Indivisible To-Do List, June 10 – 17

Across the country, Indivisible groups are turning the pressure up on your members of Congress (MoCs) to do their jobs and work for the people. And at every turn, you’re reminding them you’re paying attention and doing what Indivisibles do best: holding them accountable.

Indivisibles are showing up all over the country to demand their MoCs put country over politics and (finalllllly) begin impeachment proceedings. They’re demanding that the House Appropriations Committee holds strong to #DefundHate. And they’re making sure their representatives can’t forget how important prescription drug pricing is to American families (and why one solution on the table is better than the other!).

And what are Indivisibles doing when they aren’t doing, well, all of those things? They’ll be hosting super exciting Presidential Debate watch parties with their friends, families, and group members to make this a contest of big ideas.

We know that there’s a lot happening. So, let’s get to it.


 Your 5 weekly to-dos

  1. Sign up to attend a debate watch party for June 26-27. Indivisibles across the country will be gathering on June 26 and 27 in living rooms, restaurants, and bars to cheer on our candidates and push for a nominee who truly represents our values. Find an event with your local Indivisible chapter today or host your own an invite your friends!
  2. Keep up the heat and call on Congress to reject money for Trump’s deportation machine. The House Appropriations Committee will meet tomorrow, June 11, to mark up (meaning: debate and offer amendments to) the funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which houses the agencies that implement Trump’s mass deportation agenda. While there’s a lot of good news about the bill, the first draft of still gives Trump a $387 million slush fund that will be used to fuel his deportation machine. Call your Member of Congress (MoC) and urge them to reject this slush fund and #DefundHate.
  3. Show up for a Day of Action this Saturday, June 15, to demand an impeachment inquiry.  Donald Trump must be held accountable for his abuses of power, and Congress is the only one with the power to act—starting by launching an impeachment inquiry in the House Judiciary Committee. Join us and our partners in this nationwide day of action demanding Congress to fulfill its Constitutional obligation to conduct oversight by opening an impeachment inquiry. And don’t forget, everything you need to take action and demand Congress do the right thing (Call scripts! Videos! Letters to the Editor!) can be found at impeach.indivisible.org.
  4. Tell your MoC to support H.R. 1046 to bring down prescription drug prices. House Democrats are very likely to act on legislation to lower prescription drug costs this summer, and they are currently considering two competing proposals for doing so. Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s H.R. 1046 is a much stronger approach than the alternative; click here to learn more about why it’s the right policy to solve this problem, then make a call to tell your MoC to co-sponsor this critical legislation.
  5. Take the We are Indivisible 2020 pledge. We’ve got 17 candidates and almost 30,000 grassroots activists signed up. But this simple ask will take all of us to uphold. So, if you haven’t already, take the pledge and add your name. And if your local group is ready to commit to our weekend of action in July 2020, register your event on the map here.

Northumberland Indivisible schedule and upcoming events of interest

First, a reminder that there will be no meeting on June 16 since it conflicts with Father’s Day.

Our schedule

Our next planned event is a showing of RBG – On the Basis of Sex 
  • Sunday, July 21
  • Northumberland Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville
  • 3-5 PM
  • Everyone welcome, free

Our tentative calendar items:

  • 8/18 – Health Statistics for Northern Neck;
  • 9/15 – Possible candidate forum, topic to be announced – possibly health care
  • 10/20 – Voting issues
  • 11/17 – TBD

Voter Registration

Laurie Morissette and John Melton are conducting a Voter Registration drive:

  • 2nd and 4th Saturdays from now until November
  • 10am to 12 noon
  • in front of the Library.
  • Contact Laurie at  morissette.laurie.s@gmail.com to volunteer to help.
  • There will be additional voter registration activities between now and November.

In order to register voters, you must complete state training, which you can do in Heathsville:

  • Garry Ellis, NVRA/Voter Registration Coordinator of the Virginia Department of Elections,  is coming to our area to conduct state training.
  • This class will be held on July 8, 2019, 1:30 -3:30 PM, at the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office Training Room, located at 195 Judicial Place, Heathsville, VA  .   
  • If you want to take the voter registration training class, you MUST reserve a space.  Contact:    Kathy Davenport, Northumberland County  General Registrar/Director of Elections,   (804) 580-4655, or, by email at:   kdavenport@co.northumberland.va.us
  • You also can register by contacting Joe Schlatter by email  rosenjoe1@hotmail.com
  • You must register for this class not later than July 1, 2019.  
  • The training is also available online.  Info at:  https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/registration-drives/index.html

Juneteenth Observance at Stratford Hall

Juneteenth Celebration at Stratford Hall is June 15; programs will run from 9:30am until evening.  Details available on their website. 

Virginia Democrats Gala in Richmond

VADemocrats Gala is being held in Richmond on the evening of June 15.  The event will feature at least two Democratic presidential candidates:  U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, and, Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Interracial Conversations

Interracial Conversations has an ambitious schedule for the next six months:
  • June 25 will be an open and frank discussion of Unconscious Bias with Ali Webb
  • July 23 Talking and Listening Without Hurt
  • August – dark
  • September 24 – Strategies for Getting Out the Vote
  • October – 22 – Jim Crow Laws and Practices
  • November 26 – The new Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration
  • All Interracial Conversations meetings are at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 6749 Jesse DuPont Memorial Highway (Hwy 200); Potluck dinner at 5:30pm; program 6:00 – 7:30pm.

Pro-Choice “pop-up” demonstration

On Tuesday, May 21, as part of the nationwide efforts to stop state laws banning abortion,  we held a “pop-up” demonstration on the Montross Courthouse lawn.  About a dozen Indivisible supporters were there representing Northumberland and Westmoreland counties.   We were joined for the last 15 minutes by some young women who were driving by and thought it was important enough to stop.
We were pleased with the reception we received from people driving by — about one in three drivers who passed honked, waved, and gave us a thumbs-up.

Monday, Feb. 18, 2019: Mobilize against Trump’s phony, illegal “emergency notification”

On Monday, we mobilize.

Donald Trump has declared #FakeNationalEmergency.  Now, we’re mobilizing rapid-response events on Presidents Day—Monday, 2/18—against Trump’s fake crisis and racist deportation force and to stand with immigrant, Muslim, and Black and brown communities to stop Trump’s dangerous and illegal power grab. Find an event near you (or organize your own!) now.

Find an Event Near You Now

In our area:

Protest Trump’s Declaration of National Emergency

WHEN:
Monday, February 18 at 6 p.m.
HOST(S):
Heather K.
WHERE
Barnes and Noble Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Meet at 6pm in front of Barnes and Noble Merchants Square and leave in groups of 10-15 to protest Trump’s declaration of a National Emergency.
Directions:

Sign up to Attend

Presidents Day Protest – Trump’s Declaration of National Emergency

WHEN:
Monday, February 18 at 4:30 p.m.
HOST(S):
Heather A.
WHERE
James City County Courthouse
Williamsburg, VA 23188
On February 18th, Presidents Day, people across our country will be coming together for an event directed by Moveon.org, “A Presidents Day Protest to Fight Trump’s Fake Crisis and Racist Deportation Force” . We will gather at the James City County Courthouse at 4:30 pm, where together with our signs, we will express our opinions about the “Trump’s undemocratic power grab to secure his racist border wall – Terrifyingly, this declaration could allow him to seize massive emergency powers to erode the foundations of our democracy, increase funding for more anti-immigrant policies, and launch more attacks on communities”. We will have lanterns at the location for visibility. NOVEMBER IS COMING!!!
Directions: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/WilliamsburgJames-City-County-Courthouse-35

Sign up to Attend

News round-up, Feb 16

This is important!!

The next federal census is in 2020 followed by 2021 in which all states — including Virginia — will redraw voting district lines for all legislative districts — federal (Senate and House) and state (Senate and House of Delegates).

Redistricting is done by the General Assembly and approved by the Governor.  This practice results in the party — Democratic or Republican — that controls the General Assembly drawing district lines to favor their candidates — a practice known as “gerrymandering.”

OneVirginia2021 is a non-partisan organization that proposes to amend the Virginia constitution to establish an independent commission to conduct redistricting, thereby ending the practice of gerrymandering.

Liz White, Deputy Director of OneVirginia2021, will speak:

  • Northumberland Indivisible meeting
  • 6:00 PM,  December 6
  • Northumberland Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy,  Heathsville.

She will present the proposal for a constitutional amendment to remove the redistricting of legislative districts from the General Assembly, and assign the job to an independent commission.

This is an important matter; we urge EVERYONE to attend — invite a friend.  This is a non-partisan matter that should be supported by Republicans, Democrats, Independents and anyone else concerned about fair elections.

IMPORTANT: Virginia Gerrymandering presentation

As we all know, gerrymandering — the practice of shaping electoral districts to favor or dis-favor one political party over another — is a real threat to our democracy.  Virginia is one of the most gerrymandered states in the Union.

OneVirginia2021 is a group of concerned citizens, former and present elected officials and other individuals who want to change the way Virginia electoral districts are drawn.  Currently, the General Assembly draws district lines.  OneVirginia2021 plans to introduce an amendment to the Virginia Constitution that will establish an independent commission to draw district lines.

This is critical because — the 2020 federal census will result in re-drawing of district lines in 2021 — both state General Assembly districts and federal Congressional districts.

On THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, Liz White from OneVirginia2021 will describe their plans for the 2019 General Assembly session and their strategy to move Virginia to using an independent commission for redistricting.

Details:

  • Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • 6:00 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy
Visit the OneVirginia2021  website for more information including:  latest redistricting news; upcoming events; and details about gerrymandering and redistricting.

Northern Neck Indivisible groups being slandered on Republican websites

An anonymous individual is posting comments to a popular Republican blog accusing “Indivisable” (sic) groups of being behind the distribution of KKK recruiting flyers at a few locations in Northern Virginia and on the Northern Neck.

One of the more popular Virginia Republican blogs is “Bearing Drift.”  Recently, on of the BD authors posted an article titled “The Virginia GOP’s Post-Stewart Future.”

Bearing Drift allows comments on their articles.  In the comments on the “Post-Stewart” article, the issue was raised of KKK recruiting flyers being distributed in some neighborhoods.

An individual using the anonymous screen name “SJane” posted two comments accusing “Indivisable”  (sic) groups of being behind the KKK flyers.  “SJane’s” two comments are quoted below.

— quote, first comment

IF Republicans sit on their thoughts and hands and DO NOT Vote in Nov. 2018 Election for the Republican candidate vs Tim Kaine, then Virginia deserves what they get.
Oct. 1, 2018 KKK Pamphlets were left by LEFT leaning group, in driveways in Tappahannock, Essex County to create fear, anger, and outrage by neighbors. Review this on GOOGLE… KKK leaves invitation packets for one Tappahannock neighbor – FOX 61 came out an interviewed neighbors.
IF the Liberal/Democrats are allowed to dissolve a process for fairness, decency, and the right of US Citizens to Vote for a candidate of their choice…Everyone loses, especially the US Citizen..

— end quote, first comment

— quote, second comment

Those in the area Essex/Northumberland are suspecting a group called “Indivisables” …this is an apparent stunt they have pulled previously…can’t prove it at this date…

— end quote, second comment

Of course, it is impossible to stop lies like these, especially in this political atmosphere in which Republicans use The Big Lie to promote themselves and to demonize their opponents.

We are posting this here for your information.

Vangie Williams for Congress

Northumberland Indivisible is in Virginia’s First Congressional District which now is “represented” by do-nothing Republican Rob Wittman.

We must dump Wittman in November 2016.  To dump Wittman, we need to vote for Vangie Williams for Congress on November 6, 2018.  Here is information you need.

2018 Election Dates:

  • October 12 (Monday): Deadline to register to vote in general election.
  • October 30, 5:00 PM (Tuesday): Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail.
  • November 3, 5:00 PM (Saturday): Deadline to request absentee ballot in person.
  • November 66:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Tuesday): General Election

Important Resources: