July 2020 Newsletter
Just do it! And a coupon…
“things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered.
we must hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil.
…the heaviness is the increasing weight of the truth becoming undeniable as more people believe it.
…not only are we the ones we have been waiting for, but this is the exact moment we have been shaped for. and even though it came so quickly, it has actually taken forever. but here we are, in this moment, the present moment, naked and messy and visible right down to our roots.”
Social turmoil continues.
Racial injustice continues.
The White House--well, that just goes from bad to worse.
And EBAA continues…to phonebank, to raise money for our candidates and voting rights organizations, to textbank, and to write postcards. Because no matter how screwed up everything is, we know that Nov. 2 will be here in four short months and there is work to do.
We cannot knock on doors, so the candidates have asked us to call their constituents. It’s what they need and so we do it. Thank you, activists!
We cannot have fun parties but we can raise money for them in other ways and so we host online house parties and dialogues. Thank you for attending and donating.
When you feel worn down by the social distancing, the bad news, and with being in your house, please know that we see you, and appreciate your activism.
What you do matters. And we get it – you don’t always feel like fighting the good fight, but you get up again, feeling “naked and messy and visible right down to your roots.”
And you just do it.
News about our Candidates
Padma Kuppa was featured by the league of Conservation Voters discussion entitled, “Running for Office as a Climate Champion
: Stories from Rising Stars in the Environmental Movement” on July 2, which was co-hosted with New American Leaders Action Fund, Conservation Colorado, and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. They discussed connecting with their voters about issues of environmental justice, climate action, safe drinking water, and conservation. Laurie Pohutsky will be featured in a special fundraiser with Nancy Skinner, see Fundraising below. And Julia Pulver R.N. is waging a lively campaign to get Michiganders to wear masks.
Every Motown Monday from 3-5pm you can make calls to Michigan; this phonebank switches between our three MI candidates.
The June 27 conversation between our stellar Congresswoman Barbara Lee and candidate, Kimberly Hardy (Cumberland County NC) was outstanding and raised over $7000. We are so grateful to Rep. Lee for helping to lift up emerging Democrats in other states, and it was a joy to watch these two women social workers talk social justice, equity, and the role of government during the pandemic, all in light of Black Lives Matter. As Rep. Lee put it so succinctly, “Police need to be about public safety, not about killing people.”
Watch the recording here.
We have a Weekly NC Phonebank on Saturdays, 11am-1pm. RSVP!
For 5 years Mayor Coral Evans of Flagstaff has marched in the July 4th parade with her daughter Destiney, who always dressed up as Captain America. In this year of no parade, Destiney put her costume on, walked out of the house and went to stand in front of City Hall, all on her own, holding a hand-made sign. In her mom’s words, “I have always been proud of my daughter. Today I am in awe.” You can help Mayor Evans’ campaign for State House by calling and postcarding for her and Felicia French, her State Senate candidate counterpart, at
Winning Wednesdays from 4-7PM each week. The AZ State House is within reach to flip blue! RSVP
Phonebanks We are all stuck indoors. Candidates can't get out to strut their stuff. And they all ask us for the same thing: phonebanks. They need us to be their voice. If you have been thinking about shifting gears to phonebank but are, frankly, less than thrilled at the prospect, please come to our July evening training session on Zoom and watch our phonebanking demonstrations. Come armed with: · a glass of any adult beverage, · a tasty snack, and · all your questions, concerns and uncomfortableness. Thursday July 16, 7-8PM, EBAA Phonebank Demonstration and Training with Jen and Steph. RSVP. Plus, Julia Pulver (Michigan's 39th District State House candidate) has put East Bay interns Max and Sydney to work running four hours of phonebanks every Sunday. Come phonebank with them – pick a shift! 10AM-12PM or 12-2PM. RSVP. Please find all our regular EBAA phonebanks listed at the end, along with weekly and monthly options.
Flipping Michigan: A Dialogue Between Progressive Legislators is the second in our series of candidates in conversation with our local heroes.
Join us on Sunday, July 19, at 3PM PDT/6PM EDT.
We are grateful to have our State Senator and Majority Whip Nancy Skinner join our fight to re-elect Laurie Pohutsky to the Michigan House.
Skinner, a legislative powerhouse with a background in sustainability, climate change, and environmental policy, has built an extraordinary legacy of accomplishments over more than three decades of public service. Pohutsky, a microbiologist, flipped her seat in Michigan by just 224 votes--a seat that had been in Republican hands for 40 years and which must be retained in order to flip the MI House. Moderated by Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Brad Marshland, we think they will have lots to discuss! Suggested donation: $20.20+. All proceeds benefit Pohutsky for Michigan. RSVP. Co-sponsored with Michigan House Dems and Statewide Indivisible Michigan.
Our Giving Circles initiative, where we extend our appeals to our broader family and friends, has raised almost $38,000 since April. To those of you who have embraced this concept, well done! Our July message, focuses on the fertile ground of North Carolina, where voter suppression is so much in evidence.
NC is also home to You Can Vote, an exceedingly effective, non-partisan voter outreach group. YCV trains and mobilizes volunteers to educate, register, and empower all North Carolina citizens to successfully cast their ballot. Get-out-the-vote efforts have never been more important, and need to happen NOW.
You can make your tax-deductible contribution here.
We also continue our support for Virginia Cox-Daugherty. Flipping this district would put a pro-choice, pro-Medicaid expansion legislator in this seat and help amplify voices that are too often disenfranchised. Please give generously!
Masks for Virginia Cox-Daugherty
Campaigns need money and they need it early, so our crafty resisters from the Redwood Heights-EBAA team are sewing Face Masks for donations to our North Carolina candidate, Virginia Cox-Daugherty.
And these aren't your ordinary masks! These masks are created out of double layers of preshrunk cotton, in beautiful prints, and they include pockets for an added filter option, plus nose wires for better fit, and side channels that provide the option of ties around the ears or around the head. And we are offering various delivery options this month! Please order, and pass this link on to your local friends.
Learn to Text/Text On Your Own: For folks who want to learn to text through Open Progress (and generally how to use Slack for texting), check out Open Progress weekly training sessions. Open Progress has many campaigns aimed at electing progressives nationwide.
For an easier texting platform (Spoke), you can learn to text on your own with Resistance Labs. See their varied campaigns and take the new texter training on your own. One of their partners is Black Voters Matter, which works to expand voting rights and access, and advocates for policies that intersect with race, gender, economic, and other aspects of equity.
As always, please let us know how we can support texting on your own by emailing us at EBAAtexting@gmail.com.
Text with Us! At our June party, we worked with Open Progress to send 2,200 texts to listen to Indiana voters and gauge their support for Attorney General candidate Jonathan Weinzapfel. Join us on Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m. to textbank together via Zoom. RSVP at the link below by Wednesday, July 22 to get the details via email a few days ahead of the Saturday session. RSVP for July 25, 10AM-12noon.
First time texting or want to refine your texting skills? Email us to set up a one-on-one training session so you can text with us on Saturday, July 25!
Writing postcards is creative fun with a serious purpose.
We write postcards for our MI and NC candidates, Vote By Mail, GOTV efforts, and the NAACP. Every campaign is different.
Some campaigns donate the postcards to us, for others we need to supply our own cards. Some campaigns require picking up printed postcards and dropping them back off after completion to a private home. Other times we can email you the instructions and addresses with no travel required. The postcard landscape changes all the time so we ask that you email us to get involved.
And let’s hear it for Sports Basement! As many of you know, this local merchant has offered meeting space free of charge to countless groups in Berkeley doing political organizing and other community activities. Their hospitality and generosity of spirit have been indispensible. They have supported us and we want to support them; they have made that easy by offering a coupon for 11-20% off, both in-store and online, from July 10-18. They also want the shopping experience to be safe and appropriate for everyone so they have enhanced their safety measures. Read the fine print and print a screen grab for in-store purchases at all their stores or online. At point of sale, use both codes: 699678 and 2050010642422. We can’t wait to see you all back at Sports Basement for our 2021 annual meeting!
News from our voting rights organizations Reclaim Our Vote 2020 Summit Series: Voting in Troubled Times. Find out what solutions are being considered to engage communities to raise voter turnout. Connect the issues that groups are sharing about what Covid19 and the protests over racism and police brutality may mean for the elections. This webinar series launches with a 2-evening event that will tackle the question: what must be done to sustain momentum towards fair elections despite the uncertainties caused by the pandemic? We will seek ways to build unity towards one essential goal - a free and fair election. RSVP
News from our Allies
Advance Carolina is a statewide, independent, Black-led, 501c(4) organization with a mission to build political and economic power in Black communities and institutions in North Carolina. Their work completely aligns with our work there. You are invited to a special zoom meeting How We Win North Carolina on Sunday, July 12, at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT. RSVP for the zoom link.
So much to do, so little time. Take it a step at a time. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay engaged, Your EBAA Leadership Team Like us on Facebook here and here. Follow us on Twitter @EastBayActivist
Please sign up for phonebanks!
Wednesday, July 8 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM Redwood Heights EBAA Virtual Phone Bank. RSVP.
Wednesday, July 8 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Winning Wednesdays & EBAA: Phonebanking, Texting, and Postcarding via Zoom. RSVP.
Saturday, July 11 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EBAA Phonebank for Kimberly Hardy. RSVP.
Sunday, July 12 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EBAA Virtual Phonebank: Michigan Sundays with Scott Miller. RSVP.