Weekly Update – 12/4/18
Happy Hanukkah to those who are celebrating!
As usual, it’s a busy week for Indivisibles. From Washington to Wisconsin to our own backyard, the end of election season does not mean the end of our work. We stand strong against those who are trying to subvert democracy.
County Supervisors Meeting
Thank you to all who attended the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors meeting today. There was an overwhelming public turnout and dozens of people had something to say about Sheriff Jones’ attempt to circumvent the inspection into his practices. At this time, it sounds as if the board will not make a decision today. We’ll have updates for you as soon as we know what the next steps are.
Indivisible Sacramento plans to make its presence known at the local level from now on, and this was a great first step.
Would you like to join us when we meet with Congresswoman Matsui’s staff at her district office? We’re going to be there next Friday, December 14th, at 10:00 a.m. We’ll be talking to them about our legislative priorities for 2019, now that Trump’s party has been swept out of the House of Representatives. 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.
If you want to learn more about the ongoing Central American refugee crisis, please consider attending the presentation by Sacramento State Professor Duane Campbell and U.S/El Salvador Sister Cities volunteer Cori Ring on Sunday, December 9th at 12:30 p.m. They’ll be discussing the causes of the refugee crisis, the ongoing situation with the caravan of asylum seekers, and how we can respond in a humane and moral manner. The talk will be held at First United Methodist Church – 2100 J Street.
Also, if you haven’t done so already, remember to comment on the Trump Administration’s proposed rule change to the Public Charge regulation. The Administration is trying to make it more difficult for people to immigrate to the United States by denying admission to anyone who would potentially access services such as safe housing or healthy food programs. Details on the regulation and how to comment are at our website. Just follow this link.
Our meetings are the third Wednesday of the month, so that means the next one is Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m. As usual, we’ll be in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street. See you there!
Weekly Update – 11/20/18
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Indivisible friends. We have a lot to be thankful for, including a new Congress that will finally stand up to Trump and a massive network of hard-working Americans who will keep the resistance going next year and beyond.
Meeting on November 28th
Hopefully you already saw that our November meeting is moved to the fourth Wednesday of the month (11/28), since our meeting space is not available the night before Thanksgiving. We are now pleased to announce that this will be a Very Special Meeting, as our friends from the Elk Grove Indivisible group are joining us to celebrate all that we’ve accomplished this last year.
We’re going to get started early – the room is open as soon as 5:30, but please stop by whenever you can make it. The first hour or so will be a meet and greet/mixer for people to relax and socialize (plus we’ll be bringing snacks). Then at 6:30, we’ll do a recap of the midterm elections. Finally, at 7:00, we’ll have our regular Indivisible monthly meeting, featuring a guest speaker from The Sacramento Kindness Campaign.
Join us whenever you can make it – we want this meeting to be fun, and it is meant to be a special thank you to all of you for your tireless efforts this year. As usual, our meeting is in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.
NorCal Resist Pozole Fundraiser
You can help raise money for refugees in need by attending NorCal Resist’s Pozole Fundraiser on December 1st. The event will be held at Arden Church of the Nazarene (3337 Arden Way) starting at 6:00. Purchase Tickets here!
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is “Giving Tuesday,” a date to donate to those who are in need. There are so many worthy causes that need your help, and we hope you will be able to give something this year. If you can spare some money, Indivisible Sacramento accepts online donations through our Act Blue page.
Finally, a reminder to check out our website every chance you get! The address is www.indivisiblesacramento.com.
Thank you, and see you next Wednesday evening!
|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.
Weekly Update – 11/30/18
This is it. One more week to go. Next week at this time, we’ll be watching election results pour in, and we’ll know whether we worked hard enough. Let’s make sure we don’t have any regrets. Let’s spend this last week reaching out to as many voters as we can.
Voter Outreach Opportunities
CAL AWAY IN DISTRICT 4 California Away Team is giving it everything they’ve got this weekend. They’ll be out in force on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday knocking on the doors of unreliable Democratic voters and making sure they turn up to vote for Jessica Morse. The only poll that has been released shows Morse within 4 points of Trump’s ally Tom McClintock. It’s the best chance we’ve had in over a decade to take back this district, so make sure you give California Away Team some help!
PHONE BANKS FOR DEMS If you’d rather make phone calls, no problem. Organize, Win, Legislate and the Sacramento County Democratic Party is hosting phone banks on Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30, Saturday from 10:00 – 4:00, and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00. Just bring a cell phone and a laptop, and you can help out Democratic candidates across the country, including Jacky Rosen, Andrew Gillum, and Beto O’Rourke. The address is 1033 S Street. Walk right in!
MODESTO CANVASSING Or maybe you’re up for a bit of a drive? Josh Harder is running a tough race against incumbent Jeff Denham, who betrayed his constituents this term by voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to slash taxes on billionaires. If you can make it to Modesto, they can use your help every day through Election Day. Volunteers are needed to knock on doors and get out the vote. Help flip the House of Representatives and punish a cowardly Trump-supporting Congressman at the same time. Win-win!
ADOPT A VOTE CENTER Our Adopt a Vote Center Project is going very well. We would love it if you could drop off treats and baked goods (and also helium balloons) for voters and volunteers on Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Election Night Party
When it’s all over, we’ll want to relax. Stop by Kupros Craft House (on 21st Street in Midtown) for our Election Night Party. We’ve reserved the second story so we can watch the election results together. You can also enjoy our taco bar, and maybe a drink or two. If you can make it, please RSVP on our EventBrite page (password is “bluewave”). No admission ticket is required, but we do want to get an estimated headcount, so the RSVP is appreciated.
In the meantime, please remember to visit our website frequently for updates, including our Daily Actions/Immigration page. Urgent actions right now include a request for public comments on a proposed federal rule change that could allow the administration to continue detaining children indefinitely. Visit the page for details and take action today.
Weekly Update – 10/23/18
What are you doing on Election Night? Is it more fun than spending the evening with us? Indivisible Sacramento and California Away Team are teaming up for an Election Night party at Kupros Craft House. We’ve reserved the rooms on the top floor for our get-together, and we’re providing appetizers and tacos.
The party starts at 7:00, and Kupros is located at 1217 21st Street. We aren’t charging or selling tickets, but please RSVP at our EventBrite page so that we can get an estimate of how many people will be coming. The eventBrite password is “bluewave.”
Reaching Out to Voters
We’re hoping to celebrate on Election Night, but we have plenty of work to do until then. Progressive groups from around Sacrameto have posted events on this calendar. There is something to do pretty much every single day until the election. So make a plan to make some phone calls or knock on doors.
One easy thing you can do is send some text messages. We’re having a Text Party this Saturday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. We’re going to be sending messages in support of the Democratic Senate candidate in Tennessee, where there’s a once in a generation chance to flip a deep red Senate seat. We’re also hoping to get signed up to send texts for California and Florida candidates so that texters can have a choice.
The text party will be at a private home, so if you are interested, please reply with an e-mail to this address to RSVP.
California Away Team
And of course, California Away Team can always use volunteers. They’re going all out the weekend before the election: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Please volunteer to help get out the vote in the crucial 4th Congressional District. Our efforts could put a Democrat over the top in that district for the first time since 1993.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.