How is impeachment like trying to get reimbursed for expenses you never wanted to incur? As legal analyst Maya Wiley said, Democrats “brought the receipts, threw them on the table, and asked them to be paid.” We’re waaiiitinggg …
Well, you know we’re not JUST waiting. Here are this week’s easy, important ways you can fight the Trump regime:
- Fight impeachment cover-up
- Prop 13 reform and complete Census: stand up & be counted!
- Help get AZ’s Dem registration up!
Action #1: Demand a fair impeachment trial
Deadline: NOW, the trial is ON – What do we want? Impeachment! No, seriously, what do we want? A real impeachment trial, not a mockery rigged by the GOP who don’t give a … fig … for Constitutional checks and balances, Congress’ oversight, the truth, or rules. House Impeachment lead manager Adam Schiff is reading them the riot act, and Senate Dems are voting in unity to allow witnesses and documents, against the Republicans’ cover-up. But our Senators can’t do this without our support. Democracy: Not a spectator sport. What can you do? Call our CA Senators NOW. Read our article for more info, and for call scripts to share with out-of-state friends.
What to say:
My name is _______, my zip code is _____, and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. Thank you for working for a fair and open impeachment trial, and for voting NO on the Republican resolution that would allow the Senate to hold a mockery of a trial. And thank you for forcing the Senate to take public votes that show how far the GOP is willing to go to cover for Trump. I’m counting on you to keep fighting for a fair and open trial with witnesses and documents, and to keep holding Republicans accountable to their sworn duty.
Action #2: Don’t sit down after the March!
Deadline: We marched … time to act – This past weekend was the fourth Women’s March since the Caveman-in-Chief came to DC (and let’s make it the last of his tenure!). We’ve got two actions you can take from Oakland’s rally:
- Help get a complete Census count, to make sure all our voices are heard at the polls
- Help get Prop 13 reform onto November’s CA ballot, so corporations pay their fair share of property tax and support our schools
Read our article for lots of details and background info as well as reports & actions from other Marches, plus great photos!
Action #3: Appraising Arizona
Deadline: Election day – Indivisible East Bay’ers Ted Lam, Alissa McLean and Andrea Lum headed out earlier this month to canvass in Phoenix and Sedona, Arizona. Who’d think that standing in parking lots at Wal-Marts and strip malls would lead to amazing conversations? We would! And by the time you finish reading our article, you’ll want to canvass in the cactus, too, or at least phonebank — we tell you all about how you can do it.
Jan. 26, 1-3 PM: Come on down to Sports Basement, Berkeley for our mega monster All Members Meeting this Sunday! Learn how you can help flip AZ purple to blue — hear from Flip the West’s strategist and IEB’ers who canvassed in Phoenix last week Our usual info-mazing breakouts AND IEB anniversary cake! Info & RSVP.
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State and Local News
A couple of stalwart IEB folks braved DC’s frigid January to meet with Rep. Barbara Lee, top staffers of Senators Feinstein and Harris, former Senate staffers, & more! We also met with many groups that share our goals: a more active and capable Congress, preventing war, protecting whistleblowers, expanding democracy … We’re building to the day when we’ll push our MoCs not just to block bad legislation but to support bills that will become good laws. Now for the electoral work, so we can go back in a year to insist that Congress and the new president enact our ambitious agenda. Read all about it here.
Reclaim Our Vote Founder to Speak in East Bay
Don’t miss this chance to hear Reclaim Our Vote founder Andrea Miller speak in Dublin or Berkeley. Your ticket supports ROV’s work, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds (see RSVP pages for details). Join us at IBEW Union Hall in Dublin, Thurs. Jan. 30, or at Berkeley City College Auditorium, Tues. Feb. 4. All info, and donate or get tickets for Dublin here, or for Berkeley here.
Your donations to IEB support our actions against the Evil Empire but do not go to candidate-related events.
- Jan. 26, 1-3 PM: All Members Meeting at Sports Basement, Berkeley. Info & RSVP.
- Feb. 4, 6-8 PM: Reclaim Our Vote fundraiser, with ROV founder Andrea Miller. In Berkeley. Info & RSVP.
- Feb. 6, noon: Senator Harris office visit, San Francisco. Please use this form to sign up.
- Feb. 9, 1-4 PM: Phone Banking for AZ, in El Cerrito (private home near Del Norte BART). Info & RSVP.\
OTHER EVENTS (see section below for links to election activities & events):
IEB doesn’t necessarily endorse the groups, events, or candidates included here. Submit calendar events to email@example.com
- Indivisible National’s live-streamed interviews with 2020 Democratic candidates: watch recordings at this link. More info here.
- 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.
- Jan. 23, 6:30-8 PM: Impeachment Town Hall with Reps. DeSaulnier & Mike Thompson (CA-5), in Martinez. Info & RSVP.
- Jan. 23, 7-8:30 PM: Rep. Swalwell Town Hall, in Dublin. Info.
- Jan. 30, 7-8:30 PM: Reclaim Our Vote Info Session & Fundraiser, with Andrea Miller. In Dublin. Info & register.
- Jan. 31: Deadline for open enrollment in a Covered California health plan that begins Feb. 1, 2020. Note, deadline may not apply if you have a specific qualifying event – FAQs here.
Election Activities & Events!
Check out phone & text banks, and much more, hosted by these great groups IEB works with:
- Democracy Action’s calendar (search by location)
- East Bay Activist Alliance phone & text banks, more. See list & RSVP here
- Flip the West: postcarding, voter registration, and more, listed here
- Indivisible Berkeley phone & text banks
- Indivisible National phonebank: call voters in key areas to urge their Senators to ensure a fair impeachment trial in Senate.
- Indivisible SF: phone banks, more.
- NorCal Blue’s events calendar.
- Swing Left East Bay phone banks, canvassing, more. See list here.
- West County Organizing: phone & text banks to elect/re-elect Democrats in the House & Senate, in El Sobrante. Events links here. For more info email Nancy.
- Working America Central Valley canvasses. Sign up here.
We Could Not Make This Up
Invertebrates of the world, unite? IEB member Dean Gloster recently tweeted: “BREAKING: Immense Jellyfish discovered adrift near the coast. No word yet whether this massive spineless thing will be named the ‘Mitt Romney,’ the ‘Susan Collins,’ or the ‘Entire GOP.’ ” And speaking of creatures with and without backbones: We try to avoid paywall sources but this Washington Post gem needs sharing. Their headline: “Mnuchin said Thunberg needed to study economics before offering climate proposals. So we talked to an economist.” And … The economist said that you don’t have to go much past Econ 101 to see that Thunberg is right. Hm, seems Thunberg’s got a spine, but Mnuchin’s got a mouth. And a foot to put in it.
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