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!
Weekly Update – January 22, 2019
Make a phone call to end the government shutdown tomorrow. Indivisible has designated Wednesday as a national call-in day. We need the Senate to vote NOW to end the government shutdown, and they need to do so without agreeing to any of Trump’s hateful and hurtful plans. No wall, no additional restrictions on asylum seekers.
If you need to get psyched up a bit before calling, go ahead and watch this short videothat Indivisible made for call-in day. Then make a call! Some of you already have our senators on speed dial. If you don’t, no problem. Just call 1 (844) 236-2373, and you’ll be automatically connected.
Louisiana Postcard Party Thursday
Several states, including Louisiana, have legislative elections in 2019. This Thursday(1/24) we’ll be writing postcards to LA voters for Sister District. Event is at First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street, at 6:00 p.m.
February 4th – Training to assist migrant families. Abuelas Responden invites interested community members to learn how to assist migrant families. Abuelas Responden has been stepping in to help out migrants who have been released by the Border Patrol and are trying to get to families or sponsors in other states. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street.
February 13th – Elk Grove City Council Meeting. 350 Sacramento is working to ensure Elk Grove adopts a strong Climate Action Program. If you’re in Elk Grove, please come support those efforts at eh city council meeting. 6:00 p.m., 8400 Laguna Palms Way.
Our next monthly meeting is Wednesday, February 20th. We’re pleased to welcome back state Senator Scott Wiener, who has sponsored many of Indivisible Sacramento’s favorite bills, including SB822, the net neutrality law that passed last year. Senator Wiener will be talking to us about upcoming state legislation that we’ll want to keep track of in 2019.
As usual, our meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Room 10, Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.
Weekly Update – 1/14/19
Wednesday night is meeting night. County Supervisor Phil Serna will be our special guest speaker. This is a great opportunity to talk to one of the local elected officials who represents us and works on so many of the issues that have a big effect on us: such as affordable housing, homelessness, the Sheriff’s Department, and many more.
We’ll be at the usual spot at the usual time: Wedneday evening (January 16th) at 7:00 p.m., room 10, Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.
Congratulations to the Indivisible activists who won election as Democratic Party delegates! Indivisible Sacramento’s Regina Banks joins Elk Grove’s Dennessa Atiles and Nancy Castignetti on the victorious Labor-Progressive slate of delegates from Assembly District 9. Around the state, Indivisible leaders are running and winning delegate chairs. Our progressive ideals will help shape the future of the state party.
Help End Trump’s Government Shutdown
Indivisible is asking people across the nation to call our senators and urge them to hold firm on Trump’s disastrous government shutdown. The Democratic House is already passing bills to reopen the government, so we need to get Mitch McConnell’s attention now. Please take some time to call Senators Harris and Feinstein and urge them not to allow any Senate business to move forward until there is a clean bill to reopen the government with ZERO funding for Trump’s ridiculous wall.
Senator Harris’ Sacramento Office – 916 448-2787
Once you’re done with the phone calls, get ready to march. The third annual Women’s March is this Saturday morning. Join us so we can all march together! We’re gathering on 8th Street on the east side of the park, right in front of St. Andrews AME Church. We’ll start gathering at around 9:00 a.m.
Note: the church is not sponsoring our march – we have chosen it as an easy-to-find landmark where we can find each other away from the large crowds.
Indivisible Sacramento Shirts
Indivisible Sacramento T-Shirts are back! For a limited time, you can order one of our shirts. Here is the link to our shirts at Custom Ink. Orders are open until February 21st – after that point, all shirts will be delivered, and we’ll give them out at our March meeting.
Note: Indivisible Sacramento does not make any money off these shirts; if you’re looking to donate to us, you can do so at our Act Blue page.
Louisiana Postcard Party – Several states, including Louisiana, have legislative elections in 2019. We’re already getting started writing postcards to LA voters for Sister District. Event is at First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street, at 6:00 p.m.
PPIC Discussion – the Public Policy Institute of California is holding a Conversation with California’s Legislative Leadership on January 30th. Details at the PPIC website.
Climate Change Symposium – The Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative will be holding a symposium to talk about their 2018 Climate Change Assessment at UC Davis in the Student Community Center, Room 397. The event runs from 10:00 – 4:00 on Wednesday, February 6th.
Website and Immigration Actions
We’ll see you on Wednesday evening!
Weekly Update 1/7/19
Have you marked Saturday morning on your calendar yet? That’s when YOU have a chance to elect Assembly District Delegates (“ADEMS”) to the state Democratic Party. Indivisible Sacramento’s very own Regina Banks is running in District 9 (South Sacramento/Elk Grove) along with Elk Grove Indivisible leaders Dennessa Atiles and Nancy Castignetti. They’re all part of the Labor-Progressive slate of candidates, and they need our votes so that we can help hold the state party accountable to people like us, and not to big money or party insiders. You just need to be a resident of the district and a registered Democrat (or be willing to register as one).
District 9 – (Southern Sacramento and Elk Grove) – Election this Saturday, 1/12 at 10:00 – Bakers Union Hall, 7125 Governors Circle, Sacramento
There is a Labor-Progressive slate running in almost every local district, including Assembly Districts 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9. If you’re not sure which district you are, you can find your State Assembly district here.
We’re pleased to welcome County Supervisor Phil Serna as the guest speaker for our next monthly meeting. Supervisor Serna will be joining us to talk about important local issues at 7:00 p.m. next Wednesday, January 16th. As usual, we’ll be in Room 10 at Sierra2 Center, 2791 24th Street.
Do you miss our postcard parties? You might have thought they were over, but they are not! This year, we’re working with Sister District to help make progress in states that have legislative elections this year, including Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
We’ve reserved a meeting room at First United Methodist Church downtown (corner of 21st and J Street) on the evening of January 24th. More details will be provided as soon as we have them.
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.