Andrew’s Actions | Big Win in Wisconsin Despite Disgraceful Election Conditions

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.

Last week, I wrote about the terrible conditions that the Wisconsin GOP forced its citizens to endure to vote in the state’s supreme court (and other) elections.  This week, we learned that the GOP’s horrible actions backfired.  Progressive candidate Jill Karofsky beat the incumbent, Scott Walker-appointed, Donald Trump-endorsed justice Dan Kelly.  And it wasn’t even that close.  Karofsky won by more than 10 percentage points.  https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/how-democrats-won-big-in-wisconsins-primary-elections  As it turns out, people might not like being told that if they want to vote they need to risk their lives.


We still need Congress to pass more stimulus and we still need Congress to protect voting rights for the November elections.  If you haven’t already done so, please call our representatives and ask them to only pass stimulus, which should go to small businesses, health care facilities, state and local governments, and individuals (and not large corporations), that includes protections for democracy and funds vote by mail for the November elections.

There is an upcoming special election in California on May 12.  It will decide who fills the seat vacated by Democrat Katie Hill in CA-25.  It is one of the Republicans’ best chances to win one of the seats we flipped in 2018, and it would be a great sign for November if we could defend it.  The Democratic candidate is Christy Smith, who believes in supporting reproductive rights and protecting the environment (among other things).  The GOP candidate believes in reducing the size of the government and that the government is not a help but a hindrance to economic vitality. You can phone bank for Christy from the comfort and safety of your home.  Here is the website to sign up to volunteer: https://www.christyforcongress.org/takeaction

A lot of people are now facing food insecurity.  If you’d like to donate to the local Second Harvest Food Bank, here’s a link if you’d like to do so as well:
https://www.giveffect.com/checkout/4360

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

Joe Biden has received some big endorsements this week, including from Bernie Sanders, https://www.npr.org/2020/04/13/833528203/bernie-sanders-endorses-joe-biden-for-president, President Obama, https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1250088269502709762, and Elizabeth Warren, https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1250408560606969856.  If you miss what an intelligent, empathetic president sounds like, watch the President Obama video.


The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County has created a fund to help a number of important local nonprofits that will be working to reduce the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic locally.  Read about it here, including how to donate if that interests you:  https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2020/03/20/community-foundation-creates-fund-for-pandemic-relief/

Stay health, be well, and get ready to do some hard work this summer and fall.

ALL EVENTS AT BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ SCHEDULED SOON AT BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ ARE CANCELLED.
THE DAN PFEIFFER EVENT IS BEING POSTPONED.  When I know of more information, I’ll include it here. 

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

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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/ 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/