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For the Week of July 26, 2021
🔹 We will be resuming our online group meetings on September 19th! Save the date and then join us on Zoom at 4:30 on Sept. 19th. Please register to attend.
🔹 If you haven’t already done so, please VOTE by Aug. 3. As you know, local races are as important as state and national races. Of particular concern are the concerted efforts to get candidates who support harmful ideologies elected to school board and local councils. This is happening in our area! Please refer to the voting resource section at the end of the newsletter for links to reliable voting guides and candidate forums. The small scale of local races means that your participation can make a big difference! Turnout and awareness tend to be low in years with local elections – so your vote, and every vote you encourage, can make a big difference. So please, review the Voting Resources below and VOTE!
🔹 Postcards4WA is ready for volunteers to sign up! In 2020, volunteers wrote over 59,000 postcards in support of 22 candidates across the state, and we have set a goal to write even more in 2021! Indivisible Eastside has assumed organizing responsibilities this year and it’s headed up by Christy B, Elizabeth S and Louise P. We currently have addresses from 3 campaigns and are adding more regularly. View the FAQs, set a personal goal, sign up today, and a friendly Postcards4WA organizer will reach out to you with next steps.
🔹 Here are your 3 actions for this week.
✊ Action 1 – [You] Use your voice to protect voting rights for all Americans
The Washington Indivisible Network has organized a campaign to broadcast the urgency of changing the filibuster rule in order to pass key federal voting rights legislation. The 12 Days for Democracy campaign is a state-wide effort by multiple Indivisible groups to provide quick and easy actions for you to contact your Senators and let them know that this is a ‘Must Pass, No Excuses’ situation. The urgency to pass it before the scheduled August recess grows as Republican states continue to introduce bills that reflect the cultural and racial priorities of Trump’s base. As outlined in this Fresh Air podcast, they also plan to gerrymander districts as soon as census data is released, putting them out of reach of future legal challenges.
Indivisible Eastside is providing two of these actions. On Monday July 26 (or whenever you can do it) we are asking you to call the White House and tell the President and Vice President that we would like to see a forceful statement in support of voting rights using whatever means necessary, including getting rid of the filibuster. We need vocal recognition of the seriousness of the situation from our leaders. Recent speeches saying that we should ’out organize’ these attempts to suppress votes are not enough. Please use the TAN (Take Action Network) link to the action and it will take you through the process and provide a script.
On Saturday July 31st we will be providing the last action of this campaign and it promises to be a fun one! Click back on the preceding link on that date to see the action and directions on how to take it.
If you’d like to take any of the other actions for this campaign they are all available for an extended period. Just click on an action for a particular day from the same TAN link. Be sure to click the ‘I took this action’ button afterwards.
✊ Action 2 – [You] Participate In and comment on redistricting plans
From the League of Women Voters-WA
Washington State’s Redistricting Commission will be working on new maps of congressional and legislative districts in the next few months. This happens every ten years and is based on the results of the census. Due to delays in that process under the last administration, final population figures will not be delivered until August. Draft maps are due in September and need to be finalized by November. These are the districts that will be in place for the midterm primaries in March of 2022. As you can see, the timeline is very tight.
Our state has one million people more than it did ten years ago when we last went through this process. Because of the need to keep districts balanced, almost all districts will change due to this population growth.
The redistricting commission has been holding public information sessions over the last few months and are now presenting the second round of them. You have an opportunity to have input into the process by participating in an online forum. Is there something that has always bothered you about how your district is drawn, or is there something in particular about it that you like and would like to keep? Does it feel representative of the population or are there arbitrary cutoffs of communities with shared interests, such as ethnicity, economic, or environmental characteristics? This is your chance to have your say.
On July 31st there will be sessions devoted to Districts 8 and 9. (Previous sessions for other districts can be watched on the website. District 1 was on July 24). Registration is not needed to watch the meetings but is required for public comment. Detailed instructions for public testimony are available here or you can watch previous sessions for examples. You might hear one about your own district that resonates with you!
✊ Action 3 – [You] Learn about a proposal to create an alternative to Puget Sound Energy on the Eastside
From East King County PUD
Did you know that PSE’s electricity accounts for 25-30% of Eastside greenhouse gas emissions? Did you know that, instead of investing in renewable energy, PSE is planning to build a new methane power plant in 2026? Did you know that we can fire PSE and form a public utility district (PUD) that can prioritize action on both climate and environmental justice?
The Yes to East King County PUD campaign will be holding an informational webinar in September (date TBD) where you can learn more about how we can take control of our energy future and create a power provider we can be proud of. Register for the webinar here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved today.
We will also be joined by Barbra Chevalier from the EKC PUD campaign at our group meeting on Sept. 19th so please join us to learn more about it.
- Double-check your registration info — or register if you need to. See this article for links and all the details.
- King County Prop 1 – Best Starts for Kids – endorsed by almost everyone.
- The Progressive Voters Guide – tailored to your voting location – is an excellent place to learn about candidates on your ballot.
- Your Democratic legislative districts (1st, 5th, 41st, 45th, 48th) have endorsement guides, as well as King County Democrats.
- You can get a Customized WA State Voters’ Guide at vote.wa.gov. Please note that it carries a disclaimer that it does not take responsibility for candidate statements or arguments.
- Volunteer for Ruth and other local campaigns Indivisible Eastside’s own Ruth Lipscomb is running for Bellevue City Council. Ruth is out in the community talking with voters most days, and would love your help. You can see all her upcoming events on the Take Action Network’s Ruth Lipscomb for Bellevue City Council page. Additionally, you can volunteer to write Postcards for Ruth’s campaign by Signing up for Postcards4WA. Postcards and postage provided – you just volunteer your writing skills.
- Looking for other opportunities to volunteer? Here are some Take Action Network searches you can explore:
Calendar of Events:
- Wed Jul 28 5 – 6 pm, Join Bellevue Leaders in Supporting Ruth Lipscomb’s campaign (fundraiser)
- Sat July 31, 10:00 – 12:00 Congressional Districts 7 and 9 Redistricting Commission Public Outreach Meeting
- Sat July 31, 1:00 -3:00 Congressional Districts 8 and 10 Redistricting Commission Public Outreach Meeting
- Sun Aug 8 & 22 7-8 pm – Postcards & Letters Zoom meetings. Register once to attend any.
- Sun Aug 1, 15, 29, 10 am – noon – In-person Postcard Writing with IE – Kenmore (and every 2nd Sunday)
- Mon Aug 2, Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, 6-7 pm Transforming Privilege Speakers Series
- Tues Aug 3 – last day to get your ballot in!
Save the Date:
- Sun Sept 19, 4:30 – Indivisible Eastside Group Meeting, via Zoom. Register to attend.
Previously Recorded Events of Interest:
- Redistricting Commission public outreach meeting recordings — scroll down and find the district you’re interested in under “Past Public Outreach Meetings.”
- Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington Indivisible Network Town Hall
- Senator Patty Murray, Washington Indivisible Network Town Hall
- All Past Washington Indivisible Town Halls – youtube.com/WashingtonIndivisibleNetwork
- Indivisible Co-Founders Leah Greenburg and Ezra Levin on Washington State Indivisible Podcast
… and More:
- Donate to Indivisible Eastside on our Website
- Sign up for Take Action Network to organize and track your Activism.
- Check out the Indivisible Eastside logo wear store at www.cafepress.com/IndivisibleEastside.
- Email hello@IndivisibleEastside.com with ideas for the newsletter, questions about how to become involved, and ideas for long-term projects you’d like to be involved in.
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