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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Helping Fire Victims
As you know the Camp Fire (map here) has become the worst fire in California history. Many of the evacuees have left with nothing but the clothes on their back, sometimes abandoning their cars to flee on foot.
My parents lost everything in the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County last year, coming to live with my family in Sausalito (about an hour away from the fire). This is now happening in Butte County, with people fleeing to towns like Roseville, Placerville, and others, about an hour away. I feel a personal call to help now, especially knowing what I know - what supplies and things people actually need who have lost absolutely everything.
There is an incredible network of good souls in the nearby Roseville and Placerville area who are responding to the call to action. They are housing evacuees and they are holding supply drives to help those in need. Groups who came together and formed alliances in the election are now working in solidarity to help out in this tragedy, no questions asked, just acting together in the face of enormous loss.
People who have lost everything need everything. And the most basic things. Hairbrushes, bobby pins, toothbrushes, paper, pens, reading glasses. Many of the evacuees are seniors, so consider the extra needs they have. Instead of holding big clothing drives which often end up with excess unused items, we are going to focus on the things that support simple human dignity, like toiletries and personal hygiene items. These were the things my parents first needed, the things that helped ground them again as they tried to regain their footing after the fire. My mother, having lost everything she ever owned, asked simply for bobby pins that first day.
Many of you want to do what you can from here in Marin, and we've created a system for you to do that.
We have developed this list of items on Amazon. You can see that we've included those things that are first needed. The basics. Please go through this list and order what you can. These items will be delivered to CD4 Indivisible Network's Suzanne Eckes-Wahl, who lives in Roseville. She is going to consolidate everything (Amazon boxes are notorious wasters of space), and will deliver them to specified drop-off locations, shelters, and individual fire victims as needed. She is acting in concert with local labor unions, Dem clubs and other Indivisible groups to stay on top of where our items are needed most.
If you prefer or would also like to donate to goFundme drives or charities, please check out this very comprehensive list here (which covers all of California - turns out the WHOLE state is on fire): https://www.gofundme.com/cause/californiafires
NVADG (North Valley Animal Disaster Group) - working with emergency services to educate the public about disaster preparedness, and assist in sheltering and evacuation of animals during a disaster: https://www.nvadg.org/
North Valley Community Foundation Campfire Evacuation Relief Fund - The North Valley Community Foundation is activating the Northern California Fire Relief Fund to raise money to support the operations of organizations that are sheltering evacuees of the Camp Fire: https://www.nvcf.org/fund/camp-fire-evacuation-relief-fund/
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this long email, and for your generosity and kindness. Our neighbors are shocked, terrified, and very much alone, even if with family. Random acts of kindness are a balm to the wound. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Paradise Ridge Winery after the Tubbs Fire - all that was left
WAIT, THERE'S AN ELECTION TODAY?
Election Day GOTV Phone - Sausalito - Tues., Nov. 6, 9-6pm
Sign up here for a 3-hour shift
Marin Dems Phone/TextBanks TODAY:
Resistance Labs DAY OF Texting
Go here to sign up
Swing Left Severe Weather Phonebank
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!
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.
GOTV - is NOT Gathering of the Vibes (or maybe it is!)
MFOL - is NOT Massachussetts Friends of Libraries
FBT - is NOT Fused Biconic Technology
Our Community is Not Going Away After the Election
ANNA PLETCHER IN SAUSALITO
Join Indivisible Sausalito's endorsed candidate for District Attorney Anna Pletcher this Wednesday, Oct. 31st at the Sausalito Halloween Festival.
We're heading into the home stretch, or what's known among professionals as GOTV (Get Out The Vote), this is where we shift from voter persuasion to voter VOTING. In the last three to four days before the election you'll see us shift into this mode. This is where we:
- Call identified supporters to work through a voting plan with them
- Switch the door-knocking speech from persuasion (“You should vote for me because…”) to voting (“Your polling place is St. Michael’s school, do you have a plan to stop there and cast a vote for my campaign next Tuesday?”)
Here's how you can connect:
THE LAST WEEKEND
Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th).
Each of us has the power to make a big difference in a key race by talking to voters. Don't just vote this year—volunteer! Will you be there when it matters?
Work on The Last Weekend starts NOW. Sign up, and we'll be in touch with things you can do between now and Election Day (November 6th, 2018). Use this link: https://thelastweekend.org/
You can also go here at our Mobilize America site and filter your search for events that suit your schedule to get started NOW.
Democracy Action has daily phonebanks from Sausalito in the last days before the election:
Day 1 GOTV Phone/Text Bank - Sausalito - Sat., Nov. 3, 9am - 6pm
Sign up here for a 3-hour shift
Day 2 GOTV Phone/Text Bank - Sausalito - Sun., Nov. 4, 9am-6pm
Sign up here for a 3-hour shift
Election Eve GOTV Phone/Text Bank - Sausalito - Mon., Nov. 5, 9am-6pm
Sign up here for a 3-hour shift
Election Day GOTV Phone/Text Bank - Sausalito - Tues., Nov. 6, 9-6pm
Sign up here for a 3-hour shift then stay and watch the returns with us as they come in.
Resistance Labs is shooting for a MILLION voters over the last weekend - yes, that's right, a MILLION voters. Texting is more fun with friends, so they're looking for awesome people who will step up to host a texting party on November 3rd or 4th.
MFOL STUDENT WALKOUT TO VOTE
The students behind March For Our Lives are sponsoring Vote For Our Lives - a student walkout at 10AM on Tuesday, November 6th, where students will leave school and head to the polls to VOTE. They are asking folks to sign up here to commit to vote, and they'll receive information on how to vote.
An amazing student in Swing Left NY-11 contacted me to share her website, MakeMyVoteMatter, which has students away from home enter their home or school address to encourage them to vote in whichever location their vote matters most. It is truly genius. Share this with all the students you know.
FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER
The hateful rhetoric of this administration toward immigration has been manifesting as hateful policy toward immigrants. The folks behind FBT (Families Belong Together) are now asking that we submit public comments so that the protections afforded immigrant children under the Flores ruling remain in place:
Children belong free from detention and with family and loved ones who can care for them.
But the Trump administration is trying to change the rules that ensure migrant children in government custody are treated humanely and released quickly (the Flores Agreement). Instead, the Trump administration wants to be able to jail immigrant children and families indefinitely and roll back already-minimal standards for their treatment.
Now is your chance to stand up for immigrant children’s safety. Submit a comment from your perspective about why you oppose the Trump administration’s new regulations to indefinitely detain children, lower standards of care in immigration jails, and remove legal protections from minors seeking safety in the U.S.
TAKE ACTION: Go here to learn more and to stop the Trump administration from jailing children indefinitely. Public comments must be received by NOVEMBER 6th.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE HATRED
Local community leaders are mobilizing in response to a new proposal from the Trump Administration that would penalize certain immigrants seeking to change their legal status if they receive public benefits or are deemed likely to become a “public charge” in the future.
Many people in the immigrant community have reacted by abandoning their legally-obtained public benefits including health care, housing and nutrition assistance, which will leave children, seniors and vulnerable families at risk.
Public charge is a means test used to assess a person applying for a visa to enter the Unites States or for permanent legal residency (a “green card”). The proposed regulations from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would expand the list of public benefits in the “public charge test” to include Medicaid (except some emergency medical conditions), Medicare Part D subsidies, Section 8 housing and CalFresh (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, formerly food stamps).
LAST POSTCARD PARTY - AND THEN.....
Our last Postcard Party before the election is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30. Same bat-time, same bat-station:
When: Tuesday, October 30th, 6:30pm
Where: Salito's Crab & Prime Rib, 1200 Bridgeway, Sausalito
Why: Dear God.
This is our last one and postcarding will RETURN on Tuesday, December 4th. If you haven't noticed, we are a pretty good group together. The sense of community we feel for each other is a Real Thing. This is not something that you can conjure up. It's rare and it's precious and we WILL continue to come together. In the meantime, take care of yourself. Read a book. Take a walk. Put out an APB for your spouse. None of the stuff 45 has done to us is normal. Rediscover Normal. Then rejoin us, rejoin your community. And watch out, world.
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YOU SHOWED UP WHEN CALLED
Powerful words from the fabulous newsletterist, Robert Hubble (to sign up for it go here)
I have focused for too long on the negative. It is important to acknowledge the truth about Trump’s responsibility for our toxic environment, but we must also focus on the positive. On Sunday evening, my Managing Editor and I gathered with friends at a vigil service for the Tree of Life victims. Similar vigils took place across the nation. At the vigil we attended, most of the participants were from synagogues in Los Angeles. But others who attended came from churches and mosques across the city. The hope and unity of the vigil overcame the momentary feeling of despair that Saturday’s shooting engendered. There will be other setbacks and more ugliness. But we shall overcome. A speaker at the rally recalled Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s eulogy for the four black girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing. Dr. King asked what their deaths say to us: