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Updated July 9, 2018

🔷 We are looking forward to meeting up with you at the Indivisible Eastside Summer Picnic Sunday July 15, 5-8 pm at Crossroads Park. Details about food and activities in the link. Please RSVP to help us plan.

🔷 15 people gathered at Linda C’s house Sunday to write 160 Get Out The Vote postcards for state senator Patty Kuderer! Thanks for hosting Linda!  See Action 2 for more ways to help with this important race.

🔷 We have not forgotten about the separated immigrant families, or the families now being held in detention. We are monitoring the situation and will have actions on this front next week. Here are your 3 actions for this week. Don’t forget to check out the Calendar section at the bottom for other opportunities to engage.

Action 1 – [US SENATE] #SaveSCOTUS

From Indivisible.org

From Monday, July 9, when Trump is expected to announce his SCOTUS pick, until Friday,  July 13, across the nation, Indivisible is showing up at Senate District Offices to demand our senators protect our democracy— our choice, our affordable health care, our rights— and #SaveSCOTUS.  

Action: Join NARAL Pro-Choice WA, Seattle Indivisible, Indivisible Bainbridge and Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest at the Resist Trump Tuesday Rally and meeting with Senators’ Staffers.

Action: Did the holiday week mess up your activism schedule? Last week’s #SaveSCOTUS actions are even more relevant this week. Please do them today!

Action 2 – [STATE SENATE] Help Re-Elect State Senator Patty Kuderer

At our May Group meeting we heard from State Senator Patty Kuderer’s campaign manager Thomas Stukes about Patty’s re-election campaign to represent WA-LD48. Patty is being challenged in the upcoming primary by turncoat “Democrat” Rodney Tom. Rodney was a Republican, who switched to Democrat, then voted with Republicans.  Indivisible Eastside members wrote 160 Get Out The Vote postcards Sunday, and the July 12th postcard event is sold out! Many of you have volunteered to help out in the CD 8 race, and we thank you for that! The steering committee feels that this race is also very important to the future of Washington State’s ability to enact progressive policy. For those unable to travel to CD8, we encourage you to get involved closer to home. Ways to help:

Action 3 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Tell Our Members of Congress to Support Congresswoman Maxine Waters

From Seattle Indivisible

Congresswoman Maxine Waters has stood up for ordinary Americans who have been confronting Trump Administration officials over the past few weeks, saying

“Already, you have members of your Cabinet that have been booed out of restaurants, who have protesters taking up at their house who sang, ‘No peace, no sleep.’ … And guess what, we’re going to win this battle. … Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome.”

Unfortunately, for her trouble, Rep. Waters has been receiving death threats from the right and absolutely no support from Democratic Congressional leadership. Sen. Chuck Schumer from New York appallingly called her words “not American.” This sense of reverence for a false notion of civility is misguided at best and fraught with electoral consequences at worst. Protest movements have always been seen as ‘uncivil’ by the people in power—otherwise, what use would these protest movements provide?

Nearly 200 black female leaders and allies outside of Congress have signed onto a letter urging Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to support Representative Waters. The letter says: “[W]e consider it an insult to characterize Ms. Waters’ call for the exercise of our constitutional rights as uncivil and un-American. We call on leaders of all persuasion to practice the art civil discourse”.

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP] in support of Representative Maxine Waters. I think it is disgraceful that the Democratic Leadership in Congress won’t support Maxine Waters, and I want to see [NAME] come out in public support of Representative Waters. The exercise of our constitutional rights is not uncivil nor un-American. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Calendar of In-Person Events:

Updated July 2, 2018

🔷 Last week was horrible… but those who were able to attend #FamiliesBelongTogether events found encouragement by the impressive turnout. If you were there and we didn’t see you, thank you for showing up and speaking out!  Over 10,000 people showed up at the SeaTac Detention Center to protest Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy and show support for the 200+ detained immigrants. Maru Mora’s deportation hearing last tuesday was deferred until January – which will enable her American citizen daughter to sponsor her for a green card! We got many honks, thumbs up and even an “I love you guys” for our Alphabet Resistance – Eastside Edition event last Thursday. Working together to make a more compassionate society helps energize us to stay focused.  See our Family Separation Crisis Web page for updated info on this coming #FamiliesBelongTogether Week of Action.

🔷 The Supreme Court decisions upholding the Muslim Travel Ban and reducing the efficacy of Unions, coupled with the retirement of justice Kennedy has sent shock waves through the activist community and a wakeup call to those not yet connected to activism. We’ve seen an uptick in people joining the IE facebook group and weekly action email – Welcome! We have some relentless work ahead of us and we hope you will all fully engage. Just as we defeated the ACA repeal, so can we keep an anti-choice justice from a lifetime appointment long enough to let the people decide the makeup of the Senate. Many of our actions in the coming weeks and months will focus on this.

🔷 It feels weird to be promoting a social event when the country is burning, but we would love to see friends old and new at the Indivisible Eastside Summer Picnic Sunday July 15, 5-8 pm at Crossroads Park. Your RSVP will help us plan. Join us!

🔷 Now more than ever, we cannot take our eyes off the prize of voting out the complicit GOP up and down the ballot. Here are your 3 actions for this week. Don’t forget to check out the Calendar section at the bottom for other opportunities to engage.

Action 1 – [YOU] WATCH, READ, LEARN

From Indivisible.org

A year ago, heading into the July 4th recess, our movement was fighting an epic battle to save the Affordable Care Act and to defeat TrumpCare.

The question on everyone’s mind was: can the resistance win? The honest answer? No one knew.

The repeal bill passed the House in May, and the Senate released their bill right before recess with plans to vote in July. Indivisibles in Maine, in particular, came out to 4th of July parades to talk to their senator, Susan Collins to plead their case and ask their Senator to vote no. And they won her over. She voted no three weeks later, helping to defeat TrumpCare. 

Now, we’re once again up against seemingly impossible odds as we head into this year’s July 4th recess.

On Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, delivering Donald Trump another vacancy — and the ability to appoint a justice who will be all-but-guaranteed to side with conservatives. If this vacancy is filled, for decision after decision, we will not have enough justices on our side to stop them. Their lifetime appointment will unravel decades of legal progress. A “yes” vote on any nominee on Trump’s shortlist is a vote to ban abortion, to allow discrimination against LGBTQ people, and to limit voting and civil rights.

We’re in the fight of our lifetime. And again, the question is: can we win?

The path to victory was on healthcare was incredibly narrow, but it wasn’t hard. It required massive, sustained, collective, targeted action. And that’s exactly what we need again.

Last night, our co-Executive Director Ezra Levin was on The Rachel Maddow Show unveiling what we believe to be the only winning strategy to defeat Trump’s complete reimagining of the Supreme Court.

📺 Watch: Ezra Levin on 6/28/18 The Rachel Maddow Show

📺 Watch:  Rachel Maddow’s 6/27/18 episode on how we got to where we are, and why this is different than when Neil Gorsuch was confirmed.

📑 Read: Indivisible’s 2-Step Strategy on how to win the Supreme Court Fight

Now you’re ready for Actions #2 and #3

Action 2 – [US SENATE] – Tell our Senators to FIGHT for us

From Seattle Indivisible

Hunkering down and expecting this whole thing to blow over won’t work. But, we have picked up another Senate seat since the Gorsuch fight and John McCain is unlikely to be present for any votes, which means that Republicans cannot afford to lose even a single vote—but only if the Senate Democrats stick together. And that’s where you come into play: be an activist and FIGHT, and you can help prevent the Supreme Court from undoing so much of the progress we’ve made as a society over the last sixty years.

Please call your Senators right now and tell them to make a public statement that they will not confirm anyone on Trump’s shortlist for Supreme Court.  

Sample Script:

My name is [NAME], and I am a constituent in [CITY,ZIP]. We need [SENATOR] to be a fighter and say she will not confirm anyone on Trump’s ultra-conservative Supreme Court nominee shortlist. I urge [SENATOR] to publicly commit to standing against Trump’s picks and be a fighter for women’s rights, LGBT rights, and voting rights.  Thank you for your time and attention.

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Action 3 – [YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY] – Help NY, WV, ND, IN, ME and AK Senators save the Supreme Court

Your friends and family in these states are in a position to influence their senators to speak out publicly against confirming any nominee from Trump’s short list of 25 extremists. Why must they do this? If you didn’t get a chance to do Action #1, go back and do so, then forward the following resources to friends and family and encourage them to act.

Calendar of In-Person Events:

#FamiliesBelongTogether Week of Action:

Indivisible Eastside Events

Updated June 25, 2018

🔷 We have all been devastated by the sights, sounds and reports of children separated from their families, flown thousands of miles away, and held in detention centers. It’s hard to tease fact from fiction, and hard to know how to help. Please see our Families Separation Crisis Web Page to learn about the current situation and list of ways you can help.

🔷 Three important and visible ways we can continue the pressure on our elected officials and the Trump Administration is to be loud and be visible at upcoming events. Choose 1, 2 or all three!

🔷 Meanwhile, we cannot take our eyes off the prize of voting out the complicit GOP in every race we can. Here are the upcoming Midterms Matter events, and 3 actions. Don’t forget to check out the Calendar section at the bottom for other opportunities to engage.

Midterms Matter Events:

Action 1 – [US HOUSE, SENATE and WA GOVERNOR] – Understand the Current Crisis and How You Can Help

📄 READNorthwest Immigrant Rights Project FAQ lists concrete actions you can take.

If you speak Spanish or any number of Central American indigenous languages, or have a legal background, those skills are particularly useful and you can contact the NWIRP directly to volunteer.

🎧 LISTEN: Minute 3:00 to minute 13:00 of 6/22 Pod Save America will catch you up on where things stand and what some of the challenges every administration faces.

📄 READ: Derek Nelson’s excellent June 22nd re:act newsletter also lists actions and provides background, such as What’s happening: (Vox): “On May 7, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would adopt a “zero tolerance” policy toward anyone caught crossing into the US by Border Patrol… As a result, dozens of parents have been separated from their children every day … According to the Trump administration, between May 5 and June 9, 2,342 children were separated from their parents. On June 20, President Trump signed an executive order directing the administration to keep children with their parents in immigration detention while their cases were working their way through the court system. In other words, family separation has now been replaced by family detention.” The Department of Health and Human Services is asking the Pentagon to house as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on American military bases. Many of the separated children remain in shelters and foster homes across the country. The U.S. government has done little to help with the reunifications, attorneys say.

What you can do:

Show up. 

Donate. 

Call.

Sample Script for Congress:

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

I’m calling to ask that [NAME] publicly demand that the Department of Health and Human Services immediately formulate a plan to reunite the thousands of migrant children separated from their families by the Trump administration. It is appalling that no plans have been made. Further delay will cause more irreparable harm to these innocent babies and children. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Sample Script for Governor:

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

I’m calling to ask that Governor Inslee investigate whether any migrant children separated from their families by the federal government are held in Washington and immediately work to reunite them with their relatives. Any further delay in reunification will cause more irreparable harm to these innocent babies and children. Thank you for your time and attention.

Action 2 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Call to support Dignity for Detained Immigrants Bills

In light of reports that military bases are being considered to house migrant children, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith and Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mattis requesting assurances that Members of Congress will be able to conduct necessary oversight over any Department of Defense sites used to house migrant children.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), introduced a Dignity for Detained Immigrants bill June 22nd targeting family detention and the harsh and inhumane conditions of immigration detention centers that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to house thousands of immigrants. The bill is a Senate companion to the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2017 House bill introduced in October by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Adam Smith (D-WA).

Call and voice your support for the letter and these two bills:

  • PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS – DOD PUBLIC AFFAIRS
  • 1400 Defense Pentagon
  • Washington, DC 20301-1400
  • 703-571-3343

Sample Script for DOD:

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

The Administration’s “zero tolerance policy” is cruel and inhumane and the children currently being held separate from their families are understandably traumatized. Congress must be able to conduct direct oversight to ensure these children are receiving the care they need and deserve while they are in the custody of the federal government. Please confirm that Members of Congress will have access to DOD sites selected by HHS for temporary housing of migrant children.

Sample Script for Senators:

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

Please co-sponsor the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act. I expect you to be a leader in setting humane standards for detention facilities, strengthening the inspection and monitoring of facilities in order to crack down on abuses, and protecting the civil rights of immigrant detainees. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Sample Script for Rep Smith:

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

Thank you for co-sponsoring the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2017 and thank you for being a leader in setting humane standards for detention facilities, strengthening the inspection and monitoring of facilities in order to crack down on abuses, and protecting the civil rights of immigrant detainees. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

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Sample Script for other Representatives:

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

Please co-sponsor the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2017. I expect you to be a leader in setting humane standards for detention facilities, strengthening the inspection and monitoring of facilities in order to crack down on abuses, and protecting the civil rights of immigrant detainees. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

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Action 3 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Demand Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s Resignation

From 5Calls.org

The appalling separation of children from their families at the US-Mexico border stems from policy decisions made by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Members of the Trump administration have publicly admitted that the family separation policy is meant to deter undocumented families trying to escape violence in their home countries.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has consistently lied to the American public about family separations. She called the policy a “law” and has blamed Democrats in Congress for the policy adopted and implemented by her own department. She has echoed Donald Trump’s lie that a legislative “fix” would be needed to prevent children from being stolen from their parents. In fact, it was the decision to prosecute children’s parents for the misdemeanor of being undocumented that forced children into cages.

While public outrage mounts over DHS’s hideous acts, organizations from the United Nations to the American Academy of Pediatrics have asserted the use of children as pawns to decrease immigration is tantamount to torture and will cause lasting trauma for both children and their families. The policy also echoes the darkest chapters of American history, from slavery to the internment of Japanese and Japanese American people to the forced separation of Native American children from their families.

Nielsen’s oversight of this egregious and ongoing human rights violation, combined with her frequent lies about her agency’s role in this abuse of innocent children, make her utterly unfit for her role. Congress must call on Nielsen to resign immediately.

Sample Script:

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

I’m calling to urge [NAME] to demand DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s immediate resignation. Nielsen has overseen the horrendous separation of children from their families and then lied repeatedly about her department’s role in this ongoing human rights violation. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

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Calendar of In-Person Events (in addition to the 3 listed at the top):

  • Tue, Jul 10, 6-7:30 IE Corruption topic group meeting – Red Robin Bellevue Square. 
  • Sun, Jul 15, 5-8 pm – Indivisible Eastside Summer Picnic with Indivisible Kirkland – Crossroads Park Bellevue. RVSP to attend.

Updated June 18, 2018

🔷 As we learned at the meeting yesterday, here’s is an important opportunity to support the work of Indivisible Eastside and Indivisible Kirkland members – while supporting the important mission of reducing Gun Violence. Please join Linda C, Nadine S, Sarah F and Heather M at the Kirkland Town Hall: Gun Safety & Safe, Inclusive, Welcoming City for All meeting Wed, June 20 at 5:30 at the LWHS Theater. Wear Orange to show your support for Gun Safety. Wouldn’t it be great to see a sea of orange at this meeting?

🔷 Here are the upcoming Midterms Matter events, and 3 actions. Don’t forget to check out the Calendar section at the bottom for other opportunities to engage.

Midterms Matter Events:

Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Make Universal Health Care Possible in WA!

From Seattle Indivisible

On Monday, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced the State-Based Universal Health Care Act. This Act lays the groundwork for universal healthcare and/or single payer health care on a state or a regional level by allowing states to redirect federal healthcare funds into such a system. It is a crucial step towards fair, affordable healthcare in Washington State. As of now there is no companion bill in the Senate – call your Senators to ask that they introduce one, and Reps. DelBene and Smith to ask that they support it.  

Sample Script for Senators:
Hi, my name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. Representative Jayapal recently proposed the State-Based Universal Health Care Act, which lays the groundwork for single-payer or other improved forms of healthcare in Washington state. I’m calling to ask that Senator [NAME] propose a companion bill in the Senate – we must take steps to make healthcare work for everyone.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Sample Script Reps. DelBene and Smith:
Hi, my name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. Representative Jayapal recently proposed the State-Based Universal Health Care Act, which lays the groundwork for single-payer or other improved forms of healthcare in Washington state. I’m calling to ask that Representative [NAME] do everything s/he can to support this bill – we must take steps to make healthcare work for everyone.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Action 2 – Contact Government regarding Children Separated from Families

Family separation under the new “Zero Tolerance Initiative” is a practice that two months ago was illegal and is now systematically used to ‘deter immigrants from attempting entering the country’.

Is this the America you want to live in? Please voice your strenuous objections. Here are some ways for to to be heard by the government.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Comment line: (202) 282-8495 – Ask that your comments be relayed to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen & Thomas Homan
  • Email: crcl@dhs.gov

Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Department of Justice – Direct your comments to Jeff Sessions

The office under our Nation’s Health and Human Services Department is the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). ORR is responsible for unaccompanied children. The ORR Mailing Address is:

  • Administration for Children and Families
  • Mary E. Switzer Building
  • 330 C ST SW
  • Room 5123
  • Washington, DC 20201

For general inquiries about ORR programs and services, call (202) 401-9246

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME].  I’m a U.S. [resident | citizen ] and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I strongly object to the separation of immigrant children from parents at the U.S. border. This practice flies in the face of American values. It is immoral and unnecessarily harms innocent children. It must be stopped immediately.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Action 3 – [GOV. JAY INSLEE] – Thank Governor Inslee for Protecting the Affordable Care Act and Protections for Preexisting Conditions

From 5Calls.org

Having failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through legislative means, the Trump administration has ordered the Department of Justice not to defend the ACA against a frivolous lawsuit from GOP-controlled states. In February of 2018, Texas and 19 other GOP-controlled states filed a suit with a Texas court against the legality of key provisions in the ACA, including consumer protections for non-elderly Americans with preexisting conditions. The suit arose after Republicans repealed the individual tax penalty for being uninsured as part of their package of tax cuts for the wealthy. As a result, the ACA still includes a provision requiring people to buy health insurance, but the tax penalty enforcing this provision will be absent starting in January of 2019. In their suit, the states argue that the ACA’s insurance requirement is unconstitutional in the absence of this tax penalty.

Legal experts from across the political spectrum agreed the red states’ suit was on shaky legal ground. However, on June 7, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief in support of the suit, urging the court to invalidate many of the ACA’s consumer protections. The announcement creates even more uncertainty about the individual insurance markets in a year when insurers are already hiking up premiums in response to GOP interference with the healthcare law. Troublingly, the DOJ’s actions also reflect the Trump administration’s willingness to use the judiciary to attack a law passed by Congress, signed by a president, and upheld by the Supreme Court. In fact, the DOJ’s actions are so egregious that the three career DOJ attorneys involved in the case withdrew in protest hours before the final brief was filed. Additionally, sixteen Democratic-led states (including WA) and DC have filed a countersuit in defense of the ACA.

The Constitution states that the president must “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” By ordering the DOJ not to defend the ACA, Trump is not only threatening access to healthcare but also undermining our democracy.

Call and thank Governor Jay Inslee 360-902-4111

Sample Script:

Hello, my name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to thank the state for joining the countersuit to protect the ACA. The law is essential to preserve access to healthcare, especially for people with preexisting conditions.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

Action 4 – Public Service Announcement – WA State Initiatives

Here are some of the initiatives you may be asked to sign. Deadline for most of them is July 6 so signature gathering efforts will be increasing.

Action: Know what they are so you’ll have a ready response when asked to sign, and remember which ones you’ve already signed!

I-1600 – Universal Healthcare for WA State – www.YesOn1600.org  

I-1621 – “Expanding Choice in School Security” has a misleading title and would allow teachers and school employees with concealed carry permits to carry pistols on public and private school grounds. The initiative would also give individual school districts the authority to require their employees go through firearms safety programs before bringing their pistol to school, but doesn’t require it.

I-1631 – “This measure would charge pollution fees on sources of greenhouse gas pollutants and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy, and address climate impacts, under oversight of a public board.” www.YesOn1631.org  

I-1634: An Indivisible member reports that a signature gatherer outside a QFC grocery store told her the so-called initiative to “keep groceries affordable” would keep new taxes off groceries, but groceries aren’t taxed in Washington state.

What I-1634 is really about is soda pop and stopping other cities in Washington state from passing a soda tax like Seattle’s. Precisely four donors have contributed nearly $1.9 million to get I-1634 on the ballot. They are The Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and Red Bull North America.

I-1639: The proposed initiative will address many of the root causes of recent tragedies by raising the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21; creating an enhanced background check system similar to what is required for handguns; requiring completion of a firearm safety training course; and creating standards for secure storage to prevent guns from falling into dangerous hands. www.YesOn1639.org    

Calendar of In-Person Events:

Updated June 11, 2018

🔷 Please join us on Sat, Jun 16, 2-4 for the monthly Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting at the Redmond Library. This is our last meeting before the summer. 

🔷 Announcing the Indivisible Eastside Summer Picnic – Sun, Jul 15, 5-8 pm at Crossroads Park, Bellevue. Enjoy games, food, and conversation with your friends in the resistance. Indivisible Eastside will provide drinks, food for the grill, and dessert. Please bring something to share. RSVP so we know how much food to purchase.

🔷 Here are the upcoming Midterms Matter events, and 3 actions. Don’t forget to check out the Calendar section at the bottom for other opportunities to engage.

Midterms Matter Events:

✊ Action 1 – [HHS] – Comment on the Gag Rule

From Elizabeth S

The comment period on the “Gag Rule” opened on June 1st.  In a nutshell, this rule would stop clinics from receiving federal (Title X) funding if their healthcare providers discuss abortion options with their patients.  The loss of Title X funding would make that clinic’s whole range of services – not just abortion-related – less affordable and less accessible. Many of these at-risk clinics serve vulnerable populations with few, or no, other options for affordable care.

Action: Please make your voice heard on this dangerous rule–it takes just a few minutes to post a comment!  To comment, open the Compliance With Statutory Program Integrity Requirements page and click the green “Submit a Formal Comment”. The comment period ends on July 31.  

Here is some detailed information provided by Planned Parenthood in their action meeting May 31 to consider using in your comment:

The Trump-Pence rule would:

  • PREVENT Title X health care providers from performing, promoting, or referring patients for safe and legal abortions.
  • REMOVE the guarantee that patients get comprehensive, accurate information about health care from their doctor.

Statistics on clinics funded by Title X and the patients they serve:

  • 4 MILLION people rely on Title X funding annually for cervical/breast exams, birth control, education, and STD testing/treatment
  • 21% of Title X patients identify as Black or African American
  • 32% of Title X patients identify as Hispanic or Latinx
  • 4,000 Title X-funded health centers could be affected

📝 Sample Comment Ideas:

  • Our First Amendment guarantees our free speech rights.  This includes communication between healthcare providers and their patients.  The government must not penalize clinics and the patients they serve because of the language they choose to use.
  • This rule would force doctors to violate the medical code of ethics and their Hippocratic Oath because it would not allow them to communicate with their patients freely about their health.
  • Title X funding is already not allowed to cover abortion services.
  • Affordable, accessible healthcare should be encouraged and expanded, not limited.  This rule would result in fewer people being served by clinics and higher costs for patients due to the loss of Title X funding.
  • This rule ostensibly seeks to punish abortion providers and the patients who need these services, but there is a huge amount of collateral damage, too.  Clinics that currently discuss abortion rights with their patients also provide a huge range of other vital services, including cancer screenings, STD screenings, educational programs, and much more.  If such clinics lose Title X funding, they lose their ability to provide these services to patients.
  • The communities served by clinics that would lose funding under this rule may be the only, or the only affordable, option for health care for many patients.

Other actions to take:

  • Text “NOGAG” to 22422 to submit your comments to the Department of Health and Human Services telling them you OPPOSE the rule.
  • Share your Planned Parenthood story on social media with the hashtag #NoGagRule and #IStandWithPP
  • Contact your members of Congress and urge them to fight this rule

✊ Action 2 – [Elected Officials] – Thank You For Speaking Out Against Family Separation

Last Thursday 40 Democratic Senators sent a letter organized by Sens. Patty Murray and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to President Trump urging him to end family separations at the border. On Saturday, Rep Adam Smith and Rep Suzan DelBene joined Governor Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and other elected officials near the detention center in SeaTac where 206 individuals are being held. They were demanding answers about the reprehensible actions being taken by the Trump administration to separate asylum-seeking parents from their children.

Email or call our senators, representatives, Governor and Attorney General and thank them for taking this strong stand against this unethical, ineffective, and inhumane policy.

☎ Sample Script for Senators:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I want to thank [Senator Murray for organizing –OR– Senator Cantwell for signing on to] the letter to President Trump, urging him to end family separations at the border. I strongly agree that our government has a humanitarian responsibility to children and families seeking asylum in the U.S.

Thank you for your time and attention.  

☎ Sample Script for SeaTac Detention Center Speakers:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I want to thank [NAME] for publicly taking a strong stand against the Department of Justice’s policy of family separation at the border. I strongly agree that our government has a humanitarian responsibility to children and families seeking asylum in the U.S.

Thank you for your time and attention.  

Action 3 – [US SENATE & HOUSE]  Protect housing for Puerto Rican families

From Seattle Indivisible

2300 families are still displaced from Hurricane Maria, and on June 30, government funding for their temporary housing will expire. That is when FEMA’s Transitional Shelter Assistance Program will end. The Housing Victims of Major Disasters Act is being introduced in both the House and the Senate in order to extend emergency housing as Puerto Rico continues to rebuild. Call our representatives and tell them to support this bill!

☎ Sample Script:

Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. With Puerto Rico still recovering from Hurricane Maria, the government needs to extend emergency housing for families displaced by the hurricane. Please ask [SEN/REP NAME] to co-sponsor the Housing Victims of Major Disasters Act.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Calendar of In-Person Events:

… and more

Crowd Sourced Actions:

Do you have an idea for future Weekly Actions? (We could use all the help we can get folks!) Email group-action@indivisibleeastside.com  to submit your idea. Your input is greatly appreciated, and please understand that depending on current events, we can’t guarantee yours will be picked. To submit an idea, please:

Submit proposals for the Weekly Actions by Thursday midnight for an action the following week!

  • Include the action to be taken (who to contact – HOUSE, SENATE, LEGISLATURE, AGENCY),
  • Include details about the bill (e.g. bill numbers) or regulation, when the action will no longer be effective
  • Include how it Resists the Trump agenda, or forwards progressive candidates
  • Link to news article

Updated June 4, 2018

🔷 14 Postcard writers gathered at hostess Andrea F’s home in Bellevue Sunday and wrote 210 postcards to voters to Get Out The Vote for Wisconsin Special Election State Assembly candidate Ann Groves Lloyd. Thank you, Andrea, and to everyone who wrote! See below for the next two postcard opportunities June 20th and July 8th.

🔷 Here are the upcoming Midterms Matter events, and 3 actions. Don’t forget to check out the Calendar section at the bottom for other opportunities to engage.

Midterms Matter Events:

Action 1 – [YOU] – Phonebank for California Primaries

From Seattle Indivisible

The primary elections in California are this Tuesday, June 5 – and there are three districts where this could be disastrous for Democrats. That means we have two days to get out the vote to make sure we don’t lose three House seats before the midterms even start.

In California as in Washington, Democrats and Republicans run in the same primary, with the top two candidates advancing to the general election regardless of their party. In CA-39, CA-48, and CA-49, there’s a big risk that two Republicans will advance through the primary, leaving Democrats with no chance at the House seat in November.

From Swingleft: “Studies show the four days leading up to an election are the best time to contact voters. These California races could be won or lost by just a few dozen votes—your help will make a real difference. After you sign up, we’ll be in touch with more instructions about who you’re calling, what to say, and what you need to know about our phonebanking system.”

Action 2 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Make More Noise for Children Separated from Their Parents

From Seattle Indivisible

Last month, Jeff Sessions rolled out a ‘zero tolerance’ policy that includes forced separation of children from their parents at the border. The Washington Post reports that this has resulted in a 21% spike in migrant children held in custody without their parents, and the average time they spend in custody is increasing. They are filling up their detention centers with children, and are building more.

Let’s be clear: this is not a normal deterrence policy. It’s a horrific human rights violation. Breaking up families has been a centerpiece of historical atrocities from antebellum slavery to the Holocaust and communist East Germany, and we need to speak out now before our government does worse. Let’s call our representatives and ask them to fight and speak out again.

☎ Sample Script

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY]. I am outraged at Jeff Sessions’ policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border. It is a human rights violation, and the number of children being held alone is going up. What are you doing to end this practice? Please continue to speak out about it.”

Action 3 – [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)] – Submit a Comment to ATF to Ban Bump Stocks

From Giffords.org  

Bump stocks turn a semi-automatic weapon into a machine gun. They enabled the Las Vegas shooter to commit the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Today, bump stocks are completely unregulated – anyone can buy one. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is deciding if these devices should be illegal. We need your help convincing them to ban deadly bump stocks.

ATF counts every comment submitted and takes them into account when making their decision, so every comment counts. The comment period ends on June 27th at 11:59 pm EST, so we need to act now. Lives depend on it.

Click here to Click to Submit A Comment to ATF

☎ Sample Comment:

A gunman opened fire from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel into the 22,000 person crowd on October 1, 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500. The gunman fired more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition in 11 minutes, using semi-automatic rifles modified with dangerous firearm accessories designed to dramatically accelerate the rate of gunfire, commonly known as “bump fire stocks.” These devices are intended to circumvent the restrictions in the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the National Firearms Act of 1934 by allowing an individual to modify a semi automatic rifle in such a manner that it operates with a similar rate of fire as a fully automatic rifle, posing a substantial risk to public safety.

In the absence of action by Congress, I urge ATF to finalize its proposed rule clarifying that bump fire stocks, along with other “conversion devices” that enable semiautomatic weapons to mimic automatic fire, qualify as “machine guns” under the National Firearms Act. And then Congress must act as well—to ensure that manufacturers cannot continue to endanger public safety by designing devices that imitate machine guns and subvert the law. The continued presence of these dangerous devices puts all of our communities at risk, and both Congress and ATF must take action quickly to address this threat.

Calendar of In-Person Events:

Updated May 21, 2018

🔷 It was great to see so many at our Group Meeting yesterday. Here are the meeting notes for those who could not attend. Our next meeting is June 16th, 2-4 at the Redmond Library and on July 15th we’ll have a summer evening picnic at Crossroads Park in Bellevue.  

🔷 As we learned yesterday, State Senator Patty Kuderer (D-48) is running for re-election and she needs your help! This year, Patty faces a tough race and you can help her reach the goal of knocking 20,000 doors before the August 7th primary. This session, Patty helped to deepen our investment in public education, pass the first gun safety laws in years, and reform our juvenile justice system. To learn more about Patty, visit www.pattykuderer.com and if you’d like to volunteer to knock doors with Patty, fill out this form.

🔷 Here are the upcoming Midterms Matter events, and 3 actions. Don’t forget to look at the Calendar section at the bottom for other opportunities to engage.

Midterms Matter Events:

Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] – Push for NAFTA renegotiations to protect workers and the environment

From the Washington Fair Trade Coalition

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a trade agreement that promotes a global race to the bottom in wages, working conditions, and environmental standards. It should be replaced with new policies that finally put the needs of people and the planet ahead of corporate greed. Not surprisingly, corporate elites that profit from NAFTA are fighting to maintain the privileges that such trade policies give them. We need to demand that trade negotiators stay at the table to deliver a comprehensive NAFTA replacement that prioritizes good-paying jobs, increased wages, and a healthy environment.

Corporations that benefit from NAFTA have been calling for a superficial “modernization” of the pact that further entrenches their power. Unfortunately, these corporate interest groups have also enlisted some elected officials to help them—including Paul Ryan, who attempted to impose an arbitrary deadline to push through a quick-and-dirty deal. That deal has not materialized yet, but Republican Congressional Leadership continues to push for a NAFTA renegotiation that puts corporate profits ahead of all else.

Urge your elected officials to demand that NAFTA’s renegotiation add strong labor and environmental provisions with swift and certain enforcement, and that it eliminate the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system that threatens jobs, the climate, and public health.

Sample Script

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

I’m very concerned about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which is currently being renegotiated. Please do everything you can to ensure that NAFTA’s renegotiation add strong labor, environmental, and climate provisions. The provisions should meet fundamental international standards, including swift and certain enforcement. Also, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system must be eliminated, because it makes it easier for corporations to outsource jobs and ignore environmental, public health, and other public interest laws at home and abroad.  

American jobs, American wages, and the health of the environment depend on what happens in the renegotiation of NAFTA. Please help ensure that the renegotiation is worker-friendly and planet-friendly.

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] – Stop the “domestic gag rule”

From Planned Parenthood for Action and 5Calls.org

Anti-abortion lawmakers in the House are lobbying the administration to adopt a “domestic gag rule.” This rule would withhold funding for health centers unless they promise to never even mention the word “abortion,” keeping millions of people from accessing health care in this country.

Call your representatives and demand that they oppose any and all attempts for the administration to pass a “domestic gag rule”.

Sample Script

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

I’m calling to express my opposition to the Trump administration’s potential “Domestic Gag Rule” and ask that representative [NAME]  publicly condemn such a policy. The Rule would cut off funds to women’s health clinics because they educate patients of their full reproductive options. This would put the health care of the four million people who depend on Title X at risk. It would also shut out the 41 percent of Title X patients who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers, leaving them without access to life-saving services like birth control, cancer screenings, well-women exams, and more. We know from history that the gag rule leads to clinic closures, leaving people with less access to care. This is unacceptable.

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 3 – [US HOUSE] – Fight the Elimination of Net Neutrality Protections

From 5Calls.org

Good News! On May 16 the Senate passed S.J. Res 52, the resolution to overturn the FCC net neutrality rollback. Republican Senators Collins (ME), Kennedy (LA), and Murkowski (AK) joined all 49 Senators in the Democratic Caucus in voting Yes. The resolution now moves to the House. On May 18 Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) filed a discharge petition to force a vote in the House on the Senate-passed resolution. A simple majority of House members must sign the petition.

We asked you to call before, and we’re asking you to call again – focusing now on your representative.

Sample Script:

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

I’m calling to express my strong support for the Senate-passed S.J. Res 52, the Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the FCC’s roll back of net neutrality protections. I ask that Representative [NAME] immediately work to pass this resolution in the House by signing the discharge petition introduced by Representative Mike Doyle.

Thank you for your time and attention.

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

More Actions You Can Take:

Calendar of In-Person Events (also see Midterms Matter events above)

Save the Date

  • Sun, Jul 15, 4-8 pm Indivisible Eastside Summer Picnic – Crossroads Park Bellevue

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.

Sources

🔔 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.

Sources

🔔 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.

Sources

🔔 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.

Sources

🔔 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!

Sources

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:

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Crowd Sourced Actions:

Do you have an idea for future Weekly Actions? (We could use all the help we can get folks!) Email group-action@indivisibleeastside.com  to submit your idea. Your input is greatly appreciated, and please understand that depending on current events, we can’t guarantee yours will be picked. To submit an idea, please:

Submit proposals for the Weekly Actions by Thursday midnight for an action the following week!

  • Include the action to be taken (who to contact – HOUSE, SENATE, LEGISLATURE, AGENCY),
  • Include details about the bill (e.g. bill numbers) or regulation, when the action will no longer be effective
  • Include how it Resists the Trump agenda, or forwards progressive candidates
  • Link to news article

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