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March 21, 2020



Monthly Newsletter
Virtual Activism
While we adjust to being homebound, there are many ways to continue poltical activism. 

We're going to making all of our group meetings virtual, so you can log in from home.  Our meeting with elected officials will now be virtual.  

And we're going to provide resources to let you do many forms of activism from your own house- see below for details!
Letter-writing & Text-banking

Our "every-other-Sunday" Swing Left meetings are going virtual!  This Sunday (March 22), from 1:00 PM to 3:00PM, we're going to walk through step-by-step instructions on how you can:
1). Download, print, and mail Vote Forward letters to get-out-the-vote.
2). Sign up for, and start text-banking to defeat vulnerable Republican Senators who voted to acquit Trump.

Join the Zoom video call by clicking the link below.

Zoom link for March 22 Swing Left meeting
April 4 General Meeting

Our monthly meeting will be virtual.  We'll share latest info on political actions you can do from home.  We also informative speakers from two great organizations
1). Moms Demand Action
2). Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA)
Join the Zoom video call by clicking the link below.

Zoom link for April 4 ISBLA general meeting
Data Sharing with National Indivisible
The Indivisible organization has always been a very loose federation.  Each chapter maintains its own membership list, and the national organization has lists of other people who are unaffiliated with any individual chapter. This is a very unusual arrangement.  Nearly all other organizations (Swing Left, Sister District, Moms Demand Action, etc) automatically share lists

The national organization has offered to share their lists with individual chapters, as long as we share our list with them.  (using a tool called EveryAction).  After extended discussion, the Steering Committee is recommending that we enter into this agreement.

The main arguments for & against are:
Pro:  We know there are people who live in the South Bay who are looking for ways to engage in activism, but have not connected with us.  This will let us engage them, and thus be able to do more.
Con:  ISBLA members may get additional fundraising requests from Indivisible, and possibly selected other allied organizations (MoveOn, etc)

In the end, the steering committee felt that the opportunity to do more things was important, especially going into this critical election year.  We felt that members could easily "unsubscribe" from email lists they found annoying.

We'd like a membership vote  to either ratify or reject our recommendation.

 
Should we sign the Data Sharing Agreement?
Cause of the Month

The LA Food Bank is working to mobilize of resources to help people who are in need of food assistance.
With millions of people losing work hours or being laid off, this is vital help for the most vulnerable. In the current situation, they are in need of funding to hire employees to collect and distribute food. They are also looking for people who can volunteer their time. Please click the button to help.

Help the LA Regional Food Bank- Donate or Volunteer
Here's some additional worthy organizations that need help:

1.  Harbor Interfaith Services (serves San Pedro):
https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/HarborInterfaithServic…

2.  Urban Community Outreach (serves Long Beach):
https://www.ucodic.org/donate/

3.  Additionally, Uplift Charity is also amplifying its efforts to support refugee and food insecure families in Orange County, Inland Empire and Los Angeles. Donations may be made here:

http://www.upliftcharity.org/donate

Make sure Congress acts responsibly during this emergency!
We need to make sure that any legislation is just, equitable, addresses the most vulnerable first, and takes the steps needed to protect our democracy and ensure free and fair elections.  Specifically,
1). Nationwide vote-by-mail, as laid out in the Natural Disaster and Emergency Bailout Act.
2). Direct cash assistance to individuals and families, and strenous requirements attached to any corporate bailouts.
3). Universal paid sick days, family leave, and expanded Unemployment Insurance to fill in the gaps from the initial coronavirus response bills.
Ask Congress for an equitable Coronavirus response
Holding Our Elected Officials Accountable

We now are holding virtual meetings with the staffs of our elected representatives, at both the National and State level, to advocate for on current legislation, and provide feedback to them on their actions & votes.

The meetings are great way to engage in the democratic process!  The staff listens carefully - and we often see positive outcomes from these interactions. If you'd like to participate, look for upcoming meetings on the calendar link below.
Legislative meetings summary

Take action !

Not sure how to get involved?  Just go to our calendar to find upcoming political activities & events in and around the South Bay.  There's always lots going on - find something you can do!

To list events here, just send a calendar invitation to isbla3366@gmail.com.

Link to calendar of South Bay activities and events
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