What We Do

Power of Many – In Sausalito we are “Small But Mighty” and as an Indivisible group we are part of a national network of 6,000 chapters, at least one in every congressional district in the country.  Locally, regionally, statewide, and  nationally, we talk to each other, we share best practices and strategize on how to use our combined power to effect change.  If you join Indivisible, you are not just joining a group you are joining a Movement.

We either partner with other groups specializing in these areas, or we create actions ourselves.

Given the mercurial nature of this administration, actions and mobilizations change rapidly.

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Mostly Weekly Newsletter 2-11-19

So much voting, so little time!

New Citizen Voter Registration - 2/13
Marin's New Voting Machines - 2/13
Texting for Green Voters (now!)
The Lost Stories of Marinship - 2/22
General Meeting - Feb 27th!


NEW CITIZEN VOTER REGISTRATION

After naturalization ceremonies in Oakland, new American citizens emerge and unbelievably, are not automatically registered to vote.  You can help!  Join Democracy Action for some of the most fulfilling voter registration experiences you will ever have.

Wednesday, February 13
Outside of the Paramount Theatre, Oakland

10AM shift:  RSVP here
2pm shift:  RSVP here


MEANWHILE IN MARIN

The Marin County Department of Elections is going to upgrade our voting equipment which is 20 years old.  There will be a vendor demonstration day on Wednesday, February 13 from 1-4pm at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel, 1010 Northgate Drive in San Rafael.

It will be an opportunity for residents to see the three bidders' machines, ask questions, and provide feedback to County staff.

At least 70% of Marin-ites vote by mail, and a faster counting system would help speed the count of those ballots received on and after Election Day.   It is anticipated that a new system would be installed in time for the November 2019 election and for sure by the 2020 Presidential election, where turnout should be even higher than in the midterms.


MORE GREEN VOTERS PLEASE

The Environmental Voter Project is a new, powerful concept that
(1) uses big-data analytics to identify inactive environmentalists and then
(2) applies cutting-edge behavioral science to turn them into more consistent voters.

Using a new generation of Get-Out-The-Vote techniques, we are dramatically increasing voter turnout while precisely measuring our impact. EVP is a non-partisan nonprofit organization. We do not endorse candidates or tell people how to vote. EVP has a much bigger goal: instead of trying to influence particular elections, we aim to fundamentally change the electorate so that policy makers respond accordingly. Our steady, movement-building approach is using proven techniques to bring environmental voter turnout to a tipping point of overwhelming demand for progressive environmental policies.

They are using get out the vote strategies (including texting and phone banking) to increase environmental voter engagement. If you are interested in learning about them, and would like to text or call on their behalf, please register for their online volunteer training using the Google form here.


THE LOST HISTORY OF MARINSHIP


INDIVISIBLE SAUSALITO GENERAL MEETING

"What are we going to do in November?  VOTE!!"

Save the date for our next General Meeting
Wednesday, February 27 - 7pm, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito.
RSVP Here

We heard you in January - these are the types of meetings you want:

- Address local issues with speakers who can direct us to action
- Learn advocacy skills
- Some action taken at each meeting (not a problem!)
- Focus on 2019 state elections, 2020 Senate
- Meetings that don't end when the meeting ends

And we also had a healthy discussion about bridging the divide, talking to the "other side", and perhaps even reconsidering our own media diets - how we form our own opinions.

Not that we can cover ALL of this in February, but we promise we will make a great start.  And even though this is an "off" election year there is a lot going on across the country and we WILL be participating in helping elect Democrats in key states.

And we'll be postcarding again starting in MARCH!  Stay tuned for dates and times...

XO
Lisa

Mostly Weekly Newsletter 1-22-19

WE LOVE BLUE FOOD
SHUT THIS DOWN, M'F'ER
AHEM, ADEM
JUSTICE RESTORED

JAN 23 - INDIVISIBLE SAUSALITO MEETING

Wednesday, January 23 7-8:30pm
333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito
RSVP click here

Join us for our inaugural 2019 meeting to learn about who we are and what we do, and celebrate what we have done!

Blue food potluck to celebrate our blue wave!
And yes, there will be postcards!

Reasons to join us in 2019:

  1. The threat to everything you value is real
  2. Collective power brings systemic change
  3. You can change the world by holding your place
  4. We need you and your voice to speak truth to power
  5. 2020

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JAN 23 - INDIVISIBLE NATIONAL CALL DAY

More Info - click here

Trump and Mitch McConnell refuse to let their hostages go. Trump and McConnell are losing. A majority of the American public doesn’t want to pay for Trump’s wall; they just want Republicans in Congress to open up the government. Out of desperation, McConnell is planning to bring two bills to the floor for a vote this week. The first is an extreme bill that reads like Stephen Miller’s wish list—it would provide Trump with nearly $6 billion for his wall, fund additional immigration agents, expand detention capacity, and permanently restrict access to asylum for many people, including children. And, importantly, would not provide meaningful relief for DACA recipients.

The second vote is on a clean continuing resolution that would fund the government until Feb. 8. If it passes, it would mean that federal employees would finally get paid, affected programs would be funded, and our government would open back up.

It’s important that we first block Trump’s anti-immigrant bill, and then put pressure on Republicans to do the right thing and open up the government by passing a clean CR.

On Wednesday, January 23rd we’ll be taking national coordinated action across the country with a National Call Day—join in by calling 844-236-2373. You will be connected to your Senators.

Call script for Senators:

Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from (part of state). I’m calling to thank [Senator] for standing strong against Trump’s demands for wall funding and ask that they oppose the White House immigration bill when the Senate votes on it.

That bill has $5.7 BILLION for a wall and only provides temporary relief for SOME Dreamers and TPS holders. That is unacceptable. [Senator] needs to force Mitch McConnell to put the House legislation reopening the government on the floor by opposing the White House bill and all other legislation until the government reopens.

Will [Senator] vote “no” on the White House immigration bill?

Call script for House representatives (Jared Huffman:  San Rafael - (415) 258-9657)

Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from (part of state). I’m calling to ask [MoC] to reject Trump’s racist wall demands and say no to Trump’s hostage-taking. The wall is immoral and I don’t want my taxpayer dollars being used for it.

Will [MoC] commit to voting against any bill containing money for Trump’s wall or more immigration enforcement?

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JAN 26 - ADEM ELECTIONS

Saturday, January 26
Doors open 10AM
Speeches (1 minute each!) start at 10:15
Voting starts at 10:45
Ok to Vote and Go
3473 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa CA (UA Local 38 Plumbers & Pipefitters Bldg)

Every two years, the CA Democrats elect 7 women and 7 men from each Assembly District in CA as delegates to the state party. Those who are elected will have a chance to vote for the new party chair and other leadership. The race is hotly contested and will determine how welcoming, grassroots-focused and innovative the party becomes or how beholden it will remain to big money interests.

Delegates elect Party officers, endorse candidates for statewide, legislative and congressional office, attend the annual convention, network with other Democrats, represent your constituency, promote the California Democratic Party agenda, and vote to endorse resolutions and ballot measures.

You get to vote for 14 delegates (7 men and 7 women), and 1 Executive Board Representative.

Our very own Lisa Bennett is running - and she is on the Progressive Slate.  This slate is made up of 13 candidates, many who who have worked mightily to form the party platform to reflect progressive, grassroots values.  Supporters include Courage Campaign, Our Revolution NorthBay. Progressive DFA-Marin, Progressive Democrats of America-CA, SURJ Marin, Sonoma County Latino Democratic Club, Latino PAC of Sonoma County, the AD10 Club, The North Bay Progressive Alliance, Healthcare For All - Marin, and many many community activists and leaders.

VOTE FOR THE PROGRESSIVE SLATE!
Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheProgressiveSlate/
Our website: https://www.adems.vote/ad10/

TRANSPORTATION: If you are coming from Marin, we have 45 seats on a bus which we hope to fill. The bus departs from the Marin Civic Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium Parking Lot at 9 AM and will be returning to Marin around 1 PM. This will get everyone to the election in time to hear candidate speeches at 10:15am, and to vote at the top of the line at 10:45am. Anyone who wants to be on the bus should contact Pat Johnstone, auntpatsplace@yahoo.com, with your name, email and cell phone number.

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JAN 27 - ACLU RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PANEL

RSVP:  tinyurl.com/ycmpnhcc

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Mostly Weekly Newsletter 1-16-19

WOMEN'S MARCH #WOMENSWAVE
SWING LEFT, BABY
MLK DAY
WORLD'S GREATEST MEETING
ADEM AND A GORILLA WALK INTO A BAR


JAN 19 - SF WOMEN'S MARCH

As many of you know, there has been a controversy surrounding the national leadership of the Women’s March and allegations concerning their affiliations with people and organizations that have expressed anti-Semitic sentiments. Some of you have asked whether, in light of this, Indivisible Sausalito will be participating in the local Women’s March.

The short answer to this question is yes. As we did last year, we will be joining with other grassroots groups and other allies to march.

The longer answer is that the Women’s March Bay Area is an independent entity, with its own leadership; although the marches all over the country are coordinated to the extent that they take place on the same day, use the same logo, operate under the same name, and more, the national organization and national leadership are separate from the local marches. Women’s March Bay Area has responded to the allegations of anti-Semitism with this Open Letter.   We at Indivisible Sausalito believe that this is the right message and that it’s appropriate to continue to participate in an event run by a group operating under these principles.

Beyond this, we urge you to read this powerful Jewish Women of Color Open Letter for important and too rarely-heard views on how we can fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred, and fight for women’s rights and human rights, together, without seeking or giving into forces that seek division. Without minimizing or glossing over problems, we also note that Women’s March national has stated as a Unity Principle: “We must create a society in which all women - including Black women, Indigenous women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Jewish women, Muslim women, Latinx women, Asian and Pacific Islander women, lesbian, bi, queer and trans women - are free and able to care for and nurture themselves and their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments."

To join us, we are going to take the Larkspur Ferry at 9:30am Saturday.  Email Lisa Bennett to confirm that you'd like to join us - we will gather out front of the ferry at 9am, look for my "THE PATRIARCHY WILL NOT SMASH ITSELF" sign!

For more information on the ferry, click here.

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JAN 20 - SWING LEFT/SISTER DISTRICT MEETING

Swing Left Marin is joining with fellow progressives to FLIP ALL THE HOUSES! Working together with Swing Left National and Sister District, we'll be part of a national effort that's bringing our "campaigns-in-waiting" model to swing Senate seats, the House, the state-level races needed to ensure fair maps in the 2021 redistricting, and the Presidency.Come to our first meeting of the New Year to hear the new strategy and plans from Swing Left Marin and meet our new colleagues in action from Sister District Marin. We'll learn how there are collaborative opportunities from both organizations to build on the Get Out the Vote work we've begun in California that we can carry forward to other key races and districts in 2019 and in 2020.

Swing Left Marin Action 2019 Meeting: January 20th 3 - 5 pm

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JAN 21 - MLK DAY MARIN CITY

A wonderful celebration of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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JAN 23 - INDIVISIBLE SAUSALITO MEETING

7pm, Wednesday, January 23
333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito
RSVP click here
Join us for our inaugural 2019 meeting to learn about who we are and what we do.  Also, we're asking if you bring food, bring BLUE FOOD.  Yes, we went a little overboard with the blue wave deal.

Reasons to join us in 2019:

1. The threat to everything you value is real

2. Collective power brings systemic change

3. You can change the world by holding your place

4. We need you and your voice to speak truth to power

5. 2020

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JAN 26 - ADEM

Every two years, the CA Democrats elect 7 women and 7 men from each of the eighty  Assembly District in CA as delegates to the state party. The election is called ADEM (Assembly Delegate Election Meeting).  Those who are elected will have a chance to vote for the new party chair and other leadership. The races are hotly contested and will determine how welcoming, grassroots-focused and innovative the party becomes or how beholden it will remain to big money interests.

Delegates elect Party officers, endorse candidates for statewide, legislative and congressional office, attend the annual convention, network with other Democrats, represent your constituency, promote the California Democratic Party agenda, help create the party platform, and vote to endorse resolutions and ballot measures.
Delegates typically, but not always, organize into “slates” of no more than 14 candidates with common goals. You get 14 votes for delegates, 1 of which you must also vote for Executive Board Representative.  There are currently 27 candidates for the 14 positions and 4 candidates for E-Board.

Indivisible Sausalito's own Lisa Bennett is running to be an Assembly Delegate - on the Progressive Slate*.  To learn more about the slate, go here and on Facebook here.  "As co-Chair of ICE Out of Marin, a Board member of the MultiCultural Center of Marin, a Core Group member of SURJ Marin, and as the founder of Indivisible Sausalito, my grassroots activism has focused on deepening civic engagement, and rooted in the values that unite us as Progressives: social and racial justice and equity, human dignity, cultural diversity, respect, civil liberties, and human rights. Your vote for me and the Progressive Slate will ensure progressive values are upheld in the Party." - Lisa Bennett

We have seen enormous turnout at the prior elections, and expect enormous turnout at this one.  Make plans, bring friends, and VOTE for the Progressive Slate!Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Doors Open: 10:00am
Candidate speeches begin: 10:15am
Registration & voting: 10:45am-12:45pm

Location:

UA Local 38 Plumbers & Pipefitters
3473 Santa Rosa Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

TRANSPORTATION: If you are coming from Marin, we have 45 seats on a bus which we hope to fill. The bus departs from the Marin Civic Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium Parking Lot at 9 AM and will be returning to Marin around 1 PM. This will get everyone to the election in time to hear candidate speeches at 10:15am, and to vote at the top of the line at 10:45am. Anyone who wants to be on the bus should contact Pat Johnstone, auntpatsplace@yahoo.com, with your name, email and cell phone number.

*This is the first time I have run for anything in my life.  I did win Pumpkin Queen in Kindergarten but that was it.
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CARDI B SUMS IT UP:

Cardi B on the government shutdown:via IG/iamcardib]
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