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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 June 20, 2022 

    🔹 Happy Juneteenth! This Juneteenth, please support local businesses owned by our Black neighbors and donate to awesome Black candidates! Pinckney Cookie Cafe, Black Coffee Northwest, Mixed Coffee, Metier Brewing, NW Tree Huggers, The Ally League, Jamila Taylor (see candidate highlight below), April Berg, Brandy Donaghy (Thanks Elizabeth S for the great FB Post!)

    🔹 Join Postcards4WA on Zoom Sunday June 26th, 7pm for the 2022 Kickoff Party! Meet and learn about Postcards4WA candidates and get your questions answered by the Postcards4WA team. And there will be Door Prizes! Categories include Kickoff Party attendees and anyone already signed up for 2022.

    See all the details for signing up for Postcards4WA and the Kickoff Party HERE.

    🔹 ICYMI: Last week, President Biden announced that he would invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) to pave the way for higher domestic production of clean energy technologies like solar, building insulation, heat pumps, fuel cells, and power grid infrastructure (like transformers).

    This is a massive win!!! (Here’s Indivisible Co-Founder Leah talking about just how big of a victory it is!)

    Getting Biden to invoke the DPA was the foundation of Indivisible’s Let’s Go Joe climate goals and was also on the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ list of priorities.  

    🔹Here are your 2 actions this week plus a candidate highlight from Kat.

    Action 1 – Comment on the Lower Snake River Dam Salmon Recovery plan

    From Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network (COIN) and Indivisible Bellingham

    Last fall, Governor Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray launched a joint federal-state process to deliver a comprehensive plan for recovery of salmon and steelhead, including a decision by July 31, 2022 on the removal of four federally-owned dams on the lower Snake River.

    As part of their joint federal-state process, a draft report, and a public comment period, is available now at lsrdoptions.org. The draft report is a comprehensive compilation of information to identify replacement options for the aging energy, irrigation, and transportation services currently provided by the lower Snake River dams.

    Public comments will be accepted until 5pm on July 11, 2022.

    Take Action: Visit the WildSalmon.org take-action web page. It has all the tools you need to comment and contact key legislators.  Add the following wording when commenting: 

    1. Website Action 1 – choose the online comment option and include:

    The report’s tables only show the costs of breaching the dams with no table summarizing the costs of leaving the dams in place. Please provide a companion data table reflecting the costs of leaving the dams in place — which will provide a more accurate comparison of costs.

    1. Website Action 2 – For Senator Cantwell comment, add into the suggested language: 

    It is critical that the Senate version of the Water Resources Act of 2022 (S4136) does not contain language similar to Title V, Section 502 in the House version that creates a ban on action to breach the lower Snake River Dams.  Further study is not needed; the salmon can’t wait.

    1. Website Action 3 – Contact President Biden with suggested language or use your own. 

    Learn more:

    Action 2 – Urge Your Senators to Support Senator Murphy’s Gun Safety Package

    From Indivisible.org

    Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) has reached a deal with 10 Republicans, who have previously refused to take legislative action on gun safety measures. For the first time in 30 years, thanks to the leadership of Democrats, Congress has a real chance to pass gun safety reforms, which is a good first step towards ending inaction on gun violence. Although we know Senators Murray and Cantwell are on board, they need to hear from us anyway. Additionally, please forward this to friends and family in other states asking them to take action to make sure this important package passes.

    To be clear, this package does not go nearly far enough to address the dangerous cocktail of guns, hatred and political inaction that are costing us our lives like we saw in Uvalde, in Buffalo, in Aurora, in Parkland, and in every state in this nation.  We need the Senate to pass universal background checks to begin to address the rampant violence communities across the country are facing. Requiring background checks for every firearm sale is a common sense reform that is supported by over 90% of Americans. 

    ☎ Sample script:

    “Please prioritize the safety of our community by voting to pass Senator Chris Murphy’s package of Gun Safety bills that provides enhanced background checks for 18-20 year olds, provides funding for important state Red Flag Laws to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is adjudged to pose a threat to themselves or others, closes the “boyfriend” loophole, and reduces gun trafficking. It is my sincere wish that the US Senate can see the importance of these bills and act. 

    Moving forward, please work to either ban assault-style weapons, or at the very least raise the age of purchasing semi automatic rifles from 18 to 21, create new requirements for storing guns in a home with children, and require that all firearms be traceable. Additionally, policies ensuring that all residents have access to food, shelter, education, health, and clean water will turn people away from violence and towards community. Please prioritize policies that build healthy communities. 

    Thank you.

    [NAME],

    [CITY, ZIP]”

    Candidate Highlight from Kat: Rep. Jamila Taylor, LD30

    I’m supporting Rep. Jamila Taylor (LD30, Federal Way) in her re-election campaign. Rep. Taylor has worked tirelessly to improve policing in Washington state, make sure schools are safe and healthy by getting rid of school lunch co-pays and ensuring schools have access to anti-racism and diversity, equity and inclusion training. She worked on expanding the Working Families Tax Credit, and has a strong focus on making childcare more affordable and accessible. As the Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, Rep. Taylor has spoken on the House floor about the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and answering the challenge of this moment in history. She has two Republican opponents: a police commander and a hard-right MAGA faction adherent. Like in other districts, residents of the 30th are concerned with crime and homelessness, making Rep. Taylor vulnerable to blind calls for “change” and increased policing. 

    Actions you can take:

    • Donate to the campaign HERE.
    • Learn more about Rep. Taylor HERE.
    • Follow Rep. Taylor on Facebook HERE.
    • Tell your friends and neighbors about how important this election is!

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    For the Week of June 13, 2022

    🔹 It was great to see how many March For Our Lives Rallies formed around the country. If you attended one, send a few photos to hello@indivisibleeastside.com! See action 1 for ways to translate the rally energy into action. 

    🔹 Missing: The Indivisible Eastside Banner. Please contact us at hello@indivisibleeastside.com if you have a lead on where it might be. 

    🔹 Please join us for our group meeting and picnic Sat, June 18  at Everest Park in Kirkland from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Bring a book or two and swap it at the book exchange table, play corn hole, write some postcards to voters. Schedule: 10:30 – time to re-connect, 11-12 a short meeting where we’ll talk about how to get engaged in elections in Washington state and beyond, 12-1 byo picnic and activities, 1:00 group photo and surprise activity. Please be sure to register to attend so we know how many people to plan for. We hope to see you on the 18th! 

    Here are your 2 actions this week plus a candidate highlight from Hanna.

    Action 1 – Learn about and help friends take action on Gun Violence

    Ever find yourself talking to a friend or relative who you may not agree with on some things, but who wants to engage constructively on how to address gun violence? If you haven’t, you may in the future, so you might find the following resources helpful. They are also useful when you’re contacting your elected officials at the Federal, State, County and City level to enact policy that will save lives. 

    People with access to food, shelter, education, health, art, beauty, and clean water — who are part of loving and thriving communities, where they are valued, safe, and belong — do not turn to guns. But our society has made it nearly impossible for many folks to attain the essentials for human wellbeing. Violence is the result of that brokenness.

    Prepare – so you know what you’re talking about

    Act – and help others act

    On June 8th, the U.S. House passed a package of eight bills relating to gun control that would raise the age of purchasing semi automatic rifles from 18 to 21, create new requirements for storing guns in a home with children, prevent gun trafficking, require all firearms to be traceable, and close the loophole on bump stocks (devices that increase the rate of fire of semiautomatic weapons), among other things. The next day they passed a “red flag” gun control bill that would allow federal courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is adjudged to pose a threat to themselves or others. 

    Action 1a. Thank your Democratic Representative for voting for these bills and encourage your Senators to vote for the policies they contain. 

    Action 1b.  Talk to three friends or relatives in a state with a Republican Senator and share some of what you learned from the resources above. Forward the Sample Script for Senators and ask them to take action. 

    Sample script for Democratic Representatives (except Jared Golden in Maine)

    Hello, my name is [NAME], from [CITY, ZIP]. Thank you for prioritizing the safety of our community by voting to allow federal courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is adjudged to pose a threat to themselves or others, raise the age of purchasing semi automatic rifles from 18 to 21, create new requirements for storing guns in a home with children, prevent gun trafficking, require all firearms to be traceable, and close the loophole on bump stocks. It is my sincere wish that the US Senate can see the importance of these bills and act. 

    Moving forward, I would like to see a return of the ban on assault rifles. Additionally, enacting policy ensuring that all residents have access to food, shelter, education, health, and clean water will turn people away from violence and towards community. Please prioritize policies that build healthy communities. 

    Thank you.

    [NAME], [CITY, ZIP]

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

    Sample script for Senators:

    Hello, my name is [NAME], from [CITY, ZIP]. Please prioritize the safety of our community by working to pass laws that raise the age of purchasing semi automatic rifles from 18 to 21, banning assault rifles, allow federal courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is adjudged to pose a threat to themselves or others, create new requirements for storing guns in a home with children, prevent gun trafficking, require all firearms to be traceable, and close the loophole on bump stocks. It is my sincere wish that the US Senate can see the importance of these bills and act. 

    Moving forward, policies ensuring that all residents have access to food, shelter, education, health, and clean water will turn people away from violence and towards community. Please prioritize policies that build healthy communities. 

    Thank you.

    [NAME], [CITY, ZIP]

    Action 2 –  Defund disinformation and drain Fox News of advertising revenue

    Fox News is propaganda disguising itself as news. It peddles conspiracy theories, hate speech, and ignorance. Its announcers parrot white nationalist talking points and frequently push racist narratives. Fox News lowers the level of our public discourse, and is a key route for fringe views to make their way into the mainstream. Fox News encourages polarization, fear, and hatred.

    Like any other media organization, Fox News is made possible by its advertisers. Major companies bankroll Fox News with their advertising purchases. Take these 3 actions to weaken Fox News’s relationship with advertisers and defund their  disinformation campaigns:

    Candidate Highlight – from Hanna

    Hanna would like to let you know the importance of electing Secretary of State Steve Hobbs back into the position he currently holds as appointed by Governor Inslee. The secretary of state is in effect the guarantor of the continuity and stability of good government in Washington, with their role extending to the certification, filing, and preservation of public records, the supervision of all aspects of state and local elections, and the registration and regulatory oversight of businesses and charities. Each county Auditor is responsible for the actual administration of their county elections, but it is the SOS’s job to make sure those are done correctly. He is the only Democrat running for this office, and don’t be fooled by his opponent, Julie Anderson, who is not as “non-partisan” as she claims to be. She endorsed Kim Wyman (our former Republican SOS) twice, and has hired Republicans to run her campaign.

    Actions you can take:

    Calendar of Events:

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    Tue July 12, 9 am – 2022 Annual Supreme Court Review – Presented by the National Constitution Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Register to attend.

    Previously Recorded Events of Interest:

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    Resources:


    For the Week of June 6, 2022

    🔹 There are two rallies this week!

    🔹 Please join us for our group meeting and picnic, which will be our first in-person event for over two years! On Sat, June 18, we’ll meet at Everest Park in Kirkland from 10:30-2:00. IE steering has a fun low-key event planned including a book exchange table, corn hole games, postcard writing and more. Schedule: 10:30 – time to re-connect, 11-12 a short meeting, 12-1 byo picnic and activities 1:00 group photo and surprise activity. Please be sure to register to attend so we know how many people to plan for. We hope to see you on the 18th!

    🔹 Sign the Trees4Livability Tree Code Petition to strengthen Bellevue’s tree codes in 2022!

    https://trees4livability.org/tree-code-petition

    🔹Here are your 2 actions this week. Don’t miss the new newsletter feature – a weekly candidate highlight.

    Action 1 – End the Filibuster, Pass Gun Legislation NOW

    The Gun Violence Archive defines mass shootings as “… a minimum of four victims shot, either injured or killed, not including any shooter who may also have been killed or injured in the incident.” According to their data, there have been over 20 mass shootings just since the Uvalde incident. The UK and Australia implemented a gun buyback program and gun control legislation in 1996 after mass shootings, and New Zealand did the same in 2019 after a mass shooting at a mosque. Now, in the wake of the US’s most recent mass shooting in Uvalde, TX, Canada is passing similar legislation to remove assault rifles and handguns. The time to act is now before we are again lulled into complacency which happens all too often.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent living in [CITY, ZIP]. It has been a short time since the horrible mass murder at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas and already there have been more than 20 additional mass shootings. Pleas to the Republicans to “come together” and “work with Democrats on common sense gun safety reforms” will not solve the problem.  Republicans are NOT working in good faith and I am tired of having a minority of Senators block legislation that would be  literally life-saving. I am asking you to publicly call for ending the filibuster so that the Senate can pass common sense gun safety legislation, along with all the other important legislation like voting rights to save our democracy. 

    Thank you.”

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

    Action 2 – Support Food Banks

    NPR had a story last Thursday and another story on their daily podcast Up First (start at 7:52) about how skyrocketing inflation has more people going to food banks. Food banks are also struggling due to increased prices and supply issues, in addition to this increased demand. If you have the means, please consider a monthly monetary donation to a local or national foodbank to help them through this difficult time.

    National:

    Feeding America 

    Local:

    Hopelink

    Northwest Harvest

    Candidate Highlight

    Are you receiving a flood of texts, emails and phone calls from candidates here in Washington and around the country? Could you use some guidance on who to support? Starting this week, IE steering members will share information about candidates they’re supporting and why.

    First up, Louise continues our relationship with Sister District Puget Sound by highlighting their chosen candidate North Carolina State Senator Sydney Batch. Batch is an incumbent in a tough NC district and holding this seat is crucial to stopping Republicans from regaining a supermajority they lost in 2018. NC has a relatively popular (D) Governor who vetoes all of the terrible bills that Republicans pass, but if Senator Batch loses, they can override his veto and the Democrats won’t be able to stop the attacks on public schools, abortion care and voting rights. Read more about Sydney Batch and the race here. 

    Actions you can take:

    Calendar of Events:

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    For the Week of May 30, 2022

    🔹 Yet again we are mourning the loss of many precious lives due to gun violence. 

    • Please donate to the Robb Elementary Memorial Fund. Make all checks payable to the “Robb School Memorial Fund.” Please mail checks to: 200 E Nopal St. Uvalde, TX 78801   For Zelle Donations: robbschoolmemorialfund@gmail.com
    • The shooting in Buffalo caused the only supermarket in the area to shut down. Monetary donations can be made via feedmorewny.org to support the community.  

    🔹 Resources to note about abortion access and support : Northwest Abortion Access Fund | National Network of Abortion Funds  | Abortion FAQ’s: Why Can’t I Say That | Abortion Access FAQ   | If you use a period tracking app, please read this article.

    🔹 The City of Bellevue has opened up application for its Bellevue Essentials Civic Engagement Program for the 10th year! The program is designed for people interested in gaining skills and knowledge around how city government works and how to effectively be involved. Learn more and apply HERE

    🔹 Please save the date for our next group meeting and picnic, which will be our first in-person event for over two years! On Sat, June 18, we’ll meet at Everest Park in Kirkland from 10:30-2:00. Please be sure to register to attend as the regular Zoom registration will not apply. More information to come.

    🔹 Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – Tell Republicans to pass gun legislation now

    On May 14th a gunman killed ten Black people in a racist attack in a grocery store in Buffalo, NY. Just 10 days later, nineteen children and two teachers were killed at the school in Uvalde Texas.  Steve Kerr, coach with the NBA, expressed the outrage that many of us are feeling right now in this video.  Senator Murphy of Connecticut begged his Republican colleagues to work with the Democrats to pass legislation to make these mass murders less likely.

    Sample post to cut and paste: 

    Friends and family in Republican states, please call your Senators to stop this madness and pass two gun control bills passed by House Democrats in March 2021 — HR 8, which would expand background checks, and HR 1446, which would increase the background check waiting period now! https://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedstaff/how-to-call-your-senator-gun-control?

    • March for Our Lives will be gathering in D.C. and across the nation on June 11th. Join the March For Our Lives in Seattle by registering HERE

    Action 2 – Kick Wall Street out of Medicare

    From Physicians for a National Health Program

    On March 8, 2022, less than two weeks after the Biden Administration announced it was doubling down on Medicare privatization by launching the REACH program, a coalition of 250 organizations across the U.S. sent a letter to officials at the Dept. of Health and Human Services urging them to protect, rather than undermine, the future of Traditional Medicare. Medicare REACH will allow third-party middlemen to “manage” care for Traditional Medicare beneficiaries, as did the Direct Contracting program before it. Wall Street investors and private equity firms put considerable amounts of money into some Direct Contracting Entities, and they expect a handsome return on their investment by maximizing the amount of money they receive from the Medicare program (through questionable, sometimes fraudulent, “upcoding” of patient records) and minimizing the amount of money they spend on patient care. 

    Take these four actions to kick profiteers out of Medicare. 

    • Call President Biden at (202) 456-1111 and demand he use executive action to end Direct Contracting and REACH today. Use this SAMPLE SCRIPT to get started. Note that the White House switchboard is only open from 11 am to 3 pm ET (8 am to noon PT) on Tuesdays through Thursdays. 
    • Call your U.S. representative and senators using the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and demand they join the fight against Direct Contracting and REACH. Use this SAMPLE SCRIPT (scroll down to second half) to get started.
    • Sign and share the petition from Physicians for a National Health Program to end Direct Contracting and REACH at ProtectMedicare.net/REACHPetition.
    • Share your Medicare Direct Contracting or Medicare Advantage story (including your DCE enrollment letter) using this FORM. Learn more about sharing your story HERE.

    Action 3 – Rally for Global Covid Vaccine and Treatment Equity

    From Washington Fair Trade Coalition

    Billions of people around the world continue to be denied access to COVID vaccines, tests, and treatments specifically because Europe and the United States are prioritizing the interests of pharmaceutical monopolies ahead of human life and an end to the pandemic. For background, see this article (scroll down below the map) from The Trade Justice Education Fund.

    Ahead of the WTO Ministerial Conference in June, the highest decision-making body of the WTO, activists across the globe will be holding Global Days of Action to call on the European Union, United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States to lift their opposition to a TRIPS waiver for COVID vaccines, tests, and treatments.

    The Washington Fair Trade Coalition will be holding a rally at the German Consulate in Seattle at 6 pm on Thursday, June 9th to call on the German government specifically, and the EU generally, to stop standing in the way of life saving vaccine, test, and treatment equity.

    The world has the technology to save lives and end the COVID pandemic, but only if it is shared.  Please join the call for COVID vaccine, test & treatment equity! Register to attend HERE, or just show up!

    Share the event on Facebook!

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    For the Week of May 23, 2022

    🔹 Thank you to those of you who participated in our Alphabet Resistance event last week. A special shout out to new attendees and to the high schooler who walked by and decided she had half an hour to spare to join us! We loved having you there!

    We are in need of a US flag for our Alpha events. If anyone has one that we could use could you please let us know at hello@indivisibleeastside.com? Thank you.

    🔹 Resources to note about abortion access and support : Northwest Abortion Access Fund | National Network of Abortion Funds  | Abortion FAQ’s: Why Can’t I Say That

    🔹 Thanks also to attendees at our group meeting on Saturday, where we heard from a long list of candidates for office, as well as Kevin Jones from Indivisible Vashon, who shared information on getting out the vote for the midterms. If you missed the meeting you can catch up by reading the meeting notes. (This includes some updates on questions posed to the SOS candidates).

    🔹 Please save the date for our next group meeting and picnic, which will be our first in-person event for over two years! On Sat, June 18, we’ll meet at Everest Park in Kirkland from 10:30-2:00. Please be sure to register to attend as the regular Zoom registration will not apply. More information to come.

    🔹 Here are your 3 actions this week.

    ✊ Action 1 – [Members of Congress] Ask your Members of Congress to protect abortion rights by supporting legislation to expand the Supreme Court

    From indivisible.org

    The Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade and is placing other unenumerated rights like gay marriage in its cross hairs. This is no fluke. Republicans and dark money groups have waged a 50-year campaign to pack the federal judiciary with hundreds of far-right extremist judges. While it’s long past time for Congress to enshrine abortion rights in federal law by ending the filibuster to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act , it unfortunately is not enough to fully protect our right to an abortion.

    The only way to save abortion and other civil rights is to expand the Supreme Court by passing the Judiciary Act of 2021 (H.R. 2584). Every single issue we care about will be challenged in court. That’s why we must act now to unrig our courts before it’s too late.The bill would add four additional justices to the bench and undo the decades of conservative court-packing that got us into this mess.

    The proposal to impose term limits on Supreme Court justices would be more popular and a lot less disruptive than adding more people to the court. The problem is that it’s much less clear whether the Constitution gives Congress the power to do that.

    Since the recent leak of the draft opinion by Justice Alito and his colleagues, half a dozen more House members have signed on to co-sponsor the bill. Unfortunately, the only Washington representative to do so thus far is Rep. Jayapal. Please contact your Representative and ask them to sign on to co-sponsor the bill and give it some momentum in the House. It is time for Democrats to use every tool at their disposal to protect Roe and this bill is one of the most powerful ones that we have. The Supreme Court as it is currently configured does not represent the votes or values of the majority of the population and expansion may be the only thing that saves democracy for future generations.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hello, My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY]. I am writing /calling to ask you to co-sponsor the Judiciary Act of 2021 (H.R. 2584), which would add four justices to the Supreme Court. In light of the likely repeal of Roe v Wade this summer, we have to use every tool at our disposal to ensure not only access to abortion across the country but to protect other civil rights that will be at risk.

    The expansion of the court, which has historical precedent, would allow for better representation of the views and values of the voting public and would help to protect us from the take over of our democracy by minority interests. Please join your colleagues in the House in supporting this important bill. 

    Thank you.

    [Name]”

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

    Action 2 – Attend an important workshop for People for Climate Action’s Bellevue campaign

    Bellevue’s 2023-24 budget is being drafted this summer. At 9:30 am on Saturday June 4, People for Climate Action (PCA) Bellevue is launching a campaign to greatly boost the city’s Environmental Stewardship budget and staffing. The guest speaker will be Councilmember Janice Zahn. Please register to attend.

    This event is important because critical windows of opportunity are coming up this summer and fall.

    • On June 10th the City Council will meet to set their priorities for the coming year. We should flood them with climate focused messages before then.
    •  In July the City Council is supposed to receive a mid-year Environmental Stewardship Plan update. We should make plans for a united response.
    •  In September the city will start their 2023-24 budget hearings.  We need to plan how to best collect many voices so that we are heard loud and clear.

    Bellevue isn’t doing enough. The climate won’t wait. The next few months will make or break the commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030. Please plan to join this workshop to find out how you can help in the coming months.

    Action 3 –  Ask your legislators to take action for Mental Health Awareness Month

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. 21% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2020 (52.9 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults. As a group, we continue to advocate for improved support in our communities for those in crisis, whether immediate or long term. There are several important pieces of legislation in Congress that would improve access to treatment and address the critical workforce shortage in the field. Please ask our legislators to support these bills.

    The National Council for Mental Wellbeing has put together an easy way for you to take action on this. Their ‘Hill Day at Home’ (June 8) not only gives you an opportunity to learn about issues in the mental health field but also offers a way to contact lawmakers to support mental health and substance use treatment initiatives (this can be done now). By using the link to Write My Legislator, you will see a list of bills that you can ask your legislators to act on. Several of them are already co-sponsored by most of our Members of Congress. The ones that are not, which you might want to prioritize are:

    Please take this quick and easy action to bring these bills to our legislators attention. They all address vital components of an effective system of response to mental health crises and need support.

    Calendar of Events:

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    For the Week of May 16, 2022

    🔹 Let’s take a moment this week to acknowledge the somber milestone that we have just passed, a million lives lost in this country as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the equivalent to losing the population of a city the size of San Jose, which is the tenth largest in the country. It’s been a harrowing time for all of us, but let’s always remember those who died, the families that they left behind, and those who cared for them.

    🔹 Join us at Alphabet Resistance on Thursday May 19th in Bellevue. Last week’s event was postponed due to high winds and rain, so if you are able, please join us to share a message in support of abortion rights. The more people we have, the longer the message we can present. Sign up HERE.  Access Code ‘alpha’.

    🔹 Mark your calendars for Sat, May 21, 3 pm for our group meeting where we will hear about the midterm elections, and from candidates for Congress, Secretary of State, and King County Prosecutor. Register HERE.

    🔹 Since redistricting, your legislative and/or congressional district may have changed. Cards should have been mailed notifying you of your new ones but if you’re not sure you can check at  King County Elections. You will not receive a card if your district hasn’t changed.

    🔹Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – Make a plan to help Democratic candidates in the midterms

    As the news of the potential elimination of abortion rights continues to play out, it is increasingly obvious that in the short term, the best remedy lies in ensuring that Democrats retain and hopefully increase their majorities, both in Congress and locally. This is by no means going to be easy. So, after protesting and marching, we need to double down and do the work to make sure of a good outcome. Support can take many forms – financial, canvassing, texting, phone banking, letters, postcards and volunteering for campaigns. We did it in 2020 but the stakes are even higher now. This week is filing week for candidates, after which we will have a full picture of all races. It’s time to start your engines!

    The choice of candidates to support can be overwhelming but there are tools to help you to select a number that is manageable for you to focus on. 

    • Join us at our next group meeting on May 21 to hear Kevin Jones of Indivisible Vashon talk about the comprehensive GOTV work that their group is doing on races across the country.
    • Read this assessment by Rich Smith of the Stranger about potential scenarios for our state elections. Expect an update to this after filing week.
    • Check out Vote Save America (from the Pod Save America folks) for a comprehensive look at important races and opportunities to get involved.

     Here are more actions you can take to protect abortion rights:

    1. Donate:
    2. Defund the Bans by knowing where you are shopping. Equity Forward put out a report in 2019 about which corporations are bankrolling state legislators who are anti-abortion. They have added their data to the Progressive Shopper
    3. Write a Letter to the Editor to expand the Supreme Court using this easy Stand Up America Tool

    As we continue to work to promote free, safe and equitable access to abortion please be mindful of the language we use to discuss this topic. Please read Abortion FAQ’s: Why Can’t I Say That and let’s all help to destigmatize abortion.

    Action 2 –  Hold Amazon accountable for offshore profit shifting and global tax avoidance

    From Americans for Tax Fairness

    On May 25th Amazon will hold a shareholder meeting, during which their shareholders will vote on a motion to hold Amazon accountable by requiring it to disclose its revenues, profits, and taxes in all countries where it books income. Passage of the resolution could expose Amazon’s shifting of profits offshore to avoid paying what it owes in taxes here at home.  

    Profit shifting by corporations is estimated to cost the U.S. government as much as $100 billion in lost tax revenue every year. Amazon, worth $1.1 trillion, doesn’t want the public to know how much of that lost revenue it’s accountable for. Public disclosure could allow us to find out.  

    Amazon tried to kill the motion, but the Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled it must be voted on—essentially giving all of us some voice in how this giant corporation operates.

    Please join the effort to tell Amazon shareholders to vote YES to expose Amazon’s offshore profit shifting and tax avoidance! Thanks to the folks at the FACT Coalition, signatures in favor of the resolution from the public will be delivered to Amazon shareholders and the Amazon Board before the May 25th vote!

    Here are a few ways you can help:

    1. Retweet Americans for Tax Fairness’ tweet thread to raise awareness and help others take action.
    2. Sign and share the petition with your networks. 
    3. Spread the word across social media using the digital toolkit and the hashtag #YesOnProp12
    4. If you own any Amazon shares, you can vote YES on Proposal 12 on your proxy ballot or at www.proxyvote.com 

    Action 3Save Childcare for LWSD Teen Parents at Emerson Daycare

    After 46 years of operation, Emerson Child Care Center in the Lake Washington School District is under threat of closure. The center not only provides affordable support for teen moms in the district but also for LWSD staff. Staff from Twain Elementary, Redmond High School, Emerson High School, Lake Washington High School, and International Community School have all used the daycare in recent years. 

    Right now, having children of LWSD staff enrolled is keeping the Emerson daycare open and functional. If staff remove their kids from the daycare because of tripled and quadrupled fees, caused by the district bringing it up to market rates (300-400% of current fees), the daycare will be forced to close. Teen parents, as well as school staff,  would no longer have an affordable daycare option in the district. 

    The school board was due to vote on the new tuition rates on May 9th but it was tabled until May 23rd. If you live or work in the district please email the LWSD School Board and Superintendent and express your concern before they vote on the proposed rates. One suggestion is for the district to apply for state and federal grants, as well as being open to local non-profits who have offered support, which the district has resisted so far.

    Dr Jon Holmen, Superintendent, joholmen@lwsd.org

    Eric Laliberte, President, elaliberte@lwsd.org

    Mark Stuart, Vice President, mstuart@lwsd.org

    Siri Bliesner, sbliesner@lwsd.org

    Chris Carlson, ccarlson@lwsd.org

    Leah Choi, lchoi@lwsd.org

    You can also send a written comment or sign up to speak at the meeting by filling out this form.

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    For the Week of May 9, 2022

    🔹 As we all struggle to process the SCOTUS leak and ramp up our activism this week to channel our rage for good, please be mindful of the language we use to discuss this topic. Please read Abortion FAQ’s: Why Can’t I Say That and let’s all help to destigmatize abortion. 

    🔹 Thank you to everyone who signed up to Adopt-a-school and sent 3 thank-you letters to educators. Bellevue and Lake Washington SD have 25% of the schools adopted! There are still more schools to adopt. Click HERE to take action now. 

    🔹 Sankofa Impact confronts our shared history of racism and resistance by bringing people together for place-based learning experiences. Applications are now open for their Fall 2022 Pilgrimage to the South. Apply HERE

    🔹 Mark your calendars for Sat, May 21, 3 pm for our group meeting where we will hear about the midterm elections, and from candidates for Congress, Secretary of State and King County Prosecutor. Register HERE.

    🔹Here are your 2 actions this week. 

    Action 1 – Make your voice heard about abortion rights

    The news last week of the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court shows more clearly the likelihood that the court will indeed overturn Roe vs. Wade. That’s not surprising, as the Republicans have been working on this for decades, but the news still left many of us reeling and angry! Let’s channel that anger into activism, and remember that we are very fortunate to live in a blue state that has protected women’s rights. Read this great article about what this decision will mean for the PNW and then take action to support women in neighboring states who need services.  Here are 5 things you can do to make your voice heard:

    1. Join us at Alphabet Resistance on Thursday May 12th in Bellevue. The more people we have the more flexibility we have with the message. Sign up HERE.  Access Code ‘alpha’.
    2. Attend the protests on May 14th:
    3. Donate:
    4. Defund the Bans by knowing where you are shopping. Equity Forward put out a report in 2019 about which corporations are bankrolling state legislators who are anti-abortion. They have added their data to the Progressive Shopper
    5. Write a Letter to the Editor to expand the Supreme Court using this easy Stand Up America Tool.

    Action 2 – Protect your precinct from a sham (Republican) PCO

    Recent reports indicate there’s a movement among Republicans to fill Democratic Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) positions that go unchallenged. You can help combat that by filing for PCO in your precinct between May 16th and 20th. Don’t be intimidated by the list of duties. You can do as much or as little as you have time for. 

    Precincts are small geographic areas within a Legislative District. PCOs are the building block of the Democratic Party. They are the grassroots organizing base for all of the Legislative District’s activities. 

    PCOs:

    • Vote on which candidates should be endorsed by the Democrats.
    • Coordinate with campaigns in educating voters and generating interest in the election on behalf of endorsed candidates and ballot measures.
    • Canvass or telephone your precinct in coordination with election strategy at least once a year.
    • Attend as many of the monthly legislative district and county organization meetings as possible. Many agenda items are voted on ONLY by PCOs.

    This is a vital way to help Get Out The Vote, and be an important part of the Democratic party. When Indivisibles get involved with the Democratic Party, it moves the party toward being more progressive.

    Steps to becoming a PCO:

    Let us know if you need assistance, and if you decide to run for PCO! We’d love to hear from you at hello@indivisibleeastside.com 

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    For the Week of May 2, 2022 

    🔹 Washington voters could soon see paid signature gatherers for I-1929, the millionaire-backed ballot measure to repeal the state’s capital gains tax on stock market profits greater than $250K. Signature gatherers won’t tell voters I-1929 is a tax cut for the super rich, taking $500 million from education and childcare. The public has a right to know and that’s why your help is needed. If you spot a I-1929 signature gatherer, use Invest In WA Now’s Reporting Form to let them know WHERE and WHEN you saw them and WHAT they are saying to voters. Or you can call or text their Spotter hotline at (509) 495-1222‬.

    🔹 Thank you to everyone who signed up to Adopt-a-school and send 3 thank-you letters to educators. Bellevue and Lake Washington SD have 25% of the schools adopted! See action 3 for simplified instructions and help us spread the word to friends in other districts. 

    🔹 Are you a Kirkland Resident who cares about helping unhoused community members? Please see Indivisible Kirkland’s email about Permanent Supportive Housing and how to support it through comment to the city council and attending the May 9th Kirkland Housing Virtual Town Hall.

    🔹 Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] Demand Congress Ban Members Stock Trading

    From Stand Up America

    Members of Congress have access to an enormous amount of information about our economy that isn’t available to the public, and they can far too easily turn around and use that information to inform their stock trading. It’s wrong—and it’s time to put an end to it. When we elect politicians, we expect them to represent us, not their bank accounts. 

    No one should be allowed to profit from public office. Send a quick email to your lawmakers, urging them to pass legislation that bans members of Congress from buying or selling individual stocks while they’re in office. 

    Use Stand Up America’s Website tool, or contact your Representative and Senators using this sample Script:

    “My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent living in [CITY, ZIP]. Right now, members of the House and the Senate have access to an enormous amount of information about our economy and business environment that isn’t available to the public. 

    Existing ethics laws don’t go far enough to stop senators and representatives from using the information you receive in the course of your legislative duties for personal profit. 

    As a voter and your constituent, I’m urging you to do everything in your power to pass legislation that bans members of Congress from buying or selling individual stocks while they’re in office. This is a bipartisan issue that the majority of Americans support—and you should too. 

    Thank you,

    [NAME]”

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    Action 2 – Urge Bellevue City Council to lead on climate action

    From IE Member Chris R. and People for Climate Action (PCA) Bellevue

    As the largest city on the Eastside, Bellevue has a unique responsibility to lead on climate action. With the failure of the State legislature to pass HB 1099, which would have required cities to incorporate climate change into their Comprehensive Plans, Bellevue must pick up the mantle and act. Sign this letter to urge Bellevue leaders to incorporate all provisions of HB 1099 into the city’s Comprehensive Planning update. This means the city will:

    • be required to incorporate planning policies that reduce greenhouse gasses and vehicle miles traveled
    • incorporate environmental justice by prioritizing communities that have been historically impacted by inequities
    • plan for resilience to climate change

    Bellevue can’t wait. We need a strong commitment from our leaders and bold action. Sign-on to the letter by filling out this online Bellevue HB 1099 Form. Alternatively, you can email PCA Bellevue Chair Court Olson court.olson@yahoo.com with your name and email.

    Action 3 – Thank some Educators!

    From the Washington Indivisible Network (WIN) Schools Workgroup

    Update: We’ve added 2 more school districts to this project, simplified the instructions and provided a letter in the full instructions

    The ASK: Adopt a school to write 3 letters of appreciation to let educators know you have their back. Be part of a statewide effort. Full Instructions can be found HERE.

    1. Adopt a school → Use access code ‘schools’
    2. You’ll write one card addressed to School Staff plus one to the Principal & Librarian. Bonus: Get the names of members of the school’s equity team (if any), or enlist help from friends or neighbors to thank all the teachers with individual cards. 
    3. Gather your thank-you cards or design your own. Great sources for cards can be found HERE
    4. Hand-write a message and mail or drop off at the school. Some ideas:
      • Introduce yourself (parent of a student or former student, grandparent, community member, former educator, current or former PTSA member or officeholder etc.)
      • Share why you think Public Education is important and why you appreciate the work they do.
      • Share why you think an honest education is important and that you appreciate the work they do. Speak from your heart. Some possible talking points you can draw from can be found in full instructions HERE.
    5. Try to complete within 2 weeks and use the Educator Appreciation Log to share that you took action. 
    6. 2 weeks later, follow up with an email to the educators. 
    7. Share with friends and ask them to sign up to adopt a school too! See sample message HERE.

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    For the Week of Apr 25, 2022

    🔹 Alphabet Resistance returns May 12th with “YES TO TEACHERS❤ / NO TO BOOK BANS!” Join us by signing up at Alphabet Resistance 5-12-22 → using access code ‘alpha’

    🔹 It was great to see many of you at the April Monthly Member Meeting on Saturday. If you missed it, you can catch up with the Meeting Notes which includes a link to the slide deck and video recording. Our next meeting is May 21st. There’s another opportunity to learn about Medicare Privatization tonight Mon Apr 25 at 5 pm – Privatizing Medicare: What’s happening and what you need to know.  

    🔹 Redistricting information: New districts won’t take effect for representation until 2023, when legislators who are voted into new districts are sworn in. You will vote in upcoming elections using the new districts, but until 2023, are represented by those previously elected in your old districts.

    🔹Here are your 2 actions this week.

    Action 1 – Thank some Educators!

    From the Washington Indivisible Network (WIN) Schools Workgroup

    Educators are under enormous strain as they work to finish a third year of instruction impacted by the global pandemic. Meanwhile, headline-grabbing right-winged politicians are manufacturing culture wars at the expense of the safety and wellbeing of educators and children. This Educator Appreciation project is one of many forthcoming tactics that the Washington Indivisible Network (WIN) Schools Workgroup is promoting to support our public schools and honesty in education. Let’s do our part to show our educators that we have their back so that they hear more than just the loud anti-equity, anti-public school voices.

    Be part of a statewide effort – write cards of appreciation to educators to let them know you have their back. Full Instructions can be found HERE

    1. Adopt a school → Use access code ‘schools’
      1. Adopt a Lake Washington SD School 
      2. Adopt a Bellevue SD School 
      3. Adopt an Issaquah SD School 
      4. Adopt a Northshore SD School 
    2. Gather the names of the Principal, Librarian, and members of the school’s equity team (if any). If you want to thank all the teachers individually, enlist help from friends or neighbors. Or keep it simple and write one card addressed to School Name Staff. 
    3. Buy printed Thank-you cards or design your own. Great sources for cards can be found in full instructions HERE
    4. Hand-write a message and mail or drop off at the school. Some ideas:
      1. Introduce yourself (parent of a student or former student, grandparent, community member, former educator, current or former PTSA member or officeholder etc.)
      2. Share why you think Public Education is important and why you appreciate the work they do.
      3. Share why you think an honest education is important and that you appreciate the work they do. Speak from your heart. Some possible talking points you can draw from can be found in full instructions HERE.
    5. Try to complete within 2 weeks and use the Educator Appreciation Log to share that you took action. 
    6. 2 weeks later, follow up with an email to the educators. 
    7. Forward this to friends and ask them to sign up to adopt a school too!

    If you’d like to be directly connected with the WIN Schools Workgroup, please fill out this Opt-In and interest form or contact us at schools@indivisibleeastside.com 

    Action 2 – Cast a protest vote against Brad for PCC board

    From former PCC worker Hanna F. 

    Last year Indivisible Eastside had a few actions regarding PCC Community Markets, one about the company’s support of criminalizing poverty, and one in support of efforts to get two workers onto the board of trustees. Fortunately, those two workers were successfully added to the board of trustees with their terms expiring in 2024. This year the election to the board of trustees has three nominees. Two are incumbents and the third is Brad Brown.  Brad was the Board president and interim CEO that led to the hiring of the disastrous CEO Suzy Monford. Her handling of the pandemic was horrible for workers. PCCs decisions during the pandemic like revoking appreciation pay during the height of the pandemic, and actively fighting against the city ordinances for appreciation pay, did not stand with the community values they purport to hold.

    If you are a PCC member, please consider a protest vote AGAINST Brad Brown for the Board of Trustees. His leadership during a time when so many bad decisions were made should not be rewarded with another term on the Board of Trustees.

    To vote, look for an email from pccvoting@mg.electionservicescorp.com on April 18th with the subject: Cast your ballot in the 2022 PCC Board of Trustees Election. Click the Elections Services Co. Voting link and vote by 5:00 pm May 2nd!

    If you cannot find that email, go to the PCC Board Election page, log in, then click Vote Now. You’ll need to request the Election Validation Number (which you don’t need to request if you use the April 18th email) and follow instructions to be able to vote. 

    Results will be posted May 4th HERE.

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    For the Week of Apr 18, 2022

    🔹 The IE April Monthly Member Meeting is this Saturday April 23rd from 3-4:30. Speaker: Jeff Johnson of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) on the concerning move to privatize Medicare. Also, Washington Indivisible Network Schools Workgroup will share its first project to combat attacks on public education. Finally, we’ll discuss ideas for a June 18th outdoor in-person meeting and picnic! Register once for the whole year of zoom meetings. Please join us!

    🔹Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 –  Protect your precinct from a sham (Republican) PCO

    Recent reports indicate there’s a movement among Republicans to fill Democratic Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) positions that go unchallenged. You can help combat that by filing for PCO in your precinct between May 16th and 20th. Don’t be intimidated by the list of duties. You can do as much or as little as you have time for. 

    Precincts are small geographic areas within a Legislative District. PCOs are the building block of the Democratic Party. They are the grassroots organizing base for all of the Legislative District’s activities. 

    PCOs:

    • Vote on which candidates should be endorsed by the Democrats.
    • Coordinate with campaigns in educating voters and generating interest in the election on behalf of endorsed candidates and ballot measures.
    • Canvass or telephone your precinct in coordination with election strategy at least once a year.
    • Attend as many of the monthly legislative district and county organization meetings as possible. Many agenda items are voted on ONLY by PCOs.

    This is a vital way to help Get Out The Vote, and be an important part of the Democratic party. When Indivisibles get involved with the Democratic Party, it moves the party toward being more progressive.

    Steps to becoming a PCO:

    Let us know if you need assistance, and if you decide to run for PCO! We’d love to hear from you at hello@indivisibleeastside.com.

    Action 2 – Write a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts regarding Clarence Thomas

    From Steering member Yvonne B

    Get out a pen, paper, envelope, and stamp and write a letter to safeguard democracy. For background, see this article about Virginia Thomas’ texts related to the January 6th insurrection. If you add the “cc” at the end of the letter as shown, be sure to send a separate copy of the same letter to Justice Thomas.

    The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.

    Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

    1 First Street NE 

    Washington, DC 20543

    “Dear Chief Justice Roberts:

    I am a citizen who genuinely wants to believe in the impartiality of the Supreme Court of the United States. The recent disclosures concerning Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, Virginia’s active participation in efforts to overturn the will of the people and to keep Donald Trump in office, are beyond troubling. Justice Clarence Thomas must recuse himself from any issues that come before the court in which Mrs. Virginia Thomas has a personal stake in the outcome. His recusal should include any actions involving organizations on which Mrs. Thomas has affiliation or holds a position on their board.

    Rational people believe it is unlikely that a person can be married to someone and be around them every day, without ever sharing their beliefs and experiences, and avoid being influenced by the actions of that spouse. Virginia Thomas was at the January 6th rally that launched the insurrection. A dozen text messages show that she was in communications with some of the organizers of the attempted coup. She encouraged Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows to “Release the Kraken and save us from the left taking America down.” and “Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!…You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”

    Revelations surrounding Virginia Thomas’ behavior after the 2020 election, and the very appearance of this conflict of interest as her spouse, have further tarnished the Supreme Court’s reputation. The public needs to be able to trust in the court and that it will hand down rulings that offer equal justice for all.

    Please encourage Justice Thomas to behave ethically and recuse himself in all cases involving his wife’s interests and activism, including all matters involving the January 6th insurrection.

    Respectfully,

    [NAME]

    cc: The Honorable Clarence Thomas 

          Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

          1 First Street NE

          Washington, DC 20543

    Action 3 – Feeling Hopeless About the Climate? Try an Action Plan

    A recent poll found that people today, especially younger people, feel helpless when it comes to fighting climate change.  Here’s the thing: That’s exactly how polluting corporations want you to feel. The more people believe their actions don’t matter, the more they find themselves rolling over and accepting the status quo.

    Yes, solving the climate crisis requires bold action from governments and corporations, but that doesn’t mean individuals have to sit on the sidelines. Not only do our actions add up and influence others, we also have the ability to push for — and demand — systemic change.

    As we approach Earth Day on April 22nd, let’s learn about ways we can help the planet and feel less hopeless.

    Read about and try this 30-Day Action Plan!

    Or check out the new, Eastside Climate Challenge portal, sign up, and begin to map out actions that make sense for you to take:

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    For the Week of Apr 11, 2022 

    🔹 On Thursday history was made with the 53-47 vote in favor of confirming Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson onto the Supreme Court of the United States. Despite the attempts of far-right Republicans to smear her qualifications, three Republicans rose above the politics to vote for this highly qualified candidate. Take some time to celebrate this victory, and then look towards the mid-term elections (with this funny inspirational video) to make sure we do all we can to hold onto our majority so we can add more justices in the future. 

    🔹 Please help out the Elections team at Indivisible WA-8 who are planning for the campaign to make sure that Dr. Kim Schrier gets re-elected. If you are interested in helping with canvassing, phonebanking, texting or writing postcards, please fill out this survey indicating your interest as soon as possible.

    🔹 The Bellevue City Council is seeking candidates for vacancies on Bellevue’s Arts Commission and Planning Commission, as well as the Parks & Community Services Board. You can apply online. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, April 15.

    🔹 King County has three potential candidates for Sheriff lined up and they are holding two forums for public input. Please see the link, or the calendar below, for details. 

    🔹Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – Get involved locally for Climate Action

    From Community Climate Solutions

    Do you want to help your community to be more resilient, sustainable, healthy, and prepared for disasters? Join The Eastside’s new Climate Challenge Teams Program! All you need is passion for a greener and better world. We will provide you with the support and coaching you need to reduce emissions, save water and money, and make our community more resilient. It will only take about one hour a week from June – December to make a significant impact on climate change. 

    Learn more and register HERE to become a Climate Challenge Team Leader. 

    Want to hear more before signing up? Attend a 45-minute climate challenge workshop to get more details and see if this opportunity is right for you! Sign up for any of the workshops here!

    Action 2 – Tell legislators to support their BIPOC colleagues

    From IE Member Maria suggested action

    There have been announcements recently of many WA State Legislators not seeking re-election, and while some is the normal attrition through retirement, or seeking higher office, others have stood out and alerted us to institutional obstacles that have made it difficult to pass the legislative priorities they were elected on. Our current legislature is the most diverse in WA State history, and in 2021 that diverse, progressive body passed historic police accountability that was much needed in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in 2020. Many of those BIPOC progressives were the leaders in getting that legislation passed, and struggled this year to prevent those laws from being radically altered. So when we heard Representative Jesse Johnson, Kirsten Harris-Talley, and Mona Das all announced they were leaving the legislature, it raised a lot of questions. Then we saw this piece in the South Seattle Emerald, and were left fuming. The WA State Democrats current platform begins with a Pre-word and the last two lines are:

     “We must all commit ourselves to learning about and acting against injustice wherever it is found, particularly those of us with insulating privileges, and we must do so following the lead of those most directly affected. We must tirelessly seek the elimination of the roots of hatred and bigotry so that we may work together to build an equitable, free society – in truth, not just in word.” (bold added for emphasis)

    We need to let our Democratic legislators know that when these diverse candidates do the hard work of getting elected (just consider how much harder it is for them than the more privileged establishment candidates) to represent their underserved communities, the caucus needs to do more than the lip service praise of their diversity, but rather back that up with action in getting their priorities passed. It is their constituents that need the bills they are trying to pass, so if we truly value the perspectives of our diverse caucus and the needs of the communities they serve, it means we will do everything we can to support their legislation. We know the Republicans won’t, but it is shocking to hear of  the obstructionism within the Democratic Caucus. 

    You can generate a prefilled email by clicking the EMAIL link. Please review the email carefully, add your name, city and zip before sending.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Dear [Legislator Name],

    I have been troubled to hear of so many legislators announcing their decision to not run for re-election, and some of those have left me wondering the reasons behind their decision. I recently came across Kirsten Harris-Talley’s piece in the South Seattle Emerald, and was really upset to hear her story. I expect from the Democratic Caucus and especially leadership to act in accordance with the party platform in supporting our BIPOC legislators not just with kind words and praise. If you truly value the perspectives of our diverse caucus and the needs of the communities they serve, it means you will do everything you can to support their legislation.

    As you look to next year’s legislative session, please go beyond the words and support your BIPOC colleagues with action. 

    Thank you.

    [NAME]

    [CITY, ZIP]”

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    Action 3 – Support Abortion Access in WA State

    From The Seattle Times Editorial Board

    Idaho Governor Brad Little just recently signed the Fetal Heartbeat, Pre-born Child Protective Act (SB1309) into law despite his reservations about the bill. This means that abortion is effectively banned in Idaho until, and if, the courts strike it down. Having a neighboring state banning abortion is not just “too close to home for comfort”, but it also means that women in Idaho may need to travel to Washington State to receive services. The Seattle Times Editorial Board published a compelling piece on the topic. 

    Please support these women by donating to:

    Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest HERE.

    AND

    Northwest Abortion Access Fund HERE

    The Supreme Court will be ruling on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Reproductive Health in June, and Shout Your Abortion is organizing a nationwide rapid response if the ruling overturns Roe vs. Wade. Sign up for notifications HERE.

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    For the Week of Apr 4, 2022 

    🔹 Our virtual Postcard and Letter Zoom sessions will resume on April 24, from 7 – 8 pm. After this kickoff meeting, starting May 15th we’ll meet every other Sunday. Register once to attend any and all meetings. You’ll receive a reminder email the day before each meeting. Please note that this is in addition to the bi-weekly in-person postcard writing sessions at Totem Lake – the next one is on April 8th. More information on this and all things postcards is here.

    🔹 If you live in Bellevue please be sure to fill out the paper survey concerning the Comprehensive Plan by April 8th. You should have received it in the mail several weeks ago. This is your chance to give input to the city on policies that will put plans in place for the next twenty years. Please check the calendar for details of an Open House on May 7th.

    🔹 Please help out the Elections team at Indivisible WA-8 who are planning for the campaign to make sure that Dr. Kim Schrier gets re-elected. If you are interested in helping with canvassing, phonebanking, texting or writing postcards, please fill out this survey indicating your interest as soon as possible.

    🔹To learn about possible scenarios for the midterm elections please join a virtual presentation on April 11th (5:00pm) by Kevin Jones (Indivisible Vashon and a steering committee member of the Washington Indivisible Network) where he will discuss the state of the race to hold Congress. Kevin will provide insight into which candidates are the most vulnerable and which states contain the most opportunities to protect Democrat-held seats and flip Republican-held seats, as well as information on how you can volunteer. Please register to attend.

    🔹Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – Learn about an initiative to roll back the state capital gains tax and what you can do to help fight it

    From Crosscut.com

    In 2021 the state legislature passed a historic bill to help to rectify the out-of-balance tax code that we have here in Washington, where our tax system has meant that the poorer you are, the larger percentage of your income you pay in state and local taxes, while the very wealthy get away with paying less than their share. The capital-gains tax that went into effect on January 1st will be paid by 0.2% of our wealthiest residents – about 7,000 people. It is a 7% excise tax on the sale or exchange of capital assets above $250,000, with many exceptions such as sales of real estate, retirement accounts, timber and livestock used in farming or ranching. Sales of family-owned businesses also get a special deduction. 

    It is estimated that $500 million a year will be contributed to the Education Legacy Trust Fund for K-12 education and early learning programs from this tax. Some of these funds are also supposed to bankroll an early education bill, The Fair Start For Kids Act, which was also approved in 2021. This would increase how much the state reimburses child care providers to better match the actual cost of providing childcare. The new law also aims to make child care more affordable by reducing copays and opening up state-funded child care slots to more people. Childcare and early learning has historically lacked a steady income stream and this would be an opportunity to put meaningful and sustainable programs in place.

    Unsurprisingly, there have been court cases filed by Republicans to fight the tax but also of concern is an initiative (I-1929) that was recently filed to repeal the tax, bankrolled by some of the wealthiest people in the state. There are a couple of actions that you can take to fight this initiative today. You can count on it being cleverly worded to disguise the effects of the loss of these funds to our education and early learning systems in Washington. We’ll be keeping an eye on this in the months ahead but here are two quick actions that you can take now.

    Action 1a – Attend the Decline to Sign online kick off rally TODAY – April 4 – at noon! The organization InvestWANow.org is fighting attempts to repeal the tax and will start its campaign today with an online rally – please register for the link.

    Action 1bPledge to Decline To Sign the initiative and to help to get the word out about it. Let’s not let this initiative get any traction!

    ✊ Action 2 – Take action to create a public utility district (PUD) in east King County–our climate can’t wait!

    • Unlike companies such as Puget Sound Energy (PSE), PUDs are not-for-profit and are locally owned.  In addition, a PUD can prioritize green energy.  In contrast, “PSE indicated that it plans to build a new fossil fuel power plant in 2026… The East King County PUD would have priority access to clean energy from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) on day 1 – years before PSE is even considering reducing its carbon emissions.”
    • If the PUD petition gets enough signatures, the PUD will be on the ballot in November 2022.
    • You are eligible to sign if you are a registered voter living in the proposed PUD area–this includes most residents of Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, and Issaquah; check the map on the website to confirm if you can sign. 

    Action 2a. Visit the Yes to East King County PUD website to get more information and sign the petition; encourage local friends and family to sign, too.  You can sign online or print, sign, and mail in a petition. 

    Action 2b. Join with others to write postcards to voters to encourage them to sign.  Elizabeth S. has postcard bundles available for pickup in Kirkland any time, and they’ll also be available at the outdoor in-person postcarding event on Friday April 8.  Contact Elizabeth at postcards@indivisibleeastside.com for more information or to arrange postcard pickup. 

    Action 2c. Sign up for the campaign’s newsletter or for their in-person signature gathering events or canvassing (knock or no-knock):  Yes to East King County PUD – Volunteer. See all upcoming events here.

    Action 3 – Thank our King County Elections heroes!

    A national organization, Declaration for American Democracy, is gathering support to thank our election workers on April 12th for their hard work during a time of intense political rhetoric around election integrity. There have been more than 850 threats against election workers around the country since the Nov 2020 elections. If you feel inspired, please send a personal Thank You card to King County Elections. This is a non-partisan effort and comments should reflect that.

    Write to the King County Election Director Julie Wise at:

    919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057

    Or Email. You can generate a prefilled email by clicking the link. Please review the email carefully, sign your name and add your CITY before sending: Julie.Wise@kingcounty.gov

    ☎ Sample Script (please edit to personalize):

    “Dear Director Julie Wise and King County Election Staff Heroes,

    Our elections are the foundation of our democracy, and your hard work administering them so often goes unacknowledged. I’m writing to thank you for this important work you do, particularly during this time when our elections are under such intense scrutiny. The professionalism and dedication of the staff to this work in King County makes me proud to be a resident of this county. 

    Thank you so much for your dedication to this important work. You truly are our HEROES!

    Sincerely, 

    [NAME] [CITY]”

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    For the Week of Mar 28, 2022

    🔹 “Madeleine Albright was a force. She defied convention and broke barriers again and again,” President Joe Biden said after her passing last week. As we mourn her passing, we celebrate the ascension of another amazing American – Katanji Brown Jackson – the first Black woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court. Who among us could remain composed as she did while witnessing the GOP clown show during  the confirmation hearings? We look forward to her taking her place in history and serving the American people as the next Supreme Court Justice! 

    🔹 The Indivisible Town Hall: Fighting Back Against the Right-Wing Attack on Our Schools was packed with valuable perspectives and actions for people to take. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, see this Follow Up Email with links to the recording and other resources. Then, if you’re inspired to get more directly involved,  fill out this Schools Workgroup Google form to join the workgroup, or to be kept up to date on statewide work to support public education. The workgroup’s kickoff meeting was March 25th and included activists and educators from 9 CDs and 16 LDs. 

    🔹 Consider donating to Seattle Pride, who recently turned down Amazon’s $100,000 sponsorship because of significant strings attached, as well as Amazon’s donations to candidates who vote in ways that are harmful to the LGBTQ community. See Seattle Pride’s statement as well as this Seattle Times article to learn more. 

    🔹Here are your 3 actions this week.

    Action 1 – Learn about the dangers the lack of banking poses for Cannabis retailers 

    The lack of banking services for the cannabis industry has become a catalyst for a very real public safety crisis in Washington State. Due to their forced reliance on cash transactions, cannabis retailers have increasingly become targets for armed robbers. A deadly spate of armed robberies at three cannabis retail stores which resulted in three deaths within four days and the escalation of armed robberies over the last several months have demonstrated the urgent need for Congress to act. 

    On March 29th, the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) will host an online roundtable to discuss safety at cannabis retailers. The LCB will meet with cannabis retailers, elected officials, national SAFE Banking Act advocates, and others to discuss this urgent safety crisis.

    Event Details

    • Tuesday, March 29, 2022,  10 – 11 am
    • Join on your computer or mobile app via Microsoft Teams – Click here to join the meeting
    • Or call in (audio only)
      • 564-999-2000,,168726506# United States, Olympia
      • Phone Conference ID: 168 726 506#

    The listen- and view-only event will include:

    • Perspectives from Michael Correia on national conversations on the SAFE Banking Act;
    • Updates from Treasurer Pellicciotti on his recent lobbying efforts in D.C. to urge Congress to pass the federal SAFE Banking Act;
    • Keiser’s efforts as Chair of the Senate Labor, Commerce and Tribal Affairs Committee work to enact retail safety measures in the state legislature;
    • First-hand experiences and insights of retailers; and
    • LCB Enforcement and Education Division experiences and insights.

    Action 2 – [US HOUSE] Protect Medicare from Trump Era Privatization

    During the Trump era, there was a Medicare privatization effort that has taken Traditional Medicare away from millions of seniors without their knowledge or consent. The program, called Medicare Direct Contracting, allows commercial insurers and other for-profit companies to “manage” care for seniors enrolled in Traditional Medicare. Under the program, Medicare does not pay doctors and hospitals directly for seniors’ care. Instead, Medicare gives Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) a monthly payment to cover a defined portion of each seniors’ medical expenses. DCEs are then allowed to keep what they don’t pay for in health services. This creates a dangerous financial incentive for DCEs to restrict and ration seniors’ care while keeping more of the revenues for overhead and profit.

    On February 24, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) responded to criticism of its Direct Contracting pilot program by … changing the program’s name. CMS announced that Medicare Direct Contracting will come to a close at the end of 2022, and that it will be replaced by the virtually identical REACH model. 

    More Background: Jayapal Leads More than 50 Lawmakers in Urging Biden Administration to Protect Medicare by Ending Trump-Era Privatization Effort

    We need all House Democrats to join with Rep Jayapal in protecting Medicare from Trump Era privatization.

    2a. Use your Rep’s contact form link (above) or email using Democracy.io

    2b. Click here and sign the petition to: Stop the REACH program from taking over Traditional Medicare

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “I am asking [REPRESENTATIVE NAME] to join with Representative Jayapal and sign the letter to the Biden Administration asking for the end of Direct Contracting, a Trump-era privatization tactic that has removed millions of seniors from Traditional Medicare without their knowledge or consent. 

    We must permanently end the Trump program and coordinate the transition of traditional Medicare beneficiaries currently in these programs back into the traditional Medicare model by July 1, 2022.

    Health Care is a top priority for me and I fully expect all House Democrats to sign the letter. 

    Sincerely,

    [NAME],

    [CITY, ZIP]

    Thank you”

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    Action 3 – [Kirkland and Redmond Residents] Learn about and Give Feedback about Funding for Body Worn Cameras

    Body Worn Cameras used to be considered good, but years of data show that they don’t lower police violence and the footage can be misused. Indivisible Kirkland’s really informative slide deck lays out some of the pros and cons of police departments funding Body Worn Cameras. Excerpts from the slides: 

    • “If our goal is to end police violence, we should question whether body cams are a good investment since research shows they do not stop or even curb police brutality while posing known privacy and civil liberties concerns.” – Jennifer Lee, ACLU WA.  
    • Body cameras are not part of the priority platform for most social justice organizations working in the area of policing and/or race: They’re no longer anywhere in the NAACP’s policy platform, The Movement for Black Lives has never asked for body cams, Black Lives Matter Seattle/King County does not ask for body cams, Eight Can’t Wait doesn’t recommend body cams and The Washington Coalition for Police Accountability isn’t asking for body cams. 
    • Black activists — and even more so Black community members — are definitely not all in agreement on this issue! Right to Breathe definitely said that if body cam footage exists, civilian oversight should have access.

    Please view the slide deck, then give feedback ASAP to your city on their draft funding proposal. Final decisions are being made within the next few weeks. 

    Kirkland:

    The Kirkland City Council intends to implement a body-worn camera program and is seeking input.  The Council would like to hear from the community on policies and other considerations before making the decision to proceed.  Your feedback will have a direct influence on the Council’s consideration of a body-worn camera program in Kirkland.

    Redmond: 

    The City of Redmond is engaging community members about how to continue to fund Redmond’s police and fire services today and into the future. Community safety affects us all. The city wants your feedback on the draft plan to ensure they understand your priorities in community safety. Your responses will be used to inform the draft plan that Mayor Birney will present to the City Council in May.  

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    For the Week of Mar 21, 2022

    🔹 Thank you to those who attended the IE group meeting on Saturday. If you missed it or want to refer back to something that was discussed you can check out the NOTES HERE.

    🔹 Want to know how you can help Indivisibles in CD-8? Indivisibles in CD-8 have already started planning out their first steps for this midterm election cycle to re-elect Representative Dr. Kim Schrier. Let them know that you are interested in helping by filling out this quick survey!

    🔹 A new Washington Indivisible Network workgroup is forming to provide coordinated messaging in response to attacks on public education.  The workgroup will be a communications resource for Indivisible groups, as well as other groups whose goals align. If you’re interested in participating, or just want to receive updates, please fill out this short Google Form. The work group’s first meeting will be the week of March 21st. Contact Joan Yim at schools@indivisibleeastside.com with questions.

    🔹Here are your 3 actions this week. 

    Action 1 – More ways to help the Ukraine effort

    From A Mighty Girl and World Central Kitchen

    Action a) Fight Russian propaganda: By now most everyone has heard about Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor at Russia’s state-run Channel One television station, who burst onto the set of the live nightly news broadcast tonight shouting “Stop the war. No to war.” She held a sign reading: “Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you here.” It was signed in English: “Russians against the war”. The Russian Human Rights group OVD-Info later released a pre-recorded video she had made. You can support Russian activist’s fight against Putin’s propaganda by donating to OVD-Info through this Global Giving Platform

    Action b) Feed those in need: World Central Kitchen is an incredible organization founded by world renowned chef José Andrés. His organization has fed millions of people in need all over the world when disaster strikes. Read this compelling first person account of a volunteer who just arrived to help in Europe. You can support World Central Kitchen’s work by donating HERE

    💛💙We continue to hold the Ukrainian people in our hearts. Please watch this beautiful video of violinists around the world.

    Action 2 – Support King County’s Health Through Housing Initiative

    From Indivisible WA 8th

    Up to 1/3 of homeless people report being disabled or suffering from a chronic health problem, and 20% report having a chronic brain injury.  People in this situation are heavily overrepresented in the homeless population. Permanent supportive housing has been demonstrated to provide an important way for them to get the support and care they need.  

    King County is working to address this situation through its Health Through Housing (HTH) initiative, a regional approach to chronic homelessness on a countywide scale.  Partnering with local jurisdictions, the County looks to create up to 1,600 emergency and permanent supportive housing units for people experiencing and at risk of chronic homelessness.  By acquiring existing facilities, such as former hotels, nursing homes and similar properties, HTH quickly creates housing that is dignified, protective and service enriched.

    Unfortunately, harmful myths about such purchases have spread rapidly about recent hotel purchases in Redmond and Bellevue, fueled by disinformation and misconceptions about the initiative and about publicly-owned housing more broadly. Please let the King County Council know that you support HTH by taking action using this link.

    Action 3 –Tell Boeing to Stop Funding Those Who Undermine Democracy

    From Fix Democracy First

    On January 6th, 2021, 147 Members of Congress voted against the certification of the official results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, won by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. This was an act of sedition that attempted to undermine the vote of the people and the democratic government of the United States of America.

    One week later, the Boeing Company responded with a statement that read in part, “We are not making political contributions at this time. We will continue to carefully evaluate future contributions to ensure that we support those who not only support our company, but also uphold our country’s most fundamental principles.” Since that time however, Boeing’s Political Action Committee (PAC) has donated a combined $190,000 to those very same Members of Congress who voted to deny the American people the fundamental right of self-governance.

    Please sign the Fix Democracy First petition asking Boeing to permanently withdraw their funding of these members of Congress.

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    For the Week of Mar 14, 2022

    🔹Please continue to support Ukraine with your donations. These suggestions come from local resident Yuliia M., who is also collecting medical-related donations for Meest.com. They will ship them directly to Ukraine. You can contact her directly at mailtoyalu@gmail.com.

    🔹 Thank you to those who attended the recent WIN Town Hall on ‘Fighting Back Against GOP Attacks On Our Schools’. If you were not able to be there, here’s a link to the recording

    🔹 Don’t forget to register for our next monthly meeting via Zoom on Sat. Mar. 19, from 3:00- 4:30. 

    🔹Here are your 3 actions this week. 

    Action 1 – Call on Congress and President Biden to declare a climate emergency

    From indivisible.org

    Given the difficulty of passing important legislation due to the intransigence of certain Democratic senators, Indivisible National is launching a campaign to take action via Executive Actions. Climate change is one of the first priorities of this campaign.

    As we have seen in recent weeks, our dependence on non-renewable energy sources is not only leading us to disaster but is also a national security issue. Although in the short term the administration is desperately trying to shore up our supply of oil due to the war in Ukraine, this cannot be allowed to distract us from the goal of reducing its long term impact. The need to act on this issue has never been greater.

    The campaign is asking the President to declare a national climate emergency and mobilize our nation’s resources on a massive scale to transition to clean renewable energy and create millions of good paying green jobs. The sooner that this process begins, the better. President Biden has the authority to declare a climate emergency with the power of his signature. But he needs to hear from us that we want him to get it done!

    Please contact President Biden and your congressional legislators and ask them to strongly support this proposal. 

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “The science is clear that we have very little time left to make the drastic changes needed to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. We are asking the President to declare a national climate emergency and mobilize our nation’s resources on a massive scale to transition to clean renewable energy and create millions of good paying green jobs.

    Declaring a climate emergency will:

    • help us transition to clean renewable energy faster. It’s time to mobilize our domestic industry to manufacture clean energy technologies and build out our renewable energy infrastructure. This will allow the U.S. to quickly reduce our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and transition to a clean energy future.
    • create a lot of good jobs. In order to build out the infrastructure needed to accomplish our clean energy goals we will create a lot of new jobs. It is critical that we demand these jobs include high labor standards, good wages, and strong benefits.

    Thank you.”

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    Action 2 – [Bellevue residents] Ask the Bellevue City Council to protect the city’s trees

    If you live or work in Bellevue, you might not be entirely surprised to learn that there are very few protections in place for trees in the city, which is becoming more apparent as development runs rampant through our neighborhoods. Those rules that do exist are lightly enforced, and we see plenty of lots that are denuded of all of their trees on a regular basis. In comparison to other local cities, Bellevue is far behind in protections. A new organization, Trees 4 Livability, intends to address that and has a petition that you can sign. The goal is to have it brought to the council’s attention in time for their March retreat, so please do it today! The website takes a comprehensive look at the state of Bellevue’s trees and is a great resource. Once large trees are removed from our landscapes, they cannot be replaced in our lifetimes and we lose all of their many benefits.

    Action 3 – Get involved in initiatives to improve your city

    🏡 Action 3a Local cities are currently working on their Comprehensive Plans. It’s important to be involved in these early discussions as they will set the values on decisions that will be made around growth and development for decades to come. You can have a say in this!

    • If you live in Bellevue, the second community conversation will be held on March 22nd, from 6:00-8:00 pm. To participate, please register for updates and you will receive invitations to the meetings. These meetings are interactive and very informative so please encourage others, especially the young people in your lives, to participate too. 
    • Kirkland is updating their comprehensive plan (K2044). Read through the plan website, and stay involved by signing up to receive updates
    • Redmond is working on their plan to shape what the city will look like in 2050. Learn more about the plan and then get involved by providing your input using the questionnaires on this page

    🚲 Action 3b  Many local cities are going to be participating in a Climate Action Challenge over the next few months. If you live in Redmond, their program is already up and running. You can check out their website to see how it works. There are actions that you can take as a household, or as a team, to try to reduce your environmental impact and you can track your declining carbon footprint as you make changes at home. (Bellevue, Issaquah and Mercer Island will follow soon but you don’t have to live in a participating city to take part.) There is no cost to the program.

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    For the Week of Mar 7, 2022

    🔹 Join Washington Indivisible Network at a virtual Town Hall on  Fighting Back Against the Right-Wing Attack on Our Schools, to learn about the movement to destroy our public schools and hear how we can fight back. Tuesday, March 8th at 7pm. Register HERE

    🔹 Credit for the artwork above goes to local garden writer Lorene Edwards-Forkner, with her permission. Finding solace in art and nature in times such as these is one way we can take a breath. We need to stay engaged but also to find ways to not be subsumed by despair about world events.

    🔹Here are your 3 actions this week. We are repeating two from last week, with additional resources and information, as they are still of the highest priority:

    Action 1 – Continue to support Ukraine

    As the war in Ukraine moves into its third week, we continue to follow and support the bravery of its people, leaders, and troops. It has been heartening to see the support from people around the world, including within Russia. It’s also been interesting to watch the GOP infighting, between the traditionalists who see Putin for the tyrant that he is and the followers of the former president who are firmly in support of his autocratic ways and would like nothing more than to emulate them here at home.

    • You can directly support Ukrainian organizations by donating several different ways, as described HERE (scroll down for donation links). You can also find ways to help via the Ukrainian Association of Washington State. Their page also has information about ongoing local protests in support of Ukraine. Links to mainstream aid organizations can be found via NPR and the Guardian.Indivisible Eastside has not vetted the donation links for these organizations. Although we believe these causes to be legitimate, we cannot guarantee that, and you should donate using your own discretion.
    • For reporting by Ukrainian journalists who were fired from the Kyiv Post for defending editorial independence, we suggest supporting The Kyiv Independent, Ukraine’s English-language media outlet. You can donate to them by going to GoFundMe or Patreon.

    Action 2 – Support trans youth in Texas and across the US

    Since the recent order by Texas Governor Greg Abbott requiring investigation of families and medical providers supporting medical treatments for trans youth, there have been a few developments:

    • A Texas judge issued a temporary order halting the investigation by the Department of Family and Protective Services into the parents of a 16-year-old girl. There will be a further hearing on March 11th on whether to issue a broader temporary order blocking enforcement of Abbott’s directive. However this does not affect other ongoing investigations and the ruling has been appealed.
    • The Biden administration has begun to put policies in place to protect transgender youth and their parents, based on the privacy and legal rights that are being violated by this order. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Children’s Bureau, two agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services, both unveiled comprehensive memos warning that policies like Texas’ are not only “dangerous,” but discriminate against trans people and violate their medical rights under U.S. law.

    However, the top strategist for Mr. Abbott’s re-election campaign, David Carney, said recently that being against medical treatment for transgender children, and treating it as child abuse, was a “winning issue” for the governor. Mr. Abbott is running for a third term in November. This chilling misuse of Child Protective Services to attack the very population that they should be helping is a campaign strategy that cannot be allowed to continue. Furthermore, Alabama is not far behind them. The Alabama Judiciary Committee is currently debating a bill which would make gender affirming care for trans teens a felony for anyone who “causes them” to obtain it. It is expected to pass. Many other states, including Idaho, have laws at various stages of development that would curtail trans youth’s access to the medical services that they need.

    If you are able, please support trans youth and their families. 

    Donate to legal organizations who are fighting these and other bad bills in state courts across the country. Lambda Legal and the ACLU are in the front lines of this fight and could use everyone’s support in what is likely to be a long and expensive battle to protect trans kids.

    Donate to organizations offering direct support:

    The Trevor Project

    EqualityTexas

    Thrive Youth Center

    Out Youth

    The ACLU has a Guide to Talking About Attacks on Trans Youth for those who feel unsure about having these conversations.

    Action 3 – Thank Representative DelBene for her work on saving the Redmond Sorting Office

    In some much needed good news, it has been announced that the proposed closure of the Redmond mail processing center, a move which would have impacted a million people in its service area, has been stopped. Since the proposed closure was announced there has been much pressure to rescind the decision, including by our members. Many of you were involved in distributing flyers in 2020 to support the USPS – thank you! Representative Suzan DelBene has worked hard to prevent this closure and we should thank her for her work. Whether or not you are a constituent of hers, please send her a note or call her office to thank her for her work on resolving this issue. This result impacts the residents of 17 cities served by the Redmond office.

    ☎ Sample Script (edit as necessary):

    “Hello, my name is [NAME] and I live in [CITY, ZIP]. I am writing/calling to thank you for your work on keeping the mail processing facility in Redmond open. I am a member of Indivisible Eastside, and we have advocated for this since the proposed closure was announced. We are thrilled to learn that, largely due to your work, it will stay open. We appreciate your diligence and focus on this important issue for our area.

    Thank you.

    [NAME]

    [CITY]”

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    For the Week of Feb 28, 2022

    🔹 As Black History Month closes, this is an ideal time for Under the Blacklight to bring this war on our collective struggle to light as we collectively organize to resist and fight. In the wake of the plethora of anti-Critical Race Theory bills that assault curricula in classrooms and muzzle conversations about anti-racism, the panel will address the urgent need to push back against this configuration of right wing organizing. 

    🔹 President Biden announced Friday the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Breyer’s retirement. Justice Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the court in its 233 year history. Elie Mystal wrote a great piece about this highly qualified nomination.

    🔹 Join Washington Indivisible Network for their town hall, Fighting Back Against the Right-Wing Attack on Our Schools, to learn about the movement to destroy out public schools and hear how we can fight back. Tuesday, March 8th at 7pm. Register HERE

    🔹Here are your 3 actions this week:

    Action 1 – Support Ukraine

    Early Thursday morning, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin invaded the sovereign nation of Ukraine, raining bombs down on military sites and airports all over the country. His rambling speech gave no coherent justification for the invasion. Autocratic leaders like Putin play these war games to stroke their personal ego, but it is the citizens of Ukraine that suffer. To understand better the dynamics at play here, read Timothy Snyder’s blog about the topic. 

    • You can support Ukraine by donating several different ways, as described  HERE* (scroll down for donation links). 
    • Support The Kyiv Independent, Ukraine’s English-language media outlet, created by journalists who were fired from the Kyiv Post for defending editorial independence. GoFundMe or Patreon
    • This is a site to support Ukraine shared by WA State Democrats Party Chair Tina Podlowdowski. 

    *Indivisible Eastside has not vetted the donation links for these organizations. Although we believe these organizations to be legitimate, we cannot guarantee that and you should use discretion when donating.. 

    Action 2 – Support Trans Youth in Texas

    Texas Governor Abbott is at it again. This week, after a bill in the legislature banning gender affirming care failed to garner enough support last year, Texas Attorney General Paxton issued a statement that gender affirming care is already banned in the state, using child abuse laws as his basis. Just four days after the AG gave his report, Abbott declared that ordinary citizens must now report anyone who allows children to undergo gender affirming care. He has taken this from the earlier abortion ban playbook allowing vigilante enforcement in SB8 that the Supreme Court has upheld. Listen to this informative podcast about gender affirming care to learn how life saving it can be, or read this NYT bestselling book, Becoming Nicole, to understand the struggle. The ACLU has a Guide to Talking About Attacks on Trans Youth for those who feel unsure about having these conversations.

    Donate to help Trans Youth

    Fiesta Youth

    Thrive Youth Center

    Out Youth

    See this Twitter thread for more Trans organizations in Texas to support. 

    Action 3 – Keep Masks in Schools

    Adapted from Seattle Indivisible

    Governor Inslee announced an end to the mask mandate for Washington schools (among other indoor locations) starting  on March 21st. While case counts are dropping, vaccination rates for school-age children are still low. Less than 50% of children from 5-11 have received at least 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Schools should be safe places for immunocompromised students, teachers and staff, those who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons, or for whom vaccines won’t work. Schools have the choice to continue mask mandates, and school board members  have been hearing from anti-mask people (many not locals). 

    Please  contact the King County Executive, King County Council, and your local school board to urge them to keep a mask mandate. You can click on the email link to generate a prefilled email. Please review the email carefully, sign your name and add your City and Zipcode before sending.

    Dow Constantine, King County Executive: kcexec@kingcounty.gov

    King County Council: council@kingcounty.gov

    Email your local school board (in your email, please indicate the city you live in as some are tallying local constituents):

    Lake Washington SD email boardmembers@lwsd.org 

    Bellevue SD email board@bsd405.org  

    Northshore SD email schoolboard@nsd.org  

    Issaquah SD email schoolboard@issaquah.wednet.edu 

    📄 Sample script:

    “I’m writing because I’m concerned that Governor Inslee has announced that the indoor mask mandate for schools is set to end on March 21st. While it’s encouraging that COVID-19 cases are dropping, vaccination rates for school-age children are still too low. Less than 50% of children from ages 5-11 have received both doses of the vaccine. Schools should be safe for immunocompromised students, teachers and staff, and those for whom vaccines won’t work. I urge you to please reinstate the indoor mask policy for schools, so ALL of our students can be safe.

    Thank you. 

    [NAME]

    [CITY, ZIP]”

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    For the Week of Feb 21, 2022 

    🔹 If you missed our monthly meeting last Saturday, here are the notes and recording. Next month’s meeting will be March 19th. Register once for the whole year of IE group meetings. 

    🔹 Join Indivisible Eastside at safe, friendly in-person postcard-writing events! Our first session will be Friday, February 25th from 1:00-3:00 pm and every other Friday after that. It is a great outdoor location in Kirkland. More details HERE. Vote Forward is also resuming letter writing, so start writing today by logging in or signing up on the Vote Forward website. 

    🔹 In celebration of Black History Month, here are two wonderful learning opportunities recommended by members. 

    • BlackPast Visual Timelines in partnership with Histropedia Ltd., a London, England-based web timeline tech company, has introduced the most comprehensive African American history Timeline on the Internet. Starting in the year 1526 and extending to 2022, this timeline with nearly 700 separate entries, recalls the major political, social, and economic developments in Black history in the United States and the people who made them happen. 
    • MasterClass: Black History Black Freedom and Black Love – Seven preeminent voices including Angela Davis, Nikole Hannah-Jones (1619 project), and Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw (critical race theory) share their insight on the reckoning with race in America in three parts: past, present, and future. Gain a foundational understanding of the history of white supremacy and discover a path forward through the limitless capacity and resilience of Black love. Free during Black History Month.

    🔹Here are your 3 actions this week:

    Action 1 – [US SENATE] Nominate a progressive Black woman for SCOTUS

    From Indivisible

    For decades, Republicans and conservative dark-money groups have dedicated themselves to the complete takeover of our federal judiciary. Republicans have filled the courts with far-right extremists, all but guaranteeing legal outcomes that have destroyed voting rights, eroded access to legal abortions, and more. 

    Now, Justice Stephen Breyer is set to retire from the Supreme Court at the end of this term. The current balance on the Supreme Court is skewed 6-3 to conservatives — and we cannot afford to lose another seat. With so much at stake, it is of the utmost importance that the person nominated to replace Justice Breyer upholds his legacy of protecting our constitutional rights and also represents those most affected by Supreme Court rulings.

    President Biden reaffirmed that he will nominate a Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Senators must ensure President Biden nominates a strong progressive, and then speedily confirm President Biden’s nominee.

    Call your Senators now and tell them you want them to urge President Biden to nominate a progressive Black woman who represents the diversity of this country. Then, demand they move with all deliberate speed to confirm her.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hello, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP] and I am calling to ask you to urge President Biden to nominate a strong progressive Black woman for the open seat on the Supreme Court. Once that progressive candidate is nominated, please move quickly to confirm her. The Republicans’ dedication to placing far-right justices on the court must be offset, when the opportunity arises, with progressives that will represent those most affected by the recent devastating Supreme Court rulings.

    Thank you.”

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    Action 2 – Plant a Tree in honor of IE’s 5th Anniversary!

    Last month we celebrated our 5th (Wood) Anniversary, and at our meeting we encouraged everyone to plant a tree. As the weather gets warmer, now is the time! There are many ways to do this, even if you don’t have a yard. 

    🌳 King County has a 3 million trees program where you can volunteer.

    🌳 Forterra in Redmond is holding a tree planting event next month. 

    🌳 The City of Kirkland will pay you to plant trees!

    🌳 In Bellevue, 300Trees.org is giving away trees to residents.

    Action 3 – Get involved in your city’s Comprehensive Plan

    What we have really learned over the past 5 years is that it is not only important to pay attention to national politics, it is also important to get involved in local governance. Cities in our area are working on their Comprehensive Plans, and now is the time to get involved and submit your input on what direction you want your city to go. 

    🏡 Bellevue is updating its comprehensive plan (Bellevue 2044). Learn more about the plan and then register for updates. There are also some immediate questionnaires you can fill out to give your input on specific topics like curb management (it’s more interesting than it sounds!), road safety near schools, and parks and open spaces.  

    🏡 Kirkland is updating their comprehensive plan (K2044). Read through the plan website, and stay involved by signing up to receive updates

    🏡 Redmond is working on their plan to shape what the city will look like in 2050. Learn more about the plan and then get involved by providing your input using the questionnaires on this page

    💥 Bonus Action: King County Council District 6 has a survey open right now for constituents to give their input on priorities for the district. Please fill out the survey HERE.

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    For the Week of Feb 14, 2022 

    ❤️ Join Indivisible Eastside for our Monthly Meeting Saturday February 19, 3-4:30. The Racial Equity Policing and Mental Health Crisis Response group will report on the work they’re doing. Register once for the whole year of IE group meetings. 

    ❤️ Tomorrow Feb 15th is the state legislature’s chamber cut-off deadline, and there are a number of bills in danger of “dying”. State Legislative actions promoted by Indivisible Eastside can all be found on IE’s Take Action Network page. Your help is very much needed at this crucial point. TAN makes it so easy to email your legislators in support or opposition of these bills. 

    ❤️ In celebration of Black History Month, here are two wonderful learning opportunities recommended by members. 

    • BlackPast Visual Timelines in partnership with Histropedia Ltd., a London, England-based web timeline tech company, has introduced the most comprehensive African American history Timeline on the Internet. Starting in the year 1526 and extending to 2022, this timeline with nearly 700 separate entries, recalls the major political, social, and economic developments in Black history in the United States and the people who made them happen. 
    • MasterClass: Black History Black Freedom and Black Love – Seven preeminent voices including Angela Davis, Nikole Hannah-Jones (1619 project), and Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw (critical race theory) share their insight on the reckoning with race in America in three parts: past, present, and future. Gain a foundational understanding of the history of white supremacy and discover a path forward through the limitless capacity and resilience of Black love. Free during Black History Month.

    ❤️Here are your 3 actions this week:

    Action 1 – [Kirkland City Council] Thank Kirkland City Council for supporting King County’s Health Through Housing Initiative

    From Indivisible Kirkland

    The Coalition on Homelessness has asked residents of Kirkland and Bellevue to thank Kirkland City Council for working with King County on the county’s plans to purchase the La Quinta Inn for use as permanent supportive housing. This is important due to the organized resistance to providing supportive housing on the Eastside. One sentence is enough and preferably before Tuesday’s City Council meeting.  

    Community members in Kirkland received mailers from Safe Eastside that included false claims that the La Quinta Inn will be a safe injection site. The organization used the same messaging in Redmond, where King County purchased another property earlier this year. Read more …

    Please send a short supportive email. You can generate a prefilled email by clicking on the link. Please review the email carefully, add your name before sending: citycouncil@kirklandwa.gov 

    Subject: Thank you for supporting King County’s Health through Housing Initiative

    Sample script:

    Thank you for your work assisting King County’s Health through Housing Initiative to provide safe stable supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness. 

    Bonus action: Sign up with the City of Kirkland to receive updates on the Health Through Housing initiative. 

    Background from the Kirkland City Website: King County’s Health Through Housing Initiative establishes partnerships with local jurisdictions County-wide to create 1,600 permanent supporting housing units for people experiencing chronic homelessness by the end of 2022.  The Initiative consists of King County purchasing hotels or similar facilities, and each site includes 24/7 staffing that offers case management, employment counseling, and medical/behavioral healthcare.  This Initiative aims to support residents who are not supported through other housing program models. Read more…

    Action 2 – [Washington Legislature] Ask your legislator to support $30M for Refugee Resettlement

    From Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network

    Resettlement agencies and community-based organizations are at the forefront of helping all refugees arriving in the state with food, housing, and all the other supportive services they need to start a new life.

    In the last 5 months, these organizations have also supported the resettlement of nearly 3,000 Afghan arrivals that are seeking protection from the regime that has taken over Afghanistan in the wake of the United State’s chaotic withdrawal from the country after two decades of war. Community organizations need additional funding to support all refugees in our state.

    Please support the budget request by Rep. My-Linh Thai for $30 million in state funding for refugee resettlement in Washington state by sending an email to your legislator.

    The $30 million would allocate one-time funding to the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance at DSHS to support organizations across Washington State to strengthen and add capacity to their ability to serve refugees.

    Please use THIS LINK to email your legislators and ask them to support the budget ask for $30 million in state funding for refugee resettlement in Washington state.

    Action 3 [US HOUSE] Co-sponsor the Judiciary Act of 2021

    From Take Back the Courts and Indivisible National

    The last time Congress changed the size of the Supreme Court it settled on 9 justices to match the number of judicial circuits. But while the number of circuit courts has increased over time to keep up with an increasing caseload, the same is not true of the number of justices: today we have 13 circuit courts but only 9 Supreme Court justices.

    The Judiciary Act of 2021 would add 4 seats, taking the size of the court from 9 to 13 justices to match the number of circuit courts, while also directly countering Republican efforts to pack the Court. The introduction of this historic piece of legislation under the leadership of Senator Markey, Chairman Johnson, Chairman Nadler, and Congressman Jones is a critical step toward restoring balance to the Supreme Court.

    More than 50 members of Congress headed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, have come out in support of The Judiciary Act of 2021, but so far only Rep. Pramila Jayapal is a co-sponsor. 

    Action: Ask your Representative to co-sponsor The Judiciary Act of 2021.

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “I’m asking you to co-sponsor The Judiciary Act of 2021. Supreme Court expansion is necessary to restore balance to the court after four years of Republican anti-democratic attempts to take over our judiciary. The Supreme Court is only legitimate as long as we can trust that the justices are fair arbiters of the law and constitution. After four years of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, I’m no longer confident that it is. 

    Thank you,

    [NAME], [CITY, ZIP]”

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    For the Week of Feb 7, 2022

    🔹 Last chance to vote in local elections. 

    • Drop your ballot for school levies in a ballot drop box before 8pm Feb 8th!
    • King Conservation District ballots are onlineVote by 8pm Feb. 8th.

    🔹 The League of Women Voters now has its directory of elected officials online. It contains contact information for local elected officials as well as the county council, school boards, Washington State officials, legislative committees, political parties and more, with links to websites and emails. 

    🔹 State Legislative actions promoted by Indivisible Eastside can all be found on IE’s Take Action Network page. Visit a couple of times each week as new actions are being created every day, and legislators are taking notice of our activism. Thank you to all who contact your legislators and sign-in for legislative hearings. 

    🔹 Here are your 3 actions this week:

    Action 1 – [Educators] Say YES to books!

    “In Wyoming, a county prosecutor’s office considered charges against library employees for stocking books like “Sex Is a Funny Word” and “This Book Is Gay.” In Oklahoma, a bill was introduced in the state Senate that would prohibit public school libraries from keeping books on hand that focus on sexual activity, sexual identity or gender identity. In Tennessee, the McMinn County Board of Education voted to remove the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “Maus” from an eighth-grade module on the Holocaust because of nudity and curse words. Parents, activists, school board officials and lawmakers around the country are challenging books at a pace not seen in decades. Read more in the New York Times

    These attempts to censor what is available to our students and the public are all part of a larger push to shut down conversations of systemic racism, to erase members of the  LGBTQ+ community, and to privatize our public schools. That’s a lot to push back on and there are lots of organizations working on different parts of this. 

    What can you do to push back against efforts to ban books? 

    1. Read up on the groundswell of efforts to ban books:
    2. Contact your local School Board or County Library system with a supportive message such as the one below. You can click on the email links below to generate prefilled emails. Please review the email carefully, and sign your name before sending it:Lake Washington SD email boardmembers@lwsd.orgBellevue SD email board@bsd405.org

      Northshore SD email schoolboard@nsd.org

      Issaquah SD email schoolboard@issaquah.wednet.edu

      I support ___ School District offering a wide variety of books and topics to our students. Parents or guardians have the right and responsibility to make decisions about what materials are suitable for their own family. No one has the right to make rules restricting what other people use, or to make decisions for other families. Please reject book challenges so that a diversity of thought is available to young people.  

      Sometimes young people seek information from libraries when they are embarrassed or uncomfortable about asking an adult. Factual information from the library can ease their fears and even keep them safe from harm.

      Banning books is essentially blocking off a whole world of thought.

      Young people need access to writing on a variety of topics and life challenges. When a person reads about someone going through something similar to a challenge they may face, they feel less alone, more understood.

      Having the opportunity to discuss difficult topics in a classroom setting can be beneficial to understanding the complexities of life. Teachers are highly skilled at guiding students to explore and discuss writings.

    Action 2 – Help organizations provide access to abortion care

    Roe v. Wade was issued just over 49 years ago, and in the months ahead, we’re faced with the very real possibility that the Supreme Court could effectively overturn it. Conservative lawmakers in at least 29 states have been racing to pass new anti-abortion restrictions, reducing or eliminating abortion care access to women around the country. (from the What a Day Podcast – Where We Stand In The Fight For Reproductive Justice)

    We can help by donating to organizations on the ground fighting to keep access to abortion available to those that need it. 

    If you have the means, please donate to:

    • National Network of Abortion Funds – removing financial and logistical barriers to abortion access.
    • Keep Our Clinics – Independent providers serve three out of every five people who have an abortion, yet they receive only a fraction of public support.
    • All* Above All – a women of color-led effort to restore and sustain public insurance coverage of abortion, and educate policymakers and the public about the harm of abortion bans, especially for those unable to make ends meet.

    Action 3 – Sign the East King County PUD petition ONLINE!

    At our January meeting Barbra C shared information about the efforts to create a Public Utility District (PUD) for East King County (EKC). If you’re ready to take action:

    1. If you are a registered voter and live within the proposed PUD service area you can sign the petition to create a PUD digitally on any touchscreen device.
    2. Share the digital petition with your friends and neighbors in the service area.

    The information below is from the Yes to EKC-PUD FAQ web page. The full website contains lots more about the proposal. 

    Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is a foreign-owned, for-profit monopoly that provides electricity and/or natural gas in 10 counties in Washington State, including East King County. The last 10-15 years of PSE’s history is key to understanding the challenges the company faces today.

    By contrast, Public utility districts (PUDs) are community-owned, locally-regulated utilities that are formed by a vote of the people. Unlike investor-owned utilities, public utility districts are run by an elected, nonpartisan board of commissioners who are directly accountable to the voters. Across the country, approximately 2,000 consumer-owned utilities provide electricity to 49 million people in 49 U.S. states.

    The EKC-PUD would be an electric utility owned by the residents of the PUD service area, focused on meeting our goals for clean energy independence, lower costs, and better reliability.

    To replace PSE with EKC-PUD:

    1. Collect the signatures of 30,000 registered voters who reside within the proposed East King County PUD. This places the measure on the General Election ballot in November 2022.
    2. Appearing on that same ballot will be candidates for the three PUD commissioner seats, each representing a different region of the PUD.
    3. If the measure passes, the newly-formed PUD would start negotiating the purchase of all the electrical infrastructure within the intended service area.
    4. The PUD will hire appropriate staff and build administrative infrastructure before becoming fully operational. The entire process from voter passage to full PUD operation took 4.5 years in the more recent example of such a transition in Jefferson County. It was completed in 2013. You can read about how that transition looked as of 2015 here.

    The campaign is in the signature gathering phase and GREAT NEWS! If you  are a registered voter and live within the proposed PUD service area you can sign the petition digitally on any touchscreen device, so sign today!

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    For the Week of Jan 31, 2022

    🔹 Don’t forget to vote in local elections before Feb 8th!

    🔹 Our area blood supply is still dangerously low. Please consider donating now if you are eligible.

    🔹 Black History Month starts on Feb 1. This year’s theme is Black History and Wellness. A great way to start the month would be to check out these books and these events for an in-depth look at the topic.

    🔹 Shout out to Indivisible Eastside’s Alphabet Resistance in this Sierra Club video! Can you spot us?

    🔹 Here are your 3 actions this week:

    Action 1 – Support ‘Yes to East King County PUD’

    At our last group meeting we heard from our friends at Yes to East King County PUD about their campaign for a locally controlled and elected public utility district. PUDs are not new to our state – they serve millions of customers in Washington and have done so for almost 100 years. There are several new actions that you can take to help the campaign, which aims to collect 35,000 valid signatures from registered voters who live in the proposed PUD area in order to qualify a ballot initiative for the November 2022 election. 

    • You can print petitions to sign and mail from home. (The ability to sign petitions electronically should be available soon). The deadline for mailing in petitions is June 3rd, 2022.
    • You can sign up to write postcards for the campaign. The postcards will let voters in the EKC PUD service area know about the campaign and invite them to sign the petition. The campaign will provide the postcards, message, and mailing addresses; you provide the stamps.

    Action 2 –  Take action to support 2022 electoral candidates

    It’s not too soon to start thinking about ways to get behind candidates who will be running in this year’s elections. We have several actions that you can take right away.

    • From Elizabeth S. –  Please consider postcarding for the March 1st primary election in Texas! Their governor is up for election this year—Abbott is running for re-election and Beto is a challenger. From Center for Common Ground: “Right now, Texas mail-in ballot applications are being rejected by the thousands. So-called “paper shortages” are preventing folks from registering to vote. This is intentional and evil, and we need your help to fight back.” Elizabeth has this organization’s postcards available for pickup (in Kirkland), so please email her at standalem@hotmail.com if you’d like a bundle. Postcards must be mailed no later than February 14. She can get you an address list and instructions, too, or if you prefer, you can sign up on your own. Phonebanking is also available for this campaign. There is currently no textbanking but that could change.
    • Help Congresswoman Kim Schrier retain her seat as Representative for Washington’s 8th Congressional District by donating to her campaign. Remember, early money is key in elections! National Republicans have named Rep. Kim Schrier’s district a top target for the midterms, so she needs your help to build another winning campaign.

    Action 3 – Support local and alternative media!

    Do you get frustrated by the lack of in-depth coverage of Eastside issues by our Seattle-area media? An example of this is the lack of interest shown in our recent problematic school board races, which was only covered initially by The Stranger, despite the efforts of many people to get the attention of other media. There are several excellent organizations which are starting to show more interest in covering the Eastside. If we keep bringing our stories to their attention and letting them know that we support them we can get more visibility for our issues. Please support them by reading and following them on social media, and donating if you can.

    Some sources of great local and regional reporting are The Urbanist (please read the article by IE member Chris Randels from Jan 25th),  Converge Media , Malcontent News, Rainier Avenue Radio, South Seattle Emerald, Real Change News and the Northwest Progressive Institute. Check them out, and support as you can!

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    For the Week of Jan 24, 2022

    🔹 Thank you for joining us for our first group meeting of 2022, and Happy 5th Birthday to us! You can read the meeting notes here if you weren’t able to join us.

    🔹 Our area blood supply is still dangerously low. Please consider donating now if you are eligible.  

    🔹 Bellevue City Council has an opening on the Human Services Commission.  Applications are due by Jan 28. 

    🔹The 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. 

    🔹Here are your 3 actions this week:

    Action 1 – Thank our Senators for their efforts to protect our voting rights

    There’s no question that last week’s Senate vote on voting rights, while expected, was beyond disappointing. The Republicans are now closer to taking the majority in 2022 and the White House in 2024. However, it’s important to say that this fight is not over, and that all of our efforts over the past year HAVE made a difference. As noted by our Indivisible regional organizer Nina Moussavi, one year ago, we had MAYBE 10 Senators who were willing to publicly support filibuster reform. It was a minority opinion EVEN in the Democratic party. Both of our Senators were vocal supporters of the “institution” of the Senate. Last week, 48 Senators voted in favor of filibuster reform, with Senators Cantwell and Murray making public statements of support, even taking to the Senate Floor to do it. THAT is the definition of progress. We are in a much better place than we were one year ago today and we will keep fighting.

    Please contact our Senators and let them know that we appreciate their willingness to stand up for democracy, and that we are counting on them to stay in the fight for as long as it takes. 

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hello, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP] and I am calling to thank you for your vocal support for eliminating the filibuster in order to pass HR 5746, the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. While I am very disappointed that the bill did not pass, I appreciate your change in position in order to protect our voting rights, and am counting on you to keep fighting for them.

    Thank you.”

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    Action 2 –  Stay in the fight for democracy and refocus on the 2022 elections

    We should all take a breath to rest and reflect after the disappointments of the past few weeks, but we know that the fight for democracy will pick up the pace again with critical midterm elections this year. It’s time to focus on those races, primaries as well as the general. There are multiple areas where it will be important to be involved.

    As the fight over voting rights has shown, efforts to win over conservative Democrats take a huge amount of time, energy, and money, and in the end accomplish nothing. Going forward we need to make them irrelevant by electing more Democratic senators. There are several critical races this year that will determine whether or not Democrats retain control of the Senate. Please acquaint yourself with these races and make a plan for how you can help Democrats win. We will be sharing resources to do that in the months ahead.

    We also need to pay close attention to races for Governor. In 2022, the governorships of the top six presidential battleground states (PA, NV, MI, WI, GA, AZ) are up and all six races are toss-ups. You can donate to those races via this article from Dan Pfeifer. 

    Secretaries of State races will be critical to protecting voting rights. The Republican political group that funds Secretary of State races raised $33 million last year. The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State raised just $1 million in the first half of last year. You can help narrow that gap by donating here

    A great place to dive into the issues is the latest Midterm Election Update Indivisible Podcast. Stephan Cox talks to Kevin Jones from Indivisible Vashon for a comprehensive look at the races to watch. 

    Bookmark the GOTV guide put together by Indivisible Vashon for constantly updated information on races across the state and country. As we re-group let’s collectively get up to speed and think about how we can best be involved in the fight for democracy.

    Action 3 –  Vote in important local elections!

    Action 3a – Vote YES! on school levies 

    Ballots have been mailed out for the Feb. 8th Special Election – our schools need our support 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 are already 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.

    Please make sure your ballot is returned by 8 pm on Feb 8th!

    Action 3b – Vote in the King Conservation District Election

    King Conservation District is a special purpose district committed to helping people engage in stewardship and conservation of natural resources, serving over two million people in 34 cities and unincorporated King County. They are currently holding an election for a position on the board of Supervisors but you won’t see it on your regular ballot. (Hopefully this will change soon.) You can vote online or print and mail your ballot – all of the information is here. Ballots are due by Feb. 8th and will be counted by King county elections. Be sure to get your vote in soon!

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    For the Week of Jan 17, 2022

    🔹 Our area blood supply is dangerously low. Please consider donating now if you are eligible.

    🔹 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.

    🔹The 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.

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

    🔹 Please join us online Jan. 22nd, from 3-4:30 as we celebrate 5 years of activism together.  Register once and you’ll be registered for all 2022 meetings. https://bit.ly/IE-Monthly-2022

    🔹Here are your 3 actions this week:

    Action 1 – 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.

    ☎ 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.”

    Action 2 – 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!

    Action 3 – 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

    ☎ 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

    🔹 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 year’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. 

    🔹 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

    🔹 Please join us online Jan. 22nd, from 3-4:30 as we celebrate 5 years of activism together.  Register once and you’ll be registered for all 2022 meetings. https://bit.ly/IE-Monthly-2022 

    🔹 Here are your 3 actions this week:

    Action 1 – 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. 

    ☎ 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.”

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    Action 2 – 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. 

    ☎ 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 administration’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]

    Action 3 – 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

    🔹 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 you’ll be registered for all 2022 meetings. https://bit.ly/IE-Monthly-2022 

    🔹Here are your 2 actions this week – they are the ones from Dec 20th, but we’re repeating, as many may have missed them due to the holidays, and they’re important!

    Action 1 – 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. We’ll make a decision after the January 22nd group meeting.

    Action 2 – 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. That’s 60 short days for our representatives to continue working on bills that didn’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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