OK, this is a late post for us, but we were totally distracted by an article from Media Matters featuring Alex Jones of Infowars and a guy who says he’s got violent supporters ready to attack Democrats in DC. Seriously. (https://www.mediamatters.org/infowars/militia-leader-stewart-rhodes-says-he-has-men-stationed-outside-dc-ready-engage-violence)
Infowars, whose podcasts were banned by Apple, is now a regular on Parler, an barely-moderated app that Apple offers, along with the usual suspects of the far-right. The platform’s popularity is increasing exponentially as Twitter and Facebook have gotten more serious about moderating hateful and false posts.
It didn’t sit well with us that the maker of our beloved Ipads is enabling political extremism, even one step removed. So we wrote Tim Cook an email and you can too. (https://indivisibleventura.org/2020/11/13/11-13-dear-tim-please-rethink-this-whole-parler-business/)
Now for CA: It’s Ballot Cure Canvass and phonebank time to help Christy Smith (now door-knocking too!), and Gil Cisneros (Also with door-knocking shifts). Shift and contact information for volunteering in our post. tinyurl.com/Antiracist-events-Ventura
This weekend also has two events to put TJ Cox over the line. Ballot Cure Canvass Day of Action – Fresno SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, Nov 14 & 15 @ 12pm & 3pmLincoln Park, Rose Ave and McCall Ave, Selma, CA 93662https://www.mobilize.us/coxforcongress/event/362897/ANDBallot Cure Canvass Day of Action – Kern SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, Nov 14 & 15 @12pm & 3pmCentral Labor Council, 200 W Jeffrey St., Bakersfield, CA 93305https://www.mobilize.us/coxforcongress/event/362898/
Now, for Georgia…
Our postcards to Georgia campaign is taking off, with new friends joining us from across the country. We’ve ordered 12,000, but we think we need another 5000. If you’ve never done postcards, it’s easy, and there are very complete instructions.(https://indivisibleventura.org/2020/11/09/georgia-on-your-mind-write-gotv-postcards-to-their-voters/)
You can also sign up with Flip the West’s phonebanks here, which are Sun-Thurs until Jan. 5! Training included. (https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/362350/)
If you prefer a letter format, join the Vote Forward people, who are sending them to Georgia voters. Most of the letter is already written and printed out, with a space for you to add your own personal encouragement to a voter. “Adopt” as many voters as you can easily do, here. (https://votefwd.org/instructions)
The New Georgia Project, a non-profit started by Stacey Abrams, is looking for help sending postcards to unregistered Georgians. Sign up here. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfupSE2FMCqHm0YZj25z69T_VmooMKJwsBnDJNZxvbqfnKxqg/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0M6yyEPMwPJyG2hvGGgbKSorxfTxsLMMVz6922HiIAA1FlceFBBpmtHBc)
We have a lot of other ways to support the Georgia runoff election, including phonebanks, and donations to candidates’ campaigns, Stacey Abram’s organization Fair Fight, the ACLU, NAACP, Galeo, The New Georgia Project, Black Lives Matter, of course, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atalnta. Go here to see the list and their links. tinyurl.com/Antiracist-events-Ventura. All listed on our site under the “Fair Fight” logo. (tinyurl.com/Antiracist-events-Ventura)
After you’ve given Tim Cook of Apple a piece of your mind, save a bit to write to the lawyers behind these nuisance election lawsuits. Not only do they erode people’s trust in our elections, but those who can’t discern between nuisance suits and “stealing elections” are escalating their online hostilities, as time stretches on without a decent concession speech from Trump. If this deliberately fomented violence crosses over into real life, we hold the GOP responsible. (https://indivisibleventura.org/2020/11/10/tues-11-10-jones-day-hands-off-our-ballots-do-the-right-thing/)
Join other resistance workers in a call to our own representatives in Congress to call a hearing with Trump-appointee GSA Administrator Emily Murphy. Biden needs to start getting security briefings now, especially since Trump is mowing a line through military and intelligence personnel who don’t play nice with him. (tinyurl.com/Antiracist-events-Ventura)
There’s a food drive this weekend for the OPHS +T.O. Manna Food Bank. They need canned Items like vegtables, fruit and soup. Deposit your donation in the boxes outside the main office at OPHS (899 Kanan Rd, Oak Park) from 8am to 5 pm both Sat. and Sunday.
Check out upcoming events here and keep your resistance calendar updated. Sometimes we’re late getting this notice out, so get ahead of us here. (https://indivisibleventura.org/events-having-tomorrow/)
If we’ve missed an event, please email us at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Happy Friday and welcome to the weekend!
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