Actions Previous 2021

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Actions

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 April 5, 2021

    🔹 Good News! Banning private for-profit prisons HB 1090 and Prohibiting open carry of certain weapons at protests and the state capitol SB 5038 are headed to the Governor’s desk! Thank you to all who took and are continuing to take action!

    🔹 Please sign up for one of the upcoming Indivisible “First 100 days” Congressional Town Halls that IE is co-hosting, for example, April 10th with Rep. Suzan DelBene or April 17th with Rep. Adam Smith. Both are at noon. See more Town Halls in the Calendar section.

    🔹 Last week we asked you to contact your City Council about rethinking their approach to public safety. If you received a response, please forward it to RacialEquityBellevue@indivisibleeastside.com. It’s helpful information for their work, and they can follow up with you on suggested ways you can continue the conversation with the City. If you haven’t had a chance to do this action, it’s not too late! Click the link above.

    🔹 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [WA State Legislature] Get bills across the April 11th finish line

    We have entered the last week of the State Legislature, whose regular session ends April 11th. Our Senators and Representatives have worked incredibly hard this pandemic session and many will be working harder this week as they finalize work on the state budget. Here are 10 bills that could use our help. These actions link to TAN, but you do not need a TAN account to take them – just enter your LD and you’re ready to go. Each one takes 1 minute.

    Funding

    Support HB 1406 ‘Wealth tax’ (House: In Committee (Finance)) – ask for a hearing

    • Promote HB 1406 to provide equity in our tax code.

    Criminal Justice and Police Accountability:

    Pull SB 5051 ‘restore trust in the criminal justice system’ out of House Rules for a floor vote

    Support HB 1054 – Police OfficerTactics and Equipment – vote it out of the Senate.

    • HB1054 is a priority bill for groups working on police accountability. It seeks to ban or restrict tactics and equipment that are misused most frequently against communities of color. It is currently on the House floor awaiting a vote. This bill is a priority of CAIR, WAISN, and WCPA.

    Support SB 5263 ‘Personal injury defenses’ for police accountability

    • This bill, SB 5263, is a plus for accountability. Current law is an obstacle for families who seek justice in excessive use of force cases for their loved ones. This bill is a priority of ACLU-WA.

    Data Privacy

    Submit comments on the Bad Washington Privacy Act (SB 5062) to tell your legislators to fix it — or nix it!

    • The Bad Washington Privacy Act is a weak, industry-backed bill that fails to protect our privacy and leaves us all at risk. Submitting comments on the bill via the legislature’s site is a powerful way to tell the legislature to fix it — or nix it. This action includes suggestions about what to write. Opposing this bill is a priority of ACLU-WA.

    Environment

    Support HB 1091 (Transportation fuel/carbon) Lobby members in the Senate Rules Committee

    Housing and Health

    Give HB 1220 ‘Emergency shelters & housing’ a vote on the Senate floor

    Help get a floor vote for SB 5160 ‘Landlord-tenant relations’

    • Help protect tenants during the eviction process and provide rental assistance for landlords. This bill is a priority of WAISN.

    Support ESHB 1236 Protecting residential tenants from arbitrary and discriminatory evictions

    • This bill provides significant protections against retaliatory and discriminatory evictions by requiring a legitimate business reason to evict and will go a long way to closing loopholes in state law that allow so many households of color to lose their housing.

    Give HB 1139 – ‘lead in drinking water in schools’ a vote on the Senate floor

    • School children should not be exposed to lead in their drinking water.

    Action 2 – [US Senators] Two Actions to End the Filibuster

    As we enter the second week of the Senate Recess, join a statewide effort to publicize the call to end the Senate Filibuster.

    Acton 2a: Join Alphabet Resistance Thursday 5-6 pm on the NE 4th St Overpass of 405 as we spell out:

    END THE FILIBUSTER / SAVE VOTING RIGHTS

    Action 2b: Write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) regarding Voting Rights and the need to End the Filibuster

    Action 3 – [PCC and community members] Stand with PCC workers

    Some of PCCs decisions during the pandemic like revoking appreciation pay during the height of the pandemic in July, and actively fighting against the city ordinances that passed recently, did not stand with the community values they purport to hold. It became clear to workers that their perspective was not part of decisions made by the company and the Board of Trustees. Indivisible Eastside Steering member Hanna, a PCC worker, has been active in helping two PCC workers become eligible to be candidates for the upcoming Board of Trustees election. We support PCC’s effort in bringing racial diversity to the board by recommending Rodney Hines for one of the three open positions, and would like to see economic diversity by having workers’ voices on the board as well.

    Action 3a. If you are a PCC member you should have received an email on Feb 25th announcing the Board of Trustees election April 8 – May 3 2021 entitled “PCC’s 2021 Election is coming up!”. On April 7th or 8th, look for an email from “ESC (Election Services Co.)” – this will be your ballot. There are five candidates for three spots.

    Please vote in the election and consider the value that the two petition candidates would bring to the Board of Trustees. Although the corporate experience the incumbents hold has value, the Board’s role is setting policy and oversight to assure that the co-op is living its vision, mission, and values. Can they do this without workers having a seat at the table?

    Action 3b. Join Hanna and others on April 14th from 3-5 pm at the UFCW21 Informational Picket at the Bellevue PCC to take action to win a fair contract that includes:

    • Workers on the PCC Board of Trustees
    • Respectful Wage Increases
    • Secure Retirement
    • NO TAKEAWAYS!

    Email Hanna at hello@indivisibleeastside.com if you’d like more information.

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    For the Week of March 29, 2021

    🔹As we are faced with a mass shooting for the second week in a row, it seems as though there’s sadly nothing new to say that we haven’t already said so many times. Tina Podlowdowski, Chair of the Washington State Democrats sums it up.

    ‘It’s heartbreaking that, yet again, we must open this email discussing another terrible mass shooting, this time in Boulder, Colorado. As we honor and remember the 10 lives lost in this horrific event, we must redouble our commitment to preventing such tragedies that threaten our livelihoods daily. Remember that gun violence is preventable, and our children and grandchildren shouldn’t have to grow up in a world where these tragedies are acceptable. Republicans are working to sustain the cycle of gun violence that keeps us in fear and harm’s way. Just 10 days before this shooting, an NRA lawsuit blocked a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines passed by the city of Boulder.

    ‘Voters in Washington have spoken again and again on this issue and we know that stopping gun violence is the necessary thing to do. Americans deserve better than an epidemic of gun violence in our homes, schools, and communities, and Democrats aren’t giving up.’

    Here are your 3 actions for this week:

    Action 1 – [You] Contact your City Council about rethinking their approach to public safety.

    Resources are from justiceaccountabilityaction.org

    It has been apparent for a long time that many of the calls to 911 are for incidents that do not need a response from armed police. Many emergency calls can be handled by non-law enforcement first responders, as in cases of mental health issues, substance use disorder crises, health and safety check-ins, and the experiences of the unhoused. This is not a new concept. The CAHOOTS program in Eugene, OR has been in place for 30 years and has been taken up in other cities. There are many models for mental health response teams to choose from but the ideal scenario is one where such teams are independent of the police and are not merely accompanying armed officers in police vehicles to calls, which can exacerbate the crisis. They would provide a separate service, calling for police assistance if necessary (although in 2019, out of a total of roughly 24,000 CAHOOTS calls, police backup was requested only 150 times.)

    Some of our Eastside cities are beginning to think about setting up such teams. In most cases, they are looking at the models that are staffed by police officers who have received extra training (crisis intervention teams, or CIT), or those where mental health professionals would go out on calls with officers. It is important to let our local councils and police departments know as they start the process that there are real concerns about the effectiveness of CIT teams . A recent study showed that the CIT team approach shows little benefit in terms of arrests, officer injury, citizen injury, or use of force.

    In a few weeks you will have the opportunity to join us for a WIN (Washington Indivisible Network) online learning session about various mental health responses, with a panel of experts who will help us to understand the issues. In the meantime though, please contact your city council members and police chief and ask that they look at a wide range of models as they consider this topic. You can send them this spreadsheet showing a wide range of mental health responses, which was compiled by two of our talented Indivisible Eastside members. If you’re not sure of the status of this conversation in your city we encourage you to attend virtual council meetings and ask questions.

    Bellevue – City Council email

    Police Chief Mylett email

    Redmond – City Council/Mayor email

    Police Chief Lowe email

    Kirkland – City Council email

    Police Chief Harris email

    Bothell – City council email

    Police Chief Seuberlich email

    Issaquah – City Council email

    Police Chief Behrbaum email

    Sammamish – City Council email

    Police Chief Pingrey email

    Renton – City Council email

    Interim Police Chief Schuldt – no email listed. Phone number is 425-430-7500.

    ☎ Sample Script: (please edit as necessary).

    Hello,

    I am a resident of [CITY] and am writing to ask you to consider developing alternatives to police responses to 911 calls that do not require armed responders. There are cities such as Eugene, Denver, and San Francisco that are using teams of mental health and health care professionals, including EMTs, that operate independently of the police very effectively, with better outcomes for members of the public in need of such services. Many police departments support the development of such teams as it frees them up to concentrate on the investigation of serious crimes. The independence of such mental-health teams is important. They contrast with crisis intervention teams or CIT teams, which include police within the teams. Doubts have been raised about whether the CIT approach is effective in terms of arrests, officer injury, citizen injury or use of force.

    We need to reimagine public safety. Over-reliance on police can prevent us from imagining and investing in other public safety tools. It would be great if [CITY] could be a leader in this region to implement meaningful and effective change in how we deal with people in crisis.

    Thank you.”

    Action 2 – [US Senate] Work to abolish the filibuster and support pro-democracy bills

    From Indivisible

    As important legislation such as S.1 (The For the People Act) and S.51 (the D.C. Statehood Act) moves forward to the Senate, their future progress depends entirely on one archaic senatorial process. The filibuster is often presented as a way to encourage debate and partisan decision making in the Senate, and that is often used as a justification for keeping it. As we know, that ship sailed with Mitch McConnell’s misuse of it as a way to block legislation over a period over a dozen years, except when it suited him to get rid of it for Supreme Court nominations. Far from fostering compromise, the current filibuster has given a unified minority party every incentive to block legislation, no matter how many Americans support it. It has historically been used as a tool to block legislation on civil and human rights.

    As Republicans are now intent on sabotaging the democratic process by introducing over 250 state-level bills to limit voting rights, the passage of S.1 and S.51 is critical to establishing laws that will protect everyone’s right to vote in a safe and fair manner. (The reason why S.51 is important in this context is because it would give representation to D.C.’s mostly Black and brown residents, who have been disenfranchised by Congress entirely). If the Senate does not pass these bills, democracy in this country will take a blow that it will take many years to recover from. For that to happen, the filibuster needs to be abolished. Reforming it will not be enough.

    Our Senators have not been clear about their intent on the filibuster, although it seems as though Sen. Patty Murray might be leaning towards overturning it, at least for this legislation. At this critical time, we need to let our Senators know that this is one of the most important decisions that they will take. Please let them know that you expect them to do everything they can to ensure that the filibuster is abolished and to vote to pass S.1 and S.51.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am very concerned about the attacks on our democracy by Republicans in state legislatures across the country and fear that the damage done will be long lasting and leave Democrats unable to pass much-needed legislation. In order to counter this, Democratic Senators need to move to abolish the filibuster and vote to pass important legislation such as S.1 and S.51. Our democracy, which must defend itself against minority rule, depends on it. Please do everything you can to ensure that this happens.

    Thank you.”

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    Action 3 – [Governor Inslee, State legislators] Do not re-criminalize drug possession

    From Seattle Indivisible

    The Washington Supreme Court recently declared the state law against simple drug possession unconstitutional. Right now, it is not illegal to simply possess drugs on your person, in your house or in your car. The ruling does not change other drug crimes, like manufacture, sale or possession with intent to sell — those things are still felonies.

    The case the ruling was based on, Washington State vs. Blake, hinged on the fact that Washington’s law, unlike other state drug possession laws, didn’t require the person being prosecuted to know about the drugs. It surprised many people in power that the whole law was declared unconstitutional, rather than just that part. There is already talk about a legislative “fix” to make drug possession illegal again. That should not happen.

    Washington State, our state, was a leader in the movement to legalize marijuana. We know the harm that drug prohibition and the war on drugs has done (for some history, see this article from the ACLU). Millions of people, mostly Black and brown people, have been imprisoned. Families have been broken up. Communities have been deeply disrupted. Police forces have grown to untenable sizes. Drug enforcement creates millions of police interactions with regular people, and we know that regular people who are not white are in danger in those interactions. It’s time to stop. Drug prohibition is a human rights issue. This decision has given our state an opportunity to lead again. Let’s not waste that opportunity on a “fix” to the current unjust law.

    Our lawmakers should take the right, just, and moral stance by explicitly repealing our existing, unconstitutional drug possession law, and decriminalizing possession.

    Please let Governor Inslee and your state legislators know that drugs should not be re-criminalized.

    Use the TAN Action Link for a quick and easy way to do this.

    Calendar of Events:

    Save the date:

    • Sun May 2, 5:30 dinner, 6:00 program – Fair Fight Bond Fund fundraiser, by Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice NW. Register to attend by Apr 25. Donations may be made at the link to benefit Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN).
    • Thu June 3, 5 – 6 pm – Eastside Democrats Fundraiser – details to come.

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    For the Week of March 22, 2021

    🔹 The news from Atlanta last week about the shooting of eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent, was devastating. We want to acknowledge unequivocally that these eight individuals were murdered because of a toxic combination of white supremacy, systemic racism, classism, and gender-based violence. The violent rhetoric espoused by Trump and his supporters over the past year, compounded by the fact that Asian Americans, particularly women, have been over-sexualized and dehumanized by white men for centuries is at the core of this. Attempts to explain the motivations of the shooter as ‘having a bad day’ are an indication of the depth of the problem. Please read this article about the intersectional nature of the tragedy in Atlanta. As Kimberlé Crenshaw says in the article, “To respond to this tragedy, we need a deeper commitment to understanding white supremacy and its various dimensions across the social plane.”

    To the many Indivisibles who are not Asian American: it is up to us to offer support and solidarity, to speak out, and to find solutions so that we can collectively stop these traumas from happening again.

    Please read and share the resources here to learn more about the issues. If you’re able, you can split a donation among eight organizations that are fighting to protect and support the AAPI community here.

    We need to acknowledge the eight victims by name. They are Soon C. Park, 74; Hyun J. Grant, 51; Suncha Kim, 69; Yong A. Yue, 63, Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Paul Andre Michels, 54; Xiaojie Tan, 49; and Daoyou Feng, 44. One man, Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, was wounded. If you wish to help the families of the victims directly you may do so by donating here.

    🔹 Here are your 3 actions for this week:

    Action 1 – [State Legislators] Ask your legislators to ensure equitable reproductive health care access by increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates

    From Crosscut and Planned Parenthood

    Since the start of 2021, Planned Parenthood has had to close three clinics in our state, in First Hill, Kent, and Shelton. This has come about partly because reproductive healthcare providers were not eligible for relief money from the CARES Act that other providers could apply for in 2020, due to restrictions placed on organizations that provide abortions.

    However, family planning reimbursement rates for patients who use Medicaid have remained stagnant in Washington for many years and are, in fact, lower than they were in 2010. Currently Planned Parenthood loses $167 on every Medicaid patient that they see. Medicaid patients are disproportionately Black, Indigenous, and Latinx. Thousands of people are at risk of losing access to reproductive health care.

    Proposals for the 2021-23 state budget will be released shortly. Please ask your legislators to make sure that Medicaid reimbursement rates are increased in the budget, not just to head off this crisis but to make sure that a robust network of services is available to ensure equitable access to reproductive health care in the future. Governor Inslee has recommended raising reimbursement rates for common family planning services by 162%. Doing so would cost the state $5.2 million over two years, which would be matched with $10.9 million in federal funds. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to find the funds to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for family planning services, which are a priority as part of a comprehensive health system.

    You can generate prefilled emails by clicking EMAIL links below. Please review the email carefully, and sign your name before sending.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “As you consider proposals for the 2021-23 biennial budget, please prioritize allocating funds to increase Medicaid reimbursements for reproductive service providers, including Planned Parenthood. Partly because of restrictions placed on them receiving funds as part of the CARES Act in 2020, their funding is in crisis. Clinics providing critical services to low income families have started to close, leaving many in rural areas with no local providers. Medicaid reimbursement rates are lower than they were in 2010, according to the Washington State Health Care Authority. Please work to ensure that reproductive health care remains accessible for all Washingtonians by incorporating the $5.2 million recommended by Governor Inslee in the two-year budget.”

    Action 2 – [You] Explore new campaigns for letter and postcard writing

    • Letter writing With VoteForward

    VoteForward (link: https://votefwd.org/) has announced their first letter writing campaign for 2021 to write “thank you” letters to first-time voters in Georgia and Virginia. This particular campaign will be sending letters through April 1st. At this time, IE is not hosting any letter writing parties due to the short timeframe in which to mail letters out, but may do so in the future! We encourage anyone interested in this effective at-home voter outreach activity to check out VoteFwd.org for additional details. For letter writing resources from past IE letter writing parties, please visit http://indivisibleeastside.com/letterwriting-resources/.

    • Postcard writing with Flip the West

    On March 28 at 7:00 pm we will host a postcard writing session for a Special Election to be held in Texas’ 6th Congressional District on May 1st due to the passing of Republican Congressman Ron Wright. Postcard script and addresses are available from Flip the West, but you must buy your own postcards and stamps, and mail them from April 17-22nd. Please register in advance to attend.

    Supplies

    • Postcards are available from Etsy.com. When you buy postcards, please make sure that they are neutral and non-partisan. Most campaigns don’t want us to use anything that implies ‘Democrat’.

    Action 3 – [Senator Cantwell’s Staff] Ask them to fix their online contact form

    I’m sure many of you who have taken action with us over the past 4 years have noticed that one of the required fields used in Senator Cantwell’s contact form is “Message Topic” with a drop down menu of options. It is a required field, and the options seem outdated and very often don’t fit with the topics we have been writing about over the years. Let’s see if we can get someone on her staff to fix her topic choices to include more appropriate topics.

    To gain the attention of staff, we all need to pick the same topic, so please select “Technology” and paste the following message into the form.

    🔹 Sen. Maria Cantwell: EMAIL

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Dear Technology Person for Senator Cantwell,

    Please consider changing your drop down menu of “message topics” which is a required field people have to select before they can submit their comments to Senator Cantwell. Some things that come to mind are Elections/Voting Rights and Democracy Reform. I have struggled to determine which category I should select, and think a refresh of the options would be appropriate at this time.

    Thank you for your consideration.”

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    For the Week of March 15, 2021

    🔹 On March 13 we held our Indivisible Eastside Group meeting. We heard from The Right to Breathe Committee, who is working to ensure safety and respect for Black people in King County. You can read the meeting notes HERE.

    🔹 The City of Bellevue has an opening on the Civil Service Commission. The Civil Service Commission oversees the recruitment, selection and placement of firefighters and police officers below the level of chief. This page contains information and how to apply.

    🔹 Last year you may recall we had a presentation about Banning Puppy Mills by a couple of extraordinary local teenagers, Novia Liu and Ava Finn. They are back at it this year with a new bill HB1424: Concerning consumer protection with respect to the sale of dogs and cats. We are pleased to tell you that the bill has passed the House and will be heard in the Senate. Take this easy action to thank the legislators who have advocated for it.

    🔹 Here are your 3 actions for this week:

    Action 1 – [Bellevue City Council] – Demand a Mental Health Crisis Unit separate from BPD

    The City of Bellevue will be announcing a new program to address mental health crisis calls, however the program is staffed by police officers. Please consider commenting at Monday night’s council meeting in favor of a program to address these types of calls with a mental health team separate from the BPD. This article is an example of how police response has gone wrong in Bellevue. An example of a good collaborative program with police is CAHOOTS in Eugene, OR.

    To be added to the speaker list for oral communications, you must sign-up by 5:00 p.m. on March 15. Click the following link to sign-up:

    https://bellevuewa.gov/council-oral-comms

    You can submit written comments by 3pm on the 15th and email them to Council@bellevuewa.gov and bellevuepd@bellevuewa.gov.

    Please put “Written Comments” in the subject line.

    You can click on the email addresses above to generate a prefilled email. Please review the 2 emails carefully, sign your name before sending it.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME]. I believe mental health crisis calls should be handled by non-armed mental health professionals instead of armed Bellevue Police officers. Please consider a program like CAHOOTS in Eugene, OR, that collaborates with the police department, but is a separate entity. A deeper understanding of people in mental health crisis is required, beyond what limited de-escalation training provides. Please listen carefully to the Black voices in our community who have been disproportionately harmed by inappropriate responses to mental health crisis calls. Ensure that Bellevue follows a model that is more health provider centered.

    Thank you for your consideration.”

    Action 2 – [US HOUSE] – Contact Congress about Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

    From Anti-Defamation League

    Hate crimes, xenophobia, and discriminatory acts against Asians and Asian Americans have significantly increased in the U.S. since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress can take action by passing two resolutions that condemn this rising tide of hatred and aim to curb the damaging effects of hate, bias, and violence to society. Members of the House of Representatives have introduced H. Res. 151, led by Representative Grace Meng and H. Res. 153, led by Representative Michelle Steel, condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment related to COVID-19. The Anti-Defamation League urges Congress to speak out against bias and hate and support Asian and Asian-American communities by adopting these measures.

    Contact your Representative:

    ☎ Sample Script:

    Hi, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. As your constituent, I am asking for your active support for House Resolutions 151 and 153, which condemn the rise in anti-Asian hate and call for intensified efforts to prevent it and hold its perpetrators accountable. I hope that you will ask the leaders of the House to schedule these resolutions for floor votes, and consider co-sponsoring both if you have not already done so. I appreciate your recognition of the importance of speaking out forcefully against racially-motivated attacks, and your collaboration with colleagues in Congress to speak out against bias and hate.

    Thank you.”

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    Action 3 – [Georgia Corporations] – Demand Georgia Corporations Protect the Vote

    From The New Georgia Project Action Fund

    Every citizen of Georgia should have access to a ballot—whether that’s early voting, absentee voting, or heading to the polls on Election Day. But right now, Georgia Republicans are attempting to push through legislation that would dramatically restrict the freedom to vote. This is the worst attack on Georgia voting rights since Reconstruction, with over 50 bills advancing in the Georgia state legislature that would roll back every aspect of voting access.

    The New Georgia Project Action Fund and its partners are working to ensure that these restrictions will never be enacted and that every registered voter in Georgia has access to the polls in every election.

    Over the past year and as recently as this year’s Black History Month, Georgia corporations have committed to standing up for Black Georgians, but a report this week from Judd Legum and Tesnim Zekeria exposed the thousands of dollars they have given to the Republicans pushing these bills.

    Tell Georgia Corporations to Protect the Vote using this action tool.

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    For the Week of March 8, 2021

    🔹 Tuesday, March 9th is the deadline for bills to pass their chamber of origin in the WA State Legislature. There are some important bills that need a big push from constituents. Some examples are getting rid of Tim Eyman’s Advisory Votes, passing a Capital Gains excise tax, Campaign Finance Reform, and Police Use of Force bills. Go to WILA on TAN to take any actions with a March 9th deadline. Those are the most critical right now.

    🔹 Join us March 13 at 4 pm for our Indivisible Eastside Group meeting. We will hear from The Right to Breathe Committee, who is working to ensure safety and respect for Black people in King County. These Black community members have been negotiating for policy changes with Eastside cities since the murder of George Floyd. The cities of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, and Issaquah agreed to engage in dialogue with these leaders to address ongoing racial injustice. As a result, the group has compiled a Dashboard for each city which serves as a progress report. You can read more about the policy areas on their website. We look forward to learning about these Dashboards on March 13. Register to attend.

    🔹 There are often opportunities to get involved on boards, commissions, or leadership trainings. Here are a couple that might be of interest to some of you.

    Here are your 2 actions for this week:

    Action 1 – [US Senate] – Get rid of the filibuster, pass S.1 and S.51

    From Indivisible

    H.R. 1 — the For the People Act — officially passed the House! Now it’s in the hands of the Senate. Sixty-seven percent of Americans from across the political spectrum support the For the People Act, which expands voting rights, stops the flow of big money into our elections, and a lot more.

    But it could very well fail in the Senate.

    The problem? Democratic senators who’d rather collaborate with Mitch McConnell and protect the Jim Crow filibuster than move forward legislation that they themselves support. Read Ronald Brownstein’s article in the Atlantic “Democrats’ Only Chance to Stop the GOP Assault on Voting Rights: If the party doesn’t pass new protections, it could lose the House, Senate, and White House within the next four years.” The article also provides background for Action 2b below, concerning the filibuster.

    S.51, the DC Statehood Act, is also an important bill to support, along with S.1, which is why it’s included in this action.

    Action 2a:

    Contact your Senators and ask them to pass S.1 and S.51 now.

    Sample Script:

    “Hi, My name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. We have the opportunity to fundamentally change our democracy for the better. Please support S. 1 and S. 51, work swiftly to mark both bills up, and send them to the floor for a vote. Democratic Senators cannot let the filibuster get in the way. Please urge your colleagues to consider all options to get this legislation passed.

    Thank you.”

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

    Action 2b:

    If you’ve contacted your senator, you can go to an Indivisible “Virtual Phone Bank” page and sign up to connect with Arizona voters to explain how they should demand Sen. Sinema abolish the Jim Crow filibuster. Our democracy is at stake, and we must hold everyone accountable — including the Democratic senators who are holding up progress.

    Action 2c:

    Write a letter to the editor of your local paper explaining why the Senate should eliminate the filibuster in order to reform our democracy and pass the progressive policies we’ve been fighting for using Indivisible’s handy action letter writing template.

    Action 2 – [Secretary of State Kim Wyman] – Ask Kim Wyman to Support Vote by Mail

    From Olympia Indivisible

    Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Representative J. T. Wilcox have been invited to a Republican ‘Commission on Election Integrity”. This is an ideal opportunity for Wyman to promote the WA voting system, as a counterbalance to the Commission on Election Integrity’s emphasis on restricting voting rather than making voting easier.

    Especially concerning is this quote from the article Speaker Gunn Named To RSLC Election Integrity Commission: “While state Democrats defer to the radical federal legislative changes being pushed by liberals in Washington that will do irreparable damage to our elections, state Republicans are leading on this issue and are focused on producing commonsense results for the American people.”

    Please email Secretary of State Wyman with the script provided HERE.

    Calendar of Events:

    Save the date:

    • Tues, Apr 6, 7 pm WIN Redistricting Deep Dive. Learn all about redistricting with DRA2020’s Dave Bradlee and League of Women Voters’ Alison McCaffree. Register to attend.

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    For the Week of March 1, 2021

    🔹 Join us March 13 at 4 pm for our Indivisible Eastside Group meeting. We will hear from The Right to Breathe Committee, who is working to ensure safety and respect for Black people in King County. These Black community members have been negotiating for policy changes with Eastside cities since the murder of George Floyd. The cities of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, and Issaquah agreed to engage in dialogue with these leaders to address ongoing racial injustice. As a result, the group has compiled a Dashboard for each city which serves as a progress report. You can read more about the policy areas on their website. We look forward to learning about these Dashboards on March 13. Register to attend.

    🔹 In December, Bellevue’s City Council renewed its commitment to Vision Zero through the approval of $2.5 million in funding to improve safety on five of the city’s most dangerous corridors. The community now has the opportunity to guide the projects the city implements on NE 8th St – Bellevue’s most dangerous road. City staff have contacted Complete Streets Bellevue to conduct three walking audits of NE 8th St – and you’re invited to help!

    A walking audit is an event where residents, community leaders, and businesses can walk along a street and help CSB collect information about where the street might feel unsafe or uncomfortable to walk. The information will be forwarded on to city staff members, who will use the community’s notes to help decide which rapid-build safety projects to implement. CSB has split the corridor up into three separate parts (to limit the length of the walks), each with its own date and time:

    Mon, March 8, 6-7 pm Wed, March 10, 3-4 pm Sat, March 13, 11 am – noon

    PLEASE RSVP HERE

    To help ground CSB’s feedback and stories, each walk will be centered around a particular theme related to the establishments that are located nearby. For more information, please view the press release here. If you’re able to attend one walk (or more!), please RSVP – this will help CSB allocate volunteers & resources appropriately across the events.

    CSB is honored to have been selected by city staff to lead community engagement on this important endeavor. Because of Council’s leadership, staff’s resources, and the community’s involvement, we’ll be able to make meaningful improvements that will help make our streets safer for those walking, biking, & rolling.

    Here are your 3 actions for this week:

    Action 1 – [US SENATE] Tell Senators We want a $15 Minimum Wage and no Filibuster

    From Seattle Indivisible and Indivisible National

    On Feb 24th, the US Senate Parliamentarian made an advisory ruling stating that the $15 minimum wage couldn’t be part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, because it does not relate directly to the budget. Under current Senate rules, budget legislation only needs a simple majority (50 Senators + Vice President Harris). For any other legislation, 60 Senators must agree to put it up for a vote. Failing to do so is called a filibuster. It is a rule that is unique to the United States, and that traces its history to compromises made with former confederate states to prevent Black Americans from gaining power.

    With this ruling, the filibuster can be used to block a pay raise that millions of Americans desperately need. It’s time to insist on the $15 minimum wage, and if the filibuster is in the way, to get rid of the filibuster.

    Washington’s Indivisible Regional Organizer Nina Moussavi wrote us all a great, inspirational note–check out the full note here. She addressed the note “To our dedicated and beloved Washington Indivisible Family,” and made a call to action to send a Letter to the Editor (LTE) calling for Senators Murray and Cantwell to support ending the filibuster. To simplify this action, Indivisible has put together an easy to use LTE tool. And if you’re wondering whether LTEs are an effective advocacy method, Nina Moussavi’s note shares how Indivisibles in CA are making big waves with LTEs.

    Action 1a: Using the super easy Filibuster LTE resources, customize a Letter to the Editor. The tool will send your letter to up to 5 papers in your area, or if you prefer, you can reach The Seattle Times at letters@seattletimes.com (include your full name, address, and telephone number for verification only; letters are limited to 200 words).

    Action 1b: Tell our senators that we want the $15 minimum wage. We need them to pressure Senate Majority Leader Schumer to get it done, and get it done now, whether that’s by ignoring the advisory ruling and keeping it in the American Rescue Plan, or by ending the filibuster and passing the minimum wage by a majority vote.

    Sample Script:

    “I’m reaching out today about the $15/hour minimum wage. Millions of Americans were already suffering from poverty wages before the pandemic, and the suffering is even worse now. It’s time to get this done. I am asking [SENATOR] to do anything in her power to pressure Majority Leader Schumer to pass the $15 minimum wage now. That might mean ignoring the non-binding advice of the parliamentarian and keeping the minimum wage in the American Rescue Plan, or it might mean finally ending the undemocratic filibuster, and passing stand-alone minimum wage legislation. However it gets done, please get it done now! Thank you. [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]”

    Action 2 – Vote in the King Conservation District Elections

    King Conservation District (KCD) will be holding its annual board election to fill an open Board of Supervisors seat in March.

    King Conservation District is an agency created to assist and guide conservation district activities in Washington State. It is led by an all-volunteer, five-member board of supervisors. Three of the members are elected while the other two are appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission.

    Supervisors serve a three-year term and oversee the operations of KCD. Board members contribute local perspectives on important natural resource management and conservation issues, seek feedback about conservation programs from District residents, set KCD policy, and direct KCD’s work plan and budget.

    Ballots will be available to eligible voters online beginning March 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

    Action: Read about the candidates and how to vote, online or by mail, on the KCD website. Then review the four candidates endorsed by King County DemocratsKali Clark, Melissa Tatro, John Comerford and Brittney Bush Bollay Then Vote!

    You must submit your ballot by the deadline, which is March 23, 2021 for electronic voting (printed, mailed ballots must be postmarked by March 23, 2021).

    Action 3 – [WA State Legislature] Take action before the March 9th Cut-off date

    For the most part, bills that have not passed their chamber of origin (WA House or WA Senate) by March 9th will be considered “dead” for the 2021 legislative session. An exception is made for bills that are Needed To Implement the Budget (NTIB), or bills that, for one reason or another, get revived. Please review the actions that Indivisible Eastside promotes at https://www.takeaction.network/ie, and take those you haven’t yet. You can do this without a TAN account, but it won’t keep track of previously taken actions for you. To sign up for TAN go to http://indivisibleeastside.com/tan-signup-resource/

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    • Tues, Apr 6, 7 pm WIN Redistricting Deep Dive. Learn all about redistricting with DRA2020’s Dave Bradlee and League of Women Voters’ Alison McCaffree. Register to attend.

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    For the Week of Feb 22, 2021

    📢 Announcing IE’s Eastside Anti-Racism Learning (EARL) discussion group.

    As we work to recover from the horrors of the last four years, and the trauma of the election fallout, Indivisible Eastside is taking to heart Rep. Debra Entenman’s admonition for predominantly white liberal groups to work on anti-racism education and action within our group and community.

    Although last spring’s group meetings focused on anti-racism learning, we shifted to vital GOTV and election protection work to help secure a democratic trifecta nationally, and protect our democratic majority in Washington state while expanding the diversity of representation. It is time to return to the work.

    There are loads of opportunities to learn and grow individually in this work but much can be gained from collaborative discussion. Indivisible Eastside would like to foster learning among members who benefit from white privilege so that we can more intentionally bring a racial-equity lens to the work we do moving forward.

    Using “Me and White Supremacy” as a guide, we will engage in unlearning white supremacist behavior:

    • To recognize the harm caused by our perpetuation of this narrative
    • To change individual behavior that perpetuates the white supremacy narrative
    • To re-focus Indivisible Eastside’s actions toward racial equity

    Proposed discussion group meeting format: We’ll begin with a Feb 27 4:00 pm kick-off meeting which will go into more detail, establish group norms, set participation expectations and help you assess if this is the right opportunity for you. This will be followed by four monthly meetings, March through June, consisting of

    • Material to be completed prior to each meeting: Read, Reflect, Journal
    • 30 minutes group discussion on material
    • 30 minute facilitated small breakout groups – possibly organized around where people are in their anti-racism journey

    How to participate:

    • Complete the pre-meeting Survey which will help determine the scheduling of discussion meetings.
    • At the end of the survey, click the link to sign up for the Feb 27th 4:00 pm kick-off meeting.
    • You can read the Forward and Introduction on Amazon, but please purchase from a Black-owned bookstore such as Estelita’s Library Bookshop.
    • Allison has pre-ordered some extra books. If you’d like to purchase from her, or if you’d like to participate but funds are an issue, let us know on the survey.

    We hope you’ll join us on this journey!

    Action 1 – [State Legislature] Save six bills that will die today if not acted on

    Bills that sit in a Finance or Transportation committee must be acted on by 5:00 pm Feb 22nd or they are considered dead for this year. Please take action on the following six bills to advance progressive policy. You can do so even if you don’t have a TAN account, but signing up will help you keep track of which actions you’ve already taken, and will add to the collective power of the Washington Indivisible Network. Signup at http://bit.ly/TAN-IE-Signup-page

    If you want to dig into legislative details about a bill that you know the bill number for, you can look it up by using the Bill Information page, “Search by Bill Number” box on the state legislative website.

    DEADLINE: Feb 22 1:30pm, but please do ASAP

    • Support HB 1204, the Clean Cars Bill. Fight off the oil and auto industries as they try to kill it (In House Transportation Committee). The public hearing in House Transportation was great and it got some great national media coverage. HB 1204 is scheduled for a vote Feb 22 at 1:30, and we know the Oil and Auto industries are working to kill the bill in committee. Take Action on HB 1204

    DEADLINE: Feb 22 5:00pm, but please do ASAP

    • Support SB 5020 ‘Rx drug price increases’ (In Senate Ways & Means Committee). This bill would financially penalize drug companies who impose unsupported increases in drug prices. Take Action on SB 5020
    • Support HB 1220 ‘Emergency shelters & housing through local planning(In House Appropriations Committee). Require our cities and counties to plan for a diversity of housing options in their comprehensive plans to meet every income level. Take Action on HB 1220
    • Support HB 1264 ‘Equity impact statement’ (In House Appropriations Committee). Racial and Ethnic Impact Statements (REISs) are a tool sometimes used by policymakers to evaluate potential disproportional racial and ethnic impacts of proposed legislation or other policy proposals prior to adoption and implementation. Take Action on HB 1264
    • Support HB 1310 ‘Uses of force by officers’ (In House Appropriations Committee). HB1310 would set a strong statewide standard that requires police officers to use de-escalation tactics before resorting to physical force, and to use deadly force only as a last resort when all other alternatives have been exhausted. Take Action on HB 1310
    • Support HB 1496 ‘High valued assets tax’ (In House Finance Committee). Help fix our upside down tax code. Take Action on HB 1496

    Action 2 – [TEXAS] Help people harmed by devastating cold and government failure in Texas

    When utilities order rolling blackouts due to wildfire danger caused by extreme heat, or the recent extreme cold in Texas, they disproportionately affect low-income people who can’t afford generators and cause life-threatening situations for people who need refrigeration for their medication. While Ted Cruz was able to escape the cold by flying to Cancun, Texans were contending with no lights or heat, burst pipes and resulting damage to their homes, as well as unsafe drinking water.

    Texans who were lucky enough to have power, are likely to see a sharp increase — in hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars — in their utility bill as a direct result of electricity scarcity during February’s winter storm and the rules by which the Public Utility Commission operates. Wholesale electricity prices on the ironically named Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market soared from $50 per MWh to $9,000 per MWh during the Texas snowstorm.

    Action: Please consider donating to some of the many Mutual Aid organizations providing assistance. The document is frequently updated.

    Action 3 – [Reality Winner] Advocate for Clemency for Russian Hacking Whistleblower

    Action suggested by Michaela and Yvonne

    Reality Leigh Winner is a 29-year-old US Air Force veteran who dedicated her career to serving the United States. Prior to becoming a federal NSA contractor, Reality served in the Air Force for 6 years, including as a language analyst — she speaks Pashto, Farsi, and Dari. Reality is currently serving a 63 month sentence at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth Texas where it was recently reported that Women, some sick with COVID-19, left ‘freezing’ without heat at Fort Worth medical prison.

    In June 2017, Donald Trump’s DOJ filed a criminal complaint under the 100 year old Espionage Act against Reality Winner, suspected of leaking an NSA document to The Intercept describing Russia’s attempts to hack the 2016 American election. The Intercept reported “Russian Military Intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s (2016) presidential election.” A bi-partisan Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded that many state election officials learned about Russia’s hacking from the press—not the executive branch. Courts have historically refused to allow defendants facing Espionage Act charges to argue that their leaks were in the public interest, or mention their motive or any reforms that resulted from their disclosure. Faced with this inability to defend herself legally and the possibility of a 10-year jail sentence, Winner agreed to a plea deal.

    Action: Stand with Reality Winner by exploring the website StandWithReality.org, and signing the letter to President Joe Biden asking for clemency.

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    For the Week of Feb 15, 2021

    🔷 We are excited to announce that Senator Patty Murray will be the guest at the Washington Indivisible Network (WIN) Town Hall on Thur. Feb 18. Register to attend.

    🔷 PCC update – good news! Thank you to those of you who contacted PCC about their attempt to avoid paying its workers hazard pay during the pandemic. They have decided that they will extend the $4 per hour hazard pay to workers in all stores until June 2021, with a provision to extend it further if necessary.

    If you recall an earlier action, PCC employees are still organizing to get workers on the board of Trustees. For updates to this campaign, you can text ‘PCC’ to the number 52886. Elections will be held in the spring.

    🔷 Are you looking for ways to improve your environmental footprint? The City of Bellevue will be offering a series of classes on Greener Living that can help. Register to attend one or a combination of classes.

    🔷 At Saturday’s group meeting we announced a new Indivisible Eastside Unlearning White Supremacy Discussion group. There is a kickoff meeting scheduled on Feb 27 at 4:00. See the Anti-Racism Work in Indivisible Eastside PDF for details and how to sign up. Complete notes for Saturday’s are in Group Meeting Notes.

    🔷 Here are your three Actions this week

    ✊ Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Tell your Members of Congress and DHS Secretary Mayorkas to cancel a dangerous last minute ICE union contract

    From Northwest Immigration Rights Project

    As we have seen with recent deportations that have occurred even after President Biden announced a 100 day moratorium in January, US Immigrations and Enforcement (ICE) continues to operate with impunity after being given a free rein during the previous administration. A union contract signed by the Trump administration in its last days could force the Biden administration to get the union’s consent before changing immigration policies. The agreement appears to give ICE agents the power to veto Biden’s rollback of the Trump administration’s harsh enforcement policies. The agreement also includes a provision that bars legal challenges to the contract for eight years—beyond the time that Biden will be in office.

    However, the agreement gives DHS leaders the ability to reject the agreement before Wednesday, February 17th. The Biden administration must get this right and cancel the contract immediately!

    Please contact the DHS Secretary and your Members of Congress and ask them to cancel this contract. ICE needs to be held accountable to the authority of the DHS and not be allowed to continue to operate in the unregulated manner to which it’s become accustomed.

    You can also sign this petition asking for the contract to be cancelled.

    Action for DHS Secretary Mayorkas

    Please call Secretary Mayorkas and ask him to make sure that the union contract with ICE is cancelled before the deadline.

    DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas:

    ☎ Sample script:

    “Hello, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP].

    I’m calling to ask DHS Secretary Mayorkas to be sure to cancel a contract made with the union representing ICE officers on the last day of the Trump administration. This contract appears to give the union the power to veto or at least stall President Biden’s rollback of harsh Trump immigration policies. It also includes a provision that bars legal challenges to the contract for eight years. This contract must be cancelled before the deadline of Wednesday, February 17th.

    Thank you for taking my call.”

    Action for Members of Congress

    Please contact your Members of Congress and ask them to ensure that the DHS Secretary takes the necessary steps to cancel the union contract before the deadline.

    ☎ Sample Script:

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

    I’m writing to urge [Member of Congress] to ensure that DHS Secretary Mayorkas cancels a contract made with the union representing ICE officers that was made in the final days of the Trump administration. The contract’s existence was exposed by a whistleblower in the Department of Homeland Security. This contract appears to give the union the power to veto or at least stall President Biden’s rollback of the Trump immigration policies. It also includes a provision that bars legal challenges to the contract for eight years. This contract must be cancelled before the deadline of Wednesday, February 17th. Please have [Member of Congress] urge DHS Secretary Mayorkas to cancel this contract.

    Thank you.”

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

    ✊ Action 2 – [You] Please comment on the environmental impact of the 85th St Station Area Plan by Feb 19

    From People for Climate Action – Kirkland

    The City of Kirkland is in the process of producing a Station Area Plan to guide development of the area around I-405 and NE 85th Street for the next two decades. A draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is available for public comment at the following site, along with a survey: NE 85th Street Station Area Plan – City of Kirkland (kirklandwa.gov).

    The City has committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. This will be challenging given that development increases greenhouse gas emissions. To mitigate the increases, please use the “Email Us” button on the website to submit a comment asking that all construction in the Plan area be required to be 100% electric and net zero energy, and that existing buildings in the area be included in an aggressive energy retrofit and electrification program.

    This is a great opportunity to weigh in on future growth in Kirkland – not only the effects on climate, but also equity, affordable housing, and other factors affecting our City.

    Thank you!

    ✊ Action 3 – [You] Ask for Joe Fain’s appointment to the State Redistricting Commission be withdrawn

    From crosscut.com

    Former state Senator Joe Fain has been selected to serve as a member of the Washington State Redistricting Commission by State Republicans. This body, which is in charge of redrawing the boundaries of the state’s congressional and legislative districts, will shape state politics for the next decade. His appointment is extremely problematic because of accusations of rape that were made against him but which were never investigated. He currently serves as the President and CEO of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. This attempt to further rehabilitate his reputation must be resisted.

    Please join the demands for Joe Fain’s resignation from this important public body by signing on to this letter from the National Women’s Political Caucus. He was voted out of office in 2018 because of these charges and should not be allowed to continue to downplay their importance by state Republicans.

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    For the Week of Feb 8, 2021

    🔷 We continue to support Black History Month and encourage everyone to take the opportunity to improve our learning and practice on racial justice. We are proud to share with you the Justice Action Accountability website put together by member Heather K, which contains a plethora of reading resources and other material on racial justice and many other topics.

    🔷 Celebrate! The Biden administration has come roaring out of the gate with a wide range of actions and appointments that are a good start in righting the wrongs of the past four years. There is a lot of hard work ahead but for now, take a moment to appreciate the executive actions, Senate committee chairs and other appointments and confirmations that will give Democrats the power to enact real change, with our help! As we saw with Vice President Harris’ tie breaking vote on the Covid relief bill, elections matter!

    🔷 Please join the Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting Sat, Feb 13 from 4-5:30pm. Register to attend. If you have an item you would like to speak about, please let us know so we can work you into the agenda. hello@indivisibleeastside.com

    🔷 Here are your three Actions this week

    Action 1 – [You] Contribute to the effort to recall the Snohomish County Sheriff

    You may have heard that a group of Snohomish County citizens is organizing a recall of Sheriff Adam Fortney. They are alarmed because in the short time that he has been in power, Sheriff Fortney has displayed a blatant disregard for the safety and health of his community by declaring he won’t enforce “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” orders, inciting members of the public to violate those orders, and endangering the public by re-hiring deputies investigated and fired for violent misconduct while on duty. On Jan 15 the state Supreme Court ruled that his public refusal to enforce the governor’s stay-home order did amount to inciting the public to break the law. Justice Mary Yu wrote “Fortney does not have the authority as Snohomish County sheriff to determine the constitutionality of laws. That is the role of the courts.”

    To hear the full story of why these ’constitutional sheriffs’ such as Fortney are of concern, please listen to this recent interview with Colin McMahon, chair of the Recall Fortney campaign, on the Washington Indivisible Podcast.

    In order to activate a recall, the campaign to recall him needs 50,000 Snohomish county residents to sign a recall petition by early March.

    Ways you can help:

    • If you live in Snohomish county, please visit RecallFortney.com, download and print the petition, sign it, and encourage friends and neighbors to sign it. Mail it in even if it only has 1 signature.
    • If you have friends in Snohomish County, forward this message to them and encourage them to sign the petition.
    • You can also help by donating to the recall campaign to fund signature gathering and campaigning.

    Action 2 – [You] Support grocery workers demands for hazard pay during the pandemic

    We heard this week that grocery store management both in our area and elsewhere have been pushing back against the proposal to pay workers in their stores hazard pay for working on the front lines during the pandemic. In many places this compensation was in place at the start of the pandemic but lapsed last summer. Seattle City Council has passed a proposal which will temporarily pay grocery store workers an additional $4 an hour. Trader Joe’s has introduced a nationwide $4 an hour increase (although at some cost to permanent benefits). However some employers are resisting and asking for concessions from their employees in return for paying this additional sum. At PCC the CEO sent a letter to Seattle City Council asking not to be included in the planned increase. Because of pushback from staff and customers, they are now proposing to implement this ‘temporary appreciation pay’ at all of their stores but are asking for staff to make permanent concessions in return. Workers at the stores are insisting that hazard pay should come with no strings attached.

    Please support grocery workers at PCC by signing the petition asking them to reinstate hazard pay for all PCC stores without having to make concessions. They have been feeding our families throughout this health emergency and deserve to be compensated accordingly.

    Action 3 – [You] Learn about the results of Bellevue’s Use of Force Review

    As Indivisible Eastside’s Racial Equity (Bellevue) group was starting our work last summer, the City of Bellevue began a process that was initiated by the Mayor and City Council after George Floyd’s death. They pledged to undertake an independent review of police use of force in Bellevue to identify whether any reforms are needed.

    Specifically, the city pledged to:

    1. Review police use of force policies.
    2. Engage the community by including a diverse range of input, experiences and stories in the review.
    3. Report the findings of the review to the community and seek feedback.
    4. Reform police use of force policies.

    The city hired a consultant, the Office of Independent Review Group (OIR), to review police use of force policy in Bellevue. OIR conducted an analysis of Bellevue’s police use of force policies and engaged the community in listening sessions in late 2020. The draft report has now been released by OIR and the community has the opportunity to review and take part in a survey.

    Please review the draft report and participate in the short survey to offer further input (it is not necessary to be a Bellevue resident). Feedback will be accepted through February 19, 2021. This feedback will be considered before publication of the final report so it is important to let them know of your concerns.

    We would be interested in hearing your views on the process and the recommendations. You can email us at racialequitybellevue@indivisibleeastside.com or you can join us at our weekly meeting (Fridays at 3:00) if you are interested in further discussion. Send us an email and we will contact you with the Zoom link before the meeting.

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    For the Week of Feb 1, 2021

    🔷 Today is the first day of Black History Month. Dedicate this month to more education on Black history by listening to the 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones. Or, if reading is more to your liking, here are some great works of fiction by authors of Color.

    🔷 Here’s an update on the situation with Bellevue educators. By a slim majority the union members voted on Jan. 25th to return to in-person instruction, following the negotiation of an updated Memorandum of Understanding by BEA and BSD. This vote has led to a feeling of betrayal by many teachers, particularly those grades who are already or will soon be back in the classroom. Of particular concern has been the lack of consideration given to the risks posed to BIPOC educators and students, whose voices were not widely heard in the discussion before the vote. Indivisible Eastside continues to stand by those educators who feel that it is unsafe to return to classrooms under current circumstances and before there is a reasonable chance of all school staff receiving a vaccine.

    🔷 Please join Indivisible Eastside activists interested in strengthening our state by signing up for Take Action Network. If you signed up before Dec 2020, please see the information at the bottom of the Indivisible Eastside TAN page to update your TAN profile. Then, view the new “I signed up for TAN – what do I do next” video to help you shape and track your activism.

    🔷 Here are your three Actions this week

    Action 1 – [State Senate] Amend SB 5161-Teaching Washington’s tribal history, culture, and government

    From Real Rent Duwamish

    SB 5161 may be coming up for a vote soon in the Senate. It states the history of a local tribe is to be taught in the public school. While we agree with the intent of this bill, it is leaving a prominent tribe out of picture, the Duwamish.

    It specifies FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED tribes. This would mean children in Seattle schools and surrounding areas that were once occupied by Duwamish Indians would not learn accurate history since the Duwamish Tribe is not federally recognized. This needs to be amended to leave out the words “federally recognized”.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    Hi, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. SB 5161 mandates public schools to teach local tribal history, however, it leaves out the Duwamish Tribe, since the bill only addresses tribes that are federally recognized. This bill needs to be amended to leave out the words “federally recognized” from the legislation. Seattle school children and children from surrounding areas should learn about the local Duwamish tribe despite the lack of federal recognition. Please vote no on this bill unless there is an amendment to be more inclusive.

    Thank you.”

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

    Action 2 – [YOU] Write Postcards to our State Legislators

    Please watch this powerful video clip from Civil Rights Town Hall: Rep. Debra Entenman speaks on anti-racism work by progressive groups.

    Please express your support for the Black Caucus members to let them know we have their back. It is important for us as allies to show our support in not just getting more BIPOC people elected to office, but to make sure they know we will continue to support them once they have been elected.

    Write letters and postcards to our newly elected and re-elected State Legislators using these Addresses.

    Action 3 – [Sign Change.org petition] – Racial Justice at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital

    On December 31st, an article titled “Revered doctor steps down, accusing Seattle Children’s Hospital of racism” was published in Crosscut. Dr. Ben Danielson is a highly accomplished and revered physician in the Seattle Area. He was the Medical Director at the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic located in the Central District of Seattle. He was the face of equitable healthcare, and served generations of black and brown families.

    Seattle Children’s hospital needs to be held accountable for the racism and anti-Blackness that not only Dr. Danielson, but hundreds of families and staff have experienced within this institution. They need to work on addressing the issues described by Dr. Danielson AND make substantial changes that eliminate racism and anti-Blackness in every aspect of the Institution and leadership. This includes holding racist providers and leadership accountable, making an examination of racist actions such as security being called more often on Black families, providing a non-judgemental pathway for families, children, and youth to report racism, and other important steps listed in the Change.org petition.

    Sign this Change.org petition today in support of Dr. Ben Danielson!

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    For the Week of Jan 25, 2021

    🔷 Woohoo! We have a new President and Vice-President!

    🔷 Dan Pfeiffer, an Obama White House Staffer turned podcaster wrote this aspirational memo to activists. We at Indivisible Eastside will strive to do the following to keep you inspired and motivated:

    • Keep people fired up and ready to go.
    • Invest in sustainable political infrastructure.
    • Recruit more people to run for office.
    • Focus on defending democracy.

    🔷 Please join Indivisible Eastside activists interested in strengthening our state by signing up for Take Action Network. If you signed up before Dec 2020, please see the information at the bottom of the Indivisible Eastside TAN page to update your TAN profile. Then, view the new “I signed up for TAN – what do I do next” video to help you shape and track your activism.

    🔷 Here are your three Actions this week

    Action 1 – [Bellevue School Board] – Keep Bellevue Students and Educators Safe

    From Bellevue Education Association

    Last Monday, against the memorandum of understanding between the teachers union and the school district, the Bellevue School District returned 2nd graders to in-person instruction, and will begin 1st grade January 25th. The union voted in favor of continuing asynchronous virtual instruction, and the school district has brought in non-union employees to provide in-person instruction. Please support our teachers by writing Superintendent Dr. Duran and the school board.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Dear Dr. Duran and School Board members,

    My name is [NAME] and I am writing in support of the Bellevue Education Association Educators.

    Last November, BEA negotiated an agreement in good faith to establish conditions for broader re-opening. BEA made repeated attempts to schedule bargaining sessions and reach agreement on the outstanding items, but the sessions have been largely inconclusive, and these issues remain unresolved. Instead, as district leaders, you’ve chosen to make arbitrary decisions, based on different interpretations of COVID-19 data than were used when the agreement was negotiated, and have since downplayed and delegitimized their concerns.

    Since the agreement, the state has updated its guidance, the availability of the vaccine has changed, a new variant of the virus has emerged, and our state has recorded the highest death and hospitalization rates of the pandemic. Help is on the way with vaccines, but they are still not widely available.

    Please pause expanding in-person schooling until you come to agreement with the BEA. Do not go around the bargaining process.

    Thank you.”

    [If you are a Bellevue resident- indicate that in your letter, however, please write the letter even if you are not, as all of this can also have an impact on other school districts.]

    Action 2 – [US Senate] Demand Senators Not Give in to McConnell’s Power Sharing Agreement

    From Indivisible

    Democrats won the Senate but Mitch McConnell is doing everything he can to obstruct democracy. This time, he’s attempting to stop the Democrats from enacting their agenda through bad-faith negotiation on the Senate Organizing Resolution.

    When the Senate is split 50-50 between the two parties, an organizing resolution (sometimes also called a power-sharing agreement) is put in place to to delegate or share authority, responsibilities, and committee leadership roles and resources. The agreement is passed in the form of a simple resolution, which would need to pass by unanimous consent or garner 60 votes.

    McConnell is demanding Democrats agree to a power-sharing agreement that makes it impossible to eliminate the filibuster during this Congress. This unprecedented demand would allow Republicans to control Congress and make it impossible to enact anything on the Democratic agenda. The worst part? McConnell’s threatening to filibuster the Organizing Resolution if he doesn’t get his way, hamstringing the Senate. Without an Organizing Resolution, the Senate is unable to go about their business. That means no COVID relief and no trial for Donald Trump.

    We need all Democrats to stay strong on the Organizing Resolution and refuse to give in to McConnell. If necessary, they must move quickly to eliminate the filibuster to stop McConnell from putting a stranglehold on our democracy.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I urge [SENATOR’S NAME] to stand strong on the Organizing Resolution and do not agree to McConnell’s obstructionist attempt to keep the filibuster. We have seen over the years that he has been the majority leader that he is willing to use every tool to obstruct the progressive agenda. We have let him control things for too long, we need to be bold for our democracy.

    Thank you.”

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    Action 3 – [US HOUSE] Advocate for H.R. 1, The John Lewis Voting Rights Act, and D.C. Statehood Legislation

    From Indivisible

    H.R. 1 is an important first step towards building an equitable democracy, along with the D.C. statehood bill and John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Without a functional democracy in which everyone is included and represented, we can’t achieve any of our other progressive goals. Addressing all the issues we care about deeply — health care, immigration, ending wars, racial justice, climate change — requires a democracy that is responsive to the people, not just the powerful and wealthy. That’s why it’s so critical that we push for this legislation as early as possible. D.C.’s lone representative in Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton (who has no vote on the House floor), has already introduced her D.C. statehood bill in the 117th Congress with 202 original co-sponsors — a record for the bill. Call your representative today.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I urge you to support the For the People Act (H.R.1), D.C. Statehood Legislation (H.R. 51), and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act that was previously introduced. Without a functional democracy in which everyone is included and represented, we can’t achieve any of our other progressive goals. Addressing all the issues we care about deeply — health care, immigration, ending wars, racial justice, climate change — requires a democracy that is responsive to the people, not just the powerful and wealthy. Please urge leadership to bring these bills to a floor vote, and vote yes to fix our democracy.

    Thank you.”

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    For the Week of Jan 18, 2021

    🔷 Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, and we join the President’s inaugural festivities’ national day of service on MLK Day, Jan 18th. Indivisible Eastside encourages members to participate, if it’s workable for you, by donating generously to the Redmond School Break Food Box program.

    🔷 If you weren’t able to join the group meeting Saturday, here is a link to the 1-16-21 Meeting Notes which includes resources we discussed relating to State Legislature, Jamie’s Futurewise presentation about three bills to build more climate action and equity into the Growth Management Act, as well as the excellent presentation on Bellevue Police by our Bellevue Racial Equity group.

    🔷 Please join Indivisible Eastside activists interested in strengthening our state by signing up for Take Action Network. If you signed up before Dec 2020, please see the information at the bottom of the Indivisible Eastside TAN page to update your TAN profile. Then, view the new “I signed up for TAN – what do I do next” video to help you control your activism.

    🔷 Here are your three Actions this week

    Action 1 – [WA Legislature] Support HB 1099 – Updating the Growth Management Act for climate action

    From Futurewise

    Washington state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) hasn’t been updated since its creation 30 years ago. It influences land use planning, which affects things like sprawl, proximity of housing to jobs, and preservation of green space. As we heard from Jamie in our meeting on Saturday, Futurewise’s Washington Can’t Wait campaign is proposing state legislative changes to the GMA to address climate, housing affordability, and environmental justice. This is from their website:

    “We believe that by making our urban areas affordable and accessible to all through bold affordable housing policy, preventing disproportionate impacts of local pollution on communities of color, and ensuring that cities and counties are planning for climate change, we have the opportunity to transform the lives of Washingtonians and the natural environment around us.”

    Now is the time to make these crucial changes to the GMA, because Washington’s cities and counties are about to embark on their next comprehensive plan updates, which will lock in policy for the next decade. HB 1099 is the climate-related bill (HB 1220 is related to housing affordability, and a bill related to environmental justice is in the works) in the Washington Can’t Wait campaign.

    Action 1a – before Jan 19, 7:00 am, sign in to note your position on HB 1099 as “Pro”

    (You are not signing up to speak.)

    1. Click Here
    2. From the drop-down menu choose “Pro”
    3. Fill out the form.

    Action 1b – Call (360) 786-7952 or email Joe Fitzgibbon, the chair of the House Environment & Energy Committee, with the following message:

    “Hi, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP] thanking you for co-sponsoring HB 1099: Improving the state’s climate response through updates to the state’s comprehensive planning framework. Please add this bill to an executive session agenda so that it can get a committee vote.”

    Action 1c – Contact your representatives:

    ☎ Sample Script for Rep Davina Duerr:

    “Hi, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. Thank you for co-sponsoring HB 1099, which will strengthen the state’s climate response by updating the Growth Management Act. The need for updates is urgent as communities, particularly communities of color, face the negative impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather events and pollution. Thank you.”

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. Please support HB 1099, which will strengthen the state’s climate response by updating the Growth Management Act. The need for updates is urgent as communities, particularly communities of color, face the negative impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather events and pollution. Thank you.”

    Please let Indivisible Eastside know you took this action!

    Action 2 – [YOU] Register with WA State Dept of Health for Vaccine notification

    FindYourPhaseWA.org is the state-wide online form that everyone needs to fill out before they can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Please fill it out today, even if you aren’t yet eligible. Your contact information will be recorded, and you’ll be contacted when it is your turn.

    Read more on the Washington State Dept. of Health’s Vaccine page about the phased plan to roll out Vaccine delivery.

    Please let Indivisible Eastside know you took this action!

    Action 3 – Get Up to Speed on the New Indivisible Guide

    The slim Democratic majority in the Senate changes the landscape a bit for activists. Read Indivisible National’s guidance in an updated version of the Indivisible Guide: A Practical Guide to Fixing Our Democracy.

    The national Indivisible organization has scheduled training sessions for the new guide so you can help fellow Indivisibles put it into full effect. We know from our experience that it’s not the document but rather the movement that will determine the success or failure of Indivisible’s democracy agenda! Sign up for one of Indivisible’s upcoming guide training sessions on Zoom so you can be a more effective advocate for positive change:

    Please let Indivisible Eastside know you took this action!

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    For the Week of Jan 11, 2021

    🔷 The historic win of US Senators-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff was only 6 days ago, but given the violent attack on the capitol at the urging of the outgoing president, it seems like much longer ago. The importance of securing Democratic control of the Senate cannot be overstated. Thank you to all who contributed to the effort, including members who wrote to 7,071 Georgia voters during the runoff election.

    🔷 Please join us Saturday January 16th at 4:00 as we celebrate our 4th birthday and all we’ve achieved these last 4 years. We’ll hear from Futurewise about the importance of updating the Growth Management Act to fight sprawl and protect our communities and our climate, and from our Bellevue Racial Equity group on the work they’ve been doing.

    🔷 Nine days until the inauguration of president-elect Joe Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris! The Biden inaugural festivities are to feature a national day of service on MLK Day, Jan 18th. In alignment with this, Indivisible Eastside encourages members to participate to the best of their ability by donating to the Redmond School Break Food Box program. “Working with school counselors in participating Redmond schools, we provide boxes of supplemental food to families experiencing food insecurity. We shop in bulk for fresh produce and shelf stable items, engage the community with special requests, fill Food Boxes with nutrient-rich items and deliver to our families.” Steering member Linda K works her butt off packing food boxes but the program is running short of funds. Let’s help out this important community program. Donate here.

    🔷 Here are your three Actions this week

    ✊ Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Thank our senators and representatives for their courage, and for calling for Trump’s removal from office

    At the end of a violent and deadly day at the Capitol, angered but undeterred, House and Senate members returned Wednesday night to complete their constitutional role to certify President-Elect Biden’s victory. In the early hours of Thursday morning, Vice President Pence declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election.

    By Saturday, with overwhelming Democratic and some Republican lawmaker support, and the support of House speaker Nancy Pelosi, a trio of Democratic lawmakers — Reps. David Cicilline (R.I.), Ted Lieu (Calif.) and Jamie Raskin (Md.) — prepared to introduce new articles of impeachment against Trump as soon as a Jan 11th, 2021 pro forma session. The articles would address both Trump’s role in the Capitol siege and his months-long refusal to accept his election defeat.

    Thank your Senators and Representative for their courage during this most difficult week and for speaking out in support of impeachment.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. First, I am thankful for your safety. I want to thank [MoC NAME] and all of the staffers for your courage. The House and Senate weathered a violent attack, and I am truly grateful that you all were able to stay safe, and that Congress reconvened to certify the results of our election of President-Elect Joe Biden.

    I also want to thank you for calling for the removal of President Trump from office, whether by the 25th amendment, or impeachment. His instability has resulted in violence, loss of life, and trauma.”

    Action 2 – [US HOUSE] Investigate GOP lawmakers who attempted to reverse the election

    In the aftermath of the violent insurrection at the US Capitol, Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania became the second Republican senator to say the president had committed impeachable offences and should “resign and go away as soon as possible.” Regarding Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, he said they were “going to have a lot of soul searching to do and the problem is they were complicit in the big lie, this lie that Donald Trump won the election in a landslide and it was all stolen. They compounded that with this notion that somehow this could all be reversed in the final moments of the congressional proceedings.”

    Republican objections to electoral college results failed. But Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley were prominent among 147 representatives and senators who continued to back the late-night effort on Wednesday, even after a mob incited by the president attacked the US Capitol. Senator Patty Murray has called for them to resign.

    Congresswoman Cori Bush of Missouri is direct: Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences. She will be introducing a Resolution calling for investigation and their expulsion. Ask your Members of Congress to support this resolution.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I am angered and appalled by the Republican members of Congress who have incited domestic terror through their attempts to overturn the election. I urge you to support Representative Cori Bush’s resolution to investigate whether the actions of these representatives and senators, in attempting to reverse election results, violated their oath of office.

    Thank you.”

    Action 3 – Join Indivisible Eastside on Take Action Network

    Please join Indivisible Eastside activists interested in strengthening our state by signing up for Take Action Network. Once you’ve signed up, see how easy it is to contact your representatives to Prohibit the open carry of certain weapons at public demonstrations and the state capitol.

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    • Wed Jan 20 – Inauguration of President Joe Biden!

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    Welcome 2021!

    As we witness the clown show of Republicans backing Trump’s conspiracy theories, it has become abundantly clear that a strong Washington State government is needed to protect those harmed the most by the policies of the last four years, including the failed response to the pandemic. To that end, Indivisible Eastside will be tracking bills in the state legislature to ensure that good bills move forward and bad bills get no oxygen. You can help the 40 Bill trackers from 13 Indivisible groups in this work by signing up for Take Action Network (TAN). Three features will make taking action a pleasure for you.

    1. You’ll only be emailed when there’s an action relevant to your reps or senator.
    2. With one click, a pre-filled email will be created for you that you can quickly customize and send.
    3. You’ll see how many others around the state are taking each action and when you click “I took this action” you’ll spur others on to act by adding to that count. 

    Because of this very targeted approach, most of these actions will NOT appear in the Weekly Actions newsletter and will ONLY be available to those who have taken the step to sign up for TAN. 

    Join Indivisible Eastside on Take Action Network

    That’s it! See how easy it is to take action by doing the Code Blue WA Action for Prohibit the open carry of certain weapons at public demonstrations and the state capitol and clicking “I did this action” to start tracking your activism.  You can also see any actions still active from Indivisible Eastside, and do them if you haven’t already. 

    NOTE: If you previously signed up for TAN, log in and then click the heart next to WA Indivisible Legislative Action (WILA) to add it as one of your Favorite Organizations in TAN. This is where the Indivisible Legislative Actions will be created. 

    Thank you for helping Indivisible Eastside and Washington Indivisible Network influence legislation in Olympia.


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