No Drilling on Mt. Diablo

Action deadline: Comments on Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final EIS due June 9, 2019 - This administration has a track record of sacrificing priceless public lands for the benefit of private oil and gas extraction, as shown by their efforts around the country and in California. They’re at it again — and this time, … Continue reading No Drilling on Mt. Diablo

Thank Gov. Newsom for closing the Death Chamber

On March 13 Governor Gavin Newsom, by executive order, instituted a moratorium on the death penalty in California and ordered the repeal of California’s lethal injection protocol along with immediate closure of the Death Chamber at San Quentin State Prison. California has the largest death row population (currently 737 people) in the Western Hemisphere, and capital … Continue reading Thank Gov. Newsom for closing the Death Chamber

First he came for our auto emissions standards, now he wants to frack our federal lands . . .

By Christina Tarr Deadline - submit comments by email by September 7, 2018. Note that you are commenting on 83 FR 39116. If email link doesn't work, address is: blm_ca_bkfo_oil_gas_update@blm.gov   In a coordinated attack on California, coming just after challenging our vehicle emissions standards, the Trump administration took the first steps toward opening up 1.6 million acres of public … Continue reading First he came for our auto emissions standards, now he wants to frack our federal lands . . .

Risk-limiting audits: did your vote count?

This action originally appeared in the Indivisible East Bay newsletter on June 14, 2018. At that time, the deadline to make a call was Monday June 18; we will update as the status changes. June 19 update Thank you for all your calls and letters — it’s working! Today, AB 2125 was heard in the Senate … Continue reading Risk-limiting audits: did your vote count?

Environmental Justice: a meeting with AG Becerra’s office

By Elizabeth Douglas On February 22, 2018, I joined folks from Bay Area Indivisible chapters (IEB, SF, and Berkeley), the Center for Biological Diversity, and 350.org to meet with members of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s staff. This was my first activity with IEB and my first time as a California resident - I’m a DC … Continue reading Environmental Justice: a meeting with AG Becerra’s office

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 … Continue reading No Taxation Without Representation

Sojourn in Southern California for Senator Feinstein

Senator Feinstein spoke to the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce at a luncheon on Wednesday October 11. As you’d expect the 400 or so attendees were mostly business people among whom the senator seemed very comfortable. We’re not making any accusations—and it was likely just that the hosts were so  in sync with their guest—but … Continue reading Sojourn in Southern California for Senator Feinstein

Town Hall vs “Fireside Chat”

With tickets at $150, we could only afford to send one member to Senator Feinstein’s fireside chat at an elegant luncheon hosted by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG). The Juniper Networks “Aspiration Dome” was full of the sort of well-dressed people you’d expect. Many transit agencies, healthcare/health tech organizations, and local tech companies sponsored … Continue reading Town Hall vs “Fireside Chat”