When the news continues to break that our elections aren’t secure, it’s time to speak up. When we learn that our elected leaders simply won’t act on mass shootings - whether they take place in schools or at night clubs - it’s time to speak up. When our neighbors, friends, and family members are afraid, it’s time to speak up.
And when speaking doesn’t get the job done, it’s time to take action.
1. Take Action
Indivisible To-Do list
- Upset about mass shootings in our schools, bars, parties, offices, and neighborhood parks? Call your Representative (Thompson or Huffman) and your Senators (Harris and Feinstein) and tell them to oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a top NRA priority, a bill that requires states to recognize the gun laws of other states (i.e. a race to the bottom on gun safety). You can find the numbers here.
- Pressure our state legislators to take action on gun violence prevention. States can go beyond federal laws to pass common sense gun safety legislation.
- Share this video on social media and commit to #VoteThemOut in November.
Here’s what’s on the Congressional agenda this week, and in the early part of March:
- One of the Senate committees in charge of infrastructure will hold its first hearing on the Trump plan. On March 1, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing on “The Administration’s Framework for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America.” Congress is beginning to move on Trump’s infrastructure plan, and we know enough to say that this is yet another scam.
- The DACA cliff is approaching. On March 5, the number of DACA recipients who lose their protections (and therefore their jobs, drivers’ licenses, and protection from deportation) will rise from 122 per day to over 1,200 per day. Come to the march on March 5 (see below) and then call our Members of Congress and tell them that there is no more time on the clock -- we need a #DreamActNow.
- Republicans (and some Democrats) will vote to repeal key parts of Dodd-Frank. The week of March 5, the Senate is expected to vote on S. 2155, a bill that would drastically reduce oversight of big banks such as Deutsche Bank and Santander and roll back key consumer protections. You can use Indivisible National’s explainer and call script to learn more, and tell our Senators to vote no on S. 2155.
- Congress will have the chance to end Trump’s illegal war in Yemen. A bipartisan group of senators is planning to use a procedure under the War Powers Resolution to force a vote on the Senate floor to stop Trump’s war in Yemen. We will have a resource coming out soon that will explain more and provide a call script, but the bottom line is that your senator should vote for this resolution to end Trump’s illegal, inhumane war in Yemen.
We are building the political infrastructure needed to take back the House (and maybe the Senate!). Our Sonoma County Indivisibles have been calling, registering voters, and sending postcards to remind people that this is an important election with important issues.
Want to help? Read our Act To Win page and learn about opportunities to act right away to change things.
SIGN THE PETITION TO PASS AB1745 FOR CLEAN CARS
Phil Ting, CA Assembly member from 19th District (San Francisco) has introduced a critically important bill, AB 1745, Clean Cars 2040 Act. Currently it is in committee and should be voted on in mid or late April.
The chances are that if it gets out of committee which is more conservative than the legislature in general, it would pass. But to get out of committee, we need 8 votes including the Chair and Vice Chair. The Chair is Jim Frazier from the Fairfield Antioch area. (District 11) The Vice Chair is Cecilia Aguiar-Curry from the Rohnert Park, Sonoma, Winters area (District 4).
We need to show these members that this is important to their constituents. Please sign and then send the petition out to everyone you know. And please make an effort to get to anyone you know in those two Districts. Our air and climate depend on this bill.
See more info and sign the petition now to show your support. Thank you!
Guns in schools. Indictments for election meddling. Gerrymandering. Infrastructure.
Just as the news never ends, our commitment to making a difference continues.
Pick up your phone and do it! Phone Scripts 2.26-28.2018
3. Events and Meetings
“What You Can Do Now!” with Dr. George Lakoff
Monday, February 26. 2018
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Petaluma Community Center
320 North McDowell Boulevard Petaluma, CA, 94954 United States (map)
We look forward to seeing you at a special conversation with preeminent cognitive linguist Dr. Lakoff, who will share his ideas about “What You Can Do Now!” and present a positive, proactive plan to address the needs and hopes of the American majority. Moderated by Tom Benthin and Robyn Arthur.
This event is sold out. Hosted by North Bay Coordinated Action and Indivisible Sonoma County.
MARCH 5 WALK-OUT for Immigration Reform
JOIN US in action for Immigration Reform! Permanent protections for DACA youth!
Keep TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for people affected by natural disasters and war in Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras!
When: Monday, March 5, 2018, 12 Noon
Where: Gather at SRJC Bertolini Hall - March to Courthouse Square where we will be joined by Aztec Dancers, Speakers, Music
RSVP - email@example.com
More info - Facebook: “Dreamers Acción Day”
Sponsored by SRJC M.E.Ch.A., Comité VIDA, North Bay Jobs with Justice5
How we will make a difference! A practical seminar.
Look for more information about this special seminar with Joel Blackwell. This seminar will give us specific skills that will advance the Indivisible agenda and it will be fun. When we follow his advice, we will have fun, meet interesting people and make a difference in public policy!
March for our Lives
March 24, 2018
• San Jose - 9 am at City Hall
• Sacramento - 12 noon at the California State Capital,
1315 10th St
Sacramento, California 95814
• San Francisco - 1 pm at City Hall,
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, California 94102
Thoughts and prayers are great but we need REAL change. The students of Douglas Stoneman High School in Florida have announced a national march to draw even more attention to improving our gun control regulations.
Many of our representatives receive money from the NRA yet ironically speak out against gun violence.