For the Week of Jan 18, 2021
🔷 Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, and we join the President’s inaugural festivities’ national day of service on MLK Day, Jan 18th. Indivisible Eastside encourages members to participate, if it’s workable for you, by donating generously to the Redmond School Break Food Box program.
🔷 If you weren’t able to join the group meeting Saturday, here is a link to the 1-16-21 Meeting Notes which includes resources we discussed relating to State Legislature, Jamie’s Futurewise presentation about three bills to build more climate action and equity into the Growth Management Act, as well as the excellent presentation on Bellevue Police by our Bellevue Racial Equity group.
🔷 Please join Indivisible Eastside activists interested in strengthening our state by signing up for Take Action Network. If you signed up before Dec 2020, please see the information at the bottom of the Indivisible Eastside TAN page to update your TAN profile. Then, view the new “I signed up for TAN – what do I do next” video to help you control your activism.
🔷 Here are your three Actions this week
✊ Action 1 – [WA Legislature] Support HB 1099 – Updating the Growth Management Act for climate action
Washington state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) hasn’t been updated since its creation 30 years ago. It influences land use planning, which affects things like sprawl, proximity of housing to jobs, and preservation of green space. As we heard from Jamie in our meeting on Saturday, Futurewise’s Washington Can’t Wait campaign is proposing state legislative changes to the GMA to address climate, housing affordability, and environmental justice. This is from their website:
“We believe that by making our urban areas affordable and accessible to all through bold affordable housing policy, preventing disproportionate impacts of local pollution on communities of color, and ensuring that cities and counties are planning for climate change, we have the opportunity to transform the lives of Washingtonians and the natural environment around us.”
Now is the time to make these crucial changes to the GMA, because Washington’s cities and counties are about to embark on their next comprehensive plan updates, which will lock in policy for the next decade. HB 1099 is the climate-related bill (HB 1220 is related to housing affordability, and a bill related to environmental justice is in the works) in the Washington Can’t Wait campaign.
Action 1a – before Jan 19, 7:00 am, sign in to note your position on HB 1099 as “Pro”
(You are not signing up to speak.)
- Click Here
- From the drop-down menu choose “Pro”
- Fill out the form.
“Hi, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP] thanking you for co-sponsoring HB 1099: Improving the state’s climate response through updates to the state’s comprehensive planning framework. Please add this bill to an executive session agenda so that it can get a committee vote.”
Action 1c – Contact your representatives:
- Rep. Davina Williams Duerr (1st LD): Olympia 360-786-7928 | EMAIL
- Rep. Shelley Kloba (1st LD): Olympia 360-786-7900 | EMAIL
- Rep. Bill Ramos (5th LD): Olympia 360-786-7852 | EMAIL
- Rep. Lisa Callan (5th LD): Olympia 360-786-7876 | EMAIL
- Rep. Tana Senn (41st LD): Olympia 360-786-7894 | Bellevue 425-453-3037 | EMAIL
- Rep. My-Linh Thai (41st LD): Olympia 360-786-7926 | EMAIL
- Rep. Roger Goodman (45th LD): Olympia 360-786-7878 | Kirkland 425-739-1810 | EMAIL
- Rep. Larry Springer (45th LD): Olympia 360-786-7822 | EMAIL
- Rep. Vandana Slatter (48th LD): Olympia 360-786-7936 | Bellevue 425-453-6424 | EMAIL
- Rep. Amy Walen (48th LD): Olympia 360-786-7848 |Kirkland 425-822-1114| EMAIL
☎ Sample Script for Rep Davina Duerr:
“Hi, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. Thank you for co-sponsoring HB 1099, which will strengthen the state’s climate response by updating the Growth Management Act. The need for updates is urgent as communities, particularly communities of color, face the negative impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather events and pollution. Thank you.”
☎ Sample Script:
“Hi, I’m [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. Please support HB 1099, which will strengthen the state’s climate response by updating the Growth Management Act. The need for updates is urgent as communities, particularly communities of color, face the negative impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather events and pollution. Thank you.”
FindYourPhaseWA.org is the state-wide online form that everyone needs to fill out before they can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Please fill it out today, even if you aren’t yet eligible. Your contact information will be recorded, and you’ll be contacted when it is your turn.
Read more on the Washington State Dept. of Health’s Vaccine page about the phased plan to roll out Vaccine delivery.
✊ Action 3 – Get Up to Speed on the New Indivisible Guide
The slim Democratic majority in the Senate changes the landscape a bit for activists. Read Indivisible National’s guidance in an updated version of the Indivisible Guide: A Practical Guide to Fixing Our Democracy.
The national Indivisible organization has scheduled training sessions for the new guide so you can help fellow Indivisibles put it into full effect. We know from our experience that it’s not the document but rather the movement that will determine the success or failure of Indivisible’s democracy agenda! Sign up for one of Indivisible’s upcoming guide training sessions on Zoom so you can be a more effective advocate for positive change:
- Tuesday, February 2 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time (working with Republican MoCs)
- Wednesday, February 3 at 12 p.m. Pacific Time (working with Republican MoCs)
- Thursday, February 4 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time (working with Democratic MoCs)
- Friday, February 5 at 12 p.m. Pacific Time (working with Democratic MoCs)
Calendar of Events:
- Mon, Jan 18, 11:00 am The City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. present: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration and Health Fair – Register to attend.
- Wed, Jan 20, 9:00 am Inauguration of President Joe Biden!
- Wed, Jan 20, 5:30-6:30 pm, Fuse Washington, WA Legislative 2021 Update – Register to attend
Previously Recorded Events of Interest:
- All Past Washington Indivisible Town Halls – youtube.com/WashingtonIndivisibleNetwork
- What’s next for WA in 2021? (WA legislative priorities for climate & equity) – Passcode 3il8T0@K (case sensitive)
- Indivisible Co-Founders Leah Greenburg and Ezra Levin on Washington State Indivisible Podcast
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