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For the Week of Sep 26, 2022
🔹 Ready to do the work to get us across the finish line? Get fired up Tuesday Sep 27th at 6 pm with Indivisible’s co-founder Ezra Levin. In this exclusive town hall, you’ll learn about where you can best put your time, energy, and resources to have the greatest impact here in Washington State! Moderated by Stephan Cox, Washington Indivisible Podcast. The event is public and will be recorded. Register at bit.ly/Ezra_Sep2022. See also the Oct 8th opportunity to Canvass with Ezra in the Calendar section.
🔹 Please Join Special Guest Congresswoman Suzan DelBene along with hosts IE members Ruth Lipscomb and Daniel Weise for a Reception with Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Candidate for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District on Oct 7th from 5-6:30 pm in Bellevue. Click the link to see details, RSVP, or to just donate to this very winnable race to flip the 3rd Congressional District. If you missed the delightful Indivisible Town Hall with Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, you can view the recording on the WIN YouTube channel. Watch just 10 minutes and you’ll agree, she can win this with our help!
🔹Here are your 3 actions this week:
✊ Action 1 – Prevent student wellness funds from being used to support the presence of school resource officers (SROs) in schools (Deadline Thur, Sep 29)
Earlier this year, Washington state passed House Bill 1664, which dedicated additional funding to meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of students and address the mental health crisis affecting young people across the state. The legislature directed that this funding be spent on hiring additional school psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and support personnel in order to meet student needs in school. To fill in details about how this funding can be spent, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is in the process of creating administrative rules for districts to follow.
The additional funding provided by HB 1664 is a much-needed improvement in resourcing the social, emotional, and physical health needs of students, but two areas of concern have come to light in the proposed rules OSPI has developed.
- Expansion of the school-to-prison pipeline through the expansion of school security personnel, also known as school resources officers (SROs).
- The need for flexibility for districts facing challenges with finding suitable candidates to hire, so that funds could be directed in other ways, such as providing relevant professional learning opportunities.
Open the League of Education Voter’s webpage to read more about each of these concerns, and contact OSPI about better supporting the physical, social, and emotional needs of students!
The deadline to submit public comments is Thursday, September 29, 2022.
From Seattle Bike Blog
Can a Washington State plan centered around walking, biking, and accessibility defeat a bunch of highway and bridge projects to win the 2022 America’s Transportation Award? Well, it can with your help.
Remember those annoying “people’s choice” competitions that were everywhere like a decade ago where you had to vote every day in order to help your favorite bakery or whatever win? This is one of those, except it is sponsored by AAA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (“AASHTO”). This award usually goes to highway megaprojects like the 2020 winner: The SR-99 highway tunnel. Please bookmark this page and vote every day until October 21 for the “Active Transportation Plan 2020 and Beyond.” You don’t even need to give your name!
This award isn’t the biggest deal in the world, but it would be delicious for this kind of plan to defeat a bunch of major highway projects. It could also bring some much-deserved attention to the plan, which got buried in the news thanks to the pandemic and, you know, everything else that was happening in 2020 and early 2021 when it was seeking public feedback and attention. The plan is really great and attempts to quantify something that most states have never considered: What would it cost to make all state-run highways safe for people walking and biking?
✊ Action 3 – Candidate highlight from Elizabeth S – John Zingale for LD 18 (Vancouver area) State Representative
- John Zingale is an award-winning public school teacher of history and a proud union member endorsed by numerous local unions.
- He is explicitly pro-choice and is endorsed by Pro-Choice Washington and Planned Parenthood.
- Zingale’s legislative district lies within the congressional district CD-3, currently held by Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler who lost her primary to far-right candidate Joe Kent. Many voters in the area are concerned and ready for change. Voters who turn out for Zingale are likely to vote for other Democrats on their ballot, including Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, Kent’s Democratic opponent.
- A win for Zingale in November will mean a flipped WA State House seat from R to D! Zingale won 47% of the vote in the primary election, coming far closer to a win than Democrats have in past years. According to his social media posts, his campaign has been running a strong ground game knocking on doors all over the district.
Actions you can take:
- Find out more about John Zingale HERE
- Follow, and share (especially with Vancouver-area friends) John Zingale on Facebook and amplify his posts.
- Donate $10, $20, $40 or more to John Zingale
Calendar of Events:
- Mon Sep 26, 10-11 am – League of Women Voters WA – ACT via Zoom (legislative information group) meeting – Snohomish County Auditor Garth Fell speaking on ‘Election Security: A Ballot’s Journey’. Register to attend.
- Sep 27 – Nov 7 – Planned Parenthood GOTV Events (phonebanking, canvassing)
- Tue Sep 27, 10 am-noon – Postcards and Coffee: Starbucks (Bellevue/Crossroads neighborhood)
- Tue Sep 27, 6 pm – Indivisible Town Hall with Indivisible’s co-founder Ezra Levin – Register to attend.
- Thu Sep 29, 10 am-noon – Backyard Postcard Party (South Bellevue) – RSVP to Postcards4WA@gmail.com
- Thu Sep 29, 7-8:30 pm – Lake Hills Neighborhood Association Candidate Forum – Secretary of State (rescheduled from Sept 8) and Congressional (State Senators/State Reps – 41st and 48th)
- Sun Oct 2, 7-8 pm – Postcards and letters Zoom get together. Meet candidates from LD 30 and LD42. Register to attend.
- Tue Oct 4, 7 pm – Indivisible Town Hall – Senator Emily Randall (LD26) on protecting rights in WA State. Register to attend.
- Wed Oct 5, 6:30 pm – Congressional Town Hall with Representative Pramila Jayapal. Register to attend.
- Thu Oct 6, 4-6 pm – Postcards in the Cabana (Redmond) – RSVP to Postcards4WA@gmail.com.
- Fri Oct 7, 5-6:30 pm – Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Victory Fund Event – Bellevue. Register or Donate.
- Sat Oct 8, 10 am-2 pm – Canvass with Ezra Levin in CD8. Register to attend.
- Sat Oct 8, 10-11:30 am Town Hall: What’s going on with Property Values and King County Budget? – In-person Mercer Island
- Sat Oct 8, 1-2:30 pm Town Hall: What’s going on with Property Values and King County Budget? – In-person Kirkland
Save the date:
- Sun Oct 9, 4-5:30 pm – Reparations and You! Presented by Seattle’s Civil Reparations Project
- Thu Oct 13, 10 am-noon. Backyard Postcard Party (South Bellevue) – RSVP to Postcards4WA@gmail.com
- Sun Oct 16, 3-4:30 pm – Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting.
- Sun Oct 16, 7-8 pm – Postcards and letters Zoom get together. Register to attend.
- Tue Oct 25, 5-6 pm – State Power Series -Sister District & Vote Save America topic: State Power: Exploring Progressive Reluctance to State Power
- Tue Dec 13, 5-6 pm – State Power Series -Sister District & Vote Save America topic: State Power: Reversing Progressive Reluctance to State Power
Previously Recorded Events of Interest:
- Indivisible Town Hall: Marie Gluesenkamp Perez – September 2022
- LWV Forum – Public Safety and the Role of the King County Prosecutor – Know Before You Vote – Sept 2022
- Indivisible Town Hall: How to Talk to Voters – August 2022
- Lake Hills Candidate Forum: Judges & Prosecutor – August 2022
- Indivisible Town Hall: Secretary of State Hobbs – July 2022
- Representative Adam Smith, Washington Indivisible Network Town Hall – Feb 2022
- All Past Washington Indivisible Town Halls – youtube.com/WashingtonIndivisibleNetwork
- Indivisible Co-Founders Leah Greenburg and Ezra Levin on Washington State Indivisible Podcast
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