End voter suppression! Help pass the For the People Act.

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After your calls to action – events and resources

Your Calls to Action:
Remember the work we did for the 2020 election? Time to do it again for democracy itself. We must help push through S.1- “For the People” Act. (more info)

The S-1 For the People Act includes provisions like: making it easier to register to vote, expanding early voting nationwide, ending political gerrymandering, and supporting statehood for the DC. A majority of Americans support many of the provisions currently in the bill. (Here’s a quick primer on S.1 – For the People Act.)


Call your US Senators every day in June to demand that Senators pass the For The People Act to protect our freedom to vote. 

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___]  work hard to pass S1, the For the People Act. What makes something “bipartisan” is not whether politicians of both parties endorse a bill—but whether the proposal has broad support among voters across the political spectrum. This bill does. It’s time to stop making excuses, and start delivering results for the American people. We want dark money out of politics; we want partisan gerrymandering to end. We want to be able to vote freely and fairly. Do your jobs, please. Make passing S1 your top priority.

For Democrats, add-in script: Please talk to your colleagues who still support the filibuster over what’s really important to us. 

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Padilla:  DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231-4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 981-9369, SD (619) 239-3884 
Share with family and friends – Who is their representative/senator?  https://whoismyrepresentative.com


Join one of these three campaigns to help push through S.1- “For the People” Act. (more info)
Find a call campaign that fits your schedule and roll up your sleeves! Are you an introvert who really hates calling people? Well, that may actually be your super-power! Check this link out and find out why…

1 – FAIR FIGHT (more info)
Fair Fight founder Stacey Abrams: “We need your help to call voters in states across the country to hear their voting experiences. Through these stories you will help collect, Fair Fight Action and our partners will demonstrate to Congress the need for enhanced federal protections to ensure all eligible voters are able to cast their vote freely and make their voices heard, regardless of where they live.” 

Fair Fight: National Voting Story Collection Phonebank dates and information

More Fair Fight events here (including appearances by Stacey Abrams!)


2 – VoPros – Calls to West Virginians

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through June call voters in West Virginia and connect them to Senator Manchin’s office to leave a message in support of For the People Act (S1). These shifts 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.

Info link here: https://www.mobilize.us/vopropros/event/389987/

3 – Center for Common Ground – Calls to Arizona

Make calls to Arizona Voters and patching them through to Senator Kyrsten Sinema, where they will encourage her to help reform the filibuster in order to protect and defend democracy.

You are welcome to make calls any time (9am-8pm within the target state’s time zone, no Sunday mornings). If you’d like to make calls with a group of volunteers, sign up for the guided phone banks.

Link here: https://www.centerforcommonground.org/phonebankcentral

Who owns American history? The GOP’s battle against Critical Race Theory and what we can do about it (more info)
Educators say the history of systemic racism in this country and the contributions of Black people have been erased. “The curriculum was never designed to be anything other than white supremacist,” Julian Hayter, a historian and an associate professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, said, “and it has been very difficult to convince people that other versions of history are not only worth telling. They’re absolutely essential for us as a country to move closer to something that might reflect reconciliation but even more importantly, the truth.”

Tell your legislators to vote against any legislation that suppresses accurate scholarship on America’s history 

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen. [___] to know that I’m a fan of accurate historical scholarship and disapprove of those who misuse our nation’s laws to censor or suppress knowledge that makes them uncomfortable. Please ask him/her to vote “NO” on [Rep. – HR3046 & H.Res.397/Sen. – S.968] or any similar legislation put forth.

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, LA (310) 231-4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 981-9369, SD (619) 239-3884 
Share with family and friends – Who is their representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

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: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Padilla:  DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231-4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 981-9369, SD (619) 239-3884 
Share with family and friends – Who is their representative/senator?  https://whoismyrepresentative.com

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: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Padilla:  DC (202) 224-3553, LA (310) 231-4494, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 981-9369, SD (619) 239-3884 
Share with family and friends – Who is their representative/senator?  https://whoismyrepresentative.com
 Events (if you are going and interested in carpooling, email us and we’ll do our best to hook you up):

EVENTS ARE HAPPENING CRAZY FAST!!! – Our most up-to-date “calendar” has temporarily been moved to HERE

Ongoing – Ventura County Covid-19 Testing and Vaccine Updates  – California Vaccine Sites and Availability

Ongoing – Join our postcard campaigns! We’re always working on something, whether it’s a campaign to remind people to vote, to get registered, or weigh in on a certain issue. 

June 13 – Online: Stand Up Against Street Harassment Public Training

June 13 – Online: Civic Sundays/Rapid Response Team: Sunday Phone Bank to Stop Voter Suppression!

June 13- Online: “Adopt-a-Traitor Phone Bank – California!” Flip Mike Garcia – CA-25 

June 15- Online: Fair Fight: National Voting Story Collection Phonebank

June 15- Online: Fair Fight: Text Bank Training

June 16- Online: A Conversation with Angela Davis

June 16- Online: Tell the Senate to Pass the PRO (Protect the Right to Organize) Act Phone bank

June 16 – OJAI – Secure Beginnings Free Diaper Bank

June 16-18 – Online/IRL: Young Advocate Summer Camp – High School, contact info@chianydri.com for questions

June 17 – Online: 14th Annual Ojai Wild – A benefit for Los Padres Forestwatch

June 17 – Online: Youth in Action: Indigenizing Pride/Juventud en acción: Indigenizando el Orgullo LGBTQ+

June 17- Online: Tell the Senate to Pass the PRO (Protect the Right to Organize) Act Phone bank

June 17 – Online:  Join the Stop Disinformation Team, become a Social Media Monitor (other dates available)

June 19 – Online: 30th Annual Oxnard Juneteenth Celebration

June 19 – THOUSAND OAKS – Juneteenth Block Party (12:00 pm) Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Good food, music, and family fun

June 19 – VENTURA – Diversity Collective – Pride Month Vaccine Clinic (2:00 – 4:00 pm PDT) 2471 Portola Rd., Ventura CA. More info: info@diversitycollective.org

June 19 – Online: Postcarding with Laurie – Register Democrats in Flippable Districts!

June 19 – Online: Phonebank: For the People Act – West Virginians for Democracy, VoPro Pros & Focus 2020 (other dates available)

June 20 – Online: Civic Sundays/Rapid Response Team: Sunday Phone Bank to Stop Voter Suppression!

June 20 – Online: “Adopt-a-Traitor Phone Bank – California!” Flip Mike Garcia – CA-25 

June 21 – VENTURA COUNTY: Just one drop is all it takes. Know your status. Free, anonymous test visit.

June 21 – Online: Post Cards to High Potential Native Voters (other dates available)

June 22 – Online: VC Stonewall Pride Month Celebration

June 22- Online: Fair Fight: National Voting Story Collection Phonebank

June 22- Online: Texting Tuesday for Climate Justice

June 23 – Online: Beyond Protection: The Future of Dreamers in the U.S. with Professor Armando Vasquez-Ramos

June 23 – Online: Writing a New History: Recovering Stories of Slavery and Freedom

June 23 – Online: Ventura Country Stonewall Pride Month Celebration

June 23 – Online: Register voters in Congressional District 21 (Central Valley of CA) phone bank and Oppose the Recall Text bank

June 23 – Online: Write Letters to Support Supreme Court Expansion (other dates available)

June 24, 4:30-6pm – SIMI VALLEY: Peaceful Protest at Reagan Presidential Library, prior to Mike Pence’s speech. Corner of Madera and Presidential Dr. Bring your clever signs, wear a face mask and let’s show the world we do not approve of Pence and Trump’s continued threats to our Democracy.

June 24 – Online: Phonebank: For the People Act – West Virginians for Democracy, VoPro Pros & Focus 2020 (other dates available)

June 26, 2-6pm  – OXNARD – BLM Pride March 2021 – Plaza Park, Oxnard

June 26 – SIMI VALLEY – Pride Parade and Picnic, Simi Valley

June 26 – Online: Postcarding with Laurie – Register Democrats in Flippable Districts!

June 27 (we’re back and joined by Oxnard COVID Vaccine Clinic!) – Free IMMIGRATION LEGAL AID Fair – Volunteers Needed!  Every last Sunday of the month we assist residents, alongside immigration lawyers, in filling out paperwork for citizenship, DACA, and green card renewals. Can’t make it? Help fund this event

June 27 – Online: Civic Sundays/Rapid Response Team: Sunday Phone Bank to Stop Voter Suppression

June 27 – Online: “Adopt-a-Traitor Phone Bank – California!” Flip Mike Garcia – CA-25 

June 28 – Online: Community LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Training

June 29- Online: Fair Fight: National Voting Story Collection Phonebank

June 29- Online: Fair Fight: Text Bank Training

June 29 – Online:  Join the Stop Disinformation Team, become a Social Media Monitor (other dates available)

June 30 – Online: Post Cards to High Potential Native Voters (other dates available)

June 30 – Online: Write Letters to Support Supreme Court Expansion (other dates available)

July 7 – Online: Register voters in Congressional District 21 (Central Valley of CA) phone bank and Oppose the Recall Text bank

July 8- Online: CAUSE Summer of Change Series: Investing in Youth of Color

July 8- Online: Post Cards to High Potential Native Voters (other dates available)

July 14 – Online: Register voters in Congressional District 21 (Central Valley of CA) phone bank and Oppose the Recall Text bank

July 15- Online: CAUSE Summer of Change Series: Building Resilient Communities through Environmental Justice

July 18- Online: “Adopt-a-Traitor Phone Bank – California!” Flip Mike Garcia – CA-25 

July 20- Online: Post Cards to High Potential Native Voters (other dates available)

July 20- Online: Fair Fight: Text Bank Training

July 20- Online: Texting Tuesday for Climate Justice

July 21 – Online: Register voters in Congressional District 21 (Central Valley of CA) phone bank and Oppose the Recall Text bank

July 22- Online: CAUSE Summer of Change Series: Protecting Tenants Beyond the Pandemic

July 25 – (we’re back!) – Free IMMIGRATION LEGAL AID Fair – Volunteers Needed! Every last Sunday of the month we assist residents, alongside immigration lawyers, in filling out paperwork for citizenship, DACA, and green card renewals. Can’t make it? Help fund this event

July 26 – Online: Community LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Training

July 28- Online: Post Cards to High Potential Native Voters (other dates available)

July 28- Online: Register voters in Congressional District 21 (Central Valley of CA) phone bank and Oppose the Recall Text bank

July 29- Online: CAUSE Summer of Change Series: Advancing  Immigrants Rights at the Local Level

Aug 1- Online: “Adopt-a-Traitor Phone Bank – California!” Flip Mike Garcia – CA-25 

Aug 3- Online: Fair Fight: Text Bank Training

Aug 3- Online: Texting Tuesday for Climate Justice

EVENTS ARE HAPPENING CRAZY FAST!!! – Our most up-to-date “calendar” has temporarily been moved to HERE


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