We have an event at our house this Sunday, 4:00–5:00 pm. But not Indivisible Elmwood. I will be talking about J Street’s congressional delegation to Israel and Palestine, which included, inter alia, Rep. Jared Huffman of Marin, Rep. Lauren Underwood of Illinois, whom we supported for her first race in 2018, and Yours Truly.
The delegation met with
- Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh
- Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid
- Mansour Abbas, leader of the first Arab Party to join an Israeli governing coalition
- Numerous non-government officials.
I will talk for about half the time and will take questions. Rabbi Andrew Strauss, the Regional Director for J Street, will also be attending.
Due to a number of conflicts, today’s meeting is being postponed. We will meet again on Sunday, March 27th 4-5:00 pm. Meanwhile good luck to Judy with her move and if anyone wants to hear Andy’s presentation on his JStreet trip (Sunday, March 20th, 4:00 our house) please RSVP. Finally, here are some places to donate to support the Ukrainian people:
Razom for Ukraine
Credit card, SWIFT, check, crypto, PayPal Non-profit organization supporting the people of Ukraine in their pursuit of a democratic society https://razomforukraine.org/donate/ https://www.facebook.com/RazomForUkraine
International rescue committee
Credit card, PayPal, check
Crisis in Ukraine
Kyiv School of Economics humanitarian aid campaign
Credit card, PayPal, bank transfer, SWIFT, crypto
The Kyiv School of Economics (KSE), together with Ukrainian businesses and state-owned companies, have launched a humanitarian aid campaign for Ukraine. The aim is to provide food supplies, transportation, refugees help for Ukrainian citizens affected by the war and purchase necessary medicines, first aid and protective kits for the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, Ukrainian Paramedic Association, and the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces to shield them against Russian aggression.
Usual place! That is, the usual in-person place. (I suppose we need to qualify that now.)
I suggest we think about how the invasion of Ukraine can affect our elections, and in particular how to exploit the Republicans’ difficulty, given their pro-Putin wing, in formulating a response.
The loathsome Marjorie Taylor Greene has not one but two Democratic opponents, raking in massive donations from small donors.
Trump won this district by 39 points. There is no missing decimal point there. Thirty-nine.
Marcus Flowers seems like a great candidate. Maybe he can trim the margin to 20. Maybe he can bring in some voters to help the up-ballot races. But he won’t need a massive advertising campaign to do that.
Reminder: Don’t give out of spite.
Thanks for a great meeting. Time to get to work. Next meeting Sunday March 13th 4-5:00
FIRST links to donate to help Ukraine
NGO that arranges life-saving equipment for Ukrainian soldiers: https://savelife.in.ua/en/donate
Hospitallers working at the frontline: https://www.facebook.com/hospitallers/posts/2953630548255167
NGO that assists internal refugees: https://unitedhelpukraine.org/
NGO that aids traumatised children: https://voices.org.ua/en/
Foundation that assists healthcare and education in eastern Ukraine: https://razomforukraine.org/projects/zhadan/
NEXT Our three main political links discussed at the meeting
- https://sisterdistrict.com The best site for info and links to help down state races in swing state. Check out the State Bridges programs on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm.
2 https://www.activateamerica.vote Great site to find activities, get postcard addresses etc.
3. https://airlift.fund We are fund-raising for this group. Find out more about them by attending one of their event such as March 15th event with the founder of Movement Voter Project. Encourage friends to donate.
We have also started writing Vote Forward letters. Let us know if you want to pick up postcards from our porch, get pre-printed Vote Forward letters, more QR codes for our thermometer, etc.
Andy will write on Israel separately. California political news: Bryan Osorio has abandoned his Congressional race in CA–22. Rudy Salas will be the Democrat against Valadao. Adam Gray is a State Assembly member trying to upgrade in Josh Harder’s former district (now CA–13). He’s a Conservadem. Phil Arballo, who formerly took on Devin Nunes, is also running and has the SEIU endorsement. Major effort is going into re-flipping the three SoCal seats: besides Valadao, Eric García, and Michelle Steele.
We also had a spirited conversation about the new leader of the Western world, former clown Volodymyr Zelensky. He is energizing resistance groups who want to strengthen democracies all over the world, including our group. Amazing to watch.
During a grim week what better than to gather with friends and get active? We’ll have reports on what various groups are up to, supplies for our activities and a few notes from Andy about his travels with the Congresspeople. Grab a friend and let’s get to work!
We will resume in-person meetings (Covid willing) on Feb. 27th when Andy returns from his trip. Meanwhile
- Airlift is sponsoring a very interesting event with Katie Porter this Tuesday, February 15th at 6:00.
2. Vote Forward is starting its first campaign.
3. Someone took all the postcards and the box[!] from our porch but we are putting new ones out. Please click on the Activate America link to get some addresses and scripts.
4. Besides postcards, we will put out the little cards with QR codes that take a browser to our website or ActBlue page, that you can share with your friends who want to donate.
5. We are over $6,000 on the thermometer for Airlift. On to $10,000.
We think it is best to wait until we can meet again in person, hopefully in two weeks. Meanwhile, lots to do.
We are more than half-way to our fund-raising goal (moved past $5,000 and on to $10,000. Andy and I have not added all of our matching funds yet–we hope to use them to finish off the campaign. Small cards with the QR code for our site can be found in the postcard box on our porch. Pass them out, send around the link and we’ll reach our goal.
Our new postcards came with the slogan we picked at the last meeting. They join other designs on our front porch in packs of 25.
Activate America has some good postcards campaigns now, including one to encourage Wisconsin Dems to vote by mail.
Andy contributes: I had the opportunity to meet virtually with Kermit Jones. He’s a good candidate. Wish he had a more favorable district. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones is now running for that seat, as a second Republican candidate. He and Assembly member Kevin Kiley, who announced earlier, are both vicious human beings and terrible on policy; let’s hope their fight costs them and enough voters stay home in November.
Next meeting Sunday 2/13.
I promised to supply this, then forgot. Her SF office fax is (415) 393-0710.
As an addendum to the CA discussion, I have heard a rumor that Jerry McNerney will retire, and Harder will run for that seat instead, with an incumbent D member of the Assembly trying to move up.
Well, it was back to the good old days of a Zoom meeting…
I started with a discussion of redistricting. The national picture is not as dire as we feared. Yes, from gerrymandering we are losing some seats in AZ, GA, TN—but it could have been worse. And we have pickup opportunities in NY, IL, WA, and very much so in CA. Our districts are not gerrymandered, but several of the Republicans who won seats in 2020 that we had taken only in 2018 face more difficult races. They are David Valadao (CA-22 in the new numbering, formerly 21), Mike García (CA-27, ex 25), and Michelle Steele (45, ex 48). These are now all 2020–Biden districts. We might be able to swing 40 and 41 (Young Kim and Ken Calvert), except so far we don’t have serious opponents to them. Bruce Jackson said that the Wednesday state Indivisible call included discussion of finding some serious candidates to run here. We also have Dr. Kermit Jones in CA-03 (mostly the old 04), who will not be facing an incumbent although the district is difficult.
A full spreadsheet is here. (Our WordPress is too cheap to embed PDF, you will have to download.)
Naomi discussed how to start donating. The thermometer is now up for Airlift, volunteers from Marin who will split the money to about a dozen state voter registration groups. We don’t need to give to candidates yet. We need to drive voter engagement. Another, similar group, as Bruce reminded us, is the Movement Voter Project, which is similar but has an even longer menu of groups to choose from. I would be remiss not to mention the Wisconsin Democrats, who, under Ben Wikler, appear to be one of the few state parties to understand a last-minute ad blitz doesn’t cut it any more.
We are starting with action items. You can always check Activate America (née Flip the West) for postcarding or text/phone campaign. We will bring postcards back to our porch. Any ideas for a good half-card design with this slogan?
Your Vote is Your Voice