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.
Weekly Update 4//9/18
Our monthly meeting is next Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m. We have a great meeting planned, as we’ll be hearing from two special guests. First, District Attorney candidate Noah Phillips will be talking to us. Then we will shift gears and hear from Valerie Bane of the Citizens Climate Lobby. Remember to join us at Room 10, Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.
Want to get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather this weekend? Good news: The Tax March is on Saturday. Last year we marched to protest Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns. This year we march to show our anger at the Tax Scam Bill that cut taxes on rich people and corporations. This march STARTS at the Capitol building at 10:30 a.m.Look for the Indivisible Sacramento banner if you want to march with us!
You’re going to want to get outside on Sunday, too. California Away Team is a great chance to get some sun and exercise. They’re reaching out to voters in Roseville on Sunday starting at noon. Cal Away Team is the easiest and least intimidating voter canvassing that you’ll ever do. All you have to do is talk to registered Democrats and ask them to fill out a postcard to themselves to remind them to vote. It’s simple and effective. Just visit their website to find details and RSVP.
The midterm primaries are less than two months away, and before we know it, November will be upon us. Now is the time to do everything you can do to help win the elections. No excuses. We need YOU to help us!
After you spend this weekend outdoors, we have an uplifting indoor event planned for you the next weekend. Sunday, April 22nd is the date for our Interfaith Forum on the role of faith in the Progressive movement. We have invited panelists from a wide range of faith traditions and progressive groups such as the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU to talk about how we can all work together on common goals. The faith forum kicks off at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Midtown (21st Street and J Street).
Call To Oppose Trump’s Nominees
Two big nomination votes are coming up in the U.S. Senate. Mike Pompeo has been nominated for Secretary of State, while Gina Haspel is the nominee for CIA director. Indivisible has dubbed this “Trump’s War Cabinet,” because they are exactly the kind of advisors who would encourage Trump down the road to violence. Our Senators have expressed concern, but they have not yet declared an intention to vote no. Please call them and urge them to oppose both nominations.
Sen. Kamala Harris: (916) 448-2787
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (415) 393-0707
Here in California, we have a chance to do something good. Back in January, Senator Scott Wiener came to our meeting and talked to us about his SB822, which would preserve Net Neutrality in California. Last month when we voted on which State bills to support, this was our top vote-getter. Now is our chance to help pass it, as it is up for a key vote in the Senate next week.
The Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications will be hearing and voting on the Net Neutrality bill that day. Please show up and support it if you can. The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. in room 3191 of the Capitol Building. There will be many bills discussed that day, so we don’t know exactly when they’ll be talking about SB822. To be safe, get there early.
Good evening, Friends.
Sorry for the delay in this week’s newsletter. But the good news is we have the results from the voting at last week’s meeting, where we chose the state bills we would most like to support this year. You spoke and we listened, and these were the winners:
1) SB 822: Senator Wiener’s Net Neutrality bill
We have notified California State Strong of our group’s choices. They will be tallying up the preferences of Indivisible teams statewide so that we can all focus on the issues we all truly care about. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the meeting and vote.
Did you join the March to Save our Lives last week? It was amazing to see thousands of Sacramentans show up to demand action on gun violence. But the march is only one step. Please reach out to your members of Congress this week and make sure they know what you think about gun violence (for information, recommended call scripts, and Senators’ phone numbers, check out Indivisible’s website here). Indivisible teams around the area will be doing the same. Our voices are more powerful when we all participate!
As noted above, SB 562 – Universal health care – is one of our top priorities. National Nurses United has put together a great tool that allows us to send letters to the editors of our local papers about health care. Do you want your opinion about single payer health care to be heard? If so, visit their site and write a letter today.
So many great things are on the schedule:
April 18th (Wednesday): Our next monthly meeting is at Sierra2 Center (2791 24th Street) at 7:00.
Weekly Update 3/19/18
We have a meeting on Wednesday evening. This is a special meeting, because we are going to be voting on which bills we want to support in the State legislature this year. Please join us and make your voice heard. As usual, our meeting is at 7:00 in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center (2791 24th Street).
If you have time, please check out the bills we’ll be considering at CA State Strong’s website. CA State Strong is a project initiated by Indivisible to help push policy at the State level. They’ve asked us (and all of CA’s other Indivisible teams) to recommend our top 15 bills so that they’ll know what to focus on this year.
March for Our Lives
The March for Our Lives is this Saturday. The march starts at Crocker Park at 10:00 a.m. It is an incredible event, organized by high school and college students across the nation who are sick of gun violence. Indivisible Sacramento will be there with our banner flying. We’re planning to gather at the Southeast corner of the park – that’s the part closest to the intersection of O and 3rd Streets. You don’t have to march with us, but if you do it will be much more fun!
This is another rally you should know about, and one we hope will never happen. In the event that Trump fires Robert Mueller, Move On has coordinated protests across the country. Sacramento’s event was not posted for awhile, but we are back in business with a new organizer. If Trump fires Mueller before 2:00 p.m., the rally will start at 5:00 p.m. that day. If he is fired after 2:00 p.m., it will be at 12:00 noon the next day. Either way, we’ll gather at the West Steps of the Capitol Building.
Meeting with Secretary Padilla
We are pleased to announce a very special event. Secretary of State Alex Padilla has agreed to meet with our group for a Q&A Session. He will be joining us on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Avenue. Voting rights are a big deal, and Secretary Padilla is at the forefront of California’s efforts to expand voter participation, so we hope you can join us to hear him speak.
Finally, a reminder that our Interfaith Forum is just over a month away. It’s happening on Earth Day (Sunday, April 22nd) at 3:00 at First United Methodist Church. Leaders from many different faith traditions will be talking with local progressive leaders about how we can all make the world a better place.
Our next meeting is next Wednesday, March 21st, at 7:00. This will be a very important meeting, as we are going to discuss some very important bills before the California legislature. We’ll be voting to see which ones we want to endorse as a group. This is important for a couple of reasons. First, we want to know which bills to focus on when we meet with our State Senators and Assembly Members. But it’s also a big deal because we are going to pass on our views to Indivisible’s California State Strong team to help them decide where to focus the energy of all of the Indivisible groups in the whole state.
So make sure you show up on Wednesday to make your voice heard. We’re meeting in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center: 2791 24th Street. If you have some time, please check out State Strong’s page, where they have a quick summary of a lot of important state bills.
Phone Calls to Members of Congress
You may not realize it, because it gets almost no press attention, but the U.S. is supporting Saudi Arabia’s intervention in the civil war in Yemen. Congress is being asked to approve and let this shadow war continue. We do not want that. Please call both of our Senators and let them know you are opposed to this conflict.
Sen. Kamala Harris: (916) 448-2787
California Away Team
Pennsylvania has a special Congressional election tomorrow, and everyone is watching to see if it is another sign of the big blue wave that may be coming in November. But big wave elections don’t happen by themselves – we all have to do our part to make them happen!
Here’s what you can do: visit California away team’s website and sign up to volunteer. Join them to knock on doors belonging to registered Democrats who skipped the last midterm election. It’s simple, it’s effective, and it’s fun to be part of a team that is doing good work.
You can help in the 4th district (Roseville or El Dorado Hills) where we’re working to boot our Trump ally Tom McClintock. Or you can help in the 7th district (Fair Oaks, Folsom, Elk Grove) where we’re trying to protect a blue seat. The next volunteer day is March 25th, so mark your calendar!
March for our Lives
The March for Our Lives rally is on Saturday, March 24th at 10:00 a.m. The march starts at Crocker Park (located at 3rd and O Streets downtown) and ends at the Capitol building. Indivisible Sacramento will be there, as this is one of the most important protest events of the year. There is momentum building across the country to end gun violence, and this event will show how serious we are. The best part is that these events are being organized by students across America who are the next generation of progressive activists.
Weekly Update 2/12/18
We have a lot of big updates this week.
First, a reminder: our monthly meeting is next Wednesday, February 21st, at 7:00. Our guest speaker will be Assembly Member Kevin McCarty, who represents many of us in this group (if you live in the northern half of Sacramento, he is probably your Assembly Member). We’re excited to hear from one of our local state legislators who has such a reliable progressive record.
As usual, we’ll be in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Culture, 2791 24th Street. We meet the third Wednesday of every month.
We are thrilled to announce a big event coming up. Indivisible Sacramento will be hosting a discussion featuring members of a number of progressive groups and representatives from a many diverse religious denominations. We hope to show how people from different backgrounds can come together to make positive change in the community and in the world.
Please mark your calendars for Sunday, April 22nd at 3:00 p.m. We’ll be gathering at the First United Methodist Church at 2100 J Street.
Issues and Phone Calls
Keep making calls to our Members of Congress! There is no shortage of issues for our MOCs to take a stand on, and we have to make sure they know we care.
Here are contact numbers for our local MOCs:
Canvassing with CA Away Team
Finally, remember to check out California Away Team’s website. There are volunteer opportunities in Roseville,Fair Oaks, and Sacramento coming up soon. We need your help to win the 2018 midterm elections!
Weekly Update 2/5/18
Good evening, Friends.
Calls to Members of Congress
Take some time this week to learn about these issues and give your Members of Congress (MOCs) a call:
- Cuts to Medicaid and Medicare. Paul Ryan has spent his whole life dreaming about making poor and middle class peoples’ lives harder. He is calling it “welfare reform”now, but it really means big cuts to programs like Medicare that millions rely upon. We need to stop this before it goes anywhere.
- Trump is undertaking a “Nuclear Posture Review,” and he wants to waste more money and rattle sabres by building more nuclear weapons. 16 Senators, including Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinsteinhave signed a letter opposing this impulsive and dangerous move. Please call our Senators to thank them.
- The Dream Act is still a top priority, since Congress has done nothing, and the March 5 deadline is coming fast. Senators McCain and Coons introduced a bipartisan immigration bill that includes protection for Dreamers and ignores Trump’s ridiculous immigration demands. Let’s get this bill up for a vote! Call both Senators and let them know about it.
- If you still have some energy left after all that, take a moment to check out Indivisible’s page on the Nunes memo and Congressman Schiff’s response.
Here are contact numbers for our local MOCs:
Rep. Ami Bera: (916) 635-0505
Sen. Kamala Harris: (916) 448-2787
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (415) 393-0707
We are pleased to announce that Assembly Member Kevin McCarty will be joining us at our next meeting! Asm. McCarty is a progressive ally, and he represents most of the city of Sacramento, as well as some other portions of Sacramento County.
The meeting will happen at 7:00 in Room 10 of Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Community – 2791 24th Street, Sacramento. See you there!
Graphic Designer Help Needed
We are looking for someone with some graphic design skills to help out with some projects. If you can help, please send an email to this address (IndivisibleSacramentoCA@Gmail.com). Thanks in advance!
Cal Away Team
California Away Team is working harder than ever to help win the midterm elections. They knock on the doors of Democrats who skipped past midterm elections so that they won’t make the same mistake this time. Right now they’re working on keeping Congressional District 7 (Elk Grove, Carmichael, Orangevale, etc.) Blue, and they’re also helping to make a progressive change in District 4 (which spans from Roseville to a big chunk of the mountains), which is currently represented by Trump enabler Tom McClintock.
There are volunteer opportunities in both districts this weekend! You can volunteer to unseat McClintock on Saturday and help in District 7 on Sunday. Check out their website for details on how to help!
Weekly Update 1/29/18
Good evening, friends.
Today has been a day of discouraging news, as Trump and his toadies continued their assault on Democratic norms. The Deputy Director of the FBI was forced to resign earlier than expected due to pressure from the Administration. In Congress, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release a bogus memo launching a hyper-partisan attack on the FBI, thanks to Chairman Devin Nunes. And Trump failed to implement sanctions on Russia, despite overwhelming bi-partisan support.
In times like these, we need to look to the future, and to each other for support. Over the past year, we have built an amazing community of dedicated activists in Sacramento and around the nation. Rather than get discouraged, we need to keep up our efforts. Together we are keeping American democracy alive. And this year, we will all come together to defeat cowardly Congressmen like Nunes, who are so afraid of their party’s big donors that they have stopped caring about our country’s freedom.
Thank you for standing with us. Thank you for being Indivisible.
The Dream Act is still a top priority for Indivisible nationwide. Please take some time to visit their website and learn about it if you’re not already familiar. California’s Senators are “Dream Heroes,” who have voted to stand with Dreamers. Please call them and thank them this week – even if you’ve already done so before. They like to hear from us when they’re doing a good job. And please urge them to keep up the battle to pass a clean Dream Act.
Our next meeting will be held on February 21st at 7:00. Our meetings are the third Wednesday evening of every month at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street in Sacramento.
California Away Team
If you want to throw out the bad legislators and keep the good ones, California Away Team is a great volunteer opportunity. Join them on Sunday, February 11th to knock on a few doors and reach out to registered Democrats who have skipped recent midterm elections. Find the details at their website.