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Updated 15 Jan 2018

Indivisible Eastside joins other Indivisibles around the country in honoring and remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today.

Thank you to the 35 people who have volunteered for Voter Registration on the Day of Action next week! And thank you to the 70 people who have filled out the Anniversary Survey. We’re processing the information, pulling out some common themes, and will be using your ideas and interests for an activity at our Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting January 27th, 1pm-3pm at the Kingsgate Library in Kirkland. We hope to see you there, especially those who gave us survey feedback! There’s still time to fill out the survey  – we’ll keep it open one more week.

Here are your actions for this week – 2,3 and 4  are amplifying Seattle Indivisible’s excellent Actions this past week. Since the State Legislative session is short, two of them are focused right here in Washington State.

Action 1 – [US SENATE] – Tell your Senators “Don’t let Trump spy on us – close the “backdoor search” loophole, or let Section 702 expire”

Background:

Section 702The Trump administration inherited massive surveillance authority that allows the government to sweep up Americans’ communications and sift through it without a warrant. The current authority is set to expire on January 19, 2018, unless Congress reauthorizes.  

The USA RIGHTS ActA bipartisan and bicameral bill has been introduced by Senators Wyden and Paul, and Representatives Lofgren and Poe. This legislation, the USA RIGHTS Act, sets out important reforms to better protect Americans against unconstitutional searches under 702. The Senate bill is S. 1997 and the
House version of the bill is H.R. 4124.

Among the critical reforms that the USA RIGHTS Act would enact is ending the practice of “backdoor” searches, in which the FBI, NSA, and CIA search through the database of collected information for Americans’ communications, all without a warrant. This should be an achievable bipartisan reform—this same protection has passed a Republican-controlled House of Representatives twice in recent years.

The constitution protects us all as we peacefully protest, worship, and express ourselves. But the government’s spying has historically been used to intimidate activists, journalists, and communities of
color, and can have a chilling effect on protected free speech. Trump has shown repeated disrespect for these constitutional protections, and the FBI has recently gone so far as to victim-blame by labeling so-called “black identity extremists” as security threatsTrump’s White House, and Sessions’ Department of Justice, should not have such broad spying authority to use and abuse, especially against the most vulnerable.

Action:

  •        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]. I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP] and am a member of Indivisible Eastside.

Senator [NAME] has been a strong advocate for our rights online and want to ask her to keep fighting by stopping the re-authorization of FISA Section 702 unless the USA RIGHTS Act is passed. We used to worry about what would happen if the power to use surveillance on Americans fell into the wrong hands. Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions ARE the wrong hands. I’m asking the Senator to protect the people of Washington State from warrantless surveillance by the Trump Administration. Will she commit to doing everything she can, including filibuster, to block this bill?

Thank you for your time taking my call.

Action 2  – [US SENATE] – Thank our Senators for sticking with the net neutrality fight.

Earlier this week, our Senators co-sponsored a bill that would restore the Net Neutrality rules that were changed by the FCC recently. Because of the number of co-sponsors, that bill will go to floor vote. Our Senators did the right thing for online rights. Let’s ask them to keep it up!

  • 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]. I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP] and am a member of Indivisible Eastside. Senator [NAME] has been a strong advocate for our rights online. I appreciate her co-sponsorship of the Net Neutrality bill last week”

Fun fact: Patty Murray co-sponsoring the Net Neutrality bill coincided with Seattle Indivisible forewarning her staffer that she would be asked about it after the Resist Trump Tuesday rally last week!  This action was suggested by Indivisible Eastside Facebook member Tami M. 

Action 3 – [WA State Legislature] –  Support Washington State bills that make it easier to register and vote!

Besides the Washington Voting Rights Act, there are several other bills that improve access to the polls that may have a chance of passing this session: Automatic Voter Registration (AVR), which would automatically register voters at any state agency that verifies citizenship; Same-Day Voter Registration, which allows voters to register on the day of the election; pre-registration of 16 and 17-year-olds; and pre-paid postage for ballots.

All of these bills would strengthen our democracy and increase our chances in the 2018 midterms!

It’s quick and easy to leave a comment on a state bill online, and it automatically emails your representatives to indicate your support. Just click on the following bills (as many as you can get through!), enter your information, click the ‘support’ button, and leave a comment asking them to pass it in this session:

HELPFUL LINKS

https://leagueofwomenvotersofwashington.wildapricot.org/democracy-2018

Action 4 – [WA State Legislature] – Fight for a Washington State Carbon Tax

After a year of wildfires across the West Coast and increased disasters throughout the country, we need to do something to fight the rising tide of climate change. And while Trump may be pulling America out of the Paris Accords, the Washington legislative session gives us a chance to do something in our own backyard.

There are multiple plans in the works for a state-wide carbon tax, with Governor Jay Inslee and Senator Kevin Ranker each working on different proposals. For now, let’s focus on signaling our general interest in the tax to our representatives. Even with the new Democratic majority in the state legislature, swing-district Democrats and other representatives weak on climate change will make any carbon tax a slog to pass, so we need the calls!

Find your one state Senator and two state House Representatives (and save them to your phone if you haven’t already): http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Sample Script:

Hello, I’m [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. Given the increasing urgency of climate change, I wanted to make sure the passage of a strong carbon tax is a priority for [name] in the coming legislative session.

More Actions You Can Take:

Crowd Sourced Actions!

Do you have an idea for future Weekly Actions? (We could use all the help we can get folks!) Email group-action@indivisibleeastside.com  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

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