Rep. Swalwell’s community forum on ending gun violence & domestic terrorism

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

Bring Back the Senate for Gun Control

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

December 2018 meeting with Feinstein staff

On December 10, 2018, Indivisible East Bay had our first meeting with Senator Feinstein's new interim state director Peter Muller. We met field representative Abby Ellis in the senator’s San Francisco office and Peter, who is based in Los Angeles, joined us by phone. While climate change is always a high priority for IEB and … Continue reading December 2018 meeting with Feinstein staff

Swalwell final 2018 Town Hall

By Ward Kanowsky Close to 450 attendees braved the wind and rain to join Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) on December 1 at Dublin High School for his last town hall of 2018.  Swalwell gave an overview of HR 1, the new Congress’ first major piece of legislation in 2019, touching on key issues of voting rights … Continue reading Swalwell final 2018 Town Hall

Keep Brett Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court

We know, you don't need a singing elf on a unicorn to get you to oppose a Supreme Court nominee with a record against abortion rights, environmental protection, consumer protection, and common sense gun safety - but we're giving you one anyway! Brett Kavanaugh, nominated not long after the Fourth of July (ain't irony great), … Continue reading Keep Brett Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court

Bay Area Marches for Our Lives

Indivisible East Bay members attended March for Our Lives events in several locations in the East Bay and beyond on March 24; here are some of their impressions. Richmond Tom Janci: We attended the March For Our Lives event in Richmond. Organizers estimate almost 1,000 people turned out to show support for the young people who … Continue reading Bay Area Marches for Our Lives

A Sensitive Subject: Gun Rights from One Perspective

Editor's note: After the March 24, 2018 March for Our Lives, a member of IEB leadership interviewed an IEB member who is a gun owner and who attended one of the East Bay Marches. What follows is an edited selection of their wide-ranging conversation on guns, gun control legislation, gun ownership, and related subjects. The … Continue reading A Sensitive Subject: Gun Rights from One Perspective

March For Our Lives & Other Events Against Gun Violence

There are numerous events against gun violence on different dates in different locations. We will add to and edit this list as we learn of new events and/or updates. March 14: School Walkouts: Schools and students nationwide will participate in a 17-minute walkout on March 14 at 10 AM (local time), to honor the 17 … Continue reading March For Our Lives & Other Events Against Gun Violence

Calling BS On Thoughts and Prayers

There aren't words for what happened in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day. The trauma inflicted on the students and their families is so unimaginably vast that it may alter the course of American history. Parkland's students are forging their heartbreak and anger into action. Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, stood in … Continue reading Calling BS On Thoughts and Prayers

Gun Bills in the Spotlight

After the deadly events that played out in Las Vegas, two controversial pro-gun bills moving through the House this fall are in the spotlight. The first is the SHARE Act (Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act). Backed by the NRA, the 144 page bill covers a lot of ground. Aiming to open current restrictions on … Continue reading Gun Bills in the Spotlight