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Speaking of upcoming events, take note of these three:
Town Hall Meeting in El Dorado Hills
Saturday, March 4, 10am
Oak Ridge High School Gymnasium
1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills
More information here.
March Staff Satellite Office Hours (attended by member of Rep. McClintock's staff)
Tuesday, March 7, 10:00am-11:30am
Small Business Center Conference Room
99 N Washington St
Sonora, CA 95370
Can't make the trip? Have an urgent topic to discuss? Call his office today! 916-876-5560
Thank you to everybody who attended Congressman McClintock's town halls last week. Both events drew overflow crowds of constituents from across the political spectrum in our communities. Thanks to all who raised their voice with thoughtfully prepared questions and statements for our Congressman. Our concerns about the direction he leads our country in through his regressive policies were articulated clearly and passionately. Special thanks to the 6 peacekeeper volunteers who spent the evening deescalating potential conflicts. While some elected officials choose to agitate constituents to deepen our political divide, our communities demonstrated that we know how to manage our political differences peacefully, despite their polarizing leadership.
Videos of the Mariposa and Sonora (session 1 & session 2) town halls are available now on YouTube. If you are watching on a computer, you can find links to each specific question by clicking "show more" under "Timestamps for Questions & Key Moments." If you don't have 5 hours to watch every interaction, you can use this tool to focus in on topics that concern you most. Watch, listen, and give his office a call to provide feedback on his positions (916-876-5560).
Congressman McClintock has been making many headlines lately, and it’s no surprise that hundreds of constituents from across the political spectrum are planning to attend his town hall meetings next week. We know how to navigate these political divides in our communities peacefully - it’s a part of our day-to-day life. Instead of working on behalf of all his constituents, our Congressman has chosen to use distortions of who we are and what we care about for political gain. Despite his attempts to pit us against our neighbors, we must vigilantly avoid taking the bait. We must not allow Congressman McClintock’s outside agitation to tear our tight-knit communities apart.
As you continue preparing for the town hall, please keep the following considerations in mind:
Outside the event:
It’s time develop effective questions for Congressman McClintock’s town halls next week in Mariposa and Sonora. Here are some guidelines and resources to get your process rolling.
The big picture from Indivisible: Five General Tips for Crafting Town Hall Questions
Choose your topic:
There are so many potential topics on your mind, how do you choose the one to focus on? The topic you pick is very much a personal choice. If you are interested in supporting Yosemite Indivisible’s desired outcomes for the Town Hall, take into consideration the following suggestions.
Anatomy of a question: what to say when you get the microphone
Check out these resources:
The first step in organizing our collective progressive voice at the upcoming Town Halls is to consider how our objectives and desired outcomes compare to Congressman McClintock's. We can also use his statements during and after the Roseville town hall to understand how he might try to spin our actions and words.
The Indivisible Guide's Town Hall Tips & Fact Sheet is the primary source for the table below. If you are not familiar with the Indivisible Guide, reading or listening to it will help you see how this action fits into the bigger picture of resisting Trump’s agenda by pressuring our Members of Congress. I’ve supplemented Indivisible with ideas based on my observations from participating in the peaceful demonstration outside the Roseville Town Hall, watching the video from inside, and examining the press coverage of the event.
The chart below illuminates the balancing act we face. If we don’t push towards our outcomes hard enough, we help him accomplish his. If we push too hard, it could feed his narrative of us more than it supports our agenda. We seek the Goldilocks plan.
Tomorrow we will take a look at how to create effective questions and statements pointed at McClintock's key vulnerabilities: his recent mischaracterization of his constituents, support for repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and reluctance to hold President Trump accountable.
Our Congressman Tom McClintock has officially scheduled two town hall events next week in the Yosemite area. Please mark your calendars and spread to word to area progressives about this incredible opportunity to impact the national political discussion right here in our communities.
Town halls are public listening sessions held by Members of Congress to hear what is on the minds of constituents in their districts. Congressman McClintock's last town hall event made national headlines when people in our district turned out in huge numbers to ask tough questions on repeal of the Affordable Care Act and his support of Trump's agenda. McClintock was clearly rattled by the strong message, and has been spreading falsehoods about his constituents.
We now have the chance to push back against his claims, and demonstrate our commitment to holding him accountable as our representative. This is a pivotal moment in our nation, and the spotlight will shine on our communities next week.
There is much to do to get prepared, so lets get started.