Good evening, Friends.
Who’s ready for another big week of resisting the Trump agenda? The holidays are over, and Congress is back in session. While Washington is finally getting around to discussing whether Donald Trump is mentally fit to be President (about two years too late, but better late than never!), there is still a lot of work to be done on issues like net neutrality and immigration.
Our Next Meeting
Our next meeting is coming up. We’re meeting Wednesday, January 17th at 7:00. As usual, we’ll be in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Community (2791 24th Street, Sacramento). This month’s special guest is State Senator Scott Weiner, a friend of Indivisible who co-sponsored many of the bills we strongly supported last year. This will be a great chance to talk to a legislator who can tell us about what is going on in Sacramento this year.
The Dream Act and the Government Funding Bill
Congress still hasn’t passed a measure to protect the millions of Dreamers who were brought to America as children and now face deportation thanks to Trump. Last month we tasked our legislators to refuse to fund the government unless the Dream Act passes. The bad news is that Congress passed a temporary funding measure right before Christmas and did nothing for the Dreamers.
The good news is that our Members of Congress stood up for Dreamers and voted no. Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Congressman Ami Bera, and Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein all voted AGAINST the spending bill. Indivisible has put together a website with a lot of information about the Dream Act issue and tools including call scripts to contact our representatives. Please take some time to visit the site. Then give our Senators and Representatives a call to thank them – and to urge them to stay strong and vote NO again if the next funding bill doesn’t include protection for the Dreamers.
Congresswoman Matsui’s office is at 916 498-5600 and Congressman Bera is at 916 635-0505.
We’re also keeping an eye on the Net Neutrality issue. As you may be aware, the FCC voted last month to end Net Neutrality protections, which could allow internet providers to restrict access to websites that can’t afford to pay exorbitant fees – or that post material they disagree with. Democratic Senators have put together a plan to force a vote to try and repeal the FCC’s decision. Please make another call to our two Senators this week and let them know you support Net Neutrality and want them to fight for it!
California Away Team
Our friends at California Away Team are still busy knocking on doors and reaching out to voters who skipped the midterm elections in 2014. We are doing everything we can to make sure they do vote in 2018. Their next volunteer opportunity is this Sunday, January 14th. You should join them! Check out their website for details.
Finally, a reminder that the Women’s March is coming up on January 20th. The one year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration is our next chance to show how many people are committed to resisting the Trump agenda worldwide, and it should be an inspirational and uplifting event.
Don’t know what to wear to the march? Check out the Indivisible website, which has some nice-looking t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale.