The need: The strikers that are released need support from all of us – money for basics, transportation volunteers, host families – everything. Let’s all support the IMB Immigration Team and the other members of the coalition by pitching in any way we can. Contact us with your donations or offers or for details on how you can help.
Here is an early assessment of the needs, and we will provide an update on the situation later today:
Ankle monitor ($420/month)
Pickup from Adelanto to North Hollywood (bail bondsman)
To lodging (Strategic lodging near North Hollywood [one night at least])
Pickup from lodging to host family (temp or long term)
Call California Senators Kevin DeLeon and Ricardo Lara this week and tell them to support AB1000, the California Desert Protection Act, and move it forward out of Committee. Tell them to do the right thing and protect our desert.
Background: AB1000 is legislation aimed to safeguard groundwater in California’s Mojave Desert that sustains wildlife and parks including Mojave Trails National Monument and Mojave National Preserve and wildlife. The legislation seeks to safeguard the desert from an unsustainable threat that has persisted for 20 years: the Cadiz Inc. water mining proposal. Cadiz Inc. seeks to pump 16 billion gallons of water each year for 50 years, from the heart of Mojave Trails National Monument and the aquifers connected to Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park. It is a reason Mojave Trails will likely be reduced by 500,000 acres. Many have collectively fought the Cadiz project for decades, but the Trump Administration is pulling out all the stops to move the project forward despite concerns raised by federal agencies and environmental groups.
Senators DeLeon and Lara held AB1000 from receiving a vote this past Friday, despite strong support from the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. BUT, the legislative session does not end until September 15th and we have information that indicates AB1000 still has a chance to move forward. Please call Senators Kevin DeLeon and Ricardo Lara and urge them to support and move the bill forward. Bonus: Tell DeLeon you won’t support him for Lt Governor if he kills this bill. Call them out on social media too, especially Twitter.
State Senator KEVIN de LEON, Speaker Pro Tempore
Capitol Office Tel: (916) 651-4024; Fax: (916) 651-4924
District Office Tel: (213) 483-9300; Fax: (213) 483-9305
State Senator Ricardo Lara
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4033
Huntington Park District Office: 323-277-4560
Long Beach District Office: 562-256-7921
The opinion page of local press is one of the most effective tools we have for making ourselves heard. Resistance members in the Morongo Basin have been making full use of this opportunity!
Following on the events in Charlottesville, the Hi-Desert Starpublished an editorial on August 24 calling racism repugnant and stating “the area’s partisan political groups, its service organizations and its clergy should be forming a united front to condemn racism.” The editorial notes “a new political group, Indivisible Morongo Basin, has joined in the effort to stand up for values of unity and justice”, but that the “brunt of the responsibility for ending white-supremacist racism should not be borne by its victims, or by a small group of churches or activists”; rather, “it’s a journey all of us in the Morongo Basin should be taking together.”
Rebecca Unger responds in a letter to the editor, and in another letter Wendy Hadley demands Rep. Paul Cook take a moral stand and censure President Trump’s statements on Charlottesville. You will find more voices from your community in the local press here.
Keep those letters coming, Indivisibles! Get tips on how and where to write on our Use the Press page. And remember, you can extend your impact by sending letters to newspapers throughout Congressional District 8 – find the links here.
ADDENDUM: In response to the Hi-Desert Star’s August 24 editorial, the Lincoln Club of the Morongo Basin submitted a letter to the editor which states “We gladly go on record as joining other Morongo Basin groups and organizations in opposing racism of any kind.”
And since that time the Morongo Basin Democratic Club has approved a resolution against racism and also submitted a letter to the Star calling on fellow residents of the Basin to take down their Confederate flags.
“It’s pretty unbelievable that we have to keep reliving history. It’s sad, but now it’s our time to stand up.” For Julian Jose Tedtaotao, of Twentynine Palms, and more than 100 other people, taking a stand on Sunday meant gathering on the corner of Twentynine Palms Highway and Park Boulevard to show solidarity with opponents of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, and across America. – Hi-Desert Star
If you joined us in Joshua Tree the evening of August 13 for the Indivisible Morongo Basin Vigil for Charlottesville, you know that it was an incredible, inspiring time shared with over 100 warm and spirited people, gathering on short notice to mourn the tragic and shocking losses that occurred in Charlottesville that weekend.
As the sun went down the mood was positive and determined, and as the sky darkened scores of tiny candles sparked to life. Many new faces were seen, as people throughout the Basin found their way to an event where they could express their outrage, their sadness, and their solidarity.
The Hi-Desert Star was there, interviewing attendees, and did an excellent write-up on the front page of the Thursday August 17 edition. Be sure to pick up a copy!
Thanks to everyone who contributed to make the vigil such a meaningful action.
August 15th was the fifth anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program that has provided safe harbor to live and work in our communities for 800,000 Americans who arrived in the U.S. as children. With Trump in office, these young people are facing the unthinkable prospect of being ripped from their homes and shoved into the deportation pipeline. On Tuesday, August 15, IMB members joined others across the nation to take the future of the DACAmented youth out of Trump’s hands by urging Senators Feinstein and Harris and Congressman Paul Cook to co-sponsor the bipartisan DREAM Act — S.1615 and H.R. 3591 (learn more about DACA and these bills here).
Indivisible National highlights some of the actions taken last week:
“We’re here for support.” On DACA’s anniversary, Indivisible Little Rock and Central Arkansas accompanied a local advocate to a meeting at the Arkansas Attorney General’s office, where she read letters from DACAmented Arkansans.
Thanks to all the groups who stood side-by-side with DACAmented Americans this week. You should continue to tell your MoCs to stand up for childhood arrivals and co-sponsor S.1615 and H.R. 3591 now using our explainer and script developed in partnership with United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center.
You can read more about United We Dream’s events in Washington and Indivisible Co-Executive Directors’ civil disobedience arrest in support of DACAmented Americans on the Indivisible Guide blog.
Following the well-attended Single-Payer info session in Apple Valley on July 20, 2017 with State Senator Ricardo Lara, a delegation of 6 from Indivisible Morongo Basin joined groups from Indivisible San Bernardino and the SEIU Local 2015, as well as concerned local constituents outside Rep. Paul Cook’s District Office in Apple Valley on July 21, 2017.
More than 30 people were present, and filled out “Death Certificates” to present to Rep. Cook’s staff, showing the health concerns that might kill them if they were kicked off insurance by repeal of the ACA. 115,000 people in the 8th Congressional District alone can expect to lose their health insurance if the ACA is repealed and some version of the Senate bill is enacted.
IMB members Cristyl Meyers and Sara Lee joined veteran Fernando Hernandez inside the building, where they were able to speak with Dakota Higgins of the Congressman’s office. Video of this conversation was broadcast live on Facebook thanks to Sergio and Miguel of the SEIU. Please watch! Every person present will feel a negative impact from loss of the Affordable Care Act, whether as an insured person or a caregiver. These people took the time to speak out for all of us, in hopes of averting the devastation we could all face.
A special appearance by the Indivisible San Bernardino Trump Chicken capped off an emotional day, and we got some great pictures. Huge thanks to all who attended, from far and wide!
On Thursday, July 6 Yolanda and Ann represented Indivisible Morongo Basin at the Health Care Action at Rep Paul Cook’s Yucaipa office. His office was locked and, in anticipation of our action, his staff had actually removed all the signage indicating that it was his office. As if that would stop us. We made some new Indivisible friends and invited the Trump chicken to attend a rally in Yucca Valley. It was great connecting with people who are deeply concerned with this issue. Before we left we filled out hospital insurance forms describing why we need insurance and posted them on his office window.
The hunger strike resumes for eight detained asylum seekers who were beaten and pepper sprayed by guards when they began the hunger strike last Monday. The abuse and inhumane treatment of detainees by this private, for-profit facility must stop now!
In support of the hunger strike by the detainees, Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees & Families, Hispanos Unidos, and Pueblo Sin Fronteras are hosting a Rally/Press Conference this Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Adelanto Detention Center, 10400 Rancho Road, Adelanto, CA 92301.
Local community members are invited to make videos that support SB562 and tell their stories. Please consider submitting a video. It’s easy. Below are video making and submission guidelines.
Instructions for making a video in support of SB562 (The Healthy California Act):
Use a smartphone to make the video. Make sure you hold the phone horizontally, not vertically.
Frame the shot as a medium close up so that your head and torso (down to the top of your hips) are centered in the frame.
Start with approximately 3 seconds of dead time (you just looking at the camera) before you start speaking. End with 3 seconds of dead time after you are done speaking.
Begin by saying your name and anything else you want to say about yourself.
Talk about why you support single payer universal healthcare for All Californians. Tell your story. If you want, you could also talk about your feelings about the ACA (Obamacare) and the AHCA (Trumpcare)
Video should be anywhere between 1 minute minimum and two minutes maximum.
Make sure the audio is clear.
When you are done, compress the video before sending it. If possible send as a Zip file. Ideally the video should be less than 50 megs and in a 640 x 480 format.
Members of Indivisible Morongo Basin and Indivisible Yucaipa attended the Shut Down Adelanto Rally Thursday night. Yolanda reports back:
The rally organized by Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice to demand an investigation into the most recent death and immediate release of all detainees with a medical history, was a success.
At least 40 people attended the event. The names of all deceased detainees were read, we prayed for them, we chanted, and we had a minute of silence. IC4IJ had a couple of speakers and a speaker from ACLU was also present.
45’s supporters were also present. They had a non-stop siren with the intention of drowning out our chants and speakers. They spewed hateful speech non-stop and called us sinners.
Our side was peaceful. Prior to and after the event, music was played. Most people danced at the end before peacefully leaving the rally.