Postcard Party for California District 1 on April 4th!

We will be joining a statewide effort to get out the vote in California District 1!

When: Wednesday, April 4th at 11:00AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Santino’s Pizza Parlor – 4321 Telegraph Rd, Ventura
Fun! Pizza will be provided! (A little cheese grease goes a long way toward making our postcards have that special “homey” touch!)

CD1 is LaMalfa’s district which is spread out, red, and rural. The CD1 Democratic Alliance have asked us to write postcards to their rural democratic voters, encouraging them to turn out to vote. We are not endorsing a candidate, just advocating power to the polls.

Our appeal will be directly to the voters in CA-1 – NOT mass political mailings, because all of our cards will be handwritten. Each will be a message from one voter to another. We are simply asking Americans to do that most American thing — VOTE!

Here are some tidbits from LaMalfa’s reelection site to inspire us:

“I am proud to have earned an A rating and the endorsements of the NRA and Gun Owners of America.”

“The current (immigration) policy Continue reading “Postcard Party for California District 1 on April 4th!”

“No” on Wall Street Lawyer Randal Quarles pretending to regulate banks.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Senator [___] to vote “NO’ on Randal Quarles as the Federal Reserve’s Vice Chair for Bank Supervision.

Call Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

AND Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

More Info: Continue reading ““No” on Wall Street Lawyer Randal Quarles pretending to regulate banks.”

No to gutting our Consumer Banking Protections – A recipe for recession!

The new House Financial Services spending bill makes sweeping changes to the financial regulatory system by revising the protections that were put in place after the 2008-2009 economic crash. It sneaks in 88 pages of the odious and misleading HR 10 – “Financial Choice Act” to control and weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Financial Stability Oversight Council, and the SEC regulations that prevent commercial banks from trading for their own gain. This way, they can still grab power even if the Senate refuses to pass HR 10.

Script: I’m calling to ask Rep. [____] to oppose the Financial Services 2018 spending bill’s funding changes and new enforcement limitations on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other banking regulators. Dodd-Frank was put into place to prevent another recession and to protect us from predatory financial practices.

Call 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

References:  Continue reading “No to gutting our Consumer Banking Protections – A recipe for recession!”

This Week in Resistance – “Snatch a knot in their Ass” Edition

(Awesome picture from 2007 Bethesda Softworks, LLC. No, this is not real)

Yes, we can take a well-earned minute to glory in the GOP’s healthcare debacle in the Senate Thursday night. But not for long, as it was a very close vote. 49 senators voted against all decency and humanity to risk destroying our healthcare system, people’s lives and a major part of our economy.

Our President has vowed to destroy any bits of Obamacare that survived this vote, while his minions work tirelessly to dismantle every aspect of our government and sell off its parts to the highest or most well-connected bidders.

But that’s business as usual…at least, for one of his businesses.

In addition to learning a sprightly new phrase from Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter, who spent, good god, a whole 27.5 hours working on this healthcare thing, let’s talk about what happened this week…

Continue reading “This Week in Resistance – “Snatch a knot in their Ass” Edition”

Congress wants to party like it’s 2008 — say “no thanks” to weakening Banking Protections!

The new House Financial Services spending bill makes sweeping changes to the financial regulatory system by revising the protections that were put in place after the 2008-2009 economic crash. It sneaks in parts of the odious and misleading HR 10- “Financial Choice Act” to control and weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Financial Stability Oversight Council, and the SEC regulations that prevent commercial banks from trading for their own gain.

Script: I’m calling to ask Rep. [____] to oppose the Financial Services 2018 spending bill’s funding changes and new enforcement limitations on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other banking regulators. Dodd-Frank was put into place to prevent another recession and to protect us from predatory financial practices.

Call 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

More Info: Continue reading “Congress wants to party like it’s 2008 — say “no thanks” to weakening Banking Protections!”

Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! – The “Holding Hands” Edition

As soon as I read this story…I knew that I wasn’t alone in thinking how inspirational this was. Alison & Stephanie connected it to this amazing essay from Rebecca Solnit comparing the conservative ideology of isolation to the reality of our communion with each other and the world:
“The modern right may wish that every man were an island, entire of himself, but no one is wholly independent. You can’t survive without taking air into your lungs, you didn’t give birth to or raise yourself, you won’t bury yourself, and in between you won’t produce most of the goods and services you depend on to live. Your gut is full of microorganisms, without which you could not digest all the plants and animals, likely grown by other people, on which you rely to survive. We are nodes on intricate systems, synapses snapping on a great collective brain; we are in it together, for better or worse.” 

So in honor of these awesome people who held hands to help strangers, let’s start with news from states where aid and respect was extended to others… Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! – The “Holding Hands” Edition”

Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! Get out a #2 pencil…there’s a quiz.

(Huffpost) “Every year, the U.S. holds special citizenship-induction ceremonies on or around the Fourth of July. This year, nearly 15,000 people were being sworn in as U.S. citizens at more than 65 such gatherings across the country, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

At one of those ceremonies, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) ― the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica ― took not-so-veiled jabs at President Donald Trump, who has called for limits on legal immigration along with his effort to ramp up deportation of undocumented immigrants.

“Whenever you feel that future is threatened, whenever those values of liberty and justice for all that drew us here seem under assault, you need to speak up and speak out,” Harris said at a ceremony on the battleship Iowa in the Port of Los Angeles on Monday, according to prepared remarks. “That’s the whole point of the freedoms we cherish.” Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! Get out a #2 pencil…there’s a quiz.”

What could go wrong?

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Trump’s grand plan to “repair” our crumbling infrastructure involves selling off our roads and bridges to billionaires, cronies, and foreign governments. He’ll allow them to double tolls, create new fees and pocket billions of our dollars, while cutting funding for highways, public transportation, our electrical grid and the Army Corps of Engineers.  It’s just another scam.   Continue reading “What could go wrong?”

Vote “NO” on the Financial Choice Act. We’re not in the mood for another Great Recession!

Remember the 2008 financial crisis that nearly tanked the world economy? Congress doesn’t.

They want to repeal key parts of Dodd-Frank, including the Volker Rule prohibiting banks from making those risky speculative investments that caused the mess.  They also want to prevent the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from fining institutions for unfair lending practices.

Script: I’m calling to ask Congresswoman Brownley to vote NO on the “Financial Choice Act”, the GOP-inspired repeal of the parts of the Dodd-Frank act that endanger our economy while making Trump and his friends rich.

Call Rep. Julia Brownley: DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

OR Rep. Salud Carbajal: DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

More Info:
http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/331926-house-panel-approves-gop-dodd-frank-rewrite

The Unsettling Truth of the Rolling Back of Dodd-Frank Regulations

 

This Week In Resistance – “The Not-so-Innocents Abroad” Edition

In what universe did Jared think setting up a backchannel to the Russians was OK?

“Frequently, people who go along a treasonous path do not know they are on a treasonous path until it is too late”  – Former CIA Director, John Brennan testifying at House Intelligence Committee

Trump traveled to far-away places, and stuff still happened here…

Continue reading “This Week In Resistance – “The Not-so-Innocents Abroad” Edition”