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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 April 15, 2019

    🔷 Indivisible 2020 Survey Results – Thank you to all the Indivisible Eastside members who responded to our survey on priorities for the 2020 presidential elections. We had 97 respondents, and used the responses to identify our group’s priorities for progressive policy and campaign actions. These priorities informed the answers we provided to Indivisible National on their survey. You can find the survey results here.

    🔷 Alphabet Resistance is this Thursday. What shall it be? DEMS: SUPPORT OMAR! / CONDEMN HATE TWEETS  or perhaps something to do with taxes like SHOW TRUMP’S TAXES / STOP CORRUPTION. We have 12 people signed up and could use 6 more. Join us by filling out the Alphabet Resistance Signup Form.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [WA State Legislature] – Help bring bills up for final vote (URGENT)

    From Indivisible Kirkland
    Bills must pass a floor vote by WEDNESDAY of this week in order to pass this session. Some bills are still waiting in the Rules Committees to schedule the floor vote. Others have been sent to the floor and are awaiting a vote. So, there are two points of pressure for this week: the Rules Chairs and your legislators, who will face a number of important floor votes in the next few days.

    Please contact each of the Rules Committees.  We’ve made it easy this week by including the body of each email for you, pointing out the issue areas we care about and highlighting particular bills related to those issue areas that are waiting in the Rules Committees.  This will take you 2 minutes and is really important! Please feel free to add personal details and stories to each email – and don’t forget to sign the email before sending!

    Action 1A: Move Senate-passed bills out of the House Rules Committee
    Send an email to Speaker Frank Chopp, Chair of the House Rules Committee, about the following bills:

      • SB 5077:  Prohibits single-use plastic straws
      • SB 5822:  Providing a pathway to establish universal health care in WA state
      • SB 5078:  Requiring presidential and vice-presidential candidates to release 5 years of federal income tax returns in order to be listed on the Washington state ballot.
      • SB 5224:  Concerning removing advisory votes from ballots
    • SB 5287:  Ensuring accurate redistricting (prevents “prison gerrymandering”)

    Draft email to Speaker Frank Chopp (click on link to load the draft email)


    OR copy the script below if the above link doesn’t load the email correctly. Email Speaker Chopp at frank.chopp@leg.wa.gov


    Speaker Chopp,

    Thank you for supporting so many fantastic bills this session!

    With just a few more days left before the last cutoff, I’m writing to ask that you continue to support Indivisible legislative priorities, which include Climate Change, the Environment, Healthcare, and Preserving Democracy.

    Here are some of our priority bills awaiting consideration in the House:

      • SB 5077:  Prohibits single-use plastic straws
      • SB 5822:  Providing a pathway to establish universal health care in WA state
      • SB 5078:  Requiring presidential and vice-presidential candidates to release 5 years of federal income tax returns in order to be listed on the Washington state ballot.
      • SB 5224:  Concerning removing advisory votes from ballots
    • SB 5287:  Ensuring accurate redistricting


    Thank you for your hard work and leadership during this session.

    Sincerely,
    YOUR NAME HERE

    Action 1B: Move House-passed bills out of the Senate Rules Committee
    Send an email to Karen Keiser, Vice Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, about the following bills:

      • HB 1002:  Modifying the offense of rape in the third degree
      • HB 1638:  Promoting immunity against vaccine preventable diseases
    • HB 1341:  Concerning the use of unmanned aerial systems near protected marine species like orcas

    Draft email to Sen. Karen Keiser (click on link to load the draft email)


    OR copy the script below if the above link doesn’t load the email correctly. Email Sen. Keiser at karen.keiser@leg.wa.gov

    Senator Keiser,

    Thank you for supporting so many fantastic bills this session!

    With just a few more days left before the next cutoff, I’m writing to ask that you continue to support Indivisible legislative priorities, which include the Environment & Healthcare.

    Here are some of our priority bills awaiting consideration in the Senate Rules Committee. Please bring these bills to the floor of the Senate for a vote before April 17:

      • HB 1002:  Modifying the offense of rape in the third degree
      • HB 1638:  Promoting immunity against vaccine preventable diseases
    • HB 1341:  Concerning the use of unmanned aerial systems near protected marine species like orcas

    Thank you for your hard work and leadership during this session.

    Sincerely,

    YOUR NAME HERE

    Action 2 – [WA State Legislature] – Urge State Legislators to vote for crucial bills (URGENT)

    From Indivisible Kirkland

    Bills must pass a floor vote by WEDNESDAY of this week in order to pass this session. The following bills have been put on the floor calendar and they would get a vote this week. Please contact each of your legislators to ask them to support the bills coming up for a floor vote in the next few days.  Again, we’ve made it easy by including the body of each email for you, pointing out the issue areas we care about and highlighting particular bills we need them to vote for.  This will take you 2 minutes and is really important! Please feel free to add personal details and stories to each email – and don’t forget to sign them before sending!

    Here are the bills up for a floor vote in the next few days –

    House Floor Vote:

    • SB 5602:  Reproductive Health Care for All Act
    • SB 5145: Preventing fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in exploration for and production of oil and natural gas
    • SB 5323:  Establishes minimum state standards for plastic bag use in retail
    • SB 5397:  Concerning responsible management of plastic packaging
    • SB 5577:  Protecting orcas from vessels
    • SB 5135:  Preventing toxic pollution that affects public health or the environment
    • SB 5165: Revises the state civil rights act with regard to discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status
    • SB 5294: Creating leave provisions for legislative service

    Senate Floor Vote:

      • HB 1087: Long Term Care Trust Act
      • HB 1257: Clean Buildings Act/concerning building efficiency
      • HB 1112: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from hydrofluorocarbons
      • HB 1444: Concerning appliance efficiency standards
      • HB 1739: Creates restrictions and prohibitions around undetectable and untraceable firearms, such as those that are printed on a 3D printer
    • HB 1379: Concerning disclosure of contributions from political committees to other political committees

    For your LD, click on each of the three links below to load the draft email
    OR copy the scripts below if the links don’t load the draft emails correctly.

    Not sure, which is your LD (Legislative District)? You can find out here

    1st LD:

    Email Senator Guy Palumbo

    Email Representative Derek Stanford

    Email Representative Shelley Kloba

    5th LD:

    Email Senator Mark Mullet

    Email Representative Bill Ramos

    Email Representative Lisa Callan

    41st LD:

    Email Senator Lisa Wellman

    Email Representative Tana Senn

    Email Representative My-Linh Thai

    45th LD:

    Email Senator Manka Dhingra

    Email Representative Roger Goodman

    Email Representative Larry Springer

    48th LD:

    Email Senator Patty Kuderer

    Email Representative Vandana Slatter

    Email Representative Amy Walen

    Sample email for State Senator
    Senator SENATOR’S NAME,

    Thank you for supporting and sponsoring so many fantastic bills this session!

    With just a few days left before the last cutoff, I’m writing to ask that you continue to support and champion Indivisible legislative priorities, including Healthcare, Climate & the Environment, and Gun Safety.  You’ve sponsored and cosponsored many of the bills this session that address these issues, and we really appreciate it.  Now we just want to make sure these bills are successful in their floor vote!

    Here are some of our priority bills awaiting consideration in the Senate:

      • HB 1531: Concerning medical debt
      • HB 1087: Long Term Care Trust Act
      • HB 1257: Clean Buildings Act/concerning building efficiency
      • HB 1112: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from hydrofluorocarbons
      • HB 1444: Concerning appliance efficiency standards
      • HB 1739: Creates restrictions and prohibitions around undetectable and untraceable firearms, such as those that are printed on a 3D printer
    • HB 1379: Concerning disclosure of contributions from political committees to other political committees


    Thank you for your hard work and leadership during this session.

    Sincerely,

    YOUR NAME HERE

    Sample email for your two State Representatives

    Representative REPRESENTATIVE’S NAME

    Thank you for supporting and sponsoring so many fantastic bills this session!

    With just a few days left before the last cutoff, I’m writing to ask that you continue to support and champion Indivisible legislative priorities, including Healthcare, Climate & the Environment, and Social Justice.  You’ve sponsored and cosponsored many of the bills this session that address these issues, and we really appreciate it.  Now we just want to make sure these bills are successful in their floor vote!

    Here are some of our priority bills awaiting consideration in the House:

      • SB 5602: Reproductive Health Care for All Act
      • SB 5145: Preventing fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in exploration for and production of oil and natural gas
      • SB 5323: Establishes minimum state standards for plastic bag use in retail establishments
      • SB 5397: Concerning responsible management of plastic packaging
      • SB 5577: Protecting orcas from vessels
    • SB 5135: Preventing toxic pollution that affects public health or the environment
    • SB 5165:  Revises the state civil rights act with regard to discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status
    • SB 5294: Creating leave provisions for legislative service


    Thank you for your hard work and leadership during this session.

    Sincerely,
    YOUR NAME HERE

    Action 3 – [House and Senate] – Stand against Islamophobia

    From American Civil LIberties Union

    We have two actions this week that urges our representatives in Congress to strongly push back against President Trump’s Islamophobic Muslim Ban as well as his recently amped up rhetoric against one of the only two Muslim women in Congress, Rep. Ilhan Omar.

    The long-awaited NO Ban Act, introduced by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.), would immediately rescind the Muslim ban as well as President Trump’s asylum ban and refugee ban, definitively ending these discriminatory abuses of authority by the Trump administration.  It would also change the standard by which presidents can invoke ban authority in the future.

    Under current law, the executive branch can bar large groups of people from entry without effective accountability or regard for other parts of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The text of the provision that President Trump has relied on in support of his bans says that the President may “suspend the entry” of groups of non-citizens based on a finding that such entry would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States.” And, in a historic failure, the Supreme Court relied on this statutory authority—and discounted the Constitution and other parts of the INA—when it allowed the Muslim ban to remain in effect.

    So it’s this specific “entry suspension” provision that the NO BAN Act works to limit. The bill would curtail the broad and unspecific  language in the current law and would instead require the government to meet a more stringent standard in suspending or restricting entry based on “credible facts” and connected to “specific acts” that have actually occurred. It would require that such a drastic measure be narrowly tailored to meet a compelling government interest using the least restrictive means in doing so. And it would also establish a system of checks and balances, such that Congress would be routinely notified and briefed on the status, implementation, and constitutional and legislative authority for the executive’s actions.

    Action 3A – Get the facts:

    Action 3B – Urge your Senators and Representative to support this bill in their respective chambers:

    Thank Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Suzan Delbene & Rep. Adam Smith for cosponsoring this bill.

    Sample Script for our Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Suzan Delbene & Rep. Adam Smith:

    “Hi! My name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to thank [NAME] for co-sponsoring the NO Ban Act introduced by Senator Chris Coons & Representative Judy Chu which would immediately rescind President Trump’s Muslim Ban as well as the asylum and refugee bans. Congress also needs to act to clarify the language of the current law so that future administrations cannot prohibit immigrants from entry into the United States based on their religious beliefs.  

    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]

    Urge Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Kim Schrier to cosponsor this bill

    Sample Script for Sen. Maria Cantwell & Rep. Kim Schrier:

    “Hi! My name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to urge [NAME] to co-sponsor the NO Ban Act introduced by Senator Chris Coons & Representative Judy Chu which would immediately rescind President Trump’s Muslim Ban as well as the asylum and refugee bans. It would also amend provisions in Immigration and Nationality Act to limit the standard by which future presidents can invoke the ban authority. Please support and co-sponsor the No Ban Act.  

    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 3C – Urge your Senators and Representative to publicly defend Rep. Ilhan Omar against Pres. Trump’s attacks:

    From Politico – During an event held by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March, Omar said Muslims for “far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen” and began to face increased Islamophobia after 9/11.

    “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” Omar said.

    But several conservative commentators, The New York Post and the president took the “some people did something” line in isolation to convey Omar as trivializing the attacks. Trump tweeted a video Friday showing the Twin Towers and the Pentagon on fire on 9/11, interlaced with Omar’s shortened quote.

    A Washington Post FactChecker article analyses the context in which Rep. Omar made her original remarks back in March in the aftermath of the Christchurch Mosque shooting in New Zealand.

    This is an attempt to once again tear down a vocal critic of this administration’s policies using a quote that is taken out of context. President Trump and his allies are using the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “The memory of 9/11 is sacred ground, and any discussion of it must be done with reverence”. The words the President uses matter. They have had a corrosive effect on our shared bonds as Americans and as a nation of immigrants. Because of the relentless attacks on the Congresswomen from right wing media and now the President, Rep Omar receives regular death threats on the basis of her faith, including from one New York man who threatened recently to ‘put a bullet in her . . . skull.’”. Democrats in Congress need to step forward and strongly rebuke the President’s attacks.

    Sample Script for our Senators and Representative:

    “Hi! My name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to urge [NAME] to strongly condemn the President’s recent attacks on Representative Ilhan Omar. With the rise of Islamophobia and anti-immigrant rhetoric in our country, and given that Representative Omar has been receiving a surge in death threats, it is important that our leaders speak up against the President’s rhetoric and unequivocally defend Representative Ilhan Omar.

    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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