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.
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.
Christy Smith for Congress
Thank you IF postcard writers
Update as of 2/4: Barb and I packaged 1500 postcards and shipped to Indivisible Simi Valley yesterday. IF completed 650 postcards and Arcata Power Lunch completed 850 postcards. Our contact, Heather, was thrilled and thanks everyone who was involved (including my administrative assistant, Mochi).
To learn more about Christy, go the Christy for Congress website here.
After Trump’s sham “acquittal”, Indivisibles have wasted no time mobilizing to hold the GOP senators who are complicit in the cover-up of his crimes accountable. We’ve seen unprecedented support in the Payback Project, with thousands of new volunteers and supporters letting us know they’re all-in to take back the Senate in November. We know the news moves quickly and it can be disheartening; but we also know our movement is strong, resilient, and will keep fighting for the progressive change we need. Stay the course, and keep at it. Our democracy depends on it.
This past week, Trump fired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council. Vindman was a witness in the impeachment trial and testified against Trump’s actions. Furthermore, four career prosecutors at the Department of Justice quit the Roger Stone case when it became clear that Attorney General Bill Barr was intervening in sentencing on Trump’s behalf. It’s more evident than ever that Trump poses a clear and present threat to our democracy, and we’ve got to do everything we can to make sure that he and his enablers are voted out.
In addition to all of this, the Trump administration has recently announced moves to further undermine access to health care. Trump, as in everything, wants to convince you that up is down; that wrong is right; and that he’s the one trying to protect your health care instead of the Democrats. But with his recent announcement that his administration will (illegally) allow states to drastically reduce their spending on Medicaid, and his continued commitment to ending protection for pre-existing conditions through his health care repeal lawsuit in the courts, it should be as clear as ever that our health care isn’t safe with him as president.
Read on for your list of top actions for the week ahead on how you can plug into the work we’re doing right now to make sure our movement is set up for success throughout the rest of 2020.
Here are your top actions for the week ahead:
- Sign up to text voters in key states with the Payback Project. We’re thrilled to be launching a new peer-to-peer textbanking campaign to engage voters across nine target states to take action with Indivisibles in their area and mobilize locally to flip their Senate seats. Textbanking is like canvassing or phonebanking, but over text message using an online platform that doesn’t reveal your personal phone number. Fill out this form to let us know you or your group is interested in helping out; then, RSVP for one of our textbanking training webinars in the next few weeks.
Thursday, February 20 at 8pm Eastern/ 5pm Pacific
Wednesday, February 26 at 3:30pm Eastern/ 12:30pm Pacific
Sunday, March 8 at 7:30pm Eastern/ 4:30pm Pacific
- Demand your representative rein in Trump’s march to war. This past week, the Senate passed the bipartisan Kaine War Powers Resolution requiring Trump to seek congressional authorization before taking further military action against Iran. Now the House needs to pass it and send it to Trump. Call your representative today and tell them to vote YES on the Kaine War Powers Resolution.
- Fill out our survey and tell us about how your positions have changed (or not) after the Iowa and New Hampshire results. Now that we’re in the full swing of the contest, it’s important for grassroots communities to do some self-evaluation: What do your preferences look like today? Are you still considering your options, or are you locked in on the candidate you’re supporting? And where are you feeling the most excitement and energy now that voting has begun? Please let us know what you think using this survey.
- Submit your best group photos to be used on the National website. We’re redesigning the indivisible.org homepage and centering new member recruitment for groups as one of the main goals! With recruitment in mind, we would love to feature images of your group and the amazing work you are doing on the homepage to inspire folks to join their local group. Please submit your photos by the end of the day tomorrow, February 14.
- Schedule your events on the national events map. Friendly reminder to post your group’s meetings, events, and actions on our events map, including your 2020 kickoff events! With all we’re up against this year, a strategic vision to ensure we’re achieving our goals is going to be absolutely necessary. Check out our planning resources to help groups visualize and actualize goals, and make sure to schedule a kickoff meeting to ensure your plan for the year (and beyond) is set. For other events, putting them on the events map helps new activists who visit our website know what’s happening in their area and get connected to local actions.
Upcoming webinars, trainings, and calls
We’re working hard to make sure Indivisibles are trained, fired up, and ready to hit the ground running to continue making change in 2020. Take a look at our upcoming training and webinar opportunities and be sure to sign up if you’re interested.
- People of color (POC) Caucus Monthly Call: On Tuesday, Febraury 25 at 7:30pm Eastern/ 4:30pm Pacific, join Indivisible National POC staff as they talk and connect around issues that directly affect POC, the work that they do, and the world in which we try to create lasting change. **Please note that this is a space specifically for people of color/indigenous group leaders and members.**
- Raucous Rural Caucus Call: On Wednesday, February 26 at 8:00pm Eastern/ 5pm Pacific, rural Indivisibles and organizers all over the country will join together to troubleshoot problems and celebrate successes; receive rural-specific information and trainings to benefit rural advocacy; and learn how National Indivisible is support rural organizing across the country.
- #DitchMitch National Indivisible Coalition Call: On Sunday, February 23 at 7pm Eastern/ 4pm Pacific (and the last Sunday of every month), Indivisible groups from all across the country who are interested in helping defeat Mitch McConnell convene for a call on how other groups can contribute to the fight. Hear from Kentucky Indivisible group leaders and Indivisible’s Senior Regional Organizer for Tennessee and Kentucky about this important work.
- EveryAction Informational Webinar: Need a way to track your membership? Tired of searching through countless spreadsheets to track your Indivisible group data? Join the Indivisible Data Team for an introduction to EveryAction (EA). EA is a powerful tool that Indivisible Groups can use to track your data, conduct recruitment and outreach, and boost your organizing efforts. On Tuesday, February 25 at 8pm Eastern/ 5pm Pacific, come learn about the basic functionalities (including email) as well as an overview of the data sharing agreement.
- Constructive conversations/conflict resolution webinars. Over the next few weeks, we’re excited to welcome two experts in conflict resolution as guest speakers on our presidential engagement calls to help folks design, organize, and facilitate constructive dialogues over political issues. One of the largest concerns we’ve heard from Indivisible groups over the course of this primary season is how to handle conflicts that arise within and between groups as folks begin to support different candidates. This workshop is designed to help Indivisible leaders learn how to prevent, discuss, resolve and transform internal conflicts. It will present a framework for using conflict resolution to strengthen democratic values and address social, economic, environmental and political conflicts at their chronic and systemic sources. How do we talk to each other about difficult issues? How do we advocate for what we believe in without becoming biased and adversarial? We’re excited to have two experts in conflict resolution, Dr. Wendy Wood and Ken Cloke, present a training on these topics and more. To ensure there are convenient times for various time zones, we’re offering this training on two different dates. You can register for the trainings below:
Presidential Primary Update
With Iowa and New Hampshire in our rear-view mirrors, the presidential primary is in full swing. All eyes are on Nevada as the host of next week’s 9th presidential debate and their presidential caucuses on Feb. 22. The first two contests of this primary were held in predominantly white states, making Nevada the first turf in this primary with an electorate that more closely reflects the Democratic Party as a whole. Candidates and campaigns are leaning into that, with a real focus on Latinx voters and union engagement.
- The Indivisible Candidate Scorecard, built based on feedback from group leaders, is a helpful tool that folks can use to compare and analyze candidates and where they stand on the issues that matter most to Indivisibles. Elizabeth Warren scored best on the categories outlined in this rubric, followed by Bernie Sanders. The scorecard continues to be a living document that we periodically update when candidates announce new positions or shift their policies.
- Tune into the 9th Democratic Debate on Wednesday, February 19. This debate will be co-hosted by MSNBC and The Nevada Independent, and will take place at the Paris Las Vegas Casino in Las Vegas, NV. So far, five candidates have qualified: Joe Bide, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. In January, the DNC decided that this debate and all following debates would remove the donor requirement threshold for participation and instead use only polling or delegate count. This means that Michael Bloomberg, who is self-funding his campaign, has a very high likelihood of getting on stage. He and other candidates (Tom Steyer, Tulsi Gabbard) have until February 18th to qualify. The debate will be moderated by Lester Holt, Hallie Jackson, Vanessa Hauc, Chuck Todd, and Jon Ralston. Keep an eye on the Indivisible Twitter account to catch our hot takes and key takeaways.
- The Nevada caucus on Saturday, February 22, followed by the South Carolina Primary on Tuesday, February 28 — and one week later is Super Tuesday, where 15 different states will vote.
This week’s social media highlights
Indivisibles have continued to raise their voices to push for progressive change this past week. Don’t forget to tag us on Twitter @IndivisibleTeam so we can amplify!