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

  • Rep. Kim Schrier (8th)
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  • Rep. Adam Smith (9th)
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  • For the Week of February 11, 2019

    🔷 Hello from the Snowpocalypse. We hope you are warm and dry and enjoying the beauty of this winter wonderland. Please consider donating to an agency such as Mary’s Place or other agencies in King County that help unsheltered people during extreme weather.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [WA STATE LEGISLATURE] Healthcare, Gun Safety, Environment bills

    From Indivisible Kirkland

    As always, a lot is going on this week. Lobby your legislators from the cozy warmth of home!  Please don’t get overwhelmed, -review the bills listed below and pick a few (or more) issue areas to focus on.  Any bill that hasn’t been voted out of issue committee by February 22nd is DEAD. These next two weeks are crucial!  

    Health Care & Reproductive Rights:

    • SB 5395:  Requiring comprehensive sexual health education in public schools.  This curriculum must be evidence-informed, medically and scientifically accurate, age appropriate, and inclusive.
      • This bill is being heard this week.  (Thank you to everyone who pushed for a hearing for it!)
      • Please contact the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Chair, Lisa Wellman, to indicate your support for this bill and encourage her to get it passed out of committee ASAP.
    • SB 5371:  Protecting consumers from excessive increases in insulin drug prices
      • Please contact Annette Cleveland, the Chair of the Health and Long Term Care Committee, and thank her for co-sponsoring this bill and ask her to pass it out of committee this week.  
      • If you are in LD 45, please contact Manka Dhingra, who is on this committee to ask her to pass it out of committee this week.
    • SB 5602:  Reproductive Health Access for All Act
      • This bill will protect the rights of transgender individuals and expand immigrants’ access to a full range of reproductive health care. (From Planned Parenthood)
      • This bill is being heard in the Health & Long Term Care Committee.  Please contact the Chair, Annette Cleveland, to thank her for co-sponsoring this bill and to ask that she vote it out of committee ASAP.  
      • If you are in LD 45, please contact Manka Dhingra, who is on this committee and is a co-sponsor of this bill, to thank her for her work in this area and let her know how much you want to see this bill move forward.
    • HB 1531:  Concerning medical debt
      • This bill provides guidelines for how medical debt is collected in order to better protect patients.
      • This bill is being heard in the Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee this week.  Please contact the Chair, Laurie Jinkins, to thank her for sponsoring it and to ask her to pass this bill out of committee this week.
      • If you’re in LD 41, contact My-Linh Thai
      • If you’re in LD 45, contact Roger Goodman
      • If you’re in LD 48, contact Amy Walen (co-sponsor)
      • All three are on the Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee. Ask them to pass this bill out of committee this week.

    Gun Safety:

    • SB 5434/HB 1530:  Restricting possession of weapons in certain locations
      • This bill prevents people from bringing firearms to child care facilities, libraries, and parks.
      • This bill has hearings in both chambers this week.  
      • SB 5434: Please contact Manka Dhingra, the Vice Chair of Senate Law & Justice, to ask for her support in moving this bill out of committee.  
      • If you’re in LD 48, Please contact Patty Kuderer, who is on this committee to thank her for co-sponsoring and ask for her support in moving this bill out of committee.
      • HB 1530: Please contact the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Chair, Laurie Jinkins, to thank her for co-sponsoring this bill and ask her to push to get this bill passed out of committee ASAP.
      • If you’re in LD 41, contact My-Linh Thai
      • If you’re in LD 45, contact Roger Goodman
      • If you’re in LD 48, contact Amy Walen
      • All three are on the Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee. Ask them to pass this bill out of committee this week.

    Environment & Climate Change:

    • HB 1110: Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels.
      • This bill is being heard in the Transportation Committee this week.  Please contact Jake Fey, the Transportation Chair, to ask him to vote this bill out of committee ASAP.
    • SB 5576:  Improving climate science education
      • This bill creates stronger standards for science education regarding the environment and sustainability.  It also addresses teacher training.
      • This bill has a hearing this week. Please contact Lisa Wellman, the Chair of the Early Learning & K12 Committee, to ask for her support in moving this bill out of committee.
      • If you’re in LD 5, contact Mark Mullet who is on this committee. Ask for his support passing this bill out of committee.

    Action 2 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Support the Green New Deal Resolution

    From Indivisible.org and Sunrise Movement

    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey have introduced a Joint Resolution for a Green New Deal. If resolutions get enough cosponsors, they can become a major driver of the policy debate! If not, they can get lost in the political shuffle and fade into oblivion.

    From Politico’s The Impossible Green Dream of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

    “The official rollout of the Green New Deal last Thursday was met with a barrage of skepticism from well-intentioned fact-checkers, badly intentioned climate trolls, and desperate-to-look-savvy pundits, all focusing on the logistical and political impossibilities of transforming the economy as rapidly as the Green New Deal envisions. And they’re right: Its goals really do seem impossible to achieve.

    “But they’re all missing the point. If anything, they’re helping the Green New Deal’s backers to make their point, which is that climate change is an unprecedented emergency that requires unprecedented action, so America needs to try to do seemingly impossible things.  …

    “It actually will be impossible to enact a Green New Deal while Trump is in the White House, but the resolution still has two useful purposes. It’s primarily a political manifesto, a messaging device designed to commit the Democratic Party to treating the climate crisis like a real crisis, pressuring its presidential candidates to support radical transformation of the fossil-fueled economy. At the same time, the Green New Deal is a policy proposal—or at least a sketch of one, a way to launch a substantive debate over how Democrats will attack the crisis if they do regain the White House.”

    Action 2A – Get the facts:

    Action 2B – Contact your representative:

    Sample Script for Adam Smith:

    Hi! My name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to thank congressman Smith for his support of a Green New Deal! Climate change is the most urgent challenge of our time, and his support of the Green New Deal resolution (House Resolution 109) demonstrates he understands the kind of action we need to take to prevent catastrophic levels of global warming. The climate crisis is a real crisis and broad democratic support for the resolution shows the Democrats are serious about tackling it head on, in a big way. It’s time to be bold. Thank you for stepping up to speak out in support of House Resolution 109!

    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]

    Sample Script for other Reps:

    Hi! My name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling because I want to urge [NAME] to co-sponsor the resolution in support of a Green New Deal. Climate change is the most urgent challenge of our time, and supporting the Green New Deal resolution (House Resolution 109) would demonstrate that [NAME] understands the kind of action we need to take to prevent catastrophic levels of global warming. The climate crisis is a real crisis and broad democratic support for the resolution shows the Democrats are serious about tackling it head on, in a big way. It’s time to be bold. Please support and co-sponsor House Resolution 109.  

    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 2C – consider attending an event at your Senator or Representative’s office:

    Action 3 – [AG Bob Ferguson] Sheriffs Must Enforce The Law!

    Sheriffs, mostly from Eastern Washington, are refusing to enforce I-1639 (the initiative that placed certain limits on gun sales) on the basis of pending litigation against the measure filed by the NRA last November. Only the age limit requirement for purchasing automatic weapons has gone into effect so far with the rest of the  measure set to take effect on July 1. The non-abiding sheriffs are technically only in violation of enforcing the age limit.

    Contact Attorney General Bob Ferguson (360) 753-6200 –or–  Email, and King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht (206) 296-0100 –or– Email.

    Sample Script:

    Hello, this is [NAME] calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am very concerned with the disregard for the law exhibited by some Sheriffs in Washington State. I-1639 was approved by nearly 60% of Washington voters, and we expect law enforcement to do their job. Please take whatever measures in your power to impress upon these errant sheriffs that lawlessness is not part of their job description. Thank you.

    Steering Spotlight Featuring Marcelle Van Houten

    • What moved you to join Indivisible Eastside? Seven friends got together after Trump was elected to commiserate and find a way to channel our frustrations. Two days before our meeting, Rachel Maddow talked about the Indivisible Guide and interviewed Indivisible co-founder Ezra Levin. We downloaded the document and brought it to our meeting and were inspired. At the meeting we jumped onto Facebook and started our own group page. To our astonishment, over the next few weeks more and more people found us, and our group of seven has grown to almost 2200!
    • What have you learned about yourself in the past 2 years?  That I am inspired by the fact that so many people are working hard to bring some sense to these horrible times.
    • What do you do for IE? I am less active than the other Steering Committee members, but I work as Treasurer handling finances, FB page moderator, and generally help whenever I can.
    • Fun fact about yourself: While on a high school trip to Washington DC I got to meet Muhammad Ali. 
    • What’s your background? My parents immigrated to the US from Holland after my older brother was born. I was born in California and I am fluent in Dutch. I am an environmental consultant with a degree in Fisheries and Marine Science. Most of my career I’ve worked as a dam biologist (on hydropower projects). 

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