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.

Continue reading “Uploading America v.21.0. – Indivisible Ventura breaks down the midterm election ballot.”

Tues 10/9: Be part of this. Today.

At a school or college:

Today, we’ll be helping out with voter registration at the Oxnard College Student’s Day of Action. Come join us. No RSVP required. More information here. If you’ve never done this before, we’ll teach you how. If you can’t come today, look for other dates that work better.

At your workplace:

In California, the law requires employers to give up to 2 hours off at the beginning or end of a shift without loss of pay. Advance notice to your company is required by law. Proof of voting is not required. The California Elections Code also requires employers, both public and private, to post a notice no less than 10 days before every statewide election explaining employees’ right to time off to vote. The notice must be posted in a conspicuous place at the work site.

Other state’s information on voting here. Continue reading “Tues 10/9: Be part of this. Today.”

Sat – 10/6: Refocus. Help make and encourage new voters at Plaza Park today.

Today, this is true.

“The Republican-controlled Senate appears poised to confirm a Supreme Court justice who believes in presidential immunity to criminal investigation. He was handpicked by a president whose wealth was inherited through tax fraud, whose former personal attorney has implicated him in a federal crime, and who is the focus of an ongoing investigation into a foreign attack on American democracy.” (Adam Server, Atlantic Monthly)

But today, this is also true.

The next generation, 17-35-year-olds, are the largest voting demographic in America, and they are ready to take their place on the lines next to us. What happens now, with women’s rights, the environment, education, taxes, health care, labor rights, war, immigration…literally everything, will now directly effect them in a way they’ve never felt before.

Come out today and encourage students at today’s rally at Plaza Park, downtown Ventura, from 10:00 – 12:00. Facebook page with details here. Continue reading “Sat – 10/6: Refocus. Help make and encourage new voters at Plaza Park today.”

Tues – 8/14: Midterms are almost upon us.

Nonvoters helped to hand Trump the presidency. (wapo), (fortune) Let’s help them take back their power.

We are within 90 days of the midterm elections! Check your status!

That’s an important benchmark, because under current law, states can’t purge you from their roles within 90 days of an election. In CA, click here to:

  1. Check if you are registered to vote.
  2. Check where you are registered to vote.
  3. Check your political party preference.
  4. Check your language preference for election materials.
  5. Check the status of your vote-by-mail or provisional ballot.
  6. Find your polling place.
  • If anything has changed since the last time you voted – your address, your political party, whatever, re-register to vote here.
  • You can register for the first time if you’re 18 or going to be 18 on election day. You can PRE-REGISTER if you’re 16 or 17.
  • Yes, you can register and vote in the 14 days before an election or on Election Day itself in CA, but you would have to appear in person at your local elections office.

If you’re not in CA, go to  www.vote.org to find your state’s election center – each state’s election information is listed.  After you’ve checked your registration status, do yourself a favor and take a screen shot of it. If things go wonky at your precinct that day, it will be nice to have that information handy.

Take the 24 hour pledge!

(from Small Deeds Done) “Senator Claire McCaskill (who has described herself as “stronger than horseradish”) issued a challenge the other day, and I wanted to share it.

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Thurs 7/5: Tweet the collaborators of our puppet president – and make these 3 important calls on voting bills.

Rebecca Solnit’s article: One year on, Donald Trump is still an illegitimate president.

#1 -“I asked our friends in Russia not to interfere in our elections this year,” Sen. Kennedy (R-LA) said.

OMG, so much wrong in one sentence! Seven GOP senators and zero Democrats went to Moscow, without any American media, to ask, hats in hands, for Russia not to destroy our electoral process…After Putin was “too busy” to see them, Duma member Vyascheslav Nikonov stated that this meeting “was one of the easiest ones in my life.”  The issue of election interference was resolved quickly because “the question was raised in a general form.” “One shouldn’t interfere in elections — well, we don’t interfere,” Nikonov said.

Yeah, we can see  “interfere” being too soft a term for the Russians. After all, they are proud of getting their favorite candidate elected.

Meanwhile, back where reporters are watching, GOP Senator Richard Burr quietly issued the current report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian involvement in the 2016 election right before the 4th of July holiday. Spoiler alert – Yeah, they did… Continue reading “Thurs 7/5: Tweet the collaborators of our puppet president – and make these 3 important calls on voting bills.”

Fri. 5/11: These are not your average midterm primaries. Join in and get involved.

Indivisible was launched as an organization committed to stopping Trump’s destructive agenda. Seven districts in CA are represented by GOP members who’ve consistantly voted for that agenda, in the interests of both their wealthiest donors and lobbyists such as the NRA.

However, these districts also voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and are flippable, if we all put in the work.

Continue reading “Fri. 5/11: These are not your average midterm primaries. Join in and get involved.”

Postcard Pizza Party for California Congressional District 25 on April 25th!

We will be joining a statewide effort to get out the vote in California Congressional District 25!

When: Wednesday, April 25th at 11:00AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Santino’s Pizza Parlor – 4321 Telegraph Rd, Ventura
Fun! Pizza will be provided! (A little cheese grease goes a long way toward making our postcards have that special “homey” touch!)

CD25 is Steve Knight’s district which includes part of Ventura County, Santa Clarita, Lancaster, and Palmdale.  We Venturans can’t vote Knight out, but we can help our neighbors rid themselves of him – and help ourselves by removing one of the 24 Trump minions needed to turn the House blue! We are not endorsing a candidate, just advocating power to the polls.

Our appeal will be directly to the voters in CA25 – NOT mass political mailings, because all of our cards will be handwritten. Each will be a message from one voter to another. We are simply asking Americans to do that most American thing — VOTE!

Here are some tidbits from about Steve Knight to inspire us:

Let us count the ways Steve Knight has betrayed us: He votes with Trump 98% of the time. He voted against our healthcare. The National Rifle Association gives him an A rating. He voted for the #TrumpTaxScam. He’s Continue reading “Postcard Pizza Party for California Congressional District 25 on April 25th!”

Update! – We’re adopting the Poinsettia Pavilion polling place!

Indivisible Ventura has been assigned the voting poll at the Poinsettia Pavilion! Come join us! We’re looking for volunteers to help us staff it for the June 5th primaries!

pavilion

We need at least (4) volunteer “clerks” per shift for (4) shifts. You’re welcome to volunteer for 2 or more shifts. Some of us will be there all day!
Shift Schedule:

  • 6:00 am – 10:00 am (setup at 6, poll opens at 7)
  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm -5:30 pm
  • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (door closes at 8:00)

We need one Spanish-capable clerk for each shift! Please help us if you have this capability! Continue reading “Update! – We’re adopting the Poinsettia Pavilion polling place!”

Hey Indivisible Ventura! – Let’s adopt a poll!

Indivisible Ventura is looking for volunteers to help us adopt-a-poll!
We need at least 3-4 volunteer “clerks” per four-hour shift for 4 shifts. First shift starts at the ridiculous time of 6:00 am. Frisky and/or long-suffering volunteers can sign up for more than one shift. Only requirement is that you’re registered to vote in California.

At least one clerk from each shift is encouraged to take the full training course, so they can pass on the knowledge to their crew. Election officer training classes last 3 hours (one hour online or at the county, two hours in a hands-on equipment lab). Classes are offered at a variety of times and places around the county.  Those who volunteer as clerks get a $90 stipend along with a $20 stipend for those completing the training.

Not only is this an interesting and extremely educational volunteer opportunity, but it’s also a fundraiser! For each poll adopted, the group receives $475! That’s a lot of paper, ink cartridges and postcard stamps!

Volunteer and/or sign up for more information here! Continue reading “Hey Indivisible Ventura! – Let’s adopt a poll!”