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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 Jan 17, 2022

    ๐Ÿ”น Our area blood supply is dangerously low. Please consider donating now if you are eligible.

    ๐Ÿ”น ACLU sent out an update regarding the action we had last week on family separation. The administration is asking for public comment and they made this link to make it super easy.

    ๐Ÿ”นThe Washington State Tax Structure Work Group is interested in getting input from individual taxpayers and businesses through these surveys that will be open through January 31, 2022.

    ๐Ÿ”น The city of Bellevue is gathering feedback from community members about road  safety around schools. Fill out the survey HERE.

    ๐Ÿ”น Please join us online Jan. 22nd, from 3-4:30 as we celebrate 5 years of activism together.  Register once and youโ€™ll be registered for all 2022 meetings. https://bit.ly/IE-Monthly-2022

    ๐Ÿ”นHere are your 3 actions this week:

    โœŠ Action 1 โ€“ Voting Rights Legislation NOW!

    On this special day when our nation commemorates the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. listen to his words. We must continue to pressure our legislators to pass voting rights.  Last Thursday, Leader Schumer adjourned the Senate until this Tuesday, due to Covid-19 and an impending storm in the D.C. area.  Before that adjournment the House passed new legislation, HR 5746, the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. This act will ensure that voters can safely and freely cast their ballots, stop partisan  gerrymandering, limit the influence of dark money in politics, and hold elected officials and our institutions accountable. This bill is vital to protecting the freedom to vote for all Americans.

    โ˜Ž Sample Script:

    “Hello, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP] and I am calling to ask you to do whatever it takes to pass HR 5746, the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, now. This bill is vital for protecting our democracy and allowing the freedom to vote for all Americans. 

    Thank you.”

    โœŠ Action 2 โ€“ Vote YES! on school levies

    Ballots will be mailed this week for the Feb. 8th Special Election and our schools need your vote now more than ever! The pandemic has been very hard on school budgets, so we need to make sure this supplemental funding gets renewed. Learn more about the levies using the links below.

    Levy Websites: Lake Washington School District | Bellevue School District | Issaquah School District | Renton School District | Mercer Island School District

    Organizations that have been upset about school closures and board elections will be out in force trying to undermine our public schools by trying to persuade voters to vote against these levies. We need to make sure there are more of us that support our public schools.

    And now VOTE!

    โœŠ Action 3 โ€“ My Pillow Guy Republicans need to return taxpayer money

    Three Washington State Republicans attended a conference with the infamous My Pillow Guy, Mike Lindell, about election conspiracies this summer, and the state reimbursed them for their travel expenses. The Seattle Times Editorial Board wrote this opinion piece that the legislators should return that money. If you agree that taxpayer money should not be used to attend a highly partisan, conspiracy theory laden event about the Big Lie that the 2020 Election was stolen, please contact Republican Minority Leader Wilcox.

    You can click on the EMAIL link to generate a prefilled email. Please review the email carefully, add you CITY, ZIP and sign your name before sending

    Representative J.T. Wilcox: (253) 329-5194 | EMAIL

    โ˜Ž Sample Script:

    “Hello, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP] and I am writing to ask you to demand your colleagues, Representatives Sutherland, Kraft, and Klippert, return the taxpayer funds that they received to attend a conspiracy laden conference to support the Big Lie that the 2020 Election was stolen. Taxpayer funds should not be used for such partisan actions to subvert our democracy. 

    Thank you.”

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    For the Week of Jan 10, 2022

    ๐Ÿ”น The 2022 Legislative Session begins today and it is a short session. Things will move quickly, so it is important to make sure our voices are heard. It is easier than ever to do that with the virtual tools that have been put in place during the pandemic. Also, now is a good time to review overall priorities being discussed for the legislative session, plus this yearโ€™s list of bills from the Washington Environmental Priorities Coalition. Most importantly, make sure you are signed up on the Take Action Network to be sure you receive all the calls to action you are interested in. 

    ๐Ÿ”น Next week ballots will be mailed out for the February special election and Eastside school districts need to renew their levies. These are not new taxes. State law requires that we vote to renew levies every four years. The levies bridge the funding gap between the money the state provides and the high quality of education we have come to expect from our districts.

    On Wed, Jan 12th at 6pm the 41st Democrats will hold an information session on Zoom to learn about local district levies. Click the link to join. It will cover:

    • Background on Washington levies with Melissa Devita, Bellevue Schools Deputy Superintendent, Financial Services and Operations
    • A panel discussion and Q&A with representatives for each of our school districts
    • An opportunity to speak directly with representatives from your school district in a breakout session

    During the pandemic, levies have covered improvements in heating and air filtration, student laptops for remote learning, and increased nursing staff and counselors. For example in the Bellevue School District, the state only funds 3 nurse positions for over 20,000 students, but the levy provides for an additional 20 positions. They also pay for elementary school art and music, world languages in middle school, special education services and advanced learning programs, sports and after-school activities, collaborative STEM learning, and more.

    Levy Websites: Lake Washington School District | Bellevue School District | Issaquah School District | Renton School District | Mercer Island School District

    ๐Ÿ”น Please join us online Jan. 22nd, from 3-4:30 as we celebrate 5 years of activism together.  Register once and youโ€™ll be registered for all 2022 meetings. https://bit.ly/IE-Monthly-2022 

    ๐Ÿ”น Here are your 3 actions this week:

    โœŠ Action 1 โ€“ Voting Rights Legislation NOW!

    As we approach MLK, Jr. Day next Monday, let us stand in solidarity with his family who have asked not to celebrate his holiday until voting rights legislation has passed. We have one week to get that done, so please call or write to your Senators, Leader Schumer and President Biden every day this week and tell them to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act now. 

    โ˜Ž Sample Script:

    “Hello, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP] and I am calling to ask you to do whatever it takes to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights act now. This needs to be done by January 17th, so we can celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and  honor his legacy. 

    Thank you.”

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

    โœŠ Action 2 โ€“ Ask President Biden to act in good faith for the families separated at the border

    In October of 2019, the ACLU filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for the families who were separated from their children at the border. Last month, the Department of Justice halted negotiations it had begun to come to a settlement, after a leaked report brought political backlash from the right. The ACLU is still in negotiations with the administration over other issues including the legal status of those separated families. 

    โ˜Ž Sample Script:

    “Hello, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP] and I am calling to ask President Biden to make good on his campaign promise to do justice for the thousands of families separated by the Trump administrationโ€™s criminal zero-tolerance policy. It is disappointing that right wing political pressure has caused you to halt your financial negotiations with the families. I urge you to continue to negotiate in good faith, and consider granting these families the legal status they sought when they made the difficult journey to our border in the first place. It is up to you to right the wrongs of this American tragedy. 

    Thank you.”

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

    โœŠ Action 3 โ€“ Support the Snoqualmie Tribe by respecting their land

    From the Snoqualmie Tribe

    The Ancestral Lands Movement seeks to spread awareness of the Snoqualmie people who have lived in the southern Salish Sea since time immemorial and share the significance of these lands and provide information on how people can help the Tribe in respecting, restoring, and protecting these lands. As the Salish Sea region has grown in population, the Snoqualmie Tribe’s ancestral lands have been heavily impacted by recreation. This impact is especially apparent at the popular trails in the Snoqualmie corridor area where increased visitation has resulted in a degradation of the land. Watch this brief video

    Sign the pledge to be a good steward of their land and support their Ancestral Lands Movement. 

    If you enjoy visiting the beautiful Snoqualmie Falls, consider supporting the tribe’s effort to limit the number of helicopter tours near the falls. Take our previous action HERE.

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    For the Week of Jan 3, 2022

    ๐Ÿ”น Happy New Year! Can it be nearly 5 years since we started this journey together? Sometimes it seems longer, and other times just yesterday. Please join us online Jan. 22nd, from 3-4:30 as we celebrate 5 years of activism together.  Register once and youโ€™ll be registered for all 2022 meetings. https://bit.ly/IE-Monthly-2022 

    ๐Ÿ”นHere are your 2 actions this week – they are the ones from Dec 20th, but weโ€™re repeating, as many may have missed them due to the holidays, and theyโ€™re important!

    โœŠ Action 1 โ€“ Weigh in on if Indivisible Eastside should be listed as an endorser

    Did you know that Houghton-area and East Bellevue-area voters have much greater representation and influence in city planning than other residents do due to a relic of a 1967 state law that created community councils with veto powers? All other community councils have been disbanded, but these two alone still exist in Washington.

    On Dec 14, the Kirkland City Council unanimously voted to include sunsetting of the Houghton Community Council (HCC) on the City’s legislative agenda for 2022.  This is an important first step towards structural equity in Kirkland. The City is letting the State legislature know that Kirkland needs a change in state law so that every voter’s vote has equal influence, regardless of the Kirkland neighborhood in which we live. Unlike a few folks in Houghton the other 90% of Kirkland residents do not have the benefit of representation by a veto-wielding community council. 

    Grassroots volunteers who live in Kirkland are currently working closely with Kirkland-area Representatives Larry Springer (LD 45) and Amy Walen (LD 48) to introduce legislation in the Washington State House to sunset the Houghton Community Council (HCC). They will also be working with legislators in the 41st LD, which covers Bellevue, to explore if the East Bellevue Community Council (EBCC) should also be included in this law change. 

    Your Steering committee has been asked for permission to list Indivisible Eastside as an endorser. We do not endorse candidates, but with input from our members, we are considering this request. We need your input!

    Action:

    These steps will enable Steering to make an informed decision about whether our members support Indivisible Eastside being listed as an endorser of this proposed law change. Weโ€™ll make a decision after the January 22nd group meeting.

    โœŠ Action 2 โ€“ Get ready for the 2022 Legislative Session by signing up for Take Action Network

    The legislative session starts January 10, 2022 and ends March 10th. Thatโ€™s 60 short days for our representatives to continue working on bills that didnโ€™t quite pass last session, introduce new policy, and beat back Republican efforts to weaken bills that have passed. 

    The best and most effective way to be engaged is to sign up for Take Action Network (TAN), our Washington-state Indivisible portal that helps you find and organize actions to take. Last session 22 Washington Indivisible Legislative Action (WILA) bill trackers – including Allison and Hanna – used TAN to track 178 bills and create 438 Calls to Action (CTAs) on 110 of those bills. An incredible 10,422 actions were reported taken, thanks to the efforts of these bill trackers, the WILA support team and everyone who shared TAN actions to their Indivisible group.

    One of the Pandemic accommodations that Washington state used last session was the ability to sign in Pro or Con for a bill before a committee hearing. In the past you would have to physically be in Olympia to register your position. This accommodation will be retained this session and TAN makes that action VERY easy. 

    Get ready to be part of this. Click HERE to learn about TAN – or refresh your memory (red and yellow buttons). For those without a TAN profile, accept the invitation from Indivisible Eastside to sign up (green button).

    Then Join Indivisible Tacoma for TAN 101 on January 5th.

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    Previous Actions from 2021