Weekly Update, August 16, 2018

Hello, friends.

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.

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.

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

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 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

Next Meeting

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.

Postcard Party

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.

Volunteer this weekend in Roseville. More events are planned in August in Elk Grove and nearby areas.

WE NEED YOU to help take back Congress. Our Democracy depends on it!



Weekly Update, 6/18/18

It’s time for our monthly meeting! Wednesday night at 7:00, we’ll be back at our favorite spot: Room 10 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.Our esteemed guest this month is Andrew Truman Kim from Flip the 14. He’s going to tell us exactly what we need to do to turn California’s red Congressional districts blue.

Family Separations

The Trump Administration is doubling down on their heartless decision to rip apart families at the border. This is a crime against humanity, and we cannot rest until it stops. If there is any good news about this horrific policy, it’s that the American public is overwhelmingly against it. We need to make sure our legislators know exactly how important this is to us.

We are fortunate to have two Senators who are fighting on this issue. Senator Feinstein introduced S.3036, a bill to stop the cruel and unnecessary family separations. Senator Harris is a co-sponsor. Remember to call them this week and thank them, and let them know we are on their side. Also remember to call your member of the House of Representatives and ask them to vote against Paul Ryan’s bogus “compromise” bill (also known as the Goodlatte-McCaul plan).

Local MOC phone numbers

Rep. Doris Matsui: (916) 698-5600
Rep. Ami Bera: (916) 635-0505
Sen. Kamala Harris: (916) 448-2787
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (415) 393-0707

Health Care Repeal

The immigration news is horrific enough, but rumor has it that the Republicans in Congress are going to take another stab at sabotaging the Affordable Care Act this summer. We don’t have the details yet, but let’s start making calls now. Call your Members of Congress and urge them to fight hard for the Affordable Care Act this summer!

State Legislation

After you call about immigration and health care, please take a moment to think about the laws we’re trying to pass at the State level. Our website is a great resource for finding out about these. We’re very interested in SB822, Senator Wiener’s Net Neutrality bill. Call your Assembly Member and tell him or her that this is a top priority for you and for Indivisible Sacramento!

Also take some time to call your Senator about some important public safety bills. AB 931, which restricts the use of deadly force by law enforcement) and AB 3131, which would require police departments to hold hearings when they buy military grade equipment, are both up for a key committee vote in the Senate this week. Please tell your Senator that you support both!

You can find your State Senator and Assembly Member here.

We know there’s a lot to call about this week. Remember, your voice can make a difference – you just have to use it!