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For the Week of Nov 30, 2020
🔷 Recently we asked you to sign petitions to add two PCC workers to the slate for election to their Board of Trustees. The petitions are now available for you to download and print at home. There is one for each of the two candidates, Laurae McIntyre and Donna Rasmussen. The candidates each need 2,000 signatures to run for the election so please share these with anyone you know who is a PCC member so that workers there can have representation on the Board.
🔷 There are several new Town Halls planned by the Washington Indivisible Network (WIN), as the new session of the state legislature approaches, on Civil Rights and on the State Budget and Covid. There will also be Town Halls in December with Representatives Adam Smith, Kim Schrier and Pramila Jayapal. Please register to attend.
🔷 Here are your three Actions this week:
✊ Action 1 – [You] Flip the Senate – Georgia Resources
Nationally, the focus is on flipping the Senate by winning the two runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5th. Support Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in their races by utilizing these tried and trusted resources. There are also some state races that are covered by these campaigns that are important to support.
- We are hosting combined letter writing and postcard sessions for the next two Sundays. Please register to attend, and use the following links to get started if you haven’t written letters and/or postcards in the past.
- VoteForward has more addresses for writing to voters. You can sign up here if you haven’t already registered with them.
- The Georgia Postcard Project will have postcards available for out of state writers. You can also join their Facebook Group.
- Postcards to Voters has addresses for Georgia listed. You can request them now or register with them if you haven’t written with them before. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help.
- Donate: These races are now the most important to fund, as they are our last chance to take power from Mitch McConnell.
- Split evenly between the two races: Get Mitch or Die Trying-Georgia Edition
- Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Organization: GASenate.com
- Movement Voter Project supports local organizing groups in GA: Movement Voter PAC-Georgia Fund
- The New Georgia Project helps register voters: Donate to the New Georgia Project
- Black Voters Matter helps register and civically engage their communities: Donate to BVM
- Phonebank or Text: There are many organizations gearing up. Here are a few:
- Call Georgia Voters · Warnock for Georgia (currently at capacity but check back)
- Jon Ossoff for Senate Events · Mobilize
- Phone Bank for Georgia Runoff Race for U.S. Senate! · Flip the West
Elizabeth Standal would like to hold some phone banking sessions for IE members to support the work of the local Georgia organizations. Please contact her at email@example.com if you are interested in helping with this effort.
✊ Action 2 – [WA LEGISLATURE] Ask legislators to ensure access to critical health services for all WA patients
From the ACLU-WA
Health systems across Washington are limiting the reproductive, end-of-life, and LGBTQ+ related care that residents need. This problem is exacerbated by the large number of health systems that have merged in our state. These mergers often result in fewer health care options for patients and can be devastating when, for example, hospitals or clinics with religious institutional policies restrict or deny services.
When a patient goes to a hospital or clinic, they expect their doctor or nurse to provide them with medical care based on the provider’s independent, evidence-based medical judgment. Yet across Washington, health entities are, without medical purpose, restricting the care doctors and nurses may offer to patients. These restrictions disproportionately harm women, the LGBTQ+ community, communities of color, people seeking end-of-life care, low-income populations, and people living in rural areas.
No patient should have their care delayed or denied, especially not when the person is miscarrying or suffering from an ectopic pregnancy. Yet in Washington state this continues to happen, placing the lives and health of patients at risk.
Further, refusing to allow doctors to serve as attending or consulting physicians under the Death with Dignity Act (“DWD Act”) places vulnerable patients in difficult if not impossible situations. As a result of these circumstances, significant suffering and even violent suicide have occurred in our state.
Please ask your state legislators to support legislation to ensure that patients have the care that they need. In addition, there is a need for healthcare systems to be accountable to state regulators when merges are proposed to ensure access to healthcare for all residents.
- Sen. Derek Stanford (SD1) | (360) 786-7600 | Email
- Sen. Mark Mullet (SD5) | (360) 786-7608 | Email
- Sen. Lisa Wellman (SD41) | (360) 786-7641 | Email
- Sen. Manka Dhingra (SD45) | (360) 786-7672 | Email
- Sen. Patty Kuderer (SD48) | (360) 786-7694 | Email
- Davina Duerr (LD1) | (360) 786-7928 | Email
- Shelley Kloba (LD1) | (360) 786-7900 | Email
- Lisa Callan (LD5) | (360) 786-7876 | Email
- Bill Ramos (LD5) | (360) 786-7852 | Email
- Tana Senn (LD41) | (360) 786-7894 | Email
- My-Linh Thai (LD41) | (360) 786-7926 | Email
- Roger Goodman (LD45) | (360) 786-7878 | Email
- Larry Springer (LD45) | (360) 786-7822 | Email
- Vandana Slatter (LD48) | (360) 786-7936 | Email
- Amy Walen (LD48) | (360) 786-7848 | Email
☎ Sample Script:
“I ask you to support legislation this session to support the rights of pregnant women, dying patients. and LGBTQ+ residents of our state to receive the healthcare that they need. No matter where a patient lives or seeks medical treatment, they should trust that they can get the care they need.
In addition, there is also a need for healthcare systems to be accountable to state regulators when mergers are proposed. When health systems merge, the government must ensure that communities are able to access the care they need, when they need it.
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 3 – [Governor Inslee] Ask the Governor to extend the eviction moratorium to March 2021
The COVID-19 recession has left many families in our state and around the country unable to pay rent. The scope of the issue is enormous. At the end of October, more than 500,000 renters in Washington were using credit cards or short-term loans to meet their basic spending needs, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse survey — an increase of about 100,000 from the month before. More than 150,000 renters reported “no confidence” they could pay the following month’s rent, an increase of about 30,000. In total, 63,000 tenants were occupying their homes without paying rent. Keeping people housed is an important contribution to managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Preventing eviction helps to prevent exposure to COVID.
The current eviction moratorium was extended to the end of 2020 in October but with no federal funds on the horizon and the State legislature not in session, no relief is in sight. In addition, the governor is currently considering imposing conditions on the moratorium, which would create new loopholes in the law. Please contact Governor Jay Inslee and ask him to extend the moratorium until March 31, 2021, which will give the legislature the chance to come up with solutions. Please also ask him not to weaken the moratorium so that the strongest possible protections can be in place for those in danger of losing their homes.
- Governor Jay Inslee – EMAIL
☎ Sample Script:
“I am writing to ask you to extend the current moratorium on eviction from rented housing until March 2021, in order to give the state legislature an opportunity to come up with solutions. Ending this essential safeguard in the middle of winter, and with the COVID-19 pandemic still not under control, will cause unimaginable hardship to Washington residents. I urge you to ensure that the protections that it offers continue for as long as is necessary. “
Calendar of Online or Recorded Events:
- A recent recorded event worth checking out: 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
- Washington Indivisible Network – Environment Town Hall with Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon & Sen. Marko Liias
- Thur Dec 3, 7 pm – Washington Legislature Town Hall: Civil Rights with Sen. Jamie Pedersen, Rep. Debra Entenman and Rep. My-Linh Thai. Register to attend.
- Sun Dec 6, 7:30 – 8:30 pm Postcards and Letters To Georgia Dec 6
- Tue Dec 8, 7 pm – Washington Legislature Town Hall: State Budget and COVID with Sen. Manka Dhingra. Register to attend.
- Sat Dec 12, 4 – 5:30 pm – IE Monthly Zoom Meeting – Register to attend.
- Sun Dec 13, 7:30 – 8:30 pm – Postcards and Letters To Georgia Dec 13
- Tue Dec 15, 7 pm – Indivisible Town Hall: CD9 with Rep. Adam Smith. Register to attend.
- Thur Dec 17, 7 pm – Indivisible Town Hall: CD8 with Rep. Dr. Kim Schrier. Register to attend.
- Tue Dec 22, 7 pm – Indivisible Town Hall: CD7 with Rep. Pramila Jayapal. Register to attend.
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