Where is Guam and why is North Korea threatening it?

An “Outside Explainer” from The Guardian, a British news outlet covering events of the world. Click here for the discussion:


  • This “Outside Explainer” is part of an occasional series intended to bring smart, timely background information to IndivisibleSB members from sources you might have missed.
  • IndivisibleSB writers create our own Explainers on topics and issues of members’ interests. Please suggest topics you’d like to see addressed.

Laws vs. Regulations … and Why the Difference Matters

By RT, IndivisibleSB Staff Writer

The term “laws” is commonly used to describe the overall system of rules enforced by society to govern behavior. When used in this sense, our laws include the rules made by Congress or other legislative bodies, e.g., state legislatures, by the executive branch through regulations, or by the courts through rulings that result in binding precedent. Continue reading “Laws vs. Regulations … and Why the Difference Matters”

How will the repeal of the Affordable Care Act affect the economy?

by JS, ISB Staff Writer

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and other expert reviewers have warned of the drastic impact of ACA repeal on patient coverage and care, the most important being the loss of health insurance coverage by 22 million people. But how would the repeal affect the general economy including jobs and incomes like mine? Continue reading “How will the repeal of the Affordable Care Act affect the economy?”

7.2.17 – Our First Independence Day BBQ

Jennie, Salud, and Christina

The day began with Santa Barbara’s typical summer high marine layer but the temperature warmed up as we all expected. Drinks in the ice bucket and patriotic table coverings set the mood as Indivisibles filtered in with provisions. Sandy and Bill made sure everyone signed in and got a nametag and miniflag. Christina and Richard put up the Indivisible Santa Barbara banner and Rick set out chairs, patio umbrellas and Old Glory. Continue reading “7.2.17 – Our First Independence Day BBQ”

6.25.17 – Tania Israel: Beyond the Bubble: How to Engage in Dialogue Across Political Lines

Interactive Seminar by Dr. Tania Israel, Karpeles Manuscript Library, June 25,2017

By RC, ISB Staff Writer

Approximately three-dozen participants attended this excellent combination presentation, seminar, and workshop on one of the most pressing issues today. With daily news topics seemingly lit in flashing neon by inflamed speakers and incoherent tweets, it’s often difficult to agree on what are “the most pressing issues.” But there is collective dismay across the American political spectrum at the polarization of partisan discussions. If there is middle ground, no one is standing on it. Tribalism is the new buzzword. Continue reading “6.25.17 – Tania Israel: Beyond the Bubble: How to Engage in Dialogue Across Political Lines”

Call For Volunteers

Daily Action Editors

Indivisible Santa Barbara needs help creating our Daily Actions!

Job Description:

The Daily Action Team is responsible for drafting the action items that appear in the bi-weekly (Monday and Thursday) email newsletter and the text for the daily Twitter feed. The team drafts actions based on information submitted by Indivisible-SB and the various Intel Teams (eg. Gun Control, Health, Environment, Immigration, etc.).

The team creates a four or five line rationale and description of the action, find links that can be posted with it as “More Info,” and double-checks the facts (the links, sources, etc.) to be sure they are correct and that the action is timely. A sample from one of the past newsletters is posted below.


The team uses Google Docs to create a weekly “Scratch” page, which they use for drafting the actions. They also use the application SLACK to communicate with each other while we are drafting, and for all other necessary communication among teams and I-SB generally.

Deadlines and Time Commitment:

Drafting happens twice a week on Sunday afternoon (from about 2 to 5 pm) and Wednesday afternoon (from about 1 to 3 pm). The weekly time commitment is between 4 to 6 hours a week.

If you can work one of these days (Sunday or Wednesday) but not both please indicate that in your reply.

Skills and Experience:

Good writing, editing, and proofreading skills are required. Enthusiasm for collaboration is a plus.

Sample Action Item:

Call/email Monique Limon:
Vote Yes on California Values Act

In March, we issued a call to support S.B. 54, which prohibits local and state law enforcement from assisting ICE in enforcement of Trump’s un-American immigration policies. The bill passed the State Senate, and now goes to the Assembly. Update: Monique Limon’s office has gotten more “NO” than “YES” calls for this bill!  Please call or email Monique Limon today!

More Info:

Climate Change Despair?  No – Take Action!

By DLW, ISB Staff Writer

On June 1, when President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, it was hard not to be overcome by feelings of despair. Given the compelling scientific evidence about the existence of human-caused climate change, and knowing the horrific future toll if emissions of greenhouse gases are not reduced, it seemed inconceivable that the U.S. would recklessly turn its back on the world and future generations.  Continue reading “Climate Change Despair?  No – Take Action!”