Tell our Senators: Keep ICE’s hands out of the cookie jar

UPDATED September 5, 2019 Under the US Constitution and federal law, it’s the responsibility of Congress and the President to create a federal budget and spending bills. The process is complex, but one thing is clear: federal agencies shouldn’t be able to decide, on their own, how federal funds get spent, or to take money … Continue reading Tell our Senators: Keep ICE’s hands out of the cookie jar

Counter White Supremacists’ Terrorism

Even FBI agents are finally saying it: domestic terrorism poses “a threat to the American people and our democracy.” It isn’t news that there has for years been a “resurgence in radicalization and recruitment” in right-wing extremism. It also isn’t news that this cancer has metastasized wildly since the election of the Current Occupant of … Continue reading Counter White Supremacists’ 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

IEB Meeting with Sen. Harris staff June 2019

Meeting with Senator Kamala Harris' staff, June 25, 2019 From Sen. Harris’ office: Daniel “Dino” Chen, Deputy State Director  Read Indivisible East Bay's pre-meeting memorandum TOPICS DISCUSSED: Iran & the Middle East: We thanked Senator Harris for cosponsoring the Protection Against Unconstitutional War on Iran Act and demanding the status of mobilizing troops for war … Continue reading IEB Meeting with Sen. Harris staff June 2019

The administration is causing the border crisis

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

Election Security IS National Security

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

Tell our MoCs: support Medicare Negotiation legislation

Deadline: NOW! - Unless you're a magical unicorn who never gets sick, and you've never seen any drug ads, you know: Prescription drug prices are crazy high in the United States. It isn't just anecdotal opinion: they really are much higher in the U.S. than in other high-income countries, and Americans spend more on prescription drugs than … Continue reading Tell our MoCs: support Medicare Negotiation legislation

Next Stop Hunger Games?

Deadline: yes, right now - How many things are wrong with this picture? The administration continues to detain migrants and refuse to let them apply for asylum; takes children away from their parents and leaves them in vans in a Texas parking lot for nearly two days; allows the border patrol to confiscate migrant kids’ … Continue reading Next Stop Hunger Games?

A light at the end of the tunnel of endless war

Deadline: Now through June (at least) - Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the defense spending bill, proposed by Representative Barbara Lee, that would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Military Force (AUMF). The AUMF, first passed in 2001, gave the President the power to use military force without prior Congressional approval, … Continue reading A light at the end of the tunnel of endless war

A Matter of Life, Death, and the Rule of Law

Somewhere in Northern Mexico, an exhausted nine-year-old girl stumbles. She’s traveling with her maternal grandmother, her legal guardian since her mother died, but they don’t have a paper explaining that, so if they are separated at the border, she will never be reunited with her family. She’s already walked 1,100 miles, but she’s still hundreds … Continue reading A Matter of Life, Death, and the Rule of Law