Weekly Update: 10/15/18
Voting is important, but voting is not enough. How are you volunteering to help kick Trump’s friends out of Congress?
One easy thing you can do is stop by the Sacramento County Democratic Headquarters at 1033 S Street and make phone calls for Democratic candidates across America. They’ve been holding phone banks for Jacky Rosen (NV Senate), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ Senate), Stacey Abrams (GA Governor) and many more. You can drop in on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 – 4:00, or Sundays from 12:00 – 6:00 now until the election.
Please bring a cell phone and a laptop. Don’t worry if you’ve never phone banked before – it’s very easy to learn, and it makes a huge difference in turning out voters!
Meeting on Wednesday
It’s time for our monthly meeting again! We’re very excited to be joined by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg this month. From climate change to justice to affordable housing – so many of today’s big issues are being decided at the local level, so we look forward to a chance to talk with the head of our local government. And of course, we’ll also be talking about our ongoing efforts to win the elections.
The meeting is Wednesday at 7:00 in our usual room – Room 10, Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street. Hope to see you there!
Election Night Party
Whatever happens on Election Day, we hope you’ll join us to hear about it live. Indivisible Sacramento’s Election Night Party will be at Kupros Craft House at 1217 212st Street in Midtown. We have a large space reserved with plenty of large televisions to keep up with the news. And Kupros has very good food and drinks in case our company isn’t enough to draw you there!
Election night is November 6th in case you don’t have it circled on the calendar already. Party starts at 7:00 p.m.
Adopt a Vote Center
Do you have a few hours to spare on Sunday November 4th, Monday, November 5th, or Tuesday, November 6th? Our adopted Vote center at Marina Vista Community Center will be staffed by hired poll workers, but we would love to have volunteers to assist with managing voter flow, answering questions, and other tasks (especially on Election Day). If you would like to help, please contact Jill Shallenberger at email@example.com to RSVP and provide your availability.
If you can’t volunteer in person but would still like to help, we’d appreciate donations of easy-to-store treats (cookies apples, brownies, etc.) to share with voters. We can also use helium balloons to decorate the entrance and draw attention to the vote center. You can drop those off at the240 Seavey Circle Vote Center () on Sunday, November 3rd between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. For questions, call email Jill at the address above.
Please remember to check our website’s “Daily Actions” tab for opportunities to volunteer and donate to help immigrants in our community. We are continually updating this section with new information. In particular, please note that there are two opportunities to submit comments on proposed federal regulations that would have profoundly negative impacts on immigrant communities. Deadlines for comments are fast approaching, so please visit the site today.
Donate to Indivisible Sacramento
Also on our website – you can find a link to our Act Blue Page for donations. Through the end of October, Indivisible’s national team is matching donations to individual groups up to $500. Donations pay for basic group expenses, such as supplies, room rentals, and our Election Night party.
Special Update – 10/11/18
Hi, everbody. Less than a month from Election Day, we’re so busy that we’re sending out a second e-mail this week.
For a limited time, Indivisible’s national organization is matching donations to individual groups. We normally try not to hit you up for money, but we can’t pass up this opportunity. Donations will help Indivisible Sacramento cover basic expenses, including the cost of our Election Night party (at Kupros Craft House on November 6th!). If you have some spare cash and want to donate to us, please visit our Indivisible Sacramento Act Blue page.
We’ve had a lot of people asking how to help with voter registration. Good news! We’re working on sending a team to California State University, Sacramento next week to register college students. Final dates/times are pending approval from the college, but we’re aiming for mid-day during the week most days next week. If you can help and want more details, please e-mail Jenniffer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you weren’t able to make it to our Nevada field trip last month, there’s still another chance to help out in the Silver State. Indivisible Northern Nevada is still organizing canvassing to help make a difference in the crucial Senate and Governor races there. Please respond to this e-mail as soon as possible if you’re interested in going the weekend of October 27th-28th. Our Northern Nevada may be able to find a house where you can stay for the weekend!
You probably have a good idea who you’re voting for in the major state races, but do you know how you want to vote for all of the 12 ballot propositions this November? Our friends at California State Strong have compiled a voter’s guide based on recommendations from Indivisible members across the State. If you’re looking for advice on how to vote, the page is worth a visit!
Weekly Update – October 9, 2018
It has been a rough week. Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed for the Supreme Court. We did everything we could to stop this nomination. We demonstrated. We visited our Senators’ offices. We made thousands of phone calls. In the end, every Republican except Lisa Murkowski completely ignored the will of the American people. We don’t need to tell you that Kavanaugh will be a disaster on the Court and a big setback for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, minority rights, and anyone who cares about getting money out of politics.
But we can take heart that some people were listening to us. The most recent poll found that 51% of Americans oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation – worse than any other justice who has ever been confirmed. At times like these, it’s important to remember that we have numbers on our side. Trump and his enablers may have political power, but we have the majority. And in about a month, we’re going to use that majority to take away his power.
You already know that we have to vote in order to win the elections. But VOTING IS NOT ENOUGH. Every one of us needs to convince other voters to show up and vote the Republicans out of the Congressional majority. Knock on doors. Pick up the phone. There is no shortage of opportunities to get involved, so please make a plan to help out as often as possible between now and November 6th.
California Away Team – our friends at CalAway are still going strong in Tom McClintock’s district, and they’re an unstoppable force that is putting the five term Republican Congressman’s job in jeopardy. They need volunteers in Placerville, Roseville, and Cameron Park this weekend!
Organize Win, Legislate – The OWL Dems have a plethora of phone banks that you can join, including call events on October 14th and 21st in support of the Senate challengers in Nevada and Arizona. Details on their Facebook site (please bring a laptop and a cell phone if you can phone bank for OWL).
Indivisible Events – Indivisible’s website has a sign-up for phone calls or texts that you can make from your own home on your own time. And as always, Indivisible Sacramento’s page has a ton of ideas for you too.
Election Night Party
We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but if we all pitch in, we should have something to celebrate on November 6th. Please celebrate with Indivisible Sacramento! We’re getting together (along with our friends from Elk Grove and California Away team) at Kupros Craft House on 21st Street for our election night party. We’ve reserved the upstairs room. So make sure you join us starting at 7:00 p.m. to watch the results roll in.
As usual, we’re meeting on the third Wednesday of the month. That means our October meeting is Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 at the usual place: Room 10 of Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street. See you there!
Weekly Update 10/2/18
The election is only a month away, and we have a lot of work to do. But first, let’s take a moment to celebrate a big accomplishment: Governor Brown has signed SB 822 into law!
This is the most comprehensive net neutrality protection law in the United States, and it took a ton of work to pass it. Back in January, the bill’s author, Senator Scott Weiner spoke at our meeting, and a few months later, our membership chose this as the most important State legislation in progress. We showed up at the State Capitol for countless committee hearings so we could add our voices in support. We made hundreds of calls to our Assembly Members and Senators urging them to vote yes. When hostile senators – urged on by greedy telecom companies – tried to amend the bill to make it useless, we made more calls and demanded it be changed back. Finally, we reached out to the Governor and made sure he signed it. This is our victory, and we should be proud.
Now that we’ve patted ourselves on our backs, let’s get back to winning the November elections. The best way to win is to interact directly with potential voters. If you haven’t made any phone calls or knocked on doors yet, please join in. It’s much easier than you think.
There are events going on every single day in support of candidates. Check out Organize Win Legislate’s website for a listing of opportunities to help out (the calendar of events is at the bottom of the page).
And as always, we encourage you to get involved with California Away Team, who is working furiously to unseat Trump stooge Tom McClintock right in our backyards.
Many people have asked if there are any events planned to protest the Kavanaugh nomination. There is a Solidarity Vigil planned for Thursday afternoon, starting at 5:30 p.m. It will take place on the West Steps of the State Capitol Building. For details, see the Action Network event page or the Facebook page.
You may have an idea of which candidates you’re going to vote for, but do you know how you’re planning to vote on all of the ballot propositions? No worries – Indivisible/California State Strong has prepared a guide with recommendations on all 12 measures that will be on the ballot. The recommendations were compiled by dozens of Indivisible groups around the State.
Note: we apologize that Indivisible Sacramento did not participate in the vote for determining a position on these propositions; we unfortunately did not receive the request to vote in time.
Weekly Update, 10/25
Are you doing your part to help win the midterm elections? If you’re looking for ways to get involved, we have about a million of them:
Postcards for Jaclyn Moreno
First, we’re writing postcards for Jaclyn Moreno tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 6:30 at the Round Table Pizza at 398 Florin Road. Jaclyn is a local Indivisible pioneer and an excellent candidate who is running for the Cosumnes Services District. It would be amazing to have an Indivisible leader elected right here in the Sacramento area, so come on out and join us for pizza and postcards!
Call the Governor to Pass Our Bills
As of Monday evening, Governor Jerry Brown still has not signed two very important bills: SB822 and AB3131. SB822 would establish the strongest Net Neutrality protections in America. And if California makes Net Neutrality the law, it will have benefits for people all over the country. AB3131 is sponsored by Indivisible. It is a common sense transparency measure that requires police departments to notify the public when they police military-grade equipment.
If you’d like to hear a recorded message from Indivisible with more details about AB3131, call 1 (833) 522-8923. You will be automatically connected to the Governor’s office after the message.
If you already know the details and just want to call directly, you can reach Governor Brown’s staff at (916) 445-2841.
Adopt a Vote Center – And More PostCards
Join us this Friday to write postcards to write postcards to voters through California Away Team for Congressman Ami Bera’s district, CA 07. You should also attend this event if you’re interested in helping to increase voter registration and turnout at Indivisible Sacramento’s adopted Vote Center. We’ve adopted the Marina Vista Community Center for this November’s election, and we will be holding a planning session for that effort while we write postcards. You can RSVP to attend at CalAway Team’s website. It is located at a private residence, so they’ll provide the address when you RSVP.
If you can’t make it on Friday but still want to help with the Adopt-a-Vote-Center project,please send an e-mail to Jill at email@example.com with the subject line “Adopt-a-Vote Volunteer.” We’ll add you to the e-mail list to keep you notified of activities and ways to get involved.
Phone Banks Galore
Postcards are great, but a phone call is an even better chance to connect with a potential voter.
Organize Win Legislate (OWL) is hosting local phone banks for a ton of great candidates around the country, including future Florida Governor Andrew Gillum and future Arizona Senator Kyrstin Sinema this weekend. Check out their Facebook page for details on upcoming phone banks.
And the Indivisible website has more chances to make calls to make a difference. You can call from the comfort of your own home. Go to the Indivisible.org phone bank page for details.
California Away Team
And what’s even better than a phone call? Talking to voters in person! If you haven’t volunteered for California Away Team yet, now is your chance. All you have to do is knock on the doors of registered Democrats who have had weak voting turnout in the past and remind them to vote this time. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s very low stress.
Click here to volunteer in Roseville or Cameron Park to help Jessica Morse defeat Trump-stooge Tom McClintock.
At this point, new events are popping up faster than we can post them in this newsletter. So make sure you keep checking our website to keep in the loop. You never know when we’re going to announce something you want to take part in.
Weekly Update 9/17/18
Tomorrow (Tuesday) is our monthly meeting! We are honored to be joined by California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who will be speaking with us and taking our questions about voting rights, election security, and other very timely election-related topics. Remember, we will not be in our normal room – this one will be held in Curtis Hall, not Room 10. The meeting time will remain the same: 7:00 p.m.
To all who are unable to attend due to the Yom Kippur holiday, we again apologize for the scheduling conflict. We will be recording and archiving the meeting on our website for those who cannot make it in person.
Nevada Voter Outreach
There’s still time to sign up for our Reno, Nevada voter outreach trip September 21-23. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer free lodging to anyone who hasn’t already signed up, but we’d still love to have you with us. We’re leaving Friday evening, then we’ll spend Saturday morning and afternoon and midday Sunday knocking on doors to talk about the huge upcoming U.S. Senate race.
The fate of the entire Senate could very well come down to this election in Nevada, and Reno is the most closely-divided region of the state. So if you can make it at all, please join us. Send an e-mail to this e-mail address to RSVP.
Some folks have asked if we will be offering any other chances to help with Nevada, such as phone banking or postcard campaigns. We are asking the team from Indivisible Northern Nevada if they have need any other assistance, and we will let you know as soon as we hear anything.
Senate Bill 822, which establishes strong Net Neutrality protections in our state, is on the Governor’s desk and awaiting a signature. We still don’t know for sure what Governor Brown is going to, so make sure you make a call to his office and urge him to sign.
You can call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841.
Postcard Party for Jaclyn Moreno
Our postcard party for Jaclyn Moreno is on Wednesday, September 26th at Round Table Pizza on Florin Road in Pocket-Greenhaven. If you haven’t heard of Jaclyn, please check out her campaign website. She is a local Indivisible leader and committed activist who is running for a seat on the Cosumnes Services District. It would be amazing to see a local leader of our movement elected this fall. Join us at 6:30 p.m. for postcards. To sweeten the deal, we’re providing pizza!
Immigration Resources on our Website
It seems like every week we have something new and useful on our website. This week, make sure you check out our new section on resources for helping immigrants and getting involved with immigration issues.
Adopt A Voting Booth
Indivisible Sacramento has adopted a Vote Center – meaning we have volunteered to spread the word about the voting location and help increase turnout for the November 6th election. Our adopted location is the Marina Vista Community Center at 240 Seavey Circle in Sacramento. We’ll be looking for volunteers soon to help with this project, so please stay tuned for future announcements.
Weekly Update 9/11/18
We have a lot of updates this week. That means election season must be getting closer!
There’s still time to sign up for our trip to Nevada. We’re going to be there the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd talking to voters. Nevada has one of the most important Senate races in the country, as Jacky Rosen is trying to knock out Trump-stooge Dean Heller, and we can also help flip their governor’s mansion and a House seat in the process. And if you RSVP by Thursday night, the good people of Indivisible Northern Nevada will be able to find a house for you to stay in so that you don’t have to pay for a hotel. You can’t beat that deal!
To RSVP, please send an e-mail to this e-mail address, and we’ll add you to the list.
A reminder that our next meeting is on Tuesday the 18th, instead of the normal Wednesday date. We will also be in a different room – Curtis Hall instead of the usual Room 10. Our special guest is California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. As usual, the meeting will be at 7:00 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.
We apologize to anyone who is unable to attend due to Yom Kippur, as both the regular Wednesday time and the new Tuesday time occur during the holiday. We were unable to find a different meeting date that did not conflict with the holiday this month but will make an effort to avoid such scheduling conflicts in the future.
Adopt a Voting Center
Just in time for our visit with the Secretary of State, Indivisible Sacramento is pleased to announce that we have chosen to adopt a voting center this November.
The Secretary of State’s office is working with the Voter’s Choice Act Coalition to encourage local organizations to help increase voter engagement this election. Indivisible Sacramento plans to participate in this effort by “adopting” one of the city’s new vote centers where turnout was low during the June primaries. Interested volunteers will work together to identify and implement ways to spread the word about, and encourage the use of, this vote center. Volunteers will also be needed to manage voter flow on Election Day (Tuesday, November 6th) Stay tuned for opportunities to help – your creativity, enthusiasm, and commitment are welcome and appreciated.
A local Indivisible leader is running for office this fall! Jaclyn Moreno, who founded the group in Elk Grove, is running for a seat on the Cosumnes Services District, which oversees parks and fire departments in the southern part of our county. We’re having a postcard party to help her out on Wednesday, September 26th at Round Table Pizza in Pocket-Greenhaven. Please come out and help write postcards to voters – in a local race like this one, postcard could really make a difference in helping voters know who Jaclyn is. And it would be amazing to have one of our own in an elected office. We’ll get started at 6:30 p.m. – and there will be pizza! The address is 398 Florin Road.
We’re also doing more postcard parties to help win back Congress. This Thursday (9/13), we have one to help re-elect Congressman Ami Bera, who always faces a tough race in his very closely-divided district. You can join us at Belle Cooledge Library on South Land Park Drive at 7:00 p.m.
If you prefer to work directly with a campaign, the Bera campaign is looking for volunteers. They have “Days of Action” for phone banking and canvassing every Saturday this month, starting at 10:00 a.m. and on Weekdays (Monday – Thursday) starting at 4:00 p.m.
You can get involved at their Carmichael Headquarters at 5845 Windmill Way in Carmichael or at the DCCC Battle Station office at 9332 Elk Grove Boulevard, Suite 110 in Elk Grove.
California Away Team
And if you still have some time left over, make sure you volunteer with California Away Team. They’re out every weekend knocking on the doors of Democrats who skipped the last midterm election. Help save the seat in District 7 (Elk Grove, Fair Oaks) or help flip a red seat to blue in District 4 (Roseville, El Dorado Hills). Details for both are at the Cal Away Team website.
And finally, you should always check our website, because we post new events all the time. As long as you stay connected with us, you will never run out of opportunities to get involved this elections season!
Weekly Update 8/28/18
Please note: our September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 18th, not Wednesday the 19th. We will be in a different room, the Curtis Hall, instead of Room 10.
We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker will be California Secretary of State Alex Padilla! We hope you can be there to see him talk about voting in California – just in time for the fall election season. The meeting time remains the same: 7:00 p.m.
Our meetings are normally held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Community, 2791 24th Street.
Postcard Party, Friday 8/31
You don’t have to wait until our monthly meeting to get involved. Join us this Friday (August 31st) for a postcard party! The party starts at 7:00 in the community room at Belle Cooledge Library on South Land Park Drive. This time we’ll be writing postcards for voters in the 7th Congressional District (home to many members of Indivisible Sacramento) where Democrat Ami Bera is in a close re-election race against a conservative challenger. To win back Congress, we need to defend seats as well as win new ones, so please come join us if you can make it.
Nevada Senate Strike Team
What could possibly be more fun than writing postcards? How about a road trip to Reno to help flip Nevada’s Red U.S. Senate seat?
We’re heading to Reno in September, and we need you to join us! The road trip will be the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd. Indivisible Northern Nevada is hosting us, and they may be able to help us find lodging and give us some ideas of fun activities to do when we’re done canvassing.
This is your chance to make a difference and have a good time in one action-packed weekend. If you’re interested, please send an e-mail to this address. No need to commit now; we just want to know how many are interested.
California Away Team
Of course, there’s always a need for volunteers a little closer to home, too. California Away Team is a simple and effective way to ensure that Democratic voters turn out this fall. They’re working hard in District 7 (Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Carmichael) and also in District 4 (Roseville, Auburn, El Dorado Hills), and they need your help.
Visit their website for details on how you can get involved.
Weekly Update 8/21/18
What are you doing to help win back the United States Senate? You can make a big difference by calling Nevada voters. Right now, we’re calling to help compile data that will show which voters can be persuaded and which ones will just need a little reminder to get to the polls in November. You can do it from the comfort of your own home! It’s easy, and there’s a very helpful video to show you how. Just visit our website and get started!
Do you prefer making calls with a group? Join us this Saturday (8/25)at Raley’s in Natomas from 12:30 – 3:00. We’ll be in the Community Room at Raley’s – 4650 Natomas Blvd. (note: the location has changed since the previous announcement about this event). We’ll provide snacks and support. Please bring a laptop and a cell phone, and together we’ll make a difference.
Nevada Weekend Trip
Of course, the very best way to reach voters is in person. We’re planning a trip to do just that. We will be heading to Reno on the morning of Saturday, September 22nd so we can knock on doors and remind Nevadans what is at stake this fall. We will return on Sunday evening. Do you think you can join us? If you’re interested, send a reply to this e-mail. You don’t need to commit now, but we would like to know how many people are interested so we can work out the details.
Closer to home, we can use some volunteers for a postcard party onFriday, August 31st at Belle Cooledge Library in South Land Park. These postcards will go to voters in the 7th Congressional District, where Congressman Ami Bera is facing a Republican challenger. Our postcard parties are always fun, and they always seem to draw a crowd, so you won’t want to miss it! The fun starts at 7:00 p.m.
As we get closer to the election, more and more events are popping up where you can have an opportunity to make a difference. Be sure to check out our website from time to time so you can see what’s new. That address is www.indivisiblesacramento.com.