A WORD FROM NATE

NATE’S OPENING REMARKS FROM OUR SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 MEETING

Take a deep breath.

It helps to take a deep breath. It’s a great way to relieve stress. When my 8 year old daughter is frustrated or throwing a tantrum, that’s the first thing I always tell her.

Breathing is one of the most basic, simple things we can do. We take it for granted usually. Most of the time, you don’t think about the air around you. Similarly, if we grew up in the United States, for most of our lives we haven’t had to think about whether we’ll continue to live in a democracy. I grew up and lived the first three and a half decades of my life never worrying that democracy would go away, never thinking that one day it would be hard to take a breath of fresh air.

But suddenly breathing is a political act. And so is supporting democracy. And the two seem to go hand-in-hand far more than you might expect. Even before George Floyd begged for the right to take a breath, it was becoming apparent that the people in charge of our country are just as willing to deny breath to their opponents as they are to deny them the basic rights of democracy. Think of the refugees who have been killed in ICE detainment camps. The administration is more than happy to take away their rights. And if they die – if the stop breathing – so be it.

Now think about the pandemic. As you know, COVID is a disease that attacks our respiratory system. For any ordinary political leader – even a bad one – stopping a disease like this would have been a top priority. Any leader with the slightest regard for their country would try to fight back against a plague that was choking their people to death. But not in America. I honestly don’t know if the President is motivated by cruelty or plan stupidity in this case. But just today he told reporters “if you take the blue states out” our Coronavirus numbers are just great. It’s obviously untrue (the top 8 states by infection rate all voted for Trump in 2016), But it’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about. If you aren’t one of the groups of people that this Administration approves of, they’re more than happy to take away your rights, and to let you die.

But this week, honestly, I was starting to think that the air would kill us first. Our state is on fire, and it is strangling us. I don’t have to explain to anyone in this meeting how this is the result of Global Warming. And it’s not just Donald Trump’s fault. Nearly every conservative politician and far too many so-called Democrats, has failed to lift a finger to stop this. The air we breathe is a political issue now. It shouldn’t be, but it is.

We are so close to being able to get some help. For the next 49 days we’re going to do our best to elect Joe Biden and toss out every Republican Senator we can. I am under no illusions that they’ll solve all our problems. But let’s think of this as CPR for our democracy. We can stop the worst damage and then turn our attention to healing. Once we elect Biden and some blue Senators, we can spend the next four years breathing down their necks, making sure they do something about the climate, economic inequality, police brutality, clean air, and everything else.

For right now, it’s just really good to see all of you here. I hope this meeting allows us to catch our breath and take heart that we’re all in this together, doing all we can to save democracy in America. And even more, I hope we all get to breathe a sigh of relief in November.

IN MEMORY OF RBG

We are all devastated to hear about the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was a brilliant jurist who served on our highest court for nearly three decades, but she was also so much more than that. She was a fierce defender of civil rights, a progressive champion, and a cultural icon.

Losing Justice Ginsburg is a visceral, emotional blow to all of us. We need to mourn her passing (please see below for details on tonight’s Candlelight Vigil), and then we need to act. 

No justice can truly replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and at this time, nobody should. Her dying wish was that she not be replaced until the next president is sworn in. After all she has done for our country, we owe it to her to grant this wish. Fortunately, this is in line with Mitch McConnell’s own previous policy of not replacing a justice in an election year. Even though he obviously had no intention of keeping that promise, we will do everything in our power to hold him to the standard he set in 2016.

We are starting by sending a letter to our two Senators urging them to tell McConnell that we will add additional justices to the court next year if they try to do this vacancy. Appeals to moral decency will do nothing, as Senate Republicans only understand power. Let’s flex our power on this. Please call our Senators and urge them to support adding justices to the Court if the Republicans try to name a replacement:

Senator Diane Feinstein: (415) 393-0707
Senator Kamala Harris: (916) 448-2787

Expanding the Court would require an act passed by both Houses of Congress, so make sure to call your Representative as well:

Ami Bera: (916) 635-0505
Doris Matsui: (916) 498-5600

Candlelight Vigil

The 2020 Coalition notified us of a planned candlelight vigil and walk around the Capitol grounds for Justice Ginsburg tonight at the West Steps of the Capitol. Please join us tonight at 9:18 p.m. for a solemn event to remember a true progressive hero.

WEEKLY UPDATE

Weekly Update 8/17

Hello friends,

In case you have not heard, we are moving our monthly meeting back one week – to August 26th. Our regularly-scheduled meeting would conflict with Democratic Convention speeches from former President Barack Obama and future Vice President Kamala Harris, and well, we just can’t compete with that!

So we’ll see you on Zoom next week. The meeting link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81738263806, and the meeting ID is 817 3826 3806. Our guest speaker is Jamie Carter, Director of Partnerships with DemCast. Hope you can join us!

Regina Banks Virtual House Party

If you still want to do a Zoom meeting this week, good news! Regina Banks, one of Indivisible Sacramento’s organizers, is running for the Elk Grove School District Board of Trustees. She’s holding a virtual house party on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. To attend, please register in advance here.

Convention Watch Party

After you visit with Regina, we recommend you join the 2020 Coalition’s online Convention Watch Party. We can’t watch together in person, but an online gathering is the next best thing. Former Vice President Biden should be speaking some time after 7:00 – so you really should have time to attend both events! Register here for the 2020 Coalition Watch Party.

Events Page

Finally, a reminder to check our website’s Events page often. You can always find an opportunity to text voters, write postcards, or make phone calls to help win in November. For example, check out these opportunities:

  • RECLAIM OUR VOTE PHONE BANK: Sundays, 1-2 pm: 2020 Coalition makes calls to voters in Southern States with Reclaim Our Vote to make sure they can exercise their right to vote.  In the future, we may also be making calls for Senate candidates in North CarolinaGeorgia and Texas.  Can’t join us on Sundays?  Reclaim Our Vote also has regular phone banking sessions throughout the week. Go to reclaimourvote.org to sign up and find a day and time that works for you.
  • WEEKLY VIRTUAL PHONE BANKS FOR MICHIGAN: Join Sister District Sacramento to phone bank for its candidates for the Michigan State House. 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!  You can also donate to help flip Michigan blue.
    • Wednesdays, 2:30 – 5:00 pm – Register here to phone bank to re-elect Rep. Laurie Pohutsky.
    • Saturdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Register here to phone bank for Christine Morse and flip a red seat blue!
Thank you for all of your efforts – we are in this together!

Let’s Win all the Houses in 2020!
Take back the White House, Flip the Senate, Hold the House, End Republican Gerrymandering

Join a 2020 Coalition Sacramento event to expand voter registration and mobilize voter turnout in critical 2020 election swing states. We are writing, texting, phoning voters, and raising money for critical races where it counts. We are building democracy voter by voter now through November.

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WEEKLY UPDATE

Weekly Update – August 10

Hello friends,

Normally we meet on the third Wednesday evening of every month. But this month, that date conflicts with the third night of the Democratic Convention, when the Vice Presidential nominee will be speaking. We don’t want to compete with that, so our August meeting will be pushed back one week – to Wednesday, August 26th, at 7:00 p.m.

Mike Pence will be speaking to the Republican Convention that evening. We’re not too worried that anyone will be watching that.

Our guest speaker is Jamie Carter, Director of Partnerships with DemCast, a non-profit that aims to cultivate, amplify, and maximize the impact of grassroots digital media to bolster blue electoral and policy victories at all levels of government.

Our meeting is on Zoom. The meeting link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81738263806, and the meeting ID is 817 3826 3806. Hope you can make it!

Radio Interview

Indivisible Sacramento has finally hit the big time. We’ve made it big on local radio! Regina Banks, one of our leaders – and an Indivisibile Sacramento-endorsed candidate for Elk Grove School Board Trustee, was interviewed on 96.9 The Eagle last weekend. You can listen to the whole thing on our website – it’s at the right side of the page just below our fundraising link.

Get Involved!

Sister District is holding a trivia night fundraiser on August 15th. They’re raising money for a candidate who can help flip the Michigan Legislature blue. And if you’re good at trivia, you might even win some money!

Have you written any postcards lately? Not only can you reach out to voters, it’s also a great way to support the US Postal Service. Our Postcard events are on our website.

If postcards aren’t your thing, try texting instead. Our texting events are on our website.

2020 Coalition

Finally, if you’re looking for something to do, there’s an event pretty much every day where you can help win the 2020 elections. Check out the 2020 Coalition’s calendar here. And you might also want to check out their social media team – a great way to be able to win hearts and minds from your own home.

WEEKLY UPDATE

WEEKLY UPDATE

Weekly Update July 6

Hello Friends,

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

That cruel policy agenda is not stopping for the election or the pandemic. They’re still trying to impose as much cruelty and hate as they can before time runs out. The administration has recently proposed rule changes that will gut what’s left of our asylum system in the U.S. You can read about those changes in this article.
Then submit a public comment opposing these changes at this link. The deadline to comment is July 15, so please make sure our voices of opposition are heard.
Help Sister District

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.

July Meeting

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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84421800706?pwd=REtRQ3FJRmFhRHFqck9wS1Q3TjE5Zz09

Or just go to Zoom and use this meeting ID and password.

Meeting ID: 844 2180 0706
Password: 984661
One tap mobile

Hope you can join us!

WEEKLY UPDATE

Weekly Update – 6/11/20

Hello friends,

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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82831679377?pwd=Mk5qWXYvL2dScUR3ekNnQzRYY2NMUT09

Or just go to Zoom and enter the meeting ID and password:

Meeting ID: 828 3167 9377
Password: 162986

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!

WEEKLY UPDATE

Hello Friends,

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

NorCal Resist, which has provided rent assistance, food, and diapers to families around the greater Sacramento area  during the corona virus pandemic and lockdown, will be caravanning up to Butte county as a group on May 16 to bring donations to immigrant families who are survivors of the devastating Camp Fire. NorCal Resist would love for you to join them- sign up via the link HERE. Caravan teams will be assigned a family, and provided a list of necessities to gather for their family. If you can’t make it to the caravan, they’re collecting donations of food at two locations in Sacramento: Barrio Cafe at 35th and South Land Park Drive, and Cilantro’s Mexican Restaurant at 701 J Street.

If you want to donate a large amount of food, reach out to norcalresist@gmail.com 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.

Events Page

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

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.

GENERAL MEETING
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: 
https://zoom.us/j/2948629898?pwd=YUpzUExqN0JvNTVXajhPUHlQT0txZz09

Meeting ID: 294 862 9898
Password: 590920

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