Weekly Update – 10/14/19
Our monthly meeting is Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. with special guest speaker Sasha Abramsky, a local journalist and author who has some excellent insight into poverty and politics. Join us at Sierra2 Center, Room 10, 2791 24th Street.
Fundraising to support NorCal Resist’s work on behalf of immigrants
NorCal Resist is a grassroots organization that has been on the front lines of providing direct assistance to migrants both here in the greater Sacramento area, and at the border. NorCal Resist ensures that these families and individuals have the necessary support they need to thrive in their new home. They provide: groceries, clothing, and other necessities; funding for legal assistance and work permit applications; rent assistance for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers; toys and school supplies for asylum seeking children; and give countless rides to immigration court, ICE, doctors, schools, and other appointments.
Fundraising makes this work possible, and Indivisible Sacramento is helping to raise funds by sponsoring NorCal Resist’s annual Pozole Dinner on December 14th! Please consider supporting this effort with your direct donation to Indivisible Sacramento, and please also show your support by joining NorCal Resist’s volunteers and allies at this great event! RSVP (or donate directly to NorCal Resist) at this link.
We need postcard writers! California’s 50th Congressional District, currently represented by indicted Congressman Duncan Hunter, is one of the most important races on the ballot next year. We’re writing postcards twice a month to turn out voters. Please join us on October 23rd at First United Methodist Church (21st and J Street downtown) at 7:00 to write some postcards. We promise it will be fun!
Weekly Update – 10/2/19
Good evening friends,
Our efforts have helped bring the House of Representatives to launch an official impeachment investigation against Donald Trump. Thank you to all who made phone calls to our Members of Congress. Let’s keep calling and continue to let them know we want them to investigate all of Trump’s crimes and hold him accountable.
Ami Bera Town Hall
Speaking of our Members of Congress, Congressman Ami Bera is holding a town hall at the Rancho Cordova City Hall next Tuesday, October 8th. If you live in his district, you might want to stop by. It’s a great chance for us to thank him for coming out in support of impeachment (and maybe push him to be a little more bold on health care and some other issues). The Town Hall starts at 6:00, and the address is 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova.
Our monthly meeting this month will be Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. We’re pleased to welcome back guest speaker Sasha Abramsky, a journalist and author who has written extensively on politics and poverty. He was one of our most popular speakers when he joined us last year, so we can’t wait to hear from him again. Join us at 7:00 p.m. in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center.
But let’s not wait until the meeting to get involved. There are plenty of great events coming up:
10/6: 2020 Sundays Postcard Event: 1pm – 4pm, California Democratic Party Sacramento Office (1830 9th Street, Sacramento). Hosted by Sacramento Mighty Oaks. Write postcards to help elect Democrats to state legislatures in 2019 and increase voter turnout in legislative districts currently held by Republicans (Sister District and Vote Forward projects).
10/11-13: WEEKEND CANVASS CA-21: Canvass for 1, 2, or 3 days in the Hanford area to re-elect Democrat TJ Cox to this swing congressional seat. Cox flipped this district blue in 2018 by the slimmest of margins … and will be facing the former incumbent again in 2020. It’s not too early to start canvassing in this vulnerable district. Sponsored by East Bay for TJ.
10/13: CalAway Canvassing, CA-4: 10AM – 2PM, El Dorado Hills. (Discuss ride sharing on Facebook here.) Come knock on doors of Dems in District 4 who failed to vote in the 2016 election and remind them about the upcoming elections – the most important elections of our lives. If you canvassed with CalAway before the midterms (and even if you didn’t), this is for you.
10/13: SISTER DISTRICT PROJECT Blue(s) Wave Bash & Dance Party: 2pm – 5:30pm, Granite Bay — They’ll email you the address after your ticket purchase. Join Sister District Sacramento for a night of food, fun, and entertainment to support Karen Mallard, Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. Entertainment by: Val Starr and the Blue Rocket. TICKETS HERE
10/23: Indivisible Primary Postcards to CA-50. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street. — Write postcards to young Dems in this highly competitive Congressional District to make sure they turn out to vote in March. There may be two equally detestable Republicans in this race now, as former Congressman Darrell Issa is considering challenging incumbent Duncan Hunter. Let’s boost the Dem vote in the primary so we can keep one or both of them off the ballot in November!
Weekly Update – September 9, 2019
Remember to call your members of Congress and ask them to defund hate! They must not approve additional funding for Trump’s campaign to demonize and torture immigrants.
Learn How to Help Asylum Seekers
We heard a powerful presentation from Autumn Gonzalez of NorCal Resist at our last meeting. She told stories about the horrible challenges facing asylum seekers. NorCal Resist needs our help with accompanying asylum seekers in Sacramento. This could involve anything from driving an asylum seeker to an appointment to assisting them in completing an application for MediCal or an ID card. We’ve created a Doodle poll to get an idea of how many Indivisible Sacramento members are interested in a 90 minute training, which would prepare us to join NorCal Resist’s accompaniment team. Thank you in advance for completing this very simple poll. Just click on this link!
Postcard Event Wednesday
Come out and write some postcards on Wednesday evening! We’re mailing postcards to marginal voters in the 50th Congressional District so we can drive up turnout next year and unseat corrupt Congressman Duncan Hunter. Join us at 7:00 on Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street.
Swing Left Weekend in Arizona
How would you like to make a difference in a big swing state? Arizona is right next door, and what we do now will help determine whether we can turn their legislature blue, flip a Senate state and take 11 electoral votes away from Donald Trump. Swing Left is partnering with Arizonans in the state’s 17th Legislative District in Phoenix. You can join them the weekend of October 26th! You can find more details and sign up here.
Virginia Letter Writing
Also from Swing Left, we have some opportunities to write letters to help flip the state legislature. They have elections this November, and it was as close as it can possibly can be last time. Check out their letter writing campaign ideas here and here.
The next presidential debate is this Thursday starting at 5:00. Just like last time, Swing Left, Indivisible Sacramento, and OWL will be gathering at Mango’s Restaurant (1930 K Street) to watch. And like last time, Indivisible will be polling our activists around the country to see who does the best job. If you’d like to opt in to Indivisible’s debate polls, text DEBATE to 97779.
Our next meeting is on September 18th at 7:00 p.m. Our focus this month is on gun violence, which is unfortunately a timely topic almost all the time now. We’ll feature a special guest speaker from the Brady Campaign. Our meetings occur the third Wednesday of each month in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.
August 19, 2019
Our August monthly meeting is this Wednesday (August 21st) at 7pm. We’re going to be talking about immigration and the cruelty being inflicted upon refugees and asylum seekers. We have two guests who will be sharing the stage to talk about different aspects of the crisis. Holly Cooper, Co-director of the UCD Immigration Law Clinic, was one of our most popular guest speakers last year. She’ll be joining us along with Autumn Gonzalez of NorCal Resist.
As usual, our meeting will be held at Sierra 2 Community Center, 2791 24th St., Rm. 10.
NorCal Resist Border Fundraiser
Speaking of NorCal Resist, they are holding a fundraiser at Two Rivers Cider on Sunday, August 25th in support of their work they’re doing to help immigrants at the border. There will be live music, and of course, plenty of hard cider for sale. The address is 4300 Attawa Ave #300, Sacramento 95822.
Before you head over for some cider, consider spending a couple hours writing postcards this Sunday. There is a postcard campaign going every Sunday from 1:00 until 4:00 at the Sacramento County Democratic office at 1033 S Street. Right now the focus is on flipping legislatures in states where they have elections this year. It will go a long way toward shaping Congressional redistricting for the next decade.
Want to do more postcards? You’ll get another chance on Wednesday the 28th. We have a postcard event to turn out Dem voters in CA district 50, where Duncan Hunter, an almost comically corrupt Congressman, is somehow still in office. Every postcard you write will help change that! This event is at Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd, starting at 7:00 p.m.
We have many more events coming up – make sure you visit our website’s event section often! Also, while you’re on the site, we have a big blue button on the right hand side where you can donate to our Act Blue page if you’re so inclined.
Thank you – and see you on Wednesday!
|Weekly Update – 8/7/19
As we process the horror of last week’s three mass shootings, two of which are being investigated as acts of domestic terrorism, we can all recommit to the work of a lifetime: defending the norms and institutions of our democracy.
8/11/19 Cal Away Team Canvass Day this Sunday
8/7/19 Medicare for All Assembly TONIGHT
8/9/19 ACLU Sacramento Sheriff Oversight Forum
8/11 2020 Sundays Postcard Event
8/21 Next Meeting
Weekly Update – 7/29/19
The second round of primary debates happens this week, and we’d love for you to watch them with us. This time we’ll be at Mango’s in Midtown (the address is 1930 K Street). The debates start at 5:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday, and we’ll be there as soon as 4:30.
Just like last time, we’ve arranged to donate a portion of the food and drink sales to a good cause. This time it’s the Sunrise Movement. So even if the food, drink, and great company isn’t enough to get you to join us, maybe the good cause is the icing on the cake.
California Away Team
August 11th is our Special Day with California Away Team. We want you to volunteer every weekend if you can, but August 11th is the day we’ve chosen to show just how eager Indivisible Sacramento is to get started on the 2020 elections. We’ll be in Cameron Park to reach out to voters starting at 10:00 on August 11th. To get the exact address, please RSVP at the event page with CalAway Team.
Can you Host an Asylum-Seeker?
Have you been wondering what you can do to help immigrants who are being terrorized under this administration? Do you have a little bit of extra space in your home? NorCal Resist has an immediate need for both short and long-term housing for an asylum seeker and for a woman who was recently granted asylum. If you are interested, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Our meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. That means our August meeting will be on the evening of Wednesday, August 21st. The focus will be immigration. As usual, we’ll be at Sierra2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento.
In the meantime, make sure you keep checking our website for news on all of our upcoming events https://indivisiblesacramento.com/events/. And if you have some extra money to send our way, we always greatly appreciate donations.
Representative Doris Matsui (916) 498-5600
Representative Ami Bera (916) 635-0505
Bills at the Capitol
It’s another big week for state legislation at the Capitol. A number of bills that Indivisible and State Strong support will be discussed in committee hearings. If you have time to come downtown during the day, we could use some voices to speak up. All you have to do is wait for the bill to be discussed, and then during public comment period, get in line, then state your name, say you’re representing Indivisible Sacramento, and tell them you support the bill. Here are the big ones this week:
AB32 – Ban on for-profit prisons. Public Safety Committee, Room 3191, 9:00 a.m.
AB1482 – Restriction on raising rents. Senate Judiciary Committee, Room TBD, 1:30 p.m.
AB1611 – Prevents surprise emergency room bills. Senate Health Committee, Room 4203, 1:30 p.m.
Lights for Liberty
Do you want to show support for the refugees who have been tortured and mistreated by the Administration? This Friday people across America will show up for the Lights for Liberty vigil. Please come out if you can. The biggest local event is at the Yuba County jail at 7:30 p.m. Please visit the event’s Facebook page for details, including information about carpools. For those who cannot make it to Yuba County, there is a smaller event being planned in Sacramento, but the organizers strongly encourage people to attend the one at the Yuba jail if possible.
Our next meeting is Wednesday the 17th. We’re pleased to welcome Colleen McCarty, Regional Director of Swing Left, as we prepare for a year of action. Not only are there elections to win in 2020, there are some important ones this year as well, as many states will be electing legislators who will help control redistricting. We should be back in our normal spot, Room 10 at Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Community, 2791 24th Street. Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
Weekly Update – 6/24/19
Tell your representative to defund hate.
This week the House of Representatives is voting on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The Trump Administration wants a big pile of money so they can fund their machine to intimidate and deport peaceful immigrants and place refugee children in torture-like conditions in camps. Our representatives need to say NO to this. Call them and demand they not approve any funding for Trump’s cruel immigration policies.
Representative Doris Matsui – 916 498-5600
The Democratic primary debates kick off on Wednesday and Thursday evening. Want to have some company to watch with? Join us at Kupros Craft House for the biggest debate party in Sacramento! Indivisible, Sacramento Mighty Oaks, Swing Left, and others are getting together in the upstairs room at Kupros starting at 5:30 both days. Kupros is located at 1217 21st Street in Midtown.
Pizza and Politics
Then this Sunday, June 30th, join us for Pizza and Politics. We’ll be at Round Table at 1566 Howe Ave at 1:00 for some free pizza and drinks. We have an expert coming to train us how to text bank. We’ll all need to be experts at phone banking and text banking next year, so let’s get started now.
Protecting Transgender Asylum Seekers
On Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m., NorCal Resist presents a discussion about sponsoring and accompaniment for Transgender Asylum seekers. If you want to hear about how you can help some of the most vulnerable and persecuted people in the world today, please come out to First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street.
Sister District Events
Our friends at Sister District would like to let us know about a couple of upcoming events. On July 7th they’re holding a fundraiser with Pizza and Strawberries to support a Virginia legislative candidate. Details and RSVP form here.
And on July 13th, come learn about the redistricting process in California. Do you want to be a part of the team that draws the borders for our congressional districts after the 2020 census? Or do you just want to know how the process works? Here are the details for this event.
Weekly Update – 6/17/19
There is a slight program change for our meeting this Wednesday. We’re still starting at 7:00, but our guest speaker, Assembly Member Kevin McCarty, will join us at 8:00. For the first part of our meeting, we have an excellent activity planned: writing postcards and letters for Swing Left to help win elections in Virginia this year.
So if you can join us at the normal time, you get to help out for a good cause. If you can’t make it until a little later, then please join us to chat with Sacramento’s most progressive state legislator. Either way, it’s a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!
As usual, the meeting will be in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento.
Upcoming Events – June is a busy month!
Sunday, June 23rd: This and every Sunday, Sacramento Mighty Oaks is sponsoring a postcard writing campaign to help influence state legislative elections. It’s held at the County Dem Party office at 1033 S Street from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26th: At 6:00 p.m., NorCal Resist presents a discussion about sponsoring and accompaniment for Transgender Asylum seekers. If you want to hear about how you can help some of the most vulnerable and persecuted people in the world today, please come out to First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street.
Wednesday, June 26th and Thursday, June 27th: Debate Watch Party! We all agree we want to kick Trump out of office. But do you know who you want to replace him? Mighty Oaks, OWL, Sister District, and Indivisible Sacramento are co-hosting a debate party both nights starting at 5:30 at Kupros Craft House 1217 21st Street upstairs.
Sunday, June 30th: It’s time for Pizza and Politics. Our last Pizza and Politics event was a raging success, and this one should be great, too. Join us at Round Table at 1566 Howe Ave at 1:00 for some free pizza and drinks. Even better: we have an expert coming to train us how to text bank. We’ll all need to be experts at phone banking and text banking next year, so let’s get started now.
Weekly Update – 6/9/19
If you don’t already know how important it is to take back the Senate next year, please stop by the State Capitol tomorrow during the day. Indivisible Sacramento has created an eye-catching display: Hundreds of cardboard tombstones will be standing on the South lawn, each one representing a good, progressive bill passed by the House of Representatives this year that has been blocked from a vote in the Senate by Mitch McConnell. We want people to be fired up about our mission for the next year and a half. Yes, we want to throw Trump out of office, but it’s just as important to take back the Senate.
Meeting – June 19th
Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 19th, and we’re pleased that Assembly Member Kevin McCarty is joining us as our guest speaker. Assembly Member McCarty is one of the most progressive legislators in California, and we very much enjoyed hearing from him last summer when he joined us previously. We hope you can make it and have a chance to interact directly with one of our elected officials.
That’s Wednesday, June 19th, at 7:00 in Room 10, Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.
Debate Watch Party
Whether you know who you’re supporting in the presidential primaries, or whether you’re still deciding, you won’t want to miss the first two primary debates on June 26th and 27th.Why not watch with us? Indivisible Sacramento is joining in a debate watch party both nights with Sacramento Mighty Oaks at Kupros Craft House (you may remember Kupros as the place where we held our election party last November). We’ll be there starting at 5:30 p.m. both nights. The address is 1217 21st Street in Midtown.
Our next Pizza and Politics event is coming up at the end of the month. Not only will we have pizza and drinks, we also have a chance to learn how to Text bank like the pros. Texting is a great and easy way to reach voters, and we plan to do a lot of it next year. So join us for a crash course on June 30th at 1:00 p.m at the Round Table Pizza at 1566 Howe Ave. Pizza! Beer (or sodas)! Friends! Texting! What more could you want?
And it’s not just texting – there are plenty of ways you can make an impact on the upcoming elections this summer. Write postcards, knock on doors, and more. You can find opportunities to do all of these things at our website. Just go to Indivisiblesacramento.comand click on the “Events” tab. Please get involved this summer – it is never too early!