Pop Quiz – Will the #TrumpTaxScam destroy the American Public School System?

Take out your #2 pencil and… 

A. keep your eyes on your own work.

B. do something to save America’s public education system.

#1. – Finish this sentence: The tax bill’s language that allows college savings accounts for “unborn children” is a…

A. method for responsible future parents to get a 8-9 month jump-start on saving for their little bundle of expenses.

B. method to sneak anti-choice ideology into a tax scam.

Answer: “B”

Future parents can set up a 529 savings account at any time, then transfer it when Junior makes his/her way into the world.

“This is a back-door attempt to establish personhood from the moment of conception,” said Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) . “What’s next, giving a Social Security number to a zygote?”

#2. – Will the loss or restriction of the SALT deduction hurt public schools?

A. The loss of the SALT deduction would apply significant pressure on states and municipalities to reduce taxes in order to offset the increases in federal taxes paid by their constituents.

B. What? What the heck is SALT?

Answer: “A”

Education funding is an enormous local and state expenditure, and it would have to be cut in order to provide any relief to tax payers who lost all or part of their SALT deduction.

There is something incredibly perverse about putting pressure on states and municipalities to cut taxes in order to make up for a federal tax bill that overwhelmingly favors the rich and corporations. It is even more perverse to label that as “middle class tax relief” when the outcome will be potentially disastrous for local schools.  The vast majority of K-12 school funding in this country still comes from state and local revenues which would no longer be deductible from federal tax burdens.”

#3. – If we convince our rich people to leave state taxes alone, we’ll be OK, right?

A. No.

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Sanity-Saving Good News – The #MeToo Edition

Good News for Women!

Time Magazine chose the women brave enough to stand up to their harrassers as “Person of the Year” over the man accused of being a harrasser himself. Which is great!

However, as we learn more about the #MeToo movement, it is disappointing to learn that the actual original author, Tarana Burke, who started it as part of her work with young harrassment and assault survivors more than ten years ago, wasn’t included on the cover. Our thanks and congratulations to her.

tarana Burke

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This Week in Sanity-saving Good News – “The Kids are Alright” Edition…

Lego welcomes the women of NASA.

The kids are alright.

First, let’s talk about this 11 year-old girl who’s been worried about the Flint water situation since she’s been 9. Along with playing piano, swimming, fencing and taking dance lessons, she has invented the cheapest, most effective test for lead in water and won “America’s Top Young Scientist”. God, what was I doing when I was 11?


Then there’s Ames Mayfield, who in 14 years or so, will be running for office. Put in on your calendars now.


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Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News – “Finding Your Voice” Edition.

This weekend will only have Good News and some helpful links for both DACA and SB 54. We don’t need a recap to know that this has been an incredibly hard week.  For those of you who are still waiting, toe poised above the water…

The civil rights movement was messy, disorderly, confrontational and yes, sometimes violent. Those standing on the sidelines of the current racial-justice movement, waiting for a pristine or flawless exercise of righteous protest, will have a long wait. They, we suspect, will be this generation’s version of the millions who claim that they were one of the thousands who marched with Dr. King. Each of us should realize that what we do now is most likely what we would have done during those celebrated protests 50 years ago. Rather than critique from afar, come out of your homes, follow those who are closest to the pain, and help us to redeem this country, and yourselves, in the process.”

Standing up for DACA! We’re peacefully protesting everywhere! You can do it from your couch!

Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News – “Finding Your Voice” Edition.”

Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! – “Look for the Helpers” Edition

Despite having never having watched Mr. Rogers as a child, a video of him speaking about how his mother taught him to deal with bad things has stuck with me.

And now, I too, look for the helpers when something terrible happens. And there they are. In Charlottesville. The heroes who jumped in to help in the face of imminent danger, the police who came from far away to keep people safe, including the state troopers who died, and the people who work, tirelessly, year-round, to make Virginia an good and more equitable place to live. And the brave resisters, of all types, who stood up for our morals and our values…

…from the woman who died…

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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”

Thank Senators Feinstein and Harris for standing up for civil rights in our schools!

Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris were among 34 Senators who sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos detailing their concerns over her failure to support civil rights within the realm of public education.  Let’s thank them by email for signing the letter and let them know that their constituents support civil rights at all levels of public education.

Thank Senator Harris: https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

AND Senator Feinstein: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

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Every student counts…so count them, please!

Email Deadline: Friday, June 30th

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Indivisible Ventura is joining with Indivisible Conejo’s action and those of other groups to ensure that all children, even those with special needs, count in California’s classrooms and that underperforming schools are quickly identified and assisted in improvement.

President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have been busy dismantling Obama’s bipartisan “Every Student Succceeds Act” (ESSA) and our own state Board of Education has stated that they will only  meet “minimum federal requirements”.

Great! What could go wrong? Continue reading “Every student counts…so count them, please!”

It’s decision time for hundreds of pieces of legislation in California this week. Make some calls!

The Senate’s fiscal committee will decide the fate of bills on Thursday, June 1st; the Assembly will do so on Friday, June 2nd.  The ones that pass will then move to the opposite house.

With our strong Democratic majority, California has the ability to counter some of the negative policies coming out of Washington D.C. Our friends at Indivisible San Francisco short-listed some of the most important bills. If you have time this week, please pick the ones that speak the most to you, and make some phone calls.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Assemblywoman Monique Limon don’t receive many calls from their constituents, so if we all make our voices heard this week, we can make a real difference.


Pick your favorite bills from the list ISF has put together and let our state MoCs know how you feel.

Assembly: Call State Assembly Member Monique Limón: Sacramento: (916) 319-2037, Santa Barbara: (805) 564-1649, Ventura: (805) 641-3700 If outside of these areas, find your Representatives here.