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ACTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF
Monday 5/21/2018 – Friday 5/25/2018
1. Demand DNA Testing of Evidence Used in Kevin Cooper’s Trial
Very troubling questions have been raised about the 1983 murder of a family and the first degree murder conviction of Kevin Cooper who now sits on California’s death row. There is a growing concern among those who have extensively reviewed the case that Mr. Cooper may have been framed for this gruesome crime. Using advanced DNA testing not available at the time of the murder trial, the criminal evidence should be retested to confirm Mr. Cooper’s guilt or establish his innocence. Gov. Jerry Brown has so far resisted calls to allow reexamination to take place. Contact Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841
Sample Script: I am calling from [zip code] to strongly urge Gov. Brown to allow DNA testing of evidence in the Kevin Cooper murder case. These DNA tests will possibly exonerate an innocent man and prevent a grave miscarriage of justice from taking place.
2. Trump Administration Wants New Rules for Women’s Reproductive Health
The ‘global gag rule’ that bans US funding of international family planning clinics if abortion services are discussed, much less provided, is threatened to be imposed on health clinics in the US. The Title X Family Planning Program funds organizations providing birth control, cancer screening and other services to low-income women and men across the country. With this new “domestic gag rule”, health care providers who accept Title X funding would be banned from making abortion referrals for their patients and would not be allowed to perform abortions — regardless of the funding source — at the same facilities that provide Title X services. This rule would effectively make it impossible for organizations such as Planned Parenthood to receive Title X funding.
Sample Script: I am calling Senator (Feinstein/Harris) from [zip code] to oppose the ‘domestic gag rule’ proposed by the Trump Administration. It is a blatant effort to cripple access to legally guaranteed reproductive healthcare, especially for low income women, and reflects the GOP’s determination to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. I ask that you publicly and strongly condemn this damaging policy.
3. Stop the Abstinence-Only Sex Fantasy
Though the unplanned teen pregnancy rate is at its lowest since 1990, Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a rule change that would favor funding of “abstinence only” sex education programs—now given the Orwellian/Handmaid’s Tale title “sexual risk avoidance education”—and weaken the requirement for evidence of effectiveness. Title X grants support sex education and family planning programs as well as testing for sexually transmitted diseases for low-income women and men. Grant funds, now under the exclusive control of HHS Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Valerie Huber, are being directed toward “just say no” programs that emphasize abstinence and the “natural” rhythm method for preventing unwanted pregnancies, programs many studies have shown to be ineffective. Let’s tell Valerie Huber that family planning and avoiding sexually transmitted diseases require more than ‘just say no.’ Contact Ms. Huber at (202) 690-7694
Sample Script: I am calling to support the funding of comprehensive sexual education and family planning programs. Title X funds should not be restricted to supporting abstinence-only policies, but should also support programs informing people about effective methods of contraception and STD prevention. Our youth have a right to access accurate, unbiased information regarding their reproductive health.
INDIVISIBLE SANTA BARBARA MEETING:
4. Indivisible Santa Barbara General Meeting, Thursday, May 24, 5:30 PM
Please join fellow Indivisible Santa Barbara members this Thursday, May 24, 5:30 pm, at the Eastside Branch Library, 1102 E. Montecito Street, to participate in an open forum that will focus on the election of ongoing Steering Committee members, future meeting frequency, and how Indivisible Santa Barbara can be most effective and useful to the progressive community leading up to the crucial midterm elections. To help us with the head count, please RSVP to email@example.com
PRIMARY ELECTION: JUNE 5
5. Elections Have Consequences: Vote!
Make sure you, your family and friends are registered to vote and participate in the June 5 primary election.
Reminder: Under California’s open primary system, the top two vote-getters in the June 5th primary, regardless of party, move on to the general election in November. Let’s closely examine the candidates and consider who might best ensure that we have a real choice on the November midterm ballot.
Primary Election Schedule:
Monday, May 21, 2018: It’s your last day to register to vote. Check your voter registration and polling location here.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018: Last day that county officials will accept any voter’s application for a vote-by-mail ballot.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018: Primary Election Day—polls open 7:00am to 8:00pm.
November 6, 2018: Midterm elections are 24 weeks away!
If you’ve received your vote-by-mail ballot, you can now mail or drop it off at these ballot drop box locations:
Santa Barbara – 4440-A Calle Real (map)
Santa Maria – 511 E. Lakeside Parkway (map)
Lompoc – 100 Civic Center Plaza (map)
North Carolina rejects anti-immigrant sheriff in primary election.
Two parents whose children were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are running for the school board to honor their murdered children.
The $868 billion Farm Bill that proposed deep cuts to food assistance as well as work requirements for the poor, has been defeated in the House. Its failure is viewed as an embarrassment for Speaker Paul Ryan.
The Obama-era net neutrality rule has been restored by the Senate (at least temporarily).
Some encouraging voter news: Registration of young voters has grown significantly following the activism of the Parkland, FL high school students.
CALL YOUR REPS DAILY!
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3841
San Francisco: (415) 393-0707
Los Angeles: (310) 914-7300
San Diego: (619) 231-9712
Fresno: (559) 485-7430
FAX: 202 228 3954
Senator Kamala Harris
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3553
Sacramento: (916) 448-2787
Fresno: (559) 497-5109
Los Angeles: (213) 894-5000
San Francisco: (415) 355-9041
San Diego: (619) 239-3884
Congressman Salud Carbajal
Santa Barbara: (805) 730-1710
San Luis Obispo: (805) 546-8348
Washington, DC: (202) 225-3601
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Sacramento: (916) 651-4019
Santa Barbara: (805) 965-0862
Oxnard: (805) 988-1940
Assemblywoman Monique Limon
Sacramento: (916) 319-2037
Santa Barbara: (805) 564-1649
Ventura: (805) 641-3700
Program your representative’s local AND DC phone numbers into your phone. Republicans outnumber Democrats in calling 4-1, and 11-1 on hot button issues. If you are still grappling with how Obama’s administration were not able to get anything done, this is how they did it. We MUST constantly call and continually exert pressure. If you can’t manage daily, pick a day, mark it recurring on your calendar, and call weekly.
- Call your senators about an issue of concern EVERY DAY.
- Always provide your ZIP CODE,
- Call about ONE subject only, per call.
- Call once per day, or multiple times per day with one ask for each call.
- Leave a message if you can’t speak to a person.
- If you can’t get through, try again later.
Failing that, DO send an email, one ask per email. Both Feinstein and Harris’ offices have said they tally emails as well as phone calls.
CALL YOUR SENATORS DAILY (on-going) Senate confirmation hearings are daily for cabinet appointees. Check C-span on TV, or C-Span Live Stream online, for live hearings. Demand appropriate vetting of appointees.
Here is a link to a Political Appointee Tracker for over 600 appointees.
Here is Full Schedule of Cabinet Appointee Hearings and what to look for. (You will have to scroll way down as it is in chronological order)
Here is a guide for how the senate committe hearing process works, and what stage of the process nominees are in.
Please take a moment to fill out this online form after making your calls if you can, to help track your senator’s response.
In the House of Representatives, Congress continues to debate funding and pass bills. It is helpful for our Representatives to hear a large outpouring of support from his constituents. Our Representatives become bolder when they hear from a lot of us.
To see what is happening on the floor throughout each day, bookmark the Office of the Clerk. This site also has a live video stream of floor proceedings, and guides about how the legislative process works. It’s an amazing resource.
Govtrack is a website that makes it easy to track certain legislation, you may sign up for alerts. It also can help you find your representative. Their twitter account @govtrack posts all the legislation as it passes, live. congress.gov is an incredibly useful resource, which has every position on every bill.
Indivisible, MoveOn and Working Families Party are joining in #ResistTrumpTuesdays. Each Tuesday, actions will be taken for the first 100 days of the new administration. These actions normally involve IN-PERSON VISITS to representative’s offices. Please join our facebook group, follow us on twitter, and/or sign up for our newsletter for these events!
GRAB YOUR WALLET
#GrabYourWallet was a movement that began during the election, started by Shannon Coulter. The public cannot know the extent of the Trump family’s conflicts of interest, and it’s up to each consumer to decide if they want to enrich the Trump family by buying their products and supporting businesses that sell Trump family products. A constantly updated list of companies may be found here: https://grabyourwallet.org/. When boycotting, be sure to share your decision on twitter, using the hash tag, #GrabYourWallet. Nordstrom is among the companies recently boycotted. Following pressure from Nordstrom customers who boycotted and wrote impassioned letters to the company, Nordstrom announced they are dropping all Trump family products. Consider writing each company to let them know you will not shop with them as long as they continue to carry Trump product lines.
On Inauguration day, former President Obama’s twitter accounts were archived. If you were following @WhiteHouse @POTUS @FLOTUS @VP or other Obama administration twitter accounts, you are now automatically following the Trump administration. These twitter accounts must be manually un-followed. Please also unfollow @realdonaldtrump. You can still read all these tweets from these sources without following them and bolstering their numbers.
If live you in California’s 24th Congressional District, and you have a personal story about how the ACA has helped you that you are willing to share, Rep. Salud Carbajal would like to hear it. Please go to his website to submit your story: https://carbajal.house.gov/share-your-aca-story