Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to scroll down to see what you can do today.
Also, check out these things you can do:
- Regulation changes: What you don’t know can hurt you (and everyone else). Here’s what you can do.
- IEB regularly visits our Members of Congress. Join us: it really can make a difference.
- Check out our Newsletter Archive for past actions and info
Week of September 5th, 2022
Take action: Election events for all!
Deadline: NOW – Halloween’s not till late October, Thanksgiving late November, and Xmas nearly next year, so no need to be decorating while it’s still summer! On the other hand, Election Day — no need to buy candy, lights, or gifts; no need to worry about your costume or outfit, or what to serve; no lines for the best deals and no shipping charges. For the holiday of democracy, all you need to do is join us in getting ready and getting active. So cue up some tunes, click some links in our action article, and let’s all get to work. NOW isn’t too soon to start so we can all celebrate on November 8th!
Action Still Needed – Past Weeks
These items still need our attention! A record of all weekly actions are on the Archived Actions page.
Action: Protect Reproductive Rights
It’s the new deadly plague: the Supreme Court’s long-dreaded decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade and Casey. (In)Justice Alito’s majority opinion says that abortion isn’t protected by the Constitution, and returns the issue to the states – over half of which have or will soon have laws outlawing abortion in whole or in part, including so-called “trigger bans.” Abortion is statutorily legal in California and this is one of the most “supportive” states in the US. But even here, access can be hard, especially for low income women and women of color; and if women lack rights anywhere, women are not free. We’re all furious – but there’s hope, and we can’t be frozen by anger or fear. Join us in action: lobby for state and federal legislation, donate to abortion support funds, protest, find out about corporations that are doing the right thing. For all this and more, check out our article (and keep checking – we’ll update it to keep up with how fast things are moving and new options for action!)
Action: Stand Against Anti-Asian Violence
You may know of the recent incidents of anti-Asian violence in Bay Area Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Indivisible East Bay stands against anti-Asian hate and bigotry. As Lunar New Year approaches, these incidents cause pain in what should be a time of celebration. We speak as allies and as an organization with AAPI members and leaders: violence and racism are horrifying and unacceptable, here or anywhere. Read our new article here for more on how to stand in cross-cultural solidarity with victims and AAPI communities through this challenging time.
Deadline: NOW – Abolishing the filibuster may sound like a boring procedural move – but with a razor-thin Democratic majority in Congress, the filibuster is what stands between us and passing crucial legislation like H.R.1 and S.1, the For the People Act. Senator Padilla has said he’s for abolishing the filibuster — he needs to hear that we’ve got his back and we want him to be a leader. Senator Feinstein says the filibuster “serves a purpose” — she needs to hear that she’s on the wrong side of democracy. Contact them and tell your friends, especially those in Arizona or West Virginia, homes of Democratic Senators Sinema and Manchin, who are on record as supporting the filibuster. All this and more in our article, so spread the word!
What to say to Senator Feinstein:
My name is ________, my zip code is ________, and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. I want Senator Feinstein to fight to abolish the filibuster. We can’t pass the For the People Act and other legislation we need as long as Republicans can block them by filibuster. We need this to undo the damage of the Trump Administration.
What to say to Senator Padilla:
My name is ______, my zip code is ______, and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. I want to thank Senator Padilla for standing up against the filibuster! I want him to keep speaking out, and to do everything he can to convince Senator Feinstein and other Senators to support abolishing the filibuster. Thank you.
Action: Hello new IEB activists!
Deadline: today and every day – Is this your first IEB newsletter? Or have you known us for a while, but you have friends who aren’t involved but may like to be? This action item is for YOU! Check out our top quick-action resources for activists new to IEB (and reminders if you’re an old friend!):
- Find action items from our most recent newsletters — plus contact info for members of Congress — on our website’s Call & Email page. Our newsletters are archived here and here.
- Find our latest blog posts on our website home page. Most of these articles include action items, with call scripts and contact info. Looking for an article or action on a specific topic? Enter a keyword into the search box (upper right of each web page).
- Interested in the federal courts? Our Federal Judiciary team’s work is used by national resistance organizations.
- Find out what else is going on! Our newsletter has an events calendar, and so does our website.