Laugh Out Loud on Aug. 17 with IEB

Have you heard the great news? Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon are turning up for Indivisible East Bay in a big way. They, like us all, have been quietly going insane while our country descends into chaos. Like true artists, they’ve channeled their frustration into a comedy, “The Great American Sh*t Show,” a series of monologues about their experience during the T#$%P era.

Smart, funny, provocative and at times, unexpectedly deeply moving, this is theater as a welcome dash of hope in dark times and a much needed call to arms. Created by three of the most accomplished solo theater artists in the Bay Area. GASS is four beautifully crafted and oh-so-timely monologues. This may be the perfect piece of theater for our times.  By Robert Hurwitt  – Former San Francisco Chronicle Theater Critic

The best part of the news? IEB will receive $20 for every ticket purchased in advance for the Saturday August 17, 7 PM show at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts  if you use the code “Indivisible.” Buy your tickets and choose the best seats here. You can read a description of the show here and listen to this recent KPFA interview with Brian and Charlie where they talk about how the monologues developed.

That’s $20 from each ticket for pens, postcards, booth fees, the newsletterwebsite and everything else that goes towards keeping the progressive heart of IEB alive. We try to keep costs down (thank you for free meeting space, Sports Basement!), so we’re very grateful to Brian and Charlie for thinking of us.

Wear your Indivisible East Bay or other resistance t-shirt and join us next month for this night of therapy! And if you can’t join us but want to give a little something, you can keep the resistance going right here.

 

photo by Susan Rutberg

Leading Lights for Liberty

On July 12, 2019, thousands of people in hundreds of cities across the country gathered to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants, as part of Lights for Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Detention Camps. Indivisible East Bay proudly joined the wide coalition of groups presenting Lights for Liberty events, and IEB members joined other events where they lived.

Berkeley:

Along with Together We Will-Albany Berkeley and El Cerrito Progressives, IEB co-hosted a large protest on the University Avenue Pedestrian Bridge over I-80 in Berkeley. Here are a few great photographs by Wes Chang, of Pro Bono Photo; you won’t want to miss the rest of his amazing photos at this gallery.

 

Castro Valley:

Lights for liberty vigil, Castro Valley, photo by Andrea Lum
Lights for liberty vigil, Castro Valley, photo by Andrea Lum

The Castro Valley vigil took over all four corners of Redwood Road, with about 100 participants chanting, singing songs and making their voices heard. In addition to acknowledging the tragedy at the border, the event was combined with Transgender Visibility Night Members to raise awareness about human rights. Indivisible East Bay joined members of the Castro Valley Democratic Club, Eden Area Interfaith Council, and representatives from Rep. Swalwell’s office for an energetic and memorable event.

– by Andrea Lum

Richmond:

Many CA-11 team and other IEB members joined the large vigil at Richmond’s Civic Center, organized by former Richmond city council member Ada Recinos, the Latina Center, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia’s office, and others. The crowd chanted, sang, and listened as speakers – including refugees and elected officials – decried the human rights violations by the administration, and called for everyone to resist and take action.

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Photographs by Wes Chang, of Pro Bono Photo, and IEB members Andrea Lum and Heidi Rand