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 1-2-2019

With great power comes great responsibility..." - Spiderman

And with that, our first newsletter of 2019:

JANUARY 3 -    NATIONWIDE DAY OF ACTION*
JANUARY 4 -    PELOSI TOWN HALL (MSNBC)
JANUARY 11 -   MIKE MCGUIRE
JANUARY 19 -   WOMEN'S MARCH
JANUARY 21 -   MLK DAY
JANUARY 23 -   WELCOME TO INDIVISIBLE SAUSALITO*
JANUARY 27 -   ACLU-PEOPLE NOT PRISONS
GO BIG OR GO HOME

*this includes a postcard party!


JANUARY 3 - WE'RE BAAACK!

Democrats officially take power in the House on January 3, and in celebration, Indivisible groups across the country are taking the helm and are showing up.  Never one to pass up a Postcard Party, we are going to be back at it!

Not only will we be contacting all of our elected officials, we are also launching the first wave of a Sister District postcard study - a strategic, focused, year-long national study on the impact of postcards.  For this first wave we have committed to send 300 postcards to voters in Mississippi by the end of January, so let's get going!

Join us, usual time, usual place, for a great opener to the year:

WHEN:   Thursday, January 3 - 6:30pm
WHERE: Salito's Crab & Prime Rib - 1200 Bridgeway Blvd, Sausalito

RSVP:  Click here

And for those of you interested in participating in a virtual event that day - we will be participating in an #OurHouse social media action - with instructions we'll email you the morning of January 3rd.

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ALL EYES ON NANCY

MSNBC will feature Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a town hall at her alma mater in her first major television event after she is expected to be sworn in as Speaker.

“The Speaker: An MSNBC Town Hall” will moderated by weekend host Joy Reid from Trinity Washington University, the nation’s first Catholic liberal arts college for women, in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 4 at 7pm PST on MSNBC.

Incoming Speaker Pelosi will share her legislative agenda, examine the race within the Democratic Party for the presidential nomination, discuss her thoughts on the Trump administration and more. The town hall will also feature questions from audience members.
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I LIKE MIKE

A big thing we do as Indivisibles is hold our electeds accountable.  The next meeting coming up is with our California State Senator, Mike McGuire.  The meeting is at 10am on Friday, January 11th at his office in the Marin County Civic Center.  To see more about his voting record and funding, go here.  To join the meeting, email Lisa Bennett at lisabpolitics@gmail.com.

We also meet with Assm. Marc Levine, Rep. Jared Huffman, and with Senators Harris and Feinstein (those meetings are with their staff).  We'll keep you updated as these meetings become finalized.

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WOMEN'S MARCH

Saturday - January 19th - This year's theme is #TruthToPower, and in San Francisco is co-hosted by Planned Parenthood.  The March begins with a rally at the SF Civic Center at 11:30 followed by a March to Embarcadero Plaza at 1:30.

As in years past, we'll be heading over with other activists on the Larkspur Ferry that morning, then rallying and ferrying back.  The 9:30 ferry will get us to the Ferry Building at 10:30, and muni gets us to the Civic Center shortly thereafter.  If you'd like to join our motley crew, email Lisa at lisabpolitics@gmail.com.

Indivisible Petaluma is also organizing a March there, for more details email them at PetalumaWomensMarch@gmail.com.
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MLK CELEBRATION-MARIN CITY

Monday, January 21
10am - 2:30pm
Marin City Rec Center


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WE ARE NOT JUST AN AWESOME NEWSLETTER

Join us for our inaugural 2019 meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 7pm - 8:30pm (location TBD*).  Come back if you've been gone (sounds like a country tune) and check us out if you're curious.

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!

RSVP here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indivisible-sausalito-inaugural-2019-meeting-tickets-54272184565
*our usual location may not be available - if you have a good meeting space, let us know!
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ACLU MARIN - PEOPLE NOT PRISONS

Sunday, January 27
2-4pm

Embassy Suites by Hilton, 101 McInnis Parkway San Rafael, CA 94903
Register (it's free!): 
tinyurl.com/ycmpnhcc 
A super lineup of local experts on restorative justice will be discussing what it is and how we can better implement it in Marin.

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GO BIG OR GO HOME

The House Dems are hitting the ground running - watch for:

H.R. 1 - the first bill to be offered by the NEW House of Representatives - a "magnum opus of provisions that Democrats believe will strengthen U.S. Democratic institutions and provisions", a wish list of policies which would undo the worst Supreme Court decision in decades - Citizen's United - and would address gerrymandering, and restore the Voting Rights Act.  Line Drawn In Sand.  Your move, Republicans.

Ending the shutdown -  The Democratic package to end the shutdown would include one bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels, with $1.3 billion for border security - far less than $5 billion Trump has said he wants for the wall - through Feb. 8 as talks continued.

It would also include another measure made up of six other bipartisan bills - some that have already passed the Senate - to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown. It would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to Sept. 30.

Expect the #TrumperTantrum to continue.

Select Committee on Climate Crisis - After a great deal of pressure from young climate activists in the Sunrise Movement and with a big boost from Alexandria Octavio-Cortez,  Pelosi announced the formation of a House Select Committee on Climate Crisis.  Because we join Sunrise with our concern for the true scope, mandate and power of this committee, we (and many other Indivisibles) wrote to our Rep (Huffman, in our case) to encourage him to push for a committee with teeth, focused on the Green New Deal.  The mandate for this committee will be negotiated over the next week or so.  We're watching.

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Peace,
Lisa

Mostly Weekly Newsletter 12-3-18

Couple Things Before We Start Drinking
We Voted Them In, Now What
This Would Not Be A Newsletter Without A Postcard Party


ELECTION DAY

Election Day GOTV Phone - Sausalito - Tues., Nov. 6, 9-6pm
Sign up here  for a 3-hour shift

Marin Dems Phone/TextBanks TODAY:
November 6:
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Resistance Labs DAY OF Texting
Go here to sign up

Swing Left Severe Weather Phonebank

Many critical Swing Districts are impacted by severe weather today. Unfortunately, bad weather decreases voter turnout by 1% or more. And when fewer people vote in midterms, that favors Republicans.

We can’t let rain wash away the blue wave. So we’ve set up a special phone bank exclusively for Swing Districts in the storm’s path. Please make placing calls into these Swing Districts a priority today and click here to start calling.


WE ARE INDIVISIBLE

Not only do we work to get people to vote, we also hold those elected accountable.  Even here, in the bluest of blue counties.  As we have sadly learned, Not All Democrats Are Created Equal.  Rachel Maddow acknowledged our national movement last night in a 10-minute clip here.

Over the last two years we've been meeting with reps from Senator Feinstein, Senator Harris, Assemblymember Marc Levine, State Senator Mike McGuire, and even Congressman Jared Huffman.  In these recurring meetings we speak truth to power, and we do it with other local Indivisible groups together.  Here are just a few photos:

At Senator Harris' office:

With Assm. Marc Levine:

With Assm. Levine Staff:

Our next meeting with is with Assm. Levine's staff in the San Rafael Civic Center on Thursday, November 15 at 11AM.  We will be discussing potential bills we'd like to see put forth in the next state legislative session which begins in January.  To join us, email me.

And stay tuned for notice of our next Indivisible Sausalito meeting.  We have work to do together!


POSTCARD PARTY!

With just a short few weeks off (and throw in a Holiday) we will be postcarding again on Tuesday, December 4th at 6:30pm at Salito's.   We had way too much fun and made way too many friends to stop the madness.  There is always a Special Election somewhere, and there is always an elected to Love/Tough Love, so we shall return!

 


LEFT IT ON THE FIELD

Gather tonight and the next few days with your long-lost family, friends, pets, fellow activists, and make a toast to having shown up when called to do so.  And take a breather before we return to what is the new normal of civic engagement.  This means sometimes a girl gotta protest, or avoid Sean Elsbernd's side-eye in a Feinstein meeting (total inside joke), or knock doors, call and text total strangers, and through all of this know that you're building a community that will hold, sustain, and inspire you.

See you Next.
XO,
Lisa

Mostly Weekly Newsletter 11-24-18

COMING TOGETHER FOR FIRE VICTIMS
TRUTH ACT RALLY & FORUM - DEC 6TH
YESPY FOR ESPY!
OF COURSE WE'RE POSTCARDING AGAIN!
INDIVISIBLE SAUSALITO 2.0


FIRES - WHAT TO DO

Your response to Camp Fire victims, sending requested items to a fellow Indivisible leader in Roseville, has been unbelievable.  Suzanne Eckes-Wahl, a friend and fellow Indivisible leader (CD4 Indivisible Network) has been delivering our donations to shelters and has written about the experience.  Read her story, and below are ways you can continue to help.

I was one of the fortunate people who was able to deliver a few of the generous donations contributed by many of you, and collected through a coordinated effort of activist organizations. We've sourced over $20,000 of much needed and requested items through a curated Amazon list (and delivered to our home - whew!) and at least $5,000 more through kind and well thought out donations. Friends Lisa L Larkin and Junko Baker are there today working specifically with animal rescue sites, and we will continue to accept donations (focusing only on what is most needed) through our Amazon list: http://a.co/1SsLAoE. Gift cards are huge - Safeway is a good, because they offer gas in Chico and Oroville. Walmart, Target, Costco and Sams all have items they can use now and in the future as evacuees set up housing, can be distributed to those displaced to other areas of Northern CA, and will be welcome during the holidays. (They aren't available on Amazon, but you can PM me if you would like to send some along).

A few thoughts after seeing things on the ground:

Many of the victims were already living on the edge - the working poor or retirees who sunk everything into their homes. What will be most needed is housing, cars, jobs, and volunteers. People with vacant spaces anywhere in California, extra cars, potential jobs or items to donate might consider looking at NeedHub for ways to help: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedHub/. There are a number of other FB sites that connect people directly, also.

This is a transition point, as (a shorthanded and short-funded) FEMA finally gets on the ground, and insurance companies begin to issue claims - and renters see what is available to them. Donating through agencies is great - and they are working like crazy to get items to people - however there can be some "lag time." And the Red Cross, as critical as they are, don't allow pets, which is what forced many into tents.

Many individuals have limited or no) insurance, and their trauma is immense. At this point, people seem to be shifting from initial shock to trauma, and as they move beyond surviving in the short term and begin contemplating the enormity of what they are faced with in the long term, depression seems to be setting in. Make-shift communities that sprouted up in the mayhem are now being uprooted as fire victims move into different situations.

I will add that due to a minor car issue, there were several unplanned hours spent in the Walmart parking lot in Chico as people were settling in for the night - in their cars, and tents - or less. That feeling when you have a dead battery, or a flat tire, and you wonder how you will get home, or if the tow truck driver will really show up? These people are and will be experiencing that - multiplied exponentially - and over weeks, months and years. And yet, as an enormous flatbed truck maneuvered and manipulated through the parking lot to carry "Big Blue" and I through the smoke and safely home, more than a dozen fire refugees moved their cars (now THEIR homes), gave directions, and offered advice and well wishes, concerned about whether I had eaten or needed water. Imagine.

Direct links to continue to support fire victims :

- NeedHub on Facebook - where specific items are being requested by fire victims
- Amazon list (just what's needed, no junk):  http://a.co/1SsLAoE

Donate:

*See Alice Wong’s article in SF Curbed for more on the impact of disasters on people with disabilities

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TRUTH ACT FORUM IN MARIN

Thursday, December 6th
5:30pm
Supervisors Chambers, San Rafael Civic Center

On Thursday, December 6th at 5:30pm the Board of Supervisors will be holding the first-ever TRUTH Act Forum in Marin County.  I encourage you to attend.

Background:

Under the TRUTH Act (AB 2792), effective January 1, 2018, City Councils and Board of Supervisors in California are required to hold at least one community forum per year if the Police or Sheriff’s department allowed ICE to access at least one individual in their custody in the previous year. The community forums are intended to provide the public with information as to how local law enforcement agencies entangle themselves with federal immigration authorities.  Our TRUTH Act Forum will include a presentation from the Sheriff's Department, a presentation from Canal Alliance/ILRC, with most of the time set for Public Comments.  It will be moderated by Supervisor Connolly.

The County is providing interpretation and translation services at the Forum.  We are very supportive of anyone who has been directly impacted by deportation to please attend and share their story.  If they are unable to attend, we encourage the story to be told even if anonymously via a third party.  It is important that the stories are heard.  This is an opportunity to educate our community as well as our Sheriff and Supervisors about the devastating impact ICE has on families and communities in Marin.

We see the rhetoric coming out of DC and we see how being undocumented has become a crime in our community.  I encourage you to use the Public Comment time during the Forum (each member of the public will have 2 minutes) to voice your solidarity with our immigrant community and demand that our Sheriff cease cooperation with ICE.  For more information, please visit ICE Out of Marin's website:  http://iceoutofmarin.org/

Rally
There will be a rally prior to the Forum at 4pm near the Civic Center (probably at the same location as the Families Belong Togther rally - we are still working this out), facilitated by CIYJA (California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance) and with speakers who are close to the issue of immigration and to the inhumanity of our deportation system.

ICE Out of Marin (http://iceoutofmarin.org/) is hosting a general meeting from 1-4pm on Sunday, December 2 at Alcohol Justice (24 Belvedere St, San Rafael) to prepare for the Forum.  We will focus on strategic messaging and assign roles and responsibilities for those attending the Forum.  Download the fliers for the Form (in English and in Spanish) from this website and please post them everywhere.

Please let me know if you wish to attend.

Please join me in attending the Forum and Rally and in spreading the word.

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MIKE ESPY NEEDS YOU*

If you like Mike, let's get him elected as the new Senator from Mississippi this TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27th.  We've all seen the rock that his opponent has crawled out from under, and let's send her back there.  You know the drill:

To help out and phonebank for Mike:  https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/msdems/event/86365/?rname=Brian&share_context=event-detail-page-modal&share_medium=mailto

To help out and textbank for Mike:  https://resistancelabs.com/volunteer/text

*so does John Barrow, the Dem running for Secretary of State in Georgia.  We've seen what happens when a Republican has the job.  Let's end this reign of terror and sign up to help out here: https://www.barrowforgeorgia.com/content/volunteer

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POSTCARD PARTY!

Yes, we're back at it again!  Join us for a return to the world's greatest community in support of the Mighty Postcard!  Return to the table with good friends and activists - we are bringing the band back together!

When:   Tuesday, December 4, 6:30pm
Where:  Salito's Crab & Prime Rib, 1200 Bridgeway, Sausalito
What:    Postcards and supplies will be provided, we'll be postcarding and sharing info about upcoming Indivisible Sausalito events

RSVP here

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WE ARE INDIVISIBLE

Winning back the House was just a start, my friends.  As we say on our website:

Indivisible Sausalito is a local grassroots organization focused on resisting the Trump administration and demanding that our elected officials reflect our values.  We stand for fundamental human rights and a government by the people, for the people, and of the people.

In 2019 we will continue to hold our electeds accountable and will continue to stand up for fundamental human rights.  We look forward to your joining us as a "Small But Mighty" force in local and national politics.  Our leadership team is making Evil Plans right now, so stay tuned for what's next.

In the meantime, the Indivisible movement (we are one of 5,000 groups nationwide!) has issued strategy guides for 2019 and beyond.  Read up, my friends.  We're ready.

Indivisible Guide 2.0:
https://indivisible.org/resource/indivisible-offense-introduction

Indivisible State Guide:
https://indivisible.org/resource/indivisible-states-introduction

Indivisible California StateStrong:
https://ca.state-strong.org/

And go to the Indivisible California StateStrong Facebook page and "like" it!:  https://www.facebook.com/CAStateStrong/

There is a call for those interested in StateStrong (this should be all of you!) on Tuesday, November 27th from 6:30-7:30pm.  To join:

‪+1 678-909-9496‬ PIN: ‪152 066 056‬#

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Much love and appreciation,
Lisa