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Posted Week of October 1, 2018
Action #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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.
Posted Week of September 24, 2018
Action #1: Power up at the All Member Meeting!
Deadline: September 30, 1-3 PM – Keep your eyes on the Nov. 6 prize by joining us at this Sunday’s IEB All Member Meeting at Sports Basement, Berkeley. Special guests will show and tell the most effective ways to make the Blue Wave happen and how we can all participate. RSVP here and join us for what will be one of our most powerful and engaging meetings yet. Change is coming and we can’t do it without you.
Action #2: Talking to people works
Deadline: today and every day – Yes, it’s déjà vu all over again! Okay, we know lots of people don’t enjoy canvassing or phone banking, so why do we keep nagging? BECAUSE THEY WORK! Saving democracy is gonna take each of us getting outside our comfort zone, make it easier by bringing a friend along! Start now:
Action #3: 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.
Posted Week of September 17, 2018
Action #1: Take Action! Volunteer; here’s what you can do
Deadline: today and every day – What do we want? Election victories! When do we want them? Every G-D- time! What are you gonna do about it? Ooh ooh – we’ve got the answer to that one, too! Drum roll please — introducing IEB’s “Volunteer to Flip the G-D- Congress” calendar, chock full of things that you, yes YOU, can do between now and November 6 to make a difference. Check it out on our elections page and our home page; bookmark them; pick some activities and sign up for them and do them! Sign up to get the weekly email list. And read IEB superhero Ted Lam’s first hand account of why he canvasses.
Action #2: 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 #3: Come to the All Members Meeting; learn how to Take Action
September 30, 1-3 PM – It’s a social gathering! It’s social activism! Stop, you’re both right! It’s IEB’s September All Member Meeting at Sports Basement, Berkeley. Learn the who, what, and why of canvassing & phone banking — the most effective ways to make the Blue Wave happen! Hear from experts, ask them questions, and sign up to help. We’ll also have demos to demystify and show you how! Come, bring friends, spread the word! RSVP & details here.
Posted Week of September 10, 2018
Action #1: Kava-not-ever!
Deadline: today and every day – Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, has a record against women’s reproductive rights, environmental & consumer protection, workers’ rights, and common sense gun safety. Most troubling, he has said a sitting President should be exempt from criminal prosecution and investigation, including questioning by prosecutors and defense counsel. No wonder Trump likes him! Read our article for more info, a suggested call script, and contact info to call your Senators today and every day. And sign up for the nifty Indivisible hubdialer to phone bank to folks out of state whose Senators need persuading. We know, no one likes to phone bank but the hubdialer makes it much less painful, and you can do it from your couch!
Action #2: 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 #3: 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.
Posted Week of August 27, 2018
Action #1: 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 #2: Say “No fracking way in CA!”
Deadline: email comments by September 7 – In a coordinated attack on California, after challenging our emissions standards the Trump administration is now taking steps to open up 1.6 million acres of CA public land to fracking and oil drilling. Read our article with more background and info about how to fight, including sample comments and contact details for your email comments to the Bureau of Land Management. Note the short deadline, comments are due by Saturday, Sept. 7.
Action #3: Choose Your Blue Voter Adventure!
Deadline: ASAP and through November 6 – You can join IEB and Indivisible Northern Nevada in their phone-banking and canvassing project to give non-partisan and progressive registered voters in Reno info they need to vote for a Senate candidate who shares their values.
- You sign up to travel with IEB on canvassing trips with INNV on September 15-16, September 29-30, October 20-21, October 27-28 and/or November 3-4. Help with carpooling and lodging may be available!
- You sign up for an IEB phonebank to recruit volunteers to help us in Nevada.
- You make calls to to flip California red districts blue through one of many phonebanking opportunities!
Read the full adventure here!
Posted Week of August 20, 2018
Action #1: Just Say No to Kavanaugh Hearings
Deadline: today and every day – It’s breaking wide open, with more to come, that Trump may have committed serious crimes to influence the election – which means it’s more important than ever to stop this administration in its tracks. That means keeping Trump from putting another Justice on the Supreme Court, and that means not sitting back and letting the GOP control the agenda. Democratic senators are speaking up: NO hearing for nominee Kavanaugh while Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator implicated in Michael Cohen’s guilty plea. As Senators Feinstein and Harris have said, the Supreme Court could rule on these very crimes, and Kavanaugh appears not to believe a president can even be investigated. Please contact your Senators today and every day.
- What to say:
My name is ___, my zip code is___. I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. I think Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is dangerous and I’m grateful to you for standing up for our rights and taking a lead in speaking out against his nomination. I hope you’ll challenge Senators McConnell and Grassley directly in committee and on the Senate floor. There should be no hearings for Kavanaugh while Trump is a potential unindicted co-conspirator with Michael Cohen. Please don’t let Senate Republicans steamroll our democratic process.
Action #2: Make Social Media Transparent & Improve Voter Access in Jails
Two important bills will be voted on by the California Senate before August 31:
• AB 2188: Deadline: August 30 – Ads on social media are not always what they seem; many have done serious damage to our democracy. Free speech should be public. Make everyone show their names & faces if they’re paying to change our minds on Facebook, Twitter, and more sites!
•[UPDATE Aug. 26, 2018: WE ARE CHECKING ON WHAT OCCURRED WITH THIS BILL, FOR NOW WE ARE NOT RECOMMENDING ANY ACTION] AB 3115 (Jails: Voter Education Program). Deadline: ASAP – IEB supported AB 3115’s passage in the Assembly because it gives people with criminal convictions who still have the right to vote a chance to become participating citizens again.
Call your state senator to ask them to vote YES — see our article for a call script and contact info.
Action #3: SB 10 – When a good bill goes bad
Deadline: ASAP – We had hoped state Senate Bill 10 would end money bail in California. Unfortunately, by the time it was passed by both houses of the state legislature, it codified many of the problems it was originally intended to cure. Read our article for more info, and contact Governor Jerry Brown ASAP before he signs it into law and tell him to VETO SB 10. (916) 445-2841; email; @JerryBrownGov
- What to say:
My name is _______________, my zip code is ____, and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. I am calling to urge Governor Brown to VETO SB 10. I support abolishing cash bail in California, but the amendments to SB 10 have changed it so that it isn’t real bail reform any more. It allows pretrial detention so that people who are arrested can be held without due process for nearly 2 weeks. It let judges decide who stays in jail based on their subjective determination, instead of giving them an objective risk assessment tool. Please VETO this bill, and tell the legislature that you want real bail reform instead.
Posted Week of August 13, 2018
Action #1: For pity’s sake, call about Kavanaugh
Deadline: today and every day – Senator Feinstein’s staff recently told us point blank that they aren’t hearing from us opposing Kavanaugh’s nomination. Some numbers: She’s had fewer than 33,000 contacts opposing the Kavanaugh nomination, with Judiciary Committee hearings starting in less than three weeks. She’d received a hundred thousand contacts opposing Neil Gorsuch by the time of his 2017 Judiciary Committee vote. In a recent poll, only 37% think the Senate should vote to confirm Kavanaugh, making him “the least popular SCOTUS pick in decades” — so the current response is pitiful. TL;DR: this is winnable but only if we act like we want to win. So call. Email. Tell Senators Feinstein and Harris — they’re both on the Judiciary Committee — that you don’t want Kavanaugh on the US Supreme Court. Thank them for insisting that his papers should be released. Read our article for more info and a call script, if that will help. But say something. NOW.
Action #2: Tell 3 friends to call about Kavanaugh
Deadline: today and every day – Send an email to three friends (hell, call your frenemies also!) with a link to our article and tell them it has everything they need: a call script, phone numbers, info about why it matters. Or post it on facebook and tag three people you know who care about this. Or use any other form of social media or electronic communication; or, what the heck, tell people face to face. Just tell people to do it.
Action #3: Call (or email) every day about Kavanaugh
Deadline: today and every day – Yes, really. How do you think the NRA does it? Senator Feinstein’s staff tells us that they tally numbers of contacts per zip code per issue every day and give those numbers to the Senator. Our MoCs use these numbers to justify actions they take and how strongly they push. And if we don’t call, you can bet they’re still hearing from the other side. Emails are just fine, too. Put both senators on speed dial, or whatever makes it easy for you. We’ve got a script, and more info, here. But contact the senators. Every. Day. Please.
Posted Week of August 6, 2018
Action #1: SB 100 = 100% Clean Energy
Deadline: August 30 – While the Current Occupant of the White House works to Make America Oil-Friendly Again, California is working on going 100% for clean energy with SB 100, the 100 Percent Clean Energy Act. That means cleaner energy for buildings, industry and transportation without fossil fuels. Read our article for more info about this opportunity for our state to become a national leader in combating climate change, and contact your Assembly member to support SB 100.
- What to say:
My name is ____, my zip code is ____, and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. I’m calling to ask Assembly member ___ to vote YES on SB 100. I support the goal of powering California with 100% clean electricity by 2045. California needs to move toward this goal as quickly as possible because global warming and extreme weather and fire are threatening the state as never before. SB 100 can help create jobs, clean our air, improve health conditions and prevent damage to our whole state. Let’s have California be a leader in taking this crucial step. Please vote YES on SB 100.
Action #2: 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 #3: Keep our air clean
Deadline: October 2, 2018 – Who doesn’t want cleaner air? You get one guess … On August 2, the administration released a proposal to weaken the Obama administration’s antipollution and fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, and to revoke the Clean Air Act waiver that lets California set tougher standards than the federal government. This is a terrible idea for our health, the environment, climate change, and the growing development of greener tech. Read our article for more info and actions you can take, including submitting a comment to the EPA and Department of Transportation. You can include these points:
- Climate change is real. We need to reduce our use of fossil fuels.
- The automobile industry needs a goal to work toward. It’s in no one’s interest to move the goalposts.
- Clean air is important for public health.
Posted Week of July 30, 2018
Action #2: Make Social Media Transparent & Improve Voter Access in Jails
- AB 2188 (Social Media Disclose Act): Social media ads aren’t always what they seem and many have damaged our democratic process. Make everyone show their names and faces if they’re paying to change our minds.
- AB 3115 (Jails: Voter Education Program): Reducing barriers to voter registration and increasing voter ed and access to thousands of people in CA jails will improve civic participation and public safety.
Call the Committee to ask them to vote YES — see our article for more info, call script, and contact info.
Action #3: Don’t let the GOP turn it into the Endangered Corporations Act
Action deadline: September 24, 2018 – Humpback whales. Bald Eagles. Bald eagles, for heaven’s sake, our national bird! … they’d likely be extinct without the Endangered Species Act, and unless we stop this insanity that may be what happens. The latest GOP plans to replace protecting nature with protecting business would roll back two key provisions of the Endangered Species Act. Comment on the proposal by September 24, and call your members of Congress. Read our article for more info and suggestions of what to say. Do it now before all we have left is pictures of wildlife and the Endangered Corporations Act.
Posted Week of July 23, 2018
Action #1. Stop the Charade of a Parade.
Action #2: Pass the PAVE Act
Action #3: Let’s See Your Papers, Kavanaugh
Trump’s proposed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a proponent of a strong Presidency, to the point that he said the Supreme Court’s 8-0 ruling requiring Nixon to turn over tapes might have been “wrongly decided.” Kavanaugh has an enormous (but non-public) paper trail documenting those and other views from when he worked for George W. Bush and Ken Starr. Before the Senate votes on his lifetime appointment, Senators need to see his written views to be able to ask intelligent questions about them. Read our article for more info and a suggested call script; then call Senators Feinstein and Harris — both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee — and ask them to insist that the White House and Kavanaugh turn over the documents Kavanaugh wrote, before the Judiciary Committee hearing.
Posted Week of July 16, 2018
Action #1: 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 #2: Speak Out for Choice While We Can
Deadline: July 31 – They don’t have to outlaw reproductive rights to drive women back to back alleys for abortions. The Administration is proposing to take away all federal funding for reproductive health services, including birth control, cancer screenings and sexually transmitted disease tests, from any clinic that has anything to do with abortions. The clinic doesn’t even have to provide abortions — the administration will take away funding from clinics that even refers patients for the procedure. Say something NOW before it’s too late: comments on this proposed administrative action are due by 7/31. Make your comment here; our article has points you can make in your comment and more pro-choice actions you can take.
Action #3: Doing Nothing (about selling our country to Russia) is Not an Option
Showing both initiative and decent use of the language, Rep. Eric Swalwell has declared that “doing nothing is not an option” on Russian election meddling. He and other Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee moved to subpoena the translator for the private Trump-Putin summit meeting. As Swalwell put it: “EVERY Republican voted against the motion.” Thank Rep. Swalwell for taking real action to find out what was in the room where it happened. Email; (510) 370-3322 DC: (202) 225-5065
Posted Week of July 9, 2018
Action #1: Save the budget and ACA. AGAIN.
Action #2: Everybody counts in the Census
|Deadline: August 6 – When is a person not a person? The Constitution says the Census must count all “persons” and that means everyone, regardless of citizenship or status. But the administration says they have to ask everyone whether they’re a citizen to “protect against racial discrimination in voting.” Did you follow that? Neither did census experts or civil rights advocates, who say that the proposed citizenship question is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea; nor members of the House of Representatives who say Commerce Secretary Ross has made “contradictory and misleading statements”; nor lawsuits brought by several states, including California, which say among other things that the question was added in bad faith. You can say what you think too: comments on the proposed question are being accepted until 8/6. Read our article for more info and suggestions for things to say, and submit your comments here.|
Posted Week of July 2, 2018
Action #1: Welcome the Stranger
Action #2: And Justice for All
Action #3: SNAP, Crackle, Pop!