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  • 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 May 10, 2021 

    🔹 PCC Community Markets held their Board of Trustees elections and despite an active effort by the corporate office to sway the membership to vote their incumbents back onto the board, the membership instead voted for union backed worker candidates Donna Rasmussen and Laurae McIntyre. Membership also voted in Rodney Hines onto the Board, finally adding a Black man for a small step towards diversity. Thanks to all who signed the petitions to nominate Donna and Laurae and for voting. 

    🔹 The City of Bellevue is mobilizing a community-led coordinating team to advance the newly adopted Communities of Color Initiative. They are recruiting candidates who live or work in Bellevue representing Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Three information sessions for potential candidates will be held Tuesday, May 11, 4-5 p.m, Thursday, May 13, 6-7 p.m and Saturday, May 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Register to attend. You can find more information HERE

    🔹 Bellevue’s Good Neighbor Agreement Advisory Committee (GNAAC) will be meeting Wednesdays, 6-8 PM; 5/12, 6/2, 6/23, 7/14, 9/1, 9/29 to create an agreement related to the men’s shelter. The meetings will be held virtually via Zoom. Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. Please click this URL to join: https://cityofbellevue.zoom.us/j/93882908969 Passcode: 472280. Or join by phone by calling (253) 215-8782, Meeting ID: 938 8290 8969, Passcode: 472280.

    🔹 Here are your 3 actions for this week.

    Action 1 – [YOU] Attend the Town Hall with Senator Maria Cantwell on May 14th at 12 noon

    From Washington Indivisible Network

    Senator Cantwell, who hasn’t held a Town Hall in over 4 years, has agreed to her first one with Washington Indivisibles! We are at a crossroads in our nation with democracy itself at stake. Republican legislatures across the country are restricting voting in their states. The slim control we have in the Senate does not allow us to pass crucial legislation. The “For the People Act” voting rights bill (H.1/S.1), and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act would protect the integrity of our elections going forward. The filibuster is preventing Congress from passing this legislation along with all the other important legislation we Progressives want like the Green New Dealhealthcare reform, and the American Jobs Plan.

    Senator Cantwell has recently come out to indicate she supports filibuster reform, but we need to be loud and clear that the filibuster has got to go, because reforming it will not be enough

    We need a BIG turn out for this town hall to show Senator Cantwell how important we feel this moment is. Read historian Heather Cox Richardson’s take on where we are right now as a nation.

    Register to attend the Town Hall on Friday May, 14th at 12 noon HERE

    Action 2 – [YOU] 103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

    Following the conviction of Derek Chauvin, everyone breathed a sigh of relief.  We must keep in mind, however, that although justice was served in this one case, the systemic structures that have been in place for 400+ years continue to harm BIPOC communities. 

    Read through this list, and choose 2, 5, 10 things or whatever number is manageable for you to do to continue to support racial justice in our inherently racist society. 

    If you missed the Racial Equity-Bellevue Team’s forum on Crisis Response Models: Moving beyond police response to behavioral/mental health crises. Over 200 people attended to hear from experts in the field of crisis response on where we are, what research is telling us, and where we can go from here. After watching the forum, complete this 2 minute form to join a continuing discussion on Thu, May 13 @ 7:00 pm or to join our email list to receive occasional updates on this topic.

    Action 3 – [King County Council] Ask for Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht’s resignation

    From Not This Time and various news sources

    In 2017 Tommy Le was shot 3 times and killed by a King County Deputy, Cesar Molina. The family was seeking an investigation into his death last July. The county recently settled a civil rights lawsuit by the Le family for $5 million, and Sheriff Johanknecht told staff that the settlement was “not a reflection of how I view the actions” of Deputy Cesar Molina in a private email that was leaked to the public. In 2017 Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens was killed by King County Sheriff Office’s Deputies in a botched sting operation. During a King County council meeting about his shooting in Feb. 2020 the Sheriff chose to leave early, before hearing from Dunlap-Gittens’ mother, because the Sheriff had to get to her “next thing”. These actions by the Sheriff are building a strong case to call for her resignation, as King County Executive Dow Constantine already has. Voters last November changed the sheriff’s position to be appointed by the executive and approved by the King County Council instead of an elected position. 

    Please contact the King County council and ask them to request Sheriff Johanknecht’s resignation immediately. 

    Email: council@kingcounty.gov (You can click this link to generate a prefilled email. Please review the email carefully, add your name, city and zipcode before sending)

    Phone: 206-477-1000

    ☎ Sample Script:

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to ask you to publicly call  for the resignation of Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht immediately. The actions of the Sheriff have shown that she values police solidarity over public safety. Her office has failed to address the significant shortcomings and systemic problems that have resulted in the killing by police of Black and Brown community members. I am also requesting police reforms within the Sheriff’s office that protect these community members, and I seek assurance that a new Sheriff appointed by the council makes a commitment to these reforms. 

    Thank you.”

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

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