Today the attention turns from Ventura’s City Council and the issue of moving a statue to Camarillo’s and their discussion of a #BLM resolution that no longer contains that phrase, and a proposal to review the sheriff’s budget.
Please help by writing an email letter and/or making a call.
There are also two call actions today, one for CA and a big ask from Movement For Black Lives for Congress.
Camarillo City Council meeting: #BLM, Police budget review.
Even if you don’t live in Camarillo, tell this brave young woman and all those involved in this march that you stand behind them in a TANGIBLE way. – Your zipcode does not dictate if you voice matters. you can still send an email as a concerned citizen as we need to call out racism, injustice and ineptitude wherever it exists. History of this issue here.
On July 8th, the Camarillo City Council will discuss: (Tonight’s agenda here.)
- A proclamation stating that Black lives matter and
- A decision to review the contract with VC Sheriff’s for Camarillo policing.
EMAIL A COMMENT NOW!: The Council is receiving HUNDREDS of emails supporting a councilmember’s racist rhetoric, over 500 at last count. WE NEED TO SEND EMAILS TOO – this is ALL HAND ON DECK! Here’s a model you can use. Read LULAC’s letter here. Feel free to personalize your letter with your own experiences. Email your letters here. (YOU CAN EMAIL A LETTER UP TO ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE START OF THE MEETING!)
CALL DURING THE MEETING: “You may contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 388-5397, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, at least one hour prior to the start of the meeting and provide your name, your phone number and your item of interest. When the Council reaches your item of interest on the agenda, we will call you at the phone number you provided during the time for public comments. Your comments will be limited to three minutes.”
WATCH THE MEETING: You may observe the City Council meeting via the live broadcast on the Local Government Channels – Spectrum Channel 10 and Frontier Channel 29, or via the City’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/thecityofcamarillo/live.
Wednesday -7/8 – ONLINE – The Conversation Continues: A Discussion on Race & Allyship. (6 -8 pm)
Facebook event link here.
Today’s CALL Actions!
Make discriminatory 911 Calls in CA a hate crime – “YES” on AB1550
Rob Bonta: Please join with me to stop discriminatory 911 Calls in California! AB1550 will provide justice for victims and impose accountability on 911 callers motivated by an individual’s race, religion, sex, or any other protected class by designating such calls as hate crimes.
“The intent of AB 1550 is not to discourage individuals who are facing real danger or who seek to report a crime in good faith from calling 911. Instead, this bill could protect millions of Californians from becoming targets of hate and prevent the weaponization of our law enforcement against communities of color.”
The bill has passed the Assembly (Limón and Irwin voted ‘YES.” See all votes here.) It has now been re-referred to the CA Senate Committee on Public Safety, of which our Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is a member.
Minimal script for senators:I’m calling from [zip code] and I want state senator [___] to vote “YES” on AB 1550 – Stop Discriminatory 911 Calls in CA. (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billStatusClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB1550)
Minimal script for our assembly membersI’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Assemblymember [___] for voting “YES” on AB 1550 – Stop Discriminatory 911 Calls in CA.Contacts:
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19): SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940 email
State Assemblymember Monique Limón (CA-37):SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700 emailState AssemblymemberJacqui Irwin (CA-44):SAC (916) 319-2044 CAM (805) 482-1904 emailNot your people?:findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.
Urge your legislators to vote “YES” on the “Breathe Act”
Summary of the act by Movement for Black Lives here. This bill was introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib and it’s discussed in the video below of the bill unveiling that happened on Tuesday.
“For decades, the federal government has incentivized mass criminalization through policies and funding programs that increase arrests, prison construction, hiring of police officers, and the militarization of police.
This funding has fueled the violent over-policing of Black people, while leaving social services and basic infrastructure that actually keep people safe woefully underfunded.
The BREATHE Act proposes policy and funding that upends this violent reality. Policy is one of many tools at our disposal, and with this bill, we are creating a national standard of civil rights that will bring our demands into reality.
We are not interested in someone else’s version of what is politically possible. We are interested in defending Black lives.“
The bill doesn’t appear to have a number yet but there is another bill with the same name.Minimal script for representatives/senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen [___] to vote “YES” on Rep. Pressley and Tlaib’s BREATHE Act.
Rep. Julia Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email.(CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein:email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
andSenator Harris:email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231-4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Who is my representative/senator?:https://whoismyrepresentative.com
Tell ICE: #FreeTheFamilies
Sign this petition to demand you comply with Judge Dolly Gee’s order to release all children who have been detained for more than 20 days by July 17th and that all family members and guardians of detained children be released as well with their children. Not ONE child should be separated from their families!
Amnesty International and RAICES petitions here.
JUSTICE FOR AMANI KILDEA
Please sign this petition to the Prosecutors Office of Morris County and Governor Phil Murphy. Amani Kildea was a 20 year old man found hanging in a tree in Morristown, NJ. His death, without investigation, was ruled a suicide. Amani has goals and dreams to be in the FBI or CIA one day. He was set to attend James Madison University in the fall of 2020. (https://www.change.org/p/morristown-police-department-justice-for-amani-kildea)
#JusticeForMassaiCole (Hate Crime Enhancement)
The pandemic has left millions hungry. This group helps people get food benefits fast, by text.
In the past six years, this nonprofit has helped more than 700,000 people across the country connect to potentially lifesaving benefits by texting the word “food” to the number 74544. Their website is here. (https://www.mrelief.com) WAPO article here.
Aid for those impacted by COVID-19
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