Stand up for Democratic Values
Where do we go from here?
Living in Santa Cruz County (where 70-80% of the vote went to Democratic candidates) and in California (where we elected a majority of Democrats to both houses of the legislature), 2016 was a difficult election for most of our community.
Fortunately, people are motivated to take action. Together, citizens around the country and right here in Santa Cruz County were determined to make a difference.
Forty seats were flipped from Republican to Democratic control in the 2018 midterm election. This is a BIG DEAL. But we can't stop now - there's lots of work to continue to do until the 2020 Presidential Election.
Besides participating by voting, contacting your representatives or joining a Democratic Club, here are some other ways that you can get involved in groups and actions that stand up for our shared values.
Santa Cruz County Women's March https://www.facebook.com/groups/1791872174370830/
The Women’s March movement began as a vision of an America that is fair, just and inclusive. On January 21, 2017, five million people worldwide peacefully marched in support of that vision. One million marched in California.
The mission of the Women’s March California is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities toward creating transformative social change. We believe our diversity makes us stronger, and that working together sparks change. We are united because of the time, energy, and dedication of our communities. We are building the future we want and deserve. The strength of our movement is built from the power of each of you. Your presence, your voice, your action, and your vote inspires millions.
Let's march forward - together! Massive demonstrations are being planned around the country on January 19, 2019 in protest of the current administration and in favor of all the rights Democrats have fought hard to achieve. There will be a march in Santa Cruz and a contingent of Santa Cruz folks heading to Washington DC. To get involved and stay up-to-date on the preparations, sign up for the mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/cCujAP
In 2018, we took back the House—in 2020, we’ll take back ALL THE HOUSES. We’re bringing our “campaigns-in-waiting” model to swing Senate seats, the House, the state-level races needed to ensure fair maps in the 2021 redistricting, and, of course, the Presidency. We can’t wait to get started with you. Join Us!
Indivisible Guide https://www.indivisible.org
Former progressive Congressional staffers have written a practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda and reveal the best ways for making Congress listen.
Read the guide online or download it here: https://indivisible.org/guide
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California,
Santa Cruz Chapter https://https://www.aclunc.org/about/chapters/santa-cruz-county-chapter
WE THE PEOPLE DARE TO CREATE A MORE PERFECT UNION.
Know Your Rights: individual sections for immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ, protestors, journalists, victims of sexual assault, police interaction, reproductive care needs, persons with a disability: https://www.aclunc.org/our-work/know-your-rights/know-your-rights-feel-youre-risk
Planned Parenthood https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-mar-monte
Health center escorts are needed to ensure that clients and staff can safely and calmly enter and exit from health centers when anti-choice protesters are present. See more at: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-mar-monte/volunteer-with-ppmm#sthash.qCb74tnV.dpuf
Santa Cruz County Queer Youth Task Force http://qytf.org/
Live-Scanned active teachers, nurses and therapists needed to chaperone one to three events a year via the Adult Ally Project:
Santa Cruz County Diversity Center http://www.diversitycenter.org/
Paid, intern, and volunteer opportunities in communications, fundraising, IT support, and frontline hosts:
The Santa Cruz Volunteer Center https://scvolunteercenter.org
Volunteers needed for a variety of community organizations call 831-427-5070 or see list of opportunities on their website.
Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/
Reports and publications on the effects of the Trump election:
Fact Checking and Reliable Media
PolitiFact California (Sacramento-based):
Snopes (online rumor fact-checker):
The Reporters Lab at Duke University, worldwide fact-checking sites: