Keep Working the Phones

Action:

We are closer than ever to stopping healthcare repeal, but our work isn't done.  Indivisible's call tool is open over the weekend, and connecting red-state constituents to their Senators' voicemail still makes a big difference. If you didn't get a chance during the week, try it out! 'Like' this post if you're making calls today.

https://www.trumpcareten.org/calls-to-kill-trumpcare

Additionally, you can submit public comments to the Senate Finance Committee in opposition to the bill. See https://www.facebook.com/events/104882696902636/ for information.

Upcoming:

Today: Seattle Indivisible Biweekly Meeting. Today, 9/24 from 2PM-4PM at the Magnolia Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 2801 34th Ave W, Seattle, Washington 98199. Scheduled breakouts will be on Writing Letters to the Editor, and Daily Actions. 

Tomorrow: Kill the Bill (Again!): Seattle Rally to Save the ACA. Monday 9/25 at 4PM, meet across the street from UW Medical Center at Montlake Blvd NE & NE Pacific Street. https://www.facebook.com/events/1221259391312342/

Announcement:

Seattle Indivisible has endorsed initiative I-940, De-escalate Washington. You'll have an opportunity to sign the petition at each of our upcoming events. See our press release here: https://www.seattleindivisible.com/blog/2017/9/22/seattle-indivisible-endorses-i-940

Claim Your Activist Identity

NOTE:  With McCain against the Cassidy-Graham bill, we are closer than ever to stopping healthcare repeal.  Indivisible HQ has told us that their call tool is open over the weekend, and that connecting red-state constituents to their Senators' voicemail still makes a big difference. If you didn't get a chance during the week, try it out! https://www.trumpcareten.org/calls-to-kill-trumpcare

ACTION 1: TELL US:  Who are you as an activist?  What do you care about most?

This week marks the eight-month point since the Trump Inauguration.  You've been engaged, you've been telling our government and the Trump Administration that we're not going to be knocked down by intimidations, lies, and bullying tactics.  You are a seasoned veteran of the political advocacy effort.  Congratulations!  You are an ACTIVIST.

Today we are asking you to take a look at your values, your non-negotiables, your "this-must-happen" beliefs.  What do you believe in?  What do you most want to protect?  What is the vision of America that you hold in your heart, despite any and all attempts to tear it down?

NOW:  TELL US ABOUT IT.  Email us at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com.  (Subject line:  MY VISION)

Possible topics to consider:
- civil rights for transgender people
- protecting natural resources and our public lands
- affordable health care for all
- holding the administration accountable
- budget support for science, the arts, clear air and water
- [YOUR TOPIC HERE]

Inspiration:
Last November the Trump "false news" machine convinced American voters to embrace "me first" exclusionary tactics.  It's our turn to declare who we are and what we stand for.  Take back the conversation!  Tell us who you are as an activist and what you're willing to fight for!

ACTION 2: Make your own Activist Plan.  

Every day we send a Daily Action Alert to Seattle Indivisible subscribers on Facebook and our website with suggested actions.  But you don't have to wait for us to tell you what to do - you know how!  CALL!  EMAIL your MOCs!  FAX using Resistbot! And if you've done it once, do it again!  And again!  Members of Congress tell us:  "We need the call numbers.  We need constituents' personal stories.  The voices of our constituents is THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WE HAVE against narrow-minded, punitive actions of the Trump Adminstration and its allies."*

INVITATION:  Make your own Activist Plan.  Do you prefer to call 2-3 times a week, or more like once a week?  To send email, or use Resistbot to send faxes?  Do you have a preferred activist information source?  (e.g., Seattle Indivisible, 5calls.org, New York Times/Seattle Times, etc.)

By now you know how to express YOUR values and your opinions on the critical issues facing our country.  YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR VOICE.  What is your plan?  TELL US ABOUT IT; email us at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com.  (Subject line:  MY ACTIVIST PLAN)

*(From a Senate staffer on a call to a member of our Daily Action team this week.)

BONUS - ACTION 3:  Email your vision to your Members of Congress.

Using your vision of what America should be (from Action 1), send an email to your MOCs today.  Tell your lawmakers what your vision is, so they'll know how to represent you on the Congressional floor.

Senator Murray:  https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme
Senator Cantwell:  https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form
Representative Jayapal: https://jayapal.house.gov/contact/email
Representative Smith: https://adamsmith.house.gov/contact

We're in this for the long haul, so be sure to pace yourself.  It's easy to burn out if you do too much, and this is an uphill battle.  But we will persist.  We will turn this around.  We will make a difference.  Working together, we will reclaim our vision of an all-inclusive, compassionate, and socially responsible America.

Fight Healthcare Repeal: It's a Numbers Game!

**PROTEST ALERT: Seattle Indivisible and other local resistance groups are teaming up for a Kill the Bill rally, this coming Monday, 4 - 7pm, across the street from University of Washington Medical Center (Montlake Blvd & Pacific Street NE): https://www.facebook.com/events/1221259391312342

Action: Reach out to friends and family in red states and ask them to call their Senators

McConnell is set on bringing the Cassidy-Graham bill to the floor as early as next week, without a full CBO score- but we know this bill would knock millions off of their insurance.

It's a numbers game again: we need as many calls to undecided Senators as possible. If you know people who live in any of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Tennessee, ask them to call their Senators TODAY and EVERY DAY NEXT WEEK. Reach out directly, and post to your social media accounts. Use this handy resource for phone numbers and stats on each state:

https://www.trumpcareten.org

SCRIPT: "Dear {NAME OF FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER], I’m writing to ask you to call Senator [NAME] about the latest Republican healthcare bill—Graham Cassidy. This bill is worse than the last version, and will eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions and slash Medicaid care for the needy. Senator [NAME] is a crucial swing vote and needs to hear from constituents as soon as possible. Please call them, tell them you live in their state, and ask them to vote no."

BACKGROUND:

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/blog/2017/sep/potential-effects-of-graham-cassidy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/health/graham-cassidy-obamacare-repeal-.html

Extra Credit: Keep Connecting Friendly Red-State Voters to Swing Senators

Indivisible National has re-launched its Blue-to-Red call tool to bring this bill down. Today, sign up and use it to call friendly voters in red states with “swing” Senators, and connect them to their Senator's office! Instructions below:

1. Click here to sign up to make phone calls from the peer-to-peer dialing tool: https://act.indivisibleguide.com/go/5082?t=5&akid=857%2E392560%2EnsgAHw. Once signed in, you can start making calls immediately - and we’ll give you a script to make it as easy as possible!

2. Next, you’ll call a voter in a key state with a swing Republican Senator. These folks are your friends — they attended the Women’s March, they’re standing up to #DefendDACA, and/or fight for progressive causes.

3. You ask them to use their power. You’ll ask them to call their senator in opposition to the bill, and to share their own reasons for opposing it.

4. The tool connects them to their Senator’s office. The call tool will allow you to automatically patch them through to the Senators’ district offices.

Swing McCain on TrumpCare

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Mitch McConnell says he will bring Cassidy Graham—TrumpCare’s latest incarnation—to the Senate floor next week, and Trump and McConnell are getting close to the 50 votes they need. At this moment every vote matters, so let’s focus today’s calls on flipping a single senator on the fence: Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Action:  Call John McCain

Senator McCain is not giving away his position on Cassidy Graham, but he has stated two concerns: 1) He believes that the Senate healthcare legislation should follow “regular order,” with hearings, a full evaluation by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and real deliberation. None of that will be possible in the rush to passCassidy Graham by September 30th; 2) He says he wants to be sure the bill will be “good for Arizona.” The bill fails on that count as well, with Arizona losing $11 billion in federal funding by 2026, according to a study released yesterday by Avalere Health. Call McCain and ask him to vote “no” because the bill is both rushed and bad for his state.

Senator John McCain

DC - 202-224-2235  Arizona - 602-952-2410

Script

“Hello, my name is [name]. Senator McCain has said that he wants healthcare legislation to be enacted through “regular order” and to be good for Arizona. The rushed Cassidy Graham bill is a failure on both counts. Studies show that Arizona will lose billions in federal healthcare spending if it passes. Senator McCain should not support this bill.”

Background:

http://avalere.com/expertise/managed-care/insights/graham-cassidy-heller-johnson-bill-would-reduce-federal-funding-to-sta

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/20/politics/john-mccain-graham-cassidy-bill/index.html

Extra Credit: Keep Connecting Friendly Red-State Voters to Swing Senators

Indivisible National has re-launched its Blue-to-Red call tool to bring this bill down. Today, sign up and use it to call friendly voters in red states with “swing” Senators, and connect them to their Senator's office! Instructions below:

1.  Click here to sign up to make phone calls from the peer-to-peer dialing tool: https://act.indivisibleguide.com/go/5082?t=5&akid=857%2E392560%2EnsgAHw. Once signed in, you can start making calls immediately - and we’ll give you a script to make it as easy as possible!

2.  Next, you’ll call a voter in a key state with a swing Republican Senator. These folks are your friends — they attended the Women’s March, they’re standing up to #DefendDACA, and/or fight for progressive causes.

3.  You ask them to use their power. You’ll ask them to call their senator in opposition to the bill, and to share their own reasons for opposing it.

4.  The tool connects them to their Senator’s office. The call tool will allow you to automatically patch them through to the Senators’ district offices.

We’ve won this fight before – together, we will win it again.

Reminder

Seattle Indivisible’s bi-weekly meeting will be held at Sunday from 2-4 at the Magnolia Branch of The Seattle Public Library 2801 34th Ave W, Seattle, Washington 98199

Recruit Red-State Voters to Save Healthcare

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our progress: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

We’re continuing to focus on killing the Graham-Cassidy Bill, A.K.A. the new effort from Republicans to take healthcare from millions of people. Mitch McConnell needs a vote on this bill by the end of the month, and he will not wait for a CBO score or any debate. So let’s RESIST as effectively as we did the last time we won this fight!

Action: Connect Friendly Red-State Voters to Swing Senators

Indivisible National has re-launched its Blue-to-Red call tool to bring this bill down. Today, sign up and use it to call friendly voters in red states with “swing” Senators, and connect them to their Senator's office! Instructions below:

  1. Click here to sign up to make phone calls from the peer-to-peer dialing tool: https://act.indivisibleguide.com/go/5082?t=5&akid=857%2E392560%2EnsgAHw. Once signed in, you can start making calls immediately - and we’ll give you a script to make it as easy as possible!
  2. Next, you’ll call a voter in a key state with a swing Republican Senator. These folks are your friends — they attended the Women’s March, they’re standing up to #DefendDACA, and/or fight for progressive causes.
  3. You ask them to use their power. You’ll ask them to call their senator in opposition to the bill, and to share their own reasons for opposing it.
  4. The tool connects them to their Senator’s office. The call tool will allow you to automatically patch them through to the Senators’ district offices.

We’ve won this fight before – together, we will win it again.

Background:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2017/09/18/graham-cassidy-bill-the-last-ditch-gop-effort-to-deprive-millions-of-healthcare/#108d80773b92

Swing Senator Murkowski on TrumpCare

Official group action for Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Events today

Resist Trump Tuesday Rally
Noon, Henry M. Jackson Federal Building


This week's Resist Trump Tuesday Rally will be hosted by Tae Phoenix! The topic will be a discussion about intersectionality. Following the rally, we will be going inside the Federal Building for our meeting with Senate staffers. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/144478626156382


 

Daily Action

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1


The Affordable Care Act is again in danger, and some of the key ‘no’ votes from last time are wavering. Every vote matters, so let’s focus all of today’s calls on flipping a single senator on the fence: Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

First priority:  Senator Murkowski herself. Call her office, and get your Alaskan friends and family to call her. For Seattle residents, we want to focus specifically on the many Alaskans that come to Seattle for medical treatment (the University of Washington is the center of a five-state medical alliance that includes Alaska) and the impact that ACA repeal will have on these patients.

Senator Lisa Murkowski
DC - 202-224-6665 Anchorage -  907-271-3735

Example script (Alaskan):
“Hello, my name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. Senator Murkowski has said that she would not support the coming Graham-Cassidy bill unless the numbers showed it was good for Alaskans. This bill does not currently have a CBO score, and slashing Medicaid funding will never be good for Alaskans. Senator Murkowski should not support this bill.”


Example script (Seattle resident):
“Hello, my name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. Though I'm a Washington state resident, I know that our state provides healthcare services to many Alaskans. I'm concerned that the Graham-Cassidy bill will hinder our region's ability to serve those most in need, and I believe that Senator Murkowski should vote ‘no’ on this bill.”


Secondly, call Washington senators and encourage them to talk to Murkowski about defending the ACA.

Senator Patty Murray:
DC - 202-224-2621  Seattle - 206-553-5545
Senator Maria Cantwell:
DC - 202-224-3441  Seattle - 206-220-6400


Example script:
“Hello, my name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. Today I’m thinking about Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who is currently undecided on the coming Graham-Cassidy vote. It might be worth reaching out to her about how many Alaskans are treated in Washington hospitals and how ACA repeal would adversely affect her constituents.” 


Background:
Senator Murkowski has voted ‘no’ on past Trumpcare proposals, but she has said she is undecided about the current Graham-Cassidy bill. One Republican senator called her a bellwether for the coming vote [Politico].


http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/18/obamacare-repeal-senate-republicans-242854
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/politics/lisa-murkowski-alaska-obamacare/index.html
 

More info on UW’s place in regional medicine:
http://www.uwmedicine.org/education/wwami
 

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Let’s save some lives today!

Trump’s proposed budget called for a 17% reduction in money to treat people with HIV worldwide. That would have been catastrophic! There are differing opinions on exactly how catastrophic, but certainly millions would die each year and millions more would contract HIV. Don’t worry, our Congress would never do anything like that. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a version that drops the funding by 6 percent instead of the 17 percent drop Trump was calling for…… so it’s a compromise?

Nope! Not on lives!

And just so we’re clear. By all estimates 6% would still mean millions would die each year. Oh, and here is the kicker. Our total spending on this is 0.02% of the budget, but this accounts for roughly 30% of the global provision for health. This is a no-brainer.

ACTION: Tell Congress we choose lives!

And don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our progress: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Please Call:

Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621 or (206) 553-5545
Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441 or (206) 220-6400

Sample Script:

“The proposed budget cuts to programs that treat people with HIV are unacceptable. I expect a no vote on any budget that includes any reduction on funding to treat people with HIV.”

Background:

https://www.economist.com/…/21728905-report-gates-foundatio…

http://www.npr.org/…/what-s-at-stake-with-the-proposed-trum…

Source for global health stats:

https://vizhub.healthdata.org/fgh/

And of course, Don't forget: Resist Trump Tuesday

https://www.facebook.com/events/117276845625817

Run out the Clock

Upcoming Events:

Please put the following events on your calendar! 

This Tuesday, September 19, at 12:00 pm, we will host our Resist Trump Tuesday rally at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave in Seattle. This week's Resist Trump Tuesday Rally will be hosted by Tae Phoenix! The topic will be a discussion about intersectionality. Following the rally, we will be going inside the Federal Building for our meeting with Senate staffers. Hope to see you there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/117276845625817

This Wednesday, September 20, 6:30pm at Egan’s Ballard Jam House, Swing Left will be hosting a Jazz-Trio night to flip Washington’s 8th Congressional District: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103438363089753

And on October 7, 5:30pm at Optimism Brewing Company, Seattle Indivisible is proud to help sponsor ‘SEA NO 8 – A Benefit Concert for Indivisible Project,’ featuring Seattle’s “soul ambassador” Tiffany Wilson! https://www.facebook.com/events/230457644151803/

ACTION: Flood our senators mailboxes: Run out the clock on TrumpCare

If you plan on making this call, please like this post! And don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our progress: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

There are only two weeks left for the Senate Republicans to steal healthcare from tens of millions so that they can give a tax break to the rich. Don't let it happen. We know it's Sunday, but let them come back to a mailbox full of demands for obstruction.

Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621 or (206) 553-5545
Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441 or (206) 220-6400

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP]. We need you to use every tool you have to avoid letting the Graham-Cassidy bill come up for a vote this month. Please commit to withholding consent until this bill has been withdrawn."

If you have a personal story, please e-mail the senators as well using their websites:
Patty Murray: https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme
Maria Cantwell: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form

Background:

Like all of Trump and the Republicans' efforts, this bill is a massive cut in our healthcare budget, on the backs of the most vulnerable. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that by 2026, the state of Washington will lose 3.3 BILLION dollars in federal funding.

Indivisible Guide has published some more materials on this bill:
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/trumpcare-another-name-graham-cassidy/
https://www.trumpcareten.org/call-scripts/2017/9/15/last-push-on-trumpcare-tell-dems-to-run-out-the-clock

Help 'De-Escalate' Washington's Police Departments

**Please put these musical fundraisers on your calendar! On Wednesday, September 20, 6:30pm at Egan’s Ballard Jam House, Swing Left will be hosting a Jazz-Trio night to flip Washington’s 8th Congressional District: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103438363089753

And on October 7, 5:30pm at Optimism Brewing Company, Seattle Indivisible is proud to help sponsor ‘SEA NO 8 – A Benefit Concert for Indivisible Project,’ featuring Seattle’s “soul ambassador” Tiffany Wilson! https://www.facebook.com/events/230457644151803/

Action: Sign I-940 ‘De-Escalate’ Washington to Hold Police Accountable

Yesterday, another police officer (this time in St. Louis, MO) was found not guilty of the murder of a black man, despite being caught shouting “Gonna kill this (expletive), don’t you know it” on camera before the shooting. Here in Washington state, too, our ‘malicious intent’ standard makes it virtually impossible to convict an officer – out of 213 police shootings in the state between 2005 and 2014, only one officer was even charged.

The De-Escalate Washington Ballot Initiative, I-940, aims to restore trust between police and communities by, among other things, removing the de-facto immunity given to officers and requiring de-escalation and mental health training.

Please go to deescalatewa.org to learn more about the initiative! To help it become law, you can 1) request a petition, sign it yourself, and collect signatures from friends 2) sign up to volunteer 3) donate to the campaign so they have the resources to meet the December 22 deadline.

Background:

http://www.stltoday.com/…/article_c7ee91ad-e65b-5da6-84cb-0…
http://projects.seattletimes.com/2015/killed-by-police/

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GOOD NEWS: "The House voted Tuesday to curb the law enforcement practice of seizing cash and property from people who are suspected of illegal activity but who have not necessarily been charged." http://thehill.com/…/350353-house-votes-to-curb-asset-seizu…

Stop Son of Zombie Trumpcare!

If you plan on making this call, please like this post! And don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our progress: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

ACTION: Call your representatives to protect the ACA from the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill

The Republicans in the Senate are trying yet again to repeal the ACA. They only have until the end of the month to pass something with a simple majority. We need to stay strong, and keep them from bringing it to the floor. 

The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill would make huge cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, repeal many of the ACA’s regulations, and devolve power to the states. It's a terrible bill, and we need to stop it.

Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621 or (206) 553-5545
Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441 or (206) 220-6400

SCRIPT:

My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY]. We can't let the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill repeal vital parts of the ACA. Please do everything you can to prevent this bill from coming to the floor before the Sept 30 deadline for reconciliation, including procedural stalling and withholding consent. 

BACKGROUND:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/13/obamacare-repeal-bill-senate-242665
https://twitter.com/ASlavitt/status/908072873964826624
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/politics/cassidy-graham-explainer/?utm_term=.f7b6d032a566

It’s time for Medicare for All

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our progress: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Action: Call your representatives to protect the ACA and support Medicare for All

The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill, introduced today, would block-grant the Medicaid expansion, repeal many of the ACA’s regulations, and devolve power to the states. We know this last-ditch repeal attempt will mean less protections and less healthcare for millions of Americans. We must stop this bill before it comes to the floor- it only needs a simple majority to pass before the end of this month.

At the same time, we need to go on the offensive and set the bar higher for what Democrats are offering on healthcare. The newly introduced single-payer Medicare-for-All bill includes sponsors such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Corey Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand. We need our own representatives to sign on and stand up for the right of every American to be insured.

Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621 or (206) 553-5545
Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441 or (206) 220-6400

SCRIPT (for Murray and Cantwell): My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY]. We need bold healthcare policy to make healthcare a human right in America. Please do everything you can to stop the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson repeal bill, and sign on to the Medicare for All bill introduced in the Senate yesterday.

Pramila Jayapal (7th District) 202-225-3106 or 206-674-0040
Adam Smith (9th District) 202-225-8901 or 425-793-5180

SCRIPT (for Smith and Jayapal): My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY]. Thank you for your support of the H.R. 676 Medicare for All bill. Please continue to fight for healthcare as a right for all Americans, and stop the last-ditch attempts to repeal the ACA.”

Background:

https://www.nytimes.com/…/health-care-obamacare-single-paye…

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THANK YOU: We are well past 220 straight days of Seattle Indivisible Daily Actions! The combined total of your individual acts of resistance could number well over ten thousand, and is sure to have moved the needle. Thank you for your hard work, and let’s keep up the fight.

Vote by Mail Across the Country

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our progress: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Donate to Hurrican Irma Relief

Hurricane Irma has obliterated the infrastructure of several island nations throughout the Caribbean. We have yet to fully calculate the damage it has done to Florida.

Below we’ve provided a list of organizations providing help both in the US and throughout the Caribbean:

Oxfam America: https://secure2.oxfamamerica.org/page/content/emergency_hurricaneirma/
All Hands Volunteers: https://www.hands.org/projects/hurricane-irma-response/
Global Giving: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-irma-relief-fund/
 

Action: Ask Sen. Cantwell to Cosponsor Vote-by-Mail Bill, Thank Sen. Murray

Sen. Wyden of OR recently introduced the Vote-by-Mail Bill to the Senate, which would fight the rising tide of voter suppression by making it easier for everyone to vote! We enjoy the privilege of voting by mail in our state, so we should be the most vocal supporters of this bill. Sen. Murray is a cosponsor already, but Sen. Cantwell is lagging behind. Call Sen. Murray to thank her, and call Sen. Cantwell to tell her to cosponsor!

Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621 or (206) 553-5545

Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441 or (206) 220-6400

Script for Murray:

“My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [Zip]. I wanted to thank you for cosponsoring the Vote-by-Mail Bill – passing this bill would be a great blow to voter suppression. I am grateful to have a Senator who fights so consistently for what is right.”

Script for Cantwell:

“My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. Sen. Wyden of Oregon recently proposed S. 1231, a bill that would bring voting by mail to the rest of the country. We benefit from voting by mail in WA, and as such we should be the most vocal supporters of this common sense measure to make voting easier and thereby fight voter suppression. As such I would like to see Sen. Cantwell cosponsor this bill.”

Background:

https://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/wyden-blumenauer-introduce-vote-by-mail-bill-to-fight-growing-tide-of-voter-suppression

Stop Congress from criminalizing immigrants

Official group action for Tuesday, September 12, 2017:


Events Today

Resist Trump Tuesday Rally

Noon, Henry M. Jackson Federal Building

This month's Trump Tuesday rally will be guest-hosted by Save The Children Action Network, as the focus will be on how the Trump agenda threatens the wellbeing of children. Leslie Brown will MC, and speakers will address threats to Head Start and Children's Health Insurance Program, as well as equal access for immigrant children to early learning, education, and health care programs. Following the rally, we will be going inside the Federal Building for our meeting with Senate staffers. Hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/144478626156382

Biweekly All-Hands Meeting: Special Guest Presentation from De-Escalate Washington

6:30 p.m., Garfield Community Center

Join us as Sophia, the Volunteer and Events Coordinator from De-Escalate Washington, updates us on this vital ballot initiative.The meeting will also include break-out groups for Fundraising, Rapid Response, I-490 Campaign, and Communications.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1976451299259116


Donate to Hurricane Irma relief

Hurricane Irma has obliterated the infrastructure of several island nations throughout the Caribbean. We have yet to fully calculate the damage it has done to Florida.

Below we’ve provided a list of organizations providing help both in the US and throughout the Caribbean:

https://secure2.oxfamamerica.org/page/content/emergency_hurricaneirma/

https://www.hands.org/projects/hurricane-irma-response/

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-irma-relief-fund/


Daily Action

Today, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. This bill gives the Department of Homeland Security wide latitude to detain and deport immigrants which it claims are associated with crime or gang activity. Notably, an immigrant can be targeted for “gang affiliation” without being charged with an actual crime. We must stop this bill!

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Pramila Jayapal (7th District)

DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040

Adam Smith (9th District)

DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180

Example script:

“Hello, my name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I’m calling about the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, which I’m concerned will provide ICE with broad authority to detain and deport immigrants who haven’t been charged with an actual crime. I urge you to vote no on this dangerous bill.”

Background:

“The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act criminalizes immigrants, including those fleeing gang violence, and allows more of them to be detained and deported. It also affects vulnerable populations such as asylum seekers, TPS holders, and unaccompanied children.”

--From the Indivisible Guide

How ICE uses “gang ties” to arrest immigrants who have not been charged with a crime:

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/08/28/how-ice-uses-secret-police-databases-to-arrest-immigrants#.W1dQYc26Y


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Tell DeVos to Keep Title IX Protections for Sexual Assault Survivers

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Thanks to “5 Calls” for this action.

In a shameless speech at George Mason University on September 7th, Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that she will change how the Department of Education enforces Title IX federal guidelines with respect to campus sexual assault.  The 2011 guidelines, as outlined in a Dear Colleagues Letter, define schools’ responsibilities in building a safe and responsive campus, clarify the requirement that schools must independently investigate reports of sexual violence between students (regardless of the existence of a criminal investigation), and define “preponderance of the evidence” as the burden of proof necessary when adjudicating sexual assault cases on campus.  Calling this “overreach” and “weaponizing” by the federal government, DeVos will now roll back these vital protections.

A rushed roll-back of these rules by the administration sends a terrible message to students and administrators and would undermine the protections universities, students and activists have worked so hard to implement. Earlier in the summer, twenty state Attorneys General wrote to Secretary DeVos to strongly oppose any roll-back of the Title IX protections.

Call the US Department of Education to insist that the 2011 guidelines remain unchanged. 

Script:

I’m calling to urge Secretary DeVos to maintain the critical Title IX (Title 9) protections for survivors of campus sexual assault as guided by the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter. This is a serious and troubling epidemic, and it is vital that schools maintain strong policy guidelines to protect its vulnerable students.

Department of Education

800-872-5327

Good News

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s probe is starting to penetrate a closer circle of aides around the President: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/spicer-priebus-hicks-among-six-current-and-former-trump-aides-mueller-has-expressed-interest-in-interviewing-for-russia-probe/2017/09/08/3b32779e-949a-11e7-aace-04b862b2b3f3_story.html

 

Tell Trump and the BLM: Protect our drinking water

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Daily Action: Tell Ryan Zinke and the BLM to protect our drinking water

In 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) enacted a rule that required fossil fuel companies engaging in fracking on public, federally-owned lands "to comply with federal safety standards in the construction of fracking wells, and to disclose the use of some chemicals in the fracking process." [1] The BLM was immediately sued by oil and gas companies to prevent them from implementing these higher safety standards, and a federal judge in Wyoming agreed. The BLM appealed the ruling, but when Trump took office, his Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, chose to rescind the new safety requirements.

Before a regulation can be rescinded, the public must be allowed to comment. These comments are added to the official record, and are delivered to the Trump administration. Even if we can't change Zinke's mind directly, regulation comments can focus public pressure on the issue, or even force Congressional oversight. Submit a comment today to tell Secretary Zinke and the Trump administration that you want to see fossil fuel companies held to 'common sense' safety standards.

Sample Comment

I am concerned that the BLM is planning to rescind the 2015 rule entitled “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands.” This rule will make drinking water safer and reduce the risk of toxic spills. The BLM should protect Americans, not put them at greater risk. I ask Secretary Zinke to fight for the right of everyone in our country to have safe drinking water, and to put Americans first, not fossil fuel companies.

Submit Your Comment

Go to https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=BLM-2017-0001-0001 and click on the "Comment Now!" button near the upper right corner of the web page.

Background Information


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More Ways to Support the Undocumented Community

**Announcement: The next Resist Trump Tuesday Rally is September 12, starting at NOON outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building: https://www.facebook.com/events/144478626156382. The Seattle Indivisible BiWeekly Meeting is also later that night at 6:30 (location TBA): https://www.facebook.com/events/1976451299259116

Action: Support Local Organizations Fighting for Immigrants

This week we called, we rallied, and we demanded that Congress pass the DREAM Act to protect immigrants endangered by Trump rescinding the DACA program. It is also important that we stand by our immigrant community as they deal with the fallout.

The local organizations listed below are already doing the work on the ground advocating for the affected communities, and providing crucial legal services and counseling. Please pick one or two and give them a small donation, subscribe to an email list, or even sign up to volunteer at an event if you are able:

Northwest Immigrants Rights Project: https://www.nwirp.org/

Colectiva Legal del Pueblo: https://colectivalegal.org/

One America: http://weareoneamerica.org/

Washington Dream Coalition: https://www.facebook.com/pg/WADREAMers/

Asian Counseling and Referral Service: http://www.acrs.org/

Last but not least, this crowdfunding campaign is raising money specifically for DACA renewal fees – help them reach their goal: https://www.youcaring.com/dacarecipients-938791

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Prevent Last-Minute ACA Repeal

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Action:  Ditch the latest ACA repeal bill.

A last-ditch effort to repeal the ACA has surfaced in the Senate.  Call your Senators today and tell them to defeat the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621 or (206) 553-5545

Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441 or (206) 220-6400

Script:

“I am calling to express my extreme concern about the attempt to repeal the ACA via the Graham-Cassidy bill.  This bill would undermine the stability of the health insurance market under the ACA, and it deprives low-income consumers of important health care insurance funding. Please work with your Senate colleagues to defeat this bill.”

Background:

This bill would turn over funding from the ACA to the states in a block grant.  It would remove tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies that form the foundation of the ACA benefits to low- and middle-income consumers.  It would cancel the individual mandate for health insurance while mandating that insurances companies cover everyone, which has typically resulted in ballooning health insurance premiums.  

“McCain backs Graham-Cassidy ObamaCare repeal effort” - http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/349462-mccain-backs-graham-cassidy-obamacare-repeal-effort

“New Senate Obamacare Repeal Bill Due Monday” - https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/09/07/us/politics/07reuters-usa-congress-healthcare.html

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GOOD NEWS

Bipartisan effort in Senate to control health costs, supported by a coalition of governors, and led by Senator Patty Murray.  “A group of Republican and Democratic governors became the latest voices Thursday to endorse a bipartisan Senate drive to control health insurance costs, in defiance of President Donald Trump.” - http://www.seattletimes.com/business/governors-back-bipartisan-senate-bid-to-control-health-costs/

Pass the DREAM Act, already

Important:

If you or your family are personally impacted by the cancellation of DACA, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is holding free community forums to answer your questions and provide information about resources, starting next week. See this link for details:
https://www.nwirp.org/options-after-daca-community-forums/
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That didn't take very long. There's already chatter of Trump and the Republicans, having just started the on the deportation of 800,000 DACA recipients who were willing to trust the government, trying to turn them into a bargaining chip. Not acceptable. People are not bargaining chips.

Action: Demand passage of the DREAM Act, with no riders

Call both Senators:

  • Patty Murray: (202)224-2621 or (206)553-5545
  • Maria Cantwell: (202)224-3441 or (206)220-6400 or 

Call your Representative:

  • Pramila Jayapal (WA-07): (202)225-3106 or (206)674-0040
  • Adam Smith (WA-09): (202)225-8901 or (425)793-5180

Sample Script:

"Hi - My name is [NAME] and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP] to ask Senator [MOC NAME] to co-sponsor and accept only the bipartisan 'DREAM Act' (S. 1615/H.R.3440) as a solution to the president's cancellation of DACA. DACA recipients are not a bargaining chip, and I don't want to see any wall funding or increased enforcement funding as part of this bill."

Background:

The DREAM Act now has three Republican sponsors in the Senate, so it could pass with a simple majority if it were ever brought up for a vote. We need to be clear that this is must-pass legislation, and that this is the version of the bill we should pass. Some of the other solutions that have been brought up have compromises that are unacceptable.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/magazine/the-daca-fix-that-immigration-activists-fear.html?mcubz=1

Good News:

Seattle Indivisible's protest yesterday on Lake Union was featured in an Indivisible Guide tweet: https://twitter.com/IndivisibleTeam/status/905619195693600768

And on Q13 Fox:
https://www.facebook.com/SeattleIndivisible/posts/345574355889287

Dave Reichert is retiring. https://www.nwprogressive.org/weblog/2017/09/dave-reichert-wont-seek-reelection-to-the-u-s-house-of-representatives-in-2018.html

Make DREAM a Priority for Congress

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Yesterday morning, the Trump Administration rescinded DACA. This is a frightening time for those who have built their lives here under the protections that DACA provided – so let’s keep fighting for them. If Congress passes a legislative solution such as the DREAM act by March 5, 2018, people currently protected under DACA will never lose their status. 

We can make this happen. Several Republican representatives have signaled that they will work with us on this, but the clock is ticking. Thanks to everyone who came out and protested with us and OneAmerica yesterday, and to all who have called or emailed our own representatives about DACA. Now, we’re asking that you reach out to friends and family to ask them to pitch in by pressuring their representatives to do what’s right.

Action: Ask Friends and Family to Join in the Fight for the DREAM Act

E-mail the message below, or a similar message in your own words, to friends and family in other states:

“Thousands of people who have grown up in America and built their lives here are now in jeopardy of being deported thanks to Trump’s decision yesterday to rescind the DACA program. We have the power to keep the DACA protections in place by demanding that Congress pass the DREAM act before anyone loses their DACA status. I have called my representatives about this, but this act will need to pass with a large enough majority that Trump can’t veto it – so we need all hands on deck! Please consider contacting your congressional representatives and telling them that passing the DREAM act should be a top priority. You can find their numbers here: https://www.callmycongress.com/

For bonus points, share your message on Facebook!

Background: 

Information on the DREAM Act and Republicans’ feelings about it: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/congress-daca-dreamers_us_59a9a57de4b0b5e530fe901b
 

Information on Trump’s decision to rescind DACA: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/05/politics/daca-trump-congress/index.html

Keep fighting for the DREAM!

Official daily action for Tuesday, September 5

There have been several reports that Trump plans to announce the termination of DACA today. There are different variations on the reporting, but only in the details of how and when DACA will end.  

None of this matters if Congress can legislate DACA with a veto-proof majority!

As Trump announces his intentions for DACA, we must show Congress that we demand the continuation of this vital program.

Action 1: Protest Trump’s announcement

The moment Trump announces this inhumane policy, we need to be ready to take to the streets and resist. To that end, we will be joining One America in holding a protest in downtown Seattle.

Location:
El Centro De La Raza
2524 16th Ave S
Seattle, 98144

Time:
2:00 p.m. press conference, speakers at 2:30 p.m.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/defend-daca-and-protect-our-dreamers

Action 2: Demand our senators co-sign the Dream Act

Patty Murray:
DC - 202-224-2621  Seattle - 206-553-5545
Maria Cantwell:
DC - 202-224-3441  Seattle - 206-220-6400


Sample Script:
My name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP], and I’m calling about the bipartisan Durbin-Graham “DREAM Act” (S. 1615). I want to know why Senator [Name] has not co-sponsored this bill protecting hundreds of thousands of Americans from deportation. 

Extra Credit:  Email all your Moc’s again

Senator Murray:  https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme
Senator Cantwell:  https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form
Representative Jayapal: https://jayapal.house.gov/contact/email
Representative Smith: https://adamsmith.house.gov/contact


Sample Script:
My name is [NAME] and I'm writing from [CITY, ZIP] to ask [MOC NAME] to work across party lines to build a veto proof majority to legislatively protect DACA any way you can.


Don't forget, you can use Resistbot to fax your MOCs.  Text RESIST TO 50409 to get started. Resistbot has an option to send a US Mail letter, too!

Background:
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/03/trump-dreamers-immigration-daca-immigrants-242301
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