|Weekly Update – 11/14/18
We hope you enjoyed the Blue Wave – and our Election Party – last week. Our work helped make this possible. Indivisible Sacramento members phone banked for Kyrsten Sinema, knocked on doors for Jacky Rosen, phone banked for Josh Harder, and wrote postcards for candidates all over America. Our work is far from over, but it’s important to take a moment to think about what we’ve accomplished so far. Thanks to our efforts, Trump and his Republican allies can no longer pass laws that rob the poor to make the rich richer. And now Congress can finally begin investigating the Administrations rampant corruption.
Please note: Our November meeting will be the fourth Wednesday of the month, not the third. We will be meeting on November 28th at 7:00. The place is unchanged: Sierra2 Center (2791 24th Street), Room 10.
This month we’re pleased to welcome a guest speaker from the Sacramento Kindness Campaign.
New Indivisible Guide
The Indivisible Guide has been an excellent road map for us through the first two years of action. Now that we’ve flipped the House of Representatives, the national team has issued two brand new guides: Indivisible on Offense and Indivisible States. One is focused on using the blue majority in the House to our advantage. The other will help us shape state policy, a particular interest for us here in the state capital. Please take some time to read the new guides and get excited about what we’ll be able to do in 2019.
County Board Meetings
Thank you to all who were able to attend the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors meeting on 10/30 and speak out in favor of strengthening (and not weakening) the Inspector General’s investigative authority over the Sheriff’s Department. (For more information on the issue, check out this Sac Bee column)
Here is a brief recap of what happened at the meeting and what lies ahead:
The Board’s plan at the meeting had been to take a vote on Sheriff Jones’ own recommendations limiting independent oversight of his department by the IG’s office. After some discussion by Board members, they seemed to be leaning toward accepting his recommendations. However, Supervisor Serna spoke out and called it “Kabuki Theater” to argue over the minutia of the changes when the real problem was WHY they were considering a new contract at all: because Sheriff Jones didn’t like the report on the McIntyre killing. Representatives from many local organizations spoke out in support of greater transparency from, and oversight over, the Sheriff’s Department.
Ultimately, the Board decided to kick the can down the road and reconvene on this issue on December 4th. Between now and then, they plan to hold a public workshop on the legal standing of Sheriff Jones’ decision to lock out the IG, and they also want to get another report from legal counsel. In addition, Supervisor Serna will revisit the idea of subpoenaing Jones and investigating whether he broke the law by locking the IG out, while Supervisor Kennedy wants a review to see what other counties and states are doing.
We’d also like to remind you to keep checking our website for updates on how you can help immigrants in our community.
Office Visits for our Members of Congress
We’re also getting ready to visit our Representatives’ offices. We’ve scheduled a visit to talk to Congresswoman Matsui’s staff in mid-December. That meeting will be Friday, 12/14 at 10:00 a.m. We’ll meet outside the federal building on 501 I Street. If you can make it, please RSVP with an e-mail to this e-mail address. Anyone can join us, but we want to get an idea of how many are coming so we know how big of a group we’ll have.
We also hope to have a meeting with Congressman Ami Bera’s staff soon, and we’ll send details when we have those.