Indivisible SF Update 8-16

Indivisible SF believes in an America that embodies equality, justice, and opportunity for all — a society in which the regressive and dangerous agenda led by Trump has no place. We work to protect each other and the integrity of our democratic institutions from this agenda, support progressive policies, and hold our elected officials accountable to their constituents.

 

Since the January 2017, over 4,000 San Franciscans have united as Indivisible SF to march in the Women's Marches, protest the Muslim Ban, meet regularly with our Members of Congress, and make thousands of phone calls to their offices to pressure them to do everything in their power to counter the policies and politics of Trumpism. There is much work in progress and many actions to come. 


If you want to actively resist Trump, please join us. All are welcome.  Learn more at IndivisibleSF.org.

 

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UPDATE:

Despite some vocal opposition from Democrats, hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are set to begin on September 4. Republican Senators intend to push the nomination through while withholding thousands of documents from Senate review. While Republicans will no doubt try to rubber stamp his appointment, the public must know the full extent of Kavanaugh’s beliefs, and who exactly is being considered for such a powerful position.

Even with what we’ve seen so far, we know that Brett Kavanaugh should not be given a lifetime position on our country’s highest court. It’s all in the open - his opinion that the President cannot be prosecuted, his suspicious debts, and his horrific decisions on reproductive rights (denying an abortion to an undocumented teenager in a detention facility).

Make no mistake, the Republicans are trying to push an unqualified sycophant into a stolen SCOTUS seat. This is an issue that affects everyone of us and our friends and loved ones, and could haunt us for a generation or more.

Please call your Senators today and urge them to do more than vote NO on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Ask them to use every available tactic to delay and prevent his nomination. We all need to step up to this and give it everything we have. In two weeks, on August 26, join us for 
a rally to #StopKavanaugh at 1pm at Civic Center and make our voices heard!

 

 

Join us at 4-6pm on Sunday for our Indivisible SF General Meeting.

In addition to orientation sessions for new members, Member of Congress strategy sessions, and issue-specific and electoral breakout groups, we have a guest speaker this week!

Jeff Justice from the Center for Election Science (CES) will speak for 20 minutes at the beginning of the meeting, then lead a breakout Q&A discussion. The Center for Election Science is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the world use smarter election systems. Among its many efforts, CES is currently working with activists in Fargo, North Dakota on a ballot measure to become the first U.S.-based municipality to use Approval Voting to select its mayor. More about that initiative here.

Phone-banking: TJ Cox in CA-21, running against Valadao (Central Valley). Bring a charged cellular and your own tablet / laptop.

Text-banking: Beto O’Rourke, running against Ted Cruz. For texting, you must sign up by Sunday morning, AND bring your own laptop or large tablet. You will not be using your phone for this text bank. See their website for step-by-step instructions.

There will be an additional text-bank for people who want to use their phones, candidate TBD.

Postcards: Audrey Denney, CA CD1, running against do-nothing LaMalfa, and other campaigns to be announced. We need to work on electing officials who respect the press, please help us get out the vote and drive the blue wave this November.

We will also be hosting a “wine and sign” letter-writing happy hour after the regular meeting at Tommy’s Joynt at 1101 Geary Blvd (x Van Ness). We will be in the back and we love newcomers!

 

Your Member of Congress Actions This Week

In addition to asking your Senators to try to stop Kavanaugh’s appointment, please ask them to push for ratification of the Human Rights Treaties. The US is the only nation in the world that hasn’t signed the Child Rights Treaty. And we are among only four nations (hello Iran, Somalia and Sudan) to block ratification of the treaty prohibiting Discrimination Against Women. This is a disgrace. It’s time to speak out on these issues.

Also, please ask your Senators and Representatives to protect the environment from nasty riders in the Interior and Environmental Appropriations bill. Keep asking your Representatives to stop Trump’s horrific immigration policies and insist on a NAFTA Treaty that’s good for the environment and workers' rights. 


Ask Senator Dianne Feinstein to:

Ask Senator Kamala Harris to:

Ask Representative Nancy Pelosi to:

Ask Representative Jackie Speier to:

Bonus Federal Action:
Industry lobbyists are leaning on EPA to change the cost-benefit analysis of our public protections. We can’t allow polluting industries to use this as an opportunity to eliminate environmental protections which keep Americans safe.

  • Submit a public comment to ask the EPA to keep their old rule and renege on this new cost-benefit analysis. Sample script (but try to use your own words): “I am concerned that this new cost/benefit analysis policy is an attempt by industry lobbyists to game the rulemaking process and eliminate environmental protections. The EPA exists to protect Americans from harmful pollution, not to serve industries that would financially benefit from deregulation. I urge the EPA not to make this change and instead remain focused on protecting the health of our communities instead of corporate profits.”

As an all-volunteer organization, we need all the help we can get to be a powerful voice in the Resistance. We are looking for more researchers who can help with calls scripts and Member of Congress meeting agendas. Do you read every piece of news you can get your hands on? Want to do something meaningful with all that knowledge? Help us out!

These roles can take up as much or as little time as you can spare, so please reach out to info@indivisiblesf.org. We need you!

Click here for MoC contact information and call scripts.