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3/03/17

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Get up to speed on what happened this week in our 49th Congressional District
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Hello Indivisible 49 Members,
 
Our pressure is working on Congressman Issa! His waffling on the special prosecutor to investigate the Russia issue shows that things are not business-as-usual for him.  He seems to be distancing himself from the President, presumably in order to protect his ability to get reelected. Keep up the great work!
 
Upcoming In Person Actions
March 5 – Activism Training in Newport Beach at 1:00pm
Take Back The House 2018 is a grassroots activist training sponsored by the Laguna Beach and Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Clubs, WAVE, Women’s March and Indivisible. Registration required here
 
March 7 – Resist Trump Tuesday at Issa’s office in Vista at 10:00am.
Please RSVP here. If you can help, sign up on the Google doc.
 
March 24 – Protest at Meet the Leaders with Vista Chamber of Commerce at 5:00pm
We will be protesting at the Annual Meet the Leaders Dinner, where Congressman Darrell Issa will be the keynote speaker.  Other speakers invited are California State Senator Patricia Bates and Board of Equalization Vice Chair Diane Harkey. 
Location: Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista, CA
 Details here

If you have 5 minutes, make a phone call.  Don't know who to call? Subscribe to Daily Action to receive instructions for one new action item each day: dailyaction.org
 
If you have 10 minutes, write a postcard to your members of Congress. For their addresses in Washington, look here.
 
If you have 30 minutes, write a letter to the editor. Keep it short and simple and definitely under 150 words. You will need to give your full name, your city, and your phone number. Send letters here:
San Diego Union Tribune
San Clemente Times
Orange County Register
Oside News
Coast News Group
Voice of San Diego
Rancho Santa Fe Review
 
If you have one hour, attend our Tuesday morning rally at Representative Darrell Issa’s office. Issa needs to know that are watching and we are not going away! For information and to RSVP here.
 
And if you have an hour a week to spare, consider volunteering to help Indivisible 49 continue our great work. Information about these opportunities here.
This Week’s Successes
Resist Trump Tuesday – February 28
This week’s rally at Issa’s office was a huge success as we shared OUR vision for America. We were 263 strong! Join us next week – we need to keep the pressure on. More information and to RSVP here.
 
Indivisible San Diego County Meeting – February 26
Representatives from Indivisible groups in all five congressional districts in the county gathered in the first of a series of meetings to plan the best ways to maximize resources and impact.

Topics of discussion included the possibility of a website to serve as a hub for Indivisible San Diego County, including a master calendar and directory, tech concerns, media, safety and security, events, finance, fundraising, research, organizational support for new groups, etc. 

We learned that the ACLU has offered trained observers at any event where they are requested (with adequate notice).
 

District 49 Leadership Meeting – March 1
Leaders and representatives of different groups throughout the 49th District, including both Orange County and San Diego County, gathered to discuss ways to move forward after the ACA Town Hall.

There was talk about launching precinct-level operations, not to support a candidate at this point but to build community and start communicating about Issa in a nonpartisan way by knocking on neighbors' doors and engaging them. The discussion also extended to how to train people to do this.

In addition, two representatives from the California Democratic Party noted that District 49 is a national priority because the race was the closest in the country. They then gave a presentation about a joint meeting structure for autonomous groups that could aid in our efforts to coordinate our activities and amplify our message.
 
Legislative Update
In Congress This Week:
Tuesday, Feb 28th – President addressed joint session of Congress.
 
House: Voting on a number of bills. Of interest, HR 1033 (Passed), HR 998 (Passed), HJ Res 83, and HR 1004.
 
Senate: Confirmed: Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary, Ryan Zinke as Sec. of the Interior, Ben Carson as Sec. of Housing and Rick Perry as Sec. of Energy.
 
Issa’s activities: Back in Congress. Recently, said he supported the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into 45’s ties with Russia and then backed out of Nadler’s Resolution of Inquiry on Tuesday. On Thursday, after more allegations, he called for "an independent review" and suggested that Sessions should recuse himself. To be continued...
 
Monitoring Closely:
HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood Act
HR 1021/S361 To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to deem specified terrorist activities as a renunciation of nationality
S 354 A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the Diversity Visa Program, reduce the number of family-sponsored immigrants, and create a new nonimmigrant classification for parents of adults US citizens
S 295/276Divide Ninth Circuit into two and add more federal judges for Trump to appoint
HR 781 Allow charitable organizations (churches) to make political statements Gaining traction! Issa and Hunter not co-sponsoring so far.
HR 727 To prohibit federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting after 2019  Gaining traction!
HR 861 Eliminate EPA
HR 899 Disband the Department of Education by 2018
HR 610 To distribute vouchers for primary/secondary education and repeal certain nutrition standards in schools. NEW BILL!
HR 483 No federal funding for sanctuary campuses that violate immigration laws NEW BILL!
SB 562 (CA State Bill) Single-payer health system for California!! NEW BILL!
AND OF COURSE ANYTHING RELATED TO THE ACA REPEAL!
 
Action Items on Legislation
  1. Call Issa and urge him to support public education and oppose HR 610 and HR 899.
  2. If you have more time: Call your state assembly person and state senator to support a single-payer healthcare system in California.
 
***This is not a comprehensive list. We have focused on issues/people that most relate to civil rights, first amendment rights, health care, environment, women’s rights, and other causes.

Keep up the great work everyone!
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