Update from Indivisible Colusa Meeting

Eleanore Rewerts – 7/10/17 Blog – Indivisible Colusa Meeting

Dean & I attended the Indivisible Colusa Meeting tonight. It was attended by over a dozen people, with Isabel from Indivisible Yolo doing a Social Media training.

Indivisible Colusa has been very busy with their small group. Activities since the beginning of June included:

  • Calls to members of Congress re: Senate’s ACA repeal and other concerns
  • Unity Rally in Roseville
  • Indivisible Yuba-Sutter Meeting/Mixer
  • Tabling at Arbuckle and Colusa farmers’ markets
  • Pink the Night Out – ACA/Planned Parenthood rally in Sac
  • Visit to Senator Harris office in Sac
  • Meeting with Mariana Rivera re Know Your Rights training
  • Impeachment March in Yuba City

Upcoming events of interest to Indivisible Yuba-Sutter include:

  • Know Your Rights – Train the Trainer workshop, Mon, July 17, 6-8pm, 681 W. Capital Ave, Sac
  • Indivisible Colusa September meeting, Mon, Sept 11, 6:30 – Special guest: Chloe Stryker, national Indivisible Organizer for Northern CA
  • Garamendi Round Table Town Hall, Sat. Aug 19, 1:30pm, Winters (see Facebook for event page)
  • Possible Garamendi Town Hall in Davis, July 21st (see Facebook for event page)

Indivisible Colusa would very much like to have another mixer with us, possibly also with Indivisible Yolo. Rocco’s on the River in Colusa has been suggested as a location, easy for all of us to get to.


As a member of the CADEM E-Board, I would like all our Indivisible members (all 3 groups) to let me know if there is anything they would like to see changed, improved, etc. in the CADEM Party – any concerns you have. Please contact me directly at emrewerts at Gmail with your thoughts. The next E-Board meeting is August 25-27, so there’s time to think about it.

The Social Media training encompassed Facebook, Twitter and a new application, Amplify. Indivisible Yolo is a Beta Site for the application and we were given a short training on how to use it. Because we all have the same U.S. Representative & Senators, we can piggyback on IY’s site http://indivisibleyolo.org/.

If the group is interested, we can give an overview at our next meeting, or perhaps even ask Isabel to come to our meeting to train us directly. I’ll bring it up at the Leadership meeting on the 19th, which you are all invited to attend. Another notice will be sent out before that meeting.

Campaign Bootcamp

Contributed by Eleanore:

Sunday, June 25th, Paulene and Dean & Eleanore attended Campaign Bootcamp in Shingle Springs. This event was to train anyone interested in running for office, working on a campaign or volunteering. The event was sponsored by the El Dorado County Democratic Party and the Democratic Women of El Dorado County.

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Christine Pelosi led the program, which covered:

  • Identify Your Call to Service
  • Define Your Message
  • Message Box Usage
  • Know Your Community
  • Build Leadership Teams
  • Raise the Money
  • Connect with People
  • Mobilize to Win
  • You Won! Now What?

One of the main things we got out of the program was that to win going forward, Democratic messages need to use the economic argument, not just the compassionate argument. Money speaks to our opposition, so if we want to garner their support, we need to speak their language.

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The Better Care Reconciliation Act – aka Wealthcare

Submitted by Sami, Social Media Team Leader.

Today, the Senate released their health care bill (read the bill here (link)), and it is being called the single most devastating piece of legislation in American history. One would generally assume that is an overreaction, but once you read the details of the bill (link), it’s hard to argue with that assessment.

The bill aims to fundamentally destroy Medicaid, by phasing out the expansions created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and gutting their general budget. Let’s look at some figures regarding Medicaid:

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This is a huge portion of Americans who will be harmed. 75 million Americans – equal to the populations of  30 states combined and then some – get their insurance through Medicaid.

And that’s just the start.

For those who rely on government subsidies to pay for their health insurance, this bill will lower the amount of assistance they receive, as well as lowering the income level at which someone is eligible, and will only pay for less generous plans. In short, you’ll be paying more for less coverage.

The bill cuts funding to Planned Parenthood, which is, contrary to public opinion, NOT just an abortion clinic. Many low income women use Planned Parenthood for basic necessary health services and will be left without options for these services.

If you buy your own health care, this bill allows insurance companies to sell insurance to people with pre-existing conditions but not cover those conditions. Basically, you can buy insurance but that insurance doesn’t have to cover your conditions.

Lifetime caps are back, for those of you with employer health care who thought they would be fine. A premature baby could reach that lifetime cap before they’re even born and be denied health insurance coverage for their entire life.

Not only that, but the bill allows states to opt-out of things like the basic essential coverage and sell insurance that doesn’t cover the basic needs of the average person – such as doctor’s visits, medications, maternity care, mental health services, and pretty much anything else the insurance companies don’t want to cover.

The bill also removes many of the taxes imposed by the ACA and is generally designed to cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans and the insurance companies themselves.

This is a cruel bill that holds no regard for the health and livelihoods of poor and middle-class Americans and is no better than what the House passed last month. And they want to pass it by the 4th of July recess.

How can we allow them to rush this through, knowing how harmful it will be to the majority of the country? Simple answer, we cannot. We have to fight this with all that we’ve got because THIS is the issue of our time.

Russian interference in our election is important, as are many other issues going on in the country under this administration. But this issue is life and death for the majority of the country and it should be one we can unite on.

Call your Senators. Even if you know they don’t support the bill, let them know they are right and that their constituents are behind them. Urge them to action. Urge them to find a solution.

And if your Senator is supporting this bill you have to fight hardest of all. Let them know that we are watching. Let them know that we will be ready to act when they are up for reelection. Let them know that if they sign this bill, they will be forever tied to the consequences.

Look at these images from Mitch McConnell’s office today. These images will define this time in American history, one way or another. It’s up to us and our representatives to decide which way that will go.

CA – SB17: Prescription Drug Costs

From Dean Rewerts, Action Chair

SB 17 – Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa)

This bill will enact some modest reporting requirements on health care providers and insurers on how drug costs affect their costs, fees and/or premiums; and how they relate to premiums. Some of this information will be made available in a public report.

Failure to comply with the first provision could result in criminal penalties. Failure to comply with the second provision could result in civil penalties.

It would also require drug manufacturers to notify the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) 90 days prior to wholesale price increases. This information will be available on OSHPD’s website.

SB17 has passed the Senate and is on its way to the Assembly. We will monitor and keep you informed of the progress and any action needed by you.

*Editor addition: Further information can be found here, you can view the bill here and you can track it here. *

California Democratic Convention: Sunday

Eleanore Rewerts from California Democratic Convention – Sacramento – Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is my final blog from the Convention. This was a very dramatic weekend. Yesterday we voted for the new officers of the California Democratic Party for the next for years. Winners announced were:

Female Vice-Chair: Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker

Male Vice-Chair: Daraka Larimore-Hall

Secretary: Jenny Bach (after a run-off this morning)

Controller: Daniel Weitzman

While the Chair was announced last night to be Eric Baumann, his opponent Kimberly Ellis has asked and been granted an audit of the votes. It would appear that only 2600 delegates were registered, but 2900 voted. Not sure how that could occur, but guess we’ll find out. Ms. Ellis was ahead almost until the end of the vote count, and then mysteriously lost the election. Will keep you informed as more information comes out.

Today, in addition to the run-off election for Secretary, the delegates approved a number of resolutions. Unfortunately, I became ill and had to leave before the vote. So as soon as I can get copies of the winning resolutions, I will forward that information on to you.

This was an experience I won’t soon forget. Talk to you soon!

California Democratic Convention: Saturday

Eleanore Rewerts from California Democratic Convention – Sacramento Saturday, May 20, 2017

Today started out early – 7:30am.

Women’s Caucus

I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room with more energized people, mostly women, in my life. These women are on fire! We started the day recognizing Wanda Harris, former Secretary of the Caucus, who lost her life to cancer last night. We all wore purple beads, her signature color. She was called the “Rock” for many women in the room. She will be sorely missed.

NARAL Pro-Choice made a presentation on the attack on women’s health, particularly Planned Parenthood. This is a national organization with a heavy presence in California. If you want to promote women’s health, please join.

The AHCA (Trumpcare or as it is being called here, Wealthcare) is the single most destructive piece of legislation for women in history!

As you all know, we have all been making many calls to Congress & the Senate in the last 120 days. It was announced that 87% of those calls came from women. We are the majority in the Country, and we show out. Unfortunately, our California legislature is 25% women, not nearly enough!

General Sessions

We had 2 General Sessions today. The morning session included a tribute to John Burton, current Chair of the California Democratic Party, who is retiring. We heard from several women who John had mentored or worked on the campaigns over the years. Among those speaking were Nancy Pelosi, a representative for Barbara Boxer, Hilda Solis, Barbara Lee, Fiona Ma, Betty Yee and Martha Escutia. I’m sure you recognize most of these names. John may be a “crass” personality, but he is loved by all those whose lives he has touched over the years.

We heard from all the candidates running for the Party statewide offices. In addition, we heard from many of the candidates for office in 2018. These included candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General.

After the 2nd General Session, all 3300 of us got in line to vote for the incoming officers. That was a major mess, to say the least. Unfortunately, in the middle of the line, one of the candidate’s supporters held a rally and disrupted the line. But we got through it and should know the election results at our General Session tomorrow.

Convention Dinner

Dean & I attended the dinner tonight. John Burton was presented with a photo of him working way back in 1965. Needless to say, he is quite gray compared to then.

Congressman Adam Schiff gave the Keynote Speech. Most of you will recognize his name as the Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee, helping to run the investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. It was a great speech, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see his name as a candidate for President in 2020.

Disabilities Caucus

Unfortunately, this caucus was running during the dinner, so I wasn’t able to attend. But I have a list of concerns from our local disabled folks, and will contact them after the Convention to see where things stand on those issues.


If you have immigration concerns, visit California Dreamers on the web to find out how you can help.

Again, many bills were mentioned that we need to follow & take action on. These will be included in the next notice that goes out.

Tomorrow, we will have a run-off election for those offices that didn’t have a majority, followed by a General Session. Talk to you after the Convention.

California Democratic Convention: Friday

Eleanore Rewerts from California Democratic Convention – Sacramento – Friday, May 19, 2017

I am a new delegate to the Convention, appointed by the Yuba County Democratic Central Committee. I attended two caucuses today after collecting my credentials and swag bag. Bag contained lots of literature for those running for officers of the Party, and those who have declared for the 2018 General Election. Also included were useful things like a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, hand sanitizer, a travel mug and some office supply items.

Senior Caucus

We discussed attacks on Social Security, primarily that it has its own fund and IS NOT part of the federal budget. So when you hear someone say that Social Security needs to be cut to help the budget, it is “FAKE NEWS”. The only part that is in the budget are office expenses and staff. We need to keep the pressure on in our districts, especially those with Republican representatives.

It was recommended that everyone join California Association of Retired Americans (CARA). They work solely on aging and long term care issues.

There are several bills they recommended we follow & SUPPORT/OPPOSE, as appropriate. I will have a report on those in the next week or so.

Rural Caucus

This caucus has been partially responsible for changing the Red/Blue county distribution over the last two years from 17 to 32 currently Blue counties. And there are five more within 5% possibility of turning blue: Kern 1%; Butte ½%; Del Norte 4%; Orange (yeah Orange) 4%; San Luis Obispo ½%. This is remarkable, but we have lots of work to do.

We started a blog!

Hello everyone, Sami here.

In the interest of being able to share in-depth information, experiences and viewpoints without overwhelming our Facebook feed or newsletter length, we’ve decided to start a group blog!

Anyone on the team is welcome to contribute, just write something up that you would like published on the blog and send it to me (info in the Contact tab) and I will publish it and send you a link to share, as well as send it out via our Social Media platforms. It may be linked in the weekly newsletter as well.

Some minimal ground rules: Please no cursing or hostile language, please be willing to use your first name at least (to identify who is writing) and please fact check yourself. I can edit for spelling/grammar, etc. but I won’t have time to fact check everything.

Please allow 24 hours for publishing unless it is an absolute emergency and you need the information posted ASAP.

We look forward to hearing from more voices in our group!