Dear Indivisible Berkeley Community,
Thank you for everything you do.
Reminder: today is the sign-up deadline for the first-ever Indivisible Berkeley trip to Reno!
Road Trip! Come to Reno with IB to Register Voters | Friday, June 1st – Sunday, June 3rd. Thousands of voters have been purged from the rolls in Nevada, mostly Democrats. Unsurprisingly this also affects typically disenfranchised populations. We’re working to fix it! We’ll be registering voters via door-to-door outreach with the Nevada Democratic Party. This trip also features an IB-hosted welcome dinner on the Friday night at a brewery! Click here to see the full itinerary, more details, and RSVP.
And -- feel passionately about an item on the ballot in our district? Come to this gathering tomorrow night, where you can deliver a toast:
Indivisible Berkeley Sample Ballot Mark-Up Party | Wednesday, May 30th from 7pm to 9pm at Hotsy Totsy (601 San Pablo Ave.) For those of you considering how to fill in your June 5th vote by mail ballots, consider joining our happy hour, where folks will be given the option of delivering a 1 minute toast to the item of their choice, helping to inform our decisions and -- equally importantly -- giving us a chance to hang out with each other. RSVP.
INDIVISIBLE BERKELEY TEAMS
Comment to Save Science at EPA. Write, call, and/or email by May 30th!
Auto Makers Must Keep Their Promise to Cut Climate Pollution. Write and call by May 30th!
Head to Tracy in CA-10 to canvass. Your last chance to canvass Tracy for the primary! There are many canvassing slots now through June 5. You can view them all and sign up for whichever dates work for you here. The most important and most needed days are Tuesday May 29th, Wednesday May 30th, Thursday May 31st, Friday June 1st, Saturday June 2nd, and Sunday June 3rd. If you can canvass any of those days, please 1) sign up via this link and 2) reach out to our canvassing captains by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Considering Writing In “No Confidence” in on June 5th ballot re: Alameda County Sheriff. Please consider voting "no confidence" in Sheriff Ahern on the June 5th ballot, and sharing this information with your friends, neighbors, and other groups you're involved with. While Sheriff Ahern is running unopposed, he does not represent the values of our community and others in Alameda County. Learn more here.
Phone Nevada Voters from Home. Do you have an hour or two, any day of the week, from 12pm to 9pm? Or even 15 minutes, to make 3 calls a day?! We’re working with Nevada Democrats starting NOW to ensure a strong groundgame and Democratic campaign for Senate, which is critical for restoring the balance of power at the federal level. We’re identifying likely Democratic voters to drive to the polls in November – and finding volunteers. To call from home, you just need a computer, laptop or tablet with an internet connection (where the script and contacts will show), and a phone. The phone bank is open 12pm-9pm daily. RSVP to get instructions.
Volunteers Needed: Accompanying Immigrants, Hosting Refugees. The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity advocates for immigrants and refugees in the Bay Area and around the country. Rev. Deborah Lee spoke to Indivisible Berkeley at a General Assembly last year. They are now seeking volunteers to: accompany undocumented immigrants to check-ins with ICE and/or provide shelter for 1-3 months for refugees. For more info and to volunteer, contact: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, 510-948-7899, email@example.com.
Protecting Mueller from being dismissed is a top priority. Prepare to act immediately if he is fired. RSVP to stay in the loop.
FEATURED UPCOMING EVENTS
Elections Team Phonebank: Get Out the Vote - Call voters in CA-10 | Thursday, May 31st from 1pm to 4pm at UAW-Local 2865 (2030 Addison St, Suite 640A). Help us flip a congressional district and check Trump’s agenda! LET’S GET OUT THE VOTE! We’ll be calling voters in Congressional District 10 (Tracy/Modesto area) to make sure we get LOTS of Democrats to to vote in the primary election on Tuesday, June 5. RSVP here. To participate in more actions like this, join the Elections Team.
Textbank | Saturday, June 9th, 2pm to 4pm at Drake’s Dealership (2325 Broadway, Oakland). We are launching regular textbanking with live support at Drake's Dealership in Oakland with Sister District Project CA-13 and Indivisible East Bay. We know textbanking is fast, furious, and often done on the fly. That doesn't mean we can't get together once a month, launch our efforts to help select candidates and causes, have a beer and get questions answered by other experienced textbankers. We are working with Rapid Resist, Open Progress and the ACLU to find strategic opportunities to help candidates and voting-related initiatives to get America voting and going. We guarantee there will always be opportunities for you waiting in the queue. For more information, contact IB Textbank Captain Steve Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org. To participate in more actions like this, join the Elections Team.
Protest at West County Detention Facility | Sunday, June 10th, 11am to 12pm at 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA. Join the community circle to resist mass incarceration and immigrant internment at Richmond’s West County Detention Center (WCDF)! Those detained right in our midst are our loved ones, neighbors, co-workers, and classmates. The impact of these racist, cruel separations has enormous economic and social impact on our communities. And the same is true for the general population in jail, who are also unfairly criminalized and detained for lengthy periods before trial. Join community leaders for a one-hour vigil and protest to let those detained know that we are still fighting for them. The site is accessible by car or by the #71 AC Transit bus. RSVP via facebook. To participate in more actions like this, join the Immigration Team.
WHAT WE’RE READING/LISTENING TO
Article - New York Times: The North’s Jim Crow by Andrew W. Kahrl
Pod - Revisionist History: Carlos Doesn’t Remember [Description: “Carlos is a brilliant student from South Los Angeles. He attends an exclusive private school on an academic scholarship. He is the kind of person the American meritocracy is supposed to reward. But in the hidden details of his life lies a cautionary tale about how hard it is to rise from the bottom to the top—and why the American school system, despite its best efforts, continues to leave an extraordinary amount of talent on the table.”]
Book - Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank