The midterm elections are priority number one for us right now. With the June 5th primary just a couple weeks away, we need to get busy. Fortunately, we have a chance to help tomorrow. Join us at Arcade Library on Marconi Avenue for a Postcard Party. We’re going to fill out postcards for voters in the 10th Congressional District to make sure they turn out in support of the Democratic candidate this fall. We all need to do our part to help take back Congress, and this is a good way to start.
The Library is at 2443 Marconi Ave, and we’ll be meeting at 7:00.
Lobby Day – May 29th
Mark next Tuesday on your calendar. Indivisible and some other local groups will be visiting the Capitol building in support of a couple of very important bills. SB 822 is the Net Neutrality measure that our membership overwhelmingly endorsed this spring (it was the most popular state bill by far). AB 3131 is a measure that Indivisible co-sponsored with the ACLU to prevent police departments from acquiring military equipment.
We’ll send details, including a meeting time and place, soon. For now, we hope you’ll plan on joining us if you have free time during the day on Tuesday.
We meet on the third Wednesday of every month. Our next meeting will be June 20th at 7:00 p.m. As usual, it’s at Room 10 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.
Remember to check our website often. It’s at indivisiblesacramento.com. There’s a ton of information there, including all of our upcoming events. And there’s also a big button you can click if you want to donate some money to us.
Finally, remember to vote on June 5th! The primary election is crucial. Not only are we choosing our Senate and Governor candidates, but the actual election for many local races (including Sheriff and District Attorney) is that date. If you live in Sacramento County, you should have received your ballot in the mail by now.
Thank you. See you tomorrow evening!
It’s time for our monthly meeting again! We’re getting together on Wednesday evening at 7:00. Our focus this month will be on poverty and economic inequality, and we have a couple of experts joining us for the discussion. First, we’ll hear from journalist and author Sasha Abramsky, who has written about poverty in America. Next we’ll be joined by representatives from The Poor People’s Campaign, an effort to redefine morality and shine a light on economic injustice and racism that is based on the work of Martin Luther King.
As usual, we’re gathering in Room 10 at Sierra2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street. Hope you can join us! Our meetings are always held on the third Wednesday of every month.
Next Tuesday (May 22nd), we’re having a postcard party at the Arcade Library. We have the postcards, we just need you! Join us to write cards reminding Democrats to vote in the upcoming Congressional elections. Every little bit helps in the fight to take back Congress.
This event starts at 7:00 at the Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Avenue.
Call Our Representatives!
Paul Ryan may be retiring, but don’t think for a moment that he’s finished with trying to make poor people’s lives harder. Congress is debating the Farm Bill, and Ryan and his ilk are using this as an excuse to slash food stamps and impose draconian “work requirements” that will withhold assistance from of hungry families across America. Call your Members of Congress this week and make sure they will NOT vote to support any Farm bill that includes cuts to food stamps or the Republicans’ “Welfare Reform” scam.
Local MOC phone numbers:
Rep. Doris Matsui: (916) 698-5600
State Bill Updates
SB 822, The Net Neutrality bill that received overwhelming support from Indivisible Sacramento’s members, is still chugging along. It is expected to pass out of the Appropriations Committee before the end of this month.
For details on all the State bills we are supporting and, well, for basically any information you could possibly want about anything we’re doing, remember to visit our website often: IndivisibleSacramento.com.
Finally, if you have a little money to spare for Indivisible Sacramento, we have an online donation site now through Act Blue. Your contributions will help us pay for meeting rooms, supplies, and events such as voter registration and canvassing. A portion will also go toward Indivisible on the national level. A heartfelt thank you to all who have donated so far!
Weekly Update 5/7/18
Visit with Congresswoman Matsui’s Staff – Tomorrow
Tomorrow afternoon we’re going to have a chat with Congresswoman Matsui’s staff. It’s been awhile since we dropped in on them, and we have a lot of things to talk about. If you can join us at 2:00 p.m., we’d love to have you with us. Actually, it’s best if you can be there at 1:30 so we can all go into the building as a team. We’ll meet outside the main entrance at 501 I Street at 1:30.
Change of Plans – May 22nd
Unfortunately, our meet and greet with Secretary of State Alex Padilla has been postponed. We will not be meeting with him on May 22nd as planned. Secretary Padilla’s office is working with us to reschedule.
But let’s keep that date circled on the calendar anyway. We’re turning this event into a Postcard Party! We’re going to get a bunch of postcards, pens, and stamps and write to voters who can help us flip Congress. A hand-written postcard is much more effective for voter persuasion than a mass-mail advertisement. So join us Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Arcade Library – 2443 Marconi Avenue. You can help make a difference!
Indivisible Sacramento is now accepting donations! If you would like to contribute, please visit our Act Blue page. Contributions will go toward general expenses like meeting room rentals, supplies for voter outreach and canvassing, and things like that. 85% of your contribution will go directly to Indivisible Sacramento, with the rest supporting Indivisible as a whole (we don’t mind sharing with the national team, since they’re doing some great work nationwide).
Our next meeting is Wednesday May 16th. Our theme for the evening is poverty and economic inequality, and we have two special guests again. First, we’ll hear from Sasha Abramsky, a freelance journalist and author who has written extensively about poverty in America (including his most recent book “The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives“). Next, we’ll hear from a representative of The Poor People’s Campaign, a nationwide movement based on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King.
April 30, 2018
After last year, you may have thought the GOP was done trying to sabotage America’s health care system. Unfortunately, they’re still up to their old tricks. Rumor has it they want to take another stab at repealing the Affordable Care Act before the midterm elections.
ACA repeal only failed last time because Indivisibles and other concerned citizens across the country spoke out at the top of our lungs. So make some calls this week! Even though our Members of Congress are on our side, they need to know that there is still overwhelming public opposition to slashing health care.
Local MOC phone numbers:
Rep. Doris Matsui: (916) 698-5600
California Away Team
In the end, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will never stop trying to take health care away from poor and middle class people unless we boot their party out of the Majority seats in Congress. So we need your help to win the Midterm elections!
This weekend you have two opportunities to help:
On Saturday and Sunday, you can help us kick Trump ally Tom McClintock out of office and turn California’s 4th Congressional district blue! California Away Team is reaching out to voters in Roseville, Auburn, and Placerville.
Just click the links above to find details and RSVP.
Special Event with Secretary Padilla
And of course, don’t forget about our regular monthly meeting, which happens on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p..m. Our meeting spot is Room 10 at Sierra2 Center – 2791 24th Street.
April 23, 2018
It’s election season, and our mission is to turn red districts blue – and to keep blue ones from turning red! California Away Team can still use some volunteers. I don’t need to remind you how important it is to make sure that Trump’s supporters don’t control Congress next year. Even if you’ve never volunteered before, it’s not too late to get started!
Can you spare a few hours to help get rid of Congressman Tom McClintock? If so, please join us this Saturday or Sunday in Roseville. (Details here)
Would you rather help defend Congressman Ami Bera’s swing seat? If so, we could use your help Sunday in Fair Oaks. (Details here)
SB 822 Hearing
We’d also like to remind you that Senator Scott Wiener’s Net Neutrality bill is up for a big vote TOMORROW morning in the state Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill needs to pass this committee in order to go for a vote by the full Senate. The hearing starts at 1:30 in Room 112 in the beautiful historic wing of the Capitol building (we don’t know what time the bill will be heard, so it’s best to get there at 1:30). We hope you can show up and support the bill – supporters get a chance to state their names and positions for the official record, and it always looks good when we can get a big crowd together on our side.
Also, remember to call your legislators and let them know we support SB 822. Net Neutrality is crucial for preserving free speech and preventing big corporations from drowning out voices they don’t like to hear.
Thank you to all who attended our Interfaith panel this weekend. It was a very successful event, as believers and non-believers of all stripes came together to talk about how the Progressive movement can work with faith groups to further our goals of racial justice, economic equality, and health care for all.
Discussion with Secretary Padilla
And we have another big special event coming up next month – Secretary of State Alex Padilla is going to talk to us and take our questions. Secretary Padilla is at the forefront of the battle to expand voting rights and ensure our elections are fair and secure. You don’t want to miss this! If you haven’t marked your calendars yet, please make sure to jot downTuesday May 22nd at 7:00. The event will be at the Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Avenue in Arden-Arcade.
Our next meeting will be just a few days before, on Wednesday, May 16th. We’ll have more information on the speakers and agenda soon. Our monthly meetings are always on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 10 at Sierra2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street.
Finally, remember to check our website regularly. All of our special events are listed there, as well as a wealth of other great information. http://www.indivisiblesacramento.com
Weekly Update 4/16/18
We have a lot of great events coming up this week. We hope you can attend them all:
TOMORROW at 9:00 a.m.: The Net Neutrality bill, SB822, is up for a hearing in Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee. The Committee meets in Room 3191. Note: the Committee meeting will start at 9:00. We don’t know what time the bill will be up for discussion, so we’re going to get there right at 9:00 to be ready.
Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Visit with Senator Kamala Harris’ staff. We’ll be meeting with the Senator’s staff people and letting them know about some of the issues we care about the most. Our office visit is scheduled for 2:00, but we’ll meet outside the building at 1:30 so that we can discuss beforehand. The location is 501 I Street
Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.: Our Monthly Meeting! We are thrilled to have not one but two amazing guests joining us. First, we’ll hear from Noah Phillips, who is running for Sacramento County District Attorney. Then we’ll welcome Valerie Bane from the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. As usual, we’re in Room 10 of the Sierra2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street.
Sunday, 3:00 p.m.: It’s finally time for our Interfaith Forum: the Role of Faith in the Progressive Movement. Local leaders of a diverse range of faith traditions will join local progressive activists for a panel discussion about issues like poverty, human rights, and the environment. We want you to join us, whether you are devoutly religious or not religious at all, because this event is all about bringing people from different backgrounds together. We’ll be at the First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street.
Trump’s Illegal War
Last week, Donald Trump launched a missile attack on Syria without consulting Congress first. Some Members of Congress spoke out, but many stayed silent or issued only weak complaints. We need to let our MOCs know that it is NOT okay for Trump to do this. They need to condemn this attack and make it clear that we will not tolerate any further unauthorized military action.
Local MOC phone numbers
Rep. Doris Matsui: (916) 698-5600
Letters to Justice Kennedy
There have been rumors that Justice Anthony Kennedy may consider retiring from the Supreme Court. This would be disastrous, as it would give Trump the chance to replace a conservative, but generally reasonable justice with an amoral ideologue of his choosing. Needless to say, it would be a huge conflict of interest in the event that the Supreme Court had to weigh in on any of the many cases involving Trump’s corruption and misconduct.
The good news is that Justice Kennedy is from Sacramento, just like us. So maybe, just maybe, he might listen to us if we write him a heartfelt letter to let him know we appreciate the work he is doing and urge him not to retire. You can find instructions and advice for writing to a SCOTUS justice at this website.
The Primary election is less than two months away. We need to make a big showing in the primary so that national groups will be motivated to put resources into our Congressional races. Please help California Away Team remind Democrats to vote in the election. They have opportunities to volunteer almost every weekend. You can volunteer in District 4 (Roseville, Lincoln, or Cameron Park) or District 7 (Elk Grove, Fair Oaks).
Finally, check out the Walk for Democracy event this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Details at the ACLU People Power site.
Weekly Update 4//9/18
Our monthly meeting is next Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m. We have a great meeting planned, as we’ll be hearing from two special guests. First, District Attorney candidate Noah Phillips will be talking to us. Then we will shift gears and hear from Valerie Bane of the Citizens Climate Lobby. Remember to join us at Room 10, Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.
Want to get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather this weekend? Good news: The Tax March is on Saturday. Last year we marched to protest Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns. This year we march to show our anger at the Tax Scam Bill that cut taxes on rich people and corporations. This march STARTS at the Capitol building at 10:30 a.m.Look for the Indivisible Sacramento banner if you want to march with us!
You’re going to want to get outside on Sunday, too. California Away Team is a great chance to get some sun and exercise. They’re reaching out to voters in Roseville on Sunday starting at noon. Cal Away Team is the easiest and least intimidating voter canvassing that you’ll ever do. All you have to do is talk to registered Democrats and ask them to fill out a postcard to themselves to remind them to vote. It’s simple and effective. Just visit their website to find details and RSVP.
The midterm primaries are less than two months away, and before we know it, November will be upon us. Now is the time to do everything you can do to help win the elections. No excuses. We need YOU to help us!
After you spend this weekend outdoors, we have an uplifting indoor event planned for you the next weekend. Sunday, April 22nd is the date for our Interfaith Forum on the role of faith in the Progressive movement. We have invited panelists from a wide range of faith traditions and progressive groups such as the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU to talk about how we can all work together on common goals. The faith forum kicks off at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Midtown (21st Street and J Street).
Call To Oppose Trump’s Nominees
Two big nomination votes are coming up in the U.S. Senate. Mike Pompeo has been nominated for Secretary of State, while Gina Haspel is the nominee for CIA director. Indivisible has dubbed this “Trump’s War Cabinet,” because they are exactly the kind of advisors who would encourage Trump down the road to violence. Our Senators have expressed concern, but they have not yet declared an intention to vote no. Please call them and urge them to oppose both nominations.
Sen. Kamala Harris: (916) 448-2787
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (415) 393-0707
Here in California, we have a chance to do something good. Back in January, Senator Scott Wiener came to our meeting and talked to us about his SB822, which would preserve Net Neutrality in California. Last month when we voted on which State bills to support, this was our top vote-getter. Now is our chance to help pass it, as it is up for a key vote in the Senate next week.
The Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications will be hearing and voting on the Net Neutrality bill that day. Please show up and support it if you can. The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. in room 3191 of the Capitol Building. There will be many bills discussed that day, so we don’t know exactly when they’ll be talking about SB822. To be safe, get there early.
Good evening, Friends.
Sorry for the delay in this week’s newsletter. But the good news is we have the results from the voting at last week’s meeting, where we chose the state bills we would most like to support this year. You spoke and we listened, and these were the winners:
1) SB 822: Senator Wiener’s Net Neutrality bill
We have notified California State Strong of our group’s choices. They will be tallying up the preferences of Indivisible teams statewide so that we can all focus on the issues we all truly care about. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the meeting and vote.
Did you join the March to Save our Lives last week? It was amazing to see thousands of Sacramentans show up to demand action on gun violence. But the march is only one step. Please reach out to your members of Congress this week and make sure they know what you think about gun violence (for information, recommended call scripts, and Senators’ phone numbers, check out Indivisible’s website here). Indivisible teams around the area will be doing the same. Our voices are more powerful when we all participate!
As noted above, SB 562 – Universal health care – is one of our top priorities. National Nurses United has put together a great tool that allows us to send letters to the editors of our local papers about health care. Do you want your opinion about single payer health care to be heard? If so, visit their site and write a letter today.
So many great things are on the schedule:
April 18th (Wednesday): Our next monthly meeting is at Sierra2 Center (2791 24th Street) at 7:00.
Weekly Update 3/19/18
We have a meeting on Wednesday evening. This is a special meeting, because we are going to be voting on which bills we want to support in the State legislature this year. Please join us and make your voice heard. As usual, our meeting is at 7:00 in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center (2791 24th Street).
If you have time, please check out the bills we’ll be considering at CA State Strong’s website. CA State Strong is a project initiated by Indivisible to help push policy at the State level. They’ve asked us (and all of CA’s other Indivisible teams) to recommend our top 15 bills so that they’ll know what to focus on this year.
March for Our Lives
The March for Our Lives is this Saturday. The march starts at Crocker Park at 10:00 a.m. It is an incredible event, organized by high school and college students across the nation who are sick of gun violence. Indivisible Sacramento will be there with our banner flying. We’re planning to gather at the Southeast corner of the park – that’s the part closest to the intersection of O and 3rd Streets. You don’t have to march with us, but if you do it will be much more fun!
This is another rally you should know about, and one we hope will never happen. In the event that Trump fires Robert Mueller, Move On has coordinated protests across the country. Sacramento’s event was not posted for awhile, but we are back in business with a new organizer. If Trump fires Mueller before 2:00 p.m., the rally will start at 5:00 p.m. that day. If he is fired after 2:00 p.m., it will be at 12:00 noon the next day. Either way, we’ll gather at the West Steps of the Capitol Building.
Meeting with Secretary Padilla
We are pleased to announce a very special event. Secretary of State Alex Padilla has agreed to meet with our group for a Q&A Session. He will be joining us on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Avenue. Voting rights are a big deal, and Secretary Padilla is at the forefront of California’s efforts to expand voter participation, so we hope you can join us to hear him speak.
Finally, a reminder that our Interfaith Forum is just over a month away. It’s happening on Earth Day (Sunday, April 22nd) at 3:00 at First United Methodist Church. Leaders from many different faith traditions will be talking with local progressive leaders about how we can all make the world a better place.