Thursday 4/19 – Today’s word is “CHOICE”, just not yours. Healthcare comments (4/23 deadline) and calls.

We’re heading back to the dark old days …

Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), our “choice” in health care was often determined by where we worked or by cost. However, insurance companies had many more “choices” available to them – to outright reject us, retroactively cancel policies, apply caps, limit coverage and charge us whatever they could. In 2009, 1 in 7 applicants with pre-existing conditions could not get insurance at any price from the four largest insurance companies. In 2016, an average of 27% of adult Americans under the age of 65 had health conditions that would leave them uninsurable pre-ACA. In case we’ve forgotten what it was like, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois published their pre-existing conditions list here, (including a 25% upcharge for being overweight!), which will be immediately reinstated if the ACA is repealed.

“…informed decisions” doesn’t equal health insurance coverage.

Although Seema Verma, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and MedicaidServices (CMS), says she “is committed to empowering patients to take ownership of their healthcare and ensuring they have access to the resources they need to make informed decisions,” she tweeted her approval of an article that called for “turning away patients based on their health status, or charging older, sicker patients more than three times what they charged younger, healthier ones — two valuable strategies for keeping costs down.”

Action #1: Comment on the Department of Health and Human Services’  (HHS) new rule on short-term health insurance.
Deadline – April 23rd. 

Continue reading “Thursday 4/19 – Today’s word is “CHOICE”, just not yours. Healthcare comments (4/23 deadline) and calls.”

Curb Police Violence – Enough is enough

“Mapping police Violence” – article here.

What most people now know: 

Stephon Clark was shot by the police 7 times in the back. He was unarmed.

What most people may not know: 

This was not an anomaly. California’s police departments are some of the deadliest in the country. Police in Kern County, for example, have killed more people per capita than in any other county in the US. Broken down by city, we has five of the 15 deadliest police departments – Bakersfield, Stockton, Long Beach, Santa Ana and San Bernardino. Our officers fatally shot 162 people last year, only half of whom were armed with guns and studies show that blacks are far more likely than whites to die in police shootings. But many of these deaths could have been prevented if police were held to a higher standard that valued the preservation of life.

Our legislators are advocating for two bills that resulted directly from Stephon Clark’s death: Continue reading “Curb Police Violence – Enough is enough”

Tues – 4/17 – Bookmark this – Environmental comments and calls!

However, these kids are schooling them now.

eco watch

A trial date, Oct. 29th, has been set for the Kids’ Climate Lawsuit! (EcoWatch). If you haven’t been following this, 21 plaintiffs between the ages of 8 and 19 are suing our government, alleging that their constitutional and public trust rights are being violated by the government’s creation of a national energy system that causes dangerous climate change.

But we need to do our part. Make your calls! Make your comments!

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Mon. 4/16 – That’s a hard “NO” on Wendy Vitter

She would like a lifetime position on the  Federal Bench in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

It’s hard to imagine a worse judicial nominee than Wendy Vitter. She’s pushed fake science as fact when it suits her anti-abortion agenda, for example, championing baseless theories linking abortion and contraception to cancer and infertility. She won’t even say her opinion on Brown vs. Board of Education decision out loud. She has stated anti-immigrant views and has worked in a DA’s office which was accused of multiple instances of unconstitutional behavior.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Senator [___] to oppose the nomination of Wendy Vitter.

More script if you want it: Her extreme fact-free anti-abortion views endanger our health, and her shocking refusal to disavow the segregation of schools puts her far outside the judicial mainstream. Vitter is a dangerous and unqualified nominee who shouldn’t be let anywhere near a federal bench.

Contact

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and 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
Other Senator Contacts:  www.phoneyourrep.com Continue reading “Mon. 4/16 – That’s a hard “NO” on Wendy Vitter”

Postcard Pizza Party for California Congressional District 25 on April 25th!

We will be joining a statewide effort to get out the vote in California Congressional District 25!

When: Wednesday, April 25th 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!)

CD25 is Steve Knight’s district which includes part of Ventura County, Santa Clarita, Lancaster, and Palmdale.  We Venturans can’t vote Knight out, but we can help our neighbors rid themselves of him – and help ourselves by removing one of the 24 Trump minions needed to turn the House blue! We are not endorsing a candidate, just advocating power to the polls.

Our appeal will be directly to the voters in CA25 – 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 about Steve Knight to inspire us:

Let us count the ways Steve Knight has betrayed us: He votes with Trump 98% of the time. He voted against our healthcare. The National Rifle Association gives him an A rating. He voted for the #TrumpTaxScam. He’s Continue reading “Postcard Pizza Party for California Congressional District 25 on April 25th!”

Fri 4/13 – Yes on AB 3131: Police Demilitarization and Accountability

FERGUSON, MO – AUGUST 18: Frederick Scott protests the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. 

“Having military style weaponry moving down the main street of a middle-American town is as un-American as a coup d’état rather than an election.”
Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO) on police response to protests in Ferguson, MO, 2014

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FERGUSON, MO 

There is a national crisis of police violence against people of color in this country. Black men are killed by the police at a rate that is nearly three times higher than that of white men. In 2017, 35% of the unarmed people killed by police in 2017 were black, even though black people make up only 13% of the population and 99% of these cases have resulted in the officer’s acquittal. Since 1997, police and sheriff departments have received weaponry for war from the Pentagon through the 1033 program, including mine-resistant wheeled tanks and more than 6,000 military rifles. Studies show that the more militarized a law enforcement agency becomes, the higher the number of civilians killed each year. Arming police forces with this kind of equipment will inevitably result in it being used against people of color in our communities.

“Militarization makes every problem — even a car of teenagers driving away from a party — look like a nail that should be hit with an AR-15 hammer.” (wapo) Continue reading “Fri 4/13 – Yes on AB 3131: Police Demilitarization and Accountability”

Update! – We’re adopting the Poinsettia Pavilion polling place!

Indivisible Ventura has been assigned the voting poll at the Poinsettia Pavilion! Come join us! We’re looking for volunteers to help us staff it for the June 5th primaries!

pavilion

We need at least (4) volunteer “clerks” per shift for (4) shifts. You’re welcome to volunteer for 2 or more shifts. Some of us will be there all day!
Shift Schedule:

  • 6:00 am – 10:00 am (setup at 6, poll opens at 7)
  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm -5:30 pm
  • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (door closes at 8:00)

We need one Spanish-capable clerk for each shift! Please help us if you have this capability! Continue reading “Update! – We’re adopting the Poinsettia Pavilion polling place!”