Activists Protest Knight's Healthcare Vote with "Drama & Die-In"
On Tuesday, May 9, Indivisible: Conejo's sister group in Simi Valley organized a "Great Knight Drama & Die-In" to protest Rep. Steve Knight's "yes" vote on the House Republicans' Trumpcare bill. About 20 Conejo Valley activists participated in the event, which was preceded by an afternoon of visits to Rep. Knight's office to discuss the dangers the GOP bill poses to Americans with pre-existing conditions, or who won't be able to afford coverage without the subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act.
Immigration is Focus of General Meeting
May 21, 2-4 p.m.
With Ventura County's immigrant population under severe strain from President Trump's hateful rhetoric and the escalating threat of ICE deportation raids on homes and public places, legislators in California have responded by advancing several important immigration-related measures. Indivisible: Conejo has encouraged advocacy on these bills over the last two months; now we're making immigration the centerpiece issue for our Fourth General Meeting, scheduled for Sunday, May 21, from 2-4 p.m. at the Lundring Center on the campus of California Lutheran University. Please RSVP!
Whether or not you're well-versed in the issues surrounding Trump's border wall, ICE detentions and deportations, "sanctuary cities" and more, you won't want to miss this meeting.
- We'll celebrate the culmination of our "Migrants in the Pulpit" initiative, a collaboration with the United Farm Workers in Oxnard and the Conejo Valley Interfaith Council, by hosting a what should be a moving presentation about the threats immigrants currently face and their essential contributions to our community and our nation.
- We'll present the local premieres of two new short films about immigrants' experiences, The Call to Sanctuary and Pursuing the Dream: DACA, Immigration, and Beyond.
- We'll host a panel discussion on the challenges immigrants face during the Trump era, and the legislation California is considering to combat Trump's policies. Panelists are scheduled to include local UFW leader Roman Pinal and representatives from the regional advocacy groups CAUSE and CLUE. (The complete list of panelists is still being finalized.)
A key goal of these activities, both during the general meeting and before it, is to obtain signatures on a petition encouraging our local members of the State Assembly -- particularly Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, who is considered a swing vote -- to support SB 54, the California Values Act. The measure would limit the use of state and local resources, including law enforcement and personal-information records, to assist federal agents in implementing Trump's immigration agenda.
Beyond that, we hope these activities will bring this issue home to our activists, and make them personal. Ventura County immigrants are our neighbors and a vital part of our communities, and Trump's policies have upended their lives. It's up to us, as their fellow Californians, to ease these burdens as much as we can. Please join us for this important meeting, and let's make our voices heard loud and clear!
UPCOMING ACTION TEAM MEETINGS
Last Week's Indivisible: Conejo
Daily Actions: May 5-11
5/5 -- Tell Trump's EPA -- Don't Muddy the Clean Water Act!
5/8 -- Tell Toxic Trump We Need EPA Protections on Chemicals
5/9 -- End the Trumpcare Nightmare in the Senate
5/10 -- Keep Up the Pressure on Trump-Russia Ties
5/11 -- No Special Prosecutor? Then No New FBI Director!
Healthcare Team Readies June 20 Panel
Discussing Prospects for CA Single-Payer Bill
Indivisible: Conejo activists are encouraged to mark your calendars now for Tuesday, June 20, when our action team on Healthcare will present a panel discussion on SB 562, the Healthy California Act. This measure, which would create a single-payer healthcare system statewide, will be nearing a vote in the State Senate -- so now's the time to find out what it will mean for you, for California, and for the nation.
The event will be held in the Lundring Events Center on the CLU campus from 7-9 p.m. We encourage you to RSVP soon and reserve your spot.
Panelists will include Gerald F. Kominski, Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and one of the nation's leading experts in the field, as well as one of the authors of SB 562. Other panelists will be announced during the coming weeks.
In addition to the bill, the panel will discuss the current status of Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act at the federal level.