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For the Week of February 4, 2019

🔷 Thank you to all who contributed to our very informative monthly Group Meeting. Thanks Janet K for the 3 different kinds of homemade cookies! See the Feb 2nd Group Meeting notes for details and links to resources.  

🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

Action 1 – [WA STATE LEGISLATURE] Support Healthcare and Environment Bills  

From Indivisible Kirkland

Please contact legislators with your support for these bills. Our WA State Legislators need to hear from more than just the lobbyists! Be sure to include your home address.

Health Care & Reproductive Rights:

  • HB 1407/SB 5395:  Requiring comprehensive sexual health education in public schools.  This curriculum must be evidence-informed, medically and scientifically accurate, age appropriate, and inclusive.
    • Please contact the House Education Committee Chair, Sharon Tomiko Santos, to indicate your support for this bill and encourage a public hearing.
    • Please contact the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Chair, Lisa Wellman, to indicate your support for this bill and encourage a public hearing.

Environment:

  • HB 1597:  Incorporating extensive measurements of greenhouse gas emissions from certain fossil fuels into state environmental laws
    • Natural gas is often touted as a clean energy; however, the processes of extracting and distributing natural gas results in significant leakage into the atmosphere. When this leakage is accounted for, natural gas is much less ʺcleanʺ, and may even be worse than coal. This bill requires the Department of Ecology to account for such leakage.  
    • League of Women Voters and Sierra Club support this bill.
    • Please contact Joe Fitzgibbon, the Chair of the Environment & Energy Committee, and ask him to hold a hearing on this bill.

House Bills to Protect Our Orcas –

  • HB 1580:  Concerning the protection of southern resident orcas from vessels
  • HB 1579:  Increasing Chinook abundance
    • These bills are being considered this week in the Committee on Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
    • Brian Blake is the sponsor of HB 1580, as well as the Committee Chair.  Please email him to thank him for his work on these bills and to show your support for moving them out of committee.
    • If you are in the 45th LD, please email Larry Springer, who is also on this committee, to ask for his support of these bills.

Senate Bills to Protect Our Orcas –

  • SB 5578:  Reducing threats to southern resident orcas by improving oil transportation safety
    • This bill has had two hearings in the Environment Committee.
    • Guy Palumbo is Vice Chair of this committee and a co-sponsor of this bill. Please email him to show your support for protecting our orcas and to push to keep the forward momentum for this bill.
  • SB 5580:  Increasing orca habitat and forage fish abundance
    • This bill is being heard this week in the Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources Committee.  Kevin Van De Wege is the Committee Chair; please contact him to demonstrate your support for this bill and for protecting our orcas.

Additional resources:

  • The Environmental Priorities Coalition page describes four priorities that a large number of people have been calling for. You can contact your State reps and senator and add your voice! One of the priorities, “Orca Emergency Response,” is covered in more detail above.
  • If you know a bill number and want more info, https://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/ is very useful.

Action 2 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Yes to Voting Reforms (HR1)

From Seattle Indivisible and Indivisible.org

Last Tuesday, the House started debating the HR1, a sweeping anti-corruption proposal that will take up voting rights, campaign finance reform, and a lobbying crackdown. It would help to put our government back in the hands of the people. ALL our Reps are co-sponsors, so let’s thank them for pushing this important legislation, and ask our Senators to introduce companion legislation.

Sample Script for Representatives:

Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling because I strongly support HR1, and I want to thank [REPRESENTATIVE NAME] for co-sponsoring it. Please keep up the good work, to ensure that it remains a bold, comprehensive package that promotes voter empowerment and access, reforms money in politics, and tackles corruption at all levels of government.

Sample Script for Senators:

Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling because I strongly support HR1, and I would like to ask the Senator to introduce companion legislation in the Senate. We need a bold, comprehensive package that promotes voter empowerment and access, reforms money in politics, and tackles corruption at all levels of government.

Action 3 – [WA STATE LEGISLATURE] Support the Keep Washington Working Act

House and Senate Bills – “Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state’s economy and immigrants’ role in the workplace” (Keep Washington Working Act) would limit state and local entities, including law enforcement agencies, from cooperating or assisting with immigration enforcement activities. The ACLU believes that state and local entities should serve Washington residents regardless of immigration or citizenship status rather than enforcing federal immigration laws. State and local involvement in immigration enforcement makes all of us less safe by deterring some Washington residents from coming forward and reporting crimes and other public safety concerns.

SB 5497 – In the Law & Justice Committee

  • Please file a public comment on the bill at the state legislature’s website.
  • Senator Manka Dhingra is vice-chair of the Law & Justice Committee that is hearing the KWW Act on Feb 12th.  Contact her to voice your support.
  • Senators Lisa Wellman (LD41), Patty Kuderer (LD48) and Mark Mullet (LD5) are co-sponsors. If you’re in their district, email to thank them and add your support. Include your home address so your opinion is noted.

HB 1815 – in the Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee.

  • Rep. My-Linh Thai (41 LD), Rep. Roger Goodman (45 LD) and Rep Amy Walen (48 LD) are in that committee and are co-sponsors.
  • Rep. Larry Springer (45 LD) and Rep. Derek Stanford (1 LD) are co-sponsors.  
  • If you’re in their district, email to thank them and add your support. Include your home address so your opinion is noted.

Steering Spotlight Featuring Allison Howes

  • What moved you to join Indivisible Eastside? A friend posted a link to the original Indivisible guide in late 2016 asking if anyone wanted to get together to discuss it. Seven of us did in early January. At this same meeting we made a Facebook page, got an email address and shortly afterwards registered it with National. We then stood back and watched membership take off. It helped our feelings of hopelessness and horror after the election by providing us with concrete steps to deal with the nightmare that we knew was coming.
  • What have you learned about yourself in the past 2 years?  I have learned that I can speak in front of a group (albeit still reluctantly). I would never have said, even a year ago, that I would be comfortable knocking on strangers’ doors and asking them about voting.
  • What do you do for IE? I have decided that I am ‘generalist’ for our group. I do a little bit of a lot of things.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I lived in Bolivia for six years as a child.
  • What’s your background? I was born in Wales and grew up there (apart from my Bolivian years). I thank my mother for my political beliefs. She grew up in the coal mining valleys of South Wales during the depression – think ‘How Green was My Valley’. I moved here almost forty years ago, and have been at the same Bellevue elementary school for almost thirty of them as a parent, employee and now volunteer. I thought I retired five years ago but apparently not.

Calendar of In-Person Events:

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Resources:


For the Week of January 28, 2019

🔷 We are so fortunate to have 3 members who have agreed to come share their unique perspectives with us at our Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting 3:30 pm on Feb 2 at the Bellevue Library. We hope you can join us.

  • Nadine Strauss – Will share her experience traveling to Tornillo youth detention tent city.
  • Barbra Chevalier  – Will outline Democracy bills in the WA House and Senate including The Local Options Bill to allow alternative voting methods such as Ranked Choice voting.
  • Jackie McGourty – Will share her experience running for and winning a seat on the Northshore School District School board.

🔷 As we move into our 3rd year of resistance, Seattle Indivisible continues to host Resist Trump Tuesday rallies and visits with Senators staffers. The schedule will shift from a weekly rally and meeting, to a twice monthly Rally and meeting. The 2nd Tuesday will include a meeting with Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell’s staffers, and the 4th Tuesday will include a meeting with Representative Jayapal and Representative Smith’s staffers. We urge you to seize this incredible opportunity to connect with your Members of Congress and learn firsthand what’s happening. This week’s Resist Trump Tuesday will center around the ramifications of the Trump Shutdown and what’s ahead in the next 3 weeks. See the calendar section for details.

🔷 Do you know what committees your WA State senator and representatives serve on? Check out Indivisible Eastside’s new Resources Page.

🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

Action 1 – [WA STATE HOUSE & SENATE] Gun Safety, Democracy, Environment Bills

From Indivisible Kirkland

Lots going on this week in Olympia!  These bills all have public hearings this week. A lot of research by Indivisible Kirkland went into this action and there’s something here for each and every one of you to reach out directly to your legislators. Remember to include your home address when emailing legislators.

Gun Safety Bills:

  • SB 5181:  Temporary restriction of firearms rights for individual who has been placed in an involuntary 72-hour hold and has been deemed a risk to themselves or others.  Individuals can have their rights reinstated after 6 months.
  • This bill is being heard in the Senate Law & Justice Committee.  Please contact Manka Dhingra, the Vice Chair, to thank her for co-sponsoring this bill and to thank her for hearing it in committee.  Also, if you are in the 48th LD, please email Patty Kuderer to show your support for this bill.
    • Suicide comprises nearly 80% of all firearms deaths in Washington State, so this is an important bill.
  • HB 1319:  Expanding local authority to regulate firearms.  (Gives local municipalities (cities, towns, counties) the right to restrict open carry of firearms at public meetings of the municipality.)
    • This bill is being heard in the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee.  Please contact the Committee Chair, Laurie Jinkins, to show your support for this bill.  Also, if you are in the 48th LD, please email Amy Walen to thank her for co-sponsoring this bill.  

Democracy Bills:

  • HB 1063:  Allowing 17-year-olds to participate in primary elections if they will be 18 by the general election.
    • This bill is being heard in the House State Government Committee.  Please contact Mia Gregerson, the Committee Chair, to indicate your support for increased voter participation and thank her for hearing this bill.
  • SB 5078:  Requires presidential and vice-presidential candidates to disclose federal tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in Washington State.
  • SB 5294:  Requires employers to grant temporary leave of absence without loss of job or seniority to an employee who is a member of the state legislature.  (This bill, supported by the League of Women Voters, fosters the concept of citizen legislators.)
    • Both of these bills are being heard in the State Government Committee.  Patty Kuderer is both a sponsor of these bills and the Vice Chair of this committee.  Please thank her for her bold and creative approach to holding politicians accountable and creating more equitable access to the political process.
    • If you’re in the 1st LD, please email co-sponsor Guy Palumbo to thank him for co-sponsoring 5078.
    • If you’re in the 5th LD, please email co-sponsor Mark Mullet to thank him for co-sponsoring 5078.
    • If you’re in the 41st LD, please email co-sponsor Lisa Wellman to thank her for co-sponsoring 5078.

Environmental Bills:

  • HB 1113: Amends the State’s greenhouse gas emissions targets to align with the Paris Accord
  • HB 1257:  Clean Buildings for WA Act; Increases building energy efficiency for large existing commercial buildings and authorizes local residential codes
  • HB 1194: Pollution Prevention for Healthy People and Puget Sound Act; Identifying, regulating, reducing, and eliminating toxic pollution; Part of the effort to save Chinook salmon and the Orcas  
    • These three bills are being heard or considered this week in the House Environment & Energy Committee.  Joe Fitzgibbon is the Committee Chair, as well as a sponsor for each of these bills.  Please contact him to show your support for these bills and thank him for considering them in committee.
    • If you’re in the 1st LD, please email co-sponsor Shelly Kloba to thank her for co-sponsoring 1257.
    • If you’re in the 1st LD, please email co-sponsor Derek Stanford to thank him for co-sponsoring 1257 and 1194.
    • If you’re in the 45th LD, please email co-sponsor Roger Goodman to thank him for co-sponsoring 1257 and 1194.
    • If you’re in the 48st LD, please email co-sponsor Vandana Slatter to thank her for co-sponsoring 1257 and 1194.
  • SB 5323:  Establishes minimum state standards for plastic bag use in retail establishments
    • This bill was heard last week in the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee.  Please contact Vice Chair, Guy Palumbo, who is also a co-sponsor on this bill, to demonstrate your support for it.
    • If you’re in the 48th LD, please email co-sponsor Patty Kuderer to thank her for co-sponsoring 5323

Action 2 – [US SENATE] Thank our Senators for Staying Strong

From Indivisible.org

Trump caved. For more than a month, Trump and Mitch McConnell held our government hostage—including 800,000 federal workers who went without pay. On Friday, Jan. 25, Trump finally caved and agreed to let the hostages go, but only temporarily. This was only possible because of massive public opposition to Trump’s wall, and the resolve of congressional Democrats who stood up to Trump.

The deal. It’s essentially the same deal that McConnell and Schumer reached back in December, but that Trump blew up after getting criticism from conservative pundits. Here’s what’s in it:

  • A “clean” short-term funding bill that funds the government until Feb. 15. It contains no additional money for Trump’s wall or for immigration enforcement.
  • An agreement to go to conference committee, where conferees will negotiate a year-long agreement for funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  • If the conference committee is unable to come to an agreement (i.e., if Trump sabotages the negotiations), then Trump has threatened he will either take us all into another shutdown, or declare a national emergency to pay for his wall.

The bottom line is that this deal opens up the government, without giving in to Trump’s extortion attempts.

What comes next: Conference Committee. The House and Senate will each select members for the conference committee (“conferees”), who will be tasked with coming to an agreement on DHS funding levels by Feb. 15.

The most important thing that you can do is to make sure that your three MoCs continue to hear the message that Trump’s demands are unacceptable. Trump will continue to demand $5.7 billion for his wall and extreme changes to our immigration system. And he’ll continue to threaten us with a shutdown or a phony declaration of a national emergency. Make sure your MoCs know you want to keep the government open, but that you want Congress to reject Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.

Thank our Senators! And ask them to keep it up. The government reopened with no new funding for the wall, and we should thank Democrats for keeping strong to make sure that happened. But the fight isn’t over yet. You should tell your Democratic senator to support a conference agreement that has no new funding for the wall.

Make sure to pair your Thank You with an action to help workers hurt by the Shutdown. See Action 3.

Action 3 – [RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS] Donate to an organization helping people affected by the shutdown.

Even though federal employees will receive back-pay, the ripple effect of this shutdown is wide. Federal contractors went without while affiliated businesses took a huge economic hit. Consider:

Donating Food, Gas and Gift Cards:

  • Port of Seattle is still accepting donations of non-perishable food and gift cards (no cash or checks) through February 1. Food and gift cards can be dropped off at the SeaTac Conference Center reception area, on the south end of the airport’s mezzanine level between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m daily.
  • Muslim Association of Puget Sound – Muslim Community Resource Center (MAPS-MCRC) is hosting a donation drive through February 2 for non-perishable food, hygiene items, and pet food. Donations and hot meals will be taken to SeaTac Airport to benefit TSA employees, CBP employees, air traffic controllers, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other employees affected by the shutdown.
  • Seattle Food Banks
  • King County Food Banks

Donating money:

  • United for U.S. Fund “is a joint effort by corporate partners, organized labor, the United Way network and nonprofits to assist federal workers, contractors and others impacted by the government shutdown.”
  • Feeding America works with a network of food banks across the country.
  • National Diaper Bank works with a network of diaper banks across the country.
  • Capital Area Food Bank serves the hard-hit DC area.
  • The American Legion is collecting donations to support furloughed Coast Guard members and their families.
  • GoFundMe’s Government Shutdown Direct Relief Fund goes to nonprofit organizations across the country that are offering general relief to government workers, including but not limited to, food, counseling, and housing support.
  • Seattle Humane Pet Food Bank provides pet food assistance and is encouraging furloughed workers to reach out for assistance with pet food or supplies (pickup locations in article).

Resources:

Steering Spotlight Featuring Rhiannon P-B

  • What moved you to join Indivisible Eastside? Allison, one of the founding members of IE, has been a family friend for years. When they started IE she invited my family and me to join as she knew how frustrated we were about the administration.
  • What have you learned about yourself in the past 2 years? I’ve always been politically active but I never thought I would get this involved in politics or the political process.
  • What do you do for IE? Help with moderating the Facebook group, monitoring and putting content on Instagram, adding new members to the Facebook group, creating and updating the community guidelines as needed, coordinate with outside organizations such as MAPS, and providing millennial perspective to the Steering Committee.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I have dual citizenship, UK and USA.
  • What’s your background? I was born in the USA but my parents moved to the USA from the UK in the 80s. They got their USA citizenship in 2010.

Calendar of In-Person Events:

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Resources:

For the Week of January 21, 2019

🔷 We hope those who attended the “Women Act on Seattle” Rally, March, and/or Day of Action this weekend felt the awesome power of the resistance movement, now entering its 3rd year. Today is the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. march and day of service in Seattle. The MLK Jr. Coalition will lead the 37th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s celebration, with workshops, opportunity fair, a rally, and march. If you participated in any events this weekend, send us your photos!

🔷 We encourage everyone to look for ways to provide support to workers and families impacted by the shutdown in your area. Consider donating to Hopelink or North Helpline – two emergency services organizations that are reaching out to federal employees in need of assistance. If you are travelling by air, bring a few $25 gift cards with you to give to a TSA manager for distribution. It’s important to continue showing up for folks who are struggling because of Trump’s shutdown.

🔷 Starting today, look for Steering Spotlight to learn a little about each of your eight Steering Committee members, how we found ourselves here, and what makes us tick.

🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

✊ Action 1 – [WA STATE LEGISLATURE] – Support Gun Safety

From Indivisible Kirkland

This week it seems that the legislature will spend some time focusing on gun safety bills – fantastic!  All of the bills listed below are scheduled for public hearings on Monday or Tuesday of this week.

House Gun Safety Bills:

Senate Gun Safety Bills:

✊ Action:  we want to show our support for gun safety legislation.

  • If one of your legislators has sponsored/co-sponsored one of these bills, please contact them to thank them using the links above or DistrictFinder.
  • Contact the committee chairs of the committees where these bills are being heard.  Please thank the chairs for hearing these bills and let them know why you support these bills:
  • House Civil Rights & Judiciary Chair:  Laurie Jinkins
  • Senate Law & Justice Committee Vice Chair:  Manka Dhingra

✊ Action 2 – [US HOUSE] Demand Your Representative Publicly Condemn Steve King (R-IA) and Support Censure

From Indivisible.org

Last weekend, a lot of people got to talking about the latest comments from Congress’ very own racist-in-chief Steve King (R-IA) to The New York Times: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

This isn’t surprising. And it was hardly the first time.

Steve King is actually Trumpism, purified. But thanks to the blue wave YOU built in November House Democrats, with a simple majority vote, can (and should) censure him. Republicans should also speak out against his unapologetic racism.

Censure is one of the mechanisms available in the House to punish one of its own members for misbehaving or for jeopardizing the integrity of the institution. Once a Representative is censured, they must stand before the full body of the House and receive a public rebuke. Even though only a simple majority is needed, it is important to have bipartisan support in order to prevent censure from being misused (or dismissed) for political purposes.

Call your Representative now and ask them to publicly condemn Steve King and his latest, racist remarks and publicly support his censure.

☎ Sample Script:

Hello, I’m a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP] urging Representative [NAME] to call for Steve King to be censured for his racist remarks. Steve King has a long history of making offensive and racist comments. He commonly denigrates immigrants while defending — and increasingly championing — white supremacy. His bigoted comments alone are sufficient for censure. What’s worse, Steve King’s comments intentionally stoke fear and tensions, and embolden white supremacists, which may lead to more acts of violence against immigrants and communities of color.

Will Representative [NAME] publicly condemn Steve King’s racist comments and call for him to be censured? I will be watching closely for their public statement and for support for censure if it comes to the floor for a vote.

Thank you for your time and attention.

IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: Please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.

✊ Action 3 – [Governor Inslee & Senator Manka Dhingra] – Support a True Universal Healthcare Bill

From WholeWashington

Governor Inslee announced he’s introducing a “public option” bill that, according to his Medium article, means the Health Care Authority will contract with for-profit insurers in our state. This is not what our state wants or needs. Unless the for-profit motive is removed completely, we won’t see the savings, efficiency, and social justice that a true universal healthcare system brings.

SB 5222 has been introduced to the legislature and is based on the well-researched Whole Washington Health Trust (I-1600 from 2018). All 522,000 Washington residents without any coverage should be able to get healthcare immediately, not through Inslee’s incremental approach.

☎ Sample Script for Governor Inslee 360-902-4111

Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m from [CITY, ZIP]. I support the creation of a universal healthcare system in Washington State and nationally and am happy that Governor Inslee has started promoting the idea of universal healthcare. However, a “public option” bill that contracts with private insurance will not cover everyone, nor will it reduce the overall costs of healthcare and pharmaceutical prices in our state.

I want our tax dollars to go to a public, government run health agency, not a for-profit entity.

Please support SB 5222, Whole Washington Health Trust, which has been vetted by the Department of Revenue and the Employment Security Department, is backed by a funding study done by world renowned economist Dr. Gerald Friedman, and has a transition plan that will allow it to begin covering our residents without federal waivers.

Thank you for your time taking my call.

If you’re in Senator Manka Dhingra’s district (LD45), contact her. She served on the Health & Long Term Care committee where this bill would be considered.

☎ Sample Script for Senator Dhingra (360) 786-7672

Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m from [CITY, ZIP]. I support the creation of a universal healthcare system in Washington State and nationally and am happy that Governor Inslee has started promoting the idea of universal healthcare. However, a “public option” bill that contracts with private insurance will not cover everyone, nor will it reduce the overall costs of healthcare and pharmaceutical prices in our state.

I want our tax dollars to go to a public, government run health agency, not a for-profit entity.

As a member of the Health & Long Term Care committee, I hope you will support SB 5222, Whole Washington Health Trust, which has been vetted by the Department of Revenue and the Employment Security Department, is backed by a funding study done by world renowned economist Dr. Gerald Friedman, and has a transition plan that will allow it to begin covering our residents without federal waivers.

Will Senator Dhingra commit to pushing to allow the bill to have a hearing in the committee? Will the senator commit to voting this bill out of committee?

Thank you for your time taking my call.

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

Steering Spotlight featuring Jennifer Ho

Q: What moved you to join Indivisible Eastside? 

A: After the 2016 election, I felt despair and powerlessness. I initially tried to counter it by calling my Members of Congress, donating to progressive organizations, and following the suggestions of various action lists that sprouted up around that time. One of these was the original Indivisible Guide. I found out there was a local chapter in Redmond and went to my first meeting in February 2017 in order to “practice corporeal politics” as recommended by Timothy Snyder in his 20 Lessons for Defending Democracy.

Q: What have you learned about yourself in the past 2 years?

A: I have learned that I can take my outrage and individual powerlessness and channel them into small actions that, when linked with others, make great impacts. My work with IE has been the single most effective action in countering the feeling of helplessness in the face of the current admin.

Q: What do you do for IE?

A: I help run our social media, focusing on Twitter and Facebook. I help with scheduling our weekly actions posts on FB, posting events and general information posts, and moderating. I attend our weekly steering committee meetings and help plan and run the monthly group meetings including creating meeting slides and running the projector.

Q: Fun fact about yourself

A: I sneeze in threes. If I don’t reach three, it feels wrong and I feel cheated.

Q: What is your background?

A: I moved here from Canada in 2015, and so am not eligible to vote as I am only a permanent resident (green card holder). My inability to vote is also one of the reasons IE and the Indivisible movement is so valuable to me. I will be eligible to apply for citizenship later this year and if I am fortunate, will obtain it in time to vote for 2020. Count me in for the long haul to take this country back.

Calendar of In-Person Events:

For the Week of January 14, 2019

🔷 The 105 day Washington State Legislature session opens today! Congratulations to all the Senators and Representatives in our five Legislative Districts – all Democrats! We are so pleased to be partnering with Indivisible Kirkland on actions during this session.

🔷 King County Elections is holding 2 ballot observer orientation trainings.

      • Session 1: Tuesday, January 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Session 2: Friday, January 25, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

*You only need to attend one of the training sessions. Orientation will be held at King County Elections headquarters located at: 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057.

Election activities will occur during the day between 8:30 am – 4 pm, Jan. 28-Feb. 21st with no weekend or night hours.

10 students from each of the two major political parties are allowed per orientation. If you are interested in becoming a certified ballot observer, please fill out this volunteer survey. Observer training is valid for 2 years. The list of approved observers is updated after each training.

🔷 Are you planning on marching on Saturday in the Womxn’s March? Email Michelle M if you’d like to connect and march with others and the Indivisible Eastside Banner.

🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

Action 1 – [WA STATE LEGISLATURE] Actions from Indivisible Kirkland – Act TODAY!

A bunch of fantastic bills have already been filed for this session, and some of them have committee hearings this week!  We definitely want these bills to make it out of committee.

House Climate Change Bills:

  • HB 1113: Aligning WA’s greenhouse gas emissions limits with those established by the 2015 Paris climate agreement (Vandana Slatter (48th LD) is the prime sponsor of this bill.) Hearing on January 15th.
    • HB 1110:  Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels. (Sponsored by Joe Fitzgibbon (34th LD), Chair of the House Energy & Environment Committee.) Hearing on January 15th.
  • HB 1114:  Reducing the wasting of food in order to fight hunger and reduce environmental impacts. (Vandana Slatter (48th LD) is a co-sponsor of this bill.)  Hearing on January 17th.

Senate Climate Change Bill:

  • SB 5116:  Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future. (Requested by Gov. Inslee) Guy Palumbo (1st LD) and Patty Kuderer (48th LD) are co-sponsors of this bill. Hearing on January 17th.

ACTION 1A: We want to encourage and support the effort being put towards climate change so early in this session.

    • If one of your legislators has sponsored/co-sponsored one of these bills, please contact them to thank them.  Use the Washington State District Finder to identify your district.
  • Contact the committee chairs of the committees where these bills are being heard (we’ve confirmed that it’s OK and useful to contact committee chairs even if they’re not from your district).  Please thank the chairs and let them know why you support these bills:
    • Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee Vice Chair:  Guy Palumbo

Senate Democracy Bill:

  • SB 5063: Providing prepaid postage for all election ballots.  Hearing on January 16th.  (Though postage was paid for ballots for the last election, this bill must pass to ensure that this is true for future elections.)

ACTION 1B:

  • Contact the Vice Chair of the Senate State Government Committee to indicate your support for this bill: Patty Kuderer (48th LD)  ( again, we’ve confirmed that it’s OK and useful to contact committee chairs even if they’re not from your district)

Action 2 – [US SENATE & HOUSE] Reopen The Government without Funding The Wall!

Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin pledged to block consideration of any bills except for reopening government until Mitch McConnell and Republicans allow a vote on bipartisan House bills to reopen the government.  Last week, 41 Democratic Senators joined them causing the cloture motion for S.1 to fail.  Our Senators need to hear from us so that they stand firm on this.

The president asked people to call their Members of Congress to put pressure on them to fund his racist ineffective campaign promise. Our Senators and Representatives need to hear from us in higher numbers!

Sample Script for Senators:

Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to the thank the Senator for blocking business-as-usual in the Senate until a clean no-wall budget is brought up for a vote. I want to thank her for listening to her constituents on this critical issue, and ask her to keep blocking votes until McConnell calls a vote on the same funding bill that passed the Senate unanimously last month. 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]

Sample Script for Representatives:

Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to urge representative [NAME] to publicly speak out against the devastating effects of the Trump shutdown and the actions the administration is taking to possibly declare a bogus state of emergency or funnel money from other important government agencies such as emergency response and Army Corps of Engineers. [His/Her] firm statement against this ridiculous and harmful situation is important to ending this impasse. 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 – [WA House and Senate] Join with others to support environmental priorities in Washington state

From Environmental Priorities Coalition (many groups)

More than 20 statewide organizations have come together as the “Environmental Priorities Coalition” to work together during the 2019 legislative session. For the session, the coalition has adopted four environmental priorities essential for healthy communities and a thriving environment:

  • 100% Clean Electricity – for climate protection (and to give Puget Sound Energy the message that it’s time to move to efficiency and renewables!)
  • Orca Emergency Response – because Southern resident orca whales are on the brink of extinction
  • Oil Spill Prevention – because of the amount of oil, especially dirty heavy crude oil, being shipped across our region
  • Reducing Plastic Pollution – because our local waterways, ocean, and recycling systems are overloaded with plastic pollution

There are many ways to work on these priorities, of course, but here are three good ways to help.

✊ Action 3A: Review the list of priorities. Go to the Environmental Priorities Coalition page on Washington Environmental Council’s website and review the priorities there (the descriptions are short and easy to review). Also on that page, there are buttons you can click to sign up for email updates or to volunteer.

✊ Action 3B: Call or email your state legislators. Identify your district and find contact info for your state legislators, then call or email them in support of the four environmental priorities.

Sample Script: (if emailing, please write in your own words!)

Hi my name is [NAME], and I’m a constituent living at [ADDRESS]. I am calling to ask that [REP OR SENATOR] support important environmental priorities in this legislative session, including:

– 100% Clean Electricity

– Orca Emergency Response

– Oil Spill Prevention,  and

– Reducing Plastic Pollution

Environmental priorities like these are important to me because I care about [BRIEFLY DESCRIBE– THE NEXT GENERATION, HEALTH, ORCAS AND THE FISH THEY DEPEND ON, CLEAN AIR AND WATER, ETC.] Thank you for your time and attention.

✊ Action 3C: Consider heading to Olympia for Environmental Lobby Day, January 29. Runs from 8:30 am – 5 pm at United Churches, 110 – 11th Ave SE, Olympia.

Join Fuse, the Environmental Priorities Coalition, and hundreds of fellow activists to push for key environmental legislation in Olympia. If you go, you’ll be given information and support when you get there, to help you make your voice heard with your legislators. Registration open NOW!

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For the Week of Jan 7, 2019

🔷 It was great to see so many of you yesterday at the Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting. Thank you to everyone for all the delicious food! Please see the Meeting Notes that includes links to resources discussed at the meeting and a group photo. Our next meeting in Saturday Feb 2, 3:30 – 5:30 at the Bellevue Library.

🔷 Watch Rachel Maddow praising the staying power of the Indivisible Movement, and be proud that you’re part of it.

🔷 Enjoy a look back at 2018 in our Indivisible Eastside in Pictures slideshow, and think about how YOU will make a difference in 2019.

🔷Let’s get to work. Here are your 3 actions for this week.

Action 1 – [US HOUSE] Express your Expectations for the 116th Congress!

(Note, this is a repeat of last week’s action. Please do this today if you didn’t get to it last week)

Show our representatives just how many Indivisible Eastsiders there are watching and ready to hold them accountable. Please email your representative to welcome them to the 116th Congress, and to tell them what you expect. Use the following as a guide but please edit to make it unique.  

Hello, my name is [NAME] from [City, Zip]. Thank you for your resistance to the Trump agenda over the past two years and congratulations on being part of the majority in the House of Representatives! Indivisible Eastside, to which I belong, encouraged members to register voters, canvass and phonebank in CD-8, helping flip the house Blue.

In 2019: [CHOOSE FROM ITEMS BELOW OR WRITE YOUR OWN]

    • I expect the Democratically controlled House to reopen the government without bowing to Trump’s tantrum over his campaign promise to build a wall.
    • I expect the Democratically controlled House to pass a bold and progressive Democracy Reform bill (H.R.1) to expand voter access, rein in big money’s influence in politics, and demand a higher standard of ethics from our elected officials.
    • I expect the Democratically controlled House to create a Select Committee for a Green New Deal.
    • I expect the Democratically controlled House to provide a much-needed check on presidential powers.
    • I expect the Democratically controlled House to investigate the abuses of power by current and former Trump administration members.
    • I expect the Democratically controlled House to pass legislation to shore up the struggling Affordable Care Act to ensure that all residents have affordable access to quality care.
    • I expect the Democratically controlled House to advance H.R. 676 or other Single Payer Healthcare legislation.
    • I expect the Democratically controlled House to fight the climate change deniers and the removal of protections that keep our air and water clean.
    • I expect the Democratically controlled House to fight the attacks on our Public School system by Secretary DeVos.
    • I expect the Democratically controlled House to protect a woman’s right to choose.
  • I expect the Democratically controlled House to …

All eyes are on this new Blue House, and we’re looking to you for leadership on the committees you serve. Will Rep. [NAME] publicly support H.R. 1, the Select committee for a Green New Deal and Health Care for All?

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 – [Bureau of Land Management] No Drilling in ANWR

From the Sierra Club and Seattle Indivisible

Last year, the Trump administration snuck language into the tax bill that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling. Since then they’ve only gotten greedier — and sloppier. They’re clearly rushing to hand the Refuge over to Big Oil before their decision can be reversed in 2020. And we need to do everything in our power to make sure they miss that deadline.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just released a detailed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that outlines their drilling plans. And while the tax bill recommended opening 800,000 acres to drilling, this new plan ups that number to a minimum of one million.

The EIS is also supposed to consider the harm that drilling could do to wildlife and Alaska Native tribes, but the BLM is intent on ignoring any concerns that might get in the way of short-term profit. There would be lots of harm — burning the oil in the Refuge would be the carbon equivalent of adding 776 million cars to the road. It would also threaten the human rights of the Gwich’in, who consider the Refuge sacred and rely in its caribou population for 80% of their food supply.

ADD YOUR COMMENT to the BLM by Feb 11th.

TELL THE BLM THAT THIS SLOPPY, RECKLESS OIL GRAB IS AN OUTRAGE.

Sample Comment, but please edit to make your own (read this Washington Post article for background information)

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of our last wild places, and the overwhelming majority of Americans support its protection. At a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the United States, burning the oil in the Refuge would be the carbon equivalent of adding 776 million more cars to the road. A few corporations might make money from this deal, but all of us will suffer the long-term consequences of their greed. This is completely unacceptable. We must not open the Refuge to oil drilling.

Action 3 – [YOU] Keep Tabs on Olympia

The State Legislature will be back in action January 14. Sign up now to receive e-mails from your district’s senator and representatives. You can also sign up to receive information from committees and to follow the House Democrats’ agenda and scheduled votes by signing up for the “Hot Sheet” distribution. You can choose daily or weekly emails.

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    • Donate to Indivisible Eastside on our Website
    • Email hello@IndivisibleEastside.com with ideas for the newsletter, questions about how to become involved, and ideas for long-term projects you’d like to be involved in.
  • Forward this email to a friend!

For the Week of Dec 31, 2018

🔷 IMPORTANT: Due to staffing shortage, staffers from CD-1 Rep. Suzan DelBene’s will not be able to attend the Jan 3rd Day of Action in Seattle. Please see our Indivisible Day of Action page with options for CDs 1, 7, 8 and 9.

You can do our ONE action this week from home and we hope EVERYONE will take time to do this. We need to let our Reps know how many of us have their back and that we will hold them accountable.

🔷 Please join us Sun, Jan 6, 11:30 – 2:30 Indivisible Eastside Potluck Lunch and Group Meeting – Redmond Library.

  • Potluck lunch – bring something to share if you are able.
  • Enjoy a slideshow of 2018 IE photos
  • Quick review of 2019 Survey results
  • Hear from Indivisible Kirkland about their 2019 State Legislative priorities plans
  • Hear from Jan K on Environmental Coalition priorities for State Legislation
  • Hear about the WA Indivisible Lobby Day on Feb 15 
  • Breakout groups by topic of interest to get organized for 2019

Action 1 – [US HOUSE] Express your Expectations for the 116th Congress!

Show our representatives just how many Indivisible Eastsiders there are watching and ready to hold them accountable. Please email your representative to welcome them to the 116th Congress, and to tell them what you expect. Use the following as a guide but please edit to make it unique.  

☎ Sample Script:

Hello, my name is [NAME] from [City, Zip]. Thank you for your resistance to the Trump agenda over the past two years and congratulations on being part of the majority in the House of Representatives! Indivisible Eastside, to which I belong, encouraged members to register voters, canvass and phonebank in CD-8, helping flip the house Blue.

In 2019: [CHOOSE FROM ITEMS BELOW OR WRITE YOUR OWN]

  • I expect the Democratically controlled House to reopen the government without bowing to Trump’s tantrum over his campaign promise to build a wall.
  • I expect the Democratically controlled House to pass a bold and progressive Democracy Reform bill (H.R.1) to expand voter access, rein in big money’s influence in politics, and demand a higher standard of ethics from our elected officials.
  • I expect the Democratically controlled House to create a Select Committee for a Green New Deal.
  • I expect the Democratically controlled House to provide a much-needed check on presidential powers.
  • I expect the Democratically controlled House to investigate the abuses of power by current and former Trump administration members.
  • I expect the Democratically controlled House to pass legislation to shore up the struggling Affordable Care Act to ensure that all residents have affordable access to quality care.
  • I expect the Democratically controlled House to advance H.R. 676 or other Single Payer Healthcare legislation.
  • I expect the Democratically controlled House to fight the climate change deniers and the removal of protections that keep our air and water clean.
  • I expect the Democratically controlled House to fight the attacks on our Public School system by Secretary DeVos.
  • I expect the Democratically controlled House to …

All eyes are on this new Blue House, and we’re looking to you for leadership on the committees you serve. Will Rep. [NAME] publicly support H.R. 1, the Green New Deal and Health Care for All?

Thank you,

Calendar of In-Person Events:

Save the Date

  • Tue, Jan 29 , 8:30 am – 5 pm – Environmental Lobby Day – Olympia

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