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Welcome to Indivisible Ojai Valley!

Indivisible Ojai Valley Mission

We are an action-oriented activist group empowering the Ojai Valley community to effectively resist the Trump agenda. We are inspired by the nationwide Indivisible Movement, which is built on values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness. We use the Indivisible Guide as a central tool.

We are devoted to two main activities: taking action to stop the Trump agenda, and educating our community about major political issues. We work to elect national, state, county and local progressive candidates, and take action on important issues like environmental justice, immigrant rights, universal health care, military intervention, violence against women and minorities, LGBTQ rights, open and fair elections and defending our Constitutional rights.

We connect and coordinate with other Indivisible chapters in Ventura County and beyond, and with many other groups resisting the Trump administration agenda.

We will not be silent, we will not be fearful. We stand, Indivisible.

 

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This Thursday! October 19, 7pm General Meeting

GENERAL MEETING   Open to the Public
Thursday, October 19, 7pm
Nutmeg’s Ojai House Patio, 304 N. Montgomery St., Ojai

We are fortunate to host local Physician and Anti-Nuclear Activist
DR. ROBERT DODGE, President of LA Physicians for Social Responsibility http://www.psr-la.org,  a coalition partner organization of the International Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons http://www.icanw.org, which just won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. http://www.icanw.org/action/nobel-peace-prize-2017-2/

Dr. Dodge will help us to speak and advocate more effectively on current issues around nuclear weapons, including our relationships with North Korea and Iran, and current threats and policies.  

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Oct 21st Potluck Blowout: Healthcare

Join Indivisible Ventura, Indivisible Ojai Valley, Indivisible Conejo, Physicians for Progress, the National Health Law Program, Grassroots Ventura, MoveOn, and a host of other Ventura County organizations on Saturday, October 21. Bring a dish, bring a friend, and get ready to socialize and hear from a spectacular line-up of speakers!

When: Saturday, October 21, 11:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa Plaza, Ventura
Bring: Your favorite dish, a friend, and your unbridled energy!
RSVP here or by emailing indivisibleventura@gmail.com

Knowledge is key to understanding the options we have for moving forward toward the best healthcare our nation can deliver. Our aim is to learn about these options and share this knowledge into our communities.

Our line-up of incredible speakers (bios below):

Dr. Josephine Soliz will make the case that we as a country spend more money on poorer care on a smaller percentage of our population than all the other developed countries that have figured out, better than we have, how to provide health insurance and thus access to healthcare to 100% of their population.

Dr. Minako Watabe will present the case for universal access to health insurance from the patient harm perspective.

Clint McBride, MD will key us in about single payer healthcare/insurance.

Héctor Hernández-Delgado, Staff Attorney for National Health Law Program will give us an overview of our existing healthcare model, touching on single payer and legal implications/ramifications.

Afterward, we will screen the movie Fix it: Healthcare at the Tipping Point

Bios:

Dr. Josephine Soliz is a family medicine doctor in Oxnard, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center. She received her medical degree from University of California Irvine School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Dr. Minako Watabe graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2006. She works in Santa Paula, CA and specializes in Gynecology. Dr. Watabe is affiliated with Ventura County Medical Center,Simi Valley Hospital, Community Memorial Hospital and Santa Paula Hospital.

Dr. Clint McBride majored in Physiology and Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As an undergrad, he traveled to Quito, Ecuador to experience community driven primary care provided by Timmy Global Health. This experience opened his eyes to the importance of humanism in medicine and the power of the immeasurable qualities of the doctor-patient relationship. He is dedicated to working with underserved communities.

Héctor Hernández-Delgado is a Staff Attorney in NHeLP’s Los Angeles office. Héctor’s work focuses on substance use disorders and legal and policy efforts to address the opioid epidemic. He also works on general health care reform issues both at the federal level and in California. Before joining NHeLP, Héctor worked as a Law Clerk at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau and at the Office of Hearings at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He also worked as a Human Rights Intern at the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, and as a Legal Clerk at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica, where his worked focused on the intersection between health and human rights. Héctor received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. He received his J.D. and a Certificate in Health Law from the University of Maryland, and his M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he concentrated in health care systems and policy. He is barred to practice law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Note: We have the right to refuse admission. Attendees exhibiting disruptive behavior will be asked to leave.

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Gun violence is an American public health crisis.

 Vote YES to fund the CDC to research  gun violence and firearm safety for the next 5 years. (HR.1832 / S.834)

(Updated 10/5/17)

The NRA stopped the research we need to make us safer. 

In 1996, the Dickey Amendment was inserted into the omnibus spending bill that mandated that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

A 2005 report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) assessed existing research on gun violence and gun policy, finding that considerable gaps exist in research and data to evaluate most gun violence prevention methods and that increased federal government funding was critical for further progress.

In 2013, Obama directed the CDC to restart research but spokesperson Courtney Lenard, told the Washington Post that “It is possible for us to conduct firearm-related research within the context of our efforts to address youth violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, and suicide. But our resources are very limited.” Despite an effort in 2015 to remove it, the Dickey amenment remains.

These bills that will fund $10 million for the (Centers for Disease Control) to research gun violence prevention and firearm safety for the next five years. 

H.R. 1832

Minimal Script for Reps. who support this: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Rep. [___] for co-sponsoring H.R.1832. (You can also email your thanks!)

Minimal Script for Reps. who don’t yet: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] to vote YES on H.R.1832.

(Check your Congressperson here.  Brownley and Carbajal are already co-sponsors)

THANK Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779, https://juliabrownley.house.gov/contact/email-me

OR THANK Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348, https://carbajal.house.gov/contact/email

Not your Rep.?: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

S.834

Minimal Script for Senators who support this: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank  Sen [___] for co-sponsoring S.834.  (You can also email your thanks!)

Minimal Script for Senators who don’t yet: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask  Sen [___] to vote YES on S.834. 

(Check your Senator here.  Feinstein and Harris are already co-sponsors)

THANK Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430 https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

AND THANK Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884 https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

Not your Senator?: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

More Info:

These and other concepts should be studied in great depth for efficacy in reducing gun violence.

(Just added – visuals for those of us who do better with graphics!)

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1. Background checks
Impose universal background checks for anyone buying a gun. The studies are clear: Where these laws are passed, fewer people get shot. Where they have been repealed, murder and violence have increased. And background checks aren’t controversial: A recent poll found that 94 percent of Americans support requiring background checks for all gun buyers, including 93 percent of Republicans.

2. Minimum age limit
Impose a minimum age limit of 21 on gun purchases. This is already the law for handgun purchases in many states, and it mirrors the law on buying alcohol. Laws imposing minimum age requirements for the possession and purchase of firearms are intended to decrease access to firearms by young people and, correspondingly, to decrease the number of suicides, homicides, and unintentional shootings among that population. Firearms were used in 41% of suicide deaths among individuals under age 21 in 2014.

3. Ban Bump Stocks
Ban bump stocks, which allow semiautomatic rifles to fire more like automatics. In Las Vegas, a single gunman was able to shoot hundreds of people because he had converted guns to bump-stock firing. Senator Dianne Feinstein has a bill against them in the works.

4. Ban large magazines
Ban large capacity ammunition magazines (over 10). This is already law in CA, CT, DC, HI, MD, MA,  and NY. The states of CO and NJ allow 15 rounds. 50% of mass shootings use large capacity magazines, resulting in 135% more people shot and 57% more deaths.

5. Keep guns away from domestic abusers
Enforce a ban on possession of guns by anyone subject to a domestic violence protection order. This is a moment when people are upset and prone to violence against their exes.

6. Keep guns away from violent individuals.
Create federal and state policy help us identify and intervene with at-risk individuals and ensure they are prevented from accessing or purchasing firearms until they are deemed fit. This includes programs that teach the early signs of violence as well as sensible legislation like Extreme Risk Protection Orders, which would allow families and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if there is documented evidence that an individual is threatening harm to themselves or others. On Feb. 28, Trump signed a bill reversion Obama rule to ban gun purchases by the mentally ill. However, 89% of Americans endorse a ban on allowing people with a diagnosed mental illness to own guns.

7. Keep guns away from people on watch lists.
Remove loopholes in the Terror Watch List. Between February 2004 and December 2014, individuals on the terror watchlist were able to buy firearms 2,043 times, due to the federal government’s failure to take legal action to close the watchlist loophole. In 2015 alone, known or suspected terrorists underwent background checks to purchase firearms 244 times—and 223 of those transactions, or 91%, were allowed to proceed.

8. Limit gun purchases
Limit gun purchases by any one person to no more than, say, two a month, and tighten rules on straw purchasers who buy for criminals. Make serial numbers harder to remove.

9. Mark and track cartridges
Adopt microstamping of cartridges so that they can be traced to the gun that fired them, useful for solving gun crimes. California’s microstamping law went into effect on May 17, 2013.

10. Make guns “smart”.
Invest in “smart gun” purchases by police departments or the U.S. military, to promote their use. Such guns require a PIN or can only be fired when near a particular bracelet or other device, so that children cannot misuse them and they are less vulnerable to theft. The gun industry made a childproof gun in the 1800’s but now resists smart guns. A 2001 survey found that 73.6% of Americans favor a requirement that all new models of handguns be personalized.

11. Keep kids safe.
Require safe storage, to reduce theft, suicide and accidents by children.

12. Track guns across state lines. 
Establish a federal firearms trafficking statute to stop the illegal trafficking of guns from states with weak laws to states with strong laws.

13. Create a federal data base
71% of Americans support creating a federal database tracking gun sales. Federal law requires licensed firearms dealers to maintain records of gun sales indefinitely, including information about the firearm(s) being purchased, as well as the purchaser. Federal law prohibits the federal government from collecting firearm sales records in a central repository, however. Without a central repository of all firearm sales records, gun tracing is a slow, cumbersome process.

14. Study open-carry laws
Study the effect of open-carry laws . The open presence of guns in public life can quickly escalate everyday conflicts into deadly altercations, causing tragic, irreversible damage to innocent lives. Despite the evidence that openly carrying firearms in public spaces endangers public safety, most states lack laws to limit “open carry”—and some have even taken steps to weaken regulation regarding the practice.

15. Study gun violence like we study other dangerous things.
Require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our public health public health agencies to invest in preventing gun deaths and injuries — like we do for every other similar cause of death and injury. For 20 years, Congress has effectively banned the study of gun violence because of pressure from the gun lobby. Similar investments in reducing other kinds of accidental deaths have been very effective.

16. Revisit assault weapon bans.
OK, here’s the hard one for hard-right 2nd amendment fans…Assault weapons. Some  say banning these weapons is counterproductive to more useful efforts, like those detailed above and that the weapons don’t significantly add to the death toll unless they’re using high capacity magazines. Others say they are an issue by themselves. Debate like this are EXACTLY why the CDC needs to study this stuff.

Assault weapons have been used in many tragic, high-profile shootings, including the nation’s most deadly mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016, which left 49 dead and 53 injured.

A review of mass shootings between 2009 and 2015 by Everytown for Gun Safety found that incidents where assault weapons or large capacity ammunition magazines were used resulted in 155% more people shot and 47% more people killed compared to other incidents. When access to assault weapons is restricted, deaths due to mass shootings decrease. A 2014 study found that “both state and federal assault weapons bans have statistically significant and negative effects on mass shooting fatalities.”6

A study analyzing FBI data showed that 20% of the law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty from 1998 to 2001 were killed with assault weapons.  A 2007 report by the International Association of Chiefs of Police recommended that Congress enact an effective ban on military-style assault weapons in order to curb the ability of individuals to “outgun” law enforcement officers.

A majority of Americans consistently support laws prohibiting assault weapons. As of June 2016, 57% of Americans polled supported a ban on assault weapons.A poll conducted in December 2012 found that 62% of Americans favored this policy. In a survey from 2003, 67% of Field & Stream readers polled did not consider assault weapons to be legitimate sporting guns.

Legislators who’ve received contributions from the NRA

https://splinternews.com/every-member-of-congress-who-took-money-from-the-nra-an-1819059582

Comparisons and Facts:

Firearms kill 33,000 Americans annually.

Costs of other safety research:
$240 million/yr. – traffic safety research
$233 million/yr. –  food safety
$331 million/yr. – effects of tobacco

Organizations fighting for sensible gun regulations

https://www.bradycampaign.org

http://www.sandyhookpromise.org

https://momsdemandaction.org

https://www.ceasefireoregon.org

https://everytown.org

http://americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/

https://www.csgv.org (The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence)

http://smartgunlaws.org

Reference materials:

http://www.newsweek.com/government-wont-fund-gun-research-stop-violence-because-nra-lobbying-675794

http://www.stophandgunviolence.org/sen-markey-bill-research/

http://www.gunviolencearchive.org

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/opinion/mass-shooting-vegas.html?_r=1

https://www.propublica.org/article/what-researchers-learned-about-gun-violence-before-congress-killed-funding

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts

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