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Updated May 14, 2018

🔷 Midterms Matter, but most of us would rather poke a stick in our eye than go door to door to talk with strangers. Now is the time to move outside your comfort zone and Indivisible Eastside is here to help. We need to identify voters (Strong Dem, Leaning Dem, Independent, Leaning Repub, Strong Repub) in the 8th Congressional District, so that when it comes time to Get Out The Vote for the primary and midterm elections, we will know who to reach. This is a vitally important service you can provide for our democracy.

Step 1: attend our Group Meeting – Sunday May 20th 4:30 – 6:30 at the Redmond Library. We’ll dive deep into the purpose and methods of canvassing, and then practice some skills to improve our comfort. Even if you don’t think you’ll be canvassing right away, you’ll find this meeting illuminating. Give it a try! Note: we’ll provide some yummy snacks to keep us going since it’s a later meeting time than usual.

Step 2: Sign up to join Indivisible Eastside’s Peter Templin for Midterms Matter: Flip the 8th Canvass in Snoqualmie,  Sat May 26 from noon to 4 pm. You can help even if you can’t attend the group meeting. If you like, you can ease into canvassing by volunteering to be a driver for others or you can be paired with an experienced volunteer. Fill out the form and you’ll be contacted by Peter with more details. If you have questions, you can contact Peter at canvass@indivisibleeastside.com, or talk with him at the Group Meeting.

🔷 Here are the upcoming Midterms Matter events (electoral events Indivisible Eastside can do as a group), and five special Mother’s Day Week actions focused on Children in the Immigration System.

Midterms Matter Events:

Five Days of Washington State Action for Children in the Immigration System

Thank you to Alx Dark of Indivisible Wallingford for this comprehensive coordinated campaign. 

The Trump administration has zealously altered the US immigration system in the last year and a half, seeking new ways to limit legal immigration, and new ways to punish unauthorized immigration. The administration’s gratuitous cruelty towards immigrants harms many thousands of children every year.

Over five days, organizations across Washington state are going to force a sense of urgency on our members of Congress, and demand they prioritize work on these issues:

  • Monday: Separating families in detention
  • Tuesday: Losing thousands of children placed into protective custody
  • Wednesday: Imprisoning pregnant women
  • Thursday: Letting children defend themselves alone in immigration court
  • Friday: Changing the meaning of “public charge”

Contact Information

Tips when calling

  • Be polite, but passionate. Use your own words;
  • For the most impact, call the local and national office, and follow up with an email;
  • Have staffers repeat back your key points to ensure they’ve got it.

🔔 Monday, May 14: Stop separating families in detention

DHS has been toying with separating families detained at the border since the start of the Trump administration. To deter illegal entry and asylum seekers, DHS Secretary John Kelly announced a separation policy in March 2017, but backed off under intense criticism.

Nevertheless, the New York Times discovered that more than 700 children have been taken from adults claiming to be their parents since October 2017, including more than 100 children under the age of 4. In one prominent case, a 7-year-old Congolese girl was separated from her mother for over four months, despite the fact that her mother broke no laws when she presented herself to border agents in order to apply for asylum.

Attorney General Sessions recently announced a policy of charging every person apprehended crossing the border with a crime. This move would guarantee separation of families, by sending children to the Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement while their parents are held in detention centers to await trial.

TELL CONGRESS

DHS needs to stop terrorizing children to deter migrants and asylum seekers. It’s cruel, it’s immoral, and it’s unnecessary. It is a violation of U.S. law to separate children from their parents in order to deter illegal immigration.

ICE must not separate families who are apprehended entering the country, or who ask for asylum. Despite repeated assurances to the contrary, instances of asylum-seeking families being separated are common and well documented.

DHS should abandon their plan to charge all people apprehended at the border with a crime. They should keep families together in family detention centers, or release them on bond while they wait for a decision on their status.

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🔔 Tuesday, May 15: Stop losing children in protective custody

When DHS separates children from their parents, these children enter a system of custody with a shocking history of failures that places them at risk of being harmed.

On April 26th while testifying before a Senate subcommittee, officials from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed that in the last year, they lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children in a three month period, that they had placed into the custody of adult sponsors.

Unfortunately, abuse of children under HHS’ supervision is widespread and well-documented. A Frontline documentary, “Trafficked in America” (2018) described how Guatemalan teens were delivered to traffickers by HHS, who then forced the teens to work against their will at a chicken processing plant in Ohio.

And in 2016, the Associated Press reported that dozens of children put into “protective custody” were found to have been sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay. Problems this severe date back to at least the 1990s.

Despite Congressional hearings on these problems, it’s clear that serious harm to children continues.

TELL CONGRESS

Congress must continue to pursue this abysmal treatment of children aggressively, using every power of oversight at their disposal. DHS should not be planning to separate more children from their parents while this protective custody system is so fundamentally broken.

Sen. Murray sits on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, which has oversight over HHS. Ask the senator to investigate why, when HHS takes custody of children from DHS, the children under their care have been sexually assaulted, starved, forced to work, or even lost.

Email the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, and thank them for their bipartisan oversight of this issue, that has brought so much of this information to light. Ask them continue pursuing this matter with DHS and the Office of Refugee Resettlement in HHS.

Thank Pramila Jayapal for co-sponsoring the Help Separated Families Act of 2018 (H.R. 5414). This bill would allow HHS to place children with relatives regardless of their immigration status (including parents). Other representatives in our state should co-sponsor this bill. Our senators should sponsor an equivalent bill in the senate.

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🔔 Wednesday, May 16: Stop imprisoning pregnant women

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is ending its practice of automatically releasing pregnant women from detention. In the for-profit immigrant detention system where good medical care impacts the company’s bottom line, healthcare is substandard and detention for pregnant women can be harmful.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:

“Pregnant women and adolescents should have access to high levels of care, care that is not available in these facilities. The conditions in [Department of Homeland Security] facilities are not appropriate for pregnant women or children.”

Detention should be dropped in favor of less costly, more humane alternatives. For example, in June 2017, ICE ended a successful program called the Family Case Management Program. According to Ann Schlarb, the senior vice president of the GEO Group, the private prison company that ran the program, 99 percent of the program’s participants “successfully attended their court appearances and ICE check-ins.”

TELL CONGRESS

Congress should pressure ICE to revoke a policy of imprisoning pregnant women by default, in favor of other approaches the agency has demonstrated will work to pursue civil immigration violations without risking the health of women or their pregnancies.

Thank Rep. Jayapal and Rep. Smith for addressing this issue in part through the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2017 (H.R. 3923), which would substantially reform the immigrant detention system. Rep. Jayapal also wrote an opinion piece about this issue in The Hill. Ask both our senators to introduce a similar bill to the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act in the senate (Rep. Jayapal is asking Sen. Booker to introduce the bill, but why not Washington state’s senators?)

Congress should ask the DHS Office of the Inspector General to investigate the medical care given to pregnant women in detention to ensure it meets standards set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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🔔 Thursday, May 17: Provide lawyers for children in immigration court

Immigrants in deportation proceedings are not guaranteed legal representation. Yet without representation, immigrants face a much greater chance of being deported. Unfortunately, our government expects children as young as 3 or 4 years of age to defend themselves in immigration courts alone, without a lawyer present. The immigrant court system essentially treats them as adults, with no obligation to do what is in the best interests of the child (the standard for criminal courts).

Children who represent themselves in immigration court are five times more likely to be deported. Of the 41,456 unaccompanied children apprehended by the border patrol in 2017, many will be sent back to the danger they were attempting to flee.

While this situation existed before Trump, his administration is working hard to undermine the protection of children in our immigration system. Recently Trump has referred to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA) as a “loophole.” Congress passed this law to ensure that children arriving at the border were not immediately sent back into a harmful situation. USCIS has stopped considering 19 to 21-year-olds for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), which gives young people protection in cases of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Finally, Trump ended the Central American Minors (CAM) Program, under which 1,500 children from Central American countries were able to seek and gain asylum status while still in their own country.

TELL CONGRESS

Our members of Congress need to publicly and forcefully reject Trump’s racist characterization of the TVPRA and similar laws and programs as “loopholes” through which criminals use children as “human shields” to enter the country. Sen. Feinstein’s Washington Post editorial is a good example in this regard.

Thank Rep. Jayapal for co-sponsoring the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2017 (H.R. 2043), which insures all children have legal representation in the immigration courts. Ask all other representatives in Washington state to co-sponsor this bill. Ask both our senators to co-sponsor the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018 (S. 2468). Neither have co-sponsored this bill.

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🔔 Friday, May 18: Do not change the “public charge” rules

Our final day of action involves a proposed regulatory change to what is known as the “public charge” rule. When evaluating an applicant for a visa or green card, the government considers the likelihood that the applicant might end up on some form of public assistance. USCIS currently defines public assistance as receiving over half of your income from cash forms of assistance (such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income, or long-term care through Medicaid). The administration proposes to expand this rule to include additional forms of assistance, including tax credits that are only available to working people:

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC);
  • low-income component of the Child Tax Credit;
  • Medicaid;
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);
  • ACA subsidies;
  • SNAP (formerly known as food stamps)

These rule changes would cover not only benefits granted to current legal immigrants, but also to their U.S. citizen spouses and children.

The Kaiser Foundation estimates that nearly 20 million children living in immigrant families could be affected by these proposed changes. The change would have a particularly harsh impact on pregnant women and children, who might forgo health care and nutrition assistance programs to protect their immigration status. The New York Times reported in March that “Immigrants hoping for permanent residence are dropping out of public nutrition programs even before prominent elements of the Trump administration’s proposed policy changes are enacted, fearful that participating could threaten their citizenship eligibility or put them at risk for deportation.”

TELL CONGRESS

While we wait for these proposed rules to be published, tell Congress that poorer immigrants should not be penalized by unrealistic expectations of the wealth they should bring with them to our country. Many Americans have personal stories they can tell of relatives who arrived with nothing but a suitcase, and a few American relatives who helped them get on their feet.

In wrapping up this week of actions, here’s a couple of follow-up things you can do:

Thank you for your participation in this Week of Actions!

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More Actions You Can Take:

Attend an In-Person event:

Save the Date:

  • Sat, Jun 16, 2-4 Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting – Redmond Library
  • Sun, Jul 15, 4-8 Indivisible Eastside Summer Picnic – Bellevue

Updated May 7, 2018

Midterms Matter – A new campaign of positive electoral actions brought to you by Indivisible Eastside

May 6th marked six months until the November Midterm elections. We were despondent 18 months ago knowing it would be two long years before we could make a meaningful, positive change to our representation. So we persisted and resisted through a horrible 2017 and find ourselves today, poised to flip districts all around the country. It won’t happen without a lot of hard work, and IE WILL be part of that.

With the help of active members, the steering committee is gearing up to support and promote 2-4 electoral events per month. We have volunteers lining up to: 📬 host Postcards to Voters gatherings, 🚙 organize Voter Registration field trips to CD-8, and 🏠 support group participation in WA State Dems and local candidate canvassing.

If you’ve felt overwhelmed with news about the Russia investigation, chaos in the White House, corruption by cabinet members, roll-backs to protections – the list goes on – we’re here to help. Now is the time to act. MOST of those issues can and will be addressed when we take back the House of Representatives, possibly flip the Senate, and hold onto and increase the blue majority in our State Legislature! Be part of making that happen.

🌊 The Blue Wave is made up of hundreds of thousands of water droplets 💧 individual actions that show we are strongest when we organize together. 

Watch the “Midterms Matter” space – usually right after the actions – for opportunities over the next 6 months to really make a difference. If our actions don’t fit your schedule, look for actions hosted by other organizations on the Take Action Network and join in. We’re part of something big, but only if we remain activated. Midterms Matter! Members Matter!

Here are your Midterms Matter Events and three actions for this week.

Midterms Matter Events:

💧 Wed, May 16, 7-9 pm – Postcards to Voters May 16 – Old Bellevue – RSVP to attend

💧 Mon, May 21, 10:30 – 2:30  Flip the 8th Canvass
Federal Way
(attend with a friend or if you’d like to coordinate IE participation, contact hello@indivisibleeastside.com)

💧 Wed, May 30, 10-2 pm – Voter Registration Road Trip #3 – Auburn – RSVP to attend

💧 Sun, June 3, 2-4 pm – Postcards to Voters June 3 – SE Bellevue – RSVP to attend

💧 Wed, June 20, 7-9 pm – Postcards to Voters June 20 – N Kirkland – Save the date – registration opens May 28

💧 June Voter Registration Road Trip #4 – TBA

💧 Sun, July 8, 1-3 pm – Postcards to Voters July 8 – Woodinville – Save the date – Registration opens June 18

None of these work for you? Consider supporting three excellent organizations working to flip districts around the country:

    • Swing Left: helps you find the U.S. House races which are most likely to flip – the ones you should donate your money to. (they’re supporting WA CD8 and WA CD3 races)
    • Flippable: supports Democrats running for state-level office in 2018. Flippable selects 100 candidates in strategic districts. The Flippable Fund advances a data-driven movement that’s already seen results.
    • Sister District: organizes volunteers into local teams to win state-level elections for progressives. Creates local organized armies that form, then pivot, from campaign to campaign to keep on winning – They’re supporting two state senate candidates in WA. Donate or sign up and volunteer!

Action 1 – [SENATE] – Block Nomination of Torturer Gina Haspel – Deadline 5/8

From Indivisible.org and Seattle Indivisible

Gina Haspel was in charge of a secret prison in Thailand during the Bush administration. The prison was one of the now-infamous CIA “black sites” that held men who were kidnapped, secretly detained, interrogated, and tortured. There’s still a lot we don’t know—the CIA continues to hide key details about its secret detention and torture program. But we know enough to conclude that Gina Haspel is a torturer, destroyed the evidence, and is unfit to lead the CIA.

Let’s call our Senators and let them know we want them to oppose her nomination, right now, strongly, and publicly. We want them to vote against her and do everything they can to block progress on her nomination and persuade their fellow Senators to do the same. Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing is set for May 9th, 9:30 am EDT.

Sample Script:

“Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling about Gina Haspel’s nomination as head of the CIA. I want Senator [name] to immediately and publicly commit to opposing this nomination, and do everything she can to persuade her fellow Senators do the same. Gina Haspel carried out torture and destroyed the evidence. She is completely unqualified to lead the CIA. Will Senator [NAME] oppose her?”

Action 2 – [US HOUSE] – Oppose new work requirements for SNAP

From Indivisible.org and Seattle Indivisible

SNAP (or food stamps) is a literal lifesaver for millions of families who are struggling to make ends meet during tough times. It also boosts our economy and saves funds in the long run by providing vital nutrition assistance to moms, kids, and families. Two-thirds of SNAP benefits go to families with children.

GOP leaders released new proposed restrictions on SNAP in the must-pass “Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018” AKA the Farm Bill. The restrictions include harmful and unnecessarily strict work requirements for most people receiving food assistance. The CBO estimates that this red tape and new barrier would lead to over a million people being dropped from the program, mostly women, who do the lion’s share of caregiving for children, elderly people, and family members with disabilities.

Sample Script:

Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling about the Republican proposal to cut SNAP benefits and add burdensome work requirements to the program. Imposing unnecessary and unhelpful barriers to vital health care, nutrition, and housing assistance programs only sets our families and economy back. The CBO estimates that one million hungry Americans would lose food assistance under this proposal. Please go all out to oppose it.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Action 3 – [YOU] – Review Position Statement on Rule Changes Affecting Immigrants who Access Public Assistance

From the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), co-chairs of the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future Campaign (PIF).

U.S. immigration rules require immigration caseworkers to evaluate whether someone seeking to enter or remain in the U.S. is likely to become a “public charge,” that is, become dependent on public assistance. Changes in these rules are still in early stages by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, but the department is moving to discard longstanding policy about “public charge” provisions of immigration law by July 2018. A late draft of the proposed rule was leaked to the Washington Post. Organizations that have concerns about the rule change are being invited by the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign to sign on to a statement that can be released when the official Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is released. This could happen any day before July 2018, as the draft rule is already under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Action: Please review the following statement that Indivisible Eastside Steering committee plans to sign, on behalf of Indivisible Eastside. Contact IE Steering with questions or concerns at hello@indivisibleeastside.com

STATEMENT ON THE PROPOSED RULE
Today, XXXX, the Trump Administration published a radical new regulatory proposal that endangers the lives of immigrant families, including United States citizen children. This is not the kind of nation we want to be. By forcing immigrant families to choose between meeting basic needs and keeping their family together in the U.S., the proposed rule would drive up poverty, hunger, unmet health care needs, and worsen a range of other problems facing communities across the U.S.

The rule would mark a fundamental change from our nation’s historic commitment to welcoming immigrants. The proposed policy would radically reshape our legal immigration system, redefine who is ‘worthy’ of being an American, and what we look like as a country. No longer would we be the country that serves as a beacon for the world’s dreamers and strivers. Instead, America’s doors would be open only to the highest bidder.

The proposed rule also deepens the nation’s racial divide, turning our backs to immigrants and people of color and demeaning their contributions. Immigrants who come to the United States through a family-based petition are overwhelmingly immigrants of color, so the Administration’s choice to target family-based immigrants will worsen disparities in health, hunger, and every other social malady.

Sweeping in its effect, the rule discounts the contribution of working families. It would chill access to critical programs that help tax-paying immigrants and their families access health care, food, and other essential needs. These programs have been proven to improve participants’ health, well-being, school success, and economic security. It would put immigrant families at risk if a family member seeks access to virtually any public service. In stark contrast to decades of established policy, it punishes immigrants for not only their own use of these programs, but also their families’. With about one in four children having at least one immigrant parent, this issue touches millions and is critical now and for our nation’s future.

We, the undersigned, strongly oppose this proposed rule, which threatens the health and wellbeing of all of us, including immigrants. We urge the Administration to withdraw this dangerous proposal and work with us to build policies that support immigrants as healthy, productive and successful members of America’s communities and families.

More Actions You Can Take:

Attend an In-Person event:

Save the Date:

  • Sat, Jun 16, 2-4 Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting – Redmond Library

… and More:

Updated Apr 30, 2018

🔷 Last chance to help us name our 6-month electoral push to the November Election. Please fill out the Survey!

🔷 Kirkland residents – don’t forget to attend the Kirkland City Council meeting to support Indivisible Kirkland’s proposed gun safety resolution. Tuesday, May 1st, 7:30pm, at Kirkland City Hall

🔷 Here are your three actions for this week

Action 1 – [Governor Inslee] – Demand Governor Inslee Fire WA DOL Director Pat Kohler – Coordinated Calling Day April 30th

From Indivisible Wallingford

Under the Dept. of Licensing (DOL) Director Pat Kohler’s leadership, the WA DOL failed to comply with one of Governor Inslee’s Executive Orders, designed to provide protections for immigrants. The Executive Order prohibits use of state agency resources to identify or apprehend immigrants for violations of federal immigration laws, for one year after he issued it. The DOL’s violation of the Executive Order is an unforgivable breach of trust. It has already unleashed ICE against one prominent immigrant activist, and has put many more of our neighbors and friends at risk of deportation by sharing their personal information with ICE. The Seattle Times broke the original news of the violation, and later reported on process improvements, such as court orders being required, but the damage has been done and cannot be undone. The DOL director must be held accountable and removed, for DOL’s violation of the Governor’s Executive Order and putting thousands of state residents at risk of losing their loved ones to detention and deportation. Only her removal and an overhaul of DOL’s leadership can restore public trust in DOL. This is why a broad coalition of 18 organizations call for DOL Director Kohler to be removed immediately.

For more information and statements from community leaders and representatives of organizations, please visit Latino Civic Alliance’s website and click “READ FULL STATEMENT” (triggers a download).

🔸 Action: Join Indivisibles around the region TODAY in calling Governor Inslee and leave him a message at 
(360) 902-4111

Sample Script:

Hello. My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to urge Governor Inslee to remove Pat Kohler, Department of Licensing Director. DOL gave personal information to ICE and helped ICE identify and locate our immigrant neighbors, against the Governor’s Executive Order. They are now at risk of being ripped from their families and communities and being deported. Pat Kohler’s failed leadership affects thousands of state residents and she must be held accountable and removed. Do not allow her to hire a deputy director before she is removed!

Action 2 – [SENATE] – Vote NO on Senate version of H.R. 3144 – Deadline Tuesday

From Alt National Park Service

Have you heard of H.R. 3144? A small group led by Republicans in Congress spearheaded a bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. If the bill becomes law, it could lead to the eventual extinction of wild salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers—iconic species in the Pacific Northwest that the federal government is required by law to protect. House Resolution 3144 seeks to overturn multiple federal court decisions that protect endangered salmon and steelhead. It undermines bedrock environmental laws and forbids any action that might reduce power generation at Columbia and Snake River dams without an act of Congress—from spilling more water over dams in the spring to help endangered fish migrate, to studying the possibility of removing the four aging lower Snake River dams. Further, it mandates that salmon populations be managed based on a 2014 federal plan that was rejected in two court decisions as being illegal, for not doing enough to save the fish from extinction. Wednesday’s vote advances the bill to the U.S. Senate. Please call your senators and tell them to vote NO!

Sample Script:

Hello, my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent in [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling to urge the Senator to strongly oppose HR 3144 regarding Columbia River system dam operations. We must be able to continue to monitor and release dam spills in order to preserve our endangered salmon and steelhead for the sake of our local economies and our vital ecosystem balance.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Action 3 – [INCARCERATED WOMEN] – Support Mama’s Day Bail Out

From Black Lives Matter Seattle King County and Seattle Womxn Marching Forward

We strive to be in solidarity with womxn behind bars. Promoting Mama’s Day Bail Out with NW Community Bail Fund is part of that. 70% of people in jail in America are being held pre-trial. I’m sure you believe as we do – that we are innocent until proven guilty and that there should not be a different experience for people based on the contents of their bank account. Community organizers across the country have decided to take action – to level the playing field and provide bail for people who cannot afford it.

We are proud to join with Black Lives Matter Seattle King County, Washington Community Action Network, and Seattle Womxn’s March during this year’s Mama’s Day Bail Out. Together we are working to raise over $10,000 during the month of May.

This is an important time for us as we make a special effort to bring mothers home to be with their families for Mother’s Day.

🔸 Action: Visit Northwest Community Bail Fund to donate now: https://www.nwcombailfund.org/donate  If this isn’t in your budget, share the link and help get the word out.

Electoral Corner Events:

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Updated Apr 23, 2018

🔷 We had a really good Group Meeting Saturday. Thank you to everyone who turned up and engaged in discussion and careful listening on a variety of topics. Thank you to Linda C for the delicious pound cake and Morwenna P for taking Meeting Notes. There’s lots of good info in there for anyone who wants to be engaged with the important work we’re doing.

🔷 Speaking of important work, you might have noticed that May 6th will mark 6 months until the November Mid-term elections. We were despondent in 2016 knowing it would be 2 long years before we could make a meaningful, positive change to our representation. So we persisted through a horrible 2017 and find ourselves today, poised to flip districts all around the country. But it won’t happen without a lot of hard work, and IE needs to be part of that. We’re launching a “campaign” to host 4 electoral events per month for the next 6 months – Voter Registration, Postcard Writing, Canvassing and more. We’ll need volunteers, but also need a catchy name to get it started, and here’s where you can help us today. Please fill out the “Name Indivisible Eastside’s Electoral Push” online poll to choose among brainstorming ideas, or offer your own. Thank you for your help!

🔷 Here are your four actions for this week (you can click on the Action title to join our partner Take Action Network – and track your actions there)

Action 1 – [EPA] – Support the Clean Power Plan (deadline: April 26)

From Jan Keller/NRDC page

The Clean Power Plan, unveiled in 2015, establishes the first-ever nationwide limits on carbon pollution from power plants. It is the most significant measure to address climate change that our country has taken so far. It also protects air quality near power plants. The EPA’s proximity analysis concludes that a higher percentage of minority and low-income communities live near power plants when compared to the national averages.

Scott Pruitt and the Trump administration have been trying to roll back the Clean Power Plan since last fall. Mayors and many other officials are strongly opposed.

Send in your comment now to oppose the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. Deadline: April 26. If you only have a minute, you can simply use the NRDC petition. For more impact, write or assemble comments based on the suggestions below, and submit them by going to https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 and clicking Comment Now!

NOTE: the comment form does NOT have a section where you state you who you are. So, for more impact, state your name and city/state in your comment.

EXAMPLE OF OPENING

My name is [NAME] and I am a U.S. citizen living in [CITY, STATE]. I am concerned about clean air and our climate because ______________.

INTRODUCTION (CHOOSE ONE OR WRITE YOUR OWN):

I strongly oppose all attempts to revoke or weaken the Clean Power Plan.

I oppose all efforts by the Trump administration to roll back or dismantle the Clean Power Plan.

EXAMPLES OF MIDDLE SENTENCES (CHOOSE A FEW; YOU DON’T NEED TO USE ALL):

The Clean Power Plan is a big step in the right direction: it puts national limits on carbon pollution from America’s existing power plants. It’s all too clear that carbon pollution has led to climate change and the increase of natural disasters devastating our country.

Revoking or weakening the Clean Power Plan would endanger American lives and the health of American communities.

Large majorities of Americans in both red and blue states are in favor of the Clean Power Plan. What all of us in these majorities want is swift implementation–and strengthening–of the protections to our air that are part of the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan provides enormous public health benefits. The Clean Power Plan can prevent approximately 3,600 premature deaths, 90,000 childhood asthma attacks, and 300,000 missed school and workdays every year, once fully implemented.

America’s clean energy economy is where our true strength lies. The solar industry employed 200,000 people in 2016, with 31,000 new jobs added last year. U.S. wind facilities supply rural landowners with $222 million in revenue every year. That’s the direction we need to go!

EXAMPLES OF CLOSING SENTENCES (CHOOSE ONE AND/OR EDIT):

Do not put our environment and our children at risk: keep the Clean Power Plan strong, to protect clean air and a stable climate.

The protections of the Clean Power Plan are crucial–do not weaken or revoke them!

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

Action 2 – [KIRKLAND CITY COUNCIL] – Show Support for Gun Safety Resolution in Kirkland

Indivisible Kirkland Kenmore has been working hard with KirklandSafe, the City of Kirkland, and other stakeholders to create a gun safety resolution for our city.

If you are a Kirkland resident, here are four ways you can support this resolution, which was presented to the City Council on April 17th. Community support is what will make the Council take brave, bold action.

If you are NOT a Kirkland resident, please forward this to friends you have in Kirkland.

  1. Please write a letter of support for this proposal, which will be included in the packet we present to the Council.  We’ve created an easy template for writing your letter and provided some examples.  It should only take you a moment and will really help our efforts with the Council.  Go here to draft your letter and submit it.
  2. Attend the May 1st City Council meeting to support the proposed resolution.  A room full of supporters would significantly bolster our request.  The City Council meeting will be at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 1st at Kirkland City Hall.  We will have several speakers presenting during “Items from the Audience.”  The Council will likely include a discussion and vote as agenda items during the body of the meeting.
  3. Sign our petition on Change.org, which demonstrates community support for a resolution on gun safety.  Gun Safety Resolution Support Petition 
  4. Forward this to Kirkland Friends

Action 3 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] – Tell our Members of Congress the DOJ’s action is an unacceptable denial of due process for detained immigrants

From Indivisible Wallingford and Seattle Indivisible

The Justice Department has unilaterally ended the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) for immigrants in our immigrant legal system. Started in 2003 during the Bush administration, the LOP offers hour-long sessions that provide basic information on the immigration court system. These orientations are important because immigrants are not entitled to court-appointed lawyers, often don’t speak English fluently, and may not be familiar with the U.S. legal system. These trainings are often all people have to prepare them as they represent themselves in court.

Locally the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) funded four positions under an LOP grant to meet with detainees at the Northwest Detention Center. They inform detainees of their rights and screen individuals for potential relief options. NWRIP was informed that the grant will end this month.

Congress specifically funded the LOP program in its omnibus spending bill, mentioning the program by name, and directing the administration to expand the program’s reach to new detention facilities. Despite this very strong support by Congress, the Department of Justice has stopped the LOP program.  This is inexcusable.

  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621 | Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441 | Seattle 206-220-6400
  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st) DC – 202-225-6311 | Bothell 425-485-0085
  • Rep. Dave Reichert (8th) DC – 202-225-7761 | Issaquah 425-677-7414
  • Rep. Adam Smith (9th) DC – 202-225-8901 | Renton 425-793-5180

Sample Script:

Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling about the Legal Orientation Program for detained immigrants. The Department of Justice has stopped this vital program even though it was specifically funded in the Omnibus spending bill. The program provides important legal information to roughly half of the detained population, and its suspension is another mean-spirited attack by the Administration on immigrant rights. Please use your office to demand that DOJ follow Congress’ direction and resume the Legal Orientation Program.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Action 4 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] – Thank Our MoCs (except Reichert) for Speaking Out to Demand Resignation of Scott Pruitt

From Seattle Indivisible and 5calls

Both of our Senators helped submit a resolution calling for the resignation of Scott Pruitt, the blatantly corrupt EPA Head. The resolution states that the co-signers have “no confidence in the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and [are] calling for the immediate resignation of the Administrator.”  What’s more, both Rep. DelBene and Rep. Smith signed on to the companion resolution in the House, along with 129 other House reps and 36 other Senators. Pruitt has drastically slashed environmental protections and himself has made a series of increasingly blatant ethics violations. This resolution was signed by the largest number of Senators to ever call for the resignation of a cabinet member.

  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621 | Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441 | Seattle 206-220-6400
  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st) DC – 202-225-6311 | Bothell 425-485-0085
  • Rep. Adam Smith (9th) DC – 202-225-8901 | Renton 425-793-5180

Sample Script for any MoC OTHER than Dave Reichert:

Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY]. I’m calling to thank you for being a part of the resolution to demand Scott Pruitt’s resignation. He is blatantly corrupt; a public vote of no confidence from so many lawmakers sends a strong signal that we will not tolerate it. Thank you for using your position of power to speak out loudly, even as Republicans continue to obstruct meaningful change.

Sample Script for Rep. Dave Reichert (8th) DC – 202-225-7761 | Issaquah 425-677-7414

Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I urge Representative Reichert to call for Scott Pruitt’s resignation as EPA Administrator. His inappropriate conflicts of interest with industry lobbyists, use of taxpayer dollars to fund first class flights, and irresponsible policymaking are a danger to human health and the environment, and he cannot be trusted to run the EPA.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

More Actions You Can Take:

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Updated Apr 16, 2018

🔷 Please join us for the Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting Sat, Apr 21, 2-4 pm at the Redmond Library. Hear what Topic Groups are up to and learn about how we can help flip CD8 blue. Tech demo/workshop for those who would like to improve their non-Facebook communication: Slack, Zoom, Google Drive, and Take Action Network. If anyone can bring treats, please email hello@indivisibleeastside.com.

🔷 New this week: Click on any of the Action titles and it will take you to the same action in Take Action Network. TAN makes it easy to track your activism week by week and see what actions others are taking.

🔷 Here are your four actions for this week.

Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] – Protect Mueller and the Russia Investigation

updated from a 5calls.org action

The FBI raid on Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen on April 9th set Trump off on a tweetstorm. Indivisible went on high alert when a frustrated and angry Trump mused about firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Press Secretary Sanders stated that the president has the power to do so.

Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tim Tillis (R-NC), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have introduced bipartisan legislation to limit Trump’s ability to fire Mueller, providing the investigation the protection it needs from an unpredictable president. As Mueller’s team pursues action against criminal perpetrators in the Russia investigation, every member of Congress must allow the legal process to proceed to its natural conclusion.

  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621 | Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441 | Seattle 206-220-6400

Sample Script for Senators:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to urge Senator [NAME] to support the bipartisan Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, introduced by Senators Booker, Coons, Tillis, and Graham. It’s the duty of Congress to serve as a check on Trump and prevent him from causing even more serious damage to our democracy.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st) DC – 202-225-6311 | Bothell 425-485-0085
  • Rep. Dave Reichert (8th) DC – 202-225-7761 | Issaquah 425-677-7414
  • Rep. Adam Smith (9th) DC – 202-225-8901 | Renton 425-793-5180

Sample Script for Representatives:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to urge [NAME] to make a public statement that the firing of Special Counsel Mueller by Trump would be completely unacceptable. It’s the duty of Congress to serve as a check on Trump and prevent him from causing even more serious damage to our democracy.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Action 2 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] – Sinclair Broadcasting – Thank Senators Murray and Cantwell. Contact your Representative

Last week we asked you to contact your Members of Congress in opposition to the merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media. On Thursday Sens. Murray and Cantwell called for an investigation of Sinclair Broadcasting, and a pause on the proposed merger. Please call and thank the senators for their public stance on this important issue. Also call and ask your representative to do the same.

  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621 | Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441 | Seattle 206-220-6400

Sample Script for Senators:

“Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m to thank the senator for calling for an investigation into Sinclair Broadcasting, and pausing the merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media. Thank you for speaking out publicly against this merger.”

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st) DC – 202-225-6311 | Bothell 425-485-0085
  • Rep. Dave Reichert (8th) DC – 202-225-7761 | Issaquah 425-677-7414
  • Rep. Adam Smith (9th) DC – 202-225-8901 | Renton 425-793-5180

Sample Script for Representative:

“Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling in opposition to the merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media. The merger will expand Sinclair’s reach to a massive 72% of US households. The FCC should not roll back regulations in order to grow Sinclair’s pro-Trump, right-wing messaging. The recent forced Sinclair messaging on local news stations is an example of the type of propaganda we can expect if this merger is allowed.  Please join Senators Murray and Cantwell in speaking out publicly against this merger.”

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Action 3 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] – Oppose Department of Homeland Security journalist database

From Seattle Indivisible

The Department of Homeland Security has put out a request for bids on “Media Monitoring Services.” This damaging effort is a project to compile a database of journalists and media influencers, and to do sentiment analysis on their content.

Under normal circumstances this would be troubling. However, this week, with news of privacy violations at Facebook, and President Trump speaking out against the press and threatening to fire the special prosecutor, this action is downright terrifying. This administration has shown that it will attack the free press at the heart of our democracy. We don’t need to give it even more tools for harassing journalists and bloggers.

  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621 | Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441 | Seattle 206-220-6400
  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st) DC – 202-225-6311 | Bothell 425-485-0085
  • Rep. Dave Reichert (8th) DC – 202-225-7761 | Issaquah 425-677-7414
  • Rep. Adam Smith (9th) DC – 202-225-8901 | Renton 425-793-5180

Sample Script:

“Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY,ZIP]. I am alarmed by the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed project called “Media Monitoring Services,” which would create a database to track journalists, bloggers, and other media influencers. The American public needs a free press to gets answers to important questions about our government’s actions and behavior. I am asking [Senator/Representative] to speak out against this project, and to work with [his/her] Congressional colleagues to prevent this project from happening.”

Action 4 – [CREDIT CARD COMPANIES] –Ask Your Credit Card Companies to Refuse to Process Assault Rifle Sales

As we approach the April 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, let’s support the nationwide student walkouts by keeping up the pressure to reduce gun deaths from mass shootings.  

On March 22nd, Citigroup became the first big bank to set restrictions on the sale of firearms using their services. PayPal and ApplePay have also blocked the use of their service to buy any guns. We know other credit card companies can do it too–they recently blocked users from buying Bitcoin using their cards. Financial institutions are responding to consumer demands to do something about gun violence, and you can help.

Action:

Find the customer service number on the back of your credit card. Call the number and tell the customer service agent that you want your credit card company to block purchases of assault weapons.  It’s always best to speak in your own words, but here are some points to guide you.

Sample Script:

“Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m a [CARDNAME] customer.  Citigroup took a historic step to set restrictions on gun sales–blocking sales without background checks, to customers who are under 21, and banning sales of bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. Why isn’t [CARDNAME] through [BANK] leading on this issue? I want the company to follow suit and go a step further. Ban all sales of assault weapons through your bank’s card. Please communicate this to the proper decision makers.

All of the deadliest mass shootings this decade have used assault rifles like the AR-15. This has to stop, and I want my credit card provider to take action. If not, it will be easy to switch to a CitiCard.”

Extra Points:  Call VISA and MASTERCARD and tell them to block the sale of assault weapons purchased with their credit cards.

  • Seth Eisen, Mastercard Vice President of Communications: 914-249-3153
  • Nathaniel Sillin, Visa Senior Director of Public Affairs: 415-805-4892

More Actions You Can Take:

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… and more

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