Attend a Town Hall!

Congress is on break from April 10-21, which means your representatives should be back in their home districts. Enter your zipcode on the Town Hall Project website to find Town Halls near you!

Here in Los Angeles, Senator Dianne Feinstein is holding a town hall on Thursday, April 20 at 11am (doors open at 10am) at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles at 2270 S Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018. RSVPs are required and space is limited. Sign up here.

Senator Kamala Harris will also be visiting LA. Her town hall is on Friday, April 21 from 3:30-5pm (doors open at 2:30pm) at the Holman United Methodist Church at 3320 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018. RSVPs are required and space is limited. Sign up here.

Fight for Tax-free Tampons

Request that Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s bill to end the tax on feminine hygiene products be scheduled for a hearing in its introduced form. Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Chair of the Assembly Tax and Revenue Committee, pulled Assembly Bill 9 because he wants to allow local taxation. Contact Chair Ridley-Thomas to help get a hearing for this important legislation aiming to exempt menstrual products from taxation. Tampons are a necessity not a luxury!no-tax-on-tampons-3-ealert

Here’s the Chair’s contact information:
Phone: (916) 319-2054 & (323) 291-5441
Fax: (916) 319-2154
Email: Sebastian.Ridley-Thomas@asm.ca.gov
Twitter: @SebastianMRT

 

Indivisible Claremont/Freedom Uprising Meeting Tonight

Indivisible Claremont has invited Freedom Uprising to co-host a meeting tonight at 7pm at St. Ambrose Church at 830 W. Bonita Ave in Claremont, CA. We’ll kick off the meeting with a 45-minute presentation about civic engagement by Freedom Uprising co-leader Jan Roselle and then break up into small groups to discuss actions focused on specific topics like health care and immigration. You’ll have the opportunity to sign up for an Action Group matching your interests.

Please sign up here if you’re interested in attending and bring your friends with you!

Support the Public Lands Protection Act

Tell your CA state senator to support SB-50, the Public Lands Protection Act. According to bill architect Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), “We have a sacred duty to take whatever actions we can to protect public lands from any sale or lease that would result in their loss or degradation. SB-50 will put the state in a strong position to defend federal lands in California against those threats.”

For more information about why passing SB-50 matters, check out this Salon.com article about how Republicans in D.C. are limiting the ability of individual citizens to participate in debates about federal land use.

You can find your state senator at http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/.

Attend a Freedom Uprising Training on 4/9

Mark your calendars! Our next Freedom Uprising training session will be on Sunday, April 9 at 3:30pm at the Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Church at 9185 Monte Vista Ave, Montclair, CA. This training will review the responsibilities of the different branches of government and how regular citizens can impact legislation, including a discussion of what kinds of political action are most effective. Please allow time to find parking. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required. Please sign up here to help us estimate attendance.

Support A Day Without A Woman (3/8)

The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington and the sister marches across the United States have organized “A Day Without A Woman” to occur this Wednesday, March 8, which is International Women’s Day. The Women’s March organizers suggested three ways for women to support A Day Without A Woman:

  1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor.
  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
  3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

The first action of skipping work and unpaid labor is probably impossible for most women, but we encourage all of our followers to wear red on Wednesday and avoid unnecessary shopping.