Postcard Party for California District 1 on April 4th!

We will be joining a statewide effort to get out the vote in California District 1!

When: Wednesday, April 4th at 11:00AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Santino’s Pizza Parlor – 4321 Telegraph Rd, Ventura
Fun! Pizza will be provided! (A little cheese grease goes a long way toward making our postcards have that special “homey” touch!)

CD1 is LaMalfa’s district which is spread out, red, and rural. The CD1 Democratic Alliance have asked us to write postcards to their rural democratic voters, encouraging them to turn out to vote. We are not endorsing a candidate, just advocating power to the polls.

Our appeal will be directly to the voters in CA-1 – 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 Americans to do that most American thing — VOTE!

Here are some tidbits from LaMalfa’s reelection site to inspire us:

“I am proud to have earned an A rating and the endorsements of the NRA and Gun Owners of America.”

“The current (immigration) policy Continue reading “Postcard Party for California District 1 on April 4th!”

March For Our Lives – Ventura! – Part 2

Besides information, great speechs and marching (See Part 1), there was a lot of information being shared at the park. For those who weren’t able to attend, or didn’t have a chance to see it, we’ve attached it below.

California  – New gun laws for 2018. (Sacbee)
California gun laws (Giffords)

Parents (and grandparents) Promise to Kids 

kid pic

The goal of Parents Promise to Kids (PPTK) is to get parents to vote for candidates who believe that the safety of our children is much more important than the right to own guns. We urge parents, grandparents and other concerned adults to sign a contract, found below and then post it on social media with the included instructions.  The contract is a promise to kids that they will never leave their homes in fear of being attacked by people with assault weapons.

The Parkland student’s presription for gun safety

(From thetrace.org) Continue reading “March For Our Lives – Ventura! – Part 2”

March For Our Lives – Ventura! – Part 1

It was an amazing day yesterday, completely organized by four Ventura High School students. See this VC Star article for more videos and pics, as well as our Facebook page, and this link to great photos from Ray Smith of Indivisible Ojai Valley.

Our local congresswoman, Julia Brownley, made some great speeches. (Thanks to Paul Taylor for this great video!)

Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., students and future leaders from our own Ventura County Youth Collective took a moment from the MFOL events there to gather in front of this inspirational portrait. They toured the Capitol with staff from Congresswoman Julia Brownley’s office, visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture and will be meeting with our legislators. Follow their adventures on Facebook  and Twitter. Continue reading “March For Our Lives – Ventura! – Part 1”

Friday 3/23 – A “NO” that counts double! – an inappropriate nominee AND a NRA favorite!

HOWARD NIELSON IS A RADICAL RIGHT-WING CHOICE FOR THE JUDICIARY, AND THE SENATE MUST STOP HIS CONFIRMATION.

We’ve talked about Howard Nielson before…one more of the seemingly endless supply of  reactionary hard-right candidates the Trump administration has loaded up, ready to take over lifetime appointments in our court system.

Pay attention to what he’s done. Not what he says…

  • Anti-LGBTQ+: Nielson defended the anti-LGBTQ Proposition 8 in California by arguing that the federal judge hearing the case should be disqualified for being gay. His bigoted motion to disqualify the judge was denied. During the court case, he put forth the arguments that same-sex attraction was a choice and that LGBTQ individuals were not discriminated against. He also wrote an amicus brief against Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
  • Politicized the DoJ: In 2002, Nielson participated in the illegal politicization of the hiring process for civil servants at the Justice Department by screening out left-leaning candidates for openings. In a report regarding this, he inspector general added, “the problem was not necessarily with the law. The problem was with the application of the law by the people in the Department of Justice, which is very troubling that the Department of Justice would not adhere to the law.”
  • Pro-Torture: Nielson’s involvement with issues of torture and executive power must be fully disclosed. He worked under Steven Bradbury (the architect of the Bush-era torture regime and a recently-confirmed Trump administration lawyer) during the George W. Bush administration, and assisted Bradbury in crafting the legal rationale to justify torture of detainees. Nielson’s argument that the US could torture people as long as they weren’t physically in the US caused Betty Van Schaack, former Deputy to the Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes, to say that his

    “erroneous legal reasoning and conclusions” were so flawed that the memo should be “add[ed] . . . to the Legal Scrapheap.”  Continue reading “Friday 3/23 – A “NO” that counts double! – an inappropriate nominee AND a NRA favorite!”

3/13 – Get ready for the walkout – Part 2 – Voters

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 13: Seven thousand pairs of shoes, representing the children killed by gun violence since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, are spread out on the lawn on the east side of the U.S. Capitol March 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Organized by the online activist group Avaaz, the shoes are intended to urge Congress to pass gun-reform legislation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Action #1 – “YES” on HR 4909/S. 2495 STOP School Violence Act.

On Wednesday 3/14 (tomorrow), the House will be considering this bill.

Sandy Hook Promise is supporting the STOP School Violence Act, HR 4909 and S 2495to create new federal funding that will bring efforts like their Know the Signs programs to schools across the country to teach students and adults know how to spot and report warning signs of gun violence before a tragedy occurs.

What is the STOP School Violence Act? (from Sandyhookpromise)

The STOP School Violence Act will give states the funding they need to bring life-saving violence prevention programs to schools. It will help train millions more students, teachers, and adults to prevent violence and suicide in our schools BEFORE it happens. The STOP School Violence Act invests $50 million in federal funding each year to:

  • Train school personnel, local law enforcement, and students- to identify warning signs and intervene to stop interpersonal violence and suicide
  • Develop and implement anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, in coordination with local law enforcement
  • Train and operate school threat assessment & intervention teams, to preemptively triage threats before tragedy hits
  • Enable better coordination between schools and local law enforcement
    Continue reading “3/13 – Get ready for the walkout – Part 2 – Voters”

3/13 – Get ready for the walkout – Part 1 – Students

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 21: Students From A Maryland High School Organize Walkout And March On Capitol Demanding Gun Control Action From Congress: (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pass this information on to any student protesters you know…

(from TheTrace.org)

  • The ENOUGH National School Walkout follows weeks of individualdemonstrations that began to pop up in the days after the February 14 shooting.
  • The youth outreach branch of the Women’s March has provided planning support to the teen activists who have become the face of the movement.
  • There are more than 2,000 different events registered on the official walkout website.
  • Teenagers are leading the demonstrations to show solidarity with Parkland students — and to flex their political potential and put politicians on notice: “We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will join in 2020,” the protest’s call to action reads.
  • The walkouts pose a disciplinary problem for school administrators: Some school districts are allowing students who walk out to return to class; others, including the Minneapolis public school district, will ban students who leave school grounds from returning. According to the ACLU, schools may sanction students for missing class, but they may not enact harsher punishments “because of the political nature of or the message behind” the demonstrations.

Reading:
On getting pushback: Advice for young people walking out of school (truthout)

Continue reading “3/13 – Get ready for the walkout – Part 1 – Students”

Wed. 2/28 – Gun legislation action updates

(Keep up with the boycotts here)

“Math is hard”…

On October 31st, 2017, a radicalized muslim man from Uzbekistan killed 8 people in downtown NYC with a truck. Although it was a horrific act that Trump politicized to strike out at the immigration policies of the time, that death toll was dwarfed by our informal and continuous nation-wide shooting war against each other. At that time, we put together a graphic depiction of the number of citizens killed in the month after the Las Vegas shootings in business-as-usual America. (tl:dr…3,791 people shot, 1,195 dead).

OK, kids, long division – no calculators: At least 15,549 people died of gun violence in 2017. Find the monthly average and use that to determine how many months it will take us to surpass the 2,996 death toll of the 9/11 terrorist attack? Show your work. (Answer 2.312 months)

Extra credit: How many 9/11-attacks’ worth of deaths did we have in 2017? (Answer 5.2)

Yet we still refuse to treat this as a national emergency.

(Demonizing the mentally ill is not actually a solution. Stop it now.)

Maybe people don’t understand how many children are dying too. 

So, here’s some illustrated statistics on the deaths of our kids.

✝️ = dead, 👤 = injured

(from thetrace.org)
Since the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High, at least 69 kids under 18 have been shot. 26 of them were killed.  (Those numbers are from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Gun Violence Archive.) This is what that looks like for us visual learners.

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March events to defeat NRA A+ Rated Steve Knight – are you in?

UGH.

Steve Knight’s stance on guns from his fundraising website:

“Our nation’s founders enshrined the right to bear firearms in the Constitution, which means the government has no right to enact arbitrary restrictions. Undermining the 2nd Amendment by crafting gun control laws aimed to reduce violence rarely results in safer communities. Instead, it is responsible gun owners who pay the price as criminals rarely comply with the laws enacted to keep firearms out of their hands. There is no law Congress can pass to stop gun violence, however we must examine better policing strategies and mental health services in order to provide a more direct path to solving the problem of gun violence.”

I could go on quite the tangent here, but I won’t. Instead I’m going to Simi Valley and Santa Clarita next month to defeat this guy. If you need more convincing, click here.

Are YOU in? -Veronica

Here’s where we are needed in March to flip the 25th: Continue reading “March events to defeat NRA A+ Rated Steve Knight – are you in?”

NRA boycotts – No longer business as usual

(Update): Sign up to get the latest news on who’s leaving the NRA behind here. But today’s big news is that Dick‘s is done! (money.cnn) (NYtimes)

(Update): Our efforts are paying off. (NYTimes) and some of the biggest supporters are gun owners themselves.

  • “We should change the names of AR-15s to ‘Marco Rubio’ because they are so easy to buy,” Stoneman Douglas junior Sarah Chadwick tweeted. (The Hill)

#BoycottFlorida – Put Florida between a rock and a hard place…

#ItsTime #NeverAgain #GunLawsNOW #NoFloridaTourismDollars #GunReformNOW #BoycottFlorida #GunContolNow #NeverFlorida #ThinkTwiceFlorida

A brief and non-exhaustive history of state boycotts…

#BoycottFlorida started in 2013 because of another senseless killing –  the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman after the jury was instructed to include “Stand your Ground” laws in their deliberations. Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, Madonna and others joined together to call for a removal of the law that has increased Florida’s homicide rate by firearm by 22%. Since Martin’s death, at least 26 children have died in “SYG” cases.

Why did that boycott fail? One reason… many didn’t think that state boycotts could be effective. In 2010, although Arizona lost at least $141 million after groups canceled their conventions there to protest their draconian immigration laws, nothing changed until the Supreme Court stepped in.

However, the sadder and more important reason the Florida boycott ultimately failed was because not enough of us joined in…  Continue reading “NRA boycotts – No longer business as usual”

Friday 2/23 – Gun actions, Part 2

Updated with new Amazon link 3:30 pm!

(https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EJ2EZuID0e0ZhISYFf9WftVNnDqaWhgs5Hz6Kmj7ndQ/edit)

If you missed Part 1, please click here.

There are lots of continuing actions, phone calls, postcard opportunities, etc, to join in on. 

Just the facts, Ma’m

Knowing (and sharing!) the facts about firearms, crime trends in the U.S., and the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of gun legislation are a vital part of staying safe and informed. See the relationship between gun laws and gun deaths in the U.S. in clear graphic form here.

Call out corporate collusion

The NRA, which peddles guns (and hate), funds right-wing politicians (including Trump), and opposes universal background checks, age limits, or any legislative restriction on gun sales, reaches more than 11 million people through its print and online magazines, and has about 8.7 million followers on Facebook and Twitter. They also have recently spent $35 million on NRATV in an effort to reach millions more.  Touting itself as “America’s Most Patriotic Team on a Mission to Take Back The Truth,” NRATV is distributed by Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. The channel is available for free and exists to spread pro-gun content from the likes of Dana Loesch and Oliver North.

Let’s tell these distributors to stop shilling for the financiers of gun violence: Apple, 408-996-1010 or One Apple Park Way, Cupertino, CA 95104; Amazon 206-622-2335 or CEO Jeff Bezos, 206-266-1000 or 1200 12th Ave. South, Suite 1200, Seattle, WA 98144-2734; Roku VP Stephen Kay, 408-556-9391 or 150 Winchester Circle, Los Gatos, CA 95032. Continue reading “Friday 2/23 – Gun actions, Part 2”