Santa Cruz Indivisible Issue Teams help us understand issues that affect us all. With that understanding, we can all take action and make a difference
Issue teams will:
- Focus on surfacing the real information about an Issue.
- Identify the moving parts of the Issue and its’ participants.
- Identify the Actions necessary to apply leverage to the situation to achieve the desired outcome.
- Inform the SCI community of actions they can take and events they can attend.
- Amplify the situation and necessary actions and events, through SCI Press and/or Social Media support
Active Issue Teams
Democratic Process Reform
The Voter Suppression team is interested in revealing the many obstacles that government has put into effect in this country to keep people from voting. To this end we compiled a report on Crosscheck, Kris Kobach, and the President’s Voter Integrity Commission (now defunct).
We have spread our information on Crosscheck to representatives of Indivisible in the 27 states where the Crosscheck software is used. The ACLU has an online map that lists for each state, the laws that have been put into effect (i.e. voter i.d) to make it difficult for people to vote. They don’t list the more subtle obstacles, such as decreasing the hours of and the number of voting places in low-income neighborhoods.
Currently, we are concentrating our efforts on taking back the House of Representatives, and so are knocking on doors and having conversations in districts that have the potential to be flipped from red to blue.
Every working family struggles with four job-related challenges that make inequality worse: acquiring skills, decent starting pay, compensation growth that keeps us with family expenses, and job security. If you want to tool up or retool in school for a new job, you go into debt. You are lucky to find decent pay for the hardest entry-level jobs. Pay no longer keeps up with costs. And tax breaks for investment drive employers to automate more jobs like yours every year.
We must avoid the mistakes of the Occupy Movement, however, by offering tangible solutions to the workplace challenges underlying income and wealth inequality, not just pointing out the problem. What the status quo and the Republican agenda delivers, in the words of Oxfam International, is “wage stagnation, insecure jobs, and a widening gap between the haves and the have-nots. The challenge is to build a positive alternative—not one that increases divisions.”
Education & Children
Environmental Affairs & Science
Finding Common Ground
We are interested in successfully communicating across divides with individuals and groups that have different points of view. (We have set up training in Communicating Across Divides in conjunction with the Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County. We are currently developing a project called Campaigning Across Divides to help activists have successful interactions while canvassing. In addition, we are setting up opportunities to engage in Living Room Conversations. These are round table discussions on various topics of political interest with participants from all over the country, many holding different points of view. We do these conversations via the Internet and in person.)
Links for further exploration:
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis This book has been a very interesting read. I would like to set up a book club and start with this book. This is a link to the book at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Don’t buy the book on Amazon (Who cares if it may or may not be a few $ more, if we don’t support our local independent bookstores, they won’t be around any more. Bookshop Santa Cruz is a particularly excellent independent bookstore that does a tremendous amount for the local community. So, buy the book there.)
Health & Social Security
Misson: Make California a Single-payer healthcare state. Support and advocate the implementation of CA Single-Payer legislation – currently SB562.
SB 562 Healthy California Act Website:
SB 562 Healthy California Act Facebook Page:
Additional resources and information about single payer healthcare:
Healthcare Models Around the World:
Human & Civil Rights
Mission: We are committed to racial justice and equality. We will advocate for black lives through education and justice reform.
Accomplishments:Our team collaborated with the local NAACP to organize and sponsor the MLK march; which was a huge Santa Cruz Indivisible success. Our involvement was a result of our outreach to our new Chief of Police, Andy Mills.
Reproductive Justice Meeting Group
1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month 8:15 – 9:30 PM
Divinitree Yoga and Arts Studio: 1043b Water Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Reproductive justice is the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, and economic well-being of women and girls, based on the full achievement and protection of women’s human rights. Mirroring the work of SisterSong, this Indivisible group will use anti-violent frameworks to examine the ways structural issues like choice, affordable abortion access, family planning, transitional care, and bodily autonomy are affected by race, class, immigration status, gender identity, sexuality, and ability. Through research, meetings, and collaboration with a variety of local and national organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Center for Reproductive Rights, Anti Violence Project, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, UltraViolet, RAINN, SeaChange, NARAL, Black Lives Matter, Callen-Lourde Center, and National Latina Institute of Reproductive Health, we will implement strategic actions and agenda items to disrupt oppressive tactics that limit and distort women’s access to physical, reproductive, and behavioral health care.
Reproductive Justice: An Introduction
(Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century) 1st Edition by
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
Paperback – December 29, 1998 by Dorothy Roberts
Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice
Paperback – May 10, 2016 by Jael Silliman (Author), Marlene Gerber Fried (Author), Loretta Ross (Author), Elena Gutiérrez(Author)
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade
Paperback – June 26, 2007 by Ann Fessler
This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor
Paperback – December 30, 2008 by Susan Wicklund (Author), Alex Kesselheim (Author)
Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement
by Jennifer Nelson (Author)
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights
Paperback – July 28, 2015 by Katha Pollitt (Author)
Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism
1st Edition by David S. Cohen (Author), Krysten Connon (Author)
Fertile Matters: The Politics of Mexican – Origin Women’s Reproduction (Chicana Matters)
by Elena R. Gutiérrez (Author)
Choice and Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare (Gender and American Culture)
1st Edition by Johanna Schoen (Author)
The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World
Paperback – March 30, 2010 by Michelle Goldberg (Author)
Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States
1st Edition by Rickie Solinger (Author)
Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade
2nd Edition by Rickie Solinger (Author), Elaine Tyler May (Foreword)
Policing the National Body: Race, Gender and Criminalization in the United States
1st US – 1st Printing Edition by Anannya Bhattacharjee (Editor), Jael Silliman (Editor)
Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
Paperback – April 24, 2015 by Andrea Smith (Author)
Crow After Roe: How “Separate But Equal” Has Become the New Standard In Women’s Health And How We Can Change That
Paperback – April 30, 2013 by Jessica Mason Pieklo (Author), Robin Marty (Author)
Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement
Paperback – March 26, 2013 by Sarah Erdreich (Author)
The War on Choice: The Right-Wing Attack on Women’s Rights and How to Fight Back
Paperback – April 13, 2004 by Gloria Feldt (Author)
And Baby Makes More
Paperback – October 26, 2010 by Susan Goldberg (Editor), Chloë Brushwood Rose (Editor)
In an endeavor to keep our communities safe from the tragedies caused by gun violence so rampant in communities around our nation, we will support local, state, and federal legislative, executive, and judicial efforts that would tend to promote gun safety and prevent gun violence, and vigorously oppose local, state, and federal legislative, executive, and judicial efforts that jeopardize gun safety.
Excellent resource for data:
“I thought I would put together some gun/gun law FAQs. You’re welcome to research this info further if you like. Every Town is an excellent resource. Of course, if I got anything wrong, please let me know. Some of this is my own opinion (you’ll know those parts). The main opinion I have is that the only people who should own guns are military and people who showcase historical pieces in museums. However, since I know that won’t ever happen, I’ll settle for something better than our current situation. Okay, onto the FAQ.” >>View FAQ
“A well-articulated article from a legal perspective about the constitution and the 2nd amendment. Andrew Ow is a member of SCI and sends out the weekly Andrew’s Actions.”
Mission: To empower and engage the queer community and it’s allies to become more politically active in supporting our social health and safety in coalition with the broader community using fun and creative revelry.
International Relations & Military
Mission: We are addressing the relationships between The U.S. (under new Trump administration) and other nations. Our umbrella broadly covers Trade, Terrorism, UN & NATO, Russia, China, Mexico (immigration), Syria (refugees), Israel and more. Our focus is on areas in which President Trump has either diverged greatly from historical precedent and where the message has been conflicting or unclear.
It’s looking pretty bleak.
Discouraged? Me too. I can’t think of any time in recent history, when circumstances appeared to be so bleak. Our president is a narcissistic racist maniac. He idolizes murderous racist dictators such as Putin, Duterte and Erdogan and is doing his utmost to convert our democracy into a fascist white supremacist dictatorship. With very few exceptions he seems to have the support of the Republican Party.
Does this make you just feel like saying “to hell with it”, ceasing your participation in Indivisible and other anti-Trump activities? It does me, but I won’t.
Why? Because I can’t bring myself to turn away from fighting for what I believe in— the attainment of peace, freedom and justice for all the world’s citizens.
I don’t believe this will ever be attained, but if we give up without trying, we lose the opportunity to what we know is right; to put our beliefs to work to at least create more peace, freedom and justice in the world.
We will forfeit the prospect of more peace if we insist on perfection, proving the quote attributed to Voltaire, “Perfection is the enemy of the good.”
Those who insist on guarantees of success before they participate insure that there will be no change.
We have one other and shared common goals. Let’s keep going. A lot of our brothers and sisters need us.
Co-Leader International Relations Issue Team
Santa Cruz Indivisible
Respond. Resist. Restore.
Media & Information Integrity
Mission: We are focused on taking action to support a free and open press. Because a functioning democracy requires a free press, we see the issue of Trump’s attacks on the press as a threat to our nation. We are going to work to support freedom of the press by:
- Making sure that our elected representatives know that freedom of the press is a critically important issue to their constituents.
- Taking action and speaking out in support of journalists who are doing the hard work of reporting the truth.
- Directly responding to attacks on the press through social media, phone calls and emails.
How to Spot Fake News
10 Best Journalism Movies
Politics: Federal & Trump Admin
Mission: We focus on federal corruption. Our emphasis is impeachable offenses, significant lies, conflicts of interest, unethical conduct, and violating White House norms such as not releasing tax returns or barring news outlets from a press conference. We both identify new actions, which are often obvious due to egregious behavior, and filter actions from other vetted research organizations. A primary focus is identifying “5 minute actions”; for example, calling all three representatives on a single topic like an independent investigation of Russian ties.
Special Counsel Investigation Resource:
The official Web site to the Mueller Investigation
Mission: We specialize in applying the Indivisible Guide tactics to apply pressure to our members of Congress (MoCs) to oppose Trump and promote the progressive agenda. We follow these three principles in accordance with the Indivisible Guide:
- Focus on defense: Resist Trump’s agenda. We believe Trump’s agenda is racist, authoritarian, and corrupt, and it must be stopped.
- Focus on local, defensive congressional advocacy. We demand that our own local Members of Congress serve as our voice in Washington, DC.
- Embrace progressive values. We model inclusion, respect, and fairness in all of our actions.
Politics: State & Local
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