Category Archives: Grass Roots Activist Groups

RED ALERT: Health Care Action NOW!

I’m becoming increasingly concerned about the new “Cassidy-Graham” health care bill that is moving forward in the Senate.  By Senate rules, it must be voted on by September 30th.

It’s kind of a stealth bill—a last chance to repeal and replace Obamacare.  It has not yet been scored by the Congressional Budget Office, and that will have to happen before a Senate vote.  The scheduling may work out that a CBO score will come out just before a vote without the opportunity for pro-Obamacare forces to react.

The bill’s biggest vice is that it leaves lot of decision-making to the states and it will gut Obamacare.  Here’s Paul Krugman’s take:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/opinion/health-care-graham-cassidy.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=region&region=region&WT.nav=region&_r=0

The last time the repeal Obamacare vote lost was because John McCain voted against it (along with Murkowski and Collins).  This time, I think he will vote for it, not least because Lindsey Graham is his big bud in the Senate.

I am hoping that someone will organize a rally in SF or Sacramento next weekend, so keep a lookout for that.

In the meantime, here are some things I think we can do, even though there is no actual bill yet.  Call it the “impending” bill or some such.

ACTION PLAN FOR THIS WEEK

  1. Call and email McCain’s office and remind him that he has publicly said he will not support a bill that does not go through (the Senate’s) “Regular Order” (meaning open committee hearings, etc.).  The Cassidy-Graham bill will not be going through Regular Order.  Ask him to keep his promise.
  2. Call and email Sens. Murkowski and Collins and ask them to stand tall again against the bill.
  3. Call and email Sen. Rand Paul’s office and ask him to vote against.  (He has said he’s against it because it “keeps too much” of Obamacare (!!!! Whatever.)  But he has made statements like that before and then re-entered the Republican fold.
  4. Call and email Feinstein’s and Harris’ office and ask them to work persuade their Republican colleagues to vote against the bill.  Tell Harris to work on “Medicare for All”  after September 30th, and to focus on defeating the Cassidy-Graham bill now.
  5. Focus on this bill in the next two weeks and try to figure out which Senators might also vote against it.  Let the rest of us know.

Sen. Susan Collins (ME)

Call this senator now! (202) 224-2523

Augusta Office
Phone: (207) 622-8414
Facebook
Twitter @SenatorCollins

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK)

Call this senator now! (202) 224-6665

KETCHIKAN
Phone: (907) 225-6880 
Fax:(907) 225-0390
Facebook
Twitter @lisamurkowski

Sen. John McCain (AZ)

Call this senator now! (202) 224-2235

Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 952-2410
Fax: (855) 952-8702
Facebook
Twitter @SenJohnMcCain

Sen. Rand Paul (KY)

Call this senator now! 202-224-4343

Bowling Green, KY
Main: 270-782-8303
Facebook
Twitter @RandPaul

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA)

Call this senator now!  (202) 224-3841
DC Fax: (202) 228-3954

San Francisco, CA * (3 other offices)
Phone: (415) 393-0707
Fax: (415) 393-0710 
Facebook
Twitter @SenFeinstein

Sen. Kamala Harris (CA)

Call this senator now!  (202) 224-3553
DC Fax (202) 224-2200

Los Angeles, CA* (3 other offices)
Phone (213) 894 – 5000
Fax (202) 224 – 0357
Facebook
Twitter @SenKamalaHarris



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Who Is Napa Valley ACTS

We network the progressive political groups of Napa County to provide the most up-to-date information on political activities, so citizens can take action.

Our mission:

  • networks the progressive groups in the Napa Valley, gathering and disseminating the most up-to-date group event information,
  • mobilizes these groups and Napa County residents to take action, and
  • provides thought-leadership to these groups and their members.

Target Audiences:

  • the leadership of the politically-active progressive groups in Napa County and its’ membership
  • county residents interested in becoming/staying politically involved

Founders:

Mary Jane Bowker
Ellyn Elson
Lisa Seran

Website:      https://NVActs.com
Facebook:   www.facebook.com/NVActs/
Twitter:       @NVActs
Instagram:  nvacts



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Welcome Napa County Young Democrats!

Napa County Young Dems

Organization Purpose:

We are Napa County Young Democrats. An ambitious group of
young people fresh off the vine in Napa County. We aim to promote civic
engagement and participate in the politics that lead our lives. Our group
members are future leaders hoping to make fundamental change in their
communities, and to be the change that their communities want to
see. We engage in a broad range of issues, from voting rights to civil
rights, and from environmental reform to economic reform.

The issues we engage in reflect the array of diversity and passion of our group
members, and we aim to attract other young people into our collective in order to inspire the future leaders who will be addressing these
ongoing problems.

Community Served:

Mostly young people, but the issues affecting young people in Napa
County can vary greatly. Ranging anywhere from immigrant rights to
women’s rights, or from housing to environmental consciousness.
There really isn’t a primary community of just young people living in the county, however there are a variety of overlapping communities
within the county that young people are members of. It’s those
young people in intersecting communities in which we wish to galvanize.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NapaCountyYoungDems
Twitter: @NapaYoungDems

Founders:
Esperanza Padilla
Manveer Sandhu
Ricky Hurtado



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Violence is not the answer

from the Napa Valley Register September 3rd Letters to the Editor

With the horrific destruction of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, comes most certainly, a great need for additional help to all those who have been injured, or lost loved ones, plus assistance for the loss of homes, businesses schools, roads, etc.

This may be the impetus Congress needs to make a decision on the way the national budget is allocated towards the military. “The $600 billion in this year’s budget for military spending is more than the six combined countries of China, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, India, and Saudi Arabia.” This information, plus the following quotes are from the May, Washington Newsletter of the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Sadly, an audit of the Pentagon’s books has still not been furnished, even though in the 1990s a law was passed requiring it to be provided.

“Weapons systems regularly overrun their budgets or are rendered obsolete, while still in development. Such as the billions-over-budget F-35 fighter jets (designed for wars that the U.S. doesn’t fight any more) to the Littoral combat ship that the Pentagon says it doesn’t need.”

The Pentagon’s own internal study found some $125 billion in potential savings over five years just in administrative and bureaucratic waste.

Violence and threats are not the answer. “The State Department, USAID, and other development agencies are critical in preventing conflict and reducing the need to put our men and women in uniform in harm’s way.”

This was presented to Congress in February by more than 120 retired generals and concluded that early conflict prevention programs “help forestall open-ended crises that are far more damaging to American interests and far costlier to the American tax payer.”

General Thomas Waldhauser, head of the U.S. Command in Africa, testified before the Armed Services Committee in March that “‘We could knock off all of ISIL and Boko Haram this afternoon, but by the end of the week, those ranks would be filled.”

“At a time when the U.S. is facing multiple foreign policy crises, the U.S. should increase investment in the cost-effective programs that promote diplomacy, development and international cooperation. We need more tools in our foreign policy toolbox, not fewer.”

One of the “tools’ at our disposal is the Campaign Nonviolence (CNV) happening across the United States the week of Sept. 16-24. Last year, 758 events, vigils, marches study groups, etc. were held in all 50 states. This year, 1,000 events are planned to promote a culture of peace, and nonviolence free from war, poverty, racism, and environmental destruction.

Here in Napa on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 2-4 p.m., a Vigil for Peace, will take place on the four corners of Third Street and Soscol Avenue.

Vigils are only one way to make our hearts and minds known, and I hope that all in our community will find their own way to envision a world free from violence. From the national magazine of CNV; “At a time of permanent war, growing poverty, threats to civil liberties, ecological devastation, the enduring terror of nuclear weapons and the scourge of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and economic injustice, we face the challenge and opportunity to choose powerful and creative nonviolent alternatives.”

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18.

Teresa Cahill

Napa



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Rapid Resist: Text Banking!

We’ve all heard about phone banking, but text banking?!  What an awesome concept.  I heard about the Rapid Resist non-profit organization at Rock the Congress.

This organization keeps track of key lawmakers and finds perfect organizing partners to help thwart the Trump agenda.  They’ve developed technology to support rapid response through peer to peer texting.   You can choose the topic you work on, when you work.  It’s a really terrific idea.

I can’t wait to sign up for a volunteer shift and take their training.  May I suggest you do the same?!

Sign up today!!



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9/6 – NAPA RALLY TO DEFEND DACA AND DREAMERS

URGENT: Defend DACA and DREAMers Rally Wednesday in Napa: I’m sure you heard that President Trump ordered an end to DACA, the program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation — starting in just 6 months!  Some of the 800,000 young adults brought to the United States illegally as children who qualify for the program will become eligible for deportation as early as March.  On Wed. Sept. 6 you can support the Dreamers and tell Congress to stop this cruel order at the Napa Rally to Defend DACA and DREAMers — We are here to stay! September 06, 2017 • 6pm Veteran’s Memorial Park, Main St.

You can also work to help immigrants become naturalized citizens with Citizenship Legalized Services (CLS). They are doing volunteer orientation on Monday Sept. 11 at 6pm at the St. Helena Presbyterian Church.  If you are interested in attending this orientation, you may RSVP Blanca Dixon at bdixon@upvalleyfamilycenters.org



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Hurricane Harvey: Undies for Everyone

Hi Friends,

My Aunt Nancy from Houston was visiting when Hurricane Harvey struck; her house & car were flooded; she flies home today to see the extent of the damage. My cousin’s home was also flooded; her family is out of their home with their 2 children, one of whom is special needs. They are fortunate to have friends to stay with & are grateful for their safety.
I’ve been wondering how to help. Today I saw (on Facebook) Brene Brown, an author many of us respect & admire, request support for a Houston nonprofit, Undies for Everyone. She talks about how people donate clothing, but not underwear. She explains that people are in need of clean underwear — it’s an issue of dignity and cleanliness. This resonated with me…I donate clothes to various organizations, but never underwear.
Undies for Everyone has made donating simple.  Go to Amazon via the link below.  This is their wishlist — you select items you want to order, than use the address below (in bold) as the shipping address (the local Hillel is collecting).  Or, use the organization’s website to make a donation directly.  I shipped underwear directly from Amazon as I’ve heard there is a shortage of things in local stores.
This seems like a very quick easy thing for us to do that would provide for a basic need…and more importantly, help someone maintain their dignity.

1. https://www.amazon.com/…/2O89ZX93O…/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1

2. Collect new, packaged underwear and mail it to the address below. It’s our local Hillel and they are collecting for us. This is a really great neighborhood or school project. If you’re purchasing, we recommend Hanes or Fruit of the Loom. UFE doesn’t process or give out anything but underwear!

Undies for Everyone
1700 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005



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Co-Chair Of Women’s March Helps Hurricane Harvey Victims

Linda Sarsour, the co-founder of the Women’s March, promoted a charity for Hurricane Harvey victims. The website she gave her followers to donate to wrote this as their public statement, “Rebuilding in areas impacted by Harvey will be most challenging for marginalized communities. Nearly a quarter of Houstonians live in poverty — approximately 550,000 people. We also estimate that there are 575,000 immigrants in the Houston metro area. We will work to move the material aid the most vulnerable hit by Harvey — from first response and basic needs to healthcare, housing, transportation, immigration.” Anyone interested in donating can do it at https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-3833118145683060992.



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REGISTER NOW! Rock the Congress – North Bay (Sept. 9th)

“Rock the Congress: North Bay” will bring together 300 leading North Bay activists to transform American politics. Our dire political situation demands that Progressives unite, collaborate, and campaign together

Our one-day conference operationalizes the age-old American principle of “E Pluribus Unum”—out of many, one—so that we can defeat Trump and his Republican enablers, and achieve our vision of a more progressive America.

“Rock the Congress: North Bay” will feature:

  1. Top-notch speakers including Representative Jared Huffman and Becky Bond, CREDO SuperPac President and former Senior Advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign.
  2. An operational plan for inter-organizational electoral collaboration
  3. Training sessions by Democracy Labs, activists from swing districts, and leading lights of the local Progressive movement. Workshops cover direct action, technology, messaging, media, and other.
  4. Networking opportunities with other leading activists representing at least two dozen organizations including Indivisible, OFA, MVCAN, Democracy Action, DFA, MoveOn, Our Revolution, Sister District, Swing Left, unions, issue-focused organizations, and other electorally focused groups.

Register today to guarantee your spot. Our ticket prices are on a sliding scale from $25 to $100. Please pay what you can afford to help us cover event costs. We are a 100% volunteer event put on by members of Bay Area progressive organizations and any unspent funds will be rolled over to our next event, likely “Rock the Congress: East Bay”. If you cannot afford $25, please contact events@rockthecongress.org for scholarship options. We do not want anybody to be unable to attend due to financial constraints.

Agenda:

7:30-8:30 Check-in, coffee and networking

8:30-5:00 Conference Program including Keynotes by Rep. Jared Huffman and Becky Bond, and breakout sessions covering our interorganizational plan, local organizing, direct action, technology, media and press relations, and more.

5:00-8:00 Afterparty/Networking

FAQs

Will there be Rock The Congress conferences in other locations?

Yes, an expected series of 4-6 “sub-regional” events is planned, culminating in a larger 1000+ person event next Spring, which will cover all of Northern California.

Will there be food?

Yes. Coffee, morning/afternoon snacks, and a full boxed lunch are included in your registration. We will also have food, beer, and wine provided for the afterparty. We will send out an email soon to ask about dietary restrictions.



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