A Big Week of Indivisible Action
On Gun Violence Prevention,
Immigration, Workers' Rights
Indivisible: Conejo activists rallied, lobbied and speechified on a variety of issues in early June. The photos above are scenes from the National Gun Violence Awareness Day rally held in Westlake Village on Friday, June 2, co-sponsored by the Ventura County Brady Campaign and our Gun Violence Prevention action team. Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Pena provided an official proclamation, and the rally attracted about two dozen protesters (of all ages!).
The next morning, Indivisible: Conejo representatives and other local activists met with Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to discuss SB54, the California Values Act. Irwin remained steadfastly ambivalent toward the measure that would make ours a "sanctuary state," and limit state and local agencies' assistance in federal immigration enforcement efforts. Though she insisted she "wants" to support the Act, she said she continues to be troubled by the restrictions placed on law enforcement, and repeatedly deflected questions about what it would take to gain her support.
On Tuesday, June 6, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution creating a Farmworker Resource Program. The program will fund up to $200,000 for two staff members who will help farmworkers learn about their labor rights, help resolve issues between workers and their employers, and help workers report workplace violations to public agencies. The board meeting attracted a large number of speakers; supporters included numerous farmworkers, growers, and representatives of CAUSE, MICOP and other advocacy groups, as well as several activists affiliated with Indivisible: Conejo.
Plan to Attend Indivisible: Conejo's
Healthcare Panel on June 20!
On Thursday, June 1, the California State Senate approved SB562, the "Healthy California Act," a sweeping measure that would create a single-payer healthcare system for state residents. Healthcare once again is dominating headlines and partisan debates this summer -- and Indivisible: Conejo is convening a panel of public-health experts to explore the prospects for reform at the state and federal levels on Tuesday, June 20, at the Lundring Event Center on the CLU campus. Please see the calendar for details, and RSVP today!
Headlining the discussion will be Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Health Policy Institute and one of the nation’s leading experts on public insurance; and Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, who is one of the authors of the Healthy California Act. The panelists will address the progress made in covering more Americans since the Affordable Care Act's passage in 2010, as well as the problems that remain with the current federal system and those that might be created with the Republicans’ replacement. They also will discuss the substance and politics of S.B. 562 as it heads toward debate in the state assembly.
Last Chances to Phone Bank
For Jon Ossoff and Archie Parnell
The special congressional elections in Georgia and South Carolina are coming down to the wire, with Democrats Jon Ossoff (GA) and Archie Parnell (SC) holding real shots at turning red districts blue on Tuesday, June 20. Indivisible: Conejo and Indivisible Ventura are hosting four more phone banks before Election Day, including daylong Get Out The Vote call centers on June 19 and 20. Please RSVP to participate in phone banks in Camarillo (Sun., June 11, 3-5 p.m.), Ventura (Sat., June 17, 10 a.m.-noon), and/or the GOTV phone banks in the Conejo Valley (Mon. & Tues., June 19-20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Please bring your laptop/iPad/tablet AND your fully charged cellphone and phone charger. We're happy to train you. We'll send the address shortly after you RSVP.
Join a Voter-Registration Trip to
Devin Nunes' District July 22-23
Next month, Indivisible: Conejo launches a series of overnight voter-registration drives in California's 22nd Congressional District -- the district of recused House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes. CA22 has the lowest voter registration in California -- and therefore has the most potential to recruit new progressive voters. Our colleagues with Fresno Indivisible, the San Joaquin Valley Democrats and the Tulare County Democrats have invited us to help do just that. Please RSVP!
Our teams will be guided by local progressives as we register new voters door-to-door. This sort of ground game is essential to flipping this district. For the first trip, our carpools will leave Saturday, July 22, at 5 a.m. from the Oaks Mall (in front of JC Penney). After we arrive we'll train for an hour, then canvass in pairs for two three-hour shifts. We'll have a locally hosted pizza party, then knock off for the night. You'll have the option of camping out at the Congregational Church for free, or splitting a hotel room with another canvasser at a reduced fee. In the morning, we'll have a pancake breakfast, canvass from noon to 3, then head home.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
UPCOMING ACTION TEAM MEETINGS
Last Week's Indivisible: Conejo Daily Actions: June 9-14
News from the Issue Action Teams
Members of the healthcare team have recently made visits to the offices of Henry Stern and Kamala Harris to discuss healthcare issues on the state and federal level, respectively. The team also has established regular get-togethers for writing letters to the editors of our local papers on healthcare issues. The next of these will occur Saturday, June 17 (RSVP here). The team is preparing for its forum on Tuesday, June 20. RSVP on the Indivisible: Conejo website or Facebook.
The team has continued its activism on behalf of SB 54, the California Values Act, by participating in phone banks at the CAUSE offices in Oxnard and Santa Paula June 14 and 15. Activists also participated in a rally outside an ICE facility in Los Angeles the morning of June 15, and attended a meeting of the Community Relations Task Force in Oxnard, where the city council has considered declaring Safe City status for immigrants and their families.
Gun Violence Prevention
The team will be represented at the Safety Fair, sponsored by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on June 24 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The fair springs from a simple idea: to keep children safe. The team urges parents to ask other parents one question before sending their children over to play: “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?” Over 1.7 million American children and teens are living in homes with loaded, unlocked guns, so it's no surprise that firearms are the second-leading cause of death among young people. In fact, nearly 60 percent of all child and teen gun deaths happen inside a home.
On Wed, 6/7 team members had the honor to spend time with three survivors of last year's tragedy at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Angel Santiago, Jr., Angel Colon and Luis Roldan.
Melissa Cober has agreed to serve as leader of Indivisible: Conejo's LGBTQ+ Rights action team. The team is eager to take action and fight back against the Trump administration's attacks on LGBTQ+ rights, and Melissa looks forward to working with concerned activists as we promote equality and acceptance in our society.
Science & Technology
The team is working on contacting Congressman Ted Lieu for a briefing on the cyber attacks against state voter registration databases, and will be writing letters to editor calling for a full investigation and effective counter-measures to secure future elections. The team is also in the early stages of planning a clean energy forum involving scientists in our area.
Swing Districts/2018 Election
The Swing Districts team recently held a successful third meeting, discussing the need to defend Rep. Julia Brownley's district (CA-26); the possibility of hosting a candidates' forum for challengers to Rep. Steve Knight in CA-25; the idea of developing a matrix to help voters evaluate local candidates; and plans to participate in out-of-district canvassing events. The Swing District group decided to host a canvassing event in Oxnard that activists from all the region's Indivisible groups and other activists may join. The team asks Indivisible activists to follow the Swing Left calendar for CA-25:https://swingleft.org/district/CA-25/calendar.