Weekly Update – 5/13/19
Our monthly meeting is Wednesday evening at 7:00. We are pleased to welcome our guest speaker Jon Stoller, a defense attorney, former civil rights attorney, and community activist. He’ll be joining us to discuss Assembly Bill 392 and related issues.
As usual, we’ll be in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Community at 2791 24th Street in Sacramento. Join us!
Dream and Promise Act
Can you spare a moment to call your Member of the House of Representatives for theDream and Promise Act? Not only do we want the House to pass this bill, but we want to make sure it doesn’t get watered down with amendments. Please call your representative and ask them to support the bill – and to reject any amendments that would narrow the eligibility requirements. If you’d like a call script, you can find one here at Indivisible’s website.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui – (916) 498-5600
Every Sunday at the Sacramento County Democratic Party headquarters, our friends with Sacramento Mighty Oaks are writing postcards to help out Democratic candidates in state elections. Virginia, New Jersey, Kentucky, and a few others have state legislative elections this year, and your postcards can make a difference. Stop by any Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 at 1033 S Street in Sacramento.
What if you want to help on a day other than Sunday? Check out Swing Left’s voter registration campaign. You can write letters from the comfort of your own home!
Pizza and Politics
Did you enjoy our pizza and politics event in March? Or did you miss it and badly regret not going? Good news – we’re going to do another one. Save the date for June 30th at 1:00. We’ll be meeting at a pizza place (location TBD), and we’re also going to do a text-banking training. Come out, enjoy a slice and a beer, and learn how to reach out to voters. Sounds like a perfect Sunday afternoon.
Weekly Update – 5/7/19
Are you free tomorrow morning? The ACLU and others are showing support for LGBTQ+ rights and education in California. A homophobic organization called Informed Parents of California is planning to protest outside the Department of Education tomorrow morning. The protest was prompted by a DOE hearing on the implementation of the California Healthy Youth Act, which encourages education on HIV prevention and acceptance of sexual orientation. We would like to show that Sacramento is a place for inclusion, not hate.
If you can make it, please join at the corner of the State Capitol Park on 15th and N Streets at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, across from the Department of Education building. If you can, please wear purple to show that you oppose hate.
We would like to thank everyone who donated to Indivisible Sacramento in April. It is truly amazing how generous you all were. Thanks to your support and matching funds from Indivisible national, we raised $1,100, which will cover our room rental costs and allow us to plan some great events this year.
Thank you so much.
Yolo County Petition in Support of Legal Services for Undocumented Families
The Yolo Board of Supervisors is considering allocating funds to assist families with immigration proceedings. Attorneys are not provided to defendants in ICE hearings, and many vulnerable families cannot afford legal help. County funding could help bridge this gap. Please sign the petition and share with friends and family, especially those in Yolo County!
We always meet the third Wednesday of each month at Sierra2 Center in Sacramento, Room 10. Our next meeting is next Wednesday, May 15th. Hope to see you there!
|Weekly Update – 4/29
Come out and march for science this weekend! If you’re upset at the way the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are systematically ignoring scientists, if you’re just plain worried that Global Warming will ruin our planet, or if you just want an excuse to get outside on an early May afternoon, you should show up and join the crowd this Saturday.
The March for Science starts at River Walk Park in West Sacramento at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday (May 4th). But this march has a twist – there is a fundraising Pub Crawl immediately afterward (starting at 2:30)! Check out the march website for details on the march. You can find information about the Pub Crawl on Eventbrite. The march is free, but there is a cost for the Pub Crawl.
The Presidential election will be just one of thousands of important elections next year, but it’s a big one. We’ve heard from a lot of people who worry whether progressives will be united behind the candidate who is chosen to oppose Trump. Indivisible is committed to unity, and that’s why the national organization recently unveiled the Indivisible Pledge. Nine presidential candidates have already taken the pledge to hold a positive, constructive primary, unite behind the winner, and work hard to beat Trump. You can take the pledge too! Just visit Indivisible’s pledge site and read all about it.
Our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month. Our next one will be on May 15th at 7:00. The location is Room 10, Sierra2 Center for the Arts and Community, 2791 24th Street. Hope you can make it!
Finally, remember to check our website often. You can find a wealth of information there, including all of our upcoming events. And there’s also a link to donate if you would like to help us with our expenses.
Weekly Update – 4/15/19
It’s time again for our monthly meeting. Wednesday evening we’ll be at Sierra2 Center again. This month we are pleased to welcome a guest speaker from the Citizen’s Climate Lobby. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., and just like always, we’ll be in Room 10 at Sierra2. The address is 2791 24th Street. See you there!
Can you spare some time next week? There are a couple of important state legislative committee hearings coming up, and we could use some volunteers to show up and support Indivisible’s top bills.
Wednesday, April 23rd at 8:30 a.m., the Senate Committee on Public Safety will be hearing bill SB47, which requires disclosure of funding sources for ballot initiative campaigns. The hearing starts at 8:30 in Room 3191. Also that day (we do not have the start time yet), the Committee on Natural Resources and Water will consider SB200, which establishes a right for every Californian to clean, affordable, and accessible drinking water. Both bills are supported by Indivisible Sacramento and California State Strong.
Thursday, April 24th at 9:00 a.m., the Senate Committee on Government and Finance will consider SB50, which is Senator Scott Wiener’s bill to boost affordable housing availability near public transit lines. That hearing will be held in Room 112 (though it may be moved to Room 3191, depending on room availability).
If you’re interested in coming out to support a bill, but you’re not sure what to do, please send an e-mail to this address. We’ll be happy to walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
Voter Registration Training
Would you like to be trained on how to register voters in advance of the 2020 election? The League of Women Voters is hosting a training on Thursday, April 25th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Laguna/Valley Hi branch of the Sacramento Public Library. The address is 7400 Imagination Pkwy in Sacramento.
If you can make it, please RSVP to Claudiobon16@gmail.com.
Letters and Postcards
Everyone loves writing postcards to voters. If you find yourself missing last year’s postcard parties, you’ll want to join in the Sunday postcard campaign sponsored by Sacramento Mighty Oaks. Come on down to the County Democratic headquarters (1033 S Street) from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on every Sunday this month. You can write postcards to help elect Dems to state legislatures this year!
If you would prefer to work from home, here is another option for you. Swing Left is organizing a letter writing campaign to reach out and register potential voters. You can find the details here.
Finally, a reminder that if you donate to Indivisible Sacramento through our Act Blue pagein April, the national Indivisible organization will match your donation.
You can find a link to our Act Blue page and a whole lot more at our website. Please visit often!
Weekly Update – 4/8/19
Can you make it to the Capitol Building on Tuesday or Wednesday? We need people to speak in favor of state laws that we support. It’s easy and it makes a measurable difference.
SB 392 would reduce police use of force. The committee hearing for SB 392 is on Tuesday, in Room 126 of the Capitol. We think this will be a packed room, so we’re planning to get there early. Please meet us on the North Steps of the building (facing L Street) at 8:00.
Then on Wednesday, two bills that Indivisible State Strong supports is will be discussed in the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee. AB 646 would restore voting rights to parolees. And AB 1217 would require sponsors of issue ads to disclose their financial contributors. That hearing is Wednesday, April 10th, starting at 9:00 a.m. in Room 444. We don’t have a designated meetup for this one – but if you have questions, please send us an e-mail.
Later on that day, we’ll be meeting at 1:10 at the North Steps to attend a hearing for SB458, which would ban the pesticide Chlorpyrifos.
And a reminder – you need to go through security to get into the Capitol, so remember to leave any items such as pocket knives, pepper spray, etc. at home.
Medicare for All Discussion
After a long day at the Capitol, why not check out a discussion about Medicare for All to cap it off? The California Nurses Association is hosting the discussion, and Indivisible Sacramento is a co-sponsor. The focus will be on disparities in care created by the current system an dhow Medicare for All could address them. The event starts at 6:00 on Wednesday at the Fruitridge Community Collaborative, 4625 44th Street.
Fast Track to Carbon Zero
Another great community event is going on this Saturday, April 13th at Sacramento City College. 350 Sacramento is holding a forum called Fast Track to Carbon Zero. It’s a day of speakers, entertainment, and breakout sessions to talk about how we can achieve zero emissions and stop global warming. There is a small entrance fee (between $5 and $15), but it will be waived for those who have difficulty paying. Also, they provide lunch! RSVP at the event’s page on 350 Sacramento’s website.
We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at Sierra2 Center, Room 10. We’d love to have you join us! Our April meeting will be focusing on Climate Change. Join us on April 17th at 7:00 p.m. Sierra2 Center’s address is 2791 24th Street.
Website and Donations
Thank you to those of you who have donated to Indivisible Sacramento. We humbly appreciate the financial help you have given us. If you’re interested in contributing, Indivisible national will be matching all donations to our club in April!
You can find the link to our Act Blue page on our website – indivisiblesacramento.com. And that’s not all you’ll find. The website is a treasure trove of information about our group and all the important things going on right now. Check it often!
|Weekly Update 4/2/19
If Attorney General William Barr does not release the full version of the Mueller Report by tonight’s deadline, we are going to protest on Thursday. All over the country, concerned citizens will gather and show our numbers to demand that this report not be buried. Barr was hand-picked by Trump so that he could help whitewash the results of the investigation. We need to see the whole report so we can decide for ourselves.
In Sacramento, we are meeting at the Capitol Building at 5:00 p.m. Please visit the official site of the Sacramento protest at MoveOn to get details and RSVP.
Hearings at the Capitol
It’s time to make a difference here in California. We can start by passing some very good laws to limit police violence and make our elections more fair. We need you to help us by showing up at the Capitol Building. It’s actually very easy – all you have to do is wait for the committee to discuss the bill we care about and then stand up and say you support it.
SB 392 changes the current law that allows police officers to use force against civilians in a wide range of situations. The hearing for SB 392 is on Tuesday, April 9th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 126 of the Capitol.
The next day, April 10th, two bills that Indivisible is supporting will be discussed in the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee. AB 646 would restore voting rights to parolees. And AB 1217 would require sponsors of issue ads to disclose their financial contributors. That hearing is Wednesday, April 10th, starting at 9:00 a.m. in Room 444.
As a reminder – if you attend a hearing, you will need to go through security at the Capitol Building. So make sure not to bring anything that shouldn’t go through a metal detector.
Medicare for All Event
Join the California Nurses Association for a presentation about the disparities created by our current health care system. This presentation discusses not only how the current system disparately treats people of different races and socio-economic statuses, but also how Medicare for All would refocus the system on patient need rather than profit. This event will be held on Wednesday, April 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Fruitridge Community Collaborative, 4625 44th Street, Sacramento.
Finally, if you are interested in donating to Indivisible Sacramento, April is an excellent tie to do so. If you make a donation at our Act Blue page this month, Indivisible’s national team will match that donation! Here’s the link to our Act Blue page.
Weekly Update 3/25/19
We need to see the Mueller Report. Trump appointed William Barr as Attorney General so that he could whitewash the report’s conclusions, and so far he is doing an excellent job. But there’s a reason we campaigned so hard for Democrats to take over the House of Representatives, and we need them to exercise their oversight powers to make sure the full report doesn’t get buried. Call your Members of Congress and tell them to demand the full report.
Representative Doris Matsui:(916) 498-5600
If you’d like to read a little more about what Indivisible is doing, you can check out the “Mueller Time” feature of the website. Also take a moment to read this piece by Sasha Abramsky in the Sacramento News and Review, which features reactions from several Indivisible Sacramento members.
Medicare for All Presentation
Mark April 10th on your calendar. From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., local progressive groups will be meeting for a discussion on Medicare for All led by a team of legal interns with the California Nurses Association. A big focus will be discussion how universal Medicare would help remedy health disparities in California. It will be held at the Fruitridge Community Collaborative (4625 44th Street).
Fast Track to Carbon Zero
April figures to be a banner month for in-depth issue discussions. On Saturday, April 13th, a top local environmental group, 350 Sacramento, is holding a forum on climate change called Fast Track to Carbon Zero. The event will be held at Sacramento City College. It’s an all day event, which means you have a chance to participate in a very in-depth discussion of the most important challenge to our planet. Lunch will be provided.
Hosting and Sponsoring Asylum Seekers
If you want to make a difference in a very personal way, please attend NorCal Resist’s discussion about Hosting, Sponsoring, and Supporting Asylum Seekers. Featured speakers include Rebecca Merton of Freedom for Immigrants and a number of families who will share their experiences with opening their homes to refugees. This event takes place on Wednesday, April 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 at Sol Collective, 2574 21st Street.
Make a Difference with a Donation
Have some extra money that you’re itching to get rid of? No problem. We have two great suggestions.
First consider donating to the Unify or Die fund. This fund will be awarded to the campaign of whichever candidate wins the Democratic nomination so they can take down Trump. Whatever happens in the primaries, we will be united behind that candidate, so why not chip in a few bucks now?
Indivisible Sacramento also humbly asks for your donations. We have an Act Blue page of our own where you can contribute to our group account. Our primary expense is room rental for our meetings, and we also have other incidental expenses incurred when we hold events. If you donate during the month of April, Indivisible national will match your donation to our local group!
Weekly Update – 3/18/19
Indivisible Sacramento’s monthly meeting is this week. Wednesday evening at 7:00p.m., we’re honored to welcome our guest speaker Joe Barr, Chief Content Officer for Capital Public Radio. We look forward to the chance to chat with a local media decision-maker, at a time when the free press is more important than ever to the health of our democracy. As always, we will be at Sierra2 Center, Room 10, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento.
Note: a previous newsletter announcement listed journalist Sasha Abramsky as our guest speaker, but he will instead be joining us later in the year.
Pass the No Ban Act
In response to last week’s horror in New Zealand, we’d like to pass on the following from the Indivisible National team:
We absolutely must recognize that the motivation for this horror was rooted in Islamophobia and white nationalism — poisons that are actively being spread by elected officials, pundits, and a rising white nationalist movement here in our own country and around the world. It’s critical that we recommit ourselves to fighting hate and white supremacy, no matter its form or its messenger, to bring together forces for solidarity and inclusion at every opportunity.
This congressional recess, demand that your members of Congress take action by supporting the No Ban Act (the lead sponsors are Rep. Judy Chu and Senator Chris Coons) that would fully repeal Trump’s Muslim and asylum bans, ensuring that families won’t continue to face unconstitutional discrimination (we have more on this in our recess explainer here).
Please call your Members of Congress and ask them to support the No Ban Act today.
Representative Doris Matsui:(916) 498-5600
California State Strong, a coalition of Indivisible groups around California dedicated to making progress at the state level, has tallied our votes and selected 10 bills in the state legislature to support this year. Indivisible Sacramento will be following these as well. You can find the list here.
AB 392 is a top priority for Indivisible groups around the State, and California State Strong will be working hard to pass it. AB 392 changes the rules around police use of force in an attempt to prevent future killings of unarmed civilians. If you haven’t done so already, please take some time to call your Assembly Member and urge them to support AB 392. Here is a link to State Strong’s summary of AB 392.
If you don’t know who your Assembly Member is, don’t worry. Just visit this site and enter your address.
By now you may have heard of the Courage Campaign’s scores for every state legislator in California. A team of Indivisible Sacramento volunteers went to the Capitol last week to give each of our local Assembly Members and Senators a copy of their 2018 Courage Score report card. We want to keep an eye on them and remind them that their votes will affect their scores for 2019 – and we want them all to have good scores this year. Would you like to volunteer to help keep our lawmakers on task with the Courage Scores? If so, please reply with an e-mail to this address!
Weekly Update – March 4, 2019
How would you like to learn how to lobby state lawmakers from a trained expert? Or would you rather just enjoy a slice of pizza and some conversation with your fellow Indivisible members? Even better – you can do both at the same time!
Next Wednesday, March 13th, at 6:30, we’re having our Pizza and Politics event. Come on down to Mountain Mike’s at 7465 Rush River Drive. You’ll be glad you did. We are thrilled to welcome Jiggy Athilingam, Indivisible’s Director of State Policy and leader of California State Strong, who will be teaching us how to lobby state lawmakers so they can pass laws to make California a more just and equitable place. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of Indivisible’s national experts, so please don’t pass it up.
Postcards for Pennsylvania
Next week is a busy week as we also have a great event on Tuesday evening. We’re writing postcards in support of SwingLeft for a special election in the Pennsylvania state Senate. Control of state legislatures is crucial, as they determine the boundaries for Congressional districts and pass state policies that affect millions of peoples’ lives. You can help by writing postcards on Tuesday, March 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 at First United Methodist Church downtown at the corner of 21st and J Streets.
Press Conference for AB392
You’ve probably heard by now about the events of this weekend. After the District Attorney Schubert refused to file charges against the officers who shot Stephon Clark, police arrested dozens at a protest in East Sacramento, including journalists and clergy members. Sacramento ACT – an organization of local religious leaders committed to fighting for justice – is holding a press conference Thursday at 10:00 to call on lawmakers to support AB392, which would raise the standard for officers to use deadly force. The press conference will be followed by a procession to the Capitol. It starts at 10:00 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N Street.
Fast Track to Carbon Zero
Another date you need to mark on your calendar is April 13th. Climate advocacy group 350 Sacramento is hosting a community forum on climate change entitled “Fast Track to Carbon Zero.” It’s being held at the Performing Arts Center at Sacramento City College(3835 Freeport Blvd) from 9:00 until 4:00. You can register for the forum online at 350 Sacramento’s website.
Our monthly meetings occur on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Sierra2 Center (2791 24th Street), room 10. Speaker TBA: We have had to reschedule Sasha Abramsky.
Weekly Update – January 30, 2019
Last week we won a temporary victory in the shutdown fight. But you probably already know that Trump and the Congressional Republicans have another chance to hold the government hostage in three weeks. Please keep calling our MOCs, thank them for their strength, and remind them to keep saying NO to Trump’s racist border wall. For more information, check out Indivisible’s shutdown resource page.
And while you’re on the phone, please remind our Representatives to support the Green New Deal.
Representative Doris Matsui – 916 498 5600
Representative Ami Bera – 916 635 0505
Senator Kamala Harris – 916 448 2787
Senator Dianne Feinstein – 415 393 0707
Indivisible Sacramento Legislative Priorities
At our December meeting, we had a great discussion about what our priorities should be moving forward. Some of the issues people are most passionate about include health care, climate change, immigration, homelessness, the free press, and instant runoff voting. We are working on opportunities to discuss these issues this year. As one example, we are looking at getting a speaker who can focus on climate change for one of our spring meetings.
We will also be working on supporting legislation related to these issues. The deadline for California legislators to submit bills is coming up in late February. As soon as the deadline passes, Indivisible groups across California will begin to decide which ones we should put our energy behind, and we will do the same here in Sacramento. Keep watching this newsletter for information about state priorities!
Indivisible Sacramento is supporting 350 Sacramento’s efforts to advocate for a strong Climate Action Plan in Elk Grove. We encourage you to show up and support them at the2/13/19 Elk Grove City Council meeting. The meeting will be at Elk Grove City Hall, 8400 Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove at 6:00 p.m.
Immigrant families are being processed by ICE at the southern border and then released to join family or friends who may live in New York, Washington, or many points in between, pending immigration court proceedings. Abuelas Responden is a local chapter of a national volunteer group whose members meet these families at Greyhound bus stations to provide them with food, backpacks filled with necessities, and other types of assistance. Join NorCal Resist and Abuelas Responden on Monday, February 4, 6pm, to learn about how you can participate in this humanitarian effort right here in Sacramento! First United Church of Sacramento, 2100 J St, Sacramento.
Our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at Sierra2 Community Center (2791 24th Street). For our February meeting, we are thrilled to welcome guest speaker Senator Scott Wiener. Senator Wiener is a true friend of the group and the author of some of the most exciting legislation at the state level in recent years. We hope you can join us.
Do you have an Indivisible Sacramento t-shirt? You can buy one online – order at this site through February 21st. Our t-shirt vendor saves orders and distributes them all at once, so if you order one, we will be able to give them to you at an upcoming meeting.
Finally, if you would like to support Indivisible Sacramento financially, you can donate at our Act Blue page. We don’t have a lot of expenses, but we do pay for supplies and room rentals to keep our meetings going.
Thank you, and have a great week!