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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.

There is a lot of bad news out there.  Many areas of the country and the world are being devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thankfully for us in Santa Cruz County, we are doing pretty well so far at avoiding the massive outbreaks other areas have seen.  https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/04/10/coronavirus-santa-cruz-countys-case-curve-among-the-very-best-in-state/  It’s likely a combination of early social distancing, complying with orders, and luck.  But let’s keep it going and not let up on social distancing too early and allow for a secondary surge in cases. 

Sadly, in a truly disgusting display of disregard for human life and democracy, Republicans in Wisconsin and on the Supreme Court forced an election to be held on Tuesday rather than allowing it to be postponed (and allowing more time for absentee ballots to be sent and returned) as the governor, who happens to be a Democrat, wanted to do.  Because many poll workers are older, a demographic hard hit by COVID-19 and were reasonably fearful for their safety, many would-be volunteers declined to participate, causing a massive reduction in polling locations.  The entire city of Milwaukee went from a usual number of 180 polling locations to 5.  This led to massive lines.  So when people should have been at home waiting for an absentee ballot they were stuck in line near people who may have COVID-19 (or couldn’t participate in the democratic process).  Oh, and storm happened to roll through, causing people in hours-long lines to wait in rain and hail.  The Republican Speaker of the Wisconsin House, who fought to keep the election from being postponed, claimed that going to the polls was safe while wearing a surgical mask, surgical gown, and gloves–all things that should have been donated to medical workers who need that crucial PPE because the Trump administration has failed to provide supplies to our hospitals and medical clinics.  https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/491659-wisconsin-gop-speaker-defends-state-holding-election-while-wearing  And why did the Republicans want to hold the election so badly and depress turnout?  Because in addition to the Democratic primary, there was also an election for a state supreme court seat.  Wisconsin has one of the most gerrymandered maps in the US and these Republicans know that when they can’t win during free elections, they need to try to suppress votes and stack courts.  Election results aren’t expected until Monday.

What is really sad and disappointing is that the response to a pandemic should not be partisan at all.  All public officials should want to save lives and keep their constituents safe and healthy.  It’s a really good way to become popular and have people vote for you!  Governors Cuomo and Newsom are earning high marks for their leadership, as is Republican Governor of Ohio Mike Dewine, who delayed a scheduled March 17 primary election date until early June and set early social distancing protocols.  It’s really disappointing to see so many Republicans, however, like Trump, Pence, and so many others fail to prepare, dismiss scientists, and lie, all of which put people at risk and hurts the economy even more than if they had prepared, listened to scientists, and told the truth.  

The debacle in Wisconsin shows how much we need vote-by-mail in all states for the November elections.  Hopefully, it will be safe to congregate in large numbers by then, but that is far from assured.  We need every state to prepare for elections to be done completely by mail.  The states that are not used to running such elections need funding to prepare for that and they need it now.

We need Democrats in Congress to pass a massive bill that includes these protections for democracy and increases stimulus for individuals, hospitals, state and local governments, and small businesses.  We can’t allow Republicans to get the stimulus they want without safeguards for free and fair elections.  As much as stimulus is needed, democracy is more important for the long-term health of our country than short-term spending.

Please call our representatives and respectfully ask that they only pass stimulus bills if they have already passed funding for all states to implement vote by mail (and requiring them to do so in order to get stimulus funds) or include such pro-democracy funding in a larger bill.

A lot of people are now facing food insecurity.  If you’d like to donate to the local Second Harvest Food Bank, here’s a link if you’d like to do so as well:
https://www.giveffect.com/checkout/4360

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

Earlier this week, Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign, making Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee.  For many of us, Joe Biden was not our first choice out of the Democratic primary.  Regardless, it’s important that we all support him.  All of his positions, policies, and personnel will be infinitely better than Trump’s.  Biden will be better on healthcare, the environment, abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrants’ rights, student debt reform, nominating federal judges, and so much more.  Biden released a nice statement after Bernie dropped out, https://www.axios.com/joe-biden-bernie-sanders-statement-8c1c7005-40e5-4b1a-93ed-8d0d973abd2f.html, and appears to be making real attempts to woo more progressive supporters.  Biden recently announced a plan to lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 60 and bolstered his student debt forgiveness plan: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/09/biden-proposes-plans-on-medicare-and-student-debt-as-job-losses-soar.html  If you don’t want to use your time and energy fighting for Biden, please adopt an important down-ballot race to volunteer for (maybe for the senate races in AZ, GA, or CO).

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 EVENTS AT BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ SCHEDULED SOON AT BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ ARE CANCELLED.
THE DAN PFEIFFER EVENT IS BEING POSTPONED.  When I know of more information, I’ll include it here. 

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

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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/ 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/