Andrew’s Actions | CA Secretary of State Event This Friday!

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We have our event with CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla and County Clerk Gail Pellerin this Friday, August, 31 at 7:00 pm at the Rio Theatre. It’s free and you can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-our-secretary-of-state-and-our-county-clerk-tickets-46916447357?mc_cid=59496dab56&mc_eid=7e67d3d5a5
Hope to see you there!

It’s less than 10 weeks until the election. It’s time to make sure all of our friends and family are registered and planning to vote, especially our friends and family who live in states/districts with Republican representatives. I recently heard about a woman who had trouble finding medical services because she lives in a state where that has passed many laws that make it difficult on medical providers who provide services to women (I’m purposefully being vague to retain confidentiality). Luckily, the woman has resources and lives near a big city. Many others aren’t so lucky. We need to make sure everyone knows what’s on the line for this election and gets to the polls. Please schedule some time in the next 9+ weeks to canvass, call,

Congress is not in session, but hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are scheduled to begin next week. Please continue to call senators and people who live in states with senators who haven’t taken a public stance on the issue. Every senators should vote against making a lifetime appointment for a president who is being investigated for potentially committing multiple felonies to win his seat and who may rely on that justice to avoid the consequences of his actions.

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

Senator Harris’s DC office line is (202) 224-3553.

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)

Recent News and Upcoming Events

Good environmental news: the California legislature passed a bill that will require California, the fifth largest economy in the world, to obtain all of its electricity from clean sources by 2045 and increase the percentage of electricity obtained from clean sources by 2030. When the federal government is doing so much to promote pollution and carbon emissions, it’s especially important that large states and cities work to make a healthier, safer, better world for us and future generations.

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-renewable-energy-goal-bill-20180828-story.html

Santa Cruz Indivisible’s second California Leadership Series event: a conversation with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin is now going to be on Friday, August, 31 at 7:00 pm at the Rio Theatre. It’s free and you can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-our-secretary-of-state-and-our-county-clerk-tickets-46916447357?mc_cid=59496dab56&mc_eid=7e67d3d5a5

SCI is having a general meeting and blue wave recruitment event on Saturday, September 8th at the Civic Auditorium. Click here for more information:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sci-general-meeting-and-blue-wave-recruitment-event-tickets-48548983316

The California primary elections are over. There is a Democrat in every swing seat. It’s our job to get voters registered and ready to vote for all of the great Democratic candidates so we can take back Congress. Talk to friends. Talk to family. Canvass. Phone bank. Volunteer. Donate. Let’s do it.

SCI is doing canvasses in CA-21. Click here for more: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pD4q6a4_n8Jsg6of7yDWM6Iw0W9pLCLDTI00qTnoQWA/viewform?edit_requested=true

Swing Left Santa Cruz is doing regular canvasses for CA-10 Democratic House candidate Josh Harder. Sign up to carpool here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLxiHif_oJm_UwMVS2YLR6i_Np6wMftxA81JPSWLf_A_0NpA/viewform

Here’s a way to donate to all of the California House swing districts that Democrats are targeting: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/crookedeight#rl1

On Sundays from 3:00 – 6:00 pm, SCI is putting on efforts to turn CA-21 blue. Check it out: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Rvq53cJrlZx_W7rDVcNtrcGccT5EKuczbvPcwl1SRQM/viewform?edit_requested=true

If you’re getting this email then you’ve signed up for our Mail Chimp campaign. Thank you. Many people have signed up but many more who were on the old list haven’t. Please tell those you know in the group to sign up. Here’s a link you can send them: http://eepurl.com/cDkAUX

Long-Term Action

Many people are excited to help outside our blue district/state. We can start now.

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 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/

The DCCC has launched an effort to take back the House in 2018. You can sign up to help here: http://action.dccc.org/petition/march-into-18

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/

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/