Weekly Update – July 26, 2020
There are 100 days left until this November’s election. It has been a long, harrowing, stressful slog, but the end is in sight. We finally have the chance to do what Indivisible was built for: defeat Trumpism once and for all. It can happen 100 days from now, November 3rd.
But we aren’t merely going to toss the President out of office that day. There are also about a dozen criminally negligent Senators who have shamelessly enabled Trump’s corruption and policy malfeasance whom we can help defeat on the same day. And don’t forget the Republican state legislators across the country, who may not have as big of a platform as villains like Trump or McConnell, but who can do just as much damage if we give them the chance. We’ve done our best to try to stop some of their worst initiatives for almost four years – now we can see the day when they will finally be out of power.
How do we do that? Easy. Write letters and postcards, make phone calls, send text messages, and work with our partners in Sacramento and across America. We’ve got 100 more days to make our impact.
California Away Team
Our friends at Cal Away Team have had to suspend their canvassing efforts in CA-04, but they are continuing to activate reluctant voters with a letter-writing campaign. If you want to write letters to help turn out Democrats in CA-04 in November, sign up here. Click here to watch an explainer video.
Other ways to Get Involved
You can find many other opportunities on our website’s Events page. You can sign up to send text messages to voters. You can write postcards. You can connect with other organizations and participate in fundraisers. It’s all there – so visit the site and just pick whatever you think you’d like the best.
Thank you to all who donated last month during Indivisible’s matching fundraising promotion. We raised the maximum of $500 and got the full match. Good news – they are doing another fund matching event starting tomorrow and running through September. Our national club will match up to $350 in donations to our club if you donate through our Act Blue page. You can find the link on our website at the right side of the page.
Normally we use funds to pay for our meeting space and fund group activities. We can’t do most of that right now, but we have a big need for mailing supplies and stamps for our postcard activities, so we can use your help if you can spare a donation.
Our monthly meetings are on Zoom until it’s safe for us all to come out. So join us online August 19th at 7:00 p.m. Here are the meeting details:
Meeting ID: 862 1459 9804
Dial In Number (in case you need to use telephone audio)
See you then!
Weekly Update July 6
The Supreme Court has surprisingly voted not to destroy reproductive freedom, the latest in a string of pleasant surprises this term, including saving DACA and upholding protections for LGBTQ Americans against discrimination. But these victories are temporary, and we cannot lose sight of how important the courts are. We need to work extra hard to throw Trump out this fall and elect a Democratic Senate that can confirm better judges than the army of terrible ones Trump has imposed on us.
Take some time to visit the Payback Project – Indivisible’s site for flipping the Senate this fall. There are 11 vulnerable Senate Republicans who have failed America by allowing the Trump Administration to run amok for over three years. All of them had the opportunity to hold up his cruel and racist policy agenda. All of them had a chance last year to throw him out of office. None of them had even the bare minimum of human decency required to do either of those things. So now we defeat them.
Speak up for Asylum Seekers
Our partners with Sister District would like to draw our attention to a couple of upcoming events:
- Virtual Phone Bank Wednesdays for Michigan, 2:30 – 5:00 pm: Join Sister District Sacramento every Wednesday to phone bank for our two candidates for the Michigan State House of Representatives – Rep. Laurie Pohutsky and Christine Morse. Real structural change starts at the state and local levels. Help us flip the Michigan State House blue and give Governor Whitmer one chamber to work with! Join on Zoom at this link.
- Meet the Michigan State House Candidate, Saturday, June 27, 1 – 2 pm: Christine Morse is a current Kalamazoo County Commissioner. She supports equality for all – “Every single issue impacting the state must be met with a higher value on equality for all citizens, regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexuality. Our majority Republican legislature has had many chances to lead on equality — but failed. Now is the time to make sure the law is expanded to protect every member of our community. ” Here is the Zoom link.
We’ll be meeting again on Zoom in July. Our regular monthly meeting will be July 15th at 7:00.You can enter this meeting link:
Or just go to Zoom and use this meeting ID and password.
Meeting ID: 844 2180 0706
One tap mobile
Hope you can join us!
Weekly Update – 6/11/20
It’s almost time or our monthly meeting. It’s happening next Wednesday – June 17th – at 7:00 p.m. This will be the third one that we’re doing completely online. You can join us at this link:
Or just go to Zoom and enter the meeting ID and password:
Meeting ID: 828 3167 9377
Our special guest speaker this month is Velma Sykes from the NAACP. We look forward to hearing form her and to seeing you online!
Calls to Action
Indivisible stands in solidarity with all who protest racial discrimination and police brutality. Make sure you check out Indivisible’s website for a list of actions you can take, including call tools to get in touch with elected officials. Among other things, we’re asking our Members of Congress to support House Resolution 988, which
condemns police brutality.
Election Events on Our Website
Finally, make sure you visit our website’s events page for more opportunities to get involved. You can find out more about our various postcard and text banking campaigns. We’re working remotely this election season, so let’s make sure we get active by mail and by phone as soon as possible!
Make Phone Calls to Arizona Voters
Tomorrow – Wednesday – from 2:30 to 5:00, you can make phone calls to Arizona voters for Sister District! Arizona is a crucial state this year – they’re a tossup in the presidential race, there’s a big Senate race, and their legislature can flip if we put in some effort. Sister District is working to increase the number of Arizonans on the state’s Permanent Early Voter list so that they can get to the polls even if the virus shuts things down in November. Register here if you’d like to participate!
Donate to Indivisible Sacramento
For the rest of May, Indivisible’s national team is matching any donations that we receive through our fundraising page. If you have some extra funds to spare, please consider sending some our way. You can donate through our Act Blue page here.
Though we are currently not paying for our monthly meeting space, we still have some expenses. Right now, we’re spending a lot on mailing supplies and stamps for our postcard campaigns.
Help NorCal Resist
If you want to donate a large amount of food, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pickup or drop–off that works for you! They can also use gift cards for these families (think groceries, Target, Wal-Mart, gas cards), as well as money. You can mail a check or gift cards to: NorCal Resist, PO Box 188331, Sacramento, CA 95818 or donate at www.tinyurl.com/NCRFund.
Finally, a reminder to visit our website’s events page often so that you can stay informed about how to stay active. Just because we’re all at home doesn’t mean we can’t help the election efforts.
Weekly Update – April 13, 2020
Hello friends – We hope you are staying safe and sane as we continue to slog our way through the COVID-19 crisis. It isn’t easy to continue the fight in the middle of all this chaos, but it has never been more important. Here are some items that we hope will keep you motivated to take action as you care for yourselves and your families.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our first-ever Zoom General Meeting this Wednesday, April 15th! As usual, we will meet at 7pm, but this time it will be on-line via Zoom. Our speaker will be Carola Hirsmuller, LCSW, who will speak to us about managing stress so that we can keep fighting for a better America during this difficult time. To join, just click on the link below a few minutes before 7pm. You can join via laptop or your cell phone. Click on the following link to join the meeting or paste it into your browser:
Meeting ID: 294 862 9898
CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL
INDIVISIBLE National is asking us to focus this week on the ongoing negotiations for the next coronavirus relief bill and to ask for a People’s Bailout that puts people over profits.
The People’s Bailout includes 5 main points: 1. Protect our democratic processes while protecting each other. 2. Make health the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions. 3. Provide economic relief directly to the people. 4. Rescue workers and communities, not corporate executives. 5. Make a down payment on a regenerative economy, while preventing future crises.
At this link you can find more details about what a coronavirus relief bill should look like and call scripts to help you talk to your MOC and senators.
FREE ICE DETAINEES
Be part of a growing Coalition to Free Everyone in Yuba County ICE Detention that involves many NorCal Immigration Justice Organizations. This group is doing all it can to protect the people in ICE Detention. STARTING TODAY, we are collectively pushing a series of actions, including a major Car Rally at the Yuba County Jail on Tuesday (tomorrow, April 14). First, please watch and share this short video by Dr. Kim with the Doctors For Camp Closure about the need for urgency due to COVID-19.
2020 COALITION TEXT BANKING AND LETTERS TO VOTERS
The 2020 Coalition is doing some great work locally. Even though we’re stuck at home, we can still do plenty of work to help win the November elections.
A great way to reach voters is by text message – it’s easy and even quite fun. Please take one of the on-line text message trainings to get started.
- Text Bank Training, Level 1 – Every Wednesday at 7:00 – 8:30. Sign Up Here.
- Text Bank Training, Level 2 – Every Thursday from 2:00 – 3:30. Sign Up Here.
Another way to stay engaged at home is to write letters to voters. Learn to write letters to help swing state voters get registered and to the polls.
- Write letters to voters – Every Sunday from 12:00 – 2:00. Sign Up Here.
Stay well and see you (remotely) on Wednesday evening!
Weekly Update – 4/6/20
Our April meeting is scheduled for Wednesday the 15th. We cannot meet in person, but we will be going forward with a meeting on Zoom. We will send the call details early next week. Hope you can join us!
California State Strong
It’s springtime in California, and that means its time again to start paying attention to the bills our state lawmakers are working on in Sacramento. The Coronavirus crisis has thrown a giant monkey wrench into everything, and it’s possible that many non-virus-related bills won’t go very far this year. Still, California State Strong (Indivisible’s state advocacy arm) needs to hear from you about what our state priorities should be.
State Strong has compiled a list of potentially interesting bills. You can view the list, including short summaries at this site, then vote for the ones you think should go forward. Please vote by April 26th.
It’s urgent that we continue to contact our Members of Congress. Please visit Indivisible’s website for details on our national Coronavirus asks. We want to make sure that Congress prioritizes people and not corporations in their economic aid. And we need to make sure they hold the Administration accountable for its failures and corruption.
2020 Coalition Text Banking
The 2020 Coalition is doing some great work locally. Even though we’re stuck at home, we can still do plenty of work to help win the November elections.
A great way to reach voters is by text message. Please take the text message training to get started.
If texting isn’t your thing, why not write letters to voters? If it is your thing, but you want to do even more, then writing letters is for you too!
Write letters to voters – Every Sunday from 12:00 – 2:00. Sign Up Here.
We hope you are staying safe and healthy. It may seem like we cannot do anything right now, but we can still call our Members of Congress!
Indivisible asks us to do two things as Congress considers an economic relief package:
- Call both your senators to demand they center people over profits. Even if they aren’t taking calls today (we’re hearing reports that some are), leave a voicemail. Text PPL to 977-79 and we’ll connect you, or use this call page to read through the script and get connected. If voicemail boxes are full, you can also send an email here.
- Record a 30 second video that says people over profits. We’re compiling videos from all over the country from people just like you with a simple message: your name, where you’re from, and that you demand a people-first response from your members of Congress. Visit our video tool, look at the camera from your computer or phone, say your name and where you’re from, and the message, “I demand Congress put people over profits.” We’ll tag your senators, and you can share with friends and neighbors to get involved in this fight.
Indivisible also has a page about the Coronavirus and what we can say to our Members of Congress. If you find yourself with a little extra free time these days, check it out!
We’d also like to call attention to the work that is being done by our friends at NorCal Resist.
In the past two days, NorCal Resist has heard from over a dozen migrant families that have lost work due to COVID-19. This weekend they delivered 19 rent support checks and emergency food bags to local undocumented and asylum seeking families who unexpectedly find themselves without work, and we know the need will continue to grow.
These families aren’t able to access Unemployment or Disability Insurance, leaving them particularly vulnerable to eviction. While the City of Sacramento has acted to halt evictions, folks living in Sacramento and other surrounding counties do not have these protections.
If you are able, NorCal Resist would be grateful for you to join their monthly sustainer team. You may make a one-time or recurring donation HERE.
Weekly Update – 2/17/20
Our meeting is this week. Join us on Wednesday at the regular time (7:00 p.m.) at the regular place (Room 10, Sierra 2 Center). We’re pleased to have a special guest from Flip the West who will be talking about the campaign to turn House seats blue this year. In case you’ve never been to our meeting at Sierra2 Center, the address is 2791 24th Street. See you there!
Of course, you don’t have to wait until Wednesday to get together. We have a dedicated team of activists putting on our Senate graveyard display again tomorrow (Tuesday February 18th), and we could use your help with hosting the table. The display consists of over a hundred tombstones, each one representing a law that the blue House passed but Mitch McConnell’s Senate has held up. The idea is to show just how important it is to flip the Senate this fall. So please come out to the Capitol grounds on 15th and N streets if you can help, or at least stop by to show support. We’ll be there from 8:00 – 4:00 tomorrow.
Our friends at Indivisible Yolo suggest calling our representatives and asking them to investigate Attorney General Barr and his blatant enabling of Trump’s corruption. Please take some time to call this week. Ask your House of Representatives member not to approve any funding for Attorney General Barr’s office until he recuses himself from any investigation involving Donald Trump or his Administration. And please call our Senators and ask them to continue to call for investigations into Barr’s conduct, and to deny unanimous consent on all Senate business until he recuses himself.
Representative Doris Matsui (916) 498-5600
Postcards and Other Events
We’ll close with a reminder to check our website for details on postcard writing campaigns and other ways to get involved.
Weekly Update – 2/10/20
Republicans in the U.S. Senate failed to convict Donald Trump today, a decision that is at the same time morally reprehensible and completely unsurprising. We can take comfort in the fact that we pushed our elected leaders to hold a corrupt president accountable, and we further exposed his toadies in the Senate. Now it’s up to us to make sure all of his apologists lose their re-election efforts this fall.
Senate Tombstone Event
Speaking of the Senate, we are bringing back one of our most popular events from last year: the Senate graveyard. We are putting together hundreds of “tombstones” for a public display to remind the public how much progress Mitch McConnell’s Senate is preventing. The purpose is to build public support and encourage people to get involved in flipping the Senate this fall.
Please join us on Sunday, February 9, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, 3005 Freeport Blvd., to assist in assembling the Senate Graveyard which will be on display downtown next Monday and Tuesday.
Our next meeting is the third Wednesday of February, February 19th, at 7:00 p.m. As usual, it will be held at Sierra 2 Center, Room 10. The address is 2791 24th Street.
Upcoming Events – See our Website for these and other ways to get involved!
2/9: 2020 Sundays Postcard Event: 1pm – 4pm, Sacramento County Democratic HQ, 1033 S Street, Sacramento. Every Sunday from now until the 2020 election, OWL, Mighty Oaks, and other progressive groups will be working to Get Out The Vote for progressives. Currently, they are writing postcards for Sister District and Flip the West, and letters for Vote Forward, the Swing Left voter registration project.
2/13: INDIVISIBLE TEXT BANK TRAINING: 7pm – 9pm, Sierra 2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street, Rm. 9. Join Susan Cooper and the INDIVISIBLE/Flip The West text-banking team as they learn the ropes and start to text for the Environmental Voter Project (EVP). EVP finds environmentalists across the United States and makes sure that they vote in every election. This project is done in cooperation with Flip The West. Bring your laptop and cell phone (opt.) and jump in. Texting is fun, easy, and impactful.
Weekly Update – 1/2/19
The news is still developing, but as of now it sounds like the Trump Administration has carried out an illegal assassination against an Iranian military official in a move that is almost perfectly designed to provoke a war.
We must take action immediately. Call your Members of Congress as soon as you read this. Demand that they speak out against starting a war with Iran, and ask them to introduce a resolution condemning this illegal assassination.
Rep. Doris Matsui – 916 498 5600
Rep. Ami Bera – 916 635 0505
Sen. Dianne Feinstein – 415 393 0707
Sen. Kamala Harris – 916 448 2787
The only way to truly ensure that Trump can’t start any wars is to throw him and all of his supporters out of office. We have an election to win this year. You can help by joining us on January 8th to write postcards to voters in the 50th Congressional District. It’s easy, fun, and a great chance to sharpen your skills for the campaign ahead! We’ll be at First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street, from 7:00 – 9:00 on Wednesday, January 8th.
You can find out about postcard events and other opportunities to get involved at our website’s Events page.
350 Sacramento Candidate Forum
Finally, we must make sure we know where our local candidates stand on environmental issues. 350 Sacramento, the Sierra Club, and the Environmental Council of Sacramento are hosting a Candidate Forum for the open seat on the County Board of Supervisors. The battle against Global Warming is being waged at the local level, so let’s make sure we elect leaders who are committed to ending pollution. The candidate forum is on Wednesday, January 22nd from 6:00 – 7:30 at the Carmichael Library (5605 Marconi Ave).