Andrew’s Actions | It’s Time To Vote!!!

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.

Unfortunately, we’re seeing what happens when a corrupt and inept administration has to deal with a real crisis not of their own making. The stock market is down over 10% this week, the worst week since the financial crisis engineered by Goldman Sachs, George W. Bush, Countrywide, Lehman Brothers, and others. There are now multiple reported cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, in California in patients with no known travel history to affected countries or contact with people with such travel histories. This follows massive proposed budget cuts by Trump to the CDC and actual closures of dozens of global CDC sites aimed to fight pandemics, including in China, where the virus originated. Instead of empowering health care professionals and ensuring that the country is prepared for the virus, Trump appointed VP Pence to oversee the efforts to stop the spread of the disease despite Pence’s terrible history of fanning the flames of an HIV outbreak in Indiana when he was its governor. There are also many issues with health care centers not having access to COVID-19 tests due to poor CDC protocols and shortages of tests. Oh, and Trump’s head of Health and Human Services, a former pharmaceutical lobbyist, couldn’t guarantee that a COVID-19 vaccine, if and when one exists, would be affordable for Americans. Earlier today the Trump administration floated the idea of tax cuts as a response to the virus outbreak. The Republican Party in a nutshell: it doesn’t matter about helping people get healthcare (even if it’s better for everybody) when you could give rich people a tax break. This situation also highlights the many inadequacies with our healthcare and employment systems. Proper health care is not affordable for many people and many people don’t have the ability to miss work if they aren’t feeling well. But people avoiding going to the doctor or working while sick puts all of us at risk. If we had a more robust, subsidized healthcare system and better medical leave policies our country would be a healthier, safer place. Hopefully the COVID-19 situation will get much better fast, but it is scary to think of who in is in charge during these uncertain times.

Fortunately, elections are coming and we can vote Republicans out of office all over the country. But first: the California primary election is upon us. PLEASE VOTE ON OR BEFORE MARCH 3RD! Please take some time this weekend to call or text with friends, family, whomever, and make sure that they have voted or have a plan to vote. Voting is a habit and we need to make sure everyone is in the habit of voting. When we show up and fight, we win! Let’s do this.

Crooked Media is raising money on behalf of the DNC’s Organizing Corps 2020, which will recruit, train, and pay 1,000 organizers for the eventual Democratic nominee in eight battleground states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Arizona, Minnesota, Georgia, and Florida.  I donated today.  If you’re able, I hope you do too!  You can donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/vsafield


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/

swingleftsantacruz.org


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

Fox News came out with a poll showing the top Democratic presidential nominees all with leads over Trump.  He did not appreciate it and lashed out (not like he has a potential global pandemic to worry about).  It’s a good reminder that Trump is historically unpopular even without having to deal with an international crisis.  Let’s all get ready to band together behind the eventual nominee and replace him for good!  https://www.vox.com/2020/2/28/21157803/trump-fox-news-poll-losing-to-biden-sanders-bloomberg

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/