Only 64 days left ’til Election Day!

Welcome to September, the end of summer and the beginning of some of our best weather.  Only 64 days to Election Day!

View our September calendar here.

View our Actions page here.

 

Get Out the Vote Activities

Postcard Writing Workshop

Indivisible Ferndale held our first Postcard Writing Workshop last Thursday.    I’m always so impressed by the response I receive from Indivisible Ferndale members.   Eighteen of you folks showed up last Thursday (on less than 48 hours notice) to write postcards to CA 25 voters in support of Katie Hill, the Democrat running against the incumbent Republican Steven Knight for Congress.

Together, we wrote over 175 personal postcards to those voters encouraging them to help FLIP the CA-25 district to BLUE!   We impressed my friends in Sonoma Indivisible so much that Jack sent me another 50 voter addresses to finish out our 250 postcard stash.  Check out photos from our postcard party here.

If you took some postcards to write at home, please return them by this Friday, September 7 at Barb and John’s house at 1095 Cream Court.   If we are not home, please leave your completed postcards next to our front door.

We still have three packets of postcards and addresses to finish for Katie.   You can pick up additional packets by the front door.   Please fill out the sign up form.

Coming soon:  500 postcards for Democrat Harley Rouda who is running against Republican Dana Rohrabacher in congressional district CA-48.

The postcards for Harley are preprinted with a small area for a personal one sentence message, but will require addressing and postage.   Visit the Harley Rouda for Congress website here. Stay tuned for more info.   View Harley’s postcard here.

Texting Workshop

Everyone sends text messages to everyone these days.   Did you know that this same technology can be used to reach voters as well?  Kristie and Mark Fellows will be training us on this technology at their home.

Action: Bring your phone and learn how to use texting to reach voters!

Date: Wednesday, September 5

Time: 6:45 to 8:30 pm

Location: Kristie and Mark Fellows’ home at 1371 Lincoln Street, Ferndale

If you plan to attend, please RSVP Kristie here.   Please read this document prior to the workshop.

Indivisible Ferndale Representation Committee

The Indivisible Ferndale Representation Committee will be meeting later this month.

Date: Tuesday, September 25

Time: 5 to 7 pm

Location: Jim and Ruth Stretch’s home at 726 Washington Street, Ferndale

What to bring: Appetizer/snack and/or drink to share

English Express Fundraiser at Lost Coast Brewery

Ray Valdivia and Mary Ann Hytken, English Express, at an IF meeting.

What could be better?  Drink a couple of pints of Lost Coast brew and know for every pint sold, $1 goes to the English Express program!   For more information about this excellent English language development program for adults in our community, go here.

Date: Wednesday, September 12

Time: 5 to 8 pm

Location: Lost Coast Brewery Taproom at 1600 Sunset Drive, Eureka

And last, but certainly not least . . .

Tomorrow, our democracy is once again threatened by the Trump administration.   This time the result will affect Supreme Court decisions for decades to come.   Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 4, the U.S. Senate begins the confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh as the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Read what Indivisible has to say and use the scripts to call the Senate members who can save the day!

Together, We are Indivisible!

 

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One Response to Only 64 days left ’til Election Day!

  1. Michal C. Moore, 710 5th Street, Ferndale, California says:

    The Obama Speech and Issue of Common Ground
    To all my colleagues and friends in Ferndale

    I hope you have all had access to the Obama speech in Illinois today. It may well be the most important and articulate speech in recent memory. It seems to me that Obama just threw down the gauntlet to support science, good and rational policies for infrastructure support and speaking up, and out, in the face of misinformation and uninformed rhetoric. I take Mr. Obama’s message as the call to be responsible, not afraid to stand up to demagogues whether they are local, or regional or national and confront them when they lie or distort information or data they prove they don’t understand, but repeat anyway because it sounds interesting or good.

    We are all complicit in this dilemma. For instance, using social media irresponsibly has contributed fundamentally to a toxic forum for discussion, and many of us on both sides of the political discourse are guilty of it.

    I hope we all harken to his messages that emphasize the importance of acting with a vision of the future that pushes back against fear, false data and purposeful distortion of issues, threats and purported “opportunities”. There are those who live among us who advertise their truculent pushback to these messages, and we still see their signs on lawns, fences and windows. My guess is that we win the country back by advertising or highlighting the real opportunities and challenges ahead, and not through the embrace of sales pitches that rely on fear and misunderstanding no matter where they originate.

    In my own political life it was always important to draw these lines, and then stand by them, and act – literally turn out to vote for people who are responsible, and honest candidates who vote independently, not slavishly, for the right side of an issue. That probably means supporting those among us who are classic populists, those who can see and support the rational middle. This is a time to push back against belligerent, uninformed bullies. time to draw a line, and be able to say, I believe in an inclusive and informed community. We won’t get there without introspection and careful, thoughtful restatement, re-tweeting of messages or information we have heard, but not examined critically. There is a message to Mr. Trump and his acolytes but it doesn’t have to be asserted solely in a speech or a sign. It is simply I will be responsible about what I say, I will be critical of what I read whether it comes from the “right” or the “left”. I won’t take what is published, whispered or repeated for granted.

    The collective response to bullies is to understand what they are trying to do, examine that carefully and be prepared to respond with care and reason. A good message to people like Trump who advance their cause by hate and misogyny is to stand and deliver. Literally, draw when you’re ready. I am.

    Michal C. Moore, PhD

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