Mon/Tues 6/1-2: “Walk with us!” vs. “Light ’em up!”  Oh, there is so much to do.

There are lots of actions, so we have a table of contents…

Some may resolve themselves before you get to them. That’s OK. We might be adding more in. Just try to do an action for justice every day!

  • Action #1: Protest information/news you can use.
  • Action #2: The NAACP asks that you make that call on HR 6800 now!
  • Action #3A lot of work on fair and just policing has already been done. It was reversed by Trump. Let’s put it back.
  • Action #4: Up the charge against Officer Chauvin and pull that case completely out of the Hennepin County.
  • Action #5: Demand the arrest of the 3 police “bystanders.”
  • Action #6: Join with the NAACP in calling for a law regulating police officer behavior.
  • Action #7: Ask your representative to co-sponsor the Omar-Pressley resolution AND HR 119 – National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act of 2019.
  • Action #8: End “Qualified Immunity” for abusive police.
  • Action #9: Hello! Have we actually passed that antilynching bill?
  • Action #10: “Walk with us!” vs. “Light ’em up!”- Demilitarize our police.
  • Action #11: Defund the police (Black Lives Matter)
  • Action #12: Senator Tom Cotton wants to send in the 82nd Airborne, on the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre and the first air attack on American soil. Thanks, Tom, for putting the image of strafing American citizens in our heads!

Contact information for representatives and senators at the very bottom….

Action #1: The protests continue. Know your rights before you join in.

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Tues 5/26: You really want to honor ALL the “warriors,” Mr. Trump? 2 actions.

To the 100,000 victims of the pandemic – Our president gives you “thoughts and prayers.” We demand more.

The “White House Proclamation on Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2020,” states “As we pay tribute to the lives and legacies of these patriots on Memorial Day, we also remember that they sacrificed to create a better, more peaceful future for our Nation and the world.  We recommit to realizing that vision, honoring the service of so many who have placed love of country above all else.”

We’re confident Trump has never read this, as he spent last weekend driving his golf cart over the “better, more peaceful future” with racist and misogynistic tweets and  refused to mention, much less “honor the service” of our nation’s latest sacrifices – the front line  “warriors” drafted into an army of necessity and economic convenience. He only lowered the flag for them after being publicly shamed. On Sunday, a White House spokesman stated: “President Trump’s prayers for comfort and strength are with all of those grieving the loss of a loved one or friend as a result of this unprecedented plague, and his message to this great nation remains one of resilience, hope and optimism.”

He didn’t read that either, but the NY Times gave our pandemic “warriors’ their proper due. “More Americans have died of the coronavirus in the last 12 weeks than died in the Vietnam and Korean Wars combined and nearly twice as many as died of battle wounds during World War I. The death toll has nearly matched the number of people killed by the initial blasts of the world’s first atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In terms of American deaths, it is the equivalent of 22 Iraq wars, 33 Sept. 11 attacks, 41 Afghanistan wars, 42 Pearl Harbors or 25,000 Benghazis.Continue reading “Tues 5/26: You really want to honor ALL the “warriors,” Mr. Trump? 2 actions.”

Thur 5/21: Today is 3rd Thursday. If these were normal times, we’d be eating pizza together. But we still have postcards to write and other volunteer/donation actions to share!

OMG, this seems like so long ago…We miss you all and hope to see you soon. Stay well.

 TODAY – Thursday, 5/21: If you haven’t emailed us for postcards to do at  home, please do so now!

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Indivisible Chicago Alliance is reaching out to voters in both Wisconsin and Michigan. We asked to join in, for whichever state they needed the help for more. We just received 2500 cards for Michigan, hopefully the first of many thousands to arrive there by way of concerned citizens in Ventura County

If you’ve already received cards from us, you are on our nifty new spreadsheet and we’ll be sending your orders out shortly.

If you haven’t received cards from us, please send us an email to indivisibleventura@gmail.com with “SEND ME POSTCARDS!” in the subject line. Please include your name, your full mailing address, your phone number in case we have questions, how many postcards you want and whether or not you also need stamps.

Continue reading “Thur 5/21: Today is 3rd Thursday. If these were normal times, we’d be eating pizza together. But we still have postcards to write and other volunteer/donation actions to share!”

Wed 5/20: National Day of Mourning for our “Warriors.”

(In honor of this National Day of Mourning, we’ve reconfigured our original post on “Would you rather use $500 million dollars to paint Trump’s wall or have FEMA help with the burial of his “warriors?” ) 

UPDATE 5/22/2020: Thanks to all who called! Trump is finally going to order flags at half-staff, possibly just for the Memorial Day weekend, after a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) was made public. In April, Joe Biden (D) made the same request, stating “We’ve lost more people to this virus in the last several months than we lost in the entire Vietnam War.”

STILL NO AUTHORIZATION FOR FEMA TO HELP FUND BURIALS…

“The people of our country are warriors.” (Trump)

Or we’re cannon fodder.

How can we tell which? By the respect given to our dead, which, by today’s count, is closing on 94,000.

The frame of war allows the president to call for the collective sacrifice of laborers without taking the measures necessary to ensure their safety, while the upper classes remain secure at home…The president’s language of wartime unity is a veil draped over a federal response that offers little more than contempt for those whose lives are at risk.”  

And nowhere is that contempt more obvious than for the victims of this pandemic – Trump hasn’t bothered to lower the White House flag, a gesture to honor the dead which would cost him nothing, nor has he let FEMA help families with burial costs.

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Tues 5/19: Eliminating the witnesses… “Yes” on H.R. 6668 – Inspectors General Independence Act

Trump’s quote in response to whistleblower Rick Bright.

Action – Call your legislators to support protection for government watchdogs.

In context, the war on inspectors general is the third and final front in Trump’s war on any kind of check on the executive branch. In the past few months alone, the White House has argued that Congress doesn’t have the right to oversee the executive branch. It has sought to convince courts that matters of oversight shouldn’t be decided by the judicial branch, either. And in going after inspectors general, an accountability mechanism embedded in the executive branch, it is staking a simple but sweeping claim: No one has the right to check the executive outside of quadrennial elections.” (Atlantic)

Inspectors general serve at the pleasure of the president, a fact few of us ever thought about until Trump took office. He’s fired an unprecedented number of these public guardians, including the one tasked with oversight of the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief funds, almost half the size of the entire annual federal budget. Daniel Meyer,  who led the Whistleblowing and Source Protection Program at the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General until he was fired in March 2018, stated:

It is not rocket science what the President is doing here. He has said publicly that he is the oversight authority and the IGs work for him. Continue reading “Tues 5/19: Eliminating the witnesses… “Yes” on H.R. 6668 – Inspectors General Independence Act”

Mon 5/18: Join the #VirusFreeVoting Virtual Rally, TODAY! 1-3pm PT.

Help ALL AMERICANS access #VirusFreeVoting!

Join 60+ grassroots organizations including dozens of Indivisible groups nationwide! Urge the Senate to fully fund $3.6 billion to help states shift to Vote by Mail, and $25 billion to save the United States Postal Service!

Action #1 – Old School: Call!

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to pass HR 6800 – Heroes Act. Please let all Americans exercise their right to vote safety by investing $3.6 billion dollars to shift all states to vote-by-mail and funding our post office with $25 billion and protecting it from poison-pill laws!

Contact
Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231 – 4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Who is my representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com
Continue reading “Mon 5/18: Join the #VirusFreeVoting Virtual Rally, TODAY! 1-3pm PT.”

Fri 5/15: While we’re distracted with Michigan’s 2nd Amendment cosplay, Trump’s SBA is killing the 1st. Comment TONIGHT, by 11:59 pm EST

The government’s taxing power should not be wielded to oblige Muslims to bankroll temples, or to coerce Jews to subsidize Christian and Catholic churches, or to force Christians to fund mosques, or to compel the nonreligious to support any of the above. One of this country’s first religious freedom laws warned that taxing citizens and giving the money to churches is “sinful and tyrannical.” The right to be free from that compulsion is the bedrock of religious liberty.” –  Andrew Seidel, author of The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American 

Action #1: Call your legislators to stop bailing out churches with COVID funds. 

Continue reading “Fri 5/15: While we’re distracted with Michigan’s 2nd Amendment cosplay, Trump’s SBA is killing the 1st. Comment TONIGHT, by 11:59 pm EST”

Wed 5/13: Ventura County’s Mask & Gown Brigades update and related news.

Beautiful masks made by a local volunteer!

Meet the four health care professionals who stood in silence on May 1!

doctors on the street

Watch their video interview here. Many will recognize these awesome local professionals and how lucky Ventura County is to have them.

  • Listen to the message of care and empathy that brought them in front of hundreds of yelling, angry anti-lockdown protesters. (See previous post on protest here.)
  • Listen to what they seeing in their health care facilities, for children, adults and the families of patients.
  • Listen to what they are learning about this disease.

Continue reading “Wed 5/13: Ventura County’s Mask & Gown Brigades update and related news.”

Wed 5/13: Hey, California’s nurses want us to add SB-893 to our ask list. It’s in committee with Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson tomorrow!

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Action – Worst “National Nurses Week” ever… Make it up to them by calling your CA state senators to approve BOTH AB 664 AND SB 893

Update 5/13/2020: The CA Nurse’s Association called us. Another good bill on “presumptive eligibilitySB-893 – “Worker’s Compensation: hospital employees” is coming up in the CA Senate’s Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement TOMORROW! Members include: our Hannah-Beth Jackson, Jerry Hill, Mike Morrell, Holly J. Mitchell and Richard Pan. We’re adding it to the action below.

This isn’t just the worst National Nurses Week ever, (May 6th-May 12th), it’s also the worst “National Nurses Month” and the worst “Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” – calendar events to “expand opportunities to elevate and celebrate nursing.” Along with caring for patients, nurses are having to join protest lines to publicize their lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), to remind the public that medical personnel are endangered, and to keep protestors from blocking ambulance access. Nationwide, more than 9,000 healthcare workers have comfirmed positive for COVID-19 with over 80 deaths. In CA there are over 3,155 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases of nurses and health care workers, and four fatalities.

Continue reading “Wed 5/13: Hey, California’s nurses want us to add SB-893 to our ask list. It’s in committee with Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson tomorrow!”

Tues 5/12: It’s election day for CA-25! Even if you don’t live there, you can help Christy Smith win!

Action – Check your contact list and make some calls!

We’ve run polling places. We know that a lot of people lose their mail-in ballots, never noticed it amongst their junk mail, or didn’t realize that they were placed on a mail-in ballot list. Or, in these days of quarantine, don’t remember what day it is…

In CA, it doesn’t matter. They can still vote! By mail or in-person!

  • Go through your address book and look for friends who live in or close to district CA-25.
  • Call them and check that they’ve returned their ballots. A lot of people have forgotten that this isn’t just another weird Tuesday at home.
  • Ask them to go through their contact lists as well, and call them, old-fashioned phone tree-style.
  • Ask them to check on neighbors who may not be able to leave their homes to mail their ballots.
  • Find out if people lost their ballots and give them directions to in-person polling places.

Election Day In-Person Voting Locations – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m!:

Continue reading “Tues 5/12: It’s election day for CA-25! Even if you don’t live there, you can help Christy Smith win!”