Indivisible East Bay Newsletter 10/17/2019

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It wasn’t bad enough that today marks the 1,000th day of the horror show called the Trump administration — we awoke to learn that we’ve lost Rep. Elijah Cummings. One of our greatest champions, Rep. Cummings reminded us that the battle is always in our own hands:

“When we’re dancing with the angels, the question we’ll be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing? …”

  1. Talk of the Town
  2. Enroll for insurance
  3. Follow their footsteps

Action #1: Talk of the Town: Trump administration racism

Event date: October 19 – Notice the glaring lack of questions at the debate on how to tackle the Trump administration’s racism & all it has spawned? We clearly can’t wait for the mainstream media to do the right thing. This Sat. Oct. 19, hear IEB’s own Linh Nguyen and other experts, including Texas Rep. Al Green — champion of impeachment resolutions — at a Town Hall hosted by the Equal Justice Society. You’ll especially want to hear Linh talk about how YOU can help remedy the effects of the Racist-in-Chief and his administration. At the Oakland Marriott; public transit accessible. Please note, security will be present. Free, but registration is requested. More info & register here.

Action #2: Roll On Over to ACA Open Enrollment 

Deadline: By December 15 – It’s that time of year — before the holidays kick off in full swing, make sure you & your loved ones have health insurance coverage for 2020! Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2019. It’s not surprising if you haven’t heard much about this, since the Plaguebringer-in-Chief cut spending on promotion & ads to educate the public on the deadlines — again! — as part of his pet initiative to undermine or roll back anything by the Obama Administration (from Iran Deal to lightbulbs). But have no fear — we’ve got what you need to know about ACA Open Enrollment in this article

Action #3: It’s a bird, it’s a dog …? 

Deadline: Go ahead, do it now – Birddogging? No, we haven’t bred a new species, we’re talking about how you can get your elected officials and political candidates to talk about important issues that even the media may be ignoring. All you need is a couple of friends, some planning, and a willingness to show up at their public events. Read our article to find out how to turn a cute photo-op into a serious opportunity to push them and get them on the record!

Meet with Sen. Feinstein’s staff

Join IEB’s next office meeting with Senator Feinstein’s staff! Please sign up here for the October 30 noon meeting in San Francisco. Interested in working with our Member of Congress teams? Email us at, or contact our team leads on Slack, see list below in Contact Us!  

Let’s Put On a Show! And a Meeting!

We’re puttin’ on a show, PLUS a show is coming to you at the Oct. 27 AMM! Gifted storyteller Charlie Varon (half of the Great American Sh*t Show with Bryan Copeland) will perform his beautiful, wrenching and deeply satisfying monologue about canvassing with Swing Left SF during the ’18 midterms. IEB is thrilled to host Charlie, who knows how to tread the (resistance) boards. And there could be a part for you in our model House Judiciary Impeachment hearing — we’ll workshop some of the characters. Join us on Oct. 27, 1-3 PM at Sports Basement, Berkeley; let us know you want front row seats. Contact us at to get more involved or for an invite to our Slack group! 

State and Local News

In the streets 4 Democracy

On Oct. 13, Vigil for Democracy hosted a “Take to the Streets for Democracy” protest in San Francisco, one of many nationwide. IEB’s Larry and Steve from Indivisible SF gave rousing speeches, singer-guitarist Lea Jones played “Hang on Ruthie” with black-robed backup dancers, and more! Check out great photos by Terry Scussel of Pro Bono Photo, and see the link to Larry’s impeachment presentation in this article. Join the movement, sign up here for By the People’s Oct. 20 nationwide call on impeachment next steps.

Want to be more involved? Join IEB’s Governance Committee!

All active IEB members who meet a few basic requirements are encouraged to consider joining the Governance Committee, which meets monthly and makes decisions such as how IEB spends money. See more here, and see the bylaws here.

Your donations to IEB support our actions against the Evil Empire but do not go to candidate-related events.

Upcoming Events


  • Oct. 19, noon-2 PM: Town Hall on Racism in the Trump Administration, in Oakland, sponsored by Equal Justice SocietyInfo & RSVP. Free.
  • Oct. 21, 6:45-8:45 PM: Popcorn & Postcarding, Glenview District, Oakland. RSVP for address.
  • Oct. 27, 1-3 PM: IEB All Members Meeting, Sports Basement, Berkeley. Info & RSVP.
  • Nov. 5, 6:30-9:30 PM: Join IB, IEB, East Bay Activist Alliance & SwingLeft EB at Election Night Watch Party for Virginia elections. At Spats, Berkeley. No RSVP needed.


IEB doesnt necessarily endorse the groups, events, or candidates included here. Submit calendar events to

  • EVERY TUESDAY, 4:30-5:30 PM: Resistance Rally by Grand Lake Theater, Oakland
  • EVERY THURSDAY, 5-6 PM: Table with Indivisible Resistance Action East Bay at Rockridge BART
  • Third Thurs each month, 4-6 PM: Indivisible El Sobrante / Richmond vigil, meet at San Pablo Dam & Appian Way.  
  • Oct. 18, 8 PM (doors open 7 PM): 4th Annual Environmental Equity Summit: Adding Color to the Green Movement. In Berkeley. Info & RSVP.
  • Oct. 27, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM: Movement Voter Project kickoff party. In Oakland. Info & RSVP. Free.
  • Nov. 2, 1-2:30 PM: Rep. DeSaulnier Town Hall: Women in Leadership, Politics, and Society, in Danville. RSVP here.
  • Nov. 7, 6:30-8 PM: Rep. DeSaulnier 100th Congressional Town Hall, in Concord. RSVP here.

Phone! Canvass! More!

Check out phone & text banks, and much more, hosted by these great groups IEB works with:

Check out phone & text banks, and much more, hosted by these great groups IEB works with:

We Could Not Make This Up

Thousandth day of Trump school! We hope you adults mark the occasion appropriately, but we regret some kids have been behaving badly. First, Liz Cheney, Dick’s daughter, blamed the invasion of Turkey not on Trump abandoning the Kurds but on … the Democrats pursuing impeachment! Nancy Pelosi has a word for that: “delusional.” Next: Young Master Trump — whose name is “literally [his] dad’s full name” — got upset at Hunter Biden benefiting from nepotism. Hasn’t anyone told him about rubber & glue? Speaking of childish behavior: having foreign policy run by a team named after a questionable PG-rated movie — rather than by, oh, experts — seems a poor choice. Finally, a word to parents: you are your children’s first teachers, and in fact, Mr. Trump, the US and Italy do not have a relationship going back thousands of years. Also, please get out of the sandbox. Class — and you — are dismissed!

Contact Us!

Fired up to do more? Give us a shout!

IEB uses Slack, a chat system for talking about important issues, planning events, and team discussions. Want an invite to join Slack? Please drop us a line at Already on Slack? Feel free to contact our team leads: 

  • CA Senators: @ameliacass, @linh
  • CA-11, Rep. DeSaulnier: @Kristen L, @Ted Lam
  • CA-13, Rep. Lee: @linh
  • CA-15, Rep. Swalwell: @ward
  • Newsletter: @anngdan, @heidirand
  • Volunteers: @andrea

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Indivisible East Bay is a chapter of the Indivisible movement. We are a grassroots organization focused on stopping the Trump administration’s policies.

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