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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 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.

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

    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!

    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:

    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. 

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    🔷 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.”

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    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]

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    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.

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    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:

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    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]

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    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.”

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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.

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    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”

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

    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.”

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

    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.”

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    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.

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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.

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    “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.

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    “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.

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    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.

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    “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.

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