Rainbow Sierrans is your LGBTQ hiking group! We are a part of the Sierra Club and we like having fun outdoors while promoting conservation and community. Rainbow Sierrans’ outings and events run the gamut from easy urban strolls to vigorous peak hikes; relaxed car camping to demanding wilderness backpacks; and naturalist-led walks to hands-on restoration and trail maintenance projects. Everyone is welcome on our outings. Rainbow Sierrans is an activities section of the SF Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. We encourage you to become an official member of Rainbow Sierrans by going to www.rainbowsierrans.org. Membership gives you access to a whole range of members-only activities, such as holiday dance parties, picnics, kayaking, and camping trips. Besides, your membership supports this wonderful organization!
Social distancing has upended many plans to engage voters face to face. How can we help mobilize progressive voters during COVID? Letters and postcards to voters are one important way. Join our virtual Get Out the Vote and engage voters in one of two ways:
1. Sierra Club volunteers will mail 1,000,000 get-rid-of-Trump letters to climate voters in October! The letters will remind pro-environment voters to mail ballots or vote in person in November. Rainbow is starting our letters now and will “meet” monthly until we have 500 letters to mail in October.
To participate in letter writing, you must first sign up (at least a day before the Zoom call) https://act.sierraclub.org/actions/National?actionId=AR0265436 to obtain 10 letters with addresses before we meet, sign up and they will be emailed to you. Easy! You will need to hold on to your letters and mail them in October. We will remind you. Zoom info to be sent prior to meeting.
2. Or write postcards. For this activity, please come to the Zoom with blank postcards with relatively neutral imagery (they go all over the country). You can register at https://postcardstovoters.org/ so then you can write postcards whenever! Or, come with postcards and we will share addresses and instructions with you.
Postcards for Sale: You can purchase ﬁve 100-pack options, and during the pandemic, a kit with 12 cards and 12-35¢ stamps. The postcards are 4 x 6 inches, and take most pen inks. All cards can be picked up from a porch in El Cerrito. Please email [masked] to arrange an order. Rainbow Sierrans is not affiliated with this effort.
Join us on Zoom to help save our democracy and our planet! And, we’ll chat and write letters together. Link to be sent a day or two before we meet.
Join the discussion of Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver. If anyone knows her, please let me know so I can invite her, LOL.
Unsheltered is the compulsively readable story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. With history as their tantalizing canvas, these characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in precarious times when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future.
Zoom link to be sent a day or two before we meet.
Here is an interview with Barbara Kingsolver talking about her book: