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Week of October 8, 2018

Action #1: Call Canvass Text Repeat

Deadline: Tuesday Nov. 6, but you knew that – There’s only one way we can get rid of the Senators who voted for Brett Kavanaugh (and their compatriots in the House) and support those who did the right thing. We know, you’ve heard it before. But it’s less than four weeks until the midterms and there are still voters who could tip the balance in contested House and Senate races if someone calls them or texts them or knocks on their door. Who could that someone be? … Yeah, YOU. Us, actually — because we want you to join IEB’s amazing group of folks reaching voters in our own state and all over the country. Read about the great stuff we’ve been doing, and what we need YOU to do in the vanishingly few days left.

Action #2: Vote early, Vote often (every election, that is!)

Deadline: October 30 – that’s the deadline in CA to request a vote by mail ballot. Print & fill out the application and mail or bring it to your County Elections Office; or call your county elections office to see if you can apply by phone. Get the lowdown on other critical voting deadlines & much more at our article. Here’s why voting by mail is best:

  • Take your time. Vote at home with your notes & snacks — throw a ballot mark-up party!
  • No Election Day worries about long lines, scrambling at lunch hour, or polling places that run out of ballots
  • Paper ballots: no hanging chads or #($*%& electronic ballot machines
  • You don’t even have to mail it in — drop it off before Nov. 6 or drop it at your polling place on Election Day (if you need a ride check out offers from Uber & Lyft)
  • Say yes to Question #7 on the vote by mail application to be a permanent vote-by-mail voter!

Action #3: Give, because it hurts (them)

Deadline: whenever you can – When GOP Senator Susan Collins hinted she’d vote for Kavanaugh, people made it rain for her TBD future opponent. The more she talked, the more $$$ flooded in. Collins voted yes, Kavanaugh thanked her at his swearing-in, and now a pro-Kava group is funding her bigly. Let’s donate to defeat her at this site or this site (hey Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski get ready to hold Susan’s beer!) And kudos to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for her brave NO vote; say thanks with a donation. If donating isn’t your bag, that’s OK — spread the word to your family & friends. And shameless plug; your good friends at IEB have two convenient red DONATE buttons in this newsletter, or go here. Since we’re not funded by George Soros, your donations support our actions against the Evil Empire. Because of tax & campaign finance laws, we don’t use them for candidate-related events.

 


Action Still Needed – Past Weeks

These items still need our attention! A record of all weekly actions are on the Archived Actions page.

Action: Feel your rage, Find an action, For F-‘s Sake, don’t Forget

Deadline: RIGHT NOW – We hope you’re outraged at what’s going on with Shouty McShoutFace Kavanaugh, because otherwise you’re not paying attention. (Senators Feinstein and Harris will both vote NO — though remember, even our elected representatives need to be constantly pushed/supported.) Now it’s time to throw everything we’ve got at the midterms. Don’t make us beg: if you haven’t stepped up yet it’s time to do your part:

  • Check out our Midterm Election Work page listing upcoming phone banking, canvassing, postcard, and other events. Got the travel bug? Californians can make a huge impact canvassing in the Senate races in NV and AZ!
  • Sign up for our weekly email listing upcoming election events. Don’t miss a thing!
  • Commit now to helping GOTV (Get Out the Vote) during the final 4 days before the Nov. 6 election.

Action: Desert Shame

Deadline: right now and ongoing – They gave the kids snacks, and that’s damn near all. They woke them in the middle of the night, put them on buses with backpacks, took them to tent jails in the West Texas desert. There are: no schools, not much legal representation or mental health services — it’s an emergency facility, doesn’t have to meet child welfare standards. The government says the kids won’t be there long, they’ll go to sponsor homes soon. We’ve heard that lie before! Our Senators tell us calls on this national disgrace have fallen off while people call about Kavanaugh (we must multi-call!) Meanwhile, a ray of hope: a brand-new bill in the House of Representatives to prohibit ICE from arresting undocumented immigrants who offer to sponsor kids to get them out of baby jail. Tell your members of Congress: you want them to raise hell over kids in tent jails and you want them to support the “Prevent CHILD Harm Act of 2018.” Yes, even our good reps in DC need to hear from you. And the kids surely need help, ASAP. See our article.

What to say:
My name is __________, my zip code is ____ and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. I’m ashamed that this country is jailing immigrant children in tents in the desert without even pretending that they’re trying to meet child welfare standards. I want to thank [Senator or Representative] _______ for fighting against the administration’s attacks against immigrant children and families. Please fight against putting kids in tent jails and put an end to this disgrace! [For members of the House of Representatives: And I want to ask _____________ to cosponsor the “Prevent CHILD Harm Act of 2018.”]

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (email)
(415) 393-0707 • DC: (202) 224-3841
Sen. Kamala Harris (email)
(415) 355-9041 • DC: (202) 224-3553

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (email): (510) 620-1000 DC: (202) 225-2095
Rep. Barbara Lee (email): (510) 763-0370 DC: (202) 225-2661
Rep. Eric Swalwell (email): (510) 370-3322 DC: (202) 225-5065

Action: Elevator Speech

Deadline: today and every day – Jeff Flake walks into an elevator … and something happened. Have you noticed: people are talking, and it’s different. We’ve posted our stories about sexual assault on social media, prompting friends to tell their own, some for the first time. People are asking questions, others answer; people say they’re gaining new understanding. So: TALK. Talk to as much of the world as you can. Tell your story if you can, or support someone else telling theirs. Explain why a 15-year-old might not tell her parents that she was assaulted at a party, or why someone might not remember details of a trauma. Talk as though people will pay attention and it will matter. Because that most likely is true.

Action: Protect the Trump-Russia Investigation

Deadline: today and every day – Looks like we picked the wrong week to stop hovering over the panic button on whether Current Occupant would cross a red line to obstruct the Russia investigation. Hard to write an action when the damn news won’t hold still! Though latest WH blather postpones a meeting with CO and Rod Rosenstein, keep your sturdy shoes and your signs by the door, you may need to head out at any minute. And fasten your seat belt while seated – there may be more turbulence ahead!

What you can do: SIGN UP NOW for a Nobody Is Above the Law rapid response rally to get alerts if/when mass protests are called. Read our article for more info and to learn how to help protect the investigation.

Action: Get others to Volunteer; here’s why

Deadline: today and every day – We need a Blue Wave, not Blue Droplets! Have you done Action #1? Now send it on to your friends. Invite them to phone bank or canvass with you. They don’t live near you? That’s cool, tell them how they can find events near them. And while you’re at it, tell them to sign up for this newsletter, and for our new weekly phone bank & canvassing email. In case anyone needs reminding: it takes lots of people voting to make sure bad things don’t happen.

Action: Stories to save lives

Deadline: now, and whenever you can – Brett Kavanaugh would have denied access to abortion for a detained undocumented teenager, saying that undocumented youth in custody are not entitled to “abortion on demand” — favorite words of the anti-choice movement. Does his nomination mean we could be facing a return to the horrible old days when abortion was illegal? As of the last census in 2010, less than 40% of the US population were born before Roe v. Wade. We need to tell the stories of that terrible time — or more than half the people in this country may have to relive them.

  • Read our article and share the stories.
  • Share your stories. If you have a story, or if you know someone who has a story, you can send it to us anonymously.
  • Tell your elected representatives you’re not willing to give up any of your reproductive rights, and you’re not willing to accept judges who would be willing to compromise them.

Action: Don’t jail migrant children!

Deadline: submit your comments here by November 6, 2018 – The administration’s latest attack on vulnerable refugees comes in the form of a proposed rule by the Departments of Homeland Security and Health & Human Services. The rule would end a long-standing federal court settlement that ensures the proper care of minors in immigration detention, including how long and under what conditions migrant children can be jailed. We only have until November 6 to comment on the dreadful proposed rule, so read up and act now – more info & suggested comments at our article.

Action: Hello new IEB activists!

Deadline: today and every day – Did you meet IEB for the first time at our 8/26 #stopkavanaugh All Member Meeting? Is this your first IEB newsletter? Or have you known us for a while, but you have friends who aren’t involved but may like to be? This action item is for YOU! Check out our top quick-action resources for activists new to IEB (and reminders if you’re an old friend!):

  • Find action items from our most recent newsletters — plus contact info for members of Congress — on our website’s Call & Email page. Our newsletters are archived here and here.
  • Find our latest blog posts on our website home page. Most of these articles include action items, with call scripts and contact info. Looking for an article or action on a specific topic? Enter a keyword into the search box (upper right of each web page).
  • Want to do midterm election work? Check this out.
  • Has our work against the Kavanaugh nomination gotten you interested in the federal courts? Our Federal Judiciary team’s work is used by national resistance organizations.
  • Find out what else is going on! Our newsletter has an events calendar, and so does our website.

Action: A little privacy, please

Deadline: ASAP – Do you think it might infringe on your First Amendment rights if white supremacists have a campaign to harass or threaten you for taking part in a protest against them? How about if the government — the one headed by the guy who thinks white supremacists are “very fine people” — talks about passing a law that by its very name targets left-wing protesters who wear masks (as opposed to, say, Klansmen)? How about when the media publish the names and home towns of people arrested at an anti-alt right rally, making them clear targets for retaliation, as happened this past weekend in Berkeley? Read our article about why all of these are dangerous to the most vulnerable in our community — and maybe even to you — and several things you can do about it.

Action: Stop the Charade of a Parade.

Everybody loves a parade, amirite? How about when it’s to glorify someone who thinks international diplomacy is best waged 280 characters at a time AND OCCASIONALLY YELLING AT FOREIGN HEADS OF STATE IN ALL CAPS? Plans are for several thousand US troops plus military vehicles to perform a pre-Veterans’ Day farcical homage from Trump to himself — to the tune of 12 to 30 million dollars. Is this why we need a $700 billion military budget? How about we instead mark Veterans’ Day by spending money to help veterans? Tens of thousands of vets are homeless today, and that number is rising; an estimated 20 US veterans take their own lives every single day; and veterans are twice as likely as non-veterans to die from accidental overdoses of highly addictive painkillers. Read our article for more info and tell your MoCs you want them to put a stop to this charade of a parade. It’s worth a shot (sorry not sorry).
What to say:

My name is __________, my zip code is _____, and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. I am outraged that Trump’s ludicrous military parade is moving forward. This is an outrageous use of tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars and of the time of thousands of people.The parade is callously scheduled for the day before Veterans’ Day. Tens of thousands of vets are homeless today, and that number is rising. 20 US veterans take their own lives every single day and are hard hit by the opioid epidemic. I ask you to fight to dramatically decrease military spending. Vote NO on the 2019 NDAA which authorizes this obscene display to rival images of authoritarian regimes in places like North Korea and Nazi Germany.

Action: Pass the PAVE Act

Even without Russian hacking, elections can be compromised if we don’t protect the ballots! Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced S,3049, the PAVE Act, to require that all voters have the option to use hand marked paper ballots in federal elections. Paperless voting is vulnerable and problematic (see GeorgiaSouth Carolina). The Act also requires Risk Limiting Audits for all Federal races. Midterms are coming up, and we need to tell our Senators it’s time for them to support the PAVE Act, and to demand a 2018 implementation date (it’s currently 2020) for the hand marked paper ballot clause. Read our article for other actions you can take.
What to say:

My name is ___, my zip code is ___, and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. I want Senator _____ to support the Protecting American Votes and Elections Act, S.3049. We need to ensure that California’s voters are protected from malicious influence. We also need the hand marked paper ballot clause implemented for 2018 to cover the upcoming midterm elections.

Action: REUNITE immigrant families

In a July 17 press conference, Senator Kamala Harris, with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), introduced the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously (REUNITE) Act, a comprehensive bill to reunite immigrant families ripped apart by the administration’s disastrous policies. Please thank Senator Harris for introducing the bill, ask Senator Feinstein to support it, and spread the word on social media! Read our article for more info, including talking points and more actions you can take.

Action: Save the budget and ACA. AGAIN.

Deadline: today and every day – June 19 must have been Backwards Day on Capitol Hill, since that’s when the House Budget Committee issued a press releasedeclaring the “Budget for a Brighter American Future.” That would be the 10-year budget containing over $300 billion in cuts to crucial social services, plus reconciliation instructions allowing Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act via an expedited process and with just 51 votes in the Senate. Read our article for more info and call your Representative today — and keep calling every day. We have to make sure they do everything possible to keep Paul Ryan from bringing this horror of a budget to the floor for a vote.
What to say:

My name is _____, my zip code is ____, and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. I want Representative _______ to do everything possible to oppose the horrible GOP House budget. I’m outraged that the budget cuts over $300 billion from social services to pay for the $1.5 trillion deficit that will be created by the GOP tax scam giveaway to the wealthy 1% and corporate donors. I hope that Representative _____ will work to make sure every California Democrat and any possible Republican votes NO on these terrible priorities.

Archived Calls and Emails for the Week