Women’s Health, Build Back Better for All – Your Calls to Action

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Your Calls to Action:

Build Back Better without leaving anyone behind (more info)
Action #1: Advocate for a pathway to citizenship – Sign NAKASEC’s petition

Vice President Harris can reverse the Biden-Harris administration’s disastrous legacy on immigration by DISREGARDING the parliamentarian’s non-binding advisory opinion and provide permanent relief for millions of undocumented immigrants. 

Sign their petition herehttps://nakasec.org/c4all-action

Action #2: Advocate for a pathway to citizenship – Call your legislators and Sen. Schumer.

Minimum script to your legislators: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep./Sen. [___] to have USCIS clear the backlog of 100,000+ unprocessed DACA applications, and requests, extend the deadlines, and for Congress to pass a clear pathway to citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States today, including essential workers and their family members, with no criminal carveouts or border funding, through budget reconciliation.

Minimum script to Senator Schumer: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen.Schumer to ignore the parliamentarian’s advice and pass thru a pathway to citizenship this year through the budget reconciliation package. (Contact at (202) 224- 6542. Contact at (202) 224- 6542. 

Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): email, DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): email. 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, find their Rep: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Action #3: Write to V.P. Harris

(ADD PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT YOUR FAMILY’s IMMIGRATION JOURNEY IF YOU CAN.) 

Dear Vice President Harris,

On Oct. 5th, at least 51 people, representing 51 Senate votes needed to pass the Build Back Better plan, made a powerful personal sacrifice at the Ellipse to gain your attention to the continuing trauma of our country’s inaction on immigration.

I agree both with them and every word of the letter delivered to you by NAKASEC and 58 other organizations representing immigration, social justice and religious groups, urging you to override the Senate Parliamentarian’s ruling against including a pathway to citizenship in the reconciliation package. 

We took your campaign promises to deliver such legislation in the first 100 days seriously, and 70% of Americans recognize that there is a moral imperative to do so. This would not be the first time that the Senate Parliamentarian has been overruled, nor the first time our country has legalized the status of our undocumented immigrant communities. Under Reagan, millions were given the opportunity take their full place as citizens, which a 20-year study found to be a boon for both their families and our economy as well. If everything must ultimately be measured in money, the economic payoffs of mass legalization could be even greater today given the demographic challenges that the US is currently facing.

You have the power to overturn the parliamentarian’s advice for the sake of an immigrant community that has been so necessary to both the financial and physical wellbeing of our country, especially for the millions who have served as essential workers through this terrible pandemic. 

They have proved themselves to be courageous, we ask that you be so as well.

Contact VP Harris: whitehouse.gov/contact

Abolish the debt ceiling. No more toxic budget games with GOP legislators willing to destroy our democracy (more info)

Action #1: Call your legislators. There are already bills proposed to eliminate the debt ceiling
The debt ceiling measures “no coherent economic value” and has “no relationship to economic stressors.” and few other first-world countries have one. However, it allows the GOP to threaten us with an economic ruin worse that the 2008 Great Recession to force us to give up our most important legislative goals. When they did this in 2011, it cost us taxpayers over $1.3 billion dollars, and their 16-day shutdown in 2013 cost the US economy $24 billion, reduced projected fourth-quarter GDP growth and caused the loss of 120,000 private sector jobs.

Minimum script for representatives: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to dump the toxic debt ceiling game once and for all and pass H.R. 1041 – To repeal the debt ceiling” and H.R. 3305 – “End the Threat of Default Act.” 

Minimum script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to dump the toxic debt ceiling game once and for all and pass S.1785 – “End the Threat of Default Act.” If the nationwide suppression of voting rights isn’t enough for [him/her] to remove the filibuster, we hope the senator will consider the harm of allowing the GOP to set off a global economic crises.

Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): email, DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): email. 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, find their Rep: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Action #2: Email Biden and tell him to flex his powers.

Minimum email script for President Biden:

Dear President Biden,

The GOP is weaponizing the debt ceiling to force Democrats in Congress to give up your popular programs to keep the country from the economic hell of a government shutdown. This may be just another power game for Sen. McConnell, but for our pandemic-stricken nation, a debt limit freeze or the loss of your restorative agenda with hit average Americans hard. 

We need you to step up and stop this destructive game by using your executive powers to unilaterally abolish the debt ceiling. The U.S. needs to join the vast majority of rich countries who don’t have a one. 

Experts think you have four available options. (tinyurl.com/4-ways-to-stop-debt-ceiling)

  • Minting super-high-value coins to fund the government: The treasury secretary can mint a platinum coin in any denomination they wish. Like a trillion dollars.
  • Invoking the 14th Amendment to nullify the debt ceiling. According to Section 4 of the 14th amendment, our reputation must be protected – ” The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. 
  • Issuing more debt as the “least illegal” option available to the Treasury: By setting spending and tax policy as well as a debt limit, Congress has given you three mandates: to spend the amount they authorized; to tax the amount they authorized; and to issue as much debt as they authorized. When the debt ceiling is breached, it’s impossible for the you to obey all three of these legal requirements. The least unconstitutional option is to respect their “taxing and spending powers.”
  • Creating a new class of bond to fund the government while it cannot issue Treasury bonds

We admired your stand against a bad court decision on the eviction crises. Now we need you to fight back against the GOP’s hostage-taking of our country’s economy.

Contact Mr. Biden: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Pass the Women’s Health Protection Act and the Judiciary Act of 2021 now!  (more info)
Action #1: Tell your legislators to vote “YES” on H.R. 3755/S.1975– The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code]. I want to thank Rep./Sen. [___] for cosponsoring [Rep. = H.R. 3755/Sen. = S.1975] – the “Women’s Health Protection Act.” Reproductive freedom should be universal, and we need federal legislation to ensure that it’s not subject to a patchwork of state laws. I expect Rep./Sen. [___] to explore all options to overturning this miscarriage of settled law, including removing the filibuster to ensure the rights of women to make decisions for themselves and their families. 

Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): email, DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): email. 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, find their Rep: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Action #2: Expand and rebalance this lawless Court with H.R. 2584/S.1141 – Judiciary Act of 2021. It no longer represents the American public. 
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code]and I want Sen./Rep. [___] to know that I’m furious with the Supreme Court’s refusal to defend 50 years of precedence regarding women’s right to reproductive choice for their own health and for their families. I want [him/her] to immediate cosponsor and support H.R. 2584/S.1141 – the “Judiciary Act of 2021“. This court no longer represents the interests of the majority of Americans. This shadow docket ruling, done with no notice or accountability, by right-wing dark-money-funded justices is enraging, as were their similar decisions supporting Trump’s cruel “Remain in Mexico” policy and their overriding of the CDC’s eviction moratorium duing a pandemic. This unelected, unrepresentative Supreme Court has gone rogue, and overthrowing Roe v. Wade is the last straw. We need to expand the court NOW to represent all 13 circuits and the needs of the American people.

Action #3: Help fund non-profit organizations that help women access healthcare.
Women with means have always had safe reproductive options. SB8 will hurt the most vulnerable women in Texas. We can help.

See list of places to donate here (scroll down to “Action 4”)
 

Action #4: Chat with Joe. 

Sample script: Dear President Biden,

The right-wing, dark-money donors have finally gotten what they’ve spent millions on – a Supreme Court confident enough in their power to use their shadow docket to overrule by inaction almost 50 years of constitutional precedence, silently removing the rights of women that were embodied in Roe v. Wade. The 7 million women affected by this in Texas are just the beginning. Only 13 states and Washington DC have laws that explicitly protect abortion rights.

It’s time for legal minds to get creative. Since the Court hasn’t officially dumped Roe v. Wade, please consider using the sovereign immunity of federal property as safe havens for women seeking reproductive care. Qualified immunity, the same shield that protects violent cops, could be extended to protect healthcare providers from private lawsuits arising out of the performance of their jobs – counseling women on their constitutional rights and providing other services attendant to those rights. All actual abortion services would either be free of charge or supported by donations to fit within the Hyde Amendment rules.

Tribal lands and land belonging to foreign nations are also locations with immunity from the state government of Texas.

In the meantime, please continue to emphasis the need to remove the filibuster, both for voting rights and the bodily sovereignty of women to our senators. We are calling them to push through both the Women’s Health Protection Act” and Sen. Markey’s “Judiciary Act” but nothing will pass with the filibuster in place.

It’s time to stop studying the expansion of the Court and start doing something about it before it deliberatly hobbles our Democratic legislature and executive branch. Expand it to cover all 13 circuit courts to rebalance it and start nominating candidates.

Contact Mr. Biden: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/More Calls to Action:

  • Tell Newsom to sign SB-660 and stop the scourge of pay-per-signature gatherers in CA! Here.
  • Tell your senators to vote “YES” on the Freedom to Vote Act. Here.
  • INVEST IN THE REST OF US! It’s time to pass our budget reconciliation priorities! Here.
  • Shut down the billionaire estate tax boondoggle hiding behind a flimflam farmer fable! Here.
  • The California Recall is broken Here.
  • The IPCC report is out. Time to make changes. (3) easy actions. Here.
  • We are on fire…Tell your representative to push for these 3 climate priorities in the recovery package. Here.
  • We wrote a letter to Biden about S.1. We need you to write one too. Here.
  • Time for some Fox-sequences. Report their COVID lies to the FTC. Here.
  • Clearcut some outdated logging solutions out of the Conservation Corps Act (HR 1162/S487) Here
  • “Lost Cause” to the “Big Lie” – we’re stuck in a malevolent version of “Groundhog Day.” Here.
  • Who owns American history? The GOP’s battle against Critical Race Theory and what we can do about it. Here.

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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 – Sign this Community Letter to the VC Board of Supervisors to end Sheriff’s practice of collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Oct 6 – Online: Health Reform & Social Justice: Opportunities for Reducing Inequity and Addressing Health Disparities

Oct 7 – Online: Join the Stop Disinformation Team for Social Media Monitoring (more dates available)

Oct 8 – Online: Post Cards to High Potential Native Voters

Oct 12 – VENTURA and online: TRUTH ACT FORUM – Ventura County Board of Supervisor – End collaboration with ICE (sign letter here)

Oct 12 – Online: Ventura Community Town Halls – Learn About The Compressor Facility And Ask Questions About The Planned Project

Oct 13 – Online: Indivisible meeting with special presentation by Defenders of Democracy Against Disinformation

Oct 13 – Online: The Color Of Law – A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Oct 14 – VENTURA: Ventura Community Town Halls – Learn About The Compressor Facility And Ask Questions About The Planned Project

Oct 16 – Instacart Boycott and Worker-led Strike for fairer wages

Oct 16 – VENTURA: Ventura Community Town Halls – Learn About The Compressor Facility And Ask Questions About The Planned Project

Oct 16 – Online: Ventura Community Town Halls – Learn About The Compressor Facility And Ask Questions About The Planned Project

Oct 17 – Online: Adopt-a-Traitor Phone Bank – CA-25. Flip Mike Garcia (more dates available)

Oct 19 – Online: Public Hearing Post Draft Maps: Presentation to the Board of Supervisors. Review draft map alternatives.

Oct 19 – Online: Join the Stop Disinformation Team for Social Media Monitoring (more dates available)

Oct 20 – Online: Fireside Chat with Senator Alex Padilla and Congressman Tony Cárdenas

Oct 20 – Online: Angela Davis at CalEndow Live

Oct 21 – Third Thursday Postcard and Pizza Party (you can stay and write if you are vaxxed, masked, and comfortable – or you may pick up a packet, stamps, and a slice or two to write from home) Can’t make it? Help fund this event

Oct 23 – OXNARD – The Blessing Bag Community Give Out (12:00 pm – 4:00pm PDT) Corner of 6th & C St. There will also be music, raffles and prizes. For more information, contact Lucycartagena435@gmail.com.

Oct 23 – Online: Freedom to Vote Act Phonebank with Common Cause (more dates available)

Oct 24 – Online: Adopt-a-Traitor Phone Bank – CA-25. Flip Mike Garcia (more dates available

Oct 26 – Online: Join the Stop Disinformation Team for Social Media Monitoring (more dates available)

Oct 27 – Online: Indivisible – Truth Brigade Campaign Launch: Vaccine Mandates

Oct 30 – Online: Freedom to Vote Act  Phonebank with Common Cause (more dates available

Oct 31 – 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

Nov 2 – Online: CHANNEL ISLANDS UNIVERSITY /Zoom – Single Payer Healthcare Forum

Nov 6 – Online: OXNARD: Nature Clean Up Day

Nov 9 – Online: Fall in Love, Have Children, Stay Put, Save the Planet, Be Happy – With Frank Schaeffer

Nov 12 – Online: Join the Stop Disinformation Team for Social Media Monitoring (more dates available)

Nov 16 – Online: Join the Stop Disinformation Team for Social Media Monitoring (more dates available)

Nov 18 – Third Thursday Postcard and Pizza Party (you can stay and write if you are vaxxed, masked, and comfortable – or you may pick up a packet, stamps, and a slice or two to write from home) Can’t make it? Help fund this event

Nov 20 – SIMI VALLEY: Transgender Day of Remembrance

Nov 24 – Online: Indivisible – Truth Brigade Campaign Launch: Vaccine Mandates

Nov 28 – 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

Nov 30 – Online: Join the Stop Disinformation Team for Social Media Monitoring (more dates available)


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 Resources:

Indivisible Ventura: Tips for Calling Congress For People who hate to Call Anybody, Let Alone Congress, or If You’re New to This Calling Thing…

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Indivisible Ventura: How to make your calls faster

Indivisible Ventura: Why do I need to call? My representatives are all Democrats


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