INDIVISIBLE VENTURA

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Hi everyone,

Is there a word between sorrow and anger? That’s both at the same time? Because that’s the word we need to describe our feelings on another busy day which now includes the aftermath of another hate-crime tragedy.  

EVENTS

Make a note on your calendar to attend!

(We posted this learning opportunity on the 15th. Yesterday, 8 people, including 6 Asian women, were killed in a hate-crime spree by a guy who felt entitled to kill them to solve his own “temptation problems.” (https://www.11alive.com/article/news/crime/atlanta-spa-shooting-suspect-was-headed-to-florida/85-376c460c-eea7-4a3b-a823-f3fb5cc29d76)Although it appears that the gun the shooter used in yesterday’s murder spree was purchased legally the day prior to the shooting, please make a call to your senator on H.R. 8 – Expand and strengthen Background Checks (https://indivisibleventura.org/2021/03/09/tues-3-9-21-h-r-8-and-h-r-1446-gun-background-check-bills-vote-possible-tomorrow-yes-on-both-call-your-legislators/)

Join in – Learn how to effectively intervene the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.

(No, we do not think training would have prevented this massacre, but the more people willing to step in to stop anti-Asian harassment, the better.) In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, Hollaback! partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt their free 1-hour bystander intervention training as well as offering a de-escalation training to meet this moment. (More information herehttps://www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/

TRAINING DATES AND TIMES:

WATCH PARTY: Jaquita Wilson on Atlanta Slayingshttps://www.facebook.com/Nydeyah/videos/4142298492460529

Wednesday 03/17/21 – ONLINE – “360 Take-Out: The Death of George Floyd Murder Trial” (5:00 pm)

Facebook link here.https://www.facebook.com/events/997803897415229 We will be discussing the trial of Minneapolis ex-police officer Derrick Chauvin, who has been charged with the murder of George Floyd. We welcome and will respond to comments, and always invite viewers to participate directly in the conversation. We hope you can join us.
Wednesday 03/17/21 – ONLINE – “Stonewall Democrats of Ventura County History Makers” (6:30 pm)

Check out this event with the Stonewall Democrats of Ventura County this Wednesday, 3/17, at 6:30 pm for our March Meeting with special guest Palm Springs City Councilmember Lisa Middleton.Councilmember Middleton is the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in the state of California. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkfu2pqDwqG9AFn1xXmpeP19gLn8OYZJV1v

Tell Biden to close the #FirstTen immigrant detention centers!

Share the link here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/biden-commit-to-close-the-firstten-immigrant-detention-centers-biden-comprometase-a-cerrar-los-firstten-centros-de-detencion-de-inmigrantes
Join Detention Watch Network, in collaboration with communities across the country, as we demand that the Biden administration fulfill its commitment to restoring humanity to the immigration system by recognizing that detention has no place in a just and humane system. People navigating their immigration cases should be able to do so in community, not behind bars in detention. We call on the Biden administration to take bold action towards ending the use of detention entirely by shutting down and ending contracts for the following ten detention centers that are emblematic of how the immigration detention system as a whole is inherently abusive, unjust, and fatally flawed beyond repair.
SEND a letter, (using your own words or the nifty template included in the site, or both), to President Biden and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and demand that they CLOSE the #FirstTen immigrant detention centers as a first step to abolish immigrant detention. #CommunitiesNotCages

  1. Adelanto Detention Facility
  2. Berks County Family Residential Center
  3. South Texas Family Residential Center (Dilley) 
  4. Etowah County Jail
  5. Farmville Detention Center
  6. T. Don Hutto Residential Facility (Hutto) 
  7. Irwin County Detention Center
  8. Karnes County Family Residential Center 
  9. Mesa Verde Detention Center
  10. Otero County Processing Center

The facilities on this list represent every facility across the country where medical neglect is common, physical and sexual abuse are widely reported, basic necessities are lacking, food is rotten, access to counsel and support is restricted, and immigrants needlessly suffer. This list provides a roadmap, a #FirstTen to communities, not cages.

ACTIONS!

State campsite rule: Clean up our own voter suppression messes and get H.R.1/S.1 – “For the People Act” passed.

While counting the number of suppressive bills in GA off this great graphic from Rep. Bill Pascrell’s office, we noticed a couple of qualifying bills in our own fair state. Seriously? They were spotted by the great folks at the Brennan Center for Justice. There’s little chance that these votes will go anywhere, but why take chances with people’s votes? 
Email your state senator and assemblymember to keep an eye out for these two bills.https://indivisibleventura.org/2021/03/16/state-campsite-rule-clean-up-our-own-voter-suppression-messes-and-get-h-r-1-s-1-for-the-people-act-passed/However, before you get started, be sure to call and email your senators in DC about S.1 – For the People Act.

SAYING AGAIN – WE ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES CALLING LEGISLATORS! From another Indivisible group member: “Just called Senator Padilla’s office at 202-224-3553. I got a staffer, who told me the office is getting lots of CON HR1 calls from the “Fox News brigade” (her words) after Fox personalities asked viewers to contact their MoCs to oppose especially HR1”.

Call/email your senators with scripts from here to get it done: (https://indivisibleventura.org/2021/03/10/wed-3-10-21-the-h-r-1-s-1-for-the-people-act-is-now-in-the-senate-call-your-senators-and-join-in-the-outreach-campaigns/)

Tell your Rep. to cosponsor H.R. 6 – The “American Dream and Promise Act of 2021.

https://indivisibleventura.org/2021/03/15/thurs-3-15-tell-your-rep-to-cosponsor-h-r-6-the-american-dream-and-promise-act/
The House is expected to vote this week on two bills that would advance part of President Joe Biden’s immigration agenda, creating a path to citizenship to undocumented “DREAMers” who came to the US as children, farmworkers, and immigrants with temporary humanitarian protection, H.R. 6 and H.R. 1603 – Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021. 
We thought at first that this was just going to be a repeat of our H.R. 6 action from 2019. However, it’s more complicated. Immigration groups have asked that “criminalization bars” be removed from the legislation, bars that don’t appear in Biden’s US Citizenship Act of 2021, which is currently on hold. 
Therefore, we’re asking you to thank our representatives (Brownley and Carbajal) for cosponsoring the legislation at the same time we’re asking them to remove language the unfairly penalizes youth of color who’ve faced a racist criminal justice system.(Good explanation of the current state of immigration bills here: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2021/3/12/22321668/house-immigration-reform-dream-promise-farm-worker)
As for H.R. 1603 – Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021, Carbajal has cosponsored, Brownley has not.  When calling their respective offices, add a “please support” or a “thank you” as applicable.

  • Rep. Julia Brownleyemail, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
  • or Rep. Salud Carbajalemail. (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
  • Who is my representative?: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com

The “H.R. 1/S.1 – For the People Act” is now in the Senate! EMAIL your senators and join in the outreach campaigns!

According to the Brennan Center, “state lawmakers have carried over, prefiled, or introduced 253 bills with provisions that restrict voting access in 43 states.” The GOP has openly admitted they can’t win if they play fair with voters, and even if they squeal “states’ rights”, we know from their lawsuits and electoral vote shenanigans on Jan. 6, that GOP senators don’t care about those either. We need a level playing field and real guardrails against another corrupt leader, and that’s H.R.1/S.1 – For the People Act. Keep calling your senators, ask your friends and family to call theirs, and join in the listed campaigns to get this bill through the Senate. https://indivisibleventura.org/2021/03/10/wed-3-10-21-the-h-r-1-s-1-for-the-people-act-is-now-in-the-senate-call-your-senators-and-join-in-the-outreach-campaigns/

Senator Feinstein, Please Vote to End this Filibuster! – Sign Petition

“This is a democracy issue!” EMAIL corporations who fund voter suppression.

https://indivisibleventura.org/2021/03/08/monday-3-8-this-is-a-democracy-issue-call-out-corporations-who-fund-politicians-supporting-voter-suppression/
We’ve included CEO contact information and talking points for corporations who fund voter suppression legislation. Email them or write them a postcard! We don’t care what they say on their websites. We don’t care how many get-out-the-vote videos they put out. We don’t care if they encourage their employees to help at polling places. Funding racist legislation and legislators, both in GA and across the country – that is their true face. Call them out.

Please share with those in need of citizenship services!

Still open! – Volunteer to help DACA recipients fill out their paperwork online!

While our free monthly citizenship fair is on hold until Oxnard College reopens their weekend marketplace, here’s another way to assist those in the community who need to get paperwork done. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested, both as a DACA recipient and as a volunteer, OR BOTH!
From: NLG-LA Immigration Committee <immigration@nlg-la.org>To: “nlg-la-immigrationcommittee@googlegroups.com” <nlg-la-immigrationcommittee@googlegroups.com>Sent: Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 05:42:52 PM PSTSubject: Call for Volunteers! Virtual DACA Clinic for SMC Students with NLG-LA Immigration Committee
Dear colleagues,
This is a call for legal support. DACA is back and Santa Monica College believes that we have the ability to make a difference in our community by ensuring students have access to education and stability in the country they call home. 
For this reason, we are mobilizing to support the Dreamers at SMC by providing free virtual appointments to help them with initial or renewal DACA applications. Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, we are unable to provide in-person clinics at this time, which has created a service gap for this necessary support.
How can you participate? We will have two virtual clinic days: March 20 and March 27, 2021.  Please sign up to volunteer by clicking the link below and choosing the shift you would like to take.   You can take one or multiple shifts of two to three hours or you can volunteer with us for a full-day shift. 
Volunteer Registration link: https://form.jotform.com/210624977822158
For March 20th, we are seeking 20 volunteers who can aid students with completing their Initial DACA and DACA Renewal applications and possibly organizing their supporting documents. Volunteers (whether they are attorneys, paralegals, accredited representatives, or students) must watch a 1.5-hour training online. We will track who views the training before March 20th. The Volunteer Training link will be sent to volunteers after they have registered at the link below. That training will include information about putting together a DACA packet, as well as information about the clinic process, so it will be imperative that volunteers review that training beforehand. After watching the video, volunteers can send questions to immigration@nlg-la.org
For March 27th, we are seeking 10 to 15 attorneys or accredited representatives who have DACA experience to assist with FINAL REVIEW of the Initial DACA application packet, including reviewing the application, supporting documents, and completing a brief screening for other immigration relief. 
Volunteer Registration link: https://form.jotform.com/210624977822158
Your generous contribution of time and energy to this volunteer work is immensely appreciated. We are so much stronger together, and we can achieve great things if each of us steps forward.  This planning committee consists of CARECEN, the NLG-LA Immigration Committee, Clark Hill, and the Law Offices of Emily Robinson. 
Volunteer Registration link: https://form.jotform.com/210624977822158
If you have any questions or issues, please contact immigration@nlg-la.org
In solidarity,
The NLG-LA Immigration Committee Steering Committee

Adriene
Co-Director
Indivisible Ventura
indivisibleventura@gmail.com


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