Members of Congress
Updated Sep 17, 2018
🔷 Great turnout for our 3! Get Out The Vote actions this week:
- Check out the video of Alphabet Resistance Eastside from Tuesday. Lots of honks and waves and a few unmentionables. Really? Who argues with PROTECT DEMOCRACY/REGISTER AND VOTE!–? Thanks to all who came out on a breezy evening with rain clouds all around. Next event is Thursday, Oct 4 in Bellevue – email Alphabet@indivisibleeastside.com if you want to be on the email list.
- Our second group Canvass to Flip The 8th was on Saturday. Yay to Jennifer and Kevin who came back for a second helping, and to Liz who came out for the first time and plans to return. Join us next Saturday, Sep 22, 12 – 4 pm Canvass for 5th LD/8th CD – Issaquah.
- 19 people wrote 220 postcards for Ohio CD1 candidate Aftab Pureal. This district is as flippable as our CD8 and he’s leading in the polls by a small margin. We’re writing for him again at Tuesday evening’s sold out event. See the Calendar section below for our three October Postcard Writing events.
🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week. Don’t forget to check out the Calendar section at the bottom for other opportunities to engage.
✊ Action 1 – [VOTERS IN ALASKA & MAINE] Stop Kavanaugh!
From Indivisible Kirkland
This fight isn’t over yet. Use NARAL’s at-home phone banking tool to call people in key states, like Maine and Alaska, to encourage them to immediately call their senators. Use the Daytime instructions for phone banking during the day, which allows you to call more states. The Evening instructions are for phone banking in the evening, which focuses on western states. The evening phone bank is available from 9am-9pm, PST.
If you have an extra moment and haven’t already done so, please call Senator Cantwell to thank her for her statements against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination: (206) 220-6400; (202) 224-3441.
The Trump administration has proposed to end the limits on immigrant children detention by replacing the court settlement known as the Flores agreement. Under the new proposal, the government seeks to detain migrant families together indefinitely while their immigration case is pending.
On June 20, Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) ending the separation of migrant children from their families at the U.S. border. A federal court decided in Flores v. Reno in 1997 that the government cannot detain an immigrant child beyond a reasonable amount of time, defined in 2014 as 20 days. The Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy clashed headlong into Flores with disastrous results captured in news stories. With Trump’s EO now in place, the administration has said it will abide by the 20 day limit on detention for children and families, but it’s also seeking ways to overturn Flores and allow families to be detained beyond the 20 day limit. Without the limitations set by Flores, migrant children and their families can be detained together indefinitely.
Not only is the unlimited detention of thousands of migrant families morally unjustifiable, it is also economically wasteful – “tent cities” cost upwards of $800 per person per night. The reason behind detention is to ensure asylum seekers show up for their court appointments, but alternative methods are also successful in ensuring that outcome. The justice system regularly allows misdemeanor and non-violent offenders to be released pending trial, and tools like electronic monitoring, home visits, or bonds are highly effective. The Family Case Management Program launched in 2016 monitored asylum seekers while allowing them to stay together and out of detention. Immigration advocates praised the program for its 99% compliance rate, cost efficiency, and the additional medical and legal support provided to migrants. The Trump administration ended the program in 2017 to prioritize detention.
Detaining families together is no better than detaining families separately. Our government has options in how it treats migrants and asylum seekers in our country even as we defend our borders. We must choose the most humane approach available, which is not indefinite detention.
- Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621 | Seattle 206-553-5545 | EMAIL
- Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441 | Seattle 206-220-6400 | EMAIL
- Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st) DC – 202-225-6311 | Bothell 425-485-0085 | EMAIL
- Rep. Dave Reichert (8th) DC – 202-225-7761 | Issaquah 425-677-7414 | EMAIL
- Rep. Adam Smith (9th) DC – 202-225-8901 | Renton 425-793-5180 | EMAIL
☎ Sample Script:
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I’m calling to demand that [NAME] oppose any effort to overrule the Flores settlement and allow the indefinite detention of migrant families. Alternative methods, such as the Family Case Management Program, have already proven successful and cost effective. Congress must work to fund and implement these methods instead of inhumane detention of children and families. Thank you for your time and attention.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
✊ Action 3 – [HILTON BELLEVUE] Say ‘NO’ to Dinesh D’Souza
From Northwest Accountability Project and Indivisible Kirkland
The anti-worker Freedom Foundation has chosen Dinesh D’Souza to address their membership at their upcoming Freedom Foundation’s Annual Dinner right in our backyard at the Hilton Bellevue.
D’Souza holds right-wing extremist views and is known for his racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and anti-working class writings/movies. This convicted felon was recently pardoned by the current president.
Action: Urge the Hilton Bellevue’s General Manager Mark Mathews to cancel D’Souza’s appearance, by completing this form to send your message.
Calendar of In-Person Events:
- Tue, Sep 18, 11:45am – 1:30pm – Resist Trump Tuesday Rally and Meeting with Senators Staffers – Seattle
- Tue, Sep 18, 7:30 pm – Support I-1639 at Kirkland City Council meeting – Kirkland City Hall
- Sat, Sep 22, 11 am – 5 pm Activist & Allies Training: Islamophobia – Redmond
- Sat, Sep 22, 12 – 4 pm Canvass for 5th LD/8th CD – Issaquah.
- Sat, Sep 29, 12 – 4 pm Canvass for 5th LD/8th CD – Issaquah.
- Wed, Oct 3, 7 – 9pm Postcards to Voters Oct 3 – Woodinville, registration now open!
- Oct 5 – 14 Social Justice Film Festival – Seattle
- Sat, Oct 6, 1:30 – 4 pm – IE Group Meeting Oct – Bothell
- Sun, Oct 7, time TBD – Canvass for Kim Schrier
- Mon, Oct 8, 7 – 9 Postcards to Voters Oct 8 – Bellevue, registration now open!
Save the date:
- Wed, Oct 17, 7 – 9 pm – Postcards to Voters Oct 17 – Kirkland
- Thu, Oct 25, 4:15 – 5:30pm – Alphabet Resistance – Bellevue – email Alphabet@indivisibleeastside.com
… and More:
- Join Code Blue Washington on Facebook then check out their GOTV opportunities
- Volunteer with YesOn1631 – Do Something About Climate Change
- Volunteer with YesOn1639 – Fight the NRA
- Voter Registration opportunities with Indivisible CD8/Fuse
- Donate to Indivisible Eastside on our Website
- Check out the Indivisible Eastside logowear store at www.cafepress.com/IndivisibleEastside. NOTE Sizes run SMALL so order up 2 sizes.
- Read synopsis of Tuesday meeting with the Senators’ Staffers
- Sign up for the Take Action Network to organize and track your Activism.
- Check out the Stranger’s Resistance Calendar – a great resource!
- Forward this email to a friend!