|UPDATES FROM INDIVISIBLE AVL We hope you are all staying well and safe and not getting too stir-crazy. Our leadership team is in the process of adapting our 2020 Voter Engagement Campaign to the new reality of virtual meetings and work-from-home activism, which we hope to roll out over the next few weeks. But for now, we’re encouraging everyone to focus on taking care of ourselves and our families and reaching out to support others in whatever ways you can.|
Among many online resources for dealing with the current crisis is a new online mutual aid group, Asheville Survival Program, formed to facilitate “sharing information, requesting and offering support, and connecting with others doing community response work right here in our community.” Check in here to see how you can help.
To find mutual aid groups in other communities around the country, check out this excellent resource put together by AARP and the Town Hall Project.
STATE NEWSLast week, Indivisible AVL signed on as a supporting organization to two important platforms for change in NC:NC United for Survival & Beyond—The coronavirus has brought into relief many of the underlying social and economic issues facing individuals and communities across the state. So a coalition of organizations formed and created 10 demands of the NC General Assembly and Governor to respond to the most vulnerable communities during this crisis. You can read the full platform on the Survival and Beyond website here. Then be sure to sign on! You can sign as an individual or on behalf on your organization.Close the Gap—We also joined with over 150 other organizations around the state calling on the General Assembly to close the coverage gap by expanding Medicaid, as an emergency response to the health and economic disaster from COVID-19. You can support this by signing the petition for Medicaid Expansion at CloseTheGapNC.org or at the NC Justice Center’s Health Advocacy Project online petition. TAKE ACTIONYes, there are other important actions we can do from home! Here are the top two for this week:Fill Out Your Census Form!—Yep, it’s time. The easiest way of course is to do it online. Just keep in mind that you have to complete it all in one sitting: there’s no option to save your progress. So if you want to check it out first, here’s the complete list of questions.Support this Proposal for Emergency Powers for the State Board of Elections (NCBOE)—Now through Monday, April 20, the NCBOE is accepting feedback on a proposal to amend election rules temporarily in order to respond to the coronavirus crisis. This would broaden the definition of a “natural disaster” to include the current public health crisis, so that the NCBOE Director can take pro-voter actions as needed. Read more about it here, and submit your support for this proposal through the NCBOE public comment portal here.WATCH WHAT YOU SAYFinally, here’s an excellent document on COVID-19 messaging that we encourage everyone to read and think about. We’ve seen the destructive effects of divisive messaging around the coronavirus, but how do we break through that? Read this little guide. It’s chockful of excellent tips for how to talk about the crisis in ways that support the values we care about. The talking points on how to respond to typical dog whistles and divisive rhetoric is especially helpful. Please read and share!BE PREPARED”When you can’t do what you do, do what you can.” – Jon Bon Jovi CALENDAR UPDATESAll Indivisible AVL events cancelled until further notice Other Organizations — We share many other organizations’ events on our website calendar. Please check with the sponsoring organization before making plans to attend any previously scheduled program or event.If you have upcoming actions or events we should share with our members, please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the latest Action Alerts, be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter and check the website for Action Updates.Thank you for standing Indivisible
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