- Sunday, July 21
- Northumberland Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville
- 3-5 PM
- Everyone welcome, free
In the past week, we’ve seen more of Trump’s cruelty in action and it continues to put families across the country in danger.
Last week, Trump announced on Twitter that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be conducting raids to deport “millions” of undocumented people. A transparent attempt to try to vilify immigrants in the run-up to the 2020 election, it’s clear that Trump’s 2020 playbook for the next year and a half will be to use all the resources at his disposal to go after the same communities that he’s been attacking since day one of his campaign.
But we are not powerless to fight back. Trump is asking Congress for billions of additional dollars in a “supplemental” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which includes money for ICE and Customs and Border Protection, which carry out his detention and deportation activities. To their credit, Democrats are trying to respond as responsibly as they can, offering to give DHS additional money to deal with the border crisis. The fundamental problem, however, is that DHS does not need more money (read that again)! It has enough resources to continue to caging families and individuals in record numbers and conduct nationwide raids.
Despite any earmarking attempts by well-intended Democrats, Trump will use any extra money Congress gives him to round up families and terrorize communities. We need Congress to say no to any additional money to carry out Trump’s hateful immigration agenda; you can read our updated resource here for the latest (and check out the to-dos below for a call script).
And Trump was not done there. In addition to ramping up his politically motivated attacks on immigrants, reports suggest that Trump brought us to the brink of war with Iran before pulling back at the last moment. Make no mistake: a new war with Iran would be an illegal disaster.
But we haven’t reached this point by accident; we’re here because Trump, aided by the war cabinet that he and Senate Republicans put together, has been escalating tensions with Iran for months in an almost Iraq War 2.0 fashion. Congress needs to do everything they can to stop a new war with Iran. Check out our resource to see exactly how you can make them do just that. You can learn more in our resource here.
As always there’s a lot going on, so here are the most effective ways for you to exercise your power this week:
Your 5 weekly to-dos
- Keep the pressure up on your MoC while they’re home to open an impeachment inquiry. We’ve got all the tools you’ll need to make it clear to your member of Congress (MoC) that they need to use all the power available to them to hold Trump accountable and get to the truth of his administration’s abuses. July 4 recess is your time to shine — make a call (and write a letter to the editor, and record a video, and more) using the resources in the link above, and keep your eyes peeled for more in the days to come.
- Tell your MoC not to give Trump another dime for his deportation machine. Money for Trump’s DHS is money for increased levels of detention, deportation, and abuse of human rights — period. Tell your MoC that if they oppose Trump’s attacks on immigrant communities, they also need to oppose his supplemental funding request for DHS.
- Demand that your MoC act to stop a war with Iran. Trump is ratcheting up tensions with Iran, with the members of his war cabinet urging him forward at every opportunity. MoCs are not powerless to stop this, though; call your Representative and Senators and tell them to co-sponsor H.R. 2354 / S. 1039 to explicitly deny him this authority, and make a public statement making clear that Congress has not authorized the use of any military force against Iran.
- Check out our Debate Watch Guide to outline many of the topics you care about. In our guide, you’ll have worksheets to rate and grade candidates on, and a bit of analysis and insider baseball on each candidate/issue from our Political Team. So whether you want to plan your own party, attend one of the many events already on our map, or just follow along at home, you’ll be totally prepared.
- Opt-in to our exclusive Indivisible Focus Group by texting DEBATES to 977-79. We want to capture the Indivisible movement’s take on the debates as soon as they’re over — which means we’ll need an exclusive focus group that we’ll text right after each debate ends (11pm ET) and ask you how you feel.
RSVP for a Local Presidential Debate Watch Party!
The debates are right around the corner! This is our opportunity to put our IndiviStamp on the national conversation, and local groups are planning more than 140 watch parties across the country this Wednesday and Thursday. Here’s how you can take part:
✓ First, click here to find your nearest debate watch party and RSVP 🥳Get excited for an evening in great company with fellow activists in your community.
✓ Second, read up on the issues in our 2020 Grassroots Playbook 🤓 We’ve compiled everything you need to know about critical policies, and how you can keep track of where the candidates stand during the debates.
✓ Last but not least, make your voice heard 📣 Let us know your thoughts during the debates by posting on social media with #IndivisibleDebates, and opt-in to our exclusive Indivisible Focus Group by texting DEBATES to 977-79.
Presidential Launch! Need you.
Real quick, we just want to update you on our presidential program launch. Nearly 3,600 Indivisibles have already chipped in. That’s amazing!! And we’re hoping (and on track) to raise another $18,000 this month!
Every time we launch a new, exciting plan, we are blown away by how this movement rises to the challenge — and this time is no different. It’s grassroots donations that allow us to plot game-changing tools and tactics and then execute them like nobody’s business. No corporate money. No money from politicians. It’s because of this movement — pure and simple.
Our new presidential program could *really* use your support. Chip in $10, or whatever you can afford, to support Indivisible Action and help our most consequential plan yet (!!!) start as strong as possible.
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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
- You also can register by contacting Joe Schlatter by email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
Virginia Democrats Gala in Richmond
- 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 Monday, we mobilize.
Donald Trump has declared #
In our area:
Protest Trump’s Declaration of National Emergency
Presidents Day Protest – Trump’s Declaration of National Emergency
- Europe says it will stick with the Iran deal, defying a U.S. demand
- A Weak and Rambling President Declares a Fake National Emergency (“Trump’s description of the situation at the border is almost entirely fictitious, of course, but in one sense it is real. It’s a central element of the political narrative he has constructed for his white-nationalist base over the past three and a half years, and, as he helpfully sought to explain, it’s one he can’t easily back away from at this stage.”)
- Trump’s Emergency Declaration Shows He Is Unfit for Office (“At worst, President Trump’s claim of emergency powers that would allow him to expand barriers on the southern border is a gross violation of democratic norms. At best, it is a craven ploy to cover his own blundering. Either way, it is a devastating indictment of his capacity to handle his job.”) This Trump performance is why people talk about the 25th Amendment
- Don’t be fooled by Trump’s make-believe crisisPhony Wall, Phony Emergency (“The president plans to manage the border crisis from the golf course at Mar-a-Lago this weekend.”)
- Trump Declares a National Emergency, and Provokes a Constitutional ClashTrump’s ‘National Emergency’ Is a Purely Dictatorial Action (“It is an abuse of power. It is an assault on Congress’s Article I powers. Mitch McConnell is complicit.”)
- Trump just plunged the country into dangerous new territory. Here’s what’s really at stake. (“What’s at stake in this battle is a simple dilemma: Can the president declare a national emergency, and appropriate all the powers that this confers on him, when there isn’t any national emergency?”)
- Trump’s Emergency Declaration Is Contemptuous of the Rule of LawTrump Isn’t Just Defying the Constitution. He’s Undermining SCOTUS. (“The president defended his national emergency by boasting that he’ll win at the Supreme Court because it’s full of his judges.”)
- Trump’s National Emergency Just Got Its First Legal Challenge (“Legal advocacy group Public Citizen filed suit on behalf of landowners in Texas and an environmental group. More lawsuits are expected.”)
- ‘I Didn’t Need to Do This’ Sums Up the Entire Trump Presidency (“Trump’s national emergency declaration to build a southern border wall will be met with fierce Democratic opposition, both legally and in Congress”)
- ‘A recipe for disaster’? Trump’s border emergency drags the GOP into a risky fight ahead of 2020. (“If they back Trump’s emergency declaration, many lawmakers worry, they will be greenlighting a White House power grab that infringes on Congress’s constitutional power over spending. But if they oppose it, they risk attracting the wrath of Trump’s political base — and perhaps a primary challenge.”)
- 5 ways Trump’s national emergency declaration could be stoppedFact-checking Trump’s announcement of a national emergency (“It was chock-full of false and misleading claims, many of which we’ve previously highlighted, either in our database of Trump claims or our list of Bottomless Pinocchios. Here’s a summary of 14 of the most noteworthy claims, starting with immigration ones first.”)
- Why Trump’s Going to Win on the National Emergency (“There’s one arena where the president always succeeds: getting the Republican Party to abandon its principles.”)
- Trump’s Emergency Declaration Proves He Isn’t a Political Savant — He’s Just Addicted to Fox NewsTrump Promised to ‘Build That Wall,’ Then Ran Out of Time and Options (“The president’s declaration of a national emergency to fund a southern border barrier comes after divisions and competing priorities in the White House allowed the project to languish”)
- Ann Coulter Fires Back at Trump: ‘The Only National Emergency Is That Our President Is an Idiot’ (Wait, I actually agree with right-wing extremist Ann Coulter for once? Except for totally different reasons.)
- During national emergency declaration, Trump praises Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson for supporting him (That might be the most demented thing Trump did yesterday, among his torrent of lies and violation of democratic norms.)
- Fox’s Bill Hemmer calls Trump’s national emergency speech “a tour de force” (Speaking of demented – Bill Hemmer.)
- Rambling Trump calls an emergency in speech that goes on and on and on (“Trump’s White House screed was him at his Trumpiest – the old man at the bar sounding off about the world’s ills”)
- Trump’s emergency declaration is unconstitutional – ask his lawyers (“When Obama used executive powers on immigration, Jay Sekulow and Noel Francisco cried tyranny”)
- Munich or a Requiem for the West (“It’s no longer worth pretending Trump is not in the authoritarian camp. The shock has passed. European powers are thinking again.”) Moments after declaring national emergency, Trump admits there’s no emergency (“I didn’t need to do this.”)
- A quote Trump may come to regret: ‘I didn’t need to do this’Dems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splintersTrump’s Rose Garden Fiasco Was a Commercial for the 25th Amendment (“If your uncle behaved like this, you’d hide the car keys.”)
- Trump’s emergency declaration is a ‘looming disaster’ for McConnell and Republicans in 2020: GOP donorHow Schumer and McConnell kept Trump out of the shutdown talks (“While the president claims he’s the dealmaker-in-chief, it was veteran lawmakers who got it done.”)
- Paul Manafort should be sentenced to up to 24 years in prison, Mueller saysTrump’s bewildering national emergency press conference, annotated (“President Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border on Friday — but not without making a scene full of false claims, offbeat comments and tense exchanges.”) Six dead, seven injured in mass shooting near Chicago (How about gun violence as a real national emergency?)
- Words are a president’s strongest weapon. Trump is terrible at words. (“The lawyers will fight over the legality and constitutionality of President Trump’s national emergency declaration. What his legal team can’t salvage is the American people’s assessment of his ability to do his job.” Imbeciles and racists elected an imbecile and racist.)
- Exclusive: WH press secretary Sarah Sanders interviewed by special counsel’s officeSpecial counsel prosecutors say they have communications of Stone with WikiLeaksTexas elections chief sorry for fake news about 95,000 “illegal” voters, still wants purgeBill Weld Has What Any Republican Needs to Primary Trump: He Doesn’t Give a Damn (“The former Massachusetts governor is ready for one last leap in the dark.”)
- Supreme Court Will Hear Case Challenging Citizenship Question In 2020 Census (“A federal judge in New York blocked the Trump administration from adding the question earlier this year.”) Ex-cardinal McCarrick defrocked by Vatican for sexual abuse
- Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid settle collusion case with NFLKaepernick deal could close NFL’s kneeling chapter (“A sports agent says the NFL could have paid dearly to ‘not continue with this issue.’”)
- Tax Refund Fiasco Is Political Payback For Republicans (“They stepped on this rake last year and now it’s hitting them in the face.”)
- Biden Reportedly “95 Percent” Ready for 2020 Run (“After months (and years) of flirting with another presidential bid, sources close to Biden say he’s almost at yes.”)
- Eric Trump Blames Democrats for Ruining His Plans to Profit Off the Presidency
- Kaine asks Shanahan if military families would be hurt by moving $3.6B for border wall
- Warner Introduces Act to Protect Credit Scores of Shutdown Workers
- Virginia politics: The uneasy marriage of new liberalism and historic racism
- Virginia Democrats Now Look To Women of Color For Leadership
- Ralph Northam wants forgiveness. Virginia’s black activists want him to work for it. (“The embattled governor’s fight for redemption is just beginning.”)
- Northern Virginia Is Keeping Amazon’s 25,000 Jobs, and Wants You to Know It
- Poll: Despite All the Virginia Republican Outrage, Virginians Overwhelmingly Support Third-Trimester Abortion Where a Woman’s Health Is At Risk
- Video: Del. Patrick Hope Defends Call for Impeachment of LG Justin Fairfax, Says It’s “fundamentally first and foremost about due process”
- Spanberger reacts to scandal in Richmond
- Clicking Clean Virginia (“The Dirty Energy Powering Data Center Alley”)
- For job creation, solar is a winner: Virginia’s solar jobs rose nine percent in 2018
- Tax department to ‘crank it up’ as Northam signs tax bills
- LGBT activists upset with loss of Va. anti-discrimination bills turn to November (As should pro-ERA activists, climate/environmental activists, gun violence prevention activists, etc, etc.)
- Northam’s hometown struggles to square the man they know with the photo in his yearbookVa. House Republicans let LGBT non-discrimination bills die without a hearing
- Mountain Valley Pipeline acknowledges criminal investigation into alleged environmental violations (“On January 7, 2019, the MVP Joint Venture received a letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia stating that it and the EPA are investigating potential criminal and/or civil violations of the Clean Water Act and other federal statutes as they relate to the construction of the MVP. The January 7, 2019, letter requests the MVP Joint Venture and its members, contractors, suppliers and other entities involved in the construction of the MVP to preserve documents related to the MVP generated from September 1, 2018 to the present.”)
- Governor announces winner of $3.3 billion contract to expand HRBT by 2025
- Alicia Plerhoples Announces Candidacy for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
- Virginia election on Tuesday could offer first glimpse of scandals’ impact
- After persuasion, bill changing ‘Good Samaritan’ law advances from House panel
- General Assembly Notebook: House panel backs mandatory minimum for killing police dogs
- Council 20 of AFSCME, the Largest Public Sector Union in the County, Endorses Democrat Tim Chapman for Fairfax County Board Chair
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.
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.
- Thursday, December 6, 2018
- 6:00 PM
- Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy
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.
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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..
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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…
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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.