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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 June 10, 2024

    ???? We just need a couple more volunteers for the June 13th Alphabet Resistance! The second anniversary of the overturning of Roe, the first time the Supreme Court has taken away a right, is approaching. To remind voters of that, please sign up to join us on Thurs June 13 from 4:45 to 6:00 pm in downtown Bellevue (near Trader Joe’s). It’s fun! Our message will start with Roe Roe Roe, with Your Vote on the flip side. Please sign up at this link using the access code ‘alpha’. Thank you!

    Another opportunity to protest the anniversary will be an event put on by our friends from the WA 8th CD Indivisible group. They will meet on June 22nd at 10 am at the corner of Front St. & Gilman Blvd, Issaquah for a sign waving rally and will then walk down Front St to City Hall at 11:00 to hear from speakers including 41st LD Rep My-Linh Thai.

    ???? Volunteers are needed for the Eastside Honoring Juneteenth event on Sat June 15th, 12-5 pm (with lots of outstanding activities). If you can help please fill out this form to let them know. Volunteers will be supplied with free lunch, a t- shirt, and volunteering credit if wanted.

    Volunteers are also needed for the 2024 Washington State Democratic Convention, being held June 21-23. Your help with activities such as checking people in will help make the convention a success. Details and signup here.

    ???? We will not be holding a June meeting but Save the Date for a special in person July meeting! Please join with Indivisible Eastside members for a short meeting and an Ice Cream Social on July 7 from 3-5 pm. We will gather outside at the home of one of the steering committee members. The address will be shared after registration. Sign up at this link, using the access code ‘icecream’.

    In the meantime, please join us for upcoming Postcards & Letter Writing Zoom meetings or Alphabet Resistance – see the calendar for details.

    Here are your 2 actions this week.

    Action 1 – Speak up for a moratorium on logging mature forests on Department of Natural Resources lands

    From Center for Responsible Forestry

    The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) controls timber harvest levels on state DNR land. DNR has a long history that once heavily emphasized clearcutting over conservation. They have recently been shifting, and this is a moment when multiple groups are pressing them to shift further. It’s time for DNR to expand the definition of “old growth” forests, considering not only the age and ecology of the forests but also their ecological functions and features.

    DNR should tailor its timber harvest plans to sequester the greatest amounts of carbon, in order to be consistent with WA State’s 2050 climate targets. To do this, the DNR board (the Board of Natural Resources) should follow the model of the Mature and Old Growth Forest Inventory just published by the USDA, and carry out a mature forest inventory for Washington. In the meantime, the Board should halt logging on all mature, structurally complex legacy forests.

    We need to ensure that the Board and the Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, put an end to logging the last remaining mature forests on DNR land in western Washington.

    Action 1A: Write to the Board of Natural Resources to support a moratorium on logging mature forests

    Sample Script

    SUBJECT: Mature Forest Policy

    Dear Commissioner Hilary Franz and Board of Natural Resources,

    I am a resident of Washington state, and I am very concerned about our state forests. We are in the midst of a climate crisis and unprecedented loss of biodiversity – both of which require bold and urgent action on your part.

    I am writing to urge you to exert your leadership and shape your work to implement a policy that defines and protects our remaining structurally complex, mature forests. Until this work is done, please immediately declare a moratorium on the logging of mature forests. Thank you.

    [NAME]

    Bonus Action 1B: Write to the DNR to cancel logging on mature forests on steep hillsides above the North Fork Stillaguamish River. Despite calls for revision of DNR policies, irreplaceable mature forests are still being slated for clearcutting.

    Action 2 – Candidate Corner – Melissa Demyan, LD 45 Representative

    From member Kraig P.

    Website | Donate | Facebook | Volunteer

    Melissa Demyan is the only candidate currently endorsed by Democratic organizations and the State Labor Council for the 45th District House Position 2. There’s no Republican in the race. Her opponent is a 20 year incumbent Democrat (who lacks Melissa’s endorsements), Larry Springer. He has often voted against the House Democratic Caucus and Governor Inslee on key Democratic priorities.

    As described on Melissa’s “About” page, her work as an organizer has taken her to multiple states as she progressed in her career from grassroots campaigning to significant roles in major labor organizations and political advocacy.

    Melissa’s priorities include:

    • Fully funding our public schools, to reverse chronic underfunding of schools.
    • Creating an economy (and society) that works for everyone, through steps such as expanding childcare, enhancing workforce education, and improving access to affordable housing and homeownership.
    • Healthcare for everyone who needs it, through work to create a Medicare for All, single-payer, health insurance program for everyone in Washington, as well as lowering drug prices and ensuring that reproductive care is a standard for everyone who needs it.
    • Tackling the climate crisis, by championing policies that reduce carbon emissions and promote high-quality, union-represented, low-carbon jobs in green energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. She is committed to programs that ensure economic stability and community well-being (especially among hard-hit communities) while combating climate change.

    Her endorsements include: King County Democrats, 45th District Democrats, Washington State Labor Council, Lake Washington Education Association, Machinists District 751, Transit Riders Union, Northshore Education Association, and others!

    In contrast with Melissa, the incumbent has voted against Democratic priorities on multiple bills, including:

    • SB 5241, the pro-choice Keep Our Care Act — he was the only Democrat to withhold committee support, contributing to the bill’s failure in the House.
    • HB 1589 — voted against paving the way for PSE to decarbonize its gas business.
    • HB 1893 and SB 5778 — voted against labor protections.
    • HB 2276 — voted in committee against a bill to increase the supply of affordable housing.
    • Bills in support of charter schools and state funding for them (he regularly sponsors such bills).

    Melissa is an outstanding candidate for representing the 45th District in the State Legislature!

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    Candidate Corner – send us your submissions!

    Is there a candidate you’re supporting you’d like us to elevate? Send a submission to be included in a future newsletter to hello@indivisibleeastside.com and please include: candidate name, position, and website, as well as why you’re supporting them.

    As all state candidates have now filed for the election, you can check out who has filed at this website. At the top drop down menu (Election) select Primary and it will fill all races. You can narrow your search by making further selections.

    Calendar of Events

    Save the Date:

    • Sun July 7, 3-5 pm – IE member meeting and Ice Cream Social. Sign up using the access code ‘icecream’. Address will be shared on registration.
    • Thurs July 11, 4:45-6 pm – Alphabet Resistance, downtown Bellevue. Sign up using the access code ‘alpha,’ and choose one or more dates.
    • Thurs Sept 26, 4-5:30 Open House and 6 pm – Kirkland Planning Commission meeting, 2044 Comprehensive Plan.

    Recorded events to check out:

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