Happy 100th Day, activists! Actually, by the time you’re reading this, it’ll be slightly more than a hundred days, but a milestone of the administration nonetheless. We still have a long way to go until 2018 and longer still until 2020. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief that, in the first hundred days of office, the Trump Administration has managed to pass no significant piece of legislation. The same lack of productivity does not apply to Indivisible Berkeley. For our Hundredth Day Edition of this newsletter, we’ve decided to eschew our usual feature and look back on just some of what Indivisible Berkeley has accomplished in the first hundred days:
In Science and Environment:
Our Science and Environment Team has proven to be one of our most active external teams. In few short months since their inception, they've led campaigns to stop the appointment of Neil Gorsuch, against HR 5 (Regulatory Accountability Act), S 21 (REINS Act), and S 34 (Midnight Rules Relief Act), and in support of local EPA employees. They've also led the Indivisible Berkeley contingent at the Climate March and the March for Science, which saw dozens of IB members in attendance among the tens of thousands of marchers, and met with Kamala Harris's staffer Xavier Johnson.
Another tremendously active team, Elections has recently brought us phone banking for Jon Ossoff, but whose biggest success yet is their voter registration at the San Francisco Tax March. Along with handing out their flier "How YOU Can Elect More Democrats", which helped disseminate important information about registration and the political process, the team managed to register and recruit a number of new voters.
In Economic Justice:
The Economic Justice Team has chosen to focus one of the major issues concerning the City of Berkeley: divestiture from Wells Fargo. After getting Vice Mayor Linda Maio to speak at one of Indivisible Berkeley's first General Assemblies, representatives from that team met with Mayor Arreguin about the topic, in which they got a firm commitment to end the city's contract with the bank as soon as an alternative option can be confirmed. They've also met with an advisory committee to the Mayor on the topic and spoke at a city council meeting.
While our external teams have been making political waves, our internal teams have been working tirelessly to build up our organization's infrastructure. In the past few months, they've held trainings on Introduction to Activism, helped train nonviolent event monitors for direct action, and hosted "Reaching Out to Trump Voters: An Evening with Arlie Hochschild and George Lakoff," the livestream of which attracted nearly thirty thousand viewers.
From all of you:
As a whole, since the inauguration Indivisible Berkeley has seen nothing short of a meteoric rise. On January 19, we had fewer than 150 activists on our email list, and today, just three short months later, we have nearly 3400. Our meeting attendance regularly nears 300, and members have made thousands of phone calls, sent thousands of emails and letters and postcards, and attended marches and rallies by the hundred. Since the inauguration we've grown from just another small local activist organization into one of the largest Indivisible groups in the Bay Area, getting shout outs from the Huffington Post and Kamala Harris.
I hope to add to this list in the coming days as more of your emails come in about the wonderful things you've done, so keep us updated on how your teams are progressing!
While the current administration struggles to get anything through Congress, our members have been alight with productivity. We still have a lot of work to do and a long way to go, but the engagement of the community has been unprecedented, and with your support we can get there.