Weekly Update – 4/6/20
Our April meeting is scheduled for Wednesday the 15th. We cannot meet in person, but we will be going forward with a meeting on Zoom. We will send the call details early next week. Hope you can join us!
California State Strong
It’s springtime in California, and that means its time again to start paying attention to the bills our state lawmakers are working on in Sacramento. The Coronavirus crisis has thrown a giant monkey wrench into everything, and it’s possible that many non-virus-related bills won’t go very far this year. Still, California State Strong (Indivisible’s state advocacy arm) needs to hear from you about what our state priorities should be.
State Strong has compiled a list of potentially interesting bills. You can view the list, including short summaries at this site, then vote for the ones you think should go forward. Please vote by April 26th.
It’s urgent that we continue to contact our Members of Congress. Please visit Indivisible’s website for details on our national Coronavirus asks. We want to make sure that Congress prioritizes people and not corporations in their economic aid. And we need to make sure they hold the Administration accountable for its failures and corruption.
2020 Coalition Text Banking
The 2020 Coalition is doing some great work locally. Even though we’re stuck at home, we can still do plenty of work to help win the November elections.
A great way to reach voters is by text message. Please take the text message training to get started.
If texting isn’t your thing, why not write letters to voters? If it is your thing, but you want to do even more, then writing letters is for you too!
Write letters to voters – Every Sunday from 12:00 – 2:00. Sign Up Here.
We hope you are staying safe and healthy. It may seem like we cannot do anything right now, but we can still call our Members of Congress!
Indivisible asks us to do two things as Congress considers an economic relief package:
- Call both your senators to demand they center people over profits. Even if they aren’t taking calls today (we’re hearing reports that some are), leave a voicemail. Text PPL to 977-79 and we’ll connect you, or use this call page to read through the script and get connected. If voicemail boxes are full, you can also send an email here.
- Record a 30 second video that says people over profits. We’re compiling videos from all over the country from people just like you with a simple message: your name, where you’re from, and that you demand a people-first response from your members of Congress. Visit our video tool, look at the camera from your computer or phone, say your name and where you’re from, and the message, “I demand Congress put people over profits.” We’ll tag your senators, and you can share with friends and neighbors to get involved in this fight.
Indivisible also has a page about the Coronavirus and what we can say to our Members of Congress. If you find yourself with a little extra free time these days, check it out!
We’d also like to call attention to the work that is being done by our friends at NorCal Resist.
In the past two days, NorCal Resist has heard from over a dozen migrant families that have lost work due to COVID-19. This weekend they delivered 19 rent support checks and emergency food bags to local undocumented and asylum seeking families who unexpectedly find themselves without work, and we know the need will continue to grow.
These families aren’t able to access Unemployment or Disability Insurance, leaving them particularly vulnerable to eviction. While the City of Sacramento has acted to halt evictions, folks living in Sacramento and other surrounding counties do not have these protections.
If you are able, NorCal Resist would be grateful for you to join their monthly sustainer team. You may make a one-time or recurring donation HERE.
Weekly Update – 2/17/20
Our meeting is this week. Join us on Wednesday at the regular time (7:00 p.m.) at the regular place (Room 10, Sierra 2 Center). We’re pleased to have a special guest from Flip the West who will be talking about the campaign to turn House seats blue this year. In case you’ve never been to our meeting at Sierra2 Center, the address is 2791 24th Street. See you there!
Of course, you don’t have to wait until Wednesday to get together. We have a dedicated team of activists putting on our Senate graveyard display again tomorrow (Tuesday February 18th), and we could use your help with hosting the table. The display consists of over a hundred tombstones, each one representing a law that the blue House passed but Mitch McConnell’s Senate has held up. The idea is to show just how important it is to flip the Senate this fall. So please come out to the Capitol grounds on 15th and N streets if you can help, or at least stop by to show support. We’ll be there from 8:00 – 4:00 tomorrow.
Our friends at Indivisible Yolo suggest calling our representatives and asking them to investigate Attorney General Barr and his blatant enabling of Trump’s corruption. Please take some time to call this week. Ask your House of Representatives member not to approve any funding for Attorney General Barr’s office until he recuses himself from any investigation involving Donald Trump or his Administration. And please call our Senators and ask them to continue to call for investigations into Barr’s conduct, and to deny unanimous consent on all Senate business until he recuses himself.
Representative Doris Matsui (916) 498-5600
Postcards and Other Events
We’ll close with a reminder to check our website for details on postcard writing campaigns and other ways to get involved.
Weekly Update – 2/10/20
Republicans in the U.S. Senate failed to convict Donald Trump today, a decision that is at the same time morally reprehensible and completely unsurprising. We can take comfort in the fact that we pushed our elected leaders to hold a corrupt president accountable, and we further exposed his toadies in the Senate. Now it’s up to us to make sure all of his apologists lose their re-election efforts this fall.
Senate Tombstone Event
Speaking of the Senate, we are bringing back one of our most popular events from last year: the Senate graveyard. We are putting together hundreds of “tombstones” for a public display to remind the public how much progress Mitch McConnell’s Senate is preventing. The purpose is to build public support and encourage people to get involved in flipping the Senate this fall.
Please join us on Sunday, February 9, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, 3005 Freeport Blvd., to assist in assembling the Senate Graveyard which will be on display downtown next Monday and Tuesday.
Our next meeting is the third Wednesday of February, February 19th, at 7:00 p.m. As usual, it will be held at Sierra 2 Center, Room 10. The address is 2791 24th Street.
Upcoming Events – See our Website for these and other ways to get involved!
2/9: 2020 Sundays Postcard Event: 1pm – 4pm, Sacramento County Democratic HQ, 1033 S Street, Sacramento. Every Sunday from now until the 2020 election, OWL, Mighty Oaks, and other progressive groups will be working to Get Out The Vote for progressives. Currently, they are writing postcards for Sister District and Flip the West, and letters for Vote Forward, the Swing Left voter registration project.
2/13: INDIVISIBLE TEXT BANK TRAINING: 7pm – 9pm, Sierra 2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street, Rm. 9. Join Susan Cooper and the INDIVISIBLE/Flip The West text-banking team as they learn the ropes and start to text for the Environmental Voter Project (EVP). EVP finds environmentalists across the United States and makes sure that they vote in every election. This project is done in cooperation with Flip The West. Bring your laptop and cell phone (opt.) and jump in. Texting is fun, easy, and impactful.
Weekly Update – 1/2/19
The news is still developing, but as of now it sounds like the Trump Administration has carried out an illegal assassination against an Iranian military official in a move that is almost perfectly designed to provoke a war.
We must take action immediately. Call your Members of Congress as soon as you read this. Demand that they speak out against starting a war with Iran, and ask them to introduce a resolution condemning this illegal assassination.
Rep. Doris Matsui – 916 498 5600
Rep. Ami Bera – 916 635 0505
Sen. Dianne Feinstein – 415 393 0707
Sen. Kamala Harris – 916 448 2787
The only way to truly ensure that Trump can’t start any wars is to throw him and all of his supporters out of office. We have an election to win this year. You can help by joining us on January 8th to write postcards to voters in the 50th Congressional District. It’s easy, fun, and a great chance to sharpen your skills for the campaign ahead! We’ll be at First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street, from 7:00 – 9:00 on Wednesday, January 8th.
You can find out about postcard events and other opportunities to get involved at our website’s Events page.
350 Sacramento Candidate Forum
Finally, we must make sure we know where our local candidates stand on environmental issues. 350 Sacramento, the Sierra Club, and the Environmental Council of Sacramento are hosting a Candidate Forum for the open seat on the County Board of Supervisors. The battle against Global Warming is being waged at the local level, so let’s make sure we elect leaders who are committed to ending pollution. The candidate forum is on Wednesday, January 22nd from 6:00 – 7:30 at the Carmichael Library (5605 Marconi Ave).
Weekly Update – 12/3/19
Can you join us this Sunday? We are looking for volunteers to help California Away Team talk to voters who could help swing a Congressional election next year. It’s easy – we’re just reminding people to vote and asking them to fill out postcards to themselves. If you’ve never knocked on doors to turn out voters before, CalAway is the best way to start, and they’ll teach you how to do it. If you’re a veteran canvasser, this is a great way to get back into it before 2020.
Please go to CalAway’s website to sign up. We just need two hours of your time, from 10:00 – 12:00 or from 12:00 – 2:00.
Also a reminder that NorCal Resist’s Pozole fundraiser is happening on Saturday the 14th. Thanks to the efforts of all who donated, Indivisible Sacramento is a sponsor of this event. If you haven’t donated and would like to attend, it’s just $20 per ticket, and it goes to a great cause, helping refugees who have relocated to Sacramento.
Finally, remember to check out website’s events tab to find out about postcard parties and other great opportunities to help win the 2020 elections, such as the Sunday afternoon postcard events every week at 1033 S Street, or our next Wednesday evening postcard party, 12/11 at First United Methodist Church.
Weekly Update – 11/27/19
Thank you for all that you do. We are so grateful to everyone who is a part of the Indivisible Sacramento family. Thank you for all of the work you’ve done this year, from calling elected officials to writing postcards, knocking on doors, donating to our cause, and attending our monthly meetings. This is a time of year to be grateful that so many hard-working Sacramentans are committed to resisting Trump, restoring decency to America, and fighting for progressive policy goals.
Speaking of being grateful, a special thank you to all who donated to our fundraiser for NorCal Resist. We made our $1,000 goal. This money will help NorCal Resist take care of asylum seekers in the Sacramento area. If you would still like to donate, don’t worry, you can. They are holding their annual Pozole Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, December 14th. It starts at 6:00 p.m. at Maple Elementary School (3301 37th Ave, Sacramento). Tickets are $20.
Canvass with California Away Team
Are you ready to get back into action and start winning the 2020 election? You can help flip a red Congressional seat in California’s 4th District. December 8th is our day – Indivisible Sacramento’s day to help California Away Team in CA 4. So please come join us in Cameron Park that Sunday at 10:00 or 12:00. It’s easy and quick – you just need to spend a couple hours talking to voters who have had trouble turning out in the past, and your efforts will ensure that they make it to the polls in 2020. You can see details and RSVP at the Cal Away website.
In a remarkable display of bad manners, the DNC scheduled the next presidential debate for the same night as our monthly meeting next Wednesday (11/20). We didn’t want anyone to miss out on the debate, and we certainly didn’t want anyone to miss our monthly get-together. So let’s watch the debate together. We’re starting earlier than usual – 5:30 p.m. – so if you can make it that early, please join us. If you can’t make it at 5:30, just stop by whenever you can.
We will provide pizza, snacks, and drinks. Also, we’ll have a fun activity for those who want to keep busy. Our postcard campaign for the CA 50 Congressional race is going strong, and we’ll have postcards and pens available for those who want to help.
Postcards, debate, pizza – what more can you ask for? The meeting, as usual, is at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street, room 10. Join us at 5:30!
Donations for NorCal Resist
Thank you to all who have donated to us this month, as we are sharing a large portion of our donations with NorCal Resist to help with the incredible work they’re doing to help refugees in our area. They do everything from finding shelter to providing escorts to drive refugees to appointments and court hearings. If you donate through our Act Blue page before 11/20, your donation will help NorCal Resist. If you donate, you’re also eligible to win tickets to their December Pozole Dinner fundraiser on 12/14. (if you’d like more details on the fundraiser – you can check out the event page here).
SwingLeft Arizona Activities
CANVASS IN PHOENIX WITH SWING LEFT: Sign up to travel with our friends from Swing Left to canvass in Arizona. They’re a swing state and will be critical next November. Several trips coming up: February 8-9; February 15-17. Click on the dates for details.
REGISTER VOTERS IN ARIZONA WITH SWING LEFT: Join Swing Left volunteers to register voters in Phoenix over a variety of dates. Voter turn out will make all the difference in this swing state.
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!