Andrew’s Actions | 2020: This Is Our Year

Andrew’s Actions is a part of Santa Cruz Indivisible and was formerly known as Indivisible Santa Cruz before the groups merged. Look here for archived emails.

In December, I went on a trip and nothing important happened in politics.  Just kidding.  The House voted to impeach Trump.  And Trump handled the situation with dignity and class.  Just kidding.  He ranted on Twitter, ordered a rocket strike on a senior Iranian military official, and now we may be (who knows?!?!) on the brink of Iran.  Sadly, this is no joke.

Republicans in the Senate have publicly admitted to coordinating with the White House about the impeachment trial to be held in the Senate.  This means that about half of the jurors in the impeachment trial are coordinating with the defendant.  This is not good for the rule of law or the idea that no person is above the law.  

Because Senate Republicans are so firmly supportive of Trump and do not even want to hold a real trial (with witnesses and live evidence), despite the constitutional mandate to do so, the odds that Trump will be convicted and removed from the presidency by the Senate are incredibly small.  The best chance we have to get Trump out of office is to vote him out in November.  In order to do that, we’re going to need to work hard, especially in the small number of states that are likely to be highly competitive, such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina.

Thankfully, there are a high number of highly qualified candidates willing and able to defeat Trump.  We have people with lots of political experience, business experience, military experience, legal experience, and each candidate has better plans, priorities, morals, character, and ethics than Trump.  The Democratic nominee will better protect the environment, reduce pollution and emissions, increase health care coverage and care while reducing costs, protect LGTBQIA rights, reduce family separations at the border, stop the wasteful and bigoted border wall construction, increase diplomacy, decrease belligerent military operations, and so much more.  The difference between Trump and the eventual Democratic nominee on every important issue is stark. Trump will almost certainly have more money.  He’s been raising money since his inauguration in 2017 and hasn’t had to deal with a competitive primary.  We need to have more energy and passion.  We need to win.  Let’s get to work.

You can start today by calling our senators and demanding that they require a fair Senate impeachment trial.  A fair trial will ensure that the American people see the evidence against Trump for ourselves.  We deserve to know as much as possible about Trump coercing foreign governments to publicly announce investigations into his political rivals in exchange for taxpayer-funded, congressionally-appropriated military aid. 

You can also donate to candidates in swing/flippable states/districts/senate races and organizations doing this work, such as Indivisible, Fair Fight, Swing Left, Run For Something, Emily’s List, etc.
 

Senator Feinstein’s SF office number is (415) 393-0707.

Senator Harris’s DC office line is (202) 224-3553. Senator Harris has a new SF office.  Here’s the info:
333 Bush Street, Suite 3225
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (415) 981 – 9369

Jimmy Panetta’s Santa Cruz office line is (831) 429-1976 and his DC office line is (202) 225-2861.

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/representatives/find/

You can find your state representative and links to contact information: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/   (Also, one of the benefits of lobbying state representatives is that they have closer offices than senators so you can go in and speak to their staff and convey how important issues are to them)

333 Bush Street, Suite 3225
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (415) 981 – 9369

Recent News and Upcoming Events

There is an rally against potential war with Iran tonight, Thursday, January 9th at the town clock downtown at 5:00 pm.  More information here: https://www.santacruzindivisible.org/event/rally-no-war-w-iran/

There are a number of local events coming up to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  There is a youth day event starting at noon on Saturday, January 18th at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, a gospel night that evening at the Resource Center for Nonviolence beginning at 7:00 pm, and a march on Monday, January 20th at 10 am starting at the corner of Cathcart St. and Pacific Ave.  More information on each of these events can be found here: https://www.santacruzindivisible.org/event/march-weekend-of-celebrations-martin-luther-king-jr/

There are lots of wonderful candidates running for the Democratic nomination to be President.  Defeating Trump will be our most important task since Indivisible was founded.  If you want to help support the eventual nominee you can donate to the Unify or Die Fund that was put together by Swing Left and Crooked Media.  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/unify-or-die?refcode=sl_home_getinvolvedtile&_ga=2.39164778.875369237.1552595994-946932423.1551898346

Fair Fight 2020 is Stacy Abram’s group that is working to ensure fair elections for 2020 (and beyond).  They’re working to ensure voters aren’t improperly purged and that as many eligible can vote as possible.  You can donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/fair-fight–inc–1?refcode=website

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Long-Term Action

Here’ are two great sites about opportunities to turn other areas blue: http://www.norcalbluewave.org/

Swing Left has a lot of volunteer activities in our nearest swing district (CA-10).  Here’s a calendar of events: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-10/calendar   Here is a local Swing Left Facebook group (run by an SCI member) that has a lot of great activities we can participate in: https://www.facebook.com/groups/418194328530882/

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.com/download-the-guide  It has a lot of good, important information in it.  Also, there’s been some activity/suggestions that contradict it and although we may deviate from it in some ways, we’re going to try to focus our efforts (at least initially) on the things it suggests, which are mostly about our representatives and focusing on visits, calls, and letters rather than emails/petitions.  Thanks.

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 merge

Resources

Here are archived emails: https://us15.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=d4a4051872bbb131ee1396b37&id=a572c507d0

Here is our playbook, the Indivisible Guide: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/ 

Here is the group website:  http://santacruzindivisible.org/

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/groups/santacruzindivisible/

The email address for this action newsletter is indivisiblesantacruz@gmail.com

Here is contact information for Senator Harris: https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

Here is contact information for Senator Feinstein: http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Here is contact information for Rep. Panetta: https://panetta.house.gov/contact

Here is contact information for Rep. Eshoo: https://eshoo.house.gov/contact/

If you need to look up your House representative, click here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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.org/

Move On is a great source of information and advocacy: http://front.moveon.org/

Fair Fight, led by Stacey Abrams, is working to ensure fair elections and voting rights: https://fairfight.com/

Run For Something helps recruit and train new progressive candidates to run for office: https://runforsomething.net/

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-have-a-podcast-78ee56b5a323#.nji4mg4b6 https://getcrookedmedia.com/pod-save-the-world-7cc67d64dd56#.y48jh0htz

Here are sites that allow you to track federal legislation: https://www.govtrack.us/
https://www.congress.gov/  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/about/