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We Are in a Dangerous Moment…

Hello Ventura Indivisians!

Here in Ventura County, the oil industry is swamping us with a $6.5 million dollar campaign –  asking us to ignore their history of surface leaks, contamination of farm land and the use of bankruptcy to avoid remediation. Instead, they want to pinky-swear that they’ll work to the most modern standards to not pollute our water, as long as we don’t MAKE them do it. An ACTUAL requirement will somehow cause unemployment and costs at the pump to rise. Seriously! That’s their argument. We need to fight back now. For the “YES” on Measure A & B campaign, –  pick  one of their many canvassing dates and a city of your choice. Show up with a friend or two, or your whole damn book club. INFO: https://vcsafe.org/canvassing

On a national scene, forced-birthers are already taking the Supreme Court’s future decision on the Roe v. Wade as paid, and are skipping ahead to planning for a nationwide 15-week ban. Or a 6-week “heartbeat” ban. Or complete ban. The world feels like their repressive chocolate box. Our side needs to show up now, more than ever. Yes, we are a huge majority, but either we are lulled by a Democratic president and legislative majority (just barely), demoralized by the Senate’s 50-vote hole our House bills keep disappearing into, traumatized by the war crimes in Ukraine or angered by the hostile takeover of another news source by another arrogant billionaire, we have been too quiet.  

Your Calls to Action:

LOCAL ACTION
Yes, it’s way past time to update our old county seal!
Take a moment to click on County of Ventura’s link to vote at
www.ventura.org/seal!
Our opinion for what it’s worth…it’s long past time to take off the Padre Serra icon, as it reminds our Native American neighbors of a truly painful history. 
Plus, on a graphic level, its ring of white-lettering-on-yellow-background is nearly unreadable.The survey will be available until May 17, 2022. The Board will review final considerations at the May 24, 2022 Board of Supervisors meeting.

STATE ACTIONS
Is CA ready to be a reproductive care sanctuary?
As options close in red states, more women will be heading to California.

  • Are we prepared to deal with criminal charges from states that have levied “fetal personhood” into homicide charges for those who abort?
  • Do we have a robust response to lawsuit-happy bounty hunters?
  • Have we cleaned our own house on laws that criminalize pregnancy losses?

Governor Newsom’s all in and 13 bills wait for passage. Are they strong enough to protect these refugees and those who help them? We’re not legal experts. Let’s ask. We have (2) sample email scripts here, one for your state legislators, and one for Gavin Newsom. Feel free to make them more personal.
POST:https://indivisibleventura.org/2022/04/29/is-ca-ready-to-be-an-reproductive-care-sanctuary/

STATE CONTACTS

  • Governor Gavin Newsom: email, (916) 445-2841 
  • State Senator Monique Limón (SD-19): email, SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940 
  • State Senator Henry Stern (SD-27): email, SAC (916) 651-2027, Calabasas (818) 876-3352
  • State Assemblymember Steve Bennett: (CA-37): email, SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700
  • State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin: (CA-44): email, SAC (916) 319-2044, CAM (805) 482-1904, OX (805) 483-4488
  • Not your people? Which assemblymember/state senator is mine?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

FEDERAL ACTIONS
Not again?!? Romney’s “TRUST Act” – the GOP’s Trojan Horse to cut seniors’ Social Security & Medicare benefits is BACK!
The GOP has been trying to kill Social Security since FDR and Medicare since Johnson signed it into law in 1965 – GOP “Family Values” do not include securing the health and welfare of elderly people. During the worst of COVID, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick even urged those over 70 to sacrifice their lives for the economy.

So basic GOP-101: when the GOP proposes a bill to “protect” the trust funds behind these important safety net programs, we know that they mean “cut.” Maybe not right away. But it will happen.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep./Sen. [___] to vote “NO” on Sen. Romney’s dangerous TRUST Act, Bill # [Rep. – H.R.2572/Sen – S.1295], which would allow slashing Social Security and Medicare benefits. Instead, I ask that [he/she/they] protect these trust funds and those who depend on them by demanding that the wealthy finally pay their fair share by voting “YES” on (Rep. – H.R.5723/Sen. –S.3071 “Social Security 2100 Act – A Sacred Trust.”

The shadow of Long COVID
(Read more about these bills here.)
Action #1: The H.R.7482/S.4015 – TREAT Long COVID Act (news release here) would expand treatment for Long COVID nationwide. 
Minimal script for both senators and representatives:  I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen. [___] to support [Rep. – H.R.7482/Sen. – S.4015] – TREAT Long COVID Act. 

  • (Reps. Brownley and Carbajal are not yet cosponsors)
  • (Sens. Feinstein and Padilla are not yet cosponsors)

Action #2: Email your senators to support S.3726- CARE for Long COVID Act.
Minimal script for senators:  I’m calling from [zip code] and I want /Sen. [___] to support S.3726 –CARE for Long COVID Act, legislation to help people living with long-term COVID-19 symptoms and post-viral illness. 
(Longer email sample in post)

Action #3: Ask your representative to pass H.R. 2754 – COVID-19 Long Haulers Act.
Minimal script for representatives:  I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to support H.R.2754 – COVID-19 Long Haulers Act.
(Reps. Brownley and Carbajal are not yet cosponsors)

It’s time for Joe to pull out his sharpie!
A note from Sen. Eliabeth Warren: “This would have been the week when tens of millions of Americans had to start making student loan payments again, for the first time since the federal pause began at the start of the pandemic.

But President Biden extended the pause another time, from May 1 through August 31. And last week, he confirmed that he’s considering an even bigger step — a step we’ve been supporting for years: canceling student debt. It’s time that everyone raise their voices to make this happen.”

Sample script (Feel free to talk about this would affect you and yours!): 
“Dear President Biden, I urge you to cancel over $50,000 of federal student loan debt for every borrower through Executive Action. As the federal student loan payment pause comes to an end on May 1, 2022, we ask that you take action by this date. To truly build back stronger from a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted women, especially women of color, we must address student loan debt. Without action, women will continue to fall behind in recovery.

Failing to take action on student loan debt cancellation would be detrimental not just to student borrowers, but to our economy as a whole. Borrowers’ debilitating student debt will make it impossible for them to own a home, start a family, save up for retirement, or start a new business, all of which are vital to our economy. As President, you have the power to prevent this by canceling student loan debt through Executive Action.

Roughly, two thirds of all student debt in the United States is carried by women. The student loan debt crisis is a gender issue and we urge you to cancel over $50,000 of federal student debt to help women and communities of color move forward.”
FEDERAL CONTACTS

  • President Biden: email, Comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard: 202-456-1414, TTY/TTD: 202-456-6213
  • 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
  • Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300,https://whoismyrepresentative.com/ 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
  • Who is my rep./ senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

ACTIONS/ACTIVITIES
Our most up-to-date “calendar” has been moved to HERE. [tinyurl.com/VC-events]. Events are added DAILY, so this is just a snapshot of what’s on our feed right now. 

Monday – 05/02/2022 – ONLINE EVENT (ZOOM) – ”Webinar: Immigration Enforcement, Police Trust, and Public Safety” (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm PT)
Immigration Enforcement, Police Trust, and Public Safety: Research Findings and Community Impacts
Join us for a webinar featuring Professor Tom Wong, Founding Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at the University of California, San Diego. Wong served as an advisor to the White House during the Obama administration, where he co-led the immigration portfolio. Professor Wong’s research focuses on the politics of immigration, citizenship, and migrant “illegality.” He has published numerous research reports, journal articles, and two books. His first book, “Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of Immigration Control,” analyzes the immigration control policies of twenty-five Western immigrant-receiving democracies. His second book, “The Politics of Immigration: Partisanship, Demographic Change, and American National Identity,” represents the most comprehensive analysis to date on the contemporary politics of immigration in the United States. His research has been used by policymakers in the U.S. and in Mexico as well as by many organizations that serve immigrant communities, and in several federal lawsuits to defend DACA, end family separation at the southern border, and prohibit indefinite child detention, among others. Wong and his work have been covered by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and major media outlets across the country in hundreds of articles.

Professor Wong will present findings from his field research, including:

• The Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy 
• How Interior Immigration Enforcement Affects Trust in Law Enforcement

The webinar will also feature a panel of Ventura County residents sharing direct impacts and experiences in our community, and implications for public safety policy. 

Wednesday – 05/04/2021 – OXNARD – ”Justice in Ventura County: A Candidate Forum – Ventura Co. Sheriff and District Attorney” (6:00pm – 8:00pm PT) Pacifica High School, Oxnard, CACandidates running for Ventura County Sheriff and District Attorney face off in a forum exploring social- and racial-justice issues.Sheriff Bill Ayub and VCSO Commander James Fryhoff will take questions during the forum’s first hour, moderated by Perry Martin, Jr., a professor of business at Moorpark College and former executive director of the Oxnard-based Community Advocacy Coalition.

District Attorney Erik Nasarenko and senior prosecutor John Barrick will take questions during the event’s second hour, moderated by Frank P. Barajas, a professor of history at California State University Channel Islands.

A coalition of community-based advocacy organizations is sponsoring the forum, including Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), Black Lawyers of Ventura County, Get Out the Vote – Ventura County, Santa Paula Latino Town Hall, Community Advocacy Coalition, Latinx Bar Association, Indivisible: Conejo, and Buen Vecino.

Register at Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/justice-in-ventura-county-a-candidate-forum-tickets-320979015877

Ongoing – Join our Postcard Brigade! Indivisible Ventura is working with Postcards to Swing States (PSS) to coordinate GOTV postcarding focused on Senate races in swing states.  PSS identifies the campaigns, writes the message, and provides the voter names and addresses. We will provide the cards and, if needed, the stamps. To participate, please send an email to ivpostcards@gmail.com.

HELP!
Please DONATE to the cause! Indivisible Ventura is completely volunteer run and your donation will support the direct costs of organizing in Ventura — things like meeting room rental, posters, art supplies, stamps, transportation, and more! Although we’ve defeated Trump and taken back the Senate, we have to act urgently to save our democracy and enact other desperately needed reforms. Getting it done depends on all of us. Let’s stand together, indivisible. Indivisible Ventura is one of 6,000 grassroots Indivisible groups across the country. Contribute today to Indivisible Ventura. Together, we will win. DONATE NOW by clicking here

VOTING INFORMATION!
California Primary Election. Primary election ballots will be mailed out to all registered voters on Monday, May 9 and must be postmarked on or before election day, June 7, 2022. If you want to check on your registration status or re-register because you have changed your address go to this site.

Your ballot will include candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative in Congress, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Senator, and State Assembly Member. For statewide offices, the top two vote getters will appear on the ballot in the General Election in November, even if they are both from the same party and even if one of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the votes.
Don’t miss the League of Women Voter’s online forums, listed in the “EVENTS/ACTIVITES” section!

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