Hi, everyone! It’s Tuesday!
Tues – 3/2: The American Rescue Plan could use a couple of extra lifeboats… (https://indivisibleventura.org/2021/03/02/tues-3-2-the-american-rescue-plan-could-use-a-a-couple-of-extra-lifeboats/)
Seriously. This time of ferocious politics has taught us more civics than we ever thought we’d need, and also that we can’t sit back and relax, just because Trump is no longer president.
We got some issues we’d like our senators to address…People are starting to get hit with tax bills for their unemployment checks, which shouldn’t be taxed at all during a time like this. Seriously! The GOP will force the Democrats to use reconciliation to get this through, and that process has some issues that the GOP are hoping will bite us in the behind. Adding automatic stabilizers will keep the Rescue plan cruising along without additional legislation if we still need help in September or beyond.
Mon 3/1/21: H.R.1/S.1 – For the People Act of 2021: The most important bill for our democracy is still the first one.
All of our democratic legislators (Reps. Brownley and Carbajal and Senators Feinstein and Padilla) are signed on to H.R.1/S.1 – “For the People Act.” Please contact them to thank them, because they’re doing the right thing.For the senators, we want you also to tell them that this is worth a targeted filibuster. We’ve truly had a lucky escape from a dangerous leader. We’ve seen how “norms” disappear when someone chooses to ignore them. If we want to continue as a democracy when someone like Trump is in power, we need this bill to pass.We’ve also included links for volunteering to phonebank or textbank for this bill with non-partisan Common Cause, as well as an opportunity to become one of their social media monitors. Indivisible has also given us a template to write letters to your local papers and to make a video to “talk” to your legislators.
Yeah, we know it’s not Friday. And we know that the parliamentarian nixed the $15 minimum wage for the American Rescue Plan Act, which means we can’t use reconciliation with a simple majority vote. Filibuster time. Why don’t they just toss her and get another one, like the GOP did 20 years ago to pass a massive tax cut? Parliamentarians serve for decades and span multiple presidencies. Elizabeth MacDonough was appointed by a Democrat in 2012. Manchin has already gone on record to refuse to vote for any bill that goes over her head, so there would be much shouting with zero results.
Moving on – The House just passed HR 5 – The Equality Act. YAY! But it will run smack into the filibuster too, unless we compromise and allow religion-based discrimination, which is why we need the Equality Act in the first place. We need to either nuke the filibuster, or convince the hold-out Dems (Manchen/Sinema/etc.) to allow targeted filibusters when the civil rights of Americans are on the line. GOP-led states are busy passing voter suppression laws, we can’t wait until there are 60 Democrat senators in the chamber to give fellow citizens basic rights.
Call your Senators. https://indivisibleventura.org/2021/02/26/friday-2-16-filibusterfriday-both-the-15-hr-wage-and-h-r-5-the-equality-act-are-in-danger-in-the-senate/
More information at tinyurl.com/Antiracist-events-Ventura
EVENTSWednesday – 3/3/2021 – ONLINE – “H.R. 1 – For the People Act” (1:00 pm) Rep. Katie Porter: I’m backing #HR1—a bill to get dark money out of politics, fortify ethics laws, and strengthen voting rights—because Washington should work for families, not special interests. Rep. Jason Crow and I co-chair End Corruption, and we’ll dive into why this is so crucial.
Join us on IG at @RepJasonCrow tomorrow at 4:00 pm EST/2:00 pm MST.
Monday – 3/1/2021 – Petition – “Protect Immigrant Survivors”
Learn more about her and sign the petition here. #FreeGabby! In about two weeks, Gabby will face an ICE transfer from state prison at CCWF unless Gov. Newsom intervenes. Please continue to amplify Gabby’s campaign to protect immigrant survivors! Take action here with Gabby’s toolkit: bit.ly/FreeGabbyToolkit
- Minimal script: “I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Governor Newsom to stop the ICE transfer of Gabriela Solano #W82038, a 48-year old immigrant and domestic violence survivor who’s scheduled to be released from the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) in Chowchilla, California. She is at risk of being transferred to ICE detention and deported to Mexico, a country she left as a baby. I urge Governor Newsom to use his power to protect immigrant survivors like Gabriela and to free her to the care of her loved ones and community?”
- Call script for Gov. Newsom at (916) 445-2841
- Email Gov. Newsom, here (https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/)
Monday – 3/1/2021 – Petition – “Demand a free and fair trial.”
Sign here. (https://www.change.org/p/tim-walz-demand-a-free-and-fair-trial) GEORGE FLOYD should still be alive today. Demand Justice.
Derek Chauvin will stand trial for the murder of George Floyd in March. The 3 other officers on the scene that day will stand trial in August. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
We demand a free and fair trial. We demand the Minneapolis Police Officers involved in the murder of George Floyd be held responsible.
We are calling on Governor Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, of Minnesota Attorney General and Judge Peter Cahill to ensure a fair trial.
George Floyd was a star athlete in high school, and among the first of his siblings to attend college. He became a fixture in the early days of Houston’s hip-hop scene, performing as a rapper known as “Big Floyd.” Like all of us, he had some ups and downs in his life, but in adulthood, Mr. Floyd became committed to his Christian faith, becoming an active church volunteer and a mentor to troubled youth in his community.
Thank you for reading this petition. Please sign and share to help get justice for George Floyd and to prevent more cases of police brutality. Support and Follow us on Instagram: @justiceforgeorge and Twitter: @gfmfoundation, and Facebook: The George Floyd Memorial Foundation for case updates.
Thurs 2/25: Sign this petition from 805 Resistance.
Thousand Oaks City Council Adopt a Resolution for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity of AllThis petition has been created to show support for the passage of a Resolution for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity of all Citizens. In light of recent and historical events it is essential for the Thousand Oaks community to urge its city council to put this resolution into the record. This action will send a message that we do not condone oppression stemming from systemic racism and we actively work to dismantle white supremacy. Below is the aforementioned Resolution proposed by 805Resistance.Org. Please sign this petition to show you support the passing of the resolution by Thousand City Council…
- Let’s talk about the Equality Act, changing society, and Mr. Rogers
- We can afford COVID relief
- A Conversation with Dr. Cornel West
Donations: We’ve collated a bunch of donation and volunteer sites to help those affected here: https://indivisibleventura.org/2021/02/18/help-texans-affected-by-the-weather-crisis/
A word from Jaquita: We’ve been kept up-to-date on the situation on the ground in Texas by political activist Jaquita Wilson, whose electricity has finally been restored. Watch her here: https://www.facebook.com/Nydeyah/videos/4065320000158379
Black Live Matter Ventura County is running a Monthly Free Food Program and Houseless Outreach programs. Drop-offs of food, clothing or personal hygiene items can be made Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm,to 2471 Portola Road, Suite 100, in Ventura. However, please call ahead at 818-641-2396 to make sure someone will be there to meet you. Monetary donation are accepted at Venmo: @blmvc GoFundMe: gf.me/u/yqb3q5
The United Way of Ventura County is looking for assistance with the following.Food distribution every Thursday, 8am-1pm, with Community Action VC in Oxnard (http://www.volunteerventuracounty.org/need/detail/?need_id=540614)Pantry volunteer every Monday 12-4pm, Wednesday 10am-2pm, and Thursday 10am-2pm with theSamaritan Center of Simi Valley (http://www.volunteerventuracounty.org/need/detail/?need_id=557367)Food Share has many opportunities. Check out their opportunities for pop up pantries, food delivery, boxing and sorting food, and helping in the Senior Nutrition Garden! (http://www.volunteerventuracounty.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=53850) Thank you for all you do in our communities across Ventura County. If you have any questions about opportunities, please email Francesca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
El Concilio Family Services has put out a notice that those who are ready to become citizens may be eligible for free processing, including USCIS fees for those qualified for as long as funding lasts. Call them at 805-486-9777 to learn if you are qualified.
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