Tuesday’s Call-in Prescription

Today is our “Evacuation Special” as our town is literally on fire and we’ve relocated to a location with terrible internet access. Today’s post will be notable  for its lateness and weird format.

We’re asking people to make two important calls today! And then do some fun things.

#1. Pass a Clean Dream Act. 

Even if you’ve called on this before, do it again.

#2. Read “Kill the concealed carry for everyone!” for background. They’re voting on this in the House TOMORROW (Wednesday).

Using the same kind of reverse logic that results in a tax bill for the middle class that is actually harmful to them, the GOP has decided that overriding common-sense safety provisions of states run by grownups will make us safer.

This actually passed out of committee (*^?^**!!!) so ignore the references to talking just to committee members. Call your own Representative and both Senators, no matter how you imagine they’ll vote. Note that three Democrats openly support this bill, because they feel they have to to survive. Too bad.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code]  to express my opposition to (H.R. 38(for Reps),  S.446 (for Senators)

More Script if you want it: This bill would invalidate state-level concealed carry restrictions, make it difficult for law enforcement to verify whether a weapon is legally carried, and essentially allow permitless carry across the country. Continue reading “Tuesday’s Call-in Prescription”

Kill this “Concealed-Carry-for-Everyone” nonsense in committee. Before someone gets hurt.

Update (11/27): The House Judiciary Committee will debate and vote on HR 38 this Wednesday, November 30th. If it passes the committee, it will move on to a full floor vote.

This bill (H.R. 38), and the matching Senate bill (S.446), would allow people who carry concealed weapons in their home states to carry them into ANY OTHER STATE. In addition, these laws would allow gun owners to sue police for even attempting to verify the status of their permits, according to The Trace and Everytown for Gun Safety.

It would invalidate common-sense requirements that 39 states have for gun safety training, the bans that 30 states have against domestic abusers having gun permits, and the restrictions that 28 states have against convicted stalkers from having permits.

If these are your people…call them to  vote “NO” and kill this horror in committee.

Not your districts but know somebody else who lives there? Call them and ask them to call – TODAY!

Don’t know how to reach these congresspeople?: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code]  to express my opposition to H.R. 38. Continue reading “Kill this “Concealed-Carry-for-Everyone” nonsense in committee. Before someone gets hurt.”

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

More Info: Continue reading “Extend the protections against domestic abusers. YES on S.1539.”

This is not what “freedom” should look like.

Things are starting to turn. Now is the time to press in for responsible gun laws. 

On Nov. 1, 2017, John Chiang, California’s Treasure asked CalSTRS to divest from companies that sell certain kinds of guns and ammunition that are illegal in California.

Our Senator Feinsteinjust introduced the  Assault Weapons Ban of 2017, along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.).

Your turn.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to join Senator Feinstein in co-sponsoring and passing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017.

If your Senators aren’t on this list, call them.

Thank Senator Feinstein: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
Thank Senator Harris: https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

Other Senator Contactshttp://www.phoneyourrep.com

Haven’t made any calls on gun violence yet? Ready to do them again?! Go here.

This covers call scripts for the “Background Check expansion“, re-authorizing the CDC to study gun violence, the “Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act” and asks our legislators to vote NO on the “Concealed Reciprocity Act.

More Info.: 

Continue reading “This is not what “freedom” should look like.”

Why we Need to Help our Sister District, CA-25, rid themselves of Steve Knight – and how YOU can Help!

We Venturans can’t vote Knight out, but we can help our neighbors and friends in Simi Valley and Santa Clarita rid themselves of him – and help ourselves by removing one of the 24 Trump minions needed to turn the House blue!

See all events below.

Let us count the ways Steve Knight has betrayed us: He votes with Trump 98% of the time. He voted against our healthcare. He voted for the #TrumpTaxScam. The National Rifle Association gives him an A rating. He’s rabidly anti-choice. He opposed raises to minimum wage for workers. And his environmental record is dismal.

And we’d bet our shirts that when it’s time to vote for the DREAMers or the Stupid Border Wall, he’s going to rubber stamp Trump too. 

How can we beat him? Indivisible Ventura is proud to announce that we’ve joined forces with Swing SoCal Left, a powerful coalition of organizations determined to Flip the 25th and we’ll be organizing trips to register voters, canvass, and get out the vote!

Here’s where we are needed in  February to flip the 25th – it’s so much fun!: Continue reading “Why we Need to Help our Sister District, CA-25, rid themselves of Steve Knight – and how YOU can Help!”

8 people were killed by a truck in NY. 900 have been killed by gunfire in the last 30 days. We are watching.

1 month update SINCE Las Vegas Massacre (Oct. 1st):

More than 3,000 people have been shot.
(Update: From October 2–31, the nonprofit identified reports of 3,791 people shot in America.) 

At least 900 of them have died.
(Update: Of those wounded, 1,195 died. The figure does not include the 58 who died during the Las Vegas mass shooting on October 1)

This is what that looks like in guns… (gray area for the dead). Each symbol represents a family torn apart, sorrow, pain, suffering and, because we are America, the incredible hardship of huge medical bills for the survivors.

This is ONE month in America.

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In the next few weeks, we will be bombarded by issues related to a radicalized Muslim man and his killing of 8 people with his truck. Trump will be rolling in his xenophobic mud as he tries to leverage this tragedy into more authoritarian power for himself. Continue reading “8 people were killed by a truck in NY. 900 have been killed by gunfire in the last 30 days. We are watching.”

33,636 points of heartbreak…one year of gun deaths in America and what you can do.

It’s hard to even conceive of what 33,636 deaths looks like… 

These blocks of guns, each little gun symbol representing a death, is for all us visual learners out there. This amazing depiction of what 33,636 gun deaths a year really looks like is brought to us thanks to Matt Maughey. (Scroll through it in one solid block here )

But change is happening.

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The public is truly done with “thoughts and prayers” as our only defense against urban warfare.

What happened in Vegas put the lie to NRA claims that good-people-with-guns in a crowd could always stop a shooting.

The NRA is grudgingly prepared to sacrifice bump stocks as truly the least they can do.

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We are at a tipping point…

Demand more. Make these 3+ calls.

Continue reading “33,636 points of heartbreak…one year of gun deaths in America and what you can do.”