#DefundHate in 2020 Appropriations

While unfortunately, we were unable to stop the supplemental Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill to stop the oval office's deportation machine, we have another opportunity to cut off funding: in the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) DHS Appropriations bill.

Per Indivisible National:

The appropriations process, where Congress decides how much funding agencies will receive for the year—including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—is underway. The first draft of the appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was released on June 4, included some key improvements over the status quo; for example, it proposes cutting the number of beds ICE can use to detain people, and taking back the money that Trump stole for his wall when he declared a fake emergency. But the bill isn’t perfect, and Democrats on the Appropriations Committee still need to hold strong to protect these gains and make key improvements.

The Appropriations Committee approved the bill on June 11 after adding amendments to strengthen it (such as a provision defunding of some of Trump's most disgusting executive orders/actions/regulations, like the Muslim Ban). However, some unacceptable provisions did make it in to this version of the bill, such as a $387 million slush fund for ICE. Now, the fight will move to the full House, which has to act by September 30 to pass funding bills for the entire government.

The appropriations process is our best chance to act to stop Trump’s deportation machine. If you care about ending Trump’s racist immigration policies — like separating, caging, and tear gassing families—make a call today and tell your Member of Congress (MoC) to cut funding for ICE and CBP, and get rid of the slush fund that will allow ICE to continue terrorizing immigrant communities.

ACTION: Call your Representative and Senators and ask them to cut ICE and CBP funding in FY20 appropriations bill

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180

Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400

SCRIPT (Courtesy of Indivisible National):

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm calling from [PLACE].

"I'm calling to ask [MoC] to Defund Hate in this year's budget by cutting funding for ICE and CBP in the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, and by getting rid of the slush fund in that bill that will allow ICE to continue terrorizing immigrant communities.

Will you commit to work to Defund Hate?"

Reference:

https://indivisible.org/resource/tell-your-representative-defund-hate

Bonus Action

While you're on the phone to lawmakers, tell them we won't condone the openly racist attacks by Donald Trump on four U.S. House Representatives of color. This is intolerable and we won't stand by while racism is promoted against anyone.

TODAY: "The Investigation," A Search for Truth in Ten Acts

The topic of our regular Indivisible meeting today will be the Mueller report, in anticipation of Robert Mueller's testimony on July 24th. The Investigation, a play based on the report, was written by Robert Schenkkan, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner. The live cast includes Annette Bening, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow and many others. And yes, it is entertaining! John Lithgow has too much fun playing Trump! Come for fun! food! fabulous prizes! Raffle to benefit WAISIN Fair Fight Bond Fund ($5 suggested donation) We will have a quick meeting at 7:00. The movie will start at 7:30 and lasts 1 1/2 hours.

The meeting is at the Washington State Labor Council:

321 16th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, 36, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.

Boycott Amazon Prime Day!

There are plenty of extremely good reasons to want to send Amazon a message. The only type of message that has any chance of getting through to Amazon is financial, even more so than for most companies. We’re not asking you to give up same day delivery forever, but boycott the only company powerful enough to somehow create its own “holiday” today!

Amazon is responsible for so many terrible things that, whatever your passion, we're confident Amazon is doing something that will upset you.


Here are a just a few:

  • Amazon does not pay its warehouse employees a living wage.

  • Amazon paid zero in Federal income taxes last year.

  • Amazon is complicit with the Trump administration’s criminal family separation policy by furnishing ICE and CBP with facial recognition technology.


ACTION: Support Amazon employees striking on prime day! Don't cross that digital picket line.

Choose whatever motivates you and Boycott Amazon Prime Day!

If that last example we used gets you and you have some time mid day, Join La Resistencia along with Puget Sound Sage today, Monday. July 15 from 12pm-1pm for a rally outside Amazon headquarters as they deliver 200,000 signatures demanding that Amazon refrain from selling facial recognition technology to ICE.

We hope to see you at Amazon Headquarters at noon!

Details Below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/344316633134725/?active_tab=about

Background:

https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/08/amazon-warehouse-workers-prime-day-strike/

2020 Elections: Safeguard Our Voting Process

It’s been a long haul since the shock and dismay of the 2016 elections. In the interim we have discovered evidence of foreign government interference in our election process. We have seen manipulation of voting maps by Republican-majority state legislatures to favor Republican candidates and to stock the U.S. Congress against progressive and Democratic candidates.

Yet we still won the U.S. House in 2018. In 2020 we will be fighting to win back the U.S. Senate and the Presidency.

It has been a long haul, and it is natural and human to feel discouraged by the seemingly unrelenting bad news that hits us every day. It can feel as though nothing can be done. Yet the only thing we can do is … to keep on. Keep on taking care of ourselves, keep on taking care of family and loved ones, and keep on doing what we know we must do.

For today’s action, we are asking you to help secure our 2020 elections by supporting the Securing America's Federal Elections Act (SAFE Act).

ACTION: Call and leave voicemail, or email, our lawmakers and tell them you support securing U.S. elections with the Securing America's Federal Elections Act (H.R. 2722).

Introduced by Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren of California, H.R. 2722 mandates non-electronic voting processes in all states, protects the ballot inspection and verification system, and provides support for people with disabilities to vote privately and independently.

This legislation has passed the House, but the Senate has not brought it to a vote. Republican objections in the House included assertions that interference with voting machines has never been proved, and the misleading assumption that voters would have to wait in long lines if given paper-only ballots. Yet as we know, information in the Mueller Report indicates that Russian interests hacked state databases and voting machine companies. And as for paper ballots, twenty-two states, including Washington and Oregon, have provisions for mail-only elections, which entirely eliminates lines at the polling place.

Why are Republicans so afraid of safeguarding U.S. elections? This is yet another insult to American voters, alongside the deplorable actions by Republicans to stack the odds in their favor by gerrymandering voting districts in the states.

From Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s floor speech on H.R. 2722:

“Yeah, we won the election. We won the election because the American people were sick and tired of what the Republicans were putting forth. We won the election in the most gerrymandered, voter-suppressed, political arena you can imagine. Yet, the American people came forward.”

Today we're asking you to leave a message for lawmakers to tell them we support securing U.S. elections with the SAFE Act.

SCRIPT:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am [CALLING/WRITING] to express my strong support for the Securing America's Federal Elections Act, H.R. 2722. We need to protect our U.S. elections from outside interference.

[IF SENATOR]

Please do everything possible to bring H.R. 2722 to the floor for a vote.

[IF HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE]

Thank you for supporting H.R. 2722 in the House. Please work with your Senate colleagues to pass it in the Senate.

Thank you.”

Background:

“House passes sweeping Democrat-backed election security bill” - https://thehill.com/homenews/house/450737-house-passes-sweeping-democrat-backed-election-security-bill

“Mueller report: Russia hacked state databases and voting machine companies” - https://www.rollcall.com/news/whitehouse/barrs-conclusion-no-obstruction-gets-new-scrutiny

“Pelosi Floor Speech in Support of the Securing America’s Federal Elections Act.” - https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/62719-2/

GOOD NEWS - AGAIN, OUR CALLS ARE WORKING! On Tuesday we asked you to call for the impeachment of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta for his role in protecting convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein from legal consequences of his conviction of sex crimes in South Florida. Last night Acosta’s resignation was announced. “Florida State Sen. Lauren Book, a Democrat, said in a statement that Acosta's resignation was ‘a victory for crime victims everywhere.’” https://www.npr.org/2019/07/12/741326915/new-accusations-for-epstein-as-some-in-south-florida-say-good-riddance-to-acosta

DON'T FORGET

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, July. 16, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. July. 23, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with staffers from our lawmakers' offices.

Support Workers on Amazon Prime Day

Every year on Amazon Prime Day, America's largest internet company offers an array of flashy discounts and deals in order to boost their sales. But Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota plan to strike on this year's Prime Day - Monday, July 15th.

The workers, many of them East African immigrants, are striking to demand that Amazon turn more temp workers into permanent employees, and that they ease productivity quotas that have led to unsafe working conditions. And in a show of solidarity, some of Amazon's white-collar workers from Seattle are flying in to protest alongside them.

Our action for today is simple: please do NOT cross the "digital picket line" this Monday, July 15, and avoid making purchases on Amazon Prime Day.

Bonus Action:

Educate yourself in advance of our local August 6th primary elections by reading the Fuse progressive voters guide! https://progressivevotersguide.com/washington/2019/primary/city/seattle/

Background information:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-08/amazon-workers-plan-prime-day-strike-despite-15-an-hour-pledge

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/12/amazon-prime-day-will-put-its-one-day-delivery-promise-to-the-test.html

GOOD NEWS, YOUR CALLS ARE WORKING: Yesterday we asked you to call for reining in Trump's war powers in the defense reauthorization bill. Thanks to our support, the House voted overwhelmingly to "put a liberal stamp on military policy by shackling President Trump’s ability to wage war in Iran and Yemen, restricting the use of military funds at the southwestern border and returning transgender troops to the armed forces." https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/us/politics/trump-iran-vote.html

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON JULY 13: LIGHTS ON DETAINED PEOPLE - NWDC NORTHWEST DETENTION CENTER COMMUNITY BUILDING PICNIC

Sat July 13th at 12:30 p.m. | Northwest Detention Center (1623 E Jay St in Tacoma, WA)

https://www.facebook.com/events/424732258369948/

At the specific request of those directly impacted, Saturday (July 13) will be a *noisier* Community day of *support* at the NW Detention Center in Tacoma. We need lots of powerful voices so all detained people and any visiting families can hear our support.

No more forever wars

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is one of the “must-pass bills” Congress has to vote on every year, which means it’s a good opportunity for Democrats to use their power to attach progressive priorities to a bill that, well, must pass. With that in mind, here are a few of the amendments that Members of Congress (MoCs) should support adding to the NDAA to check Trump’s war powers and make us all more secure (there are *hundreds* of amendments on a lot of different issues that affect many different communities, and the ones we highlight here are just a few that we’re watching!).

Amendment 26 would end US support for the Saudi-led coalition committing war crimes in Yemen. (Remember S.J.Res. 7, the Yemen resolution, which passed the House and Senate this year before Trump vetoed it? This is another chance for Congress to force it into law.)

Amendment 217 calls for an end of the Korean War (which never officially ended) & a diplomatic path forward to denuclearization.

Amendment 423 would prohibit unauthorized military force against Iran.

Amendment 424 would repeal the Iraq War authorization.

Amendment 462 would prevent funding for unauthorized military force in Venezuela.

All of these amendments are important not just for stopping Trump from getting us into more wars—they’re important for stopping our endless wars, period. Our MoCs should support all of these amendments, so make sure you call and tell them that you expect that they will support Amendments 26, 217, 423, 424, and 462 to the NDAA!

Today's Action: Call your Representative to demand passage of these amendments

Call your Representative:

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I am calling today to ask {REPRESENTATIVE} to check the President's war powers and make us more secure by helping to pass four amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act. Those amendments are 26, 217, 423, 424, and 462 which will help stop the war in Yemen, prohibit unauthorized military force against Iran, finally end the Korean War, repeal the Iraq War authorization, and prevent funding for unauthorized military force in Venezuela."

Background

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/09/house-democrats-defense-bill-1404098

Bonus Action

Check your voter registration, and get ready for the August 6 Primary Election:

https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

Events: Lights for Liberty Rallies Friday and Saturday

FRIDAY NIGHT JULY 12: LIGHTS FOR LIBERTY VIGILS

Join us! Stand Up against Immigrant Detention:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2133367803438365/

Multiple locations:

Fri July 12th - 7pm Vigil | Occidental Square in Pioneer Square, Seattle

Fri July 12th - 7pm Vigil | Lights for Liberty Location Nearest You * Tacoma Union Station, South Seattle, Pioneer Square, Lower Queen Anne, West Seattle, Mercer Island, Federal Way, Edmonds, Redmond and more...

Lights For Liberty will be holding Friday night vigils around the country from 7- 9 pm to show that we stand in solidarity with immigrants who are under attack by the Trump administration.

* find your location at http://www.lightsforliberty.org #LightsforLiberty #EndDetention

SATURDAY AFTERNOON JULY 13: LIGHTS ON DETAINED PEOPLE - NWDC NORTHWEST DETENTION CENTER COMMUNITY BUILDING PICNIC

Sat July 13th at 12:30 p.m. | Northwest Detention Center (1623 E Jay St in Tacoma, WA)

https://www.facebook.com/events/424732258369948/

At the specific request of those directly impacted, Saturday (July 13) will be a *noisier* Community day of *support* at the NW Detention Center in Tacoma. We need lots of powerful voices so all detained people and any visiting families can hear our support.

Impeach Acosta, then Impeach Trump

Democrats on the hill are calling for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s resignation due to his role in keeping Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender who was recently arrested for child trafficking, out of jail. In 2008, when he was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, he brokered a plea deal that led to Epstein serving only 13 months in jail after being accused of sexually abusing dozens of young women and children. During those 13 months, Epstein was allowed to leave the jail six days a week to work as a money manager. "This is an appalling example of what happens when powerful men protect one another and allow cycles of abuse to continue without any consequences,” Senator Murray said in a tweet yesterday.

Senator Pelosi has publicly agreed: Acosta should resign. The House has the power to impeach the Labor Secretary, but Pelosi has made it clear that although she thinks he should go, she does not plan on impeaching him. Perhaps because impeaching Acosta for his role in protecting a sexual abuser begs the question: why impeach him but not President Trump, who himself has been accused of sexual assault by 16 different women?

Call your representatives and tell them: we elected Democrats to the House for a reason. Ask them to do their job of congressional oversight, and impeach both Acosta and Trump.

ACTION: Impeach Acosta, and then impeach Trump

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180

Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [PLACE] regarding Labor Secretary Acosta and the plea deal he brokered for Jeffrey Epstein in 2008. Speaker Pelosi and many prominent Democrats have called for Acosta’s resignation, but I would like to see the House go one step further and impeach Labor Secretary Acosta for protecting a sexual predator. What is more, I think it is time that the House responds to the 16 accusations of sexual assault leveled against President Trump, and impeach him as well. Democrats have control of the House; please use that power to force these men to face their crimes.”

Background:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article220097825.html

https://www.vox.com/2019/7/10/20689416/jeffrey-epstein-alexander-acosta-labor-secretary-deal

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/nancy-pelosi-doesnt-want-impeach-acosta-or-trump/593575/

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/assault-allegations-donald-trump-recapped

Get Ready for ICE Raids

Official Daily Action for Wednesday July 10, 2019

Sunday, on Face the Nation, Ken Cuccinelli, the new Acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that immigration authorities are ready to identify, detain, and deport 1 MILLION undocumented immigrants. On Monday, President Trump tweeted a similar threat.

NEVER AGAIN IS NOW.

It is time to stand with our immigrant neighbors, and protect them from being taken from our communities.

The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) has analyzed the threat and expects targeted raids at workplaces, apartment buildings, and courthouses.

WAISN is offering guides landlords and employers, and training for anyone who wants to volunteer to help protect immigrants.

WAISN Training

Volunteer with WAISN:

Flyers

Background

Bonus Action

Check your voter registration, and get ready for the August 6 Primary Election:

https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

Events: Lights for Liberty Rallies Friday and Saturday

Friday Night July 12: Lights for Liberty vigils

Join us! Stand Up against Immigrant Detention:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2133367803438365/

Multiple locations:

Fri July 12th - 7pm Vigil | Occidental Square in Pioneer Square, Seattle

Fri July 12th - 7pm Vigil | Lights for Liberty Location Nearest You * Tacoma Union Station, South Seattle, Pioneer Square, Lower Queen Anne, West Seattle, Mercer Island, Federal Way, Edmonds, Redmond and more...

Lights For Liberty will be holding Friday night vigils around the country from 7- 9 pm to show that we stand in solidarity with immigrants who are under attack by the Trump administration.

* find your location at http://www.lightsforliberty.org #LightsforLiberty #EndDetention

Saturday afternoon July 13: Lights on Detained People - NWDC Northwest Detention Center Community Building Picnic

Sat July 13th at 12:30 p.m. | Northwest Detention Center (1623 E Jay St in Tacoma, WA)

https://www.facebook.com/events/424732258369948/

At the specific request of those directly impacted, Saturday (July 13) will be a *noisier* Community day of *support* at the NW Detention Center in Tacoma. We need lots of powerful voices so all detained people and any visiting families can hear our support.

Hold Our Senators Accountable!

Yesterday, we asked you to call Representatives Jayapal and Smith to thank them for their "no" votes for the "Emergency" DHS funding package. Unfortunately, our Senators did not show the same level of courage. Today, we will voice our displeasure with their votes, both over the phone and, if you can attend, at our Resist Trump Tuesday Rally.

Action: Call our Senators to express disappointment about their votes for the DHS "Emergency" funding bill

Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400

Script:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I wanted to call to express my disappointment that [MoC] for voted for H.R. 3401 to give Trump’s inhumane deportation and detention machine a blank check.”

Resist Trump Tuesday: Hold our Senators Accountable

11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building

https://www.facebook.com/events/470649333749109/

Senators Murray and Cantwell voted for the Senate version of the immigration funding bill last week. While the House bill had guardrails to prevent the Trump administration from using this money to imprison more people or build the wall, the Senate version did not.

We have our regular meeting with the Senate staffers today. Let's make sure they know that this vote is completely unacceptable.

Thank our Reps!

Both Representative Jayapal and Representative Smith were unsuccessful in preventing "Emergency" DHS funding, but not due to their efforts. They both fought hard, took the difficult votes, and rejected Trump's narrative.

We thank them for their fight!

On Friday, June 28th, Congress passed legislation that will provide more funding for President Trump’s inhumane immigration machine under the guise of wanting to help prevent the child abuse going on in camps across the country. Both Senators Murray and Cantwell voted to fund President Trump’s “Zero Humanity” immigration policy along with every single House representative in the Washington State delegation except for two.

Rep. Jayapal and Rep. Smith let us know we can count on them!

The story being spun, at the time, by the President and his allies was that the conditions in the camps were the fault of the Democrats. Trump said he was deeply concerned about the children and wanted to improve conditions, yet the democrats just would not provide any funding. This narrative is of course a lie, but we understand it still took an incredible amount of courage and political will to push back against it.


Everyone reading should be proud. Your persistent calling, emailing, and rallying made a difference! You are a large part of why only our reps voted against Trump’s “Zero Humanity” policy! Thank you!

Now, please let our MoCs know you appreciate it when they hear us. We understand we won't win sometimes, but we need our MoCs to keep up the fight. Right now is exactly when they need to hear our appreciation!

ACTION: Thank our Reps for having the fight to not accept Trump’s false narrative!

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180

Script:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I wanted to call to thank [MoC] for voting against H.R. 3401 and not giving Trump’s inhumane immigration machine a blank check. I understand how politically difficult this vote was and appreciate [MoC]’s leadership and willingness to push back against a false narrative.”

Tuesday: We Will Hold Our Senators Accountable!

Resist Trump Tuesday: Hold our Senators Accountable

11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building:

https://www.facebook.com/events/470649333749109/

Senators Murray and Cantwell voted for the Senate version of the immigration funding bill last week. While the House bill had guardrails to prevent the Trump administration from using this money to imprison more people or build the wall, the Senate version did not.

We have our regular meeting with the Senate staffers on Tuesday. Let's make sure they know that this vote is completely unacceptable.

Friday Night July 12

Lights for Liberty vigils

Join us! Stand Up against Immigrant Detention:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2133367803438365/

Multiple locations:

Fri Jul 12th - 7pm Vigil | Occidental Square in Pioneer Square, Seattle

Fri Jul 12th - 7pm Vigil | Lights for Liberty Location Nearest You * Tacoma Union Station, South Seattle, Pioneer Square, Lower Queen Anne, West Seattle, Mercer Island, Federal Way, Edmonds, Redmond and more...

Lights For Liberty will be holding Friday night vigils around the country from 7- 9 pm to show that we stand in solidarity with immigrants who are under attack by the Trump administration.

* find your location at www.lightsforliberty.org #LightsforLiberty #EndDetention

Saturday afternoon July 13

Lights on Detained People - NWDC Northwest Detention Center Community Building Picnic

Sat Jul 13th at 12:30 p.m. | Northwest Detention Center (1623 E Jay St in Tacoma, WA)

https://www.facebook.com/events/424732258369948/

At the specific request of those directly impacted, Saturday (July 13) will be a NOISIER Community day of SUPPORT at the NW Detention Center in Tacoma. We need lots of powerful voices so all detained people and any visiting families can hear our support. We also will learn meaningful ways we can help in the sustained fight against immigrant detention, such as:

- Contribute to the Fair Bond Fund and Free Our Neighbors Bond fund https://fairfightbondfund.org https://www.freeourneighbors.org/

- Sign up to volunteer at the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network https://medium.com/@waisn/building-our-defense-line-under-the-threat-of-immigration-raids-a9f721583267

Reiterate: NO Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census

It's Sunday. Take a moment, breathe, and give yourself credit for the phone calling, for speaking out, for RESISTING over the past 2-1/2 years since Donald Trump was elected into office. In 2018 we took back the U.S. House, and there are indications that the 2020 Congressional elections may be even more upsetting to Republicans.

We have taken to the streets, to the phones, and to our email and text messaging apps to tell lawmakers and the U.S. government that we will not tolerate attacks on our democratic system, on our voting and election systems, on those who are vulnerable and in need. We have defended affordable health care, women's reproductive rights, and the civil and human rights of immigrants. We have made a difference.

THANK YOU for joining with us to oppose unjust and arbitrarily punitive actions by the Trump administration. Today we have an action regarding another initiative by President Trump to erode the rights of progressives and people at risk.

For today’s action, we have a modest phone call or email message to lawmakers. Feel free to take today off and make your call or email tomorrow or early in the week!

ACTION: Call and leave voicemail, or email, our lawmakers and tell them NO to a 2020 Census citizenship question – again.

In spite of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to block the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, President Trump and the Justice Department have renewed their efforts. The Supreme Court opinion, written by Chief Justice Roberts had left the question open if the Trump administration could provide a "better rationale." The Trump administration is taking advantage of that opinion to force a question to be added to the Census that would ask about U.S. citizenship status.

Why does the Census count matter?

"Population figures guide the allotment of hundreds of billions of federal dollars every year, touching virtually everyone in the nation.

"More important, census totals are used to divvy up congressional seats among the 50 states, and as the base for drawing thousands of state and local political boundaries. In the wake of a second Supreme Court decision last week that gave a green light to even the most extreme partisan gerrymandering, the question of how the census counts heads – and whose heads get counted – has become even more crucial" (The New York Times).

Why does NOT adding a citizenship question matter?

"…Critics of the citizenship question say it would lead to an undercount of immigrants, most of whom live in cities that predominantly lean Democratic. An undercount would diminish Democratic representation and benefit Republicans. More recently, plaintiffs in lawsuits have argued that the administration wants to count who is and isn’t a citizen so that states can exclude noncitizens entirely from the population bases used for redistricting to Republican benefit" (The New York Times).

After backing down on the citizenship question initially, the Justice Department came back and stated they were still looking at it. On Friday President Trump told reporters he was considering an executive order to add the question.

Today we're asking you to leave a message for lawmakers to let them know we are STILL opposed to the question of whether the person is a U.S. citizen being added to the U.S. Census.

SCRIPT:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am [CALLING/WRITING about the 2020 Census. I am still adamantly opposed to the addition of a question regarding U.S. citizenship.

[CHOOSE ONE]

1. The decision of the Supreme Court should be upheld, not torn down, by the Trump administration.

2. Immigrants and underrepresented groups are likely to be undercounted if a citizenship question were added.

3. I'm concerned that the citizenship question and the continued Republican gerrymandering of voting districts will erode our democratic system of representation.

Thank you.”

Background:

“Trump Considering an Executive Order to Allow Citizenship Question on the Census” - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/05/us/census-question.html

“Census citizenship question: What we know about the debate so far” (The League of Women Voters) - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/06/census-citizenship-question-what-we-know-debate/1664071001/

DON'T FORGET

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, July. 16, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. July. 9, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with Staffers from our lawmakers' offices.

Fight For Fair Maps From Home

While our eyes were glued to the first Democratic primary debates the other week, the Supreme Court dealt another blow to democracy by barring court intervention in partisan gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is the intentional manipulation of voting district boundaries to favor one party over the other. In this case, Republican-controlled legislatures redrew district boundaries to favor Republican candidates and penalize Democratic candidates. This means conservatives will be emboldened to continue to warp the maps so that they can hold on to power even when they lose majority support.

It is now up to us to fight gerrymandering at the grassroots level. The fight goes to the states, where elections will determine who is in power to redraw the maps for the next round of redistricting.

Please choose one of the following actions to pitch in to the gerrymandering fight right from home today:

1. DONATE to one of the following funds if you are able:

The "F*ck Gerrymandering" fund by Crooked Media goes to the key state legislative races in Virginia needed to take back power and draw fairer maps: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bvp

This is a similar Virginia fund set up by grassroots groups Flippable and SwingLeft: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/flip_virginia

Eric Holder's National Democratic Redistricting commmitee is pursuing both electoral and legal remedies to unfair maps across the country: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ndrcpac

2. REGISTER VOTERS with VoteForward

Commit to downloading and writing five letters to voters in a crucial state in the redistricting battle. You can do this all from your home with some envelopes, stamps, and a printer. When you choose a campaign, be sure to click on either Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, or Florida! https://votefwd.org

3. Share

If you are unable to donate or write letters this weekend, please consider sharing the above links with friends and family so that others have an opportunity to jump in the fight.

Background:

More on the Supreme Court Decision - https://nyti.ms/2KG81db

More on taking back state legislatures: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/7/5/20680124/state-legislatures-gerrymandering-redistricting

Make plans to attend Lights for Liberty Events

Next week, we're going all in to insist our government close the concentration camps on our border. These events are in-person, and we need a big turnout to make our voices heard. Today's action is to clear your calendar and make time to attend these events. If you cannot attend, please let friends and family know about these events so that we can boost our turnout and make our voices heard:

Tuesday July 9

Resist Trump Tuesday: Hold our Senators Accountable

11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building:

https://www.facebook.com/events/470649333749109/

Senators Murray and Cantwell voted for the Senate version of the immigration funding bill last week. While the House bill had guardrails to prevent the Trump administration from using this money to imprison more people or build the wall, the Senate version did not.

We have our regular meeting with the Senate staffers on Tuesday. Let's make sure they know that this vote is completely unacceptable.

Friday Night July 12

Lights for Liberty vigils

Join us! Stand Up against Immigrant Detention:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2133367803438365/

Multiple locations:

Fri Jul 12th - 7pm Vigil | Occidental Square in Pioneer Square, Seattle

Fri Jul 12th - 7pm Vigil | Lights for Liberty Location Nearest You * Tacoma Union Station, South Seattle, Pioneer Square, Lower Queen Anne, West Seattle, Mercer Island, Federal Way, Edmonds, Redmond and more...

Lights For Liberty will be holding Friday night vigils around the country from 7- 9 pm to show that we stand in solidarity with immigrants who are under attack by the Trump administration.

* find your location at www.lightsforliberty.org #LightsforLiberty #EndDetention

Saturday afternoon July 13

Lights on Detained People - NWDC Northwest Detention Center Community Building Picnic

Sat Jul 13th at 12:30 p.m. | Northwest Detention Center (1623 E Jay St in Tacoma, WA)

https://www.facebook.com/events/424732258369948/

At the specific request of those directly impacted, Saturday (July 13) will be a NOISIER Community day of SUPPORT at the NW Detention Center in Tacoma. We need lots of powerful voices so all detained people and any visiting families can hear our support. We also will learn meaningful ways we can help in the sustained fight against immigrant detention, such as:

- Contribute to the Fair Bond Fund and Free Our Neighbors Bond fund https://fairfightbondfund.org https://www.freeourneighbors.org/

- Sign up to volunteer at the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network https://medium.com/@waisn/building-our-defense-line-under-the-threat-of-immigration-raids-a9f721583267

This July 4, know what you're signing

Today is July 4th and many of us will be out and celebrating, albeit with complicated feelings about the current state of our nation. Also out and about will be people collecting signatures for ballot initiatives – and one of the most effective things we can each do tomorrow is know what we’re being asked to sign. FUSE Washington highlighted two conservative initiatives that have intentionally misleading messaging to confuse liberals into giving their signatures. Remember these initiatives today and don’t be fooled!

ACTION: Be vigilant against regressive initiatives

The two initiatives below are the ones to watch out for today. If you are approached and asked to sign, politely decline!

I-1648: This is another Tim Eyman initiative, which would overturn the progressive tax reforms enacted by the Washington Legislature this spring and put a time limit on future tax reforms.

R-88: This initiative would ban affirmative action, again by overturning progress made by the Washington Legislature this year. The initiative hopes to overturn a ruling, I-1000, that will prevent discrimination in public hiring and public education, and ensure government contracts are awarded fairly. This initiative in particular is using deceptive language that falsely claim that the initiative supports equality.

In addition to being on the watch yourself, consider letting friends and family know about these regressive and misleading initiatives. Share this message or the FUSE link below via email or social media to spread the word!

Background:

https://fusewashington.org/news/dont-sign-these-initiatives

Tell our MoCs to visit detained migrants

(Today's action is adapted from our friends at RAICES, a nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. https://www.raicestexas.org)

Did you hear about the site visits that over a dozen Representatives made to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) 'detention' facilities on Monday? There, they saw the abhorrent conditions that our government is keeping migrants in. Vox published an article on Tuesday that summarized the horrifying findings of this group of lawmakers:

https://www.vox.com/2019/7/2/20678806/aoc-democrat-texas-border-facility-tour

We think that Washington's entire Congressional delegation should also see the deplorable conditions to which CBP is subjecting human beings, and today we're asking you to call the members of Congress that we can directly sway.

Today's Action: Ask our members of Congress to visit Border Patrol 'detention' facilities

Call both Senators:

  • Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Call your Representative:

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I heard about the CBP detention facility visits that other members of Congress have recently done, like Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, and I'm calling to ask {MoC} to do the same thing. I think that {MoC} should have first-hand knowledge of how our government is treating detained migrants and their children. Will {MoC} commit to making this trip?"

Good News

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that they were abandoning their efforts to place a citizenship question on the 2020 Census! A citizenship question would have had a chilling effect on the responses of traditionally undercounted populations, including non-citizens, minorities, and other vulnerable groups. This would have depressed the Census response rate, especially in areas with immigrants. The net effect of the question would have been to reduce the number of Congressional seats allocated to cities, as well as decrease federal funding received by cities by billions of dollars.

https://www.axios.com/census-citizenship-question-trump-administration-printing-f7492b57-5ac4-431e-88a8-8ec152d10275.html

More Good News

It sounds like the DNC is caving on holding a debate specifically about the climate crisis. It's absurd that they didn't originally schedule a debate about the greatest existential threat of our generation but, much like the possibility of eventual legislative action on climate change, better late than never.

https://thinkprogress.org/dnc-set-to-vote-on-climate-debate-victory-for-youth-protesters-sunrise-movement-bfa98af30dc1/

Have you called yet? Our Senators stood with Trump.

Yesterday, we asked you to call Senators Murray and Cantwell to voice your displeasure about their votes for funding that could be used by CBP and ICE to detain and deport immigrants. This vote looks even worse today, as yet another person in ICE custody has died, and we've learned even more about the atrocities taking place in these detention centers.

The vote that Senators Murray and Cantwell took was inexcusable. If you haven't already called them, please do so now.

Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400

Note: We're not providing a script today. You shouldn't need one.

Events

Close the Camps Protest

TODAY, Tuesday July 2, 12pm

Seattle locations:

At Rep. Jayapal's Office
1904 3rd Ave Ste 510
Seattle, WA 98101

-OR-

At the Federal Building
915 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98174

Sign up at https://act.moveon.org/event/close-camps-now_attend/search/

If you are outside Seattle, this is a national coordinated event by MoveOn. Go to https://act.moveon.org/event/close-camps-now_attend/search/ to find an event near you.

Seattle Indivisible meeting

TODAY, Tuesday, July 2 (1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month)

321 16th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

This meeting is at the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District. The meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.

Our Senators chose to stand with Trump.

On Friday, both Senators Murray and Cantwell made a choice to stand with Trump and against our immigrant communities by voting to fund Trump’s inhumane immigration machine.

Here is the short version:

Migrant children are being subjected to horrendous conditions at detention centers across the country. Simply torturing children was not enough for Trump and the GOP who decided to exploit the children further by using them as a political weapon to get more funding for DHS. Trump claimed he could not make the conditions better for the children without more money.

The Progressive Caucus in the House, rightfully, does not trust the Trump administration. They wanted specific language included in the bill to force money to actually get to the children in need. And language to prevent the money being diverted to ICE. They crafted legislation so the funds could only be used for one purpose. To make the conditions better for the children.

However, without the support of the Senate Democrats the House had no leverage to negotiate. The Senate plan was brought to the floor of the House with zero input from the House Democrats and passed with more support coming from the GOP than Democrats.


Just so we’re clear, there are no provisions in this funding bill to ensure conditions for the children improve. Make no mistake. This money will be used to harm immigrant communities.


So to summarize, just a short time after Trump sent a tweet, threatening mass deportation raids that are terrorizing millions of people, our Senators voted to become knowing accomplices.

This vote was unjustifiable. Our Senators knew it. They voted for it anyway.

Of the Washington State Delegation, only Rep. Smith and Rep. Jayapal voted no.

We thank you both!

The other eight House Reps as well as our two Senators are now knowing accomplices to criminal human rights violations.

Are you angry? We Are!

No script today. You don’ t need it.

ACTION: Tell our Senators there is no justification for their DHS funding vote!

Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400


Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Omar, and our own Rep. Jayapal on the bill:

“We didn’t even bother to negotiate, This bill is completely irresponsible to the American people and to those kids on the border.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“A vote for Mitch McConnell’s border bill is a vote to keep kids in cages and terrorize immigrant communities.” - Rep. Ilhan Omar

“I am so disappointed that the Senate Democrats put the House in this position w/ no leverage. If you’re hoping that this emergency funding will stop the child abuse happening at the border, I’m sorry to say you’re wrong. There are no provisions in this bill to guarantee that.” - Rep. Pramila Jayapal


Protect Voting Rights in the Face of Last Week’s Gerrymandering Decision

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court reversed two lower court decisions that would have prevented gerrymandering of voting maps. Gerrymandering, the re-drawing of voting districts in Ohio and in Michigan by Republican-majority state legislatures that favored Republican candidates, had been ruled unconstitutional by courts in those states. Pending cases from Maryland and North Carolina face bleak prospects now that the Supreme Court has ruled against these earlier cases.

The intentional manipulation of voting district boundaries to favor one party over the other is an insult to all American voters. Voting rights need protection now more than ever.

Fortunately, the House has passed legislation that includes independent redistricting commissions for all states. Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring this legislation to the Senate floor for a vote.

Today we’re asking you to leave a message for lawmakers in support of H.R.1, the For the People Act, a comprehensive package of democracy reforms that would strengthen and protect U.S. voters’ rights. From the League of Women Voters’ article on H.R.1:

  • "It should be easier, not harder, to vote. The For the People Act improves access to voting with reforms like Same Day Registration and Automatic Voter Registration.

  • "The For the People Act requires independent redistricting commissions, ends voter roll purges based on failure to vote, and restores the Voting Rights Act.

  • "The For the People Act includes strong provisions for improving transparency in campaign finance and strengthening government ethics enforcement.”

H.R.1 has already passed the House. It only needs Senate approval to be enacted. In spite of attempts by Senate Majority Leader McConnell to block this legislation, we need it now more than ever. Please leave a message for Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell about the need to garner support for, and to pass, this legislation NOW. Also, feel free to thank Representatives Adam Smith and Pramila Jayapal for their “Yes” votes on this legislation back in March 2019, and urge them to help get Senate approval.

ACTION 1: Call our senators and tell them to fight back against unfair voting practices by supporting the For the People Act.

SCRIPT:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am frustrated about the reversal of court orders against gerrymandering of voter districts in Ohio and in Michigan this week. I am outraged at the refusal of Majority Leader McConnell to bring H.R.1, the For the People Act, to the Senate floor for a vote. This legislation has the support of the League of Women Voters, it has been passed by the House, and it is vitally important for U.S. voters to be protected by the provisions in this package of democracy reforms. [Optional: add your reason here.] I urge you to take all steps necessary to get this legislation passed. Thank you.”

ACTION 2: Call your House representative and thank them for passing H.R.1., the For the People Act, and ask them to help get it to a Senate vote.

SCRIPT:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am frustrated about the reversal of court orders against gerrymandering of voter districts in Ohio and in Michigan this week. Thank you for passing H.R.1, the For the People Act, last March. I am outraged at the refusal of Majority Leader McConnell to bring H.R.1 to the Senate floor for a vote. Please work with your Senate colleagues to force Majority Leader McConnell to bring H.R.1 to the Senate floor for a vote. This legislation is vitally important for U.S. voters to be protected by the provisions in this package of democracy reforms. [Optional: add your reason here.] I urge you to take all steps necessary to get this legislation passed. Thank you.”

Background:

“Supreme Court Blocks Two Rulings Striking Down Voting Maps” - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/us/politics/supreme-court-voting-maps.html

“Talking Points: For the People Act” (The League of Women Voters) - https://www.lwv.org/league-management/talking-points-templates/talking-points-people-act

DON'T FORGET

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, July. 2, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. July. 9, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with Staffers from our lawmakers' offices.

Protect Bristol Bay Salmon

We have an easy one-click action for you today: please leave a comment against the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers' plan to loosen mining restrictions in Bristol Bay for the Pebble mining company. This could have devastating environmental impacts and harm half the world's supply of sockeye salmon. Here is more from the Wild Salmon Center:

"The Pebble Mine could become one of the largest gold and copper mines in the world – right in the headwaters of the greatest wild salmon stronghold we have left on Earth. Up to 60 million sockeye salmon migrate home to Bristol Bay each year, driving a $1.5 billion fishery, feeding local communities and sustaining a healthy wild ecosystem complete with grizzly bears and orca whales.

"The EPA moved to protect Bristol Bay five years ago, but Pebble – a Canadian mining company – sued to stop protections and now has revived the mine with the help of the Trump Administration. The Administration is fast tracking the mine and has just released a draft environmental impact statement that scientists and former agency officials are calling the worst they’ve ever seen. We need your help to halt this shoddy permitting process and send Pebble back to the drawing board."

Comments are open on the mining proposal until July 1. Please leave a comment using the following link:

https://www.wildsalmoncenter.org/2019/03/18/take-action-stop-pebble-mine/

It is better to comment using your own words, so if you have the time to do so, you should customize the suggested text or use the direct link below:

https://www.pebbleprojecteis.com/publiccomments/neweiscomment

More information:

https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/bristol-bay-opens-as-public-comments-close/

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/northwest/epa-to-weigh-withdrawal-of-proposed-mining-restrictions/

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Enjoyed watching the presidential debates this week? We did too. Whether or not you have made a decision on who you're voting for in the primaries, you can make an investment in the general election now by sweetening the pot of the Unify or Die Fund, which goes to the winner of the primaries. Here's the donation link if you are able to contribute: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/unify-or-die

Thank Jayapal and Smith for Fighting for Children

Yesterday, the House passed a $4.6 billion emergency border aid Senate bill, without any amendments, thanks to the clamor of centrist Democrats. Representatives Jayapal and Smith, along with 93 other House Democrats, voted against this bill – but it passed anyway.

By passing this bill with no amendments, the House essentially wrote a blank check that will be used to fund ICE and may be used for deportations. Progressives in the House had planned to amend the bill to specify basic standards of care for children being held in detention centers at the border, but now that is not possible.

As Rep. Jayapal tweeted just before the vote: “[The] Senate bill does absolutely nothing to hold a rogue administration accountable for cruelty. It has no provisions to ensure $$ goes to the children or that for-profit agencies are held accountable.”

ACTION: Thank Jayapal and Smith for voting their conscience.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Suggested Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [PLACE]. I’d like to thank [Representative] for voting no on the Senate’s emergency border aid bill yesterday. The House missed an opportunity to amend this bill to protect immigrants and improve conditions for children currently suffering in custody. Voting against the Senate’s bill was the right decision; I am proud to have a representative who votes his/her conscience.”

Background:

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/450707-house-democrats-cave-will-take-up-senate-border-bill

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/27/house-vote-emergency-border-package-1385222

EVENTS:

TRANS PRIDE PARADE Friday, June 28

5 PM at Cal Anderson Park

https://www.transprideseattle.org/

Donate to provide additional security at the event https://www.transprideseattle.org/donate2019

GOOD NEWS:

The Supreme Court ruled against the proposed citizenship question in the 2020 census, which would have had rippling negative effects on immigrant communities: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/27/politics/census-supreme-court/index.html

Tell our Senators not one more cent for ICE raids

Correction: The Trans Pride parade is on *Friday* June 28, not Saturday. Please see Events for the full details.

On Tuesday evening, the House voted 230 to 195 to authorize $4.5 billion in spending on what the New York Times described as "humanitarian aid" for migrants coming into the United States from the south. The bill passed by the House included restrictions on how the money could be used, with Representative Nita Lowey saying "[the bill ensured] these funds are used for humanitarian needs only — not for immigration raids, not detention beds, not a border wall."

However, this bill does nothing to solve the structural issues that have allowed ICE to terrorize families and CBP to lock up children in conditions tantamount to torture, which is why Pramila Jayapal had the following to say about her "yea" vote on this bill:

"I have tremendous apprehensions about [voting for this bill]...I am not doing so believing that this is going to solve the problems. I am doing so because I am willing in the name of these children to see if we can do something to improve those conditions at the border."

The Senate, meanwhile, passed its own version of the House's bill on Wednesday, without the 'safeguards' present in the House bill. For instance, the Senate's bill includes more funding for ICE, and does nothing to improve conditions in the facilities where we are currently caging migrant children.

On its face, it isn't surprising that the Senate passed this bill, nor is it surprising that the Senate bill is far worse than the House bill—after all, Republicans still hold a majority in that legislative chamber, and Mitch McConnell is still the Senate Majority Leader.

However, what is surprising and shocking is that the Senate bill passed 84-8, including "aye" votes from both of our Senators.

Today's Action: Tell our Senators that we expect them to do more

Call both Senators:

  • Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I saw that the Senator voted for the Senate's version of the humanitarian aid package for the southern border, which won't ensure that conditions improve for the migrant children we're jailing, or help stop more children from dying along our border. I want to see the Senator fight for a better bill."

Bonus Action: Tell your Representative to vote "NO" on the next vote on this bill

Because of how bills become law, the House will need to take another vote on this same bill in the days to come. When that vote reaches the floor, our Representatives should vote "NO" on the bill. The Department of Homeland Security has all of the money it ensure that migrant children all receive toothbrushes, lice brushes, and medical care. They are simply choosing to be evil. Our Representatives should do the morally right thing and refuse to give any more money to DHS.

Call your Representative:

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I'm disappointed to see that H.R. 3401 passed the House. DHS has all of the funding it needs to ensure that migrant children are not tortured on their watch. Will {REPRESENTATIVE} commit to voting against the border supplemental when it comes up for its next vote?"

Background

Senate roll call vote on H.R. 3401: https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=116&session=1&vote=00185

All quotes in this daily action are from the following links.

The New York Times has a good feature that describes some of the differences between the House and Senate bills: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/24/us/politics/house-senate-border-spending-bills.html

NYT on the House bill: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/25/us/politics/border-funding-vote.html

NYT on the Senate bill: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/26/us/politics/child-migrants-senate.html

Events

PRIMARY DEBATE WATCH PARTIES TONIGHT!

6:00 PM June 27

Floating Bridge Brewing

722 NE 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98105

Join us to watch the primary debates and have beer

https://www.facebook.com/events/450121619055406/

TRANS PRIDE PARADE

Friday June 28

5 PM at Cal Anderson Park

https://www.transprideseattle.org/

Donate to provide additional security at the event https://www.transprideseattle.org/donate2019