Mon 10/14: Gov. Newsom just signed the bill to BAN gun shows at Del Mar! Why not here? Join local Brady United activists at today’s Ventura Co. Fair Board meeting!

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The Ventura County Chapter of Brady United Against Gun Violence invites you to join them in their efforts to make our own fairgrounds gun free.

Facebook event here.
Time: Today (Monday, 10/14) at 1 PM – 3 PM
Place: Ventura County Fairgrounds 10 W. Harbor – Derby Club.

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Mon 6/24: Mark your calendars. 2 gun show meetings!

Here’s the long awaited Committee Report on Gun Shows  and the associated materials from the Ventura County Fairgrounds Board of Directors  (6/21/2019) and the notices for the next two meetings.

(July 24th UPDATE from Indivisible Conejo concerning this week’s Ventura County Fair Board meetings):
The board has removed any consideration of its gun show policy from tomorrow’s (Tuesday) agenda, and instead will devote the entirety of its special Thursday meeting to the subject. Therefore, if you would like to participate during Public Comments tomorrow at 9 a.m., please feel free to do so, but understand that the board will not be addressing our concerns afterward. We strongly encourage activists to come to Thursday’s meeting and make your voices heard!
A word of warning: It seems clear, based on documents posted to the Fair Board’s website over the weekend, that this debate is not going to go our way. The ad-hoc committee on guns shows will recommend that the board create a formal policy allowing them, with the addition of a few minor regulations. The committee’s sole rationale seems to be that it has not found “a direct link between a firearm sale at the Fairgrounds and an incident of gun violence in the Ventura community.” That preposterously narrow criterion doesn’t begin to account for the broad public aversion to guns and paraphernalia being marketed on publicly owned property, or the trauma our county has experienced so recently at Borderline. It is our job to let the Fair Board members know that their jobs and reputations are on the line with this decision — not to mention the reputation of the fairgrounds itself! Please join us on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Derby Club on the fairgrounds site.
June 25 is the regular board meeting.
June 27 is a special meeting specifically about guns shows and gun show policy.
Come join us as we make our feelings clear about our state government being mixed up in a business that’s part of our national trauma.

Thurs 6/20: 3rd Thursday is going to be busy – Pizza, Camaraderie, & Postcards. PLUS an evening forum with VC Brady United.

Action #1 – Meet at Santino’s for pizza, camaraderie, and social justice – every Third Thursday starting at 11:30 am

Where: Santino’s Pizza. It’s at 4231 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, 93003

When: Thursday, June 20th, 11:30am – 1:30pm.

RSVP: Nope. Just come. Invite your friends.

What to bring: We provide the pizza, postcards, stationary and stamps! If you prefer, you may bring your own stationary. Donations of stamps are always gratefully accepted.

Questions? Email indivisibleventura@gmail.org

We eat, we write, we talk, we plot, we share. Come and join in the fun!

Action #2 – Ventura County Chapter of Brady United against Gun Violence meeting – All are welcome! 6:15 pm.

When: Thursday, June 20, 6:15-8:15 PM

Where:  Ventura County Community Foundation – The Board Room at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd Camarillo, CA 93012 (The building has two main entrances- one on the freeway side, the other in the back or mountain side. Both work, but the “back or mountain side” is closest to the “Board Room” where we are meeting.)

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Tues – 5/28: It’s today! The Fair board is voting on 3 more gun shows! Come out and show them it’s no longer business as usual…

Action #1 – Come support a ban on gun shows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. DAA Board Meeting – TUESDAY, May 28th at 9 am.

In these times of horrific gun violence, no state agency should be promoting and profiting from the proliferation of firearms and ammunition in our community,”-  Ruth Borenstein, a leader of the San Francisco chapter of Brady United Against Gun Violence.

61016077_849017928775802_6808595162227277824_nPLEASE COME! Tuesday, May 28th, the Ventura County Fair Board plans to vote on a proposal from Crossroads Of The West for three more gun shows at the fairgrounds this year: in August, October & December (the weekend before Christmas). We have been arguing for months that the Fair Board should follow the example of the Cow Palace. in San Francisco and the Del Mar  fairgrounds — both publicly owned facilities like our own — and stop hosting gun shows on taxpayer-supported property. WE MUST show up and forcefully make the argument against continuing to hold gun shows at the fairgrounds.

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Third Thursdays – Pizza, Camaraderie, & Postcards on May 16th! That’s TODAY!

Let’s meet at Santino’s for pizza, camaraderie, and social justice – every Third Thursday.

Where: Santino’s Pizza. It’s at 4231 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, 93003
When: May 16th, 11:30am – 1:30pm.
RSVP: None. Just come – we provide the pizza and postcards and stamps! If you prefer, you may bring your own stationary.
Questions? Email indivisibleventura@gmail.org

On May 16, we’ll focus on:

“Get Well” cards to former president Jimmy Carter.

“Thank you” cards to Rep. Barbara Lee. Last week, the Trump-Pence administration finalized a refusal of care rule that would allow virtually any health care entity, provider or worker to use their personal beliefs to dictate patient care. Congresswoman Lee successfully offered an amendment to attack this dangerous and discriminatory rule, now the FY20 LHHS bill that will prohibit funding for the implementation of the rule.

Senator Feinstein, Please Support S.546 – the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
“Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.” It didn’t pass last year and now the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is running out of money before its 2020 expiration date, cutting payments between 50-70% at the same time cancer rates among first responders are going up. Brownley, Carbajal, and Harris are all on board; Feinstein is the odd man out!  More info here.

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Fri- 5/3: If gun violence were a disease, this whole country would be in quarantine. – Part 2

Statistics from Gun Violence Archive. See chart at bottom.

(Time) “If Jaron had died from a disease, one that kills approximately 33,000 people every year, (almost 40,000 last year) our family would rest assured that massive efforts were underway to counteract such a devastating threat to public health.”

Action #1 – Sign the “Stop gun shows at our Fairgrounds” petition.

  • First, sign this petition here.
  • Send a message to Governor Newsom. Talking points from the Brady Campaign and link here.

Action #2 – Join in the Gun show protest this Saturday (May 4th) 1 – 3pm at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

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In these times of horrific gun violence, no state agency should be promoting and profiting from the proliferation of firearms and ammunition in our community,”-  Ruth Borenstein, a leader of the San Francisco chapter of Brady United Against Gun Violence.

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4/23: It’s today! Tuesday’s agenda includes gun shows & oil drilling!

April 20th, marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, which changed everything…

Update with your Tuesday morning coffee: Reach out and say “Hi” to your County Supervisor!

Email: Use this form here to send a message. It has an example letter you can alter or use as is.

Call – Minimal script: I’m calling from [town/area] and I want Supervisor [___] to vote “YES” on the oil well moratorium this afternoon. Over 2.5 million Californians are already exposed to chemicals in their water, with the highest burden placed on low-income and minorities. Please don’t risk our people, don’t risk our water.

Contact:
District 1: Steve Bennett (805) 654-2703, District 2:: Linda Parks (805) 214-2510, District 3: Kelly Long (805) 654-2276, District 4: Bob Huber (805) 955-2300, District 5: John Zaragoza (805) 654-2613
Which one is mine? Check here.

Action #1A – Come support a ban on gun shows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. DAA Board Meeting – TUESDAY, April 23rd, 9 am.

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Momentum is building up across California to get our state out of the gun dealing business. Guns shows have already been banned at Del Mar and at the Cow Palace. (There’s also an impending law banning gun sales at the Cow Palace, see below.) 

  • Email to the Fair Board:  Talking points from the Brady Campaign here. Use personal stories if you can. Send to bquaid@venturacountyfair.org
  • Show up at the meeting –  Fairgrounds at Derby Hall, 10 W. Harbor Blvd.
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  • Call/email Governor Newsom – You can use the same talking points, contact information here.

In these times of horrific gun violence, no state agency should be promoting and profiting from the proliferation of firearms and ammunition in our community,”-  Ruth Borenstein, a leader of the San Francisco chapter of Brady United Against Gun Violence.

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Third Thursdays – Pizza, Camaraderie, & Postcards on April 18th! That’s TODAY!

Let’s meet at Santino’s for pizza, camaraderie, and social justice – every Third Thursday.

Where: Santino’s Pizza. It’s at 4231 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, 93003
When: April 18th, 11:30am – 1:30pm.
RSVP: None. Just come – you provide your own stationary and envelopes (bring an extra for a new friend!), we provide the pizza and postcards and stamps!
Questions? Email indivisibleventura@gmail.org

On April 18th, we’ll focus on:

The Pennsylvania Congressional District 12 Special Election – we’ll be sending postcards to voters in the district to remind them to vote for Marc Friedenberg – his website is here – in the newly vacated seat most recently held by a Republican. Let’s keep the House Blue! We’ll provide the postcards.

Medicare for All support from Senator Feinsteinthe Medicare for All bill has dropped in the Senate! Senator Harris has signed on as a co-sponsor, and we will urge Ms. Feinstein to do the same. Bring your own stationary if you want to participate in this issue. More info here

No Gun Shows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds support from Governor Newsom – Gavin Newsom, in his campaign for governor, told the fair board he is against gun shows on state property. Let’s hold him to his word.  Bring your own stationary if you want to participate in this issue. More info here

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Wed 3/13: 2 quick gun actions

Sign the petition

Action #1 – Sign this petition to stop gunshows at the VC Fairgrounds

Five gun shows are hosted every year at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, a state-owned property which is owned and managed by a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Each show features hundreds of tables where firearms are bought, sold, and traded. The gun shows are also marketed to children — admission free for children under age 12.

A network of anti-gun activists, concerned about the influence that billboard marketing and the gun shows have on our communities, has asked the Ventura County Fairgrounds board to stop hosting gun shows and profiting from the proliferation of guns and ammunition.  Sign the petition here.

Action #2 – Email a letter to support AB 12 – “Firearms: gun violence restraining orders” by Rep. Jacqui Irwin.

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Tues 1/8: Can you sing? Can you clap and cheer? Here are some much better things to do tonight than watching an angry man lie on TV.

Action #1 – Can you sing? First rehearsal for the MLK Celebration Choir starts tonight! 

Lift Every Voice and Sing” – This is one of the songs that will be performed…

Singers from the tri-counties (Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo) are welcome to join in the MLK Celebration Choir to perform at the amazing MLK Day celebration on Monday, Jan 21st!

There are three rehearsals, at the Bethel AME Church at 855 South “F” Street, Oxnard.
  • Tuesday (TONIGHT), 1/8, at 7 pm.
  • Saturday 1/12, at 11:00 am
  • Saturday, 1/19th at 11:00 am

Can’t hold a note but you still want to be inspired, to cheer, to sing, to clap?
Contribute to this historic, tightly choreographed and cool-as-hell 33-year-old multi-city event. (Facebook link here) Send the MLK Committee a donation, old school, any size with this form or directly to P.O. Box 294, Oxnard, CA, 93032. Make the check out to the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Ventura County“.

Then go buy a ticket online here for $8.13 or $7 at the door.
  • Freedom March – Starts at 8 am at Plaza Park at Fifth and “C” Streets with speeches by our legislators!. Transport provided for those who can’t march.
  • Can’t get up that early? The Celebration Program starts at 9:00 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center.

Action #2 – Go to the Oxnard City Council tonight and cheer them on!

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