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 July 6, 2020

    🔷 Don’t forget to participate in Blackout Day, on July 7th, by buying from Black-owned businesses. Here are several resources to help you find these businesses.

    You can also donate to the Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County Investment Fund here.

    🔷 Register to attend the July 12 Monthly meeting at 3:00 pm. See details in Action 1 below.

    🔷 On July 13, we will host Jevin West, Director of the Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington. His talk ‘Calling BS: Combating Strategic Misinformation’ is sure to open your eyes. This webinar is part of the Washington Indivisible Network series of monthly calls. Register here.

    🔷 The August primary is coming up! If you need to register to vote or change your address, the deadline is July 27. You can find everything you need here. Ballots drop on July 17 and have to be mailed or dropped off in a ballot box by Election Day, Aug. 4.

    The King County Democrats endorsements can be found here.

    The FUSE Progressive Voters Guide will be available here later this week.

    🔷 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [You] Continue to work on issues of racial justice

    At our July 12 group meeting we will hear from Fernell Miller, founder of The Root of Us, a diversity and equity consultancy. She will talk about how, as community members, we can learn more about inequity and begin to acquire the skills to work towards more equitable and collaborative communities.

    Ms. Miller has provided some resources that she would like us to consider before the meeting, to get our personal input and to broaden our understanding of the issues. The resources are focused on the educational system and will serve as an entry point into how policing Black, Indigenous and People of Color affects our communities. The surveys help shed light on how privilege and power dynamics affect us internally and how they play out in the systems we use in daily life.

    • Please fill out this survey as best you can, choosing the category that you best relate to. Even if you don’t feel able to answer every question your participation will help to illustrate how positive and negative experiences at school affect students.
    • Watch these videos.
      Terry Harris: How are the Children?

    GPA Fatigue: A Reflection on the Grading System (Spoken Word Poem)

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    Action 2 – [You] Add your voice to the campaign to Stop Hate for Profit

    We all know that Facebook has a terrible record when it comes to promoting hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism, and violence. Their attempts to combat false and divisive narratives have been too little, too late, and have come only under extreme pressure. Now the non-profit group Stop Hate for Profit is hitting them where it hurts – their income from advertisers. Since July 1, more than 900 companies have called on businesses to “hit pause on hate” and not advertise on Facebook in July (updated number of companies from Sleeping Giants Twitter feed). The social network makes nearly all of its money from ads, raking in more than $70 billion in revenue last year.

    As a consumer, you can add your voice to this campaign by filling out the petition on their website and demanding that Facebook make permanent changes to their policies. Enough is enough!

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    Action 3 – [You] Protest the use of Covid-19 Relief funds being diverted from K-12 public schools to help private schools

    From NPR

    At the end of June the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, proposed including K-12 private schools in the relief funds which will be made available by the CARES Act. This interpretation of the rules could mean that districts serving low-income students could be required to spend relief money on more affluent, private school neighbors. At this time when public schools need all the help they can get to remediate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, it is unconscionable to divert funds to private schools who are better able to weather financial hardships, and who should not be on the receiving end of public funding.

    Please leave a comment on outlining your opposition to this. The deadline for comments is July 31.

    ☎ Sample Script: (Edit to personalize)

    “Funding from the CARES Act should be directed to low income K-12 public schools, as it was intended, and not diverted to private schools to fulfil a political agenda. This proposed rule could significantly harm the vulnerable students who were intended to benefit the most from the CARES Act relief.”

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