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Earlier this week, a jury found former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty of 8 federal crimes, including failing to pay millions of dollars in taxes. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to 8 counts, including a violation of federal election law; in his plea, Cohen said that he committed the crime at the request and direction of President Trump (making Trump an unindicted co-conspirator). On the same day, Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) and his wife (and former campaign manager) were indicted for a huge scheme of federal election finance laws. The indictment alleges that, among other things, the Hunters illegally used campaign funds to pay for trips to Europe, a flight for their pet bunny, 30 shots of liquor, and their lies about the expenses included saying funds spent buying swimwear for a Hawaiian vacation were used for a Wounded Warriors charity. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hunter was the second member of Congress to endorse Trump (the first was indicted for insider trading a few weeks ago). Trump is now praising Manafort for his refusal to testify and saying that it should be illegal for people to flip. It’s really hard to state how incredible it is that the President of the United States, the leader of the executive branch, would say it should be illegal for participants in crimes to testify against their co-conspirators. Despite the incredible amount of evidence of wrongdoing by Trump and his closest team, Republicans in Congress, who are responsible for government oversight, have refused to provide any meaningful oversight of the many crimes committed by those in the Trump campaign and administration. The only way to stop it is to flip the House and/or the Senate in November so Democrats will have the power to investigate the incredible number of crimes and ethical breaches that are plaguing our country. Let’s get to it.

Trump, his campaign, his company, and his family are in serious legal jeopardy. His response is to lash out and try to sow discard, particularly by attacking immigrants and people of color. It’s no surprise that Trump has recently attacked kneeling NFL players, the South African government, and an immigrant accused of murder (notwithstanding the fact that her family is asking for the immigration status of the accused not be used politically).

Republicans in Congress continue to defer to Trump. The Senate Banking Committee, with all Republicans voting for and all Democrats voting against, approved the nomination of Kathy Kraninger to becoming the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Kraninger has no relevant experience with banking or consumer finance. It’s believed that she oversaw the budgets of the agencies that developed and implemented the recent deplorable child separation policies. But it’s hard to know the extent of her involvement because she has refused to turn over documents and answer questions. Let’s call our senators and tell them to vote against her when her confirmation vote goes before the entire Senate.

Some good news: Santa Cruz Indivisible has a new website design! http://www.santacruzindivisible.org/ It’s now even easier to catch up on the latest SCI news, find action opportunities, and upcoming events. Many thanks to those who put in countless hours to make it happen.

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

In disgusting environmental news, Trump’s EPA has announced that they are proposing to eliminate the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The new proposal is forecast to allow polluting, costly coal plants to continue operating longer than they otherwise would. Trump’s EPA estimates that their own plan would lead to 1,400 additional DEATHS per YEAR due to higher pollution. https://www.vox.com/2018/8/21/17763916/epa-clean-power-plan-affordable-clean-energy

Oh, and in a fine show of hypocrisy, Big Oil, which has long decried attempts to reign in climate change and has bankrolled Republican politicians who claim to believe in small government and limited spending, are asking the federal government for billions of dollars to build infrastructure to shield their facilities from the effects of climate change. From the article: “Normally outspoken critics of federal spending, Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz both backed using taxpayer funds to fortify the oil facilities’ protections and the Texas coast. Cruz called it ‘a tremendous step forward.'” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/texas-protect-oil-facilities-from-climate-change-coastal-spine/

We need to vote them out. In good news, Cruz’s senate opponent Beto O’Rourke had this amazing response to a question about protesting during the national anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGWmh-maevk

He’s one of the many great Democratic candidates we can help support this fall. We have 75 days until election day. Let’s get it done!

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/