Curious about single-payer healthcare? Come learn about SB 562!

Indivisible Morongo Basin members have been gathering petition signatures for SB 562, the Healthy California Act, and will be sponsoring a community forum to answer your questions on June 26 in Yucca Valley.  You are invited!

What is SB 562, the Healthy California Act, and why do we need it? 

SB 562 is a plan for single payer, affordable, comprehensive healthcare for all Californians. The bill is moving rapidly through the California State Legislature.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made history by expanding health insurance to millions of Californians for the first time. However, it left insurance companies in charge of our healthcare system. Also, even with the ACA, 3,000,000 California residents are still uninsured.

With the federal government again doing healthcare reform, moving more responsibility for healthcare to the states, it’s imperative that California establish a better, truly universal system, which finally gets costs under control. The Golden State can set the standard for the country by implementing a just and equitable healthcare system — Healthy California!

Come learn more at our community forum!  Indivisible Morongo Basin is hosting a community forum on SB 562, to be held on June 26 from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Keynote speakers are Ellen O’Rourke and Jimmi Kuehn-Boldt from Courageous Resistance Palm Springs, along with local community members who will tell their stories. There will also be time scheduled for questions and answers.  in the Yucca Room at the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Hwy.  Free and open to the public.

 

 

You can help by getting the word out:  Share the event on Facebook and invite your friends.  Share the graphic on the web or print the flyer.  You can learn more about SB 562 on our new Healthcare Issues page.

IMB members have also been gathering petition signatures and traveled to Sacramento on May 19 for Healthy California Lobby Day.  They visited our representatives and turned in the petitions in support of SB 562.  THANK YOU to those who went and those who are collecting signatures!

 

Delivering petitions at Assemblyman Chad Mayes’ office, May 19, 2017.

Remember:  Healthcare is a right, not a privilege!

IMB Participates In Immigration Actions in the Coachella Valley

Members of Indivisible Morongo Basin went down to Cathedral City last Wednesday night to support a motion making that city the Coachella Valley’s first official sanctuary city, which was approved by the City Council by a 3-2 vote.

“While other desert cities such as Coachella and Palm Springs have unofficially operated as sanctuary cities, Cathedral City moved towards becoming the first in the region to publicly proclaim that it will not utilize city funds or resources to enforce federal immigration laws,” according to KESQ.

“The motion was passed after about three hours of public comments from residents on both sides of the issue. Chambers were so full the fire marshall had to be called when the room reached capacity. Dozens of people waited in the lobby and even outside. The meeting was played on a small speaker that was amplified with a cone so others could hear.”

Our congratulations to our sister group Courageous Resistance Palm Springs and Other Desert Cities, and to the many desert citizens and other groups that worked so hard in coalition for this important step forward!

Read coverage in the Desert Sun here.  View the KESQ video coverage here.

The IMB Immigration Team also worked in coalition to sponsor the May 1 rally at the Indio Border Patrol Station, and our members traveled down to the low desert to join nearly 100 demonstrators at the protest.

Photo: Gustavo Solis/The Desert Sun

“The rally, dubbed ‘Stop Deporting & Separating Families,’ criticized enforcement policies that treat undocumented immigrants like convicted felons and rhetoric that paints all immigrants as criminals,” per USA Today.

A couple of agents came out of the station and ended up having an informal exchange with demonstrators that remained courteous and informative.

Video coverage on KESQ here.

Keep abreast of the activities of our IMB Immigration Team on our new Immigration Issues page.

Stop the Wall Rally in Yucca Valley, Cinco de Mayo 2017

The Stop the Wall Rally in Yucca Valley on Cinco de Mayo was just plain beautiful.  Positive, peaceful, musical (!), with 75 people or more and lots of honks from drivers. Even the weather was pleasant! Thanks to the Indivisible Morongo Basin Immigration Action Team and to everyone who came out.

Team lead Yolanda writes:

Thanks to every single person who came to the Cinco de Mayo Stop the Wall rally.  My call was answered by many.  Today we were the definition of a true community.  Our town is small but our presence on that corner was notable.  Watching you stand side by side and bring attention to our fight for justice renewed my fighting spirit and encouraged me to never give up.

 

I know some of you made great efforts to be there and it truly touched my heart.  All my gratitude to the action team that signed up and helped realize my vision.  Thanks to the couple who brought that awesome sound system and played wonderful music; it really kept everyone energized.  Thanks to everyone who posted pictures; I too believe in the importance of documenting events.

 

Finally, as cars were driving by, I spotted a little boy with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen.  His eyes lit up, waved and bounced in his seat as he realized what the rally was about.  I will probably never get the chance to meet him, but his smiling face and bright eyes will be ingrained in my heart forever.  You, little brother, are worth fighting for.”

Yolanda adds about the below photo:  “This little boy was told about the rally and told his dad they should go.  He came up with the logo for the sign too.”

 

Cinco de Mayo Rally in Support of Immigrants

Our Cinco de Mayo Rally is the brainchild of Yolanda Brown, coordinator of the Indivisible Morongo Basin Immigrant Issues Team. Yolanda is of Mexican heritage and spent time there growing up, and she wanted to do something to demonstrate support for the people of Mexico as well as the many immigrants to the United States from Mexico at a time when our President is talking about building a border wall. So, she decided to build a different kind of wall–a wall of support for our immigrant brothers and sisters from all over the world, standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity. Cinco de Mayo seemed like a great opportunity to celebrate our efforts to support people fighting against stronger forces.

A border wall between the US and Mexico would be a manifestation of hatred and fear, as well as a colossal waste of time, treasure, and effort. We at Indivisible Morongo Basin choose to build support, tolerance, and acceptance of all immigrants: No Bans, No Walls, No Raids!

Stand shoulder to shoulder with us on May 5, 2017 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, at Route 62 and Old Woman Springs Road in Yucca Valley, CA.