Tell City and County Council: Protect Undocumented Immigrants

Jeff Sessions' Department of Justice is threatening to strip funding for the Seattle and King County because of our city's and county's refusal to help do ICE's job. Tell them to keep it that way.

ACTION: E-mail the City Council and County Council

Send an e-mail to your King County Council Member and, if you are a resident of City of Seattle, send an e-mail to the Seattle City Council asking them to make no changes to comply with the DoJ's request to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

For King County residents: Look up your County Council Member here. http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/councilmembers/find_district.aspx

For Seattle residents: You can e-mail the entire council at council@seattle.gov.

Background:

http://crosscut.com/2017/11/sessions-sends-warning-to-seattle-king-county-on-immigration-policy/

Event: David Duvall Kanreki Benefit Concert

Kirkland Performance Center, Nov. 19, 7PM
Duvall will be performing music from his newly released CDs, and will be joined by some of the Seattle area's finest jazz and rock musicians. Co-sponsored by Seattle Indivisible, proceeds will be split between Jewish Voice for Peace/Network Against Islamophobia and the Organization for Refugee Asylum & Migration. Tickets for this amazing cause are $35, $25 and $10 students.
Tickets: www.kpcenter.org
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/125925701418258/

Chip in to the #NotOnePenny Fund, and support Doug Jones

We have two suggested small donations you can make this Saturday that will have a big impact. Choose one or both if you are able. Even a few bucks helps!

Action 1: Donate to the #NotOnePenny fund

Republicans like Lindsey Graham now openly admit that they are cutting taxes for their wealthy donors, to give them a return on their investment. Quid. Pro. Quo.

As they did during the ACA debates, our fellow grassroots group Swing Left is putting out a new District Fund to try to change those incentives - a vote for the tax cut bill will be punished by a donation to their political opponent.

"Your donation will be split among the Democratic challengers to all Swing District Republicans who vote to lower taxes for the wealthiest Americans. If they vote yes on the tax bill, their opponent gets a share of the money. If they vote no, their opponent gets nothing." Donate here:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/notonepennyfund

Action 2: Donate to Doug Jones

Polls continue to come out showing Democrat Doug Jones leading Roy Moore in the December 12 Alabama Senate special election. A Senate pickup in December could be a fatal blow to both Tax Cut and ACA repeal attempts, and would keep a dangerous man out of power. Indivisible Alabama has advised us that supporting his campaign directly is the best way to help. Here is the donation link:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_jones_ad_2017

You can also get involved in sending postcards to voters by texting “Hello” to 484-275-2229.

Background:

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/359606-graham-financial-contributions-will-stop-if-gop-doesnt-pass-tax-reform

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/roy-moore-doug-jones-alabama-poll-245558

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Event: David Duvall Kanreki Benefit Concert

Kirkland Performance Center, Nov. 19, 7PM

Duvall will be performing music from his newly released CDs, and will be joined by some of the Seattle area's finest jazz and rock musicians. Co-sponsored by Seattle Indivisible, proceeds will be split between Jewish Voice for Peace/Network Against Islamophobia and the Organization for Refugee Asylum & Migration. Tickets for this amazing cause are $35, $25 and $10 students.

Tickets: www.kpcenter.org

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/125925701418258/

Stop the #TrumpTaxScam in the Senate, #METOO Congress Act in the House

Today's Actions: 

  1. Tell the Senate that we need them to stop the #TrumpTaxScam, using every tool they have. Our government as we know it is at risk. 
  2. Ask our House Representatives to co-sponsor the METOO Congress Act

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

1) #TrumpTaxScam: Yesterday, the House passed the laughably-named "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." The Senate is the last stop before the tax bill reaches Trump's desk, and we know he will gleefully sign it. The bill cuts taxes for the 1% and corporations, and pays for it by gutting government services and raising taxes on the middle class and the poor. The Senate version even has #ZombieTrumpCare!

Tell our Senators that we need them to stop this thing. We need them to fight as hard for this as they did for the ACA. That means withholding consent, procedural stalling, and filibuster if needed. 

Call both:

  • Sen. Patty Murray: 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: 206-220-6400

Sample Script

Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. Now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has passed the house, I'm calling to let Senator {NAME} know that I'm counting on her to stop this bill in the Senate. This tax bill is a scam that will give massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by stripping tens of thousands of people in Washington State of their health care, gutting important government programs, and raising taxes on graduate students and middle-class families.

Democrats started withholding consent during the health care fight—and it worked. Will the Senator commit to withholding consent on votes in the Senate?

2) METOO Congress Act: Positive things are happening in the other Washington too. In response to the viral #metoo phenomenon, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), have authored a bill that would require sexual harassment awareness training and reform the process available for staffers to file complaints. 

Ask your Representative to co-sponsor The Member and Employee Training and Oversight On Congress Act (ME TOO Congress) Act.

Call one:

  • Rep. Adam Smith: 425-793-5180
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal: 206-674-0040

Sample script

Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I'm calling about the METOO Congress Act. I'm pleased to see Congress taking sexual harassment seriously, and I'd like to see this bill move forward. Will Representative {NAME} commit to co-sponsoring this important bill?


Background:

Event: David Duvall Kanreki Benefit Concert

Kirkland Performance Center, Nov. 19, 7PM

Duvall will be performing music from his newly released CDs, and will be joined by some of the Seattle area's finest jazz and rock musicians. Co-sponsored by Seattle Indivisible, proceeds will be split between Jewish Voice for Peace/Network Against Islamophobia and the Organization for Refugee Asylum & Migration. Tickets for this amazing cause are $35, $25 and $10 students. 

Tickets: www.kpcenter.org
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/125925701418258/

Don't Let This Sneak Past You

Today's Action: Tell Senators to Withhold Votes to Resist ACA Repeal/Tax Scam!

It seems like anytime we let the scream of resistance quiet to a grumble, Republicans seize the opportunity and try some new trick to take away our rights, our health, and/or our money. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (a.k.a. Trump’s tax scam) will do all three, especially now that “skinny repeal” of the ACA has been written into it. It will likely pass the house tomorrow, and the next step is the Senate where Republicans want to vote on it before Thanksgiving. 

It can be exhausting to call when an issue feels inevitable, but this tax bill CAN be stopped if we act NOW. We beat back ACA repeal before, and we can do it again this time, taking Trump’s tax scam down with it.

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

Call both:
Sen. Patty Murray: 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell: 206-220-6400

Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I want to ask {Senator} to defend the ACA, Medicaid, SNAP, and other crucial programs by doing everything she/he can to stop the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This includes withholding consent on votes in the Senate in order to slow down proceedings leading up to the tax vote. Is the Senator willing to do this?

Background:

* "Individual mandate repeal to be included in Senate's tax bill": http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/14/politics/rand-paul-individual-mandate-tax-bill/index.html
* “Here are the tax cuts Donald Trump wants to give himself and his millionaire friends”
https://www.indivisible.org/resource/tax-cuts-donald-trump-wants-give-millionaire-friends/

Event: David Duvall Kanreki Benefit Concert

Kirkland Performance Center, Nov. 19, 7PM

Duvall will be performing music from his newly released CDs, and will be joined by some of the Seattle area's finest jazz and rock musicians. Co-sponsored by Seattle Indivisible, proceeds will be split between Jewish Voice for Peace/Network Against Islamophobia and the Organization for Refugee Asylum & Migration. Tickets for this amazing cause are $35, $25 and $10 students. 

Tickets: www.kpcenter.org
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/125925701418258/

We have to fight for our health care again. Really.

Congressional Republicans are trying to take away our health care yet again. This time, they're trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, which is responsible for ensuring that the insurance markets don't collapse. Repealing the individual mandate will mean that 13 million Americans lose their health insurance. Republicans want to repeal the individual mandate because it helps them fund their tax cuts for the super-rich and also will kill the ACA.

We have fought to protect the ACA so many times now that I've actually lost count, and we have won every time. I think we can win yet again, but it requires us all to call Congress today.

Today's Action: Tell Congress to protect our health care!

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

Call both:

  • Sen. Patty Murray: 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: 206-220-6400

Call one:

  • Rep. Adam Smith: 425-793-5180
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal: 206-674-0040

Sample Script

Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I have heard that Republicans are going to try to repeal the ACA's individual mandate in their tax scam bill. I want to ask {MOC NAME} to defend the ACA and the individual mandate by promising to vote against the Republican tax scam. Will {MOC NAME} vote against this bill?

More Information:

Clean DACA or bust!

Official Action for Tuesday, Nov. 14


Events Today

Resist Trump Tuesday - Keep the Dream alive! 
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA

This location is wheelchair accessible, and is easily accessed using Link or a wide assortment of buses.

https://www.facebook.com/events/164377734162180/

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Tele-Town Hall on the Trump Tax Scam
6:20 p.m.

https://access.live/jayapal
https://www.facebook.com/housebudgetdems/videos/10155202506789952/?fref=gs&dti=381193215593315&hc_location=group

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Seattle Indivisible Biweekly Meeting
7-9 p.m., Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N 78th St, Seattle 98103

This location is wheelchair accessible, and is served by Metro buses 5 and 45.

https://www.facebook.com/events/631174977272182


Action: Clean DACA or Bust!

It's less than four months until President Trump's executive order to rescind DACA takes full effect. Nearly a million Americans' livelihoods are on the table, and yet Congress has done little to renew this vital act. We need a clean Dream Act that doesn’t include restrictions on other immigrants’ rights, and the coming spending bill is our chance to do it. Demand that our representatives not vote on a spending bill that doesn’t include a clean Dream Act.

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

Sen. Patty Murray: 202-224-2621 / 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell: 202-224-3441 / 206-220-6400
Rep. Adam Smith: 425-793-5180
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: 206-674-0040

Sample script (Jayapal):
“Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I’m calling to thank Representative Jayapal for promising to vote against an end-of-year spending bill if there is no agreement on enacting a Clean DREAM Act."

Sample Script (other):
“Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I’d like to thank [NAME] for standing up for Dreamers in the past. Please promise to vote against an end-of-year spending bill if there is no agreement on enacting a Clean DREAM Act."

Background:
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/…/without-a-clean-dream-act-…
http://thehill.com/…/359504-25-dems-vow-to-block-spending-w…


Do you have an idea for a future daily action? If so, please e-mail us at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com.

Keep Calling! Don't Let Trump Give Himself a Billion Dollar Tax Cut

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TUESDAY 11/14: Resist Trump Tuesday Rally, 11:45am (corrected time from yesterday's action!), 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA

Please join us Tuesday, Nov. 14th to help keep the Dream alive for DACA recipients.

This location is wheelchair accessible, and is easily accessed using Link or a wide assortment of buses.

https://www.facebook.com/events/164377734162180/

TUESDAY 11/14: Seattle Indivisible Meeting, 7-9 PM, Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N 78th St, Seattle 98103

This location is wheelchair accessible, and is served by Metro buses 5 and 45.

https://www.facebook.com/events/631174977272182/

SUNDAY 11/19: David Duvall Kanreki Benefit Concert (co-sponsored by Seattle Indivisible!), Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA

https://www.facebook.com/events/125925701418258/

ACTION:

Our Senators' offices still need high call tallies to fight the Trump Tax Scam, and we want them fired up and willing to obstruct and delay. So we are continuing our tax marathon today by asking our Representatives to not let Trump fill his own coffers at the expense of ordinary Americans. As we discussed at last week's Resist Trump Tuesday rally, estimates from the Washington Post say that Trump himself could save $23 million dollars per year, and that the repeal of the estate tax would save his family $1 billion or more!

Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400
Rep. Adam Smith: DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

Sample Script:

“Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. Donald Trump stands to save $23 million per year under the House's Tax Cut proposal, and his family could save $1 billion or more from a repeal of the estate tax. Please withhold consent and slow down Senate procedures in any way possible to stop the tax cut bill; do not let Trump fill his own coffers at the expense of the middle class!”

BACKGROUND:

http://wapo.st/2hj7IED

No Drilling in ANWR

Upcoming Events:

TUESDAY: Resist Trump Tuesday Rally, 12:00pm, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA

Please join us Tuesday, Nov. 14th to help keep the Dream alive for DACA recipients.

As usual, we will enter the federal building immediately after the rally for a meeting with Senate staffers. Also as usual (from now through December), we will be gathering signatures for De-Escalate Washington's I-940 ballot initiative for better police training and accountability.

This location is wheelchair accessible, and is easily accessed using Link or a wide assortment of buses.
https://www.facebook.com/events/164377734162180/

TUESDAY: Seattle Indivisible Meeting, 7-9 PM, Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N 78th St, Seattle 98103

Feeling good about this past week's elections? One big reason Democrats and progressives won is because Indivisible groups like ours organized, canvassed, phone banked, and networked to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Come join us on Tuesday as we build on this week's victory to prepare for bigger victories in 2018 and 2020.  Whether you are an experienced activist or a first timer, we welcome YOU to join the Resistance.

We are Indivisible. And we are growing......

This location is wheelchair accessible, and is served by Metro buses 5 and 45.
https://www.facebook.com/events/631174977272182/

SUNDAY 11/19: David Duvall Kanreki Benefit Concert, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA

Come enjoy the David Duvall Kanreki benefit concert and make a real difference. Duvall will be performing music from his newly released CDs, and will be joined by some of the Seattle area's finest jazz and rock musicians. Co-sponsored by Seattle Indivisible, proceeds will be split between Jewish Voice for Peace/Network Against Islamophobia and the Organization for Refugee Asylum & Migration. Tickets for this amazing cause are $35, $25 and $10 students.
https://www.facebook.com/events/125925701418258/

Action: Submit a comment opposed to drilling in the Arctic

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is considering legislation to open up a sensitive part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the "1002 Area" or Coastal Plain, as a way to fund the GOP's massive tax cuts for the rich. Our senator and this committee's ranking member, Maria Cantwell, has been pushing back, but she needs your help -- the entire committee needs to hear this from the public.

The deadline to submit comments on the hearing, which happened on November 2, is this Wednesday. Submit your comment today. Instructions below:

Send a brief email OPPOSING the ANWR provision to open the ANWR to oil/gas leases for extraction : fortherecord@energy.senate.gov

Address your statement to: “Chairman Murkowski, Ranking Member Cantwell, and Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.” Send a copy to annie_hoefler@energy.senate.gov.

At the top of your comments, please reference: For Record of November 2, 2017 Hearing

For additional information on the hearing, visit: https://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/11/full-committee-hearing

Let’s Win Some More Elections

Action 1: Join us!

Seattle Indivisible Meeting
Tuesday November 14th 7-9pm
Woodland Park United Methodist Church
302 N 78th St, Seattle 98103
https://www.facebook.com/events/144219402877466/

Feeling good about this past week's elections? One big reason Democrats and progressives won is because Indivisible groups like ours organized, canvassed, phone banked, and networked to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Come join us on Tuesday as we build on this week's victory to prepare for bigger victories in 2018 and 2020. Whether you are an experienced activist or a first timer, we welcome YOU to join the Resistance.

We are Indivisible. And we are growing......

Action 2: Donate to ‘Indivisible 435’

The tools Indivisible Guide set up helped us make over 371,000 calls and send 33,000 text messages to voters in Virginia! Let's help them expand this tool so we can use it for the midterms. Any amount will help.

“Indivisible is going to fight for progressive candidates everywhere in the country next year, across the country -- and up and down the ballot! -- in all 435 congressional districts in 2018. Help us transform Indivisible's constituent power into electoral power by donating today.”

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/indivictory2017?akid=5332.96817.6CzXGL&rd=1&refcode=massemail20171107_link&t=5

Stop the #TrumpTaxScam! Tell our Senators and Reps to fight for us!

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

The #TrumpTaxScam is a serious threat to everything we care about. Here in Seattle, we’re lucky to have Senators and Representatives who will fight for us. They need our calls and stories to be effective. This week’s election was a great relief, but we can’t let up. 
Blue State Senators, like ours, need to hear that we want to them to fight this with everything they have, including withholding consent for a vote. They need high call tallies and good stories to tell on the floor, and so do our Representatives.

Action 1: Get the call tallies up opposing the #TrumpTaxScam

  • Sen. Patty Murray: 202-224-2621 / 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: 202-224-3441 / 206-220-6400
  • Rep. Adam Smith: 425-793-5180
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal: 206-674-0040

SCRIPT

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and my zip code is [ZIP]. I’m calling to let Senator [NAME] know that I strongly oppose the tax bill that the Ways and Means Committee reported out on November 9. This tax bill is a scam that will give massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by forcing deep cuts to critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security down the line. 

for SENATORS, add:

Will the Senator commit to *withholding consent* on votes in the Senate so that we have time to mobilize against this bill?

Action 2: Send personal stories about how the #TrumpTaxScam will impact you

Our Members of Congress say their most valuable tools on the floor are personal stories from their constituents of how legislation will affect them. Will the cuts to Medicare or Medicaid the Republicans plan to make in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy hit you hard? Do you rely on the state and local tax deduction, or the medical expense deduction? Send your story to your Members of Congress.
Sen. Patty Murray: https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme
Sen. Maria Cantwell: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form
Rep. Adam Smith: https://adamsmith.house.gov/contact
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: https://jayapal.house.gov/contact/email 

Action 3: Make a plan to attend a #TrumpTaxScam EVENT

Pick an event and put it on your calendar. Then GO!

  1. Our own Resist Trump Tuesdays
    • Nov 14, 21, and 28 at 11:45AM
    • At the  
      Seattle Federal Building
      915 2nd Ave
      Seattle, WA 98104
  2. Trump’s Tax Scam Resistance Summit, Hosted by Tax March Seattle and featuring Nick Hanauer and Chad Bolt
  3. Find more events at Indivisible National http://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/search/ 

Background

From Indivisible National: https://www.indivisible.org/blog/weeks-indivisible-actions-november-5-11/ 


Good News

Progressive candidates in Burien lead in 2/3 races, and The Seattle Times has called the King County Sherrif’s race for Mitzi Johanknecht, a major upset. Johanknect beat the incumbent, who had been accused of sexual misconduct, with 61% of the vote.
http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/11/08/25552631/new-ballot-drop-mitzi-johanknecht-widens-lead-over-sheriff-john-urquhart
http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/11/09/25556371/in-burien-city-council-race-latino-candidate-born-to-undocumented-farmworkers-overtakes-burien-proud-burien-first-incumbent
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/mitzi-johanknecht-unseats-john-urquhart-as-king-county-sheriff/ 
 

Take the DREAMer Pledge, Help Blue Reps Oppose Tax Scam

Action 1: Demand the DREAMer Pledge

Today, United We Dream is holding a day of action to put pressure on members of Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act. Let’s join them by demanding that our representatives take the DREAMer pledge.

The DREAMer pledge asks members of Congress to commit to voting against the Dec. 8 “continuing resolution” spending bill unless it contains a clean DREAM act. Democrats have little control over Congress’ agenda, but the December budget process gives us leverage. Let’s make sure our MoCs use it!

Rep. Adam Smith: DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

Script:

"My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP] about the DREAM Act. The lives of 800,000 DACA recipients depend on passing a clean DREAM Act, so I would like [representative] to take the DREAMer pledge. If we do not succeed in passing a clean DREAM Act before December, this pledge states that [representative] commits to insisting that the Dec. 8 government spending bill includes a clean DREAM Act, and will vote against it otherwise. Will [representative] take this pledge?”

Background:

https://www.indivisible.org/resource/tell-senator-defend-daca-support-durbin-graham-dream-act/

Action 2: Democratic Reps NEED your calls on taxes

Congressional staffers have mentioned to us that they’re not getting a high volume of calls about Trump’s tax scam. Our members of Congress WANT their lines to be flooded, because they use their call numbers as talking points to prove how unpopular the bill is. So even though they are on the same side of the issue as us, we still need to call to add fuel to their fight!

Trump’s tax scam is a massive giveaway to the wealthy and corporations, paid for by raising taxes on some middle class families and forcing deep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. They want to eliminate taxes that only affect the wealthiest individuals and let corporations pay even less than they already do. This could be as bad as ACA repeal since it gets rid of many of the same programs – so let’s show them how we resist.

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

Script:

“My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I’m calling to thank [NAME] for opposing the Republican tax abuse proposals, and to let her know that she has my support in fighting all-out to keep it from being enacted. This tax bill is a scam that will give massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by forcing deep cuts to critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security down the line. Will the Senator commit to withholding consent on votes in the Senate so that we have time to mobilize against this bill?”

Background: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/business/republican-plan-would-raise-taxes-on-millions.html
 

Good News: State Senate Flipped!

Yesterday, the special election for State Senate was finally called in favor of Manka Dhingra! That means that we successfully flipped the State Senate, giving Democrats control of all branches of state government in WA. Thanks to all who canvassed, called, donated, and voted to make this happen! Read more here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/washington-state-senate-special-election_us_5a00a45be4b0baea2633bfae

Stop the Trump Tax Scam!

OFFICIAL DAILY ACTION FOR Wednesday, November 8th

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

BREAKING GOOD NEWS!: Democrats win Governors' races in VA and NJ!

Many thanks to those who volunteered

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We’ve now had the text of the Trump Tax Scam bill for five days, and it’s clearly a massive giveaway to the wealthy and corporations, paid for by raising taxes on some middle class families and forcing deep cuts down the line to critical programs like Medicare and Medicaid. They want to eliminate taxes that only affect the wealthiest individuals and let corporations pay even less than they already do. The majority of the tax benefits from the Republicans’ plan will go to the top 1%, which will exacerbate our country’s massive racial wealth gap.

It’s critical that our Democratic Senators and Representatives  stand strong against the Trump Tax Scam. The more we can delay this bill and give people time to learn about what’s really in it, the better a chance we have of stopping the Trump Tax Scam before it ever gets off the ground. Support  your MoCs' ability to do everything they can to prevent tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

Action 1:  Urge our Members of Congress to fight all-out against the tax bill

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

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

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

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

Sample Script

“Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I’m calling to thank [NAME] for opposing the Republican tax abuse proposals, and to let her/him know that she/he has my support in fighting all-out to keep it from being enacted. This tax bill is a scam that will give massive cuts to the wealthy, paid for by forcing deep cuts to critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security down the line."

[Senators only] "Will the Senator commit to withholding consent on votes in the Senate so that we have time to mobilize against this bill”

Action 2: Send personal stories about how the Tax Scam will affect you

Our Members of Congress say their most valuable tools on the floor are personal stories from their constituents of how legislation will affect them. Will the cuts to Medicare or Medicaid the Republicans plan to make in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy hit you hard? Do you rely on the state and local tax deduction, or the medical expense deduction? Send your story to your Members of Congress.

Sen. Patty Murray: https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Sen. Maria Cantwell: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form

Rep. Adam Smith: https://adamsmith.house.gov/contact

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: https://jayapal.house.gov/contact/email

References:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/business/republican-plan-would-raise-taxes-on-millions.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness

https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/gops-tax-cut-plan-is-an-assault-on-the-middle-class/

https://prosperitynow.org/files/PDFs/road_to_zero_wealth.pdf

I-940 Opportunities

Don’t know what to do with yourself now that election canvassing is over? Collect signatures for De-escalate Washington’s Initiative 940! It’s Seattle Indivisible-endorsed!

- Saturday De-escalate Washington will be launching a business canvass and signature gathering effort from Solid Ground in North Seattle; training, carpool, and materials included, November 11, 2017 at 9:30am - 2:30pm   http://www.deescalatewa.org/north_seattle_signature_canvass_201711

- Sunday De-escalate Washington will be launching a business canvass and signature gathering effort from The De-Escalate Office in South/Central Seattle; training, carpool, and materials included, -November 12, 2017 at 9:30am - 2:30pm http://www.deescalatewa.org/south_and_central_seattle_signature_canvass_20171112

Defend our hard-won healthcare

Official action for Tuesday, Nov. 7


Action 1: Vote!

Ah, the sweet smell of election day. If you haven’t already, now is your chance to join your friends and neighbors in bringing about change at the ballot box. Some of these elections look like they’ll be nailbiters, so make sure your voice is heard!

It is too late to return your ballot by mail, but you can still return your ballot at a free drop box before 7 p.m.: http://kingcounty.gov/…/returning-my…/ballot-drop-boxes.aspx

If you have lost your ballot, you can print out a replacement ballot here: http://www.kingcounty.gov/…/replacing-a-ballot-or-envelope.…

Use our handy election endorsement guide to help make your decisions: http://bitly.com/seattlevotes


ACTION 2: Get out the vote!

Washington
The State Senate races in Washington’s 31st and 45th districts could flip control of the Washington State Senate. Meanwhile in Burien, progressives are facing down white supremacist, anti-immigrant forces in the race for city council.

Activities:
* GOTV: This tool allows you email all your Washington friends to remind them to vote: https://votercircle.com/c/washington-state-democrats/join
* 31st LD (Michelle Rylands): use this Google Doc to make calls and texts on your own time: https://docs.google.com/…/1_6lpxVv2G_kEKyAbIGqtb-By-mI…/edit#
* 45th LD (Manka Dhingra): use this form to sign up for phone banking and canvassing shifts: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx…
* Burien City Council (Jimmy Matta, Krystal Marx, Nancy Tosta, Pedro Olguin): In-Person Phone Bank and Canvassing: Tuesday, November 7th at 4:00pm at 1841 S 120th St, Burien, WA, 98168 (https://goo.gl/maps/7fPhGDXZBLr)(https://goo.gl/maps/7fPhGDXZBLr)

Virginia
The Virginia governor and legislature races could determine the future of voting rights and of the 2018 midterms.

Activities:
* Governor (Ralph Northam): Sign up for a shift: https://www.indivisible.org/gotv-virginia/


Action 3: Defend our hard-won healthcare

We fought to defend our healthcare from AHCA. We fought to defend our healthcare from the Graham-Cassidy Act. Now the #TrumpTaxScam is threatening to cut Medicaid “by more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years,” a greater cut “than that proposed under Graham-Cassidy or the AHCA” [Forbes].

There is good news, though. The Trump Tax Scam is so bad for so many people that we have the chance to defeat it in the House. Our representatives have already stood against the scam, and they’re looking for stories of how it would impact us. Give our representatives the stories they need to fight for our healthcare!

Rep. Adam Smith: 425-793-5180
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: 206-674-0040

Example script:
“Hello, my name is [name] from [city, zip]. I want to thank Representative [NAME] for his/her strong statements against the terrible GOP tax plan and to ask him/her to keep fighting. [Here add your story of how the Trump Tax Scam would impact you.]”

Background:
https://www.forbes.com/…/tax-reform-a-back-door-to-killin…/…
https://www.indivisible.org/re…/trump-tax-scam-happens-next/


Events Today

Resist Trump Tuesday - #TrumpTaxScam
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Federal Building, Downtown Seattle
https://www.facebook.com/events/234701220395131/

Election Night Parties
http://www.thestranger.com/…/your-complete-guide-to-novembe…


Do you have an idea for a future daily action? If so, please e-mail us at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com.

We are running out of time: VOTE

Action 1: RETURN YOUR BALLOT

The election is Tuesday, November 7, and a lot of these races appear to be close. As of Friday, only 15% of voters in King County had returned their ballot. Your vote makes a huge difference, especially in off-year races. Use our handy election endorsement guide to help make your decisions: http://bitly.com/seattlevotes

If you are returning your ballot by mail, please get it in a mailbox no later than today (Monday) to make sure your ballot is postmarked in time and your vote is counted. You can return your ballot at a free drop box at the following locations: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/ballot-drop-boxes.aspx

If you have lost your ballot, or if you're out of town and won't be back until Tuesday, you can print out a replacement ballot here: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/replacing-a-ballot-or-envelope.aspx

Action 2: Commit to a Get out The Vote Activity

These are the crucial races here and around the country that can use your help: 

The State Senate races in Washington’s 31st and 45th districts could flip control of the Washington State Senate; Burien city council races have progressives facing down white supremacist, anti-immigrant forces, and the Virginia governor and legislature races could determine the future of voting rights and of the 2018 midterms. Canvassing and phone banking will make all of the difference in these races and—for many of these activities—TUESDAY IS TOO LATE.

Below is a list of phone bank, text bank, and canvassing activities, some of which you can even do from home! Please commit to one that suits your schedule:

Washington State

Virginia

Events

Tuesday, Nov 7, 11:45AM - Resist Trump Tuesday - #TrumpTaxScam

Join us at the Federal Building to combat Trump's newly revealed tax cuts to the mega-rich.

As usual, we will enter the federal building immediately after the rally for a meeting with Senate staffers. Also as usual (from now through December), we will be gathering signatures for De-Escalate Washington's I-940 ballot initiative for better police training and accountability.
https://www.facebook.com/events/234701220395131/

Tuesday, Nov 7, 7:00PM - Election Night Party at Optimism Brewery

There's an election night party happening at Optimism Brewery. Win, lose, or draw, we hope to see you there as we celebrate our successes, reflect on our losses, and consider what we'll be doing in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/events/820255644821323/

Only 2 days until the election!

Action 1: RETURN YOUR BALLOT.  

The election is Tuesday, November 7, and a lot of these races appear to be close. As of yesterday, only 15% of voters in King County had returned their ballot. Your vote makes a huge difference, especially in off-year races. Use our handy election endorsement guide to help make your decisions:
http://bitly.com/seattlevotes

If you are returning your ballot by mail, please get it in a mailbox no later than tomorrow (Monday) to make sure your ballot is postmarked in time and your vote is counted. You can return your ballot at a free drop box at the following locations:
http://kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/ballot-drop-boxes.aspx

If you have lost your ballot, or if you're out of town and won't be back until Tuesday, you can print out a replacement ballot here:
http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/replacing-a-ballot-or-envelope.aspx

Action 2: Commit to a Get out The Vote Activity

REMINDER: Daylight Saving Time just ended. Please set your clocks back an hour, so that you don't accidentally show up to any of these events an hour early.

These are the crucial races here and around the country that can use your help: 

  1. the State Senate races in Washington’s 45th and 31st districts could flip control of the Washington State Senate 
  2. Burien city council races have progressive democrats facing down white supremacist, anti-immigrant forces, and 
  3. the Virginia governor and legislature races could determine the future of voting rights and of the 2018 midterms. 

Below is a list of phone bank, text bank, and canvassing activities, some of which you can even do from home! Please commit to one that suits your schedule:

Phone and Text Banking:

Canvassing: 

Emailing:

This tool allows you email all your Washington friends to remind them to vote: https://votercircle.com/c/washington-state-democrats/join

Upcoming Event:

November 7: Resist Trump Tuesday - #TrumpTaxScam
Join us at the Federal Building to combat Trump's newly revealed tax cuts to the mega-rich.

As usual, we will enter the federal building immediately after the rally for a meeting with Senate staffers. Also as usual (from now through December), we will be gathering signatures for De-Escalate Washington's I-940 ballot initiative for better police training and accountability.
https://www.facebook.com/events/234701220395131/

Commit to a Get Out the Vote Activity

Action 1: RETURN YOUR BALLOT.

As of yesterday, only 15% of Washington voters had returned their ballot. Your vote makes a huge difference in off-year races, and there are only a few days left! Use our handy election endorsement guide to help make your decisions:

http://bitly.com/seattlevotes

Action 2: Commit to a Get out The Vote Activity

These are the crucial races here and around the country that can use your help: 1) the State Senate races in Washington’s 45th and 31st districts could flip control of the Washington State Senate 2) Burien city council races have progressive democrats facing down white supremacist, anti-immigrant forces, and 3) the Virginia governor and legislature races could determine the future of voting rights and of the 2018 midterms.

Below is a list of phone bank, text bank, and canvassing activities, some of which you can even do from home! Please commit to one that suits your schedule and reply [to this email/to this post] to let us know what you are doing between now and election day:

Phone and Text Banking:

-For Virginia races, sign up for a shift any time between now and Tuesday: https://www.indivisible.org/gotv-virginia/

-For the 31st Legislative District (Michelle Rylands), use this google doc to make calls and texts on your own time: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_6lpxVv2G_kEKyAbIGqtb-By-mIZZ9hbBiDRfLmTTp0/edit#

-In-Person Phone Bank for Burien city council: Monday, November 6th at 4:00pm at 1841 s 120th St, Burien

Canvassing:

-The 45th Legislative District (Manka Dhingra) has canvasses starting at 10am and 1pm both days this weekend, starting from her offices at 8151 164th Ave NE, Redmond https://act.myngp.com/Forms/1694571643540081152

-The 31st Legislative District Canvass with Tina Podlodowski is Sunday at 10:30am at 7203 W Tapps Hwy E, Bonney Lake, https://www.facebook.com/events/348293778960387/

-City of Burien Canvass on Sunday is 10am at 1841 S 120th St: https://www.facebook.com/events/1184747924960161/

Emailing:

-This tool allows you email all your Washington friends to remind them to vote: https://votercircle.com/c/washington-state-democrats/join

Say NO to the #TrumpTaxScam and Get Out the Vote

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

The Republicans released their "cut cut cut" tax plan today, and it is beyond bad. It cuts taxes for the very rich and for corporations, which we expected, raises taxes for the middle class by eliminating and capping deductions, gets rid of the estate tax (!) and dramatically reduces revenue available to the government for the services all Americans rely on. We need to fight the #TrumpTaxScam as hard as we fought the Obamacare repeal.

Action 1: Thank our Senators and Reps for coming out against the #TrumpTaxScam, and ask for an equitable Estate Tax

Sen. Patty Murray: 202-224-2621/ 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell: 202-224-3441/ 206-220-6400

SCRIPT for SENATORS

“Hi, my name is [NAME], from [CITY]. I want to thank Senator [NAME] for her strong statements against the terrible GOP tax plan unveiled today, and to ask her to keep fighting. Our tax code needs to be focused on demand generation, not failed supply-side economics. I'm asking her to do everything she can to block this dangerous give-away to the rich, including withholding consent."

Rep. Adam Smith: 425-793-5180
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: 206-674-0040

SCRIPT for REPS

"Hi, my name is [NAME], from [CITY]. I want to thank Representative [NAME] for his/her strong statements against the terrible GOP tax plan unveiled today, and to ask him/her to keep fighting. One specific way that we can make taxes more equitable while raising more revenue is by reforming the Estate Tax. Inherited wealth a major driver of the income gap in this country. I'd like to ask Representative [NAME] to propose an equitable estate tax, that lowers the estate tax threshold and taxes unrealized capital gains at death."

Background
https://www.vox.com/2017/11/2/16596896/house-republican-tax-reform-cuts-trump-ryan-explained

Action 2: VOTE! 

Do it! Do it now!

Action 3: Get out the vote!


There are opportunities to canvas voters this weekend in crucial races in: 

GOOD NEWS

Unqualified nominee Sam Clovis is withdrawing his USDA nomination because of the ‘Russia stuff’ http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/report-trump-usda-sam-clovis-could-be-in-trouble-over-ties-to-russia-probe

No Backdoor ACA Repeal!

OFFICIAL DAILY ACTION FOR Thursday, November 2nd:

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

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Sometime today we are supposed to see the legislative text of Trump's and the Republicans’ tax abuse proposal. Earlier this week Republican Senator Tom Cotton gave an early insight into one particularly insidious potential element of it. With Trump tweeting in support, Cotton announced plans to insert into the Senate version language repealing the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Repeal of the mandate would, of course, radically destabilize the ACA. We already knew the tax plan would be a bonanza for corporations and the wealthy. Cotton’s proposal--along with the Republican budget proviso cutting roughly one trillion dollars from Medicaid to pay for the tax giveaways--makes it clear that the tax plan is also a backdoor version of TrumpCare. Remind our Senators to call out any effort to use the tax bill to sabotage the ACA.

Action 1:  Urge our Senators to reject anti-ACA provisions in the tax bill

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

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

Sample Script

“Hello, my name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [ZIP].  I am concerned that the Republicans are trying to sneak repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate  into their tax legislation. Please speak out about this and do all you can to prevent them from sabotaging the ACA in this way.”

References:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/cotton-individual-mandate-obamacare-tax-cuts

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-01/trump-backs-repealing-obamacare-individual-mandate-in-tax-bill

Action 2: VOTE!

Enough said.

Action 3: Get out the vote!

There are opportunities to canvas voters this weekend in crucial races in:

-The 31st Legislative District  https://michellerylands.nationbuilder.com/get_involved

-The 45th Legislative District https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=iZrhDVIkrUmFxJ-0TsL6iQ62XQFGgklNlVoqZ2rKx4FUN0k0WjQxRjMyQzlJNExUMlhGMjc2TU5QTC4u

-And in the City of Burien https://pramila.cp.bsd.net/page/signup/burien-woa

Save the Courts, and Vote!

ACTION 1: Slow Down Appointment of Conservative Judges

One of the most dangerous legacies of the Trump administration could be the extreme conservative judges that they manage to appoint. In this coming week alone, votes are scheduled in the Senate to confirm 3 judges to lifetime circuit court appointments. The judicial nominees in question –  Joan Larsen, Allison Eid, and Stephanos Bibas – share anti-LGBT, anti-birth control, and anti-labor opinions. One nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, was appointed yesterday.

Call your Senators and ask them to slow down these appointments and make them as difficult as possible. Our Senators even have the power to block judicial nominees from WA by refusing blue slips!

Sen. Patty Murray: 202-224-2621/ 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell: 202-224-3441/ 206-220-6400

Script:

“My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP] to ask you to stop the confirmation of three ultra-conservative judicial appointments this week - Larsen, Eid, and Bibas.  These are lifetime appointments, and the nominees have all demonstrated extreme anti-LGBT, anti-women’s health, conservative behavior.  I am deeply opposed to the confirmation on these appointees.  I would like for [MOC] to do everything she can to delay these and future judicial nominations – including refusing blue slips when the nominee is from Washington State.”

Background:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mitch-mcconnell-judicial-nominations-trump_us_59f7b0c5e4b09b5c25689327

 

ACTION 2: Vote by Nov. 7!

Please fill out and return your ballot! One of our members has put together a 'cheat sheet' of local endorsements: https://docs.google.com/…/2PACX-1vRO94reYtVQnAMj1eg…/pubhtml
Then help remind others by joining our local #chalkthevote campaign: grab a piece of chalk and write “Vote,” “Vote today,” or “Vote by November 7” on the nearest sidewalk. Then post a picture to social media with the hashtag #chalkthevote!

Don't fall for the Trump Tax Scam


Official action for Tuesday, Oct. 31


Events

TODAY: Resist Trump Tuesday Rally - Trump’s War on Women
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Federal Building, Downtown Seattle

Featuring Elissa Goss, Political Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. As usual, we will enter the federal building immediately after the rally for a meeting with Senate staffers. Also as usual (from now through December), we will be gathering signatures for De-Escalate Washington's I-940 ballot initiative for better police training and accountability.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1949701538389971/

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TODAY-NOV. 7: Vote!!!


Please fill out and return your ballot! One of our members has put together a 'cheat sheet' of local endorsements: https://docs.google.com/…/2PACX-1vRO94reYtVQnAMj1eg…/pubhtml
Then help remind others by joining our local #chalkthevote campaign: grab a piece of chalk and write “Vote,” “Vote today,” or “Vote by November 7” on the nearest sidewalk. Then post a picture to social media with the hashtag #chalkthevote!


Action: Don’t fall for the Trump Tax Scam

Republicans will stop at nothing to cut taxes for the wealthy at the expense of the rest of America. First they tried to pass Trumpcare, and now they’re trying to pass the Trump Tax Scam. Like Trumpcare, the Trump Tax Scam would almost exclusively benefit the very wealthy, and like Trumpcare, it would slash Medicaid to do so. We must oppose it with the same persistence that we opposed Trumpcare!

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

Rep. Adam Smith: 425-793-5180
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: 206-674-0040
Sen. Patty Murray: 202-224-2621 / 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell: 202-224-3441 / 206-220-6400

Example script:
“Hello, my name is [name] from [city, zip], and I’m calling about the upcoming tax bill. This bill is a scam that will worsen both racial and class inequality. [name] must both oppose this bill and do everything in their power to slow it down, [for senators: including withholding consent].”

If you can:
We’ve been hearing back that personal stories were essential in winning the Trumpcare fight! As a part of your call, give your representatives a personal story about how the tax scam would impact you. (Consider: Medicaid cuts, the removal of state and local tax deductions, the end of the mortgage interest deduction.)

Background:
https://www.vox.com/…/16571046/paul-ryan-manafort-indictment
https://www.trumptaxscam.org/six-ways-the-trump-tax-scam-is…
https://www.indivisible.org/re…/trump-tax-scam-happens-next/


Good News

Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military has been blocked by a federal court!
https://www.nytimes.com/…/…/us/military-transgender-ban.html


Do you have an idea for a future daily action? If so, please e-mail us at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com.