Freedom for you and your family is closer than ever! AB 1400 – CalCare has made it to the Assembly floor! Call/write your assemblymember.

UPDATE: AB-1400 – CalCare escaped the Appropriations Committee! WATCH THIS GREAT SHORT VIDEO and then call AND write an email to your assemblymember on how important universal healthcare is to you and yours!

People who won’t wear masks, social distance, or vaccinate themselves to prevent getting or spreading COVID, often proclaim they are fighting in the name of FREEDOM!

How about fighting for actual freedom? Citizens of wealthy countries with universal health care systems, cannot understand why we’ve allowed ourselves to be caged, and cowed by an army of rapacious for-profit insurance companies (private equity firms now own more than 25% of hospitals!), middle-men, pharmaceutical firms, legislators and lobbyists. But we’ve been doing it for so long, we’ve forgotten how barbaric our system is. Watching Americans talk about accessing health care in other countries remind us that it’s time to fight for the freedom they have.

Action #1: Tell your assemblymember what the freedom of knowing health care is available when you need it, no matter who you are or what you do, means to you!

Tell your Assemblymember what the freedom of accessing health care without financial worries would mean to you and your family. That, under AB 1400, it would no longer matter who you are, what you do, what type of insurance you have or your income. Ask him/her to actively support AB 1400 Guaranteed Health Care for All (CalCare). Don’t put this off. This needs to be voted on by 1/31.

KEEP A COPY OF YOUR EMAIL – FINGERS CROSSED WE’LL BE SENDING THE SAME MESSAGE TO OUR STATE SENATOR!

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The work continues. Actions to support voting rights this WEEK!

But first, some statements and some inspiration…

Ezra Levin, Indivisible co-founder:I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the fascists win in a forfeit.” Read full post here.

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO: Today’s shameful outcome revealed who stands for, and who stands against democracy. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 took three attempts to pass into law, so we will continue to fight. Anything short of protecting the right to vote is a death sentence for democracy. The fight is far from over.”

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center:

Black Voters Matter:

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(5) actions to support voting rights this weekend!

Action #1: Follow these young AZ citizens on social media to increase their press coverage.

Action #2: Remind everybody you know that Ventura County is putting on its awesome 36th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration on Monday at 10:00 am!

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Jan. 6 is over, but U.S. corporations are still funding a slow-motion coup. Call them out!

Quote: Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US
  • Action #1 – OMG, Where should I start? May we suggest the corporate sponsors of the 2022 King Holiday Observance?
  • Action #2 – OK, I’ve got the hang this. Who else can I contact?

In the days after the insurrection and the certification vote in Congress, Fortune 500 corporations and powerful industry lobbying groups vowed not to forget the horrific events of January 6th. They described the insurrection as “appalling,” an “assault on our democracy,” and “an attack on all those things that people cherish and associate with America. 

Some permanently halted their PAC donations to the 147-member strong Sedition Caucus in response, but for many, any action was just temporary. +$8 million dollars has flowed to Caucus members, committee and allied party committees since the attack on our Capitol. Bruce F. Freed, the president of the Center for Political Accountability stated “Companies need a healthy democracy to compete and grow and thrive. They still look at political spending too narrowly as a matter of access. They’re not looking at what the broader interests and broader risks are...They think it’s back to business as usual, but our politics today are not business as usual.”

Which leads us to our current slow-mo insurrection. “Technically, the next attempt to overthrow a national election may not qualify as a coup..[but] with tacit and explicit support from their party’s national leaders, state Republican operatives have been building an apparatus of election theft.” Over 33 laws in 19 states will make it harder for Americans to vote. We need to update our definitions…

Action #1 – OMG, Where should I start? May we suggest the corporate sponsors of the 2022 King Holiday Observance?

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Democracy won’t stand up by itself. Our job is to tell legislators to do their job.

  • Action #1: Contact your senators about the 4 essential bills necessary for democracy and to carve up the filibuster to do it.
  • Action #2: Keep election administration in these states (AK, AZ, GA, IA, KY, MI, MO, NH, PA, SC, or WI) from being usurped – Friends and family plan.
  • Action #3: Call on President Biden to support voting rights legislation

President Biden and Democrats in the Senate have the moral responsibility, and the power, to uphold the principles of democracy and protect our elections from sabotage. To let the GOP continue to use the filibuster – a “tool used overwhelmingly by racists,” to override the basic civil and voting rights of American citizens is equivalent to legislative malpractice. Our votes for them were a contract. Tell them you expect them to fulfill it.

Action #1: Contact your senators about the 4 essential bills necessary for democracy and to carve up the filibuster to do it.

Minimal scriptI’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to put their constituents first and push through these four bills to protect our democracy. The filibuster should be carved up or eliminated as necessary.

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January 6 – Light a candle, light up the phone lines!

The leadership of Indivisible Ventura did not plan an in-person vigil for January 6 due to COVID. We know that others, due to geography, illness, weather, etc., would also not be able to attend a in-person vigil on Thursday evening – the anniversary of the January 6th insurrection. (Find a nearby in-person or virtual event here: https://www.mobilize.us/democracyvigils/) But there are great alternatives for expressing our support!

  • Light a candle: Small Deeds Done (https://smalldeedsdone.com) highlighted this idea of “putting a lighted candle (or one that works on a battery but looks like a candle) in a window visible to the street on the evenings of Jan. 5 and 6, just as a way of saying metaphorically, “I want to keep light and democracy alive.”” Then, “If you are on social media, take a photo of it and post with the hashtag #lightupdemocracy.”
  • Light up the phones and social media: Many hands make light work, and now we can do it from home. Pick an activity from below, even a type you’ve never tried before (training included), and join in to fight back against the forces of fascism and secession threatening the country we love. Yes, this work is effective!
  • NEW – Oppose the Sedition Caucus! Donate to “IT STARTS TODAY” – Eight Senators and 139 Representatives (all Republicans) voted to overturn the 2020 Presidential election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Contribute today to the next opponent of every one of these treasonous legislators here: https://contribute.itstarts.today/anti-sedition
  • We will update as more activities are posted or are filled.

Thursday – 01/06/2022

Read transcript here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/01/06/biden-jan-6-capitol-riot-speech-transcript/9115459002/

10:00 am

Thursday – 01/06/2021 – LANCASTER – ”Defend Democracy January 6th Write Postcards with Field Team 6” (10:00am – 1:00pm PT)

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+150 political scientists sent a warning to Congress…Democracy is on a deadline.

(Statement in Support of the Freedom to Vote Act)

  • Action #1: Call your senators! Every day.
  • How to program your phone for fast calls to your legislators!
  • Action #2: Write your reluctant senators an email/letter. (Yes, Dianne, we’re looking at you.) Pile it on!

In keeping with the racist origins of the filibuster, the only Senate bills that are currently still subject to it remain civil and voting rights bills like the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Meanwhile, without these federal-level restrictions, the GOP are busy eroding rights on a state level, using new voter restrictions, partisan election audits, and state-level efforts to sabotage future elections. And now they’re destroying the last line of defence – the courts. GOP legislators in 35 states proposed over 153 bills in 2021 to limit state courts’ power or independence or to make them more partisan. At least 19 have become law across 14 states. We’re running out of time.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is using Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as D-Day for democracy, a war against an opposition that’s already on our own shores, and even embedded within our own party. (His letter here.) Please, call your senators every day, especially those of us with reluctant ones, like Feinstein.

Action #1: Call your senators – updated message for use EVERY DAY!

Minimal script for SEN. FEINSTEIN:

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Fast Action! DEADLINE TODAY for last call to stop the toxic neighbors next door!

Tell Gov. Newsom that you support a 3200 foot setback between homes, schools, businesses, prisons and healthcare facilities and new & EXISTING oil and gas operations.

  • Action #1: Call Gov. Newsom
  • Action #2: Email Newsom and CalGEM at the same time with this nifty form!

Today is the LAST DAY to send public comments to California oil & gas regulators in support of 3200 foot setbacks between drilling and sensitive sites.

Action #1: Call Gov. Newsom

Minimal script for a call: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Governor Newsom and CalGEM to take the following three actions:

  • Support a 3,200-foot setback for new wells
  • Demand that the setback applies to existing wells
  • Demand an emergency response to ban all new permits within the setback until the final rule is in effect

CALL: Governor Newsom (916) 445-2841 

Action #2: Email Newsom and CalGEM at the same time with this nifty form!

EMAIL BOTH NEWSOM AND California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM): Here! https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/act/no-drilling-where-were-living

Sample script for an email: (NOTE: Mix it up and make it yours. It doesn’t have to be as long as this. Talk about your own issues of living next to these installations or that of your family and friends.)

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The CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is trying to burn down solar.

Quote here.

Action #1: Stop them!

Just as the Biden Administration is working to catch up to CA’s ambitious climate plan, our own California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), wants to slam the brakes and impose the harshest penalty fees on solar users of any state.

They moan that the solar panel owners are forcing others to pay more than $200 a year in additional costs to maintain the network. Their answer to solving this issue? Helping EVERYBODY get access to solar panels?

Hahahahahaha, no!

Their solution is to make solar users pay an average of $57 per month, nearly $700 per year, taking solar energy out of reach of the low-income consumers they pretend to care about. Meanwhile, no one’s utility bills will go down, we’ll be left more vulnerable to climate-change power interruptions and pollution, the solar industry will implode AND utility interests will make a huge profit! Business as usual for an agency repeatedly accused of corruption and mismanagement. Here’s how we fight back!

The CPUC’s proposal is a near-carbon copy of what PG&E and the other utilities have pushed for months. If Gov. Newsom doesn’t step in, these changes will be finalized by January 27th and go into effect this spring. More details are below.

ASK #1: Please call Governor Newsom’s office today (9 am – 5 pm weekdays). Even if you already made a call, do it again and get your friends to phone tree this baby. We need to flood his office with calls this week.

Sample script: My name is ___ and I live in ____. I am against the proposed Solar Penalty Fee and I’m against slashing the value of rooftop solar 80%! Nobody should pay a penalty for putting solar panels on their roof and our climate-change driven fires, blackouts and pollution show that California should be doing more, not less, to promote rooftop solar. Say no to the utilities’ profit grab, and yes to actively assisting millions of our working and middle class residents to access solar technology for their homes.

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