In recent weeks Trump supporters and immigration opponents have made the rounds at local-government meetings, seeking (and obtaining, more than a dozen times so far) resolutions to undermine the California Values Act (SB 54). Now they're targeting the Thousand Oaks City Council, and we must fight back. Send a letter to the editor of the Acorn or Star; participate in public comments during the April 24 city council meeting, and stand up for our immigrant neighbors!
Today's National School Walkout provides yet another opportunity to press our MoCs to enact responsible gun legislation. Let's support our students -- today, at the March for Our Lives on 3/24, and during the next school walkout on April 20 -- and keep pushing for the solutions that will make them (and all of us) safe in our schools, churches, theaters, stores, and homes!
The tide seems to be turning on Americans' willingness to put up with Congressional inaction on gun violence. The leadership and inspiration provided by the students who survived last week's school shooting in Parkland, FL, has added urgency to the conversation -- so let's raise the temperature on our legislators, focusing their attention on these issues and building upon the momentum the students have created!
Trump's infrastructure package, like his budget discussed yesterday, hits on disheartening and even dangerous themes that mark his presidency: a disdain for the government's ability to solve problems; a tendency to preference areas that voted for him over ones that didn't; a proclivity for corruption; and an attitude toward "deal-making" that leaves someone other than himself responsible for his short-sightedness.
Trump's 2019 budget, released this morning, is an important statement of the Republican Party's values -- and they include drastic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and other social programs, as well as a gutting of the EPA. We'll be holding Republicans accountable for these terrible priorities straight through 2018. Here's a summary of Trump's ideas.
While Congress moves slowly (or not at all) on firearms legislation, more than 30,000 Americans each year die as a result of gun violence. As we prepare for this evening's candlelight vigil in Westlake Village, on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims and Survivors of Gun Violence, today is a good day to call our MoCs, urging them to take stronger action on legislation related to gun violence prevention.
The annual Open Enrollment period for the ACA and Covered California begins today! Trump has sabotaged enrollment opportunities by shrinking the timeframe (though California's remains intact), and by slashing outreach funding. That's why it's crucial that those of us who support the universal right to affordable healthcare pick up the slack, and help spread the word!
If you haven't yet participated in one of our Issue Action Teams ... or two, or five ... you're missing out on the chance to work with smaller, committed groups of activists who care about the same issues that resonate with you. You're our most precious resource, and we need your involvement and activism if we're to succeed in 2018!
California's Board of Education is planning a bare-bones implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, with low accountability standards that might leave behind millions of children with disabilities, ESL students, and others who have difficulty learning. Leave a public comment with the board, and encourage them to hold our schools to a higher standard!
Conservatives on the CVUSD school board are considering banning an award-winning novel from the high school curriculum on "moral" grounds. Let's urge the board members to reject censorship and allow curriculum experts to do their jobs, choosing materials for their merits rather than some community members' backward values.
We're already taking back the House, registering voters here in the CA25 this weekend, and calling into contested district Special Elections in Georgia and South Carolina. There's a chance for everyone to contribute, by calling, hosting, feeding or registering.
Immigration policy continues to dominate our national debate. This week we heard of one of the first "dreamers" deported by the Trump administration. Meanwhile, in our state, the fate of the California Values Act resisting the Trump deportation regime may rest with swing votes like that of our own Assemblywoman, Jacqui Irwin. Our activism is necessary, today and every day, to uphold our values!
President Trump and Republicans plan a major push at tax reform this spring and summer, hoping to resolve an issue that has long perplexed both parties -- and to achieve some long-cherished conservative goals. Today we offer a timely installment in our Congressional-recess look at the issues facing the nation.
New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to undo Net Neutrality rules that forbid Internet Service Providers from favoring some content firms over others. Instead, Pai wants ISPs to "voluntarily" regulate themselves. How will this change our internet use? Here's the first in our "Congressional-Recess Primers" on important issues facing the nation.