For Members of Congress, A Tale Of Two Town Halls
Dozens of Indivisible: Conejo activists turned out in force this week for a pair of Town Hall events hosted by our local Members of Congress. On Tuesday, April 18, Rep. Steve Knight, the Republican who represents Simi Valley and the rest of California's 25th district, was subjected to a raucous demonstration of his constituents' discontent with his party's performance on Capitol Hill this winter. The following evening, Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26) enjoyed a considerably more supportive reception as she participated in a community forum featuring local activists on women's health, the environment, workers' rights and immigration.
The third congressperson representing Indivisible: Conejo members, Rep. Ted Lieu, was scheduled to hold Town Halls on April 20 and 24. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, after enduring pointed questions during a Town Hall earlier this week in northern California, faced voters again in Los Angeles on April 20, while Sen. Kamala Harris scheduled her own event on April 21.
News From Our Issue Action Teams
PLEASE RSVP: On Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m., the healthcare team will host an Advocacy Training session for SB 562, the "Healthy California Act," currently pending in the state legislature. Team member Deborah Madden will describe the concepts and current specifics behind the legislation's efforts to provide single-payer healthcare to all Californians, and will discuss techniques and language activists can use to promote the bill. The location of the training will be provided after you RSVP.
Additionally, team members are planning to attend a Community Forum on SB 562 on Friday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3327 Old Conejo Road in Newbury Park. The event will feature Dr. Bill Honigman, an emergency room physician in Orange County and longtime advocate for healthcare as a human right. He is the Orange County Region coordinator of Campaign for a Healthy California.
SWING DISTRICT ELECTIONS
Indivisible: Conejo hosted a pair of all-day Get Out The Vote phone banks on April 17 and 18, supporting Jon Ossoff's campaign for Georgia's 6th congressional district. In addition to more than 40 local activists who participated, our publicity for the phone banks on Facebook and elsewhere attracted remote participants from across California and as far away as Florida, New York, Connecticut and Vermont.
Ossoff finished far ahead of the pack in Tuesday's "jungle primary" election. But because he won just under 50% of the vote, he now faces a runoff election on June 20. Indivisible: Conejo will continue its efforts to flip that district throughout the spring, and also will be supporting Rob Quist's campaign in the special election for Montana's at-large district, scheduled for May 25.
PLEASE RSVP: The team invites all Indivisible: Conejo activists to participate in a voter registration canvass in Simi Valley on Sunday, April 30. The team will meet up with the team from Sea Change PAC at 9 a.m. at Pavilion A in Rancho Simi Community Park, on Erringer Street south of the 118 freeway. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
The team held its most recent meeting on April 13, discussing current legislation under consideration in Sacramento as well as local advocacy on behalf of establishing area schools as Safe Zones for immigrant students and families. The team continued its Food Bank collections for Dreamer college students; heard presentations on local advocacy groups including CAUSE and CLUE; and encouraged team members to join subcommittees looking into state legislation, local advocacy, judicial actions, future protests, training, and more. Upcoming events for team members include Detainee Witness Training on April 29 in Woodland Hills, a Know Your Rights Workshop on April 30 in Moorpark, the Day Without an Immigrant March in Oxnard on May 1 (see calendar), and a forum on immigration during the next meeting of the Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley on May 10.