Andrew’s Actions | Democrats Win Big: Blue Wave 2019!


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.


Yesterday voters across the country rejected Trumpism. Voters flipped the Virginia House and Senate from being Republican controlled to Democrat controlled. Now Democrats control Virginia, the current home of the NRA and former home of the Confederacy, and they can ensure fair maps for the decade, protect health care expansion, approve the Equal Rights Amendment, enact gun safety legislation, and so much more. Voters in ruby red Kentucky rejected incumbent GOP governor and Trump sycophant Matt Bevin and appear to have elected Democrat Andy Beshear (we need to keep an eye on this because Republican legislators in Kentucky are trying to steal the election for Bevin). The apparent Democratic win is especially funny because Trump just held a rally in Kentucky and essentially begged voters to elect Bevin and said that he would look bad if Bevin lost. Elsewhere, including in parts of suburban Pennsylvania that voted for Trump, Democrats won in state and local races. These results show that hard work pays off. Groups like Indivisible, Swing Left, Flippable, Emily’s List, Run For Something, and so many others poured time and effort into recruiting and supporting great candidates. When we compete, we win. Let’s keep it! We’re not done with 2019 elections. Louisiana has its runoff for governor in 10 days (on a Saturday) and it is very important to help protect Democrat John Bel Edward’s role. And if we work hard the first 11 months of 2020, we will sweep Trump out of office with a resounding blue wave.

Of course, elections aren’t the only thing going on. This morning Adam Schiff announced that the impeachment inquiry will hold its first public hearings next week. This is an important opportunity for the public to learn more about what Trump and his administration were doing in withholding appropriated funds from Ukraine while asking for Ukraine to publicly announce an investigation into Hunter Biden. If the testimony is as damning as many expect it to be, it will be important to educate voters across the country about Trump’s betrayal of the American people.


Local action events can be found here: https://www.swingleftbayarea.org/santa-cruz and here: https://www.santacruzindivisible.org/events/

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


Two upcoming SCI events:

Home Is Here Rally: With the fate of DACA now in the hands of the Supreme Court, hundreds of thousands of people could lose their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. It’s time to put an end to this fear and uncertainty and show the Supreme Court that DACA recipients and immigrant families aren’t going anywhere — because their #HomeIsHere.  Join us on November 8 and demand the Court protect DACA recipients and all immigrants.  Help us keep families together.   Will we see you there?  RSVP by clicking HERE

Veteran’s Day Event: Come join our community’s Veterans as we celebrate Veterans Day at the Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building and honor all who served.  On Monday November 11th we will be hosting entertaining live music, influential Veteran speakers, and delicious food and drink from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm at 842 Front Street in Santa Cruz.  This is a free, family friendly event.  Come one, come all to honor our community’s Service Members.  Want to help out at the event? Use our sign up form to let us know.  CLICK HERE to sign up. 


Here are two interesting articles on yesterday’s elections: https://www.vox.com/2019/11/5/20949741/winners-and-losers-election-night-2019  and https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/11/6/20950321/virginia-election-results-2019-hashmi-simonds-2020


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


Almost as important as defeating Trump will be to win state legislative seats for the upcoming redistricting after the 2020 census.  Here is a fund that will go to the eventual Democratic nominees running for the most critical, winnable state-level seats in 2019 and 2020.  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/flippablestatesfund?refcode=sl_topnav

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Long-Term Action


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 merge


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/