Indivisible: Conejo Weekly Newsletter

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#NeverAgainSoCal


Present

A TOWN HALL

WITH REPRESENTATIVE TED LIEU

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Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Agoura High School Performing Arts Education Center
Get tickets now! 

There's just one more week until Indivisible: Conejo's next General Meeting -- an opportunity for our activists to participate in the post-Parkland, student-driven debate over gun violence prevention, and to hear the ever-provocative Rep. Ted Lieu (CA 33) address the issues facing his district and the nation. We'll also hear from state Sen. Henry Stern (SD 27) and from students who have been involved in this spring's school walkouts and other activism.

We're expecting quite a crowd for this event -- there's been a lot of enthusiasm already among Indivisible activists, students from across the Conejo Valley, local elected officials, and Lieu's constituents from as far away as the South Bay. Don't miss out! Our co-sponsors are the Agoura High School chapter of GenUN, part of a national initiative that engages and energizes young leaders and provides a vehicle for young people to get involved in global issues; and #NeverAgainSoCal, the student organizers of the school walkouts on 3/14 and 4/20. 

Free tickets are required for entry. Please be sure to present a printed or electronic Eventbrite ticket, and be ready to show a photo ID at the door. Please note the rules of conduct listed on the ticketing website.


Bruce Boyer, a would-be candidate for Ventura County sheriff who has been disqualified for lack of law-enforcement experience, argues against SB 54 during a Thousand Oaks City Council meeting.

Bruce Boyer, a would-be candidate for Ventura County sheriff who has been disqualified for lack of law-enforcement experience, argues against SB 54 during a Thousand Oaks City Council meeting.

Anti-Immigrant Agitators Revive

Local Debates Over 'Sanctuary State' Law

Over the last three weeks, Trump supporters and immigration opponents -- many of them from outside our area -- have descended upon city council meetings in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Camarillo and other local communities, seeking local actions to undermine the California Values Act (SB 54). On Monday, April 23, the right-wing-dominated Simi Valley City Council came out of a closed-door session to announce that it has decided to file an amicus brief supporting Attorney General Jeff Sessions' lawsuit against SB 54. The following evening, dozens of anti-immigrant agitators attended a Thousand Oaks City Council meeting, cheering on a parade of speakers demanding that the council follow Simi's lead.

During the council's previous meeting on April 10, where SB 54 first became a topic of public comments, Thousand Oaks City Manager Andrew Powers had suggested that the council is unlikely to consider any action opposing SB 54 -- noting that Thousand Oaks is not a "sanctuary city," that immigration policy is beyond the scope of local government, and that SB 54 is not hindering law enforcement's ability to police the city. After the April 24 meeting, it is clear that the angry, anti-immigrant horde will not stop harassing the council anytime soon. If theirs are the only voices our council or community hears, council members may yet decide to placate the anti-immigrant minority by placing such a resolution on their agenda. Therefore, it is essential for activists supporting immigrants' rights to express ourselves as well -- both during council meetings and in public forums such as social media and the Letters sections of our local newspapers.

The new law, signed by Gov. Brown last fall after being supported by both our state Sen. Henry Stern and our Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, prohibits state and local agencies and employees from assisting in federal immigration enforcement, except in situations involving convicted violent and serious felons. It already is working to protect law-abiding immigrants in our schools, city halls, courthouses and community centers -- keeping state- and locally held records from being used by ICE to identify undocumented residents, and keeping local law enforcement from participating in efforts to round up residents who are merely trying to live their lives and contribute to our society.


Activism Against Gun Violence Continues

With More Walkouts, Brownley Town Hall

Nearly 100 students from Newbury Park High School walked out on April 20 and protested gun violence at a nearby park. Students at La Reina and Calabasas high schools held rallies on campus, while students from more than a dozen schools across the region gathered to create "human letters" spelling out "#WeNeedSafeSchoolsNow!" 

Nearly 100 students from Newbury Park High School walked out on April 20 and protested gun violence at a nearby park. Students at La Reina and Calabasas high schools held rallies on campus, while students from more than a dozen schools across the region gathered to create "human letters" spelling out "#WeNeedSafeSchoolsNow!" 

Sen. Henry Stern (right) and a number of Indivisible: Conejo activists joined a protest sponsored by UACT, the teachers union for the Conejo Valley USD, after school on 4/20. 

Sen. Henry Stern (right) and a number of Indivisible: Conejo activists joined a protest sponsored by UACT, the teachers union for the Conejo Valley USD, after school on 4/20. 

Inspirational student-walkout organizers from across Ventura County joined Rep. Julia Brownley onstage during her Student Town Hall on Gun Safety, April 21 in Camarillo.

Inspirational student-walkout organizers from across Ventura County joined Rep. Julia Brownley onstage during her Student Town Hall on Gun Safety, April 21 in Camarillo.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


INDIVISIBLE: CONEJO TEES!

TAKING ORDERS THROUGH MONDAY 4/30

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Just in time for the hot weather, we're once again taking orders for stylish Indivisible: Conejo tees in a variety of colors and cuts! Available colors are navy/midnight blue, white, gray and black. Available sizes range from Small to 5XL!

We are still selling these shirts AT OUR COST -- not as a fundraiser. The cost per shirt is $13. This time we will be accepting PayPal as well as cash -- you'll get the details after you use this form to order BY MONDAY, APRIL 30.


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