Mid- July 2020 Newsletter
As we mourn the loss of one of our most beloved heroes, please treat yourself to one very gratifying minute, by clicking here to watch our dear departed Congressman John Lewis talk about how to live. Then decide that the best way to honor his memory is to go get yourself in just a little bit of good trouble.
Congressman Lewis loved meeting kids every year at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. See below for our crop of interns who are doing an amaaazing job helping our candidates.
So, (you may be asking) what do we want?
We want YOU to help. We used to have 5 fingers on our tactical hand: Canvassing, Phonebanking. Textbanking, Writing Postcards and Fundraising. Canvassing has taken a back seat to Covid-19 and all our candidates are begging for phone banks. It is the only way they can reach out to their constituents and voters right now. They need to find on-the-ground supporters and build their volunteer base at home. And that’s where we come in. Please help!
All phonebanks are listed here and here and also at the end of every newsletter. We have SO many opportunities for you to try your hand at this and then sign up for a regular shift. If you’d like to sign up to be a regular at one of our phonebanks, please email us.
Please scroll down to the bottom to sign up for a phonebank.
Below find information on
• A movie screening
• Introducing our Intrepid Interns
Postcards to Three P’s
Help us flip the MI state house!
Michigan’s Governor Whitmer needs Democratic allies in the legislature. So we are writing postcards for our MI candidates,
• Pulver, Pohutsky, and Padma (Kuppa).
• It’s Personal, Productive, and Pragmatic.
Last time, Pohutsky won by the slimmest margin in Michigan’s legislature. It is essential that we hold onto Pohutsky and Kuppa's seats, and flip Pulver’s in HD-39 from red to blue.
Get assignments and the latest news on postcards by emailing Jan, the postcard maven
Postcards also available on porches in Oakland: contact Jody (Dimond Heights)
or Danielle (Glenview).
Meanwhile (as Stephen Colbert likes to say) in North Carolina… we have this from the fabulous Dr. Franny:
“Help needed! Our friends at Postcards to Swing States accidentally sent me an extra 1000 postcards for North Carolina voters. (Eek). These are due in October. Anyone want some? Minimum ask: 20 postcards.”
YOU pick up addresses and postcards, contact-free, from a porch near the Oakland Berkeley border.
YOU provide the writing muscle and postage stamps. Hold onto them until October, then mail from your home.
Please email with the number of cards you want (multiples of 20) and you will get a reply, address of said porch, and gratitude from this postcard-meister for all that you do.
Yes, you read that right. Just fun, and maybe a bit of enlightening dialogue.
Fire it up for our fall campaigns by joining East Bay Activist Alliance, fellow activists, and friends for a lively discussion inspired by "Slay The Dragon," the powerful new documentary about the successful grassroots campaign to end partisan gerrymandering in Michigan and beyond. We’ll be joined by Jamie Lyons-Eddy from Voters Not Politicians (VNP), the organization which led the 2018 ballot initiative called Redistricting Reform
Amendment, as well as at least one of our three Michigan candidates, all of whom support VNP’s VoteSafe campaign to protect our elections during the pandemic. RSVP. NOTE: This is not a film screening. Slay the Dragon can be streamed for $4.99 on several streaming services here . Though recommended, viewing the film is not a prerequisite for our conversation about the power of grassroots activism in the wake of strategic, brazen attempts to steal power away from people. RSVP.
Great news on the fundraising front
This past weekend, our splendid Senator Nancy Skinner pitched in to help raise funds for Michigan’s Laurie Pohutsky and one damn fine conversation later, over $4000 for had been raised for the Michigander’s campaign. Thank you Senator Skinner! Support Laurie here. Meanwhile our July Giving circle has raised over $7,000 split between Virginia Cox-Daugherty’s campaign to flip NC’s House District 12 and You Can Vote, an amazing voting rights group in North Carolina.
To date, the total funds raised by the Giving Circle is $44,868.29! You can contribute directly or create your own giving circle. July isn’t over – read more here.
Masks for Fundraising
The Redwood Heights-EBAA Crafty Resisters continue to create their beautiful facemasks to benefit EBAA candidates and causes. Masks are pre-shrunk cotton with pockets for adding a filter and nose wires for a better fit. There are two pick-up sites in Oakland and one in Berkeley, and a USPS Mail option too. Currently they are offering masks for a suggested donation of $10-$15 to support our North Carolina candidate, Dr. Virginia Cox-Daugherty. For further information click here.
Text with Us!
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 here 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!
Focus on Interns
Local Focus – EBAA Interns
Did you know that EBAA has an Intern Program? Successful applicants are vetted and supported by lead volunteers Bill Marthinsen and Elissa Gershon, who provide interns with essential training in campaign management and leadership skills. And yes, we’ll be recruiting for 2021 again next spring.
Max Barmack is a rising junior studying Public Policy at the University of Michigan. When he is not working for Julia Pulver's campaign for Michigan House District 39, he spends time figuring out how to get Michigan students to vote. Currently living in Berkeley, Max hopes to return to Ann Arbor this fall.
William Cooke hails from Turlock in the Central Valley, an area with a large Hispanic population. He is a rising sophomore at UC Berkeley (GO BEARS) pursuing a major in Political Science, minor in Public Policy. His parents gave him his first sip of champagne the night Obama was elected President, but he became politically engaged directly in campaigns after the current POTUS was elected and he saw his friends and their family members attacked and maligned for their ethnicity. He is working as an intern for progressive candidate Laurie Pohutsky, Michigan House District 19.
Anna Dua is a rising senior at Berkeley High School, currently working on the Coral Evans for Arizona House of Representatives, Legislative District 6 campaign. She has always been interested in politics, and is very excited to be working as an intern with us.
Sydney Ferris is 18, just graduated from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, and is about to begin her freshman year at UC Santa Cruz. She is extremely excited to be part of the 2020 Blue Wave, especially because this November will be her first time voting in an election. She is currently working on the Julia Pulver campaign for Michigan's House District 39.
Aaron Hill hails from Forest Falls, a small mountain community in Southern California. A rising sophomore at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) with plans to major in American History, he writes and edits for the Berkeley Political Review, is active in the campus chapter of ACLU, was campus coordinator initially for the Buttigieg campaign and now for Vice President Biden’s Presidential campaign. He’s glad to play a role this year outside California as well, and is working on Padma Kuppa’s re-election campaign for Michigan House District 41. Aaron hopes to attend law school and eventually become a civil rights attorney.
Sophia Lindgren hails from Lafayette and attends UC Davis, where she studies International Relations. She is so proud to be working on Dr. Kimberly Hardy’s campaign for North Carolina’s General Assembly, district 43, largely due to the candidate herself. She is thrilled to be working for such an intelligent, hardworking, and compassionate candidate. The women in her life taught her you’re never too young or too old to make a difference. She plans to dedicate her life to public service with hopes of joining the State Department and run for office one day. Her biggest goal is to become the US Secretary of State.
Olaf Radzins is working behind the scenes doing much-needed tech support for EBAA including database maintenance, events organization, phonebanks, and fundraisers for candidates. He will be starting UC Berkeley in the fall majoring in political science. We are beyond thrilled to have his help.
Trinity Salazar hails from Riverside, California and attends UC Davis. She cares about increasing voter turnout in underrepresented communities so we can put a Democrat in the White House. She is excited to work with Virginia Cox-Daugherty running for NC House District 12 because of the candidate’s passion for both her district’s population in general and her focus on healthcare for the older population.
Sam Trachtenberg is a student at Brown University working on Dan O'Neil’s election to represent Michigan House District 104, way up in Traverse City. Sam is pleased to intern for Dan’s candidacy in order to develop his campaign and leadership skills and to make a positive impact. He plans to continue working in politics using the skills he's learning this summer.
A Gift that Keeps on Giving
Let‘s hear it for MI state Senator Mallory McMorrow whom we helped elect in 2018 when she flipped MI State Senate District 13. Apparently she is making some good trouble in Lansing.
May all our candidates become “massive problems” for their Republican opponents.
A good read
Let’s hear it for those “women from Michigan” who are “zeroing in on their mission to expand voting rights in a state where [POTUS’s] 2016 winning margin of just 10,704 votes was the narrowest in the country.” Help us flip their statehouse blue and ensure that Michigan’s 16 electoral votes “Go Blue!” Read more here.
Here is just one more bit of Congressman Lewis to brighten your day. Please click here to play video.