Social Action Opportunities

Upcoming Events and Advocacy Opportunities

Thank you to Valerie Sopher for compiling this list

Join or host a Hear Our Voice event near you this President's Day week
Now-February 26

After writing hundreds of thousands of postcards, inundating the offices of members of Congress with phone calls, flooding airports across the country in protest, and huddling in our communities to plan our next steps, it's time to engage with our elected officials directly.  Many will be holding town hall events in their districts next week, while others will be meeting with constituents and local leaders at district offices. Our job is to make sure we're present wherever they are, and to educate them about the issues that matter to us. We will not stop until they get the message loud and clear - we will not stop until equality, justice, and freedom for all are realized. We're going to make sure they Hear Our Voice.  You don't have to have done anything like this before. We'll provide you with guides and resources so that your actions, meetings, and town hall events are as impactful as possible. 

Visit The Women's March Network Support Team formore infomaton.

Phone Bank to Support the ACA
Saturday, February 18, 1-4 pm

Adams Point –Lake Merritt Area
Host: Mark Badger
424 Euclid Ave, Oakland
510-206-6656
or 901 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA

Go to http://californiacavalry.org

If you want to host your own phone bank contact Anne: [email protected].

ACLU - Free Citizenship Workshop in San Pablo
Saturday, February 18

Do you speak Spanish?? Want to volunteer?
Could use a volunteer or three to assist. Immigration lawyers especially needed.
 
The Long March for Justice
Sunday, February 19 at 3 p.m.
YBCA Theater, 700 Howard St, San Francisco
 
On the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of Japanese Americans, learn from our history about the challenges we face today and how you can take action with the ACLU in the weeks ahead. Free

Featuring Abdi Soltani Executive Director, ACLU of Northern CA with Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu and founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute; Jessica Cabrera Carmona, immigrant community leader from the Central Valley of California; Myrtle Braxton-Ellington, 89 year old activist and co-chair of the social justice committee at the Easter Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond, CA

Presented by ACLU of Northern CA, in partnership with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers
Looks like Senator Dianne Feinstein is doing a townhall in Oakland.

Resisting Mass Deportation: A Community Forum
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 5:00-7:30 pm 
Koret Auditorium: San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street (Enter at 30 Grove St.), San Francisco, CA 94102

No family should be torn apart because they can’t afford an attorney. Learn how San Francisco can provide lawyers to help immigrants fight deportation and how YOU can help.
Sponsored by San Francisco Public Defender's Office.  Free event.  Click here to register online.
Speakers: Danny Glover, actor, director, and activist; Hon. Dana Leigh Marks, president, National Association of Immigration Judges; Sandra Lee Fewer, San Francisco supervisor, District 1; Beto Martinez Nolasco, formerly detained immigrant

Town Hall Meeting with Representative Mark DeSaulnier
Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill

During the town hall residents of Contra Costa County will have an opportunity to listen to a presentation and legislative update, as well as ask questions and share thoughts on key policy issues and actions taken under the new Administration. We hope to see you there!
Please note that the town hall will take place at Diablo Valley College in the cafeteria and that parking will be available in Lot 8. For more information or to request ADA accommodations, please email [email protected] or call (925) 933-2660.

Organizational Meeting to Focus on California Central Valley Organizing
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM
IFPTE Local 20 - 810 Clay Street - Oakland

RSVP: [email protected] or (510) 302-1071 (work) or (510) 333-9907

GOAL:  Build non-partisan political coalition structure and community action teams in each of several geographical areas in order to increase civic participation and strengthen the capacity of coalition partners and the community action teams and their individual members to support progressive local, statewide, and/or national issues. 

STRATEGY:   Utilizing basic community organizing techniques, reach community members (potential voters) beginning immediately to build a trust relationship by working on issues/projects of mutual concern.  Will ultimately engage in voter registration, research issues and candidates, conduct a persuasion canvass, and GOTV.

The Program will bring together existing organizations focusing on issues related to jobs, the economy, retirement security, education, health care, immigrant rights, and the environment in the California central valley.  The Program will build political structure(s) ("tables") to help coordinate among and support existing organizations in the Central Valley.  Utilizing volunteers, it will increase membership with a door-to-door canvass (sharing members from the canvass) and phone banking;   develop community action teams (CATs) with regular meetings to increase participation of individuals (members of the existing organizations and those recruited at the door/on the phone) around issues or projects of importance to the participants and their organizations;  and develop local leadership among the participants.  

Senator Dianne Feinstein Town Hall (tentative)
Sunday, February 26, 10am - 12pm
Elmhurst Community Prep school
1800 98th Ave, Oakland, California 94603

Please note: Senator Feinstein has been invited to this event by Indivisible East Bay but no confirmation yet.

A Jewish Community Forum: Championing Democratic Freedoms, Advancing Social Justice and Ensuring Security
Sunday March 19, 9:30 a.m.-5 pm
Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St., San Francisco
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

This Jewish Community Forum is intended to provide community members with an opportunity to learn effective strategies for advocacy and the powers of government in our participatory democracy. Attendees will leave empowered with the information, ideas and training needed to engage in civic affairs at the federal, state and municipal levels. Learn To SPEAK OUT on issues! oSPEAK UP when faced with discrimination!

BE AN AMBASSADOR for our Jewish community!

Cost  $25 - Advance Registration Required!

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/JCRCSanFrancisco/Forum.html

Voter Registration for new citizens in February and March
Wednesday, February 22 , March 8, March 29.

Paramount Theater, Oakland. 10 am to about noon. We'll do a refresher training - or new training for new people - and balance the volunteers at the 2 stations.  If you've done this before, still come at 10 and help train new volunteers. Contact Susan Pfeifer [email protected] or 415-860-8081.

California Live! A Dream denied? The Immigrant Experience in the Campus Community
Tuesday, April 11

Cal Alumni Association will present a panel discussion focusing on how Cal and other public universities can safeguard their undocumented students.

The panel will include several esteemed members of the Cal alumni community: Moderator Diane Dwyer '87, veteran Bay Area journalist; Robert D. Haas '64, Chairman-Emeritus, Levi Strauss & Co.; Ali Noorani '96, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum; Saira Hussain '09, J.D. '13, Staff Attorney, Asian Law Caucus; Meng So '10, M.A., Director, Undocumented Student Program, UC Berkeley; Valeska Castaneda-Puerto '16, Program Manager, Student Support, Cal Alumni Association

Registration will open in late February. We hope you can join us! 

Consultation on Conscience
April 30 - May 2, Washington D.C.

Consultation on Conscience is the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's biennial social justice leadership conference. Held over three days in Washington, D.C., Consultation empowers the Reform Jewish Movement through leadership development; opportunities for network and community building; and active dialogue culminating in an afternoon of advocacy on Capitol Hill. It is open to Congregational Delegations as well as individuals looking to build relationships and deepen their engagement in the fight for progressive social change in North America. In 2017, there will be a special focus on issues of racial justice, including
conversations on how to better organize to combat voter suppression and the staggering problem of mass incarceration in America. For more information, go to www.rac.org 
 

Resilience of Racism Conference
June 1-3, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day

The Resilience of Racism Conference, hosted by the Equal Justice Society, will explore mind science concepts such as implicit bias and racial anxiety to help us understand and ameliorate racism in all its manifestations.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center http://oacc.cc
388 9th Street, Oakland, California
See the preliminary conference agenda - https://equaljusticesociety.org/mindscience
Speakers and presenters at the conference include (in formation):
 

Save the dates. Marches and rallies are being planned for:

  • April 15 (pressure T. to release his tax returns)
  • April 22 (Earth Day) March for Science in Washington, D.C.
    The organizers of the Sister March for Science sister march in San Francisco are looking for help with various legal, regulatory, and charity issues related to the march. If you are interested in helping, please sign up here.
  • April 29 People's Climate Mobilization in Washington, D.C.
 

But Wait, There’s More...

Vote with Your Wallet

https://grabyourwallet.org for a suggested list of stores to boycott because they sell Trump family products.  

Pressure Business Leaders to Sever Ties with Trump
From #FightTrump and wall-of-us

Trump has established an advisory council of national business leaders. We're joining the effort to pressure those executives to either publicly oppose the recent Muslim ban or withdraw from the council. This strategy is already working: in response to pressure by consumers (and the hashtag #DeleteUber), Uber CEO Travis Kalanik stepped down from the advisory council and made a firm statement against the Muslim ban. Of the other 18 executives that remain on the business advisory council, only two have stated their position on the Muslim ban. It's time to demand that all of these business leaders speak up. Take action by going to this page, where you'll find easy, one-click icons to send emails* and tweets. Let these executives know that we want them to make a public statement against the Muslim ban.
http://adstrike.us/wallofus

Call for a Full Investigation into Trump’s Ties with Russia
From #FightTrump   

The big news earlier this week, Flynn's resignation, seems to be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Trump campaign's communications with Russia. Rep. Jerrod Nadler (D., NY) has called for a broader investigation into Trump's ties to Russia, and we're now asking you to take action to pressure your representatives for more investigation, too.

Here's a script to use when calling your representatives:

Hi, my name is (NAME), I'm calling from (PLACE, ZIP CODE), I am one of your constituents. I'm calling to ask that you support Representative Nadler's call for an immediate and full investigation into the Trump administration's Russia ties. Congress should appoint a select, nonpartisan committee to do so. I believe it is your duty to investigate and keep the American people informed on this most pressing national security issue. Thank you.

5 Best Ways to Help Planned Parenthood This February
Read the original article here

It’s February 2017, and the federal government is in the hands of extremist lawmakers who want to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers. If they do, millions will lose the health care they rely on each year — hurting people of color, those with low incomes, and folks in rural areas the worst. But we're not letting them block health care to 2.5 million people without a fight. Ready to join us in the fight? Here are 5 quick ways you can help Planned Parenthood health centers and the communities they serve.

1) Become a Planned Parenthood Defender
Defenders are a core group of supporters who have said they'll give their time to defend Planned Parenthood, the health services they provide, and the people who rely on them — in what just may be the fight of our lives. Do what you can, when you can. Five minutes, five hours, whatever you've got. We'll make it as easy as possible and give you detailed instructions. Sign up today. 

2) Change Your Profile Pic
Join Planned Parenthood supporters around the globe and send a simple, clear message—the one we need most right now: I. Stand. With. Get the #IStandWithPP Profile Pic.

3) Tell Congress: Protect Family Planning
Anti-women's health members of Congress are moving quickly to dismantle President Obama's rule protecting people’s access to health care through the Title X family planning program. If successful, extremist politicians at the state level could block patients’ access to preventive care at a health center just because it also provides safe, legal abortion. Send a message to your representatives in Congress telling them to protect Title X.

4) Tell Your Senators: No Supreme Court Seat for a Judge Who’d Overturn Roe v. Wade
Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has an alarming history of interfering with reproductive rights. Example: He once wrote a key ruling that  that bosses should be able to deny women access to birth control coverage. Tell your senators to confront Gorsuch on his anti-women's health record and demand he clearly affirm his support for Roe v. Wade. It's simple: No Roe, No Go.

5) Stand with Immigrants and Refugees
Many of Planned Parenthood patients and clinicians are immigrants to the United States. But President Trump's executive order to erect walls to keep out immigrants, turn away those seeking asylum, and prevent local governments from serving the needs of their communities is an appalling attack on immigrants designed to sow fear. Share this post to show you stand with immigrants and refugees.

Want more ways to get involved?

Find all the ways to take action for Planned Parenthood — that includes #IStandWithPP events near you and instructions for hosting your own event.
Find all the ways to support the broader reproductive rights movement at plannedparenthoodaction.org/act.

Help Refugees
From Kathryn Winogura, Volunteer Services Manager
Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay
2484 Shattuck Ave #210, Berkeley, CA 94704 or 1855 Olympic Blvd., Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94596; (925) 927-2000, ext. 529; www.jfcs-eastbay.org

Given the recently signed refugee ban, there will be some ongoing uncertainty about exactly who can come in and when. As of now, we continue to resettle some families, most of whom are from Afghanistan. We also continue to serve refugees who have already arrived. If you'd like to read our Executive Director's statement on the refugee ban, please click here: http://jfcs-eastbay.org/yearning-breathe-free/. We also put together a piece with some action ideas and resources: http://jfcs-eastbay.org/weve-seen-this-before/. And you can join us on Facebook to get more frequent updates: www.facebook.com/JFCSeastbay.

JFCS East Bay has been resettling refugees of all backgrounds for decades. Most of the refugee clients we serve end up in the Concord area, with a few families in East Oakland. The majority of refugees we have resettled in recent years are from Afghanistan. They are former translators who worked with the U.S. military in Afghanistan and are now considered collaborators. They have had to flee the country under threat of violence and death from the Taliban and other extremist groups. This is a group of very smart and motivated young men, and they mostly arrive with their wives and children. Other groups we have resettled recently are from Iraq, Iran, Syria, and the former Soviet Union. We also have a specialized and unique LGBT refugee program, mostly serving young LGBT people from African and Middle Eastern countries who have been targeted for who they are.  As an official refugee resettlement agency, we work with refugee families and individuals for the first months after their arrival. We help them sign up for social services, get to medical screenings, enroll children in school, find a place to live, furnish apartments, enroll in ESL classes, find a job, and address any trauma or mental health issues. Our case managers speak the languages of the refugees they serve.

If you are looking for concrete ways to help at this time, here are some ideas:

One immediate way you can help is to make a donation to the Refugees Welcome Fund and help new and recently arrived refugees with housing costs and other essentials while also supporting our comprehensive resettlement services and community mobilization efforts. If you follow this link www.jfcs-eastbay.org/donate-now to donate, you will see a designation menu - make sure you choose Refugees Welcome Fund.

1. Organize a collection drive. Refugees come with almost nothing in hand--only a few suitcases. Please let me know if you are interested in organizing a collection or making a donation of any of the following items:

  • A "welcome packet" in a bag (with shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.).
  • Kitchen items: pots/pans, plates, bowls, cups, glasses, silverware, cooking utensils, serving ware, small appliances--all in super clean and great condition. We accept these donations in our Walnut Creek office only. Drop off can be Monday through Friday between 10 and 4. (We do not take plastic or older/worn items.)
  • Backpacks filled with school supplies for children.
  • Baby items: new packs of diapers and wipes, strollers, port-a-cribs, and car seats. If gently used, items need to be very well cleaned.

2. Purchase gift cards that can be given directly to refugees. Target and Safeway cards are the best options, in any amounts. These can be mailed to me at JFCS East Bay, 1855 Olympic Blvd. #200, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.

3. Know of a business that might be interested in hiring an eligible refugee? Know of a business that could donate items for refugee families: food products, electronic items, laptops? We'd love to hear from you if so.

4. Offer a room in your home for a refugee family. Some families who have been here for a short time are in need of temporary housing. For these clients, we place individuals with hosted housing to help them get on their feet. I fully understand if you cannot offer this, but wanted to mention it as a possibility. Clients can pay between $200 and $500 a month during their stay.

5. Write a note of support. You could write a card or note, send it to us, and we'll pass it on to our clients. This will help refugees understand how welcome they are in our community. Notes of support and acceptance go a long way.

Help new immigrants

East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition (EBIIC), Project Nueva Esperanza, helps new arrivals who are identified by churches in the Fruitvale to transition into life in the Bay Area.
Here are some short-term ways that you can help, even in you don't speak Spanish (Contact: [email protected]):
Donate money and supplies to Casa Nueva Esperanza to support emergency transitional migrant housing
Provide job leads for new arrivals (house cleaning, gardening, maintenance, etc.)
If you do have some conversational Spanish, you can accompany people to Immigration Court for a morning or afternoon in San Francisco (Contact: [email protected]).

  • Women marchers are now huddling
    Huddles are meetings where we Marchers and others can get to know each other better, envision the country we want, and make plans on how to win it. You don't need to have ever done something like this before. We have a guide available and lots of resources to help you come up with an action plan. Click here to find or host a Huddle near you: https://www.womensmarch.com/100/Action2 Building this movement is going to take all of us, in our communities, banding together to build the world we want to see, and making sure the world hears our voice. Join us.
  • Women’s March needs help forming nonprofit 
    "The Women's March - California organizers, a group of 40 women (not one professional organizer!) shepherded 1.1 million people through the streets of CA on January 21, 2017 at 13 marches statewide. To continue the amazing work started on that day, we would like to form a statewide coalition to share resources, provide education/outreach, and structure/tools for ongoing advocacy efforts. Since this work will likely include political activities like voter registration, canvassing for progressive candidates, etc. we expect that a 5014c structure will make the most sense. We need legal advice on how to proceed with our incorporation. And since we can't fundraise until we are incorporated, we need pro bono assistance to start. Key considerations include: 
    - Allowing the 13 local city chapters to fundraise on their own and maintain their 501c3 status in some cases. 
    - The flexibility to expand the work beyond CA to include other cities across the country.
    - Privacy concerns related to membership lists which are currently held at the local level."
    Contact: Aaron B. Zisser, Oversight - Investigations - Consulting (408) 623 8116 , www.civilrightsconsulting.com
 
More resources. . .
Take heart!
The good news is that, despite the darkness, the #resistance is working. Here’s the evidence:
•Never in the history of the country have more people contacted their elected representatives than they did this week. This overwhelming show of constituent concern led reluctant Senate  democrats to boycott Trump’s unqualified cabinet nominees, and conscience republicans (Collins, Murkowski, Graham, McCain) to take principled stands.
•Tens of thousands of protesters gathered at airports in more than 30 cities, leading Federal judges to overturn President Trump’s vicious executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
•The American Civil Liberties Union said it received $24.1 million in online donations over the weekend. In a normal year, the ACLU gathers only about $4 million in online donations. In one weekend, it raised six times as much money.
•The chief executive of Uber withdrew from President Trump’s economic advisory council after staff members openly questioned why Travis Kalanick was willing to advise the president and more than 200,000 customers deleted their accounts.
•Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus announced they will no longer sell Ivanka Trump's eponymous clothing and accessories line following a determined boycott effort led by GrabYourWallet.
•President Trump canceled his visit to the Harley-Davidson factory after the company decided it wasn't comfortable hosting him amid planned protests that would embarass the President and the company.
•Republican members of congress are now backing out of town hall meetings, fearing a backlash against their plan to repeal Obamacare. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) snuck out the back of a library in order to steer clear of constituents who wanted to tell him not to take away their insurance. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) faced a similar reaction during a town-hall event in Grand Rapids. And Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) canceled a meeting with constituents on Wednesday when a staffer learned that a reporter was present. The bad news, of course, is that we’re barely two weeks into Donald Trump’s presidential term, so we’ve got a long way to go. There’s a piece going around suggesting that Trump’s chaotic weekend rollout of a seven-nation Muslim ban was a trial balloon for an administration that will marginalize the legislative and judicial branches and consolidate all government power in the White House. The article speculates that green card holders were initially included in the ban so as to intentionally create chaos with the goal of creating "resistance fatigue" in the general population. They want to wear us down so that we go away. We won’t do that.
Stay woke. Stay alive.
Stay tuned.
Stay #resistant.
Do one thing today.