Category Archives: Grass Roots Activist Groups

Welcome Health Care for All – Napa Valley!

Organization Purpose:
Our goal is improved and expanded Medicare for All. HCA-Napa Valley is both an activist group and a 501c4. We link with other groups; we educate the community about improved and expanded Medicare for All, and we support legislation at the local, state, and national level to promote improved and expanded Medicare for All.

Community Served:
All residents of California

Website:  HealthCareforAll.org/chapters/napa-county

Regular Meetings:  Usually the second Tuesday of the month

Founders:
Inda S. Shirley, Chair, Email
Devra Dallman, Treasurer
Jean Barstow, Recording Secretary
Fay Sady, Membership Secretary



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Rep. Thompson Statement on Constituent Services and Legislation in 2017 – PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:
January 8, 2018
Contact:  TJ Adams-Falconer 202-225-3311

Rep. Thompson Statement on Constituent Services and Legislation in 2017

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05) released the following statement about the services he provided to constituents and the legislation he sponsored in 2017:

“As a Member of Congress, serving you is at the very heart of the work I do every day. That’s not only by voting and working on your priorities, but by being your champion in the federal government. This includes helping you solve issues with a federal agency, assisting you in collecting money the government might owe you, or simply having an open dialogue about the issues you find most important.

“In 2017, I was so proud to be able to help 1,132 constituents navigate an issue they had with the federal government, securing a total of $652,746.87 worth of benefits or payments many were owed. I also had the pleasure of sending over 82,000 letters to constituents to discuss the priorities they care most about. And for those constituents who made a trip out to Washington, DC, I was able to secure them 430 Capitol tours and 181 White House tours. The ability to directly assist constituents like this is one of the highest privileges and joys of my job.

“I was also proud to introduce 20 bills and cosponsor 250 other bills and resolutions to advance the priorities of our community. These bills help strengthen our healthcare systems, protect our environment, deliver relief to fire survivors, help reduce gun violence, and much more. These also included several pieces of legislation that were signed into law, including the Jack Alderson Toxic Exposure Declassification Act which gives veterans exposed to toxic substances access to the answers and care they deserve.

“As we enter the new year, I want to remind all of those living in California’s 5th Congressional District about the services my office provides directly to constituents. A detailed list of those services can be found here. I am here to listen to you and ensure that your government works for you.”

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Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force as well as the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.

United States House of Representatives
231 Cannon House Office Building • Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3311 • Fax: 202-225-4335



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Why Support Delaine Eastin for Governor

Delaine has just been identified by the SF Chronicle as one of the top four Democratic candidates for California Governor.

A luncheon to support her campaign is going to be in Napa at the Olive Tree Restaurant on February 7th.

Take this opportunity to meet and speak with Delaine.  We are sure that you will be as impressed as are we with this great Candidate.  Seating at this event is limited so please sign up early.

You can read about Ms. Eastin in a two-part analysis presented by Anthony Danna on Medium:  November 7, 2017  and December 21, 2017.

You can  also go to  delaineforgovernor.com and read about Delaine’s strong positions on the education, health care, the environment and civil rights – about a better California.


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Women’s March Napa Valley – January 20, 2018

Please join us for our 2nd Women’s March Napa Valley!

The Women’s March Napa Valley is very excited to announce our 2nd Women’s March 2018! The event will take place on Saturday, January 20th, the same day as many other Women’s Marches around the world.

March details are being planned. If you can offer support, we need: speaker/amps, microphones, a large stage set-up and knowledgeable technical support. (Contact information below.) This event is inclusive – about all of us coming together for a brighter future. We look forward to everyone who made last year’s March so awesome, and hope you can join us once again on Saturday, January 20.

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Location: Napa Valley Expo

Email Us
View/Download Flyer

March Route
Women's March Napa January 20. 2018 March Route

March Day Parking Guide
Women's March Napa Valley - January 20, 2018 Parking Guide

For more information, please visit Women’s March Napa Valley website.



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TAX SCAM: Call CA GOP NOW! (do-over vote Wed.)

Today the House just voted 227-203 on the tax bill. Out of our 14 CA GOP members, 12 voted YES. The 2 NO votes were Issa, and Rohrabacher.

Then it turns out that a number of the provisions in the bill that just passed the House actually violates some Senate rules.

Therefore, those provisions will be removed when the Senate votes later tonight. And then the House will need to re-vote on the legislation tomorrow.

We have 2 call tools available to contact CA voters in targeted districts.
1) PDI VPB updated instructions here ( We heard that it is not clear how to enter the data on first page so instructions are now much clearer.)

2) Courage Campaign Hub Dialer here

We need to KEEP UP THE WORK! Make those phone calls. We have another 24 hours!

There will continue to be different analyses and resources coming out on the impact of the bill, and how we keep up accountability – and we’ll be sure to group them together and share. But here is a link for starters:

1. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities How does the final Republican tax bill affect your state? (interactive map here)



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Prepare to Mobilize if Consitutional Crisis Arises

Please sign up for the Napa Valley ACTS alert list today so you can be notified quickly in the event of a constitutional crisis (such as Rober Mueller being fired) on where and when to mobilize.

If this becomes necessary, please come out if you can. 

MoveOn has created a similar plan. Click here to  sign up here for MoveOn text alert, too.  Always a good idea to be doubly-prepared!  And speaking of being prepared, please review our recommendations for creating a Rapid Mobilization Kit so you’re ready to grab and go!
 
When Would We Be Called to Mobilize?
In Napa, if a crisis occurs before 2 PM on any given day, the rally would begin same day at 5 PM.  If a crisis occurred after 2 PM the rally would begin the following day at 12 PM (noon).
 
Where Would We Rally?

 Somewhere central in the City of Napa. You will receive a text/email with instructions on exactly where we will rally and where you might park.



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URGENT – Phone Bank for Tax Scam Calls – Maine / AZ / CA

The relief and sense of hope that Tuesday’s win in Alabama is fueling my determination to keep fighting no matter how slim the odds. I hope you feel the same way.
The Republicans claim they have a Tax Deal (SCAM) that they will vote on as early as Monday. I am asking all of you to keep fighting against it. If we can keep it from passing through Dec 22nd the holiday break will force it to be considered in January. Once Dough Jones is sworn in the fight becomes much harder for Republicans.
I have 3 options for you to use to make calls.
1. Use the Indivisible Hub Dialer to call into Maine, AZ, Alaska, and Colorado
2. Use the OFA website to call CA members of Congress (I have revised instructions that allow us to see the phone #s for the congressman)
3. If you can’t use a computer to make calls you can contact Ruth who will send you a paper list.
Indivisible has a nifty call tool that you can use to call  members of the Senate. 
My gut feeling is that if it can be stopped anywhere it will be in the Senate.
1. Visit this website
2. Sign in on the form at the bottom of the page
3. Watch the video that explains how the Hub Dialer works
4. Once you have registered they will send you an email with Campaign IDs and Passcodes. Use the values in the email at the Hub dialer website.
5. Once you have clicked “Lets Get Started” the screen will display a voters name, phone and a script.
OFA Call Tool for CA members of Congress
PLEASE NOTE – The call tool was originally set up for the ACA and has not been changed to reflect the Tax Bill. On the first page you are given 3 options
  • support
  • undecided
  • opposes
Many of you (myself included) have been checking opposes since we oppose the tax bill. It turns out that you have to click on supports the candidate / measure to be taken to a screen that shows the phone #. The opposes radio button does not show contact info for the member of congress.
 

 
I know this is a clunky script but it will give us what we need, names of voters in key CA congressional districts and phone # for their local and DC offices.
 
Instructions

  1. Click one of the links below to access the Virtual Phone Bank
    CD 10 – Denham – English
    CD 21 – Valadao – English
    CD 25 – Knight
    CD 39 – Royce
    CD 45 – Walters
  2. If it is your first time calling, go to step 3.  If already registered, go to step 6.
  3. Register to make calls by clicking the “Click Here to Register” button below the green “Log In” button.
  4. Enter all required fields including: first name, last name, email address and zip code.  Hit the green “Save” button to continue.
  5. Once saved, you will be returned to the log in page.
  6. Enter the email address used to register, phone bank password “resist” and chose “Call4ACA” or “OFA” as the organization from the dropdown.
  7. Click ‘Log In” to start calling.
  8. Use your phone to dial the phone number listed on screen.
  9. Script should automatically appear on screen if there is only one voter, if there is more than one voter click on the name of the person who answers, to see the script.
  10. Select appropriate non-contact and survey information.  Click “End Call/Save Information” to end the call and save the information recorded.
  11. Repeat steps 8-10.
 
Contact Ruth for a paper list
Ruth can send you a script for AZ and a list of names in AZ – Ruth Rubanowitz <ruthrubanowitz@gmail.com>
From Linda Hemenway, Sonoma County OFA


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GOTV Alabama – PHONE BANK

First rules:

  • Speak slowly and politely
  • Do not bad mouth Moore

GOTV- SF BAY AREA PHONE BANKS for Alabama US Senate Special Election – December 12, 2017

 

Saturday, December 09, 2017 at 10am – 2pm at El Sobrante.  RSVP
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1pm – 3pm at El Sobrante.  RSVP
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 1pm – 4pm.  Orinda.  RSVP
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 1pm – 3pm.  El Sobrante.  RSVP
Tuesday Election Day December 12, 2017 at 9am – 1pm in El Sobrante.  RSVP

EMAIL FROM FLIP TO BLUE

Election Day in Alabama is 4 days away, and the race is incredibly close. Voter turnout will be the deciding factor in who wins the election, and we’re holding several phone banks to help get out the vote.  For those that can’t make it, please call from home with the following links:

Phonebanks

The following Alabama phonebanks allow you to contact African American voters in urban Alabama as well as the rural Black Belt. Click the phonebank link and then login with your ActionID or create an ActionID.

 

Urban Alabama

Tuscaloosa

Stillman College (Hays Center)
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/E30242L-7899

Belk Activity Center
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/440242A-3713

Bobby Miller Activity Center
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/540242B-6838

McDonald Hughes Community Center
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/640242C-4562

New Life Baptist Church
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/A40242G-9593

Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/050242M-7147


Jefferson County (Birmingham area)
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/ED7142J-2640

Birmingham – Precinct 2010
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/EEA142L-1644


Huntsville Oakwood University Church
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/6E7142A-1654


Mobile

Here are the Mobile phonebanks; these include African American as well as Latino voters.

016 – Collins Rhodes Elementary School
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/9A8142I-6501

025 – Hope Chapel AMEZ
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/AA8142J-8995

028 – Moffet Road AOG
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/2B8142A-4339

029 – Forest Hill Elementary
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/3B8142B-1852

033 – Sunlight Auditorium
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/4B8142C-7253

Rural Black Belt

Hale County
Precinct 43 (National Guard Armory, 515 Greene St, Greensboro, AL)
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/250242O-4671


Bullock County

Precinct 0031
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/AEA142H-1663

Precinct 0032
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/BEA142I-6645


Sumter County

Precinct 0414
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/4FA142A-8812


Perry County

Precinct 0011 – ( National Guard Armory 114 MLK Memorial Parkway, Marion)
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/81D142E-8490

Precinct 0051 (270 LUICAN ST, Uniontown, AL)
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/A1D142G-3973


Etowah County

Carver Community Center
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/ABC142M-5853

East Gadsden Recreation Center
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/9BC142L-1746

Wallace Hall at GSCC
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/BBC142N-4917


Lowndes County

Precinct 0011

https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/9D7142E-2366

Precinct 0041
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/AD7142F-7253

Precinct 0061
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/BD7142G-6799

Precinct 0121
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/DD7142I-6855 


Macon County
Macon County is home to the Tuskegee Institute; there are only 8700 voters in the County and 7,200 of them are African American. These phonebanks are the precincts with more than 1,000 voters.

Precinct 0101
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/EC7142K-4144

Precinct 0312
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/2D7142O-2617

 


Dallas County (Selma and neighboring areas)

Precinct 0401 Orrville
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/277142D-6595

Precinct 0501 Tipton
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/577142G-7984

Precinct 0801 – Mt. Zion Church
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/777142I-3119

Precinct 9343 – Woodrow Fire
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/977142K-4636

Precinct 9342 – Selma Mall
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/A77142L-1918

Precinct 9182 – Eastend
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/D77142O-8530

Precinct 9521 – Cahaba Fire
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/F77142Q-4847

 


Marengo County

Precinct 0101
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/1E7142M-8561

Precinct 0102
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/2E7142N-3831

Precinct 0408
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/3E7142O-8055

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Ongoing Call for Help

 

We are in need of blog writers, phone/text bank hosts, drivers to canvassing events and more.  If you would like to help in some way, please feel free to respond to this email or email us at info@committoflipblue.com.

Thank you,

Jackie, Jill, Mario, Isabel, Sheila, David, Rebecca, Ellen, Amy, Molly, Nancy

Commit to Flip Blue Steering Committee



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Tax Plan Analysis and Resources

CBPP Analysis on the Tax Plan

Other Resources



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URGENT – Virtual Phone Bank to Save the ACA

CA ACA Volunteer Coalition

In response to Trump’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a coalition of over 150 progressive organizations including, Planned Parenthood, Children’s Defense Fund, ACLU, Advancement Project, OFA CA , was formed to protect the ACA. An independent group of volunteers from Organizing for Action (OFA), Hillary for America, Indivisibles, Our Revolution, Democracy Action, Sister District and many more, are working in concert to support the #Fight4OurHealth coalition and making calls.

You know what to do. These VPB are live and we do not have much time. Please call as much as you can.

Instructions

  1. Click one of the links below to access the Virtual Phone Bank
    CD 10 – Denham – English
    CD 21 – Valadao – English
    CD 25 – Knight
    CD 39 – Royce
    CD 45 – Walters
  2. If it is your first time calling, go to step 3.  If already registered, go to step 6.
  3. Register to make calls by clicking the “Click Here to Register” button below the green “Log In” button.
  4. Enter all required fields including: first name, last name, email address and zip code.  Hit the green “Save” button to continue.
  5. Once saved, you will be returned to the log in page.
  6. Enter the email address used to register, phone bank password “resist” and chose “Call4ACA” or “OFA” as the organization from the dropdown.
  7. Click ‘Log In” to start calling.
  8. Use your phone to dial the phone number listed on screen.
  9. Script should automatically appear on screen if there is only one voter, if there is more than one voter click on the name of the person who answers, to see the script*.
  10. Select appropriate non-contact and survey information.  Click “End Call/Save Information” to end the call and save the information recorded.
  11. Repeat steps 8-10.

*Please note that the Call Time has an important function, if it is longer than 10 minutes, the call is redirected back into the pool.  If break is taken, be sure to log out and back in to ensure that all call information is saved.

Thank you for everything you do!

Lisa & Kyoko

Lisa J. Edwards & Kyoko Takayama



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