000 Operation Stonegarden grant in front of our sheriff’s department to tempt our local law enforcement personnel into performing federal immigration enforcement operations, possibly even contravening CA’s own laws, and they’re trying to sneak it through on the “Consent Agenda”. (Tomorrow’s agenda here.)

Pima Co. – 2018: The Board of Supervisors in Pima, AZ, turned down a new contract with Operation Stonegarden, along with a new $1.4 million incentive in Sept. of 2018. (tucson.com) “Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier questions why the Board of Supervisors decided to drop Stonegarden funding after 12 years and a $16 million seat at the Stonegarden table. The question he should be asking is why he and his predecessors failed to use that seat to address the simmering public resentment and outrage that has grown out of Stonegarden enforcement priorities, priorities that have more to do with padding local wallets and pensions than ensuring public safety in underserved areas of Pima County.Continue reading “Mon 7/22: Tell our county supervisors to just say “NO” to Operation Stonegarden’s bait.”

Mon. 7/22: Mark your calendars – You can’t phone this in. On July 29th – come out and show your support for SV Councilwoman Ruth Luevanos

On Mon. July 29th – Stand Indivisible with Simi Valley City Councilwoman Ruth Luevanos! 

(alert from Indivisible Conejo)” Simi Valley City Councilwoman Ruth Luevanos  – shown here (on the right) at last week’s Lights for Liberty protest — is under vicious attack from Trump Trolls in Simi after she posted an “explainer” video about immigration policy to her Facebook page last week.

Ruth is the first Latina to serve on the SV Council, an award-winning educator who mentors other teachers, and a volunteer for both the Girl and Boy Scouts as well as for at-risk youth. She is a terrific person and colleague in our activism, and the rare progressive to hold elective office in Simi Valley (which alone is reason enough to go to the barricades on her behalf!). But these extremists are demanding a recall election (or her arrest) and have even threatened her life … all based on pure “send her back” racism and their misunderstanding of the basic facts Ruth noted in her video.”

What does “law and order” really mean?:Even as demographics in Simi have shifted, “(Luevanos) is going to find out pretty quickly that they haven’t changed that much. It’s still a law-and-order city,” fellow Council member Mike Judge said, representing those in a city who don’t want to follow SB 54, an actual California law. “Law-and-order” fans in Simi apparently also feel free to threaten their elected officials lives. (FYI: In CA, threats of death or physical harm that cause “sustained fear” can be prosecuted under Penal Code 422 PC, even if the threatener says they were just “letting off steam”.)

Continue reading “Mon. 7/22: Mark your calendars – You can’t phone this in. On July 29th – come out and show your support for SV Councilwoman Ruth Luevanos”