VA Phone Banks Have Activists Thinking Ahead to 2018
Autumn is in the air -- in Virginia, at least -- and voters' minds are turning to the gubernatorial and legislative elections scheduled for Nov. 7. Indivisible: Conejo activists such as Iris England and Cameron Egan, above, have been helping those voters focus with friendly phone calls the last few weeks -- calls that help us prep for the phone banks we'll be hosting next year as part of our "365 Days to Victory!" campaign. Our phone banks to Virginia continue through the next three weeks (and culminate with Get-Out-The-Vote marathons Nov. 5-7); see the calendar for details and please RSVP!
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Join an Indivisible: Conejo
Issue Action Team!
Our Issue Action Teams are leading preparations for our "365 Days To Victory!" campaign, which launches at our November 4 general meeting (see the calendar listing in this newsletter, and RSVP!). They'll be doing much of the work to set our agenda for 2018: which candidates we'll support (or oppose), which issues will draw our focus, where and when we'll mobilize our resources to register voters, phone bank and canvass neighborhoods.
But the teams can't succeed without Indivisible: Conejo's most precious resource: your involvement and activism. If you haven't yet signed up for one (or more) teams that work on issues that resonate with you, please do so today by visiting (or revisiting) the Join Us page on our website. And please participate in the action team meetings scheduled between now and the Nov. 4 meeting, so your voice -- and your choices -- will help guide our plans for progressive victory next year! Choose from the meetings below:
- SWING DISTRICT ELECTIONS: (NOTE NEW DATE AND TIME) Sat., Oct. 21, 11 a.m. (RSVP)
- DISABILITY RIGHTS: Sat., Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m. (RSVP)
- WOMEN'S & REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: Sun., Oct. 29, 11 a.m. (RSVP)
- ENVIRONMENT: Sun., Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. (RSVP)
- EDUCATION: Mon., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. (RSVP)
- LGBTQIA+: Wed., Nov. 1, 7 p.m. (RSVP)
Part-Time Indian On Way To CVUSD
Classrooms As Indivisible: Conejo's
Pressure Pays Off
It took two months, but the struggle to help local teachers obtain copies of Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for their classrooms finally ended in success this week. Jolted into action in part by the quick success of a fundraising effort launched by the newly formed group Parents for a Diverse Curriculum, Conejo Valley Unified School District administrators finally agreed on Thursday to fund purchases of the novel in time for teachers to use it next semester.
Even though the district's board of trustees approved Part-Time Indian for the high school curriculum back in August--coaxed along by Indivisible: Conejo activists who helped thwart a censorship attempt by board president Mike Dunn-- getting the book to teachers hasn't been easy. Administrators and the high schools' PTSA groups had shied away from their traditional roles in obtaining literary materials, intimidated by the controversy that continues to swirl around the Core Lit curriculum thanks to Dunn, his fellow board conservatives and a small group of right-wing extremists.
With the clock ticking toward the second semester, and about a dozen English teachers at our three high schools hoping to teach the book during the winter and spring, community activists stepped into the vacuum. First, Indivisible: Conejo worked with the schools' English departments to identify a process for soliciting checks from parents supportive of works like Part-Time Indian -- stories that expose students to unfamiliar cultures and characters. Then Parents for a Diverse Curriculum came together quickly to coordinate and publicize the effort. Within 24 hours the fundraising campaign had netted more than $2,000 in donations -- at which point district administrators finally decided that if teachers were going to get the books anyway, they may as well be funded through the traditional process.
This victory for an inclusive literature curriculum concludes just one battle in an ongoing war for the quality of our children's education within CVUSD. Right-wing parents (and board members) are still looking for ways to keep students from reading supposedly "inappropriate" books -- currently pressuring the district to adopt an "opt-out" policy that would force teachers to provide an alternative assignment to any student whose parents are offended by a work in the curriculum. Indivisible: Conejo activists are fighting that fight as well, and will continue to advocate for diversity and quality in our schools.
for the Virginia Election
& the Healthy California Act
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7-9 p.m., Pitfire Artisan Pizza, Westlake Village (at Gelson's Plaza)
We Indivisible: Conejo activists love our Postcard Parties! This week, we'll be putting our creativity to work on behalf of Postcards4VA.com, sending notes to Virginia voters urging them to vote for progressive candidates on Nov. 7. We'll ALSO be sending cards encouraging California Assembly's Select Committee on SB 562, the Healthy California Act, to get the bill back on track for passage. Remember to RSVP and sign up to bring cards, stamps, pens & markers, snacks & drinks, etc.
ROAD TRIP TO SACRAMENTO FOR THE HEALTHY CALIFORNIA ACT
Monday & Tuesday, Oct. 23-24
A Select Committee of the state Assembly is meeting to discuss SB 562, and the California Nurses Assn. is offering transportation from select SoCal locations to Sacramento for activists supporting the bill. Make the round trip in a day, or stay overnight! There will be rallies outside the Capitol both mornings, and activists may sit in on the meetings. RSVP here to learn more.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Indivisible: Conejo Daily Actions,
10/16 - We the People Demand Democracy Reform Act Co-Sponsors
10/17 - Defy Trump on Iran Nuclear Deal
10/18 - Parents for a Diverse Curriculum "Part-Time Indian" Fundraiser
10/19 - Stop Plutocracy! Oppose the GOP Budget Resolution
10/20 - Support the Alexander-Murray Compromise on CSRs