Mon – 10/15: Today’s Action Prescription.

Action #1 – Make another comment on this! We have until 11:59 EST

The president has asked Zinke to clear all of us off his lawn… The number of comments has risen from the low 700’s to  over 36,000.

However, between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people marched in DC for the first Women’s March on January 21, 2017! We can do better. Please social media the heck out of this. 

Click here!

Action #2 – If you got your ballot, or a sample ballot in the mail…

Time to start becoming familiar with the issues and candidates.

Indivisible Ventura has put out our own voting guide here, and it has links to a lot of others.

Action #3 – Sign up for Jen Hofmann tele-class on The Art of Perseverance – Part 1 starts today at 4:00 pm.

Sign up here. If you missed this one, catch up here.

00:00 First class intro and what to expect
10:27 Grounding strategy 1: Breath.
15:08 Focus strategy 1: Vision.
25:52 Decrease overwhelm strategy 1: Healthy boundaries with the news
38:16 Inspiration strategy 1: Gratitude
41:31 Assignment review and next steps.
Class 1 assignments
  • Practice taking three deep breaths and exhalations this week when you feel stressed.
  • Work on narrowing your vision to 3-5 words. “The kind of world I want to create is…”
  • Notice how you consume news and make a change to your habits that decreases overwhelm.
  • Write a note expressing gratitude for the many things you appreciate about one person.
  • As you try these four things, notice if they contribute to increased feelings of well-being.

Action #4 – New postcard or poster design donated by Mary Engelbreit.

Click here to download and print out as postcards or as large as 11×17 inches.

Action #5 – Read this. Pass it on.

I’m Dying. Here is what I refuse to accept with serenity – Ady Barkan


Uploading America v.21.0. – Indivisible Ventura breaks down the midterm election ballot.

(Updated with revised endorsement & proposition info. 10/23/18 – Error on Camarillo endorsements corrected, additional endorsements added)

We at Indivisible Ventura don’t believe we have any more time to coddle those who feel that the answers to the problems of this new century lie in the bones of the last one.

We believe in progress and in science. We believe in women, their sovereignty over their own bodies and their access to equal pay and family leave. We believe in the separation of church and state. We believe that all Americans should have access to clean air, pure water, affordable, accessible healthcare, and a safe place to sleep. We believe in protecting our environment and our wildlife. We believe in our youth and their access to education without crippling debt. We believe in helping our immigrants, our poor, and our homeless. We believe in the rights of workers and a living wage. We believe in strong gun laws to keep our communities safe. We believe in in the fundamental American value that all people are created equal. We believe that the American dream is worth fighting for.

That’s why we vote. Every time. But we need more people to stand beside us.

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Mon. 6/4: There are only two forms of power…money and votes. Use yours tomorrow.

Indivisible Ventura has spent a lot of time registering college students this year. Here are the top three statements we hear.

“My vote doesn’t count”.

This is the biggest objection when we talk to students about registering to vote. These are students who:

  • will finish their educational efforts with the largest student debt loads in history, presided over by a Secretary of Education who has personally profited off these loans and is actively helping Trump make them harder to pay off.
  • will face high entry-level housing costs, inadequate health and child care access, along with stagnant wages when they graduate.
  • will be most affected by the possible loss of a free internet.

“I’m sending a message by not voting”.

Yes, unfortunately, they are. The message is that legislators are free to ignore everything that’s important to them and concentrate on other groups, like the elderly and the wealthy, who always show up at the polls. Students, the poor, people of color, and the disabled, are being disenfranchised because they aren’t deploying their only form of power in sufficient numbers. Continue reading “Mon. 6/4: There are only two forms of power…money and votes. Use yours tomorrow.”

Fri 5/26: Be A Voter! Faster! Indivisible Ventura guides you through the ballot.

(Updated with revised endorsement info. 5/30/18, 6/1/18)

First, make sure you have a Voting Plan!

What the heck is that? Is it boring? Is it painful?

A voting plan is described here and “No” and “No.”

Indivisible Ventura is not officially endorsing any particular candidate, but we’ve pulled together endorsements from other groups we respect for you to read and compare along with reference materials. This is a long ballot and we want to make the process easier for everyone.

Why should our husbands be the only ones to benefit from our hours of research?

Rules for voting by mail are at the bottom.
TLDR version:

Add (2) stamps before dropping it in a mailbox, or drop it off at a poll box.

Did you miss the registration deadline and are now sad you can’t join in?
Hah! You can still register and vote up to and on Election Day! See information at the bottom under “Ventura County Voter Resources”.

UPDATE: This is not the Democratic endorsement guide you’re looking for…
Voters are now gettting something that looks like this in the mail. This is NOT FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY! This is a commercial advertisement mailer from “Voter Guide Slate Cards“, paid for by the candidates that appear on it. 

fake news

Here are the actual endorsements from various Democratic Party entities

  • CA Democratic Party (CADEM) here.
  • Ventura Club of Ventura: here.
  • Ojai Democratic Club: here
  • Ventura County Democratic Party Endorsements: here
  • Other Counties here.

The Candidates!

Here are the ballot sections. We’ve included a few endorsements in the picture segments to give you an idea of who is supporting each candidate. Click on the links at the bottom of each segment for more complete endorsements information.

Remember that this is a “jungle primary” where no party is guaranteed a slot on the November ballot, so be careful of using your vote on the cute underdog in the corner. Here’s a good article on the dangers inherent in this top-two primary system.

Governor – Pick (1) one

The highest elected official in California: Oversees most state departments and agencies. Prepares annual state budget. Approves or rejects new state laws.


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