Action Alert 5.30.2017

Here's today's action alert email that went out to 960+ local Indys!

We are charged up and ready to fight! We are angry about the Administration’s secretive and all-too-cozy relationship with Russia. We are fearful about the future of healthcare. Indications are that the budget and tax plan will only benefit the wealthy. We foresee a long and arduous road ahead to make substantive change in our country, and that is why we say this is a marathon!  

As Robert Reich says: “Standing up to bullies is the hallmark of a civilized society.”

1. ACTION

Last week we highlighted California’s strategies for the Resistance: Legislate, Litigate, Organize. As a follow up, here is a call to action we support brought to you by the leaders of Silicon Valley Courageous Resistance:

It’s crunch time! SB149, the Presidential Tax Transparency & Accountability Act has passed through three State Senate Committees and will be heard on the Senate floor next week, possibly as early as Tuesday, but definitely this  week. Could you and your groups and networks call as many of the senators below as possible and urge them to support this bill on the floor next week? We have 11 Senators confirmed as “yes”, but need as many of the following to vote “yes” as well. Please call and give your own personal message or simply say (you) think it’s important to uphold transparency in government and democratic norms, and (you) would like the senator to support SB149 by voting “yes”. Here are the State Senators to call:

Atkins, Toni (San Diego): (916)-651-4039

Beall, Jim (Santa Clara): (916) 651-4015

Bradford, Steven (Los Angeles): (916) 651-4035

Dodd, Bill (Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo): (916) 651-4003

Galgiani, Cathleen (Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus): (916) 651-4005

Glazer, Steven (Alameda, Contra Costa): (916) 651-4007

Hernandez, Ed (Los Angeles): (916) 651-4022

Hueso, Ben (Imperial, San Diego): (916) 651-4040

Lara, Ricardo (Los Angeles): (916) 651-4033

Mendoza, Tony (Los Angeles, Orange): (916) 651-4032

Mitchell, Holly (Los Angeles): (916) 651-4030

Newman, Josh (Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino): (916) 651-4029

Pan, Richard (Sacramento, Yolo): (916) 651-4006

Portantino, Anthony (Los Angeles, San Bernardino): (916) 651-4025

Roth, Richard (Riverside): (916) 651-4031

Skinner, Nancy (Alameda, Contra Costa): (916) 651-4009

2. LETTERS

And if you want to further engage on SB 149 this week, here is a template letter written by one of our activist writers. We welcome you to send your version to your favorite daily, weekly or blog. Thanks Caroline Z. for this great letter:

Hooray for State Sen. Mike McGuire!

His bill, the Presidential Tax Transparency & Accountability Act (SB 149), requires that candidates for President must submit the past five years of their tax returns to the California Secretary of State, who would make the information available to the public on their website. Presidential candidates who do not do so are ineligible to be listed on any ballot in California.

You’d think it goes without saying that voters need this information to make a decision about whether a candidate is fit for that high office. In fact, as we all know by now, all Presidential candidates up until the sitting one did release this information on their own, without being required to do so. (Trump’s release of two pages of his 2005 tax returns only after a TV news show said it would release this information was an insult to voters.)

Thanks, Sen. McGuire and the bill’s co-author, Sen. Scott Wiener, for introducing this legislation.

Your name

Your address

3. SCRIPTS

In our suggested  scripts this week we work to keep Trumpcare from EVER passing the Senate, we begin to dig into Budget Appropriation committee intricacies, we request full funding for the Census Bureau, and we ask that Jared Kushner’s security clearance be revoked. You can find them on our website or on Amplify. Use code 550-532-372 to join the IndySoCo Amplify group; the app is available for iPhone or Android.

4. MEETINGS & EVENTS

Saturday, June 3, 1 - 4 pm

Indivisible Sonoma County will be tabling at the LGBTQI Solidarity “Rise Up” Rally!

The Rally takes place at the Guerneville Lodge, 15905 River Rd, Guerneville. Set-Up and Check-In times are between 11 am and 12 pm. Please join us at our table at 12:45 pm. The Rally starts at 1 pm and ends at 4 pm. The Rally organizers will be giving us directions as to where to park and we will pass along that information in Thursday’s Action Alert Email or on our website. Wear your Purple Indy tee-shirts!

Sunday, June 4, 11 am - 12:30 pm

Unity March & Pride Parade

Please arrive between 9 - 10 am on the corner of 4th and Church Streets in Guerneville. The Parade starts promptly at 11. We will be marching with several other Indivisible groups and North Bay LGBTQI Groups to show our solidarity. We’ll be there in our purple shirts with plenty of chants and signs!

Saturday, June 3

March For Truth.

We’ve been saying this for a while: sometimes activism is messy. There will be a rally in support of March For Truth in San Francisco on Saturday, with final location and time to be determined. To receive updates on this action, please sign up via the Eventbrite, per the organizers. There is also a vigil in Sacramento Saturday evening.

In the meantime, Indivisible Sebastopol created these easy to print black/white We Want The Truth car signs for you to print out and display in your vehicle window, and/or the back of your IndySoCo purple sign. Here is the public link to the pdf file.

Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 pm

Indivisible Healdsburg Public Meeting on Immigration

Healdsburg Junior High Cafeteria, 315 Grant Street, Healdsburg

Guest speakers are Bill Halliday (Principal of Healdsburg Junior High) and Rafael Velasquez (Santa Rosa Junior College). Each will speak about their experiences and how 45 is impacting students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) youth.

Monday, June 12, 5 - 7 pm

Indivisible Sonoma County General Meeting

Our next large group meeting for new and returning Indivisible Sonoma County activists is on June 12 at Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa. The focus of this meeting will be information, education and stimulation for our activist hearts and minds. Features include guest leaders from Indivisible San Francisco speaking on “Pragmatic Progress,” a report from the Mid Term Election Conference team, and an update about State of California resistance efforts. Please register as soon as possible, the room fills quickly! We look forward to seeing you at Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Parking at this venue is somewhat limited. Please carpool with friends if at all possible.

Registration is available here.

Hope to see you soon!

In solidarity,

The Action Alert Email Team

P.S. The Indivisible Guide team has all their resources lined up in one handy link. Check it out: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resources/