The day before Halloween, as fires and blackouts were plaguing the state, a small group from Indivisible East Bay met with Senator Feinstein’s field representative Abby Ellis (and, for part of the meeting, with state director Jim Lazarus, who had to leave early to deal with the ongoing crises). We asked Sen. Feinstein to be … Continue reading October 2019 Visit with Sen. Feinstein staff
By Linh Nguyen and Ann G. Daniels Deadline: Now, the budget bill is coming up fast - This is where the rubber meets the road: the rubber erasers, and the mechanical pencils, and if you’ve got those wacky green eyeshades you can pull them out too. We’re gonna get nerdy and talk about how things … Continue reading Defunding Hate: What’s the Budget Got to do with it?
… um, because Article I, section 9, clause 8 of the Constitution says: [N]o Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State. What’s an emolument, anyway? It’s … Continue reading Emoluments, schmoluments, why not have the G7 meet at a Trump resort?
UPDATED September 5, 2019 Under the US Constitution and federal law, it’s the responsibility of Congress and the President to create a federal budget and spending bills. The process is complex, but one thing is clear: federal agencies shouldn’t be able to decide, on their own, how federal funds get spent, or to take money … Continue reading Tell our Senators: Keep ICE’s hands out of the cookie jar
Update November 7, 2019: The event described in this article has a more recent and up-to-date action. Please go to Election Security Day of Action, Plus John Oliver. Deadline: 9/17 Day of Action - We’ve spoken before of the threat to our elections from foreign interference and the need to provide funding for our state … Continue reading Day of Action to Secure our Elections
Deadline: call your MoCs, and register now for 8/20 webinar - The evidence is clear: in 2016, Russia targeted voting systems in all 50 states and used social media to spread disinformation and disunity among the electorate. The entire national security community agrees that election interference in 2016 was only a preview of what's to … Continue reading Take action to secure our elections
By Ward Kanowsky Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) held a standing room only town hall meeting dedicated solely to the issue of gun violence at Hayward City Hall on August 7, 2019. During his opening comments at the “Community Forum on Ending Gun Violence & Domestic Terrorism,” Swalwell said he had just met with the heads … Continue reading Rep. Swalwell’s community forum on ending gun violence & domestic terrorism
What a shame Congress can’t do anything to stop this country’s epidemic of mass shootings and deaths by white supremacist gun violence. Except, oh wait, they can. And they have. Or rather, they would. Except Mitch McConnell won’t let them. The House of Representatives passed two gun control bills in February 2019: H.R. 8, the Bipartisan … Continue reading Bring Back the Senate for Gun Control
Deadline: today and ongoing - If there’s one thing former Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been unequivocal about, it’s foreign interference in our elections - the subject of the entire first part of the Special Counsel’s Report, and a theme Mueller emphasized repeatedly in his May 27 statement. The Report lists many forms of election interference, but … Continue reading Election Security IS National Security
Deadline: right now, it'll soon be too late - Worldwide, a million plant and animal species are on the brink of extinction, and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) does NOT go far enough to protect many of those species in this country. On International Biodiversity Day (May 22, 2019) Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chair of the House Natural … Continue reading Extinction Emergency