Hi everyone! So much news!
Atlanta Shootings:President Biden has ordered flags at the White House and on other federal ground be flown at half-staff as “a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence” in Atlanta this week. We are relieved to have a president who doesn’t play partisan games with these kinds of gestures. We will assuredly never take them for granted again.
Meanwhile, we find out that the spokesman for the GA sheriff’s office, who’s been noticeably reluctant to describe the shootings as a “hate crime,” had promoted racist t-shirts on his social media denigrating Asian-Americans. Seriously.https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/georgia-sheriffs-spokesman-appeared-promote-racist-shirt-76525200
Attacks against Asian-Americans: Meanwhile, lawmakers on Capitol Hill held a hearing on violence and discrimination against the Asian American communitywith four Asian American lawmakers testifying. “Your president and your party and your colleagues can talk about issues with any other country that you want, but you don’t have to do it by putting a bull’s-eye on the back of Asian Americans across this country, on our grandparents, on our kids,” Rep. Grace Meng, a Democrat from New York, said to Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas during a House committee hearing on discrimination against Asian Americans. Roy, against all odds, somehow managed to shoehorn a lynching reference into his answer. Sigh. https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/18/politics/house-judiciary-asian-american-discrimination-hearing/index.html
Our video picks for this issue: – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDPgzDk2oVo&t=1s– https://www.facebook.com/ABCNews/videos/1439704056421936– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6vpKL5Mtq0&t=129s
On the all-important subject of H.R.1/S.1 – For the People Act, brand new Senator Raphael Warnock stepped up to the lectern and gave a major speech to an actual standing ovation. The video link and transcript is here: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/3/17/2021512/-Sen-Raphael-Warnock-s-first-speech-on-the-Senate-floor-inspires-the-chamber-to-a-standing-ovation. Hopefully, it will be enough to crack the wall around Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.
Every ounce of hope and energy we put into Warnock’s campaign has been returned fourfold, but we have learned there’s more to do. His term is only 2 years long, due to taking over that time from Johnny Isakson, who resigned in 2019 due to health concerns. So start saving up. His campaign for 2022 is in sight.
Thursday 03/18/21 – ONLINE – “I Am Woman: Promoting Self-Worth in Contemporary Black Art” (5:00 pm)
Facebook link here. (https://www.facebook.com/events/818084808786148) Though standards of what constitutes “beauty” have broadened, Black women remain underrepresented in mass media depictions of ideal beauty, where Eurocentric aesthetics still dominate. In this conversation during Women’s History Month moderated by Assistant Curator Taylor Bythewood-Porter, artists Genevieve Gaignard, Deborah Roberts, and Grace Lynne Haynes share how their work explores imaging Black women and the shaping of racial and personal identity. RSVP for Zoom instructions.
Thursday 03/18/21 – ONLINE – “Community Control” (6:00 pm)
As we watch the growing support for the concept of communities controlling their own security and safety Black Lives Matter Ventura County would like to invite you to come out and join in converse about DISSECTING COMMUNITY CONTROL OVER POLICING with Olufemi Taiwo, Ph.D.THIS THURSDAY March 18th @ 6:00pm via Zoom.
- Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84542733084?pwd=M1BFY2NhQzBQV2N6cXp6QTl1UkV0Zz09&fbclid=IwAR3TSYL0Lk881unIJ9a11F7-MB_iHPGMd_82ZjA5G3ZZkvKTAWyqRw90eKY#success
- Meeting ID: 845 4273 3084,
- Passcode: 429560
Feel free to bring any questions, concerns, suggestions, or contributions as we dissect the facts and theories of how best to help our community live free and not in fear of policing.Power to the PEOPLE!
Watch now – ONLINE – “On the Frontline – Winning the People’s Agenda
Link to video here. https://www.facebook.com/mvmt4bl/videos/841958666534670(~Español Debajo~)We’ve won at the ballot box. Now let’s win in Washington. The Biden-Harris administration passing the $1.9T Stimulus Bill is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to delivering meaningful changes to our communities. Join us this Wednesday at 8 PM ET for “On the Frontline: Winning the People’s Agenda.”We will hear about a number of federal policy proposals that could translate into our people getting the Care and Relief we need and deserve – addressing economic justice, racial justice, climate justice, and democracy reform. We’ll discuss how all these issues are connected and how you can help win the people’s agenda by taking action during the Congressional recess.~~~~Hemos ganado en las urnas. Ahora vamos por Washington. La aprobación por parte de la administración Biden-Harris de la Ley de Estímulo de $1.9 billones, es solo la punta del iceberg al momento de efectuar cambios que sean significativos para nuestras comunidades. Únete este miércoles a las 8 PM ET para “En el frente de batalla: Conseguir una agenda para el pueblo” donde vamos a proponer distintas maneras de reformar nuestra democracia.Vamos a hablar sobre varias propuestas de políticas federales que podrían hacer que nuestra gente consiga la Atención y la Asistencia que necesita y merece, y que abordan la justicia económica, racial, y climática y la reforma de la democracia. Vamos a conversar cómo todos estos temas están interconectados y cómo tú, tomando acción durante el receso del Congreso, puedes ayudar a que la agenda del pueblo triunfe.AccessibilityNotes from the organizer: ASL, Spanish, Closed Captioning available. Notas del organizador: Interpretación de signos, Español y subtitulos.
Make a note on your calendar to attend!
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 here. https://www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/
TRAINING DATES AND TIMES:
- March 29 at 3:00 PM ET/ 2:00 PM CT/ 1:00 PM MT/ 12:00 PM PT/ 10:00 AM HST. Register Here (https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uXwFIqMHS_yqOph2QMfaiw)
- April 20 at 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT/ 12:00 PM MT/ 11:00 AM PT/ 9:00 AM HST. Register Here (https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OBMpgdPlSxyaBJfs5o3q7g
Thurs 3/18: Wanted: Postcard writers! D.C. statehood and keeping immigrant families together.
Postcard campaign #1: H.R.51 – The Washington DC Admissions Act is getting a hearing in front of the House Oversight Committee on Monday, 3/22. Make sure legislators across the country know how important this is. Postcard campaign #2: What’s Next’s new campaign in their immigration series is foundational – keeping families together.Please join in to one or both these efforts!
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.
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 Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
- or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email. (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.
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!
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. #CommunitiesNotCagesAdelanto Detention FacilityBerks County Family Residential CenterSouth Texas Family Residential Center (Dilley) Etowah County JailFarmville Detention CenterT. Don Hutto Residential Facility (Hutto) Irwin County Detention CenterKarnes County Family Residential Center Mesa Verde Detention CenterOtero County Processing CenterThe 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.
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