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Updated 10 December  2017

Here are your actions for the week.

Action 1: [FCC, US SENATE & HOUSE] – Save Net Neutrality

It’s getting down to the wire for Net Neutrality!

The FCC will vote on Dec. 14 to abolish the regulations that prevent internet service providers from blocking access to certain sites, throttling internet speeds, and otherwise controlling what websites and online services are available to their customers.

We have a series of Actions that you can take to make your voice heard.  Take as many as you can in the next few days.

Action 1a – Contact your Members of Congress

Congress can put a stop to all of this. Read more and contact your MoCs!

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st) DC – 202-225-6311 | Bothell 425-485-0085
  • Rep. Dave Reichert (8th) DC – 202-225-7761 | Issaquah 425-677-7414
  • Rep. Adam Smith (9th) DC – 202-225-8901 | Renton 425-793-5180
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC – 202-224-3441 | Seattle – 206-220-6400
  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC – 202-224-2621 | Seattle – 206-553-5545
Script (from 5calls.org)    (Note: “Pai” is pronounced “pie.”)

My name is [NAME]. I am a constituent from [CITY, ZIP] and a member of Indivisible Eastside.

I’m calling to express my support for Net Neutrality and a fair and open Internet. I ask that [Senator’s or Rep’s Name] contact FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and demand he abandon his plan to overturn Net Neutrality and Title II oversight. It is time for Congress to take a stand and urge Chairman Pai to cancel the vote in December.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Action 1b – Contact these voting members of the FCC:

Call 1-888-CALL FCC       @FCC for Twitter

Script (from 5calls.org)

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a concerned customer from [CITY, ZIP], WA.

I’m calling to express my disapproval of the FCC’s attempts to kill net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of Internet Service Providers. Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it.

Action 1c

Leave a comment on the FCC comment page. The page is hard to find but fortunately John Oliver made a handy shortcut for us to use. It takes less than a minute and works better on a computer than on mobile.

  1. Go to gofccyourself.com
  2. Click the 17-108 link (Restoring Internet Freedom)
  3. Click “Express”
  4. Be sure to press ENTER after you put in your name & information. Do this before you click the button at the bottom.
  5. In the comment section write something like, “I strongly support net neutrality backed by Title 2 oversight of ISPs.”
  6. Click the “Continue to review screen” button at the bottom.
  7. Make sure you click “Submit” at the end!

Action 2 – [YOU, US SENATE] – Healthcare

Action 2a    Keep spreading the word that the ACA signup deadline is this week!

Know someone who is not yet insured for 2018?

Go to www.wahealthplanfinder.org or call 1-855-923-4633.  The ACA application deadline is midnight, Dec. 15th to begin coverage on Jan. 1st.  Those who miss that deadline have until midnight Jan. 15th to begin coverage by Feb. 1st.  See the website homepage FAQ’s for critical information.

If someone does not know which plan is best for him/her, they should contact a broker or navigator to work out which suits their individual needs and complete the process. Call 1-855-923-4633 to get the name, number and address of a broker near you. There is no charge for such services as it is generally included in the monthly premium paid to the insurance company.

Source:  www.wahealthplanfinder.org

One great resource to share with people is the following You Tube video by local Indivisible member Julie Negrin – it tells you everything you need to know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3NqXBmmO6M&feature=youtu.be

 

Action 2b Advocate for a Bipartisan Renewal of CHIP Funding

From 5calls.org (edited for brevity):

Update (12/8): On December 7th, Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded until December 22nd. Republicans claim the CR contained a CHIP funding fix. However, the CR merely made it easier for states to access leftover funds without adding any new funding. Congress still must pass a full funding fix for CHIP, presumably as part of their December 22nd funding deal.

The House is considering a bill, HR 3922, that would renew funding for both CHIP and community health centers (whose federal funding also expired on 9/30), but pay for the programs by cutting 75% of funding for the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund.

The Senate has yet to agree on a bipartisan funding source for CHIP reauthorization, meaning they could sign off HR 3922’s highly partisan funding provisions. It is unacceptable to use CHIP funding as a bargaining tool to win partisan victories, cut critical public health initiatives, and undermine popular aspects of the ACA.

More information here: https://5calls.org/issue/bipartisan-renewal-chip-funding

Action:

Call our senators and urge them to oppose HR 3922 and seek a permanent funding solution for this vital program.

  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400
Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME]. I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP] and a member of Indivisible Eastside.

I’m calling to urge Senator [NAME] to advocate for a bipartisan approach to the immediate renewal of CHIP funding and oppose the House-passed funding bill, HR 3922. Millions of children rely on this funding for insurance, and its reauthorization should not be used to score partisan victories like massive cuts to the ACA Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Thank you so much for your time.

Action 3 – [US SENATE] –  PASS the DREAM ACT

Both of our Senators voted this week for a continuing CR (Continuing Resolution) to fund the government through Dec. 22nd. The delays again prevented the passing of a clean Dream Act, which would protect over 800,000 undocumented young people from deportation. We need to call them every day and make it clear that without a Dream Act there should be no further CR and no Budget Bill.

More information here:  https://5calls.org/issue/clean-dream-act-daca

Action: Call our senators and demand that they push for a clean Dream Act.
  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400
Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP] and a member of Indivisible Eastside.

I’m calling today to ask [SENATOR] to support a clean DREAM Act and reject Trump’s demands to include massive, unnecessary spending on border security to the bill. It is unfair and immoral to use the lives of hundreds of thousands of young DACA recipients as bargaining chips to score political gains.

Action 4 – [YOU] SIGN/ TURN IN SIGNATURES FOR INITIATIVE I 940

It was reported this week that the campaign for DeEscalate Washington (I 940) has collected enough signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot (281,000 collected, 259,622 required). HOWEVER, the campaign would like to get to 350,000 signatures by Dec. 20th to make sure that all signatures are valid. There are always some that are illegible, duplicates, or from signees who are not registered to sign in our state, and these signatures have to be discounted. That’s why having ‘padding’ in the number of signatures is critical.

If you have ballot sheets with signatures please get them turned in this week so that they can be checked and counted.

If you have not yet signed this important initiative please email us at hello@indivisibleeastside.com and we will arrange to get a ballot to you. Alternatively you can contact the campaign at deescalatewa.org for help.

Thank You!

More Actions You Can Take:

Attend an In-Person event:

Tue. Dec 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Protest Safety and Tactical Non-Violence: Session 1 of 4

Wed. Dec. 13, 12:00 – 13:30 Legal Voice Lunch & Learn: 2018 Legislative Preview

Fri. Dec. 15, 6:30 – 9:00 pm Someday We’ll All Be Free: A Conversation About Abolition

Sat. Dec.16, 1:00 – 4:00 pm  Being a Better White Ally :White Ally Toolkit Workshop

2018

Sat. Jan. 20th, 11:30 – 1:30, Redmond Library – Attend first Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting of 2018

Sun, Jan 21, 10 am – 9 pm Womxn Act on Seattle – Celebrate the anniversary of the historic Women’s March with actions around the city.

 

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[Next Week/In the wings:]

Activities around Jan. 21st Women’s March anniversary.