State Environmental Protections are Under Threat

The Trump Administration is using wildfires as an excuse to seize control of California’s water and bypass environmental protections. Last week, following Trump’s ignorant tweet about there not being enough water available to fight the wildfires, it was announced that NOAA will be taking over management of water in CA in areas affected by wildfires. This means that the Trump Administration has been given the authority to override California’s state water laws, including their protections for endangered species. 

Make no mistake – this is a move to prioritize large corporations over environmental health, and to punish a state with a Trump-resistant governor. If we let this slide, Washington could easily be next on the list. Let’s nip this overreach in the bud.

Action: Respect States' Environmental Rights

Remember to log your calls here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Sen. Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621, (206) 553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441, (206) 220-6400
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: (202) 225-3106, (206) 674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith: (202) 225-8901, (425) 793-5180
Gov. Jay Inslee: (360) 902-4111

Script:
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP]. Recently, the federal government was given the power to override state environmental regulations in California in areas affected by wildfires. This sets a frightening precedent for federal overreach. I am afraid that Washington’s environmental regulations could be next. Please speak out about this issue and do whatever you can to stop the Trump administration from ignoring states’ rights.”

Background:

Weekend Canvassing Opportunities

Take Back the House by Flipping Washington's 8th District: All of these weekend canvases are within 25 miles of Seattle


Saturday August 18
Federal Way
10:30-2:30
2018 Coordinated Campaign
32123 1st Ave S Ste A1
Federal Way, WA 98003
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/13204
Auburn

11:00-3:00
47th/31st Coordinated
1919 Auburn Way N
Auburn, WA 98002
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/13164
Issaquah

11:00-2:00
5th LD Office
1320 NW Mall St Ste E
Issaquah, WA 98027
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12194

Sunday August 19th
Federal Way
10:30-2:30
2018 Coordinated Campaign
32123 1st Ave S Ste A1
Federal Way, WA 98003
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/13214
Kent

11:00-3:00
Starbucks
13121 SE Kent Kangley Rd
Kent, WA 98030
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/13174
Federal Way

11:00-2:00
2018 Coordinated Campaign
32123 1st Ave S Ste A1
Federal Way, WA 98003
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12204

ROAD TRIP!

Flip the 5th - Spokane
Saturday August 18 and Sunday August 19, 11:00-2:00
Spokane County Democrats Office
1403 W 3rd Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12264
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12274

Flip the 3rd - Vancouver
Sunday August 19, 11:00-12:00
Clark County Democratic Office
10621 NE Coxley Dr Ste 101
Vancouver, WA 98662
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12234

There are local canvassing opportunities in Seattle as well. You can find those at https://www.wa-democrats.org/event/index


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

Protect the Supreme Court (again)


OFFICIAL ACTION for Wednesday, August 15

The date for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court has been set for September 4th. He is a terrible candidate, and will cause a hard-right turn on the Court for a generation. 

Our senators will probably vote the right way. We need to call them anyway. Large numbers of calls help them make the case to other senators who are on the fence. 

This is winnable. The Republican majority in the Senate is 51-49, and John McCain will most likely be unable to vote. That leaves 50-49, plus Pense's tie-breaker. We need to keep all the Democrats on the right side, and flip *1* Republican. Do you know someone with a wavering senator? Get them to call too!

ACTION 1: Call our Senators

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

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

Sample Script:
“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I’d like to call on Senator [name] to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Please push for the hearing to be postponed until all of his records can be examined. Please VOTE NO when his confirmation comes up, and do everything you can to convince your colleagues to do the same. 

[pick the items that resonate with you]

  1. Judge Kavenaugh has expressed the opinion that the President should be immune to prosecution. We need a Supreme Court that will hold the President accountable and preserve the rule of law.
  2. Brett Kavanaugh is one of 25 candidates hand-picked by the far-right Heritage Foundation to cement right-wing control of the Supreme Court.
  3. As a Judge, Kavanaugh has ruled that the NSA can spy on call records.
  4. As a Judge, Kavanaugh has ruled that the president can refuse to enforce Obamacare.
  5. As a Judge, Kavanaugh has ruled that a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant in Federal custody can be denied an abortion.
  6. Confirming Kavanaugh would cement an anti-voting-rights majority on the Supreme Court for a generation. He has made decisions against the interests of marginalized groups."

ACTION 2: Get your Friends in Swing States to Call Their Senators

Do you know a resident of Alaska, Maine, West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, Florida, or Arizona? Their Senators need to hear from them! Ask them to call their senators and ask them to VOTE NO on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Here's a script you can paste into a Facebook post, email or text message to your friends. 

[SCRIPT FOR YOUR FRIENDS IN SWING STATES]
“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I’d like to call on Senator [name] to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Please push for the hearing to be postponed untill all of his records can be examined. Please VOTE NO when his confirmation comes up, and do everything you can to convince your collegues to do the same.  

[pick the items that will convince your friend]

  1. Judge Kavenaugh has expressed the opinion that the President should be immune to prosecution. We need a Supreme Court that will hold the President accountable and preserve the rule of law.
  2. Brett Kavanaugh is one of 25 candidates hand-picked by the far-right Heritage Foundation to cement right-wing control of the Supreme Court.
  3. As a Judge, Kavanaugh has ruled that the NSA can spy on call records.
  4. As a Judge, Kavanaugh has ruled that the president can refuse to enforce Obamacare.
  5. As a Judge, Kavanaugh has ruled that a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant in Federal custody can be denied an abortion.
  6. Confirming Kavanaugh would cement an anti-voting-rights majority on the Supreme Court for a generation. He has made decisions against the interests of marginalized groups."

ACTION 3: Send Your Reproductive Rights Story to Patty Murray

Patty Murray is collecting stories about the impact of reproductive rights on the lives of Washingtonians. Do you have a story to tell about how abortion or birth control was important in your own life? Share your story at https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=share-your-story-about-roe-v-wade

ACTION 4: Share Your #DearSenator Story with Planned Parenthood

Planned parenthood is also collecting stories to put pressure on senators. Share yours at https://www.istandwithpp.org/dear-senators

Background

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UPCOMING EVENTS

TODAY 4-6pm
Fight for the Schools We Need - Rally for a Strong SEA Contract!

John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
2445 3rd Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98134
https://www.facebook.com/events/302893337160390/

WEEKEND CANVASSES

Take Back the House by Flipping Washington's 8th District
All of these weekend canvases are within 25 miles of Seattle

Saturday August 18

Federal Way
10:30-2:30
2018 Coordinated Campaign
32123 1st Ave S Ste A1
Federal Way, WA 98003
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/13204

Auburn
11:00-3:00
47th/31st Coordinated
1919 Auburn Way N
Auburn, WA 98002
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/13164

Issaquah
11:00-2:00
5th LD Office
1320 NW Mall St Ste E
Issaquah, WA 98027
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12194

Sunday August 19th

Federal Way
10:30-2:30
2018 Coordinated Campaign
32123 1st Ave S Ste A1
Federal Way, WA 98003
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/13214

Kent
11:00-3:00
Starbucks
13121 SE Kent Kangley Rd
Kent, WA 98030
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/13174

Federal Way
11:00-2:00
2018 Coordinated Campaign
32123 1st Ave S Ste A1
Federal Way, WA 98003
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12204


ROAD TRIP!

Flip the 5th - Spokane
Saturday August 18 and Sunday August 19, 11:00-2:00
Spokane County Democrats Office
1403 W 3rd Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12264
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12274

Flip the 3rd - Vancouver
Sunday August 19, 11:00-12:00
Clark County Democratic Office
10621 NE Coxley Dr Ste 101
Vancouver, WA 98662
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/12234

There are local canvassing opportunities in Seattle as well. You can find those at https://www.wa-democrats.org/event/index

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

Prevent Undercounting of Immigrants in the 2020 Census

Action: Call Mayor Durkan and Seattle Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda to support their fight against President Trump’s anti-immigrant assault on the 2020 Census.

Mayor Jenny Durkan
(206) 684-4000
jenny.durkan@seattle.gov
https://www.facebook.com/mayorjennydurkan
https://twitter.com/mayorjenny

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda
Co-Leader, Seattle Census Task Force
206-684-8806
Teresa.Mosqueda@seattle.gov
https://www.facebook.com/CMTMosqueda/
https://twitter.com/cmtmosqueda/

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is [NAME], and I live in Seattle. I’m calling to thank [Mayor Durkan / Councilmember Mosqueda] for taking a stand against the Trump Administration's call for a citizenship question added to the 2020 Census. Please continue fighting against this unfair, intimidating action. Thank you."

Background:

Data from the next U.S. Census, in 2020, will affect the number of Representatives each state has in Congress, plus spending on education, housing, health care, and economic policy.

The Trump Administration plans to include a new Census question asking respondents about their citizenship status. Critics argue that this is an intimidation tactic intended to prevent immigrants from participating in the Census.

In response the Mayor and Seattle City Council have:

1. Created a CENSUS TASK FORCE which will work with King County, regional partners, and community leaders to ensure a complete count in Seattle and across our region.

2. Joined a LAWSUIT opposing the proposed citizenship question. The suit was filed by a national coalition of state, county, and city officials.

3. Submitted a PUBLIC COMMENT to the U.S. Department of Commerce opposing the citizenship question.

Please call them to show your support.

Learn More:

“Why Was a Citizenship Question Put on the Census? ‘Bad Faith,’ a Judge Suggests”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/us/citizenship-question-census.html

“Seattle Preps for Census, Says Citizenship Question Could Intimidate Immigrants”

https://www.seattleglobalist.com/2018/08/09/seattle-preps-for-census-says-citizenship-question-could-intimidate-immigrants/76181

Be part of a Rapid Response Team to defend immigrant communities

To this day, OccupyNWDC holds nightly noise rallies at 9pm outside the NW Detention Center to show solidarity with folks being held in inhumane conditions. If you cannot make the trek to Tacoma, you can still do something. Regardless of your immigration status, knowing how to interact with ICE is vital, and it could save someone from being detained.

Action: Arm yourself with rapid-response information to combat ICE

This Wednesday, August 15th, Immigrant Solidarity Network is partnering with World Relief Seattle to host a Rapid Response training from 2pm-4pm at World Relief Seattle (841 Central Ave N, Ste C-106, Kent, Washington 98032) WA. In this training you will learn how to interact with ICE at home and work, how to document ICE activity, and how to become part of a rapid response team.

Event info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1917709151863007/

If you cannot attend the training, please take time to print out United We Dream’s Know Your Rights fliers, or to write down the hotline for reporting ICE activity (1-844-724-3737). You can also print out the ACLU’s overview of immigration rights within the border zone (reminder: Seattle is in a border zone). Keep this information on you at all times. This way, if you encounter ICE attempting to detain immigrants, you can do something - you can call the hotline. If you know someone who's an immigrant, you can make sure they know their rights and what to do in case of ICE contact.

Resources:

- https://unitedwedream.org/heretostay/know-your-power/

- https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/immigrants-rights-and-detention/your-rights-border-zone

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Upcoming Events

Rally for Public Lands with Senator Maria Cantwell

Monday, 10:45-11:45 a.m.: 7201 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle 98115

https://www.facebook.com/events/497522710694803/

Join us on Monday to show support for America’s most important conservation program, the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)! Despite enormous bipartisan popularity, LWCF will expire in 51 days if Congress does not save it. This incredibly successful program uses zero taxpayer dollars and protects places all over our state and our country so that we all have the opportunity to get outside.

Senator Maria Cantwell is hosting a rally in Green Lake Park to urge Congress to save LWCF, our country’s most critical tool for preserving public lands large and small. Come over to the playfields next to Green Lake Community Center.

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Resist Trump Tuesday

Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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Phone Bank Into Alaska to Pressure Sen. Murkowski's SCOTUS Vote

7-9 p.m.: Planned Parenthood, 2001 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA, 98122

https://www.facebook.com/events/276842793124202/

Seattle Indivisible is encouraging every member who can to volunteer to help with Planned Parenthood Votes' phone bank into Alaska! The goal is to call Alaska voters, patch them through to Senator Murkowski’s office, and have them leave a message asking her to block any SCOTUS nominee who doesn’t support Roe v Wade. Training and snacks will be provided!

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Weekly Meeting

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.: 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, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.

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Good News:

"Rally by White Nationalists Was Over Almost Before It Began" - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/12/us/politics/charlottesville-va-protest-unite-the-right.html

 

Keep Seattle Safe from White Supremacists

Official action for Sunday, August 12

One year after the violence of Charlottesville and the murder of Heather Heyer, hate groups across the nation are organizing to march again. Next weekend, Seattle will be visited by the hate group Patriot Prayer, a group fresh off of an armed march in Portland that ended with at least three people receiving medical treatment. As this potentially dangerous group approaches Seattle, we have two asks of the city:

1) That the site of the rally be made a no-gun zone.
2) That the police force not follow in the footsteps of the Portland police department, who broke up counter-protestors before turning their attention to the hate groups.

Emails:
Mayor Jenny Durkan: jenny.durkan@seattle.gov
Chris Swenson, Manager of Citywide Events: chris.swenson@seattle.gov
City Council: Find your councilmember at https://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council

Sample script:
“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip code]. I am concerned about the Patriot Prayer rally scheduled in Seattle for August 18. Given Patriot Prayer’s track record for violence, the city needs to take measures to protect the citizens of Seattle come Saturday. This includes making the rally a gun-free zone and focusing police resources on protecting citizens rather than breaking up counter-protestors.”

Background:
https://www.oregonlive.com/…/patriot_prayer_antifa_face_off…
https://www.nytimes.com/…/portland-protest-patriot-prayer-r…


Upcoming Events

Rally for Public Lands with Senator Maria Cantwell
Monday, 10:45-11:45 a.m.: 7201 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle 98115
https://www.facebook.com/events/497522710694803/

Join us on Monday to show support for America’s most important conservation program, the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)! Despite enormous bipartisan popularity, LWCF will expire in 51 days if Congress does not save it. This incredibly successful program uses zero taxpayer dollars and protects places all over our state and our country so that we all have the opportunity to get outside.

Senator Maria Cantwell is hosting a rally in Green Lake Park to urge Congress to save LWCF, our country’s most critical tool for preserving public lands large and small. Come over to the playfields next to Green Lake Community Center.

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Resist Trump Tuesday
Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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Phone Bank Into Alaska to Pressure Sen. Murkowski's SCOTUS Vote
7-9 p.m.: Planned Parenthood, 2001 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA, 98122
https://www.facebook.com/events/276842793124202/

Seattle Indivisible is encouraging every member who can to volunteer to help with Planned Parenthood Votes' phone bank into Alaska! The goal is to call Alaska voters, patch them through to Senator Murkowski’s office, and have them leave a message asking her to block any SCOTUS nominee who doesn’t support Roe v Wade. Training and snacks will be provided!

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Weekly Meeting
Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.: 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, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.


Good News

The merger that would have given far-right media giant Sinclair Media access to 73 percent of American households is dead. Tribune broadcasting is pulling out of the deal and suing Sinclair for breach of contract:
https://www.wired.com/s…/the-sinclairtribune-merger-is-dead/


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

Protect Reproductive Rights by Sharing Your Stories

Official Action for Saturday, August 11

With the Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the SCOTUS, we are facing what may be the greatest threat to reproductive freedom of this generation. As with the Affordable Care Act, victory is possible, but it will take a fight in the Senate. So Patty Murray is asking for your stories to help her show how devastating Kavanaugh’s appointment will be:

“Our stories and your voices are going to make the difference in stopping Judge Kavanaugh.
Do you have a story that shows why reproductive rights matter to you? Share it now and make your voice heard.”

Let’s continue our efforts to give Sen. Murray what she needs to fight this fight! Share your stories at
https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm…

Background:
https://slate.com/…/how-brett-kavanaugh-will-gut-roe-v-wade…


Upcoming Events

Doorknocking for I-1631
Today, 11 a.m.: 4347 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle 98105
https://act.yeson1631.org/event/field-events/2067/signup/

Washington’s carbon fee initiative is on the ballot, now it just has to win the election! Join the I-1631 team for their first doorknocking event. They’ll have a brief orientation and training, then head into Seattle neighborhoods to knock on doors and talk to voters about 1631!

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Rally for Public Lands with Senator Maria Cantwell
Monday, 10:45-11:45 a.m.: 7201 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle 98115
https://www.facebook.com/events/497522710694803/

 

Join us on Monday to show support for America’s most important conservation program, the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)! Despite enormous bipartisan popularity, LWCF will expire in 51 days if Congress does not save it. This incredibly successful program uses zero taxpayer dollars and protects places all over our state and our country so that we all have the opportunity to get outside.

Senator Maria Cantwell is hosting a rally in Green Lake Park to urge Congress to save LWCF, our country’s most critical tool for preserving public lands large and small. Come over to the playfields next to Green Lake Community Center.

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Resist Trump Tuesday
Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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Phone Bank Into Alaska to Pressure Sen. Murkowski's SCOTUS Vote
7-9 p.m.: Planned Parenthood, 2001 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA, 98122
https://www.facebook.com/events/276842793124202/

Seattle Indivisible is encouraging every member who can to volunteer to help with Planned Parenthood Votes' phone bank into Alaska! The goal is to call Alaska voters, patch them through to Senator Murkowski’s office, and have them leave a message asking her to block any SCOTUS nominee who doesn’t support Roe v Wade. Training and snacks will be provided!

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Weekly Meeting
Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.: 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, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.


Good News

On Tuesday, Missouri voters rejected the state’s anti-union “right to work” laws. This is the first successful referendum against such laws since 2011:
https://www.vox.com/…/missouri-election-proposition-a-right…


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

Our veterans deserve better than corruption and cronyism

We all know that the current administration is among the most corrupt in US history: Tom Price got caught engaging in insider trading, Scott Pruitt tried to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise, Steve Mnuchin flies on expensive military jets for personal trips, and David Shulkin took his wife on a tax payer-funded trip to Europe, just to name a few examples.

Not every Trump Administration official who has been accused or caught engaging in what would normally be career-ending scandals has been fired, but some have, including David Shulkin, former Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary. However, Shulkin alleged after his firing that he was actually removed because of his unwillingness to privatize parts of the VA.

Yesterday, the non-profit investigative reporting outfit, ProPublica, released a bombshell story about how the VA is actually being run by a shadowy cabal of Mar-a-Lago club members, the President's private Florida club.

Tim Walz, a Democratic Congressman and candidate for MN Governor, released this statement saying: "This situation reeks of corruption and cronyism...That is why I’m directing my staff to immediately open an investigation into the matter."

https://www.stripes.com/democrats-vets-groups-respond-to-report-of-mar-a-lago-crowd-secretly-influencing-va-1.541694

Today's Action: Ask our Members of Congress to demand investigations into VA corruption

Note: it's important for everyone to call their Members of Congress, but it is especially important for Rep Adam Smith's constituents in the 9th Congressional District to call about this action since he is the ranking member on the House Armed Services committee.

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I read a report about how the Department of Veterans Affairs is secretly being run by three members of the President's Mar-a-Lago club. Our veterans deserve better than corruption and cronyism, and I would like to see {MEMBER OF CONGRESS} call for investigations immediately.

Call both:

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

Call one:

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: (202) 225-3106, (206) 674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith: (202) 225-8901, (425) 793-5180

Events

The Seatac center property that the city of SeaTac has put up for sale and redevelopment  is occupied by over 50 immigrant/refugee owned businesses. Most of these businesses are small businesses run by somali muslim women. These businesses have been here since the early 1990's and have revitalized International blvd and made it into what it is today.

The SeaTac Center Community Coalition states that the community should have been given a voice in the redevelopment of the land before it was put up for sale. Displacement of the businesses will destroy the livelihoods of all the families that rely on the businesses and the subsequent development will result in gentrification of the surrounding immigrant community.

Two weeks ago the SCCC delivered over 900 signatures to the city council members demanding that the city council immediately halt the sale of the land and the city has agreed to meet with the coalition.

From the organizers

Developers from around King County will be touring our property to buy and demolish our businesses. As we all know, this is completely unacceptable! We have continuously shared our stories with the City and they still refuse to listen. We must join together to protest the plans they have to ruin our beautiful community. Let us join together to let them know that our community is not for sale, we are here to stay, and they will NOT displace us!

When: Friday, August 10th at 10:00AM

Where: 15425 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188

More: https://www.facebook.com/seataccommunitycoalition

Protect SCOTUS: Share Your Reproductive Rights Stories

Remember when we fought tooth and nail to keep the Affordable Care Act, and won? That victory was in large part because Democratic Senators were able to draw from an arsenal of personal stories that made it obvious how devastating repeal would be. Now we find ourselves in a similar fight – to keep Kavanaugh out of the Supreme Court seat. Yesterday, Sen. Patty Murray sent out the following tweet:

“Our stories and your voices are going to make the difference in stopping Judge Kavanaugh.

Do you have a story that shows why reproductive rights matter to you? Share it now and make your voice heard”.

So let’s give her what she needs to fight this fight!

Today's Action: Tell Sen. Murray your reproductive rights story

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

Share your story on this dedicated site: https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=share-your-story-about-roe-v-wade

Or call Sen. Murray’s office: (202) 224-2621, (206) 553-5545

If you don't have a story to tell, share this action to spread the word!

Script:
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP] in response to Sen. Murray’s tweet asking for personal stories about the importance of reproductive rights. [INSERT PERSONAL STORY]”

Background:
Sen Murray’s tweet: https://twitter.com/PattyMurray/status/1027285820560920576
On the threat Kavanaugh poses to reproductive rights: https://www.reproductiverights.org/press-room/center-for-reproductive-rights-statement-on-judge-brett-kavanaugh%E2%80%99s-nomination-to-us-supr

Tell the EPA: no on asbestos!

Did you hear that Trump's EPA has proposed a new rule that will allow for the approval for "new uses" of asbestos? It's true: under Scott Pruitt, the EPA began perverting an Obama era law to make it easier for industries to begin using asbestos in new, novel, toxic ways.

Asbestos is a carcinogen that kills roughly 15,000 Americans every single year, and the EPA wants to increase the number of ways that we'll have to deal with it in the future.

Check out Snopes for all of the details: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/is-epa-allowing-asbestos-products/

Today's Action: Tell the EPA don't poison us!

The EPA is accepting comments on the proposed rule change until Friday, August 10. Please visit the commenting page at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-0159-0001 and click on the "Comment Now!" button in the top right.

Sample Comment:

I am asking the EPA and Administrator Wheeler to protect the health of Americans by making the common sense decision to not make it possible for industry to use asbestos in new ways within the United States. An estimated 15,000 Americans die every year from asbestos exposure, and this rule change will undoubtedly kill many more.

Please protect the lives of Americans by not making this rule change.

Vote Now! Already Voted? Fight Trump's Auto Emissions Rules.

Action 1: Please VOTE IN THE PRIMARY. TODAY is the deadline!

All ballots must be returned to a ballot drop box by 8pm today, Tuesday, August 7, or must be postmarked by Tuesday to count.

Don't miss out. Be a voter. Make your vote count.

Bring your ballot to the nearest drop box by 8pm on Friday, or drop it in the mail (no postage required this year!) by the end of the day Monday.

Ballot Drop Box locations:

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/ballot-drop-boxes.aspx

Accessible Voting Centers:

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/accessible-voting-centers.aspx

US Post Office locations:

https://tools.usps.com/go/POLocatorAction.action

If you need a replacement ballot or envelope, you can get one at:

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/replacing-a-ballot-or-envelope.aspx

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Action 2: Oppose Trump's Automobile Emissions & Fuel Economy Rollback

Submit an online comment to oppose President Trump’s destructive new automobile emissions and fuel-efficiency rules.

Visit the official US government website at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283

To post your comment, click “Comment Now!”

Background

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President Trump has proposed new rules to freeze antipollution and fuel-efficiency standards for cars, reversing one of President Obama’s signature policies to combat global warming.

The plan would roll back a 2012 rule that required automakers to nearly double the fuel economy of passenger vehicles to an average of about 54 miles per gallon by 2025. It would also end requirements that automakers build cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars including hybrids and electric vehicles.

For more information, please read this New York Times article. (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/02/climate/trump-auto-emissions-california.html)

Your Voice Counts

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By law, the agencies making this rule must consider public comments. The final rule must include a justification in light of the comments the agency received. If opposition to the proposed rule is exceptionally large or strident, the agency may decide to make substantial modifications and restart the process.

Thank you for raising your voice to oppose this harmful new rule!

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Upcoming Events:

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Resist Trump Tuesday

Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

This week, we are proud to partner with the Downtown Peace Vigil and Veterans for Peace!

We will rally in front of the Federal Bldg. at the usual 11:45AM-12:30pm time then go inside to meet with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30PM.

Seattle Indivisible hosts Resist Trump Tuesday every week, and we have been rallying since Trump became president. We have informed speakers, live music and an opportunity every week to talk to your senators' staffers. Please join us--we need your voice!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2626711237555011/

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Voter Registration Training

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.: Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

https://www.facebook.com/events/284140205679190/

Anyone who would like to help but hasn't yet received voter registration training, or need a refresher--now is your chance! In a breakout section during our regular weekly 7-9PM meeting, we will be training volunteers on how to register voters.

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.

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Do you have an idea for a daily action? Please send us an email at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com

Thank Senator Patty Murray!

In March the Trump Administration publicly announced it was ending an Obama-era policy that presumed the release of pregnant women and youth from ICE custody. The Administration had secretly ended the policy last year and has since detained more than 500 pregnant women.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that in our country pregnant women are being detained, shackled, and denied the care they need to have a healthy pregnancy,” said Senator Murray. “The Trump Administration should immediately reverse course on this heartless and dangerous policy that puts the health of mothers and infants at risk. I’m proud to introduce legislation to make them do just that by reinstating the former policy that presumes the release of pregnant women and youth and setting new standards of medical care and transparency around how our government treats pregnant women and youths in detention.”

Senator Murray recently introduced the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act. This bill would end this practice.

Let our Senator know that this is the type of leadership we are looking for!

Remember to log your calls here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Sen. Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621, (206) 553-5545

Script

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP]. I wanted to thank Senator Murray for her leadership on the treatment of pregnant women in ICE custody. The torture of pregnant women in ICE custody cannot be allowed to continue. Thank the Senator for introducing the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act.”

Background

https://www.help.senate.gov/ranking/newsroom/press/murray-democrats-introduce-new-legislation-to-stop-trump-administration-from-detaining-and-shackling-pregnant-women

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/397536-dems-to-propose-legislation-to-prevent-ice-from-shackling-pregnant-women

Upcoming Events:

Resist Trump Tuesday

Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
This week, we are proud to partner with the Downtown Peace Vigil and Veterans for Peace!

We will rally in front of the Federal Bldg. at the usual 11:45AM-12:30pm time then go inside to meet with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30PM.

Seattle Indivisible hosts Resist Trump Tuesday every week, and we have been rallying since Trump became president. We have informed speakers, live music and an opportunity every week to talk to your senators' staffers. Please join us--we need your voice!
https://www.facebook.com/events/2626711237555011/

Voter Registration Training

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.: Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
https://www.facebook.com/events/284140205679190/

Anyone who would like to help but hasn't yet received voter registration training, or need a refresher--now is your chance! In a breakout section during our regular weekly 7-9PM meeting, we will be training volunteers on how to register voters.

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.

I voted. Did you?

Did you remember to vote? If not, you have only two days left. All ballots must be returned to a ballot drop box by 8pm on Tuesday, August 7, or must be postmarked by Tuesday to count.

Don't miss out. Be a voter. Make your vote count.

Action: Vote.

Bring your ballot to the nearest drop box by 8pm on Friday, or drop it in the mail (no postage required this year!) by the end of the day Monday.

Ballot Drop Box locations:
https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/ballot-drop-boxes.aspx

Accessible Voting Centers:
https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/accessible-voting-centers.aspx

US Post Office locations:
https://tools.usps.com/go/POLocatorAction.action

If you need a replacement ballot or envelope, you can get one at:
https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/replacing-a-ballot-or-envelope.aspx

Get out the vote:

Your help is needed at the following canvasses today:

Sunday 1pm
Maple Valley
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8379

Sunday 3pm
Maple Valley
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/10234

In Case You Missed It: Remember to comment against citizenship question on Census

We asked you last week to provide a comment in opposition to the proposed citizenship question on the Census. In case you missed it, here's what you need to do:

The administration wants to ask about citizenship on the 2020 Census. They know that this will result in undercounts of non-citizens residing in the US. They want to suppress these numbers. They know this will result in less representation in government and less funding for areas where non-citizens reside. Washington is one of these places - there are almost 600,000 people living in Washington who are not citizens, according to a 2017 Kaiser Family Foundation estimate. Let the Commerce Department know this is unacceptable.

Submit a comment in opposition to the citizenship question on the Census at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USBC-2018-0005-0001 before August 7.

You can write your own comments, or use this form to start your comments and adjust as desired:
http://cqrcengage.com/censuscounts2020/app/act-on-a-regulation?0&engagementId=484734

BACKGROUND: Former Obama Administration Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Vanita Gupta, on why this matters:
https://www.thenation.com/article/say-no-citizenship-question-2020-census/

Good News: I-1631 is officially going to the ballot!

It's official now: The signatures that you helped gather for I-1631, Clean Air & Clean Energy, have been certified, and this initiative will get a vote this November.
https://twitter.com/yeson1631/status/1025538990517022720

More information about I-1631 at yeson1631.org.

Upcoming Events:

Resist Trump Tuesday
Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

This week, we are proud to partner with the Downtown Peace Vigil and Veterans for Peace!

We will rally in front of the Federal Bldg. at the usual 11:45AM-12:30pm time then go inside to meet with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30PM.

Seattle Indivisible hosts Resist Trump Tuesday every week, and we have been rallying since Trump became president. We have informed speakers, live music and an opportunity every week to talk to your senators' staffers. Please join us--we need your voice!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2626711237555011/

Voter Registration Training

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.: Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

https://www.facebook.com/events/284140205679190/

Anyone who would like to help but hasn't yet received voter registration training, or need a refresher--now is your chance! In a breakout section during our regular weekly 7-9PM meeting, we will be training volunteers on how to register voters.

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.

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Do you have an idea for a daily action? Please send us an email at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com

Protect Obama’s Fuel Efficiency Standards

Official Action for Saturday, August 4

Today is a great chance to join your fellow activists and set the stage for 2018’s Blue wave! Find out more about canvassing and other upcoming opportunities at the end of this message. We hope to see you there!

Yesterday the Trump administration announced a plan to freeze an Obama-era regulation on vehicle fuel efficiency. What’s worse, the party of “states’ rights” also revoked a waiver from 1970 that empowered California and other states to set their own emissions regulations.

Comment on the regulation, and let Trump’s Transportation Department know that the people oppose this regulation:
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283

Talking points:
- Vehicles are now tied with electricity for America’s greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Within this category (which also includes planes and ships), cars and trucks account for the majority of the emissions: https://www.epa.gov/ghgem…/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions…
- Trump should honor the precedent of allowing California and other states to set stricter emission standards.
- Despite the Trump Administration’s claim, there is no reason to believe that fuel efficiency standards increase deadly accidents: https://www.nytimes.com/…/02/climate/trump-fuel-economy.html

Background:
https://www.nytimes.com/…/trump-auto-emissions-california.h…
https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/90c818ac-9125-11e8-8322-b5…


Upcoming Events

2018 Midterm Canvassing
TODAY: Greater Seattle Area
https://www.wa-democrats.org/event/index

To block the GOP’s agenda and Trump’s hand-picked Supreme Court, Democrats need to take both the House and the Senate in the 2018 midterms. You can help them by going door to door to get out the vote in one of several neighborhoods in the greater Seattle area. Visit https://www.wa-democrats.org/event/index to find an event near you!

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Resist Trump Tuesday
Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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Voter Registration Training
Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.: Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
https://www.facebook.com/events/284140205679190/

Anyone who would like to help but hasn't yet received voter registration training, or need a refresher--now is your chance! In a breakout section during our regular weekly 7-9PM meeting, we will be training volunteers on how to register voters.

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.


Good News

A week ago, we asked you to email King County Council members about a proposal that would direct $185 million in taxes to Safeco Field renovations. Thanks to public outcry, Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles has withdrawn her co-sponsorship and introduced an amendment to spend most of the money on affordable housing instead.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Djd-vvmUwAApaPd.jpg


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

Train to Register Voters with Seattle Indivisible

**REMINDER: Ballots are due back in the Washington State primaries by August 7! Check your voter registration status today at https://iwillvote.com/

As the Oct. 8th voter registration deadline approaches, Seattle Indivisible volunteers continue registering new voters in the 8th District (yes, it's flippable if everyone votes).

Anyone who would like to help but hasn't yet received voter registration training, or need a refresher--now is your chance! In a breakout section during our regular weekly 7-9PM meeting, we will be training volunteers on how to register voters:

Voter Registration Training
Tuesday, August 7
7:00pm to 9pm
Washington State Labor Council
321 16th Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98144

So that we have enough training supplies and a reasonable training room size, If you are planning to attend, please click "going" on the following Facebook event. Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/events/284140205679190/

Once you attend a training you will be added to the volunteer roster for our voter registration activities!

If you are unable to attend, as your daily action please consider either signing up for a shift or lending some monetary support (no matter how big or small!) to these amazing organizations that are registering and getting voters to the polls via text:

https://www.textthevote.com/

https://www.openprogress.com/

If you have already been trained in registering voters and would like to be added to the list, or if you'd like to get more involved in organizing, please reply to daily-action@seattleindivisible.com with your contact information.

Now let's register some voters and take back the House!

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GOOD NEWS: Councilmember Kohl-Welles has withdrawn her support for additional public funding for Safeco Field in favor of funding affordable housing (our ask from Saturday’s daily action!). https://twitter.com/ericacbarnett/status/1024426805615185920?s=20

Investigate ICE’s Role in the Death of a Child

As the horror of Trump’s zero tolerance policy wears on, there have been reports that a migrant child with a respiratory condition died shortly after being released from ICE custody, possibly due to neglect while being detained. The details are not yet known, but it is crucial that this death be thoroughly investigated.

The past week has brought two reassuring court decisions aimed at curtailing ICE’s atrocious treatment of immigrant families. On Friday, a federal judge ruled that an independent monitor must be appointed to each detention center on the Texas-Mexico border that is holding children. On Monday, a judge ruled that detention centers must stop administering psychotropic drugs to children without their parents’ consent, and further ruled that all children must be released or transferred away from the particular detention center that was found guilty of such abhorrent behavior.  

If we keep making noise about this, things will keep getting better – so call your representatives and demand an investigation into ICE’s treatment of the migrant child who died shortly after being released from custody.

Action: Investigate ICE’s Role in the Death of a Child

Remember to log your calls here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

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

Script:
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP]. I am disturbed by ICE’s detainment and treatment of children, and saddened by the recent news that a child died shortly after being released from ICE custody. Please continue to speak out about this issue and do everything you can to get a thorough investigation into this and other reports of mistreatment and abuse in ICE detention centers.” 

Background:
*https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/migrant-child-reportedly-dies-after-release-from-ice-family-detention-facility/2018/08/01/6a9515ea-95a8-11e8-a679-b09212fb69c2_story.html
*https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/07/31/trump-administration-must-seek-consent-before-giving-drugs-to-migrant-children-judge-rules/
*https://www.npr.org/2018/07/27/633179418/judge-to-appoint-special-monitor-to-oversee-detention-facilities

Fund Election Security Grants to States

It is encouraging that the Vice President and Secretary of Homeland Security are admitting that election hacking took place in 2016, and setting up a task force to look into it. However, their task force doesn't add any funding for securing our election infrastructure, and Trump's election security meeting earlier this week was less than an hour long. This does not appear to be a serious effort to take action.

It is still encouraging, because it means that the Trump Adminsitration is feeling the political pressure to do something about election hacking. We need to use that to get real funding for real action. The real action is at the state level, where the election infrastructure is actually maintained and secured. Senator Leahy (D-VT) is pushing for an appropriations amendment that will give grants to states to help them secure their elections. Let's help get that passed. 

ACTION: Ask our Members of Congress to help the states protect us from further election hacking. 

1) Ask our Senators to join Senator Leahy in calling for a floor vote on his appropriations amendment to fund Election Security Grants to states, so that they can secure their elections infrastructure. 

2) Ask your Representative (Smith or Jayapal) to make a similar proposal in the House. 

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

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

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

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

SCRIPT for Murray and Cantwell:

Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling because I am very concerned that Russia will try to hack this year's election, like they did in 2016. I would like [Senator] to join Senator Leahy in pushing for a floor vote to fund grants to states to help them secure their election equipment. Can I count on her to do that?

SCRIPT for Jayapal or Smith:

Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling because I am very concerned that Russia will try to hack this year's election, like they did in 2016. Senator Leahy is pushing an appropriations amendment that would fund grants to states to help them secure their election equipment. I would like [Representative] to introduce similar funding in the house. Can I count on her/him to do that?

BACKGROUND:

UPCOMING EVENTS: August 4 & 5

Help take back the House by canvassing in Washington's 8th district. All of these weekend events are within 25 miles of Seattle.

Saturday 10am - Sammamish

https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8359

Saturday 12pm - Issaquah

https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8369

Saturday 2pm - Issaquah/Snoqualmie Ridge

https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/10204

Sunday 1pm - Maple Valley

https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8379

Sunday 3pm - Maple Valley

https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/10234

Support the Immediate Impact Fund

GOAL: Regain Democratic control of the House.

Action Options:

Swing Left’s Immediate Impact Fund is accepting donations at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sl-impact-fund.

- Please help spread the word. Share this link with friends on social media. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sl-impact-fund

- Please consider making a donation if your circumstances permit.

Strategy:

Swing Left is a progressive organization that helps voters in solidly Democratic districts find and donate to Democratic candidates where Midterm contests will be tight. You can read about Swing Left in The New Yorker ( https://www.newyorker.com/culture/jia-tolentino/swing-left-and-the-post-election-surge-of-progressive-activism ) or visit their website ( https://swingleft.org/ ).

Swing Left’s Immediate Impact Fund targets about a dozen House races where the race is tight, the Democratic challenger is currently behind, and your donation will go the furthest.

Your support is essential to:

- Drive progressive environmental, health care, immigration, and tax policy.

- Fight President Trump’s challenges to the rule of law, and support our shared values.

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Upcoming Events

Resist Trump Tuesday:

Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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Weekly Meeting:

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.: Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/?event_time_id=1657913644287883

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.

Do Not Let Trump Legalize 3-D Guns!

Cody Wilson has been fighting to publish the blueprints of firearms for 3-D printers since 2013. Back in 2013, Wilson’s company actually did publish designs of various firearms for 3-D printers online, but the State Department forced his company to take them down. Wilson sued and after a years-long legal battle, Wilson reached a settlement with Trump’s State Department.

Shocking! (Not Really… They always just do the worst thing possible every single time!)

This coming Wednesday, his company plans to post designs of various firearms for 3-D printers online for anyone to use. Among these weapons is an AR-15, a weapon commonly known to be used in mass shootings.

Parkland was not that long ago! It's time to stop assault weapons in this country! Not add a limitless AND untraceable supply!

Senator Bill Nelson said he plans to introduce legislation to make this illegal.

Let our MoCs know this is a priority!

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

Script

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s decision to allow 3-D printed guns. Unlimited and untraceable guns would be catastrophic. Senator Nelson is expected to introduce legislation to ban 3-D Gun printing files. Please support that legislation and do everything you can to prevent 3-D printed guns from becoming legal.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: (202) 225-3106, (206) 674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith: (202) 225-8901, (425) 793-5180

Script

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s decision to allow 3-D printed guns. Unlimited and untraceable guns would be catastrophic. There is an attempt to prevent this in the Senate. Please put forward companion legislation in the House and do everything you can to prevent 3-D printed guns from becoming legal.”

Background:

https://www.seattletimes.com/…/lawmakers-try-to-stop-the-s…/
https://abcnews.go.com/…/state-department-defends-al…/story…

Events:

Resist Trump Tuesday This Week

Tuesday, July 31 11:45am, 915 Second Ave, Seattle

This Tuesday we will rally with Seattle Workers for Social Justice to hear Latino construction workers expose the abuse and unsafe working conditions they are forced to endure on job sites as development soars in N. Seattle. Mistreating immigrants isn’t just a federal issue. Come learn what’s going on right here in our backyard, and how you can help.

We will rally in front of the Federal Bldg. at the usual 11:45AM-12:30pm time then go inside to meet with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30PM.

Seattle Indivisible hosts Resist Trump Tuesday every week, and we have been rallying since Trump became president. We have informed speakers, live music and an opportunity every week to talk to your senators' staffers. Please join us--we need your voice!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2475368785810226/

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/…/31/resist-trump-tuesday

Weekly Meeting This Tuesday

ALL are invited to join us as neighbors and concerned citizens to fight back against unjust political policies based on exclusion, inequality, hate, lies, and fear.

We oppose the Trump/GOP agenda and we support policies that promote inclusion, fairness, truth, and respect for all.

Our goal is to unite ALL Americans regardless of party affiliation behind principles that transcend party politics. And we are committed to holding ALL elected officials accountable for failing to uphold justice for all.

We are Indivisible.

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/

No Citizenship Question on Census!

The administration wants to ask about citizenship on the 2020 Census. They know that this will result in undercounts of non-citizens residing in the US, and want to suppress these numbers, resulting in less representation in government and less funding for areas where non-citizens live. Let the Commerce Department know this is unacceptable.

Action: Comment against citizenship question on Census

Submit a comment in opposition to the citizenship question on the Census at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USBC-2018-0005-0001 before August 7.

You can write your own comments (preferred), or use this form to start your comments and adjust as desired:

http://cqrcengage.com/censuscounts2020/app/act-on-a-regulation?0&engagementId=484734

Background:

Former Obama Administration Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Vanita Gupta, on why this matters:

https://www.thenation.com/article/say-no-citizenship-question-2020-census/

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Flip the 8th Canvasses TODAY

There's still time to help with these canvasses TODAY:

Sunday 11am Issaquah https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8644
Sunday 1pm Issaquah Highlands https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8044
Sunday 3pm Issaquah area https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/10224

Next Weekend

August 4 & 5:

Saturday 10am Sammamish - https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8359
Saturday 12pm Issaquah - https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8369
Saturday 2pm Issaquah/Snoqualmie Ridge - https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/10204
Sunday 1pm Maple Valley - https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8379

Resist Trump Tuesday This Week

Tuesday, July 31 11:45am, 915 Second Ave, Seattle

This Tuesday we will rally with Seattle Workers for Social Justice to hear Latino construction workers expose the abuse and unsafe working conditions they are forced to endure on job sites as development soars in N. Seattle. Mistreating immigrants isn’t just a federal issue. Come learn what’s going on right here in our backyard, and how you can help.

We will rally in front of the Federal Bldg. at the usual 11:45AM-12:30pm time then go inside to meet with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30PM.

Seattle Indivisible hosts Resist Trump Tuesday every week, and we have been rallying since Trump became president. We have informed speakers, live music and an opportunity every week to talk to your senators' staffers. Please join us--we need your voice!

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar/2018/7/31/resist-trump-tuesday

Weekly Meeting This Tuesday

ALL are invited to join us as neighbors and concerned citizens to fight back against unjust political policies based on exclusion, inequality, hate, lies, and fear.

We oppose the Trump/GOP agenda and we support policies that promote inclusion, fairness, truth, and respect for all.

Our goal is to unite ALL Americans regardless of party affiliation behind principles that transcend party politics. And we are committed to holding ALL elected officials accountable for failing to uphold justice for all.

We are Indivisible.

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/

Fund affordable housing before ballpark improvements

Official Action for Saturday, July 28

Today is a great day to go canvassing and get out the vote for 2018’s blue wave! Find out more about canvassing and other upcoming opportunities at the end of this message. We hope to see you there!

King County has been in an affordable housing crisis for several years now, and with the repeal of the head tax, sources of funding to combat this problem are becoming hard to come by. The county’s Hotel-Motel Tax promises to raise $185 million in the next two decades, but County Executive Dow Constantine wants to use the money to fund improvements to Safeco Field. In fact, King County Council has just announced that they will have a special session on Monday at 10 a.m. to vote on the measure.

Tell King County Council to delay the vote until the public has had a chance to weigh in on how this money should be spent. Seattle Transit Riders’ Union has provided the below link, which makes it easy to email the council members and provides you with an example script:
https://actionnetwork.org/…/tell-county-officials-affordab…/

Extra credit:
Sit in on the session to vote on ballpark spending
Monday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: King County Courthouse Council Chambers
https://www.facebook.com/events/216138869236866/

Background:
https://www.thestranger.com/…/king-countys-180-million-prop…


Upcoming Events

2018 Midterm Canvassing
TODAY: Greater Seattle Area
https://www.wa-democrats.org/event/index

To block the GOP’s agenda and Trump’s hand-picked Supreme Court, Democrats need to take both the House and the Senate in the 2018 midterms. You can help them by going door to door to get out the vote in one of several neighborhoods in the greater Seattle area. Visit https://www.wa-democrats.org/event/index to find an event near you!

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Resist Trump Tuesday
Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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Weekly Meeting
Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.: Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/?event_time_id=1657913644287883

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.


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