We were dismayed by the news that masked men displayed antisemitic banners over the highway 113 overpass in Davis. This type of behavior has a long and violent history and cannot be tolerated in Yolo County. We stand in solidarity with the Jewish members of our community who should not have to suffer this hateful intimidation. We urge our public officials to do more than just a press-release and resist the temptation to simply throw up their hands under the guise of “First Amendment.” The perpetrators should be found and identified; all legal avenues should be explored — criminal law including hate crimes and other crimes, as well as civil actions which the District Attorney has authority to bring. One of the men claimed to be a UC Davis student; if true, expulsion from UCD should be pursued. Violent, racist groups are unfortunately a small but vocal and active presence in this region and throughout the nation. History shows the necessity of standing up and holding these people accountable for their crimes and hateful behavior. UC Davis is urging anyone with information about the perpetrators to contact UC Davis’ Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program (HDAPP).
Midterm election action teams: sign up now for events and to get more info:
Help needed in Nevada for election protection work
An August, 2022, House Oversight Committee investigation uncovered that “coordinated campaigns of election disinformation are disrupting the crucial work of local election officials, subjecting these Americans to violent threats, and overwhelming the limited resources available to provide accurate information to voters and protect the integrity of our democratic system.”
The Nevada Democratic Victory campaign is recruiting poll and count observers. After training, poll observers do the traditional work to monitor precincts, report any problems to a centralized “boiler room,” and try to help voters who might be facing difficulties in being allowed to vote. This year, election officials have told the campaign that the right wing harassment was much reduced when Democratic poll observers were present at the primary election, and they appreciate our presence. Count observers will be part of a team watching the election officials conduct the vote count.
To volunteer to work as a poll or count observer in Nevada, fill out this form and you will be contacted: https://ndv.vote/vopro.
Training will be held in mid-October and early in-person voting starts October 22. Members of Indivisible Yolo have experience and can answer any questions you have about volunteering at the polls in Nevada. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pints & Progress in Davis
Good news, Indivisibles! We’ve got another PINTS & PROGRESS on the calendar:
When: Tuesday, September 13 @ 5-7pm
Where: Dunloe Brewing, 1606 Olive Dr, Davis
Please join us for an in-person “meet and greet”: informal conversations with various members of the Indivisible Yolo Leadership team and fellow Yolo County citizens who are increasingly concerned about our democracy and want to have an impact. We can simply meet and greet each other or we can discuss the issues (federal, state and local) that need our attention. This Davis event will be hosted by Linda Cloud.
Please register here: https://www.mobilize.us/indivisibleyolo/event/474955/
State Legislature Finished Term; Indivisible’s Priority Bills Were Very Successful
The vast majority of bills Indivisible California set as priorities this year were passed by the Legislature and are now on the Governor’s desk (see list below). This was a huge victory and many of you can take credit due to your lobbying efforts!
You can express your own support of a bill by sending an e-mail with SUPPORT [insert bill number] in the subject line to the Governor at Leg.Unit@gov.ca.gov. Please send a copy to email@example.com, too!
These bills passed and need Gov. Newsom’s signature:
- SB 1360: Disclosure Clarity Act (online & TV ads)
- AB 1416: Ballot DISCLOSE Act – shows top supporters and opposers for initiatives on ballot
- SB 834: Lose tax exemption if interfering in elections
- AB 1848: Redistricting; prison inmates
- AB 2530: Striking workers’ healthcare access
- AB 2134: Reproductive Health Equity
- SB 1142: Abortion services
- AB 92: Childcare costs
- SB 222: Water utility bill assistance
- AB 257: fast food workers’ rights
- SB 1010:Clean state fleets
- SB 1230: GHG reduction targets
- AB 503: Limit youth probation
- AB 2632: Solitary confinement
- SB 1008: Phone calls from jail
Additionally, SB 396: Electric transmission lines, which we opposed, didn’t pass. And SCA 2: Affordable housing passed and will go on the ballot (Governor’s signature not required).
Interested in getting involved in Indivisible Yolo?
- To learn more about joining one of our Indivisible Yolo action teams and to see how you can volunteer to help win elections, fill out this quick interest form so we can connect with you!
- And check out our calendar for upcoming Indivisible Yolo events.
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