Indivisible: Conejo Weekly Newsletter

Indivisible: Conejo Activists Turn Out in Force at Assemblymember Irwin's Office to Support SB54

More than 100 Ventura County residents, including more than 30 Indivisible: Conejo activists as well as representatives of CAUSE, SWAN and other groups, demonstrated outside Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin's Camarillo office on Wednesday, May 31, on behalf of the California Values Act. They shared the sidewalk with a smaller contingent of anti-SB54 protesters, but the pro-immigrant ralliers quickly proved more numerous and vocal.

Irwin remains uncommitted on the bill, which would ban state and local agencies from cooperating with federal authorities in enforcing Trump's immigration policies -- with exceptions for the sharing of information about violent and serious felons. Irwin says she is waiting to see whether amendments are added to the bill before it reaches a vote in the Assembly later this summer.

On a related issue, the "Farmworker Bill of Rights" will come up for a vote among the Ventura County Board of Supervisors next Tuesday, June 6. The measure would amend the county's budget to create a Farmworker Resource Program with local staff, who can help farmworkers learn about their labor rights, directly resolve issues with their employers, or report violations to public agencies. The farmworker/migrant advocacy groups CAUSE and MICOP ask supporters to attend the meeting, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Hall of Administration in Ventura, 800 S. Victoria Avenue. Particularly because a Tuesday morning is a difficult time for farmworkers themselves to attend, community allies are urged to show local policymakers that our community is committed to meeting the needs of farmworkers. 

Host a Phone Bank for Ossoff & Parnell

Angry about Trump's inexplicable decision on climate change? Here’s an easy way to punch back: host (or participate in) a phone bank for congressional candidates Jon Ossoff (GA) and Archie Parnell, and help flip two red districts right now! Both candidates are gaining momentum as they head toward special elections on June 20.

Hosting a phone bank is easy: if you have space and wifi, you're all set! Volunteers will bring snacks, and an experienced phone bank captain will run the event. If you're interested in signing up for a hosting date, please click this link and let us know.

On another note: The Ossoff campaign is looking specifically for phone bankers who can speak with voters who are Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI), in their respective languages. You can dial in to make phone calls from your home, based on your availability and convenience. After signing up, you will receive a daily email asking you to call voters based on the language(s) you speak. 



News from the Issue Action Teams

Attacks on healthcare and education threaten funding and programs for the disabled, including special education and Medicare' provision of health services that enable people with disabilities to work and live independent lives. The IDR Action Team is currently responding to the draft California action plan for ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), the legislation that ensures all children have equal access to education. The current draft widens the education gap among marginalized groups, by literally failing to count some kids.

Repeal of the federal regulations for ESSA was among the first acts of Congress' Congressional Review Act efforts spree. As a result, states now have more power and authority, but no accountability. California's State Board of Education has publicly stated that it only plans to meet the minimum federal standards on ESSA.

The period for Public Comment on the state draft closes June 30. The IDR and Education Action Teams are developing an Action Plan for influencing the state's ESSA plan, and will be holding a planning meeting in mid to late June. Please help us choose a meeting date!

On April 26, President Trump signed an executive order to the Department of the Interior to review the status of National Monuments.  Many monuments are now at risk, including several in California. The department's review period on many of these monuments continues through July 10, and the department is accepting comments here.

California monuments under review include Berryessa Snow Mountain, Carrizo Plain, Giant Sequoia, Mohave Trails, Sand to Snow, and San Gabriel Mountains. A list of all monuments whose status is being challenged can be found here