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  • (6/3) This post will be updated, sometimes hourly! We are putting up information on local protest actions we’re finding from informal sources. There are no guarantees as to time/place/type of protest or participant safety.
  • Be safe: Please be prepared and peaceful: know your rights and remember there’s still a pandemic. Download the ACLU app onto your phone, bring water, hats, MASKS, hand sanitizer, etc… (Check out Action #1 for information here.)
  • Advisory: As of June1, 5:00 pm, there is NO emergency curfew in effect in Ventura County at this time. (Update check hereSome East County residents received a Wireless Emergency Alert from Los Angeles County officials about the emergency curfew in Los Angeles County. We have NOT enacted an emergency curfew in Ventura County.”Please be safe and informed, and do not listen to unsubstantiated rumors or false information during this time.”
  • Help us update information:  Send event information we’ve missed to IndivisibleVentura@gmail.com with “EVENT” in the header.
  • Don’t forget. Your calls, emails and letters to legislators at ALL levels are powerful tools for change. We’ve put contact information for elected officials at the bottom of this post.

Thurs 6/4: Ventura, NAACP Solidarity Rally Honoring George Floyd “Standing up for Injustice” Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Road, corner of Telephone. ALL attendees must wear masks!

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Friday 6/5: Oxnard, Student-led protest, Wilson Park 255 Palm Dr. (2 pm)

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Facebook event page here. VERIFY details before you go! “This is a black youth lead event with support from leaders of many local faith-based, law enforcement, and social justice organizations. The organizers of this event are not affiliated with any particular organization, they are caring and concerned Simi Valley residents who wish to show their solidarity with the black lives matter movement.

There will be speakers and an optional march route. We encourage people to bring their own signs and masks, and to practice social distancing at the event.

*this event is being shared by Camarillo Cares, at the request of the local Simi Valley organizers

Note from Simi Valley’s Mayor

Date: 06/01/2020

Mayor Keith Mashburn

Members of our community have contacted me, the Police Department, and City Hall and are expressing deep concern about Saturday’s scheduled protest. Thank you for your involvement and taking the time to reach out. I would like to assure you that I met with the Police Chief and the City Manager throughout the weekend and first thing this morning. I want you to know that we are aware of the messaging on social media and keeping a close eye on it and the City is well prepared to address any issues that may arise out of Saturday’s event. Members of the Simi Valley Police Department have been assisting in other jurisdictions throughout the weekend and are well trained to respect the rights of protesters and the property rights of our local businesses. The safety of our community members continues to be my highest priority. The Police Department will be present to assist those exercising their free speech rights to obey all laws and to remain safe while protecting the rights of all Simi Valley citizens and business owners.

Community members with information, or who have a question regarding the Saturday, June 6 protest, may call the Simi Valley Police Department’s Tip Line at (805) 583-6984. Department personnel will evaluate the messages and follow-up as appropriate.

Sun 6/7: Ventura, Government Center, 800 S. Victoria, corner of Victoria and Telegraph  (12-5pm) “Ventura County Blackout.

Tues 6/9:  Westlake Village/Thousand Oaks – March & candlelight vigil to mark George Floyd’s funeral. Organized by Women United for Change. Gather at the Westlake & Thousand Oaks Boulevards at 6:30; march begins about 7 p.m. to the Civic Arts Plaza. Bring a sign & a battery-operated candle.


Petitions

Sign this petition for the NAACP!

Justice for George Floyd: Sign the Petition

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  • Demand immediate arrest of the remaining 3 officers involved in George Floyd’s murder.
  • Demand appointment of an independent special prosecutor to lead the federal government’s full and impartial investigation of the murder of George Floyd.
  • Demand reinstitution by the Department of Justice of consent decrees on police departments and municipal governments across this country that have demonstrated patterns of racism towards and mistreatment of people of color.
  • Demand sweeping police reform–federal legislation mandating a zero-tolerance approach in penalizing and/or prosecuting police officers who kill unarmed, non-violent, and non-resisting individuals in an arrest.

Sign this petition for CAUSE!

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Dear CAUSE friends, This pandemic has brought the nation’s attention to the difficult, dangerous, and underpaid work of farmworkers, who are always essential, but too often treated as disposable.

Dozens of farmworkers at Rancho Laguna Farms in Santa Maria went on strike several weeks ago for a ten cent raise per box. Their frustration with a long pattern of poor working conditions reached its boiling point when the company squeezed them to work harder for the same low pay, while they struggled to pay for the rising cost of groceries and childcare during the pandemic. They were met with immediate retaliation for organizing, with supervisors calling the sheriff on them and firing them.

Farmworkers have risked everything to continue to feed the world through this crisis.  Now it’s time for us to have their back.

Click here to sign a petition in support of the brave farmworkers at Rancho Laguna.

Sign this petition for Mariana, one of our own!

America is happy to extract the labor of immigrants, but we won’t give the hardworking essential workers who make our lives more comfortable the basic dignity and security they need. Sign the petition here.

Victoria Galindo, the head of the household for four children and valued essential worker, secured a Stay of Removal in the US in 2011, and every year since then on the basis of her good conduct and essential support of her family. Victoria works in housekeeping at one of the Ventura hotels housing unhoused veterans, elderly and other vulnerable people under California’s Project Roomkey. And in the midst of the Corona-virus pandemic, when her children and community need her more than ever, Victoria’s Application for a Stay has been denied. She received her “bag and baggage” notice directing her to appear at the Camarillo ICE office on June 11, carrying no more than 50 pounds of baggage, to be sent to Mexico. Read more here.

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Sign this petition from Color of Change.

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Read and sign this Color of Change petition to local decision makers to acknowledge that policing is a violent institution that must end and  calling on them to adopt the following demands:

  • Invest in healthy communities not policing
  • Increase transparency and accountability for officers with records of misconduct.
  • Do away with unfair protections for officers in police union contracts and Law Enforcement Officers’ ‘Bills of Rights.’
  • Strengthen police use-of-force policies to protect human life and rights.
  • End ‘broken windows’ policing and stop unnecessary prosecution of low-level offenses.
  • Establish effective civilian oversight boards with investigative and subpoena powers.
  • Respond to mental health crises with healthcare, not policing responses.
  • Require independent investigations in all cases where police kill or seriously injure people.
  • End the profit motive in policing.


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