Hot off the press: Indivisible Marin's campaign strategy

blue wave.jpg



After extensive research and consultation with numerous campaign experts and leaders at Indivisible, Swing Left, Democracy Action Marin and others, the Indivisible Marin Steering Committee approved an electoral strategy for our chapter's work from now to November 6th. We are very confident that this plan will ensure that YOUR volunteer hours will be as impactful as possible toward the goal of taking back Congress!

In brief, our strategy for helping to flip the House will be to campaign for Katie Hill, who is running for the House seat in CD-25, and Josh Harder, the candidate for the House in CD-10. We chose these districts with four factors in mind: 1) the likelihood of flipping, 2) the candidates, 3) in-district tools and support and 4) geography. 

Our plan is also to draw upon Obama's "snowflake" model of community organizing. According to this article, "The snowflake structure encourages accountability and results, and is designed for organic growth and replication." In line with this model, our goal is to introduce and train our members in tactics such as textbanking and postcarding, and once they have gained experience, to empower them to do the same with their friends and others in their personal circles. This approach will allow us to quickly scale up and out and have maximum impact on the goal of taking back the House. 

Please join us in this work! Sign up today to start textbanking, phonebanking and/or postcarding. Once you're up and running, you can continue to join our group sessions, or start your own. We will win one text, call and postcard at a time!!

We've got less than four months until the mid-terms, and our one shot to take back Congress and stop Trump and his GOP cronies. If you are not already engaged in this work, the time is now! A great start is to come to our membership meeting this Thursday. We'll be writing postcards, talking about our new campaign strategy and forging the personal ties to sustain us while we do the hard work to come. We hope you will join us!

Thank you for all you do to contribute your time, expertise, energy, and commitment in support of the Resistance to ensure that American values endure.

In Solidarity,
The Indivisible Marin Steering Committee - Lori, Justine, Laura, Susan S, Laurie and Susan M

 

 

 

Indivisble Marin helps to organize a World Refugee Day Vigil

rally2.jpg

 

 

A number of activist groups in Marin including Indivisible Marin and Indivisible Sausalito organized a vigil that was held on June 20, the UN’s annual World Refugee Day. Between 700 - 800 people attended (a nearly unheard of number for sleepy, suburban Marin) to listen to a range of elected officials and community leaders from both the White and Latino communities, sing songs and observe moments of silence.

Read more about this event here in the Marin Independent Journal and watch TV coverage here.

Indivisible Marin's Benefit to Take Back Congress

Auction.jpg

Sunday, June 3rd 3 - 5:30 PM

Corte Madera Community Center

Any veteran campaign strategist will tell you that knocking on doors is THE single most effective campaign tactic. But in a blue county like Marin, we have to hit the road to participate. To help more Marin residents do so, Indivisible Marin is hosting a Benefit and Silent Auction on June 3rd. Our objective is to to raise funds to offer travel stipends to Marin volunteers who want to canvas in red districts.

At the event, you can peruse and bid on auction items while socializing with friends in the Marin community over wine, cheese and live music. Our motivating keynote speaker, Donnie Fowler of Democracy Labs, will get us "fired up and ready to go" before we wrap up the afternoon by announcing which lucky bidders will take home a prize. It will be a fun event for a great cause!!

In additon to attending, we hope that you will also consider donating an item to the silent auction! Get creative when thinking about all the possible ways you could donate or facilitate a donation. As outlined on this flyer and donation form, your donation will receive prominent exposure at the event, on the event program, and on our online auction catalog. Donating to the auction is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the community and to our country!

Your donation makes for a win/win situation - we sponsor Marin residents who want to canvas out of district, and you receive the goodwill of the community. Donations must be received by May 27th, but sooner allows for your donation to be promoted longer via our marketing channels. Contributions or gifts to Indivisible Marin are not tax-deductible.

Indivisible Marin launches Wine & Sign: Postcarding to Flippable Districts

We will meet, socialize and engage in participatory democracy by writing postcards to voters in flippable CA districts. Our immediate goal is to get out the vote for the June 5 primary and ensure that a progressive Democrat makes it onto the ballot for the November election in those districts.

All the supplies are provided for you - postage-paid postcards, colored pens & pencils, addresses and suggested messages (including bilingual). This is a FREE event, though donations toward the cost of the cards & postage are welcome and greatly appreciated! 

In addition to a wide array of boutique wines, Zinz offers craft beers, non-alcoholic beverages, and small plate nibbles for purchase. For questions or to reach the host the day of the event, please email lauraflipblue@gmail.com.

We plan to host Wine & Sign parties every other Wednesday at Zinz and will soon be launching postcarding events in other Marin locations. Check the Indivisible Marin calendar for details! 

postcardfinal.jpg

Our April Meeting

Our monthly membership meeting in April was full of great information...

IMG_3310 (1).jpg

We discussed progress the progressive agenda has made this year, including federal, state, and local election results,  gains in traditionally GOP held areas, legislative wins, and a rapidly growing and passionate grassroots movement.

IMG_3314 (2).jpg

We welcomed the California field director for Indivisible National, Chloe Stryker, who talked to us about the organization's explosive growth since the 2016 election and the dynamic plans for 2018, the midterms,  and beyond.  Advocacy work, activism at all levels, leadership training,  Get Out The Vote support, and inter-organization work are all part of what we are doing to flip the country blue.

 

IMG_3329.jpg

Indivisible has grown rapidly with groups in nearly every congressional district in the country.  Candidates are courting our endorsements.  We have become a powerful progressive voice at the national, state, and local level.  Come join us!

 

JOIN MARIN STUDENTS AT NATIONAL WALKOUTS!!

 

Friday, April 20th is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre. Many local schools, including Tam High, are taking part in a national school walkout to take action against gun violence. The Tam walkout, organized by students, starts at 10 AM with a march from the school to Mill Valley's depot where there will be speakers and a call to action. 

Walk Out.png


We encourage you to join the students in this effort! Indivisible groups across the country are marching with students in solidarity. Together, we will send a message to lawmakers that we won’t tolerate any more inaction on this issue. And if cowardly politicians fail to act, young people (and old alike) will VOTE THEM OUT!!

Other local schools are also organizing walkouts. You can search by zip code to fide one nearest you.

April Membership Meeting April 19th

Chloe Stryker, our CA Field Representative from Indivisible HQ, will fill us in on plans and programs in the works from National Indivisible. We'll cover some of the victories we've had, provide an update on current issues in the news and the activist community, and highlight opportunities to take action.

While socializing, we'll write postcards to rural voters in CD-21 who might otherwise not be reached by the in-district Democratic campaign.

Please join us - You'll leave "fired up, and ready to go" in the words of the president whose values we still uphold!

 

We are proud to endorse Anna Pletcher for Marin DA!

58a5f732b0857.imagePletcher.jpg

 

Wednesday night, Indivisible Marin hosted a Candidates’ Forum for the District Attorney race in Marin County with a special focus on three social justice issues: Immigration, Environmental Justice and Racial Equity. Following the candidates’ remarks, members of Indivisible Marin present at the Forum convened and voted overwhelmingly to endorse Anna Pletcher based on her demonstrated passion for and alignment with our priorities for advancing social justice in Marin. Read the press release announcing our endorsement here. 


Before getting involved in this race, many of us were unaware that a woman raped in Marin County must travel over an hour to Vallejo to get the forensic medical examination that is needed to try and convict her rapist; that Latino youths are twice as likely and Black youths are 14 times more likely, to be arrested for curfew violations than White youths in Marin; that our Sheriff's office disregards the spirit of the California Sanctuary State immigration laws, and that the current DA’s office has pursued virtually no cases to protect our environment. For all these reasons, we recommend that you vote for Anna Pletcher in the primary election on June 5. In coming weeks, we will let you know about how you can get involved in supporting Anna's campaign.

To learn more about why a District Attorney is so influential in his or her jurisdiction, watch this informative 2 minute video produced by the ACLU and featuring John Legend.

Are you ready if Trump fires Mueller or Rosenstein?

Concerns are mounting that Trump may fire Special Counsel Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Either firing would trigger a constitutional crisis and will be met by massive protests across the country. This impending national protest is successfully signaling to the national media and congressional Republicans that the American people demand that the truth and rule of law prevail.

Activist organizations throughout Marin have worked together and agreed upon a single location. Our plan is to gather at the Court Street Plaza in San Rafael, off of 4th St. between A Street and Lootens Place. The timing is based on the timing of a firing.  Because we will be mobilizing through MoveOn’s website, it is imperative that you sign up there to ensure that you’re notified if we mobilize.

Sign up for any of the listed Marin events. They all are part of the same Marin-wide protest.