Our farmworkers, our COVID-affected renters & how to help

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Hello Ventura Indivisians!

Getting right to the point today – make your calls and sign those petitions!

After your calls to action – events and resources!

Your Calls to Action:

 Free Grace from incarceration!

15-year-old Grace is currently imprisoned in juvenile detention for struggling with distance learning.

Please contact the officials involved in this case and let them know that this is unacceptable. There are two petitions to sign:

Contact the judge on the case:
Judge Mary Ellen Brennan
Courtroom 2G, Second Floor – Oakland County Courthouse
1200 N Telegraph Road Department 404, Pontiac MI 48341-0404
Telephone: 248-858-0355Email Judge Mary Ellen Brennan’s CLERKS:
slatonk@oakgov.comchismjacobsr@oakgov.com

Email the Communication Director for Birmingham Public Schools:
Anne Cron: acron@.mi.us

Speak up for our farmworkers!

Our community’s farmworkers are at risk for the coronavirus at work in the fields. They are testing positive at a higher rate than the rest of the community. The recent outbreak of COVID19 at Villa las Brisas in Oxnard, where over 80% of farmworkers who lived and worked together tested positive, is a wake up call.

Join MICOP and CAUSE in asking the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to take the following actions to protect the health and safety of these hardworking farmworkers!

Please study and sign this petition. It provides clear and detailed requests tailored for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, the employers of farmworkers, and Reiter Affliliated Companies. They encompass the wide range of issues that have made farmworkers so vulnerable to this disease, including access to health care, sanitation, fair pay, protective equipment, working conditions, informational outreach, and housing.

We are asking community partners to attend the next BOS meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st at 9am to voice our concerns and demand accountability.

A gofundme has been organized for the the farm workers now in quarantine.
An outbreak of COVID-19 has left at least 176 residents and staff members infected at a farmworker housing facility in Ventura County. Of the 216 tests administered to people affiliated with the facility, more than 80% returned positive.” (LATimes)

Proceeds will be used to aid the farm workers who are now unemployed & receive no benefits. They will have medical expenses and bills to pay. They have picked the food that sits on our tables, now we can help put food on theirs.

Link to the gofundme is here

Rent is due on July 1st, and millions won’t be able to pay. Pass “HR 7301” – Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020″

As soon as Monday, June 29 the House will vote on Rep. Maxine Water’s H.R. 7301, the “Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020″ – a package of critically needed emergency housing resources and protections to help keep renters in their homes and to address the health and safety of people experiencing homelessness. The bill includes the housing and homelessness resources approved by the House in the HEROES Act, including NLIHC’s top priorities: $100 billion in emergency rental assistance; a national, uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures; $11.5 billion to prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness; and additional needed resources to ensure housing stability.

Minimal script for reps: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep . [___] to vote “YES” on H.R. 7301 – the “Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020″.

Minimal script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen.[___] to tell Mitch to take a break from installing racist judges, and start passing legislation to help regular Americans, like H.R. 7301, the “Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020,”  to keep millions  from becoming homeless. 

More script if you want it: Our country has a huge amount of wealth, but we can’t count ourselves great until every person has affordable and decent housing to live and raise a family.

Contact 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
AND Senator Feinsteinemail, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harrisemail, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231-4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Louisville, stop digging that hole of human-rights-violations deeper!

This article contains several videos. The first is of one of neighbors near the protest site who were contacted by the protesters as to their peaceful intent. The others videos discuss the ironic aftermath of the protest. Breonna’s killers still haven’t been  arrested but her supporters have and charged with felonies for protesting on the lawn of the attorney general who’s had four months to take action. Meanwhile, only one of the officers involved in Taylor’s death has been was fired, more than three months after Taylor was killed and two other officers have been placed on administrative leave.

Here’s a guide for actions to take now. (petitions, phone calls, media, emails.)

Call for help from Simi Valley!

Hello! I am the co-founder of a COVID-19 Relief Organization exclusive to Simi Valley called SimiServe. We are partnering with Girl Scouts and Key Club and hosting our biggest donation haul yet! We plan to donate all supplies to the Samaritan center to benefit those who are being most impacted by the pandemic.We can arrange contactless deliveries and would love to show what the community can pull off together. Thanks for your help in advance

Details of how and what to donate here. SimiServe is asking for food, clothes, pet food, PPE, toiletries, etc. Look at their list, and call the Samaritan Center at (805) 579-9166. Volunteers will pick up donations on Sunday July 26th (see link for contacts) or they can be dropped off at the center.

Call again: 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.

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.

Contact 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
AND Senator Feinsteinemail, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harrisemail, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231-4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884Events (if you are going and interested in carpooling, email us and we’ll do our best to hook you up):

EVENTS ARE HAPPENING CRAZY FAST!!! – Our most up-to-date “calendar” of antiracist actions has temporarily been moved to HERE.

Protesting safely during a pandemic of disease and over-policing

July 16 –  GET YOUR POSTCARDS IN THE MAIL AND WRITE THEM OUT AT HOMEThird Thursday – pizza, camaraderie, and postcards! Can’t make it? Help fund this event

July 17– Online: United We Dream: Fight Back and Win in Your Local Community

July 17– Online: Meet & Greet with 805Resistance

July 18– Peaceful Protest and March for Vanessa and Breonna

July 19– Online:  CADEM Virtual Day of Action for Christy Smith for Congress, CA-25 (1 – 4pm)

July 20 – Everywhere: Strike for Black Lives

July 20 – Everywhere: March for Black Lives Ventura County, 6pm, gather at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks. This will be a nonviolent event. Please wear a mask.

July 20 – Online: Ibram X. Kendi “How to be an Anti-Racist

July 21 – Online: Ventura Co. Board of Supervisors Meeting – Speak up for Farmworkers!

July 21 – Online: Therapists, not Cops in Ventura Schools

July 21 – Online: National Webinar on the Breathe Act – More info here

July 25 – 1st Outdoor Social – Oxnard LGBTQ Community

July 26 – Free IMMIGRATION LEGAL AID Fair – Volunteers Needed! Every last Sunday of the month we assist residents, alongside immigration lawyers, in filling out paperwork for citizenship, DACA (click here for up-to-date DACA info) and green card renewals. Can’t make it? Help fund this event

August 2-6 – Online: 11th NAACP Virtual National Convention

You can now DONATE to the cause!
Indivisible Ventura is completely volunteer run and your donation will support the direct costs of organizing in Ventura — things like meeting room rental, posters, art supplies, stamps, transportation, and more! Every part of our country is under threat by this President and Congress. The only way to win is by standing together, indivisible. Indivisible Ventura is one of 6,000 grassroots Indivisible groups across the country.

Contribute today to Indivisible Ventura. Together, we will win.

DONATE NOW by clicking here!Resources:

Indivisible Ventura: Tips for Calling Congress For People who hate to Call Anybody, Let Alone Congress, or If You’re New to This Calling Thing…

Indivisible Ventura: How to make your calls faster

Indivisible Ventura: Why do I need to call? My representatives are all Democrats

Archdioceses of Los Angeles: Preparing your Family for Immigration Enforcement (bilingual)

Indivisible Ventura: Are You a Policy Wonk? Here’s How to Track a Bill

Floor Procedure In The U.S. House Of Representatives

What Good Does it do to Write Letters to the Editor?: With contact information, podcast tutorial, and guidelines

Indivisible Ventura: Ten Things to Respectfully Ask a Conservative about Healthcare


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