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For the Week of Dec 10, 2018

🔷 You’ll notice in our Save The Date calendar section below there is a lot coming up in January. Your steering committee is working throughout December connecting with other Indivisible groups around the state. If you’re interested in joining in the planning for two events in the works, please email us:

🔷 40 people have responded to our 2019 Member Survey. This is the last week the survey will be open and we want to make sure you are represented, so please fill it out today. Some data so far:

🔷 Here are your three actions for this week.

Action 1 – [US SENATE] Senator Cantwell, Don’t Hand Climate Policy Over To Joe Manchin

From Seattle Indivisible

As Senate Democrats prepare for the next session, reporters on Capitol Hill have indicated that Senator Cantwell is leaning towards giving up her ranking seat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to an infamous conservative Democrat and coal-supporter: Joe Manchin.

As ranking member, and as chair if Democrats win a majority in 2020, Manchin would be empowered to scuttle the bold environmental and climate change legislation we need to protect our planet (such as the House’s “Green New Deal”). He would also be in charge of much-needed oversight of the Interior department. Even Governor Inslee has spoken up about it:

“Our party must be wholly committed to ending America’s dependence on fossil fuels and building a robust clean energy economy. And Joe Manchin literally shot climate legislation in one of his campaign ads. He supports Donald Trump’s dirty energy agenda.”

We have unique leverage here in Washington, with Senator Murray in leadership and Senator Cantwell occupying the committee spot, to nip this in the bud. Ask your Senators to say no to Manchin in charge of energy policy!

Sample Script for Cantwell:

Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to ask that Senator Cantwell refuse to give her ranking spot on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to Sen. Joe Manchin. We need bold climate change legislation in order to protect our planet and our homes from destruction; the man who shot a cap and trade bill in his campaign ad should not be in charge of energy policy or oversight.

Sample Script for Murray:

Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to ask that Senate Democrats to not give the ranking spot on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to Joe Manchin. We need bold climate change legislation in order to protect our planet and our homes from destruction; the man who shot a cap and trade bill in his campaign ad should not be in charge of energy policy or oversight.

Action 2 – [BETSY DEVOS] Submit a comment in opposition to new proposed Title IX rule

From Seattle Indivisible

Betsy DeVos has officially submitted her Title IX regulations that will harm the rights of sexual assault survivors and make schools a more dangerous place. Now that the regulation has been submitted, we have 60 days to submit comments on the regulation, which the Department of Education is legally bound to consider. Senator Murray, standing with advocates and sexual assault survivors, urged Secretary DeVos to withdraw her rule, listen to students and survivors, and aggressively implement student protections.

‘Know your IX’ and ‘End Rape On Campus’ (EROC) have provided a website HandsOffIX.org with more detailed information on how to write an effective comment as well as background synopsis “9 Things to Know about Betsy DeVos’ Proposed Title IX Rule” to save you having to read the 149 page document.

Action: Read up then Submit a comment in opposition to new proposed Title IX regulations.

Additionally, if you are affiliated with or have students in a K-12 school or university, we encourage you to ask your institution to submit a comment as well.

Action 3 – [WA HOUSE] Tell Your Rep to Fight for the Environment

From 350Seattle and Seattle Indivisible

Frank Chopp, Speaker of the Washington State House has recently announced that the upcoming legislative session will be his last as Speaker. In many regards, Speaker Chopp leaves behind an impressive legacy ― extended healthcare, paid family leave, and the Marriage Equality Act are just a few of the achievements that he will be leaving behind.

However, there is one important thing missing from Speaker Chopp’s legacy ―and it’s the one that future generations will care about most.

History will remember the period 1999 – 2019, the period that Speaker Chopp was the most powerful politician in the state, as the definitive period when we had the chance to act on climate. Yet, in that time the Washington State legislature has passed no meaningful climate legislation, let alone laws commensurate with the severity and urgency of the climate crisis. In his last session, Speaker Chopp has the chance to change that and focus his efforts on passing bold legislation to address climate change.

Identify your district and find contact info for your State House representatives, then call or email and ask them to put on the pressure.

Sample Script: (if emailing, please write in your own words!)

Hi my name is [NAME]. Speaker Frank Chopp plans to step down after this upcoming legislative session. I am calling to ask that [NAME] encourage Speaker Chopp to use his last session to pass bold climate legislation. Climate change should be our number one priority this legislative session. I would like to see [NAME] and Speaker Chopp focus on addressing the threat of climate change to future generations.

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