Andrew’s Actions | A Partisan Acquittal, Bipartisan Votes To Convict Trump

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.

This week, after refusing to allow witnesses in Trump’s impeachment “trial,” Republican senators voted to acquit Trump on the impeachment charges brought by the House.  No Democratic senators or independent senators voted to acquit.  All Democratic senators and independent senators voted to convict and even Republican Mitt Romney voted to convict and remove on one of the charges.  If you’ll recall, House member Justin Amash (former Republican and now independent also voted to impeach).  The impeachment and vote to convict were bipartisan.  The acquittal was partisan.

Here is part of Romney’s speech:

“The President asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival.

The President withheld vital military funds from that government to press it to do so.

The President delayed funds for an American ally at war with Russian invaders.

The President’s purpose was personal and political.

Accordingly, the President is guilty of an appalling abuse of the public trust.

I am aware that there are people in my party and in my state who will strenuously disapprove of my decision, and in some quarters, I will be vehemently denounced. I am sure to hear abuse from the President and his supporters. Does anyone seriously believe I would consent to these consequences other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it of me?”

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/05/mitt-romney-impeachment-vote-speech-transcript-110849

Romney showed courage that has been sorely lacking from elected Republican officials during the Trump era.  Plenty of Democrats in vulnerable seats showed courage, too.  Moderates Joe Manchin (of Trump-loving West Virginia) and Kyrsten Sinema (of Arizona) voted to convict.  Doug Jones from deep red Alabama also voted to convict.  Jones’ vote is particularly brave because he is up for election this year.

Here are excerpts from a statement released by Senator Jones on his votes to convict:

“These solemn oaths have been my guides during what has been a difficult time for our country, for my state, and for me personally. I did not run for Senate hoping to participate in the impeachment trial of a duly-elected President, but I cannot and will not shrink from my duty to defend the Constitution and to do impartial justice.

Having done my best to see through the fog of partisanship, I am deeply troubled by the arguments put forth by the President’s lawyers in favor of virtually unchecked presidential power. In this case, the evidence clearly proves the President used the weight of his office and that of the United States government to seek to coerce a foreign government to interfere in our election for his personal political benefit. The President’s actions placed his personal interests well above the national interests and threatened the security of the United States, our allies in Europe, and our ally Ukraine. His actions were more than simply inappropriate. They were an abuse of power. With impeachment as the only check on such presidential wrongdoing, I felt I must vote to convict on the first charge of abuse of power.”
https://www.jones.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/senator-doug-jones-statement-on-impeachment-decision
 
If you would like to donate to Doug Jones and thank him for his bravery and principles you can do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jones-homepage1?refcode=ws02

Now that Trump has been acquitted, we know for certain that the only way to get him out of office soon is to vote him out.  It’s not going to be easy, but we can do it if we start now and stay organized and energized.  There are already plenty of opportunities to write post cards, register voters, and make calls via Indivisible and Swing Left:
https://www.santacruzindivisible.org/events/

https://www.swingleftbayarea.org/santa-cruz

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

I know that this may be shocking to some but the Trump Org has been charging taxpayers incredibly high rates for Trump administration travel and lying about it.  We’d know even more but the secret service has failed to disclose spending amounts as required by law.  This administration is, among many other things, incredibly corrupt and needs to be voted out in November.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/secret-service-has-paid-rates-as-high-as-650-a-night-for-rooms-at-trumps-properties/2020/02/06/7f27a7c6-3ec5-11ea-8872-5df698785a4e_story.html

Santa Cruz Indivisible is holding a Call to Action meeting on Wednesday, February 19th at 6 pm at the Cruzio building downtown, 877 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.  Please come and help us ride a blue wave this fall!  https://www.santacruzindivisible.org/event/2020-call-to-action/


Dan Pfeiffer of Pod Save America is coming to Santa Cruz on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm for an event co-sponsored by Santa Cruz Indivisible.  Ticket information for this great event is here: https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/untrumping
This is just one of many events we will be doing this year in conjunction with Bookshop Santa Cruz.



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

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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 merged.

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/