It’s not much of a shock that given who is in control in DC that there has not been any progress on national gun safety legislation or protecting Dreamers. The good news is that Florida, despite opposition from the NRA and super lobbyist Marion Hammer, passed some gun safety laws. Other states have also passed gun safety laws. California, which already has some of the strongest gun safety laws in the country, appears to be on track to enact even more protections. Let’s tell our representatives how important it is to us that they work on gun safety and DACA legislation. The more we push them, the harder they’ll push for solutions.
Senator Feinstein’s SF office number is (415) 393-0707.
Senator Harris’s DC office line is (202) 224-3553.
Anna Eshoo’s local district office line is (831) 335-2020.
If you need to look up your House representative, check here:http://www.house.gov/
You can find your state representative and links to contact information: http://findyourrep.
Recent News and Upcoming Events
Two weeks ago, I wrote about Vista Outdoor owning assault rifle and ammunition companies as well as brands like Giro and CamelBak. Last week, I wrote about Dick’s Sporting Goods taking steps to limit who can purchase guns in their stores and calling on legislators to outlaw assault rifles (or modern sporting rifles or whatever you want to call them). Since then, even more companies have taken gun safety stances. REI, the large outdoor retailer, announced that they have placed a hold on future orders of Vista Outdoors products. Walmart has raised the age for gun purchases in its stores. How and where we spend our dollars can influence businesses and public policy. In addition to calling our representatives, let’s use the power of our wallets to make a better, safer, more equitable world.
On March 10, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm there is going to be a phone bank for the upcoming special election in PA-18. The phone bank is at 740 Front Street #165. Bring a computer/tablet and phone and RSVP here:
On Tuesday, March 13, 2018 there are Wine and Sign SCI events around the county. Check out the website for more info and to register: http://santacruzindivisible.
On March 18, 2018, there will be canvassing in Tracy (CA-10), the closest swing district to us. Sign up here:
On March 24, 2018, at 9:00 am, there will be a local march (Pacific Ave and Water St) in conjunction with March For Our Lives, which is being organized by the students of Stoneman Douglas High Shool in Parkland, Florida. [Note: SCI is not sponsoring this event]
If you’re getting this email then you’ve signed up for our Mail Chimp campaign. Thank you. Many people have signed up but many more who were on the old list haven’t. Please tell those you know in the group to sign up. Here’s a link you can send them:http://eepurl.com/cDkAUX
Many people are excited to help outside our blue district/state. We can start now.
Swing Left has a lot of volunteer activities in our nearest swing district (CA-10). Here’s a calendar of events: https://swingleft.org/
For New Members
New members, welcome!
When making calls, be sure to identify yourself with your address so you get marked down correctly and please mention Santa Cruz Indivisible so our influence grows.
Please invite friends and family to join. We want to build the largest group possible to ensure that our voices are heard and our officials represent us.
For those of you who haven’t read the Indivisible Guide, please read it:https://www.indivisibleguide.
There have been a number of questions about petitions and emails to national politicians. If possible, please focus (per the Indivisible Guide) on our representatives and providing local pressure. Our priority list of actions is (1) in-person, (2) live phone call, (3) voicemail, (4) letter, (5) email, (6) petition.
Andrew’s Actions is a part of Santa Cruz Indivisible and was formerly known as Indivisible Santa Cruz before the groups merged.
Here is our playbook, the Indivisible Guide: https://www.indivisibleguide.
Here is the group website: http://santacruzindivisible.
Here is a new site from Indivisible dedicated building power in each congressional district:https://indivisible435.org/
Here is our Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/
The email address for this action newsletter is email@example.com
Here is contact information for Senator Harris: https://www.harris.senate.gov/
Here is contact information for Senator Feinstein: http://www.feinstein.senate.
Here is contact information for Rep. Panetta: https://panetta.house.gov/
Here is contact information for Rep. Eshoo: https://eshoo.house.gov/
If you need to look up your House representative, click here: http://www.house.gov/
The DCCC has launched an effort to take back the House in 2018. You can sign up to help here: http://action.dccc.org/
Swing Left allows you to find your nearest swing district to help turn the map blue:https://swingleft.org/
Daly Action will text you alerts if you like (or follow them on Twitter): https://dailyaction.org/
Let America Vote is a group started by Jason Kander to protect voting rights:https://www.letamericavote.
Move On is a great source of information and advocacy: http://front.moveon.org/
Flippable is working on flipping red state government seats to blue ones:https://www.flippable.org/
Pod Save America and Pod Save the World are my favorite political podcasts:https://getcrookedmedia.com/
Here’s a great project from member Emily Coren: Ever have too much kids art? Not sure what to do with it? Send it to Congress! Come participate in positive civic engagement through art. It’s simple! We are decorating postcards with art and mailing them to our representatives. If you want to learn new art skills, make new friends and teach our kids how to constructively participate in civics then come join us. To learn more about the project go to: https://kidsartcongress.com/