January 2022 newsletter
January 5th and January 6th, 2021 The best of times, the worst of times
People who commit treason against our nation and endanger our lives have no business governing our country. But one year ago today, a horde of domestic terrorists attacked our Capitol, incited by some very notable Republicans. Mounting evidence shows elected leaders helped plan, promote, and facilitate the insurrection, and they continue to spread lies about the election. Using a deliberate disinformation campaign to keep their supporters engaged and enraged, Republican legislators have attacked Americans’ freedom to vote with hundreds of election sabotage bills that will control election outcomes, criminalize election officials for doing their jobs, and give partisan poll watchers the ability to harass and intimidate voters. In the face of these transgressions against our democracy, we continue to prevail. The Biden administration accomplishments include: cutting child poverty by 50%, rejoining the Paris climate accords, drastically lowering unemployment, leading us through the pandemic, setting records for diversity in judicial and Cabinet appointments–all stark repudiations of the GOP’s self-serving and craven disregard for our nation’s founding principles. Don’t believe the pundits who say we’re going to lose ground in 2022. Together, we will continue to accomplish great things.
VIGILS AND EVENTS Join us and participate in one of the many Jan. 6 vigils happening in the Bay Area and across America. • The San Francisco vigil from 4:15-5:30pm PST at Civic Center Plaza, Polk Street & McAllister Street, has some amazing confirmed speakers including progressive messaging expert Anat Shenker-Osorio. • The Oakland vigil from 5:30 to 6:30PM is in Frank Ogawa Plaza, Broadway at 14th St. • Healing the Wound: An Interfaith Vigil 5:00-6:00PM PST is virtual, hosted from Washington DC • (The virtual Berkeley vigil is at capacity)
Or join Congresswoman Barbara Lee, her colleagues, & other special guests for a day of prayer, reflection, and discussion about the fight against white supremacy. ACTIONS TO TAKE
(spoiler alert: it’s all about voting rights) On January 6th, Americans across race, place, party, and background are coming together to say: in America, voters–not politicians–decide the outcome of our elections. Together, we have the power to demand that our Senators exercise their majority and pass the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to create national standards that protect voting rights, ensure that trusted local election officials count every vote, and prevent partisan politicians from sabotaging the results of our elections. The only reason we are here, able to demand the passage of these bills, is because we have the majority in the Senate thanks to last Jan. 5th, the historic election day preceding the insurrection, when the power of voters and grassroots organizing sent two Democrats, Georgia's first Black Senator since Reconstruction and its first Jewish statewide elected official ever, to the US Senate. While we remember and address the events of Jan. 6, let's also celebrate the many accomplishments that would not have been possible in 2021 without the work that brought us Senators Warnock and Ossoff and brought us to a 50% threshold in the Senate. (And yes, Sen Warnock has to run for this seat again in 2022.)
Congress delivered for bridges, now it must deliver for voting rights. From the Civil War to the Jim Crow era, the filibuster has blocked popular bills to stop lynching, end poll taxes, and fight workplace discrimination. Now it’s being used to block voting rights. The weaponization of the filibuster is racism cloaked in procedure and it must go. ~ MLK Family's Deliver For Voting Rights site Let's get the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act across the finish line! Call our senators every day expressing your support for these vital bills and your feelings about the filibuster. Keep the numbers up! Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Email Call SF: (415) 393-0707 Call DC: (202) 224-3841 Sen. Alex Padilla Email Call SF: (415) 981-9369 Call DC: (202) 224-3553 The Time Is Now for Democrats To Save Democracy by Marc Elias With respect to voting rights, no one should utter a single word of criticism of any House or Senate Democrat without first condemning the Republican Party and every single one of its members in the House and Senate. If democracy fails, they will all be to blame. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer’s “Dear Colleague” letter outlining “next steps on urgently needed voting rights legislation.” We at EBAA are researching, planning, scheming, and we’ll get back to you soon with an invitation to our Annual Meeting in the spring. And of course, please forward this email and invite a friend to join. If you received this from someone else, please make sure you are on our mailing list. Bonus inside scoop: get ahead of the game for 2022 by learning more about our new California maps here: Redistricting and California’s new house map, the Daily Kos’s handy guide to help unscramble it. It’s almost time to dust off your sneakers and your phone. Let’s all get ready for plenty of political activism this year! Best always, and Happy New Year, The EBAA Steering Committee (Peggy Scott, newsletter editor) p.s. Of hyper-local but crucially important interest…
Alameda County Sheriff Candidates Forum Livermore Indivisible, Indivisible East Bay, The Independent, Livermore Vine, and Pleasanton Weekly are hosting a virtual forum on Sunday, January 9, at 1:30 p.m., featuring the three current candidates for Alameda County Sheriff. This is the first time in his 14-year tenure that Sheriff Ahern has faced challengers in his re-election. Register now to receive the link for the Zoom webinar.
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