INDIVISIBLE VENTURA

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Hi everyone! 

There’s a lot on the menu this weekend: Black Voters Matter is targeting corporations who supported GA’s voter suppression bills. ADL is promoting House resolutions condemning hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans. 350 is supporting a BUILD GREEN Infrastructure and Jobs Act. Black Lives Matter has a petition for Medicare for All. And that’s just the start.
Phonebanks and postcards are BACK in a big way, as we have very little time to reach out to voters before the midterms. 
This all may seem overwhelming, but most actions are simple and can be done quickly at any convenient time. Others, like phone banking (which includes training), ask for a couple of hours at most. Postcard writing can be done with family and friends along with coffee or a glass of wine.

Our democracy is still far too fragile, but working hard has got us this far. 

And just in case no one has ever said this to you, thank you for all that you do. 

TIME-CERTAIN EVENTS

Saturday/Sunday/Monday – 03/20-22/21 – ONLINE – “Common Cause – For the People phonebank” (3:00 pm)

Sign up here. (https://www.mobilize.us/commoncause/event/376178/) We’re so excited to work together to demand bold changes to our democracy to create a government that represents all of us, not big corporations or special interests. We’ll be calling voters in targeted districts and connecting them to their Senators to support the For the People Act (S1).On Thursdays, we are partnering with Indivisible Northampton to ensure that the For the People Act (S1) will come to fruition! Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays we are calling constituents to connect them to their Senators’ offices to build unanimous support for the For The People Act. But we know that ending the Jim Crow relic filibuster is necessary – so on Saturdays, we change our script to demand that Senators publicly oppose the filibuster.These shifts also always will include training for first-timers before you make calls – so if this is your first time, no worries! We’ll make sure you feel prepared before you begin.

Saturdays – 03/27/21 – ONLINE – “POSTCARDING WITH LAURIE – Register Democrats in Flippable Districts!” (1:00 – 2:00 pm PT) (3/27, 4/3, 4/10)

“Join Field Team 6 at our weekly Postcarding Parties! We’ll teach you everything you need to know about our voter registration outreach through postcards.We’re overjoyed to have Shepard Fairey designing the postcard art for our proudly partisan voter registration campaigns! So order some of his and/or bring some of your own, and we’ll start sending postcards.Click here to check out our campaigns, download addresses and get started writing:  https://fieldteam6.herokuapp.com/getting_startedThank you for doing this fun, effective, and super important work, to build new Democratic majorities in the places we need them most! This will help us save the Senate, save the House, and win downballot in every election between now and November 2022.

Sunday – 3/21/2021 – ONLINE PHONEBANK – Flip the West “Adopt-a-Traitor Phone Bank – California!” (2:00 – 4:00 pm PT) (3/21, 28)

Sign up here. Join Field Team 6 in calling eligible voters (likely Dems) in Californa’s 25th district!You’ll be targeting Mike Garcia, a traitorous Republican who voted to overturn the Biden election results. You’ll be reaching out to get people registered as Democrats, or signed up to vote from home (vote by mail) if they’re already registered. Making sure people are registered to vote, and that they can vote safely from home, is a super-effective way to make a difference. In 2022, we can flip this seat back to a Democrat.But we need your help. Join us as we turn voices into votes! All training provided!ALSO NOTE: All times listed are Pacific Time! But just to be abundantly clear, the event will be taking place from 2-4p PT/ 5-7p ET

Registration closes Sunday – 03/21/21 – ONLINE – “All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability” (Actual event is April 9-11)

REGISTER HERE (https://www.uua.org/international-justice/un/spring-seminar)COST: Registration is pay-what-you-can on a sliding scale, starting at $0. If you are a youth (~13-18) or Young Adult (~18-35) and you need funding, email UUYACJ Coordinator Amelia Diehl uuyacj@uumfe.orgWHAT: Intergenerational Spring Seminar: “All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability” co-hosted by UU Office at the United Nation and UU Ministry for Earth. Held virtually April 9–11, participants will explore the intersections and impacts of food injustice, both from the lens of Indigenous and frontline communities, and from a world organizational lens. Hear from activists and change-makers, conspire with small groups of UUs for community-based action, and ground your faith in this movement for healing and justice.WHEN: April 9-11 WHO: We encourage youth and young adults (and people of all ages!) who are passionate about climate justice and food justice to attend! Please forward this to any youth and young adult groups! Spring Seminar centers the experience of young people, both in its planning and presentation, believing that accessible and interactive learning and growth is crucial to strengthening our intergenerational faith movement. This year, youth and young adults are invited to special Drop-in spaces on Friday afternoon before the seminar kicks off! The Youth gathering will be hosted by Seminar Youth Deans Sophia Geiger and Noella Prescod. The Young Adult gathering will be hosted by Amelia Diehl (UU YAs for Climate Justice) and Rev. Stevie Carmody (UUA). Come get grounded in community.

Please share with those in need of citizenship services – Sat 3/20 and 3/27!

ACTIONS/ACTIVITIES

Email during the weekend/call during the week: “Filibuster Friday” is directed at Sen. Feinstein and others who’d waste this opportunity to get fundamental bills passed.

Our own Senator Feinstein likes the filibuster for all the wrong reasons. But she has turned 180° in the face of serious constituent pressure before. So pile on and let’s make this happen. Also included is a petition and an opportunity to join Arizona Indivisible’s phone bank targeting a similarly reluctant Sen. Sinema. https://indivisibleventura.org/2021/03/19/3-19-its-filibuster-friday-and-theres-lots-to-do/

ANYTIME – ONLINE PHONEBANK – Flip the West “Phone Bank into Arizona to Urge Sen. Sinema to Change the Filibuster with Indivisible Arizona” 

The For the People Act may be the most important piece of legislation of the past decade. During a time when Republican state legislators are lobbying for the most restrictive voting regulations since Jim Crow, we need to urge key Senators to pass the For the People Act. Join in by signing up here. https://www.mobilize.us/flipthewest/event/379308/But as long as Mitch McConnell can veto popular legislation through the filibuster, that won’t happen. So, we are reaching out with Indivisible Arizona to progressive, solid Democrats in Arizona and urging them to ask Senator Sinema to modify the filibuster. It’s not enough to just elect progressive candidates; we need to pass progressive policy. THIS IS NOT A ZOOM CALL – YOU MAY CALL INTO ARIZONA ANY DAY BETWEEN 9:00AM AND 9:00 PM PACIFIC.  Click on the “INSTRUCTIONS” button for the link to the phone bank and the script. (Wait a few seconds until you see the Google document.)

Email your senators in DC about S.1 – For the People Act, join in the phonebank, textbank outreach campaign.

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”.

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/)

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

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/senator-feinstein-please-vote-to-end-the-filibuster

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!
https://indivisibleventura.org/2021/03/18/thurs-3-18-wanted-postcard-writers-d-c-statehood-and-keeping-immigrant-families-together/

Actions from”Black Voters Matters” – Call GA-based corporations and tell them to divest all donations from sponsors and supporters of HB531 and SB241.

Saturday or anytime, but hurry – ONLINE –  SIGN UP FOR A SPOT “Common Cause – For the People textbanking” in April! ONLY A FEW LEFT!!!

Textbanking is popular. Sign up fast to get the last spots for the April campaign! https://www.mobilize.us/commoncause/event/375794/

Sign-on petition- “Black Lives Matter – Pass Medicare for All”

Sign Petition here. (https://blacklivesmatter.com/sign-the-petition-pass-medicare-for-all/)

Let’s be clear — passing Medicare for All is a racial justice issue.

Black people are impacted the most by health care inadequacies in the United States. Whether you’re looking at the mortality and morbidity rates of Black mothers, the high rates of Black people dying from COVID-19, and the disproportionately Black population in American prisons — where access to adequate health care is a huge issue — the time has never been more urgent to pass Medicare For All and take bold action to create the conditions for Black people to thrive.

Every single institution that currently exists that is led by local, state, and national government is predicated upon anti-Black racism in particular — and it’s the same reason why these exact institutions are profit-driven.

Profit-driven health care systems have no place in society, and they have never existed to serve Black people — only to exploit us.

The current health care system has not prioritized Black bodies, but has exploited them. But not any longer. Please sign the petition demanding Congress pass Medicare for All.

Sign-on petition- “Speak up against anti-Asian hate. Ask Congress to take action and pass two resolutions.”

Send a email to your officials here. (https://www.adl.org/Anti-Asian-Hate) Hate crimes, anti-immigrant bias and discriminatory acts against Asians and Asian Americans have significantly increased in the U.S. since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress can take action by passing two resolutions that condemn this rising tide of hatred and aim to curb the damaging effects of hate, bias and violence to society.Members of the House of Representatives have introduced H. Res. 151, led by Representative Grace Meng and H. Res. 153, led by Representative Michelle Steel, condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment related to COVID-19. ADL urges Congress to speak out against bias and hate and support Asian and Asian-American communities by adopting these 

Send a letter to Rep. Brownley/Carbajal and Senator Dianne Feinstein to support the Build Green Act.

Use your own words, use a provided letter template or mix and match here. https://act.350.org/letter/buildgreenact/

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey along with Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Andy Levin introduced the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development and Generating Renewable Energy to Electrify the Nation’s (BUILD GREEN) Infrastructure and Jobs Act.

The BUILD GREEN Infrastructure and Jobs Act is a new plan to address the climate crisis and our crumbling infrastructure by providing $500 billion in grant funding for roads, bridges, and rail, while electrifying our public transportation systems (including school buses!) over the next ten years.

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.

Adriene
Co-Director
Indivisible Ventura
indivisibleventura@gmail.com


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