Welcome to the DCSMV Website

We hope you will find our website informational and interesting.  We strive to provide educational tools to help voters make good, informed decisions, and to become active  Democrats.  To view the Home Page horizontal “Scrolling”  posts, click on the right arrow to view the next post, or, click on the image to view the full post.  When finished reading a post, scroll up to the Tab “Home” and click on it.  You will be back to the same place and can continue scrolling the posts, or, click on any of the Tabs across the top of the site (or the Menu bars)  and you will be directed to other areas of interest, such as elected representative’s contact information.

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Everything can be read in languages other than English. JUST CLICK ON THE “Select Language”  BUTTON.   Voters can register, or change information on the “Register To Vote” link, and join or donate to our club using secure ActBlue with your credit card.  The calendar of all of our monthly club meetings are also listed along with our contact information.  Join us and meet our members and a guest speaker or enjoy a planned program.   Visit our Facebook by clicking on the icon at the top of our header page.  Please let us know if we can improve our website.  Thank you!

 

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CONDADO DE SANTABARBARA  VOTER REGISTRATION/ELECTOR DE REGISTRO:
Santa Barbara County site  Register to vote here

(Note:  The Santa Maria Elections Office at 511 E. Lakeside Parkway has limited hours during off election years.  Call 1-800-722-8683 for details or to speak to an election’s office  assistant.  The County Recorder’s Office in the same building can accept registration forms and answer some election questions.)

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MONTHLY CLUB MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES:
DCSMV meets the third Thursday of every month.
IHOP Restaurant, 202 S. Nicholson Ave. Santa Maria, 93454 
(Freeway 101 and East Main Street)
   PUBLIC IS WELCOME.
     6:00 p.m. Social time and dinner (IHOP menu)
     7:00 – 7:35 p.m. scheduled speakers or program.
   DEMOCRATS: 
     7:40 p.m. General business meeting.
Call for office hours 1-805- 349-2708.
Email:    dcsmv@dcsmv.net.
Headquarters office:  327 E. Plaza Drive, #2, Santa Maria, CA 93454. 
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Save our NORTH S.B. COUNTY WATER! Comment to the BLM and DOGGR today!

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LETTER #1 to BLM

The ORCUTT oil field was identified as a high priority study area for the RMP (Regional Monitoring Program) because relatively large volumes of fluid have been injected into the ground for enhanced oil recovery water disposal.  
Write your comments to the BLM, Bureau of Land Management, in Bakersfield:
(Deadline to respond is June 10, 2019)  

Copy and paste Letter:

Hello, I am a resident of Santa Maria Valley, in Santa Barbara County, and I am deeply concerned about fracking and oil exploration near my community because of the disturbance of nature and contamination.   Oil companies are using chemicals and groundwater to extract fossils that can contaminate the earth’s natural resources. This process would misuse fresh water and  jeopardize aquifers.  Also, fuel adds to the carbon emissions in our atmosphere at a time when we should be focusing on decreasing emissions.
Additionally, the draft EIS is inadequate because it fails to adequately evaluate the impact of fracking on climate change.
At the conclusion of the analysis, I hope you will amend your management plan to exclude, or place restrictions on, parcels offered for oil leasing and fracking, reflective of the risks and impacts they pose to public health and the environment. In addition, I hope that you will close lands to leasing and fracking that are on or adjacent to schools, national forests, monuments, and refuges to better protect children and the resources that make these places so treasured by the public.
Thank you for taking my concerns into consideration.
(Name and address)
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Letter #2 to CA Dept of Conservation

NO CALIFORNIA EXEMPTIONS FOR DRILLING OVER SANTA MARIA VALLEY AQUIFER
(Deadline to comment June 20, 2019)
Below is an example comment, COPY AND PASTE  on the email to  Sacramento, California Department of Conservation (DOGGR):

Mailto:comments@conservation.ca.gov

Copy and paste Letter:
NO EXEMPTIONS FOR OIL COMPANIES.  Santa Maria Valley communities depend heavily on groundwater–more so than other cities with bigger budgets.  Much of the area’s drinkable and usable water comes from an underground water basin (aquifer), where just a single spill or leak could potentially contaminate drinking water for over 100,000 residents in the Santa Maria Valley–affecting already disadvantaged community members disproportionately.
Federal laws are meant to protect our aquifer because of its potential as a drinking water source.  But, big oil and gas companies are requesting an exemption from the law and have asked California to consider a proposal to allow the injection of waste associated with hundreds of new oil and gas wells DIRECTLY INTO THE SANTA MARIA AQUIFER.
NO EXEMPTIONS!!

(Name and address)

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Prior Events and posts:

RALLY and public forum was held June 5, 2019, 3 pm, Veterans Memorial Community Center, 313 W. Tunnell Street, SM 93458.  Public comments 4-7 pm.

RSVP TO ATTEND:

RSVP RALLY JUNE 5

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Keep CALLING, keep EMAILING, keep FIGHTING!

Another SB County Planning Commission public hearing was held May 29, 2019.

Prior Hearings:

On Wednesday, March 13 at 9:00AM, the Santa Barbara Planning Commission held a public hearing on ERG’s Project.  Although the Planning Commission shamefully chose to hold the hearing during working hours, 100 residents attended the hearing and expressed, once again, all of the multiple reasons why this project SHOULD NOT BE APPROVED.  WE MUST KEEP TELLING THEM.  Oil Companies have 100 year plans, and will never stop pushing their destructive agenda… AND WE MUST NOT STOP EITHER!  Tell the Planning Commission to deny the Project and protect our climate, air quality, water resources, and public health.  ERG is proposing to drill dozens of new thermally enhanced, steam injection oil wells, producing thousands of barrels of oil per day.  

This project is only 1900 feet from an elementary school and residences. It would increase air pollution, damage residents’ health, degrade water quality and ecosystems, generate traffic and 24/7 light and noise pollution, and lock in dirty fossil fuel production for decades to come – at a time when climate reports warn we need to accelerate a transition to cleaner sources of energy. 

Contact Santa Barbara Planning Commissioners!!

**** Phone or Email comments on ERG’s 233 new steam injection wells to:

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION:
Deputy Director: John Zorovich/Energy, Minerals & Compliance
Supervising Planner: Errin Briggs 805-568—2047
Staff Contact: Nancy Minick 805-884-8050
Staff Emails:
dvillalo@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

 Also, contact our elected SB County Board of Supervisors:

Link:  https://santamariademocrats.info/your-reps-and-maps/north-santa-barbara-county-supervisors/

NO drilling! Reject proposals by oil companies AERA, ERG (currently in bankruptcy) and PetroRock.  These projects would drill through the Santa Maria Valley Groundwater Basin, which provides clean drinking water to 12 cities and over 200,000 people. We need to make sure our county votes against these proposals

Steam Injection to extract oil is what is happening at Orcutt Hill and several other Orcutt sites on the east side of 101 Freeway mixed in with agriculture land. And now big oil company ERG wants to develop even further in Cat Canyon, OVER THE SANTA MARIA WATER AQUIFER. Let the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission know we expect them to do their jobs for the community and deny ERG’s request and prevent them from steam injecting through our water table!!

INJECTION:
Pressurized steam is injected into the oil-bearing zone over several days, creating fissures for the hot steam to reach the thick crude oil and soften it.
EXTRACTION;
Steaming ends and as the heated oil becomes more mobile, it is drawn up through the same well system. As more and more oil is taken out of the ground, support for the surface substrate weakens, causing land around the well to sink.

 

SIGN THE PETITION:

https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2949

CONTACT YOUR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SUPERVISOR:

https://santamariademocrats.info/your-reps-and-maps/north-santa-barbara-county-supervisors/

OTHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST:

https://www.environmentaldefensecenter.org/programs_post_type/climate-energy/three-new-thermally-enhanced-onshore-oil-projects/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/earthquakes-triggered-by-fracking/

 

 

  • This project would double the county’s current onshore oil production and is starkly at odds with our county’s Climate Action Plan goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the county by 50% by 2030.  
  • It would drill through the Santa Maria Valley groundwater basin, which provides clean drinking water for residents and agriculture. Well castings can and do fail, and surface spills are inevitable, thus risking our county’s largest clean water source. ERG has already spilled more than any other onshore oil company since 2010. 
  • The crude oil in Cat Canyon is so thick that ERG needs to truck in a lighter crude from Kern County to mix with it, and then truck the combined crude back out again to a pump station – requiring 156 one-way truck trips every day of light and blended crude oil. 
  • Trucks are the least safe way to transport oil, and accidents can shut down roads for extended periods of time. The project creates roadway hazards by adding oil tanker trucks to the 101, a critical transportation corridor for our region.
  • This project represents an industrial expansion in a high fire hazard area. ERG has had 34 fire department violations over the past four years and there have been recent fires on their site. This is an unacceptable risk given ever-increasing wildfire risk due to climate change.
  • ERG’s natural gas pipeline, with a capacity greater than all residential natural gas usage in the county, poses an explosion risk along the 101 where a gas leak and roadway spark could trigger a vapor cloud fire. 
  • The project presents a financial risk to the county. When a spill, fire or other disaster occurs, companies often leave taxpayers and counties on the hook. ERG is in bankruptcy, making the chances of them paying for damages highly unlikely.  They have even failed to pay property taxes. In County Council’s 2017-19 budget request, they reported that ERG owed the county $14 million in back taxes

Permanent link to this article: https://santamariademocrats.info/2019/05/28/stop-750-new-oil-wells-save-our-water/

May 27, 2019, Honoring the men and women of our armed forces.

Remembering and honoring all of our Veterans, and those who are serving today.

Here are ways we can all do every day to give support, honor, and show respect for all of our service men and women:

U.S. VETERANS AFFAIRS

15 Monuments that honor Veterans

 

Permanent link to this article: https://santamariademocrats.info/2019/05/27/may-27-2019-honoring-the-men-and-women-of-our-armed-forces/

STOP THE BANS RALLY was held in SLO, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, SLO Courthouse

Organized by Women’s March in front of SLO Superior Court to advocate for reproductive justice. The anti-abortion movement, built over nearly five decades, is closer than it has ever been to its long-held dream of dismantling Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.”
#stopthebans #hearourvoice #hearourvote#truthtopower

Women’s March Organization:

The Women’s March SLO joined thousands in a nationwide day of action on May 21.   In partnership with groups and organizations across the US, we are calling to #StopTheBans and fight for our reproductive rights and access to quality reproductive healthcare services, which includes safe, legal and affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education. Together, we will show up to speak out and fight back against this unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women. Together we say: Stop the bans.

PPSLO  will provide a #YouKnowMe board where you can share your stories (if you wish to do so), words of encouragement and your advocacy for reproductive rights.

Speakers:
Ruzena Brar
Michelle Call, GALA
Gina Welisch and Natalie Smith, Cal Poly Planned Parenthood Generation Action
Tina Ballantyne, Planned Parenthood CA Central Coast
…more coming.

Bring signs in support of women’s rights and reproductive justice.

Voter registration table will be set up by Indivisible: Rapid Response Team SLO.

This is a peaceful event. Women’s March San Luis Obispo follows Kingian Principles of non-violence. We attack ideas and change policy. We work towards a better future. We do not attack specific people. All who advocate for reproductive rights are welcome.

#StopTheBans San Luis Obispo Supporters:

Planned Parenthood CA Central Coast
Cal Poly Planned Parenthood Generation Action
Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund
SLO County Progressives
Students for Social Justice MBHS
Indivisible: Rapid Response Team SLO
Together We Will San Luis Obispo
Bend the Arc San Luis Obispo
SLO County Democratic Party

Please consider supporting WMSLO’s ongoing advocacy by making a donation – https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NTE0NjY=

Find event close to you at www.stopabortionbans.org
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#StopTheBans is a partnership of ACLU, ACLU of Georgia, Advocates for Youth, All* Above All Action Fund, Center for American Progress, Daily Kos, EMILYs List, Gender Justice, Hope Clinic for Women, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, Indivisible, International Women’s Health Coalition, Jane’s Due Process, MoveOn, NARAL Pro-Choice America, NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, National Abortion Federation, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Council of Jewish Women, National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis, National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, National Organization for Women, National Partnership for Women & Families, National Women’s Law Center, Planned Parenthood, People’s Defense, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, State Innovation Exchange, UltraViolet, #VOTEPROCHOICE, Whole Woman’s Health, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Women’s March, Women’s March California, Women’s March Minnesota, and Women Winning. Additional partners to be added.

Permanent link to this article: https://santamariademocrats.info/2019/05/06/stop-the-bans-rally-tuesday-may-21-2019-slo-courthouse-6-pm/

Joan Hartmann, SB County Supervisor office in Santa Maria.

Office in Santa Maria open Tuesday – Friday.

Office in Guadalupe by appointment.

Located at 511 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 111, Santa Maria, CA  93455.

In the Joseph Centeno Bldg off E. Betteravia Blvd & Centerpoint Parkway.

Contact  phone number  805-346-7210.  

Contact email:  jhartmann@countyofsb.org

 

                          Joan Hartmann,

Santa Barbara County Supervisor, 3rd District

 

 

Permanent link to this article: https://santamariademocrats.info/2019/05/05/tuesday-august-29-2017-open-house-joan-hartmann-sb-county-supervisor/

“Santa Maria Valley Women’s March” on January 19, 2019 was AWESOME!!! Thanks Santa Maria Valley!!!

 

 

25 photos.  For videos and more photos, visit our Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/DemocraticClubofSantaMariaValley/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CONGRATULATIONS!! Incumbent Congressman, 24th District, Salud Carbajal re-elected November 2018!

 

Santa Maria Office

1619 S. Thornburg Street, Santa Maria, CA  93458 (Take S. Broadway to W. Battles, turn left)

Open Mon – Thursday 9am – 5 pm.

Phone: (805) 730-1710

Salud Carbajal, 24th Congressional District Website link:  https://carbajal.house.gov

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/repsaludcarbajal/

A local office will be an opportunity for constituents to discuss with Congressman Carbajal how he can best be of assistance in dealing with constituent casework and federal matters that concern Santa Maria Valley residents.

OTHER OFFICE LOCATIONS:

WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE
212 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515Phone: (202)-225-3601

SANTA BARBARA OFFICE

360 S. Hope Ave.
Suite C-301
Santa Barbara, CA 93105Phone: (805)-730-1710

SAN LUIS OBISPO OFFICE
1411 Marsh St
Suite 205
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 546-8348

 Register to vote or update information:    https://registertovote.ca.gov

Permanent link to this article: https://santamariademocrats.info/2018/11/22/congressman-salud-carbajal-has-opened-an-office-in-santa-maria-open-mon-thursday/

CONGRATULATIONS!! GLORIA SOTO, WINNER DISTRICT 3, SANTA MARIA CITY COUNCIL

GLORIA SOTO, newly elected to the Santa Maria City Council,  was born, raised, and educated in Santa Maria.  She comes from an immigrant family whose example taught her the value of hard work and determination. Gloria took advantage of every opportunity that her family and community offered her. She holds degrees from Allan Hancock College and Chapman University.

Gloria is a non-profit professional who, over the last seven years, has worked with Planned Parenthood California Central Coast in a variety of positions, including education, public affairs, community engagement, and development. Currently, she is the Regional Development Manager. Her work in the non-profit sector has also included volunteering to train youth leaders and directing week-long youth leadership programs. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors for Future Leaders of America and has served on The Fund for Santa Barbara’s Grant Making Committee (GMC). She is currently the GMC liaison to the Fund’s Board of Directors. Her wide experience with non-profit organizations has taught her the importance of building coalitions between communities and individuals who share common goals.

Gloria is a homeowner and resident of the Westgate neighborhood in District 3. She is bilingual, bi-cultural, and deeply connected to the Santa Maria Valley’s many communities. Gloria understands the everyday struggles of families in our city and will be a fierce advocate for affordable housing, living wage jobs, and expanding opportunities for all the youth of Santa Maria. The Candidates & Endorsement Committee recommends her endorsement.

or   http://gloriafordistrict3.com/video/

Look up your address to find your District – HERE

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The facts about Trump’s policy of separating families at the border.

Obama’s guidelines prioritized the deportation of gang members, those who posed a national security risk and those who had committed felonies.

Trump’s January 2017 executive order does not include a priority list for deportations and refers only to “criminal offenses,” which is broad enough to encompass serious felonies as well as misdemeanors.

Because of Trump’s executive order, DHS can deport people for misdemeanors more easily, because the government no longer prioritizes the removal of dangerous criminals, gang members or national-security threats. (A DHS fact sheet says, “Any individual processed for removal, including those who are criminally prosecuted for illegal entry, may seek asylum or other protection available under law.”)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/06/19/the-facts-about-trumps-policy-of-separating-families-at-the-border/?utm_term=.00610c418f4a&wpisrc=nl_fact&wpmm=1

Where are the children coming from?

  1. This rural town, is among the poorest in a nation.

2) Guatemala’s capital is plagued with gang violence.

3) Rival gangs are responsible for most of the murders in El Salvador’s capital.

More than three-quarters of the children minors are from mostly poor and violent towns in three countries: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Children from Mexico, once the largest group, now make up less than a quarter of the total. A small number come from 43 other countries.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/15/us/questions-about-the-border-kids.html

 

 

Permanent link to this article: https://santamariademocrats.info/2018/06/28/the-facts-about-trumps-policy-of-separating-families-at-the-border/

Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino is not on the list. 279 US Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals

Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino is not on the list.

Here are the Mayors on the List on the Central Coast:

Goleta, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo.  See interactive map:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1aTksAOrC9gLOgSlBZecxZiBHenQ&ll=34.49875259839798%2C-113.24761935830116&z=6

U.S. Climate Mayors:

We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.

The world cannot wait — and neither will we.

https://medium.com/@ClimateMayors/climate-mayors-commit-to-adopt-honor-and-uphold-paris-climate-agreement-goals-ba566e260097

http://www.climate-mayors.org

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May 2, 2018, Co-authors held a public press conference announcing efforts to reform our broken campaign finance system

San Luis Obispo, CA – On Wednesday, May 2, Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) and Bill Ostrander, Director of Citizen’s Congress, (and 2018 Candidate for CA 35 Assembly) introduced the Corporate Political Disclosure Act of 2018.

For more information, click on the link below:

https://santamariademocrats.info/past-local-political-events/may-2-2018-carbajal-and-ostrander-announce-legislation-to-disclose-corporate-election-spending/

Permanent link to this article: https://santamariademocrats.info/2018/05/02/may-2-2018-co-authors-to-held-a-public-press-conference-announcing-efforts-to-reform-our-broken-campaign-finance-system/

CALIFORNIA MUST PROTECT HEALTHCARE. SUPPORT SB562, CA HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

California can’t count on congress to assist Americans with affordable insurance.  We must take steps to provide coverage to those who will need it and whose lives depend upon health care.  The CA Senate has passed SB562, now the CA Assembly must pass it.  

CALL Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon (AD 62): (916) 319-2063.  Vote on this in 2017!!

The Senate passed SB562 June 2, 2017, now the Assembly has to step up!!

Please FORWARD this message to friends and activist groups. We need a flood of calls to stir these legislators! Thank you all for your work!

This is an important message for all SB 562 supporters. Please read and follow up ASAP.

As our bill heads to the CA Assembly, the Healthy California campaign is asking us to make THREE VERY QUICK PHONE CALLS.  If everyone does this, it will bolster the process and build momentum going forward.

SAMPLE MESSAGE: “SB 562 is key to our health and economy. I am looking to (name of Assemblymember) to support it.”

1.) CALL:  

District 35 State Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham

                Phone: (805) 549-3381 SLO

SAMPLE MESSAGE: “SB 562 is key to our health and economy. I am looking to (name of Assemblymember) to support it.”

1150 Osos Street, Suite 207, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

District 35 Map:   http://www.calvoter.org/voter/maps/2011/assembly/map_20110815_ap_ad_35_certified.pdf

2.)  CALL 

two other important Asssemblymembers, Health Committee Chair Jim Wood and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon:

               Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon (AD 62): (916) 319-2063
                       

                          Assemblymember Jim Wood (AD 2): (916) 319-2002

 

***  BE NOTIFIED OF THE PROGRESS OF HEALTH CARE FOR ALL SB562:  http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/home/

 

Permanent link to this article: https://santamariademocrats.info/2018/04/18/make-2-important-calls-today-to-support-sb562-ca-health-care-for-all/

The case against Charter Schools and Voucher programs. Today, black students are over five times more likely to attend high-poverty schools than white children

Still Separate, Still Unequal: The Role of Black Women and Girls in the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education

May 18, 2018
Yesterday marked the 64th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, in which the Court ruled that state laws segregating schools were unconstitutional. Yet schools today are more segregated than they were in 1968, with approximately 75 percent of black students attending racially segregated schools. This is bad news for students and particularly impacts black girls.
Vouchers divert desperately needed resources from public schools to fund the education of a few students at private or religious schools.

Continue reading –

https://www.aauw.org/2018/05/17/still-separate-still-unequal/

Permanent link to this article: https://santamariademocrats.info/2018/04/15/the-case-against-charter-schools-and-voucher-programs-today-black-students-are-over-five-times-more-likely-to-attend-high-poverty-schools-than-white-children/

800,000 Dreamers are at risk in the land of immigrants.

 

SIGN THE LETTER. Protect the Dreamers.  These Dreamers came forward with the government’s promise of protection, and passed a rigorous background check, paid a fee, and are currently in school, active duty or the workforce. They are hardworking, young individuals who are part of the fabric of our nation. Eliminating the ability of these Dreamers to work legally in the U.S. and subjecting them to immediate deportation is a moral, policy, and political disaster.
There is overwhelming bipartisan support across America for legislative solutions to protect Dreamers from deportation and to create a legal status for them.
Take action to protect Dreamers.

SIGN THE LETTER:

https://dreamers.fwd.us/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=protect-dreamers&utm_term=dream_act&utm_content=

 

EASY CONNECT WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS:  https://dreamacttoolkit.org/?link_id=1&can_id=83c605ec892ede215fcc88c82e0a78fb&source=email-defenddaca-protect-undocumented-communities&email_referrer=email_228200&email_subject=defenddaca-protect-undocumented-communities

 

SIGN THE PETITION:

https://santamariademocrats.info/petitions/immigration-and-daca/tell-trump-to-protect-dreamers/

 

Permanent link to this article: https://santamariademocrats.info/2018/01/30/800000-dreamers-are-at-risk-in-the-land-of-immigrants/

Why do the wealthy run the country? People living in poverty are registered, but don’t vote.

Study: Polarization and Gridlock Work Well for Rich Americans

Data collected by the Pew Research Center in 2014 found that only half of the least financially secure Americans are registered to vote, and only one-fifth planned to cast a ballot in that year’s midterm election. These voters also didn’t follow politics very closely — only a quarter knew which party controlled Congress, and only 14 percent had gotten in touch with an elected official in the last two years.

“Most people are registered to vote but you’ll find that they’re not turning out to vote,” says Alexandra Gallo, an organizer with West Virginia Citizen Action Group who participated in a panel on rural organizing. “They don’t feel that it matters or that it’s going to make a difference, or they don’t want to vote for the lesser of two evils.”

“You don’t just show up and knock on people’s doors,” she continues. “You have to develop trust. They want to know why you’re there. How long you plan to stay. And usually, when people are showing up, they assume that they have some money associated with their being there that probably will never get to the community.”

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