Watch the celebrations outside the Senate when word of the failure came back! (There’s a bunch of happy videos here)
I hear over and over…”Don’t talk to me about politics. It’s too overwhelming. It stresses me out.”
I’m going to make a different plea. Come join in! Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News!”
Yes, it’s this weekend!
Come join us, Indivisible Ventura, Ojai Indivisible, Indivisible Conejo and others! If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s the Signup Link:
Here’s more info:
Good evening, progressive warriors!
We’re getting excited – our advance team is heading to Fresno on Friday to join our fantastic local organizers and volunteers – the countdown has begun! We can’t wait to welcome you to our first monthly canvass as we begin to take back Congressional District 22!
I’m going to recap general info below for everyone so that new people to the sign-up can get the big picture. We also have the sign-up link for our statewide all-volunteer conference call Thursday, July 20 at 7pm PST. Plus, we’ve included some carpool and hotel updates. Read on for lots of helpful information, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions. Continue reading “Standing Indivisible – Help register voters in Devin Nunes’ district!”
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”
(Message from Jim Hines, Team member Sierra Club Protect Wild Utah Team, Co-Team Leader Protect California/Nevada National Monuments Team, Chapter Chair of the Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter which serves Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.)
The public comment phase for the possible reduction in size or complete elimination of America’s national monuments has officially ended.
A big THANK YOU to each of you for getting so many supportive and passionate comments for protection of America’s national monuments in before the July 10th deadline. Your individual comments regarding specific national monuments are especially encouraging.
U.S. Dept of the Interior senior staff in DC told us this morning that over 2.5 million comments were received, the majority from the official comment webpage but a large number were in the form of postcards and letters sent by mail to the U.S. Dept of the Interior. You inundated them supporting America’s national monuments. In fact they are not sure what to do with so many comments. Staff says that a preliminary tally shows that by a 10 to 1 margin people who commented supported leaving America’s national monuments fully intact and protected. The national monument which received the most individual comments was Bears Ears NM in Utah.
Continue reading “OMG! Over 2.5 million comments! But they’re not done and neither are we.”
Battle for the Net! – Net Neutrality Day of Action.
Net neutrality protects our free speech on the Internet. The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees.
July 12th, the Internet came together to stop them!
Update 7/14: 2 MILLION comments!
Awesome campaign overview here: https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/12/15958030/net-neutrality-day-of-action-internet-companies-list
More here: https://www.fightforthefuture.org/news/2017-07-13-update-historic-day-of-action-for-net-neutrality/
DON’T STOP NOW!
The push campaign is over but the deadline isn’t until July 17th!
Now we’re sending a message to internet service providers EXACTLY how happy we’d be for them to take us over.
Write a comment on their form. Hit “SEND”. Repeat. As many times as you can!
Come to our potluck and meet your fellow legislator-calling, sign-painting, sidewalk-stomping resistance warriors!
https://tinyurl.com/potluck-this-saturday <–Please RSVP by clicking the “Going” button!
Or email us at email@example.com
When: Saturday, July 8th, 11-2
Where: 930 Pacific Strand Place, Ventura
All-members and friends welcome! Meet your fellow legislator-calling, sign-painting, sidewalk-stomping resistance warriors! Please bring a drink and a side dish to share.
Meet us in the community room of the complex and we’ll have time to eat, talk, listen, share hilarious protest stories and plan for the future. Come join us!
Strength in Numbers
(From SmallDeedsDone) “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
– Andrew Carnegie
Leaf cutter ants are peculiar, fascinating little creatures. They use their buzzsaw-like jaws to cut up leaves that they then carry back to their massive nests. They are impressively strong, being able to lift and carry 30-50 times their own weight.
That’s one powerful animal – no question about it.
But their true strength – their real power – lies in their ability to work as a team, with each individual ant’s actions feeding into the larger group’s objectives.
On its own, one ant can cut up plenty of leaves. But working together, a large nest can strip a tree of its leaves overnight.
Just imagine that for a second. Thousands upon thousands of tiny creatures can strip an entire tree of its leaves – because each one takes a teeny tiny bite.
So let’s bring the analogy back to ourselves…
Remember who we are.
Remember what we’ve done.
Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity Saving Good News! – “Taking Down the Tree” Edition”
It was National Comey Day!
We’re going to start out with the closest thing to accurate news commentary we’re going to find… Continue reading “This Week in Resistance – “True Lies” Edition!”
URGENT: Show up this morning (Tuesday) to support farmworkers!
Over the past year, local farmworker advocates have been in constructive dialogue with agriculture industry leaders to find common ground around how to improve working conditions for farmworkers.
CAUSE and MICOP and key industry leaders reached an agreement to support a $200k Ventura County Farmworker Resource Program, which would help farmworkers learn about their legal protections, resolve issues with their employers, and navigate public agencies.
Ventura County Supervisors Steve Bennett and John Zaragoza are now proposing this program to be included in next year’s budget, and have placed it on the Board of Supervisors agenda tomorrow morning. Continue reading “Action This Morning to Support Our Farmworkers!”