February 2020 Newsletter
Fired up! Ready to go!
On February 1, over 90 people gathered at our first Big Tent Annual Meeting. With a whopping 150% of RSVPs, we may have run out of coffee but there was no shortage of enthusiasm and great ideas for how to help a mighty blue wave sweep over our country, flip statehouses blue, and save our democracy from the Devil’s Spawn in the White House.
When we went to Michigan two years ago, we promised we would return to support them again. But we know we can do more this year, so our researchers identified additional states that fit our criteria of possible state house flip + important senate race + significant electoral votes + Presidential swing state. After spirited discussion, Big Tent attendees voted. North Carolina and Arizona won by a landslide. So that’s where we will focus our 2020 energies: MI, NC, and AZ. After the primaries, we will seek out winnable statehouse seats in the above states with important up-ballot races and support them to the best of our ability, sometimes with partner organizations.
We also continue our fight against voter suppression. Reclaim Our Vote is one of our nation’s most competent and engaged voting rights organizations, which boasts a modern and effective plan of action. Andrea Miller, founder of ROV, recently held a Berkeley audience in thrall as she enumerated the extent of voter disenfranchisement in this country, particularly among communities of color. That fundraiser on February 4 raised over $32,000, and EBAA is pleased to have served as one of the lead organizers. We will continue to raise funds and do work for this worthy organization, as well as other groups that ensure and re-establish enfranchisement, particularly for people of color whose votes have been targeted (often purged) by the GOP.
You can help the Blue Wave wash over the land.
Every. Single. Dollar. Matters. PERIOD. Early money allows candidates to hire staff and create a strong foundation for a winning campaign. Fundraising events also help to build our activist community. Besides, they’re FUN and often delicious.
Make the Resistance Delicious! On Sunday March 8 3-5PM come to a Chocolate Tasting with Alice Medrich, one of the country’s foremost experts on chocolate. Since 1976, when she opened her renowned shop Cocolat, Alice’s innovative ideas and recipes have influenced a generation of confectioners, pastry chefs, and home cooks. Come taste, learn and enjoy! All proceeds go to support Michigan House Dems. Private home near the Claremont. Donate and RSVP here https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cacao and find more information here.
Make the Resistance Delicious! On Sunday March 15, 3-5PM, come to an Artisan Cheese and Honey Pairing. What a sweet way to Flip Michigan! Join acclaimed cheese educator Lynne Devereux and local beekeeper Danielle Woermann for an afternoon of pairing some of California’s great handcrafted cheeses with a selection of honeys that express their local terroir. Private home in the Lakeshore District, Oakland. RSVP and donate here: . More information here.
Make the Resistance Delicious! Whiskey Tasting on Sunday, April 5, 3-5PM. Stay tuned for details.
On Friday, April 17, from 6-10PM come rock out at the Blue Wave Boogie, Humanist Hall, Uptown Oakland. $45-$60 sliding scale donation goes to Flip Michigan Blue with live music from the Beat Riders, hearty snacks, and sweets. No-host bar benefits Reclaim Our Vote. Save the date and watch for details here.
Our phonebanks are on fire! We’re calling voters of color who have been purged from voting rolls in Texas, NC, and possibly other states, (and leaving messages!) Stripping people in the South of their vote is rampant, and this work is vital as we help citizens reclaim their voting power. We’ll also be calling the newly re-enfranchised voters to GOTV for the upcoming primaries. Turnout among these voters is very high - as much as 65% - so these phonebanks are highly rewarding.
We’re also helping build the Blue Wave in Wisconsin to help flip this critical battleground state. At one phonebank, out of 569 calls made, 100 people answered and of those, 40 said they would volunteer. So far in 2020 we have identified 101 WisDem volunteers and we’re pumped. The April ballot includes candidates for the WI State Supreme Court, which will be deciding voting districts and voting rights in the future. Join us!
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Postcarding…a curiously fun way to fight the good fight.
ROV and other groups are using postcard strategies to reach people whose voter registration was purged. This despicable practice surprises many on Election Day. Help us reach them in time to re-register and vote in both their state primary and in November. Bring your own supplies or donate for postage and cards. Get started with a group and find out how to write on your own at home.
If you love to write postcards, consider joining Women Who Write, a group of 65 resistance postcard writers. They have been writing for more than two years at over 20,000 postcards per year! No online links but weekly meetings happen three times per week at three different locations, and new writers are always welcome.
Come to our Saturday 2/22 Texting Party. This is the first of our monthly, fourth-Saturday texting parties, 10-noon in South Berkeley. This month, we’re partnering with Flip the West and the Environmental Voter Project to GOTV for the March primaries in AZ and CO. Experienced texters particularly encouraged; others always welcome. This month’s non-partisan effort cannot promote any specific candidates or parties; the goal is to build a strong voting habit for infrequent voters who prioritize environmental issues.
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For the experienced, here’s a text-at-home tactic. This month, the EBAA Texting Team recommends IndivisiText, the texting arm of Indivisible, which will be texting for many progressive candidates in February and beyond, including local favorite TJ Cox in CA-21. IndivisiText uses TextOut as their texting software. You can join their Slack here and you’ll get instructions on how to get texting.
In other news around town and farther afield:
We are all in with Reclaim Our Vote. Learn more about its actions and programs by attending one of these webinar introductions:
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Suppressed: The Fight to Vote This movie screens on Tuesday, February 18, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Edith Stone Room, Albany Library. This new documentary by Robert Greenwald illustrates that the basic constitutional right to vote continues to be under siege in America. Polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and a host of voter ID issues in Georgia all disproportionately prevented Stacey Abrams from becoming the first Black female governor in the U.S. in 2018, and this same voter suppression poses a threat in 2020. Also available on YouTube.
Nevada Dems are calling for help to run their first-in-the-West 2020 Nevada Democratic caucuses on February 22. They need volunteers to come to NV to help on or before Caucus Day. Until now they had been planning to use the same disastrous app that melted down in Iowa which is why the call for help seems rather late, but it’s not too late. After sign-up, vols will receive training and the timeline for helping at a caucus. Sign up here. Contact Norton Tooby for more information.
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Sometimes it’s even fun.
Best wishes from your Leadership Team
Unless otherwise stated, events and activities are organized by East Bay Activist Alliance. The East Bay Activist Alliance is comprised of volunteer activists and organizations in San Francisco's East Bay. We help flip and hold winnable districts red-to-blue by supporting high impact, strategic campaigns where state legislative seats, voting rights, and Congressional campaigns intersect.