Andrew’s Actions | Community Solidarity While Social Distancing

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.

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the United States, globally, and locally. Major events and businesses have been cancelled or closed. There will be significant economic and health effects here and abroad. It’s important to stay calm but also do what we can to help each other during an unprecedented situation.

I’m not a health care professional, but from what I’ve read here is some consistent advice from experts: social distance as much as possible (limit exposure to public places and work from home if possible), wash your hands often, sanitize public surfaces, don’t go into the public if you’re sick, cover your mouth when you cough and wash your hands immediately afterwards.  The data coming out of other countries indicate that COVID-19 is particularly harmful for those who are old and/or have underlying medical conditions.  If you are vulnerable to COVID-19, please be especially cautious.  If you need help getting food or other necessities, please don’t be too proud to reach out for help.  You can always email me by responding to this email and I or someone else in the SCI community will do our best to help you.  If you are not especially vulnerable to COVID-19, please take the recommended precautions anyway.  Even if you may be fine regardless, it’s important to stop or slow the spread of the virus so our most vulnerable people and hospitals do not get overwhelmed with patients. The stories coming out of Italy (and other places being hit hard like Iran) are incredibly tragic and something we want to avoid.

While it’s important to social distance now, it’s also important that we look out for the most vulnerable in our community.  Jobs are already being lost and businesses being severely affected.  If you can safely patronize local businesses, please do so (authorities recommend getting take out rather than eating at restaurants).  If you can afford to donate money, please consider donating to worthy organizations that will be helping those most in need (food insecurity will be a particular problem as schools close for those who rely on them for meals).  If you are a business owner or manager, please require your employees to work from home if your business allows it.  We can and will get through this together, but we must stick together.


Yesterday my family donated 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

The Trump administration continues to bungle the response to COVID-19.  There still aren’t enough tests (if you’re a professional basketball player, don’t worry you’ll get tested ASAP but the US doesn’t have enough tests, unlike every other industrialized nation, because Trump and the CDC refused test kits from the WHO and did not order enough supplies when they had the opportunity to do so).  Trump and his administration officials continue to lie to the public about the seriousness of the disease and our testing capabilities (Trump said that everyone who wanted to get a test could yet doctors and nurses are begging for tests for their patients and are unable to get them).  Steady leaders are needed during uncertain times and we have perhaps the furthest thing from steady leadership.  Trump gave an Oval Office address that was so disconcerting that the stock futures market plummeted during and after his speech. The past 3 years have made it abundantly clear that we need to get Trump out of office.  The past 3 weeks have made it abundantly clear that getting Trump out of office (and getting Democratic majorities in the House and Senate) is a matter of life and death. 

The House, led by Speaker Pelosi is working on a bill that will provide, among other things, free testing, paid leave for those affected, and funding for meals, SNAP benefits, and food banks.  A functioning Congress would have passed this bill already (a functioning country would already have these protections in place), but Speaker Pelosi has to deal with Mitch McConnell, who let the Senate leave work for the weekend despite the obvious emergency of this pandemic, and Trump, who only cares about himself and reduced testing because he didn’t want the number of positive cases to go up because it might look bad for him (even though it will lead to more people getting sick and dying).  And in case you missed it yesterday, Representative Katie Porter (who got elected for the first time in 2018 in a previously Republicans House seat in Orange County) used her time at a House hearing to get a high-level Trump administration official to commit to making testing free for all Americans.  https://twitter.com/RepKatiePorter/status/1238147835859779584  Rep. Porter is the kind of representative we need; she’s intelligent, hard working, and cares about people (not just donors).  She got a big boost from Indivisible and Swing Left.  She is why we do what we do.

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?refcode=sl_home_getinvolvedtile&_ga=2.39164778.875369237.1552595994-946932423.1551898346

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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/


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/