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  • 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 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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