Your Resistance Newsletter 9-20-2020

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YOUR WEEKLY RESISTANCE NEWSLETTERWEEK OF SEPT 20, 2020

We are saddened by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg who was a movement sister that championed democracy and the rule of law.

Unfortunately, with no respect for this great loss to our nation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is already positioning Trump’s next pick to fill the vacant seat.

Mitch McConnell’s hypocrisy can not be overlooked. Mitch McConnell stonewalled Obama’s pick of Merrick Garland for 236 days in waiting for Trump to become the president-elect. Right now there are 46 days until a new president is elected.

Justice Ginsberg shared this statement with her granddaughter “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

Let’s celebrate RBG’s legacy with action and sign on to this letter campaign that will be delivered to Florida Senator’s Marco Rubio and Rick Scott. We are urging them to come out publicly and announce their agreement with a past statement made by Mitch McConnell stated, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

The MAGA Supreme Court – an Attack on Democracy

Saturday, September 26, 2020•10:30 AM • Eastern

Sign-up link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/the-maga-supreme-court-an-attack-on-democracy-2

If you want to connect with a group in your area, please visit our Indivisible Florida Network page.


There are a lot of ways to volunteer safely!

Postcard Advocacy Group needs you!

From Warren Clark: Today we wrote to 200 Florida registered voters who were not likely to vote. We did this through voteforward.org. We will meet again next Thursday from 2-3 pm, at Growers’ Alliance Coffee House, 322 Anastasia Blvd. Meeting every Thursday through October.
You can do this at home. Register at VoteForward.org. It’s easy. You can download letters already prepared to send to soft voters.

Click Here for latest Topics and Talking Points

Write letters to unlikely-to-vote fellow citizens in Florida


No Contact Candidate Lit Drop!October 10- 18

Let’s reach out to left-leaning NPA voters to promote our candidates!
We’ll simply hang a bag of candidate literature on the doors of NPA voters we believe are left-leaning.  No door knocking or talking to voters; and masks, gloves and sanitizer will be provided.

Literature will be distributed for our candidates in partisan and nonpartisan races separately.  (Want to avoid tipping off any right-leaning voters of the party affiliation of candidates in our non-partisan races–could be counterproductive!).  Volunteers will pick up a list of voters and bags of lit any time during the weekends shown below from 9 am to 9 pm.  THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING! Created by Robin Dion.   Click HERE to sign up.


What: Get-Out-the-Vote! DEMs with VBMWhen: Sat, Sep 26 – Mon, Oct 19

Mail ballots will begin to be delivered to voters on Sept. 24th. We need to contact DEMs with vote-by-mail (VBM) to educate them on how to return their ballots to ensure they are counted. Many are voting by mail for the first time and may be confused by misinformation. We will inform them about Drop Boxes, deadlines, and how to track their ballot online, among other things. Since we can’t canvass voters, we’ll chat with DEMs who have cell phones via text messages, call DEMs with landlines only, and hang information on the doors of VBM DEMs with no listed phone number.

Please select an available slot below to volunteer. If you haven’t yet been trained by Blue Wave Coalition, please note that in the Comments box next to your name. You will be sent a link to a Zoom training where we’ll quickly get you started. If you have been trained by us, we’ll send you the script and other information so you can get going on your own. THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49a4a82ca0f58-getoutthevote


Click HERE for Blue Wave’s complete list of volunteer opportunities.  You’ll needto scroll down a bit to see it.


Webex meeting invitation: Meeting with Congressman John Rutherford – Bread for the World

Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:45pm – 2:15pm (EDT)

Please put this web call with our U.S. Rep. John Rutherford about hunger due to COVID on your calendar. Web call is organized by Bread for the World, a leading Christian and Interfaith lobby group on hunger we have worked with many times. It would be great to have strong representation from our Indivisible St. Johns PostCard Advocacy network. Before the meeting please send him a postcard or call his office in D.C. as he will be there next week:    U.S. House, Washington, D.C. 20510   Phone: (202) 225-2501    

Here’s the topic and talking points:

With COVID hunger is now a super pandemic!

1 in 4 have usual incomes above $50,000 per year.

COVID has pushed many into hunger — potentially for the first time.

Will you please call for a major SNAP fund increase in the next COVID Aid Package? 


NATIVE AMERICAN VOTING RIGHTS

Native Americans are in a uniquely difficult position as they attempt to exercise their right to vote.  While voting by mail options have expanded accessibility for many citizens in the U.S., requiring a physical address makes it nearly impossible for many Native Americans to take advantage of this option.  Unreliable broadband access, plus voter systems that do not accept tribal IDs, present additional roadblocks.  Let’s read more about the voter suppression taking place.  Then, let’s join the Lakota People’s Law project and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and encourage our MoC to pass the Native American Voting Rights Act (NAVRA) (H.R.1694/S.739) to expand and protect voting rights. We can  contact our MoC directly (Rep. Rutherford, Sen. Rick Scott, Sen. Rubio).


HELP FLORIDA FORMER PRISONERS PAY FINES TO RESTORE THEIR VOTING RIGHTS

As we in Florida are well aware, Florida is one of the states that may decide the election and with the close race tightening, voter suppression is in full swing, especially with the latest decision by the courts regarding voter restoration.  The latest target is former prisoners, who recently fought a hard-won battle to get their voting rights restored, only to be required to pay fines and fees before they can vote.https://www.staugustine.com/story/opinion/editorials/2020/09/13/court-blocks-votes-ex-felons-floridians-can-stop-poll-tax/5785176002/We Got the Vote  is collecting money to help pay these fees and restore these voting rights.  If we are able to donate, we can learn more and donate here.  Whether we donate or not, we can also help spread the word on social media.  Especially now, especially in Florida, every vote counts:  https://wegotthevote.org/finesandfees/


Yes, the postal service is still in peril!
You can do one small thing to save the post office
The plight of our nation’s postal service may not be making as many headlines right now but we are still in danger of losing this vital service.

The Senate is only in session for a few short weeks before the Election.  Your postal worker urgently needs your help to get the USPS financial relief bill passed before then.
Click here to send a quick message to your senators demanding that they bail out the USPS now!
You can also email/call your senators with a message to fund the post office. Sen. Marco Rubio 202-224-3041  https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactSen. Rick Scott, 202-224-5274  https://www.rickscott.senate.gov/contact_rick
We can’t let up now. We need your help to create a massive outcry to force the Senate to pass the $25 billion in coronavirus aid to #SaveThePostOffice!


New Version of “Runaway Inequality, COVID 19 and Police Brutality”Some of you may have participated in the workshop a couple of years ago, or read Les Leopold’s book Runaway Inequality. Here is an updated version by Mr. Leopold, which includes connections with the pandemic and Black Lives Matter.

How much of a gap do you think there is between a top CEO and the average worker? 841:1Learn more astounding info and explanations of inequality in this video.



As always, we love to hear from you! Drop us a line that you are safe and healthy. Let us know if you need anything!

Nana Royer, Editor
EMAIL US:indivisible.st.johns@gmail.com



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