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Week of November 26, 2018
Action #1: Tears at the border
Deadline: today and every day – Asylum seekers must be permitted to apply for asylum, and must be protected from the atrocities they flee, not be subjected to further brutality and violation of their human and legal rights. Immigration officials continue to perpetrate a growing list of atrocities — from family separation and detention of children to family gassing! There’s much you can do to help fight this administration’s barbaric and illegal actions. Read our article, including a call script to urge your Members of Congress to stand up, and stand up yourself at a protest. Families Belong Together has called for nationwide rallies on Sat. & Sun., Dec. 1-2. There are several events in the Bay Area at varying times. See our list below, or enter your zip code at this link to find one near you.
Action #2: Don’t fork with food stamps
Deadline: ASAP because a deal on the bill may be imminent – Oh, they’re cutting a deal, checking it twice! Congress is still in DC and still working on the Farm Bill, that huge piece of legislation that, among other things, includes SNAP/CalFresh, otherwise known as food stamps, which tens of millions of Americans need to put food on the table. They’re tussling it out between a House version that cut access to SNAP and a Senate version that protected the program. New and ugly: 45 scorns global warming, champions raking forests to prevent fires but slashed funding for forest management, and now wants to use the Farm Bill to let the timber industry do more logging, pretending it’s for fire prevention. Tell your members of Congress to protect SNAP and vote against any poison pill amendments to the Farm Bill like logging. More info about the Farm Bill in our article.
What to say:
My name is ___, my zip code is ___, and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. Thank you for your past support of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Please protect and strengthen SNAP and vote down any Republican efforts to weaken the program or cut its funding in the Farm Bill. Please also vote against any poison pill amendments to the Farm Bill like support for more logging. Fire prevention should be handled through proper forest management, not deforestation.
Action #3: Out of the mouths of babes
Deadline: December 10 – ‘Tis the holiday season, so what could be more appropriate for the Grinch Administration than to plan to turn legal immigrants out of their homes and take food away from their kids? You have until December 10 to comment on a proposed regulation that would make food and housing assistance considerations in whether immigrants can be denied green cards or visas on grounds that they might become “public charges.” Here’s where you can go to comment (be sure to reference DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012 in your comments); read our article for more info and suggested language to include. Also — bah, humbug!
Action Still Needed – Past Weeks
These items still need our attention! A record of all weekly actions are on the Archived Actions page.
Action: IEB ❤ Barbara Lee
Deadline: right now! – There’s an exciting but under-reported race for Congressional leadership going on, and the East Bay is at the heart of it! Our own Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13) is running to be the new chair of the Democratic Caucus. Indivisible East Bay strongly supports Rep. Lee for this crucial leadership position. Read our statement of support. Rep. Swalwell (CA-15) has told IEB he supports her; if you’re in his district, thank him and ask him to speak out loud & proud. If you’re in Rep. DeSaulnier’s district (CA-11), ask him to speak out in support of Rep. Lee; if you’re in CA-13, let Rep. Lee know you support her. And ask family and friends with Democratic MoCs to lobby on her behalf as well. Let Barbara Lee speak for all of us!
What to say:
My name is ____, my zip code is ___, and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. Please support Barbara Lee for Democratic Caucus Chair. Barbara Lee has for years been a force for progressive policy in the House of Representatives. We need her fearless moral leadership on important issues like responsible management of military force, prioritizing funding for our communities, the environment, and social justice. Barbara Lee is a proven leader and she’s the leader we need in this new Blue House.
Action: Thank our Senators for speaking out against Whitaker
Deadline: no time like the present – Senators Feinstein and Harris have both publicly challenged 45’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General. Among other things, Sen. Feinstein released a statement that the Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion justifying the appointment is fatally flawed; and Sen. Harris has supported the lawsuit filed by three Democratic senators to stop Whitaker from serving. Thank our Senators and ask them to continue to do all they can to fight this dangerous appointment! Tell your friends in other states to contact their senators. Read our article for more ways to help protect the Mueller investigation.
Action: A few of our favorite things
Deadline: when you can – We know, we spend a lot of time and virtual ink bitching about stuff that makes us angry. But this time last year we wrote an article naming some people and organizations that made us happy, and we’re carrying on the tradition. Read our article, share it around, think about local and online folks and groups that make the Resistance the dynamic engine that it is. For example, Sports Basement: they not only provide great free meeting space for our All Member Meetings and Governance Committee meetings at their Berkeley location (we have an 11/25 All Member Meeting!), they’re offering a 20% discount coupon for all IEB members at all stores — check it out just below! And super important: don’t forget to thank each other — we certainly thank YOU!
Action: Protect Mueller’s investigation
Deadline: today and every day – Hundreds of thousands of us flooded the streets on Nov 8 to stand up for the rule of law and protect the independence of Special Counsel Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation. There’s more you can do to fight this slo-mo Saturday Night Massacre! Call your Senators and Representative and read our article for info & other actions you can take.
What to say:
My name is __, my zip code is __, and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has a profound conflict and must be removed from overseeing the Mueller investigation. Thank you for speaking publicly, and please do all you can in Congress to hold Trump accountable and protect the Mueller investigation.
Action: For RBG and Thousand Oaks
Deadline: today and every day – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Notorious RBG, has been hospitalized after breaking three ribs in a fall. Say a mi shebeirach (Jewish prayer for healing) or whatever your custom or heart dictates for our own matriarch of justice.
And let’s pause to reflect on the shootings in Thousand Oaks. Young people enjoying themselves at a night out in one of the safest cities in America — we have replayed this scene 304 times out of 312 days this year. We can and will end this horror.
Action: It’s Red or Blue, Not Pink or Blue
Deadline: Right Now! – According to a Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) memo obtained by the NY Times, Pussygrabber-in-Chief is considering creating an HHS rule to determine “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” as dictated by genitalia, original birth certificates, and genetic testing. LGBTQ advocates, and especially the trans community and allies, see this as an attempt to erase trans folk and everyone who doesn’t fit into a male/female binary. What you can do: Speak out. Talk about this wherever, whenever you can. Read our article for tips, and check out the scientific, religious, and activist resources it links to. And stay tuned — if this rule is proposed, we’ll let you know how to comment on it!
Action: 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: 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.”]
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: 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: 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.
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.