Weekly Update 2/12/18
We have a lot of big updates this week.
First, a reminder: our monthly meeting is next Wednesday, February 21st, at 7:00. Our guest speaker will be Assembly Member Kevin McCarty, who represents many of us in this group (if you live in the northern half of Sacramento, he is probably your Assembly Member). We’re excited to hear from one of our local state legislators who has such a reliable progressive record.
As usual, we’ll be in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Culture, 2791 24th Street. We meet the third Wednesday of every month.
We are thrilled to announce a big event coming up. Indivisible Sacramento will be hosting a discussion featuring members of a number of progressive groups and representatives from a many diverse religious denominations. We hope to show how people from different backgrounds can come together to make positive change in the community and in the world.
Please mark your calendars for Sunday, April 22nd at 3:00 p.m. We’ll be gathering at the First United Methodist Church at 2100 J Street.
Issues and Phone Calls
Keep making calls to our Members of Congress! There is no shortage of issues for our MOCs to take a stand on, and we have to make sure they know we care.
Here are contact numbers for our local MOCs:
Rep. Doris Matsui: (916) 698-5600
Canvassing with CA Away Team
Finally, remember to check out California Away Team’s website. There are volunteer opportunities in Roseville,Fair Oaks, and Sacramento coming up soon. We need your help to win the 2018 midterm elections!
Weekly Update 2/5/18
Good evening, Friends.
Calls to Members of Congress
Take some time this week to learn about these issues and give your Members of Congress (MOCs) a call:
- Cuts to Medicaid and Medicare. Paul Ryan has spent his whole life dreaming about making poor and middle class peoples’ lives harder. He is calling it “welfare reform”now, but it really means big cuts to programs like Medicare that millions rely upon. We need to stop this before it goes anywhere.
- Trump is undertaking a “Nuclear Posture Review,” and he wants to waste more money and rattle sabres by building more nuclear weapons. 16 Senators, including Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinsteinhave signed a letter opposing this impulsive and dangerous move. Please call our Senators to thank them.
- The Dream Act is still a top priority, since Congress has done nothing, and the March 5 deadline is coming fast. Senators McCain and Coons introduced a bipartisan immigration bill that includes protection for Dreamers and ignores Trump’s ridiculous immigration demands. Let’s get this bill up for a vote! Call both Senators and let them know about it.
- If you still have some energy left after all that, take a moment to check out Indivisible’s page on the Nunes memo and Congressman Schiff’s response.
Here are contact numbers for our local MOCs:
Rep. Doris Matsui: (916) 698-5600
Rep. Ami Bera: (916) 635-0505
Sen. Kamala Harris: (916) 448-2787
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (415) 393-0707
We are pleased to announce that Assembly Member Kevin McCarty will be joining us at our next meeting! Asm. McCarty is a progressive ally, and he represents most of the city of Sacramento, as well as some other portions of Sacramento County.
The meeting will happen at 7:00 in Room 10 of Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Community – 2791 24th Street, Sacramento. See you there!
Graphic Designer Help Needed
We are looking for someone with some graphic design skills to help out with some projects. If you can help, please send an email to this address (IndivisibleSacramentoCA@Gmail.com). Thanks in advance!
Cal Away Team
California Away Team is working harder than ever to help win the midterm elections. They knock on the doors of Democrats who skipped past midterm elections so that they won’t make the same mistake this time. Right now they’re working on keeping Congressional District 7 (Elk Grove, Carmichael, Orangevale, etc.) Blue, and they’re also helping to make a progressive change in District 4 (which spans from Roseville to a big chunk of the mountains), which is currently represented by Trump enabler Tom McClintock.
There are volunteer opportunities in both districts this weekend! You can volunteer to unseat McClintock on Saturday and help in District 7 on Sunday. Check out their website for details on how to help!
Weekly Update 1/29/18
Good evening, friends.
Today has been a day of discouraging news, as Trump and his toadies continued their assault on Democratic norms. The Deputy Director of the FBI was forced to resign earlier than expected due to pressure from the Administration. In Congress, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release a bogus memo launching a hyper-partisan attack on the FBI, thanks to Chairman Devin Nunes. And Trump failed to implement sanctions on Russia, despite overwhelming bi-partisan support.
In times like these, we need to look to the future, and to each other for support. Over the past year, we have built an amazing community of dedicated activists in Sacramento and around the nation. Rather than get discouraged, we need to keep up our efforts. Together we are keeping American democracy alive. And this year, we will all come together to defeat cowardly Congressmen like Nunes, who are so afraid of their party’s big donors that they have stopped caring about our country’s freedom.
Thank you for standing with us. Thank you for being Indivisible.
The Dream Act is still a top priority for Indivisible nationwide. Please take some time to visit their website and learn about it if you’re not already familiar. California’s Senators are “Dream Heroes,” who have voted to stand with Dreamers. Please call them and thank them this week – even if you’ve already done so before. They like to hear from us when they’re doing a good job. And please urge them to keep up the battle to pass a clean Dream Act.
Our next meeting will be held on February 21st at 7:00. Our meetings are the third Wednesday evening of every month at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street in Sacramento.
California Away Team
If you want to throw out the bad legislators and keep the good ones, California Away Team is a great volunteer opportunity. Join them on Sunday, February 11th to knock on a few doors and reach out to registered Democrats who have skipped recent midterm elections. Find the details at their website.
Good evening, Friends.
Who’s ready for another big week of resisting the Trump agenda? The holidays are over, and Congress is back in session. While Washington is finally getting around to discussing whether Donald Trump is mentally fit to be President (about two years too late, but better late than never!), there is still a lot of work to be done on issues like net neutrality and immigration.
Our Next Meeting
Our next meeting is coming up. We’re meeting Wednesday, January 17th at 7:00. As usual, we’ll be in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Community (2791 24th Street, Sacramento). This month’s special guest is State Senator Scott Weiner, a friend of Indivisible who co-sponsored many of the bills we strongly supported last year. This will be a great chance to talk to a legislator who can tell us about what is going on in Sacramento this year.
The Dream Act and the Government Funding Bill
Congress still hasn’t passed a measure to protect the millions of Dreamers who were brought to America as children and now face deportation thanks to Trump. Last month we tasked our legislators to refuse to fund the government unless the Dream Act passes. The bad news is that Congress passed a temporary funding measure right before Christmas and did nothing for the Dreamers.
The good news is that our Members of Congress stood up for Dreamers and voted no. Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Congressman Ami Bera, and Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein all voted AGAINST the spending bill. Indivisible has put together a website with a lot of information about the Dream Act issue and tools including call scripts to contact our representatives. Please take some time to visit the site. Then give our Senators and Representatives a call to thank them – and to urge them to stay strong and vote NO again if the next funding bill doesn’t include protection for the Dreamers.
Congresswoman Matsui’s office is at 916 498-5600 and Congressman Bera is at 916 635-0505.
We’re also keeping an eye on the Net Neutrality issue. As you may be aware, the FCC voted last month to end Net Neutrality protections, which could allow internet providers to restrict access to websites that can’t afford to pay exorbitant fees – or that post material they disagree with. Democratic Senators have put together a plan to force a vote to try and repeal the FCC’s decision. Please make another call to our two Senators this week and let them know you support Net Neutrality and want them to fight for it!
California Away Team
Our friends at California Away Team are still busy knocking on doors and reaching out to voters who skipped the midterm elections in 2014. We are doing everything we can to make sure they do vote in 2018. Their next volunteer opportunity is this Sunday, January 14th. You should join them! Check out their website for details.
Finally, a reminder that the Women’s March is coming up on January 20th. The one year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration is our next chance to show how many people are committed to resisting the Trump agenda worldwide, and it should be an inspirational and uplifting event.
Don’t know what to wear to the march? Check out the Indivisible website, which has some nice-looking t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale.
Happy New Year!
This New Year is a special one. 2017 was the year we learned how to come together and make our voices heard. But 2018 is even more important. This is the year we strike back.
Winning the midterm elections is our top priority this year. Any Member of Congress who voted to destroy the Affordable Care Act should be afraid. And if they also supported Trump’s larcenous tax bill, they should be doubly afraid. We are going to make calls. We are going to knock on doors. We are going to write postcards. And most of all, we are going to vote to preserve America’s democracy and restore America’s dignity.
By the end of this year, if we all stick together and work as hard as we can, hundreds of elected officials who support Trump will be kicked out of office. So let’s get to work!
Our meeting this month will be held on Wednesday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m. We have a very special guest. State Senator Scott Weiner will be talking to us about some of the big legislative priorities on the State level for 2018. Senator Weiner, who represents San Francisco and parts of the Bay Area, was a co-sponsor of a number of bills that Indivisible Sacramento supported last year.
Our meetings are always the third Wednesday of every month. We meet in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento.
For many of us, last year’s Women’s March was the moment when we realized we had the power to fight back against the Trump Administration’s assault on democracy. Across America and the world, we shared a moment of hope at the beginning of a dark year. It’s time to do it again!
The march will be held on January 20th. For details, check out the Sacramento march’s website.
California Away Team
Of course, you don’t have to wait for our next meeting or for the Women’s March to get out and make a difference. California Away Team is reaching out to voters who skipped the last midterm election to make sure they don’t skip this one. They’ll be canvassing in the eastern suburbs on Sunday, January 14th. For more details, visit their website.
Weekly Update 12/18/17
Our monthly meeting is coming up this Wednesday! As usual, we’ll be at Sierra2 Center in Room 10, starting at 7:00. Jill LaVine, Sacramento County’s Registrar of Voters, will be our featured speaker. She is going to talk to us about the new voting system that California will be using next year.
The address is 2791 24th Street in the Curtis Park neighborhood. Hope you can make it!
The Indivisible Guide celebrated its one year birthday last week. We have plenty of work to do this week, but please take a moment to think about all we’ve done. Because of our movement, because of millions of dedicated Americans from coast to coast, there is a united opposition to the Trump agenda. We have prevented the worst cuts to the Affordable Care Act, and we’re making sure they’ll pay a huge political price if they go forward with the Tax Scam Bill.
And just last week, we helped elect a new progressive Senator in ALABAMA! Hats off to all of you who helped, including those who joined us to send postcards to Alabama voters. What we’re doing is making a difference.
Trump’s Tax Scam
We still have one last chance to defeat the Tax Scam this week. The House will vote in the next couple of days, with the Senate due to vote later in the week. The bad news is that most GOP Senators have already declared their plans to vote for this bill, even though it is a shameless giveaway to the rich, and even though every poll shows that the American people overwhelmingly hate this plan. The good news is that there are still a few Senators, such as Arizona’s Jeff Flake, whom we may be able to convince otherwise. And if the vote is delayed for any reason, it will have to wait until the Senate reconvenes next year.
So please call your members of Congress as often as you can to register your opposition to this bill. And then log on to the Trump Tax Scam call tool, which will connect you to voters in other states so that you can ask them to make calls to their Senators as well.
The other item on Congress’s agenda this week is a government funding bill. Senator Kamala Harris and a number of other Democrats are refusing to vote for a budget bill unless there is a deal to protect Dreamers. Senator Feinstein did not make such a promise, and she voted for a temporary spending deal two weeks ago. Please call her and let her know that Californians do not want her to surrender again!
Here are Senator Feinstein’s office numbers:
Fresno: (559) 485-7430
California Away Team
The next California Away Team event is on January 14th in Fair Oaks. They’ll be knocking on doors and reminding voters to show up for the midterm elections, which are now less than a year away. Find details at the Cal Away Team website.
That’s all for now. See you on Wednesday!
Weekly Update 12/11/17
Indivisible groups from around Northern California have sent a letter to Members of Congress and both of California’s senators to urge them to sign on to legislation that would prevent Donald Trump from firing Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Please take some time this week to call your representative and our Senators about this issue.
In the Senate, two bills have been introduced to prevent Trump from firing Mueller. One is S.1735, the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act. The other is S.1741, the Special Counsel Integrity Act. So far, neither of Calfiornia’s senators is listed as a cosponsor for either bill. Please call Senator Harris (916 448-2787) and Senator Feinstein(415 393-0707) and urge them to support these bills, and to take whatever action necessary to prevent Trump from firing Mueller.
In the House of Representatives, Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) has introduced a version of the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, HR 3654. Please call your representative and urge him or her to support this measure. Find your representative and their contact information here.
Trump Tax Scam
The Tax Scam has not gone away, but it’s not a done deal, either. Both the Senate and the House will have to vote again before they finalize this terrible scheme to shovel money into the pockets of America’s least-deserving rich people and corporations. Keep up with the latest news at Indivisible’s Trump Tax Scam site. And keep calling your representatives! Even if they’re already on our side, and even if you’ve called before, it helps them to know that you really care about this issue.
Congressman TomMcClintock voted against the measure last time, and we want to make sure he does not lose that courage this time around. Local progressive groups are organizing another rally outside his office to let him know we want hoim to say NO again. If you can make it tomorrow at noon, please join them. The location is 2200A Douglas Blvd. in Roseville.
Meeting Next Wednesday
It’s almost time for our next meeting! We meet at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, and this month that will be December 20th. Our meeting location is Room 10 at Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Community – 2791 24th Street, Sacramento. This month, we’re welcoming the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters, who will be talking to us about some new voting procedures that will be in place next year. It’s a perfect topic as we look forward to the 2018 elections.
As always, remember to take a look at our website!
And a special thanks to those who joined in for voter canvassing last weekend, both in District 10 and with Cal Away Team in the Sacramento suburbs. Cal Away let us know that they had 37 volunteers knock on 450 doors this weekend. Great work, everyone!
Weekly Update 12/4/17
Alabama’s Senate election is next Tuesday. We don’t need to tell you what kind of person Roy Moore is, or why it would be such a disaster if he were elected to the Senate. If you haven’t already done so, please visit the Postcards to Voters website and learn how to send postcards to urge Alabamans to get out to the polls. They are trying to send a postcard to every single Democrat and Independent voter in Alabama, so let’s all do our part.
Indivisible Sacramento members turned out at Kupros Craft House last week to do just that. Thanks to all who joined in the postcard event, and special thanks to Organize, Win, Legislate for putting this event together. We sent over 400 postcards!
Tax Scam Bill
The Tax Scam bill passed the Senate. 51 GOP Senators proved that they care more about their billionaire donors than their constituents or the American people. They voted to give big corporations and wealthy people a whole bag full of presents: an end to the estate tax, a big cut to the corporate tax rate, and a giant kick in the gut to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.
But this is not a done deal. Because the Senate and House both passed different bills, they need to come up with a version that both can agree on. This means that at least one chamber – and probably both of them – will have to vote again. We will need to keep calling our representatives and urging them to vote no. If you are free tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, join the Sacramento Central Labor Council for a rally at Congressman Tom McClintock’s office. Congressman McClintock voted no last time, and we have to put pressure on him to make sure he doesn’t wimp out next time. The event lasts from 9:45 a.m. until 11:00 a.m at 2200A Douglas Blvd in Roseville.
Another way you can help – Swing Left and Not One Penny have created a fund where you can make a donation that will be spread among the opponents of all of the vulnerable lawmakers who voted for this awful tax bill. They did not listen to the American people so no we have to punish them by kicking them out of office.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 10 at Sierra 2 Center. The address is 2791 24th Street.
We’ll be joined by special guest speaker, Jill LaVine, Sacramento County Registrar of Voters. She will be talking to us about the new voting procedures that will be in effect next year. Hope you can make it!
December 9th – Voter canvassing in Riverbank (about an hour south of Sacramento). The 10th Congressional District is a swing district, and an opportunity for a Democratic pickup. We’re talking to voters, registering new ones, and gathering information that will help the good guys win in 2018. RSVP and get details (including information on transportation and start times) at email@example.com.
December 10th – Join Cal Away Team in talking to voters who have skipped recent midterm elections. These are voters who are on our side – we just need to remind them to show up next year. Details at the link above.
Finally, remember to bookmark our website at www.indivisiblesacramento.com. There is a lot of great information there.
Thank you, and keep up the good work!
Weekly Update 11/20/17
Stopping the Tax Scam bill is our top priority this week. (Thanksgiving is second.)
Many people have reached out to us and said they’re frustrated and feel helpless, since our California senators are already on our side, and there’s nobody to persuade. We have good news: Indivisible has rolled out its calling tool so you can call people from other states and ask them to reach out to their Senators. It’s easy, and you can do it from your own home.
If you don’t like your home, no problem. The SEIU is holding phone bank sessions on Mondays and Tuesday – including TOMORROW – from 2:00 to 5:00 and 5:00 to 8:00. Head on down to the SEIU-UHW office at 1911 F Street and get dialing. Don’t worry if you can’t stay the entire three hours, any amount of time is helpful.
A version of the tax scam bill passed the House of Representatives last week, so now we must stop it in the Senate. Here is the game plan:
- Call our California Senators and ask them to use Senate rules (such as withholding consent) to delay the tax bill. Senator Kamala Harris is at (916) 448 – 2787. Senator Dianne Feinstein can be reached at (415) 393-707. If those numbers are busy, click the senators’ names for their other office numbers.
- Make calls to folks from other states (as described above) and force their senators to vote NO. Remember, three Republican no votes will destroy this bill, and a number of GOP senators are on the fence.
- Let’s elect Doug Jones to the Senate from Alabama. You can donate to his campaign here or sign up to send some postcards to Alabama voters.
If you need a reminder why this bill is so awful, check out the Trump Tax Scam website. Otherwise, please get started. We need your help!
After we stop the tax bill, we will continue our focus on the 2018 elections. California’s 10th district (the Modesto/Manteca area) is a top priority. Please come out and join a team of volunteers to knock on doors and talk to potential voters. The next canvassing session is on December 9th from 2:00 – 6:00 in the town of Riverbank. Meet at Sorensen Park, 2522 Donner Trail, Riverbank. To RSVP and get more details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Website
Did you know Indivisible Sacramento has a website? We are at www.indivisiblesacramento.com. Please check it out, as there is a wealth of information on the page, including calendars, newsletter posts, and contact information for legislators.
At our last meeting, we had a request to create a list of U.S. Senate Committees with phone and fax numbers so that people can reach out to committee staff in addition to our own legislators. We are working on this directory and will have it on the site in the near future.
Speaking of our last meeting, we had a great Q&A session last week with Sydney Lewis, field representative for Senator Kamala Harris. We thank Sydney for visiting with us and talking about the tax scam bill, health care, gun control, immigration, and a whole range of other issues.
Our meetings are the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 10 of Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Community, 2791 24th Street. Our next meeting will be December 20th.
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!