- Sponsor: Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund.
- Location: Ventura County Government Center, corner of Victoria and Telephone Rd.
- Facebook event here.
- #StopTheBans Day of Action site here.
- Bring signs and flags. We stand side-by-side with Planned Parenthood and others to protest the extreme & unconstitutional abortion bans being passed across the country.
Action – Write an email/letter opposing any UC-system university affiliation with any religious, anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ hospital.
The University of California regents are deciding if they should solve a bed-space issue at UC San Francisco Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading teaching hospitals, by “affiliating” with Dignity Health, a Catholic hospital chain that uses religious directives to openly discriminate against women and LGBTQ patients. If this goes through, it could be the beginning of other UC-Catholic hospital “affiliations,” spreading intolerance into our public hospitals with our own tax dollars as fuel. All the rights and values Californians are rightly proud of mean nothing if, in our most vulnerable moment as a patient, they are not respected.
The regents are meeting May 14-16. Our Governor, Lt. Governor and Assembly Speaker are voting members. This issue is NOT on the agenda but they will be voting on it soon. Call them, and write them an email or letter to tell them that this discussion of whether or not to allow this trojan horse into our health system should be an easy “NO”. Make it as personal as you can.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want [__] to know that it would be unforgivable to tie UCSF Medical Center or any taxpayer-supported hospital with Dignity Health, or any other system that discriminates and harms women, the poor, minorities and our LGBTQ community.
More script if you want it: If religious hospitals refused to treat non-white people, we would shut them down. Why do we tolerate the verifiable harm these hospitals cause women and LGBTQ people?
(Quote by Martin Luther King)
Take a moment this morning and watch this amazing video.
Action #1 – Share your feelings after the Kavanaugh confirmation debacle.
The New York Times wants women’s responses to the following questions:
- Whose accounts did you end up believing, Christine Blasey Ford’s or Judge Kavanaugh’s? Why?
- What is your reaction to the vote? How do you feel the fight over his confirmation will affect women?
- Most of the senators who voted were men. Would it have made any difference if more women were senators and able to vote? How important is it to have more women in public office?
- Does this decision spur you to any kind of political action, such as voting in the midterm elections or attending political protests? If so, what do you plan to do? Or does it feel like meaningful change is out of reach?
- If you were to pass down one lesson to your son or daughter from Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination and hearings, what would it be?
Share your thoughts here. This NY Times page does not count against free view access.