Weekly Update 9/17/18
Tomorrow (Tuesday) is our monthly meeting! We are honored to be joined by California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who will be speaking with us and taking our questions about voting rights, election security, and other very timely election-related topics. Remember, we will not be in our normal room – this one will be held in Curtis Hall, not Room 10. The meeting time will remain the same: 7:00 p.m.
To all who are unable to attend due to the Yom Kippur holiday, we again apologize for the scheduling conflict. We will be recording and archiving the meeting on our website for those who cannot make it in person.
Nevada Voter Outreach
There’s still time to sign up for our Reno, Nevada voter outreach trip September 21-23. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer free lodging to anyone who hasn’t already signed up, but we’d still love to have you with us. We’re leaving Friday evening, then we’ll spend Saturday morning and afternoon and midday Sunday knocking on doors to talk about the huge upcoming U.S. Senate race.
The fate of the entire Senate could very well come down to this election in Nevada, and Reno is the most closely-divided region of the state. So if you can make it at all, please join us. Send an e-mail to this e-mail address to RSVP.
Some folks have asked if we will be offering any other chances to help with Nevada, such as phone banking or postcard campaigns. We are asking the team from Indivisible Northern Nevada if they have need any other assistance, and we will let you know as soon as we hear anything.
Senate Bill 822, which establishes strong Net Neutrality protections in our state, is on the Governor’s desk and awaiting a signature. We still don’t know for sure what Governor Brown is going to, so make sure you make a call to his office and urge him to sign.
You can call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841.
Postcard Party for Jaclyn Moreno
Our postcard party for Jaclyn Moreno is on Wednesday, September 26th at Round Table Pizza on Florin Road in Pocket-Greenhaven. If you haven’t heard of Jaclyn, please check out her campaign website. She is a local Indivisible leader and committed activist who is running for a seat on the Cosumnes Services District. It would be amazing to see a local leader of our movement elected this fall. Join us at 6:30 p.m. for postcards. To sweeten the deal, we’re providing pizza!
Immigration Resources on our Website
It seems like every week we have something new and useful on our website. This week, make sure you check out our new section on resources for helping immigrants and getting involved with immigration issues.
Adopt A Voting Booth
Indivisible Sacramento has adopted a Vote Center – meaning we have volunteered to spread the word about the voting location and help increase turnout for the November 6th election. Our adopted location is the Marina Vista Community Center at 240 Seavey Circle in Sacramento. We’ll be looking for volunteers soon to help with this project, so please stay tuned for future announcements.
Weekly Update 9/11/18
We have a lot of updates this week. That means election season must be getting closer!
There’s still time to sign up for our trip to Nevada. We’re going to be there the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd talking to voters. Nevada has one of the most important Senate races in the country, as Jacky Rosen is trying to knock out Trump-stooge Dean Heller, and we can also help flip their governor’s mansion and a House seat in the process. And if you RSVP by Thursday night, the good people of Indivisible Northern Nevada will be able to find a house for you to stay in so that you don’t have to pay for a hotel. You can’t beat that deal!
To RSVP, please send an e-mail to this e-mail address, and we’ll add you to the list.
A reminder that our next meeting is on Tuesday the 18th, instead of the normal Wednesday date. We will also be in a different room – Curtis Hall instead of the usual Room 10. Our special guest is California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. As usual, the meeting will be at 7:00 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.
We apologize to anyone who is unable to attend due to Yom Kippur, as both the regular Wednesday time and the new Tuesday time occur during the holiday. We were unable to find a different meeting date that did not conflict with the holiday this month but will make an effort to avoid such scheduling conflicts in the future.
Adopt a Voting Center
Just in time for our visit with the Secretary of State, Indivisible Sacramento is pleased to announce that we have chosen to adopt a voting center this November.
The Secretary of State’s office is working with the Voter’s Choice Act Coalition to encourage local organizations to help increase voter engagement this election. Indivisible Sacramento plans to participate in this effort by “adopting” one of the city’s new vote centers where turnout was low during the June primaries. Interested volunteers will work together to identify and implement ways to spread the word about, and encourage the use of, this vote center. Volunteers will also be needed to manage voter flow on Election Day (Tuesday, November 6th) Stay tuned for opportunities to help – your creativity, enthusiasm, and commitment are welcome and appreciated.
A local Indivisible leader is running for office this fall! Jaclyn Moreno, who founded the group in Elk Grove, is running for a seat on the Cosumnes Services District, which oversees parks and fire departments in the southern part of our county. We’re having a postcard party to help her out on Wednesday, September 26th at Round Table Pizza in Pocket-Greenhaven. Please come out and help write postcards to voters – in a local race like this one, postcard could really make a difference in helping voters know who Jaclyn is. And it would be amazing to have one of our own in an elected office. We’ll get started at 6:30 p.m. – and there will be pizza! The address is 398 Florin Road.
We’re also doing more postcard parties to help win back Congress. This Thursday (9/13), we have one to help re-elect Congressman Ami Bera, who always faces a tough race in his very closely-divided district. You can join us at Belle Cooledge Library on South Land Park Drive at 7:00 p.m.
If you prefer to work directly with a campaign, the Bera campaign is looking for volunteers. They have “Days of Action” for phone banking and canvassing every Saturday this month, starting at 10:00 a.m. and on Weekdays (Monday – Thursday) starting at 4:00 p.m.
You can get involved at their Carmichael Headquarters at 5845 Windmill Way in Carmichael or at the DCCC Battle Station office at 9332 Elk Grove Boulevard, Suite 110 in Elk Grove.
California Away Team
And if you still have some time left over, make sure you volunteer with California Away Team. They’re out every weekend knocking on the doors of Democrats who skipped the last midterm election. Help save the seat in District 7 (Elk Grove, Fair Oaks) or help flip a red seat to blue in District 4 (Roseville, El Dorado Hills). Details for both are at the Cal Away Team website.
And finally, you should always check our website, because we post new events all the time. As long as you stay connected with us, you will never run out of opportunities to get involved this elections season!
Weekly Update 8/28/18
Please note: our September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 18th, not Wednesday the 19th. We will be in a different room, the Curtis Hall, instead of Room 10.
We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker will be California Secretary of State Alex Padilla! We hope you can be there to see him talk about voting in California – just in time for the fall election season. The meeting time remains the same: 7:00 p.m.
Our meetings are normally held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Community, 2791 24th Street.
Postcard Party, Friday 8/31
You don’t have to wait until our monthly meeting to get involved. Join us this Friday (August 31st) for a postcard party! The party starts at 7:00 in the community room at Belle Cooledge Library on South Land Park Drive. This time we’ll be writing postcards for voters in the 7th Congressional District (home to many members of Indivisible Sacramento) where Democrat Ami Bera is in a close re-election race against a conservative challenger. To win back Congress, we need to defend seats as well as win new ones, so please come join us if you can make it.
Nevada Senate Strike Team
What could possibly be more fun than writing postcards? How about a road trip to Reno to help flip Nevada’s Red U.S. Senate seat?
We’re heading to Reno in September, and we need you to join us! The road trip will be the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd. Indivisible Northern Nevada is hosting us, and they may be able to help us find lodging and give us some ideas of fun activities to do when we’re done canvassing.
This is your chance to make a difference and have a good time in one action-packed weekend. If you’re interested, please send an e-mail to this address. No need to commit now; we just want to know how many are interested.
California Away Team
Of course, there’s always a need for volunteers a little closer to home, too. California Away Team is a simple and effective way to ensure that Democratic voters turn out this fall. They’re working hard in District 7 (Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Carmichael) and also in District 4 (Roseville, Auburn, El Dorado Hills), and they need your help.
Visit their website for details on how you can get involved.
Weekly Update 8/21/18
What are you doing to help win back the United States Senate? You can make a big difference by calling Nevada voters. Right now, we’re calling to help compile data that will show which voters can be persuaded and which ones will just need a little reminder to get to the polls in November. You can do it from the comfort of your own home! It’s easy, and there’s a very helpful video to show you how. Just visit our website and get started!
Do you prefer making calls with a group? Join us this Saturday (8/25)at Raley’s in Natomas from 12:30 – 3:00. We’ll be in the Community Room at Raley’s – 4650 Natomas Blvd. (note: the location has changed since the previous announcement about this event). We’ll provide snacks and support. Please bring a laptop and a cell phone, and together we’ll make a difference.
Nevada Weekend Trip
Of course, the very best way to reach voters is in person. We’re planning a trip to do just that. We will be heading to Reno on the morning of Saturday, September 22nd so we can knock on doors and remind Nevadans what is at stake this fall. We will return on Sunday evening. Do you think you can join us? If you’re interested, send a reply to this e-mail. You don’t need to commit now, but we would like to know how many people are interested so we can work out the details.
Closer to home, we can use some volunteers for a postcard party onFriday, August 31st at Belle Cooledge Library in South Land Park. These postcards will go to voters in the 7th Congressional District, where Congressman Ami Bera is facing a Republican challenger. Our postcard parties are always fun, and they always seem to draw a crowd, so you won’t want to miss it! The fun starts at 7:00 p.m.
As we get closer to the election, more and more events are popping up where you can have an opportunity to make a difference. Be sure to check out our website from time to time so you can see what’s new. That address is www.indivisiblesacramento.com.
Weekly Update, August 16, 2018
It’s time for our meeting again. Our monthly get-together is this Wednesday evening at the usual time and place: 7:00 in room 10 at Sierra 2 Center (2791 24th Street).
This time our special guest is Paul Goodman with the Greenlining Institute. Greenlining is dedicated to fighting for justice and racial equality, and they’ve also been a very outspoken voice in favor of Net Neutrality, which is up for a key vote in the State Assembly this week. (Remember to give your Assembly Member a call before our meeting and tell them to vote for SB 822, Senator Scott Wiener’s Net Neutrality bill)
Nevada Voter Outreach
California’s Senate election is safely blue, with two Democrats on the ballot. But right next door in Nevada, there is a big contest this fall. Democrat Jacky Rosen is trying to unseat Dean Heller, a coward who has shamefully voted the way Trump wants him to 92% of the time. It is a very close election, but we aren’t going to leave this one to chance!
You can help reach out to Nevada voters. First, check out the “Flip A Nevada Senate Seat” section that we just added to our website.
Then make some phone calls! You can join us for this on Saturday, August 25th. That’s when we’ll be holding a phone bank session to reach out to Nevada voters. We’ll be doing this at the Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Avenue, from 12:30 – 3:00. Now, you don’t need to wait for our event. You can make calls on your own from the comfort of your very own home. Details on how to do this are on our website.
It is always more fun to make calls with a bunch of friends around you, though, so mark the 25th on your calendar! (if you are able to make it on the 25th, please bring a laptop and a phone. If you have time, please register beforehand to save a little time – again, details are on the website at the link above.
Finally, the most effective way to persuade Nevada voters is to actually talk to them in person. We’re going to do just that on the weekend of September 21st. That’s right, we’re taking a field trip to Reno! We’re partnering with Indivisible Northern Nevada to persuade voters in the Reno area. We’ll have more details to come, but if you are interested in traveling up to Reno for that weekend, please reply to this message with an e-mail.
Weekly Update – 7/30/18
Yesterday marked 100 days before the midterm election in November. That means we now have 99 days to activate voters to flip the House and Senate; 99 days to convince people that their vote does, in fact, count; 99 days to fight for the fate of our nation now threatened by the Trump regime. On November 7th, it will be too late to act. Up until Nov. 6th, we have a chance to make a change.
Opportunities abound, from canvassing to phone banking to writing postcards – there is not a single one of those 99 days where you won’t be able to find a way to engage and help out. Most of our efforts will be in California, but we will also have opportunities to help in Nevada, where a vulnerable Republican Senator, Dean Heller, stands for re-election. Stay tuned.
PHONE BANK FOR DANNY O’CONNOR IN OHIO
Speaking of phone banking (and flipping districts)… On August 7th, Democrat Danny O’Connor could beat Republican Troy Balderson in a special election for this hotly contested congressional seat in Ohio. Swing Left is hosting a virtual phone bank for this race. Sign up here to make some calls.
HELPING CHILD DETAINEES
After our last general meeting (with speaker Holly Cooper of the UC Davis Law Clinic), there was much interest in helping the child detainees held at the Yolo County immigration youth detention facility in Woodland. Holly meets with these kids regularly, and they tell her that they want three things: bottled water, blankets, and a break from prison food. Holly is willing to deliver donations of these items that we provide and will throw some pizza parties for the kids as money allows. So, to that end, we will be having a donation day this Saturday, August 4th, at the home of Ellen Chapman where you can drop off donations.
What: Donations of bottled water, new blankets, and pizza money for immigrant kids in detention in Woodland
Where: 1133 Marian Way, Sacramento (Land Park neighborhood)
When: Saturday, August 4 between 10am – 3pm
Our meetings are always the third Wednesday evening of each month, which means that our next one will be on August 15th at 7pm. We meet in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 – 24th Street
CALIFORNIA AWAY TEAM
With all this talk of midterms and canvassing opportunities, please remember to check in with California Away Team. The Cal Away Team canvassers knock on doors to remind registered Democrats who have skipped previous midterm elections to vote this November. They’ve been working away in CA-07 and CA-04 for more than a year. If you’re unsure about canvassing (who isn’t?), Cal Away Team is a great place to start. You’re just talking to registered Democrats to remind them to vote in November. That’s it – no difficult conversations or need to change anyone’s mind. Just a friendly reminder to vote and an offer to send a postcard as a follow-up.
Finally, remember to check out our website often! We have a plethora of information available, from upcoming events to daily action opportunities to voter information to archived speakers videos … the list goes on and on. Check it out here.
Weekly Update – July 23, 2018
As of this weekend, there will be only 100 days left until the midterm election, when we can finally take some power back from the Trump Administration. In honor of this milestone, Indivisible is asking us to get involved and make some phone calls. Help us and be part of a massive, nationwide weekend of action.
You can find the details here on Indivisible’s website. It’s easy, and you can do it from home. All you need is a phone and a computer. They need volunteers on Saturday from 11:00 – 3:00 Pacific Time, on Sunday from 11:00 – 3:00, and Monday from 2:00 – 6:00. If you need some help figuring out what to do, they will also host a training session webinar on Sunday at 10:00.
We had an amazing meeting last week, as Holly Cooper, co-director of the UC Davis Law Clinic, shared what she has learned in more than 20 years as an immigration lawyer. One thing that stood out: she told us that what we are doing definitely matters. The child detainees who she represents have told her that it means a lot to them to know that people like us are fighting for them, protesting, and calling our elected officials. And judges are paying attention to our activism as well. Do not for a moment think that you cannot make a difference in the face of a crisis like this one.
After the meeting, many people have asked us what we can do to help. We are working on putting together some opportunities to do so, and we hope to let you know about those shortly.
Our meetings are always the third Wednesday evening of each month, which means that our next one will be on August 15th at 7:00 p.m. We meet in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center, 2791, 24th Street.
California Away Team
The Indivisible Phone Bank isn’t the only chance for you to help win the midterm elections this weekend. If you haven’t done so already, please check out California Away Team. They are a wonderful organization that knocks on doors and reminds registered Democrats who have skipped previous elections to vote this November. Volunteering for California Away Team is much easier than you think, and it makes a big difference.
Finally, remember to check our website often! We have plenty of great information there – any time there is an event or action coming up, it will be there.
Weekly Update 7/16/18
It’s time for our meeting again! Wednesday night at 7:00, we have a very exciting guest speaker. Holly Cooper, co-director of the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, is going to be joining us. We are very fortunate to have such an expert on immigration who is able to share her knowledge with us, at a time when thousands of innocent refugee children are still locked up far away from their parents.
As usual, our meeting is the third Wednesday of the month at Sierra 2 Center, Room 10. The address is 2791 24th Street.
Tip of the hat to all who were able to join us last Friday for our Save SCOTUS event. We spoke with a member of Senator Harris’ staff who assured us that the Supreme Court vacancy is a top priority for them. They are willing to use any means necessary to fight this. Please call Senator Harris (and Senator Feinstein) this week and thank them for fighting and let them know you are behind them 100% as long as then don’t give an inch on the Kavanaugh confirmation.
Kamala Harris Sacramento Office: 916 448-2787
California Away Team
Are you upset about Trump’s ridiculous performance today with Vladimir Putin? Are you even more disgusted at all the Republican Members of Congress who said they are “concerned” but don’t plan on lifting a finger to stop Trump? Then you know what we have to do. We have to win back Congress in the November elections.
YOU CAN HELP. Sign up to knock on doors for California Away Team. It’s easier than you think – we promise! It’s also effective. In-person conversation is the best way to reach voters and make a difference.
This weekend you need your help to unseat Trump ally Tom McClintock in Roseville. More information here.
In August, you can help defend a swing-seat Democrat in Elk Grove and Folsom. Details here.
Weekly Update 7/9/18
We have a new fight on our hands: the fight to save the Supreme Court from Brett Kavanaugh. Indivisible has outlined our two part strategy for this. First, get 51 NO votes in the Senate. Second, win back the Senate in November. It won’t be easy, but we can do it.
Our Senators, Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, have both stated that they will vote against confirming Kavanaugh. But we should call them anyway. Thank them for having our backs and let them know how important this is to us. And then we will focus on November. Indivisible has announced that they’re putting together a massive phone bank to help us win senate seats in Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee, and Mississippi. We’ll send the details on that as soon as they are available.
Kamala Harris Sacramento Office: 916 448-2787
Dianne Feinstein San Francisco Office: 415 393-0707
We’ve got an amazing guest speaker planned for our July meeting. Holly Cooper is the co-director of the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic and the counsel of record for the plaintiffs in the Flores v. Sessions lawsuit in which the 9th Circuit Court ruled that all immigrant child detainees have a right to a hearing. With so much horrible news about Trump’s treatment of immigrants, we are very luck to be joined by an expert who is fighting for justice.
As usual, our meeting is the third Wednesday of the month, July 18th, at 7:00 p.m. Our meeting location is Room 10, Sierra2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street.
We had a blast at our latest postcard party. More importantly, we had over three dozen people attend, and we wrote an astounding 1,209 postcards! We will mail those cards to registered Democrats in the 10th Congressional district a few weeks before the election to remind them to get out and VOTE.
If you didn’t get a chance to join us, don’t worry. We’ll be scheduling other postcard parties soon!
California Away Team
Postcards are a great way to reach voters, but knocking on doors is even more effective. If you haven’t done any door knocking yet this year, please check out California Away Team’s website. They have some great opportunities to volunteer close to Sacramento. Their program is easy and non-confrontational – you won’t have to argue with anyone who disagrees with you – just remind registered Democrats to vote this November.
WE NEED YOU to help take back Congress. Our Democracy depends on it!