Indivisible National Strategic Planning Event, Houston, April 6-8, 2018

This is a reminder that early-bird registration is now active for attending the strategic planning event with other Indivisible leaders from across the country. In surveys, you shared that you want to come together across local and state lines to discuss and decide how to work better together to achieve our common goals. This is our chance to do just that.

To ensure that we cover the full costs of the venue, the early bird registration price is $69. We are hoping to reach our goal of 150 registrations – which is the number we need to fund the venue – by the end of this Monday so that we can secure the venue while it is still available. If we do not reach 150, we cannot put on the event and would then refund all registrations.

The event will be held in Houston on April 6-8, 2018. To register for the event now and help us secure the funds to book the venue, please click the link below and pay your registration fee:

Register for the Event Now!

 

If you want to attend the event but feel that you have challenges in making a commitment to be there, please feel free to reach out to me to see if we can help in any way.

For more information about the goals and plans for the event, please also watch the conference call and PowerPoint presentation that was held last year by clicking the link below.

Watch the Presentation

If you have further questions about the event after watching the presentation, including questions related to the issue of being able to afford attendance, you can also click the FAQs link below to see if your questions are answered there. Or you can send me an email with any questions that are not covered. I will be updating the FAQs as I receive new questions.

Email to:  indivisiblestrategy@gmail.com

See FAQs

To register, please click the link below to join your fellow Indivisible leaders for what will be an exciting, moving, and results-oriented event.

Register for the Event Now!

 

1st District Progressives Meeting: New location

1st Congressional District Progressive Meeting

Saturday, January 27, 12:00 Noon – 2:30 PM

Ashland Coffee and Tea; 100 N Railroad Avenue, Ashland VA

We need to come together as one district to learn about our candidates & find unified solutions to 2018 election challenges.

We request the attendance of progressive/liberal groups from all over the Virginia First Congressional District.

Ryan Sawyers, Edwin Santana, John Suddarth and Vangie Williams will be attending.
Format/Topics:
1) Introductions of groups & their current projects
2) Candidate introductions
3) Workshops covering topics such as:
– Growing progressive group size
– Improving participation
– Raising money
– Improving communication/collaboration.
– Improving voter turnout (specific to VACD1)
– Opportunities for marketing/advertising (crowdsourced ads?, etc).
4) Training:
– Advanced canvassing tips/strategies.
– Basics of MiniVan (bring your smartphone/tablet). WiFi available.

Upcoming meetings

Next meeting:

Sunday, January 21, 1 – 4 PM, Northumberland Public Library, Heathsville VA.

Lexi Coburn from the national organization is traveling to us from North Carolina to provide training.  Let’s honor her commitment of time with our attendance.

1st Congressional District Progressive Meeting

Saturday, January 27, 12:00 Noon – 2:30 PM

Mechanicsville Library; 7461 Sherwood Crossing Place, Mechanicsville VA 23111

We need to come together as one district to learn about our candidates & find unified solutions to 2018 election challenges.

We request the attendance of progressive/liberal groups from all over the Virginia First Congressional District.

Ryan Sawyers, Edwin Santana, John Suddarth and Vangie Williams will be attending.
Format/Topics:
1) Introductions of groups & their current projects
2) Candidate introductions
3) Workshops covering topics such as:
– Growing progressive group size
– Improving participation
– Raising money
– Improving communication/collaboration.
– Improving voter turnout (specific to VACD1)
– Opportunities for marketing/advertising (crowdsourced ads?, etc).
4) Training:
– Advanced canvassing tips/strategies.
– Basics of MiniVan (bring your smartphone/tablet). WiFi available.

Location: Mechanicsville Library Conference Hall @ 7416 Sherwood Crossing Place, Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (may change due to size of group).
 

If Trump fires Mueller — protest rally in Tappahannock

Nobody is above the law, in spite of the fact that Donald Trump believes himself to be.

In case Trump fires Robert Mueller, the nation should explode in rallies.  Nobodyisabovethelaw is planning nationwide rallies in the event Trump fires Mueller.  Click on the link then find your state to locate planned rallies near you.

For local Indivisible members, our rally will be in Tappahannock in front of Rob Wittman’s office.

Action items, October 2 – 9

Several of these items ask that you contact your Congressional representative(s).  Here’s a link with contact information.

What to Do This Week of October 2 – 9, 2017

Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

 Sign up to receive this weekly checklist.

I believe in equal rights for all Americans.

Action: Advocate for the economic rights of our poorest neighbors.

Call: Or write your 2 senators

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP], calling about the Republican tax plan. I want to advocate for poor, hardworking Americans who need cuts more than corporations and people earning over $200,000 per year. Advantages like pass-throughs, estate tax breaks, and write-offs for charitable giving only benefit the most affluent. Please let [name] know I expect to see him/her support an ethical, fiscally-responsible tax plan that helps our struggling neighbors, not Trump Tower cronies. Thank you.

I believe in quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

Action: Spread the word that ACA health insurance open enrollment starts in 1 month. Since the president cut advertising budget by 90%, it’s up to us.

Share on Facebook: Use this link in English and this link in Spanish.

Share on Twitter: Retweet this image.

Action: Advocate for kids’ healthcare.

Call: All 3 MoCs (lookup).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and am calling because funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program lapsed this Sunday, Oct 1 which risks leaving 9 million kids without coverage. Can you tell me what [name] is doing to quickly reauthorize CHIP funding and protect kids’ health?

 

I believe in a government led by people of integrity.

Action: Advocate for a clear, swift rebuke of the president’s comments regarding San Juan’s mayor.

Call: Or email all 3 of your members of Congress.

Script: The president’s bullying of San Juan’s mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, on twitter is insensitive, antagonistic, and disgraceful, especially in light of the climbing death toll. I would like [name] to make a public statement condemning the president’s words and expressing support for our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.

 

Action: Oppose cabinet members wasting taxpayer dollars on private jets.

Call: Or email all 3 of your members of Congress.

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling about cabinet members’ use of private jets. I was pleased that Sec. Price stepped down for abusing this privilege. It’s come to light that Zinke has spent $12,000 to travel through the Caribbean on an oil executive’s aircraft, and Pruitt’s use of private planes has cost over $58,000. What is [name] doing to stop public servants from wasting taxpayers’ hard-earned money?

 

I believe in a woman’s right to safe, affordable reproductive care.

 

Action: Oppose House bill reducing access to abortion to 20 weeks.

Call: Your 1 House represetative — Rep. Rob Wittman.

Script: Hi. I’m calling because I oppose H.R. 36. Despite Republicans’ vision of a small federal government, this bill that invades the doctor-patient relationship, restricts women’s decisions, and violates Roe v. Wade. I would like [name] to vote no on H.R. 36 when it comes up for a vote this week. Thank you.

 

I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.

Action: Advocate for existing protections against the discharge of pesticides in waterways (h/t).

Call: Your 2 senators

Script: Hi, I’m calling from [ZIP] about the H.R. 953, already passed in the House and now in the Senate for approval. Protecting waterways from the discharge of toxic materials is essential for pristine habitat, healthy oceans, and clean drinking water. It is not a regulatory burden. I would like [name] to vote no H.R. 953. Thank you.

 

I believe in the Constitutional rights of speech, assembly, and press.

 

Action: Oppose DHS’ proposed social media monitoring of immigrants and citizens.

Call: Or email all 3 of your members of Congress.

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP], calling to express deep concern about the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed policy of monitoring social media of immigrants, their legal guardians, green-card holders, and naturalized citizens. This intrusive, anti-immigrant policy gives carte-blanche access to data that violates citizens’ 4th and 1st amendment rights. Evidence shows that it will not make our country safer. How is [name] opposing this overreach by DHS?

Comment by Oct 17: Write an original public comment on Regulations.gov especially opposing proposed changes 4 and 5 (regarding who is monitored and how).

 

I believe that open borders and a path to citizenship benefit America.

 

Action: Oppose border wall funding tied to Republican DACA fix.

Call: Your 2 senators this week.

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling to oppose the Republican SUCCEED Act (S. 1852). I do not—nor will I ever—support any bill that includes funding for a border wall with Mexico. I would like [name] to co-sponsor and vote for the Dream Act (S. 1615) instead. Thanks.

 

I support the rights and sovereignty of indigenous people.

 

Action: Advocate for water protectors’ right to legal representation by Oct 2nd.

Email: supclerkofcourt@ndcourts.gov.

Script: Visit Water Protector Legal for scripts. Your email can help.

 

I believe I am my neighbor’s keeper.

 

Action: Support any of these agencies bringing urgent assistance to Puerto Rico.

 

Action: Oppose escalation with North Korea.

Call: Or email all 3 of your members of Congress.

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and calling about relations with North Korea. Our president don’t seem interested in avoiding conflict. Can you tell me what [name] is doing to address this growing concern?

 

Acts of Gratitude

Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude mail.

 

Thank Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) for urging the president to stop dragging his feet and to enforce sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Thank you for your bipartisan cooperation and leadership on this important issue.

Address (JM): 2201 East Camelback Road, Suite 115, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Address (BC): 100 S. Charles Street, Tower 1, Suite 1710, Baltimore, MD 21201

 

Thank Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for continuing to work collaboratively on a bipartisan solution to shore up ACA. I appreciate your creativity, cooperation, and collegiality in finding solutions that work for Americans.

Address (PM): 402 E. Yakima Ave, Suite 420, Yakima, Washington 98901

Address (LA): 3322 West End Avenue, #120, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Thank Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) for holding Jared Kushner’s feet to the fire on his undisclosed email account. I appreciate your thoroughness and persistence in getting to the bottom of what happened in the 2016 elections, including the role the president’s son in law may have played.

Address (RB): 151 Patton Avenue, Suite 204, Asheville, NC 28801

Address (MW): 919 E. Main Street, Suite 630, Richmond, VA 23219

 

Thank OMB Dir. Mick Mulvaney for his memo reminding senior officials to honor their fiscal responsibility to taxpayers by choosing commercial travel over private charters—even when approved and within the law. I appreciate your respect for hardworking Americans.

Address: Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503

 

Recommended reading

Thought-provoking, in-depth reading that’s worth your time.

  • Russia social media chaos campaign continues in real time (NPR).

  • A friend asked her about white privilege, she decided to be honest (YES Magazine).

 

Good news

 

 

Obama Administration numbers are in . . . looking GOOD!!

Courtesy of Fact Check.org: 

The numbers are nearly all in now. What they show about what really happened during the eight years that Barack Obama was president is sometimes different from what politicians claimed. 

  • The economy gained a net 11.5 million jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to below the historical norm. 
  • Average weekly earnings for all workers were up 4.1 percent after inflation. The gain was 3.7 percent for just production and nonsupervisory employees. 
  • After-tax corporate profits also set records, as did stock prices. The S&P 500 index rose 166 percent. 
  • The number of people lacking health insurance dropped by 15 million. Premiums rose, but more slowly than before. 
  • The federal debt owed to the public rose 128 percent. Deficits were rising as Obama departed. 
  • Home prices rose 20 percent. But the home ownership rate hit the lowest point in half a century. 
  • Illegal immigration declined: The Border Patrol caught 35 percent fewer people trying to get into the U.S. from Mexico. 
  • Wind and solar power increased 369 percent. Coal production declined 38 percent. Carbon emissions from burning fossil fuel dropped 11 percent. 
  • Production of handguns rose 192 percent, to a record level. 
  • The murder rate dropped to the lowest on record in 2014, then rose and finished at about the same rate as when Obama took office.

Overall those are VERY good numbers.

Critics of the President can complain that the numbers could be better, and that opportunities were missed, but they have to be reminded that everything President Obama accomplished he did with the Republicans obstructing him every step of the way.

I can hardly wait to compare this to the final numbers on the Trump presidency.

Join us for showing of “Gerryrigged”

Join Northumberland Indivisible to view “GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on its Head”, a documentary from OneVirginia2021 at  the Northumberland Library:
 
  • Sunday, October 1
  • 3:00 PM
  • 7204 Northumberland Hwy (Hwy 360), Heathsville
Technology has made gerrymandering such an exact science that, in most cases, incumbents cannot lose and challengers cannot win.
 
Learn how non-partisan reform efforts now underway in Virginia and elsewhere can change this dangerous trend and return political power to the voters.
 
Bob Wilson, a volunteer with OneVirginia2021, will introduce the film and lead the Q&A afterwards. After a long and distinguished career developing systems and data services primarily for federal, state and local governments, Bob and his wife of 50 years, Bonita, retired to Reedville in 2003.

 

IMPORTANT: Committee to Investigate Russia

This is important.  A group of concerned notable Americans have formed the Committee to Investigate Russia.   Here is their statement of purpose:

Committee to Investigate Russia

The Russian Active Measures campaign aimed at the United States has been exposed. Using hacking, Twitter armies, and fake news, the Kremlin engaged in an aggressive effort to subvert the American democratic process. Now, only months into his term of office, the President and his staff are facing multiple investigations in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and by a Special Counsel for the Department of Justice.  

The Committee to Investigate Russia is a nonprofit, non-partisan resource provided to help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy. All relevant information is aggregated in one place to provide context and allow users to see the full picture of what Russia has done and will continue to do unless we start paying closer attention.

For generations, people have fought to protect democracy. Now it is our turn. 

In a video posted on the site, Morgan Freeman explains why and how our democracy is under the most serious threat in our history.