Action – If you’re not in Indivisible Ventura’s adopt-a-poll crew, volunteer to be a regular poll worker in Thousand Oaks, Simi, Moorpark, Oxnard or Port Hueneme.
We the People: What we political newbies keep learning is how essential the private citizen is in keeping the lights on in this democratic experiment we call America. One may think that state governments are in completely in charge of elections…organizing, facilitating and sometimes suppressing them, and we just show up to vote. But the person handing you your ballot and helping you feed it into the voting machine is a regular civilian, just like you.
After the polls close, and everybody else is home watching the early returns on television, county parking lots are transformed into a klieg-light bright islands of activity, as regular citizens – two representatives from every polling place in our huge county, pull their cars up, one after another, to return voting equipment and relinquish their sealed bags of ballots.
This, at the end, is what democracy looks like. Something to be very proud of. Something to protect and aid.
In Ventura County, they need more of you to help make our experiment work!
Continue reading “Mon 10/29: Calling for more poll workers!”
These strategies help swing elections, but for us introverts, they can, at first, appear overwhelming and stressful.
“If you told me a year ago that I would be knocking on doors to talk to strangers about a candidate or to convince them to vote, I would not have laughed in your face. While I would have found the notion ridiculous, I would have just shrugged and smiled politely. That’s because I’m an introvert. I take my personal space very seriously, I’m usually exhausted (not energized) when engaging with others outside my normal sphere, and I try very hard to avoid confrontation.
Oddly enough, I’ve found that all of those traits make me a fairly ideal door-to door political canvasser…”
(click here for the rest of this great article on how introverts can shine at these activities.)
So here are activities for you to try out. We need everyone to help.
Action #1 – Sign up to phonebank
Continue reading “Fri – 10/5: It’s time to do more than wait for your polling place to open…”
Despite the chaos in the legislature, there are some concrete actions we can take to protect our DACA neighbors…
Ventura County Legal Aid, Inc, Law Offices of Vanessa Frank, Law Offices of Gariella NavarroBusch, Kirwin & Francis LLP, Santa Clara Valley Legal Aid and RGA Immigration have teamed together to create free monthly DACA paperwork renewal clinics.
Here are a couple of ways we can help.
Part 1 – Donate.
Time/Brand new skill: Become a volunteer to help DACA recipients fill in their paperwork. Join us on July 9th at 5:00 pm at CAUSE – Centro Mujer, 4225 Saviors Rd., #2, Oxnard for a quick lecture on how to assist filling out the forms before the DACA recipients arrive. You do not need to speak Spanish.
Money: Sponsor a DACA recipient’s filing fee. ($495) or whatever you can.
Food/Bottled Water/Office Supplies: One night a month, a busy little office springs up to fill out forms. Donations are welcome.
Contact: Email: Legal Aid Clinic at email@example.com or Call (805) 650-7592
Part 2 – Post these posters! Get the word out before more DACA recipients fall out of compliance.
Continue reading “Tues 7/3: Local volunteer opportunity…”