Power, Not Panic: What To Do If You See ICE

The Trump administration is making no secret of its intention to persecute California’s undocumented immigrants. Despite recent legislation barring authorities from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the state, rumblings from D.C. coupled with recent egregious acts of overreach by ICE in California make it clear that these agents present a growing threat to our communities. Whether we’re immigrants, allies, or community members who care, we need to prepare ourselves to respond to raids and checkpoints wherever we find them. Below is a list of resources and training that you can use to be as ready as possible to hold ICE to account in our state.

How to Respond to ICE

Remember these key words: Power, not panic. Those words will help you find the website of the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, which has a treasure trove of info on protecting yourself and your community against ICE and fighting misinformation.

Keep in mind:

  • First and foremost: Know your rights. Know whether or not you are safe from ICE, and to what extent your immigration status, if any, would be impacted by an arrest.
  • Learn about ICE and how it operates.
  • If you see ICE on the street, take steps to confirm with others that you saw them. Spreading panic helps no one, and could traumatize children and families already living in fear.
    • Once ICE presence is confirmed, call your local Rapid Response network hotline. Use the hotlines only to report ICE activity and enforcement actions; website links are also given to make informational inquiries.
    • Document what you see ICE doing. We recommend downloading the ACLU’s free Mobile Justice – CA app, which automatically uploads video  from your smartphone to the ACLU Northern California office. This keeps the footage safe if enforcement officials try to delete it or confiscate your phone.
  • If ICE comes to your homeyou don’t have to let them in unless they show you a warrant. They will sometimes wave bits of paper that aren’t warrants around and say that they are warrants; they can and will bend the law to gain entrance to your home.
    • If you are arrested, remain silent, and ask to speak to a lawyer.
    • The ACLU has precise instructions on how to handle an ICE raid on your home in Spanish and in English.

Want to help? Volunteer or otherwise support your local Rapid Response Network:

Graphic © California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance 

Canvass With Swing Left in District 21

By Dave Halsing

Editors’ note: The information in this article is presented by Swing Left East Bay, one of IEB’s community partners.

Swing Left East Bay is an all-volunteer group that connects East Bay residents to events aimed at “flipping” House seats in nearby Congressional districts in the November 2018 election: electing Democrats in districts that currently have Republican representatives. Swing Left East Bay volunteers focus on canvassing, a high-impact method to connect with voters by knocking on doors where registered Democrats and unregistered voters live. Our primary goals are to provide information and increase voter awareness, registration and participation. Because our ultimate goal is to win elections, we target “flippable” – that is, winnable – Congressional districts.

Bay Area volunteers are focusing mainly on California Congressional districts 10 (CA-10, Modesto) and 21 (CA-21, Fresno County). Both are represented by Republicans who are fully committed to the destructive Trump and Republican Party agenda, and Swing Left and other Democratic activist groups have been working in both. Because CA-10 is closer to the Bay Area it has gotten the most attention, but since we must win in CA-21 (only 3 hours away) to retake control in Congress, we’re ramping up our work and calls for volunteers there. 

PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY TO JOIN SWING LEFT EAST BAY IN CA-21!

Canvassing is THE MOST EFFECTIVE strategy to flip Republican districts to the Democratic column. Most first-time canvassers find it rewarding and fun, and easier than they thought it would be. The canvassing app we use with tablets or smart phones guides our conversations and records all responses. The data is uploaded immediately, so it can be shared with other groups to get the most out of our interactions and avoid duplicating efforts. We train you on-site right before you start, and will pair you with an experienced canvasser if you want. 

Volunteers have the option to meet up in the East Bay and carpool to the canvassing location. Many volunteers choose to spend a night there between two days of canvassing, but that’s not required. See more details on carpooling and lodging options below.

Note that while we have a real need for canvassing volunteers in general, we’re especially looking to increase the number with a working knowledge of Spanish. PLEASE share this request with your Spanish-speaking friends and family members.

Our canvassing is working!

In a single weekend in mid-January, our group of 10-12 East Bay-based Swing Left volunteers knocked on 832 doors over one and a half days. We talked with 160 residents, a contact rate of over 19% – almost double the expected rate. We got approximately 40-50 pledge cards from people who said they are committed to voting for the Democratic candidate.

The likely CA-21 Democratic candidate, Emilio Huerta, was also out canvassing the neighborhood that weekend. We gave people information on Huerta, who learned community organizing and leadership from his mother, Dolores Huerta, the famed labor organizer and activist. A lifelong resident of the Central Valley, Huerta has deep roots to the community and is now a practicing civil rights lawyer. We also informed people about Republican incumbent David Valadao, including his negative voting record to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut corporate taxes, and his denial of climate change and opposition to same-sex marriage.

Upcoming Canvassing Events

Please visit the Swing Left CA-21 Calendar and sign up for a canvassing/voter registration event! Please RSVP so the host can schedule enough turfs and provide snacks and water.

In the details for each event on the calendar, you’ll find a link to a shared spreadsheet to sign up to carpool from the Bay Area (either as driver or passenger). Free lodging is available with 2 weeks’ notice (sleeping bags on a carpeted floor of a church that has offered to also provide breakfast if needed). The Hotel Piccadilly, 2305 W Shaw Ave, Fresno is a very good budget hotel option for ~$77/night. There are also Airbnb and HomeAway options available with other team members if you’re interested.

The next canvassing events include:

For more information, please contact canvassCA21@gmail.com

Dave Halsing is a project manager at an environmental consulting firm; his recent projects combine restoration, flood protection, and recreation in and around the margins of San Francisco Bay and other tidal areas in Northern California. 

 

 

 

 

No Taxation Without Representation

More than 6 million American citizens are not permitted to vote because they have a past criminal conviction. California is better than many states in allowing formerly incarcerated people to vote once they have successfully finished probation, but nearly 180,000 California citizens, most of them people of color, are prohibited from voting only because they’re in state prison or on parole. Initiate Justice, which advocates for “people directly impacted by incarceration, inside and outside prison walls,” believes this is a wrong that can be righted; the Voting Restoration and Democracy Act of 2018 (VRDA), their statewide ballot initiative, would restore voting rights to these citizens and prohibit the disenfranchisement of voters because they are imprisoned or on parole for a felony conviction.

Help California join Maine and Vermont, currently the only states that don’t deprive felons of their right to vote even while they’re incarcerated. For more information see this article about states’ varied approaches to voting rights for felons; and read Restoring the Right to Vote, a pdf booklet by the Brennan Center for Justice.

In order to get the VRDA initiative on the November 2018 California ballot, Initiate Justice needs to get more than 550,000 signatures from registered CA voters by April 17, 2018. You can help:

  • Before you begin, read complete talking points; and watch the video at this page
  • This page on the Initiate Justice website has complete instructions and links for you to download and print signature-gathering petitions, or have them mailed to you
  • Want to help more? Email IEB’s voting team, or join the voting-issues channel on Slack (email info@indivisibleeb.org for an invite to IEB’s Slack platform).

And while we’re on the subject — all of you who ARE eligible to vote, don’t squander that precious right! Please, right now:

  • Are you eligible and not registered? Register online to vote in California
  • Do you have to re-register? Check when you must, here, and if so, re-register!
  • Haven’t checked your registration? Check it now!
  • Do you know any 16- or 17- year olds? Check their eligibility, and help them pre-register online, to vote at 18!
  • Then: ask everyone you know the above questions, and if they’re eligible to vote, help them follow the same steps.

Here are some other very helpful sites which can be used for people in states other than California.

  • Vote.org offers lots of information, and it’s easy to remember (note that it requires you to provide an email address)
  • Indivisible has partnered with TurboVote to help you sign up to receive election reminders, get registered to vote, apply for your absentee ballot, and more
  • The National Association of Secretaries of States’ website helps eligible voters figure out how and where to vote
 Graphic by Democracy Chronicles / Creative Commons

Liberty and Justice For All

“Liberty and Justice for All” – these are words we don’t always associate with this administration’s immigration policy. But Contra Costa Deputy Public Defender Immigration Attorney Ali Saidi informed and inspired a large crowd in El Sobrante on January 27 about “Immigration Realities” and the new, innovative Stand Together CoCo immigrant rapid-response program. Courageous Resistance / Indivisible El Sobrante – Richmond hosted the talk, which was attended by local political leaders, community members, and representatives of progressive groups including Indivisible East Bay and CA-11 Team United.

Saidi outlined Stand Together CoCo, which will officially begin on March 1 and will provide wide-ranging education and support services and some legal consultation and services. Among these services:

  • Paid community responders will staff a 24/7 hotline to verify and provide accurate information about immigration-related activities reported in the community.
  • Team members will be dispatched when necessary to respond to reports of ICE raids.
  • Legal observers will document and collect data.
  • Community Supporters will provide immediate support to families and individuals who have been targeted or detained.
  • When possible, lawyers will meet with detainees (at present, there is funding for only three lawyers).

The program will also hold education and support events all over the county, including Know Your Rights, legal consultation and services, workshops for people detained in the West County Detention Facility, clinical consultations, and training for trainers/leadership development.

The audience was eager to hear how it could help, and Saidi provided a Volunteer Interest Form with a variety of ways community members can step up to support  immigrant neighbors and friends. The volunteer program, which is being administered primarily by Catholic Charities of the East Bay, is looking for people interested in conducting Know Your Rights presentations or helping with outreach to spread the word about immigrant rights and the hotline; presenters to assist at community meetings; supporters who can accompany people to ICE appointments or help them find resources; and more.

If you want to volunteer to help, please fill out the online volunteer application. Have questions? You can email Joseline Gonzalez Soriano, Stand Together CoCo’s Interim Coordinator, for information. More info will be posted soon on the Catholic Charities’ website.

You can also help by spreading the word about Stand Together CoCo and other rapid response networks. See this list of networks in California to report ICE activity and enforcement. To report ICE action in Contra Costa before March 1, contact Alameda County’s rapid response program, ACILEP, at 510-241-4011.  

Saidi, whose family moved from Tehran, Iran, to Los Angeles when he was five years old, recalled that he didn’t really understand the Pledge of Allegiance when he said it in school for the first time, but he liked the sound of the final words: “Indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Saidi encouraged the audience to work for “liberty and justice for all,” and emphasized that the words are not a description of what America is but of what it might be – and that “pledge” means committing to putting in the work to reach the goal. We at Indivisible East Bay could not agree more.

Photograph of Ali Saidi by Judy Weatherly,  Courageous Resistance / Indivisible El Sobrante – Richmond 
Judith Tannenbaum contributed to this article. Judith is a writer and teacher. Her books include Disguised as a Poem: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin.

Join a Phone Banking Party!

Local progressive groups with extensive phone banking experience are holding phone banks to reach out to voters in other states ahead of upcoming election. Phone and text banking are extremely effective ways people in blue areas can help flip red or purple districts.

The hosts will gladly train you on the script and how to make the calls. Bring your phone, charger, earbuds (for your comfort), and a laptop or tablet (or when you sign up, let them know you’d like to borrow one). Don’t forget your good cheer and positive energy to resist — and your friends!

For full info, including locations, times, and a link to RSVP, go to the Commit to Flip Blue website and enter your zip code into the search box.

And check out these upcoming phone banks (mostly in Oakland) listed by Sister District and Together We Will on Eventbrite:

Sister District/Together We Will Oakland Phone Bank Parties
 
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018, 12:00-3:00 PM PST, Oakland – Temescal (near BART)
  • February 4, 2018, 12:00-3:00 PM PST, Oakland – Rockridge (near BART)
  • February 11, 2018, 12:00-3:00 PM PST, Oakland – West Oakland, Emeryville border
  • February 13, 2018, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST, Oakland – Upper Dimond District
Save the Date in El Cerrito – hosted by Sister District/Together We Will
  • Monday, February 12, 2018, 2:00-5:00 PM PST, El Cerrito – East Richmond Heights
Graphic © Sister District

End the Tampon Tax

By Rosemary Jordan

California Assembly Bill 9, which would have exempted menstrual products from state sales tax, was introduced before the State Assembly in 2016 but has been held back by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Women across California have gotten LOUD about the absurdity of classifying these products as “luxury” items, and now we have a tiny window to advance a new bill (number pending) being worked on now.

There is still a chance we can #endthetampontax this year. To do that, we need EVERYONE – yes, that means YOU! – to make your voice heard by the Fab Four: Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, Senator (and incoming State Senate President Pro Tempore) Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Governor Jerry Brown.

Please call, fax, email, post, visit them in Sacramento or send an urgent postcard. Better yet – do all of the above, and spread the word! Their contact info is below.

What to say:

My name is _____ and my zip code is ______. Taxing menstrual products is unjust and a further burden on those living in deep poverty. Please work to create a solution that advances gender equity. We can’t wait another year for equality and we’re convinced the resources can be found to make up for the lost tax revenue. Where there’s a will for justice, there is always a way. Please be a leader and a role model for equality and get this done! Thank you

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher:
Capitol Office: State Capitol, Room 2114, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0080
Tel: (916) 319-2080; Fax: (916) 319-2180
District Office: 1350 Front Street, Suite 6022, San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619-338-8090; Fax: 619-338-8099

Senator Toni Atkins:
Capitol Office: State Capitol, Room 4072, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4039; Fax: (916) 651-4939
San Diego District Office: 1350 Front Street, Suite 4061, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 645-3133; Fax: (619) 645-3144

Speaker Anthony Rendon:
Capitol Office: State Capitol, Room 219, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 319-2063; Fax: (916) 319-2163
District Office: 12132 South Garfield Avenue, South Gate, CA 90280
Phone: (562) 529-3250; Fax: (562) 529-3255

Governor Edmund G. Brown:
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841; Fax: (916) 558-3160

Rosemary Jordan is Co-Founder of Alameda4Impeachment, a registered Indivisible group and a partner in the Citizens Impeachment Coalition, which includes representatives of cities, towns and counties nationwide (including four in the East Bay) that have passed local Impeachment resolutions. Rosemary also serves on the Steering Committee of All Rise Alameda and is co-leader of the End The Tampon Tax In California campaign. She has over 20 years of professional experience in healthcare and aging.

Flipping California District 21 Blue

By Ted Lam

The California Congressional District 21 (CD-21) Action Coalition held its first meeting on January 13 at the Pinole Public Library. With over 50 attendees and a full slate of speakers, the energy in the room was amazing. Kook Huber of Organizing for Action (OFA) Contra Costa stated the Coalition’s goal: to flip the House – change the Republican majority to a Democratic majority – and said that it would achieve that goal by focusing on certain California Congressional Districts. 

Fran Schreiber and Laura Cho represented Working America, a nationwide membership organization (with 3 million members!) that focuses on pro-labor advocacy and on political work with local groups. Working America’s election work includes canvassing year-round on jobs, the economy, health care, and local issues (not guns or abortion), in addition to gathering information about people’s own priorities. Canvassers also solicit membership, which is very successful. Working America collects information about candidates on critical issues and reconnects with the people they have already canvassed to share the information. In June 2017 Working America opened up an office in Modesto with nine paid staff. They’ve knocked on 45,000 doors and had 27,000 conversations. All of their paid canvassers are bilingual. In August they opened a CD-21 office. So far, the CD-21 recruitment rate has been almost 90%, which they believe is because Working America asks what issues people care about – something people in these small towns have not been asked.

Sue Hamill, Bay Area Chair (Region 4) of the CA Democratic Party, Rural Caucus, opened by saying “It’s 2018! The House is within reach. But we can’t take anything for granted. The ground game will be critical.” She enumerated several key California districts including CD-1 (Doug LaMalfa), CD-10 (Jeff Denham, widely considered a target), CD-4 (Tom McClintock; she recommended Sierra Forward as a well-organized progressive group in a purple district with a lot of Bay Area transplants). For more information about the California Democratic Party, contact Clark Lee. The proposed CA Democratic platform is open for comments until January 24.

Kook wrapped up by inviting more partners to join the CD-21 Action Coalition so it can efficiently send resources – including but not limited to canvassing – to CD-21. We hope Kook will be the guest speaker to talk about the CD-21 Action Coalition at February’s Indivisible East Bay All Members Meeting.

For more information or to participate in the Coalition with the CA-11 Team (everyone is welcome), please message @Ted L on Slack, or email him. 

Ted Lam is retired from the USCG and currently works as a civil engineer.

Stand Together Contra Costa

On September 19, 2017, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the development of Stand Together CoCo, a county-wide immigrant rapid-response program. The innovative pilot, designed to operate from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020, will provide community education and support services for immigrants in Contra Costa, as well as no-cost defense services for low-income county residents at risk of deportation.  The program, proposed by the Contra Costa Immigrant Rights Alliance and fast-tracked by the Board of Supervisors, will be managed by the Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office.

On January 27 at 2 PM at Hope Lutheran Church in El Sobrante, Contra Costa Deputy Public Defender Immigration Attorney Ali Saidi will speak about the new rapid response program, including how we can get involved and volunteer. Saidi will also give an overview of local and national immigration realities, including an update on the implementation of SB 54, California’s Sanctuary State bill.

Saidi’s presentation, “Stand Together CoCo & Immigration Realities,” is hosted by Courageous Resistance/Indivisible El Sobrante/Richmond. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend, and to stay after Saidi’s presentation for the host group’s general meeting. Click here to RSVP (not required). Email Courageous Resistance if you have questions.

 

Resistance Donation List: Give ‘Til It Helps!

We hear from lots of people who don’t have much time to fight directly with the resistance but are glad to learn about grassroots, advocacy, and resistance groups they can donate to — organizations that need the funds to support their hard work in the trenches, streets, and courtrooms.

Or maybe you and people you know want ideas for year-end charitable giving. If so, remember that donations to 501(c)3 (but not 501(c)4) charities are eligible as tax write-offs. Also, because the new tax scam will likely substantially decrease the number of people who itemize deductions after 2017 and can therefore deduct charitable donations, giving to 501(c)3 groups will probably go way down in the future. Don’t care about the write-off? Do as Mila Kunis does, and donate to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s name!

We’ve compiled a spreadsheet list of some organizations that need our support in fighting right-wing assaults. Can’t donate right now? Most of them also have opportunities for you to volunteer or help out in different ways. Have a birthday or other special occasion coming up? Ask your generous relatives and friends to donate to your favorite group in your name. And as always, please held by spreading the word – share this link with anyone you think would be interested.

The entire spreadsheet may be easier to read than the one we posted here – it also includes a column with issues (click on ‘Data’ and ‘Sort sheet by column D’). Know of other worthy resistance groups? Post a comment to this article.

Name URL Mission statement
5 Calls https://5calls.org Make your voice heard. 5 Calls is the easiest and most effective way for citizens to make an impact in national and local politics
ACLU https://www.aclu.org/ The ACLU is a national organization that works daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Americans of Conscience Action Checklist jenniferhofmann.com I turned bad news into positive action. When I started creating a weekly list of actions for local friends, it was re-shared on Facebook over 1,600 times. I call it the Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience.
Backing Black Business backingblackbusiness.com Make your dollars and your voice heard by supporting locally owned black businesses. Only together can we promote economic growth and well-being in the black community.
Black Lives Matter blacklivesmatter.com The Black Lives Matter Global Network is a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement.
Carpool Vote http://carpoolvote.com/ ​Every American DESERVES a Vote. We connect volunteer drivers with anybody who needs a ride to claim their vote.
Center for Reproductive Rights www.reproductiverights.org The Center for Reproductive Rights uses law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental right worldwide by documenting violations, waging legal battles and shaping policy.
CIVIC http://www.endisolation.org/ Ending the isolation of men and women in U.S. immigration detention
Code Blue https://www.codeblue.team/ Rebuild a progressive voting majority in federal, state and local government.
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) https://www.cair.com/ CAIR’s vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding. CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund https://dredf.org/ DREDF founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.
Earthjustice https://earthjustice.org/ Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
Ella Baker Center http://ellabakercenter.org/ We are named after Ella Baker, a brilliant, black hero of the civil rights movement. Following in her footsteps, we organize with Black, Brown, and low-income people to shift resources away from prisons and punishment, and towards opportunities that make our communities safe, healthy, and strong.
Emerge America https://emerge.ngpvanhost.com/ Emerge America identifies women community leaders and trains them so that they are ready to run.
Emily’s List and Run to Win https://www.emilyslist.org/ We ignite change by getting pro-choice Democratic women elected to office.
Environmental Defense Fund https://www.edf.org/ Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are access to clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and flourishing ecosystems.
Flippable https://www.flippable.org/ Flippable is building a data-driven, people-powered movement to flip states blue and restore our democracy.
Free Speech TV https://freespeech.org/ Free Speech TV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. As the alternative to television networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, our network amplifies underrepresented voices and those working on the front lines of social, economic and environmental justice.
GLAD: GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders https://www.glad.org/ GLAD believes in leading through innovation and action. We are committed to establishing legal precedent in all areas affecting the LGBTQ community, including anti-discrimination law, family law, transgender law, and HIV law, paving the way for advances across the country.
Human Rights Campaign https://www.hrc.org/ As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
Indivisible National www.indivisible.org Our mission is to fuel a progressive grassroots network of local groups to resist the Trump Agenda. In every congressional district in the country, people like you are starting local groups and leading local actions.
International Rescue Committee www.rescue.org The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Find out how you can help the IRC offer lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
L4GG: Lawyers for Good Government https://www.lawyersforgoodgovernment.org/ Fighting for democracy, justice, and the future of our nation. Our mission is to protect and strengthen democratic institutions, resist abuse of power and corruption, and defend the rights of those who suffer in the absence of good government.
Lambda Legal https://www.lambdalegal.org/volunteer Making the case for equality
Latino Victory http://latinovictory.us/ The Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee with the mission of growing Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government – from the school board to the Senate to the White House.
Media Matters for America https://www.mediamatters.org/ Media Matters for America is a web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America https://momsdemandaction.org Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a non-partisan grassroots movement to mobilize moms, families and everyday Americans to advocate for stronger gun laws.
MoveOn https://front.moveon.org/ Democracy in action. MoveOn.org is an American left-wing political lobbying group and political action committee.
NAACP http://www.naacp.org/ The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
NARAL Pro-Choice America https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/ NARAL Pro-Choice America is a 501(c)(4) organization in the United States that engages in political action and advocacy efforts to oppose restrictions on abortion and expand access to abortion.
National Black Justice Coalition http://nbjc.org/get-involved ​Civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ bias and stigma. ​
National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) https://democraticredistricting.com/ The political system is rigged. The fight to fix it is now.
National Immigration Law Center https://www.nilc.org/ Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income.
National Resources Defense Council https://www.nrdc.org/ ​​NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
NextGen America https://nextgenamerica.org/ NextGen America acts politically to prevent climate disaster, promote prosperity, and protect the fundamental rights of every American.
Planned Parenthood https://www.plannedparenthood.org/ Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a nonprofit organization that provides sexual health care in the United States and globally.
Progressive Voices http://www.progressivevoices.com/ Providing politically progressive content to consumers via mobile device and online 24/7/365. Progressive Voices aggregates top progressive radio talk shows and delivers them via the Progressive Voices Channel on TuneIn and The Progressive Voices iOS and Android apps.
Purple Patriot http://purplepatriot.com/ Purple Patriot provides you with a quick and easy way to stay informed and active in politics. It is a single platform where you can learn about the political and social issues, engage in conversation on Facebook and Twitter, email with your Congressional representative, locate their next town hall meeting or donate to supporting associations.
Rapid Resist https://rapidresist.org/ Rapid Resist is a non-profit stopping Trump’s agenda by helping organizers in conservative areas by text-banking.
Resistance Manual https://www.resistancemanual.org/Resistance_Manual_Home Action requires information. There are more of us who believe in equity and justice than those who support an ideology of fear and hate. Together, we can harness the collective power of the people to resist the impact of a Trump presidency and to continue to make progress in our communities. Get educated. Get organized.
ResistanceLive by Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin http://www.patreon.com/ResistanceLive #ResistanceLive is a daily broadcast on Facebook, YouTube and iTunes that provides political updates for the Resistance, brought to you by Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin.
Run For Office https://www.runforoffice.org/ Our democracy depends upon citizens deeply engaging in the democratic process and choosing to lead by running for office. Run for Office is a free service that provides all the tools you need to launch a successful campaign whether you are a seasoned veteran or first—time campaigner.
Run For Something https://www.runforsomething.net/ Run for Something will recruit and support talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.
Sierra Club https://www.sierraclub.org/ To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources;
To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
Sister District https://www.sisterdistrict.com/ The Sister District Project (SDP) is a grassroots organization that matches volunteers in safe blue places with strategic state elections throughout the country.
Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/ Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the U.S. and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public.
Spread the Vote https://www.spreadthevote.org/ Spread The Vote fights voter suppression by helping citizens of states with Voter ID laws get the IDs they need to vote. Voter ID laws are modern poll taxes. They have the intent and effect of suppressing the vote by people of color, poor people, and young people. Spread the Vote will fight these modern poll taxes.
Stay Woke https://www.staywoke.org/ StayWoke is a 501(c)(4) organization and digital accelerator that engages thousands of learners, builders, and activists in the work of advancing equity and justice in America. Together, we will win.
Swing Left https://swingleft.org/ Let’s take back the House. Find your closest Swing District and sign up to support a progressive win there in 2018.

Thank you for these additional sites!

Color of Change https://colorofchange.org/ Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
Florida Rights Restoration Project https://floridarrc.com/ FRRC is a grassroots, membership organization run by Returning Citizens, Formerly Incarcerated Persons (FIPs) in partnership with allies. We are dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions, and creating a more comprehensive and humane reentry system that will enhance successful reentry, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety.

 

The Sentencing Project https://www.sentencingproject.org/ The Sentencing Project is a leader in changing the way Americans think about crime and punishment. Founded in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.

Kill the Tax Scam Bill

There is widespread agreement among experts that the tax scam is a horror show. Huge tax cuts to the hyper-rich are paid for by the poor and middle class. It will take Obamacare down. It will do nothing to help our economy. Inequality – already bad – will get worse. The racial wealth gap will widen.

Here’s a partial list of the folks who will lose under the tax bill: women, seniors, students paying back their loans, teachers paying out of pocket for school supplies, those with incomes less than $75K, non-rich families with children, those facing high medical costs, people who need health insurance. In other words, all of us.

Hard to believe something this awful could become the law of the land very soon – but it absolutely can, and we are getting perilously close.

With our constituent power, we showed up, called, rallied, put our bodies on the line – and we killed Trumpcare. We must do it again with the tax scam! Here are some some actions you can take:

  • Use Indivisible’s tool to call fellow progressives in key #TrumpTaxScam target states and patch them through to their Senators. Indivisible HQ has brought back a super effective peer-to-peer calling tool from the TrumpCare fight so you can take action to stop this bill by reaching out to progressive constituents in Alaska, Arizona, and West Virginia. Find out more here and sign up to start calling! And, the IEB cookie competition is back and better than ever!
  • Phone bank with your East Bay neighbors to mobilize red state progressives. Phone banks are happening in Berkeley November 25 and 26. Find out more and RSVP here.
  • As Ben Wikler from MoveOn has instructed: MELT THE PHONE LINES the whole week of November 27th, when the bill will probably come to the floor of the Senate. We especially need to demand that our wonderful Democratic senators withhold consent. Scripts, numbers, and info here.
  • Come to the UN Plaza in San Francisco for a Tax Heist Rally from 12-1:00PM on December 4. IEB is partnering with Indivisible Sonoma County and Indivisible Sausalito so we can deliver a letter to Senator Harris, tell our stories in the public square, and make some noise! If you want to know more, or join the planning committee, come see us in the #tax-scam-action channel on slack.