Thursday 1/18 – We’re going to need a new guidebook if we don’t fight back.

(Note: I’ve received some great feedback that I should remove the analogy of the Green Book to a potential need for a future guidebook/spreadsheet to help LGBTQIA community and women avoid homophobic or misogynistic establishments or service providers. My critic is absolutely correct that despite the common religious tie-in, our current issues cannot be compared to the completely pervasive discrimination the black community suffered during Jim Crow, that it is not my story to tell and that people will not be familiar with this part of American history. All true. However, I personally find learning history to be a transformative experience, equally uplifting and horrifying, so I’m running it and letting you work your way through it with me.)

Does everyone recognize this? This is the 1940 cover of the “Green-Book“, a guidebook  that was published between 1936 and 1966 by New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green, to help black Americans find food, gas and lodging as they traveled through a hostile countryside that could legally refuse them such services.

Why? Because the Supreme Court in 1883 struck down the Civil Rights Act of 1875, stating that, while the Equal Protection Clause prevented the government from discriminating against black citizens, it couldn’t prohibit such actions from private individuals and organizations.

OK, why are we talking about this now? Because one of the fundamental causes of this shameful period of American history, religious zealotry, has hitched itself to our current administration and is now targeting women’s rights and our LGBTQIA community, with the goal of making discrimination against these Americans completely legal, based on the personal religious or moral objections of others. Continue reading “Thursday 1/18 – We’re going to need a new guidebook if we don’t fight back.”

Wednesday – 1/17 – Women, your rights are at stake. Call.

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ANTI-CHOICE LEGISLATION

This week is the 45th anniversary of Roe v Wade. There will be a march against the decision and our legislature will be swamped with dramatically-named anti-choice bills aimed at interfering with both women’s rights to choose what’s best for themselves and their families, but also with the hard decisions patients must make with their doctors, when their health, or even their lives, are in danger. Make sure your legislators know we’re watching and we expect them to trust women.

H.R.4712 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
H.R.490Heartbeat Protection Act.
S. 1922 Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Senate bill – this passed House as H.R. 36!!!)

Minimal Script for representatives: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask that Representative [__] oppose the anti-choice bills H.R.4712 and H.R.490.

Minimum Script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask that Senator [__] oppose the anti-choice bill S.1922.

Additional script for both: Instead, we want [Rep./Sen.] to create and support bills that promote reproductive healthcare services, safe and legal abortions, affordable birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, standards to reduce our ridiculously high rate of maternal mortality and medically accurate sex education for all people, regardless of income, location or education. Continue reading “Wednesday – 1/17 – Women, your rights are at stake. Call.”

Ventura County 32nd Annual MLK Day was awesome!

Excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birmingham Jail letter (okra.standford.edu)

We’ve also never had a president in recent memory so determined to drive us apart in order to splinter our resistance. So we asked everyone to come together to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and to commit to being part of that movement fighting for the equality he described so eloquently. If you weren’t able to make the event on Monday, here’s a quick update….

Here’s the VC Star’s report of the beginning of the morning’s march at Plaza Park in Oxnard and their picture of Congresswoman Brownley giving her speech.

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Here are some scenes along the march route…Lots of little kids, and everybody was enjoying the perfect day. Continue reading “Ventura County 32nd Annual MLK Day was awesome!”

Tuesday 1/16 – 3 Quick Actions on a tight timeline…

Tuesday – Jan. 16th 

CLEAN POWER – Write a commenTODAY by 11:59 PM ET !

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Photo: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36916781
Save the Clean Power Plan – Deadline Jan. 16

The EPA intends to end the Clean Power Plan. First though, they will have to successfully repeal it, thereby deregulating power plants and slashing environmental protections. Post a comment protesting the EPA’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan before January Jan 16 2018, at 11:59 PM ET . Link to comment form.

Sample Written Script (try to mix it up a little):   I strongly oppose the revoking of the Clean Power Plan by the EPA. The Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of recent climate change regulation, is intended to slash carbon emissions from power plants. It should not be repealed or replaced only strengthened. Climate change is not “fake news” it is the scientifically verified future of the planet. Ending the Clean Power Plan is a crime against that future. The role of the EPA is not to boost the economy of the fossil fuel industry; it is to protect the environment. Do your job.

ORGANIC FARMING – Write a comment!

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Come out Monday morning and stand up with the kids…

January 15th – Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

You may have never been to a MLK Day event before. However, we’ve also never had a president in recent memory so determined to drive us apart in order to splinter our resistance. So yes, come and join us in paying our respects to the memory of this amazing man and the movement he helped start.  Then become part of that movement  fighting for the equality he described so eloquently. Your presence is important. This fight involves us all.

The Facebook event link here for Ventura County. The website link is here.  If you’re not from around here, check out this list of MLK Day activities happening across the country.

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Miller Saturday Collection – The “Consensual” Edition – 1/5 – 1/12

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Civil Liberties

  • Trump attacks free speech, demands tough ‘libel laws’ after book speculates on his mental health. In a stunning press event on Saturday, Donald Trump suggested that the revelations made about his mental health in Michael Wolff’s new book ‘Fire and Fury’ show that America needs to limit people’s ability to “say whatever comes to your head” and libel laws need to be tougher. When asked about the book’s explosive claims, Trump said the fact that he went to “the best colleges” is proof that he is an intelligent, stable person. but he couldn’t resist going on a tangent about his mental health when a reporter asked him why he spent Saturday morning tweeting about it.  

  • The press conference was intended to be focused on legislative issues and the Republican Party’s 2018 policy agenda, but Trump had no idea what Senator Feinstein was talking about. Or what love was. Or what he should do about DACA.
  • After further consideration of Wolff’s book, Trump returned to his campaign vow to “open up libel laws.” In a media opportunity on Wednesday with Cabinet members, he stated that “One of the things I’m going to do if I win …  is I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money,” said Trump at a February 2016 campaign event in Fort Worth, Tex. However, public officials like Trump must prove actual malice in libel cases, meaning that false statements about officials are protected unless the reporter published the information with reckless disregard for the truth. The Supreme Court established the actual malice criteria in 1964 with the landmark New York Times v. Sullivan case.


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Friday 1/12 – Five Good Things to do

(Image from “How to be a Craftivist” by Sarah Corbett)

Put this on your calendar for Jan. 23…

Link here.

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And this for Jan. 16th.

Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 8pm EST:  “We Have Always Done it this Way: Understanding the Ways Faith Institutions Maintain White Supremacy Culturally and How to Interrupt It.” Sign up here.

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Please comment on “bump stocks” to the ATF. Deadline January 25th.

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