Are we having difficult discussions yet? If not, maybe we need to talk with some new people, or participate in some online discussions — or listen to some speakers, without talking — or read some books, a bit further outside our comfort zone. Or maybe we need to learn and not talk for a while in the non-comfort zone. Yeah, we thought wearing masks and staying six feet apart was uncomfortable. Turns out we were wrong; and if we’ve had it relatively easy so far we’re not going to make things better without being willing to let things get personally harder first. We don’t pretend to have answers. Just a few things to help — or make things more difficult — along the way.
Action: The Police – We’ll be Watching Them
Deadline: NOW – We assume you, like us, want to force change on police departments and police unions that have been responsible for anti-Black bias and violence — and to prevent more from happening in the future. Our article details some of the many local, state, and national efforts to reduce police use of force, increase the ability to investigate law enforcement, and reform police departments with training and accountability. These policy solutions aren’t the only path to change, but they’re things we can tell you about right now — please do them, and tell your friends!
Join IEB’s Election Summer Palooza!
We’re kickin’ off our summer of voter outreach this Saturday, June 13, 1-4 PM. Canvassing is looking iffy for the fall, so it’s more important than ever to gear up NOW to do remote voter outreach. Please join us online for trainings, phone banking or postcard & letter writing! Info & RSVP here.
On demand – May AMM videos!
The May 31 All Members Meeting was jam-packed with great presentations! Missed any and want to catch up? Check ’em out!
- Presentation slides on allyship and how to do more by Indy National’s Dennessa Atiles are here; her presentation video is here. Here’s her great list with more actions & resources on fighting police violence & anti-racism efforts here.
- Presentation by Martha & Earl from CA Dems is here.
- Debbie & Sylvia’s slides on public banking are here. Presentation video is here
What We’ve Been Doing
Keep sending us those great activists-in-place pix for our “IEB In Place” project! Here’s info about the project & tips to get good shots. Email photos with subject “IEB In Place” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activities & Events!
2020 Voter Outreach Events
No in-person events for now. Please fill out this form, we’ll let you know about our virtual & remote options. And see our article for a list of great groups we partner with, they’ve got many more!
Phone &Text Bank/Postcard & Letter:
- 2020 Election Summer Palooza 6/13, 1-4 PM
- Phone Bank to AZ & CO 6/20
- Virtual Postcarding with Kristen 6/23
- Phone Bank to AZ & CO 6/27
- Can you help reach out to Spanish-speaking voters in AZ & beyond? If so, please add your name to our list.
- Want to write postcards from home? Email us for complete instructions, scripts & addresses.
Other Activities & Events
- See our article Come Zoom With Us about how to join us online or by phone, using the Zoom call app.
- June 17, 7-8:30 PM: CA-11 meeting by Zoom or phone. RSVP & info here.
- June 28, 1-2:30 PM: Virtual IEB All Members Meeting.
IEB doesn’t necessarily endorse the groups, events, or candidates below. Submit calendar events to email@example.com
- Anti-Racism and Allyship: livestream event series begins June 11. Info & sign up for the series here. Co-sponsored by Indivisible.
- Black Lives Matters protests & events lists (these are not meant to be complete lists, and they may include inaccurate info, always check before you go to an event). Bay Area Protests and SF FunCheap
We Could Not Make This Up
We’re in the Upside Down when the Army publicly spats with the Legend-in-his-own-Mind-in-Chief. Today, the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff apologized for appearing in Trump’s Walk of Shame to St. John’s Church after protesters were tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets just for his photo op. This after the Pentagon said they’d think about taking Confederate names off bases but got shot down (sorry not sorry). “History of Winning”! “Hallowed Grounds”! “Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations”! — you know who tweeted about never changing the bases named after the Magnificent and Fabled Pro-Slavery Warriors? And speaking of Confederate Lives Matter, guess who’s re-starting his campaign rallies on Juneteenth in Tulsa, Oklahoma, home of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre — “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history”? But it’s cool, his campaign advisor says, cuz “Republicans are proud of the history of Juneteenth.” As long as it stays ancient history, amirite?
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