- No big changes from yesterday except for a Ventura City Council vote on a mask ordinance. *
- Justin Walker still hasn’t been sent to the Senate floor, so keep up getting friends/relatives/loose acquaintances in RED states to call their senators to stop him. We just need 4 to cross the aisle.
#BLM protests and other antiracist things to do…
Support a mask ordinance at tonight’s Ventura City Council meeting.
COVID-19 disproportionately harms minority communities, essential workers and the elderly. Local businesses are having trouble getting patrons to wear masks, a simple measure which substantially reduces risk to others. Most have seen the videos of customers arguing and even fighting with store personnel over their mask policy. Our local businesses need a city ordinance to back them up. Let’s help!
Our city council will be addressing this issue tonight, in a Webex meeting. The meeting itself starts at 6:00 pm, (agenda and instructions on participating here). No time certain is listed for this item – 12D. Policy Consideration – Face Covering in City of Ventura.
(Read entire proposed policyhere.) “…Over this past week, we have seen a significant increase of hospitalizations. For example, over the weekend of June 5-7, 2020, there were 80 new cases with 43 hospitalized with the virus, an increase of 18. Of those, 14 were being treated in an intensive care unit up by four since that Friday. The City of Ventura had the highest number of new cases with 24 additional infections confirmed….
We acknowledge and appreciate our local tourism industry, but it does come with some challenges during this time. People come to visit our beaches, harbor and downtown and we are seeing many entering our businesses without masks. There are business owners who would prefer patrons wear masks and have expressed that it is sometimes hard forthem to ask customers to wear a mask in their business. If it was a city ordinance they would feel more comfortable asking those entering their businesses to wear a mask. And there are many local residents who have stated they would feel more comfortable shopping and dining at our local businesses if there was a mask ordinance.
This proposed ordinance would not be directed to outside activities but to our businesses, including but not limited to grocery stores, walk up counters, convenience store, laundromats, restaurants, pharmacies, government agencies, retail stores, and transportation services when possible.”
Other items of note:
Judges change everything – Make your friends and family in RED states call their senators!
(6/15 – Update) Loving v. Virginia was the result of judges removing a barrier to equality, a barrier other judges had upheld. The biggest action you can do today for racial justice is to call your senators (and have your friends and family in red states to call theirs) to vote against racist judicial nominees Justin Walker and Cory Wilson getting more powerful, lifetime seats. Go herefor more information and call script.
We are making change!
- Look for “(6/15 – Update)” for newest 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.
Phone Bank with Sunrise Movement
UPDATE!: Today is the last day to request a mail-in ballot in Kentucky and tomorrow is the last day for New York. Tons of people are unable to vote in person because of the pandemic and voter suppression at polling places is reaching new highs—the entire city of Louisville has only one polling location open on election day. This is our last chance to connect with anyone who still needs to request a ballot and make sure their vote is counted.
Our chance to replace McConnell and Engel with Charles Booker and Jamaal Bowman, true champions of the people, could depend on how many people we reach in phone banks today and tomorrow.
Can you sign up for a shift between now and Tuesday to make calls with us for these Green New Deal champions? We’ll provide everything you need: quick, easy training, a list of numbers to call, and support from experienced phone bankers to walk you through the process.
Fri 6/19: Juneteenth Actions
TBD – Juneteenth Actions with Movement for Black Lives. Movement for Black Lives is organizing nationwide action on this year’s Juneteenth weekend, June 19-21, and invites everyone to get involved. Click here to check out the SixNineteen site and learn more about plans for Juneteenth, the demands to elevate, and how to get involved wherever you are.
Fri 6/19: CANCELLED! Juneteenth – Celebration of Ventura County
The Juneteenth Executive Board has decided to cancel Juneteenth 2020. As you may have been aware locally, so many other events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fri 6/19: Conejo Valley- Juneteenth – Solidarity March (5pm)
Fri 6/19: Simi Valley – Juneteenth – Peaceful March (4-7pm)
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