3/4/19 Weekly Call to Action
It was a cold snowy evening, but Boulder residents still showed up to show how much the environment, our planet, and our health mean to them Sunday evening. Although we are years late starting the process of getting legislation passed to protect our health and the environment from industries like oil and gas, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep trying. We also have to recognize that in order to get these crucial initial bills passed, we have to take incremental steps. It was promising to hear that more conservative areas in the state are starting to realize the severity of the need for climate reform.
* And every week...be sure to check out our Events Calendar often, as we add events daily to it.*
Call to Action - Do these things!
City Council Meetings coming up:
💪MARCH 5, 11 am - 4 pm, ALL HANDS ON DECK DAY OF ACTION FOR HEALTH & SAFETY FIRST/OIL & GAS REFORM: Join us at the State Capitol on Tuesday, 3/5, for a day of action around the Oil & Gas reform bill, SB19-181. Start the day at 11 am by lobbying our State Legislature to let them know it’s time for Health and Safety First, then join a rally at 12:30 pm followed by the hearing at 2 pm in Room 357. All members of the public can and are encouraged to testify or attend to show their support. The industry is already planning their own rally and sending oil & gas workers to testify, so let’s show up in numbers to counter their misleading message. It’s time to put health and safety first when it comes to oil & gas!
>> Get more info and a schedule of the day’s events here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1880970948680147/
>> Learn more about the bill here: http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-181?fbclid=IwAR0TzjH1jI7WMka0XmIBBHYMPVrHs_hA0b_MW9K5L2eVzPjVjXGQKWyRPWc
💲ALL WEEK, DONATE TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND ACLU: Help challenge the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Title X family planning rule, described as a backdoor way to defund Planned Parenthood. This is being called a domestic gag rule but there are numerous areas of the rule that will restrict health care for low-income women and men. Donate to Planned Parenthood and/or ACLU who will be (and are already) filing lawsuits.
>> Learn more here: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-new-abortion-rule-effort-silence-women-their-doctors-ncna975721 and https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20180614.838675/full/
💧ALL WEEK, EMAIL YOUR LAWMAKERS ABOUT OIL & GAS REFORM: Tell your state legislators you expect them to put health and safety first. Vote YES on oil & gas reform!
>> Email your state legislators using this simple form: https://www.healthandsafetyfirst.com/
📱ALL WEEK, EMAIL YOUR STATE SENATORS ABOUT ERPO: Email your state senators about the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) bill. We need to strongly support our legislators as they work to pass this important gun violence prevention bill. They are hearing from the other side demanding that they vote no - are they hearing from you?
>> Email your state senators using this simple form: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/extreme-risk-protection-orders
📱ALL WEEK, EMAIL YOUR STATE SENATORS ABOUT COMPREHENSIVE SEX ED: Email your state senators about Comprehensive Sex Ed. It’s headed to the full senate, and if it passes, it goes to the governor’s desk. Let your senators know that gay and trans people exist, and consent is necessary and doesn't vary!
>> Email your state senators using this simple form: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/comprehensive-sex-education
Federal Actions (from Indivisible National)
Super Tuesday is one year from today, when voters from 9 states will cast their ballots in the biggest single day of the 2020 primary.Seriously. And while it feels like we’ve been waiting for the 2020 election to get started since 10 PM on November 8, 2016, this is where things heat up in the race to reassert what kind of country we are and kick Donald Trump out of the White House.
While we may have a year until Super Tuesday and 611 days until the votes are counted on election day, there’s a lot of work to do between now and then.
Today, we’re really excited to share with you our blueprint for winning in 2020 (get it? BLUEprint) and give you a transparent look at what we will-- and won’t do-- as a national organization in the 2020 primary. (For starters, we’re not emailing you today to endorse a 2020 candidate, but we do want to talk to you about primaries and the second part of our three-pronged approach to winning big!)
Our plan is simple (but it’s not easy). We think we can win next year, and win big, if we do just 3 things:
1️⃣ Keep weakening Trump. Every investigation into Trump and his cronies, every hearing about abuses by his administration, and every piece of harmful legislation he fails to pass also strengthens our movement and hurts his reelection chances. That means that the advocacy work your Indivisible group is already doing is one of the most important things we can all do to win next year.
2️⃣ Engage fully in a healthy primary that results in a strong, progressive nominee. We need a primary that moves the party in a progressive, inclusive direction and ultimately results in a strong nominee who’s ready to beat Trump in 2020--which means they’re ready to inspire a unified, diverse coalition that can sweep them and other progressive candidates into office.
3️⃣ Build the ground game and win. We need to get to 270 electoral votes in the Presidential election--and we also need to hold the House, win critical Senate seats, and win state elections in advance of redistricting. Winning elections isn’t rocket science: we’re going to talk to a LOT (a lot a lot a lot) of voters.
You’re going to hear a lot more about each of these things from us in the coming months, but today we want to talk a little bit about primaries.
Look. We get it. A lot of folks don’t like primaries. They can be divisive; they can lead to disagreements with people we usually agree with. But they’re not just normal -- they are critical to building a healthy democracy, building a winning platform, and building a winning, diverse coalition of supporters.
We’re already seeing a historically diverse group of Democrats running for the nomination, with more women, people of color and progressive voices than ever before. And, many of them have already begun to move the conversation in exciting new directions to uplift communities of color, break down economic barriers, and fight back against the continued Republican efforts to restrict our Democracy.
But even though this field looks strong on its own, we cannot afford to sit this primary out. Indivisibles are uniquely equipped to advocate for their values and uplift the voices of those who have been left out of the process for far too long.
Ready to dig in? Great.
1. Read more about our plan and the importance of primaries in our latest IndivisiBlog from our National Political Director, María Urbina. Share it with your fellow Indivisibles to start the conversation about the work ahead to build power and win in 2020.
2. Check out our new resource for Indivisible Groups on Demystifying Primaries. Contained in this mini-Guide, we give you what you need to know about the process, tips for starting the conversation with your group, and key dates to plan around this presidential cycle.
3. Join us today for a conversation on Twitter about what primaries mean to you and why they’re critical to defeating Trump in 2020. First, check out our video. Then, download the sign, print it out, and record your own video. Tag us on Twitter: @IndivisibleTeam, and we’ll amplify you!
Right now, we are working directly with Indivisible groups to hear about the issues that matter most and to develop a clear plan for our engagement, together.
This year, we’re excited to build our plan to:
→ Push candidates to run bold, grassroots-driven campaigns.Nationally, we’ll seek to build platforms and opportunities for Indivisibles and our partners to engage directly with the candidates.
→ Advocate for a healthy, values-driven primary. We all need to push back on harmful racist and sexist tropes and toxic dynamics when they affect the primary. And we need to encourage our own Indivisible communities to have a healthy debate rooted in shared empathy and a commitment to support the ultimate nominee, whoever (we mean whoever) that is.
→ Weigh in! We believe Indivisibles deserve a seat at the table when it comes to choosing our nominee. We'll be working directly with Indivisible groups to figure out how we weigh in and engage with the candidates together as a movement. We believe that the best nominee is one who can build deep grassroots support - after all, we're going to be the grassroots army knocking doors for them in 2020! So we're committed to engaging with all the candidates - and there are a lot of great candidates - to hear their ideas and push for bold, progressive policies.
The grassroots cannot afford to let someone else make this decision for us. So we’re going to be on the frontlines in this primary, asking candidates how their platform grows the base, how they’re centering the grassroots, and how they plan to win. Because losing in November is simply not an option.
Join us on this journey for the next year and beyond to make this a contest of big ideas, healthy democracy, and winning our future.
Let’s do this.
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
SB19-181 - Protect Public Welfare Oil And Gas Operations - Concerning additional public welfare protections regarding the conduct of oil and gas operations.
H.R.883 - Families Belong Together Act - To grant lawful permanent resident status to certain eligible persons who were separated from immediate family members by the Department of Homeland Security.
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
Visit our Events Calendar to see upcoming events.