As Trump’s acquittal in the Senate appears a near certainty, “reject the cover-up” protest rallies are being held around the country this Wednesday at 5:30 pm by a broad coalition of pro-democracy and progressive groups. The nearest ones at the moment are in Emeryville and El Cerrito, but people are angry, and more may well be organized. You can find details at https://rejectthecoverup.org/.
Indivisible, Move-On, and just about every other progressive group in America will be in the streets Tuesday evening December 17 to declare that Nobody Is Above the Law. Join this historic nationwide mobilization on the eve of Trump’s impeachment—the vote is expected Wednesday. Click here to RSVP for rallies in Oakland, El Cerrito, Emeryville or other Bay Area cities. Start times range from 4 to 5:30 pm; signs are welcome but not required.
In Thursday’s Indivisible national webinar Ezra Levin made a pitch for
pre-ordering the new book We
Are Indivisible: a blueprint for democracy after Trump, co-written
by Ezra and Leah Greenberg. It will be
out Nov. 5; if there are 5,000 pre-orders it will immediately appear on best-sellers
lists and generate national attention and reviews. It’s $27; proceeds from its
sale go to
Indivisible’s new Save Democracy Fund, a project to
support Indivisible’s pro-democracy reform work at state, federal, and
Daily. If you aren’t already swamped with impeachment news, you can now
watch the Impeachment Daily on YouTube. The first
episode is here, presented by Meagen Hatcher-Mayes, Indivisible’s
Director of Democracy. During the webinar, Meagan stressed the role
Indivisibles played in bringing more Democrats around to support for the
impeachment inquiry and the importance of continuing grass-roots pressure as
the process moves forward. Prepare for a national Day of Action when the
articles of impeachment are finalized.
The California Indivisible statewide call Wednesday emphasized an urgent need for phone calls to Gavin Newsom from as many Indivisible members as possible asking him to abandon his announced plan to veto SB-1. The bill, authored by Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, would ensure California’s authority to preserve our clean air, clean water, biodiversity and safe workplaces in the face of unprecedented threats and rollbacks from the Trump administration. On Friday, Newsom signaled he was giving in to big agriculture and other SB-1 opponents. Multiple environmental groups, including the NDRC, Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Club are urging him to reverse course, and with enough additional flak from Indivisibles, he might just do that. So…
Governor Newsom’s office at (916) 445-2841 and insist
that he sign SB-1 and not veto it!
With State Ballot
Initiatives: 26 states allow ballot initiatives that establish independent,
non-partisan commissions for redistricting.
These need to be state level initiatives, but the same non-partisan
groups (Brennan Center for Justice,
Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and the Campaign Legal Center) offer
support, legal advice, and how-to guides. After fair vote coalitions mounted
extensive grass-roots campaigns, five states passed such initiatives in 2018.
In State Electoral
Campaigns: State legislatures and governors are the key actors in drawing
electoral districts, as the GOP realized in launching their infamous REDMAP
strategy in 2010. Democrats aren’t
asleep this time, and their counter-effort is led by the National Democratic
Redistricting Committee (NDRC), headed by Eric Holder and supported by
Obama. Obama’s Organizing for Action group has joined NDRC to create the All on the Line Campaign, whose volunteers
will bird-dog the redistricting process in each state. The NDRC coordinates with the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC)
and the Democratic Governors
Association (DGA) to elect Democrats who have pledged to support fair
electoral maps. The NDRC record: 61% wins in 230 state races targeted in
2018. Joining these groups is Emily’s List, which is
committing $20 million to 500 state legislative races.
In Federal Election
Campaigns. With passage of HR-1 in
the House, congressional Democrats are committed to supporting non-partisan
redistricting, and the NDRC is asking all Democratic candidates from president
down to sign a “Fair
Districts Pledge.” Winning the Senate and Presidency would allow HR-1 to
become law and at some point would lead to a different
Reforms: There are strong arguments for enlarging congressional districts
and using ranked-choice voting to select 3-5 House seats each, giving
representation to every voter instead of
the current winner-take-all system.
This idea, backed by FairVote
and others, has been put into a proposed Fair
Representation Act initiated by Virginia Democrat Don Beyer. After 2020
out the latest from Tony the Democrat, below:
Turn Florida Blue with Vote By Mail
One year ago, Postcards
to Voters tested a new postcard-writing campaign to encourage registered
Democrats in 5 Florida counties to enroll in their Vote By Mail
program. Once enrolled, they would receive a ballot in the mail for every
single election for which they were eligible to vote. For four years!
Plenty of evidence shows that voters who are mailed ballots are much more
likely to participate than those who aren’t mailed ballots. So, we
conducted a pilot effort and measured the results. The findings were
overwhelmingly convincing. You can
read the analysis by clicking HERE. So Postcards to Voters
announced a mission to write to the entire state in time for
the 2020 Presidential election. We have
more than a year to finish all 67 counties. But we can’t wait until the
last minute. CLICK
to learn about the current Pinellas County, Florida, effort.
And if you’re ready
to help writing to Democrats in Florida not already enrolled in Vote By Mail:
On a July 9 webcast, Leah and Ezra gave an
overview of the Indivisible 2-year strategic plan to take us through 2020:
fighting Trump, ensuring a constructive Democratic primary, taking over the
White House and Senate, and implementing a democracy reform agenda. An essential vehicle for this effort will be
the National Campaigns Network or NCN,
an organizational structure for mobilizing critical actions in coming months. Indivisible
groups are invited to join the NCN, commit to taking part in these actions, and
if possible send representatives to the August 10-11 IndivisiNation Rising
conference in Washington DC. The first national day of action will be timed for
the September congressional budget vote. Details at our July 14 meeting.
NPNA’s Family Protection Network Field Webinar tomorrow 6/21
Trump’s recent threats about a new surge of deportations are
raising alarms across the country, and it is critical that Indivisibles do
everything we can to stand with immigrant communities.
Our allies at the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA),
together with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), the
Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and others are hosting a webinar tomorrow, June 21 at 1pm Eastern Time /
10am Pacific Time
to discuss the NPNA Family Protection Network and the local rapid response
strategies. Speakers will highlight local and statewide public
funding wins to expand community protection and access to counsel, how to work
with employers to protect workers, and share strategies to build partnerships
with private law firms.
survey results are in and were published this week. 80% of Indivisibles
favor launching an impeachment investigation into Donald Trump. Read
the details here.
An Indivisible Statement
to Congress is up on the national website calling on our elected members of
congress to begin an in-depth, public impeachment inquiry. This
began as an initiative of Indivisible South Bay, has spread like wildfire, and
is now gathering signatures of Indivisible groups nationwide. Read it here,
but skip the sign-on—we’re already signatories based on our discussions Sunday.
#ImpeachTrump National Day of Action is this Saturday, June 15. The nearest rally is in Oakland at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building. Go if you can—advance signups here are recommended.