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!

Screenshot: Twitter

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!”

Tues 5/12: “Would you rather?” game – Wall v. “Warrior” edition.

Money follow values: The GOP are signalling that they’ve skimmed all they can with their $2.3 trillion 2017 tax scam and that sneaky $170 billion tax break for the rich in the CARES Act and they are now SERIOUS about deficit spending. (If you haven’t called your legislators on the tax-break travesty yet, go here.) While corporations and CEO’s are pocketing millions of our dollars, the GOP and White House officials are figuring out how to make us regular folks pay for their grift. Ideas for the next relief package include triggers for automatic spending reductions in safety net programs, as well as a proposal for desperate Americans to cannibalize their own Social Security benefits. No free lunch for those who’ve never had a free lunch. (Note: No government proposals yet for the wealthy to use their own savings to pay employees…)

The dollar numbers being thrown around are so large, it’s easy to lose track of what’s at stake. For this round of “Would you rather?,” we’re issuing you $500 million dollars to spend. This represents the low bid to paint Trump’s wall black, or a rough estimate for FEMA burial funds for 100,000 applicants. Further explanation of your choices are below in “Deeper Dive.” If you’re the people we think you are, this script will work for your legislators.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and want Rep./Sen. [___] to know that I don’t want any of my tax dollars wasted on painting Trump’s border wall. I would also like to know why FEMA hasn’t been cleared to help families of COVID-19 victims with funeral costs. Or their Disaster Legal Services program.  Like we were actually a civilized country suffering from a disaster. Continue reading “Tues 5/12: “Would you rather?” game – Wall v. “Warrior” edition.”

Mon 5/11: Worst “National Nurses Week” ever… Make it up to them by calling your CA state senators to approve AB 664.

Screenshot: Twitter

Action – Want to really “celebrate nursing?” Call your legislators and tell them “YES” on AB 664. 

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.

Last Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that presumes front line workers who contracted COVID-19 were infected on the job (Yes, unbelievably, hospitals assume otherwise) and are therefore entitled to workers’ compensation. Although this order covers more workers than similar ones in other states, it requires a positive diagnoses when testing is still are to get and lasts for just 2 months. Continue reading “Mon 5/11: Worst “National Nurses Week” ever… Make it up to them by calling your CA state senators to approve AB 664.”

Fri. 5/8: Update – Standing indivisible with Ahmaud Arbery. Keep calling – this isn’t finished.

Quote from #irunwithmaud

Update 5/8/2020 – The Third Man: Thanks to the huge public reaction to the cellphone video of a young black man being murdered-while-jogging, the two men involved have finally been arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.  We are waiting on whether the man who filmed the incident, William Bryan, will be charged, as well.

We also now know that the former attorney for the Gregory and Travis McMichaels, Alan David Tucker, was the one who released the video on Tuesday.

Continue reading “Fri. 5/8: Update – Standing indivisible with Ahmaud Arbery. Keep calling – this isn’t finished.”

Thurs 5/7: Join in – Day of Action to support the Essential Workers Bill of Rights!

Today, May 7th, millions of people and over 50 national organizations, including Indivisible, will take online action and demand Congress support an Essential Worker Bill of Rights. This Bill of Rights would cover nurses, health and home care workers, domestic workers, truckers, janitors, grocery workers, farm workers, warehouse workers child care workers and transit workers. If we’re loud enough, we can help ALL #ProtectEssentialWorkers. Join in!

𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐞!

Action #1 – Call your House Rep.

Minimal call scripts to House members: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___]  to release a bold & comprehensive relief bill that includes an Essential Workers Bill of Rights that includes fair compensation. This would include hazard pay, real job protections, paid sick leave, child care workplace protections, health care, and that these protections be given to all working people, no matter their immigration or contractor status. Continue reading “Thurs 5/7: Join in – Day of Action to support the Essential Workers Bill of Rights!”