By Ann G. Daniels and Larry Baskett Remember the census? We know, the pandemic has lasted a million years, so that seems like another life. You probably filled out the questionnaire and forgot about it, but your answers had real-life consequences. In the words of the California Secretary of State’s “California Redistricting” web page, California … Continue reading Dude, Where’s My District? Redistricting in California
By Janani Ramachandran Deadline: January 21, 2021 - Renters all over California are losing their homes under the state’s Ellis Act, when landlords evict long-term tenants - usually in rent-controlled areas, and even if they’re paying their rent on time - in order to convert these properties into condos or even Airbnb vacation rentals. Thousands … Continue reading Tell Your State Legislator – End Ellis Act Evictions!
By Ann G. Daniels Deadline: December 13 and keep the pressure on - Dear readers, as we go into yet another damn PG&E power shutoff we hope that wherever you normally read our blog posts has power and that you are safe and warm and illuminated. And speaking of illuminated - it’s about time we shed … Continue reading Drag PG&E into the light
Deadline: On Monday, August 19, 2019, make a call to make California a more democratic place - California is one of a rapidly shrinking number of states that doesn't allow people on parole to vote. Believe it or not, it's actually in the state Constitution. Now ACA 6, the "Free the Vote Act," would amend the California Constitution … Continue reading Call in day: Voting Rights for People on Parole
Deadline: September 23 - On July 24, 2019, the administration announced plans to disqualify three million Americans from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, informally known as food stamps) by taking away states' ability to expand eligibility rules beyond Federal limits. SNAP is a crucial form of anti-poverty assistance here in California. The proposed rule … Continue reading Oh SNAP – yes, again
Deadline: sooner is better than later - What did you think of the second round of debates? Who tackled the issues head-on and who ducked? Who said what you wanted to hear and whose ideas came up short? Who do you think should drop out now? What you can do: Tell the candidates your opinions. … Continue reading Debates, round two: what did you think?
Deadline: through July 31, and after - Ah, those good old innocent days of the first Democratic Presidential debates, before part of our country was telling another part to go back where they came from. But seriously folks, a few things have changed since the first set of debates, so we've updated our Primary Primer … Continue reading and furthermore … Debates, round two
This article was edited on July 17 to reflect updates since its original publication. The administration is right about there being an immigration crisis, but it isn’t for the reasons they’re telling us: It’s because THEY created it. And they’re making it worse by quietly instituting new administrative policies that will make conditions worse for … Continue reading The administration is causing the border crisis
Janis Hashe contributed to this article (Mis)fortune cookies! Selfie-ready resistance picture frames! A DIY "Impeachment Tree”! Henry the Indivisi-bulldog! Indivisible East Bay’s booth at the July 4th El Cerrito/worldONE Fair had it all, and more! Check out this slideshow with great photos by Mary Martin DeShaw, a volunteer photographer with Pro Bono Photography. A constant stream … Continue reading IEB resists at worldONE Festival
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