People tell us that they sometimes feel overwhelmed by the news they hear every day, but that doing something, even a small action, helps. Writing postcards. Registering new voters. Learning about an issue. Supporting speakers at meetings. Being a part of a community that’s trying to make change. So, come join in. There’s a lot to do.
Monday, Oct. 21: Trip to Adelanto Detention Center led by Rev. Betty
Does the work of the resistance have any effect? Yes, CA just passed a law to ban all private prisons when their contacts expire in 2020. However, in the meantime, immigrant detainees need to know they are not alone. Visits are meaningful to both detainees and visitors. To join the carpool, contact Rev. Betty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mondays – Volunteering with Al Otro Lado.
Continue reading “Mon 10/21: “Your presence is requested…” Pick your resistance activity for this week.”
We live in an amazingly active community, so it’s very possible we’ve missed an important event. If so, please email us at email@example.com. Come join in…in both the events that protect our families, our neighbors and our environment, and the celebrations that refresh the spirit and remind us how lucky we are to be living here.
Sat., Oct. 19: Va Por La Avenida – In preparation for Día de los Muertos – Ofrenda.
Starting at 12:00-2:00pm: Come celebrate the residents, artists and businesses of Ventura Avenue. Festivities begin at the Kellogg Park with free art classes and music and dance performances by Danza Mexícayotl de Ventura and Ballet Floklórico. Local artists Trio Yolipan will begin a performance in the park, then will continue to perform as they walk down the Avenue. Businesses in the area will have a number of creative events. The Bell Arts Factory will host lessons in making masks, flowers, paper dolls and silk screening and local artists will display their wares. The celebration will continue along Ventura Avenue until late evening. For more information, see this event page and their Facebook event here.
Saturday, Oct. 19: Ventura County Youth Leaders Without Borders Conference
By invitation. For information on how you can support young immigrants in your community, contact our Safe Zones for Dreamers work group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Oct. 19: RIP Platform Holly: A Wake to end Offshore Drilling.
Continue reading “Mark your calendars! We’re not waiting for justice and unity to roll down from on high. It’s do-it-ourselves democracy week in Ventura County!”
On January 28, 2019, protesters from all our coastal communities, including Santa Barbara, gathered together in Camarillo to protest against offshore oil leases at the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Our protests have an effect. Time for us to stand indivisible again in SB!
Action – Attend the Santa Barbara Planning Commission hearing Monday May 6th
Date: Monday, May 6th
Time: Gather at 5:00 pm for pre-meeting rally.
Where: Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Fourth Floor, Santa Barbara County Administration Building, 105 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
- Sign on to this action letter here.
- Thank our federal legislators for bills to stop all west coast offshore drilling here.
- Go to this meeting. Facebook event listing here, RSVP: here.
What’s happening: The Santa Barbara Planning Commission will consider ExxonMobil’s “Interim Trucking” proposal to restart three oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, all of which have been shut-down since the disastrous 2015 Plains Pipeline oil spill, and to transport crude oil to their refinery with a continuous stream of tanker trucks on local highways, including Hwy. 101. The project page on County’s website is here. The draft supplimental Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is here. Exxon’s project description here.
Continue reading “Mon 5/6: Join in to stop the reopening of three oil platforms off Santa Barbara and 24/7 trucking of crude oil on Hwy. #101!”
Action – Thank Senator Feinstein for introducing this bill.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced S.1318 – West Coast Ocean Protection Act to permanently ban offshore drilling in federal waters off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington. Companion legislation H.R.310 was introduced by Congressman Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) in the House of Representatives.
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Rep./ Sen. [____] for their support of (Rep.) H.R.310 /(Sen.) S.1318 – West Coast Ocean Protection Act.
- H.R.310: Rep-check here. (Brownley is a cosponsor, Carbajal is missing!)
- S.1318: Rep-check here. (Both Feinstein and Harris are all over this.
Continue reading “Mon 5/6: Moving beyond oil – “YES” on the West Coast Ocean Protection Act.”
Action – Protect Carbon Dioxide Emission Limits on Power Plants — Deadline TONIGHT, 3/18, by 11:59 pm EST.
We are currently starring in a terror movie, the plot worthy of any James Bond film. The villians, billionaires and multi-national corporations, in pursuit of boundless profit, are killing off our environmental protections, not only returning us to the days when our rivers caught on fire, our water gave us cancer and our air killed our kids, but to huge new disasters we’ve never seen before – hurricanes too big for our categories, tornados made of fire, 100-year or 500-year floods that happen every year.
If we’ve waiting for a superhero to save us… well, one 16-year-old girl from Sweden sent tens of thousands of school kids into the streets to protest government inaction.
Now it’s our turn.
Submit a comment to the oil-industry-controlled EPA opposing their proposed rule change that would eliminate our current strong carbon pollution standards that apply to new, modified and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired power plants. The administration’s proposal would relax the standard to a level that can easily be met with standard technology, continuing coal’s reign as our dirtiest energy polluter. Yes, it’s true what our opponents say. The carbon-capture rules DO make it really hard and expensive to build new coal plants.
Comment here. Continue reading “Mon 3/18: Keep strong Carbon Dioxide Emission Limits on Coal Plants – Comment in 10 minutes or less. Deadline tonight, 11:59 pm EST”