All posts by Sally Archambault

FAX Congress NOW

I just sent this message (tweaked a bit for each person) to Speaker Pelosi (FAX: 202-225-6999) , Jerry Nadler (FAX: 202-225-6923), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and my congressman, Mike Thompson (FAX: (707) 251-9800), via FaxZero. Feel free to copy my message or write your own but do SOMETHING – you will feel better for it, trust me!

Dear Speaker Pelosi –

I understand your hesitancy to proceed with impeachment charges against Donald Trump in terms of how it might affect the 2020 election. But we can’t wait for that. There is too much damage that has been done by this administration and too much more they could do between now and the election. The recent powers Trump granted to the AG is another example of why the Dems cannot wait to impeach. Donald Trump is turning us into an autocracy more and more every day and the danger to our democracy is too real to wait. I implore you to take action NOW before it is too late.


Active Citizen
Everytown, State

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SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS: Proposed HUD policy change is Discriminatory

A proposed HUD policy change is more than it seems. And discriminatory. (from a local housing employee)

The whole story: Ben Carson has been prancing around the last couple weeks unveiling a new proposal that HUD evict all undocumented persons living in federally subsidized housing. On the surface, it looks pretty common sense and innocuous. The most frequent question I’ve seen in the comment sections on major news outlets has been, “why are we assisting them in the first place?” Great question. In federal housing (the only housing impacted by this proposal), ******* we aren’t ******. In fact, we haven’t been since 1981.

The current system: Families comprised of all undocumented immigrants are currently ineligible to receive assistance. Period. So, this rule only impacts families with a mix of immigrant statuses. Currently, families that are a blend of citizens and undocumented immigrants receive a “prorated” assistance. Everyone in the entire household has to report all of their income, but they only receive a percentage of the assistance based on how many people in the household are documented. Let’s say there’s a family of 4:1 person does not have papers and the other 3 do. They would get 75% of the assistance that a family in the exact same situation but with all citizens would receive. Another example: 2 people have papers and 2 people don’t? That’s only funding at 50%.

This proposed rule plans to do away entirely with prorated assistance. If the rule takes effect, families will have a limited time to provide documentation for everyone in the household. If they can’t, they’ll have to kick the undocumented person out or face eviction. (**This rule would apply to federal housing only.** not tax credit properties or properties run by non-profits/private organizations.)

What is that going to look like? It’s going to look like parents being less comfortable accessing help with housing for their children. It’s going to look like fewer low income grandmas (who are US citizens) being assisted because each household already receiving assistance gets the full amount of help. It’s going to look like citizens getting evicted from their homes because they can’t live without their breadwinner, and their breadwinner can’t live with them. It’s going to look like straight up discrimination because in certain states, the majority of the undocumented immigrants are people of color.

As a person who calculates these prorated rents, I get the temptation to just simplify the paperwork with an all or nothing policy. But doing real damage to fellow citizens for the sake of making my desk life easier will never be something I’m willing to support.

Comments are open on the federal register’s website on the proposal for the next month or so.
You know what to do: Submit your comments here


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June 1st: National Gun Violence Awareness Day

On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 1, Americans across the country will be wearing orange. It is a simple, but powerful, statement — and when we all act together, we can’t be ignored. On June 1st, our social networks, our monuments, and our communities will light up orange, standing together for a bright future free from gun violence.

Wear Orange:  Find an event near you.

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NEWS Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services and Napa Valley College Team Up for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 15, 2019
For Immediate Release
Media Contacts:
Karen Calhoun (707) 252 – 3687

NEWS Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services and Napa Valley College Team Upfor Sexual Assault Awareness Month

(Napa, CA – April 15, 2019) – Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), recognized each April, aims to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.   NEWS Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse services is committed to reducing incidents of sexual violence in Napa County while providing victims and survivors with support services.  In recognizing that sexual violence is a community issue, NEWS will be engaging the community in prevention and awareness campaigns throughout the month of April.  This year, NEWS partnered with the Napa Valley College SAVE Taskforce to bring two notable SAAM events to the college campus.

“What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation comes to Napa

A survivor art installation entitled “What Were You Wearing?” will be available for viewing from April 2nd to April 26th on the Napa Valley College campus. The installation is open to the public and will be displayed in the lobby of the 1500 and 1300 buildings.   In collaboration with NEWS Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services and the Napa Valley College SaVE Taskforce, this exhibit is the first of its kind in Napa.

“What Were You Wearing?” has been curated on college campuses across the country featuring outfits recreated from the stories of student sexual assault survivors.  The project is inspired by a poem written by Dr. Mary Simmerling entitled What I Was Wearing, which details the outfit she was wearing when she was sexually assaulted: a white t-shirt and a knee-length denim skirt. Her poem will be on display throughout the showing.

Napa Valley College and NEWS are fortunate to present this recreation with permission from the original creators and the stories utilized were donated by survivors and used with their consent.  This installation provides a tangible response to one of our culture’s most pervasive sexual assault myths and asks participants to understand that sexual assault is never about the clothing.  The act of shedding those clothes is never enough to bring peace or comfort to survivors.  This violation is not simply woven into the fabric of the material, it is a part of the survivor’s new narrative.

“If only ending sexual violence was as easy as changing our clothes.  Instead it requires all of us to evaluate what enables us as individuals and as a society to ask, “what were you wearing?” in the first place.  NEWS is honored for the opportunity to collaborate with Napa Valley College and bring this powerful survivor art installation to the campus.  The hope is that it will be a learning experience where those viewing the exhibit will formulate healthy attitudes and beliefs regarding the common “clothing causes sexual violence” sexual assault myth.” – said Heather Bailie, SAVS Outreach and Education Program Manager.

One of the goals of the Installation is for participants to see themselves reflected in not only the outfits, but also the stories.  This realization moves us away from blaming the victim for violence and places responsibility where it belongs, on those who cause harm.  The hope is that survivors who experience the Installation feel heard, validated, believed, and know that the assault was not their fault.

“Sexual violence is a very real problem on every college campus.  It is important for us as a college and Napa as a community to continue to do its part to fight against it.  Napa Valley College is excited to partner with NEWS on bringing the powerful and impactful “What Were you Wearing?” Survivor Art

Installation to Napa.  The hope is to continue to open people’s eyes about sexual violence, remind them that this problem exists everywhere, and help victims know they are not alone and that we support them and their battle to rise above.”- said Amber Wade, Chief of Police, Napa Valley College.

Still We Rise Survivor Art Exhibit and Reception

Join NEWS Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services for an artful journey of healing and empowerment in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  On Tuesday, April 30th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the Napa Valley College Community Room #1731, an art exhibit and reception will celebrate the courage and resilience of local survivors.

United through a shared mission of rising above trauma, survivor art offers a voice to the unspoken realities of our time.  Participants from NEWS’ Writing Ourselves Whole writing workshop and the Kintsugi Healing Art workshop will display their artwork and artwork submitted by local survivors and allieswill be on display.

At the reception, NEWS will recognize champions in the Napa community who demonstrate outstanding service to end sexual violence and support survivors.  Because of their hard work and extraordinary commitment to survivors of sexual violence, NEWS is honoring many individuals from the Napa community with Teal Ribbon Awards.

Still We Rise Survivors Art Exhibit and Reception is free to the public and complimentary food and wine will be served.

According to US National Statistics –

  • One in five women and one in seventy one men in the US will be raped at some time in their lives.
  • One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old.
  • 20% – 25% of college women and 15% of college men are victims of forced sex during their time in college.
  • Rape is the most underreported crime. 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, NEWS and the Napa Valley College SaVE Taskforce are collaborating to provide advanced advocacy for victims of crime.  They both share an interest in and are providing preventative and supportive services to those impacted by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.  Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault regardless of gender, race, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, etc.  This collaboration increases access to services and improves awareness on campus and in the community.

Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g., due to the student’s age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent).A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.  Sexual violence can be carried out by other students, school employees or third parties.   All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

About NEWS Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services

NEWS was formed in 1981 when a group of community members realized there was no safe place for women and children to go when they were fleeing abuse at home.  Volunteers had been taking battered women and their children into their own homes to protect them, and the need for a safe shelter was clear.  Our founders worked in partnership with local leaders to acquire a house where women and children could find safety and support, and begin the process of rebuilding their lives.

Today NEWS has grown into a strong organization with a dedicated group of staff and volunteer domestic violence and sexual assault counselors, providing direct client services as well as shelter 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to approximately 1200 people each year.  We work on prevention through education and outreach programs.

The NEWS Board of Directors is a group of leaders from a wide cross-section of the Napa community, providing governance and support to help NEWS meet its mission.  They give their time, talents, andsupport to keep NEWS going strong, always guided by the belief that everyone deserves a safe place to call home.

About Napa Valley College SaVE Taskforce

Members of the Napa Valley College community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from sexual violence.  The SaVE Taskforce consists of both campus and community representatives who meet monthly to discuss policy and bring information to the campus regarding sexual harassment, domestic violence, stalking, dating violence and sexual assault.  The SaVE Taskforce endeavors that students and employees receive support service awareness, on-going education, prevention information and develops campus programming intended to stop sexual violence.


Heather Bailie, SAVS Outreach and Education Program Manager
1141 Pear Tree Lane Ste. 220
Napa, Ca 94559
Phone: 707 – 252 – 3687

Amber Wade, Chief of Police, Napa Valley College
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, Ca 94558
Phone: 707 – 256 – 7771

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Support Al Otro Lado’s Vida Libre Bond Fund!

The Vida Libre Bond Fund is a revolving bond fund for asylum seekers, migrants and refugees being held in detention centers. Bail is often set well beyond the means of our clients, most of whom represent the most impoverished and vulnerable populations. Because they can’t pay bail, our clients are forced to wait in detention where essential medical care is inept, emotional, verbal and even sexual abuse occurs regularly, and access to legal counsel is severely limited. It’s a for-profit system designed to break the human spirit.

The Vida Libre Bond Fund will pay for our clients’ bail and offers one of the few ways that they can be restored a sense of dignity and autonomy, and fight for just immigration proceedings. We believe freedom is a basic human right and not a privilege only accessible to the wealthy. Once our clients meet all legal obligations in their final immigration hearing, their bond can be refunded, and that money goes back into the Vida Libre Bond Fund to help more people and families!

We would love if you could consider a recurring monthly donation, however we are grateful for any amount. Click on the link to donate and please share!

Loving shout out to Ashluka for designing this graphic for us!

Al Otro Lado is  a bi-national, non-profit organization, direct legal services organization serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico. The bulk of our services are immigration-related.


FACEBOOK:  @AlOtroLadoOrg

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Start Texting with Resistance Labs

It’s not too early to get involved.  You might even say it’s the best time!  People are throwing their hats into the ring for the 2020 race and when things heat up, you can be ready!

There are always issues coming up – with or without the 2020 race.

If you haven’t texted before, try it now.  It really is easy.  And Resistance Labs does everything they can to make it as easy as possible.

Click here to sign up for a shift and find out more.

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Volunteers Need for Women’s March Napa Valley

In preparation for the upcoming Anniversary March on Saturday, January 19th,  Women’s March Napa Valley needs your support as a volunteer for the following duties:  1) Safety & Security and 2) Chant Ringleaders.  Grab your friends and support the March!  For your service, you’ll receive a March Third Anniversary hat — yours to keep.

WMNV March - Security & SafetySafety & Security will handle:  Route Monitoring, Safety and Clean Up.  We need 30-40 Volunteers for this group.  Volunteer training will be: Tuesday January 15th,  5:30pm- 6:15pm, at WorkMix (950 Randolph St., downtown Napa).  Volunteers will provide a presence at the 5 intersections along 3rd St, with 2-3 volunteers on each side of each block.  To signup or ask questions, contact Ernie Weir, “Minister of Security” at

Chant Ringleaders will WMNV March Chanting & Singing with Melanie deMooremingle through the March and lead call⁄response chants. We need 20-30 enthusiastic Volunteers for this group.  Volunteer training will be  Wednesday, January 9th, from 5:30-7:00pm (two 45 minutes sessions)  at WorkMix (950 Randolph St., downtown Napa).    To signup or ask questions, contact Antonia, “Mistress of Ringleaders” at

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VOTE for California Assembly District Delegates

ALL Napa Democrats are invited to take part in the ADEM elections that will be held on Jan 13th.   Activists are vying for this delegate to the California Democratic Party position including 4 NCDCC members: Ricky Hurtado, Karen McNair, Esperanza Padilla, and G. Anthony Phillips.

ADEM delegates from the 80 California Assembly Districts make up 1/3rd of the delegates to the California Democratic Party convention. They are also eligible to be appointed on the subcommittees of the CDP.  These subcommittees include legislation, platform, resolutions, rules and several others. Your vote for Napa activists that will be on the ballot can help to direct the actions of these subcommittees and the CDP in general. Also, many of these delegates will be motivated to seek to be a delegate to the Democratic Party National Convention. With your vote Napa has the opportunity to insure they “are in the room where it happens”. (Thanks to Hamilton!)

AD4 election is 10 AM Jan 13 @ IBEW 180 and 10:30 AM @Veterans Memorial Center in Davis.

Our NCDCC candidates are part of a slate, the Rural Progressive Alliance for AD4. All RPA slate candidates would appreciate your vote. Please see their facebook page for more info on the slate candidates.

COME VOTE if you live in District 4 (if Bill Dodd is your California State Senator, you live in District 4).

Read more at the Event Listing.

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