INDIVISIBLE VENTURA

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Hello Ventura Indivisians and fans of pro-reproductice justice!

This Saturday, May 14th, is the big day! Break in your walking shoes and get your pro-Roe signs ready! There are actually two events happening back to back – Diversity Collective’s AIDS Walk fundraiser, at 9:00 am and Planned Parenthood’s “Bans Off Our Bodies” at 12:00 pm. Both are happening in downtown Ventura’s beautiful Plaza Park, across from the main post office. (Do NOT confuse this with Oxnard’s Plaza Park. Our county apparently favors consistency over creativity in the naming of parks.)

Short break for terminology update. Framing is a constantly evolving field and we learn something new every day.

– Words and images Planned Parenthood wants to raise awareness on: 

  • Hanger imagery or language. “This imagery perpetuates the idea that abortion in a post-Roe world will be dangerous, and it may deter people from seeking care. Today, we have medication abortion, which is extremely common, safe, and effective. We want everyone to know that medication abortion exists, is an option, and that we are going to fight to ensure there is access.”
  • Handmaid’s Tale imagery or language. “Abortion restrictions and bans are not new. Many women and trans people have faced barriers to care due to racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and other systems of oppression. This is not some dystopian future but a current reality for many people who can become pregnant.”

– Take away the opposition’s term: Instead of their “Pro-Life”, we always use the more accurate “forced-birth/forced-birther” terminology when discussing what is essentially a war crime.
– But can we do better than “pro-choice?” We just read this article (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/05/13/adoption-abortion-rights-debate/9658637002/). Adoptees are pretty unhappy at being commodified by the GOP, who want us to believe that adoption is a harmless activity for both babies and birth mothers (Actually, we don’t think they give a fig about the birth mothers) This quote struck us: 
“Several adoptees said they view themselves not as “pro-choice” but as “pro-reproductive justice.” Aguila described reproductive justice as “the right to parent or not parent” and to have resources and community and government support should someone choose to be a parent. So…“Pro-Repro-Justice” for us!

EVENT: Saturday – 05/14/2022 – VENTURA – ”AIDS Walk Ventura County” (9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT)
– Our 8th Annual AIDS Walk Ventura County and Health Fair is returning to Plaza Park in Downtown Ventura! On Saturday, May 14th, come participate safely on our new route. All proceeds go to support the DCVC HIV/AIDS Education & Prevention Program.
– We are also bringing back our #5bi5challenge. Walk, run, hike, or skate 5k per week for 5 consecutive weeks. Start now or start the week of April 10th to finish by Saturday, May 14th. This is a way to participate virtually and share your commitment to end HIV & AIDS by posting on social media. Do the #5bi5challenge solo or connect with friends. Just use hashtags #AIDSWalkVC #GettingToZero#KnowYourStatus #5bi5challenge.
– Register online to walk individually or with a teamhttps://aidswalkventuracounty2022.funraise.org/
– Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/372138017811497

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH BREAK!: Go support Ventura’s amazing downtown, just a block from the event site! Main Street has blocked off vehicular traffic, so ramble, check out our numerous restaurants with outdoor patios, and their diverse menu offerings.

EVENT: Saturday – 05/14/2022 – VENTURA – “BANS OFF OUR BODIES (1:00 pm PT) Plaza Park, downtown Ventura
No abortion bans, PERIOD.
– Our bodies are our own — if they are not, we cannot be truly free or equal. Across the country, some politicians are trying to make decisions about our bodies for us. We won’t let the abortion bans sweeping the country put our lives and futures at risk, and we won’t be silenced while our fundamental right to control our bodies is taken away.
– Everyone deserves health care that’s free of shame, stigma, or judgment. Together, we say: Get your bans off our bodies!
– Join us on May 14 at Plaza Park in downtown Ventura (across from the main post office) for a demonstration of our collective outrage on the attacks on abortion nationwide and call for an end to abortion bans.
– Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/319598993655759

More events and resources after your Calls to Action

Your Calls to Action (Federal):

Tell your senators to vote “YES” on H.R. S.1975 – The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021, over and over again!  (more info)

Minimal script for cosponsor: I’m calling from [zip code]. I want to thank Sen. [___] for cosponsoring S.1975] – the “Women’s Health Protection Act” I agree with Sen. Tammy Duckworth that Senate Democrats should keep the focus on this issue by bringing this bill to the floor every single week. I also expect Sen. [___] to explore all options to overturning this miscarriage of settled law, including removing the filibuster. Not only would that protect the rights of all those affected by the reversal of Roe v. Wade, it would quickly fix other injustices, such as statehood for DC, voting rights, the Equality Act, Medicare-for-All, climate change protection bills and rescinding the Hyde Amendment.
(Watch this video with Sen. Duckworth – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOI0esLpmMM&t=4s)

  • Senator-check here: Sens. Feinstein and Padilla are cosponsors.
  • 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
  • Who is my representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Expand and rebalance this lawless Court with H.R. 2584/S.1141 – Judiciary Act of 2021. It no longer represents the American public.(more info)

An unelected conservative majority on the Supreme Court, appointed by two presidents who both lost the popular vote, is going to overturn 50 years of precedent and end our constitutional right to an abortion, according to a leaked draft. (https://www.politico.com/…/supreme-court-abortion-draft…)

They have also signaled their intention to overturn marriage equality, end access to contraception, gut protections for women of color and more. 

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen./Rep. [___] to immediately 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 unelected, unrepresentative Dark money 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.

  • Rep-check here: Neither are cosponsors yet.
  • Senator-check here: Neither are cosponsors yet.

Don’t hand your reproductive privacy to authoritarians without a fight. Stop law enforcement and extremist access to our data. (more info)

Sample email script to your representative: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to cosponsor and pass H.R.6416 – Banning Surveillance Advertising Act of 2022, and H.R.2738 – The Fourth Amendment Is Not for Sale Act to protect both our privacy and the integrity of our constitutional rights. Any bill passed should include restrictions on precision geo-fencing, not allowing companies to track people within a radius of 1850 feet, as in effect with the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”).

Sample email script to both senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to pass S. 1975, the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would protect abortion access for all Americans. In addition, I want the Senator to cosponsor and pass S.3520 – Banning Surveillance Advertising Act of 2022, and S.1265 – The Fourth Amendment Is Not for Sale Act to protect both our privacy and the integrity of our constitutional rights. Any bill passed should include restrictions on precision demo-fencing, not allowing companies to track people within a radius of 1850 feet, as in effect with the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”).

Contact:

  • 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, 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 representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Your Calls to Action (State):

Is CA ready to be a reproductive care sanctuary?(more info)

Contact:

  • 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.

How to help Planned Parenthood and other groups!

Click for donations and actions: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-california-central-coast/bans-off-our-bodies

There are many groups sharing where people can donate to help people obtain abortions. This is a great document that shares funds for all 50 states: tinyurl.com/donate-for-abortions

Read Up On Other Liberties At Risk

There are a lot of “unenumerated” constitutional liberties that are put at risk with this opinion. Regardless of whether you hold a legal degree, you can read up on what those liberties are and how they might be impacted in this very helpful paper from the Center for Reproductive Rights. tinyurl.com/Roe-timeline

Another pretty essential resource on reproductive rights is the Guttmacher Institute, which has a wealth of policy analysis. In particular, see https://www.guttmacher.org/abortion-rights-supreme-court

EVENTS
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.

May 13 – OJAI – “Fridays For Future Ojai” (12:00 pm) Libbey Park 
May 13 – ONLINE PHONEBANK – Voter protection phonebanks with Common Cause (1-3, 3-5pm PT) 
May 13 – OXNARD  – OPAC Presents Asian Amrican Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration with Kenny Endo and his ensemble (5:00 pm PT) 
May 14 – VENTURA/SANTA PAULA/FILLMORE – Canvassing to protect our Drinking Water in Ventura County (9-12:00 pm)
May 14 -VENTURA –  Diversity Collective AIDS Walk (9-12) Plaza Park, downtown Ventura
May 14 -VENTURA – Bans off our bodies – March and more (1:00 pm PT) Plaza Park, downtown Ventura
May 14 -OXNARD – Mexican Americans with Moxie with Prof. Frank Barajas (3:00 pm PT) Main Branch Oxnard Public Library, Meeting Room B (oxnard.org/library)
May 14 – ONLINE PHONEBANK – Voter protection phonebanks with Common Cause (9-11am, 3-5pm PT) 
May 14 – VENTURA – Ventura College Dept. of Performing Arts – Monk, Mingus, Miles and More  (5 pm PT) 
May 15 – VENTURA – Canvassing to protect our Drinking Water in Ventura County (9-12:00 pm) 
May 15 – ONLINE PHONEBANK – Voter protection phonebanks with Common Cause (3-5pm PT)

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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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