The Ventura County Fair Board has proven it lacks the courage or foresight to end gun shows at the fairgrounds. It’s time to take this fight to the next level — to Governor Newsom, who can replace the Fair Board’s members, and to the state legislature to pass a new law banning these shows. America’s gun culture should not be promoted on public property!
As each chamber of the state legislature careens toward its end-of-May deadline for advancing bills, this week’s focus is on measures that would help — or harm — California’s efforts to combat climate change.
As the end of May approaches, hundreds of bills are moving quickly through both houses of the California state legislature. That makes this a critical time for healthcare legislation that seeks to stabilize and expand the Medi-Cal markets while ensuring affordable, more comprehensive access for all Californians. Here’s a guide to the most crucial bills!
For too many people with disabilities, employment means working in segregated settings where they are isolated from co-workers and paid pennies on the dollar compared to their peers without disabilities. The bipartisan Transformation to Competitive Employment Act, HR 873, will address these barriers and expand opportunities for integrated work environments. Let’s get our representatives on board!
House Democrats return to Washington conflicted over their next moves in the Trump-Russia investigation. But Congress must not delay in fulfilling its constitutional role by publicly investigating and, if necessary, prosecuting Trump’s crimes and misdemeanors — not only to give the American people a full accounting of his wrongdoing, but to prevent Trump and future presidents from abusing their power in the future..
The California Act to Save Lives, A.B. 392, would prohibit police from using deadly force in situations when non-lethal alternatives should be used instead. Our police must be trained to avoid lethal violence, and they should be held accountable when their actions result in an unnecessary death. Let’s use snail mail, email and calls to convince ASM Jacqui Irwin to support this important legislation!
Rising prescription costs threaten Americans’ physical and financial health, leaving millions unable to afford essential medications. Congressional Democrats once again have re-introduced a set of bills designed to meaningfully decrease prescription costs. Let’s tell our House members that, with Democrats in control, their chamber should pass these bills and bring these issues to light!
44th-district ASM Jacqui Irwin’s 2018 voting record has received an “F” from the organizations (including Indivisible’s state-advocacy arm) behind the annual “Courage Scores” for CA legislators. We’d like to see her strike a better balance between the priorities of her reliable voters and the preferences of her special-interest backers. Accountability begins with phone calls, and continues on Sunday, March 3 with an Indivisible: Conejo coffee in Westlake Village.
The FAMILY Act would create a national paid family and medical leave insurance fund that nearly every working person would be able to access. It would close the access gap for the 62 percent of Americans who are either ineligible under the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, or who can’t afford to take unpaid leave. Let’s encourage Rep. Julia Brownley to become a co-sponsor!
Congress must terminate Trump’s phony “emergency” by passing a joint resolution under the National Emergencies Act. Furthermore, Congress should file suit in federal court against Trump’s unconstitutional effort to skirt Congress’ power of the purse — AND launch hearings into Trump’s abuse of power in declaring his fake “emergency” after talking about it for months.
Mitch McConnell and Chuck Shumer have agreed to allow two votes in the Senate on Thursday — one on Trump’s “compromise” (a permanent wall in exchange for temporary protection for "Dreamers”), the other on a clean continuing resolution to reopen the government into February. Our senators will feel a lot of pressure to cave to Trump today — let’s make sure they don’t!
House Democrats unveiled legislation on Tuesday to require background checks for almost all firearm purchases, including those sold at gun shows and over the internet. Let’s support our representatives for making this bill a priority — but let’s ALSO push them to go further in promoting gun violence prevention measures during the next two years!
With Trump insisting he won’t reopen the government unless he gets his useless and immoral border wall, Mitch McConnell refuses to allow Senate votes on the bills passed by the House last week. Let’s get our senators behind Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen’s suggestion that Senate Democrats refuse to allow action on any bill unrelated to ending the shutdown, until McConnell remembers his responsibility to lead a co-equal branch of government.
On Friday afternoon, House Democrats are set to unveil HR1, the “For the People Act” — reform legislation encompassing voting rights, campaign finance limits and transparency, election integrity and security, White House and congressional ethics, and candidate tax returns. Let’s pressure our representatives to approach this bill with boldness and urgency, and pass the broadest possible reforms to clean up American elections!
House Democrats’ first order of business is to pass legislation to reopen sections of the federal government, without providing funding for a border wall. Let’s have their backs as they begin to do the hard work of governing responsibly in the face of Trump and the Republicans!
Trump, mired in his biggest temper tantrum to date, is ready to shut down much of the federal government if he doesn’t get funding for his racist border wall by midnight tonight. Democrats in the Senate must hold firm to American values and reject his xenophobia!
Democratic members of Congress must not to agree to any compromise on this month’s 2019 spending bill that provides funding for President Trump's border wall! Wasting even $5 billion on this boondoggle would do nothing to slow immigration, but would stand as a monument to xenophobia and wreak untold damage on America's standing in the world.
Lame-duck House Republicans have snuck one last attempt to repeal the Johnson Amendment into this month’s must-pass spending bill for 2019. Doing so would fulfill Trump’s goal of giving churches free rein to engage in partisan political activity, and endorse political candidates from the pulpit. Let’s make sure our MoCs uphold the founders’ vision of maintaining separation between church and state!
Sunday’s scenes of mothers and children choking on tear gas — part of a chaotic scramble as migrants approaching the border were turned back by force — have drawn global condemnation. Our elected representatives must reject Trump’s policies and pledge to force more humane treatment of refugees next month and next year, with legislation, investigations and even shutdown threats!
State and local governments should get out of the business of promoting and profiting from the proliferation of firearms and ammunition! In the wake of this month’s mass shooting at Borderline, let’s demand that the Ventura County Fair Board end its contract with Crossroads of the West Gun Shows.
Getting SB 822 across the finish line, and restoring Net Neutrality protections for California consumers, is a top priority for the California legislature as it completes its 2018 session over the next month. But telecom-industry lobbyists are planning to spend big bucks to stop it from becoming law. Let’s press our legislators to ignore the special interests and do the people’s will!
Assembly Bill 84 would create a new spigot for campaign cash, allowing the leaders of California’s assembly and state senate to raise large amounts from wealthy interests. That money most often would go to establishment candidates willing to reflect the desires of corporations and the rich, rather than the needs of their constituents. Let’s urge Sen. Henry Stern, chair of the Senate Elections Committee, to resist the pressure from his leadership to pass this bill!
Public protest is crucial to demonstrate a groundswell of opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Today at Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s L.A. office, and tomorrow at Sen. Kamala Harris’ office, we can join the nationwide movement of progressives demanding — loudly and in person — that our rights are too important to be swept away by GOP authoritarianism!
California’s senators both sit on the Judiciary Committee, and they must not only oppose — but resist — Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. Meanwhile, let’s urge our family, friends & colleagues in states with swing-vote senators to engage as we do, and help us round up 51 “No” votes!
Indivisible’s actions to stop Trump from placing a second extremist on the Supreme Court begin with phone calls to California’s senators, both of whom sit on the Judiciary Committee. They must use all means necessary to convince every one of the Democrats’ 49 senators to oppose Trump’s nominee, and find two Republicans to vote No!
Trump’s Department of Homeland Security is cruelly splitting families at the border, separating children from their parents in an attempt to deter future crossings. Congress has the power to stop this betrayal of American values and limit Trump’s options for detaining immigrants; let’s urge our MoCs to demand action now!
The ACLU has asked for our assistance convincing our state legislators to increase police transparency and accountability by passing AB 931, which would limit the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers; and SB 1421, which would make police officers' records more accessible by the public when they use force or engage in misconduct.
If Trump abandons the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran has said it will resume its progress toward a nuclear weapon -- and our allies who helped broker the agreement have made clear that they will not participate in a resumption of sanctions. If the nuclear deal is to survive, it is incumbent upon Congress to take the power to destroy it out of Trump's hands.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a longtime critic of the use of torture, but she has not ruled out voting to confirm Trump's choice of Gina Haspel as director of the CIA -- even though Haspel ran a secret “black site” CIA prison in Thailand, then tried to cover it up. "Everything I know is she has been a good deputy director," Feinstein said last week. Let's remind her that torture is un-American, and Haspel is unsuited for this promotion!
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps over 40 million low-income Americans purchase food -- most of them children, seniors, and adults with disabilities. Now Republicans want to attach work requirements and job training to SNAP eligibility, following a Wisconsin model that has left tens of thousands with no food security. Let’s tell our MoCs to reject the Farm Bill if it includes these restrictions!