Take a moment… Now find your pens and crayons and let’s get to work…

(From our Sunday Sanity-Saving Good news column.)

IndivisibleVentura.org is organizing weekly postcard-writing huddles. Watch for place and time in our “Events” listing.

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Want to help Doug Jones to beat Roy Moore in Alabama? Can you write short notes on postcards to encourage Alabama citizens to get out and vote on Dec. 12th?

Friendly, handwritten election reminders from volunteer to targeted voters is giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast.

Become a member of the postcard brigade!

How do you do it?
1) email Tony at join@tonythedemocrat.org, and you’ll get instructions & addresses .
2) Get some postcards and stamps. Link below to stamp source.
3) Tony has some phrases from the campaign that need to be on the card. If you write small, there’s other talking points you can add.
4) Once you’re vetted, you can request as many addresses as you want from “Abby the address bot” It’s a great texting tool.
5) Call Mandy at 781-424-2088 if you have any questions.

https://twitter.com/hashtag/PostcardsToVoters?src=hash

Postcard stamps at a discount:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/522977669/postcards-to-voters-34-cent-vintage

Postcard Gallery:  from simple to crazy-amazing.  Don’t worry if you can’t draw a straight line. All are effective! Continue reading “Take a moment… Now find your pens and crayons and let’s get to work…”

Venturans – Join in! Help determine new districts to bring representation to all.

CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy) has successfully spearheaded an effort to switch Ventura from a city-wide election model to a district-base one. District elections guarantee a voice for underrepresented neighborhoods like the Westside, leading to more diverse leadership at City Hall. While one in three Ventura residents is a person of color, Ventura has never had a non-white city councilmember, an issue that’s put us in violation of the California Voting Rights Act.

However, there are other benefits of using districts. By reducing the size of a voting area, the cost of running for office is greatly reduced, making it possible for more people to consider running for local office. It currently costs an average of $18,000 to win a seat on Ventura City Council, as candidates must pay to run expensive citywide advertisements. Districts bring elections down to the neighborhood level, promoting grassroots democracy. District elections also keep our representatives more accountable to listening to their neighbors instead of wealthy interests.

So, now the mapping of the districts begins and this is where you come in. We can help place the lines of the seven new districts.

Here’s the city’s link: https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/districtelections

There are paper maps you can download, interactive maps and an on-line district-drawing tool. Also, attend the public hearings (hearing dates

Continue reading “Venturans – Join in! Help determine new districts to bring representation to all.”

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?

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

Join us as Ventura City Council Votes on a Resolution to Create District Elections!

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Today at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Pre-meeting Rally at 5:15 at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St, Ventura, CA.

Join us as Ventura City Council votes on a resolution to create district elections. This will bring the City of Ventura into compliance with the California Voting Rights Act!

District elections guarantee a voice for underrepresented neighborhoods like the Westside, leading to more diverse leadership at City Hall. While one in three Ventura residents is a person of color, Ventura has never had a non-white city councilmember!

By reducing the cost of running for office, district elections keep our representatives more accountable to listening to their neighbors instead of wealthy interests. It currently costs an average of $18,000 to win a seat on Ventura City Council as candidates pay to run expensive citywide advertisements, but districts bring elections down to the neighborhood level, promoting grassroots democracy.

Demand an Independent Commission on Election Cybersecurity

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Senator [___] to support S. 1821 which establishes a national commission on the cybersecurity of US election systems.

More script if you want it: The government must take steps to protect the integrity of our elections, and an investigative commission is a crucial step, in concert with the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC), in combatting future attempts by Russia to interfere with our voting systems again.

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

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 “Demand an Independent Commission on Election Cybersecurity”

Indivisible’s Potluck Blowout – How do we Move Forward with Healthcare?

Join Indivisible Ventura, Indivisible Ojai Valley,  Indivisible Conejo, Physicians for Progress, the National Health Law Program, Grassroots Ventura, MoveOn, and a host of other Ventura County organizations on Saturday, October 21. Bring a dish, bring a friend, and get ready to socialize and hear from a spectacular line-up of speakers!

When: Saturday, October 21, 11:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa Plaza, Ventura (directions here) 
Bring: Your favorite dish, a friend, and your unbridled energy!
RSVP (and SHARE) on our Facebook Event Page: facebook.com/events/1385884568176423 or by emailing indivisibleventura@gmail.com

Knowledge is key to understanding the options we have for moving forward toward the best healthcare our nation can deliver. Our aim is to learn about these options and share this knowledge into our communities.

Our line-up of incredible speakers (bios below):
Dr. Josephine Soliz will make the case that we as a country spend more money on poorer care on a smaller percentage of our population than all the other developed countries that have figured out, better than we have, how to provide health insurance and thus access to healthcare to 100% of their population.
Dr. Minako Watabe will present the case for universal access to health insurance from the patient harm perspective.
Dr. Clint McBride will key us in about single payer healthcare/insurance.
Michael Williams, Director of Grey Law of Ventura County will speak of the dangers to citizens currently on Medicare and Medi-Cal if the proposed changes to Obamacare are implemented.
Héctor Hernández-Delgado, Staff Attorney for National Health Law Program will give us an overview of our existing healthcare model, touching on single payer and legal implications/ramifications.
Afterward, we will screen the movie Fix it: Healthcare at the Tipping Point

Bios  (and detailed directions to the venue, including access to the rear entrance, due to construction):

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Indivisible’s Potluck Blowout – Setting the Stage for the Take-back of Congress in 2018! Speakers Galore!

Join Indivisible Ventura, Indivisible Ojai Valley,  Indivisible Conejo and a host of other Ventura County organizations on Saturday, September 30. Bring a dish, bring a friend, and get ready to socialize and hear from a spectacular line-up of speakers!

When: Saturday, September 30, 11:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa Plaza, Ventura 
Bring: Your favorite dish, a friend, and your unbridled energy!
RSVP on our Facebook Event Page: facebook.com/events/350846208699765

Our line-up of incredible speakers (bios below):

Zacharie Boisvert of Indivisible National will speak about Indivisible’s relentless drive toward the 2018 elections!

Jennifer Eis, the Field Director/Co-Founder of Indivisible: Conejo, will fill us in on the local ground game in play for flipping Congress blue.

Helen Conly, President of the Ojai Democratic Club, will show us how easy it is to register your family, friends, neighbors (and the occasional waitress) to vote! We will have voter registration forms on hand for you to take with you.

Dr. Gregory K. Freeland, Phd. for Califoria Lutheran University’s Department of Political Science, Director of the Global Studies Program, faculty adviser to Model United Nations will be talking about gerrymandering and the surpression of minority voters.

Allied Progressive Front will speak out their efforts to aid voters whose voting rights have been deliberately sabotaged.

Lucia Marquez of CAUSE (causenow.org) will be speaking on the local issue of district vs. at-large elections and the effect on our minority communities.

Note: We have the right to refuse admission. Attendees exhibiting disruptive behavior will be asked to leave.