INDIVISIBLE VENTURA

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Hi, everyone! 

Well, it’s been a busy week for voter suppression!

GA’s GOP-dominated legislature just passed their dream bill based on the Big Lie that the presidential election had been stolen and the governor signed it. A Heritage Foundation lawyer told congresspeople that the citizens of Washington DC didn’t need to become a state because they really had all the influence they needed with their lawn signs. Well, at least the land-owning ones do.

Thank you for all the resistance you do during the week, and here are some of your options for the weekend. 

Watch Stacey Abrams talk about the latest GA suppression vote.

https://twitter.com/morethanavote/status/1375256624932225031

Anytime: We all have choices. Choose not to support corporate-funded voter suppression in GA.

Today President Biden described a sweeping elections bill signed into law in Georgia: “This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end,” and “an atrocity.” He further stated that the Justice Department is “taking a look” at the measure. Georgia’s Black and Brown voters agree with him. (https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/26/politics/joe-biden-georgia-voting-rights-bill/index.html)
Coca Cola says it was “balanced approach.” (https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/544901-coca-cola-threatened-with-boycott-for-not-opposing-georgia-voting-bills)
Hmmmm….You, as a citizen and a consumer, get to decide who is closer to the truth and use your dollars accordingly. Feel free to call, or during the weekend, email, the CEO of Coca Cola and tell him what you’ve decided. 
(tinyurl.com/Coca-Cola-choices)

Saturday – 3/27/2021 – ONLINE – “Flip the West – Phone Bank Trainings on Saturday mornings“(9:00-10:00 am PT)

Sign up here. (https://www.mobilize.us/flipthewest/event/379195/**We (Flip the West) are hosting Saturday morning phone bank trainings starting March 27th, from 9:00 – 10:00am (Pacific time). Just enter your contact information and click SIGN UP HERE to complete your registration and get your Zoom link. After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email with a “Toolkit” with information you will review at your training session.After your training, please check out phone bank opportunities on our website. We are helping to mobilize voters for a Special Election on May 1st that will be held in Texas’ 6th Congressional District. Learn more about this election here: http://bit.ly/30q1M38.

Saturday – 03/27/21 – ONLINE – “Common Cause – Social Media Monitoring Shifts!” (10:00 am)

Sign in here (https://www.mobilize.us/commoncause/event/376200/) You can help protect voters from online disinformation by signing up as a Social Media Monitor. As a volunteer with us, you’ll help monitor social media platforms and conversations in your community for democracy-related disinformation. Each monitoring shift is 3 hours long; volunteers can feel free to come and go as they please. You will be able to access our training materials when you sign up! Hope to see you there!

Saturday – 03/27/21 – ONLINE + Scavenger hunt “selfies – “AIDS Walk Ventura County” (1:00 – 2:00 pm PT)

Sign in here.( https://aidswalkventuracounty2021.funraise.org) Diversity Collective Ventura County is in the trenches fighting to make a positive impact on how HIV and AIDS affects us locally.Diversity Collective is dedicated to helping our County agencies fill the gap services with our HIV and AIDS education and prevention program funded by our aids walk.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
We can’t do any of this without the gracious support of our sponsors, community partners, and hundreds of volunteers who walk the walk. One day, together, we will end the epidemic here for good. Please help us fight by walking with us through your sponsorship pledge.
PLEASE HELP US FIGHT. YOU ARE VITAL TO OUR MISSION.
For any questions, please be sure to email us at info@diversitycollective.org.

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

Sign up here. (https://www.mobilize.us/ft6/event/375701/) “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_started

Thank 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. The Shepard Fairey postcards are available to order at https://fieldteam6.myshopify.com. You are welcome to buy or use your own postcards. Whatever cards you buy, be sure to order them and postcard stamps in time for this event!

Saturday – 3/27/2021 – ONLINE – “Biden-Harris Volunteer Choir“(6:00-6:30 pm PT) (3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24)

Sign up here.  (https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/312358/) Dear friends, Please join us this evening as we sing songs of peace and unity. We will gather every Saturday at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time). You will receive the Zoom link shortly after signing up. If you do not see that email, please check our Spam/Junk folder. Thank you. See you online.

Sunday – 3/28/2021 – OXNARD – Community Care Gathering – California!” (9:00 – 11:00 am PT)

Join BLM VC for a free Community Care Gathering on 3/28 10am-noon at Lyons Park, W 9th and South G St in Oxnard. Donate to help their efforts to provide the houseless community and needy in our communities with a warm meal, pantry food items, gently used clothing items, personal hygiene products, and care packs by donating to theirGoFundMe accountgf.me/u/yqb3q5, or to their Venmo @blmvc, or emailing blmventuracounty@gmail.com to arrange a donation of items. Masks and Social distancing required. Masks and Sanitizer is provided. 

Sunday – 3/28/2021 – ONLINE – “Civic Sundays/Rapid Response Team: Sunday Phone Bank to Stop Voter Suppression! (12:00 – 2:00 Pm PT) (4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/14, 6/20, 6/27)

Sign up here. (https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/378365/) Welcome to the Blue Wave Brigade Rapid Response Team! Rapid Response Phone Banks are a new initiative to respond to attacks on our democracy AS THEY HAPPEN. As we saw after November, attempts to undermine democracy and take away people’s basic rights can happen at a moment’s notice. We need to be able to respond just as quickly. In addition to our longer-term initiatives, these rapid response phone banks will respond to what’s happening NOW. It won’t be easy. You’ll need to be nimble. But if you want to make calls that you KNOW will have an immediate impact, then these are the phone banks for you!!

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

Sign up here. (https://www.mobilize.us/flipthewest/event/376397/) 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!

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 HEREhttps://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.)

If you live in Camarillo, help stop the Camarillo recall

If you live in Camarillo, you’ve probably heard about the petition to recall the Vice Mayor, Shawn Mulchay or Councilwoman Susan Santangelo. Extremists have made inaccurate claims about “defunding the police” in Camarillo in order to recall these councilmembers at a cost of $250,000 to Camarillo taxpayers. According to this fact sheet (https://indivisibleventura.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/8d9c2-camarillorecallfactsheet.pdf) , they’re using deceitful tactics, libelous statements, and out-of-town partisan volunteers to fuel their efforts. Learn more about this here (https://www.camarillorecall.com/) and sign the online “Affirmation of Council Members Santangelo and Mulchay.”

NEW! Even if you DON’T live in Camarillo, express your support for Vice Mayor Santangelo and Councilmember Mulchay

https://www.change.org/p/camarillo-affirmation-of-council-members-santangelo-and-mulchay

On November 3rd, some Camarillo residents began gathering signatures for a petition to unseat Vice Mayor Susan Santangelo and Councilmember Shawn Mulchay. The petition drive is largely a response to councilmembers Santangelo and Mulchay’s effort to pass a resolution affirming that in our city, Black Lives Matter. Because we agree with Santangelo and Mulchay that Black Lives Matter, we the undersigned, call on Camarillo residents to refuse to lend their signatures to the above referenced petition. In addition to our strong sympathy with the sentiments advanced in Santangelo and Mulchay’s proposed resolution, we also find ourselves troubled by wasteful cost (approximately $220,000) to city taxpayers for a special election should the petition drive succeed. 

Finally we, the undersigned, wish to express our heartfelt support of both Vice Mayor Santangelo and Councilmember Mulchay in their continued efforts to promote racial justice in the City of Camarillo

If you live in Ojai, work in Ojai, eat, drink or shop in Ojai, join in this action from SURJ

Ongoing: Email in support of demands for the Ojai police services contract with VCSO: Template for letter to Ojai City Council and Board of Supervisors here. (https://indivisibleventura.org/ongoing-email-in-support-of-demands-for-the-ojai-police-services-contract-with-vcso/)

The “digital divide” in broadband coverage is a form of racial injustice. The FCC is asking for help to find the blind spots. Share!

We’ve all seen the photos of kids sitting in parking lots outside coffee shops, doing their homework, because their home doesn’t have internet access. (GRI) “Just less than half of households with annual family incomes less than $20,000 have home-internet access. Further, 83% of Asians and 81% of Whites have home-internet access, compared to 72% of American Indian/Alaska Natives, 70% of Hispanics, 68% of Blacks. Largely a product of America’s overall racial wealth gap, the “digital divide” is a term that has come to describe the racial and economic disparities seen in internet access for Americans.”
(the Verve)“…The form the FCC is using for your responses (https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=360001440131) is decidedly rudimentary; it looks like a general complaint form, and doesn’t ask any specific questions about broadband at all (the only reference is in the header). But the FCC says it’s a stopgap on the path to a more detailed and specific reporting tool. For now, perhaps you can take a look at the FCC’s current crappy maps at your address, and tell the FCC whether you actually have the kinds of choices that the ISPs claim you have.


Postcards for DC Statehood!Washington D.C. is a living, breathing, racial and civil rights injustice and we need to fix it! Update: A Heritage Foundation lawyer, Zack Smith, actually stated out loud that DC residents “already impact the national debate” because members of Congress see their yard signs while driving to work.  (Note – since apartment dwellers may not have yards, yard signs imply property ownership. Thanks, Heritage Foundation, for that slap-back to the beginnings of our country, when only property owners got to vote.) Go here for get postcards! (https://indivisibleventura.org/postcards-for-washington-dc-statehood-campaign/) A member has printed up a large amount. This is an easy task, both sides are already printed, ready for addressing and stamps! Instructions included.

Adriene
Co-Director
Indivisible Ventura
indivisibleventura@gmail.com


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