TODAY’S ACTION: #Where are the children?

Please call your senators and ask them to support Sen. Tina Smith’s HELP Act “that would protect the safety and well-being of minor children who have been left alone and vulnerable after their parents have been arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities.”

https://www.smith.senate.gov/content/sen-tina-smith-leads-23-senators-calling-protect-minor-children-left-alone-when-parents-are

Secondly, here are more ways to help (“From attorneys Kara Lynum (Twitter handle @karalynum), Brian Aust (@austlawyer) and Ana Pottraz Acosta (@apottratzacosta) kindly hosted an informational gathering to explain the recent policy shift by the administration regarding separating children from parents at the border, the reports of 1,500 missing children, and what people can do”):

1) Money
Not always super fun, but it’s one of the best things possible things you can do.

LOCALLY
Advocates for Human Rights runs a 1-800 number for detained mothers being released from custody, provides legal representation to asylum-seekers and children seeking immigration status in the United States.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota runs a detention hotline for detained immigrants in Minnesota and was able to add two attorneys to their deportation defense capacity because of donations.

NATIONALLY
Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas (receives immigrants after they are released from ICE custody and provides housing and legal services): They have an Amazon wish list , where they’re asking for things like paper and toner, easy items!

2) Volunteer
Advocates for Human Rights (needs all types of volunteers, seeing increased caseload of labor trafficking victims and asylum seekers):

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota needs all types of volunteers.

3) Political Action
Contact your member of Congress. They will tally your calls, doesn’t have to be long. Just say “I’m against family separation” – same as what we did re. health care. Ask for oversight of CRB and HHS. They need to know we care about this.

SCRIPT: I am against separation for families. Please conduct oversight on CBP, ICE and Health and Human Services. Please hold hearings and write letters to the agencies asking questions.

https://www.progressivewestand.org/single-post/2018/05/28/Where-are-the-children-Minneapolis-immigration-attorneys-speak-to-the-question-on-everyone%E2%80%99s-mind

TODAY’S ACTION: Say it again…Protect Net Neutrality.

Please call John Hoeven to ask him to protect net neutrality. Vote is expected in the Senate this week.

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Or text RESIST to 50409

Events this week:

Indivisible Regional Gathering, Thursday May 17, Crooked Lane Farm, Colfax, ND starting at 4 pm.  Potluck dinner at 6 pm.  See our facebook page for further details.

Primary Postcard Party, Sunday May 20th from 11-1pm, Fargo Dem campaign office, 23 Broadway N, Suite 101, Fargo, North Dakota 58102

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/08/senate-democrats-have-been-pushing-a-big-vote-on-net-neutrality-all-year-its-here/?utm_term=.c3a548759ed

Weekly Actions and Events for April 30 – May 5th

Things are gearing up for the campaign season so we’ll be posting more on the website plus on Facebook with weekly events and actions. ND especially needs phone bankers, door knockers etc so please reach out to local offices to see what you can do to help out.

If you are not on our Facebook group search for IndivisibleFM and send a request to join. There is a lot of actions/events posted there that don’t make it here.

Upcoming events:  

Please try to show up as it’s important to represent causes we care about and meet others who are working towards the same goals.

May 3rd – Fargo City Commission Candidate Form, 6-8pm, Fargo City Hall

https://www.facebook.com/events/190441721594146/

National MMIW Awareness Day March
May 5, 2018 
11:00AM
Route: Start at Fargo Public Library end at Veterans Memorial Bridge
Bring signs WEAR RED
Bring earrings to drop off for the Let’s Dance Earring Project
For more info contact: Pearl Walker-Swaney, pearl.r.walker@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1596485020469103/

May 5th – ND- Democratic NPL

Come to our first big door knocking and phone banking event of the season!

If you’ve never done canvassing before, no need to worry! We will give you all the materials, training, and support you need to be successful!

https://www.facebook.com/events/471403773275866/

Sign up here for a shift: http://tools.demnpl.com/page/s/team2018

May 17 – Indivisible Regional Gathering, Crooked Lane Farms starting at 4pm. file:///C:/Users/Windows%20User/Documents/Karen’s%20files/Indivisible/indivisible-Regional-Gathering.pdf

May 19 – Ready to Run in Bismarck

What is Ready to Run™?
Ready to Run™ is a bi-partisan program for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system.
Ready to Run™ is your one-stop training on running for office or getting involved in public life. You will learn from prominent elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, party officials, and policy experts.

You will walk away with..
“How-to” instructions on running for office
Real-world advice and best practices from experts
Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership
A better understanding of North Dakota politics
Internet strategies for campaigns

Sessions include:
What Women Candidates Need to Know
Launching Your Campaign
Laying the Groundwork for Public Life Panel
Running for Tribal Office and Stepping Up as a Native American Woman Panel
Developing Your Message and Platform
Recruiting and Engaging Volunteers

Why women leaders matter…
Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) research shows that political women change the public policy agenda and the way government works. Women make our democracy more inclusive and more responsive to the concerns of all citizens.

https://www.facebook.com/events/154921735348357/

This week’s actions for ND residents:

  1. Stop by the Red Raven on Sundays at 1pm to sign the Fair Wage petition. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155603755267686&set=gm.412017349262650&type=3&theater&ifg=1  Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/FairWageActofNorthDakotaVoterBallotInitiative/?hc_ref=ARSXiH_roJmKSTGzsFSI_Bwv2b-Pk5Qew6w0KpOFBxy1RJlCjizGAFK5_1k087CpEgc&fref=nf&hc_location=group

    2. Important information on net neutrality in ND. This is definitely worth a listen. Call Gov. Doug Burgum at 701-328-2200 to keep net neutrality in our state. http://kfgo.com/podcasts/news-views-with-joel-heitkamp/2615/legislative-candidate-and-tech-entrepreneur-brandon-medenwald-on-preserving-net-neturality-1/#

This week’s actions for MN residents:
From WatchYourRepsMN:
1. A bill that circumvents the process used to determine if pipelines are necessary and in the best interests of Minnesotans as passed committee in the Senate and is waiting for a full floor vote. It would immediately terminate the process the Enbridge Line 3 replacement is going through and allow for immediate construction along their preferred route which has been deemed a detriment to Minnesota by a judge. Please call your senators and say NO to SF3510.
Kent Eken: (651) 296-3205 or email: sen.kent.eken@senate.mn

2. Apparently Rep Sarah Anderson has added language to a funding bill (I don’t have the bill number yet) to allow some pretty crazy gerrymandering (they could draw maps around an incumbent’s address!). Sign the petition from Common Cause Minnesota and call Anderson at 651-296-5511 to say “no thanks”

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-minnesota-politicians-gerrymandering-power-grab?link_id=1&can_id=a675826d25e9e3b692879570f8364846&source=email-fair-redistricting-in-minnesota&email_referrer=email_342455&email_subject=fair-redistricting-in-minnesota

TODAY’S ACTION: Hold Facebook and Cambridge Analytica accountable!

Please call/email/text your reps today to request that they hold Facebook and Cambridge Analytica accountable for the massive data breach! Our data is too easily available for hackers to steal and in this case, Facebook seems to have just given Trump’s team 50 million users data!

“They say ‘trust us,’ but Mark Zuckerberg needs to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about what Facebook knew about misusing data from 50 million Americans in order to target political advertising and manipulate voters,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said in a statement.

Also send Facebook a message or tweet about it to have them hold themselves accountable for fixing the problem in the future and issuing an apology.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/us-and-european-officials-question-facebooks-protection-of-personal-data/2018/03/18/562b5b0e-2ae2-11e8-911f-ca7f68bff0fc_story.html?utm_term=.0be5576ed043

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/data-war-whistleblower-christopher-wylie-faceook-nix-bannon-trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/18/us/cambridge-analytica-facebook-privacy-data.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES EVENT:

Saturday, March 24 starting at 1 pm.  Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave N, Fargo, North Dakota 58102

https://www.facebook.com/events/191308301477747/We’ve had enough. Thoughts and prayers are not enough to honor the victims of gun violence. What we need now is action.

On March 24, 2018, students will rally in Washington D.C and in local communities across the country to demand action from our leaders. Join students and allies in the March For Our Lives, as we fight for an America that is free from gun violence.

Join us! We will gather at Sanctuary starting at noon to create posters. At 1, a rally with speakers will begin. A march in downtown Fargo will follow the speakers.

We encourage marchers to carpool.

North Dakota
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Or text RESIST to 50409

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611

Minnesota
Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219
Or text RESIST to 50409

TODAY’S ACTION: Support the student walk-outs

Show your support for the student walk-outs by posting a message of support. For those who want to do more, please feel free to stop by (or call/email/resistbot) your local rep’s office and let them know your thoughts on gun control.

ND:
Kevin Cramer – 3217 Fiechtner Dr S, Fargo, ND 58103
John Hoeven – 123 Broadway N Suite 201, Fargo, ND 58102
Heidi Heitkamp – 306 Federal Building, 657 2nd Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58102

MN:

Collin Peterson – 714 Lake Ave # 107, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Amy Klobuchar – 121 4th St S, Moorhead, MN 56560
Tina Smith (via contact form) https://www.smith.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/12/what-you-need-to-know-national-school-walkout-wednesday

https://www.facebook.com/WomensMarchYouth/photos/a.347930608948404.1073741828.347184692356329/354719844936147/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

Copied from Women’s Youth March:

Today at 10am across time zones, students across the nation are walking out of class for 17 minutes to demand Congress take action to end gun violence, one month since the shooting in Parkland, Florida. Here are 4 ways to show your support for the students taking action:‬

‪1. Wear orange + go orange on social media.‬

‪2. Text P2P to RTVOTE (788-683) to register to vote or to check/update your voter registration status.‬

‪3. Use the hashtag #ENOUGH on social media.‬

‪4. Check the virtual walkout feed at https://www.womensmarch.com/virtual-walkout/

TODAY’S ACTION: Protect Election Integrity

This was posted on the Indivisible Allies of Minnesota Facebook page and I’m sharing it as I think it’s very important for the upcoming November elections.

Securing Our Elections
Representative Tulsi Gabbard has introduced HR 5147, Securing Our Elections Act. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5147
This bill asks for emergency funding to make sure every state can adopt a paper ballot voting system that can be audited to ensure the integrity of our elections. We have until the end of March to get this through if we want it to apply to November’s midterm elections.

Please call your reps to ask them to support this bill to ensure election integrity.

Big news today: Tillerson is out, to be replaced by Pompeo.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-ousts-tillerson-will-replace-him-as-secretary-of-state-with-cia-chief-pompeo/2018/03/13/30f34eea-26ba-11e8-b79d-f3d931db7f68_story.html?utm_term=.32e73a133bcf

Upcoming Events:

If you missed the Moms Demand Action FM area informational meeting yesterday, there is another one coming up on Thursday at the Rustad Center in Fargo.

Thurs March 15 at 7 pm.

Rustad Recreation Center 601 26th Ave E, West Fargo, North Dakota 58078

https://www.facebook.com/events/152021305469897/

MN Residents Action:

MN Residents – Important action today! I’m copying this over from Indivisible Allies of Minnesota (please like and follow them as well).
Let’s go local today, folks. Our Minnesota legislature is up and running and the GOP controlled Congress will try to get their agenda through in a hurry.
Today the MN House will hold hearings on two bills that affect Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace, MNSure. Remember when Trump attempted to sabotage the Affordable Care Act by essentially eliminating the advertising budget, reducing the sign up time, and removing mandates? MNSure sheltered us from much of that nonsense. Now Republicans are trying to attack our insurance at the state level.

HF2725 Instead of MNSure, the statewide health insurance market, this bill would give each county money to come up with their own insurance solution. This will lead to a patchwork of different insurance coverages. This bill will make Minnesota’s insurance more complicated and more expensive.
The Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee will have a hearing today, at 10:15 am, so get your calls and emails in ASAP. Here is a list of the committee members. If your representative is on this committee, call or email him/her. Otherwise, you can contact the committee chair, Tim O’Driscoll

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/comm/committeemembers.asp?comm=90011
HF3543 This bill caps the amount of fees MNSure can collect to 25% more than they collected in 2012. Since MNSure uses the fees to pay for operating expenses, this bill will attenuate MNSure’s ability to provide service to its customers.
The Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee will hold a hearing on this bill today at 3 pm. Here is a list of the committee members. If your representative is on this committee, call or email him/her. Otherwise you can contact the committee chair, Joe Hoppe.

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/comm/committeemembers.asp?comm=90005

North Dakota

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611

Minnesota
Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

TODAY’S ACTIONS: Say no to arming teachers

Action #1: Please call your reps to let them know you disagree with Trump’s proposal to arm teachers and other school personnel. I agree that improving background checks must be done and this plan takes a small baby step in the right direction. Let your reps know they should also endorse a separate proposal from Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-WV, that would extend background checks to gun purchases made online and at gun shows to close more loopholes.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/11/592777132/trumps-plan-to-secure-schools-calls-for-arming-teachers-improving-background-che

Action #2: ND residents: please call Heidi and John to let them know you disagree with their yes votes on rolling back Frank-Dodd consumer protections and ask them to reconsider their stance as debate continues and the vote happens sometime this week. MN residents: please call Tina and Amy to see how they intend to vote and urge them to vote no.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-finance-202/2018/03/12/the-finance-202-warren-goes-on-attack-over-dodd-frank-rollback/5aa5d8f730fb047655a06bff/?utm_term=.4a35a1cede81

Upcoming Events:

Today! Mom’s Demand Action: FM Area group.  Informational meeting for the upcoming March for our Lives event on March 24.  Monday, March 12 at noon at First Presbyterian Church of Moorhead, MN (2900 S 5th St, Moorhead, Minnesota 56560)

https://www.facebook.com/events/176990826417431/

 

Wed March 14.  Find a local school walkout event and go show your support.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1767175080245694/

https://www.actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/enough-national-school-walkout

North Dakota

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611

Minnesota
Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

TODAY’S ACTION: Protect consumers from big banks!

Please call to tell your senators and rep to vote no on rolling back Dodd-Frank consumer protections.

From the Indivisible Guide Facebook page: “Reminder: At the same time the GOP is crossing their fingers you forget about gun reform and Dreamers, they’re voting this week to roll back Dodd-Frank consumer protections. Why oh why would Democrats give them the votes? #bailoutcaucus

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/376533-action-on-gun-and-immigration-screeches-to-a-halt-in-congress

North Dakota

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611

Minnesota
Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

This week’s actions: a little bit of everything

A few things to do this week:
1. Call John Hoeven, Kevin Cramer and Collin Peterson and tell them to stop accepting money from the NRA and to donate what they have received to an organization that supports gun control like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

2. Call your senators and reps to tell them to act now to protect Net Neutrality. Protections expire April 23rd.

3. Call your senators and reps to tell them to continue to fight for a clean Dream Act to protect Dreamers.

4. Start thinking about your game plan for the upcoming election. Do you want to host a yard sign, phone bank, do you want to be a door knocker or a volunteer at a local office? We’re hoping to compile a list of contact information for local, state and federal races so you know who to call to get started.

5. If you see related events towards our mission please feel free to share them with the facebook group or email the details to indivisiblefm@gmail.com and we’ll get them posted for you.

Events of interest this week:

MARCH Feminist First Friday: Fargo

Friday, March 2nd
5:30 PM · Fargo Billiards & Gastropub
You don’t have to be a woman to attend.

Join Elected Officials in Support of LegalizeND

Saturday, March 3rd
6:30 PM · Sanctuary Events Center

 

North Dakota

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611

Minnesota
Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

WALKOUT UPDATE

WALKOUT UPDATE: We have decided to step back and let students take the lead on the national walkout planned for March 14. We are working on planning something for March 24.

We have gotten multiple media inquiries about the walkout. If you know of a student or student group who would like to talk to the media about their plans for a walkout, you can put them in touch with us via messenger or at indivisiblefm@gmail.com, and we’ll connect them with the reporters who have asked about it.

Here is some information to pass along to the students in your life about how to organize a walkout.

https://thesouthlawn.org/2018/02/21/how-to-succeed-in-organizing-a-high-school-walkout-while-really-trying/

https://www.actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/enough-national-school-walkout

March for our lives event website:

https://www.marchforourlives.com/

Other related links:

https://everytown.org/

https://gunsensevoter.org/

https://momsdemandaction.org/

https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/