We must act NOW to take back Congress.
Join us on September 8 from 10-11:30am for the Santa Cruz Indivisible General Meeting and from 1-5pm for the Blue Wave Volunteer recruitment!
The November 2018 mid-term elections are a few months away. We all share the goal of flipping the House of Representatives from red to blue. But we live in Santa Cruz, possibly the bluest area of California. How can we make a difference in Swing Districts, where we don’t live?
The Democrats need 23 seats to flip the House. There are 14 Republican districts in California. Santa Cruz Indivisible has taken on the job of supporting California’s 21st and 22nd congressional districts, both of which are flippable!
Can’t get involved during the summer? Don’t worry, on September 8th at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, SCI will have a general meeting from 10-11:30 am, followed by a day of Blue Wave volunteer recruitment from 1-5pm. You will be able to take short training sessions about canvassing, phone and text banking, GOTV, and writing postcards to voters. Before you leave you will be able to sign up for any Blue Wave actions that fit your schedule.
There will be continuous training sessions throughout the afternoon!
Feel intimidated about participating or don’t know how to get involved? Don’t! To help guide you we will have continuous, revolving, 20 min. intro sessions to learn how to effectively connect with voters using various electoral tools like: canvassing, writing postcards to voters, phone and text banking. Attend for 20 minutes or two hours, whatever fits your schedule!
This coordinated day of recruitment will be part of The September Swell, a month-long volunteer coordination effort involving other cities in Northern California organized by the NorCal Blue Wave Alliance. So bring your friends and family to learn about all the ways you can get involved in flipping seats.
Together we can DO THIS!!
SCI’s plan is to raise an army of volunteers to take actions that will have the most impact in the midterm elections. Talking to voters is one of the most effective ways to communicate with voters and get them to the polls on election day.
Our SCI District Captains select dates between now and November when our Santa Cruz Indivisible teams of volunteers will visit the district and spend the day canvassing. Once you have signed up for a district, we will contact you to share the details of each canvassing event and coordinate transportation, including carpools. When you arrive in the district, you’ll be given assignments and all the materials you need to have a successful day canvassing.
In the same way that SCI is supporting CA-21 and CA-22, SwingLeft Santa Cruz is supporting California’s 10th congressional district.
Your next step is to select the district you would like to support. Please read the following descriptions, pick a district, then click the link to signup to support the district of your choice.
CA-21 is located in the Central Valley area and includes parts of Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare Counties. The current CA-21 area holds a solid Democratic majority over Republicans but does include a substantial number of decline-to-state and third-party voters. Registration is 41.83% Democrat and 31.42% Republican and 26.75% other (including independent, decline-to-state, and third party). Approximately 27% of families in District 21 live below the poverty line. Their congressional representative, David Valadao, has consistently voted against their interests on CHIP, SNAP, and the ACA. Valadao has served as the congressional representative in District 21 since 2012 and he currently votes almost 100% of the time with Donald Trump, despite representing a majority democratic district.”
CA-22 consists of the eastern portion of Fresno County and includes cities and communities along the Highway I-99 corridor. This includes the city of Visalia in Tulare County and Clovis in Fresno County. There are a lot of families struggling to make ends meet in CA-22 – people who have been neglected by their Congressman. Nunes has served as CA-22’s representative since 2013. He has consistently received around 61-72% of the vote in that district, while his Democratic challenger received around 28-38% of the vote. Registration in CA-22 is 42% Republican, 33% Democrat, and 25% other (decline-to-state or 3rd party).
CA-22 Billboard Campaign
Silence = Acceptance. Vote Nunes Out!
To further increase visibility in CA-22, SCI is working on a billboard campaign. Read more about the campaign and then please consider donating and help us reach our goals and bring awareness to voters in CA-22.
CA-21 and CA-22 Other Election Activities:
Voter Registration, Phone and Text Banking
There are other election activities that need volunteers. Check out our Upcoming Events Calendar for more information and how to participate!
California Districts Supported by SC Indivisible in the 2018 Mid-term Elections
|Current Representative||David Valadao||Devin Nunes|
|Democratic Candidate||TJ Cox||Andrew Janz|
|Composition||Centered in the San Joaquin Valley, and includes areas of Fresno County, Kern County, Kings County, and Tulare County||Centered in the San Joaquin Valley, in Fresno and Tulare counties|
|Cities||Coalinga, Delano, Hanford, and outer parts of Bakersfield and Fresno||Most of eastern Fresno, as well as all of Clovis, Tulare, and Visalia|
|Campaign headquarters address||2447 McCal Ave, Selma||2519 W. Shaw #107, Fresno
1528 S. Mooney Blvd, Visalia
|Miles from Santa Cruz||141.0 mile||150.5 mile|
|Travel time from Santa Cruz||2 hour 23 minutes||2 hour 32 minutes|
|Important local issues||Healthcare,Jobs||Water,Healthcare, Jobs|
|Canvassing goals||-Get out the vote, mobilize Democrats
-Increase name recognition for TJ Cox
-Get commitments from voters to vote for TJ Cox in November
-Inform voters that TJ Cox has set up health clinics in District 21 and wants to bring jobs to the area
-Inform voters that Republican Valadao votes against the ACA and with Trump almost 100% of the time
|Projections||The district is predominantly Democrat and voted for Hillary in 2016 – this is considered a close race!||With polls currently reporting at 49% Nunes and 41% Janz and with 4 months until the general, there is a great window of time to close this gap before November. Increases in Democratic primary turnout indicate this will be a close race.|
Beyond the Mid-Terms
The midterm elections will come and go. Our commitment to preserve our democracy and keep our elected officials accountable is ongoing. We are also working to develop a vibrant, lasting NorCal infrastructure to help win and maintain progressive majorities at every level of government. Watch this space past the mid-terms….