Weekly Update, 6/18/18

It’s time for our monthly meeting! Wednesday night at 7:00, we’ll be back at our favorite spot: Room 10 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.Our esteemed guest this month is Andrew Truman Kim from Flip the 14. He’s going to tell us exactly what we need to do to turn California’s red Congressional districts blue.

Family Separations

The Trump Administration is doubling down on their heartless decision to rip apart families at the border. This is a crime against humanity, and we cannot rest until it stops. If there is any good news about this horrific policy, it’s that the American public is overwhelmingly against it. We need to make sure our legislators know exactly how important this is to us.

We are fortunate to have two Senators who are fighting on this issue. Senator Feinstein introduced S.3036, a bill to stop the cruel and unnecessary family separations. Senator Harris is a co-sponsor. Remember to call them this week and thank them, and let them know we are on their side. Also remember to call your member of the House of Representatives and ask them to vote against Paul Ryan’s bogus “compromise” bill (also known as the Goodlatte-McCaul plan).

Local MOC phone numbers

Rep. Doris Matsui: (916) 698-5600
Rep. Ami Bera: (916) 635-0505
Sen. Kamala Harris: (916) 448-2787
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (415) 393-0707

Health Care Repeal

The immigration news is horrific enough, but rumor has it that the Republicans in Congress are going to take another stab at sabotaging the Affordable Care Act this summer. We don’t have the details yet, but let’s start making calls now. Call your Members of Congress and urge them to fight hard for the Affordable Care Act this summer!

State Legislation

After you call about immigration and health care, please take a moment to think about the laws we’re trying to pass at the State level. Our website is a great resource for finding out about these. We’re very interested in SB822, Senator Wiener’s Net Neutrality bill. Call your Assembly Member and tell him or her that this is a top priority for you and for Indivisible Sacramento!

Also take some time to call your Senator about some important public safety bills. AB 931, which restricts the use of deadly force by law enforcement) and AB 3131, which would require police departments to hold hearings when they buy military grade equipment, are both up for a key committee vote in the Senate this week. Please tell your Senator that you support both!

You can find your State Senator and Assembly Member here.

We know there’s a lot to call about this week. Remember, your voice can make a difference – you just have to use it!







Weekly Update 5/7/18

Visit with Congresswoman Matsui’s Staff – Tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon we’re going to have a chat with Congresswoman Matsui’s staff. It’s been awhile since we dropped in on them, and we have a lot of things to talk about. If you can join us at 2:00 p.m., we’d love to have you with us. Actually, it’s best if you can be there at 1:30 so we can all go into the building as a team. We’ll meet outside the main entrance at 501 I Street at 1:30.

Change of Plans – May 22nd

Unfortunately, our meet and greet with Secretary of State Alex Padilla has been postponed. We will not be meeting with him on May 22nd as planned. Secretary Padilla’s office is working with us to reschedule.

But let’s keep that date circled on the calendar anyway. We’re turning this event into a Postcard Party! We’re going to get a bunch of postcards, pens, and stamps and write to voters who can help us flip Congress. A hand-written postcard is much more effective for voter persuasion than a mass-mail advertisement. So join us Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Arcade Library – 2443 Marconi Avenue. You can help make a difference!


Indivisible Sacramento is now accepting donations! If you would like to contribute, please visit our Act Blue page. Contributions will go toward general expenses like meeting room rentals, supplies for voter outreach and canvassing, and things like that. 85% of your contribution will go directly to Indivisible Sacramento, with the rest supporting Indivisible as a whole (we don’t mind sharing with the national team, since they’re doing some great work nationwide).

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is Wednesday May 16th. Our theme for the evening is poverty and economic inequality, and we have two special guests again. First, we’ll hear from Sasha Abramsky, a freelance journalist and author who has written extensively about poverty in America (including his most recent book “The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives“). Next, we’ll hear from a representative of The Poor People’s Campaign, a nationwide movement based on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King.





Weekly Update 4//9/18

Hello, friends.

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.

Tax March

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!

Voter Outreach

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!

Interfaith Forum

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

Net Neutrality

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.