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Members of Congress

  • Sen. Patty Murray
    (202) 224-2621 | Email

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell
    (202) 224-3441 | Email

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st)
    (202) 225-6311 | Email

  • Rep. Kim Schrier (8th)
    (202) 225-7761 | Email

  • Rep. Adam Smith (9th)
    (202) 225-8901 | Email

  • For the Week of August 3, 2020

    🔷 Primary Election ballots are due by Aug. 4th by 8pm in the drop box. Do not mail at this point, they won’t get processed by the post office in time! Click HERE for more information.

    🔷 There are lots of reading lists out there for White people to read about systemic racism (a great example is: Start Here, Start Now: A guide for white folx who want to do better compiled Jan. 2020 by S.G. Morrison), but after awhile, non-fiction can be exhausting. So we decided to put together a list of our own of fiction by Black authors. Check it out, buy some books and email us if you have any good ones to add. We will update the list.

    🔷 Take some time to read some GOOD NEWS! 🌻 Scroll to the bottom for the latest.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [You] Take our Pre-General Election Survey!

    It’s been a long 3 1/2 years, but we are in the home stretch of this nightmare administration. To make sure we are successful in November, we want to check in and see how we can inspire you to continue the work to be successful in the General Election. At this point there are so many opportunities for volunteers, it’s a challenge for us to decide where to focus our attention. That’s why we need to hear from you. Let’s get started.

    ⭐ Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 2 – [Virginia Mason] Tell Virginia Mason to put patients’ needs first

    From ACLU-WA, NARAL- Pro-Choice WA, Planned Parenthood

    CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason are moving toward combining operations. This could result in people being denied care because of their local hospital’s religious objections. Virginia Mason is one of the state’s largest remaining secular health systems. A merger with CHI Franciscan will deny patients of a full range of reproductive health care, LGBTQ+ services, and end-of-life care options.

    The ACLU is ‘deeply concerned’ by the proposed merger. Restrictions to healthcare due to religious objections not only harm the relationship between patients and providers, but also disproportionately impact women, LGBTQ+ patients, BIPOC communities, people seeking end-of-life care, low-income individuals, and rural communities.

    Use the ACLU form to send a message to the CEO of Virginia Mason

    ⭐ Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 3 – [City Council] Tell City Council to stop sending police to Seattle

    During the protests in Seattle on Saturday, July 25th, someone captured a photo of a policeman wearing a Bellevue Police patch (in the Twitter link, click ‘Show this thread’ to see the photo). It was shocking for us at Indivisible Eastside to discover that Bellevue Police Department had deployed their armored vehicle and tactical forces through a “mutual aid” agreement with Seattle Police Department. Departments have these agreements with other jurisdictions to provide support, but a side benefit is that the out of jurisdiction department doesn’t necessarily have to follow restrictions that the Seattle City Council may have on their own department (e.g. restrictions on tear gas or other less-lethal crowd control munitions). We also dug deeper into the BPD funding, and the relationship to the Bellevue Police Foundation. As of July 26th, the foundation has removed their board of directors, donor, and grants pages, but an IE member was able to pull them up in the cached web pages. The Foundation has funded these less-lethal munitions and military style gear that wouldn’t be in the official police budget. We need to raise more awareness of these issues in our local municipalities, so our ask is to have as many people as possible contact their city councils and the chief of police to tell them the militarization of our police department is not acceptable.

    Click on the ‘Email’ link to generate a prefilled email. Please review the email and sign your name before sending.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. I am deeply concerned with the open-ended use of city police resources as “mutual aid” to other jurisdictions. The city of Bellevue sent an armored vehicle and tactical forces to the protest in Seattle on July 25th. Escalating tensions with a military type show of force is not a way to encourage peaceful protest, and I don’t want my tax dollars to be used to that end. We need, instead, to reduce police budgets and redirect funding by investing it in Black community-led education, health, and safety programs. Examples of programs to invest in are schools and youth homelessness services, solutions to the opioid crisis, and non-police responders for crises such as mental health response teams and community violence prevention programs.

    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]

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    Calendar of Online or Recorded Events:

    Lists of Upcoming Events

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    Resources:


    For the Week of July 27, 2020

    🔷 Primary Election ballots are due by Aug. 4th. Click HERE for more information.

    🔷 July 27 marks 99 days until the general election, and it also happens to be the third anniversary of Indivisibles defeating Trumpcare. So, in celebration and commitment to the work ahead, from July 27-August 2, Indivisible groups all over the country will be hosting phone banks and text banks as part of our unified digital program. Looking for ways to help? Check out Windivisible!

    🔷 Take some time to read some GOOD NEWS! 🌻 Scroll to the bottom for the latest.

    ICYMI: How to be an anit-racist with Ibram X. Kendi viewable until Aug. 20th

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [PRC Inspector General] Stop Politicization of the US Postal Service

    From Marlena H. and Indivisible National

    In May Trump appointed a political ally who is wholly unqualified for the position to serve as Postmaster General. He has promptly begun cost-cutting “efficiencies” such as slowing down delivery and making such drastic cuts the work can’t get done, hence it ends up not being delivered at all. In Maine, the postmaster is intentionally slowing down service and prioritizing 4th class deliveries (packages–think Amazon) over First Class mail. This has huge implications for vote-by-mail!

    ✊ Action A: Call, or send a message via webform for the Postal Regulatory Commission’s Inspector General

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. I am deeply concerned about the US Postal Service being politicized and undermined by the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of the US Postal Service in allowing citizens to vote-by-mail as a safe alternative to in-person voting. If we let the USPS collapse or even cripple it with major cuts and slowdowns, it will have a truly detrimental effect on our elections.

    Thank you for your hard work handling comments.”

    ✊ Action B: Contact your US Senator to make sure they fully fund the USPS in the Hero’s act. You can use the following call tool on Indivisible National’s website – enter your phone number and you will receive a call that will connect you to your Senator’s offices. Or contact your Senator in the usual way. https://indivisible.org/demand-your-senators-ensure-safe-secure-elections-during-covid-19-outbreak

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. Coronavirus is a threat to our health, our livelihoods, and our economy, and now it is also a threat to our elections. We need to make structural reforms to expand vote-by-mail systems and safe in-person voting options, or the November election could be at risk. I urge [SENATOR] to support the Heroes Act, including its $3.6 billion in election funding, without allowing it to be watered down.

    Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”

    ⭐ Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 2 – [Local, County, State and US Gov’t] Resisting the rise of paramilitary units

    From Alx Dark (excerpts from his FB post) and 5Calls

    The Trump administration has established paramilitary units that have abducted protesters off the streets of Portland. These units are not wearing identifiable uniforms or other insignia, they are driving unmarked vehicles, and they are not identifying themselves either publicly or to those whom they have detained and arrested. These paramilitary units do not have the authority (under federal law) to enforce state laws on non federal property. There are a handful of federal buildings in the city where DHS Secretary Chad Wolf has cited graffiti as an excuse for these attacks on protesters. But federal officers are patrolling streets a significant distance from federal buildings and arresting protesters who pose no imminent threat to federal property.

    Local and state authorities (from the city to the governor of Oregon) have stated that they don’t want these units operating in their state, and that these units are aggravating the long-standing protests against police violence and racial injustice that started with the murder of George Floyd.

    Trump tried to involve the military in DC and that received enough pushback that he had to retreat. The same thing needs to happen here. Right now.

    Start by calling your MoCs: Orgeon Senators have proposed an amendment and Representatives are working on budget items related to these paramilitary activities. We recommend contacting the State Governor and Attorney General as well to resist paramilitary actions. If you have time, continue on through the local level, where officials can also resist the actions of Federal agencies contributing to paramilitary activities.

    ✊ Action 2A: US Senators

    ☎ Sample Script for Senators:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. I am deeply concerned about DHS paramilitary forces attacking and kidnapping protesters in Portland. I urge [SENATOR] to support the National Defense Authorization Act amendment from Senators Merkley and Wyden, prohibiting these actions, and to withhold DHS funding that could be used for this oppression.

    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 2B: US Representatives

    ☎ Sample Script for US Representatives:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent. I live in [CITY, ZIP]. I am deeply concerned about DHS paramilitary forces attacking and kidnapping protesters in Portland. I urge [REPRESENTATIVE] to press for funding cuts not only for ICE and for Customs and Border Patrol, but for all agencies contributing personnel and assets to these paramilitary units. This includes the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Prisons, and the U.S. Marshals Service. Please take strong steps to withhold funding that could be used for this oppression.

    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 2C: 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲

    Sample Script for Governor:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. I am deeply concerned about DHS paramilitary forces attacking and kidnapping protesters in Portland. I urge Governor Inslee to order state agencies to stop cooperating with DHS agencies until the paramilitary operations end. I also ask Governor Inslee to call on the National Guard to protect protesters who are being subjected to abduction by people who are not identifying themselves as law enforcement.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.”

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    Sample Script for Attorney General:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. I urge Attorney General Bob Ferguson to join Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and resist Trump’s use of unmarked, militarized law enforcement from unlawfully detaining and harming residents who are engaging in constitutionally protected protests. The Trump administration has clearly indicated that they will send unaccountable secret federal agents wherever they deem politically expedient.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.”

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

    ✊ Action 2D: 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘆/𝗖𝗶𝘁𝘆

  • Executive Dow Constantine: (206) 263-9600 | Email
  • King County Council: (206) 477-1000 | Email
  • Bellevue City Council: 425-452-7810 | Email
  • Bothell City Council: 425-806-6100 Email
  • Kirkland City Council: 425-587-3001 | Email (With Outlook, after clicking the link, to make the email addresses format properly, click another app and then click the email again.)
  • Redmond City Council: 425-556-2900 | Email
  • Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. I am deeply concerned about DHS paramilitary forces attacking and kidnapping protesters in Portland. I urge the [NAME OF COUNCIL OR EXECUTIVE] to publicly oppose the kinds of tactics being used in Portland, and to resist the use of these paramilitary units locally, in every way that you can.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.”

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

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    Action 3 – [Mr. Prem Watsa] Exit the for-profit bail bond industry

    From ACLU

    Money should never determine someone’s freedom. Yet every year, millions of people in the United States choose between paying bail or being locked up until their cases go to court.

    The only option to avoid jail if you can’t afford bail? Pay a non-refundable fee to a for-profit bail bonds company. This $2 billion industry traps people into a cycle of debt and fees – and unsurprisingly harms Black and low-income communities the most. In fact, bail amounts assigned to Black men average 35% higher than those for white men.

    Big insurance corporations are propping up this toxic system, and its largest investor is the Canadian-based company Fairfax Financial Holdings – run by CEO and chairman Prem Watsa.

    Mr. Watsa was just appointed co-chair to the recently-formed “Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism,” a group primarily established in response to the George Floyd protests. He spoke at the council’s first interactive virtual summit last Monday – where he and others committed to taking substantive actions to end anti-Black systemic racism.

    Private insurance corporations are keeping this exploitative system alive – fueling mass incarceration and disproportionately harming Black and low-income communities. And the largest investor in this predatory industry is Canadian-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. It’s time to tell them to stop.

    Use the ACLU form to send a message to Mr. Watsa.

    ⭐ Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

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    For the Week of July 20, 2020

    🔷 We are deeply saddened by the death of Congressman John Lewis and we are determined to follow his advice to “get in good trouble”. BBC News presents a brief history of John Lewis’s amazing contributions to the civil rights movement.

    🔷 ICYMI:

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Tell Congress to speak out against Trump’s fascist moves in Portland

    From Seattle Indivisible

    We’ve been seeing increasingly disturbing stories coming from Portland, Oregon over the past few days about Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affiliated Federal officers attacking protesters in the city. For instance, officers without any identification have on at least one occasion kidnapped folks off the street, forced them into unmarked vehicles, and held them in cells for hours before finally releasing them without charges. (Acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli has been extremely evasive about the number of times these kidnappings have occurred.) Federal officers have also been shooting protestors with ‘non-lethal’ munitions, like tear gas and rubber bullets.

    What’s especially frightening about the situation in Portland is that DHS is threatening to deploy their paramilitary forces not just in Portland, but in cities across the country. Ken Cuccinelli: “This [deploying Federal officers] is a posture we intend to continue not just in Portland but in any of the facilities that we’re responsible for around the country.”

    Even as the situation in Portland continues to escalate, we need to make sure that it does not spread any further. That’s why we want you to contact your members of Congress to tell them that they need to stop Trump’s literally fascistic actions before he goes any further.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. I am deeply concerned about DHS paramilitary forces attacking and kidnapping protestors in Portland. I am even more concerned about DHS Deputy Secretary Cuccinelli stating in an interview with NPR that DHS has plans to occupy more cities across the country. What is [SENATOR / REPRESENTATIVE] doing to rein in DHS and stop its fascist behavior?

    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]

    ⭐ Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 2 – Vote Vote Vote!

    Ballots for the August 4th Primary election have arrived! Have you voted? If so, click this link. If not:

    Familiarize yourself with the endorsed candidates.

    A couple of races will require some research on your part to learn which candidates more closely align with your values. The Lt. Governor seat has two strong Democrats running – both endorsed by FUSE. They are retiring congressman Denny Heck – endorsed by King County Democrats, LD 1, 41, and 48, and State Senator Marko Liias endorsed by LD 45th. In the 5th LD incumbent democrat Mark Mullet has a democratic challenger Ingrid Anderson who has been endorsed by FUSE, NARAL ProChoice Washington, and Washington Conservation Voters. Washington State Indivisible Podcast has done a series of town halls. You can listen to the Ingrid Anderson episode here, and the Marko Liias episode here.

    When voting: Don’t let yourself get stuck in “undervoting” – vote all the way down the ballot. With all the great candidate information at your fingertips, it’s easy to vote in Washington State.

    ⭐ Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 3 – Help Returning Citizens Pay Fines & Fees

    From NPR and Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

    In 2018, nearly two-thirds of the Florida electorate voted to amend the state constitution and allow felons to vote. The amendment applied to felons who had completed their parole or probation periods, and it did not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses. The referendum’s passage meant that some 1.4 million felons in the state would be eligible to vote. It had bipartisan support outside the Legislature from both conservative and liberal groups.

    The GOP-controlled Legislature, however, passed a law that conditioned the right to vote on payment of all fees, fines, and restitution that were part of the sentence in each felon’s case. This law has come under legal challenge and with the Supreme Court’s refusal to take up the issue, remains in place pending a hearing that will occur after the Florida Primary. There are an estimated 85,000 people who are registered to vote but cannot do so lawfully unless they pay what amounts to a poll tax.

    ✊ Action: If you can, donate to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to ensure that Florida citizens who have served their sentence will be able to vote in August AND November.

    “We at the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, as returning citizens ourselves, know first-hand how financial hardships can prevent people from fully engaging in their communities. So we created a fund to help returning citizens with outstanding fines and fees complete their sentence and move forward with their lives. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go to those who have completed incarceration and probation but still have to complete financial portions of their sentence. Please give whatever you can and help us spread the word!

    ⭐ Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

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    For the Week of July 13, 2020

    🔷 We’re weary, and it’s finally summer. For the next month or so, we will shift the focus of the weekly actions a bit to allow space for each of us to recharge, do personal work around the primary election and to engage in racial equity learning. We will also share some good news and results of some actions that are ongoing. 

    🔷 Events this week:

    🔷 Events last week – recordings:

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – Pockets of Sunshine

    Amid the many many storm clouds of 2020 are a few rays of sunshine to enjoy.

    The Postcarding group has been busy! We keep a weekly tally of cards written. For the week ending July 3rd, 17 writers wrote 1195 postcards to encourage voters to sign up for Vote by Mail in Florida, or to vote in specific races. For the week ending July 10th, 23 writers wrote 1179 postcards. If you’d like to join this effort, learn about where these cards are going, or log your cards you’ve been writing, see Postcarding Resources to get started.

    The VoteFwd Letterwriting group has also been busy. To date they have written 2435 letters to voters to encourage voting in November. If you’d like to join this effort learn about where these letters are going, or log your letters, see the Letterwriting Resources to get started.

    Good news from the Supreme Court:

    For more Good News collected by IE Steering see the Good News page on our website.

    Action 2 – [KING COUNTY COUNCIL] Tell King County to defund the police and invest in healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities for all people

    From Jon P, the Movement for Black Lives and King County Equity Now Coalition

    With King County facing a major budget shortfall due to COVID-19, we have a unique opportunity to cut our spending on police forces that consume ever larger shares of our budget. Instead of defunding education or scaling back on much-needed social services in a recession, King County should reduce our law enforcement budget by 50% to help cover the deficit.

    This permanent reduction should lead to increased investment in Black-led, community-based organizations to ensure that COVID-19 does not further exacerbate the racial resource/wealth gap.

    In addition, King County must not prosecute protesters, including those arrested violating curfew, and those living in encampments.

    Local activist Jon P has created an easy tool to send an email directly to King county executive Dow Constantine and council members.

    Click Here to launch the tool and send an email today.

    ⭐ Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 3 – [YOU] – Get ready to Vote!

    Ballots for the August 4th Primary election will be mailed out July 17th.

    Before your ballot arrives:

    1. Learn what’s on the August 4 ballot. Washington’s regularly scheduled Primary is the first Tuesday of August. In 2020, it includes Statewide Executives (such as Governor), US Representatives, State Legislators, Supreme Court Justices, Superior Court Judges, and some local offices such as County Commissioners. US Senate is scheduled for 2022. The August Primary does not include President/Vice President.
    2. Check your registration HERE to make sure it’s in order. July 27 is the deadline for online and mail registrations. August 4 is the deadline for in-person voter registration or updates – but best not to count on that.
    3. Familiarize yourself with the endorsed candidates.

    A couple of races will require some research on your part to learn which candidates more closely align with your values. The Lt. Governor seat has two strong Democrats running – both endorsed by FUSE. They are retiring congressman Denny Heck – endorsed by King County Democrats, LD 1, 41 and 48, and State Senator Marko Liias endorsed by LD 45th. In the 5th LD incumbent democrat Mark Mullet has a democratic challenger Ingrid Anderson who has been endorsed by FUSE, NARAL ProChoice Washington, and Washington Conservation Voters. Washington State Indivisible Podcast has done a series of town halls. You can listen to the Ingrid Anderson episode here, and the Marko Liias episode here.

    When your ballot arrives: Don’t let yourself get stuck in “undervoting” – vote all the way down the ballot. With all the great candidate information at your fingertips, it’s easy to vote in Washington State.

    ⭐ Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Calendar of Online or Recorded Events:

    Lists of Upcoming Events

    … and More:

    Resources:


    For the Week of July 6, 2020

    🔷 Don’t forget to participate in Blackout Day, on July 7th, by buying from Black-owned businesses. Here are several resources to help you find these businesses.

    You can also donate to the Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County Investment Fund here.

    🔷 Register to attend the July 12 Monthly meeting at 3:00 pm. See details in Action 1 below.

    🔷 On July 13, we will host Jevin West, Director of the Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington. His talk ‘Calling BS: Combating Strategic Misinformation’ is sure to open your eyes. This webinar is part of the Washington Indivisible Network series of monthly calls. Register here.

    🔷 The August primary is coming up! If you need to register to vote or change your address, the deadline is July 27. You can find everything you need here. Ballots drop on July 17 and have to be mailed or dropped off in a ballot box by Election Day, Aug. 4.

    The King County Democrats endorsements can be found here.

    The FUSE Progressive Voters Guide will be available here later this week.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [You] Continue to work on issues of racial justice

    At our July 12 group meeting we will hear from Fernell Miller, founder of The Root of Us, a diversity and equity consultancy. She will talk about how, as community members, we can learn more about inequity and begin to acquire the skills to work towards more equitable and collaborative communities.

    Ms. Miller has provided some resources that she would like us to consider before the meeting, to get our personal input and to broaden our understanding of the issues. The resources are focused on the educational system and will serve as an entry point into how policing Black, Indigenous and People of Color affects our communities. The surveys help shed light on how privilege and power dynamics affect us internally and how they play out in the systems we use in daily life.

    • Please fill out this survey as best you can, choosing the category that you best relate to. Even if you don’t feel able to answer every question your participation will help to illustrate how positive and negative experiences at school affect students.
    • Watch these videos.
      Terry Harris: How are the Children?

    GPA Fatigue: A Reflection on the Grading System (Spoken Word Poem)

    ⭐️ Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 2 – [You] Add your voice to the campaign to Stop Hate for Profit

    We all know that Facebook has a terrible record when it comes to promoting hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism, and violence. Their attempts to combat false and divisive narratives have been too little, too late, and have come only under extreme pressure. Now the non-profit group Stop Hate for Profit is hitting them where it hurts – their income from advertisers. Since July 1, more than 900 companies have called on businesses to “hit pause on hate” and not advertise on Facebook in July (updated number of companies from Sleeping Giants Twitter feed). The social network makes nearly all of its money from ads, raking in more than $70 billion in revenue last year.

    As a consumer, you can add your voice to this campaign by filling out the petition on their website and demanding that Facebook make permanent changes to their policies. Enough is enough!

    ⭐️ Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 3 – [You] Protest the use of Covid-19 Relief funds being diverted from K-12 public schools to help private schools

    From NPR

    At the end of June the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, proposed including K-12 private schools in the relief funds which will be made available by the CARES Act. This interpretation of the rules could mean that districts serving low-income students could be required to spend relief money on more affluent, private school neighbors. At this time when public schools need all the help they can get to remediate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, it is unconscionable to divert funds to private schools who are better able to weather financial hardships, and who should not be on the receiving end of public funding.

    Please leave a comment on Regulations.gov outlining your opposition to this. The deadline for comments is July 31.

    ☎ Sample Script: (Edit to personalize)

    “Funding from the CARES Act should be directed to low income K-12 public schools, as it was intended, and not diverted to private schools to fulfil a political agenda. This proposed rule could significantly harm the vulnerable students who were intended to benefit the most from the CARES Act relief.”

    ⭐️ Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

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    Lists of Upcoming Events

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    For the Week of June 29, 2020

    📋The Initiative 1776 website is now working, and you can sign ONLINE. Please send this web address to your networks. https://yeson1776.com/ Due date is June 30th!

    🔷 Did you know that you can sign up to observe the processing of ballots at the King County Elections office? Become a Certified Election Observer for the Democratic Party! On weekdays during the August Primary cycle, King County will process ballots, and they request volunteers from each of the political parties to observe, to ensure the electoral process is transparent and accountable. King County Elections only allows 5 participants from each political party at each of these trainings, so slots will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

    King County Elections will be holding this training at two different times prior to this election cycle:

    • Tuesday, July 14th, 10:00am-12:00 pm
    • Thursday, July 16th, 4:00-6:00 pm

    You need only attend ONE session, and once certified, your training is good for 2 years. SIGN UP HERE

    🔷 One of the major concerns approaching the election is the abundance of false and misleading information, both online and elsewhere. There are several events coming up that will be helpful in navigating our way through the swamp, and you can find them listed in the Calendar section. We are particularly excited to have guest speaker Jevin West, of the Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington. The webinar featuring him, on July 13, will be part of the Washington Indivisible Network series of monthly calls. Register here.

    📬 Resources for writing Postcards to Voters.

    📬 Upcoming dates for writing letters to voters and get the Zoom link.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [Federal Government] Oppose asylum restrictions

    Last week we asked you to comment on plans by the administration to put asylum out of reach for many people. Because of continued attacks on the asylum system, we are repeating this Action.

    In March they introduced policies that would allow the government to immediately expel people from Mexico and Central America to Mexico before they make an asylum claim, usually within two hours, purportedly to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

    Now the administration has proposed more sweeping restrictions on asylum claims. The proposed rules will effectively end asylum as we have known it by narrowing qualifications and “streamlining the process.” If implemented, the rule would eliminate gender-based asylum—shutting the door to anyone fleeing life-threatening persecution due to their gender, while undoing decades of legal precedent. Women fleeing rape and severe domestic violence, LGBTQ+ individuals facing deadly attacks, and those escaping other fatal gender-based harms will no longer be allowed to seek safety within our borders if the regulations take effect.

    It would also make seeking asylum more difficult for people who face persecution for their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a social group. You can read more about it HERE.

    As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Supreme Court has now decided that asylum seekers do not have the right to take their case to a Federal court if it has been rejected by a immigration hearing at the border, leaving them with no judicial oversight over possible flawed deportation orders.

    If you have not already done so, please leave your comment here regarding the rule change. Look for the Comment Now button at the top of the page. These attacks on the concept of asylum are an insult to democracy, and reflect this administration’s desire to curb immigration at all costs, regardless of the price paid by those seeking a safer place to live.

    Comments must be submitted by July 15th.

    💻Sample Script (Edit to personalize):

    “The administration’s proposed regulations are an assault on the fundamental right to seek asylum. If fully implemented, they will gut years of progress in the U.S. to create bridges to safety for so many whose governments could not and would not protect them from severe harm and even death. Moreover, these regulations specifically endanger and target survivors of gender-based violence and will make it all but impossible for them to achieve justice. These new rules should not be implemented. “

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    Action 2 – [You] Continue to work on issues of racial justice

    Action 2a: For our July 12 group meeting we will be hearing from Fernell Miller, founder of The Root of Us, a diversity and equity consultancy, working mainly in the field of education. She will talk about how, as community members, we can learn more about inequity and begin to acquire the skills to work towards more equitable and collaborative communities.

    Ms. Miller has provided some resources that she would like us to consider before the meeting, to get our personal input and to broaden our understanding of the issues. The resources are focused on the educational system.

    GPA Fatigue: A Reflection on the Grading System (Spoken Word Poem)

    ✊ Action 2b: On July 7th, the Black community will participate in Blackout Day, when they ask the Black community to not spend a single dollar outside of their own community. While they welcome support from allies, it is very much a movement for and by the Black community. As allies, one of the best ways that we can participate is to make a point to buy from Black-owned businesses as often as possible, but particularly on that day. There are several resources to help you find these businesses; sadly they are thin on the ground on the Eastside. (Please let us know if you know of any that are not listed.)

    You can also donate to the Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County Investment Fund here.

    ✊ Action 2c:

    Every now and then we are going to use the Actions that are being put out by Educators For Justice-Bellevue Schools as a prompt for our own reflection and work on racial justice. Here is the first one:

    • What is an area of #BlackLivesMatter or racial justice work that you have disagreed with?
    • How do you think your whiteness plays a role in how you view that area?
    • What perspectives can you seek out to understand this issue more deeply?

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    Action 3 – [State legislators and Governor Inslee] Ask our state government to support undocumented Washingtonians

    From WAISN

    In recent weeks a distressing reality hit Washington State. Despite only being 13% of the population, the Latino population now makes up the majority of COVID-19 cases in Washington State. Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders suffer the highest rates of infection of any group in King County, rates that are compounded by inadequate access to health care. Immigrant workers are overrepresented in industries with distressingly high rates of infection, including agriculture where yet another worker died last week. Immigrant families are more likely than others to be facing eviction in the months to come. Continuing to leave these community members with no economic support will force them into unsafe situations, risking their lives and undermining public health.

    Undocumented communities, people of color and a diverse coalition of allies are disappointed in Governor Inslee’s failure to act towards addressing the needs of immigrant Washingtonians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has cost lives, undermined public health and has unfairly left immigrant workers to bear the cost of the pandemic on their own.

    WAISN is asking that our state legislators and our Governor step up to address the needs of this community and fund a Worker Relief Fund. Undocumented immigrants and their families were excluded from all relief packages passed by Congress, despite paying taxes and often having citizens in their family. They are also ineligible for unemployment insurance. Providing economic stability to all workers is essential to ending this public health crisis.

    You can generate prefilled emails to State Legislators by clicking on the ‘EMAIL’ links next to their names. Please review the email, personalize it and sign your name before sending.

    • Governor Jay Inslee EMAIL
    • 1st Legislative District
      • Sen. Derek Stanford (1st LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Davina Williams Duerr (1st LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Shelley Kloba (1st LD): EMAIL
    • 5th Legislative District
      • Sen. Mark Mullet (5th LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Bill Ramos (5th LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Lisa Callan (5th LD): EMAIL
    • 41st Legislative District
      • Sen. Lisa Wellman (41st LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Tana Senn (41st LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. My-Linh Thai (41st LD): EMAIL
    • 45th Legislative District
      • Sen. Manka Dhingra (45th LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Roger Goodman (45th LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Larry Springer (45th LD): EMAIL
    • 48th Legislative District
      • Sen. Patty Kuderer (48th LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Vandana Slatter (48th LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Amy Walen (48th LD): EMAIL

    ☎ Sample Script (Edit to personalize):

    “I’m writing to urge you to include EVERYONE, no matter what their immigration status is, in any state legislation to support our health, safety, and economic well-being in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    More than 250,000 undocumented immigrants call Washington home. These workers make substantial contributions to Washington’s economy, including paying more than $316 million each year in state and local taxes. They are overrepresented in industries that have been decimated by the pandemic, including restaurants, hospitality, landscaping, and construction.

    We must ensure all of us can access the care we need.

    I am asking you to include us all by: creating a Washington Worker Relief Fund that provides economic assistance to undocumented Washingtonians and creating a permanent system that gives undocumented immigrants access to unemployment insurance.

    The choices you make now to help us weather the outbreak of this virus can also set a better course for the future of our communities. As your constituent, I implore you to make policy choices that help us all, no matter what our immigration status is.”

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    For the Week of June 22, 2020

    🔷 Last week, there were two important SCOTUS decisions. On Thursday in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s arbitrary implementation of a white supremacist agenda and protected DACA recipients — a victory that immigrant youth had been fighting for for years. Earlier in the week SCOTUS also ruled 6-3 that firing someone for being LGBT+ is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Both of these victories on relatively narrow margins are definitely important wins to celebrate, but they’re also part of a much larger picture: we shouldn’t have to live in a world where we wait with fear and uncertainty as increasingly conservative federal courts decide the fate of basic human rights and protections.

    🔷Indivisible National and Stand Up America are partnering for a new project to protect the results of the 2020 election. The Protect the Results website explains the risks we face with the election, and they are building a coalition of voters ready to mobilize if Donald Trump refuses to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election. You can sign on to get alerts HERE.

    🔷 Governing starts locally. The City of Bellevue is seeking candidates for several boards and commissions. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on July 8th.

    🔷 You may have recently received an invitation to take the Household Pulse Survey. The U.S. Census Bureau, in collaboration with five federal agencies, is using the information collected to produce data on the social and economic effects of COVID-19 on American households. Data will be disseminated in near real-time to inform federal and state response and recovery planning. Check out the interactive tool: https://www.census.gov/data-tools/demo/hhp/#/table

    If you haven’t yet, respond to the 2020 Census today at https://2020census.gov/.

    📬 To see upcoming dates for writing Postcards to Voters and get the Zoom link:

    http://indivisibleeastside.com/events/event/postcards-to-voters-3rdplacecommons-b/

    To see upcoming dates for writing letters to voters and get the Zoom link:

    http://indivisibleeastside.com/events/event/write-letters-to-voters-with-vote-forward/

    📋The Initiative 1776 website is now working, and you can sign ONLINE. Please send this web address to your networks. https://yeson1776.com/ Due date is June 30th!

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [Federal Government] Oppose asylum restrictions

    The administration effectively put asylum out of reach for many people at the Canadian and Mexican borders in March, with the aim of preventing the spread of the coronavirus, but that move is supposed to be temporary. It allows the government to immediately expel people from Mexico and Central America to Mexico before they make an asylum claim, usually within two hours. Now the administration has proposed more sweeping restrictions on asylum claims. The proposed rules will effectively end asylum as we have known it by narrowing qualifications and “streamlining the process.” If implemented, the rule would eliminate gender-based asylum—shutting the door to anyone fleeing life-threatening persecution due to their gender, while undoing decades of legal precedent. Women fleeing rape and severe domestic violence, LGBTQ+ individuals facing deadly attacks, and those escaping other fatal gender-based harms will no longer be allowed to seek safety within our borders if the regulations take effect. More information HERE.

    Leave your comment on the Federal Registry. Comments must be submitted by July 15th.

    💻Sample Script (Edit to personalize):

    “The administration’s proposed regulations are an assault on the fundamental right to seek asylum. If fully implemented, they will gut years of progress in the U.S. to create bridges to safety for so many whose governments could not and would not protect them from severe harm and even death. Moreover, these regulations specifically endanger and target survivors of gender-based violence and will make it all but impossible for them to achieve justice. These new rules should not be implemented. “

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    Action 2 – [U.S. Forest Service] Protect North Fork Nooksack River From Logging

    From North Cascades Conservation Council

    The U.S. Forest Service is proposing logging along the North Fork Nooksack River and its tributaries just off the Mount Baker Scenic Byway at a scale not seen since last century. Please state in your own words how this part of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is important to you, and include the following talking points:

    – Due to the huge scale of proposed logging in this proposal, its radical departure from previous Forest Service management direction, its controversial nature, and negative impacts on local communities, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must first be completed.

    – The Forest Service must fully weigh the importance of this National Forest for reducing the existential dangers of climate change to both our regional ecosystems and human communities. Logging these forests defeats their carbon sequestration potential for decades to come.

    – In the face of extensive and ongoing clearcutting operations on private and state timberlands nearby, the Forest Service must prioritize allowing our National Forest to mature naturally for carbon capture, clean water, sensitive wildlife habitat, and compatible recreation.

    – The Forest Service must not construct new logging roads, including so-called “temporary” roads, which act as vectors for invasive weeds and human-caused abuses (including fires), while fragmenting habitat. Instead, the Forest Service should permanently close unneeded decaying roads.

    Submit your comment HERE.

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    Action 3 – [King County Council] Preserve the Sammamish Valley Rural Area and Farmland

    From Friends of Sammamish Valley

    King County Council has passed a Beverage Ordinance that would change the zoning codes that have protected our farmlands and rural neighborhoods, such as Hollywood Hill and the Sammamish Valley farmlands, from urban development. The Ordinance has been challenged, but if it goes into effect, the rural character of our community and farmland would quickly be lost. Traffic along Redmond-Woodinville Road would become much worse than it already is. Our community’s quality of life would suffer, as would the value of our properties, and the green open spaces and farms of the Valley would become just fond memories.

    The WA State Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) invalidated the Adult Beverage Ordinance in a strongly worded, unanimous May 26th Order. The Board’s Order cites a dozen grounds for invalidation under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and the Growth Management Act (GMA) and faults the County repeatedly for ignoring the Ordinance’s potential environmental harm and impacts on infrastructure.

    As of June 7, 2020 we have learned that King County is considering a superior court appeal of the Board’s Order. The appeal deadline is June 26. The County should not waste even more taxpayer dollars attempting to open protected farmland and rural residential areas to incompatible commercial uses. It should instead proceed constructively to enforce code against the handful of illegally operating adult beverage businesses. Code clearly states that sales are limited to products produced on-site in these rural locations. The violators all truck in alcohol produced elsewhere.

    Click here to automatically send email to the King County Council and Executive Constantine telling them to not appeal the decision. Make your voice heard!

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    For the Week of June 15, 2020

    🔷Thousands of people attended Friday’s BLM Seattle-King County march in Seattle and there were local marches all across the state. BLM Seattle-King County is asking people to follow up by taking action to support their demands. Please make sure you continue to participate safely in any future protest–there are tips in this article from Seattle and King County staff (scroll down to find the Q & A section). And of course if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, stay home. Get tested at the first signs of illness, by either contacting your primary care physician or going to one of the low-barrier testing sites in King County.

    🔷 June 19th is “Juneteenth”, and our local BLM Seattle-King county organization is holding online community events every day this week. Join in the celebration!

    🔷 Many of you may know the Progressive organization Fuse Washington. They are the ones that put out a really comprehensive progressive voter’s guide every year and also partner with many local progressive campaigns. They are asking supporters to redirect donations that would normally go to Fuse Washington and instead support the following Black led organizations:

    🔷Washington state has been struggling to protect our agricultural workforce during this pandemic. In central Washington right now, the coronavirus infection rates are among the highest in the country. The Seattle Immigrant Rights Action Group is fundraising to purchase high-quality, reusable cotton masks for migrant farm-working families in the Skagit Valley and Yakima areas. Donate HERE to help this effort.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [Local City Councils] Defund the Police

    From Indivisible National

    Part 1: We keep hearing the words “Defund the Police” or “Abolish the Police” in the media (or listen to The Daily “The Case for Defunding the Police”) and from activist groups, but what does that mean? No matter where you’re from, you want to feel like your local and state institutions have your back. Consistent acts of police brutality and violence against Black communities shows that these institutions serve some of us — but not all of us. Defunding the police means re-allocating funds to transform communities by ensuring that more people have access to what they need to be safe and well, giving way to new services that are better equipped to support and protect.

    Local Black-led organizations are demanding that local governments commit to cutting funding for the police and investing it in Black community-led education, health and safety programs (such as funding for schools and youth homelessness services, solutions to the opioid crisis, and non-police responders for crises such as mental health response teams and community violence prevention programs).

    Please call the numbers listed below or email your City Council. You can generate a pre-filled email by clicking the ‘EMAIL’ link. Please review the email and sign your name before sending.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “My name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling because consistent acts of police brutality and violence against Black communities show that these institutions serve some of us — but not all of us. Please support our Black community and defund the police by making cuts in funding for the police and investing it in Black community-led education, health, and safety programs. Examples of programs to invest in are schools and youth homelessness services, solutions to the opioid crisis, and non-police responders for crises such as mental health response teams and community violence prevention programs.

    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]

    Part 2: Read “Defund the Police? Here’s what that really means.” to learn how to talk to friends and family about this topic.

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    ✊ Action 2 – [You] Sign this letter to elected officials

    From Public Defenders Association/ Amanda DuBois

    In King County, we are very close to creating the best system for investigating police killings in the United States. But we need your help to push us over the finish line. Every death involving law enforcement in King County receives an inquest hearing. Nowhere else in the country does this! An inquest is essentially a trial–the family has an attorney and the cops have an attorney. A jury reviews evidence and hears witness testimony. Under recent changes fought for by leaders from the black community and police accountability advocates, the jury then determines what happened and whether the officers complied with policy and training. If you can help push us over the finish line, the jury will also recommend whether the officers should be charged with a crime.

    This is exactly the type of community review of law enforcement killings that protests have demanded in recent weeks!

    However, Seattle and several other law enforcement agencies are suing to destroy this process. If they are successful, the family of Charleena Lyles (who PDA represents), Damarius Butts, and Isaiah Obet (and all future families) will not receive a meaningful inquest hearing. These lawsuits must be withdrawn!

    SIGN THIS LETTER TO ELECTED OFFICIALS

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    Action 3 – [YOU] Gather signatures for I-1776

    From Lisa Weber LD48 Democrats

    Remember what happened to I-1000? Initiative 1000 was an Initiative to the Legislature that was sponsored by the One Washington Equality Campaign. The state legislature approved I-1000 on April 28, 2019 along party lines in a vote of 56-42 in the House and 26-22 in the Senate, with all votes in favor coming from Democratic legislators. Washington Initiative 1000 was designed to allow affirmative action policies by the state of Washington in the areas of public education, public employment, and public contracting as long as such policies do not constitute preferential treatment (as defined) and do not use quotas.

    • Under I-1000, preferential treatment would have been prohibited. I-1000 would have defined preferential treatment as using certain characteristics (such as race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, color, or age) as the sole factor for selecting a lesser-qualified candidate over a more qualified candidate.
    • However, affirmative action would have been allowed under I-1000. I-1000 would have defined affirmative action as using certain characteristics (such as race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, color, or age) as factors when considering a person for education or employment opportunities.

    Under the guise of “discrimination,” Letpeoplevote.org made false claims about what I-1000 would do, and ran an aggressive campaign for Referendum 88 to be on the November ballot to put I-1000 (falsely described) to a vote by the people. R-88 was rejected by the voters by a narrow vote, repealing I-1000.

    We have a second chance! Jesse Wineberry is at it again, and needs help collecting signatures for his new initiative 1776. I-1776 is basically the same as I-1000, with the exception that they added equity in healthcare, and specifically ensuring that equal access to a Covid-19 vaccine was mandated if it is developed.

    Since signature gathering during the pandemic is near impossible in person, people from the Referendum 90 campaign (repealing the sex ed bill that just passed the legislature) petitioned our Secretary of State Kim Wyman to allow petitions to be collected electronically via scan and fax. The SOS granted that to them, so Jesse Wineberry appealed to her that she should allow the same for I-1776, and she conceded.

    Here is the I-1776 Petition

    1. Please print the petition (double sided–you need both pages).
    2. Have family and friends sign (must be registered voters).
    3. Fill out the section on the back for Signature Gatherer.
    4. Scan both sides.
    5. Email completed petitions to hannapcowa@gmail.com by June 29th. We will collect and forward to the campaign.

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    For the Week of June 8, 2020

    🔷 This has been an intense time, and we were glad to see so many of you at our meeting on Saturday 6/6. Based on requests we heard during the meeting, we put together Action 1, along with other items in this list. May it inspire you to action!

    🔷 Friday, June 12th, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is calling for a statewide general strike and march for Black lives. Details of the Seattle march are not yet available so check back on the Black Lives Matter SKC website or facebook page for details of time and place. Indivisible Eastside is sharing this information for those who feel they can participate safely. For others, please see action 1 below for ways to support Black owned business, organizations, and candidates.

    🔷 Saturday June 13th, join Indivisible Eastside and friends for a Town Hall conversation with Congressman Adam Smith to discuss racial justice, use of the military in civilian populations, COVID recovery, and much more. This event will be moderated by Stephan Cox, Washington State Indivisible Podcast. You can submit questions in advance when you register at bit.ly/AdamSmith_TownHall. This event is 10:30 – 11:30 and will be recorded.

    🔷 In case you’re looking for the COVID-19 resources list (found at the end of previous weekly Actions), it’s now on our website. We also link to it in the Resources section below.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – Continue to practice Anti-racism

    As we learned in the group meeting on Saturday, anti-racism is not a state of being, but rather an ongoing process and something to practice. Continue your journey with actions you can do today and bring others along with you.

    I have time to really focus:

    I have more money than time:

    I have energy to amplify the voices of Black people:

    I have energy to work in my local community:

    I have persistence:

    • Don’t allow this topic to drop in the weeks and months ahead
    • Continue beyond the 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge
    • Follow up on the Mayor Pledge and 8CantWait Police reforms
    • Share this resource with a friend or family member

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here for each action you took to be counted!

    Action 2 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] End Militarization of Police

    From Seattle Indivisible

    Efforts in Congress to curb militarization of civilian police departments through legislation have been repeatedly stymied during the Trump administration. In 2015 President Obama curtailed a Pentagon program that had previously been furnishing surplus military hardware to local police departments across the country. President Trump then revived this so-called “1033 Program” his first year in office, allowing surplus bayonets, grenades, armored vehicles, and other military hardware to once again flow to local law enforcement agencies.

    But now, in the wake of nation-wide protests over the killing of George Floyd, and the unprovoked violence against peaceful protesters by heavily-armed police, bipartisan support is building for legislation to end the transfer of military hardware to police departments. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) recently announced he intends to introduce an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to discontinue the transfer of military weaponry to local civilian authorities. Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) also plans to introduce similar legislation in the House, where it will likely pass, creating momentum towards inclusion in the defense bill.

    Cutting the supply chain of combat weaponry to police is one small step Congress can take immediately towards much needed broader police reform.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “My name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. I have been upset by images of heavily armed police attacking peaceful unarmed protesters this past week and appalled by the president’s calls to bring in the military to quell protests. The Pentagon’s provision of military grade weapons to local police departments through the so-called 1033 Program has simply inflamed tensions and is not a solution to unrest over the murder of unarmed Black people. Please support legislation to end the Pentagon’s transfer of surplus military equipment to civilian law enforcement and end the militarization of local police. Thank you.”

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    Action 3 – [US HOUSE] Support the House Resolution to Condemn Police Brutality

    From 5Calls.org

    In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the hundreds of other lives cut short by police violence, Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Karen Bass (D-CA) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) have introduced a resolution to condemn police brutality, racial profiling and the excessive use of force. In addition to condemning all acts of police brutality, the resolution calls for the adoption of reforms and policies at all levels of government to end these injustices. These reforms include:

    • Improving oversight and independent investigations to hold individual officers and police departments accountable;
    • Supporting efforts to establish all-civilian review boards with the authority to investigate police misconduct to ensure community-level oversight, accountability, and disciplinary action of police officers;
    • Adopting unbiased law enforcement policies at all levels of government that reduce the disparate impact of police brutality, racial profiling, and use of force on Native American, Black, and Brown people and other historically marginalized communities; and
    • Calling for the Department of Justice to reassert its authority to investigate individual instances of racial profiling, police brutality, and violence and to investigate and litigate against individual law enforcement officers and police departments that routinely violate civil rights.

    Demand your members of Congress support the House Resolution Condemning Police Brutality. Congress must unilaterally oppose all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and excessive use of force.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling today in support of the House Resolution Condemning Police Brutality. Congress must take concrete steps to end police violence, racial profiling, and the use of excessive force.

    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]

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    For the Week of June 1 2020

    🔷 Are you feeling outraged about the racial atrocities in the news from the past few weeks? If you’re white, imagine feeling that way every single day. Imagine the toll it would take on your mental and physical health. Think about it, do something.

    It would be hard to miss the news of recent fatal and insidiously racist events. The sad fact is they are only the most high profile incidents. They represent hundreds or thousands around the country.

    If you feel concern, use this email to direct your concern, and take action! We feel that this anti-racism work deserves 30 minutes of your time, but you can be the judge of that. Consider the important difference that your voice and actions can make for others. If you can’t devote the mental energy or time right now, close this email, mark it as “unread” and come back when you can.

    If you haven’t already, please read about each of these people and then continue with the three actions below. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Christian Cooper. Omar Jimenez.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – Follow the Lead of Black Voices

    1a. Hear directly from Ebony Miranda, Co-Founder & Board Chair of Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County. She will be speaking on Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 – 8 pm at Seattle Indivisible’s Monthly Meeting. All are welcome.

    1b. Read this message from Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County for ways to support the Black Community:

    🚨🚨🚨 ACTION ALERT 🚨🚨🚨

    We have heard your calls for action in response to the murder of George Floyd and other recent victims of police brutality. We’re hurting, frustrated, scared, and enraged just like you. We understand the need to be together, to collectively mourn and rage. Several groups and individuals have announced protests and marches in the Seattle area to demand justice for recent events. Our board of directors was initially conflicted about whether to boost these demonstrations, as your safety is of utmost importance. Ultimately, we decided that the situation is too dangerous for us to encourage greater attendance at these in-person protests.

    We live in a country that has lost more than 100,000 people to COVID-19. This virus has ravaged our communities in a way that largely mirrors the existing inequities and structural racism inherent in our healthcare systems. We refuse to encourage our community members to needlessly risk their lives and their health during this time when other avenues of action are available.

    As we all endure these dark and challenging days, we realize that what is most urgently needed now is direct community support and assistance. We need to support the families who have had their loved ones taken from them by police. We need to support the demonstrators in Minneapolis whose efforts successfully led to the arrest of George Floyd’s killer. We need to support the demonstrators in Louisville who were attacked while demanding justice.

    It’s for this reason that we as an organization (Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County) have decided to make the following donations. Please consider joining us as we support those who are in need:

    1. We’re giving $500 to Louisville Community Bail Fund.
      Help pay bail to demonstrators arrested in Louisville protests. Organized by Black Lives Matter Louisville.
      https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/louisville-community-bail-fund/
      http://blackliveslouisville.org/
    2. We’re giving $500 to the North Star Health Collective
      We originally wanted to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which is directly helping individuals arrested in the recent protests. However, the MFF is urging people to donate to other groups, such as the North Star Health Collective, a group of medics who specialize in supporting protestors fighting for justice.
      https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/donate
      https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/
    3. We’re giving $500 to Black Visions Collective.
      Black Visions is a Black queer/trans led org who are in Minneapolis and have been on the frontlines of the protests.
      https://secure.everyaction.com/4omQDAR0oUiUagTu0EG-Ig2
      https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
    4. We’re giving $500 to Reclaim The Block.
      RTB is a coalition that pushes the city of Minneapolis to divest from policing and instead fund community-centered health and safety programs.
      https://secure.everyaction.com/zae4prEeKESHBy0MKXTIcQ2
      https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/
    5. We’re giving $500 to the George Floyd Memorial Fund.
      Funds will help support the Floyd family as they grieve, arrange a funeral, prepare for legal proceedings, and care for George Floyd’s children.
      https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
    6. We’re giving $500 to the Columbus Freedom Fund.
      The CFF is bailing out protestors in Columbus, Ohio who were arrested when demonstrating in response to Breonna Taylor’s and George Floyd’s murders.
      https://www.paypal.me/columbusfreedomfund
      https://www.facebook.com/pg/CFFOhio/posts/
    7. We’re giving $500 to the NYC Liberty Fund.
      The Liberty Fund is a charitable bail fund that servers all areas on New York City, including areas where
      https://www.classy.org/give/204448/#!/donation/checkout
      https://www.libertyfund.nyc/

    Stay connected with our chapter’s local initiatives by signing up to our mailing list: http://subscribe.blacklivesseattle.org/

    Donate to our chapter: https://blacklivesseattle.org/donate/

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    Action 2 – Reflect and Take action on White Privilege

    Read Shani Silver’s blog:

    This is for my white friends and readers. I could say it is being written and posted in response to recent events, but if the events are free-flowing, and endless, they are not recent. They are constant horrors that are a way of life, and they’re not happening to us. We are removed from them, safe from them, and that is our privilege. Just one privilege of countless others. Another privilege we have is doing nothing. Doing nothing is a racist act. Learning nothing is a racist act. Changing nothing is a racist act.”

    Continue reading, then:

    1. Reflect: Am I allowing my privilege of being overwhelmed to prevent me from learning how to take action?
    2. Reflect: How has my view of my privilege changed over the past 3 years. Over the past month?
    3. Take action: Continue your anti-racism education by exploring this resource list. Choose a few to read/watch/listen to. http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
    4. Register for and attend Indivisible Eastside’s June 6 Monthly Meeting from 10:30 – noon where we will, in part, explore some of this.

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    Action 3 – Support Local Women of Color Candidates

    From Code Blue Washington State – Julia R and Elizabeth S

    Please consider supporting these excellent WA State candidates who are women of color–Tanisha Harris, Jamila Taylor, and Joy Stanford for State House, and T’wina Nobles for State Senate. We can amplify their message by Liking and Following their Facebook pages, inviting friends to Like and Follow (especially friends who have connections to the candidates’ districts), making a donation, and/or volunteering (phone banking, etc.).

    T’wina Nobles, LD28 (Lakewood & Steilacoom): Nobles is a PTA mom and School Board director. Her opponent is conservative incumbent Steve O’Ban. However, this district flipped one of its State House seats with Democrat Mari Leavitt winning in 2018. If elected, Nobles will be the only African-American person serving on WA’s State Senate.

    Tanisha Harris, LD17 (Vancouver WA): Harris came within 1.4% of winning this seat in 2018. Her opponent is incumbent Vicki Kraft, a Matt Shea buddy. Let’s help Harris provide Vancouver, WA with better representation!

    Jamila Taylor, LD30 (Federal Way): Jamila Taylor, an attorney who advocates for crime victims with an extensive record of volunteer service in the Puget Sound. A Democrat, Taylor will run for the position currently held by outgoing 30th District State Representative Mike Pellicciotti, who is running for State Treasurer.

    Joy Stanford, LD26 (Gig Harbor & Bremerton): Joy currently works in the non-profit sector for Shared Housing Services as a Community Outreach Specialist, helping Pierce county residents avoid housing instability, and as a substitute teacher in the Peninsula School District.

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    Calendar of Online or Recorded Events:

    Lists of Upcoming Events

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    Resources:

    COVID-19 / Coronavirus Resources and Ways to Help

    Compiled by Jennifer Ho

    Not everyone is able to take preventive measures due to various circumstances (medical, financial, ability). We encourage as many as possible to take whatever action they can within their ability, to assist however they can those who are struggling, and to help mitigate the risk for our vulnerable populations. As much as possible, use official sources of information and do not pass along information unless you’re very confident of the source.

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    =𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍=

    =𝐒𝐔𝐏𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓=

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    For the Week of May 25, 2020

    🔷 Today we remember the men and women who have died serving our country in the military. Many of us who might ordinarily gather in family and friend groups, will not be able to do so this year. It is a small sacrifice we make for the safety of our friends, neighbors, and strangers we are protecting by staying home and staying safe.

    🔷 Last year, Sister District Puget Sound adopted two candidates in Virginia, and Indivisible Eastside members stepped up to make phone calls, write postcards, and donate to their campaigns which in turn helped Virginia flip their legislature blue! This year SDPS is supporting two candidates for State House in North Carolina – Dr. Frances Jackson and Brian Farkas. Momentum is working for Democrats in North Carolina where in 2018 they broke Republican supermajorities in both chambers. Here’s the important part: by flipping a chamber in 2020, Democrats will have a voice in the next round of redistricting. Keep an eye out for opportunities to support these two candidates. Right now you can:

    • Learn more about North Carolina and the candidates (see links above)
    • Consider donating to Sister District and their campaigns
    • Connect with Elizabeth S to write Postcards for these candidates.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [Governor Inslee] Protect Yakima Valley workers

    From 350Seattle, Seattle Indivisible and Indivisible Kirkland, with updates

    Do you eat apples and cherries? The folks who grow and pack our fruit need your support!

    Most workers in agriculture are essential, and are often stuck working shoulder to shoulder in indoor processing facilities and living in crowded dormitories. By mid-May rural Yakima County had 1,203 cases of Covid-10 and 47 people had died. The county has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases on the West Coast — 455 cases per 100,000 residents. Over 100 workers at Allan Brothers Fruit walked off the job on May 7th, demanding safe conditions and hazard pay after fourteen of their co-workers got sick with COVID-19, and after management did little to inform workers or implement safety guidelines. A wave of strikes followed, with over 1,000 workers on strike at seven different facilities. Edgar Franks, political director of Familias Unidas por la Justicia, a union for Washington farm workers, said generally, all the workers on strike in the Yakima Valley want the same thing. “They don’t want to become infected and transfer it to their families or the community,” Franks said. “They believe that being out here and on strike is very important to fix the conditions inside.”

    Striking workers need support to sustain their courageous stand:

    ✊ 1a. Call or email Governor Inslee 360-902-4111 | EMAIL

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “My name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to urge Governor Inslee to support our essential agricultural workers striking in Eastern Washington. The demands are extremely reasonable. They deserve hazard pay, personal protective equipment, the ability to observe social distancing, and assurances that sick workers will not be retaliated against for taking time off. Thank you.”

    ✊ 1b. Call management and urge them to negotiate, and not to retaliate against striking workers.

    ✊ 1c. Donate to Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) and Community to Community Development (C2C), which have been on the ground supporting the workers from day one.

    ✊ 1d. If you know people in the area, point them here to plug in.

    ✊ 1e. Follow FUJ and C2C on Facebook to receive farmworker updates.

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    Action 2 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Don’t let the government spy on our Internet activity without a warrant!

    From Jon P – Seattle Indivisible

    The House will be voting Wednesday on H.R. 6172, legislation to reform several aspects of the PATRIOT Act — but unless the Lofgren-Davidson amendment (which mirrors the earlier Wyden-Daines amendment) passes, the government will still be able to spy on internet activity without requiring a warrant. 70+ organizations across the political spectrum, including Indivisible, ACLU, MediaJustice and CAIR, as well as tech companies including Microsoft and Amazon support this vital amendment.

    So now’s a crucial time to call your representatives, and ask them to

    • SUPPORT the Lofgren-Davidson amendment to H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020
    • OPPOSE any attempts to weaken the legislation
    • OPPOSE the underlying bill if it is weakened or if the Lofgren-Davidson amendment does not pass

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “I am [NAME], from [CITY, ZIP], and I urge you to support the Lofgren-Davidson Amendment on H.R. 6172, the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 — and to vote against the bill unless it is strengthened. The FBI should not be allowed to use the PATRIOT Act to surveil Americans’ online activity without a warrant. Please oppose any attempts to weaken the legislation, and please vote NO on H.R. 6172 if it is weakened or the Lofgren-Davidson amendment does not pass.”

    Action 3 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Investigate Firing of Inspectors General

    • April 3: Michael K. Atkinson – inspector general for the intelligence community – fired by Trump
    • April 7: Glenn A. Fine – acting inspector general for the Defense Department – fired by Trump
    • May 1: Christi A. Grimm – principal deputy inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services – fired by Trump
    • May 15: Steve A. Linick, inspector general at the State Department – fired by Trump

    Mr. Trump’s decision to remove inspector general Steve Linick of the State Department is the latest in a series of ousters aimed at inspectors general who the president and his allies believe are opposed to his agenda, upending the traditional independence of the internal watchdog agencies.

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Democrat of New York and the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have opened an investigation into Mr. Linick’s removal, citing a pattern of “politically motivated firing of inspectors general.”

    In letters to the White House, to the State Department, and to Mr. Linick, the two Democrats wrote that they believed Mr. Linick had opened an investigation into wrongdoing by Mr. Pompeo and that Mr. Pompeo had responded by recommending that Mr. Linick be fired.

    Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, one of the few congressional Republicans who have been publicly critical of the president, denounced Mr. Linick’s dismissal Saturday evening. “The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented; doing so without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose,” Mr. Romney said on Twitter. “It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in the constitutional balance of power.”

    Contact your members of Congress and demand investigations into all four firings.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “My name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. What will you do to rein in Trump’s firing spree? Michael Atkinson, inspector general for the intelligence community, was fired April 3rd. This was followed on April 7th by the firing of Glenn Fine, acting inspector general for the Defense Department. In the midst of the global pandemic, Trump fired Christi Grimm, principal deputy inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, on May 1st. Most recently, on May 15, he fired Steve Linick, inspector general at the State Department. I understand an investigation has begun regarding the latest firing, but please, I urge you to investigate this pattern of abuse of power. Thank you.”

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    For the Week of May 18, 2020

    🔷 Get Out the Vote (GOTV) online activities are our only way to reach out to voters for the foreseeable future. Check out some of the possibilities and join us for an online session! Please remember to register ahead of time.

    • Thank you to those of you who joined us on May 12 for our virtual letter writing session, including Michelle from California! We use the Swing Left/Vote Forward platform, focusing on key swing states that, with a greater turnout, can be flipped to Democrats in September. Letters are written to progressive-leaning unregistered and low-propensity voters encouraging them to register and vote. After signing up with Vote Forward and requesting letters (as few as five if you want) you will receive a list of voters and a letter template that you can personalize with your own encouraging message to vote. Letters will not be mailed until October, so there is plenty of time to work on this. So far our group has written over 600 letters! Our next Zoom writing session, hosted by Yvonne B, will be on May 26. Details and Registration are here.
    • Writing Postcards to Voters Zoom meetings are being run by Elizabeth S. The next one will be on May 31. For registration and more information, please check here.
    • For resources of all kinds on GOTV activities, including text and phonebanking, check out this great resource put together by our friends at Indivisible Vashon.

    🔷 A member of our steering committee recently donated blood and learned that as postponed surgeries start to be rescheduled, the blood supply in our region is expected to be insufficient because so many fewer people have been donating during the pandemic. Please consider making an appointment to donate, especially if you are Type O. There are extra appointment slots if you are in that category.

    🔷 Starting May 18, King County residents are required to wear face masks in most settings. You can familiarize yourself with the requirements and read more about it here. In conjunction with social distancing and frequent handwashing, masks can be an important tool to help stop the spread of the droplets that are the primary means of transmission of the virus. Let’s continue to be an informed and proactive community in the work to get to the next stage of the re-opening the state.

    🔷 Washington Indivisible Network (WIN), in partnership with Washington State Indivisible Podcast and other area Indivisible groups such as Olympia and Tacoma, continues to host virtual Town Halls with candidates for state elections. You can register for any of these events in WIN’s Newsletter, where you can also see recordings of previous events.

    • State Town Hall on May 19 with Hilary Franz, candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands.
    • Candidate Town Hall for Lt. Governor with Marko Liias and Denny Heck on June 2.
    • Town Halls with candidates for LD10 on May 26 and May 28 (one night for each position). If you know anyone in this area (Whidbey, Camano Islands, and roughly the area between Arlington and Mount Vernon) please let them know about this opportunity to talk to their candidates.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week. Don’t miss the COVID-19 resource section at the end and the many excellent community resources it includes.

    Action 1 – [Governor Inslee] Urge the Governor to pressure ICE to release asylum seekers and immigrants from custody

    From RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services)

    In the face of continued refusal by federal authorities to use discretion to release people from immigration detention, almost two dozen human rights, immigrant rights, and civil rights advocates and service providers are coming together to seek the release of immigrants and asylum-seekers in detention.

    The groups are petitioning the governors of California, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington to take action to protect detainees from further exposure to the coronavirus in facilities where conditions are already poor and policies for dealing with the health crises are severely lacking. ICE has a well-documented history of medical abuse and neglect. Since the onset of the pandemic, ICE facilities have failed to provide detainees with sufficient soap and sanitizer, neglected to facilitate physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within crowded facilities, and continued to transfer detainees between facilities at grave risk to their health. Even before COVID-19, the needless, arbitrary detention of immigrants and asylum-seekers in inadequate conditions with negligent medical care violated human rights and caused untold human suffering.

    The first death of a detainee in ICE custody occurred on May 6th in California and there are now over 140 cases at the same facility. Across the country other ICE detention facilities are reporting almost 1000 cases of COVID-19, out of a population of almost 28,000 detainees, of whom only around 2,000 have been tested.

    This is completely unacceptable. Please send an email to Governor Inslee asking him to work with ICE to release detainees from ICE facilities in the state.

    • Governor Jay Inslee EMAIL

    ☎ Sample Script:

    As you are the government official responsible for the health and safety of your state’s residents, I urge you to take all possible actions to press ICE to release immigrants and asylum-seekers detained in Washington without delay, and to protect them, facility staff, and the broader public from the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in ICE detention facilities.”

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    ✊ Action 2 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Ask Legislators to Support the ReWIND Act and Stop the Fossil Fuel Bailout

    Due to the coronavirus crisis, more than 35 million people have filed for unemployment. Many of us have heard about ordinary people dealing with unemployment offices that are over capacity. But while regular taxpayers and small businesses are still waiting for relief, oil lobbyists are getting moved to the front of the line. The Trump administration is rolling back royalty rates and axing rules meant to stop oil executives from using stimulus money to pay themselves. Now, there’s new legislation that would block their worst abuses. Senator Merkley and Representative Barragán recently introduced the ReWIND (Resources for Workforce Investments, not Drilling) Act, which also has the support of Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

    This is not a separate relief package (like a CARES or CARES2 package), but instead prevents relief money from going to fossil-fuel bailouts. The ReWIND Act would:

    • Block the fossil fuel industry from receiving federal funds meant for families, workers, and small businesses
    • Ban the government from stockpiling oil we don’t need through the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
    • Put a moratorium on new oil and gas leasing and outlaw royalty relief for companies that drill on public lands
    • Stop bank holding companies from taking over distressed oil and gas corporations

    For a list of more provisions in the Act, see the Press Release from Representative Barragán (scroll about one-third down the page for a list) or the Fact Sheet from Representative Barragán. At the end of the Fact Sheet, there’s a list of supporting groups, such as the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, 350. org, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and quite a few others. Ask your members of Congress to support the ReWIND Act.

    If you’re not sure of your district you can find it at Washington’s District Finder

    • Sen. Patty Murray: EMAIL
    • Sen. Maria Cantwell: EMAIL
    • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st): EMAIL
    • Rep. Kim Schrier (8th): EMAIL
    • Rep. Adam Smith (9th): EMAIL

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am writing today to ask [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE NAME] to co-sponsor the “Resources for Workforce Investments, Not Drilling” (ReWIND Act) introduced by Senator Merkley and Representative Barragán. The ReWIND Act stops vital relief money from going to the fossil fuel industry and ensures that ordinary people and communities will be prioritized over polluters. I urge you to co-sponsor the ReWIND Act and make sure these provisions are included in the next stimulus package.

    Thank you.”

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    Action 3 – [State Legislators] Ask your legislators to address inequities in the special session

    From the League of Women Voters

    Given the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s economy, the Legislature will almost certainly be called into special session sometime this summer to make adjustments to the State’s budget. The shortfall in the budget due to the coronavirus is predicted to be around $7 billion at this point. Conversations among legislators are already underway to prepare for that session.

    We agree with the League of Women Voters’ position that we should ask our legislators in their planning for this session to consider how they can remediate some of the long-standing and undeniable racial and economic disparities that have become even more glaringly obvious during the COVID-19 crisis. Data in every state indicates that people of color have been significantly disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19, both in health and financially, and this is true in Washington as well. Additionally, people of color are more likely to lose their housing in the aftermath, joining the already disproportionately high ratio of people of color who are experiencing homelessness. Further, job losses will lead to problems assuring health care coverage.

    Please email your state legislators asking them to take these points into consideration when deciding how to balance the budget. You can generate prefilled emails by clicking the EMAIL links below. Please review the email carefully and sign your name before sending.

    If you’re not sure of your district you can find it at Washington’s District Finder

    • 1st Legislative District
      • Sen. Derek Stanford (1st LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Davina Williams Duerr (1st LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Shelley Kloba (1st LD): EMAIL
    • 5th Legislative District
      • Sen. Mark Mullet (5th LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Bill Ramos (5th LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Lisa Callan (5th LD): EMAIL
    • 41st Legislative District
      • Sen. Lisa Wellman (41st LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Tana Senn (41st LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. My-Linh Thai (41st LD): EMAIL
    • 45th Legislative District
      • Sen. Manka Dhingra (45th LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Roger Goodman (45th LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Larry Springer (45th LD): EMAIL
    • 48th Legislative District
      • Sen. Patty Kuderer (48th LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Vandana Slatter (48th LD): EMAIL
      • Rep. Amy Walen (48th LD): EMAIL

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “I am a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. As you prepare for what will likely be one of the most challenging special sessions ever, I am writing to ask that you consider how to remediate some of the long-standing racial and economic disparities that have become even more obvious during the COVID-19 crisis. Data in every state indicates that people of color have been significantly disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19, both in health and financially, and this is true in Washington as well. Additionally, people of color are more likely to lose their housing in the aftermath, joining the already disproportionately high ratio of people of color who are experiencing homelessness. Further, job losses will lead to problems assuring health care coverage.

    As you decide what budget cuts to make, please look closely at the impacts of your proposed reductions on people living at the lowest income levels, with particular emphasis on people of color.

    Please consider several specific items:

    • Maintain the budget for affordable housing development. During this economic collapse, people of color will lose their jobs, and therefore their housing, at much higher rates than others. Providing housing should be emphasized, especially because those costs will be less than the cost of addressing the consequences.
    • Prepare now for the coming surge in homelessness. Homelessness will increase as the eviction and foreclosure moratoria end. People who have lost their jobs will be unable to make the necessary back payments when they come due. Disproportionately, those who become homeless will be people of color, just as with the current population experiencing homelessness.
    • Retain, or even expand, the Medicaid program at current levels. As the unemployment rate increases, many more people will need to look to Medicaid for health care.

    Thank you.”

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    Calendar of Online or Recorded Events:

    • Tues May 19, 7 pm, Indivisible Town Hall with Commissioner of Public Lands Candidate – Register to Attend
    • Tues May 26, 7-8 pm, write Letters to Voters online with Vote Forward and Indivisible Eastside. Please register.
    • Sun, May 31, 12:30-1:30, Postcards to Voters Zoom Meeting, led by Elizabeth S. Please register.
    • Tues June 2, 7-8 pm, Indivisible State Town Hall – Lt. Governor Candidates (Marko Liias and Denny Heck) Register To Attend
    • Sat June 6, 10:30 am – noon, IE Monthly Group Meeting – online
    • Sat June 27, 2020 9:45 am – 2:00 pm, 1st LD Community Forum – Power of Women: Breaking Barriers (via Zoom, $10.00)

    Lists of Upcoming Events

    … and More:

    Resources:


    For the Week of May 11, 2020

    🔷 Please join us this week for one, or both, of our Get Out the Vote (GOTV) online activities. Please remember to register ahead of time.

    • Virtual letter writing session, utilising the Swing Left/Vote Forward platform. Our next event, hosted by Yvonne B, will be on May 12, 7 – 8 pm. Details and Registration are here. We’ll have a break-out room for brand-new participants, so don’t be shy about joining even if you haven’t yet signed up with Vote Forward.
    • Writing Postcards to Voters Zoom meeting run by Elizabeth S. The next one will be on May 17. For registration and more information, please check here.
    • For resources of all kinds on GOTV activities, including text and phonebanking, check out this great resource put together by our friends at Indivisible Vashon.

    🔷 So many people are hurting from the effects of COVID-19, and food banks are under a lot of pressure to meet the needs of our communities. We know that many of you are involved in efforts to help with food insecurity and other issues and we applaud you for that. If you are looking for reliable organizations to donate to here are a few suggestions.

    🔷 Washington Indivisible Network (WIN), in partnership with Washington State Indivisible Podcast and other area Indivisible groups such as Olympia and Tacoma, continues to host virtual meetings with candidates for state elections. See WIN’s most recent Newsletter with details and links to register for upcoming Town Halls, as well as recordings of past events.

    🔷 We’re getting better at our online group meeting skills! Saturday’s meeting featured small group discussions in break-out rooms, Sen. Lisa Wellman, and Fairvote WA’s excellent presentation on Ranked Choice Voting. See the Meeting Notes for the Video and Audio recordings. Next meeting is Saturday. June 6, 10:30 am.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week. Don’t miss the COVID-19 resource section at the end and the many excellent community resources it includes.

    ✊ Action 1 – [US Senate & House] Ask Legislators to Support the Paycheck Guarantee Act

    Indivisible has joined with a network of progressive groups recently to champion a People’s Agenda in ongoing coronavirus relief bills. The goal is to support legislation that focuses on keeping people on payrolls, providing direct financial relief, protecting public health, and defending elections.

    The next CARES Act is being put together as we speak and there is an important piece of legislation that acts as one plank of this effort and needs our urgent support. At stake is the welfare of at least 30 million American workers who are currently jobless, including 1.4 million Washingtonians – more than 38% of our state’s workforce.

    Representative Pramila Jayapal has developed the bipartisan, bicameral Paycheck Guarantee Act to address the deficiencies of previous bills. This proposed legislation (the PGA) gets help to businesses quickly with a minimum of red tape, and imposes strong conditions on the aid to protect workers, such as banning stock buybacks, protecting collective bargaining agreements, and putting worker representatives on corporate boards.

    The National organization of Indivisible has a plan for Actions to support the PGA for this week:

    • The Congressional Progressive Caucus Action Fund has put together a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in support of including the PGA in forthcoming CARES2 legislation. Indivisible Eastside has signed on to this letter as part of the Washington Indivisible Network.
    • As of May 6, several of our legislators (Representatives Smith and Schrier) have signed on to the PGA, but we need to ask those who haven’t to step up and provide their support. Please join in a nationwide plan to flood the offices of legislators with calls asking them to support this important piece of legislation.

    No later than Tuesday May 12, please call the offices of Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell and (only if you are one of her constituents) Representative DelBene, letting them know how important the PGA is and that you expect them to support it.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    I am constituent from [CITY, ZIP] and I am calling with my concerns about the forthcoming CARES2 legislation for coronavirus relief. As part of this package, Congress urgently needs to do more to stop mass layoffs, keep American workers employed, and save their healthcare benefits. I am urging you to support the Paycheck Protection Act proposed by Representative Jayapal, which will get help to businesses quickly with a minimum of red tape, and imposes strong conditions on the aid that is necessary to protect workers. This approach is being used successfully in Germany, France, Denmark, and the UK and has resulted in much lower levels of unemployment in the population.

    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]

    ⭐️ Extra Credit Action:

    • If you are on Twitter, on Wednesday May 13 please send tweets to the relevant legislators asking them to support the Paycheck Protection Act, using a shortened version of the sample script.

    Please use the hashtags #PeoplesAgenda, #WaIndivisible and #IndivEastside

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    Action 2 – [Governor Inslee] Ask for an extension of the moratorium on utility shutoffs

    From the Sierra Club

    In the original March 18 coronavirus emergency order, Governor Inslee “strongly encouraged” all utilities in the state to “take reasonable actions to mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their utility customers caused by this crisis.” The order urged but did not mandate utilities “to prevent disconnection of services due to nonpayment” during the crisis. In early April, Indivisible Eastside signed on to a letter to Governor Inslee from the Sierra Club, and other organizations, which requested a moratorium on utility shut offs during the coronavirus pandemic. On April 17, Governor Inslee extended relief for utility customers but it was only for a period of three weeks, and so it has now expired.

    The same organizations are asking for the moratorium to be extended until after the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order ends. We have committed to this as an organization but your individual voices in support will also have an impact.

    You can send an email to the Governor, via his Chief of Staff, David Postman, asking for him to take this action. You can use the prepared text in this letter for inspiration, but please reframe it in your own words.

    To: david.postman@gov.wa.gov
    Click the link above to generate a prefilled email. Please add your City, Zip and sign your name before sending the email.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Dear Governor Inslee:

    I am a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. Thank you for your continued efforts to protect the most vulnerable people in Washington from hardship, including utility shut-offs. We appreciate your attention to the political process, and acknowledge that bringing the extension on utility shut-off moratoriums to the legislature yielded a short extension. Thank you for your attempt at building a broader consensus around this urgent issue.

    But three weeks is not enough. Right now, some Washingtonians are having to decide which essential things to do without. Should they prioritize paying for food, water, electricity, medicine, diapers, or rent? Extending the moratorium on utility shut-offs doesn’t just ensure that people have access to electricity, water, and telecommunications — it gives them important information about how to budget their precious resources during an incredibly uncertain time.

    Your leadership is needed now more than ever. Please use your existing authority to extend this protection for at least six months after the end of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. This is what is needed to protect those most at risk from financial hardship and move towards long term actions that truly address the devastating impacts of this crisis. Show Washingtonians — and particularly those hardest hit by this crisis — that you have our back.

    Thank you for your leadership and continued efforts to protect all Washingtonians.”

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    Action 3 – [You] File for PCO between May 11 and May 14th

    Precincts are small geographic areas within a Legislative District. Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) are the building block of the Democratic Party. They are the grassroots organizing base for all of the Legislative District’s activities. PCOs:

    • Canvass or telephone your precinct in coordination with election strategy at least once a year.
    • Coordinate with campaigns in educating voters and generating interest in the election on behalf of candidates and ballot measures.
    • Attend as many of the monthly legislative district and county organization meetings as possible. Many agenda items are voted on ONLY by PCOs.

    This is a vital way to help Get Out The Vote, and be an important part of the Democratic party. When Indivisibles get involved with the Democratic Party, it moves the party toward being more progressive.

    Ready? Click here to file for PCO  

    Learn more: There are a few ways to become a PCO.

    Let us know if you decide to run for PCO! We’d love to hear from you at hello@indivisibleeatside.com

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    Calendar of Online or Recorded Events:

    Save the Date

    • Sat June 6, 10:30 am – noon, IE Monthly Group Meeting – online
    • Sat June 27, 2020 9:45 am – 2:00 pm, 1st LD Community Forum – Power of Women: Breaking Barriers (via Zoom, $10.00)

    Lists of Upcoming Events

    … and More:

    Resources:


    For the Week of May 4, 2020

    🔷 Please join us at our next Indivisible Eastside Online monthly meeting, Sat May 9, 3:30 – 5:00. Please register, even if you’re not 100% sure you can attend. That way we’ll have time to vet everyone beforehand to prevent Zoombombers from entering the meeting. Agenda items include:

    • A talk from Lisa Ayrault , Executive Director of FairVote Washington, which is “a non-partisan, non-profit, volunteer-driven champion of electoral reforms like Ranked-Choice Voting that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a more civil, representative democracy that works for all Americans.”
    • We will also hear from state Senator Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island) about her race to keep the 41st LD in Democratic hands.
    • After the presentations there will be some time for general discussion and check in time.

    🔷 As we move into May, our situation is evolving as a result of Washington’s early adoption of staying home to stay safe. Governor Inslee has proposed a carefully thought out plan to gradually reopen activities and commerce safely. Its success is dependent on people being willing to play by the rules and not rush back to normal levels of activity. As the Governor says, no one wants to do this, so let’s make sure that we don’t have to do it twice. In King County, there are still approximately one hundred new cases per day, so we have a way to go until we can relax. Let’s continue to connect and check in with each other online, and support each other in creative ways. The University of Washington has some good ideas. What are some of the things that you have done?

    🔷 Like many organizations, we continue to work on ways to engage in the General Election, now almost exactly six months away. In the absence of in-person activities, our priorities will be writing postcards and letters, and text and phonebanking. We will continue to offer access to all of those tactics in the months ahead. Here are some upcoming opportunities:

    • We have held several virtual letter writing sessions, utilising the Swing Left platform. In exciting news this week, they announced a new initiative called The Big Send, in conjunction with Vote Forward, Indivisible, the Women’s March and other organizations. The goal is to stockpile ten million letters to send to voters from historically underrepresented demographics in battleground states in October. You can read an article about it here.Our next event, hosted by Yvonne B, wll be on May 12, 7 – 8 pm. Details and Registration are here. We’ll have a break-out room for brand-new participants, so don’t be shy about joining even if you haven’t yet signed up with Vote Forward.
    • Writing Postcards to Voters continues, both individually and at bi-weekly Zoom meetings run by Elizabeth S. The next one will be on May 17. For registration and more information, please check here.Thank you to those of you who were able to join us on May 3rd, where we got to chat with Tony the Democrat, the founder of Postcards to Voters. We heard a lot of interesting information about the evolution of the program and how it is run. If you aren’t one of the 75,000 volunteers who have sent almost nine million postcards since it started in 2017, please check out the link and join us!

    🔷 Washington Indivisible Network (WIN) hosts monthly Zoom meetings about topics of interest to groups around the state. Please join us on Mon, May 4 at 7:00 pm, when Kevin Jones of Indivisible Vashon will talk about The Path to WIN: Federal Election Engagement Update. He will update us with developments since he first presented on this topic in January. Please register here to join the meeting.

    WIN, in partnership with Washington State Indivisible Podcast and other area Indivisible groups such as Olympia and Tacoma, continues to host virtual meetings with candidates for state elections. See WIN’s most recent Newsletter with details and links to register for upcoming Town Halls, as well as recordings of past events.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week. Don’t miss the COVID-19 resource section at the end and the many excellent community resources it includes.

    Action 1 – [ICE] Tell ICE to release immigrant youth detained in Cowlitz County

    From Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) and ACLU

    Cowlitz County’s youth jail in Longview, WA is one of only 3 jails in the nation incarcerating unaccompanied immigrant children for ICE without access to due process.

    As shown in a new report from the University of Washington Center for Human Rights, called ‘Immigrant Family Separation in Northwest Juvenile Jails’, ICE separates these children from their families on the East Coast, transports them thousands of miles to Cowlitz County, and refuses to transfer them to the one agency responsible for the reunification of immigrant families under federal law, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). ICE claims this is because these particular children are “public safety or national security threats.” But when asked to see the legal documents underlying that determination, ICE and Cowlitz county refused to provide them – even going so far as to sue a UW professor just for inquiring.

    The same county has now released all U.S. citizen children from custody over concerns about COVID-19; but the immigrant youth remain incarcerated and exposed.

    There are two actions that you can take to ask for the safety of these juveniles, who are unfairly incarcerated due solely to the place of their birth.

    You can use this link to write a letter to the Cowlitz County Commissioners asking them to end the contract with ICE. Let’s help WAISN achieve their goal of two hundred letters!

    You can use this link to urge Nathalie Asher, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office Director for the Pacific Northwest, to release the remaining youth being held in Cowlitz County.

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    Action 2 – [King County Council] Support the relief package for local Arts organizations

    From Seattle Indivisible, Seattle Times

    One of the privileges of living in the Seattle area is its great music venues, local theatre groups, dance troupes, and many other organizations and businesses that create the vibrant culture of our region. Our arts and culture organizations and their employees have been hit hard by the pandemic, as many of them depend on the support of steady attendance from patrons. Thankfully, there is potentially some relief on the horizon.

    King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed a new emergency relief package of $57 million, with a vote in King County Council expected on May 12. $16 million of this is earmarked to support homeless youth programs, arts and culture groups, science and arts education organizations, and live music venues. In many cases relief would be tied to re-employing furloughed workers, which would help both the affected organizations, and their employees, begin to recover from this economic crisis.

    Please contact your King County Council Representative before May 12 and ask them to support the package proposed by Dow Constantine.

    Take a look at this map to figure out your county council district: https://www.kingcounty.gov/…/county-council-districts-2012.…

    Then click on your council representative’s name on this site to find their email: https://www.kingcounty.gov/elected.aspx

    ☎ Sample Script: (Please try to rephrase using your own words)

    “I’m a constituent, writing from [CITY, ZIP], to ask you to vote yes on the new relief package that King County Executive Constantine proposed to King County Council. I am particularly glad to see that some funds in this package are earmarked for arts and culture organizations and music venues, as these have been hit hard by the pandemic and the Seattle area would suffer greatly from their loss.”

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    ✊ Action 3 – [You] Help Friends and Family Respond to the 2020 Census

    The Census has been ‘live’ since April 1st, and as you can see using this link, Washington’s response rate, currently at 61%, is higher than the national average but still well below the 2010 national average of 74%. Because of difficulties posed by COVID-19 in carrying out the collection of data, the final date for the online, phoned and mailed responses has been pushed back to Oct 31st. There are a number of other operational adjustments that have been made that you can read about here.

    As you know, responses to the Census shape decisions about how billions of dollars in federal funds flow into communities each year for the next 10 years for critical services.

    Reach out to friends and family members in other regions and ask if they have responded to the 2020 Census. You can use the response rate link to check up on their area and engage in a little friendly competition to see whose rates are highest!

    If you or anyone you know have not yet responded to the Census, please do so now. If you submit your 2020 Census form today, then your household’s participation will be recorded, avoiding follow-up visits to your home, which supports social distancing for you and the Census worker, and also reduces costs by eliminating follow-up Census visits.

    Here’s how to do it:

    That’s it! It really does only take about ten minutes.

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    Calendar of Online or Recorded Events:

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    For the Week of April 27, 2020

    🔷 Good News! As WA social distancing enters its 5th week, we should be thankful for our proactive leadership and can feel good about how well Washington is faring compared to other hard-hit communities. Continue adhering to the governor’s mandate while supporting local businesses as best you can, and check in on your family, friends and neighbors. We all need human interaction, even if it can only be by phone or across the yard for now.

    🔷 Vote Forward has a plan to reach out to democratic voters in order to take back the US Senate and White House. Yvonne B is hosting a virtual event this Tuesday, Apr 28, 7 – 8 pm. Details and Registration are here. We’ll have a break-out room for brand-new participants, so don’t be shy about joining even if you haven’t yet signed up with Vote Forward.

    🔷 FairVote Washington is “a non-partisan, non-profit, volunteer-driven champion of electoral reforms like Ranked-Choice Voting that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a more civil, representative democracy that works for all Americans.” We are pleased to welcome executive director Lisa Ayrault to speak during the Indivisible Eastside Online monthly meeting, Sat May 9, 3:30 – 5:00. Please register, even if you’re not 100% sure you can attend. That way we’ll have time to vet everyone beforehand to prevent Zoombombers from entering the meeting.

    🔷 Washington Indivisible Network (WIN), in partnership with Washington State Indivisible Podcast and other area Indivisible groups such as Olympia and Tacoma has a great line-up of online opportunities to hear directly from candidates for state elections. See WIN’s most recent Newsletter with details and links to register for upcoming Town Halls, as well as recordings of past events.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week. Don’t miss the COVID-19 resource section at the end and the many excellent community resources it includes.

    Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Stop discrimination based on tax filing status

    U.S. citizens who file joint tax returns and are not in the military have been blocked from receiving federal stimulus checks if they are married to immigrants who don’t have Social Security numbers.

    According to the LA Times article, this was also the case in the 2008 federal stimulus package. Denying economic relief to tax-paying US citizens because of their joint tax filing status with non-citizens is clearly discriminatory. Ask your congressperson to rectify this unjust policy in any upcoming Pandemic Response Legislation.

    • Sen. Patty Murray: EMAIL
    • Sen. Maria Cantwell: EMAIL
    • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st): EMAIL
    • Rep. Kim Schrier (8th): EMAIL
    • Rep. Adam Smith (9th): EMAIL

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “I am very concerned about the fact that U.S. citizens who file joint tax returns and are not in the military have been blocked from receiving federal stimulus checks if they are married to an immigrant without a Social Security number.

    Denying economic relief to tax-paying US citizens because of their tax filing status with non-citizens is clearly discriminatory. I urge you to rectify this unjust policy in any upcoming Pandemic Response Legislation.”

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    Action 2 – [YOU] Support Tricia Zunker in May 12 WI Special Congressional Election

    From Daily KOS

    Imagine a scenario where no candidate gets the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Obviously, that would mean something has gone terribly wrong, but it’s possible, as this map shows. Even without a perfect 269-269 tie, faithless electors or a 3rd party candidate winning a state (Utah?) could result in… a Contingent Election in the US House.

    Here’s how the 12th Amendment lays out the Contingent Election process (emphasis added):

    “…the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice.”

    So each state gets 1 vote. You need 26 votes to win. And each state’s vote is decided by its delegation in the US House (Senators don’t count here).

    As BJ Rudell points out at The Hill, Republicans currently hold the majority in exactly 26 state delegations. And one of those is up for grabs this May in Wisconsin!

    “Since Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.) retired three months ago, House Republicans have held a 4-3 seat lead in the state — one of 26 state delegations the party controls….

    So if a Republican wins the WI-7 special election in May, the GOP will maintain leads in a majority of state delegations, giving President Donald Trump a definite advantage if no presidential candidate wins 270 electoral votes this year. And if a Democrat wins the Wisconsin seat, that state’s delegation would be evenly split [4-4], giving Republicans control of only 25 states — not enough to select Trump on a party-line vote.

    Tricia Zunker is a really strong candidate to win that seat! She is President of the Wausau School Board (largest population center in WI-07), a law professor, and a Justice on the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court. Democrats in the district will be riding a wave of momentum from Judge Jill Karofsky’s victory. Voter turnout will be as unpredictable as the April 7 election was. One thing going for us may be that with the recent experience being so fresh on voters’ minds, maybe more of them will vote absentee.

    Action 2a: Donate to support Tricia Zunker in a must-win special Congressional election in WI! The Special Election is on May 12th with nothing else on the ballot and can help stop Trump from back-dooring himself into another four years.

    Action 2b: Write Postcards. If you’re an approved Postcards To Voters writer, contact PostcardsToVoters (via their facebook or text addressbot), and ask for addresses for Tricia Zunker’s campaign. If you’re not already approved, contact Liz S at postcards@indivisibleeastside.com and she can get you set up to write.

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    Action 3 – [YOU] Continue as, or consider becoming a Democratic Precinct Committee Officer

    Precincts are small geographic areas within a Legislative District. Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) are the building block of the Democratic Party. They are the grassroots organizing base for all of the Legislative District’s activities. PCOs:

    • Canvass or telephone your precinct in coordination with election strategy at least once a year.
    • Coordinate with campaigns in educating voters and generating interest in the election on behalf of candidates and ballot measures.
    • Attend as many of the monthly legislative district and county organization meetings as possible. Many agenda items are voted on ONLY by PCOs.

    This is a vital way to help Get Out The Vote, and be an important part of the Democratic party. When Indivisibles get involved with the Democratic Party, it moves the party toward being more progressive.

    There are a few ways to become a PCO.

    Let us know if you decide to run for PCO! We’d love to hear from you at hello@indivisibleeatside.com

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    For the Week of April 20, 2020

    🔷 April IS the cruelest month. Here is some good news to get us through.

    🔷 In other good news, we’d like to warmly welcome Kat Pipkin to the Indivisible Eastside Steering committee. Kat came on our radar in 2017 as the owner of a number of inflatable Trump Chickens which she provided to countless rallies including on a boat protesting Robert Mercer’s Yacht on Lake Union and at the University of Washington Medical Center rally to save the ACA. Her skills go well beyond chicken wrangling and currently she’s the Zoom mistress managing a series of Town Halls for candidates in flippable WA LDs as well as candidates for Secretary of State, Treasurer and Commissioner of Public Lands. These town halls are co-hosted by Indivisible Tacoma, Washington Indivisible Network and Washington State Indivisible Podcast and are listed in the calendar section below. We’re thrilled to have Kat’s “get s&*t done” energy in the Indivisible Eastside Steering Committee.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week. Don’t miss the COVID-19 resource section at the end and the many excellent community resources it includes.

    Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Continue Funding World Health Organization

    From Seattle Indivisible

    On Tuesday, in the middle of a global pandemic, Trump announced that he plans to halt all funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) “pending investigation” of their reaction to the spread of COVID-19. This is absurd scapegoating and extremely dangerous. The U.S. is the largest funder of WHO, and such a significant blow to funding may disrupt research into a COVID-19 vaccine, distribution of test kits, and other essential services that WHO is providing in this time of crisis.

    It is unclear how exactly Trump plans to halt funding – he may not have the authority to do so unilaterally, without the approval of Congress. But Republican Senators and Congresspeople have already begun to parrot him, claiming that the WHO is a “propaganda arm of the Chinese government” and should be defunded.

    Let’s make sure that the voice of reason is louder than the clamor of conspiracy and cronyism – call your representatives and let them know that we must continue funding WHO.

    Note: Government offices are running on small crews and working from home to do their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Whenever possible, we’ll be emailing rather than calling, to support them in this effort.

    • Sen. Patty Murray: EMAIL
    • Sen. Maria Cantwell: EMAIL
    • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st): EMAIL
    • Rep. Kim Schrier (8th): EMAIL
    • Rep. Adam Smith (9th): EMAIL

    ☎ Sample Script (for best results, reframe in your own words):

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am writing from [CITY, ZIP] in reaction to Trump’s declaration to halt U.S. funding to the World Health Organization. This political scapegoating puts millions of lives in danger and will likely disrupt the WHO’s distribution of test kits and even the development of a vaccine to fight COVID-19. The executive branch does not have unilateral authority to redirect funding – Congress has the power to stop it from doing so. Please do everything you can to make sure that the U.S. continues to fund WHO in this time of crisis and in the future. Thank you.”

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    Action 2 – [YOU] Pick a digital Earth Day event to attend

    Compiled by Jan K.

    Digital Earth Day events have been popping up right and left, and there are a wide range to choose from. These events offer great opportunities to learn about not just the environmental movement/climate movement, but movement-building in general, so it’s likely that regardless of your specific interests, you’ll find something out there that’s worth your time to attend. Most events are free, although of course they highlight organizations to consider supporting with a donation if you can. Also, if you’re interested in ways of speaking across ideological divides, look at the event on April 25. Have a good Earth Week online!

    • April 21, 11:30 am-12:30 pm: Climate Anxiety, Staying Engaged Without Getting Overwhelmed. Dr. Jennifer Atkinson of UW Bothell will lead a discussion about how people can channel concern over climate change into action. Jennifer Ewing (staff member in City of Bellevue) will also be there – it’s a City of Bellevue event originally planned to be held at Bellevue College. Register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZQrcOqtpzgtBBLmsqVK26ZvqzcU1fKQhA
    • April 22-24: Earth Day Live is a three-day online event to “Strike, divest, and vote to save humanity and our planet.”
      • Day 1, Wednesday, April 22: Earth Day!
        • WA Youth Climate Strike is hosting a series of one-hour trainings from 10 am – 4 pm.
        • Sunrise Tacoma is hosting three live streamed Power Hour webinars from 3-6 pm focusing on the ways that the Green New Deal would bring about environmental, social, and economic justice.
        • U.S. Climate Strike is hosting Earth Day Live, a three-day livestream (April 22-24) that will include speakers, musical performances, and digital actions
      • Day 2, Thursday, April 23: Stop the Money Pipeline Day of Action
      • Day 3, Friday, April 24: Day of Political Action and Voter Engagement
    • April 23, 11:30 am-12:30 pm – CITY OF BELLEVUE EVENT: Environmental Stewardship Plan Town Hall. Jennifer Ewing, the city’s Environmental Stewardship Program Manager, will talk about how the city is addressing climate change and answer questions. (Jennifer Ewing said she might allow some extra time at the end for Q&A – hopefully that’s the case.) Register HERE.
    • April 23, 7 pm: “Climate Science on Tap” event (online), Climate Change (Mis)Information: Communicating Facts and Responding to Falsehoods. Sign up at the preceding link. Cascadia Climate Action organizes Climate Science on Tap events from time to time, and in general maintains a great calendar of climate-related events.
    • April 25, 1 – 4 pm: Citizen Climate Lobby’s Earth Day event includes keynote speaker Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a world-renowned climate scientist, evangelical Christian, and host of the podcast, “Global Weirding” Click the link for more info – the workshops in the event are great for learning more about talking across ideological divides!

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    Action 3 – [YOU] Stand with Washington Students and Decline to sign Referendum-90

    From Naral Pro Choice WA and Planned Parenthood Northwest

    Anti-sex ed activists are trying to collect 130,000 signatures by early June for their campaign to repeal comprehensive sex ed (SB 5395) with Referendum 90.

    SB 5395 requires all public schools to offer medically accurate age-appropriate comprehensive sex education. SB 5395 requires the curriculum to be LGBTQIA inclusive, and to teach affirmative consent and healthy relationships.

    We need you to speak up right now to protect sex ed and keep R-90 off the ballot.

    Action: Use Naral Pro-Choice Washington’s Site to declare you stand with the health and well-being of Washington students and that you refuse to sign this dangerous ballot measure.

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    For the Week of April 13, 2020

    🔷 Way to do the COVID-pivot, Indivisibles! We had 40 people on our Group Meeting Zoom call Saturday. If you weren’t able to attend, we highly recommend you take 30 minutes and listen to State Rep. Gael Tarleton. She filled us in on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the state budget and what plans are in place to address the shortfall. See the Meeting Notes, for the resources for COVID related resources and remote GOTV that were discussed. Next meeting will be Saturday May 9th, 3:30 – 5 on Zoom.

    🔷 A personal note from Louise: When I joined Indivisible Eastside back in March 2017 I became the “group action” lead responsible for the weekly actions newsletter and in-person events. I was a committee of one, and the learning curve was steep so there were no events outside our monthly meetings for quite some time. For the newsletter there was little or no policy direction from Indivisible National. We did the best we could, relying heavily on Seattle Indivisible for actions.

    We thought the 2018 and 2020 elections would never get here, yet here we are – 6 months from the presidential election, bruised, discouraged at times, disgusted most of the time. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with every Indivisible leader and member I’ve connected with – the actions we take collectively make a difference, and collectively, we keep each other going.

    In 2017 we were all compelled to act as the onslaught of the first 100 days and beyond smacked us over the head EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. We had little direction and were “building the airplane while flying”. Today, so many airplanes have been built that there are perhaps too many options for action now. For me, this can sometimes lead to analysis paralysis. “Do I commit to this org’s platform for textbanking, or should I do that org’s phonebanking?”

    Each week we share with you three actions that we know will make a difference and will take you no more than 10 minutes each. Some may not make complete sense to you (why am I contacting my Democratic leader who I know has already supported this bill?), but believe me, when many of us take these actions, we will have a profound effect. One way you can help ME stay motivated, is to click the “Click here to be counted” links after each action.

    But, outside of these I recommend you to choose two ongoing ways to safeguard our democracy and dedicate a few hours a week to them. Maybe one is to attend some of the increasingly available online opportunities listed below. Another might be regularly text-banking, postcarding, or phonebanking for an organization that helps people register for vote-by-mail. It doesn’t matter what you choose – just stick with it every week that you can. See the Calendar of Events below for online opportunities and  Saturday’s meeting notes for details on how to get involved from your home.

    Thank you for your passion, commitment and dedication, as we ramp up in these next 6 months to save our democracy!

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week. Don’t miss the COVID-19 resource section with 5 new resources.

    Action 1 – [PORT COMMISSIONERS] Reject Collaboration with Customs and Border Protection 

    From the ACLU

    On March 10, 2020, Port of Seattle Commissioners voted unanimously to collaborate with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in rolling out its facial recognition program at SeaTac International Airport, ignoring the many privacy, civil liberties, and community organizations that urged the Port to reject participation.

    Unlike other forms of identity verification, facial recognition technology can enable undetectable, persistent government surveillance on a massive scale. As this technology becomes increasingly widespread, the government can use it to track individuals’ movements and associations, posing grave risks to privacy and civil liberties.

    Use the ACLU Site to urge your elected Port Commissioners to reverse the decision authorizing the Port to work collaboratively with CBP.

    Take Action Here to message Port Commissioners Sam Cho, Stephanie Bowman, Ryan Calkins, Fred Felleman, and Peter Steinbrueck.

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    Action 2 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Fight for Fair Elections in the Time of COVID

    From Seattle Indivisible and Indivisible.org

    The current pandemic is uprooting everything – our day-to-day routines, our sources of income, and the function of many institutions that we all rely upon. It is an uncertain time, and unfortunately it’s also an election year that could reelect the worst president America has ever seen. We cannot let COVID-19 uproot a fair democracy. We must ensure that fair elections can still take place even if people are scared to leave their homes, and we must give states as much time as possible to prepare. This is especially important because some states are more prepared than others.

    Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a new plan to assist states in expanding vote-by-mail for this November’s election. Her plan builds on the election protection bill previously introduced by Senators Wyden and Klobuchar and asks for $4 billion for election protection efforts. Senator Warren’s plan would:

    1. Expand early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail to all states.
    2. Require states and jurisdictions to establish a publicly available contingency plan to enable eligible Americans to vote in the case of an emergency.
    3. Require the Election Assistance Commission to create a domestic version of the federal write-in absentee ballot.
    4. Require that all states provide envelopes with prepaid postage to all voters who request a voter registration application, absentee ballot application, or absentee ballot, and require that all states offer and accept online absentee ballot applications.
    5. Require absentee ballots to be counted if postmarked or signed before the close of the polls on Election Day.
    6. Provide money to states to implement these reforms.

    Email your Senators and Representative to demand they fight to get the Warren plan included in the next coronavirus relief package.  Note: Government offices are running on small crews and working from home to do their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Whenever possible, we’ll be emailing rather than calling, to support them in this effort.

    • Sen. Patty Murray: EMAIL
    • Sen. Maria Cantwell: EMAIL
    • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st): EMAIL
    • Rep. Kim Schrier (8th): EMAIL
    • Rep. Adam Smith (9th): EMAIL

    ☎ Sample Script *:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am writing from [CITY, ZIP] because I am concerned about the impact that the current pandemic might have on elections in November. States need help to ensure elections are safe and fair. To this end, Senator Warren has introduced a new Election Protection plan to assist states in expanding vote-by-mail. I urge [REP/SENATOR] to support this plan and fight to include the protections it lays out in the next coronavirus relief package. We are running out of time before the November elections. Thank you.”

    *When emailing, it is more effective if you can make the above points in your own words, rather than cutting and pasting. However, a cut and paste is better than no email at all!

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    Action 3 – [Governor Inslee] Use Executive Power to Save Lives

    From the ACLU

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across Washington and the nation, Governor Inslee must take action to prevent an outbreak in Washington prisons, where close quarters make social distancing impossible.  Amid a COVID-19 outbreak in the Monroe Correctional Complex penitentiary, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday afternoon that in the coming days some state prisoners could be released to prevent unnecessary illnesses and deaths, as well as to free up space within the complex, so that prisoners are less packed in. It has taken nearly a month, 12 confirmed cases among staff and inmates, and a near prison riot for him to make this statement.

    Other states have begun the process of expedited parole or clemency, often for nonviolent offenders. Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles began reviewing the potential for clemency release of incarcerated people within 180 days of release for nonviolent offenses. California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is expediting parole release for those incarcerated on nonviolent offenses with less than 60 days left on their sentence.

    Use the ACLU site to send Governor Inslee a message and urge him to do everything he can to keep Washington prisons safe for inmates and workers.

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    For the Week of April 6, 2020

    🔷 Our next Group Meeting will be on Sat. April 11, 3:30-5:00. Once again, it will be online, via Zoom. Rest assured that we are taking significant precautions to ensure the security of the meeting, following recent hacking attempts at public Zoom meetings. One of the changes will be that we are asking you to pre-register if you would like to join the meeting. We may ask for some basic identifying information. Look for a confirmation email with a link just for you, then please join the call a few minutes early to ensure that you are logged in on time.

    Register for the April 11 Zoom meeting

    Agenda:

    • How to do Get Out the Vote during the Shutdown (Swing Left letter writing, phonebanking)
    • State Representative Gael Tarleton will join us from 3:45-4:15 for a wrap up on the legislative session in Olympia and what has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be an opportunity for questions. To save time, you can ask them ahead of time when you register.

    Note, if you’re unable to attend Saturday’s meeting, Rep Tarleton will be presenting similar material via the Washington Indivisible Network Monday April 6 at 7:30. You must register here to attend that meeting.

    🔷 Please remember to fill out your Census form! The more people that fill them out online, the less effort and expense will have to be spent on in-person followup, which has been made much more difficult because of COVID-19. It just takes a few minutes!

    You can fill out your 2020 Census form online here. (Have your 12-digit census ID handy. This is found in the materials mailed to you or left at your door.) If you or anyone you know is not able to respond online, it can also be done by phone. The Census is safe to fill out and the confidentiality of the information you provide to the Census Bureau is protected by federal law.

    🔷 Postcards to Voters Update

    In-person writing sessions are cancelled for now but there are a couple of ways that you can still do this important Get Out the Vote activity (although you should obviously not do it if you feel even slightly sick). There are plenty of races that need attention right now.

    • If you have not worked with Postcards to Voters before, you will need to sign up at https://postcardstovoters.org and go through their registration process.
    • You can write postcards independently, ordering supplies and addresses online.
    • You can write postcards at home and participate in Elizabeth Standal’s virtual postcard party, as a way to boost morale and build community. You would need to order supplies online, with the option of having Elizabeth order the addresses for you. If you are interested in that, please email her at standalem@hotmail.com for more information.
    • Supply Guide:
    • NOTE that according to NPR, the coronavirus can live on hard surfaces for up to 3 days (for cardboard, 24 hours) under typical indoor conditions. For this reason, after you get your items, we recommend setting them aside for 3 days before writing on them, for the safety of you and your family members. As always, wash hands and surfaces and avoid face-touching. More info here: The New Coronavirus Can Live On Surfaces For 2-3 Days – Here’s How To Clean Them

    🔷 Self-care is particularly important in these trying times. Apart from the obvious recommendations to eat healthy food (but not too much!), get enough sleep and some daily exercise, it’s also important that we think about our mental health.

    • This article explains very well what many of us may be going through. We hope that you will find it helpful.
    • Our friends at the Washington State Indivisible Podcast also have this previously recorded Q&A session with therapist and Indivisible leader Jennifer Young, which may answer some of your questions about coping with anxiety and depression in the current situation.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    ✊ Action 1 – [You, especially if you are in the science field] Tell the EPA Why Restricting Science Is Disastrous to Our Health and Environment

    From the Union of Concerned Scientists

    As the country is understandably focused on the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has chosen this moment to release its long-planned proposal for the restricted science rule (also referred to as censored science).

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule would arbitrarily exclude or give less attention to many scientific studies—including thousands of public health and epidemiological studies—that the agency can use to make informed policy decisions under major public health and environmental laws.

    The EPA announced it was opening a 30-day comment period (April 17th deadline) for the rule and that they would not be holding any virtual public hearings.

    The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and other groups submitted requests for an extension of the comment period given this pandemic. The EPA has refused. Given EPA’s failure, UCS will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, April 14. There are two ways that you can help.

    1. Provide a written comment to the EPA before the April 17th deadline. You can use their guide to help shape your comment.
    2. Provide oral testimony during the Union of Concerned Scientists’ virtual public hearing on April 14th – register to attend here, and use the UCSUSA guide to help shape your comment.

    ⭐️ Extra credit: If you are a public health professional and are unable to write a comment right now but still want your voice to be heard, we recommend going to the Federal Register docket, and providing a short statement that includes stating your role in the field, that you would have liked to provide a comment, but you do not have the ability to do so as you are focusing on addressing the pandemic, and that 30 days during this time of crisis is insufficient and has hindered your ability to participate. Of course, please use your own language and reasoning that is appropriate for you.

    🤔 Why is this important? EPA must address public comments to a rule, AND should this rule be adopted, legal challenges to it are extremely likely, and your comments are tremendously valuable in that process.

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    Action 2 – [Members of Congress] Call for a People’s Bailout

    From Indivisible National

    Congress has now passed three coronavirus-related response bills. While these bills have temporarily filled in important gaps in our paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, and health care systems, they are grossly insufficient given the magnitude of the current crisis. What’s worse, in return for helping people who are desperately in need of support, Trump and his Republican allies demanded hundreds of billions of dollars in unaccountable corporate bailouts.

    This crisis isn’t over and soon Congress will likely have to pass at least one additional response package. We need to continue demanding that any coronavirus response legislation puts people’s needs ahead of corporate profits — in other words, we need a People’s Bailout. Specifically, we’re asking Congress:

    1. Protect our democratic processes while protecting each other.
    2. Make health the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions.
    3. Provide economic relief directly to the people.
    4. Rescue workers and communities, not corporate executives.
    5. Make a down payment on a regenerative economy, while preventing future crises.

    These principles are backed by over 500 groups and were introduced in a letter from Reps. Dingell, Ocasio-Cortez, Jayapal, Pocan, and Lee in the House and Senators Markey and Duckworth in the Senate.

    Congress must fix the gaps in the previous bills, and make sure that the response to both the outbreak and the likely recession that will accompany it make both less likely to happen in the future.

    Indivisible National has developed an easy tool that you can use to send an email to your representatives using their template or your own words. Use this link to email your House representative and both of your senators with one click:

    Indivisible Contact Your Members of Congress

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 3 – [You] Help gather signatures for an Eastside PUD

    You may have heard that there is a campaign to set up a Public Utility District on the Eastside to replace Puget sound Energy. We have heard about it at several of our in-person meetings and have been able to help to gather signatures to get the proposal on the ballot in November. They need 35,000 from registered voters by the end of June. Because of the COVID-19 virus shutdown, signature gathering has had to stop but there is now a way that you can help the campaign to reach their goal from your home.

    If you are willing to sign, collect signatures from your immediate family, and/or a few neighbors or friends (while practicing appropriate social distancing), please email Volunteer Coordinator, Barbra Chevalier (barbra@ekc-pud.org), with your name and mailing address. She will then mail you a petition along with a self-addressed, stamped, return envelope and email you instructions for gathering signatures. We need petitions returned by June 15; the petition does not have to be completely filled with signatures before you return it! If you have any family or friends who would be willing to do the same, please share this email with them, or direct them to Barbra.

    Detailed information about the campaign, including a map of the proposed district, along with answers to frequently asked questions, can be found on the campaign website at: https://ekc-pud.org

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Calendar of In-Person, Online, or Recorded Events:

    Save the Date:

    … and More:

    Resources:


    For the Week of March 30, 2020

    Now that we have had several weeks’ experience of social distancing and staying at home, the novelty has definitely worn off. Hopefully, though, we are realizing that this is how it needs to be for the next few weeks, maybe months, for the spread of the virus to be contained. It is indisputable that the procedures that we have in place now will save lives and help our health providers to deal with the pandemic in as efficient a manner as possible.

    We are so grateful for the labor and sacrifices of all of our essential workers, and appreciate that we have a Governor who bases his decisions on science and data, despite severe provocation. Let’s also be thankful that we have Members of Congress who are doing everything that they can to deal with the situation, which is seriously exacerbated by the incompetence at the White House. We will get through this, and November is not that far away. Let’s persevere and work together to play our part!

    🔷 Postcards to Voters Update

    We have been participating in two different postcard writing sessions for several months, on Fridays in Bellevue and alternate Sundays in Lake Forest Park. In-person writing sessions are obviously cancelled for now but there are a couple of ways that you can still do this important Get Out the Vote activity (although you should obviously not do it if you feel even slightly sick). There are plenty of races that need attention right now. For example, we have recently been writing to support an important Supreme Court race in Wisconsin.

    • If you have not worked with Postcards to Voters before, you will need to sign up at https://postcardstovoters.org and go through their registration process.
    • You can write postcards independently, ordering supplies and addresses online.
    • You can write postcards at home and participate in Elizabeth Standal’s virtual postcard party, as a way to boost morale and build community. You would need to order supplies online, with the option of having Elizabeth order the addresses for you. If you are interested in that, please email her at standalem@hotmail.com for more information.
    • Supply Guide:
    • NOTE that according to NPR, the coronavirus can live on hard surfaces for up to 3 days (for cardboard, 24 hours) under typical indoor conditions. For this reason, after you get your items, we recommend setting them aside for 3 days before writing on them, for the safety of you and your family members. As always, wash hands and surfaces and avoid face-touching. More info here: The New Coronavirus Can Live On Surfaces For 2-3 Days – Here’s How To Clean Them

    🔷 One important reminder – don’t forget to fill out your Census form! This chart shows where response rates stood on March 24. The more people that fill them out online, the less effort and expense will have to be spent on in-person followup, which has been made much more difficult because of COVID-19. It just takes a few minutes!

    You can fill out your 2020 Census form online here (Have your 12-digit census ID handy. This is found in the materials mailed to you or left at your door)

    🔷 It’s difficult being cut off from gathering with friends and enjoying the cultural activities that our area has to offer. Please check out the Calendar section for some options to enjoy events that are now being streamed, both local and from further afield.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    ✊ Action 1 – [Members of Congress] Ask your Senators and Representative to support legislation to help the US Post Office

    From MSN.com

    Democratic Representatives Gerry Connolly (Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations) and Carolyn Maloney (Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform) have sounded the alarm this week about the financial viability of the Postal Service, saying that it could be in danger of shutting down by June. This is due to the impact of the Coronavirus severely restricting the volume of items being sent via the mail as businesses have closed. Critical supplies, such as shipments of prescription drugs, could be stuck, mail voting in the upcoming November election could be stymied, and hundreds of thousands of postal employees could be out of work.

    A Coronavirus emergency bill introduced on March 23rd by Congressional Democrats included an allocation for $25 Billion for emergency operations and elimination of the current debt. It would also have required the Postal Service to prioritize medical deliveries and allowed it flexibility to meet crisis conditions. However, the Coronavirus bill that finally passed on March 27th was based on a different bill and did not include any of those provisions, although it did include the possibility of a $10B loan from the Treasury. Representative Connolly believes that Trump personally vetoed the original provisions. This is in line with the Republicans’ vision for the privatization of the USPS and is completely unacceptable. The Postal Service needs the financial support of the government as urgently as many of the other entities that have received help. Every community in America is served by the USPS, which would not be the case if it was privatized.

    Please contact your Members of Congress and ask them to support HR6379, the original Democratic bill. If that does not move through the House, they must pledge to support the Postal Service through any other legislative means possible.

    Due to the representatives’ staff now working remotely, our suggestion is to email rather than call the representatives’ offices.

    • Sen. Patty Murray: EMAIL
    • Sen. Maria Cantwell: EMAIL
    • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st): EMAIL
    • Rep. Kim Schrier (8th): EMAIL
    • Rep. Adam Smith (9th): EMAIL

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am greatly concerned by recent reports from Representative Gerry Connolly and Representative Carolyn Maloney about the current financial viability of the Postal Service, and their concerns that it could run out of money by this summer. I urge you to support the provisions to support the Postal Service that were included in HR 6379. If that legislation does not progress, it is critical that another source of funding be found in order to protect the agency. This country is depending on the Post Office to continue to serve all of its communities with deliveries of goods and services, including medications.

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    ✊ Action 2 – [You] Support Undocumented Workers and their families who will be excluded from support in the Coronavirus Bill

    From Washington Dream Coalition, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network

    The recent stimulus package passed by Congress will provide almost no relief to undocumented persons, even if they are paying taxes, and may even exclude many mixed status families. Their U.S. citizen children will be deprived of vital aid if the head of their household, or anyone in their family’s tax return, files with an ITIN, which is a tax designation often used by undocumented workers who do not have a social security number but are still required to pay taxes. As unemployment insurance, health insurance, and most safety net programs already exclude undocumented individuals, Congress has shut another door on undocumented Washingtonians.

    To support our undocumented families, the Washington Dream Coalition, in partnership with Scholarship Junkies, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Washington Immigrants Right Solidarity Network is fundraising through a GoFundMe Charity campaign. This will be managed by Scholarship Junkies, a registered 501(c)(3) to provide financial relief to undocumented individuals in Washington State.

    Their goal is to raise $100,000 to support at least 65 undocumented individuals in Washington State. Please consider donating to the fund to support our undocumented families.

    Contributions can be made at www.scholarshipjunkies.org/relief. This will be a tax-deductible donation.

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    Action 3 – [You] Read some Good News!

    We normally share Good News items at our monthly meetings. In the absence of in-person meetings, we thought that we’d share them here with you.

    Feb 13 – Native Americans defeat GOP’s racist voter ID law in North Dakota

    Feb 18 – Federal court rules that Border Patrol cannot arbitrarily search our electronic devices

    Feb 20 – Mississippi six week abortion ban struck down by federal judge

    Feb 21 – Greyhound to stop allowing immigration checks on buses

    Feb 26 – Attorney General Ferguson “ready to take on Facebook” over alleged campaign finance violations

    Feb 28 – House panel launches inquiry into William Barr over possible interference

    Mar 1 – Wisconsin appeals court overturns ruling ordering voter purge

    Mar 4 – Virginia Is First Southern State to Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors

    Mar 9 – Judge blocks Trump administration effort to allow release of 3-D printed ghost guns in AG Ferguson lawsuit

    Mar 14 – Judge blocks rule that would have kicked 700,000 people off SNAP

    Mar 20 – Judge Rules Against Trump’s Attempt to Log in America’s Largest National Forest

    Mar 25 – Court rejects Michael Cohen’s plea to cut short prison sentence

    Mar 25 – KUOW stops airing live White House briefings so that they can be fact checked before broadcasting

    Mar 26 – Judge orders environmental review of Dakota access pipeline

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Calendar of In-Person, Online, or Recorded Events:

    Save the Date:

    • Sat Apr 11, 3:30 – 5:30 pm IE Group Meeting April – ONLINE
    • May 11-15 – Filing Dates for Elected office including Precinct Committee Officer.
    • Sat, Jun 6, 6-9 pm, Eastside Democrats Dinner, Hilton Bellevue – Registration now open – Join the Indivisible Eastside table!

    … and More:

    Resources:


    For the Week of March 23, 2020

    🔷 It’s hard to know where to start with this week’s news. We are all experiencing something unprecedented in our lifetimes and it can be exhausting to keep up with the constant news and advice. We hope that you are able to practice healthy and safe protocols and are as set as anyone can be for what may lie ahead. We are all figuring this out as we go along but one thing is for sure – we’ll do a lot better when we help each other out, albeit from a distance.

    Further on in the Actions section there are specific ways that we can help organizations in our area but if anyone individually feels that they could use some help that they have not been able to find, please reach out. If we can’t help we may be able to put you in touch with someone who can. We are all in this together!

    We would like to share this here (author unknown):

    When you go out and see the empty streets, the empty stadiums, the empty train platforms, don’t say to yourself, “It looks like the end of the world.”

    What you’re seeing is love in action. What you’re seeing, in that negative space, is how much we do care for each other, for our grandparents, for our immuno-compromised brothers and sisters, for people we will never meet.

    People will lose jobs over this. Some will lose their businesses. And some will lose their lives. All the more reason to take a moment, when you’re out on your walk, or on your way to the store, or just watching the news, to look into the emptiness and marvel at all of that love.

    Let it fill you and sustain you.

    It isn’t the end of the world. It is the most remarkable act of global solidarity we may ever witness.

    🔷 One important reminder – don’t forget to fill out your census form!

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    ✊ Action 1 – [US SENATE] Demand Senators resign for profiting from COVID-19 insider trading

    From 5calls.org

    Despite publicly downplaying the coronavirus crisis, several Senators made massive stock sales weeks before the market crashed over pandemic fears.

    Update from Heather Cox Richardson

    There are three Senators whose names have come up in discussions of insider trading, but whose transactions appear legitimate. They are Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). Feinstein did not attend the briefing where the senators heard of the dangers of the coronavirus, her holdings are in a blind trust and her sales were in unrelated stocks, and she lost money. Inhofe had been systematically selling stocks for a while, so his sale of stocks on January 27 after receiving a classified briefing was actually not unusual. Johnson, too, had been selling stocks and continued to sell after the market began dropping.

    On Wednesday, March 18th, the same Republican senators who made oddly prescient stock sales opposed an amendment to expand paid sick leave to millions of Americans.

    Senators and any other political representatives who have profited from insider knowledge of the coronavirus crisis while misleading the public must resign immediately.

    Due to the representatives’ staff now working remotely, our suggestion is to email rather than call the representatives’ offices.

    • Sen. Patty Murray: EMAIL
    • Sen. Maria Cantwell: EMAIL

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hello, I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m writing to express my outrage over reports that Senator Burr and Senator Loeffler sold stocks prior to the coronavirus-related market crash while publicly downplaying the viruses’ seriousness. These stock sales illustrate that the senators knew the seriousness of coronavirus despite their statements and votes to the contrary.

    I ask Senator [NAME] to urge her colleagues to resign over this unethical behavior.”

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    ✊ Action 2 – [You] Help your Eastside neighbors

    Many community organizations are struggling with funding even more than usual at the moment because they have had to cancel or postpone fundraisers, while at the same time serving increased needs due to the health and economic crisis.

    If you can donate even a small amount over the next weeks and months, it will help them to keep serving our Eastside neighbors who need assistance. While some of these organizations are based in Bellevue, most of them serve a wider area. If you know of other Eastside agencies who could use some help, please let us know.

    Rent Support/Eviction Prevention (these organizations provide financial support towards rent)

    Housing

    Shelters

    Meals

    Community Centers, Early, School-Age and Family Learning, Before and After School Care

    Mentors and Family Support

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 3 – Covid-19 / Coronavirus Resources and Ways to Help

    Compiled by Jennifer Ho

    Not everyone is able to take preventive measures due to various circumstances (medical, financial, ability). We encourage as many as possible to take whatever action they can within their ability, to assist however they can those who are struggling, and to help mitigate the risk for our vulnerable populations. As much as possible, use official sources of information and do not pass along information unless you’re very confident of the source.

    Also, keep in mind if ordering delivery service, if you’re feeling even slightly unwell, include a note to your delivery person to leave your order outside your door as a courtesy to their health.

    =𝐈𝐍𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍=

    =𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍=

    =𝐒𝐔𝐏𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓=

    🐥 Did you take one of these actions? Click here to be counted!

    Calendar of In-Person, Online, or Recorded Events:

    For fun, here is a list of upcoming livestreamed events for our area.

    Save the Date:

    • Sat Apr 11, 3:30 – 5:30 pm IE Group Meeting April – ONLINE
    • May 11-15 – Filing Dates for Elected office including Precinct Committee Officer.
    • Sat, Jun 6, 6-9 pm, Eastside Democrats Dinner, Hilton Bellevue – Registration now open – Join the Indivisible Eastside table!

    … and More:

    Resources:


    For the Week of March 16, 2020

    🔷 Indivisible Eastside has an involved and passionate grassroots community, and community health and safety is of utmost importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-care is part of effective activism, so please stay informed and look after your loved ones and neighbors! We’ll beat the spread together (staying 6 feet apart at least)!

    You may have seen variations of the Flatten The Curve graphic to encourage social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 so that health facilities are not overwhelmed. Here’s another visualization. However, lessons learned from China and Italy predict very serious outcomes in the US with mere social distancing. Here is a compelling argument to practice social isolation, as much as possible in the coming weeks rather than simple social distancing.

    See action 3 below for concrete ways you can stay safe, while helping your community and local businesses.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [US SENATE] Support real FISA Reform!

    From Jon Pincus – Seattle Indivisible

    Last week, the House passed a very weak FISA “reform” bill that extends the administration’s warrantless wiretapping powers until 2023 without introducing significant reforms. Senator Ron Wyden points out that the bill the House passed does nothing to address the Trump administration’s claim that they can spy on Americans with no judicial or congressional oversight. And that’s only one of the many problems with it — Republican Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee think it’s so bad they’re urging Trump to veto it. But Attorney General Barr likes it, and Mitch McConnell is not planning on allowing any amendments in the Senate.

    Fortunately there’s an alternative — with bipartisan support. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have introduced the USA FREEDOM Extension and Amici Curiae Reform Act (S. 3420) combines a short three-month extension of FISA with significant reform of the “amicus curiae” process, which lets experts provide information to the court.

    Voting may start as early as Monday, so please contact your Senators ASAP and ask them to

    • OPPOSE H.R. 6172, The USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020
    • SUPPORT S. 3420, USA FREEDOM Extension and Amici Curiae Reform Act

    To reduce burden on our Senators’ staff during the pandemic, we’re asking you to email instead of call:

    • Sen. Patty Murray: EMAIL
    • Sen. Maria Cantwell: EMAIL

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Please OPPOSE H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020. It doesn’t do anywhere near enough to reform the badly-flawed FISA process, and in some ways even makes things worse. H.R. 6172 doesn’t close the loophole that allows Trump to spy on any American without a warrant. And please SUPPORT S. 3420, the USA FREEDOM Extension and Amici Curiae Reform Act.”

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 2 – [Gov. Jay Inslee] State Legislative Action Recap – we’re not quite done.

    The Washington State Legislature adjourned on time March 12th. Thank you so much to all who called or emailed their legislators this 2020 legislative session! There were several bills where actions of Indivisible members around the state really did help to pass (or prevented passage).

    We’re sharing some bills below we are excited about, and an ask to help a bill over the finish line. See the graphic above for more highlights from the Washington Senate Democrats.

    • Increasing Opportunities for Young Voters (SB6313). Young voters who participate early in their adulthood are more likely to vote consistently as they get older.
    • Concerning Open Courts (HB2567). No one should be afraid to go to court for fear of deportation.
    • Aligning state greenhouse gas emission limits with current science (HB2311). State officials and agencies (such as the Dept. of Ecology) and regional and local government agencies can use this to back them up as they take stronger action — they can point to their obligations to help meet state limits.
    • Reducing pollution from plastic bags by establishing minimum state standards for the use of bags at retail establishments (SB5323). We must reduce our dependence on plastic.
    • Concerning the management and oversight of personal data (SB6281). We opposed this bill and thanks to the hard work of a bunch of Indivisibles and other consumer advocates this bill DID NOT PASS! Big tech really wanted this bill, and it came down to a few Senators (including our own Manka Dhingra!) who stood up for the consumers! Please thank her: Sen. Manka Dhingra (45th LD): Olympia 360-786-7672 | EMAIL
    • Finally – Concerning Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB5395). All children should have access to medically accurate, age appropriate sex ed with an emphasis on consent and inclusion. Law enforcement and educators support this bill. This bill has some vocal opponents pressuring the Governor not to sign it. Please call Gov. Inslee’s office to let him know that you support this bill!

    Governor Inslee’s Office: 360-902-4111 | ONLINE

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hello, this is [NAME] from [CITY]. Please sign SB 5395 into law. Sexual health education is an important component in keeping our children healthy and safe. I fully support this bill and hope that the Governor signs it into law as soon as possible. Thank you.

    Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 3 – Covid-19 / Coronavirus Resources and Ways to Help

    Compiled by Jennifer Ho

    Not everyone is able to take preventive measures due to various circumstances (medical, financial, ability). We encourage as many as possible to take whatever action they can within their ability, to assist however they can those who are struggling, and to help mitigate the risk for our vulnerable populations. As much as possible, use official sources of information and do not pass along information unless you’re very confident of the source.

    Also, keep in mind if ordering delivery service, if you’re feeling even slightly unwell, include a note to your delivery person to leave your order outside your door as a courtesy to their health.

    #WeGotThisSeattle

    =𝐈𝐍𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍=

    King County Public Health

    WA State Dept of Health, CDC, WHO

    COVID-19 Fact Sheets (multiple languages)

    Watch Out for Fake Online Coronavirus map – City of Bellevue Facebook post

    Full List of WA news sites with no paywall for COVID-19 coverage

    ✅ The Seattle Times

    ✅ The News Tribune

    ✅ KUOW Public Radio

    ✅ Crosscut

    ✅ KNKX Public Radio

    ✅ Northwest Public Broadcasting

    King County Library System – access paywalled news sites with your library card – KCLS Facebook post

    =𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍=

    What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19

    Supplies List (buy only what you need for 14 days)

    Enroll for health coverage:

    Ask Your Pharmacies About Prescription Home Delivery

    =𝐒𝐔𝐏𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓=

    Employment Security for Affected Workers and Businesses – WA employment security department

    Employment Security Scenarios and Benefits Chart – WA employment security department

    Support local business – #SpendLikeItMatters! – intentionalist

    Support local business – Ongoing list of Shops, Services & Restaurants with deals to keep their revenue stream going – King5

    Donate to local food banks in WA foodpantries.org

    Donate to the Seattle Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund to “provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak”

    Volunteer to deliver community mutual aid support in the Puget Sound area – mutual aid solidarity network

    Or donate to the fund to deliver community mutual aid support in the Puget Sound area

    Donate blood to assist with shortages – BloodworksNW, RedCross Blood donation

    Contact large organizations (including your own employers) and call on them if they are not already doing so to protect income for hourly and wage workers/contractors/vendors, update paid sick leave policies, and support gig workers:

    🐥 Did you take one of these actions? Click here to be counted!

    Calendar of In-Person, Online, or Recorded Events:

    Save the Date:

    • May 11-15 – Filing Dates for Elected office including Precinct Committee Officer.
    • Sat, Jun 6, 6-9 pm, Eastside Democrats Dinner, Hilton Bellevue – Registration now open – Join the Indivisible Eastside table!

    … and More:

    Resources:


    For the Week of March 9, 2020

    🔷 Our online Group Meeting Saturday was a great example of adaptation to circumstances. Thank you to the 28 people who participated. See the March 7th Online Group meeting notes with a video and audio link to a recording of the presentation and discussion on Socialism. We hope we will be able to hold the April 11 IE Group Meeting April in person at the Bellevue Library. We will also reschedule the SwingLeft Letter Writing event once we’ve gotten the all clear.

    🔷 Thursday’s Get Out The Vote overpass action drew 16 people to message VOTE VOTE VOTE! / DEADLINE 3/10!. The Covid-19 virus had a silver lining for commuters – there were hardly any! So we switched to VOTE VOTE 3/10! See the video on YouTube.

    🔷 Speaking of voting – we know you know the deadline to turn in your ballot is Tuesday. Remind a friend, neighbor or child to make sure to sign their ballot and put in a drop-box, or hand in at the post office. Mailing from a postal box is not guaranteed to be postmarked in time.

    🔷 Micheala G is out protesting every Wednesday from 4:30 – 5:30 at the Redmond Downtown Park. Email soec@indivisibleeastside.com to connect with Michaela and join her – she looks lonely!

    🐥 Thanks to all of you who are participating in our new way to estimate how many people are taking our actions. Last week’s numbers were 3 times higher than the previous weeks. When you click the link below each action (after you take the action 😉) it will increase a counter to let us know. And you’ll get a new GIF reward each week (it doesn’t capture your name or your computer’s IP address). 🐥

    🔷 Feeling isolated due to the ongoing precautions against the spread of the COVID-19 virus? Here are 3 at home actions that will connect you with people around the country this week.

    Action 1 – [YOU] Help Arizona Democrats sign up for the Permanent Early Voter List (AKA Vote by Mail)

    From Code Blue Washington

    The Grassroots Democrats HQ virtual phone banks are making calls to registered Democrats in Arizona, asking them to sign up for the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL). Once signed up they will receive their ballot 30 days before Election Day by mail. PEVL voters in Arizona are also significantly more likely to vote than non-PEVL voters. While non-PEVL voters often have turnout rates under 50%, PEVL voters are consistently in the 70-90% range. Your efforts on this phonebank can have a significant impact on Mark Kelly’s Senatorial race this November.

    How to get started with Phonebanking

    1. On your computer or tablet go to https://grassrootsdems.org/ and sign up to “Phone Bank Now” in the Volunteer Menu.
    2. Look for an email reply and click on the link.
    3. Inside the Google Document “Daily Action Page” find the Virtual Phone Bank links.
    4. Choose “Legislative District 28 / 20 – Permanent Early Voting List – PEVL
    5. Log in with Action ID and you’ll see your first voter on the screen!

    Need more details about how to log in? Read details on Page 2 of the AZ 2020 Phone Bank document.

    FYI, in January and February members of Code Blue Washington have used this phonebank to contact 220 voters – 126 of whom have commited to signing up for PEVL! Let’s help them out!

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 2 – [YOU] Get involved in Indivisible’s fight to take back the Senate by supporting the Payback Project

    Indivisible has a plan that will help to defeat ten Republican Senators and lay the groundwork for a more democratic Congress in November. Since launching the Payback Project, volunteers have sent thousands and thousands of texts and have connected hundreds of new volunteers with groups on the ground in key senate states. There are still a lot more texts to go! Textbanking is like canvassing or phonebanking, but for text messages, using an online platform that doesn’t reveal your personal phone number. You can sign up for the next Webinar training session on Tues March 17th at 5:00 pm here or send a donation to help the work. Please check out this creative tool to help flip the Senate!

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 3 – [YOU] Sign up and write Postcards To Voters

    As many of you know, many members participate in Postcards To Voters gatherings on Fridays and Sundays. With the outbreak of the virus, the organizers have suspended those in-person meetings and are asking people to participate from home. Do you have a creative flair? Head to the craft store, get a handful of pens, order some postcards, and get writing. It’s incredibly therapeutic.

    Postcards to Voters are friendly, handwritten reminders from volunteers to targeted voters giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast. A year ago September the founder – Tony the Democrat – joined a postcard writing gathering. He shared with us his story and since then the organization has only grown. On average they assign 5,000 addresses EACH DAY. Be part of this! Get your kids or parents involved!

    How It Works

    1. Sign Up
      • We’ll send you an email with instructions
    2. Become an Approved Writer
      • Write a practice postcard and email us a photo following instructions in the email
    3. Approval
      • Approved – We’ll send you addresses and information on how to obtain additional addresses
      • Not Approved – You will receive an email detailing why and how to fix it
    4. Request Addresses
    5. Keep up with Current Campaigns

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Calendar of In-Person Events:

    Save the Date:

    • May 11-15 – Filing Dates for Elected office including Precinct Committee Officer.
    • Sat, Jun 6, 6-9 pm, Eastside Democrats Dinner, Hilton Bellevue – Registration now open – Join the Indivisible Eastside table!

    … and More:

    Resources:


    For the Week of March 2, 2020

    🔷  Our next Group Meeting will be on Sat, Mar 7 at 12:30 at the Redmond Library. The meeting starts at 1:30 but before that, at 12:30, we will be writing letters to voters as part of the  SwingLeft 2020 strategy. We heard about this at our last meeting and it is one more useful tool to reach out to voters in potential swing states. Come for the Get Out The Vote, stay for the conversation about ‘How to talk about Socialism and Democratic Socialism’ with Speaker Cliff Cawthon of Bellevue College. Join us for one or both, but please Sign Up for the Letterwriting party via SwingLeft, or email hello@indivisibleeastside.com if you plan on coming for Letter Writing so we’ll have enough materials for everyone.

    🔷 Presidential Primary Reminders

    • Remember that if you need to register to vote in the Presidential primary you must do it online or by mail by March 2nd or in person by March 10.
    • Our friends at FUSE have put together a special Primary version of their awesome Progressive Voters Guide to help you with your candidate choice. They are not making an official endorsement of any candidate but have reviewed their platforms and put them into a format where you can easily compare them on particular issues.
    • If you want your Washington ballot to be counted you MUST select a party on the ballot, and you must sign a statement promising that you didn’t vote in both parties’ Primaries. As of Friday,  over 36,000 ballots have been rejected over the failure to select a party – don’t let this happen to you! Questions about whether this is the best system are for another time; for now, the important thing is to have your vote counted!
    • We’ll be doing an #AlphabetResistance March 5th 4:30 – 5:30 with the message Presidential Primary / Ballot Deadline 3/10. Please RSVP to let us know you can join us. This is super important as the length of our message depends on how many can participate. Also, if we need to cancel, we can’t let you know if you haven’t RSVPd.

    🐶 NEW! We would love to know how many people are taking our actions. When you click the link below each action (after you take the action 😉) it will increase a counter to let us know. And you’ll get a little GIF reward (it doesn’t capture your name or your computer’s IP address). 🐶

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions this week.

    ✊ Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Demand Congress pass a clean bill funding the coronavirus response

    From 5Calls

    Donald Trump has systematically undermined the United States’ capacity to respond to novel infectious diseases like the coronavirus, known as COVID-19. From eliminating a Bush-era program to monitor emerging illnesses, to firing the White House’s entire pandemic response infrastructure, to proposing a 19% cut to the 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget, Trump has left the US unprepared for the novel coronavirus outbreak spreading worldwide. Unsurprisingly, the Trump administration is now turning a request for emergency coronavirus funding into a political fight.

    The Trump administration has asked Congress for $2.5 billion in COVID-19 funding, an amount even Republicans have called inadequate. Furthermore, the White House wants Congress to reallocate over $535 million in Ebola response funding and $37 million from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to the COVID-19 response. The proposed Ebola funding cuts could endanger efforts to contain an ongoing Ebola epidemic in Democratic Republic of the Congo, while the LIHEAP cuts could eliminate funding help for heating for nearly 750,000 low-income families. Urge Congress to reject the White House request and instead allocate net new emergency funding for the COVID-19 response.

    ☎ Sample Script:.

    “I’m calling to urge [REPRESENTATIVE/SENATOR] to pass an adequate coronavirus emergency funding bill that does not take money from other key government initiatives. While a robust coronavirus response is essential, it must be funded with net new emergency money rather than funding from things like Ebola response efforts and heating assistance for low-income families. 

    Thank you for your time and consideration.”

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

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 2 – [US HOUSE] Ask for an investigation into Trump’s purges 

    From seattleindivisible.com

    You may have read reports over the past week of Trump’s post-acquittal firing spree. He now feels he has free rein to reshape the government in his image. The conservative activist group Groundswell (led by the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas) is helping to engineer these purges of the Department Of Justice, State, and other critical government agencies by creating ‘disloyalty’ lists and memos, and passing them to President Trump.

    Most recently, Groundswell provided a memo to Trump justifying the dismissal of the US Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Jessie Liu, and the withdrawal of her nomination for a treasury position. She was reportedly targeted for not succumbing to pressure by Attorney General Bill Barr to deliver an indictment against former FBI director Andrew McCabe, and for overseeing Roger Stone’s prosecution.

    It is time to fight back against these radicals who are helping Trump dismantle the rule of law and spread corruption throughout our government. Let’s also ask our Representatives to call for a House Oversight Investigation into the Groundswell memos that have been used to smear and remove other government officials.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP].  I am concerned about Trump’s recent government purges of officials who are considered disloyal to him at all levels of government. Please call for a House Oversight investigation into the Groundswell memos that have been used to smear and remove government officials. We cannot allow our system of justice and our intelligence agencies to be corrupted and weaponized.

    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]

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Action 3 – [You] Comment on the draft plan to keep the Lower Snake River Dams in place

    From KUOW

    For many years the State of Oregon, the Nez Perce tribe, and fishing and environmental groups have fought for the removal of the four dams on the Lower Snake river, in order to restore the populations of endangered salmon in the Columbia and Snake Rivers. This would also benefit our imperiled Orca population, which depends on the Chinook from those rivers to survive.

    A draft Environmental Impact Statement has now been released which rejects the proposal to remove the dams. This is a disappointment to those groups working to restore our native salmon population. The final decision will be made at the Federal level but in the meantime there is a thirty day comment period (ends April 13), where you can make your views known on the decision of this draft report to reject the removal of the dams.

    Please record your comments here, selecting Dams under the areas of Concern menu. For reference material from which you can assemble a comment, take a look at this article from Save Our Wild Salmon–choose a section and go to the last 1-2 paragraphs of that section for some pithy sentences to help you make your point.

    There are also six public comment meetings, including one in SeaTac.

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!

    Calendar of In-Person Events:

    Save the Date:

    • May 11-15 – Filing Dates for Elected office including Precinct Committee Officer.
    • Sat, Jun 6, 6-9 pm, Eastside Democrats Dinner, Hilton Bellevue

    … and More:

    Resources: 


    For the Week of Feb 24, 2020

    🔷 Presidential Primary Update

    The Nevada caucuses have already happened and the South Carolina primary is coming up quickly as well, on Saturday, February 29. Then comes Super Tuesday, on March 3, where a third of the primary’s delegates will be up for grabs. The main event for us happens on March 10th, when Washington State has its very first Presidential primary election. As campaigning ramps up and candidates do their best to make their case to voters, here are a few key things to remember.

    • The Indivisible Candidate Scorecard, built based on feedback from group leaders, is a helpful tool that folks can use to compare and analyze candidates and where they stand on the issues that matter most to Indivisibles. Elizabeth Warren scored best on the categories outlined in this rubric, followed by Bernie Sanders. The scorecard continues to be a living document that we periodically update when candidates announce new positions or shift their policies.
    • Tune into the 10th Democratic Debate on Tuesday, February 25 at 5:00 pm (Pacific Time). This debate will be co-hosted by CBS and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and will take place at The Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC. So far, six candidates have qualified: Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. Because last month the DNC decided that this debate and all following debates would remove the donor requirement threshold for participation and instead use only polling or delegate count, self-funded billionaire Michael Bloomberg was able to qualify for last night’s debate in Nevada and next week’s debate in South Carolina. Tom Steyer and Tulsi Gabbard have not qualified. The next debate will be moderated by Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King, Margaret Brennan, Major Garrett, and Bill Whitaker.
    • Remember that if you need to register to vote you must do it online or by mail by March 2nd or in person by March 10.

    🔷 The presidential primary is a golden opportunity for Democrats to gain party affiliation information, so the more people who vote, the better future GOTV efforts will be. We’ll be doing an #AlphabetResistance March 5th 4:30 – 5:30 with the message Presidential Primary / Ballot Deadline 3/10. Please RSVP to let us know you can join us. This is super important as the length of our message depends on how many can participate. Also, if we need to cancel, we can’t let you know if you haven’t RSVPd.

    🔷 At our last group meeting, Yvonne B presented the SwingLeft GOTV Letter Writing Project based on SwingLeft’s 2020 strategy. There was much interest, so she’s setting up a session Sat, Mar 7 at 12:30 at the Redmond Library. This will be right before the 1:30 IE group meeting in the same room. Come for the Get Out The Vote, stay for the conversation about ‘How to talk about Socialism and Democratic Socialism’ with Speaker Cliff Cawthon of Bellevue College. Join us for one or both, but please Sign Up for the Letterwriting party via SwingLeft, or email hello@indivisibleeastside.com if you plan on coming for Letter Writing so we’ll have enough materials for everyone.

    🐶 NEW! We would love to know how many people are taking our actions. When you click the link below each action (after you take the action 😉) it will increase a counter to let us know. And you’ll get a little GIF reward (it doesn’t capture your name or your computer’s IP address). 🐶

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – [US HOUSE] Ask your Representative to end surprise medical billing

    From Indivisible, The Hill

    Every day, over 10,000 families in the United States receive a surprise medical bill. These bills happen when a person is charged for care from an out-of-network provider through no fault of their own. They are especially common in emergency settings; one-in-five emergency department visits and nearly 70% of air ambulance transports result in a surprise bill.

    Congress needs to act to protect patients, as described in this Indivisible article.

    Recently, in a bipartisan effort, the House Health and Labor Committee (HELP) passed a bill (HB5800) to protect patients from surprise billing, but there is a competing (also bipartisan) effort to support a bill from the House Ways and Means Committee.

    The HELP approach, which is also backed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Health Committee (chaired by Sen. Patty Murray) would in many cases set the payment rate based on the median amount paid for that service in the geographic area, a practice known as “benchmarking.” Benchmarking is considered the best approach for stopping surprise medical billing. The HELP approach also includes the option of going to arbitration (not considered the best approach) for some higher-cost bills.

    The rival Ways and Means approach, which is backed by doctor and hospital groups (including Rep. Schrier- WA-08), would instead give the payment decisions to an outside arbiter. Significantly, large amounts of money from private equity firms have been flowing into the debate in favor of an arbitration-based solution.

    There is a danger that no legislation will be passed because of the delaying tactics employed by various groups. Considering that the issue has strong bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House, this would be nothing short of disastrous for patients. Please let your Representative know that you support the legislation proposed by the House Education and Labor Committee, which also has the backing of union and consumer groups.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “I’m calling to ask [REPRESENTATIVE] to support HB 5800, which will end surprise medical bills using benchmarking for all services, including air ambulances. The bipartisan compromise legislation that has already passed in the Senate HELP Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee is the best model for Congress to follow in protecting families from the financial devastation that can result from a surprise bill.

    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]

    🐶 Did you take the action? Click here to be counted!🐶

    Action 2 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Ask your Members of Congress to speak out about the use of immigrants’ counselling sessions being used against them

    From The Washington Post

    In an attempt to prevent immigrant youth from getting asylum, the government is going through notes taken in counseling sessions and picking out items that can be used against them, even though the counselors assured the kids the sessions would be confidential. What’s worse, the practice may be technically legal.

    As described in a Washington Post article, one young immigrant was detained in a facility in 2017 and soon after arriving, participated in mandatory counseling sessions with a therapist who was also working under the assumption that such sessions would remain confidential. He described heartbreaking situations from his life in Honduras. He was considered to have been trafficked and “subjected to involuntary servitude by being forced to work for a gang.” Despite this, because of his contacts with gangs before fleeing to the US, his records, including those from all of his counseling sessions, were sent to ICE. His disclosures were used against him in an effort to pose him as a threat, should he be released from custody. He has spent over 900 days in custody, in three different centers, and has lost contact with his sister, who he escaped Honduras with. He has no other family.

    This is legal only because he was originally under the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which meant ORR acted as de facto parents, with the right to see children’s records and share them as it sees fit. This dystopian scenario has led to the misuse and deliberate misinterpretation of counseling notes by ICE.

    The American Psychological Association has called for immediate halt to the weaponization of therapy notes as a means of denying asylum. We are asking that you ask your Members of Congress to add their voice to this demand. It is unconscionable that youth with backgrounds as traumatic as this are having the very sessions that are supposed to help them used against them in the cruelest of ways.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “I am calling to ask you to investigate and speak up about the practice by ICE of using confidential notes from counseling sessions with immigrant and refugee youth against them in their requests for asylum. Recently the Washington Post and the American Psychological Association have described how counseling records are turned over to ICE and deliberately misinterpreted to portray youths as posing a danger to society and therefore not eligible for asylum. This is a serious abuse of confidentiality as well as a deliberate misuse of the information contained in the records.

    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]

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    Action 3 – [You] Support Lori Feagan in her campaign to oust Representative Matt Shea

    You may have been following the sorry tale of the State Representative from WA-04, who has been exposed as allegedly promoting political violence based on his white supremacist views. There has been no progress towards removing him from the House as all Republicans have refused to sign a letter asking for his expulsion. (Shout out to Representative Tana Senn-WA-41 for co-writing the letter.) House leadership have not wanted to put it to a vote because they don’t have the necessary two-thirds majority, which would require nine Republicans to break ranks and vote for his expulsion. Shea remains defiant, insisting that he has done nothing wrong. Law enforcement have so far not done anything with the report from independent investigators that was presented to the House in December.

    What we are left with is the option of voting him out in November. He has two opponents; one is a more moderate Republican and the other is Democrat Lori Feagan. She is a forty-year resident of Eastern Washington and has worked there as a nurse and nurse practitioner for many years. While she has been fundraising successfully, she still lags behind Shea, and will have to survive a Primary election in August to run against him in November.

    Let’s give her campaign a boost! Please donate today so that she can replace Matt Shea and give the 4th Legislative District a Representative who will lead the district with integrity and compassionate values. Any amount, however small, will help. You can donate here and visit her Facebook page here.

    🐥 Did you take action? Click here to be counted!🐥

    Calendar of In-Person Events:

    Save the Date:

    • May 11-15 – Filing Dates for Elected office including Precinct Committee Officer.
    • Sat, Jun 6, 6-9 pm, Eastside Democrats Dinner, Hilton Bellevue

    … and More:

    Resources:


    For the Week of Feb 17, 2020

    🔷 At our last group meeting, Yvonne B presented the SwingLeft GOTV Letter Writing Project based on SwingLeft’s 2020 strategy. There was much interest, so she’s setting up a session Sat, Mar 7 at 12:30 at the Redmond Library. This will be right before the 1:30 IE group meeting in the same room. Come for the Get Out The Vote, Stay for the (conversation about) Socialism. Join us for one or both, but please Sign Up for the Letterwriting party via SwingLeft, or email hello@indivisibleeastside.com if you plan on coming for Letter Writing so we’ll have enough materials for everyone.

    🔷 Speaking of GOTV, the presidential primary is a golden opportunity for Democrats to gain party affiliation information, so the more people who vote, the better future GOTV efforts will be. We’ll be doing an #AlphabetResistance March 5th 4:30 – 5:30 with the message Presidential Primary / Ballot Deadline 3/10. Please RSVP to let us know you can join us. This is super important as the length of our message depends on how many can participate. Also, if we need to cancel, we can’t let you know if you haven’t RSVPd.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Demand AG Barr’s Resignation

    On Feb 11, four federal prosecutors withdrew from a high-profile case, after senior Justice Department officials overruled them and recommended that Roger Stone—a longtime friend and former campaign adviser of President Trump’s—receive a lesser prison sentence. Stone was convicted last November of lying to Congress and tampering with a witness to prevent investigators from learning how the 2016 Trump campaign tried to benefit from stolen Democratic Party emails. The highly unusual intervention raises questions about whether the President, or the Attorney General, William Barr, intervened in a federal criminal case to help an associate.

    More than 1,100 ex-Justice Department officials called for Barr’s resignation stating in part “Mr. Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words,” and “Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Mr. Barr to resign.

    Senator Patty Murray signed on to a letter to Attorney General William Barr Friday calling on him to resign and Rep Adam Smith Tweeted “Trump and AG Barr don’t care about the institutions that support our country and their actions are a grave threat to all of them. Our country should not protect the power of just a few individuals. The President is laying waste to our institutions for his own personal power.”

    Although Attorney General William Barr has finally agreed to testify to the House Judiciary Committee on March 31 we need our members of congress to understand how vitally important to us and to ask them to demand Barr’s resignation.

    ☎ Sample Script for Sen. Patty Murray:

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

    I’m calling to express my deep concern with Attorney General Willam Barr’s interference in the sentencing of Trump associate Roger Stone. Thank you for speaking out against this unethical political intervention. This behavior degrades the integrity of the Department of Justice and puts into serious question its ability to uphold justice and the rule of law. Please condemn this behavior and continue to demand that AG Barr resign.

    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 Other Members of Congress:

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

    I’m calling to express my deep concern with Attorney General Willam Barr’s interference in the sentencing of Trump associate Roger Stone. I urge [SEN/REP NAME] to speak out against this unethical political intervention. This behavior degrades the integrity of the Department of Justice and puts into serious question its ability to uphold justice and the rule of law. Please condemn this behavior and demand that AG Barr resign.

    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 – [YOU] Thank Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman

    Lt. Col. Vindman was the Director for European Affairs for the US National Security Council (NSC) until he was fired on February 7, 2020 by President Trump in retaliation for testifying before the US Congress regarding the Trump–Ukraine scandal. This is patriotism at its finest. Consider sending him a brief note of thanks (a postcard is fine) for his courage. Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman was also fired, so consider adding a note of support for him as well.

    The address is:

    Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman

    C/o Congregation Adat Reyim

    6500 Westbury Oaks Court

    Springfield VA. 22152-2520

    Action 3 – [YOU] Fill Out Indivisible’s Presidential Candidate Survey

    Indivisible National would love to hear your current opinion about your top 3 candidates. It’s pretty short, so please take a few minutes and fill out the Indivisible Presidential Candidate Survey. Note: there is a donation request at the end, but that’s not their main purpose of the survey.

    Calendar of In-Person Events:

    • Wed, Feb 19, 6:30 -8:00 pm, Kirkland Talks About Racism: Driving While Black – Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Registration required. Presented by Leadership Eastside.
    • Fri, Feb 21, 9:30 – 11:00 am, Postcards and Coffee – Crossroads Mall, Bellevue
    • Sat, Feb 22, 9-11:30 am, Kirkland Talks: Community Dialogue, Kirkland Teen Union Building. Free, Registration required. Presented by Leadership Eastside.
    • Sat, Feb 22 – Legislative District Town Halls:
      • 1st LD – Feb. 22, 3-5 p.m. with Sen. Stanford and Reps. Duerr and Kloba at Cascadia Community College.
      • 5th LD – 3 events
        • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tahoma High School Performing Arts Center 23499 SE Tahoma Way, Maple Valley, WA 98038
        • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. North Bend City Hall, 920 SE Cedar Falls Way, North Bend, WA 98045
        • 1:30 -2:30 p.m. Blakely Hall At Issaquah Highlands, 2550 NE Park Dr, Issaquah, WA 98029
      • 41st LD – Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m with Sen. Lisa Wellman and Reps. Tana Senn and My-Linh Thai. Bellevue College, Room N201 (3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue).
      • 45th LD – Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Sen. Dhingra and Reps. Goodman and Springer at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, West Building, Room 404 (11605 132nd Ave. NE, Kirkland)
      • 48th LD – Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon with Sen. Kuderer and Reps. Slatter and Walen at Redmond City Hall (15670 NE 85th St, Redmond).
    • Sun, Feb 23, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, Postcards to Voters, Third Place Commons, Lake Forest Park.
    • Wed, Feb 26 4:30 – 5:30 Stand On Every Corner – Redmond Downtown Park. Email rally@indivisibleeastside.com for details.
    • Thur, Feb 27, 6-8:30 pm, Kirkland Talks: Community Dialogue, Kirkland Teen Union Building. Free, must pre-register. Presented by Leadership Eastside.
    • Thur, Mar 5, 4:30 – 5:30 pm Alphabet Resistance. RSVP to participate.
    • Sat, Mar 7, 12:30 – 1:30 SwingLeft GOTV Letter Writing – Redmond Library
    • Sat, Mar 7, 1:30 – 3:30 IE Group Meeting – Socialism! – Redmond Library
    • Sun, Mar 8, 1 – 4 pm, Womxn’s March on Seattle, Rally at Cal Anderson Park (new date)
    • Tues, Mar 10, 8 pm, Washington’s Presidential Primary voting deadline. Ballots must be postmarked by that day or in drop box by 8 pm.

    Save the Date:

    … and More:

    Resources:


    For the Week of Feb 10, 2020

    🔷 Notes from Saturday’s Group Meeting. Check them out for great resources to share with your family, friends and neighbors about voting in the Presidential Primary and getting involved in elections through SwingLeft. Our next meeting is Mar 7, 1:30 – 3:30, called IE Group Meeting – Socialism! We will learn more then about how best to talk about Democratic Socialism.

    👟The NobodyIsAboveTheLaw – Reject The Coverup Mobilization at Redmond Downtown Park on Wednesday was soggy, angry, and satisfying. Thanks to the intrepid 60 who turned up! There will be small Stand On Every Corner protests spearheaded by Michaela G every Wednesday 4:30 to 5:30. Bring your protest signs and join others to protest the Trump administration’s policies.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – [WA State House and Senate] Advocate for Important State Legislation

    Feb 7 was the first cutoff when bills needed to be voted out of their committee of origin (with the exception of fiscal committees) to stay alive. Tuesday, Feb. 11th all bills have to be out of fiscal committees of origin. Here is the cutoff calendar. Things move very fast in such a short session!

    Actions will require you to know your Legislative District.  If you don’t know it, you can find it at Washington’s District Finder. A list of “still active” actions (which means go for it if you haven’t done them yet!) can be found on the Take Action Network site. We HIGHLY recommend using this powerful tool.

    ✊Action 1a: 📞 or 💻 Support SB 6077 – Limiting High Capacity Magazines

    This bill is sitting in the Senate Rules Committee, waiting to be sent to the floor for a Senate vote. Limiting high-capacity magazines limits the number of deaths and injuries that a mass shooter can cause by providing a critical opportunity to intervene once a mass shooting has begun. This bill sets a reasonable limit for the capacity of magazines that can be sold or possessed in Washington state – 15 rounds. Nine other states have similar or more restrictive laws.

    Please call or email your legislators. Click ‘EMAIL’ to generate a prefilled email. Make sure you add your name & LD before sending.

    📞Sample script:

    ”My name is [NAME] and I live in the [LD] Legislative District. Please send SB 6077 to the Senate floor for a vote. Washington must prioritize public safety and limit high-capacity magazines. Limiting high-capacity magazines limits the number of deaths and injuries that a mass shooter can cause by providing a critical opportunity to intervene once a mass shooting has begun. This bill sets a reasonable limit for the capacity of magazines that can be sold or possessed in Washington state – 15 rounds. Nine other states have similar or more restrictive laws.

    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]

    Deadline: Before February 11th.

    ✊Action 1b: 📞 or 💻 Support SB 6313 – Increasing Opportunities for Young Voters & SB 6228 – Restoring voter eligibility for all persons convicted of a felony offense who are not in total confinement under the jurisdiction of the department of corrections

    SB 6313 allows persons to vote in a primary election if they are 17 years old, but will be 18 by the general election. It requires that DOL provide an automated process for 16 and 17 year olds to sign up to register to vote and requires that public universities, if requested by the student government, and certain public university branch campuses open student engagement centers to provide ballots.

    SB 6228 automatically restores voting rights for persons as soon as a sentence of total confinement under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections (DOC) is ended. It requires the Secretary of State to compare the voter rolls to a list of persons serving sentences of total confinement under DOC jurisdiction at least once a month, and it makes conforming changes regarding the voter oath, jury pool, and DOC notification of voting rights.

    Please call or email your legislators. Click ‘EMAIL’ to generate a prefilled email. Make sure you add your name & LD before sending.

    📞Sample script:

    My name is [NAME] and I live in the [LD] Legislative District. I’m calling to ask Chairman Habib / Senator Stanford / Senator Mullet / Senator Wellman / Senator Dhingra / Senator Kuderer to support SB 6313 – Increasing Opportunities for Young Voters and SB 6228 – Restoring Voting Rights. Research shows that voting is habitual – young voters who participate early in their adulthood are more likely to vote consistently as they get older. Additionally, registering and activating young voters before they move out of their childhood homes leads to higher turnout rates. Not only is the freedom to vote fundamental to our democracy, it is an important component of successful re-entry into society for those who have been imprisoned, which is why SB 6228 is supported by law enforcement agencies as well as civil rights groups. I urge you to support these two important voting rights bills.

    Thank you for your hard work answering the phones”

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    Deadline: Before February 11th.

    ✊Action 1c: 📞 or 💻 Support HB 2184 – Requiring comprehensive sexual health education in public schools

    HB 2184 requires age-appropriate, scientifically accurate, inclusive sex ed, with an emphasis on learning about consent. The bill has a more generous deadline than last year’s version that didn’t pass. There are school districts in WA that have dropped sex ed entirely from their curriculum, so this piece of legislation is extremely important.

    Please call or email your legislators. Click ‘EMAIL’ to generate a prefilled email. Make sure you add your name before sending.

    📞Sample script:

    ”My name is [NAME] and I live in the [LD] Legislative District. I’m calling to ask Representative Springer / Representative Senn to support HB 2184. Sexual health education, as described in HB 2184, is very important in protecting and educating children. This bill will make sure that kids are learning scientifically-accurate, inclusive information and will ensure that kids learn about consent and healthy relationships. I was so disappointed when this legislation did not pass last session. Please pass this bill out of committee as soon as possible.

    Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”

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    Deadline: Before February 11th.

    Action 2 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Censure Trump

    From 5Calls

    In an unsurprising yet historic event on Wednesday, February 5th, the Senate failed to convict Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment put forward by the House of Representatives. All Senate Democrats voted to convict, while the only Republican to vote favorably for removal on either count was Mitt Romney, the Republican party’s presidential nominee in 2012. In his announcement on the Senate floor he stated, “The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the President committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a ‘high crime and misdemeanor.’ Yes, he did.”

    While Romney was the only Republican Senator to cast a guilty vote, he is not the only one to admit that what Trump did was wrong. In public statements, Senators Alexander (R-TN) and Murkowski (R-AK) described Trump actions as “inappropriate” and “shameful”. And in private, even more GOP Senators have admitted to voting against removal not because they think Trump is innocent, but because of fear.

    Now that our constitutional check on the executive branch has failed to reprimand a president for abusing power and other unacceptable undemocratic behavior, Congress must move to its next option: censure. This is the formal condemnation of an individual by Congress. While not as drastic as impeachment and removal, censure is still a serious reprimand that will rein in Trump’s insistence that he did nothing wrong. If Republican members of Congress believe that Trump’s behavior was indeed “wrong” as so many of them have said, they should reprimand him for it and support the censure resolution proposed by Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Feinstein (D-CA). If Congress fails to hold Trump accountable for his actions in the way that still remains, the American people will be doomed to a lawless president.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent. I’m calling to demand [NAME] support a resolution to censure Trump. Trump’s shameful and undemocratic behavior cannot go unpunished.

    Thank you for your time and attention.”

    Action 3 – [US HOUSE] Thank your Rep for co-sponsoring H.R. 2214: NO BAN Act

    From NoMuslimBanEver.org

    Three years after thousands of people joined airport protests against his cruel and harmful Muslim Ban, Trump is expanding the ban by blocking immigration visas from Eritrea, Nigeria, Burma, and Kyrgyzstan, as well as diversity visas from Sudan and Tanzania.

    This administration’s clear intent all along has been to keep out as many people from Muslim-majority countries as possible, whether as refugees or based on their nationality. As with the ban currently in place, some of the newly banned countries are not Muslim-majority, but that doesn’t hide or change the intent behind these bans all along. Like its predecessor, this new ban will impact Muslims the most.

    The Muslim Ban continues to separate families, leaving our friends and neighbors unable to be with their children, spouses, or parents and preventing many people from seeking or continuing career and educational opportunities or life-saving care in the U.S.

    We must not be silent in the face of the shameful Supreme Court decision. This is like what was done in the Dred Scott decision upholding slavery or like Korematsu, which upheld Japanese internment. So we’ll fight back against this xenophobic ban, in our communities, in the courts, and in Congress by demanding passage of the No Ban Act.

    All Democratic Washington representatives have co-sponsored H.R. 2214: NO BAN Act. Please contact your representative, thank them, and ask them to continue to speak out in support of the No Ban Act.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, I’m your constituent and a supporter of the #NoMuslimBanEver campaign.

    After 3 years under Trump’s racist order that bans Muslim families from entering the country, I am disturbed and alarmed by recent reports that this administration is planning to expand the horrific Muslim Ban further.

    Thank you for co-sponsoring H.R. 2214: NO BAN Act. I’m asking that you continue to speak out and publicly oppose the Muslim Ban and any expansion of it that would hurt families, openly discriminate against communities of color, and create a pathway for systemic religion-based discrimination. 

    Thank you for your time.”

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    For the Week of Feb 3, 2020

    🔷 Mark your calendar – our next Group Meeting is on Sat, Feb 8, from 4:00-5:30. Please note that it will be at Bellevue Library this time. We look forward to hearing about the work of Swing Left, as well as learning about recent legislative updates from Olympia. Make a plan to join us and bring a friend!

    🔷 It’s been a week of acute frustration on the impeachment front. Republican senators have been impervious to pleas to do the right thing and put country over party, and the threat of losing their funding from Mitch McConnell’s network of party financiers ensured that evidence will never see the light of day during the trial.

    What’s left is the knowledge that this can be changed at the ballot box. We can only hope that when John Bolton’s book is published (if further legal shenanigans don’t prevent that), it will strengthen American awareness of the illegality of the situation. Polls show that a substantial majority of Americans wanted to see evidence and/or witnesses at the trial. The Republican choice to hold a sham trial will definitely not be a plus for them in November..

    🔷 We will be fully involved in the fight to defeat corrupt candidates in November. Indivisible National has an exciting new initiative called the Payback Project, which aims to target nine key Republican Senators and hold them accountable for their lockstep support of the President. Check it out!

    Another way that you can help right now is to contribute to funds to help candidates who have a chance to flip all sorts of seats across the country. Check out this link to Swing Left and think about making a donation, however small. Early money is vital for campaigns! You’ll be hearing more about this organization at our meeting on Saturday Feb. 8..

    👟The NobodyIsAboveTheLaw – Reject The Coverup Mobilization has been activated calling for protests Wednesday around the country. We won’t register an event until after we’ve spoken with the Redmond Police, but a bunch of us will be out Wednesday at the West end of Redmond Downtown Park from 4:30 – 5:30. This is the second weekly Stand On Every Corner effort spearheaded by Michaela G. Bring your protest signs and join others disgusted with the Senate Republicans.

    🔷 Unfortunately, due to the vagaries of the weather, we had to cancel our planned Alphabet Resistance protest on Jan 30. If you would like to be in the loop for future events please email us at alphabet@indivisbleeastside.com so that we can keep you informed.

    🔷 Please remember to vote if you live in these school districts. Ballot boxes are open and ballots must be postmarked by or returned to a dropbox by 8:00 pm on Feb. 11th. If you need to register to vote or update your information you must do so by Feb 3rd. You can read about our local bond campaigns here (Bellevue) and here (Issaquah).

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 [You] Oppose Proposal to Increase Immigration Fees and Limit Fee Waivers deadline extended to Feb. 10.

    From the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP).

    Details are from their Facebook page.

    Late last year, the Trump Administration published a proposal that would increase fees that immigrant community members have to pay to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a wide range of immigration applications. Immigration advocates are deeply concerned that this proposal will effectively price out countless individuals around the country from being able to obtain critical immigration protections or U.S. citizenship.

    This proposal would significantly increase fees for applications for lawful permanent residence, U.S. citizenship, and DACA renewal, among others. It also would, for the first time, impose an application fee for seeking asylum. And the proposal would eliminate the option to seek fee waivers for many applications, including the one to pursue U.S. citizenship.

    USCIS is proposing these fee increases without any meaningful evidence that they would relieve case processing delays or otherwise improve services. In fact, the proposal seeks to shift some of these funds to pay for some ICE enforcement activities.

    The good news is that the deadline to submit public comments opposing these fee hikes and related changes has been extended through February 10th. We hope you will urge the Administration to withdraw this proposal by submitting a personalized comment through this link. Further talking points are available through the American Immigration Lawyers Association but please use your own words in your submission. Currently only 239 comments have been received. Please add your voice to the requests to revisit this additional barrier to fair and equitable immigration policies.

    Action 2 – [You] Learn about the Washington State Presidential Primary

    From Washington State Democrats

    For the first time in over 75 years, Washington State voters will be participating in a state-run Presidential Primary to allocate National Convention delegates to Presidential candidates. Both major political parties are allocating their delegates this way, and voters have a new way to have a say in who should be our next President.

    When is the Presidential Primary?

    The Washington Presidential Primary is March 10, 2020. Registered voters will receive ballots in the mail about 18 days before Primary Day.

    How do I vote in the Presidential Primary?

    1. Check your voter registration. Go to www.myvote.wa.gov to verify that you are registered to vote and that your county elections office has your address correct, so your ballot for the Presidential Primary will be sent to your home. Look for your ballot packet to arrive around February 21, the first day of the 18-day voting period for the Presidential Primary.
    2. Pick a Party! Inside your ballot packet you will find a return envelope, a security sleeve or envelope, and a ballot. On the return envelope you will have a choice between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Follow the instructions to mark your choice of Party, and sign the oath for your choice of Party.
    3. Pick a Candidate! You will have one ballot with two sections, a Democratic section and a Republican section. You must use only one Party section, and it must be the one matching the Party you picked on the return envelope. If the party on the envelope and the ballot are different, your ballot cannot be counted, so double check!

    The Democratic Ballot will have these choices:

    • Michael Bennet
    • Joseph R. Biden
    • Michael Bloomberg
    • Pete Buttigieg
    • John Delaney (left the race Jan 31st)
    • Tulsi Gabbard
    • Amy Klobuchar
    • Deval Patrick
    • Bernie Sanders
    • Tom Steyer
    • Elizabeth Warren
    • Andrew Yang
    • Uncommitted Delegates

    The Republican Ballot will have one choice, Donald J. Trump.

    Follow the instructions in your ballot packet to mark your ballot for your preferred candidate. Place your ballot in the security envelope or sleeve, and place the security envelope with your marked ballot enclosed into the return envelope.

    Close the return envelope, be sure to choose your party, and sign the oath. If the Party oath on the outside of the envelope and the ballot inside the envelope are not marked with the same Party, your ballot will not be able to be counted!

    You can either send your ballot back through the US mail (postmarked no later than March 10), or drop it in a handy drop box, as listed on the King County Elections page.

    For questions about the process and what happens next, see this document.

    Action 3 – [You] Learn about opportunities to work on electoral races in battleground states.

    There has been an increasing interest in working to help flip seats in November by travelling to battleground states with a variety of critical races. One of the leaders in this movement is Common Purpose, based in Seattle. They have a well thought out model of taking the lead from local organizations and have done extensive research on the races where volunteers can make an impact. It is interesting reading.

    If you or anyone you know is interested in doing this work, there is an introductory workshop on Feb. 8th, with further ones in March (under the Calendar listings).

    Trips to other states cost money, and volunteers are self-funded. If you want to support their work but are not able to travel you can help the organization by making a donation (link on website).

    A fantastic way to learn more about Common Purpose is to listen to an interview with the founder (and UW professor) David Domke, on this edition of the Washington State Indivisible Podcast.

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    For the Week of Jan 27, 2020

    🔷 The first week of the impeachment trial of the President has wrapped up, with a few interesting side notes being revealed as more proof (if any was needed) of his guilt, but no surprises as far as the Republicans in the Senate being willing to admit any of it as evidence. If you are weary of the news and would like one good resource to sum up the events of the day you might consider following history professor Heather Cox Richardson, either in her newsletter or on Facebook.

    In the face of the sham impeachment trial, we feel it’s time for an Alphabet Resistance next Thursday evening January 30th, 4:15 pm. The message will be:

    US Senate Do Your Job / History Will Judge!

    We need 20 people for this action, but would really like 10 more people to come out with signs. You can bring your used but relevant Impeach And Remove signs, or make new ones.

    To join, please email alphabet@indivisibleeastside.com with one of the following messages:

    “Count me in to Flip!” if you’re up for flipping a letter for 45 minutes or

    “I’m Bringing My Sign” if you can come and share the message with the passing cars.

    Weather forecast shows showers, but we know that can change. Look for confirmation emails a couple of days before, as well as day of.

    🔷 By now, if you live in certain school districts, you should have received your ballot for the upcoming election. Ballot boxes are open and ballots must be postmarked by or returned to a dropbox by 8:00 pm on Feb. 11th. If you need to register to vote or update your information you must do so by Feb 3rd. You can read about our local bond campaigns here (Bellevue) and here (Issaquah).

    🔷 Some communities are fighting back against Puget Sound Energy’s harmful practices and are working to create publicly owned power instead. If you’re interested in finding our more you can attend one of the kickoff meetings of the East King County Public Utility District on Feb. 1st. There is one in Bellevue and one in Woodinville. Please RSVP if you plan on attending.

    🔷In addition to our on-going Postcards and Coffee at Crossroads, we are also offering another Postcards to Voters writing opportunity at Third Place Commons every other Sunday, 12:30-3:00 pm. The next three dates are: Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 8. Please RSVP to postcards@indivisibleeastside.com so we make sure we have enough addresses and supplies for everyone.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – Support disability benefits for disabled people by January 31 (deadline extended)

    From Jen Hoffman’s Americans of Conscience Checklist

    Social Security Administration is proposing to increase oversight of people receiving disability benefits (SSDI/SSI) that will result in a significant loss of benefits. Now is a great time to add your voice and strengthen the outpouring of concerned comments that have been coming in about the proposed rule.

    Recipients of Social Security disability benefits are already rigorously screened. Fewer than 4 out of 10 applicants becomes eligible, after which they participate in Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs).

    SSA estimates that 2.6 million more CDRs would be conducted under this new rule, at a cost of $1.8 billion over the next decade while cutting $2.6 billion in benefits.

    Most disabled people cannot afford to hire a lawyer for the CDR process. The maximum amount that SSI will provide is just 74 percent of the federal poverty level—currently $12,490 for an individual. As of November 2019, the average SSDI benefit was just $14,855 per year.

    When people lose their SSI or SSDI, they may experience health care interruptions, loss of independence, and housing and food insecurity.

    The last major change in the CDR schedules occurred in the early 1980s. The trauma to individuals, families, and communities was so great that Congress created the current structure with legislation in 1982 and 1984.

    Please submit comments in your own words on the comment page using these tips: 1) Introduce yourself. 2) State why you oppose the proposal based on your values and, if applicable, 3) Share a story (anonymously if enrolled) of how you or a loved one are impacted by Social Security disability benefits. Review this article for more ideas. Remember that the deadline is January 31.

    Action 2[State Representatives] Ask your representatives to insist on a vote for the expulsion of Matt Shea

    From the Spokesman-Review

    Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) has allegedly been supporting domestic terrorism, as revealed by a private investigation in a report presented on Dec. 1st 2019. He has been removed from the Republican caucus and from his committee assignments. While leaders of both parties have asked him to resign, he has refused, claiming that he has been the victim of ‘label lynching ’, even though he refused to participate in the investigation. The report should be made public soon and Democratic leaders in the State House are now saying that they may skip further action against him. Because expulsion would take a two-thirds majority, they would need all 57 Democrats and 9 Republicans to vote for it.

    Apparently feeling that they lack the numbers, they are considering dropping further action because of the amount of disruption it would cause to the tight legislative schedule.

    While we appreciate that they have a job to do passing important legislation in this short session, we believe that it is important that members are required to take a stand on this so that their constituents can see who made a public declaration against his repugnant views and who didn’t.

    Please contact your state Representatives and ask them to pressure the Democratic leadership to insist on holding a vote on Matt Shea’s continuing presence in Olympia. You can call your Representatives of use the prefilled ‘EMAIL’ links below to send them an email. Please sign your name before sending the email.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “I am disturbed by reports that the Democratic leadership in the House appears to be backing away from a vote to expel Matt Shea. Despite the apparent lack of support from your Republican colleagues for this, I think that it is important that they are held accountable to their constituents in a public vote that will show whether or not they continue to support his repugnant views having a place in our elected body.

    Please pressure Speaker Jinkins and other Democratic leadership to allow such a vote to take place. Representative Shea must receive a clear message that there is no place for his views in Olympia.

    Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”

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    ✊ Action 3 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Support the Equal Rights Amendment

    From 5Calls and the League of Women Voters

    On January 15th, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment The time is now for Congress to restart the constitutional amendment ratification process to include the ERA.

    The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), first introduced in 1923, is a proposed constitutional amendment that prohibits denying or limiting equality of rights under the law based on sex. Unlike many other nations’ constitutions, the US Constitution does not specifically guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of sex. The ERA would finally enshrine protections against sex discrimination in our Constitution, an important safeguard against recent congressional attempts to reverse legislative prohibitions on sex discrimination. The ERA would also require courts to apply strict scrutiny when assessing policies that allow for differential treatment based on sex.

    When Congress approved the ERA in 1972, only 35 of the required 38 states ratified it by the 1982 deadline, and the ERA failed to pass. Now, Democrats in both chambers of Congress have introduced resolutions that would remove the deadline so the ERA can become a permanent part of the U.S. Constitution.

    In the Senate, Senate Joint Resolution (S.J.Res) 6, introduced in January of 2019, seeks to remove the ratification deadline. At this time, Senator Murray has signed on to it but Senator Cantwell has not.

    In the House, H.J.Res.79 was introduced and placed on the calendar on Jan. 16th. All Washington State Democratic Representatives are co-sponsors.

    We have a two part Action concerning this:

    First, please contact Senator Cantwell and ask that she adds her name to this important piece of legislation.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “The year 2020 is significant as the United States marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Furthering equality by removing the deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment would be a fitting tribute to those that fought so hard to ensure that women had the right to vote 100 years ago. Given that Virginia recently became the 38th state to ratify the ERA, it is time that Congress moves forward with this process.

    Please join your Senate colleagues in adding your name in support of Senate Joint Resolution 6. Adding your voice to this bill will help to ensure that equal rights for women are enshrined in our Constitution.

    Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”

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    ✊ Second, please contact your Representative and ask that they move the legislation forward as quickly as possible.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “The year 2020 is significant as the United States marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Furthering equality by removing the deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment would be a fitting tribute to those that fought so hard to ensure that women had the right to vote 100 years ago. Given that Virginia recently became the 38th state to ratify the ERA, it is time that Congress moves forward with this process.

    Thank you for supporting House Joint Resolution 79. I appreciate that it has been added to the House calendar and urge you to ensure its speedy passage through the House so that we can finally move towards constitutionally guaranteed equal rights for all women in the United States.

    Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”

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    For the Week of Jan 20, 2020

    🔷The Impeachment Articles have been transmitted to the Senate. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has been sworn in, and the Senators have taken their oath to be impartial Jurors. Senator McConnell indicated the trial will begin on Tuesday. At 1:00 pm on January 21st, we will begin to see how this will all unfold. Will there be witnesses, or will Mitch McConnell have his preferred way to quickly dismiss charges? This is history in the making, folks!

    🔷At the last meeting, we heard from Debbie Lacy of Eastside Refugee & Immigrant Coalition on a new organization she is forming called Eastside For All. Eastside for All is the first racial justice advocacy organization based in East King County focused entirely on Eastside communities. Help them get off the ground by donating HERE.

    🔷In addition to our on-going Postcards and Coffee at Crossroads, we are also offering another Postcards to Voters writing opportunity at Third Place Commons every other Sunday starting January 26, 12:30-3:00 pm. First four confirmed dates: Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 8. Please RSVP to postcards@indivisibleeastside.com so we make sure we have enough addresses and supplies for everyone.

    🔷We have had an uptick in requests to join our Facebook group, and in order to make sure each requester is a real person with good intentions, we prompt for answers to a few simple questions. If you have requested access, but have not answered the questions, we cannot grant you access. We do this to make sure our group remains a safe space for all to engage.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – [US Senate] Vote on War Powers Resolution

    The House of Representatives passed a war powers resolution that would curb the power of Trump to attack Iran. On Saturday, Senators Bernie Sanders and Mike Lee announced that they are co-sponsoring a bill (SB3159), “No War Against Iran Act.” Senator Tim Kaine has a resolution (SJR63) with two Republicans in support—however, it is in limbo. We need to send a loud message to the Senate that the President’s powers need to be in check and that we do not want another war.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi – My name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am very worried about the United States blundering into war with Iran, and I want to urge Senator [NAME] to support the war powers resolutions that have been put forth, and to show the country that you can still legislate at a time when much attention is being given to the impeachment hearing. The threat from Iran is still real, and we need to be proactive to check the President’s power to take us to war.

    Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”

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    💥Bonus (From Seattle Indivisible): Share this action with friends and family in UT, KY, ME, and IA to bolster the Republican senators who may help this resolution pass.

    Share on social media, forward the email, or simply tell people about it face-to-face! They can use the script above to reinforce their own senators’ decision to support the war powers resolution.

    Action 2 – [US House] Protect Pregnant Workers Rights

    From ACLU

    Pregnant workers in the U.S. still lack critical protections in the workplace. Too many employers believe they can fire pregnant employees, or force them to quit or take unpaid leave instead of providing temporary accommodations that would allow them to remain productive employees and maintain a healthy pregnancy. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would help protect the health and livelihoods of pregnant workers. Tell your member of Congress to cosponsor the PWFA now.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hello, my name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling to urge Representative [NAME] to cosponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (HR 2694). No one should have to choose between making a living and having a healthy pregnancy. Please help pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (HR 2694) to protect the health, rights, and economic security of pregnant workers and ensure a more equitable workplace.

    Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”

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    Action 3 – [YOU] Comment on Puget Sound Energy Rate Hike Proposal

    From 350 Tacoma, 350 Seattle

    Puget Sound Energy (PSE), a for-profit gas and electric utility provider, has filed for another rate increase for residential customers, even though they already raised rates for gas customers by 14% just a couple months ago! So what does this rate increase have to do with climate???

    • PSE is the company building the controversial Tacoma LNG fracked gas refinery and storage project. Although less than 2% of this infrastructure is designed for their residential customers as backup power on the coldest days of the year, PSE expects to pass on over 40% of the construction costs in the form of higher utility rates. PSE’s requests for higher rates are unjustified.
    • Until state law that was passed in 2019 started pushing PSE to change their resource mix, PSE was getting over 60% of their energy from fossil fuels and wanted to expand “natural gas” infrastructure while ignoring the potential of solar, wind, and grid optimization. “Natural gas” is really just methane gas, a potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas, mostly sourced from fracking–which causes severe health complications, groundwater contamination, earthquakes near extraction sites and is often located near or on indigenous land. PSE cannot justify raising rates while they continue to press for climate-damaging fracked gas rather than renewables.
    • PSE is holding back local clean energy initiatives. As part of the newly formed group “Partners for Energy Progress,” PSE plans to launch a $1M campaign in the PNW to push back against any local initiatives designed at transitioning away from fossil fuels, such as banning gas hookups in new infrastructure. According to Sightline Institute, between 2008 & 2018, PSE spent about $7 million in WA, funding political candidates, PAC’s, and lobbying! Before PSE is allowed to raise rates, they should be required to stop wasting the money of ratepayers in this way.

    Verbal comments will also be taken at a public hearing on Wed January 22nd at Bellevue City Hall beginning at 6pm.

    SUBMIT COMMENTS HERE! (Additional, detailed talking points are in this link)

    💥Bonus: Some communities are already fighting back against PSE’s harmful choices and are working to create publicly owned power instead! Want to help spread the word or gather signatures to get the PUD initiatives on the November 2020 ballot?

    East King County Public Utility DistrictLearn more or volunteer to help here!

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    For the Week of Jan 13, 2020

    🔷What a week! With all that has transpired in the news in the first two weeks of this year, it’s enough to make your head spin, but we won’t let it get us down! Nevertheless we persisted!

    ☮️We protested #NoWarWithIran last Thursday with Alphabet Resistance on the i-405 overpass in Bellevue. Check out our message!

    📬We continue to write Postcards to Voters on Friday mornings at 9:30am at the Crossroads Mall. This week we wrote to Texas voters for the Mar 3rd Pres Primary as part of a Sister District research project. If you would like to join next week please RSVP HERE, so we know how many addresses to prepare for.

    🎈On Sunday we celebrated our 3rd Anniversary with an inspiring potluck gathering to keep us motivated! We heard from Debbie Lacy of Eastside Refugee & Immigrant Coalition on a new initiative Eastside For All. We celebrated the past and brainstormed what we could do this year to remain engaged to bring about the progressive change we need this year! You can read the meeting notes HERE.

    🔷On Jan 18th, join Indivisible Eastside for the 4th year of the Womxn’s March Seattle. Meet across Denny way from the NW the corner of Cal Anderson park at 12:40 for a group photo, then we’ll move into the park to hear the speakers. Planning on meeting up with us? Email hello@indivisibleeastside.com and let us know.

    📬We will be writing postcards at the Womxn’s March! The plan is to meet at the Armory/Center House at Seattle Center at 2:30 where the march ends. This is a great option for those who want to participate but not march. Our goal is to recruit new writers; encourage them to try writing one card or a few while onsite and sign up with Postcards to Voters and/or with the local postcarding groups. If you want more information or have questions email postcards@indivisibleeastside.com.

    🔷 The WA State 2020 Legislative Session begins today! We will be tracking bills and sharing out action items in a separate email weekly on Fridays just through the legislative session which ends in March. We are working through our email system to target those emails, as best we can, only to people in the specific Legislative District needed. (We have you listed in the XX legislative district, if you have moved or this is incorrect, please update.) (We do not have your LD, please reply back with that information so you don’t receive unnecessary emails.) With your help, we hope to pass some really needed progressive legislation this session. Stay tuned…

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – [US House & Senate] Protect Iranian Americans at the Border

    From WAISN and CAIR

    Last weekend after the United States killed the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps’s Quds Force, we heard reports of Iranian-Americans being detained at the Blaine Border. The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) reported Sunday that up to 150 Iranians and Iranian-Americans experienced extremely long delays and about 60 of them were detained and questioned at length at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, WA this weekend. Those detained reported having their passports held while they were questioned about their political views and allegiances.

    It is in these times that we must remind each other that we have rights, and that our families belong together and free without fear of violence or persecution, no matter what country of origin they came from. We must support our immigrant families in ensuring their freedoms.

    Please read this article from WAISN which has helpful information about Know Your Rights, how families can get legal support, how you can join a Rapid Response Team, and how to stay informed of the latest information to support our immigrant community.

    Contact your senators and congressional representative to convey your concern and urge them to pass the NO BAN Act.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi – My name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am concerned about reports that Iranians and Iranian-Americans have been targeted based on their national origin and were detained at the Canadian border. I urge you to press for an investigation and to hold Customs & Border Protection and the Dept. of Homeland Security accountable.

    I also urge passage of the NO BAN Act, which would repeal all versions of the Muslim ban, refugee ban, and asylum ban; change immigration law to prevent discrimination based on religion; and limit executive authority to prevent any president from issuing future discriminatory bans again.

    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 – [YOU] Be a Citizen Lobbyist, attend a Lobby Day!

    The word Lobbyist usually conjures up disgust and frustration, because we typically think of the big corporations who pour tons of money and time into hiring lobbyists to influence legislators to craft legislation for their benefit. But there is another kind of lobbyist that can be just as powerful if we organize together, and that is the Citizen Lobbyist, using a form of advocacy that focuses on educating or influencing representatives in our government. You do not need money or power to lobby. The Public Disclosure Administration requires disclosure of paid lobbyists in our state, however, “citizens who petition their state government — through personal contact, telephone calls and letters — without payment of any kind and without spending funds to benefit public officials are not subject to the law.”

    Many different types of coalitions and groups organize official “Lobby Days” while the WA State legislature is in session. That means now, since the Legislative Session for 2020 starts today!

    These organizations provide everything you need to lobby your legislator in just one day, and you will be able to do that with other like-minded citizens. Pick an organization or topic area you are passionate about and sign up to attend! It will be empowering to experience to know you had a hand in sculpting democracy in WA State.

    Click the link to register:

    Sex Ed Hearing Day with Planned Parenthood: Thurs, Jan 16

    WA State Dems Lobby Day: Fri, Jan 17

    League of Women Voters Lobby Day: Tues, Jan 21

    NARAL Mid and North Puget Sound Troublemakers Advocacy Day: Thurs, Jan 23

    Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day: Wed, Jan 29

    Environmental Lobby Day: Thurs, Jan 30

    #IGNITEtheCapitol: Thurs, Jan 30 (IGNITE is a Young Women’s Political Organization)

    WAISN Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day: Wed, Feb 5

    WaSIC (Washington State Indivisible Coalition) Lobby Day: Tues, Feb 18 (Link goes to Carolyn Barclift for registration)

    Or find more lobby days on the Take Action Network.

    Action 3 – [US House & Senate] Oppose Privatizing the U.S. Postal Service

    From Seattle Indivisible

    The United States Postal Service (USPS) has been steadily losing money for more than a decade. In 2018, the Trump administration proposed to significantly restructure, then privatize the USPS. The proposal received bi-partisan pushback in the House, as well as opposition from consumers, postal worker unions, and businesses. Under a privatization scheme, rural areas would likely see price hikes and a decline in postal services because they are more costly to serve and less profitable.

    Now, with a majority of Trump appointees on the USPS Board of Governors and the possibility that we will soon have a new Postmaster General favorably disposed to privatization, the concern is that the administration will again push for a restructuring and privatization scheme that will favor business interests over the public good.

    Most experts agree that something needs to be done to put the USPS on a more solid financial footing, but privatization is not the answer. Democrats are working on at least one alternative proposal, the USPS Fairness Act, to improve the situation, although no single alternative proposal has moved forward yet. Here’s an article with more information.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hello. My name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP] about the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to restructure and privatize the US Postal Service. I’m very opposed to any changes in the Service that could undercut its fundamental mission of providing reliable and affordable mail delivery to every resident in the nation. I urge [MoC] to oppose privatization of the USPS or other so-called “reform” efforts that focus on reducing services, raising individual customer rates, or cutting postal worker wages, and to look at alternative ways of addressing the problem of solvency for the Post Office that are equitable across all USPS customers and USPS workers.

    Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”

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    For the Week of Jan 6, 2020

    🔷 We made it to 2020! It’s been a little over 3 years since Nov 2016, but it seems like 30. Is your energy flagging? Indivisible Eastside is here to help you stay organized and energized in your activism. Here are 2 ways to get your year started off right:

    🎈 Attend the Indivisible Eastside Potluck Birthday Party at the Redmond Library Jan 12th 11:30 – 3

    👟 Attend the Womxn’s March on Seattle, Jan 18th 1-4 pm Seattle

    🎈 On Jan 12th, bring a savory item to share at 11:30 for our potluck lunch. We’ll provide the “Nevertheless We Persisted” Birthday cake. We’ll also be sharing ideas for how to engage in 2020. Then we’ll hear from Debbie Lacy of Eastside Refugee & Immigrant Coalition on a new initiative Eastside For All. “People of color comprise over 40% of the population in our Eastside communities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond, Kirkland, and Sammamish. And 1 out of every 3 residents was born outside the U.S. But, our city councils, school boards, commissions, large nonprofit boards and business associations do not reflect this racial and cultural diversity.” Read more on the fledgling Eastside For All website and come to the meeting to learn more.

    👟 On Jan 18th, join Linda, Jennifer, Louise and others for the Women’s March Seattle. Meet across Denny way from the NW the corner of Cal Anderson park at 12:40 for a group photo, then we’ll move into the park to hear the speakers. Planning on meeting up with us? Email hello@indivisibleeastside.com and let us know.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – [US HOUSE] Demand Your Representative Rein In Trump’s March to War

    From Indivisible.org and Seattle Indivisible

    Last Thursday evening, it was confirmed that the United States killed the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps’s Quds Force, by drone strike in Iraq. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, Andrew Exum, described this as an act of war against Iran in an article in The Atlantic. We don’t know yet what will happen next, or how Iran will respond, but we do know that our elected officials in Washington need to tell Trump that we cannot go to war with Iran.

    Representative Adam Smith spoke out on Friday Raising Grave Concerns About Pentagon Military Action in Iraq. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene made a statement on twitter demanding the Administration immediately brief congress on how they plan on protecting US personnel from retaliation and their long term objectives. However, Rep. Kim Schrier, did not criticize Trump but rather only called for Congress to be briefed.

    ☎ Sample Script for Rep. Schrier:

    “Hi – My name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am very worried about the United States blundering into war with Iran, and I want Congresswoman Schrier to take steps to prevent us from going to war. Also, I urge the Congresswoman to join Representatives Adam Smith and Suzan DelBene and speak out about this today. As Representative Smith states, “The American people deserve to know why President Trump has brought us to the brink of another war, and under what authority.” I urge Congresswoman Schrier to do everything possible to assert Congress’s role as a co-equal branch of government, speak out against pressure to “fall in line behind the commander in chief,” and block this attempt to draw attention away from impeachment proceedings.

    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 Rep. Smith or Rep DelBene:

    “Hi – My name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am very worried about the United States blundering into war with Iran, and thank Representative [NAME] for speaking on behalf of the American people who deserve to know why President Trump has brought us to the brink of another war, and under what authority. I urge Representative [NAME] to do everything possible to assert Congress’s role as a co-equal branch of government, speak out against pressure to “fall in line behind the commander in chief,” and block this attempt to draw attention away from impeachment proceedings.

    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 – [Regulations.gov] Leave a Comment Against Trump’s Latest Attack On Social Security by Jan. 17

    From Seattle Indivisible

    The Trump administration is continuing to look for novel ways to cut benefits to those most in need. In a new proposed rule, they aim to increase the frequency of medical reviews in the hopes of kicking more people off of Social Security disability benefits.

    Currently, the Social Security Administration evaluates disability recipients at three different frequencies to determine whether they still qualify for benefits: “medical improvement expected” (every 6 to 18 months), “medical improvement possible” (every 3 years), and “medical improvement not expected” (every 5 to 7 years). The proposed rule adds a new category called “medical improvement likely” (evaluated every 2 years). The SSA says 4.4 million people, including children and ‘Step 5’ recipients (those aged 50 to 65 with poor health and no income), would be moved into this category. Democratic lawmakers and disability advocates say this is unnecessarily burdensome, and that for Step 5 recipients, there is no actual evidence that they are ‘likely’ to improve. A Forbes magazine piece explains:

    “In general, medical conditions deteriorate as people age, especially those who have limited resources. Compelling Step 5 recipients through a review every two years will make it even more difficult for them to comply with the review process, putting their benefit eligibility in jeopardy.”

    Opponents of the rule are not rejecting the need for need-based evaluations – but warn that the extra red tape is designed to force out of the program people who need help, but lack the ability or resources to keep up with the arduous evaluations.

    ACTION: Use your own words to leave a comment on the Regulations.gov comment page against Trump’s proposed regulatory rule that aims to kick people off of SSDI. Deadline to have your comment considered is January 17.

    Action 3 – [US SENATE] Urge Senators to allow Chief Justice to Prescribe Impeachment Trial Procedure

    In a Dec. 27, 2019 letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Ralph Nader and Constitutional Law scholars Louis Fisher and Bruce Fein proposed that the Senate allow Chief Justice John Roberts to prescribe impeachment trial procedures—subject to veto by a Senate majority. In doing so, the Senate would avoid some degree of political infighting and blatant partisan bias. While this approach is not perfect, it would create a more impartial and legitimate impeachment process.

    Please read the points in the letter, then contact your Senators urge them to support this modest, but important proposal.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi – My name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I support a proposal sent on Dec 27, 2019 to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. In the proposal, Ralph Nader and Constitutional Law scholars Louis Fisher and Bruce Fein proposed that the Senate allow Chief Justice John Roberts to prescribe impeachment trial procedures—subject to veto by a Senate majority. In part it states “Chief Justice Roberts, in contrast to the Senate Republican majority or House Democratic majority, is the optimal choice to establish independent and credible procedures for the impeachment trial of President Trump to strengthen public confidence in the outcome.

    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]

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    Save the Date:

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