Members of Congress
Updated Mar 19, 2018
🔷 Woo Hoo! Democrat Conor Lamb won the special election on Tuesday with just 627 votes — previously this district went for Trump by 19 points in 2016. And Indivisible Volunteers helped make a difference: 1,556 national volunteers completed 2,917 text-banking shifts during the last two weeks of the election. All together, they sent 108,828 texts to voters in the district!
🔷 March 24th is March For Our Lives – Seattle – the student led rally protesting our political leaders’ inaction to curb gun violence. A bunch of Indivisible Eastside members are meeting up to march together – please join us! Fill out the MFOL IE Interest Form, and we’ll contact you with details by Thursday. We plan to use public transportation from two park & rides and meet up somewhere near Cal Anderson park. If you can’t participate the day of, but would like to contribute to the march, you can donate on the MFOL Seattle GoFundMe page. Read the Stranger Article about two of the student leaders.
🔷 Mar 25th – Please join us for the Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting 2 – 4 pm at the Redmond Library. Our agenda includes Bob Clough with a Democratic endorsement update from the 6 Indivisible groups focused on the 8th CD; Lisa O-Toole, who’s a candidate for King Co District Judge. Also, we’ll hear updates from some Topic Groups, and have a chance for Topic Groups to meet, and Postcard writing for upcoming race.
Action 1 – [HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES] – Comment Against HHS Health Care Refusal Regulation
Freedom of religion is important, which is why it is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. However, religious freedom doesn’t give anyone the right to discriminate or to hurt others. Recently the current administration announced they will be overhauling the Health and Human Services (HHS) civil rights office as part of a broader plan that will allow health workers to refuse treatment to a patient based on religious or moral objections.
Existing laws already allow health care providers to put their religious beliefs before patient care. The proposed rule would expand those laws in harmful new ways. The LGBTQ community, women, and other people could be at great risk. According to a recent Center for American Progress survey, LGBTQ people face disturbing rates of health care discrimination, including harassment and denials of care, and often avoid doctor’s offices out of fear of discrimination. LGBTQ community centers continually work to overcome stigmas and discrimination, and this policy will significantly increase the time they spend helping individuals find alternative care.
HHS is now accepting public comments on this proposed rule. All comments are due by March 27. We need you to engage your LGBTQ community members, family members, friends, and health care providers to submit individual comments stating why they oppose the HHS health care refusal rule. Speak up, tell your story about why health care discrimination affects you, and let HHS know that no one deserves to be denied care because of who they are or how they live their life. We strongly encourage you to use your own words, including by sharing personal stories of how discrimination or the fear of discrimination in health care or related services has affected you or someone you love, or why you oppose this rule as a person of faith.
📝 Go to the Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority scroll down and click on “Comment Now”. This is Regulations.gov and is a public record.
Action 2 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] – Ask Members of Congress to appropriate funding for states to convert to trackable paper ballots.
From Seattle Indivisible
One of the reasons that the Russian government was so successful in attacking our elections in 2016 is that we don’t have systems in place to audit and validate the voting process at the core of our democracy. One in four Americans votes on a system with no paper trail at all. We are up against a dangerous and sophisticated enemy, and we haven’t put even the most basic defenses in place.
There is an appropriations bill coming up on March 31. Let’s ask our Senators and Representatives to appropriate money for states to convert to trackable paper ballots, and harden cyber security defenses.
- Sen. Patty Murray: 202-224-2621 / 206-553-5545
- Sen. Maria Cantwell: 202-224-3441 / 206-220-6400
- 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
☎ Sample Script:
“Hi, my name is ____________ and I’m a constituent in [your zip code]. I’m calling to ask [Senator/Representative] to appropriate funds to help states convert to paper ballot voting systems that can be audited, and harden cyber security defenses. One in four Americans votes on an election system with no paper trail. It has become clear that the Russian government attacked our election in 2016. We are under attack, and we don’t even have basic defenses in place. Please add this funding to the March 31 appropriations bill.”
Action 3 – [GOVERNOR INSLEE] – Demand Gov. Inslee Fire DOL Director Pat Kohler
From Seattle Indivisible
As we learned in February, the WA Dept. of Licensing failed to comply with Governor Inslee’s Executive Order prohibiting use of state agency resources to identify or apprehend immigrants for violations of federal immigration laws. This is an unforgivable breach of trust. We know that DOL’s violation of this Executive Order has already unleashed ICE against one prominent immigrant activist, and it may have put many more of our neighbors and friends at risk of deportation by sharing their personal information with ICE.
Such a betrayal of our state’s values cannot be fixed by a few bureaucratic changes. The Latino Civic Alliance is calling for the resignation or termination of DOL director Kohler.
Excerpt from a statement put out on March 9 by The Latino Civic Alliance (LCA):
“The Washington State Dept. of Licensing lacks effective leadership and people have been harmed as a result. New bureaucratic processes cannot address the fundamental underpinnings of what went wrong at DOL. The recent safeguards in place after the discovery of the privacy breach, which include a requirement for court orders to obtain information, do not change the culture or values at DOL.”
Call Gov. Jay Inslee: (360) 902-4111, or email him
☎ Sample Script:
“Hello. My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I’m calling to support The Latino Civic Alliance’s call for the termination of Pat Kohler, the Director of the Washington Department of Licensing. Her agency facilitated the Trump administration’s attacks on our immigrant neighbors and friends by giving their personal information to ICE, against the Governor’s orders. Pat Kolher’s actions are inexcusable, hugely disrespectful, and damaging to all Washington State residents.”
Action 4 – [US SENATE] – Stop the NRA’s Favorite Lawyer From Becoming a Federal Judge
Despite the students of Parkland and other youth leaders unapologetically demanding that their Members of Congress (MoCs) protect them from the uniquely American epidemic of mass shootings, Republican Senators are prepared to confirm the NRA’s favorite lawyer to a lifetime district court judgeship. Trump nominated Howard C. Nielson to a cushy lifetime seat on the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Nielson is one of the NRA’s go-to attorneys, who has made a career out of regularly representing the NRA and fighting against common-sense gun safety measures.
This is a major opportunity for Senators to fight back against the gun lobby’s influence, at a crucial time in history. The NRA spent an unprecedented amount of money—surpassing its own previous spending records—in support of Donald Trump’s campaign. Now, Trump is trying to give them their money’s worth. Trump told the NRA, “You came through for me, I am going to come through for you.”
When Trump nominated Nielson, it was a gift back to the NRA.
Luckily, the Senate—not Trump—gets to decide whether Howard Nielson will be confirmed as a federal judge.
Call your Senators and ask them to publicly commit to voting against Howard Nielson’s nomination.
- Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621 | Seattle 206-553-5545
- Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441 | Seattle 206-220-6400
☎ Sample Script:
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to oppose the nomination of Howard Nielson as a district court judge for the District of Utah. Has [SENATOR] determined whether she will oppose the Nielson nomination? Nielson is the NRA’s favorite lawyer for his work to undermine sensible gun violence prevention laws. In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, FL we should not be rewarding the NRA by handing their champions lifetime judgeship appointments. I’d like to see Senator [NAME] publicly urge her colleagues to also oppose Nielson’s nomination.
More Actions You Can Take:
Attend an In-Person event:
- Tue, Mar 20, 11:45 – Resist Trump Tuesday – Seattle – Join Louise!
- Thu, Mar 22, 5:30 – 9 pm End of the Legislative Session Celebration – Seattle
- Sat Mar 24 – Attend a March For Our Lives Event
- Sun, Mar 25, 2 – 4 pm Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting – Redmond Library
… and More:
- Join Indivisible Washington Environment Network Facebook Group
- 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 link to a friend!
Crowd Sourced Actions:
Do you have an idea for future Weekly Actions? (We could use all the help we can get folks!) Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your idea. Your input is greatly appreciated, and please understand that depending on current events, we can’t guarantee yours will be picked. To submit an idea, please:
Submit proposals for the Weekly Actions by Thursday midnight for an action the following week!
- Include the action to be taken (who to contact – HOUSE, SENATE, LEGISLATURE, AGENCY),
- Include details about the bill (e.g. bill numbers) or regulation, when the action will no longer be effective
- Include how it Resists the Trump agenda
- Link to news article