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 May 25th, 2020
Justice for George Floyd. Black Lives Matter.
Deadline: NOW – The police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck. George Floyd told the officer “I cannot breathe.” A bystander filmed the officer strangling George Floyd, while George Floyd and others begged the officer to stop. George Floyd stopped moving and an ambulance took him to a hospital, where he died. The police statement said that George Floyd was “facing a medical problem.” George Floyd, killed for being suspected of writing a bad check. Or rather: George Floyd, another Black man killed for being a Black man. Demand Justice for George Floyd.
- Say his name. There’s a reason we’ve said George Floyd’s name so many times: it needs to be said, over and over, so his name becomes engraved in our memories.
- Sign this petition from Color of Change: Demand that the police officers be arrested and charged with George Floyd’s murder. Tell your friends to text “FLOYD” to 55156 for a link to the petition.
- Use the hashtag #JusticeForFloyd on social media.
- It’s not enough to be silently angry — learn what it means to be anti-racist. If you’re a person of privilege, are you talking to your family members about race? Have you considered what your colleagues might be experiencing? Or neighbors? If you put even one of these things into practice, you could be there for the next George Floyd. Or Ahmaud Arbery. Or Breonna Taylor. Or Atatiana Jefferson.
Action Still Needed – Past Weeks
These items still need our attention! A record of all weekly actions are on the Archived Actions page.
Action: A few of our favorite things
Deadline: when you can – We know, we spend a lot of time and virtual ink bitching about stuff that makes us angry. But this time last year we wrote an article naming some people and organizations that made us happy, and we’re carrying on the tradition. Read our article, share it around, think about local and online folks and groups that make the Resistance the dynamic engine that it is. For example, Sports Basement: they not only provide great free meeting space for our All Member Meetings and Governance Committee meetings at their Berkeley location, they’re offering a 20% discount coupon for all IEB members at all stores — check it out just below! And super important: don’t forget to thank each other — we certainly thank YOU!
Action: Give, because it hurts (them)
Deadline: whenever you can – When GOP Senator Susan Collins hinted she’d vote for Kavanaugh, people made it rain for her TBD future opponent. The more she talked, the more $$$ flooded in. Collins voted yes, Kavanaugh thanked her at his swearing-in, and now a pro-Kava group is funding her bigly. Let’s donate to defeat her at this site or this site (hey Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski get ready to hold Susan’s beer!) If donating isn’t your bag, that’s OK — spread the word to your family & friends. And shameless plug; your good friends at IEB have two convenient red DONATE buttons in this newsletter, or go here. Since we’re not funded by George Soros, your donations support our actions against the Evil Empire. Because of tax & campaign finance laws, we don’t use them for candidate-related events.
Action: Desert Shame
Deadline: right now and ongoing – They gave the kids snacks, and that’s damn near all. They woke them in the middle of the night, put them on buses with backpacks, took them to tent jails in the West Texas desert. There are: no schools, not much legal representation or mental health services — it’s an emergency facility, doesn’t have to meet child welfare standards. The government says the kids won’t be there long, they’ll go to sponsor homes soon. We’ve heard that lie before! Our Senators tell us calls on this national disgrace have fallen off while people call about Kavanaugh (we must multi-call!) Meanwhile, a ray of hope: a brand-new bill in the House of Representatives to prohibit ICE from arresting undocumented immigrants who offer to sponsor kids to get them out of baby jail. Tell your members of Congress: you want them to raise hell over kids in tent jails and you want them to support the “Prevent CHILD Harm Act of 2018.” Yes, even our good reps in DC need to hear from you. And the kids surely need help, ASAP. See our article.
What to say:
My name is __________, my zip code is ____ and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. I’m ashamed that this country is jailing immigrant children in tents in the desert without even pretending that they’re trying to meet child welfare standards. I want to thank [Senator or Representative] _______ for fighting against the administration’s attacks against immigrant children and families. Please fight against putting kids in tent jails and put an end to this disgrace! [For members of the House of Representatives: And I want to ask _____________ to cosponsor the “Prevent CHILD Harm Act of 2018.”]
Action: Elevator Speech
Deadline: today and every day – Jeff Flake walks into an elevator … and something happened. Have you noticed: people are talking, and it’s different. We’ve posted our stories about sexual assault on social media, prompting friends to tell their own, some for the first time. People are asking questions, others answer; people say they’re gaining new understanding. So: TALK. Talk to as much of the world as you can. Tell your story if you can, or support someone else telling theirs. Explain why a 15-year-old might not tell her parents that she was assaulted at a party, or why someone might not remember details of a trauma. Talk as though people will pay attention and it will matter. Because that most likely is true.
Action: Protect the Trump-Russia Investigation
Deadline: today and every day – Looks like we picked the wrong week to stop hovering over the panic button on whether Current Occupant would cross a red line to obstruct the Russia investigation. Hard to write an action when the damn news won’t hold still! Though latest WH blather postpones a meeting with CO and Rod Rosenstein, keep your sturdy shoes and your signs by the door, you may need to head out at any minute. And fasten your seat belt while seated – there may be more turbulence ahead!
What you can do: SIGN UP NOW for a Nobody Is Above the Law rapid response rally to get alerts if/when mass protests are called. Read our article for more info and to learn how to help protect the investigation.
Action: Stories to save lives
Deadline: now, and whenever you can – Brett Kavanaugh would have denied access to abortion for a detained undocumented teenager, saying that undocumented youth in custody are not entitled to “abortion on demand” — favorite words of the anti-choice movement. Does his nomination mean we could be facing a return to the horrible old days when abortion was illegal? As of the last census in 2010, less than 40% of the US population were born before Roe v. Wade. We need to tell the stories of that terrible time — or more than half the people in this country may have to relive them.
- Read our article and share the stories.
- Share your stories. If you have a story, or if you know someone who has a story, you can send it to us anonymously.
- Tell your elected representatives you’re not willing to give up any of your reproductive rights, and you’re not willing to accept judges who would be willing to compromise them.
Action: Hello new IEB activists!
Deadline: today and every day – Did you meet IEB for the first time at our 8/26 #stopkavanaugh All Member Meeting? 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).
- Want to do midterm election work? Check this out.
- Has our work against the Kavanaugh nomination gotten you 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.
Action: A little privacy, please
Deadline: ASAP – Do you think it might infringe on your First Amendment rights if white supremacists have a campaign to harass or threaten you for taking part in a protest against them? How about if the government — the one headed by the guy who thinks white supremacists are “very fine people” — talks about passing a law that by its very name targets left-wing protesters who wear masks (as opposed to, say, Klansmen)? How about when the media publish the names and home towns of people arrested at an anti-alt right rally, making them clear targets for retaliation, as happened this past weekend in Berkeley? Read our article about why all of these are dangerous to the most vulnerable in our community — and maybe even to you — and several things you can do about it.
Action: REUNITE immigrant families
In a July 17 press conference, Senator Kamala Harris, with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), introduced the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously (REUNITE) Act, a comprehensive bill to reunite immigrant families ripped apart by the administration’s disastrous policies. Please thank Senator Harris for introducing the bill, ask Senator Feinstein to support it, and spread the word on social media! Read our article for more info, including talking points and more actions you can take.