Our IEB Newsletter is early this week because our first action is urgent and fast-moving. Rather than sending an emergency blast, since we had other things to tell you, we rushed to press. Please, won’t you also rush to take action?
Also: On March 21, the office of Rep. Mark DeSaulnier issued a statement that DeSaulnier, who represents most of Contra Costa County, is in critical condition in the hospital, and Patch reported today that he remains in critical condition. IEB’s CA-11 team has been proud to work closely with Rep. DeSaulnier in our fight against the current Administration. Please join us in sending him and his family your best wishes. We need all our warriors.
Action #1: COVID bills: help people, not corporations
Deadline: NOW – Congress is working right now to pass much-needed relief for everyone suffering during – and because of – the coronavirus. But there’s a problem: although events are in flux, as of this writing there’s one bill in the Democratic-controlled House, and a different bill in the Republican-controlled Senate, and one of them aims to protect people while the other one protects mainly big corporations. You get one guess which is which. We need YOU to contact our Members of Congress NOW to make sure this country protects people, not big corporations – our article has all the details.
Action #2: Safe elections in the time of COVID
Deadline: Right away! – To vote, or not to vote? To vote, of course (check your registration)! How and when to vote safely during the pandemic? We Californians don’t have to deal with this for our primary, but other states are grappling with hard questions around their upcoming primaries, and this must be addressed nationwide to prepare for November’s elections. How to preserve both public health and our democratic processes? Enter the brand-new Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020, which would help states expand vote-by-mail for this November’s election. Our Senators have co-sponsored it; the GOP is already opposing it. Read our article and find out how you can help.
Action #3: Sit down and be counted
Deadline: Dates vary, do it ASAP – You already organized your sock drawer and baked way too many chocolate chip cookies. You didn’t? oh … never mind, neither did we! But seriously, whether you’re busy or bored, you gotta take a few minutes to fill out your census. Read our earlier article on why it’s so important, and our new article about what to do. And then do it as soon as you’re able (dates vary according to situation, if you got a notice in the mail, please fill yours out immediately). We need to let the Undercounter-in-Chief know that we’re here.
Virtual AMM this Sunday 3/29 Sun. March 29, 1-3 PM (meeting at 1; Zoom opens at 12:30 if you need training): Join us for our first virtual All Members Meeting by computer, tablet, or phone. We’re thrilled to have Indivisible co-founders Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin join us LIVE! Also: Richard “Doc” Gooding, Arizona Field Director for Field Team 6, on AZ elections. Plus, how to take action from the comfort & safety of home. Check out our updated article for more on that! Please register here for an invitation with a link to join the Zoom All Members Meeting. New to Zoom? Learn how you can participate by checking out our handy article! And jump onto the pre-meeting Zoom starting at 12:30 PM, if you need hand-holding or troubleshooting!
Activities & Events!
2020 Voter Outreach Events
NOTE: No in-person gatherings for now. Please fill out this form so we can let you know about the virtual & remote options we’re planning to make the Blue Tsunami happen. And check out our updated article with a great list of groups offering many other virtual options.
Other Activities & Events
March 29, 1-3 PM: IEB All Members Meeting. See our article about how to join us online or by phone, using the Zoom call app. Click here to RSVP. And read our article Come Zoom With Us if you’ve never used Zoom before.April 4, 10 AM: Voter suppression event. IEB doesn’t necessarily endorse the groups, events, or candidates below. Submit calendar events to email@example.com
April 1: Census Day. See important dates here, and read our article about how to fill out your census!
And Now For Something Completely Different
Local author & activist Ayelet Waldman has launched an effort to help both the heroes in our emergency rooms and East Bay restaurants catastrophically hit by the shutdown. She writes: “With enough money, we can feed our local emergency room staffs every day from our wonderful local restaurants. It’s a double Mitzvah (google it). Jenny Schwarz, the incredible owner of Hopscotch restaurant in Oakland, is helping me by organizing all of the restaurants, setting up rules about packaging and food handling, etc. Hospitals are eagerly awaiting the deliveries. $500 will feed the ER one meal. Give whatever you can and as much as you can spare. In the interest of getting this up and running as quickly as possible … right now I am accepting money over Venmo, @FeedER. Soon I will try to have something more formal in place, but please don’t wait. Donate now.”
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