Today we have two actions!
#1 – Justin Walker’s floor vote in the Senate is coming up fast.
Please share with all your friends and family in states with GOP senators. We just need four to feel queasy enough to keep this guy out. He’s being groomed for the next open SCOTUS seat by his best friend Mitch McConnell.
Mon – 6/8: We’d be happy if you’d just stop putting racist judges in lifetime seats…
Action: Tell your senators that voting for Federalist Society judicial nominees is a racist action.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pronounced himself “appalled” by the killing of George Floyd. and intends to hold hearings on policing, racial discrimination by police and police/community relations.Frankly, we don’t want to hear him prattle on about the causes of police officers casually administering capital punishment in our streets. We know what causes it – racism – embedded in every layer of our public life. Organizations such as the Marshall Project, Campaign Zero and the Sentencing Project have been analyzing this issue for years and the House has already put together a bill. The almost all-white, GOP-controlled Senate is hoping we’ll get too distracted by something else to notice that they won’t pass it.
You want to do a real thing to combat racism, Senator Graham? Refuse to pass through any more right-wing extremist judicial nominees committed to protecting the structure of racism – the interests of corporations and the richest 1%. Under the cover of strengthening states’ rights, their true mission is suppressing voting rights, removing health care and safety net access, degrading labor rights and worker protections, militarizing police, impoverishing public education, and permitting the poisoning of the very air we breathe and the water we drink. They are the judicial backstop behind every choke-hold that goes awry and every shooting of an unarmed person.
Every Federalist Society nominee moves us closer to third-world poverty, increasing racial and economic inequality, unfettered authoritarian repression and a nation on fire.
Here’s a shortcut to the action:
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to vote “NO” to Justin Walker and Cory Wilson and all other Federalist Society members. They are proven enemies of civil rights, women’s rights, unions, public education, the environment and health care, all essential for attaining racial equality.
Senator Feinstein:email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707
Senator Harris:email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231-4494
Who is my representative/senator?:https://whoismyrepresentative.com
#2 – Today’s update on #BLM protests and other antiracist things to do…
- (6/8) Look for “(6/8 – Update)” for new additions. We’re putting up information on local protest actions by others we’re finding from informal sources. These listings are not endorsements nor guarantees as to time/place/type of protest or participant safety. Events can and have already been cancelled without notice.
- 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 graphics near the bottom and Action #1 for more information.)
- Advisory: As of June1, 5:00 pm, there is NO emergency curfew in effect in Ventura County at this time. (Update check here) Some 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.
Note: Before we start listing the protests – we are not just talking to ourselves. These actions are causing change!
(6/7 – Update) On a local level: The huge protest in Simi Valley caused a least one small ripple in the universe – read the article here. However, Councilman Mike Judge’s lesson was paid for by the young activist who planned the very successful march, as she was harrassed by his followers. See “Petitions” below for actions to remove him from office.
(6/7 – Update) Consider donating to the following local organizations that helped fund Saturday’s Simi Valley march.
(6/7 – Update) On a national level – From Fahd Ahmed: Uprisings accelerate the pre-existing slow meticulous organizing and struggles, & break ground for future organizing and struggles
LAST UPDATED: 6/7/20 11:30AM EST
A RUNNING CROWDSOURCED LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY 2020 UPRISING SINCE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD (5/25):
5/26 – 4 officers fired for murdering George Floyd – Minneapolis, MN
5/28 – Univ of Minn cancels contract, including commercial and research contracts, with police – Minneapolis, MN
5/28 – 3rd Precinct Police station neutralized by protestors – Minneapolis, MN
5/28 – ATU Local 1005 refuses to bring police officers to the protests, or transport arrested protesters, Minneapolis, MN
5/29 – Activists commandeer hotel to provide shelter to homeless – Minneapolis, MN
5/29 – Officer Chauvin who killed George Floyd arrested – Minneapolis, MN
5/29 – Louisville Mayor suspends “no-knock” warrants in response to police’s 3/12 #BreonnaTaylor killing and subsequent protests – Louisville, KY……(List continues here. Read the comments as well)
Mon 6/8: Agoura Hills – Peaceful Protest for George Floyd
(6/6 – Update) Kanan Road & T.O. Blvd. (4 pm)
Mon 6/8: Ventura – Candlelight Vigil for George Floyd
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.
There’s a SURJ webinar tonight at 8:00 on Palestine and Racial Justice
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