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Event links: MoveOn, Facebook
Hi everybody!

Saturday is coming up fast!

We look forward to seeing you at 2:00 pm at the Corner of Victoria and Telephone, in front of the Ventura County Government Center.

We are thrilled to be a part of a huge day of protests that is uniting Ventura County residents! PLEASE COME TO AS MANY RALLIES AS YOU CAN as we hold hands across city borders to support our immigrant neighbors as well as those whose pilgrimage for asylum ended in cages. (Updated schedule links below). We show people, with our presence, our signs, and our American flags, how important this moral issue is. Please wear WHITE if you can. However, don’t stress if your closet is currently white-clothing-free. Your presence is more important than clothing.

People are wondering if the “Families Belong Together” issue is as strong as before, due to Trump’s Executive Order to halt the mess he started. The answer is “YES“, “YES“ and more “YES”.

  • +2000 children are still “missing”.
  • When the 20-day limit imposed by the Flores agreement comes into play, kids will be taken away again or end up indefinitely detained. In the phrase “Families Belong Together”, the corollary “and not in cages” can be assumed. However, feel free to add that to your signage.
  • Everyday, ICE takes peaceful, tax-paying parents away from their kids here in America. You’ve been seeing the articles and videos on the heartbreaking separations for a long time. We can never allow ourselves to let that become “business-as-usual.”
  • The kids who had to make to our border for safety by themselves are still being locked up, unable to join with family anywhere.
At a meeting last night, a lot of ideas for signage were brought up and we’ve listed some below. Feel free to use or modify if they appeal. Remember, much of your audience will be in slow-moving cars. Big graphics, big lettering (3″ tall is great), not too long.
 
  • “Free Immigrant Families”
  • “Where are the children?!?”
  • “No human is illegal”
  • “Stop traumatizing kids”
  • “Remember the 2000!”
  • “Where are the children?!?”
  • “Stop traumatizing kids”
  • “Reunite families now.”
  • “Kids aren’t pawns.”
  • “Families belong together.”
  • “End family detention.”
  • “There is no humane way to detain families.”
  • “Human cages and internment camps are illegal”
  • “Zero Tolerance has Zero Heart”
  • “This is a moral choice, not a political one”
 
 
 

Here are some great sign graphics to use if you’d like.
https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/18EXFe74_5zZBEEqozde2r_Oy4pPbhjcC

 

Can’t use a great sign just once! Give it a tour! Ventura County is INDIVISIBLE!

Warm up your rally muscles in Oxnard at 10:00 am
https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/19957/signup/?source=&s=

 

If you have a chance, head up to Ojai for their event at 12:00
https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/20239/signup/?source=&s=

 

Then zoom in for ours in Ventura!
https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/19953/signup/?source=&s=

Just got the information for the Camarillo event that we’re heading to after our own. Join us!
https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/20920/signup/?source=&s=

 Santa Barbara County will be busy too.
 

Carpinteria will be holding their event at 3:00 pm at Peace corner:
https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/20696/signup/?source=&s=

Santa Barbara is meeting at 11:00 am at De La Guerra Plaza
https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/19975/signup/?source=&s=

 

Santa Maria is holding theirs at 5:00 pm.
https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/20906/signup/?source=&s=

If these events aren’t close enough for you, go here and find one that is.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

Additional note: Your day doesn’t need to stop after the last rally.
 
Come out and support “Loud & Queer: A queer artist movement” at the Majestic Ventura Theater. Various leaders in the non-profit sector have collaborated to organize a collection of arts based performances of Ventura County and Los Angeles LGBTQ+ & gender expansive talent. Proceeds will be donated to the LGBTQ+ youth groups of Rainbow Umbrella, One Step a la Vez and Coalition for Family Harmony. Doors open at 6pm, event begins at 7pm. VIP tickets guarantee you seating.
 

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Oppose Customs Enforcement Authorization Act 2017) HR 2431 and HR 2406

“Rocket Fuel” for Trump’s Mass Deportation Agenda (HR 2431 (Davis-Oliver Act) / HR 2406 Immigration & Customs Enforcement Authorization Act 2017)

HR 2431 and HR 2406 uses two tragedies as an excuse for the GOP to create a “mass deportation force”, which will harm many in our community. These bills would drastically increase the power of federal and local immigration enforcement with the goals of restricting immigration and increasing deportation. They will enable the revoking of visas, the expansion of ICE, increased deportation of undocumented people, punishment of sanctuary cities and the arming of deportation officers with M-4 rifles. (Yes, the same ones they don’t have time to thoroughly vet for corruption and criminal backgrounds…) Says the Cato Institute: “(H.R. 2431) purports to empower states and localities to take action against serious criminals who have violated immigration law. In reality, the bill is a vehicle for a massive expansion of the federal government and of federal power over states and their citizens.” Don’t let this slip by. It’s a bad one.

 Script:  I’m calling to urge you to vote NO on HR 2431 and HR 2406, which would expand Trump’s mass deportation agenda.  Targeting our immigrants harms our communities and degrades us all.  

Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

More Info:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/18/politics/immigration-bill-house-committee/index.html

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