Quick notes for today on our post: (tinyurl.com/Antiracist-events-Ventura).
Some sad news first. Christy Smith has conceded the CA-25 seat to mini-Trump Mike Garcia. Thanks to everyone who phonebanked and door knocked for her. She is a much admired candidate who’d garnered the most endorsements of any congressional race on our voter guide. We hope she’ll try again in two years.
Today is World AIDS Day, and our own Diversity Collective (https://www.diversitycollectivevc.org) is offering free anonymous HIV testing from 1-5pm today. They are also holding a “World Aids Day Service of Remembrance” from 5:30-7:00 live on youtube. (www.youtube.com/c/DiversityCollectiveVenturaCounty/)
2:00-5:00pm: Please join Quilt Project Gold Coast at Ventura City Hall for World AIDS Day, with a Quilt display on the front steps from 2-5pm and a masked, candlelight vigil at 5pm to remember those lost to the virus.https://www.facebook.com/events/386858135702287
4:00pm: Join in a virtual “Gathering for our 29th Out of the Darkness World AIDS Day Commemoration.”(https://www.facebook.com/events/1053686898480976/)
Today is “GIVING TUESDAY” and there are a lot of great choices for your donation dollars. However, an amazing local organization that advocates for the poor and our immigrant community, while training future leaders, is CAUSE. We’ve posted a video they’ve made of their activities on our post today. Here is the link to their donation site. (https://causenow.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=6)
The following are continuing actions…
Wake the Senate up! Yesterday was their first day back from vacation, and it’s time for them to do their job. Call them to push through the HEROES Act! Right now the GOP is trying to flip the script, saying that House Democrats are responsible for the holdup in funds. But the same Senate that gave $1.7 trillion in tax breaks to our richest, proposes crumbs for the rest of us, and MORE COVID liability protection to their corporate funders. (See: “Tyson Managers Suspended After Allegedly Betting If Workers Would Contract COVID”) (https://www.npr.org/2020/11/19/936905707/tyson-managers-suspended-after-allegedly-betting-if-workers-would-contract-covid) Post and script here: (https://indivisibleventura.org/2020/11/30/mon-11-30-tell-the-senate-to-pass-the-heroes-act-now/)
Keep calling/email Governor Newsom’s office to choose a Black woman to replace Kamala Harris in the Senate: Action and script here. (https://indivisibleventura.org/2020/11/24/tues-11-24-gov-newsom-do-the-right-thing/) Governor Gavin Newsom: (916) 445-2841, email: https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/
There are also two petitions: Black Lives Matter: (https://blacklivesmatter.com/tell-gov-newsom-he-must-appoint-a-black-woman-to-the-senate/)Black to the Future: (https://black2thefuture.org/lets-go-forward-not-backwards/)
How to help in Georgia.
We have tons of phone/textbanking opportunities on our site here, (tinyurl.com/Antiracist-events-Ventura). There is a definite need for bilingual assistance as well.
We’ve put together a separate page of resources for the shy and introverted, who never thought they would ever phonebank.(https://indivisibleventura.org/phone-banking-for-the-rest-of-us/)None of us are the same people we were in 2016 – try out something new!
If you’d rather write, there are four postcard options and two letterwriting options listed here.(https://indivisibleventura.org/2020/11/09/georgia-on-your-mind-write-gotv-postcards-to-their-voters/)
Need help? Want to help? Keep track of volunteer and donation opportunities here.(https://indivisibleventura.org/2020/11/23/giving-and-receiving-during-this-pandemic-season/)
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