Andrew’s Actions | The Presidential Field Narrows, Senate Polls Show Promise

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.

Super Tuesday is behind us even though here in California votes are still being counted.  Joe Biden used a strong performance in South Carolina and a wave of endorsements to become the front-runner for the Democratic nomination.  Previous challengers, including Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Mike Bloomberg, and Pete Buttigieg, have dropped out of the race.  Now it’s between Biden and Bernie Sanders (and, technically, Tulsi Gabbard is still in the race).  If, like me, Bernie and Biden weren’t your first choice, it’s okay to be temporarily disappointed.  Reading this article may help: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/amandalitman/what-to-do-if-youre-democrat-who-hates-the-nominee  But whether it’s Bernie or Biden as the nominee, we’re going to have a candidate who is infinitely better than Trump on health care, the environment, reproductive rights, voting rights, workers’ rights, and so many other important issues.

Nearly as important as the presidential race in November are the senate races that will determine if we can replace Mitch McConnell as the senate majority leader.  Recent polls show good news: four states with Republican senators where their Democratic challengers lead by at least four points.

NORTH CAROLINA: Cunningham 46 – 41 Tillis
MAINE: Gideon 47 – 43 Collins
ARIZONA: Kelly 47 – 42 McSally
COLORADO: Hickenlooper 51 – 38 Gardner

Here’s a fund that goes to the eventual Democratic nominee in the 10 most important senate races.  Please donate if you can:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/getmitch

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

One of the worst things about having a selfish and incompetent president is that we are unprepared for dangerous events and don’t respond well when they do occur.  The coronavirus pandemic is an example of just that.  Stay healthy, stay safe, stay calm and let’s vote representatives in who will represent us well and protect our health and safety.  Also, don’t listen to the health advice coming from the president: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/just-my-hunch-trump-contradicts-health-experts-coronavirus-n1151006

In good news, Mike Bloomberg was unable to buy the Democratic nomination and now that he’s out of the race he’s going to use his money to help others defeat Trump.  Double yay!  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-bloomberg/michael-bloomberg-to-fund-independent-group-to-boost-democrats-this-year-idUSKBN20S2YS


Dan Pfeiffer of Pod Save America is coming to Santa Cruz on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm for an event co-sponsored by Santa Cruz Indivisible.  Ticket information for this great event is here: https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/untrumping
This is just one of many events we will be doing this year in conjunction with Bookshop Santa Cruz.

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

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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/