Andrew’s Actions | Another Week of Tragedy in the U.S.

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

What a terrible week.  Although COVID-19 continues to kill thousands of Americans a week (and even more around the globe), it’s hard for me to keep my mind off of anything but the senseless killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by police in Minneapolis while he was begging for his life.  George Floyd’s death is one of countless killings by police officers of black people.  Although it happened in March, only recently has more attention been put on the killing of Breonna Taylor, a black EMT who was shot and killed by police officers in Louisville, Kentucky who were attempting to serve a warrant for another person.  Unfortunately, these killings are far from new.  Over the last few years, we mourned the deaths of Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and so many others.

The unprovoked and inexcusable killing of George Floyd has prompted protests across the country, with particularly fervent ones in Minneapolis, which has led to multiple clashes between police and protesters.  Sadly, a black CNN reporter was arrested on air before George Flord’s killer was arrested (Floyd’s killer was arrested a few hours ago and charged with third degree murder).  Sadly, these recent events show that while voting is a good first step, it is not enough.  Minneapolis and Minnesota are run by Democrats.  Trump can be blamed for inflaming tensions (he recently tweeted that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” echoing racists and segregationists of the past, and which should be contrasted with how he has described white supremacist rioters (“very fine people”) and armed protesters closing down government buildings (“very good people”)) but he is not in charge in the city of Minneapolis or state of Minnesota.  We need to elect better district attorneys, sheriffs, mayors, city council members, and other elected officials who will hold police officers accountable and we need to pressure them, via protests if necessary, until they do their jobs correctly. 

There are reports that George Floyd’s killer had over a dozen complaints against him and he may have killed people previously without any discipline against him.  Police officers in the United States are afforded incredible power and are given incredible deference.  But their power cannot and should not be unlimited.  If anything, their power needs to be significantly decreased.  If we can achieve peace and justice through the ballot box, that would be fantastic.  But if not, we will march and protest and demand progress until no person (including and especially people of color who have been historically targeted by police violence) is killed by a police officer because they were accused of forging a check, or selling loose cigarettes, or failing to use a turn signal, or shoplifting, or were in an apartment when a warrant was served.  We must make sure that white supremacy and racism are driven out of our police departments (and the Oval Office). 

Here is a thread of different ways that people can help with respect to Minneapolis:  https://twitter.com/tpwkhollands/status/1265757092473954306

Let’s not forget that the Trump administration has rolled back Department of Justice oversight of police departments.  Trump has also called for police officers to be more violent when arresting people.  Getting him out of office (and getting Mitch McConnell out of the position of Senate Majority Leader) will be an incredible step in making our country better and more fair.

One way to do it is by adopting a state through Vote Save America’s website.  There are training and lots of opportunities for remote actions.  I adopted Arizona.  Please consider adopting a state: https://votesaveamerica.com/states/

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for families worldwide, and Santa Cruz is no exception.  If you’re able, please consider supporting local businesses and/or charitable organizations.  The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County has a local pandemic response fund, which is one great way to help:https://www.cfscc.org/donate/COVID

We have already plenty of opportunities to help with the elections in November by writing post cards, registering voters, and making calls via Indivisible and Swing Left:
https://www.santacruzindivisible.org/events/

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


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

Twitter has started to put informational links near some of Trump’s misleading tweets and to flag at least on of his tweets for advocating violence.  In response, Trump has signed an executive order that could harm Twitter and other social media companies.  Facebook, which has hired many Republican operatives and been very deferential to Trump despite his routine violation of their supposed rules, has not done anything to stop Trump’s disinformation campaigns or calls for violence.  Apparently, this is starting to make some Facebook employees feel bad, and rightfully so.  https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/29/21275044/facebook-trump-tweets-employee-reaction-criticism


The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County has created a fund to help a number of important local nonprofits that will be working to reduce the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic locally.  Read about it here, including how to donate if that interests you:  https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2020/03/20/community-foundation-creates-fund-for-pandemic-relief/

Stay health, be well, and get ready to do some hard work this summer and fall.

ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED FOR NOW.

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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/ 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/