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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.

Calendar of In-Person Events:

Save the Date

… and More:

    • 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

… and More:

Resources:


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