Weekly Update 4/16/18
We have a lot of great events coming up this week. We hope you can attend them all:
TOMORROW at 9:00 a.m.: The Net Neutrality bill, SB822, is up for a hearing in Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee. The Committee meets in Room 3191. Note: the Committee meeting will start at 9:00. We don’t know what time the bill will be up for discussion, so we’re going to get there right at 9:00 to be ready.
Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Visit with Senator Kamala Harris’ staff. We’ll be meeting with the Senator’s staff people and letting them know about some of the issues we care about the most. Our office visit is scheduled for 2:00, but we’ll meet outside the building at 1:30 so that we can discuss beforehand. The location is 501 I Street
Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.: Our Monthly Meeting! We are thrilled to have not one but two amazing guests joining us. First, we’ll hear from Noah Phillips, who is running for Sacramento County District Attorney. Then we’ll welcome Valerie Bane from the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. As usual, we’re in Room 10 of the Sierra2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street.
Sunday, 3:00 p.m.: It’s finally time for our Interfaith Forum: the Role of Faith in the Progressive Movement. Local leaders of a diverse range of faith traditions will join local progressive activists for a panel discussion about issues like poverty, human rights, and the environment. We want you to join us, whether you are devoutly religious or not religious at all, because this event is all about bringing people from different backgrounds together. We’ll be at the First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street.
Trump’s Illegal War
Last week, Donald Trump launched a missile attack on Syria without consulting Congress first. Some Members of Congress spoke out, but many stayed silent or issued only weak complaints. We need to let our MOCs know that it is NOT okay for Trump to do this. They need to condemn this attack and make it clear that we will not tolerate any further unauthorized military action.
Local MOC phone numbers
Rep. Doris Matsui: (916) 698-5600
Letters to Justice Kennedy
There have been rumors that Justice Anthony Kennedy may consider retiring from the Supreme Court. This would be disastrous, as it would give Trump the chance to replace a conservative, but generally reasonable justice with an amoral ideologue of his choosing. Needless to say, it would be a huge conflict of interest in the event that the Supreme Court had to weigh in on any of the many cases involving Trump’s corruption and misconduct.
The good news is that Justice Kennedy is from Sacramento, just like us. So maybe, just maybe, he might listen to us if we write him a heartfelt letter to let him know we appreciate the work he is doing and urge him not to retire. You can find instructions and advice for writing to a SCOTUS justice at this website.
The Primary election is less than two months away. We need to make a big showing in the primary so that national groups will be motivated to put resources into our Congressional races. Please help California Away Team remind Democrats to vote in the election. They have opportunities to volunteer almost every weekend. You can volunteer in District 4 (Roseville, Lincoln, or Cameron Park) or District 7 (Elk Grove, Fair Oaks).
Finally, check out the Walk for Democracy event this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Details at the ACLU People Power site.