Indivisible: Conejo Weekly Newsletter

This Sunday -- Hurry and RSVP today!

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Sunday, March 4, 3-5 p.m.
Ullman Conference Center,
Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks (map)

Please RSVP!

Our Winter General Meeting will feature the announced challengers to the current, extremist Conejo Valley Unified School District board majority. They'll introduce themselves and answer questions from our Education team leader, Lauren Gill, about key issues facing the district. Trustee Dr. Betsy Connolly will open the proceedings, offering her perspective on Election 2018 and the hard work that will be required to restore sanity to the CVUSD board.

Finally, we'll offer more training in voter registration -- because signing up and turning out new, informed voters will be crucial to our success flipping the school board (and CA-25, and other races) in November! We've nearly run out of seats for this timely and important meeting, so be sure and RSVP to reserve your seat!

Conejo Valley Students Join Post-Parkland

Movement To Curb Gun Violence -

With Help From Indivisible: Conejo

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The nationwide reaction to the Feb. 14 murders in Parkland, FL, has been as galvanizing as the shooting itself was horrific. Here in the Conejo Valley, students, parents and others have responded passionately, speaking out publicly, demanding actions from their legislators, and organizing actions demonstrating that the dialogue surrounding gun violence may finally have shifted.

Following a Feb. 15 vigil organized by the local Brady Campaign and Indivisible: Conejo, local activists have allowed our students to take the lead in planning future actions to demand their own safety from guns. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland have pointed the way, signing on to a pair of school "walkouts" on March 14 and April 20, and announcing that they will be leading a March For Our Lives on Saturday, March 24.

This past weekend, Indivisible: Conejo leaders helped facilitate a meeting that brought about two dozen students from five Conejo Valley high schools together with state Sen. Henry Stern, local gun-violence activist Bob Weiss and others, to begin planning their own participation in these upcoming events. The students discussed ways to coordinate their actions with their school administrators, where and how they want to participate in the March For Our Lives, and how they'll incorporate the words and ideas of Parkland students into their own actions. Already they have begun following up by scheduling meetings with school principals to ensure collaboration on the walkouts; as those actions approach, the students from different schools plan to continue coordinating their efforts.

Indivisible: Conejo will keep its activists informed of the students' plans as they coalesce, and we will organize our own complementary actions to help them maximize their impact. Details will be shared via Facebook and email, and we encourage the Conejo Valley's parents and other adults to support our students and lead the push for changes that have been far too long in coming.
Meanwhile, we will continue asking you to contact our members of Congress and state legislators, demanding the most stringent possible restrictions on gun purchases and possession - not merely improved background checks and new age limits, but outright bans on the sale or ownership of assault-style weapons like the AR-15, and new requirements for licensing, registration and insurance on all handguns and their owners. The tide finally seems to be turning against the NRA and its goonish tactics -- but Wayne LaPierre, his owned-and-operated Republican politicians, and gun-rights extremists are counting on us to allow momentum to collapse once again. We must show that this time, that won't happen, and we won't rest until Congress passes real reforms!

Dem Club Sets 1st Conejo Canvass for Sunday, March 11

Over the past months, Indivisible: Conejo activists have ventured to Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, Palmdale -- even as far as Bakersfield, Visalia and Fresno -- to register voters and canvass on behalf of progressive principles (and in opposition to right-wing incumbents). Beginning March 11, we'll have opportunities to engage in the door-to-door work of campaigning closer to home, thanks to our partnership with the Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley.

Henry Montalvo, co-leader of Indivisible: Conejo's Elections team ... we've stopped calling it "Swing District Elections" now that so many Republican-held seats qualify as swing districts ... has also taken a similar role with the Dem Club. His dual roles have allowed us to begin working more closely with the club's new leadership -- planning and implementing canvassing, voter registration, phone banking and other election-year activities across the Conejo. The timing for our first round of canvassing couldn't be better, with the CVUSD school board race heating up and GOP challengers emerging to face Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and Rep. Julia Brownley in the fall.

On Sunday, March 11, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., we'll begin hitting the streets of Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Westlake Village, engaging Democratic voters to make sure they're familiar with the year's key issues and candidates, and getting folks excited to become more involved during this midterm cycle (when Democrats traditionally are less likely to vote). We need your help! Please RSVP, and make plans to join us as we begin working to swing the CVUSD board and keep our legislative offices blue!


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