Today’s Local Actions (Tues 6/30)
But first, a nice, concise review of why we’re here.
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- New: Eight Online Exhibits to see right now on Black History, Racism and Protest.
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- Advisory: Masks are required in CA. Specific instructions here.
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“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; It must be demanded by the oppressed.” ~ MLK
- We’re putting up information on local protest sand 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.
- Protest safely in the time of pandemic and police overreaction: Go here for resources on camera apps, equipment, what to know if you’re stopped by police.
Tuesday 6/30- Twitterstorm alert- (10am- 12pm PST)
Last Chance Alliance calls for a twitterstorm on July 1st to demand that California #EndDependence on harmful fossil fuels that pollute Black and Brown communities and destroy our climate future.
Join us on Twitter on June 29th from 10 AM – 12 PM PT AND July 1st at 11 AM – 1 PM PT for a twitterstorm to EndDependence on fossil fuels.
Together, we are calling on Governor Newsom (Tweet @GavinNewsom) to phase out fossil fuel production in California. Access the full social media toolkit at End-Dependence.org. To join us, visit end-dependence.org or this link for our social media toolkit!
Tuesday 6/30- ONLINE- Policing Black Bodies (1pm PST)
“Join us on June 30th 1pm PST for a virtual discussion with sociologists Angela Hattery and Earl Smith, co-authors of Policing Black Bodies. In their work, Drs. Hattery and Smith make a compelling case that the policing of Black bodies goes far beyond individual stories of police brutality. They connect the regulation of African American people in many settings, including public education, industry, and the criminal justice system, into a powerful narrative about the ways class, race, and gender contribute to injustice, as well as the perils of colorblind racism.
Moderated by civil rights attorney Robert Patillo, this 90-minute conversation will examine the ways in which the chattel slavery system of America’s early history manifests itself in the variety of ways in which Black people are literally and symbolically policed today. https://rtiorg.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_He6YHUz9R0Wq1BIZT4dK8Q
Tuesday 6/30- ONLINE- State of Latina Teens: Virtual Youth Townhall (3pm PST)
Teen Latinas will be Leading this ‘Webinar’ – Hear their Voices:
The webinar will be interactive, allowing attendees to engage with presenters and other young people to exchange ideas and work together to come up with solutions for these issues!
Register today and invite your young people in your life to participate! In a briefing style format, learn about the current status of Latina Teens in California from the experts – Latina teens themselves.
This peer-to-peer briefing, led by the participants of HOPE’s Youth Leadership Program will examine and explore solutions to the pressing issues impacting California Latina Adolescents. This virtual Youth Townhall will pay special attention to the impact that COVID-19 is having on young people now and into the future.
Presentation topics include mental health and healthcare access, college affordability, confronting racism in schools, and more.
#TheFutureIsLatina! Young People Give us HOPE.
Tuesday 6/30- ONLINE- City of Oxnard votes on City Budget.
The Oxnard City council is voting on the budget TODAY. (ITEM L-1 FY 2020-21 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget Adoption). Even though the special meeting on policing and racism is happening tomorrow (Wednesday), the budget must be passed today per state law. However, it can be changed as necessary in the future. Put in a comment or sign up to make a comment to talk remotely during the meeting. There have already been community budget hearings with adjustments. The budget includes continued cuts to the OPD. The agenda also includes a resolution condemning police brutality and declaring racism a public health emergency. Agenda here.
You can sign up to talk during the meeting here (sign up before 3pm): https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfgh_-l…/viewform
OR you can email your comments firstname.lastname@example.org by 3pm
The town meeting on policing and racism is happening tomorrow. This July 1st forum was requested by Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez and continues the conversation. (Register here to participate in this virtual meeting. Please see this attached agenda (07.01.2020 Town Hall Agenda) for this special town hall meeting on July 1st, 6-8 PM.)
Extend COVID-19 Emergency unemployment relief.
MoveOn petition, read about/sign here. “…nearly 14% of the US population who are now out of a job—and that’s only those who have formally applied for benefits. The actual number of newly unemployed people is likely much larger and will continue to increase in coming months.
Many people who are laid off due to COVID19 won’t find work for a very long time, maybe never because some jobs lost today won’t be coming back. … Please let’s help each other save and serve those who are in most need.
Extend the COVID 19 Emergency $600 per week additional unemployment assistance well beyond July 31, 2020, until at least December 31, 2020 and longer if necessary.”
This petition will be delivered to the Governors of all 50 states and both houses of Congress on the federal level, via email or in person.
Another public entity that needs a name change
Actionnetwork.org petition, read about/sign here. “Many are learning that John Wayne — the person, not the characters he played in film — was an admitted white supremacist, homophobe, and misogynist… Widely circulated interviews and videos document Wayne’s beliefs. (Read more here.)
…Join with these organizations calling for change: the OC NAACP, California Democratic Party African-American Caucus, CAIR-LA (Council on American-Islamic Relations – Los Angeles), CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights), Chicanxs Unidxs, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, OCCORD (Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development), and United Food and Commercial Workers are joining the call for change”
Tell Congress to Expand the Civil Rights of 1964 NOW!
Read/Sign the petition here.
Dear Member of Congress,
I am writing to you as a concerned citizen who cares deeply about the cause of equality in this country. We are looking to our elected officials in Washington to conduct an immediate reevaluation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to strengthen its protections, and to dramatically expand the scope of its impact…(Read more here.)
Then, mark your calendar for Thursday, July 2, 6-8pm CDT for the online Unity Rally Against Racism, sponsored by the NAACP, LULAC and the Houston Area Urban League.
Cut Ties with the Fraternal Order of Police
Read/sign the petition here.
(Color of Change) TO: All elected officials and candidates for office
“The continued violence against Black, brown, and Native communities at the hands of ‘law enforcement’ is disgraceful. Police unions are in the business of defending the most consistent murderers and abusers and creating obstructions to justice.
We are urging you to stand on the right side of history: refuse to take any political donations from police unions or sheriff associations and donate any contributions you have taken in the last year to Black-led community-strengthening initiatives.”
Free Families in Ice Detention and protect them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the petition and sign here.
“Right now, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is locking up approximately 150 families in arbitrary and prolonged detention at three U.S. facilities — the Berks family detention center in Pennsylvania, and two other detention centers in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas. Although children are supposed to be held in these facilities for no more than 20 days under the long-standing Flores Settlement Agreement, that limit is regularly ignored. These children and parents came here seeking safety from violence and persecution, and were instead thrown behind bars. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, they are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 while in crowded conditions with inadequate hygiene and negligent medical care.
What’s worse: ICE has weaponized its public health response to COVID-19 and is now pursuing Family Separation 2.0 — Families can stay together in prolonged detention, or children can be released while their parents remain behind in detention indefinitely and face possible deportation.“
Take Action: Demand Families be released together.
Read the petition and sign here. “COVID-19 has been spreading and we’ve received word that it has now shown up in family detention centers.
In accordance with the Flores Settlement Agreement, which only covers children, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled June 26 that all children detained for more than 20 days at ICE Family Residential Centers (FRCs) be released no later than July 17, 2020. In her order, she states, “the Court is not surprised that COVID-19 has arrived at both the FRCs and ORR facilities, as health professionals have warned all along…that individuals living in congregate settings are more vulnerable to the virus,” and cites “[t]he recent increases in COVID-19 infection rates in the counties in which Karnes and Dilley are located…”. In the words of Judge Gee, “[t]he FRCs are “on fire” and there is no more time for half measures.
Judge Gee only has authority over detained children under the Flores Settlement Agreement. And while we applaud Judge Gee’s decision, we are are worried ICE may use this court order to attempt to tear children away from their parents again. We cannot let this happen.”
Help with the campaign for Breonna. It’s fast and easy!
So far, no police officer involved in shooting a woman in her bed have been arrested, though her death has resulted in a new ordinance “Breonna’s Law,” limiting “no-knock” warrants to situations of “imminent threat of harm or death” in cases involving murder, hostage-taking, kidnapping, terrorism, human trafficking and sexual trafficking.
Click this link http://tinyurl.com/ycha6nuu/ and a letter ready to email, with just a couple of insertions from you.
MORE FAST ACTIONS! (from Elle):
- Sign this petition asking for the officers involved to be arrested and charged and for Congress to pass legislation that federally bans “no-knock” warrants.
- Donate to the GoFundMe for Taylor’s family.
- Send an email to the Kentucky Attorney General and Governor using the link provided here.
- Send a birthday card or letter to the Kentucky Attorney General and Louisville Mayor. You can find their mailing addresses here.
- Flood social media with the hashtags #SayHerName and #BirthdayForBreonna.
- Donate to the Louisville Community Bail Fund here to support protestors on the ground.Protest actions happening soon.
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