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East Bay "Democracy for America" Meetup Message Board › Your 3/1 Meetup: "Take Back Red California," Unconditional Theatre

Your 3/1 Meetup: "Take Back Red California," Unconditional Theatre, and California Clean Money

Eden J.
Hi folks,

A few days ago, I told you about congressional candidate Jerry McNerney's appearance at our meetup and promised that I would follow-up with the best of the REST of Wednesday's exciting meetup agenda.

Beyond Jerry McNerney... and the "Red State Road Trip" pre-Meetup DVD and pizza between 6-7 pm... and door prizes like Jon Stewart's "America (The Book)" and Landmark Cinemas tickets... and post-meetup beers at Ben 'N Nicks...

... here are the major agenda items on tap for Wednesday:

1) "Take Back Red California" Presentation and DVD
2) Unconditional Theatre's "Crawford: Voices of Activism"
3) California Clean Money update and ACTION

To help us prepare (copies and pizza), PLEASE RSVP here:­


In concert with Howard Dean's "50-state" DNC strategy to take back this country from the right-wing, the Take Back Red California partnership connects red county organizers with blue county resources in the form of funds, technology, trainings and volunteers to build year-round organizations, raise Democratic visibility, articulate Democratic values and issues, increase registration and turnout, and develop viable candidates in red counties and jurisdictions. TBRC's purpose is to win elections and prevent California from becoming a "swing state" -- which registration trends and demographic data indicate could very well happen.

Along with DFA-Marin, East Bay for Democracy was a founding organization in the creation of TBRC, hosting over 160 people from 22 counties at last May's Take Back Red California Summit in Berkeley. Red county speakers related experiences as activists and candidates. Blue county speakers described tools that were successful in their November 2004 voter contact and GOTV campaigns, such as computer targeted lists and precinct programs.

At Wednesday's DFA Meetup, we'll learn more from a DVD on the TBRC summit as well as TBRC's plans for 2006.

Find out more at:



Unconditional Theatre interviews activists and shares their stories onstage. Most recently, the theatre group went to Crawford, TX, to speak with people on all sides of the Camp Casey anti-war protests. On Wednesday, our meetup will see a special excerpt from this new production.

Many believe the vigil near George W. Bush's ranch reinvigorated the anti-war movement. This performance shares the remarkable, inspirational stories of the "regular people” who filled the camp and helped make it possible. Members of Unconditional Theatre portray a series of surprising activists who stepped out of their comfort zones to get involved, including military veterans, religious progressives and first-time protesters. It also includes the perspectives of anti-Cindy Sheehan counter-protesters from the “other side of the road."

Unconditional Theatre explores contemporary issues and events through the actual words, stories, and participation of those involved. By conducting interviews, sharing stories, and facilitating dialogue, they involve communities directly in dramatic work that builds understanding and seeks to inspire social change. Their current performances, Swing State Stories and Crawford: Voices of Activism, trace the journeys of surprising activists who stepped out of their comfort zones to get involved. Past projects include Women on Death Row, The Flag Project: A Response to 9-11, and Groping for Justice: The Bob Packwood Story. Unconditional Theatre can be found online at


Great news! After passing the Assembly, AB 583 was officially referred to the Senate Elections Committee (from the Rules Committee) a few days ago.

Things are looking good, as the Elections Committee is chaired by DFA darling Sen. Debra Bowen, a co-author of AB 583 and an extremely strong Clean Money supporter (BTW -- Bowen will be appearing at East Bay for Democracy's next meeting on March 20!). But that doesn't mean our work is over -- the bill still needs to pass the Senate.

That said, we need to continue our outreach to our East Bay representative -- Senate President pro Tem Don Perata. We'll do just that at Wednesday's meetup, writing hand-written letters to Perata in support of Clean Money reform.

So we can prepare... PLEASE RSVP NOW @­

United We Meetup,
Eden, James, Herb, Amy, Terry, Skay, Jason, Sharon, Janet and Laura
Your DFA Meetup Team
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