Thank AG Ferguson for Suing to Protect Immigrants

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson joined a lawsuit this week along with AGs from 12 other states to put a stop to Trump's cruel revised public charge rule. This rule, which goes into effect in October, would deny green cards to immigrants if they are "likely" to use a wide array of public assistance programs. Here's what our Attorney General had to say about the rule change:

“It forces families into an impossible choice — to sacrifice their dream of becoming Americans in order to provide health care, food or a roof over their children’s heads, or let their families go without in order to remain in the country. This rule is un-American, anti-immigrant and unlawful.”

In his legal complaint, Ferguson explicitly cites the administration's failure to address the concerns expressed in the over 260,000 public comments left on the rule - so THANK YOU to everyone who left a comment on the proposed rule last year when we asked you to do so!

Let's thank Bob Ferguson today for standing up for Washington's immigrant community, and for continuing to be aggressive in fighting the Trump Administration. You can email him here:

https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/ContactForm.aspx

Background links:

https://crosscut.com/2019/08/un-american-anti-immigrant-and-unlawful-wa-sues-trump-administration-over-revised-public

https://www.vox.com/2019/8/12/20802613/trump-public-charge-immigration-rule-change-explained-marielena-hincapie

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Events:

Seattle Indivisible Meeting - WAISN Deportation Rapid Response Training

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington State Labor Council (321 16th Ave S)

This week's Seattle Indivisible meeting will feature an information session and training on the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network's Rapid Response Teams. Learn how you can help our local immigrant community deal with the climate of fear and respond to raids by ICE.

Phonebank Training w/ Puget Sound's Progressive Coalition

Sister District Puget Sound

Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)

Seattle, WA

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phonebank-training-w-puget-sounds-progressive-coalition-tickets-68287819707

"Join fellow activists at Code Blue WA, Wallingford Indivisible and Sister District Puget Sound as we learn the ins and outs of making calls to voters with Guest Trainer, Sister District's Organizing Manager and Obama 2008 Field Organizer, Neal Morgan. We make our biggest impact on a close election from afar by TALKING with our voters and collecting data that helps canvassers on the ground have the right conversations with the right voters.

"Our training will be followed by hands-on experience making calls in support of our two Virginia legislature candidates Debra Rodman and Josh Cole. This event will jumpstart phonebanking in and around Seattle for the final weeks of the campaign."

Protect journalists and activists with anti-swatting laws

On Wednesday morning, NYT bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo, who lives in Seattle, posted on Twitter that her home had been targeted for "swatting," while her seventeen-year-old child was home alone. Because of Oluo's quick thinking and preparation, her family was, thankfully, not harmed. But they could have been. Swatting is the practice of deceiving an emergency service (via such means as hoaxing an emergency services dispatcher) into sending a police and emergency service response team to another person's address. The practice has been described as a domestic terrorism threat, and could have resulted in harm to Oluo's family, including the possible death of her child.

Oluo had alerted the King County Sheriff's office of the risk of her being swatted several weeks ago, and the Sheriff's office called her before responding to the faked threat with potentially lethal force. It's not clear if the person or people behind Oluo's swatting will be caught, but it is in the interest of the community to ensure that this dangerous, criminal behavior is treated appropriately, and not as a childish prank.

Today's action: Call on your legislators at every level to protect the community from swatting

Today we want you to make a phone call to your Representative, and either email or call your city council members and the mayor.

Call your Representative

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

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

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I heard that Seattle author Ijeoma Oluo was swatted on Wednesday morning, and her son could have been killed. Congressman Engel introduced H.R. 156 - the Anti-Swatting Act of 2019 in March, which would strengthen penalties on the perpetrators, but it hasn't been taken up by the Judiciary Committee yet. Will {REPRESENTATIVE} take action to help protect our community from this kind of terrorist act?

Contact your Councilmembers and Mayor

Mayor Jenny Durkan: 206-684-4000 or jenny.durkan@seattle.gov

Citywide Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda: 206-684-8806 or teresa.mosqueda@seattle.gov

Citywide Councilmember Lorena González: 206-684-8802 or lorena.gonzalez@seattle.gov

Your district Councilmember can be found here: https://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council/find-your-district-and-councilmembers

Sample script (for email):

Hi, I read that Seattle author Ijeoma Oluo was targeted in a swatting incident on Wednesday morning. Thankfully, she had contacted the King County Sheriff about the possibility of this recently, and so her family was never put in harm's way by the perpetrator of this crime. I'm happy to see that Seattle has the country's first anti-swatting registry (https://www.seattle.gov/police/need-help/swatting), but I'd like to see the city really take the lead on this issue. Specifically, I would like to see Seattle's government help protect people at risk of being swatted, and stiffen penalties for those perpetrating these acts.

You can read more about Ijeoma Oluo's experience here: https://twitter.com/IjeomaOluo/status/1161628201329856512

Thank you for your time on this important matter.

Background

Why Isn’t White Supremacy in the National Counterterrorism Strategy?

According to senior officials in the administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tried for over a year to make domestic terrorism (e.g. white supremacy) a higher priority, but was continually rebuffed by the White House. Officials say that bringing up white supremacy as an issue to President Trump was always met with reluctance and pushback. As a result, the National Counterterrorism Strategy issued last fall contains only a brief throwaway mention of domestic terrorism, but no specific mention of white supremacy at all. A DHS source even said that the White House specifically refused to allow the report to say there would be any domestic terrorism strategy at all.

It is deeply troubling that someone so sympathetic to white supremacy is the President of the United States, and even more troubling that his sympathies appear to have prevented DHS from developing a strategy to protect American citizens. In light of the recent shootings which were white supremacy-driven, we need to know the details of this decision-making process, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Action: Investigate the National Counterterrorism Strategy’s blindspot

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

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

Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [PLACE] in light of the recent news that the Department of Homeland Security has failed to prioritize domestic terrorism as a threat due to pressures from President Trump. If this is true, then Trump’s sympathies for white supremacy, and the inability of DHS officials to stand up to him, have put our citizens in danger. I would like to see the House investigate this oversight and hold those responsible accountable, by impeachment if necessary.”

Background:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/07/politics/white-house-domestic-terrorism/index.html

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/08/trump-dhs-white-supremacy-domestic-terrorism-el-paso

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/456617-white-house-dismissed-homeland-security-push-to-focus-more-on

Protect Legal Immigrants' Rights to Access Healthcare and Benefits

Today's action is adapted from one written by our friends at 5 Calls: https://5calls.org/issue/legal-immigrants-public-benefits

The Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is implementing a new rule that takes effect on October 15 to punish immigrants and their US-citizen children for accessing a wide range of public benefits, including common tax deductions. When considering whether to provide applicants with immigration visas or legal permanent residency, DHS already penalizes immigrants who receive cash welfare payments. However, DHS is expanding this rule to penalize immigrants who use any form of public benefit, from health insurance subsidies to the earned income tax credit used by about one-fifth of taxpayers. The rule, which was crafted by the notoriously xenophobic Stephen Miller, also punishes immigrants whose US-citizen spouses or children use a public benefit. Under this new rule, immigrants will be disqualified from receiving a green card if they claim nearly any benefits or if DHS deems them likely to receive benefits in the future.

As is typical with the Trump administration, the reasoning for this rule is divorced from the facts. Rather than being a burden on the economy, immigrants pay billions in taxes, create new jobs and businesses, and use public benefits at the same rate as US-born people. Punishing immigrants for accessing basic government services will harm our communities and the economy and must not be tolerated.

Today's Action: Ask our members of Congress to protect immigrants' rights

We're asking you to make three phone calls today: one to your Representative and two to each of our Senators.

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

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

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

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

Sample script:

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I have heard that the Trump administration will prevent immigrants from obtaining green cards if their families use any public benefits. This rule change is cruel and I want to know what {ELECTED OFFICIAL} is planning to do to fight against it.

Background

New Trump rule targets poor and could cut legal immigration in half, advocates say: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-benefits-idUSKCN1V219N

Resist Trump Tuesday: Teens Speak Up

Our semi-monthly Resist Trump Tuesday rally is TODAY, Tuesday, August 13, outside the Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle.

Teens with Kids4Peace will run the show at this week's Resist Trump Tuesday. Kids4Peace is an Interfaith Youth Movement committed to equality and collaboration across differences in religion, culture and geography. They want to share the angst, anger, stress and passion they feel as they come of age in this divisive and scary environment. They will be talking about gun violence and immigration, from their perspective. Come listen, and hear directly from the future generation what they think and feel, and their call to action.

Following our 11:45AM rally, we will go inside and meet with Senators Murray's and Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30PM for a Q&A session. Join us. We need your voice!

The rally will be live-streamed, so you can watch it either with us or afterwords at Facebook.com/seattleindivisible

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar/2019/8/13/resist-trump-tuesday-teens-speak-up

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/521788571926872

Reminder:

Our regular Seattle Indivisible meeting will return next week, on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7:00 pm (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

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

Demand Senate Action on Gun Violence!

We called about this last week, but we have to keep the pressure on so please call again today!


In the wake of the past week's horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called on her Senate counterpart, Mitch McConnell, to call the Senate out of its August recess and take action on a gun violence bill that the Democratic-controlled House passed with bipartisan support almost six months ago.


Just before the vote on H.R. 8, which expands background checks to close gaps like the gun show loophole, Republicans (along with 26 Democrats) voted to add language that required reporting to ICE when undocumented immigrants attempt to purchase firearms—an attack on immigrants that won’t do anything to keep our communities safe.


Ninety percent of Americans support universal background checks on gun sales!


The Senate version of the Background Check Expansion Act or S. 24 is the companion legislation to H.R. 8, but without the anti-immigrant language. Tell our Senators we want to keep it that way!


Both of our Senators are cosponsors. We know they will vote yes. We need them to pressure McConnell for a vote AND keep the anti-immigrant language out of it.


Today's Action: Tell our Senators we want a vote on background checks and only background checks!


Call both Senators:

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

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

Sample script:

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP} to ask the Senator to demand that Mitch McConnell brings the Senate back from its August recess to debate and vote on S. 24, the companion to the background checks bill that passed the House earlier this year. Speaker Pelosi has called on McConnell to act on this issue, and I want to see the Senator do the same. Ninety percent of Americans support background checks on gun sales, and it's time that we finally close gun sales loopholes without the anti-immigrant language added to H.R 8.

Background:


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/house-bill-for-stronger-background-checks-on-guns-mitch-mcconnells-stalls-senate-vote/

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/456585-213-dem-lawmakers-call-on-mcconnell-to-bring-up-baackground-check-bills

ICE Raids: You can help – Know immigrants' rights to protect our community

Donald Trump has called for increased raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the wake of the inhumane and destructive raids in Mississippi last week that targeted and terrified vulnerable workers at a chicken processing plant. It may feel like we can't do anything to stop this traumatic assault on people in our community who have fled horrifying conditions in their home countries, people who are being further brutalized in our country, which has been a traditional asylum and bastion of freedom for refugees from around the world.

It may feel like we cannot do anything. Yet there IS a small action that we can all do.

DID YOU KNOW?

There are certain rights that every person in this country has, resident or alien, refugee or citizen. If an ICE raid happened in your presence, would you know what to do? By arming yourself with knowledge of immigrants' legal rights, you could save a life or protect a migrant from illegal actions by ICE and the Trump Administration.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Please go to the ACLU website for Immigrants' Rights, https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/immigrants-rights/. You'll see a list of potential situations on the left side of the webpage. On the right side are instructions and information on what to do in that situation.

For instance, information under " Law Enforcement asks about my immigration status" you can learn:

  • - How to reduce risk to yourself

  • - Your rights

  • - What to do in such an encounter

  • - Additional resources

Not a refugee yourself? By learning about the rights of refugees, you can help support an at-risk individual who is being targeted by law enforcement or immigration officials. Suppose you are driving a friend who is an immigrant in your car, and you are pulled over by law enforcement. Your friend may be terrified that they will be arrested or detained. By knowing their rights you can help protect your friend from illegal treatment.

We can do this. We do not have to stand idly by while forces of our government terrorize innocent people. By being ready we will be doing our part to hold the line against unfair targeting of immigrants and asylum seekers.

BONUS ACTION

For people looking to get more involved, the local org Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network is recruiting for rapid response and deportation defense teams, as well as collecting for its bond fund/. Go to https://www.waisn.org/volunteer-1 for more information!

Background:

"ICE Raids in Mississippi Leave Fear and Uncertainty in Their Wake" - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/08/us/ice-raids-mississippi-children-parents.html

"Immigrants Lock Doors, Rally Around Children of Detained" - https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/08/08/us/ap-us-immigration-food-plant-raids.html

"White House tells ICE to conduct dozens more workplace enforcement operations, source says"- https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/09/politics/white-house-expanding-ice-raids/index.html

DON'T FORGET

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

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

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. August 13, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

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

Comment on Comments: Save Transparency in National Forest Management

Trump has vast executive power as president, but that power is tempered by laws requiring federal agencies to consider public input and public impact when making decisions that affect people's lives. That is why we have asked you to submit public comments on proposed rule changes so many times before.

This time, we need you to comment in favor of public comments themselves. The U.S Forest Service is proposing broad limitations on environmental review and consideration of public comments in their decision-making process. More projects will be fast-tracked, and more "categorical exclusions" will be used to bypass full environmental studies. According to a New York Times editorial:

"The United States Forest Service’s most important job is balancing the many needs and uses of the 193 million acres of public land it manages. But the Trump administration is preparing to abandon the process that makes it possible, eliminating public participation from the overwhelming majority of decisions affecting our national forests. If the Forest Service has its way, visitors won’t know what’s coming until logging trucks show up at their favorite trailheads or a path for a gas pipeline is cleared below a scenic vista."

This move will fast-track Trump's ability to give federal land over to industrial interests, to the detriment of our health and environment. Please leave a public comment to oppose this rule change by clicking the following link and following the instructions:

https://actnow.io/SDHxzru


Background information:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/07/opinion/forest-service-trump.html

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/12/731713229/trump-administration-seeking-to-overhaul-forest-management-rules

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Next Resist Trump Tuesday Rally: TEENS SPEAK UP

Tuesday August 13th at 11:45AM, outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building

Teens with Kids4Peace will run the show at this week's Resist Trump Tuesday. They want to share the angst, anger, stress and passion they feel as they come of age in this divisive and scary environment. Come listen, and hear directly from the future generation what they think and feel, and their call to action.

Following our 11:45AM rally, we will go inside and meet with Senators Murray's and Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30PM for a Q&A session. Join us. We need your voice!

Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/521788571926872/

Demand Senate Action on Gun Violence

In the wake of the past week's horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called on her Senate counterpart, Mitch McConnell, to call the Senate out of its August recess and take action on a gun violence bill that the Democratic-controlled House passed with bipartisan support almost six months ago.

The House's legislation, Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, or H.R. 8 for short, would close loopholes that today allow anyone to buy a gun, regardless of their background, just so long as they buy the gun at a gun show, via the Internet, or from a private dealer. Ninety percent of Americans support universal background checks on gun sales, and the only thing that keeps H.R. 8 from passing the Senate is McConnell's unwillingness to bring it up for a vote.

Today's Action: Tell our Senators we want a vote on background checks

Call both Senators:

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

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

Sample script:

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP} to ask the Senator to demand that Mitch McConnell brings the Senate back from its August recess to debate and vote on H.R. 8, the bipartisan background checks bill that passed the House earlier this year. Speaker Pelosi has called on McConnell to act on this issue, and I want to see the Senator do the same. ninety percent of Americans support background checks on gun sales, and it's time that we finally close gun sales loopholes.

Background

Americans Want Assault Weapons Banned

In the wake of the most recent mass shootings, gun control is on our minds. We have called multiple times in the past week asking Congress to please act by reconvening and passing background check legislation. In addition to strengthening background checks, there is another action we need Congress to take in response to the epidemic of mass shootings: Renewing the assault weapons ban, which Republicans allowed to expire in 2004.

Twin bills have been introduced in the House and the Senate – H.R. 1296 and S. 66 – known as the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019.

Trump recently stated that he sees “no political appetite” to ban assault weapons, even though polls show that 2/3 of Americans support such a ban. Our legislators are likely on our side in this, but it is important to raise their call tallies as evidence – we want assault weapons banned now!

Action: Pass the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019

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

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

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

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

Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [PLACE] to ask you to do everything you can to pass the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. President Trump wrongly believes that there is no “political appetite” for an assault weapons ban. I am one of the majority of Americans who think it is past time to pass this and other common-sense gun reform bills.”

Background:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-lashes-out-at-beto-orourke-and-the-media-ahead-of-visits-to-el-paso-and-dayton/2019/08/07/b0aa8afc-b8fb-11e9-b3b4-2bb69e8c4e39_story.html

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/07/poll-most-voters-support-assault-weapons-ban-1452586

El Paso Vigil and Keep the Pressure on McConnell

Wednesday Event Morning

Vigilia en Solidaridad con #ElPasoFirme (Vigil in Solidarity with #ElPasoStrong)

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, Wednesday August 7

Casa Latina

317 17th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98144

Action

On Monday, we asked for you to take action on the twin national crises of White Nationalism and Gun Violence. There is no issue more important, AND there seems to be momentum, so we're going to repeat that action today.

After you stand in solidarity with El Paso, call our MOCs again about these clear dangers to our national security and public safety.

Two horrific mass shootings took place this weekend within 24 hours of each other: the first, a white-nationalist-inspired massacre at Walmart in El Paso, TX; the second, a gunman in an entertainment district in Dayton, OH.

These events did not happen in a vacuum. They reflect the ongoing crises of white-nationalist-terrorism and gun violence. Republican politicians have aided and abetted both crises. While Trump demagogues immigrants and calls for minority Congresswomen to "go back" to their supposed home countries, U.S. Senators like John Cornyn stoke fears among white Texans of being "replaced" by Hispanic immigrants. Then they block common-sense gun reforms.

Please call all of your Representatives today and ask for action and condemnation. Ask your Senators to call for an emergency session to pass a bipartisan background checks bill that has already passed the House.

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

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

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

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

Script (for House members):

My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY, ZIP]. In light of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, I am asking you to take immediate action to address the twin crises of white nationalist terrorism and easy access to guns. Please push for common-sense gun regulation and condemn Republicans like Trump and John Cornyn for stoking immigration fears that led to to the El Paso massacre.

Script (for Senators):

My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY, ZIP]. In light of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, I am asking you to take immediate action to address the twin crises of white nationalist terrorism and easy access to guns. Please call the Senate back into an emergency session to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.

Background

Events

Seattle says #NeverAgainIsNow

Thursday, August 8, 3:30 PM

1000 2nd Ave, Downtown Seattle

This Thursday afternoon,a group of Jews, immigrants and allies will take action at the regional ICE headquarters in downtown Seattle, to demand dignity, safety, and freedom at our borders and in our communities. White Christian nationalism is on the rise targeting people of color, immigrants, and Jews—and we will not be divided. In partnership with Jewish organizers and local front line communities, like La Resistencia and the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, we will grind the gears of the deportation machine, through speeches, song and optional, non-violent civil disobedience.

Organizers are requesting folks of all religious affiliations to join in this powerful action. Please join us this coming Thursday at 3:30 pm at 1000 2nd Ave in downtown Seattle, and invite others to stand in solidarity with immigrants and asylum seekers.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/754814674921317/

Last Day to Vote

Your Washington State primary ballots are due TODAY, August 6th by 8pm. If your ballot has been sitting on the table for a while, now is the time to go fill it in! There are important city and county-level races happening right now that you can have an impact on.

Although postage is free on your ballot, ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, August 6, to be counted. Just to ensure your ballot will not be disqualified due to a late postmark, we recommend taking your ballot to a drop box at this point. You can find a list of drop boxes at https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/ballot-drop-boxes.aspx

If you need help deciding who to vote for, we highly recommend the Fuse Progressive Voters Guide, which not only makes its own endorsements but aggregates other endorsements from newspapers, unions, NGO's and more:

https://progressivevotersguide.com/

Here are instructions for if you've lost or damaged your ballot. You can still vote! https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/replacing-a-ballot-or-envelope.aspx

Additionally, because of a new state law, we now have same day registration. If you still haven't registered to vote, you can go to one of the following staffed vote centers:

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

These vote centers are staffed with employees trained to help people who need ballot assistance due to disabilities cast a ballot. See this article in Crosscut for a more in depth look at the services available: https://crosscut.com/2019/08/last-minute-registration-voting-disability-and-more-you-need-know-tuesdays-election

If you have already returned your ballot, your suggested action for today is to remind your friends and family to get theirs in.

Seattle Indivisible Meeting

TODAY, Aug. 6, 7:00 p.m. – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

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

Resist Trump Tuesday Rally

Tues. Aug. 13, 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

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

White Nationalism and Gun Violence: Twin National Crises

Two horrific mass shootings have taken place this weekend within 24 hours of each other: the first, a white-nationalist-inspired massacre at Walmart in El Paso, TX; the second, a gunman in an entertainment district in Dayton, OH.

These events did not happen in a vacuum. They reflect the ongoing crises of white-nationalist-terrorism and gun violence. Republican politicians have aided and abetted both crises. While Trump demagogues immigrants and calls for minority congresswomen to "go back" to their supposed home countries, U.S senators like John Cornyn stoke fears among white Texans of being "replaced" by Hispanic immigrants. Then they block common-sense gun reforms.

Please call all of your representatives today and ask for action and condemnation. Ask your Senators to call for an emergency session to pass a bipartisan background checks bill that has already passed the House.


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

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

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

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

Script (for House members):

My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY, ZIP]. In light of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, I am asking you to take immediate action to address the twin crises of white nationalist terrorism and easy access to guns. Please push for common sense gun regulation and condemn Republicans like Trump and John Cornyn for stoking immigration fears that led to to the El Paso massacre."

Script (for Senators):

My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY, ZIP]. In light of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, I am asking you to take immediate action to address the twin crises of white nationalist terrorism and easy access to guns. Please call the Senate back into an emergency session to pass the Bipartisan Backround Checks Act of 2019.

Background:

On the El Paso Shooting: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/04/us/el-paso-shooting-updates.html

On the Dayton shooting: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/04/us/dayton-ohio-shooting.html

John Cornyn's white nationalist tweet: https://twitter.com/jewishaction/status/1158015632190976007?s=20

Senators pressure McConnell for an emergency session: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/democrats-pressure-mitch-mcconnell-cancel-senate-recess-gun-control-vote-n1039086

Vote by August 6th!

Official Daily Action for Sunday, August 4, 2019: Vote by Aug. 6!

Today's Action: Vote

Your Washington State primary ballots are due by this Tuesday, August 6th by 8pm.

They can be returned by mail with no postage required, or to the nearest drop-box. If your ballot has been sitting on the table for a while, now is the time to go fill it in! There are important city and county-level races happening right now that you can have an impact on.

If you need help deciding who to vote for, we highly recommend the Fuse Progressive Voters Guide, which not only makes its own endorsements but aggregates other endorsements from newspapers, unions, NGO's and more:

https://progressivevotersguide.com/

Here are instructions for if you've lost or damaged your ballot. You can still vote!

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

If you have already returned your ballot, your suggested action for today is to remind your friends and family to get theirs in.

Bonus Action: Read About Immigration Court Deconstruction

"How Trump Broke the Immigration Courts," Politico, Julia Preston and Andrew R. Calderon 7/16/2019

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/07/16/trump-ice-raids-immigration-courts-arent-ready-227359

The immigration courts are packed, scheduling hearings as far as 2023 because of an overloaded system burdened not only by volume due to current policies, but also due to previous policies by then A.G. Sessions to re-open suspended cold immigration cases and deny new non-decision cases to be suspended or delayed.

Events

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7:00 p.m. Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays): At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue.

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

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. Aug. 13, 11:45 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

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

Vote, Vote, Vote, and Comment Again

Make-up Action: Comment to Protect SNAP Benefits

Last weekend we asked you to leave a comment opposing the Trump administration's cuts to SNAP benefits. Many of you reported back to us that the federal register website was down for maintenance that day! It is back up now and we ask anyone who was unable to do so to previously, to leave a comment today.

Background and instructions: https://www.seattleindivisible.com/daily-actions/2019/7/26/protect-snap-benefits-for-low-income-families


Direct link to leave a comment: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FNS-2018-0037-0001

Today’s Action: Vote

Your Washington State primary ballots are due by this Tuesday, August 6th by 8pm. They can be returned by mail with no postage required, or to the nearest drop-box. If your ballot has been sitting on the table for a while, now is the time to go fill it in! There are important city and county-level races happening right now that you can have an impact on.

If you need help deciding who to vote for, we highly recommend the Fuse Progressive Voters Guide, which not only makes its own endorsements but aggregates other endorsements from newspapers, unions, NGO's and more:

https://progressivevotersguide.com/

Here are instructions for if you've lost or damaged your ballot. You can still vote! https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/replacing-a-ballot-or-envelope.aspx


If you have already returned your ballot, your suggested action for today is to remind your friends and family to get theirs in.

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Good News:

We hope these pieces of good local news will help lift your Trump-era spirits:

Washington State Democrats have elected Rep. Laurie Jinkins as the first woman to be speaker of the House of Representatives: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article233320787.html

Thanks in part to the efforts of a local Indivisible activist and mother, Seattle Public Schools is reforming its dress code to reduce body shaming and gendered double-standards: https://www.kuow.org/stories/no-body-shaming-allowed-in-seattle-public-schools-new-student-dress-code

Governor Inslee is instructing the Department of Licensing to include a nonbinary option for gender identification on licenses (pending a public comment period): https://medium.com/wagovernor/washington-takes-next-step-to-acknowledge-more-than-two-genders-on-id-cards-4abf6db5e4d1

No police partnerships on facial recognition in Seattle

This action is adapted from Fight for the Future: https://www.fightforthefuture.org/news/2019-07-31-fight-for-the-future-launches-new-campaign-calling/

On Wednesday, digital rights group Fight for the Future launched a nationwide campaign calling on mayors and elected city officials around the country to stop local law enforcement agencies from partnering with Amazon on an invasive domestic surveillance program powered by Amazon’s smart camera doorbell device — Ring.

The campaign comes on the heels of an alarming investigative piece by Motherboard (https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5wyjy/amazon-told-police-it-has-partnered-with-200-law-enforcement-agencies) that uncovered evidence that at least 200 law enforcement agencies across the country have entered into these private surveillance partnerships. The investigation illustrates how Amazon has supplied local law enforcement agencies with subsidized Ring devices and trainings on Amazon’s Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal surveillance software app — free of charge. These technologies — Ring and its app — and the software trainings amount to a seamless and user friendly dragnet for police departments.

Ring’s clear marketing approach is to sell the idea that these cameras make our neighborhoods safer, even though crime rates have fallen consistently since the early 1990s. Dramatically increasing the number of cameras in a city certainly doesn’t make that city safer for populations that are historically over-policed and surveilled. And, as we learned this week with the hack of credit card application data if over 100 million people from Capital One and stored on an Amazon server, the creation of one location for all the data of everyone in the country at all times only serves to put all of us at risk.

Today's Action: Tell our City Leaders to ban police partnerships on facial recognition

Today we're going to contact four city officials: Mayor Jenny Durkan, our at-large City Councilmembers, and our district City Councilmember.

Sample script:

Hi, I've heard that Amazon has partnered with over 200 police departments to help sell facial recognition doorbells across the country. Seattle should never be one of these cities. These technologies amount to a seamless and user-friendly dragnet for police departments, and the creation of one location for all the data of everyone in the country at all times only serves to put all of us at risk. I want to see the city ban these sorts of partnerships. Will you promise me that you'll fight to make this happen?

Bonus Actions

Vote Today!

The last day to vote in the 2019 primary elections is in just a few days: Tuesday, August 6. We will be voting on a wide range of candidates, for positions that include City Council, County Council, Port Commissioner, and School Board, as well as a few municipal and county initiatives. If you have not already voted, please take some time over the next few days to fill out your ballot and return it. Remember, postage for ballots is now FREE.

If you’re looking for more information on candidate choices from a progressive perspective, our friends at Fuse Washington have put together their Progressive Voters Guide for this election. You can find it at https://progressivevotersguide.com/

If you never received your ballot, or your ballot is damaged or lost, you can request a replacement at https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/replacing-a-ballot-or-envelope.aspx

Take our Membership Survey

Seattle Indivisible works closely with our Members of Congress, focusing on Congressional Districts 7 and 9. We'd love to be able to invite you to congressional district-specific events. Please take a quick survey to help us tailor your event invitations: https://forms.gle/eJHW4f22AALTvtkS7

Hold King County Accountable for ICE Complicity

FIRST: Take Our Membership Survey!

Seattle Indivisible works closely with our Members of Congress, focusing on Congressional Districts 7 and 9. We'd love to be able to invite you to congressional district-specific events. Please take a quick survey to help us tailor your event invitations: https://forms.gle/eJHW4f22AALTvtkS7

ACTION: Hold King County Accountable

With so much going on nationally it is easy to overlook immigration issues going on in our own backyard, but now is an opportunity to take notice and take action. In this past month, two departments in King County – the Sheriff’s Office and the King County Jail – shared unredacted case files with ICE. This happened despite the ordinance that was passed last year expressly forbidding King County officials from sharing information with ICE.

King County claims that these breaches were an oversight due to lack of training, and has already implemented some measures intended to address the issue. However, the fact that such gaps are left more than a year after the ordinance was passed shows that protecting immigrant communities has not been a priority for King County. Call your King County Councilmember, as well as King County Executive Dow Constantine, and tell them to get their priorities straight.

King County Executive Dow Constantine: 206-263-9600, kcexec@kingcounty.gov

King County Councilmember: https://www.kingcounty.gov/council/councilmembers/find_district.aspx

Script:

“Hi, my name is NAME and I’m calling from PLACE. I read that the King County Jail and the King County Sheriff’s Office both shared case files with ICE in the last month, despite the ordinance passed last year which makes those actions illegal. This oversight is not acceptable. It shows that King County has not prioritized the safety of its immigrant community. Please fix the gaps in training and any other oversights that contributed to these data breaches, and prioritize immigrant rights in the future by holding King County employees accountable for their actions.”

Background:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/auditor-king-county-allowed-ice-to-access-jail-inmates-information-violating-the-law/

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/community-demands-accountability-after-king-county-allowed-ice-agents-to-access-personal-data/969586451

Impeachment: Thank and Push our Members of Congress

Official Daily Action for Wednesday July 31, 2019

After Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony to Congress last week, we appear to be at a tipping point with respect to Congressional support for beginning impeachment inquiries. The entire Washington State Democratic House delegation - Adam Smith, Pramila Jayapal, and five others - has come out in favor. Yesterday they were joined by Senator Murray.

Today's action is to thank our Reps and Senator Murray, and to push Senator Cantwell to join them.

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

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

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

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

Script for Murray, Jayapal, and Smith:

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling today to thank [Rep/Senator] for [his/her] leadership on impeaching Donald Trump for his Obstruction of Justice regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election, and to ask [him/her] to keep pushing."

Script for Cantwell:

"Hello, I'm [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling today to ask Senator Cantwell to join Senator Murray and the entire Washington Democratic House Delegation in calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump for his Obstruction of Justice regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election. Can I count on Senator Cantwell to call for an impeachment inquiry?"

Background

Bonus Action

Take Our Membership Survey:

Seattle Indivisible works closely with our Members of Congress, focusing on Congressional Districts 7 and 9. We'd love to be able to invite you to congressional district-specific events. Please take a quick survey to help us tailor your event invitations: https://forms.gle/eJHW4f22AALTvtkS7

Event

Watch the Debates with Friends:

https://www.thestranger.com/things-to-do/2019/07/29/40900582/where-to-watch-the-second-2019-democratic-presidential-debates-in-seattle

Only one week left to vote.

The last day to vote in the 2019 primary elections is in one week, Tuesday, August 6. We will be voting on a wide range of candidates, for positions that include City Council, County Council, Port Commissioner, and School Board, as well as a few municipal and county initiatives. If you have not already voted, please take some time over the next few days to fill out your ballot and return it. Remember, postage for ballots is now FREE.

If you’re looking for more information on candidate choices from a progressive perspective, our friends at Fuse Washington have put together their Progressive Voters Guide for this election. You can find it at https://progressivevotersguide.com/.

If you never received your ballot, or your ballot is damaged or lost, you can request a replacement at https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/replacing-a-ballot-or-envelope.aspx.

Good News

This weekend, Representatives Kim Schrier, Denny Heck, Suzan DelBene, and Derek Kilmer joined their colleagues Pramila Jayapal, Adam Smith, and Rick Larsen in calling for an impeachment inquiry. Now EVERY Democrat in the Washington State Congressional Delegation has called for an impeachment inquiry, with only the three Republicans -- Jaime Herrera Beutler, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Dan Newhouse -- continuing to defend the crimes of the current occupant of the oval office. Additionally, even though impeachment starts in the House, Senator Patty Murray has also joined the call for an impeachment inquiry.

https://crosscut.com/2019/07/most-was-members-congress-now-support-impeachment-inquiry

Reminder

As this is the fifth Tuesday of the month, there is no Seattle Indivisible rally or meeting today.

Tell our MoCs to go to the border!

I want to break the fourth wall for this action and write to you from me.


I’m Alex Fayer. I’ve been with Seattle Indivisible since the beginning. I serve on SI’s board, write daily actions, help organize events, and I just returned from a trip to the border to report back. I traveled to El Paso then on to Juarez on the Mexico side with Palmira Figueroa and Moema Umman. We met with the organizers, lawyers, and organizations attempting to advocate for asylum seekers. We also went to three different shelters in Juarez to meet with the asylum seekers themselves.


We were invited to a meeting with Oregon Senator Ron Wyden at the ACLU offices in El Paso the day before he traveled to Juarez. The next day at a shelter in Juarez, Senator Wyden became concerned about a pregnant woman with health complications. He decided to try to take the woman, her husband, and their three year old son to a port of entry to make their asylum claim.

Before he identified himself as a Senator, the family was told “We’re full,” by a CBP officer refusing to let them make an asylum claim. Wyden then identified himself as a Senator, a supervisor was called, and the family was able to make their claim.


“I feel very confident that if the family had tried to present alone, they would not have been allowed in,” said Taylor Levy, an immigration attorney who took us to two of the shelters and was also Senator Wyden’s guide in Juarez.


Senator Wyden was not fully prepared for the harsh reality we all experienced.


“These policies that I’ve seen are not what America is about. And in fact, what we saw with respect to the woman who is here today is just a blatant violation of U.S. law,” Wyden said.


Where were our Senators? Ask them!


We were fortunate to have Moema, a brilliant filmmaker, with us so we could document everything which we will share, along with many actionable areas we identified, at a community forum we will be holding in a few weeks, but know right now that there is no silver bullet.

I wanted to write this as Alex instead of SI mainly to let you know this trip was emotionally difficult. I’m still processing what I saw, but what I witnessed is nothing short of catastrophic.

Our MoCs need to see it for themselves. They will be moved to act.


The US effectively has ended our asylum system at the southern border through The Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP). This is the policy that requires all asylum seekers to return to Mexico while they wait for an immigration court date. The policy is being used as a legal argument to deny asylum claims. For example, when someone finally gets to court it’s nearly impossible to prove an asylum case when the US government argues that asylum is not needed since the person applying has been able to survive months in Mexico. This policy has massive implications that simply have not been adequately reported on.

The US has returned over 10,000 asylum seekers just from El Paso to Juarez to await a court case they will almost certainly lose. Juarez only has room in the shelters for about 1000 people which was not nearly enough capacity to meet the needs prior to the MPP policy. Now, the challenge is almost unfathomable.

There are only five to ten attorneys willing and able to work with the people waiting in Mexico, which means less than one percent will have legal representation, and almost all will lose their cases.

Rep. Jayapal has been to the border and also helped a family get into the US, but we need her to go again. To the best of my knowledge, she is our only MoC that has already gone.

ACTION: Tell our MoCs to go to the border.


Contact your Representative

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

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

Contact both Senators

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

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

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME} and I’m calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I am calling to demand {MoC} go to the southern border over this recess. The conditions are so catastrophic they are nearly unbelievable. {MoC} needs to see it for themselves and take action to halt what is becoming a genocide.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message. Please keep an eye out for the community forum where we will present concrete actions you can take to help.

Alex Fayer

Background:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senator-intervenes-at-border-to-help-mexican-family-apply-for-asylum/2019/07/27/837a1832-b0c1-11e9-8e77-03b30bc29f64_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.aa64cc8f9caf