Come join our Postcard Party Thursday evening!/
From now until November, we need to focus our energy on taking back Congress. You can help on Thursday evening. It’s fun and easy – all you need to do is fill out postcards to voters in California’s 10th Congressional District where Josh Harder is going to take on Jeff Denham, who has been a reliable vote for all of Trump’s worst policies, from health care repeal to the Tax Scam. We’ll be at the Robbie Waters Library, 7335 Gloria Drive, starting at 6:00.
We’ll provide the pens, postcards, and voter addresses. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you want to bring some 35 cent stamps, please feel free. Also, we will provide some light snacks, and if you’d like to bring some food or drink to share, that is also appreciated!
Families Belong Together
In case you need a reminder of what the Trump Administration is capable of, there are still over 2,000 children who are incarcerated apart from their families. Families are being detained indefinitely, and Trump has openly talked about deporting people with no trials or due process. Are you angry yet?
Trump and his allies have trouble hearing us unless we shout at the top of our longs. That’s why this Saturday across the country, concerned citizens are coming together for the Families Belong Together rally. The Sacramento event will be at outside the Immigration Building, 650 Capitol Mall at 10:00 a.m. Look for the Indivisible Sacramento banner! Also, remember to bring plenty of water and dress for the weather. It’s going to be hot – but not hot enough to silence us.
In the meantime, make sure to call your Members of Congress every day. Tell them they cannot compromise on this issue. We need legislation immediately with no family separations, no detaining of children, and an end to the draconian Zero Tolerance policy that caused this mess in the first place.
Local MOC phone numbers
Rep. Doris Matsui: (916) 698-5600
State Capitol News
Our effort to bring Net Neutrality to California suffered a setback last week. Our friend Senator Scott Wiener’s Net Neutrality bill, SB 822, was hijacked by a Senator who is too friendly with the communications lobby. As a result, the Assembly committee amended the bill to make it much weaker. But do not give up hope! There may still be a chance to restore the bill to its original version. We will keep you posted on this – at some point we may need people to show up at the Capitol and voice our support. In the meantime, please call your Assembly Member and ask them to support a strong Net Neutrality bill.
We also need people to call our Senators to support AB3131, which is co-sponsored by the ACLU and Indivisible. AB3131 will require police departments to hold public hearings before purchasing military equipment. The Assembly has passed it, so we need to make sure the Senate is on board.
Don’t know your state representatives? No problem. You can find your State Assembly Members and Senators here.
As always, remember to check out website for important information on state legislation, upcoming events, and more! www.indivisiblesacramento.com
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.
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
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!
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!
We know there’s a lot to call about this week. Remember, your voice can make a difference – you just have to use it!
Looking for something to do on a Monday night? Good news! We’re going to be having an informal meeting tomorrow evening. We’ll be at Kupros Bistro (1217 21st Street in Midtown) starting at about 6:30 p.m. (Note: a previous message incorrectly stated 7:00 as the start time – apologies for the error). Stop by and have a drink with us. If you don’t drink, no problem. They also serve appetizers and sandwiches. The important thing is that we get together and have a friendly conversation. We’ll also be brainstorming ideas for future events and actions.
We’ve reserved the upstairs room at Kupros, so we should have a nice, quiet place free from outside distractions and noise. Hope to see you there!
Stop Separating Children from their Parents
The Trump Administration has done many awful things, but their cruel and unnecessary policy of stealing immigrant children from their families is the most horrifying so far. Our Senator, Diane Feinstein, introduced a bill to stop this disgusting practice. Senator Kamala Harris has also signed on as a co-sponsor. Please call our Senators this week to thank them for this legislation and urge them not to give up until no more children are taken from their parents. For good measure, please also call your member of the House of Representatives and urge him or her to fight for children too.
Local MOC phone numbers
Rep. Doris Matsui: (916) 698-5600
If you want to do even more to help, you can donate some money. The ACLU is suing the Trump Administration to stop the separations, and many other groups are on the front lines helping immigrant families. You can donate to 7 of these wonderful organizations all at the same time from this Act Blue page.
We finally got to vote last week! The votes have not been counted yet, but it looks like we have a candidate in every Congressional race in California. Once all the votes are counted and we know exactly who to fight for, we need to do everything we can to win these elections. Take some time to visit California Away Team’s website. They are doing excellent work in the Sacramento area to save one blue seat (District 7: Fair Oaks, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove) and boot a terrible Congressman out of another (DIstrict 4: Roseville, Placerville, and the Sierra foothills). Now is a great time to get involved!
Our next monthly meeting will be next Wednesday, June 20th, at 7:00. Our special guest is Andrew Truman Kim of Flip the 14. Andrew is an electoral expert and a veteran of many campaigns, and he’s going to talk to us about how we can flip the House of Representatives this year. The road to a Blue House goes right through California, so this is a very important presentation that you won’t want to miss.
Our meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at Sierra2 Center – 2791 24th Street, Sacramento.
As always, we want to remind you to visit our website: www.indivisiblesacramento.com. There is a treasure trove of information about everything we’re doing there, and there’s also a donation button, in case you’d like to support Indivisible Sacramento.
Please call Senator Richard Pan tomorrow (Wednesday) morning and tell him to vote YES on Senate Bill 822. SB822 would establish crucial protections for Net Neutrality. The bill is ready for a vote by the full Senate this week, but a number of Senators are still on the fence, including Sacramento’s very own Senator Pan.
When Indivisible Sacramento took a vote on supporting State legislation, this was the most popular bill. We care deeply about this issue, and it’s important for California to set an example for the nation on Net Neutrality. It is up to us to save the internet!
Senator Pan’s Capitol Office – 916 651 4006
Not sure if you’re in Senator Pan’s district? Click here to find out who your State Senator is. Whoever it is, call them and demand a YES vote on SB822!
Children at the Border
By now, you’ve probably heard the heartrending stories about children as young as 18 months being cruelly taken from their families at the border. We are not going to sit idly by and allow this. Here’s what you can do to help:
Mixer at Kupros Bistro
We work hard here at Indivisible Sacramento, but sometimes we need to relax and have a little fun. That’s why we’re getting together at Kupros Bistro on Monday, June 11th for a drink and a little pleasant conversation. We’ll have plenty to talk about, since this is just a few days after the June 5th primary election.
We might manage to get a little work done too, maybe do some brainstorming of ideas for group activities or plan some events. But the important thing is that you join us and have a good time! Kupros is located at 1217 21st Street in Midtown. We have reserved the room on the second floor, so just head on upstairs when you get there.
The midterm elections are priority number one for us right now. With the June 5th primary just a couple weeks away, we need to get busy. Fortunately, we have a chance to help tomorrow. Join us at Arcade Library on Marconi Avenue for a Postcard Party. We’re going to fill out postcards for voters in the 10th Congressional District to make sure they turn out in support of the Democratic candidate this fall. We all need to do our part to help take back Congress, and this is a good way to start.
The Library is at 2443 Marconi Ave, and we’ll be meeting at 7:00.
Lobby Day – May 29th
Mark next Tuesday on your calendar. Indivisible and some other local groups will be visiting the Capitol building in support of a couple of very important bills. SB 822 is the Net Neutrality measure that our membership overwhelmingly endorsed this spring (it was the most popular state bill by far). AB 3131 is a measure that Indivisible co-sponsored with the ACLU to prevent police departments from acquiring military equipment.
We’ll send details, including a meeting time and place, soon. For now, we hope you’ll plan on joining us if you have free time during the day on Tuesday.
We meet on the third Wednesday of every month. Our next meeting will be June 20th at 7:00 p.m. As usual, it’s at Room 10 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.
Remember to check our website often. It’s at indivisiblesacramento.com. There’s a ton of information there, including all of our upcoming events. And there’s also a big button you can click if you want to donate some money to us.
Finally, remember to vote on June 5th! The primary election is crucial. Not only are we choosing our Senate and Governor candidates, but the actual election for many local races (including Sheriff and District Attorney) is that date. If you live in Sacramento County, you should have received your ballot in the mail by now.
Thank you. See you tomorrow evening!
It’s time for our monthly meeting again! We’re getting together on Wednesday evening at 7:00. Our focus this month will be on poverty and economic inequality, and we have a couple of experts joining us for the discussion. First, we’ll hear from journalist and author Sasha Abramsky, who has written about poverty in America. Next we’ll be joined by representatives from The Poor People’s Campaign, an effort to redefine morality and shine a light on economic injustice and racism that is based on the work of Martin Luther King.
As usual, we’re gathering in Room 10 at Sierra2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street. Hope you can join us! Our meetings are always held on the third Wednesday of every month.
Next Tuesday (May 22nd), we’re having a postcard party at the Arcade Library. We have the postcards, we just need you! Join us to write cards reminding Democrats to vote in the upcoming Congressional elections. Every little bit helps in the fight to take back Congress.
This event starts at 7:00 at the Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Avenue.
Call Our Representatives!
Paul Ryan may be retiring, but don’t think for a moment that he’s finished with trying to make poor people’s lives harder. Congress is debating the Farm Bill, and Ryan and his ilk are using this as an excuse to slash food stamps and impose draconian “work requirements” that will withhold assistance from of hungry families across America. Call your Members of Congress this week and make sure they will NOT vote to support any Farm bill that includes cuts to food stamps or the Republicans’ “Welfare Reform” scam.
Local MOC phone numbers:
Rep. Doris Matsui: (916) 698-5600
State Bill Updates
SB 822, The Net Neutrality bill that received overwhelming support from Indivisible Sacramento’s members, is still chugging along. It is expected to pass out of the Appropriations Committee before the end of this month.
For details on all the State bills we are supporting and, well, for basically any information you could possibly want about anything we’re doing, remember to visit our website often: IndivisibleSacramento.com.
Finally, if you have a little money to spare for Indivisible Sacramento, we have an online donation site now through Act Blue. Your contributions will help us pay for meeting rooms, supplies, and events such as voter registration and canvassing. A portion will also go toward Indivisible on the national level. A heartfelt thank you to all who have donated so far!
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).
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.
April 30, 2018
After last year, you may have thought the GOP was done trying to sabotage America’s health care system. Unfortunately, they’re still up to their old tricks. Rumor has it they want to take another stab at repealing the Affordable Care Act before the midterm elections.
ACA repeal only failed last time because Indivisibles and other concerned citizens across the country spoke out at the top of our lungs. So make some calls this week! Even though our Members of Congress are on our side, they need to know that there is still overwhelming public opposition to slashing health care.
Local MOC phone numbers:
California Away Team
In the end, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will never stop trying to take health care away from poor and middle class people unless we boot their party out of the Majority seats in Congress. So we need your help to win the Midterm elections!
This weekend you have two opportunities to help:
On Saturday and Sunday, you can help us kick Trump ally Tom McClintock out of office and turn California’s 4th Congressional district blue! California Away Team is reaching out to voters in Roseville, Auburn, and Placerville.
Just click the links above to find details and RSVP.
Special Event with Secretary Padilla
And of course, don’t forget about our regular monthly meeting, which happens on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p..m. Our meeting spot is Room 10 at Sierra2 Center – 2791 24th Street.
April 23, 2018
It’s election season, and our mission is to turn red districts blue – and to keep blue ones from turning red! California Away Team can still use some volunteers. I don’t need to remind you how important it is to make sure that Trump’s supporters don’t control Congress next year. Even if you’ve never volunteered before, it’s not too late to get started!
Can you spare a few hours to help get rid of Congressman Tom McClintock? If so, please join us this Saturday or Sunday in Roseville. (Details here)
Would you rather help defend Congressman Ami Bera’s swing seat? If so, we could use your help Sunday in Fair Oaks. (Details here)
SB 822 Hearing
We’d also like to remind you that Senator Scott Wiener’s Net Neutrality bill is up for a big vote TOMORROW morning in the state Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill needs to pass this committee in order to go for a vote by the full Senate. The hearing starts at 1:30 in Room 112 in the beautiful historic wing of the Capitol building (we don’t know what time the bill will be heard, so it’s best to get there at 1:30). We hope you can show up and support the bill – supporters get a chance to state their names and positions for the official record, and it always looks good when we can get a big crowd together on our side.
Also, remember to call your legislators and let them know we support SB 822. Net Neutrality is crucial for preserving free speech and preventing big corporations from drowning out voices they don’t like to hear.
Thank you to all who attended our Interfaith panel this weekend. It was a very successful event, as believers and non-believers of all stripes came together to talk about how the Progressive movement can work with faith groups to further our goals of racial justice, economic equality, and health care for all.
Discussion with Secretary Padilla
And we have another big special event coming up next month – Secretary of State Alex Padilla is going to talk to us and take our questions. Secretary Padilla is at the forefront of the battle to expand voting rights and ensure our elections are fair and secure. You don’t want to miss this! If you haven’t marked your calendars yet, please make sure to jot downTuesday May 22nd at 7:00. The event will be at the Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Avenue in Arden-Arcade.
Our next meeting will be just a few days before, on Wednesday, May 16th. We’ll have more information on the speakers and agenda soon. Our monthly meetings are always on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 10 at Sierra2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street.
Finally, remember to check our website regularly. All of our special events are listed there, as well as a wealth of other great information. http://www.indivisiblesacramento.com
Weekly Update 4/16/18
We have a lot of great events coming up this week. We hope you can attend them all:
TOMORROW at 9:00 a.m.: The Net Neutrality bill, SB822, is up for a hearing in Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee. The Committee meets in Room 3191. Note: the Committee meeting will start at 9:00. We don’t know what time the bill will be up for discussion, so we’re going to get there right at 9:00 to be ready.
Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.: Visit with Senator Kamala Harris’ staff. We’ll be meeting with the Senator’s staff people and letting them know about some of the issues we care about the most. Our office visit is scheduled for 2:00, but we’ll meet outside the building at 1:30 so that we can discuss beforehand. The location is 501 I Street
Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.: Our Monthly Meeting! We are thrilled to have not one but two amazing guests joining us. First, we’ll hear from Noah Phillips, who is running for Sacramento County District Attorney. Then we’ll welcome Valerie Bane from the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. As usual, we’re in Room 10 of the Sierra2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street.
Sunday, 3:00 p.m.: It’s finally time for our Interfaith Forum: the Role of Faith in the Progressive Movement. Local leaders of a diverse range of faith traditions will join local progressive activists for a panel discussion about issues like poverty, human rights, and the environment. We want you to join us, whether you are devoutly religious or not religious at all, because this event is all about bringing people from different backgrounds together. We’ll be at the First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street.
Trump’s Illegal War
Last week, Donald Trump launched a missile attack on Syria without consulting Congress first. Some Members of Congress spoke out, but many stayed silent or issued only weak complaints. We need to let our MOCs know that it is NOT okay for Trump to do this. They need to condemn this attack and make it clear that we will not tolerate any further unauthorized military action.
Local MOC phone numbers
Letters to Justice Kennedy
There have been rumors that Justice Anthony Kennedy may consider retiring from the Supreme Court. This would be disastrous, as it would give Trump the chance to replace a conservative, but generally reasonable justice with an amoral ideologue of his choosing. Needless to say, it would be a huge conflict of interest in the event that the Supreme Court had to weigh in on any of the many cases involving Trump’s corruption and misconduct.
The good news is that Justice Kennedy is from Sacramento, just like us. So maybe, just maybe, he might listen to us if we write him a heartfelt letter to let him know we appreciate the work he is doing and urge him not to retire. You can find instructions and advice for writing to a SCOTUS justice at this website.
The Primary election is less than two months away. We need to make a big showing in the primary so that national groups will be motivated to put resources into our Congressional races. Please help California Away Team remind Democrats to vote in the election. They have opportunities to volunteer almost every weekend. You can volunteer in District 4 (Roseville, Lincoln, or Cameron Park) or District 7 (Elk Grove, Fair Oaks).
Finally, check out the Walk for Democracy event this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Details at the ACLU People Power site.