“What do you say to people who might be tired of protesting, tired of calling?”

171208153808-plane-argument-2-large-169“First of all, I hear you brother, I hear you, sister. It is devastating. the attacks every week on black people, on brown people, on all of us, on workers, – it’s exhausting and humiliating and it undermines your confidence in the country and your core values.

And so the first thing you have to do is acknowledge the pain and own it and be at peace with it. And then you have to say, you know what, in the face of that I will fight. Right? Because the struggles that are in front of me are in fact, they’re big, I mean whether it’s you, or me or anyone else. We have real struggles. But other people have had hard struggles in their lives and they’ve persevered. You know, a lot of people, throughout human history, have had shitty lives with major obstacles and they’ve fought hard. I mean, think about refugees in Syria.

So what we’ve got here is less difficult than that. We have a functioning democracy, we still have the ability to raise our voices, we have to do it we have to persevere, we have to put a little  self-sacrifice in. The democracy doesn’t work if we hand it off to K Street, if we let the monied interest do their work, then of course the Republicans will do the bidding and the Democrats will fold like playing cards. Continue reading ““What do you say to people who might be tired of protesting, tired of calling?””

Join us for the Oppose the Tax Scam Rally at Steve Knight’s Office in Simi Valley!

United, we are sending a clear message to Rep Steve Knight: stand with his constituents and vote NO on the Trump Tax Scam.

We must stand with our friends and neighbors who will suffer from this bill.

Knight cannot steal money from his district like The Grinch, he will be held accountable.

When: Monday, December 18 at 4 PM – 5 PM
Where: 1445 E Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley, California 93065
Bring: Your voice, your friends, your sign (we have extra signs and masks!).
RSVP and More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725122797505997/

Join us for a Alabama Senate Race Postcard Party!

We will be joining a national effort to help elect Doug Jones of Alabama to the US Senate. The election is on Dec 12, so we need to get to cracking and take one more step to getting a majority back in the Senate!

Our appeal will be directly to the voters in Alabama – 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 Alabamans to do that most American thing — VOTE!

Join a party in Ventura at one of the times below so we can have fun while writing and personalizing the cards.

Please pick a day from the list below, and let us know when you would like to join.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO RSVP to Ruth at jeruth51@aol.com (RSVP and we’ll send you the address!):

Thursday, November 30, 10:00 AM

Sunday, December 3, 1:00 PM

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):

Continue reading “Indivisible’s Potluck Blowout – How do we Move Forward with Healthcare?”

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.

 

How to help Houston.

(from NPR) Thanks, Avrom from The Resistance: Peaceful Action for sharing this)
Here’s How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/28/546745827/looking-to-help-those-affected-by-harvey-here-s-a-list  (Will be updated as new info comes in.)
General Relief
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a Harvey relief fund at The Greater Houston Community Foundation (https://ghcfdisaster.kimbia.com/hurricaneharveyrelieffund). The organization connects donors with a network of nonprofits and innovative solutions in the social sector.
GlobalGiving (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/), which calls itself the largest global crowdfunding community, has a goal of raising $2 million for its Harvey relief fund. Funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, water and shelter and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.
United Way of Greater Houston (https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood/flood-donation/) has launched a relief fund for storm-related needs and recovery. The organization says it already maintains a disaster relief fund but anticipates the needs of Harvey will far exceed those existing resources. Continue reading “How to help Houston.”

Go see “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”

Monday, August 7, 7:45 PM
The Hitchcock Theatre
371 South Hitchcock Way, Santa Barbara

Indivisible has partnered with Al Gore to keep attention on climate change.

The 7:45 showing  is hosted by CEC, Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch that will include Q&A discussion focused on local actions. Or go see it locally. It’s playing at the Century 10.

Afterward, a Q&A discussion will be focused on local actions – learn how you can become involved.