Weekly Actions

Members of Congress

  • Sen. Patty Murray
    (202) 224-2621 | Email

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell
    (202) 224-3441 | Email

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st)
    (202) 225-6311 | Email

  • Rep. Kim Schrier (8th)
    (202) 225-7761 | Email

  • Rep. Adam Smith (9th)
    (202) 225-8901 | Email

  • For the Week of Dec 4, 2023

    ???? Our very own steering committee member, Yvonne Brandon, was interviewed recently about her work with The Freedom Writers Collaborative on Rachel Bitecofer’s Podcast highlighting grassroots efforts of resistance. Give it a listen!

    ???? UPDATE: On September 18th, we published an action Tell Senate to Oppose the KOSA Act. Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell said she’s postponing hotlining the Kids Online Safety Act as she works with bill sponsors to address concerns it could restrict content serving the LGBTQ+ community — potentially posing a hurdle to Senate passage this year. Thank you to those of you who took this action. Your advocacy works!

    Here are your 2 actions this week.

    Action 1 – Denounce Targeting of Hospitals in the Gaza Strip

    From National Single Payer

    As we write this newsletter, the pause in the war in Gaza has ended and Israel has resumed bombing. National Single Payer is a national, grassroots organization that organizes locally in the struggle for national single payer health care. On November 29th they released this statement urging for a ceasefire in Gaza and a restoration of the medical infrastructure that has been decimated by the relentless attacks on the area hospitals. Israel’s air and ground offensive has resulted in the shuttering of 21 of Gaza’s 35 hospitals. As of November 12, The World Health Organization (WHO) recorded at least 137 attacks on health care facilities in Gaza, resulting in 521 deaths and 686 injuries. Since October 7, 204 healthcare workers have been killed. Before occupying the hospitals, Israeli soldiers surrounded these facilities with tanks and snipers, preventing the safe passage of staff, patients, and the newly injured victims of continued bombing. Call on President Biden to negotiate a ceasefire and to prevent genocide in Gaza.

    ☎️ Sample Script:

    Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

    I’m calling to urge you to use all your diplomatic powers to enact another ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. The ongoing loss of life in Gaza of over 15,000 has to stop, and the US should not support Netanyahu’s brutal violence. Stop the killing now.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

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

    Action 2 – Support Attorney General’s Civil Rights Investigations and Reform bill

    From ACLU-WA

    There are police departments in our area that have a culture of impunity, where officers or police leaders mock people killed by police, target Black Lives Matter supporters, align with white supremacist extremists, and decorate their break room with disrespective items. Right now, there are very few ways to investigate or change these troubling patterns. We must rely on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to intervene, and they can take years – and that’s if they decide to even take the case. In the meantime, misconduct goes unchecked. This undermines the effectiveness of law enforcement, the confidence of police and community relations, and the achievement of justice.

    The Attorney General’s Civil Rights Investigations and Reform bill, HB 1445, addresses widespread and systemic misconduct at police departments, sheriffs’ offices, and jails. This bill clarifies and expands the AG’s ability to investigate, look into a department’s own data, training, accountability systems, etc. and to bring suit if necessary to make changes to address civil rights abuses and ingrained problems at the department level. Please sign the ACLU petition to vote in support of it at the beginning of the 2024 session.

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