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Allison, Rhiannon and Jennifer checking people in at the SEA NO H8 concert Oct 8

 

 

209 Get Out the Vote Postcards written to Manka Voters Oct 11th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the Indivisible Eastsiders showing up for the Anti-Devos Rally Oct 13th.

Updated 16 October 2017

Indivisible Eastside has had an extremely busy October. From helping out at the SEA NO H8 concert last week (Allison, Rhiannon, and Jennifer staffed the check-in table), to GOTV for Manka Postcard-writing on Tuesday, followed by the DeVos Counter-Rally in Bellevue. It was so energizing to see so many people in person!

We have a second GOTV for Manka event this Tuesday. If you’re available during the daytime, we’d love your help. Registration closes Monday at 6:00 pm so we can be sure to have enough supplies:

With all the recent activity, we’ve been a little slow to highlight our upcoming Monthly meeting. Please join us at the Woodinville Library this Saturday Oct 21st. We’ll learn about I-940 De-Escalate WA initiative to require de-escalation training for Police.

Here are your actions for this week

Action 1 – [SEATTLE TIMES] – Call Out the Seattle Times for Their Poorly Reasoned 45th LD Endorsement for Manka Dhingra’s Opponent.

From 45th LD Resident Louise:

The Seattle Times did the voters in the 45th LD a great disservice Saturday when it chose to endorse Manka Dhingra’s unqualified opponent for state senate. They repeated Englund’s relentless soundbite of “balance of government” saying it is good for the state. So, basically, they’re telling the 45th LD to “take one for the team” and vote for the less-qualified candidate, so that the state can keep the status quo of an obstructionist Senate unwilling to forward progressive laws. We’d be passing up the opportunity to elect an accomplished, professional, passionate long-time member of our community, and instead end up with a GOP staffer who only recently moved to our distrcit and once helped make an app.

If you don’t think their endorsement is good for the 45th, or good for Washington State, now is the time to speak out to the Seattle Times and tell them where they are wrong.

Think about Letters to The Editor – to your local – Redmond Reporter, Kirkland Reporter, Bellevue Reporter, Bothell-Kenmore Reporter and  The Woodinville Weekly. Comment on Twitter @seattletimes, and on their FB Post about their endorsement (caution, there is some mild trolling going on there, but many many dis-satisfied people. Add your comment and don’t look back.)

If you want to help the Elect Manka Campaign, you can donate to her campaign, as well as show up for her canvassing and phone banking events outlined near the end of this page.

Action 2 – [SENATE & HOUSE] – Stop the Rollback of ACA Birth Control Coverage

From 5calls.org

Since 2011 the ACA has required that female contraception must be covered by insurers without a co-pay. This “contraceptive mandate” has extended affordable birth control to millions of Americans: today 55 million Americans benefit from coverage of preventive services, including birth control, saving Americans billions of dollars per year.

On Oct 6th, The Trump Administration announced a rollback of the ACA birth control mandate, potentially risking access to birth control coverage for millions of women.

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st) DC – 202-225-6311 | Send email
  • Rep. Dave Reichert (8th) DC – 202-225-7761 | Send email
  • Rep. Adam Smith (9th) DC – 202-225-8901 | Send email
  • Sen, Maria Cantwell: DC – 202-224-3441 | Seattle – 206-220-6400 | Send email
  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC – 202-224-2621 | Seattle – 206-553-5545 | Send email
Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME]. I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP] and I’m a member of Indivisible Eastside.

I’m calling to express my outrage to the rollback of the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Adding more exemptions to the contraception mandate will erode access to preventive healthcare for millions of Americans. I demand Congress take immediate actions to ensure all women have affordable access to the healthcare they need.

[OPTIONAL: Tell how the mandate has helped you or someone you know]

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full address to ensure your call is tallied]

Action 3 – [SENATE & HOUSE] – Stop Trump from Sabotaging the ACA

From 5Calls.org

On October 12th, Trump announced he plans to discontinue cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) to insurers offering federal exchange plans. The CSRs help protect insurers from unexpectedly high costs and let them offer lower-cost individual market plans. The ending of CSR payments could have an immediate effect on the individual markets.

The Congressional Budget Office has released an analysis concluding termination of CSR payments would increase premiums for the most popular individual market plans by 20% next year and 25% by 2020 and leave about 5% of the population without access to any individual plans at all. By contrast, if the CSRs were left in place, less than 0.5% of the population would live in a region without access to individual market plans. Insurers will be able to withdraw from the marketplace in 2018 if CSRs are not renewed, which could leave thousands of people unable to purchase any plans through the health insurance marketplace as soon as next year.

By cutting subsidy payments, Trump is effectively kicking the issue to Congress. It will be up to Congress to appropriate funds for the CSR payments to prevent turmoil in the individual insurance market and real harm to individuals.

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st) DC – 202-225-6311 | Send email
  • Rep. Dave Reichert (8th) DC – 202-225-7761 | Send email
  • Rep. Adam Smith (9th) DC – 202-225-8901 | Send email
  • Sen, Maria Cantwell: DC – 202-224-3441 | Seattle – 206-220-6400 | Send email
  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC – 202-224-2621 | Seattle – 206-553-5545 | Send email
Script:

Hi, my name is [NAME]. I’m a constituent from [CITY] and I’m a member of Indivisible Eastside.

I’m calling to urge [NAME] to immediately pass legislation to stabilize the insurance market and ensure the ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies are fully funded. The American people want a bipartisan fix to the ACA, not a political sabotage of the law.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Action 4  – [HOUSE & SENATE] – Thank AG Bob Ferguson

From Seattle Indivisible

Thanks to our proactive state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, has just joined 20 other states in suing the Trump administration over ending the CSR subsidies. Let’s send emails to thank Bob Ferguson for his leadership and encourage him to continue to throw his resources behind the lawsuit to protect our healthcare.

Email AG Bob Ferguson

[SAMPLE EMAIL SUBJECT LINE:] Thanks to AG Ferguson for standing up for healthcare

[SAMPLE EMAIL TEXT]: “Hi, my name is [NAME]. I’m from [CITY] and I’m a member of Indivisible Eastside. I would like to thank Attorney General Ferguson for his leadership in the fight to support the ACA. Thank you for joining the lawsuit to challenge Trump’s suspension of CSR subsidies. Please continue to fight to protect our healthcare and continue to throw your resources into protecting us from this administration’s sabotage.”

More Actions You Can Take:

Volunteer Opportunities for November 7th Election

Volunteer for Manka Dhingra

A: Through 45th District Democrats:  https://www.45thdemocrats.org/2017-special-election/

Oct 7-21st Doorbell for Manka

  • Under Canvassing click on “sign up online
  • Or stop by Manka’s campaign headquarters, 8151 164th Ave NE, Redmond
  • Or contact one of the Campaign organizers:

Oct 22nd – Nov 7th Get Out the Vote Phonebank at campaign headquarters, 8151 164th Ave NE, Redmond First-time phone bankers are welcome. We’ll have training and scripts for you to use.

  • Under Phonebanking click “Sign up online
  • Or contact Lainie at lainie@electmanka.com or 360.431.9355.

B: Through Fuse WA: Saturdays Oct 21 and Nov 4, 10-2.

Fuse WA is hosting Canvassing events for Manka.  Look for upcoming events or signup at http://act.fusewashington.org/survey/OVC_Event_Signup_Fall2017

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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