Indivisible works because people take action: make phone calls to representatives; canvass neighborhoods; write postcards; and more. No matter what your skills are, there are many ways to take action. On this page, we’ll keep you up-to-date on local, state and national issues that need your help.

Local Actions

Support our local school board trustees

At the IF general meeting on October 6, Donna McQueen took sign ups on a clip board for members to attend a Ferndale Unified School District (FUSD) or a College of the Redwoods (CR) trustee meeting. Donna spoke about the importance of IF members attending local board meetings to let elected board members know their constituents are paying attention to what is going on!

Please contact Donna via email here. You can also call Donna at ‭(707) 834-5931‬.

FUSD board meetings are the second Wednesday each month in the Ferndale High School Library at 7 pm.  See the full 2020 schedule here.

The CR trustee meetings are the first Tuesday each month in the college administration building, Room SS-202, at the Eureka campus. Next meeting: Tuesday, January 7 at 1 pm.   

Note: Twice a year, CR trustee meetings are held at alternate locations. See the full 2020 schedule here.

CR Voter Registration

Indivisible Ferndale has completed four days of student voter registration at College of the Redwoods.  The team helped 35 students register to vote. Thank you to Jackie Cory for organizing and participating as well as Kerry and Joe Chartkoff, Leslie Sweeney, Sue Foppiano, Karen Burkhardt, Pat Lydon, John Vernon, Matt Knowles, Candace Detlefsen, Vicki Bradford and Bette Goulart.

Indivisible Ferndale will be conducting another round of voter registration at CR in the fall time frame.   If you are interested in participating, please contact Jackie Cory.

 

 

 

Those who are less fortunate need our help

Due to the virus outbreak, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church has made the tough decision to close the doors to the Clothes Closet.  For the past eight years, the Clothes Closet has provided a safe haven for the most vulnerable in our community to receive quality clothing each Wednesday afternoon.  In addition, the church has been operating the Food Pantry to help feed families in need.  Both of these services were offered at no cost.

These services are no longer available but the community need has not gone away and, if anything, has only increased due to the loss of jobs in the Eel River Valley.   IF member, Ruth Stretch, has been purchasing and preparing boxes of food staples.  

Here are the items contained in each food pantry box:

  • Pinto beans
  • Long grain rice
  • Vegetable oil
  • Masa a corn flour used to make tortillas
  • Non sugar breakfast cereal including Cheerio’s, Raisin Brand and oatmeal

Note: 50 pound bags of long grain rice and pinto beans (found at Smart Food Service Warehouse at 101 and Indianola Cutoff between Eureka and Arcata) are also needed.  

Barb and I went shopping at Winco yesterday for the above items.  We could not find rice or masa.   At Safeway, we were able to find small bags of rice.   The total cost was $30.

Now you can help!  When you go shopping, please consider picking up some of the items above, place them in a box and deliver to the Stretch’s front porch at 726 Washington Street.  If you are unable to go shopping, but still want to help, you can make a donation by writing a check made payable to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  In the memo field, please write “food pantry.” 

Mail your check to: 

  • Ruth Stretch
  • PO Box 1163
  • Ferndale, CA 95536

State Actions

Christy Smith for Congress

Thank you IF postcard writers

Just in case you didn’t see the results, Christy Smith won about 34% of the vote in the March 3 primary for the CA25 congressional seat vacated by Katie Hill.  Since no candidate won 50% +1 of the votes needed to win the seat until the November election, a runoff special election must be held on May 12.  Christy has been endorsed by the Indivisible Project.
 
We are currently writing 260 postcards in support of Christy’s special election campaign.   Read the script from Flip the West here.   Postcards should be completed and mailed no later than April 15.  If you are interested in writing postcards for Christy’s May 12 special election, please contact me here.
 

To learn more about Christy, go to the Christy for Congress website here.

National Actions

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Those are all the days that Donald Trump either held a political rally or went golfing instead of preparing for the COVID-19 crisis (h/t Andrew). For months, he downplayed the severity of the coronavirus crisis and failed to take decisive action to prepare our nation, including not securing enough tests, personal protective equipment, and ventilators early on to stop the spread of the outbreak. 

The results have been devastating:

  • More than 3,000 Americans have died, and Trump admits 200,000 Americans will die in the best-case scenario.
  • Hospitals across the country are overwhelmed as they face shortages of basic medical equipment.
  • Millions have lost their jobs or have their hours cut as we head into a recession.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump still hasn’t learned from his mistakes.He continues putting out false, misleading information and is still moving too slowly to help overloaded hospitals.

This reality is why it’s critical for our elected leaders in the House and Senate to continue responding to the crisis. 

Last week, Congress passed a third coronavirus response package.Thanks to Senate Democrats, it included some critical things that we need right now, like expanded unemployment insurance. But let’s be clear: this bill had major gaps. No expansion to paid sick leave, not enough support for front line workers, and no moratorium on foreclosures or evictions. It didn’t include nearly enough to protect our elections, and it grossly leaves millions of immigrants and their families out of the most important pieces of the bill, including unemployment insurance, rebate checks, and access to health care. 

As Congress already starts talking about a fourth package, it’s critical that House Democrats fight to ensure that the needs of all communities are met. Congress must work immediately to fill the gaps from the previous three packages and go further to reduce the inequality that puts so many families at risk in the first place. 

That’s why we’re joining with partners like Sunrise Movement, Working Families Party, MoveOn, and more to demand a People’s Bailout. Specifically, we’re asking Congress to prioritize five principles:

✅ Protect our democratic processes while protecting each other.

✅ Make health the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions.

✅ Provide economic relief directly to the people.

✅ Rescue workers and communities, not corporate executives.

✅ Make a down payment on a regenerative economy, while preventing future crises.

We’ve updated our #PeopleOverProfits landing page to give you all the details you need to join us in this fight (and lots of ways to take action). Head there, get up-to-speed and join us in this fight. As always, we’re honored to be in this with you.

And now, let’s get to those to-dos:


 Your 5 weekly to-dos 

    1. Call your senator and tell them to prioritize a Coronavirus People’s Bailout. We need a package that prioritizes protecting our democratic systems, providing accessible health care for all, and direct economic support to everyone. Call your senators now to demand they support the People’s Bailout.
    2. Call your representative and tell them the same. Millions of people could be left behind while corporations rake in trillions of tax-payer dollars. The House needs to make this right. Call your representatives now and demand that they support the above provisions be included in the next coronavirus package.
    3. Email your representative and two senators and demand they prioritize a People’s Bailout. Use our tool to send a letter to your three members of Congress, which outlines what a People’s Bailout would include.
    4. Record a video demanding your members of Congress prioritize a People’s Bailout and tell us how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted your life. We’ll uplift you and show reporters and members of Congress that even though we’re not rallying in the streets, Indivisibles are still working hard to hold their members of Congress accountable and build a sense of shared community. Use this opportunity to use your voice to control the narrative.
    5. TONIGHT: Join us at 8pm ET for a “Be a Hero” call with Stacey Abrams, Senator Sherrod Brown, and more. The challenges we currently face are immense, but we believe if the progressive movement comes together to organize, plan, and mobilize, we can hold elected officials accountable and pass relief that puts people first. This is an important moment for us to unite with progressive coalition partners, so don’t miss your chance to virtually meet other activists all across the country. This call replaces the National Activist call originally scheduled for April 2.
    6. If your group has endorsed a candidate locally, nominate that candidate for a national endorsement. We have five more waves of endorsements planned in April, June, July, and October. We’ll accept nominations on a rolling basis throughout the election cycle. If you’d like to submit for the next round, groups have until 11:59pm PT on Thursday, February 20, to submit candidates for the third round of endorsements. 

 2020 Update 

With the risk of coronavirus looming overhead, many states are scrambling to establish contingency plans to protect voters and poll workers while also ensuring that the democratic process continues. So far 14 states have postponed their primaries. Read on to learn more:


 IndivisiWin of the Week 

On Saturday, activists around the country joined the #PeoplesBailout digital rally, sharing their videos about why Congress needs to put the people’s needs ahead of corporate profits. Click here to check out the videos from this weekend!

We hope you’ve been staying healthy and safe. As we all adjust together to our new normal and our lives change to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and protect ourselves and our families, Indivisibles all over the country have once again risen to the occasion and shown that we know how to respond in the face of sudden, seemingly insurmountable challenges. However you’re processing and responding to this, we’re grateful you’re a part of our network of changemakers who know how to take care of each other. 

In solidarity,
Indivisible Team