Call to Action
Email or send this letter to advocate for fair and accurate elections. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 611360
San Jose, CA 95161-1360
Dear Ms. Bushey,
As a registered voter from [name of your city or town], I am writing to thank you for the work you do to keep our elections fair and secure. The integrity of our elections is worth protecting, and I have some questions about our district’s election preparations for the upcoming midterms.
First, does our district keep an offline daily backup of votes as they are received? And will our district conduct an election audit to ensure accuracy of the vote count?
If we are using electronic voting:
- Does our district have backup pollbooks to check in voters if there’s a problem with electronic pollbooks?
- If voting machines break, will our voting district have enough emergency ballots on hand for 2-3 hours of voters at peak times? How do you estimate needs for adequate numbers of provisional ballots?
- If a voting machine breaks, will each polling center have pre-printed signage that instructs voters on alternative options? What plans are there to accommodate voters with disabilities in this case?
If we are using paper voting:
- Are there sufficient paper ballots printed to permit 100% of registered voters to participate if they all choose to do so?
I take my right to vote seriously, and want to be sure that my vote is fairly and properly counted, along with those of all eligible voters in our district. I would appreciate any information you can provide, so thank you, in advance, for your willingness to help me understand how my district is preparing for the upcoming elections. I look forward to your reply.
[Your email address]
Show your Solidarity! Show up for immigrant and marginalized communities, by advocating with Governor Jerry Brown!
PART 1: ACT ON AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
a. Help stop rape on the night shift! Support the 100 brave women janitors walking 100 miles from SF to SAC and call Gov. Jerry Brown (916) 445-2841 to tell him to sign AB-2079 (Janitorial workers: sexual violence and harassment prevention training). Follow SEIU United Service Workers West for updates!
b. Support Ethnic Studies in California! AB-2772 allows for high schools in California to apply for grants to incorporate ethnic studies as a curriculum. SB-895 will require the department of education to make a Vietnamese American studies curriculum that will be accessible for district adoption. Studies have shown that when students feel represented in their classroom it increases class engagement, attendance, and performance in other academic areas. Please take the time to call the governors office tomorrow and ask him to sign AB-2772 and SB-895.
c. Stop human trafficking! AB-2034 is on the Governor’s desk for consideration and will require transit employees in bus, train, or light-rail operations to undergo human trafficking awareness training by January 2021. Please email/fax letters to:
- Email: email@example.com
- c.c. email: Ryan.Guillen@asm.ca.gov
- Fax: (916) 558-3177
d. SB-946, which would decriminalize street vending across the state, is on Governor Brown’s desk. Please send letters of support urging the Governor to sign it. Attach a pdf letter and email directly to the following:
COMMENT ON FACEBOOK ABOUT WHICH YOU DID AND HOW IT WENT! Please share scripts and pro tips!
PART 2: AMPLIFY in any of the following ways:
a. SHARE this post on your own timeline.
b. TAG a friend on social media.
c. REPOST in another resistance group.
d. TWEET, INSTA, or otherwise share on another platform!
CONGRATULATIONS for doing this! And thanks for showing your solidarity!
Sunday rally near Valley Fair to protest Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination (Sharing from MoveOn.org)
WHEN: Sunday, August 26 at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Peace Corner, Santa Clara
Corner of Stevens Creek Blvd & Winchester Blvd (corner near David’s Bridal) (map)
WHY: Protest Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court!
Supreme Court Justices are nominated and confirmed to the Court for a lifetime appointment. As Trump sits in the White House, a politically polarizing confirmation could set American justice back for decades. The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh is an insult to the agonizingly slow progress of Justice that has been accomplished over the last 242 years! The Democratic party may not have the numbers to block this appointment, but do they have the will. It is frightful to think that there is a real possibility that Democrats could be responsible for ANOTHER conservative appointment.
Let’s show our community that there is real local opposition to Brett Kavanugh’s appointment! Our #StopKavanaugh action is a street protest. We’re taking our message directly to our audience, the public–directly to people who aren’t engaged yet. Directly to people who may not see our message anywhere else in their daily lives. Not to mention all of us standing out there with our signs, waving to them and engaging/inviting them to respond with their car honking, waves, and smiles. This is a great recruitment opportunity for people to see that there are others in our community that care and feel the same way they do.
See you out at The Peace Corner!
Can you spare a few minutes THIS AFTERNOON to take one quick action to #StopKavanaugh?
We need at least one Republican senator to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. TODAY (Thursday) is a national call-in day of action around that issue. The National Equality Action Team and other organizations are organizing folks to reach out to voters in key states and connect them with their home state senators. Want to help? Read more and sign up here:
- We Need You to Help #SaveSCOTUS (The Neat)
Thanks for all you do! It matters.
As some of you may be aware, many jails across our state release inmates that have completed their sentence at late hours of the night or early hours of the morning. Releasing vulnerable people in the middle of the night without support or transportation is cruel, and dangerous. Recently, Jessica St. Louis was released from the Santa Rita Jail at 1:30AM – and was found dead hours later.
- SF advocacy group criticizes release of woman from jail in overnight hours before her death (KTVU Fox 2)
The Young Women’s Freedom Center is running a campaign called Justice for Jessica, demanding the end of late night/early morning release. I contacted them about how we could help and here is what I heard back:
1. If you can attend their next action bodies on the ground it always great. The next action is August 19th.
2. You can sign up for emails from the YWFC for updates.
3. You can call your state assembly members in support of a bill to ban nighttime releases.
- State Senator Proposes Banning Nighttime Releases of Inmates (KQED’s The California Report)
Thanks to TWWSJ member Erin S. for this information!
One quick action about the Supreme Court and one quick action on behalf of immigrants. Read … Rise … Resist!
1. Demand a thorough review of Brett Kavanaugh
Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has authored copious legal opinions and other documents, from testimony about Bush-era torture policies to his position that a president can ignore laws that he doesn’t think are constitutional. One continual theme is his support for a greatly expanded executive authority. 5 Calls argues that “The American people deserve a thorough examination of Kavanaugh’s extensive body of work before his nomination can be sent to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote. Yet on July 18th, Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley made clear he has little intention of doing so, saying he intends to only probe ‘relevant’ documents.” In essence, Grassley is trying to ignore or obscure large portions of Kavanaugh’s record.
Tell Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris — both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — that you want a transparent and thorough examination of Kavanaugh’s record before sending his nomination to the floor of the senate for confirmation.
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
- Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
Use this script, adapted from 5 Calls:
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from San Jose. I’m calling to demand that the committee commit to a transparent and thorough review Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s extensive body of work before referring his nomination to the full Senate. I’m also asking the Senator to do everything she can to make sure Kavanaugh is not confirmed. Thank you.”
2. Push back against the Trump administration’s strategy to penalize sanctioned (legal) immigrants for using public benefits
The Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is finalizing a policy to penalize immigrants seeking permanent residency status for availing themselves or their U.S.-born/citizen spouse or children of a wide range of public benefits, including common tax deductions, Medicaid, children’s health insurance, Affordable Care Act insurance subsidies, food stamps, public housing, etc. In essence, immigrants would be disqualified from receiving a green card if they claimed nearly any benefits or if DHS deemed them likely to receive benefits in the future. By striking at the health and well-being of families, this rule — according to the National Immigration Law Center — would have the broadest effect of any immigration proposal in recent memory, with the potential to affect tens of millions of people. And by targeting low-income, Latino and black immigrant communities, it would also widen the already deep disparities in healthcare in this country. It’s worth reiterating that immigrants’ use of services is not a burden on the economy; they pay considerably more into the health care systems than they use (ditto other public benefits).
Tell your Representative and Senators that you oppose this proposed rule and ask them to do everything they can to stop it.
- Rep. Zoe Lofgren: (202) […]
TAKE ACTION by sending messages to Senator Collins and Senator Murkowski asking them to vote NO on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Both senators accept email from non-constituents.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION to help write a personal message pleading them to vote AGAINST his confirmation to the US Supreme Court.
- Brett Kavanaugh’s track record (POLITICO)
TAKE ACTION by focusing on our activism for the November 2018 election.
1. Attend a volunteer training at the Democrat Volunteer Center (DVC) by Indivisible South Bay (ISB). Learn the various options for canvassing, postcard-writing, phone banking, texting, and fundraising volunteer activities:
- Saturday, August 4, 2018, 10AM-12:30PM
- Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10AM-12:30PM (tentative)
- Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 6:30-8:30PM
- Saturday, August 25, 2018, 10AM-12:30PM
2. Sign up with the DVC to volunteer between now and November 6, 2018.
3. Attend a postcard writing event at the DVC (960 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303).
- Monday, August 6, 2018, 7-9PM (for Julia Peacock, CA 42, to defeat NRA-funded Ken Calvert)
- Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 10:30AM-1PM (for TJ Cox, CA 21, and maybe one other)
- Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 10AM-noon
4. Volunteer to phonebank at the DVC. No need to RSVP. Drop in to help make a difference. Training and scripts will be provided.
- Monday, August 6, 2018, 2-7PM
- Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 2-7PM
Details: DVC August Calendar
5. Sign up to write postcards at home.
- CA 1 Audrey Denney to defeat Republican Doug LaMalfa
- CA 21 TJ Cox to defeat Republican incumbent David Valadao
- CA 22 Andrew Janz to defeat Republican Devin Nunes
- CA 42 Julia Peacock to defeat Ken Calvert
Join us Sunday afternoon, Aug. 5, online or in person at the San Jose Peace & Justice Center, to watch the Netflix standup special “Nanette” by Hannah Gadsby. Afterwards, we’ll discuss. RSVP via Facebook.
From the New York Times:
“Nanette (is) packaged as comedy but evolves into a searing critique of that medium when, midway through her set, Gadsby announces that she’s quitting stand-up. A lesbian from conservative Tasmania, she is done mining past trauma for jokes. Instead, Gadsby launches into a shrewd and impassioned dissection of misogyny, homophobia, art history and especially comedy.”
After the show, we will discuss its impact on ourselves and our activism, in person, but also reading and responding to posts in this listing.
We’ll have popcorn to share – feel free to bring a shareable to eat or drink!
Children are always welcome at TWWSJ events.
- Can Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette Bring Queer Storytelling the Attention It’s Due? (Marielle Mosthof at Slate, 7/20)
- Comedians Explain Why Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’ Is So Groundbreaking (Alison Stevenson at Vice, 7/13)
- Sara Schaefer and Sabrina Jalees on How Nanette Will Change Stand-up (Vulture, 7/2)
- The Transformative Comedy of Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette”: An Autostraddle Roundtable (A.E. Osworth at Autostraddle, 6/29)
- The Comedy-Destroying, Soul-Affirming Art of Hannah Gadsby (Melena Ryzik at New York Times, 7/24)
- Nanette Isn’t a Comedy Show. It’s a Sledgehammer. (Hannah Gadsby at Elle, 7/26)