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Sister District & Swing Left: Top 10 State Legislative Targets

Sister District and Swing Left are focusing on the 10 most critical and winnable state legislative races in the country.

Donate to this fund and your donation will be split evenly between the candidates. In a census year (redistricting!), these races are especially critical to win.

Swing Left and Sister District have teamed up to bring you our top targets for this final critical stretch. This is our last chance in a decade to fight back against gerrymandering.

These are candidates who will redraw district lines in 2021, and who need our help the most right now.

ARIZONA
LD-20 (S) Doug Ervin
LD-20 (S) Felicia French
LD-6 (H) Judy Schwiebert
LD-6 (H) Coral Evans
PENNSYLVANIA
SD-49 Julie Slomski
HD-160 Anton Andrew
NORTH CAROLINA
HD-45 Frances Jackson
HD-63 Ricky Hurtado
TEXAS
HD-126 Natali Hurtado
HD-138 Akilah Bacy

San Carlos Breathe Vigil

Join us for a peaceful vigil promoting racial justice and allyship in America.

  • Sunday, June 14t 
  • 5-6 pm

Online event: Register here to attend the online event. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants the day of the event.

Live event: Burton Park Field

If you attend the live event, please wear a mask and keep a 6’ distance.

Vigil postponed for safety concerns

We got a lot of input from community members and community leaders that the timing isn’t right for an event in San Carlos.

There are right-wing extremists groups that are using events, particularly evening events, as an excuse to instigate violence and cause damage.

It is for this reason we are cancelling the vigil tomorrow with the intention of scheduling a new one soon.

We agonized over this decision. We don’t want to be silenced by the worst parts of American society; but we also don’t want to be an unwilling magnet for violence.

PPAG is committed to being a participant and an ally to the Black Lives Matter movement. We will hold our vigil soon when the overall situation is less unpredictable.

In the meantime, here are some actions you can immediately take to support Black Lives Matter

Call To Action

Many of you may be upset with the decision to cancel. Frankly, we’re upset with the decision as well. But given what we understood the risks to be, it was the decision we had to make.

We will announce a new date and time for the vigil as soon as we can.

Cancelled – Breathe: A Sunset Vigil for George Floyd

This event is cancelled and will be rescheduled. You can read more here

Note new date (June 1). We are changing the date to be compliant with the new County Health Order

Details:

  • Monday, June 1
  • 8:00-8:30 pm
  • Burton Park

Note new date (June 1). We are changing the date to be compliant with the County Health Order

Turn off the news and join together in a peaceful vigil against racism. Please bring masks, practice social distancing, and bring a light for Mr. Floyd. We stand in solidarity with all our neighbors of color.

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Flip the Senate and Help in the Community

I’m sure we were all inspired by Dr. Fauci’s bold statement that the best way to combat COVID-19 is to get active in our community, help our neighbors, and hand Trump and the Trumpists* a humiliating defeat in Nov.

So following his brave lead, we have the following Take Action updates below. Read on, be inspired, make a difference! In this time of crisis, be the type of person you want your grandkids to read about in history books!

* ok… he didn’t actually say that, but you know he was thinking it

Mark Kelly for AZ Senate

PPAG is working with Mark Kelly to flip a Senate seat in Arizona. Winning Arizona is a major step to flipping the Senate.

Kelly’s a:

  • Combat veteran
  • Astronaut
  • Gun sense advocate (he’s married to Gabby Giffords)
  • Environmentalist

Imagine having an astronaut in DC vs. all the science-illiterates we have now. Donate today and stay tuned for an upcoming fundraiser!

Virtual Comedy Show to support Sister District.

Laugh with us and help flip North Carolina blue!

  • What: Virtual comedy show with Lauren Mayer, to benefit Sister District candidate
  • When: April 15, 6:30pm via Zoom.

RSVP here

Donations will be matched up to $5000!

PPAG Virtual Meeting

Social distance with a social conscious! PPAG’s first virtual monthly meeting

  • When: April 19
  • Time: 4:00 pm

RSVP to get the Zoom link

Help During the COVID-19 Crisis

Stop ICE Transfers

ICE is notoriously known for medical neglect. San Mateo County must take action NOW to release people incarcerated in our jails and juvenile hall to protect lives and public health.

Tell San Mateo County Officials – Decarcerate & Stop ICE Transfers!

1) Click Here to Make Calls & Emails to San Mateo County Officials 

2) Haz clic aquí para hacer llamadas y correos electrónicos a los representantes del condado de San Mateo

Shop Local- Support San Carlos Stores

Great retail in and around San Carlos is still open for business. Shop local for all your lockdown needs!

Support Second Harvest Food Bank

Volunteer to distribute food from Second Harvest

Take a Hike..

…as long as you stay away from other hikers! Here’s a list of open spaces that are open

Other Ways to Help and How to Stay Well

Great list of resources from the Community Foundation on how to help others and how to take care of yourself.

Shop Local: Virtual Laurel St.

Great retail in and around San Carlos is still open for business. Shop local for all your lockdown needs!

Based in San Carlos

Books

Women’s and Men’s Fashion

Music Instruments, Sheet Music

Restaurants

Friends of San Carlos

Health and Beauty

How to Help During COVID-19 Crisis

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San Carlos! Yes, COVID-19 is scary, but none of our neighbors or our neighborhood businesses should fear for their security, their homes, their next meal, or their stability.

Not in our community. Not on our watch.

These are tough times for all of us, no doubt. But there is always something you can do. There is always someone you can help.

Provide Gift Cards to Local Families

Our fantastic school district is helping to ensure local families have food, school supplies and other resources. Please help by buying a gift card and sending it to a school principal, who will ensure it gets to a deserving family

Please buy digital gift cards and email them directly to the Principals. Do not purchase physical gift cards.

 

Volunteer with San Mateo’s or San Carlos’s Emergency Operation Center

Emergency Operation Centers at San Mateo County and in San Carlos need people to help with food delivery or check-in phone calls to older adults who are sheltering in place.

Volunteer here for San Mateo County
Volunteer here for San Carlos

Samaritan House

If you are not medically at risk or living with someone who is and are able to volunteer with food preparation and/or transport, email: volunteering@samaritanhousesanmateo.org.

Donate! Any and all donations are greatly appreciated! Go to https://samaritanhousesanmateo.org/donate/ to donate right now.

Take Action: Housing, Swing Left, Public Schools

April 22, San Carlos City Council: Moratorium on Commercial Development; San Carlos Needs Housing

We are asking the San Carlos City Council for a moratorium on commercial development so the community can have a discussion on building more housing.

  • Over 2M sq ft of new commercial/office space development is planned for San Carlos
  • This may result in over 6,000 new jobs created in San Carlos
  • There is no plan to accommodate all these new workers; where will they live? how will they commute?
  • We ask for a moratorium on new commercial development; we want to have a community dialog on how to build more housing for essential workers and new workers in San Carlos.

When: April 22, 7:00pm
Where: San Carlos City Hall, 600 Elm St, San Carlos, CA 94070

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SWING LEFT EVENT
Join us for our first in a series of speaker events!
Kelly Ward, President, National Democratic Redistricting Committee
When: Sunday, April 28, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Space is limited so RSVP early.

Swing Left’s 2020 mission is to win all the Houses in 2020 – the White House, the Senate, the House, and the State Houses key to rolling back Republican gerrymandering! We’ve identified eleven “Super States” where the most important of these battles are concentrated: AZ, CO, TX, FL, PA, ME, WI, MI, OH, GA, NC, OH.

Kelly will explain why the Super States are so important to this fight and will report on the steps that NDRC took during the 2018 election cycle to advance legal action, build political infrastructure, and win targeted elections to achieve a fairer redistricting process.

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Stand for Public School
#StandUpForPublicSchools Rally
When May 8th 4–5pm on El Camino in San Carlos! #rally #CApublicschools
Where: Rally Locations for SCSD Schools:

Along El Camino
White Oaks – Eaton to White Oak Way
Arroyo/CMS – White Oak Way to Brittan (New York Pizza side)
Brittan Acres – Brittan Ave to Olive
TL/Mariposa – Olive to San Carlos Ave (both sides of El Camino/CalTrain parking)

Along San Carlos Ave
Heather – El Camino to Walnut (South side ie Starbucks/Blue Line)
Arundel – El Camino to Walnut (North side i.e. Tutti Frutti, San Mateo Transit)
Charter – Walnut to Elm (Both sides of street i.e. CVS
Preschool/Seniors – Invited to rally at City Hall Park

Moratorium on Commercial Development; San Carlos Needs Housing

We are asking the San Carlos City Council for a moratorium on commercial development so the community can have a discussion on building more housing.

  • Over 2M sq ft of new commercial/office space development is planned for San Carlos
  • This may result in over 6,000 new jobs created in San Carlos
  • There is no plan to accommodate all these new workers; where will they live? how will they commute?
  • New workers will exacerbate the existing housing crisis in San Carlos; the city is unaffordable for our essential workers like teachers, first responders, nurses etc.
  • We welcome new commercial development, but it must be accompanied with a plan to support family housing across all the income levels in our community
  • We ask for a moratorium on new commercial development; we want to have a community dialog on how to build more housing for essential workers and new workers in San Carlos.

When: April 22

Time: 7:00

Where: San Carlos City Hall, 600 Elm St, San Carlos, CA 94070