Andrew’s Actions | State of the Union: Not Great

Daily Action(s)

The good news is that Trump caved on his demands regarding a southern border wall and the government is now open again. The bad news is that funding runs out again soon and it’s unclear if Trump will try to shut down the government again if he doesn’t get funding for the wall.

Last night, Trump gave his state of the union speech. I didn’t watch it for many reasons but mainly because I don’t enjoy being lied to. Based on some reading I did, Trump did not mention climate change once during his speech. Lots of news has come out recently that oceans are warming even faster than previously believed. Australia has been suffering through record heat waves. Areas of Patagonia, South America have reached record high temperatures. Sadly, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise as do carbon dioxide emissions from human behavior. To combat climate change, which will lead to massive suffering in addition to astronomical costs, we need an enormous effort–both nationally and internationally. While many states, including and especially California, are working on these issues, nothing good is happening on the federal level and nothing will with Republicans in charge. We need to elect politicians who understand the threat posed by climate change and act on it (i.e. Democrats). We also need to lay the groundwork for action once there is political change. One thing we can do is advocate for climate change policies, such as the Green New Deal, which is being championed by Democratic House members. Let’s call our representatives and implore them to support a Green New Deal.

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

Here is a Twitter thread from one of Indivisible’s founders about why we need to abolish the filibuster. https://twitter.com/ezralevin/status/1090993494188003328

There is a Santa Cruz Indivisible general meeting and citizenship 2.0 kick off this Sunday, February 10th at 2:00 pm at the Pacific Cultural Center at 1307 Seabright Avenue. Hope to see you there! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/santa-cruz-indivisible-general-meeting-citizenship-20-kick-off-meeting-tickets-54682192911?aff=affiliate1

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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 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/