Racial Justice, Our Earth, Your Calls to Action

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Hello Ventura Indivisians

“It was a murder in full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see…For so many, it feels like it took all of that for the judicial system to deliver just basic accountability.”  — President Joe Biden, April 20, 2021

We can do better.

Fellow police officers and medical experts were appalled by Derek Chauvin’s brutality in the murder of George Floyd. But if a bystander hadn’t recorded those horrific 9 minutes, there probably wouldn’t have been a courtroom trial, so let’s not waste this “opportunity” that Mr. Floyd and others paid for with their lives. 


After your calls to action – events and resources

Your Calls to Action:

Representatives “YES” on “H.R.1347– Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Act and H.R. 1336 – National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act” (more info)

Minimal script for Representatives: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to cosponsor and support the passage of H.R.1347 – the Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Act and H.R.1336– the National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act. I’m following the Chauvin trial and I’m both outraged and heartsick. Please ask Rep. [___] to do whatever [he/she] can to make sure that Mr. Floyd is the last American to suffer this way.

Rep. Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Carbajal: email.(CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348


Senators “YES” on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act– Now in the Senate (more info)


Minimal script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to cosponsor and support the passage of H.R.1280 – the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, S.244 and the Eric Garner Excessive Force Prevention Act and S.353: – End Police Use of Chokeholds Act. I followed the Chauvin trial and I’m both outraged and heartsick. Please do whatever [he/she] can to make sure that Mr. Floyd is the last American to suffer this way, including removing the filibuster for this life-saving legislation.

Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Padilla: email, DC (202) 224-3553, SAC (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 981-9369
Share with family and friends – Who is their representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com


Who really believes in “No taxation without representation?” We’ll find out soon! CALL on H.R.51/S.51! (more info)

The GOP’s racist and blatantly partisan refusal to vote for DC statehood last year put its residents in danger during the insurrection. Update: White House formally backs bill to grant DC statehood

Activate your resistance PHONE TREE or send out emails – contact every friend or relative you know in a RED state, and ask them to not just call their legislators, but to ask their local friends to do it too!

If you already have called on this, call again. If you have friends or family that are unsure or confused about the issue of D.C. statehood, share any one (or more!) of these resources with them and then ask them to make a call: 

Minimal script:I’m calling from [zip code] to [thank Rep./Sen. for being/ask Rep./Sen. [___] to become] a cosponsor of [Rep. – HR.51/ Sen. – S.51] – Washington, D.C. Admission Act and ending this example of racial injustice in the very heart of our nation. 

Additional script for Senators: I’m also requesting that Sen. [___] drop the filibuster for this bill, as there is no legitimate reason to deny full citizenship to 700,000 Americans citizens other than racism and partisanship, which we the people will no longer stand for.

Brownley and Carbajal are co-sponsors; as are Feinstein and Padilla -thank them

Rep. Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Carbajal: email.(CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
AND Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Padilla: email, DC (202) 224-3553, SAC (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 981-9369
Share with family and friends – Who is their representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com


Tell your legislators to take action on plastic pollution NOW. Vote “YES” on the “Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act.” (more info)

It’s a shell game. A 50-year-long grift. Corporations who make or use plastic have been gaslighting America since that duplicitous “Crying Indian” commercial. States Sen. Merkley: “Many of us were taught the three R’s—reduce, reuse, and recycle — and figured that as long as we got our plastic items into those blue bins, we could keep our plastic use in check and protect our planet.” But only a scant 9% is actually recycled. “… the reality has become much more like the three B’s—plastic is buriedburned, or borne out to sea.” Or heaped into dystopian landscapes in third world nations, out of our sight, sickening people we don’t know.

With our current system, there’s no way to recycle our way out of the mountain of plastic waste we use every day that’s killing our planet and “slowly but surely killing us.”

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen./Rep. [___] to support the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act.

More script if you want it:This bill would incorporate effective strategies other countries and states are already using to reduce their plastic pollution. Our corporations have refused to step up in a similarly meaningful way. It’s time that they were required to take responsibility for their mess.

Rep. Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Carbajal: email.(CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
AND Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Padilla: email, DC (202) 224-3553, SAC (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 981-9369
Share with family and friends – Who is their representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com


Call again! Tell your senators to pass the H.R. 1620 – the Violence Against Women Act! (more info)

Although the latest version of “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act” just passed the House, 172 GOP legislators voted against it because it expands firearm restrictions against abusers or stalkers, and added protections for gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Now, it’s off to the Senate and a fight to get to 60 votes. Call your senators and be sure your friends and family in RED places call theirs. 

Minimal Script for DEM senators: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen. [___] to strongly support the H.R. 1620 – The “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.” 

Minimal Script for GOP senators: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen. [___] to support the H.R. 1620 – The “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.” I understand that 172 GOP representatives voted “NO” on this important bill in the House, and I want the Senator to know that their reasoning wasn’t acceptable to me. As [a woman] and/or [the wife/husband, son/daughter, sister/brother, child/father/mother] of a woman], 

  • I expect Sen. [___] to vote “YES” to close the “boyfriend loophole” that denies some victims equal access to the protections of the federal law against domestic violence.
  • I expect Sen. [___] to vote “YES” to show that [he/she] values women’s lives over guns when judges issue emergency ex parte domestic violence protective orders.
  • I expect the Sen. [___] to vote “YES” to prohibiting guns to those convicted of stalking, whether charged as a misdemeanor or felony, due the crime’s strong relationship to future gun violence.
  • As a taxpayer, I expect Sen. [___] to vote “YES” to taxpayer-funded shelters being required to provide safe harbor to all those in need, no matter what gender identity, along with the basic minimum privacy requirements necessary to provide comfort and dignity for every resident.

Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Padilla: email, DC (202) 224-3553, SAC (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 981-9369
Share with family and friends – Who is their representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com


Call again! Ask our legislators to support the THRIVE Agenda! (more info)

Even Sen. Manchin (!!!) has stated that Biden’s plan falls short of the revolutionary change that needs to take place to “build back better.” While the Washington Post reported that Biden proposed spending $2.25 trillion on the first part of his jobs and infrastructure plan—with the two-part package possibly topping $4 trillion—the THRIVE Act would invest $10 trillion over a decade. Ben Beachy, director of the Sierra Club’s Living Economy Program stated “To match the scale of the crises we face, piecemeal solutions won’t suffice.”

Minimal script to Reps. and Senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen.[___] to know that I want [him/her] to support the [Rep.-H.Res.104 /Sen.-S.Res.43] – the THRIVE Agenda to ensure a bold, inclusive recovery, and democracy reform which includes legislation such as H.R. 1 and H.R. 51, removing the filibuster as necessary. (Add anything that makes this legislation personal for you, your family or friends, if you can.)

[Rep. check here. Brownley and Carbajal have NOT signed on yet. Senator-check here. Padilla IS a cosponsor (thank him!), Feinstein hasn’t signed on yet.]

Rep. Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Carbajal: email.(CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
AND Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Padilla: email, DC (202) 224-3553, SAC (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 981-9369
Share with family and friends – Who is their representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Minimal script to President Biden: Dear President Biden, thank you for creating a bipartisan alliance with the American people, and not the GOP legislators, who no longer even pretend to care about democracy or our best interests. The American Jobs Plan is exciting, but we need you to go bolder. Instead of restoring us to where we were before COVID-19, we need a recovery package that is as big and interconnected as the crises we face. The THRIVE agenda can take our country past our historic inequities towards a green economic recovery that will positively reshape America’s future, long after this pandemic is forgotten. (Add anything that makes this legislation personal for you, your family or friends, if you can.)

Contact our president here.


Call again! Call your senators to vote “YES” on UFW-supported H.R. 1603 – the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a long-delayed “thank you” for the essential workers who bring us our food. (more info)

Farmworkers need immigration reform so they can work in the fields without fear.” Fear – hardwired into the fruits and vegetables we enjoy quietly in our homes. Do better, America. This is a problem we can solve.

Minimal Script: Hello, I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen. [___] to vote “YES” on H.R. 1603 – the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which supports a path to citizenship for aspiring Americans working in agriculture, young aspiring Americans, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. Thank you.

Extra credit – If you haven’t already called on H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2021, another UFW priority bill, please do so now. Scripts and information here. Or do it again!

Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Padilla: email, DC (202) 224-3553, SAC (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 981-9369
Share with family and friends – Who is their representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com


Call again! “YES” on SB 796 – Return Bruce’s Beach back to the Bruce Family  (more info)
“I hope that the media will use the right word when you report this story today. The county isn’t gifting anyone anything. The county is returning property that was inappropriately taken. We are returning to the Bruce family… property that they rightfully owned.”- LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell. Return Bruce’s Beach property to the descendants of its rightful owners: Willa and Charles Bruce, the Black entrepreneurs who first purchased the property and built a resort to serve Black families, who were denied access to most Southern California beaches. After suffering harassment by White neighbors, the city of Manhattan Beach seized the property through eminent domain in 1929 at a fraction of its worth, obstensibly to build a park, which wasn’t actually realized until the 1960’s. (Read the whole shameful story here.)

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Asm/Sen. [__] to support S.B. 796, to remove restrictions from land in Manhattan Beach that prevent it from being returned to the descendants of the Bruce family, its rightful owners.

State Senator Monique Limón (SD-19): SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940 email
State Assemblymember Steve Bennett (CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700 email
Share with family and friends – Who is their assemblymember/senator?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.


Keep calling! Call VP Harris and ask her to rule the filibuster unconstitutional (more info)

Minimal Script: I’m [calling/writing] to ask VP Harris, as presiding officer of the Senate, to rule that the filibuster is unconstitutional. Its 60-vote supermajority requirement for the enactment of general legislation is in violation of Article V, the 17th Amendment and the constitutional presumption of majority rule as prescribed in the Constitution. 

VP Harris: Email : http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/, Comments: 202-456-1111, Switch Board: 202-456-1414, TTY/TTD:  202-456-6213, Letters/postcards: The White House, Office of the Vice President,1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20500

Tell your senators that we expect them to make changes now! (more info)
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to let Sen. [___] know that I’ve just finished (calling/writing) Vice President Harris to ask her to rule the filibuster unconstitutional. The American public is done with the Senate’s dysfunctional legislative graveyard. This procedure must either be abolished, or substantially reformed, as it’s anti-democratic for a minority to be able to permanently block bi-partisan House legislation, especially bills related to basic democracy, like voting access and equal rights. I’m asking [him/her] to immediately engage in collaboration to reform the Senate from the legislative bottleneck it is now to a functioning body, which may include time limits, the “talking filibuster”, and majority-vote carve-outs for bills that reform and protect democracy.

Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Padilla: email, DC (202) 224-3553, SAC (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 981-9369
Share with family and friends – Who is their representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com


KEEP CALLING! The “H.R. 1/S.1 – For the People Act” is now in the Senate! Call your senators!(more info) Reach out to your senators, no matter which side they’re on

Minimal script for DEM. senators: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Sen. [___] for cosponsoring and supporting S.1– For the People Act. Please ask the senator to be prepared to use a targeted filibuster to pass this bill and others related to the basic foundations of our democracy, such as H.R.4 – The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act and H.R. 51 – Washington DC Admission Act. Also, please ask [him/her] to include these best practices for more secure and transparent elections in the bill

  • PAPER BALLOTS: Clarify that every voter shall be offered an Hand-Marked Paper Ballots (HMPB) when voting in person.
  • NO BARCODES: Remove barcodes for recording votes, as their information can’t be verified by the voter.
  • POST PUBLICLY: Scanned images of paper ballots shall be preserved as publicly accessible records.
  • AUDIT: Routine independent audits of all federal elections in addition to Risk Limiting Audits (RLAs)
  • STANDARDIZE RECOUNTS: Public 100% hand count of every federal race with margins of 1% or less.

Minimal script for GOP senators: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen. [___] to support S.1– For the People Act. Addressing corruption, the protection of voting rights, and reforming of campaign finance should be bipartisan priorities to make our democracy better for all Americans, regardless of their political affiliation. Now, GOP-controlled states like ours are passing ugly and embarrassing Jim Crow-style laws, and I expect Sen. [___] to find the moral fortitude to stand up against them by voting for S.1.

Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Padilla: email, DC (202) 224-3553, SAC (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 981-9369
Share with family and friends – Who is their representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com


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