Wed -3/13: Deadline on comments for the Arctic is tonight. Take 10 minutes and write!

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“If there is oil, it’ll be gone in a generation. But the damage would last for thousands of years.” – Adam Kolton, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League.

Comment to stop the drilling TONIGHT March 13, deadline 10:59 PDT here.
PDF versions of planning documents here.

Sample Scripts 

USE YOUR OWN WORDS. IDENTICAL scripts will not be counted!!! Length not important but if you’re composing your comment the site, note that you have 60 minutes before it will close on you.

Comment: I strongly oppose any option but Alternate A – do nothing. Studying the Environmental Impact Studies, full of unverifiable assumptions and unwarranted trust in the benevolence of oil industry employees as defacto national park officials, has convinced me that there will be unmitigable damage to a national treasure. The only winners here will be politicians who can crow over delivering our refuge to a cadre of international fossil-fuel interests, who will extract as fast as they can with little oversight and walk away from the damage they leave behind. 

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Tues 3/12: Stop Arctic drilling! 3 actions. Comments due by 3/13, 10:59 PDT.

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Action #1 – Support H.R. 1146 – Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced H.R. 1146, that would ban oil and natural gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).”  This legislation would repeal a portion of the 2018 tax-cut that okayed such drilling.  Let’s let our reps know that we want this to pass so that that ANWR can remain a pristine environment and not be lost to greed.

Rep-check here. Brownley and Carbajal are among the 115 cosponsors, including 2 GOP.

Minimum script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Rep. [___] for cosigning H.R. 1146 – “Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Protection Act.”

Action #2 – Support H.R. 309 – Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2019

H.R. 309 prohibits the Department of the Interior from issuing or renewing a lease or any other authorization for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Arctic Ocean, including the Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas.

Rep-check here. Brownley hasn’t signed yet. Carbajal is one of 35 cosponsors.

Minimum script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to Rep. [___] to cosign H.R. 309 – “Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2019.”

Contact:
Rep. Julia Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email. (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Who is my representative/senator?: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com

Action #3 – Write a comment to stop drilling in the Arctic National Wilderness Area here. – Deadline 3/13, (Wed.) 10:59 pm PDT (9:59 Alaska Time)

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Thurs 12/20: Keep calling on Trump’s folly.

fol·ly   /ˈfälē/: a costly ornamental structure with no practical purpose

No compromise. No deals. No fear. No wall.

More information on why and how to contact your legislators, go here.

(Good article on cost and effect of wall from Cato Institute (!))

For the full 1,000 miles, Trump’s 30-foot wall (with a 10-foot tunnel barrier) would cost $31.2 billion, or $31.2 million per mile, according to the best estimate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers. Two other estimates placed the construction cost of the wall in the $25 billion range. An internal Department of Homeland Security report from February 2017 concluded the project would cost $21.6 billion for “a series of fences and walls” along 1,250 miles of the border. And these are solely upfront construction costs. They don’t include ongoing maintenance, which has accounted for roughly half of the price of the existing barriers over a decade.

 

Wed 11/14: Homework for the Resistance

Action #1 – Hold hands. Step up.

No, politics is never going back to the way it was before…where we could just vote for a president every 4 years and then go back to sleep…content that the America of our dreams – the respected bastion of freedom and democracy, would still be there waiting when we woke up. We are awake now. We know what we’ve lost, and what many of our neighbors never had. We united ourselves into a movement that took back the House and now, we prepare for the next chapter…

Action #2 – Message from Indivisible

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Fri – 11/2: What you can do this weekend.

Why we need EVERYONE to canvass…

  • No, not just extroverts who love knocking on doors and talking to people.
  • No, not just expert canvassers. 
  • No, not just political wonks who know the argument for everything.

Everyone!

Continue reading “Fri – 11/2: What you can do this weekend.”

Fri – 10/26: Part 3 – Your crazy-busy weekend: Hands-on volunteering – Last-Sunday Citizenship/DACA fair.

In case you missed Parts 1 & 2…

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Part 1Sunday rally in Ventura for the “Trial of the Century”

 

 

canvassing 101

Part 2Create your weekend Canvassing Plan

Reminder: Deadline today on CA Clean Car Standard comments!

Today is the last day to comment on the Trump administrations’ rollback of our CA Clean Car Standards here. Just because Congress is out, doesn’t mean the destruction of our environment is on hiatus too…

Part 3 – Oct. 28, Sun. – October’s Last-Sunday Free Citizenship/DACA Fair

Continue reading “Fri – 10/26: Part 3 – Your crazy-busy weekend: Hands-on volunteering – Last-Sunday Citizenship/DACA fair.”

Fri – 10/26: Part 2 – Your crazy-busy weekend: Create your canvassing plan.

Why we need EVERYONE to canvass…

  • No, not just extroverts who love knocking on doors and talking to people.
  • No, not just expert canvassers. 
  • No, not just political wonks who know the argument for everything.

Everyone!

Steve Knight, (R-CA 25) a Trump-clone, won his race last time when there were more Democrats than Republicans in his district!

Hmmm….that’s not right…

We need to convince people that their votes are important in protecting themselves and their families – health care, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, the environment and climate change, immigration policy, net neutrality, LGBTQ+ and civil rights are all on the chopping block. Continue reading “Fri – 10/26: Part 2 – Your crazy-busy weekend: Create your canvassing plan.”

Tues – 8/7: Summer Activities for Resisters!

(Three first time volunteers who became politically active following last November’s US Presidential elections, look for addresses while canvassing on a Saturday morning in a quiet residential neighborhood in Palmdale, California, going door to door trying to register voters)

Action #1 – Have a little free time? Look at our “Events List” and join in!

Check out the action here. There’s instruction for every activity, so don’t worry if it’s your first time to canvass, or register people to vote. Join in, even us introverts. Get some new skills, and meet great people.

Action #2 – Join Indivisible’s #SaveSCOTIS virtual phonebank!

Our national Indivisible is  running a national virtual phonebank to contact key voters in Arizona, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, and Texas to talk about the Supreme Court seat and help flip these crucial Senate seats in November. Join in!

Sign up here for a training webinar this afternoon (7:00 EST)  for best practices for making calls and how to use their hubdialer.

Action #3 – Join in with SURJ for a webinar.

Tomorrow, August 8 at 8pm EDT, Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is hosting a webinar on “The Alt-Right and Immigration”.  We can register here.

Action #4 – Help PROJECT LIFELINE.

Since the US government is either unable or unwilling to provide for basic needs of immigrant detainees – sufficient water, food, hygiene products, blankets and warm clothes, humanitarian relief organization, PROJECT LIFELINE, is declaring the crisis and taking first action to help where our government has fallen short.  They are planning two caravans, one leaving from Houston and another from San Antonio and need to collect enough supplies to fill an 18-wheeler (semi) truck and 20-30 cars / trucks. We can contribute to their Amazon wishlist link  then share with our friends on social media. Their Facebook page is here and their email is projectlifeline2018@gmail.com.

 

 

March For Our Lives – Ventura! – Part 2

Besides information, great speechs and marching (See Part 1), there was a lot of information being shared at the park. For those who weren’t able to attend, or didn’t have a chance to see it, we’ve attached it below.

California  – New gun laws for 2018. (Sacbee)
California gun laws (Giffords)

Parents (and grandparents) Promise to Kids 

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The goal of Parents Promise to Kids (PPTK) is to get parents to vote for candidates who believe that the safety of our children is much more important than the right to own guns. We urge parents, grandparents and other concerned adults to sign a contract, found below and then post it on social media with the included instructions.  The contract is a promise to kids that they will never leave their homes in fear of being attacked by people with assault weapons.

The Parkland student’s presription for gun safety

(From thetrace.org) Continue reading “March For Our Lives – Ventura! – Part 2”

March For Our Lives – Ventura! – Part 1

It was an amazing day yesterday, completely organized by four Ventura High School students. See this VC Star article for more videos and pics, as well as our Facebook page, and this link to great photos from Ray Smith of Indivisible Ojai Valley.

Our local congresswoman, Julia Brownley, made some great speeches. (Thanks to Paul Taylor for this great video!)

Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., students and future leaders from our own Ventura County Youth Collective took a moment from the MFOL events there to gather in front of this inspirational portrait. They toured the Capitol with staff from Congresswoman Julia Brownley’s office, visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture and will be meeting with our legislators. Follow their adventures on Facebook  and Twitter. Continue reading “March For Our Lives – Ventura! – Part 1”