Help Ventura house our Homeless Residents! Write City Council to acquire State funds to address our Shelter Crisis & attend the Council Meeting on 9/24

First things first. Familiarize yourself with the issues, myths, and solutions in the pipeline regarding our homeless brothers and sisters in Ventura.

On Monday, Sept 24, our City Council will be deciding whether or not to ask for State funds by declaring Ventura as having a Shelter Crisis. 

The City Council will be voting on the decision to declare a local emergency shelter crisis to be eligible to access California Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funding.

In order to receive these State funds, Ventura must have an official Shelter Crisis declaration for this funding to be utilized within our city. Funds are anticipated to be released by year-end 2018 and in an amount significant to really make a difference to our most vulnerable residents.

Action #1: Email our City Council (addresses below)

Talking points for emails (be sure to make it your own!):

-As a voter and concerned citizen in Ventura, I’d like your commitment to declare a Shelter Crisis to be eligible to receive California Homeless Emergency Aid Program funding.

-State funds are being allotted by year-end to help our most vulnerable residents and, in addition to the funds earmarked by the Council in June, I feel strongly that, we, as a city can make great strides in addressing homelessness in our city

-Funding will go toward homelessness prevention, emergency housing vouchers, rapid rehousing, and navigation centers.

-In addition,
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Thanks to all who came out to the City Council Meeting – THEY VOTED TO FUND THE SHELTER!

Last night, Monday, June 18, our City Council voted to fund a 24-hour, year-round shelter in front of a large crowd of enthusiastic supporters! 

We heard from a  long-term homeless advocate who’s been working for decades for this night.

judy alexandre

We heard from a man who’d experienced homelessness firsthand.

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TODAY! Attend City Council Meeting – HUGE Vote to Help our Homeless Ventura Residents!

First things first. Familiarize yourself with the issues, myths, and solutions in the pipeline regarding our homeless brothers and sisters in Ventura.

Today,  Monday, June 18, our City Council will be deciding whether or not to fund a 24-hour, year-round shelter with the goal of transitioning folks into permanent housing

The City Council allotted $300,000 in Measure O funds last year, and the ask is for an additional $300,000 for 2018. Zoning for a shelter was put into place last year and advocates are asking for a site to be chosen by the end of 2018. THIS IS HUGE.

This would enable our homeless residents to be surrounded with services and given the chance to gain a foothold in their lives. A year-round shelter is supported by our police, business owners and homeless advocates alike.

Action: Show up today at the Monday, June 18 Council Meeting to support this important cause!

6 pm (show up early for a good seat!) at 501 Poli Street (At the top of California Street, downtown). Parking is around back and use the door at the rear of the building. 

If you haven’t yet, email our City Council!

Talking points for emails (be sure to make it your own!):

-As a voter and concerned citizen in Ventura, I’d like your commitment to $600,000 in Measure O funds to acquire a year-round shelter.

-In addition,
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Let’s help our Ventura Homeless Residents off the Streets! Contact our City Council Members and Attend the IMPORTANT 6/18 Council Meeting

First things first. Familiarize yourself with the issues, myths, and solutions in the pipeline regarding our homeless brothers and sisters in Ventura.

On Monday, June 18, our City Council will be deciding whether or not to fund a 24-hour, year-round shelter with the goal of transitioning folks into permanent housing

The City Council allotted $300,000 in Measure O funds last year, and the ask is for an additional $300,000 for 2018. Zoning for a shelter was put into place last year and advocates are asking for a site to be chosen by the end of 2018. THIS IS HUGE.

This would enable our homeless residents to be surrounded with services and given the chance to gain a foothold in their lives. A year-round shelter is supported by our police, business owners and homeless advocates alike.

Action: Email (addresses below) our City Council and show up at the Monday, June 18 Council Meeting to support this important cause!

6 pm at 501 Poli Street (At the top of California Street, downtown). Parking is around back and use the door at the rear of the building. 

Talking points for emails (be sure to make it your own!):

-As a voter and concerned citizen in Ventura, I’d like your commitment to $600,000 in Measure O funds to acquire a year-round shelter.

-In addition,
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Friday’s Call-In Prescription

(Photo from http://abc7.com/thomas-fire-destroys-downtown-ventura-apartment-complex/2741430/)

Today is a continuation of our “Evacuation Special”, as our town and surrounding areas are still literally on fire. Today’s post will be notable for its lateness and weird format.

#1 – Assistance gratefully accepted.

Our co-director Veronica was on a writing assignment in Cuba with her husband earlier this week. She’s the one who put this website together and keeps it running, organizes all our resistance events and watches over me. All the hard jobs. While they were gone, the Thomas Fire destroyed her apartment building and literally everything she and her husband owned except for their car at the LAX parking lot and two carry-ons with warm-weather clothing. (http://abc7.com/thomas-fire-destroys-downtown-ventura-apartment-complex/2741430/)

Any assistance to help them get re-started would be gratefully accepted. https://www.gofundme.com/david-and-veronica-fire-fund

Ronne

#2 – “I’ll take ‘Natural Disasters’ for $100, Alex!” – Keep up the pressure on the #TrumpTaxScam.

Fun new fact: The House Republican tax bill would eliminate deductions for personal losses from wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters. (If this were Jeopardy – “What are disasters that happen in California?”) Interestingly enough, it would keep the break for victims of the recent severe hurricanes (“What are disasters that happen mostly in red states?”).

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“I’m on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality.”

On it, thanks! Read the article here: http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-rosenworcel-fcc-net-neutrality-repeal-20171122-story.html

Indivisible Ventura was planning a rally alongside resistance groups all over the country today, Dec. 7th, exactly one week before the FCC votes to do to the internet what Trump did to Bears Ears National Monument. However, our local event has been CANCELLED due to fire conditions, but we can still do our part with these effective actions…

Step #1

FCC’s vote can be prevented by the House, so call your reps:

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to support Title Two net neutrality rules and urge him/her/they to oppose the FCC’s plan to repeal them. Specifically, I’d like our Congressmember to contact the FCC Chairman and demand he abandon his current plan.”

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

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

Step #2

Lobby the 3 FCC commissioners who are likely to vote ‘yes’ on repealing net neutrality, to try to get them to vote ‘no’ instead.  Apparently the phone lines are either being inundated with calls or have been shut off, so use other means if you can’t get through:

Step #3

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Take aim at the FCC in 4 easy steps.

The FCC is set to repeal net neutrality on Dec. 14th. Let’s get started.

Step #1

FCC’s vote can be prevented by the House, so call your reps:

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to support Title Two net neutrality rules and urge him/her/they to oppose the FCC’s plan to repeal them. Specifically, I’d like our Congressmember to contact the FCC Chairman and demand he abandon his current plan.”

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

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

Step #2

Lobby the 3 FCC commissioners who are likely to vote ‘yes’ on repealing net neutrality, to try to get them to vote ‘no’ instead.  Apparently the phone lines are either being inundated with calls or have been shut off, so use other means if you can’t get through:

Step #3

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“Clean-Dream-Act” or bust.

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me”. Matthew 25:35 

Who are Dream Heroes? They are members of Congress who pledge to protect Dreamers. If Congress hasn’t passed the Dream Act by Dec. 8—when funding for the government expires—then they will insist on including it as part of the December spending bill. The pledge is that they will only vote for a continuing resolution (“CR”) if it has the Dream Act included. A vote on a continuing resolution without the Dream Act is a vote to deport Dreamers.

Minimal Script to thank someone for their support: I’m writing to thank Rep./Senator  [___] for standing with the 800,000 threatened Dreamers . Please join with the other supporters who will refuse to vote on a continuing resolution unless it includes a clean  Dream Act.

Minimal Script for those not on the right side of history yet: I’m calling from zip code [___ to ask Rep./Senator [___] to stand with the  25 Democratic representatives who are refusing to proceed with a continuing resolution until passing a clean  Dream Act.

More script if you want it: We must ensure that Dreamers can go to school, work, and serve in the military—but not in exchange for a border wall or increased deportation of other immigrants.

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Corporations can’t even be bothered to maintain the charade with a hand in the air.

Update! The House just passed their version. Swamp the senators with calls! Yes, call the Democrats too!

This is what’s not going to happen…

“President Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, looked out from the stage at a sea of CEOs and top executives in the audience Tuesday for the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council meeting. As Cohn sat comfortably onstage, a Journal editor asked the crowd to raise their hands if their company plans to invest more if the tax reform bill passes.

Very few hands went up.

Cohn looked surprised. “Why aren’t the other hands up?” he said.”

The business investment that Trump and his band of merry men say that their tax plan would unleash — new factories, more equipment and more jobs – ISN’T GOING TO HAPPEN.

This is what will happen.

What will happen is that the tax deficit will require them to start cutting programs that we and our families use. Like Medicare. Like Medicaid. Paul Ryan would like to put Social Security on the block. We will see higher insurance bills and 13,000,000 of us will lose our insurance. More people will file for medical bankruptcies and lose their homes.

This is all very real.

Trickle-down isn’t.

Ask for what we want! Every day. Over and over.

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Extend the protections against domestic abusers. YES on S.1539.

Minimal Script for Supporting Senators: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Senator [___] for co-sponsoring the “Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2017” (S.1539).

More script if you want it: Just as a person who has been convicted of domestic abuse should not be able to legally buy a firearm, stalkers should also be prevented from having guns.

Don’t know if your Senator is a supporter? Click here.
Minimal Script for Senators who are late to the game: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Senator [___] to co-sponsor the “Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2017” (S.1539). Research proves that this bill is necessary to protect lives of women and the general public.
More script if you’re feeling feisty: If the Senator is too busy to do the basic research on this, I’d be happy to send in some reputable source materials.

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

and THANK 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, email

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

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