Here are our action items after a two-hour discussion:
- call MoC (members of Congress) re Betsy DeVos nomination and lean on them to speak with voting GOP committee members
- Jeff Sessions will be voted on by the Senate Judiciary Committee 1/31: I’ve seen instructions to tweet the committee expressing your disapproval (@SenJudiciary). Probably won’t help, but can’t hurt.
- stay on top of Supreme Court nomination (to be announced Thursday 2/2)
- postcard writing party
- Laura: contact Howard Berkes, rural affairs correspondent for NPR (getting NPR to more places)
- adopt a red NPR station
- support swing counties via swingleft.org (our nearest: District 10, Fresno)
- call Panetta and urge him to have townhall meetings as frequently as possible so WE can stay connected both to DC and to local issues
- attend other Indivisible meetings: 1/31 at 1364 Fremont Ave, Seaside and 2/13, both in Monterey—will let you know when I know where and when—and in Santa Cruz
- learn more about Monterey County Sheriff and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and what that might mean for Salinas as a sanctuary city
- learn more about Salinas as sanctuary city and Monterey as a sanctuary county; identify leadership
- nonviolent protest training (Kate—possibly through www.whitesforracialequity.org, a local group examining racism)
- consider a monthly donation to the ACLU if you can afford it: they are going to have their hands full
- CALL, CALL, CALL! Even those of us who hate the phone! (It gets easier.) The 5calls.org website provides scripts. If you leave a voicemail, also send an email (per instructions in the Indivisible Guide).
- Keep your ears and eyes open for ways to link up with other groups
- If you hear of any actions (sit-ins, marches), send them to the group. But let’s try to keep email traffic down...
It is good to feel solidarity. I hope it lasts. I hope it makes a difference.