#BLM protests and other antiracist things to do…

Today’s Local Actions – Tues 7/14  – “What does eye-color have to do with anything? Edition

Many of us remember a video of this teacher’s blue-eye v. brown-eye introduction to racism. This video shows extended footage of that experiment, and the reactions of the now-adult students to those two tumultuous days in third grade.

Jane Elliott’s lesson plan is now being used in prisons, corporations, and even on an unsuspecting studio audience of the Oprah Winfrey show. (Separate video here.)

Check out all our “Watch Party” videos here.

Events happening today! 

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; It must be demanded by the oppressed.” ~ MLK

  • We’re putting up information on local protests and actions by others we’re finding from informal sources. These listings are not endorsements nor guarantees as to time/place/type of protest or participant safety. Events can and have already been cancelled without notice.
  • Protest safely in the time of pandemic and police overreaction: Go here for resources on camera apps, equipment, what to know if you’re stopped by police.

Tuesday –7/14 – ONLINE – Hear Our Stories: DACA in Context (6:00-7:30pm)

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Facebook link here. Join us as we hear from those on the frontlines fighting for those in our DACA and immigrant community. Register here.

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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.”

Tues 8/21: Call Dianne and ask her to fix the “Secure Elections Act” bill.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 8/22/18 , the Senate Rules Committee will deliberate on the Secure Elections Act [S. 2261]. It certainly will provide a more secure infrastructure against cybersecurity threats than our current state, but it is missing two of the most important and effective ways to secure elections; paper records to detect and quickly correct for cyberattacks and automatic risk limiting audits to ensure that such detection actually happens. Otherwise this bill is like going on a picnic with buns, condiments, and napkins, and then realizing you left the burgers at home.

Action – Call your committee members and ask them to amend the bill!

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to demand that the Committee amend S. 2261 – “Secure Elections Act” to require states to give voters the option to mark their ballots by HAND, or provide a voter-verifiable paper trail and to conduct “Risk Limiting Audits”.

(Check here to see if your senator is on the committee. Dianne Feinstein is a member.)

Contact your Legislator
Senator Feinstein: email DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com

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Mon – 6/11: Corporations and their GOP think we’re going to roll over for the end of net neutrality… They are wrong.

Action #1 – Call to get SB-822 out of committee.

Net Neutrality ENDS MONDAY, June 11, but we have a slim chance of saving it in California if we stop ISP lobbyists from killing SB-822 – “Communications: broadband Internet access service” in the two committees listed below tomorrow, June 12th.

While SB 460 (de León) was a well-intentioned start, Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 822 includes all of the protections from the 2015 Open Internet Order. Unlike SB 460, SB 822 does not leave giant loopholes that ISPs have exploited in the past.

Our representative, Monique Limón, is NOT on these committees. Yours may not be either. However, call them and tell them you expect them to talk to committee members. Then look at the committee members and think of all your friends and family members that live in their districts. INDIVISIBLE CONEJO, we’re looking at you and Jaqui Irwin.

Minimal Script for non-Committee members: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Assemblymember [___] to encourage members of the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee and the Communications and Conveyance Committee to advance SB-822. Continue reading “Mon – 6/11: Corporations and their GOP think we’re going to roll over for the end of net neutrality… They are wrong.”

Thurs 6/7: Could Pai be clearer that his FCC is open for business to far-right and corporate interests? – 2 urgent actions!

Net neutrality rules will officially expire June 11th. (Monday) Act today!

On December 14th, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reverse 2015 regulations established to protect net neutrality.  If we don’t stop it, all  providers will be required to do is “tell consumers whether they will block or slow content or offer paid ‘fast lanes.'” Comforting.

On 5/16, the Senate passed S.J. Res 52, the resolution to overturn the FCC net neutrality rollback. Republican Senators Collins (ME), Kennedy (LA), and Murkowski (AK) joined all 49 Senators in the Democratic Caucus in voting “Yes”. The resolution then moved to the House, where, two days later, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) has filed a discharge petition to force a vote in the House on the Senate-passed resolution. A simple majority of House members must sign the petition.

We’re running out of time. June 11th is the deadline

Check out where your legislator stands here and send them a “thank-you” or a “WTH?” tweet with the attached links. (The list alphabetizes by first name or by state.) Then find the links to all your out-of-state relatives and friends and ask them to do the same thing. Be Indivisible all over the country. For more impact, call everyone who is a “U” (undecided, my foot) or a “N“.

Minimal Script for “U” and “N” Reps: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to show support for the Senate-passed S.J. Res 52 by signing the discharge petition introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle. I will remember how you vote on this at the next election.

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Wed. 2/21 – Elections and the battle for our hearts and minds.

Some people do this for the money.

A group of teenagers in Macedonia built a large network of sites spreading false information shortly before the 2016 election because making outrageous statements drove a lot of traffic to them, which translate to a lot of ad revenue.

Others do it for power.

(Washington Post) “…there’s direct political value in spreading misinformation. Setting aside the value that Trump himself sees in misrepresenting reality, there has been a deliberate effort to spread inaccurate information about political candidates and issues — Hillary Clinton, Brexit, etc. — to both shape public opinion and to make it harder to discern real from fake. If you see one article claiming that millions of people were caught voting illegally and another reporting (correctly) that there is no evidence at all of widespread voter fraud, the issue may seem as though it’s still being litigated.”

Most of us realize that still photos can be manipulated with tools like Photoshop. However, technology now allows motivated users to alter videos as well.

Ultimately, it’s our thoughts, opinions and core beliefs that are being Photoshopped and reshaped.

A person’s facial expressions can be altered in a video.
This can change anyone into a real-life marionette, seemingly saying words that are supplied by the video creator.

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Good news for DACA!

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Immigrant youth won today.

Our plaintiffs, along with co-counsel at Make the Road New York and Yale Law School’s Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, asked the court to help protect Dreamers, and today we got our wish: a federal court has rejected President Trump’s rationale for ending DACA and put in place another important block to protect Dreamers.

This means that anyone who had DACA in the past must be allowed to re-apply for DACA.

This ruling is particularly important as the arbitrary March 5th deadline that resulted in the crisis President Trump created is right around the corner.

Now all eyes turn to the Supreme Court as it decides whether it will take on a separate case regarding Trump’s DACA termination. It is likely that the Trump administration may appeal rapidly to the Supreme Court in an effort to take away this victory from our plaintiffs and all immigrant youth across the country.

This case is a testament to the bravery of Dreamers like our plaintiffs — this decision wouldn’t have happened if not for their courage to stand up for their rights. Continue reading “Good news for DACA!”

CANCELLED DUE TO THE FIRES! Rally to Protect Net Neutrality!

SORRY, EVERYONE. DUE TO THE PREDICTED TERRIBLE AIR QUALITY AND HIGH WINDS, WE’RE CANCELLING THIS RALLY. WE WILL HOPEFULLY RE-SCHEDULE BEFORE THE FCC VOTES. 

IN THE MEANTIME, DO THIS

Join us as we protest outside the Verizon store against the rollback of net neutrality protections! Bring your signs, your voice, a friend, and your enthusiasm!

When: Thursday, December 7, 12-2pm
Where: Outside Verizon Store, corner of Main Street and Mills Road. We’ll be meeting on the sidewalk outside the Lowe’s Shopping Center, right across from the Pacific View Mall. 488 S Mills Rd, Ventura

Let’s get a crowd! SHARE, SHARE, SHARE the Facebook Event Page! https://www.facebook.com/events/322770811535492 <–click in to let us know you’re coming!

Join this nationwide effort with other Internet users outraged by top Verizon lawyer-turned-FCC-Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut net neutrality, one week before an expected vote at the FCC.

We will make it clear to members of Congress that the time is now to stand for net neutrality, not Verizon’s bottom line.

PLEASE remember, this event is about protesting actions of Verizon executives, lobbyists and their supporters in Washington, NOT the employees at these stores.

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Save Net Neutrality

We’ll be contacting BOTH the FCC and our Congressperson on this important action!

FCC Sample Script: I’m calling FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to insist the FCC uphold all existing Title II net neutrality rules. We pay for Internet service, and we have a right to protection from data discrimination, privacy invasion, and access restrictions.

CALL FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: (1-202-418-1000)

Congress Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] to do anything in his/her power to stop the  FCC from killing net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of Internet Service Providers.

More script if your want it: Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it.

CALL Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

OR Rep. Salud Carbajal
: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

More Info: 

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Fire FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to tell Sen. [___] to vote “NO” on reconfirming Ajit Pai.

More script if you want it: He’s supposed to protect the public interest, but he continuously sides with  deep-pocketed corporations — like Verizon, his former employer.

If you’re on a roll: He’s trying to destroy Net Neutrality protection and the Lifeline program that helps needy communities. He’s also helping the hard-right media giant Sinclair Broadcasting gain an unprecedented number of local TV stations to broadcast their racist and anti-muslim diatribes.

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

More Info: Continue reading “Fire FCC Chairman Ajit Pai”