Tonight: Vigil for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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By Indivisible Ventura

Hello Ventura Indivisians!

RBG was a fierce champion of justice and equality on the Supreme Court. We owe her an enormous debt of gratitude, and we must fight hard to uphold the ideals of equality and justice she dedicated her life to.

Join us in honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life. We are holding a candlelight vigil at the Ventura County Government Center at 8pm this evening. Corner of Telephone and Victoria.

In honor of her dissent of the Supreme Court’s disastrous Shelby v. Holder decision that reversed part of the Voting Rights Act, we will also have a voter registration table.

Please bring safe forms of illumination.

Masks are required and we’re enforcing the 6′ social distancing rule.

By participating in this event, you agree
(i) not to engage in any act of violence or violation of any applicable law,
(ii) to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and law enforcement authorities, and
(iii) that event organizers and sponsors will not be responsible for any injury or damage to your person or property resulting from or occurring in the course of your participating in the event, and you agree to release and forever hold harmless event organizers and sponsors, and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents from liability for any such injury or damage.

What can you do to help RGB get her last wish? 

In the days leading up to her death, Ruth Bader Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

Let’s help. An amazing person compiled a collection of quotes from various GOP legislators that were used in 2016 to deny Merrick Garland a Supreme Court seat. Now, you can put them on postcards, with the addresses she’s gathered. It also helps the USPS, so it’s a two-fer!

Refresh GOP senators’ memories with their own words – on postcards!

Senator Mike Lee

In 2016, you said: “We think that the American people need a chance to weigh in on this issue, on who will fill that seat. They’ll have that chance this November and they outghta have that chance.” So, it’s 2020, and the shoe still fits. Please don’t be a hypocrite: do the right thing by delaying SCOTUS nomination hearings until 2021.

Address: 361 A Russel Senate Office Bldg.,Washington, DC 20510

Senator Lindsey Graham

In 2016, you said: “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait to the next election.” Those are your words, sir. Keep your word. SCOTUS nomination hearings should not start until 2021.

Address: 290 Russell Senate Office Bldg.,Washington, DC, 20510

Senator Marco Rubio

In 2016, you said: “I don’t think we should be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term. I would say that if it were a Republican President.” It’s 2020 & the same circumstances, so SAY IT: We shouldn’t be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term. Please prove you are a man of your word. Don’t be a hypocrite.

Address: 284 Russell Senate Office Bldg.,Washington, DC, 20510

Senator Ron Johnson

In 2016, you said: “In a very unique moment in time, eight months before an election where the American public will decide the direction of the country, why not let the American people decide the direction of the Supreme Court…Let the American people decide.” So, it’s 2020 and the shoe still fits, only it 45 days until the election, not 8 months. Please do the right thing, and hold the SCOTUS nomination hearings until 2021. Please, don’t be a hypocrite.

Address: 328 Hart Senate Office Bldg.,Washington, DC, 20510

Senator Cory Gardner

In 2016, you said:“Our next election is too soon and the stakes are too high; the American People deserve a role in this process as the next Supreme Court Justice will influence the direction of this country for years to come.” So, it’s 2020, and the shoe still fits. The American people still deserve a role in the SCOTUS nomination process, unless you plan on being a hypocrite. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, and trust you will do the right thing.

Address: 354 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington DC, 20510

Senator John Barrasso

In 2016, you said: “The American people will soon decide our next president. That person should get to choose the next supreme Court Nominee. Give the people a voice and let them chart the course for the court and the country.” So, it’s now 2020, and the shoe still fits. The people still deserve a voice to chart the course for the court and country. Please don’t be a hypocrite: SCOTUS nominations must wait until 2021.

Address: 307 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510

Senator Pat Toomey

In 2016, you said: You in 2016: “With the presidential election fewer than 8 months away, it is wise to give the American people a more direct voice in the selection and confirmation of the next justice.” So, it’s 2020, and the shoe still fits. Do the right thing and let the American people use their voice; don’t be a hypocrite.

Address: 248 Russell Senate Office Bldg.,Washington, DC, 20510

Senator John Thune

In 2016, you said: “Since the next presidential election is already underway, the next president should make this lifetime appointment to the supreme court.” Guess what? It’s 2020, and the shoe still fits.

Address: US Senate SD-511, Washington DC, 20510

Senator Chuck Grassley

In 2016, you said: “A lifetime appointment that could dramatically impact individual freedoms and change the direction of the court for at least a generation is too important to get bogged down in politics. The American people shouldn’t be denied a voice.” Guess what? It’s 2020, it’s still important and the American people still shouldn’t be denied a voice. Please don’t be a hypocrite & do the right thing.

Address: 135 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510

Senator John Cornyn

In 2016, you said: “This is really about an important principle. It’s important to allow the voters, in choosing the next president of the United States, make that decision and make sure their voice is heard rather than just 100 members of the Senate.” So, it’s 2020, and the principles have not changed. Let the voters be heard. Please don’t be a hypocrite; do the right thing.

Address: 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.Washington, DC 20510

Senator Tom Cotton

In 2016, you said: “In a few short months, we will have a new president and new senators who can consider the next justice with the full faith of the people…Why would we squelch the voice of the populace? Why would we deny the voters a chance to weight in?” So, it’s 2020. It’s 45 days until the presidential election, (days, not months). Don’t squelch our voices. Wait until after the election to confirm a new SCOTUS Justice.

Address: 124 Russell Senate Office Bldg.Washington, DC 20510

Senator Steve Daines

In 2016, you said: “The Senate should exercise its Constitutional powers by NOT confirming a new #SCOTUS Justice until Americans have their voices heard.” Well, it’s 2020, and Americans still need to have their voices heard. Don’t be a hypocrite: Do the right thing- No confirmation hearings until 2021.

Address: 320 Hart Senate Office Bldg.,Washington, DC 20510

Senator Rob Portman

In 2016, you said: “I believe the American people should have a voice in this debate. This is a lifetime appointment that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations, and I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people to weigh in.” So, it’s 2020, and the shoe still fits- which means the best thing for the country is to let us weigh in! Don’t be a hypocrite: Do the right thing- No confirmation hearings until 2021.

Address: 448 Russell Senate Office Bldg.,Washington, DC, 20510

Senator David Perdue

In 2016, you said: “I believe the decision to not hold hearing for a supreme court nominee this year is a wise course of action in the midst of a presidential election.” So, it’s 2020, and the shoe still fits. Be wise: you SHOULD NOT hold hearing for a SCOTUS nominee in the midst of this presidential election.

Address: 320 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510

Senator Ted Cruz

In 2016, you said: “It has been 80 years since a Supreme Court vacancy was nominated and confirmed in an election year. There is a long tradition that you don’t do this in an election year.” So, it’s 2020, and we don’t want to break from tradition. Don’t be a hypocrite: Let the people have a voice!

Address: 404 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510

Senator Mitch McConnell

In 2016, you said: “There hasn’t been a vacancy created in a presidential election year filled in 80 years… so this vacancy will not be filled this year. We will look forward to the American people deciding who they want to make this appointment through their own votes.” So, it’s 2020, and the shoe still fits. Unless you’re a hypocrite, you must let the American people decide, just like they did in 2016.Don’t even think about replacing the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, just 45 days until our next presidential election. During the Merrick Garland Nomination you claimed there wasn’t sufficient time to vote, and that was eleven months prior to the election. You must remember it, after all, it was named, “The McConnell Rule.” Follow your own rules and hold the SCOTUS nomination hearings until 2021.

Address: 317 Russell Senate Office Bldg.Washington, DC 20510

Thank Senator Lisa Murkowski

Write a thank-you postcard to Senator Murkowski, because she already took a stand and said she would not support filling the vacancy before 2021. Senator Murkowki, 552 Hart Senate Office Bldg, Washington DC. 20510

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Sept 20– Online: Phone Banking for the WATER

Sept 20– Online: VOTE FORWARD “The Big Send’s Big Week Kickoff”

Sept 22– Tuesdays with Simi Valley Indivisible! Christy Smith for Congress!

Sept 24– Re-imagining Community Care and Safety 

Sept 25– Online: Black Culture Series

Sept 26– Vanessa Guillen Memorial Dedication

Sept 27 – 2020 Census Costume Caravan – Don’t be scared to be counted!

Sept 27 – 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

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