Save the Date!
INDIVISIBLE: CONEJO JANUARY GENERAL MEETING
Sunday, January 28
We'll have details in the coming days on the timing and agenda for this meeting, marking the one-year anniversary of Indivisible: Conejo's first organizing meeting.
Join Indivisible: Conejo & SWAN
Downtown on January 20!
The response from Conejo Valley activists has been incredible since SWAN and Indivisible: Conejo announced plans to charter buses to downtown Los Angeles for the second Women's March on Saturday, January 20. The two organizations have now hired five buses to transport more than 150 marchers. Thank you for your enthusiasm!
RSVPs have been accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you were among the first to respond, you should receive a confirmation email with payment details this weekend (if you haven't already). If you RSVP'd but have not received such an email by Monday morning (1/8), you are on our waiting list. As other activists let us know they've made alternative plans, or fail to provide payment by the deadline, we will fill their seats from the top of the waiting list.
Those on the waiting list, or who have more recently decided to attend the march, are encouraged to book seats on the Rally Bus that will stop at the Lakes shopping center in Thousand Oaks on the morning of the 20th, on its way into the city.
Whether you ride that bus, take the Metro, or drive downtown, we encourage you to join other Indivisible: Conejo and SWAN activists as we march together! Once we have emerged from our chartered buses, we will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Hilton Checkers Hotel, located at 535 S. Grand Ave. We'll head to Pershing Square from there, for the beginning of the march.
A couple of notes concerning signs: March organizers have disallowed the use of wooden sticks, poles or posts. Softer materials are allowed, however, such as giftwrap tubes. SWAN is hosting a sign-making party on Wednesday, January 17 at Create Studio, 31840 Village Center Drive in Westlake Village. Drop in anytime between 3 and 6 p.m. for materials and inspiration! There will be a $5 drop-in fee.
Those activists who are not interested in traveling into Los Angeles may want to head the opposite direction on the 20th. The group Justice For All is sponsoring an event called "Ventura County Rising" from 10 a.m. to noon at Plaza Park in downtown Ventura, 651 E Thompson Blvd. Indivisible Ventura co-leader Veronica James, who lost her own home in the Thomas Fire last month, will be among the speakers. Additionally, activists in Santa Barbara will have their own Women's March, beginning at 11 a.m. at De La Guerra Plaza (off State Street).
Wherever you march or protest, we encourage you to gather friends and family and get out on January 20. Let's remind Trump that the Resistance is strong, and it's a force he'll have to reckon with for as long as he holds office!
Immigrants' Rights Team Looks To Establish
Citizen Oversight of Sheriff's SB54 Compliance
With an agenda of issues including the implementation of SB54 (California's "sanctuary state" law), new deportation threats from Trump's ICE director, and this week's announcement that Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean (a leading opponent of SB54) won't seek re-election this fall, Indivisible: Conejo's Immigrants' Rights Action Team has a full plate this month.
The team has hit the ground running, beginning on Friday with the first of a pair of scheduled SB54-related meetings. Team members discussed implementation of the law with Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza; specifically, they discussed the need to establish a Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission that can monitor Dean's compliance, as well as community policing, furlough programs for immigration-related detainees, and other countywide programs. (Other California counties have successfully created such commissions to provide constituent input into law enforcement efforts surrounding immigration.) A second meeting on the subject, with Supervisor Linda Parks, is planned for later this month.