Wed. 8/14: Stop the “Public Charge” rule changes.

Action: Call your legislators to stop the Administrations cruel and unnecessary changes to the “Public Charge” rule.

It’s time to call in the Congressional Review Act – This action empowers Congress to review new federal regulations issued by government agencies and overrule them with a joint resolution. Congress has 60 days to do this.

(From Indivisible SF): “For generations, the US government allowed people who immigrated to avail themselves of commonly-used anti-poverty programs to get a start in building a new life, keep their kids fed, and keep their families healthy without endangering their status. Now the Trump administration intends to deport hard-working taxpayers if they use government services. Despite overwhelmingly negative public comments, DHS has allowed their expanded “Public Charge” regulation to go into effect.

This is an unmistakably class-based attack on immigration, aimed at ensuring that America allows only wealthy people to enter or remain here. It ties in directly with racist ideas of white supremacy—particularly of immigrants being a drain on (white) society—espoused on Fox News and in recent mass shootings. This cruel reversal of “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” is in complete opposition to our most deeply held ideals. And Congress can put a stop to it with the Congressional Review Act.

Minimal script to federal legislators: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Rep./Sen. [___] to invoke the Congressional Review Act to block implementation of the new DHS “Public Charge” immigration rule.

Minimal script to our Governor: I’m calling to urge Governor Newsom to take the strongest possible action to fight the public charge immigration rule changes and to act by executive order to ensure outreach and services continue to reach legal immigrants and their families awaiting processing in California.
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Monday – 6/24: Someday, a young person will ask you what you did during the time of concentration camps. Mark your calendars – 3 local actions – Join in!

There is a philosophy, in both Judaism and Islam, that is paraphrased “whoever destroys a life, it is as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he has saved an entire world.” 33 worlds are now gone.

(Go here for today’s LEGISLATIVE actions.)

“What did you do, grandpa?” – when our country ran amok, when we put scared, desperate men, women and children into freezing cages, when we pulled screaming toddlers from their parents’ grip, when we fed them inadequate or rotten food, or trapped them in vans, or carried their bodies out of our facilities.

Over the last week, we’ve read ferocious arguments on Facebook over the term “concentration camp“. We’ve seen READ HISTORY!” hurled at each other on Twitter. We watched “Never Again” being reduced from the robust internal tripwire it should be to a verbal tombstone

Yes, social messaging is a crucial issue in our modern political world. Everyone should be reminding their media circles that we can’t let shame or denial keep us from hearing the warning 6 million souls are screaming to us. There are also active things we can do to help drive that message, to connect with other resisters and to help affected people directly. Here are some options…

Action #1 – June 29th – “Know Your Rights” Workshop 

This event, and another offered on July 9th in a different location, are sponsored by Buen Vecino and will be conducted in Spanish. If you’re interested to becoming a Know-Your-Rights educator in English, Spanish or in other languages, check out buen-vecino for further information.

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Mon – Oct. 1: They are sending kids to concentration camps. In America. Now. And that’s just the start…

While we’ve been distracted by the cruel farce which is this judicial confirmation process with an angry, definitely verbally abusive and possibly alcoholic nominee (keep calling!)  terrible things have been happening to children…

Action #1 – Join Movimiento Cosecha is sponsoring #NoBusinessWithICE National Day of Action

To deal with their self-made crises of increasing migrant children populations, the Trump administration has, again, been ripping kids away from what they know. This time it’s from the smaller licensed shelters and foster homes they’ve been living in. Now we’re transporting them to 20-person tents in the “unregulated” desert tent city of Tornillo, Texas, and removing their access to schooling and lawyers. This is child abuse.

Join Movimiento Cosecha on Facebook here.
Take the pledge here and pass it on to your social network.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to know what Rep./Senator [___] is doing to both stop our government from dumping kids into concentration camps at our border and to get them placed with their families with minimal ICE intrusion.

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6/30 – 7/2: Ventura County stood up for kids and families. Thank you. Photos and Actions!

Updated 7/3/18 with additional photos!

  1. THANKS to all of you who came out on Saturday to demonstrate what really makes America great!
  2. Thanks also to those who reached out across city boundaries and joined in with other locations. Some people went to three events and we know of at least two people who went to four.  For those of you who took great pictures you’re willing to share here, send them to Please note which city you’re in.
  3. Showing what we’re made of didn’t end on Saturday. Please join us in the effective action of calling your legislators every day. Here’s a bunch of phone scripts on immigration to make it easy for even the most phone-phobic amongst us. Each will take you less than 10 seconds. Tell them, GOP and Democrats alike, what we WANT them to do (Democrats need to know you have their backs) and to THANK them when they do the right thing.
  4. Want to do more? Here’s a list of great things to help!
  5. One thing that helps is to talk to people in your normal daily life. Tell them about your experience at this rally. For those who are interested, promise to carpool together to the next one.
  6. For those who repeat the administration’s fearful rhetoric, remind them that MS-13 is not a danger to them and for the “MY-PEOPLE-CAME-HERE-LEGALLY” crowd, remind them that immigration laws didn’t exist for white people until 1924. Even after that, quotas favored white immigrants over others. Ask them if they would be as brave as these people, to leave everything behind and take a dangerous journey, if:
  • …a gang or a police militia unit threatened to kill their children (or grandchildren) and nobody in authority would help?
  • …they were willing to work hard, but all the jobs in their area disappeared and malnutrition or worse became a real possibility

Media Links to our local rallies

Julia Brownley opinion piece, VC Star story, video, KEYT story (picture below), Nation-wide

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Sunday – 6/17: “Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”

(– St. Francis of Assisi)

The converse of St. Francis’ statement, unfortunately, is also true.

Our president has asked us to be fearful.

Unlike John F. Kennedy’s inspirational call to action – “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” – for the public to rise up for justice and the greater good, our current president has asked Americans to become to be the smallest and least version of ourselves.

Today’s post is not action call, nor is it a sermon. It’s a reminder of why we fight everyday.

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Thurs 5/10: “Child-abuse-by-government” is now official policy. We cannot be silent.

It is also a crimeRoutine separation of asylum-seeking families violates international law.  From slavery to Manzanar, we already know that America is capable of grave moral lapses. In the future, school children will wonder how we, literally a nation of immigrants, stood by and let this happen to children like them.

Part #1 – First we rip kids away from their parents…

At a law enforcement conference in Arizona, AG Jeff Sessions declared that the Department of Justice will try to deter those seeking asylum with a policy of “100% prosecution” of all who enter the U.S. illegally and separating parents from children instead of keeping them in a detention center together. “If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law.”

Homeland Security is cruelly separating families at the border for no legitimate reason. Immigration authorities have separated at least 700 children from their families, and about a hundred of them are under the age of four. Continue reading “Thurs 5/10: “Child-abuse-by-government” is now official policy. We cannot be silent.”

Today: Yes, you can do this. Be a Citizenship Fair volunteer.

Help people become citizens…and VOTERS! No Spanish language ability required.

Here’s something we, as private citizens, can do to help our neighbors through a process that was usually much easier when many of our own families crossed into America. (Exceptions here)

TODAY – THURSDAY, Feb 1st: Train to be a Citizenship Fair Volunteer!

Come listen to an enlightening, frightening and often hilarious lecture from local immigration attorney Vanessa Frank on how to help a green card holder fill out their N-400 “Application for Naturalization” form successfully. You do not need to be able to speak Spanish. Then, sign up for a shift at the next Citizenship Fair, Feb. 3rd (this Saturday) or be prepared for the next one on March 17th. Fairs are held more often than trainings, so don’t miss tonight’s event.

Volunteers are also needed to work with the children, do registration at the door, etc..

5-7 pm at the UU Church of Ventura. 5654 Ralston Street, Ventura.

Citizenship Fairs – There’s one this Saturday! 

Feb. 3rd Citizenship Fair  –  Link for flyer here. Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm (sign up for available time shifts). It will be held at the Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School Cafeteria. 301 N. Marquite St. Oxnard, CA 93030. To RSVP please contact: Shannon Lopez (805) 990-5214 Continue reading “Today: Yes, you can do this. Be a Citizenship Fair volunteer.”