IB Newsletter, March 20rd 2017
1. Team Spotlight: Interview with Trainings Team Lead Bob Burnett
2. Featured Actions (Training, Healthcare, and Science & Environment)
3. Upcoming Events (Tax March, Climate March, Thank EPA Employees)
4. General Announcements (Finance team applications, Join Slack, Ask/Give Wall)
Team Spotlight: Interview with Trainings Team Lead Bob Burnett
At Indivisible Berkeley, we’re very privileged to have voices with national reach not just working with us in partnership, but amongst our organizational ranks. For our first blog post, I sat down with Bob Burnett, former Silicon Valley executive, regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and the leader of Indivisible Berkeley’s Trainings Team, to ask him about his long history with nonviolence, organized activism, and what role he envisions the Trainings Team playing in resisting the administration.
Welcome to Activism
Sunday, March 26
7:00-9:00 PM (Attendees should arrive at least 10 minutes early)
Northbrae Community Church
941 The Alameda
Berkeley, CA 94707
“Welcome to Activism” is a two-hour introduction to organized resistance, featuring participatory training sessions on listening, nonviolent direct action, and communication. If you are new to activism or new to Indivisible Berkeley, this is a great opportunity to get some basic training and practice; the only prerequisite is that attendees accept the Indivisible Berkeley mission: “to resist the agenda of the current administration and promote a progressive and inclusive agenda.” This event will replace our next General Assembly.
For questions, contact Bob Burnett at email@example.com
Prevent Further Politicization of Environmental Regulations
From Science and Environment
Indivisible Berkeley members are requested to call California’s senators, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and EPA Director Scott Pruitt to object to three bills currently under Senate consideration: HR 5 (Regulatory Accountability Act), S 21 (REINS Act), and S 34 (Midnight Rules Relief Act). These bills interfere with rulemaking to politicize environmental, health, and safety regulations in an unprecedented way; these bills have already passed the House and are under Senate consideration.
Share Your Affordable Care Act Stories
Deadline is Thursday, March 23
The Indivisible Berkeley Healthcare team is asking for letters that describe positive personal ACA impact stories. These letters will be printed out and delivered en masse to Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris on March 23, a national ACA day of action.
For information or to volunteer to deliver these letters, contact Madelyn Weiss at
Other Upcoming Events
Tax March San Francisco
Saturday, April 15, 2017
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
San Francisco Civic Center
Earth Day and March for Science
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. It is now celebrated in 192 countries, with more than 1 billion people participating in Earth Day activities—the single largest civic observance on the planet. This year’s campaign is “Environmental & Climate Literacy.” For more information on Earth Day activities, visit: www.earthday.org.
A March for Science is also planned to occur in SF on this day.
People’s Climate Movement Bay Area
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Lake Merritt Amphitheater (adjacent to 12th Street)
Oakland, CA 94610
The People’s Climate Movement (PCM) is a broad-based coalition of more than 50 faith-based, labor unions, indigenous, civil rights, and environmental justice groups working together to tackle climate change. This will be a sister march for the main event in Washington, DC on April 29, the hundredth day of the Trump presidency.
Send a Note of Thanks to San Francisco’s EPA Employees
From Science and Environment
Please send a note of thanks and support to EPA's San Francisco employees this week. If you have a personal story of how EPA has helped you, include that in your card. This is a tough time for these career public servants, and it would be great to let them know how much we support them. Get creative!
Mail notes to:
Employees of EPA Region 9 (ORA)
75 Hawthorne St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Passover Seder Vigil for West County Detention Center
Sunday, April 2
West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway
Richmond, CA, 94806
This is a vigil to protest the inhumane conditions in our ICE detention centers and to support families of detainees. Rabbi Lynn Gotlieb is organizing the event, and she’s looking for volunteers to make pots of vegetarian matzo ball soup. If you’re interested in making soup, you can contact her at RabbiLynn@earthlink.net
If you are interested in attending the vigil, please contact Don Cornejo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us on Slack!
Slack is an easy-to-use messaging website and app that we’re using to communicate within and between the IB teams. Whether you’re looking for more ways to get involved or already on a team, you should check out Slack!
Indivisible Berkeley Finance Team
Indivisible Berkeley is now accepting applications for those interested in joining our finance team. Applicants must have the relevant background, skills, and judgment for the position, and will be reviewed by a panel of Steering Team members.
Ask Wall/Give Wall
At every General Assembly, we’ve put up an “Ask Wall” and a “Give Wall” to foster collaboration between teams and individuals.
Can you help us meet any of these asks?
- The Economic Justice team is seeking individuals with banking backgrounds or expertise.
Please contact email@example.com
- Individual member is seeking online access/WiFi near Derby St. and Claremont Ave.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're interested in one of these gives, email email@example.com to be put in touch with the giver
- Writing, editing, journalism, PR, social media
- Website design, document sharing, web forums, webpages
- Graphic design, illustration, artistry
- Self-care, meditation, Reiki, mind/body therapies
- Cajun band for performances, fundraisers, or social events
- Mail sorting shelves for flyers
- Fluent Spanish speaker
Suggestions, comments, questions, concerns, or ideas?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!