No Really, Impeach Brett Kavanaugh

(Content Warning: Sexual Assault)

On Tuesday, we asked you to call our elected officials to demand Brett Kavanaugh's impeachment from the Supreme Court for his lack of fitness for a lifetime appointment to the highest court based on the credible allegations of sexual assault and sexual harrassment made against him. Real momentum started to build around our efforts, and then it fell apart.

Due to a combination of a poorly contextualized correction from the New York Times and Senate Democrats' utter fecklessness, the calls for renewed investigations and impeachment hearings for Brett Kavanugh were (hopefully only temporarily) derailed.

Here's why: the New York Times stated, without qualification, that the woman whose story is at the core of the new allegations against Kavanaugh didn't remember the alleged events. What the Times's correction did not mention was later teased out in a 'Reader Questions' article on the Times website:

"DAO: The essay included a previously unreported claim that friends pushed Mr. Kavanaugh’s penis into the hand of a female Yale student during a dorm party with drunken classmates. During the authors’ investigation, they learned that a classmate, Max Stier, witnessed the event and later reported it to senators and to the F.B.I. The authors corroborated his story with two government officials, who said they found it credible. Based on that corroboration, we felt mentioning the claim as one part of a broader essay was warranted."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/16/reader-center/brett-kavanaugh-accusation-yale.html

Today's Action: Demand Kavanaugh's Impeachment

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

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

"Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am from [CITY/STATE]. I'm calling Representative/Senator [NAME] to urge them to publicly support impeachment proceedings against Justice Brett Kavanaugh immediately. While Kavanaugh should never have been confirmed, recently corroborated allegations against Kavanaugh further demonstrate that he is unfit to serve on the Supreme Court."

Background

Event Today: Climate Strike

9-12pm Climate Justice Fest @ Cal Anderson Park

12-1pm March from Cal Anderson to City Hall

1-3pm Youth-led rally for climate justice @ City Hall

On Sept. 20, millions around the world are joining student climate strikers in the streets -- demanding climate justice and an end to the age of fossil fuels.

Seattle's #ClimateStrike is a full day of youth-led action, including a peaceful march and powerful rally at City Hall. Before the march, we’ll gather at Cal Anderson Park for Climate Justice Fest: an interactive, family-friendly space for everyone to learn, skill-up, play and plug in to the movement.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/seattle-climate-walkout/

Event Saturday, 9/21 Protest Laura Ingraham and the Freedom Foundation

Bellevue Hyatt

5:30 PM

The extreme anti-union Freedom Foundation continues to push the boundaries into the fringes. They've invited white supremacist and Fox News talking head Laura Ingraham as the keynote for their annual dark-money fundraiser.

The Bellevue Hyatt has received hundreds of emails asking them to cancel Ingraham's appearance, but has taken no action. So come out to protest and tell the Freedom Foundation and the Hyatt Regency Bellevue that hate has no place in Washington State.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/706486849800476/

Event link: http://mlklabor.org/featured/protest-laura-ingraham-and-the-freedom-foundation/

Two Actions to Protect Our Elections

Our elections are not secure – the technology we use is out of date, systems are underfunded, and time is running out for us to do anything about it. According to Senator Wyden (D-OR) we have until the end of October to pass legislation that will have a meaningful impact by the 2020 national election. That’s why the House passed a spending bill containing $600 million for election security efforts. As of Tuesday, Republicans removed this allocation from the Senate version of the spending bill. Part of their argument is that states still have not used all of the $380 million that was allocated to them last year for election security. The states were given until 2023 to use all of that money.

So today we have a two-pronged action: Call our senators and tell them to fight for election security funding, and email Governor Inslee to encourage him to implement necessary election security measures in our state.

ACTION 1: Fund Election Security

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’m calling from [PLACE]. I’d like to urge [Senator] to fight to keep $600 million for election security funding in the Senate spending bill. Time is running out for us to make an impact on election security by the 2020 national election – so please do everything you can to ensure that states get the funding they need to protect our democracy.”

Background:

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/461844-democrats-press-for-action-on-election-security

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/18/politics/election-security-mcconnell-activists/index.html

ACTION 2: One-Click Email to Governor Inslee, and Share with Out-of-State Friends!

The link below allows you to email Governor Inslee with only one click, to ask what improvements Washington has made to election security and encourage him to take steps to ensure that every vote has a paper record, every machine-counted result can be double-checked, and every precint’s machines are up to date and secure: https://secureourvote.us/state/

For extra credit: Share this link with friends and family in other states to increase our reach - it will allow them to send an email to there governors with one click!

EVENT TOMORROW, 9/20: Climate Strike

9-12pm Climate Justice Fest @ Cal Anderson Park

12-1pm March from Cal Anderson to City Hall

1-3pm Youth-led rally for climate justice @ City Hall

On Sept. 20, millions around the world are joining student climate strikers in the streets -- demanding climate justice and an end to the age of fossil fuels.

Seattle's #ClimateStrike is a full day of youth-led action, including a peaceful march and powerful rally at City Hall. Before the march, we’ll gather at Cal Anderson Park for Climate Justice Fest: an interactive, family-friendly space for everyone to learn, skill-up, play and plug in to the movement.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/seattle-climate-walkout/

EVENT SATURDAY, 9/21: Protest Lauren Ingraham and the Freedom Foundation

Bellevue Hyatt

5:30 PM

The extreme anti-union Freedom Foundation continues to push the boundaries into the fringes. They've invited white supremacist and Fox News talking head Laura Ingraham as the keynote for their annual dark-money fundraiser.

The Bellevue Hyatt has received hundreds of emails asking them to cancel Ingraham's appearance, but has taken no action. So come out to protest and tell the Freedom Foundation and the Hyatt Regency Bellevue that hate has no place in Washington State.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/706486849800476/

Event link: http://mlklabor.org/featured/protest-laura-ingraham-and-the-freedom-foundation/

Attend Migration and Climate Events

Official Daily Action for Wednesday September 18, 2019

Today's action is a bit of a change from our usual phone calls. We have two important and exciting events in town this week: Tonight "Migration an Act of Courage" brings first person accounts from the border, and Friday Seattle will participate in the global Climate Strike. Let's get out to them! And let's make sure that our students in Seattle can come out to the youth-led Climate Strike on Friday.

EVENT TONIGHT: Migration an Act of Courage

Sept 18, 6PM
First Church Seattle, 180 Denny Way, Seattle

Join a community gathering of families, allies, organizers, and activists to celebrate our common humanity, and find out about the realities at the border, the intersections with our local work, the defense needed around raids, and how to be an accomplice to folks on the ground nationally, and locally.

https://www.facebook.com/events/959450551075563/

EVENT FRIDAY: Climate Strike

  • 9-12pm Climate Justice Fest @ Cal Anderson Park

  • 12-1pm March from Cal Anderson to City Hall

  • 1-3pm Youth-led rally for climate justice @ City Hall

On Sept. 20, millions around the world are joining student climate strikers in the streets -- demanding climate justice and an end to the age of fossil fuels.

Seattle's #ClimateStrike is a full day of youth-led action, including a peaceful march and powerful rally at City Hall. Before the march, we’ll gather at Cal Anderson Park for Climate Justice Fest: an interactive, family-friendly space for everyone to learn, skill-up, play and plug in to the movement.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/seattle-climate-walkout/

ACTION: Ask the Seattle School Board to excuse students from school on Friday for the Climate Strike

email the Seattle School Board: schoolboard@seattleschools.org

Contact the Superintendent: https://seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=1422296

Sample Script:

I'm a Seattle resident, and I support the youth-led climate movement. Students in Seattle Puplic Schools shouldn't have to worry about being disciplined in order to stand up for their futures and the environment.

Please follow the lead of New York and other school districts, and make attending the Climate Strike, with parental permission, an excused absence.

Background:

Impeach Brett Kavanaugh

NOTE: Our regular Tuesday meeting is cancelled for today. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 1 at 7pm. In the meantime, please try to attend some of the events below.

Today's action comes directly from Invisible National, our national umbrella organization keeping an eye on the big picture.

Per Indivisible National:

Demand your member of Congress call for Brett Kavanaugh’s impeachment

In October 2018, Brett Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States was hustled through the U.S. Senate in one of the most corrupt confirmation processes in history. Despite numerous credible sexual assault and harassment allegations made against him, by Christine Blasey Ford and other women, Kavanaugh was confirmed hastily and without a full investigation. This was appalling, abhorrent, and unacceptable -- and still is.

Recently, new reporting has corroborated accounts of some of the worst allegations against Kavanaugh, who should never have been confirmed in the first place. Make no mistake: Brett Kavanaugh is unfit to serve on our nation’s highest court. Period. And this new evidence is an important moment for us to make sure our elected officials know that it’s not too late to take action.

Call your member of Congress (MoC) and urge them to publicly call for Kavanaugh’s impeachment.

Congress has the power to impeach not only the president, but a Supreme Court Justice. Time to use it.

Action: Demand Brett Kavanaugh's impeachment

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 (per Indivisible National):

"Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am from [CITY/STATE]. I'm calling Representative/Senator [NAME] to urge them to publicly support impeachment proceedings against Justice Brett Kavanaugh immediately. While Kavanaugh should never have been confirmed, recently corroborated allegations against Kavanaugh further demonstrate that he is unfit to serve on the Supreme Court."

Reference:

https://act.indivisible.org/call/brett-kavanaugh-impeachment/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/14/sunday-review/brett-kavanaugh-deborah-ramirez-yale.html

Events

Wednesday, September 18: Migration, An Act of Courage

6pm-8pm
First United Methodist Church
180 Denny Way

Join a community gathering of families, allies, organizers, and activists to celebrate our common humanity, find out about the realities at the border, the intersections with our local work, the defense needed around raids, and how to be an accomplice to folks on the ground nationally, and locally.

We will celebrate the resilience and strength of immigrants and refugees with first hand accounts from our border, Mississippi, and our local leaders; while we experience art and music. Our fight is done with joy and uplifting the culture and humanity that unites us!

Experience:

A Cultural Celebration & Community Gathering (family friendly with activities for children)

Learn:

  • Firsthand accounts from the US/Mexico border and Mississippi.

  • Washington State risks, realities, and resources from WAISN Leadership

  • Specific Calls to Action that will make a real difference!

https://www.facebook.com/events/959450551075563

Friday, September 20: Climate Strike

Per 350 Seattle:

The September 20th #ClimateStrike and the following Week of Action are shaping up to be the world’s largest climate mobilization — ever.

Millions of people around the world will be walking off their jobs, from their schools, and from their daily lives—demanding climate justice and an end to the age of fossil fuels.

9-12pm Climate Justice Fest @ Cal Anderson Park

12-1pm March from Cal Anderson to City Hall (detailed route info coming soon)

1-3pm Youth-led rally for climate justice @ City Hall

https://350seattle.org/walkout/

Friday, September 20: Don't Give Hate a Platform

5:30pm - 7pm
Outside Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA

Washington-based right wing thing tank Freedom Foundation has invited Laura Ingraham to speak this Friday at their annual fundraiser at the Hyatt Bellevue. We asked the Hyatt to cancel this event, but they refused. Join MLK Labor Council and Washington State Labor Council to protest the Freedom Foundation and their white nationalist headline speaker.

https://www.thestand.org/2019/08/protest-ingraham-anti-union-group-on-sept-21-at-bellevue-hyatt/

Sunday, October 13: United We Stand for Gun Safety

2pm - 4pm
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
1511 E Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98122

STAND UP FOR GUN SAFETY!

  • Hear from Charleston and Parkland Survivor Activists

  • Special Showing of documentary "Emanuel"

  • Private pre-event student forum with Tyah-Amoy Roberts

  • Book Signing of "A Time Such as This" by Rev. Sharon Risher.

See below for whole program. Share widely and bring friends who have had ENOUGH and are ready to ACT!

Welcome: Rabbi Avi Fine, Temple De Hirsch Sinai

Speakers:

Rev. Sharon Risher, National gun safety activist and author, survivor of Emanuel Nine, Charlotte, SC.
Tyah-Amoy Roberts, MFOL Board, USOW Ambassador, Team Enough Exec Council, Parkland, FL.
WA State Senator David Frockt, Noted Legislator on Gun Safety

Special Screening of The Documentary “Emanuel”: An inspiring testament to the transformative power of forgiveness that highlights the urgent need for deeper racial reconciliation and justice.

UNITED WE STAND IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

https://www.facebook.com/events/237463373834603

We NEED you to know this!

Last week the Supreme Court of the United States sentenced thousands of people, perhaps tens of thousands, to untold suffering and death.


This was not covered adequately in the news, so here is a quick re
cap.

On July 16, AG Barr issued a rule designed specifically to limit who would be eligible for asylum here in the US. The rule states that if you pass through another country on your way to the US, you are ineligible for asylum here unless you have requested and been denied asylum from a third country. To be clear, this rule change would make almost all people seeking asylum at our southern border ineligible.

The Immigration and Nationality Act states that anyone “who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States” may apply for asylum regardless of status or whether they entered through a designated port of entry.

Because Barr’s rule ran afoul of federal law and rested on assertions with no basis in reality, US District Judge Jon S. Tigar, issued a preliminary injunction and blocked the rule on July 24 on a temporary basis pending litigation.

Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court stayed the preliminary injunction prior to the original court case even being heard! This is extraordinarily rare. This allows nationwide enforcement of this cruel policy.

“To put it a different way, while figuring out if it is legal to categorically deny asylum protection to persecuted people, the Supreme Court, rather than err on the side of protecting them, has decided to put hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in an objectively dangerous situation where they will die. People are going to die. They will die. They will die. They will die.”

Allegra Love - Executive Director of Santa Fe Dreamers Project


Since our government no longer ensures the legal right to asylum, that shifts the responsibility to ordinary people like us. Whether or not there is a legal right to asylum, we have a moral duty to not repeat mistakes from our very recent past, like what happened during WW II, when the U.S. turned away ships full of Jews fleeing the Holocaust.

ACTION: Join us Wednesday for information and specific calls to action!

Migration

An act of Courage

6pm-8pm

First United Methodist Church

180 Denny Way

https://www.facebook.com/events/959450551075563

BTW: Allegra Love from Santa Fe will be joining us!

Background:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/16/2019-15246/asylum-eligibility-and-procedural-modifications

https://www.uscis.gov/legal-resources/immigration-and-nationality-act

Learn More about MIGRATION An Act of Courage, on 9/18/19

Remember when we announced we had sent representatives to the border to find out the TRUTH about the impact of the new "Remain in Mexico" policy? We were part of a Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) team that went to both sides of the border, visited three shelters in Juarez, and met with asylum seekers, Sen. Wyden, and 25 NGOs working on the ground - the team even interviewed a Mexican Immigration Officer.

The WAISN team is reporting back on Wednesday, September 18th (this week!) and we hope you all are there and help spread the word.

To prepare, read more about the event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/959450551075563

And help spread the word!

Share the event on social media, tell friends and family, share with your church and/or social groups.

If you can attend, here are the details:

September 18x 2019 6 p.m.

First Church Seattle

180 Denny Way

Seattle, WA

We hope to see you there!

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Events:

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING this Tuesday, September 17th is CANCELLED due to scheduling conflicts - we will continue you on our usual first and third Tuesday meetings in October, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Washington State Labor Council. See you there!

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. September 24th, 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.

Seattle for a Green New Deal

Good news - the Seattle City Council passed its own version of a Green New Deal resolution last month, promising to make the city "free of climate pollutants" by 2030! The resolution is nonbinding, but let's ask them to start turning their promise into action by passing the next step: a Green New Deal Oversight Committee to oversee an equitable transition.

Today we are passing along this action from the local climate group 350Seattle (350Seattle.org). Even though it is the weekend you can still leave voicemails for your city council members. Please call and email! Here's 350Seattle:

After passing a Green New Deal for Seattle resolution last month, the Seattle City Council has an opportunity to follow up their words with actions. Can you please call these four key swing votes and ask them to vote YES on ALL of the climate legislation before them this month?

District 1 Council Member Herbold: 206-684-8803

District 4 Council Member Pacheco: 206-684-8808

District 7 Council Member Bagshaw: 206-684-8801

Citywide Council Member Gonzalez: 206-684-8802

Suggested Call Script:

“Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am calling to ask that Council Member [NAME] support the Green New Deal Oversight Committee ordinance that will be voted on this Monday. Creating a Green New Deal Oversight Committee, made up of representatives of communities most impacted by economic and environmental injustice in our city, is a vital step toward realizing a just and equitable Green New Deal for our city. Please pass the strongest possible version of the Green New Deal Oversight Committee ordinance..”

Once you have made your calls, can you also please send an email to the Council Members as well?

District 1 Council Member Herbold: lisa.herbold@seattle.gov

District 4 Council Member Pacheco: abel.pacheco@seattle.gov

District 7 Council Member Bagshaw: sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov

Citywide Council Member Gonzalez: lorena.gonzalez@seattle.gov

Background links:

https://seattlegnd.org/

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/13082019/seattle-city-green-new-deal-heating-oil-tax-free-public-transit-congestion-pricing-resolution

https://350seattle.org/gndcouncilcalls/

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Event:

Movement Voter Project Kick-Off Party

Wednesday, Sept 25, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Washington Hall - Seattle


RSVP Early! Space is limited: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/washingtonians-for-mvp-kick-off-party-tickets-67378108737

Donations from $5 to $5,000

Movement Voter Project (MVP) raises money to support vetted grassroots organizations in swing states. Movement Voter Project (MVP) raises money to support vetted grassroots organizations in swing states. These are organizations that exist today and will exist after elections, making them a great short-term AND long-term investment. From immigrant rights groups in Arizona to student groups in Michigan to reinstating voting rights in Florida, MVP builds infrastructure in critical states with national implications. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/big5battleground

Four Demands for the U.S. Military Budget

Today we need you to amplify our four demands for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This might sound really boring, but hear us out. This is our best shot to stop or reduce harm in some key areas of our government. The NDAA funds the military and the Department of Defense, which means this is one bill Mitch McConnell can't simply ignore. And, as chair of the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith is the lead negotiator seeking to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the NDAA.

Thanks in large part to Adam Smith's leadership, the House version of the NDAA contains a number of progressive provisions: from prohibiting diversion of funds to a border wall and reversing the military transgender ban, to stopping arm sales to the Saudis who have been using U.S. munitions to bomb hospitals, schools and other civilian targets in Yemen.

Congressman Smith met with us in person in August and on Wednesday we sent him a follow-up letter, outlining Seattle Indivisible's NDAA priorities that we want him to stand firm on as he negotiates with the Senate. Our four priorities are:

  1. No use of funds for a border wall.

  2. No U.S. involvement in Yemen hostilities or related assistance to Saudi Arabia/UAE.

  3. Overturn the military transgender ban.

  4. Repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Today's Action: Ask Congressman Smith to stand firm on our progressive priorities

If you live in Pramila Jayapal's district, please call her and ask her to talk with Congressman Smith.

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

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I live in {CITY, ZIP}. I'm calling to ask the Congresswoman to speak with Representative Adam Smith about ensuring the National Defense Authorization Act meets our progressive priorities: no border wall, no arms sales to Saudia Arabia, overturn the transgender ban, and repeal the 2001 AUMF.

If you live in Adam Smith's district:

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

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I live in {CITY, ZIP}. I'm calling to ask the Congressman to stand strong on National Defense Authorization Act negotiations, and ensure the final bill contains four progressive priorities: no border wall, no arms sales to Saudia Arabia, overturn the transgender ban, and repeal the 2001 AUMF.

Background

If you are a member of our Facebook group, you can learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SeattleIndivisible/permalink/892975647742107/

Lawmakers aim to twist Trump’s arm on Yemen — and check his cozy ties to Saudi Arabia: https://www.vox.com/2019/9/10/20849004/trump-yemen-war-saudi-arabia-mbs-ndaa

Why Didn’t Cantwell Sign?

On August 27, a group of Democratic and Independent Senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan in protest of the Trump administrations heartless, illegal, and counterproductive “Remain in Mexico” policy. This policy ignores international human rights conventions by forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico, where they are often under threat of violence, to await resolution of their asylum cases. Since migrants often do not have shelter, resources, or access to legal aid with which to make their asylum case, this effectively shuts down the asylum system.

Senator Patty Murray signed on to this letter, but Senator Cantwell did not. Let’s call them both – thank Sen. Murray for being proactive, and ask Sen. Cantwell why she isn’t doing more.

ACTION: Thank Murray for Speaking Out, Ask Cantwell to Do More

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

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

Script for Sen. Murray:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [PLACE] to thank Sen. Murray for joining other Senators in sending a letter to the Secretary of State formally protesting the inhumane “Remain in Mexico” policy. Thousands of asylum seekers are being put in danger because of this policy, and I was glad to see my Senator’s name in protest of it. Please continue to do everything you can to prevent human rights abuses, including defunding hate by voting against any extra funding for ICE or CBP.”

Script for Sen. Cantwell:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [PLACE] to express my disappointment with Sen. Cantwell. Sen. Murray and a dozen other senators recently sent a letter to the Secretary of State to formally protest the inhumane “Remain in Mexico” policy, but Sen. Cantwell did not sign on. Why not? Thousands of asylum seekers are being put in danger because of this policy, and I would like to see Sen. Cantwell proactively fighting this injustice. Please do more to fight the Trump administration’s hate-fueled policies, including voting against any extra funding for ICE or CBP in the future.”

Background:

Article about the policy and the Senators’ letter: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/459194-democrats-call-for-end-to-remain-in-mexico-asylum-policy

The Senators’ letter itself: https://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/08-27-19%20DEms%20letter%20to%20State%20&%20DHS%20re%20Remain%20in%20Mexico%20policy.pdf

The Texas Civil Rights Project discusses a particular case of LGBT asylum seekers being sent back into danger under the Remain in Mexico policy: https://secure.everyaction.com/-4O_3SsDjk-a7juCZ_6TCg2

Reign In Trump's War Powers in the Next Military Funding Bill

Today we mark 18 years since the horrific September 11th attacks, and mourn those who were lost. We also remember that in the fear-filled period following the attacks, Congress nearly unanimously passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), written so broadly as to permit the President to go to war anywhere at any time without authorization.

We have an opportunity for Congress to reclaim this responsibility. Negotiations are currently taking place between the House and the Senate to reconcile the National Defense Authorization Act, which allocates military funding and must be passed every year. There is a chance we can get a repeal of the AUMF into this must-pass bill, and rein in the war powers of both Trump and future presidents.

Please ask your representatives to make sure this repeal gets into the final bill - espeically if you live in Adam Smith's district, as he serves on the Armed Services Committee!

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'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. Please make sure that a repeal of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force is included in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act. 18 years after the September 11th attacks, a majority of Americans now support its repeal. It is time for Congress to take back their constitutional power to declare war.

Background:

More About the Ongoing NDAA Negotiations: https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2019/09/09/defense-lawmakers-set-aggressive-schedule-for-ndaa/

A Majority of Americans Now Support AUMF Repeal: https://twitter.com/SeanMcElwee/status/1171477764760670211

Indivisible's Resource Sheet for the AUMF: https://indivisible.org/resource/no-one-should-have-blank-check-war-especially-not-donald-trump

Say No to Laura Ingraham in Bellevue

A preacher of hate is coming to our backyard. On September 21, a libertarian-conservative think-tank called the 'Freedom Foundation' will host Laura Ingraham as the key-note speaker for their annual fundraiser in Bellevue. Ingraham is a white nationalist Fox News host who, among other horrific rhetoric, has been pushing the "white replacement theory" that led to the most recent mass shooting in El Paso, TX. She has also promoted on her show a white supremacist that wore a t-shirt celebrating the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter.

We cannot let this dangerous ideology go unopposed in our backyard, and we can't allow the Freedom Foundation to profit off of Ingraham and use the funds to continue to attack workers' rights. Please use the link below to email the Hyatt Regency Bellevue's manager and ask them to cancel Laura Ingraham's appearance at their hotel:

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/hyatt-regency-bellevue-cancel-laura-ingrahams-appearance

To send an even stronger message you can call the hotel directly to register your complaint: (425) 462-1234

And finally, there is a counter-protest during her appearance scheduled for Saturday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. outside the hotel (900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue): https://www.facebook.com/events/706486849800476/

Background:

https://nwaccountabilityproject.com/front-page/hyatt-regency-bellevue-dont-give-hate-a-platform-cancel-laura-ingrahams-appearance/

https://www.mediamatters.org/tucker-carlson/how-fox-news-pushed-white-supremacist-great-replacement-theory

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fox-news-defends-laura-ingraham_n_5cf16813e4b0a1997b6a014e

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TODAY: Come join Seattle Indivisible at our #DefundHate rally!

Seattle Indivisible hosts Resist Trump Tuesday informative rallies with live music at the Seattle Federal Building on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, immediately followed by meetings with Senate staff on the 2nd Tuesday and with House member staff on the 4th Tuesday. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend—please join us, we need your voice!

https://www.facebook.com/events/412822006022427/

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FRIDAY, September 20th: Climate Strike

Join the worldwide, youth-led Climate Justice Strike, starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 20th in Cal Anderson Park, followed by a day of programming. Click here for more information: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/us-climate-strikes?referrer=group-moveon&source=moveon

Defund Hate Week Of Action Starts Now!

Today is a coordinated national call-in day so even if you’ve called before, please help us get the call numbers up and call again today!


The appropriations process is our best chance to act to stop Trump’s deportation machine. If you would like to see an end to Trump's racist immigration policies — like separating, caging, and tear-gassing families — make a call today and tell your Member of Congress (MoC) to cut funding for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), by getting rid of the slush fund that will allow ICE to continue terrorizing immigrant communities.


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


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

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

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

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

SCRIPT (Courtesy of Indivisible National):


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

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

Will you commit to work to Defund Hate?


TODAY:
Border to Border with Love to #DefundHate

Factoria Mall

4055 Factoria Square Mall SE, Bellevue

10:00am-10:30am


As part of Indivisible's Week of Action to #DefundHate, a banner will be relayed from the U.S./Canadian border down to its destination at the U.S./Mexican border, stopping at various points to gather signatures from members of Indivisible and partner groups.

https://www.facebook.com/events/699561470515802/

Tuesday:
Come join Seattle Indivisible at our #DefundHate rally!

The Federal Building

915 2nd Ave

11:45am-1:30pm


Seattle Indivisible hosts Resist Trump Tuesday informative rallies with live music at the Seattle Federal Building on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, immediately followed by meetings with senate staff on the 2nd Tuesday and with House member staff on the 4th Tuesday. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend—please join us, we need your voice!

https://www.facebook.com/events/412822006022427/

Stand Up for Climate Change with the Climate Action Now Act

In July 2017 President Trump announced plans to formally withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement in 2020. The U.S. dropping out of the agreement would be an irresponsible and deplorable action in the face of so many extreme natural disasters in recent years, including runaway wildfires and unprecedentedly destructive hurricane storms.

We’ve called about this before, but the House has passed H.R.9, the Climate Action Now Act. This bill would require the U.S. to remain in the Paris Accord and to develop a plan for achieving the agreement’s standards for carbon emissions.

Since the 2018 elections when Democrats retook control, the House of Representatives has done amazing work with legislation to reverse the many injustices done under Republican control of Congress and the White House. Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked this bill, and others, from even reaching the Senate floor for a vote. McConnell has stubbornly refused to bring House-passed legislation up for consideration by the full Senate.

In spite of McConnell’s actions, our calls are still critical in conveying the importance of this legislation to our senators. Senators Murray and Cantwell, armed with the numbers of constituents who express support for the legislation, can go to their Senate colleagues and put pressure on McConnell to bring legislation to a Senate vote.

Today we’re asking you to leave a message for our senators in support of H.R.9, the Climate Action Now plan. It’s the weekend, but we can still leave voicemail that will be picked up and recorded by senators’ staff on Monday.

ACTION: Tell your MOCs that the U.S. must stay in the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

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

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

SCRIPT:

“Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY]. I read that H.R.9, the Climate Action Now Act, has been passed by the House to retain our commitment to protecting our planet from disastrous climate change effects. Please urge your Senate colleagues to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring this to a vote in the Senate. Thank you."

Background:

H.R.9 – Climate Action Now Act, https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr9

"House Passes First Climate Bill in a Decade," https://www.nrdc.org/experts/nrdc/house-passes-first-climate-bill-decade

“Democrats tout Paris Agreement bill as ‘critical first step’ towards larger climate efforts,” https://thinkprogress.org/house-democrats-hr9-green-new-deal-senate-climate-change-b322a26907b4/

Some information for this action came from 5calls.org.

EVENTS

Don't forget! We will be hosting an event, the #DefundHate rally, at our regular Resist Trump Tuesday rally next week, September 10, at 11:45 am. See full announcement below.

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar/2019/9/10/resist-trump-tuesday-defundhate

RSVP: https://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/146961/

If you cannot make it to the rally, you can livestream it from our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/seattleindivisible

#DefundHate Rally

Come join Seattle Indivisible at our #DefundHate rally. The #DefundHate campaign seeks to pressure Congress during its September appropriations process to defund the agencies and systems being used by the Trump administration to carry out violence against our immigrant community. From caging children, families and adults at the border, to launching raids that rip people away from homes where they’ve lived years or even decades, to attempting to illegally block asylum, it’s clear that the Trump administration has focused its resources on maximizing harm to immigrant communities. Congress must fight the atrocities Trump is committing at the southern border and throughout this country by cutting funding for the agencies being used to carry out these abuses-- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Defunding ICE and CBP, and implementing safeguards to prevent Trump from stealing funds for these agencies from hurricane relief and other emergency resources, is the best route to blocking the implementation of Trump’s horrifying anti-immigrant agenda. Come Tuesday and learn the best tactics to pressure Congress to #DefundHate.

Immediately following our 11:45 am rally, as we regularly do on Resist Trump Tuesday, we will be meeting with Senator Murray’s and Senator Cantwell’s staff from 12:30-1:30 pm to let them know how we want them to DefundHate, and afterward, for a Q&A session on whatever topic you want to raise with your senators.

Seattle Indivisible hosts Resist Trump Tuesday informative rallies with live music at the Seattle Federal Building on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, immediately followed by meetings with Senate staff on the 2nd Tuesday and with House member staff on the 4th Tuesday. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend—please join us, we need your voice!

DON'T FORGET

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 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.

Say No to Tacoma LNG #NoLNG253

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is in the final stages of permitting for their Liquified "Natural" Gas (LNG) facility. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) issued a "preliminary determination" to issue permits for this facility in July, and is accepting comments on this project until Monday, September 9.

However, PSCAA did not properly consult with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, whose ancestral homeland includes the Tacoma Tideflats where this facility is planned to be built. This is a violation of their treaty rights. Additionally, despite its claims to be a "bridge fuel" and to be cleaner than the diesel currently used to fuel ships at the Port of Tacoma, LNG is not good for our climate or our local environment. Methane leaks from fracking have been shown to to make natural gas just as bad for the climate as the fossil fuels that it's replacing. This fuel is highly pressurized and highly explosive, as we've seen from several high profile destructive explosions in the region over the past few years. Leaks from storage facilities have caused widespread illnesses among residents in the areas where natural gas facilities are located.

Action: Ask PSCAA to reject the Tacoma LNG facility

Send an e-mail to publiccomment@pscleanair.org before Monday, September 9, asking them to reject the Tacoma LNG facility. If you need ideas about what to say, here are some organizations who have written sample scripts and tools to send the letter:

Puyallup Tribe of Indians: http://news.puyalluptribe-nsn.gov/say-no-to-tacoma-lng/

Power Past Fracked Gas (a coalition that includes several environmental, health, and community groups): http://action.powerpastfrackedgas.org/landing-pages/send-comment-to-pscaa

Washington Convservation Voters: https://wagreen.p2a.co/q8ym8cQ

More Resources:

http://powerpastfrackedgas.org/

From Crosscut: "Near and far, Tacoma's natural gas plant is bad for human health" https://crosscut.com/2019/09/near-and-far-tacomas-natural-gas-plant-bad-human-health

Events

Don't forget! We will be hosting an event, the #DefundHate rally, at our regular Resist Trump Tuesday rally next week, September 10, at 11:45 am. See full announcement below.

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar/2019/9/10/resist-trump-tuesday-defundhate

RSVP: https://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/146961/

If you cannot make it to the rally, you can livestream it from our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/seattleindivisible

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#DefundHate Rally

Come join Seattle Indivisible at our #DefundHate rally. The #DefundHate campaign seeks to pressure Congress during its September appropriations process to defund the agencies and systems being used by the Trump administration to carry out violence against our immigrant community. From caging children, families and adults at the border, to launching raids that rip people away from homes where they’ve lived years or even decades, to attempting to illegally block asylum, it’s clear that the Trump administration has focused its resources on maximizing harm to immigrant communities. Congress must fight the atrocities Trump is committing at the southern border and throughout this country by cutting funding for the agencies being used to carry out these abuses-- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Defunding ICE and CBP, and implementing safeguards to prevent Trump from stealing funds for these agencies from hurricane relief and other emergency resources, is the best route to blocking the implementation of Trump’s horrifying anti-immigrant agenda. Come Tuesday and learn the best tactics to pressure Congress to #DefundHate.

Immediately following our 11:45 am rally, as we regularly do on Resist Trump Tuesday, we will be meeting with Senator Murray’s and Senator Cantwell’s staff from 12:30-1:30 pm to let them know how we want them to DefundHate, and afterward, for a Q&A session on whatever topic you want to raise with your senators.

Seattle Indivisible hosts Resist Trump Tuesday informative rallies with live music at the Seattle Federal Building on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, immediately followed by meetings with Senate staff on the 2nd Tuesday and with House member staff on the 4th Tuesday. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend—please join us, we need your voice!

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Sound Transit needs to make amends to Seattle students

Wednesday marked the first day of the school year for students in Seattle Public Schools (SPS). What should have been a day of joy, re-discovery, and learning was marred by overzealous fare enforcement on the Link Light Rail system, as reported by SPS educator, Jesse Hagopian:

"On the #FirstDayOfSchool, the light rail fare enforcement is out in force busting high school students—before they get to school & get their ORCA cards that will allow them to travel to school for free. Stop making barriers to our youth’s education!"

Sound Transit responded defensively, saying: "Sound Transit is not ticketing students on Link light rail today. No riders of any age are ever ticketed without getting a warning in the previous 12 months...But today we are not even issuing the formal warnings to students."

And: “If they’re like my kids, SPS gave them a one-day paper ORCA card that covers today...It’s good to remind folks how the system works. And officers have discretion to issue warnings instead of fines.”

Sound Transit's response isn't good enough. They need to formally apologize to the students that were harrassed on their way to school, and we need a system in place to ensure that students aren't harrassed again in the future.

Today's Action: Ask the King County Executive to Demand Changes from Sound Transit

Contact King County Executive Dow Constantine:

Sample script:

Hi - I am a resident of King County. I heard that on Wednesday, Sound Transit Link fare enforcement contractors were harrassing Seattle Public School kids who were on their way to the first day of school—where they would have been able to pick up their ORCA cards. It isn't acceptable for Sound Transit to harrass these kids, and I would like to see Executive Constantine call on Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff to apologize, have Sound Transit expunge any warnings issued to students during this first week of school, and find a way to make sure this doesn't happen again. Thank you.

Bonus Action: Thank Mayor Durkan for being on the right side of this issue

Mayor Jenny Durkan, who originally created the program that Seattle Public School students use to get their free ORCA cards, is on the right side of this issue. She tweeted:

"@JessedHagopian Thank you for bringing this to everyone’s attention. Even without handing out tickets, warnings generate citations and contribute to a potential future fee for students. I am asking Sound Transit to expunge any warnings issued to students during this first week of school."

https://twitter.com/MayorJenny/status/1169475151605317637?s=20

Contact Mayor Jenny Durkan:

Sample script:

Hi - I'm a resident of Seattle. I saw Mayor Durkan's tweet in response to Jesse Hagopian, who called out Link Light Rail fare enforcement's behavior towards Seattle high school students who had not yet picked up their free ORCA cards, and I want to thank her for asking Sound Transit to expunge any warnings issued to students. Furthermore, I hope the mayor helps to make sure that this does not happen again. Thank you.

Background:

‘It’s good to remind folks how the system works’ — On first day of school, students get lesson in Sound Transit fare enforcement: https://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2019/09/its-good-to-remind-folks-how-the-system-works-on-first-day-of-school-students-get-lesson-in-sound-transit-fare-enforcement/

Mayor Durkan Announces ORCA Opportunity - https://durkan.seattle.gov/2018/02/during-her-first-state-of-the-city-address-mayor-durkan-announces-orca-opportunity-which-provides-free-orca-passes-to-high-school-students-and-seattle-promise-scholars/

Event: Takele & Damiana Doorknocking!

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 12 PM – 3 PM

Location: Meet at the parking lot of Pabla Punjabi Palace 15245 International Boulevard Ste 205 SeaTac, WA 98188

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/754301531653090/

SeaTac needs CHANGE. It's time to put #PeopleFirst and take care of our community.

Join Damiana Merryweather and Takele Gobena to go door to door to talk to voters in our community!

We will be meeting at the Parking lot of Pabla Punjabi Palace 15245 International Boulevard Ste 205 SeaTac, WA 98188.

We have to talk to voters to get Takele and Damiana elected on November 5! We encourage everyone to come. If it's your first time, no worries we got you covered with a training right on the spot.

Please arrive on time for a quick training. Wear your comfortable walking shoes and bring a friend. Snacks and water will provided.

(Deadline Sept. 6) Restore Washington State Overtime Rights

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has announced a rule change that would increase the number of salaried workers eligible for overtime. Under the new rule, if you make a salary of less than $70,000 a year, your employer will owe you time and a half for every hour you work over 40 hours a week. Today, only 7% of salaried workers qualify for overtime. In the 1970s, over 60% qualified. This new rule would restore the balance.

The new rule must pass a comment period before being implemented, and big corporate lobbying groups are doing everything they can to use this period to kill the rule in order to avoid higher costs to them. Let's counteract the corporate lobbyists and show that the majority of Washingtonians support fair labor practices by leaving our own comments.

ACTION: Leave a Comment to Support the Overtime Protections in WA

The deadline for submitting comments in support of the L&I proposed rule to restore overtime protections is this Friday, Sept. 6. Civic Action has set up a one-click web form for you to submit a comment of support, or you can email comments to EAPrules@Lni.wa.gov. Please take a moment to submit your comments in support of the rule TODAY!

Link to leave comment: http://civic-ventures.com/restore-overtime/#post_form_explaination

BACKGROUND:

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2019/06/05/40402423/hundreds-of-thousands-of-workers-will-be-newly-eligible-for-overtime-in-washington-state

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/proposed-rule-would-make-thousands-of-previously-exempt-workers-eligible-for-overtime-pay/955580270

EVENTS

Don't forget! We will be hosting an event, the #DefundHate rally, at our regular Resist Trump Tuesday rally next week, September 10, at 11:45 am. See full announcement below.

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar/2019/9/10/resist-trump-tuesday-defundhate

RSVP: https://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/146961/

If you cannot make it to the rally, you can livestream it from our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/seattleindivisible

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#DefundHate Rally

Come join Seattle Indivisible at our #DefundHate rally. The #DefundHate campaign seeks to pressure Congress during its September appropriations process to defund the agencies and systems being used by the Trump administration to carry out violence against our immigrant community. From caging children, families and adults at the border, to launching raids that rip people away from homes where they’ve lived years or even decades, to attempting to illegally block asylum, it’s clear that the Trump administration has focused its resources on maximizing harm to immigrant communities. Congress must fight the atrocities Trump is committing at the southern border and throughout this country by cutting funding for the agencies being used to carry out these abuses-- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Defunding ICE and CBP, and implementing safeguards to prevent Trump from stealing funds for these agencies from hurricane relief and other emergency resources, is the best route to blocking the implementation of Trump’s horrifying anti-immigrant agenda. Come Tuesday and learn the best tactics to pressure Congress to #DefundHate.

Immediately following our 11:45 am rally, as we regularly do on Resist Trump Tuesday, we will be meeting with Senator Murray’s and Senator Cantwell’s staff from 12:30-1:30 pm to let them know how we want them to DefundHate, and afterward, for a Q&A session on whatever topic you want to raise with your senators.

Seattle Indivisible hosts Resist Trump Tuesday informative rallies with live music at the Seattle Federal Building on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, immediately followed by meetings with Senate staff on the 2nd Tuesday and with House member staff on the 4th Tuesday. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend—please join us, we need your voice!

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Speak out for Net Neutrality – H.R.1644 needs to pass Senate

Thanks to 5calls.org for this action!

Back in 2015 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established protection for net neutrality through the 2015 Open Internet Order regulation. Net neutrality protection ensures that all users have equal access to all internet content. It also prevents internet service providers (ISPs) from manipulating website access by charging higher prices for high-speed access to certain websites or by blocking access to specific websites.

In December 2017, the FCC reversed the Open Internet Order regulation with a vote of 3-2 along party lines. Interestingly, large media and telecom companies such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T have strongly supported the FCC action, while tech companies like Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook vehemently opposed the reversal of net neutrality.

Eighty-five percent of the U.S. public opposed the regulation change in 2017, including 75% of Republicans. Senate and House Democrats introduced legislation to restore the 2015 Open Internet Order. The House has passed H.R.1644, the Save the Internet Act of 2019, a simple three-page bill. This legislation needs to pass the Senate to re-establish net neutrality.

Today we're asking you to tell our members of Congress to support net neutrality. Thank our House members for their support, and urge our Senators to get this bill passed in the Senate.

ACTION: Tell your MOCs that net neutrality must be insured.

  • 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:

“Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY]. I am deeply concerned about the need for net neutrality. The internet must have equal access for all users, and ISPs must not be allowed to discriminate through higher access costs or blocking specific websites.”

[For Representatives Jayapal and Smith]

"Thank you for your support of H.R.1644, the Save the Internet Act. It needs to pass the Senate. Please work with your Congressional colleagues to bring it to a vote and pass this legislation. Thank you."

[For Senators Murray and Cantwell]

"I read that H.R.1644, the Save the Internet Act, has been passed by the House to re-establish net neutrality. It now needs to pass the Senate. Please do everything possible to bring it to a vote and pass this legislation. Thank you."

Background:

H.R.1644 – Save the Internet Act of 2019, https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1644

“House approves Save the Internet Act that would reinstate net neutrality,” https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/10/18304522/net-neutrality-save-the-internet-act-house-of-representatives-approval

"Why the Senate is blocking a new net neutrality bill, a year after trying to save it," https://www.vox.com/2019/4/10/18302186/net-neutrality-house-bill-senate

EVENTS

Don't forget! We will be hosting an event, the #DefundHate rally, at our regular Resist Trump Tuesday rally next week, September 10, at 11:45 am. See full announcement below.

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar/2019/9/10/resist-trump-tuesday-defundhate

RSVP: https://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/146961/

If you cannot make it to the rally, you can livestream it from our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/seattleindivisible

#DefundHate Rally

Come join Seattle Indivisible at our #DefundHate rally. The #DefundHate campaign seeks to pressure Congress during its September appropriations process to defund the agencies and systems being used by the Trump administration to carry out violence against our immigrant community. From caging children, families and adults at the border, to launching raids that rip people away from homes where they’ve lived years or even decades, to attempting to illegally block asylum, it’s clear that the Trump administration has focused its resources on maximizing harm to immigrant communities. Congress must fight the atrocities Trump is committing at the southern border and throughout this country by cutting funding for the agencies being used to carry out these abuses-- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Defunding ICE and CBP, and implementing safeguards to prevent Trump from stealing funds for these agencies from hurricane relief and other emergency resources, is the best route to blocking the implementation of Trump’s horrifying anti-immigrant agenda. Come Tuesday and learn the best tactics to pressure Congress to #DefundHate.

Immediately following our 11:45 am rally, as we regularly do on Resist Trump Tuesday, we will be meeting with Senator Murray’s and Senator Cantwell’s staff from 12:30-1:30 pm to let them know how we want them to DefundHate, and afterward, for a Q&A session on whatever topic you want to raise with your senators.

Seattle Indivisible hosts Resist Trump Tuesday informative rallies with live music at the Seattle Federal Building on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, immediately followed by meetings with Senate staff on the 2nd Tuesday and with House member staff on the 4th Tuesday. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend—please join us, we need your voice!

DON'T FORGET

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 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.

Mark Your Calendar: Next week is the #DefundHate Week of Action

Indivisible groups nationwide will be participating in the #DefundHate week of action next week. We will push our Members of Congress (MoC) to cut funding from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which have been carrying out atrocities against immigrants at the southern border and in our local communities.

We will be hosting an event at our regular Resist Trump Tuesday rally next week, September 10, at 11:45 AM.

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar/2019/9/10/resist-trump-tuesday-defundhate

RSVP: https://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/146961/

If you cannot make it to the rally, you can livestream it from our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/seattleindivisible

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Come join Seattle Indivisible at our #DefundHate rally. The #DefundHate campaign seeks to pressure Congress during its September appropriations process to defund the agencies and systems being used by the Trump administration to carry out violence against our immigrant community. From caging children, families and adults at the border, to launching raids that rip people away from homes where they’ve lived years or even decades, to attempting to illegally block asylum, it’s clear that the Trump administration has focused its resources on maximizing harm to immigrant communities. Congress must fight the atrocities Trump is committing at the Southern border and throughout this country by cutting funding for the agencies being used to carry out these abuses-- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Defunding ICE and CBP, and implementing safeguards to prevent Trump from stealing funds for these agencies from hurricane relief and other emergency resources, is the best route to blocking the implementation of Trump’s horrifying anti-immigrant agenda. Come Tuesday and learn the best tactics to pressure Congress to #DefundHate.

Immediately following our 11:45AM rally, as we regularly do on Resist Trump Tuesday, we will be meeting with Senator Murray’s and Senator Cantwell’s staff from 12:30-1:30PM to let them know how we want them to DefundHate and for a Q&A session on whatever topic you want to raise with your senators.

Seattle Indivisible hosts Resist Trump Tuesday informative rallies with live music at the Seattle Federal Building on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, immediately followed by meetings with senate staff on the 2nd Tuesday and with House member staff on the 4th Tuesday. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend—please join us, we need your voice!

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Seattle Indivisible Meeting

TODAY, Tuesday, Sep. 3, 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.

Honor the power of collective action in the American Labor Movement!

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. On that Tuesday, 10,000 citizens marched for labor rights down the streets of Manhattan. During this time the average American worked 12 hours a day, six days a week. It wasn't until the Adamson Act passed on September 3, 1916 that our modern eight-hour workday was established.

Labor Day, in its current commercialized form, ironically causes some of the longest working hours for retail workers. Labor Day weekend is notorious for having crazy sales. But unfortunately, this means retail workers must work longer hours on a day specially dedicated to labor appreciation. In fact, many other professionals are expected to work on Labor Day as well, including correctional officers, police officials, firefighters, nurses, and more.

Meanwhile, the Trump Administration has been actively attacking organized labor. Trump said during the 2016 campaign that he supported a $10 federal minimum hourly wage, but since taking office he hasn’t sought any increase in the minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour. Instead, his administration has tried to limit worker pay. In April, the Labor Department ruled that workers for an unidentified cleaning company, and for similar businesses, were contractors rather than employees and therefore not entitled to be paid a minimum wage, receive overtime or have the company pay a portion of their Social Security taxes. This new rule followed on the heels of a new Labor Department program allowing employers to report their own violations of federal wage laws and to avoid penalties by paying workers the money they are owed. The program was created even though there is no evidence that clemency for delinquent companies will produce better results than punishing them.


And while the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said that federal law bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the Trump administration has, of course taken the opposite view.


Yes, they always do the worst thing possible.

ACTION: Today, only patronize unionized establishments!

How do you know if it’s a unionized establishment? There is no directory so plan ahead. Where do you plan to spend your money? Do a little online research. If you are already out, look for a sign and if you’re not sure, just ask.

Happy Labor Day to those privileged enough to have the day off!

Two Open Senate Seats in Georgia - How You Can Help

With the announcement of Sen. Jonny Isakson's retirement at the end of this year, we now know there will be TWO open Senate seats in Georgia in the 2020 election. This widens Democrats' path to taking back to taking back control of the Senate and enacting a real progressive agenda.

Georgia is a state with potential to flip blue, but with rampant voter suppression. Former gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams has founded Fair Fight, an organization dedicated to fighting voter suppression through litigation, legislation, and grassroots advocacy. To increase their chances of success, please either sign up to volunteer or follow the donation link (any amount helps!) for Fair Fight Georgia:

https://fairfight.com/

Remember also that you can also contribute to the winner of all competitive Senate races at once through the Swing Left Senate Fund! https://secure.actblue.com/donate/swing-us-senate-left

Background:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/georgia-will-now-have-two-senate-elections-in-2020/

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Don’t Forget

Seattle Indivisible Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 3, 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.