Stop the #FakeNationalEmergency! Presidents’ Day Protest Ventura

Share, share, share the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2474989142574688/ – we need a HUGE turnout! This is a NATIONAL EVENT!

Join us on Presidents Day—Monday, 2/18 from noon to 1:30pm— on the corner of Victoria and Telephone in Ventura in front of the Government Center (800 S Victoria Ave, Ventura)

Bring your flags, signs, dress in red, white, and blue – and show what real patriots look like!

Donald Trump has declared a #FakeNationalEmergency—an illegal power grab from an unhinged man to push his racist, dangerous policies.

Let’s be clear: Trump is the real national emergency. In crisis moments like this—when a president abuses power so egregiously—how the citizenry responds in the immediate aftermath can shape the course of our country’s history. That’s why MoveOn members and allies are launching hundreds of events all across the country.

Together, we will say NO to Trump’s power grabs, NO to his racist border wall, NO to xenophobia, and NO to HATE.

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Fri 2/15: #FakeNationalEmergency is now in full swing. 3 actions!

Read this article. It’s a great primer to understand the scope of this issue.

Right after El Chapo’s trial made it completely clear how useless a border wall would be, right after both New Mexico and California withdrew their guard troops as unnecessary, and in the face of a spending bill that reflected that reality, our president has decided to take a huge authoritarian leap forward with a declaration of a national emergency. This is a deliberate end run around Congress and our country’s system of checks and balances, all to appease his voting base.

While California‘s governor and attorney general get their legal challenges tuned up…

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…we have work to do…

Action #1 – Tell Nancy Pelosi we expect her to bring her “A” game with this petition.

Those of us who aren’t in Senator Pelosi’s district can’t call her or email her. However, we can add our names to a petition to demand that she push back hard against this racist and anti-immigrant policy. Sign the petition here.

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Fri – 2/15: One more chance to comment on Betsy’s effort to disembowel Title IX. Deadline tonight, 11:59 EST.

Due to a glitch somewhere in the system, we get one more opportunity to flood comments into the regulation website against Betsy’s DeVos’ dismantlement of Title IX!!!

Action – Write another comment! Save Title IX from Betsy DeVos. Save kids and young adults. Comments due by 11:59 EST tonight.

Title IX is a civil rights law that bans gender-based discrimination in primary, secondary, and higher education. In 2011, the Obama Administration issued a “Dear Colleague” letter, which specified that sexual harassment, assault, stalking, and other forms of gender-based violence interfere with a student’s right to equal educational opportunities and are therefore covered under the Act.

The letter also provided guidance on how schools should comply with federal law and survivor advocacy groups stated that it was a significant step toward reducing gender-based violence on college campuses. After meeting with extremist men’s rights groups, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed changes that would reverse these guidelines, make it harder for survivors to come forward, strip Title IX protection from many them, and allow schools to raise the standard of proof required for sexual harassment and assault to that required of criminal cases.

This is your last day to comment on Secretary’s plans here until 11:59 pm EST. Or do it here. Or here.

Need more inspiration? – go here and skim comments made by over 100,000 others. Just use your own words to get to the same end.

Thu 2/14: FAKE National Emergency, in progress now.

Quote is from this article. Read to understand the scope of this issue.

Right after El Chapo’s trial made it completely clear how useless a border wall would be, right after both New Mexico and California withdrew their guard troops as unnecessary, and in the face of a spending bill that reflected that reality, our president has decided to take a huge authoritarian leap forward with a declaration of a national emergency. This is a deliberate end run around Congress and our country’s system of checks and balances, all to appease his voting base.

Action – Tell our legislators to vote immediately for a resolution of disapproval to stop Trump’s revenge move.

Under the National Emergencies Act of 1976, the president can declare an emergency for just about anything. However, Congress gave itself the ability to terminate an emergency declaration. It’s only been tried once, when President George W. Bush tried to use an “emergency” to override federal wage requirements for government contractors rebuilding after Katrina. While the lawsuits against the administration are warming up…

 Dust it off!

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Next Sunday, 2/24 – Come join us at “Swap Meet Justice!” and help spread the word!

You do not need to be a lawyer. You do not need to speak another language. However, all volunteers with bilingual skills are appreciated.

Every last Sunday of the month!

When: 8am-3pm, 1/27, 2/24, 3/31, 4/28, 5/26, 6/30, 7/28, 8/25, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, and 12/29. You may come for a shorter amount of time, but please come at 8:30 for new volunteer orientation. We also don’t start new applications after 1:30 or 2:00, so we can finish in time for the marketplace’s closing.

Where: Oxnard College Marketplace & Swap Meet (see map below and directions below)

What do we do?

  • We help people with qualifying permanent residency (green) cards fill out the application to become CITIZENS, and VOTERS! Three people have already become citizens since SEIU started these fairs. This is truly life-changing stuff and it just doesn’t get better than that.
  • We help also DACA recipients, amazing and hardworking students and workers maintain their status.
  • We’re now helping with GREEN card renewals and Selective Service applications.
  • We will also register VOTERS.

Come join us!

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Wed 2/13: Barr and Yemen. Time to call again.

Today, we’re re-visiting some older actions…Partial good news on Action #1.

Action #1 –  Is there a minimum quota of deaths for war crimes? Asking for a friend…

Before the Nazi death camps were revealed to the American public, there were sporatic public protests to legislators to help Jews in Germany.

Historians agree on factual explanations why most American protests against Nazism in 1933 died down within a few months…. Isolationism, economic concerns, racism, and antisemitism all led most Americans to focus on domestic problems rather than international ones. Reflecting the mood and situation of the country, State Department officers interpreted America’s restrictive immigration laws even more stringently, leaving the quotas far from filled. Nazi Germany owed American banks billions of dollars, and the Roosevelt administration was unwilling to issue a protest, in part because of the risk that Hitler would cancel his country’s debts. Nazi Germany was a sovereign nation, and most Americans did not consider intervention in Germany’s treatment of its own citizens the role of the United States.

We can, with our modern technology, now watch a country’s people being annihilated in real time. Nearly 76% of the population of Yemen is in need of humanitarian aid. Food. Clean water. Medical care and supplies. Men are dying. Women. Children. Babies. The immigration issue of 1933 – we now have a similar travel ban stopping Yemenis from coming here, dividing families. Those already here under TPS status are now on an 18 month countdown until they are thrown back into hell.

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Tues 2/12: Cocktail-hour comments – Tell HHS why HIPAA privacy rights should be protected. Deadline tonight!

(From Indivisible San Francisco)

Action:  Stop Erosion of HIPAA Patient Healthcare Rights — Deadline TONIGHT, by 11:59 pm EST. 

HHS has proposed changes to HIPAA under the guise of “easing regulations,” so that patients diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI) or opioid use disorder (OUD) could have their medical records released without their consent.

Post a comment with the HHS opposing this change by 11:59 EST  TONIGHT, Feb. 12th!

Sample Comment 

“I strongly oppose the proposed changes to HIPAA because the proposed changes extend far beyond the known benefits of coordinated care and will make patient healthcare less safe. [LIST ADDITIONAL PERSONAL OR POLICY REASONS WHY YOU FEEL HIPPA SHOULD BE PROTECTED. THEY SHOULD BE UNIQUE TO YOU.]

[Insert reason why you or a family member or a friend might be negatively impacted by the changes to the rules. Or insert a personal story.]

I urge you to not change existing HIPAA regulations on patient confidentiality.”

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