Affordable housing in Seattle is within reach

Today's action is a repeat of an action that we ran back in July - asking the Mayor and City Council to ensure that the Mercer Megablock is developed as affordable housing. Why are we asking you to do it again? It appears that the Council could act as soon as Monday. Contact them today to make sure that this city land is used for affordable housing.

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Did you happen to see the article on Crosscut from Tuesday about affordable housing in Seattle that was co-written by Cary Moon and Michael Eliason? The article, entitled "Seattle could make a dent in housing crisis with its own property" lays out the case for how Mayor Jenny Durkan could build hundreds of affordable apartments on just two blocks of land in South Lake Union that are in the city's possession. It's a good read, so please spend a few minutes reading through it: https://crosscut.com/2018/07/seattle-could-make-dent-housing-crisis-its-own-property

Here's the gist:

"Olympia recently passed House Bill 2382, allowing local governments to transfer surplus property for affordable housing. The high cost of land has been a barrier to affordable housing in our city. This new law removes that barrier, allowing the city to transfer surplus land for free, or below market price, specifically for the development of affordable housing. This month, however, Mayor Jenny Durkan intends to sell the city’s surplus Mercer Mega-block – nearly 3 acres of public land at the corner of Mercer Street and Dexter Avenue N. – to a private developer."

So, our ask is pretty simple:

We think the City of Seattle should retain ownership of the "Mercer Mega-block" and prioritize the construction of affordable housing on this land. Don't let Seattle City Council sell it off to private developers to build million dollar condos.

ACTION: Email the Seattle City Council and ask them to build affordable housing in South Lake Union

Here are some points you may want to mention in your email:

The median Seattle rent is one of the five highest in the country. (https://seattle.curbed.com/2017/12/8/16750494/median-rent-seattle-census)

Homelessness in Seattle is a growing crisis, and the city badly lacks interim housing solutions with the number of people living outside nearly doubling since 2015. (https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/homeless/board-of-health-members-concerned-with-lack-of-action-on-homelessness-emergency/)

Find your Councilmember's e-mail address at https://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council/find-your-district-and-councilmember. Don't forget you can e-mail the entire council at council@seattle.gov. Also, be sure to include our two at-large CMs, Teresa Mosqueda and Lorena González, teresa.mosqueda@seattle.gov, lorena.gonzalez@seattle.gov, in your emailing.

Here's a sample script, though consider adding your own words to make your e-mail more effective:

To: (Your councilmember's address)

Dear Councilmember - I am a constituent of yours, and I live in Seattle in zip code {ZIP CODE}. I saw an article on Crosscut on July 17th that described how, under a new bill passed by the state, you have the power to transfer nearly 3 acres of public land at the corner of Mercer Street and Dexter Avenue N. to developers who will build affordable housing on this parcel.

It has been well-documented that the median rent in Seattle is among the five highest in the country. The homelessness crisis is only getting worse. The Mayor's "Bridge to Housing for All Plan" is a good start, but we need to provide new housing for low-income and homeless individuals and families, not sell off land to result in more high-end housing developers and purchasers. Please do the right thing and ensure the "Mercer Mega-Block" parcel is developed as affordable housing only.

Thank you,

{YOUR NAME}

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Upcoming Events

Resist Trump Tuesday: Womxn's March

Tuesday, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

Come join us for our last Resist Trump Tuesday rally of 2018 featuring Seattle Womxn Marching Forward (SWMF) who will be providing the inside scoop on the 3-day Womxn's March events they are planning in coordination with MLK Day organizers for Jan.. 19-21. Seattle Indivisible is partnering with SWMF in providing volunteers to help that weekend, so please come to this rally to find out what to expect and how you can help.

After our rally, complete with live music from 11:45am-12:30pm, as we do every week, we will meet with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30pm. As power changes in Washington DC, this is a critical time for us to hear from and talk to our representatives, so please join us. The meeting with senate staff is open to all and we need your voice!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2299781863425222/

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Seattle Indivisible Weekly Meeting

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.

Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98144

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

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Indivisible Day of Action - January 3

Thursday, January 3, 2019

215 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104-1511

“Whose House? Our House!”

WA-state Indivisible groups in CDs 1,7 and 9 are joining other Indivisible groups across state and the country in a nationwide Day of Action on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Seattle Indivisible, Indivisible Eastside, Wallingford Indivisible, Indivisible Renton and Indivisible Kirkland will be meeting with congressional staff. Our focus will be on the critical "First 100 Days of Congress," during which the agenda priorities for the next two years will be set. We intend to be there to bring our collective influence to our Members of Congress and to hold them accountable for driving the progressive values and actions that were the basis of our Blue Wave.

From the Indivisible.org Jan 3 Day of Action explainer and toolkit:

https://indivisible.org/resource/january-3-day-action-organizing-toolkit

"We expect the first major legislative effort in a Democratically-controlled House to be a democracy reform effort (H.R. 1). This legislation is expected to strengthen everyone’s right to vote and to have their vote count, to stem the tide of big money in politics, and to root out corruption at all levels of government—including the White House. The election of Donald Trump (and the first two years of his administration) has brought into sharp focus the importance of preserving and protecting our democracy against blatant attempts to erode it. While Trump and his GOP enablers suppress the vote, profit off of corruption and attack essential democratic norms, Democrats now have an opportunity to change course. They must prioritize undoing that damage, and creating institutions in which we are all represented, included, and protected.

It is critical that we are loud, coordinated and powerful on January 3rd to make sure that this democracy package is as progressive as possible."

Further details to be announced shortly!

https://www.facebook.com/events/278516789504892/

ACA Enrollment Deadline Today!

Official Daily Action for Saturday, December 15

Today is the last day to enroll in ACA health insurance (the ACA is still the law of the land in spite of the ruling in Texas), and enrollment numbers are lagging behind last year’s. The Trump administration has slashed funding for enrollment outreach, so make sure you’re enrolled and spread the word to make sure your friends are enrolled!

In Washington, you can enroll via
https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/

And anyone can always enroll via
https://www.healthcare.gov/

Or you can call 1-855-923-4633

Indivisible National’s statement on the ruling in Texas:

https://indivisible.org/statement/indivisible-despite-ruling-texas-affordable-care-act-remains-law-land-period

Background:
https://www.vox.com/…/health-insurance-deadline-2018-health…


UPCOMING EVENTS

Resist Trump Tuesday
Tuesday, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
https://www.facebook.com/events/2299781863425222/

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Seattle Indivisible Weekly Meeting
Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.
Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98144

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


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

Tell our MoCs: Support the Green New Deal

Last month, nearly 200 climate activists held a protest in the Capitol offices of likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, demanding what has been dubbed the "Green New Deal." This movement was given a huge visibility boost when Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined the protestors in Pelosi's offices. Subsequently, Ocasio-Cortez has been drumming up support for what she has referred to as "the New Deal, the Great Society, the moon shot, the civil-rights movement of our generation."

Since then, support for the Green New Deal has been steadily increasing both among grassroots organizations and among elected officials. We were surprised that Congresswoman Jayapal was not among the earliest backers, and so we, along with many other progressive groups, asked you to call her office at the end of November. She heard us, loud and clear, and signed on early this week! Amusingly, a recent news article mentions her constituents as being "frustrated by her initial unwillingness to get behind it after it rapidly gained support from progressives."

But our fight isn't close to finished! We still need to convince Representative Adam Smith to sign on, plus our Senators can and should endorse the creation of a Green New Deal Select Committee.

Today's Action: Call your three Members of Congress

Call your Representative:

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

SUGGESTED SCRIPT:

"Hi my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I want to thank the Congresswoman for endorsing the Green New Deal, and I hope she'll keep fighting to protect us from the effects of climate change. Please ask her to try to convince the rest of Washington's Congressional delegation to sign on, too."

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

SUGGESTED SCRIPT:

“Hi my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling to ask that Representative Smith sign on to the Green New Deal resolution, with Representative Jayapal, Ocasio-Cortez and others. I know Representative Smith has been a champion of progressive causes and understands the overwhelming threats of climate change. Please ask [NAME] to sign on immediately.”

Call Both Senators

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

SUGGESTED SCRIPT:

“Hi my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. Even though Senator Cantwell gave up her seat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to the pro-coal Senator Manchin, I know she understands the importance of the House creating a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, and I ask that she publicly endorses those efforts.”

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

SUGGESTED SCRIPT:

“Hi my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I know that Senator Murray shares my concerns about climate change, and I am calling to ask her to publicly endorse the creation of a Select Committee on a Green New Deal in the House.”

Stop Sneaky Vote on SeaTac Center Sale - URGENT

TODAY, Thursday 12/13, SeaTac City Council plans to hold a vote to approve a purchase and sale agreement of the SeaTac Center to a private developer. This sale is strongly opposed by the community, as it will displace the 50+ immigrant businesses there. What is more, in response to community pressure, the City Council canceled this vote which had originally been scheduled for 12/11, only to reschedule it for a Special Meeting today with less than 48 hours’ notice.

The community is still mourning the loss of SeaTac City Councilmember Amina Ahmed, who tragically died in an unexpected and untimely car accident on Saturday. Voting on action to displace the predominantly East African community less than a week after their community leader and representative on the City Council died – and rushing it through in this way – is simply shocking and wrong.

The displacement of these 50+ immigrant businesses means loss of community, loss of livelihood for these families, and loss of the infrastructure serving the diverse communities of SeaTac and the surrounding area. The City Council’s rushed decision-making and attempt to shut out community voices is unacceptable.

ACTION 1: Demand the Vote be Postponed

Tell your representatives to call SeaTac City Councilmembers and tell them to cancel the Special Meeting on Thursday and postpone any action on the SeaTac Center at least until the next regularly scheduled SeaTac Council meeting in January.

1) Call SeaTac City Council: (206) 973-4800

Bonus: If you live in the same congressional and/or legislative district as SeaTac, call your representatives and ask them to put pressure on the SeaTac City Council:

2) US Congressman Adam Smith - (425) 793-5180

3) State Senator Karen Keiser: (360) 786 - 7664

4) State Representative Tina Orwall: (360) 786 - 7664

5) State Representative Mia Gregerson: (360) 786 – 7868

Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [PLACE] regarding SeaTac City Council’s scheduled vote on the sale of SeaTac Center today. The community is still in shock over the loss of City Councilwoman Amina Ahmed less than a week ago, and has stringently objected to the sale of SeaTac Center to a private developer. It is disrespectful and unacceptable to schedule such a contentious vote with less than 48 hours’ notice to a community that is in mourning. Please do the right thing and cancel the Special Meeting and postpone any action on the sale of SeaTac Center until the next regularly scheduled Council meeting in January. Thank you.”

ACTION 2: Attend the Special Meeting at SeaTac City Hall

If you’re able, join the community at SeaTac City Hall at 6:00pm today to protest this vote – RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1156143564553837/

Background:

On Councilwoman Amina Ahmed’s death: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/seatac-councilmember-amina-ahmed-dies-in-car-crash-7-weeks-after-joining-council/

On the businesses that are threatened: https://crosscut.com/2018/09/immigrant-coalition-fights-save-seatac-businesses

Call Trump's Bluff: No Wall Funding

Official Daily Action for Wednesday December 12, 2018

On Tuesday, Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer met with President Trump for negotiations on the upcoming budget vote. Trump threatened to shut down the government if there weren't increases in funding for border enforcement, including his pet project, a wall on the US-Mexico border. He balked when Pelosi called this the "Trump Shutdown."

Pelosi and Schumer showed no signs of backing down, with Schumer calling Trump's behavior a "temper tantrum" and Pelosi questioning Trump's manhood. Let's make sure they know that we want them to stand firm: NO WALL, and NO INCREASES IN DHS FUNDING.

Today's action is to Call our reps, and ask them to pass along the message: Call Trump's Bluff on the Trump Shutdown.

  • 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

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling about the budget, and funding for increased border enforcement. I would like [Senator/Representative] to pass along a message to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer: Call Trump's Bluff. No new DHS funding, and no funding for Trump's wall. If Trump wants to own the Trump Shutdown, let him."

Background

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/11/us/politics/trump-border-wall-government-shutdown.html

Stop Subsidizing Famine in Yemen

Official Daily Action for Tuesday, December 11th:

Some 85,000 children may have already died in Yemen, and 12 million more people may be on the brink of starvation, casualties in part of the three-year-old American-backed Saudi war. Nonetheless, it took the vicious Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to begin turning the Senate majority against the war, and bring a resolution to end US involvement to the floor. The final vote will be this week, and Administration officials are reportedly lobbying hard to defeat the resolution. We need our Senators to stand firm, and to reach out to the 14 Republicans who voted to bring the resolution to the floor, and ask them to support final passage

Action: Tell Our Senators to Oppose the Saudi War in Yemen

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

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

Suggested Script:

“Hi my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling to urge Senator [NAME] to stand firm in support of Senate Joint Resolution 54 to end all U.S. assistance for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen when it comes to a final vote this week. The war in Yemen is on its way to being the world’s worst humanitarian disaster and we are complicit. It should not have taken the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to get Congress’ attention. Our tax dollars should not support the bombing of a population that is sick and starving.”

References

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/07/opinion/sunday/yemen-famine-war-saudi-arabia.html

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/10/saudi-arabia-senate-vote-yemen-1052216

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GOOD NEWS

The US Supreme Court let stand decisions from lower Courts allowing patients to use Medicaid funding for non-abortion health services at Planned Parenthood clinics.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/10/us/politics/planned-parenthood-supreme-court.html

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TODAY

Resist Trump Tuesday

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

https://www.facebook.com/events/263334624333116/

Seattle Indivisible Weekly Meeting

Today, 7-9 p.m.

Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98144

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

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

Demand both progress AND accountability

The number one issue across the board in the 2018 midterms was health care and we expect our MoCs to deliver on their promise to advance a progressive agenda that represents our values.

This does not absolve any Member of Congress of their constitutional responsibility to provide a check on the President, particularly after Friday’s revelations.

To cut through the legalese, this is what we learned on Friday:

1) DOJ Prosecutors from the Southern District of New York (SDNY) claim that President Trump is guilty of two campaign finance felonies that they can prove in a court of law.

2) The Special Counsel’s Office can prove that Trump was lying to the public about a deal that would result in hundreds of millions of dollars in profit for Trump from Russia. Because he was hiding this from the public and dealing directly with the Russian government, this made him susceptible to blackmail by Russia the whole time he has been a candidate and President until Friday when the information was made public.

Multitasking doesn’t come natural to everyone, but it better be a skill every Member of Congress either has or gets because we can settle for nothing less. We need our MoCs to do everything they can to shore up the ACA and advance Medicare for all, but we need more. The allegations made just by the Southern District of New York about the President are extremely serious and cannot be ignored.

The prosecutors of the SDNY claim they can prove President Trump is guilty of multiple felonies. Let’s start there and hear what they have to say. Our MoCs must invite them to testify before congress and make the case in a public hearing.

ACTION: Let our MoCs know we deserve the truth!

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 calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I demand that Congress invite all Attorneys from the Southern District of New York to lay out their case before Congress proving President Trump is guilty of Felonies in an open session. Please ask [MoC] to do everything in his/her power to help facilitate this demand. We need to hear testimony from the Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Robert Khuzam and these Assistant US Attorneys of Counsel NOW: Andrea M Griswold, Rachel Maimin, Thomas McKay, Nicolas Roos. This is serious, and it cannot wait. In these extraordinary times we need to have answers on illegal activities associated with President Trump.”

Background:


https://www.nytimes.com/…/nyreg…/michael-cohen-sentence.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/government-implicates-tr…/…

Events:

Resist Trump Tuesday
https://www.facebook.com/events/263334624333116/

Our Community is Not for Sale
https://www.facebook.com/events/1970823523223870/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1544389585824798

Our Community is Not For Sale

Action: Show up in support of SeaTac community businesses

Tuesday December 11 at 5 p.m.

SeaTac City Council

4800 South 188th Street, SeaTac WA

SeaTac City Council wants to sell SeaTac Center to a private developer, displacing our long-time community businesses. Our community businesses wide range of services and products to an equally wide range of communities (Somali, Indian, Ethiopian, Latinx, West African and more). Most of our businesses are operated by women, and all our businesses play an important role in connecting the community while also building wealth and prosperity. Despite this success, the City of SeaTac is proposing to rush through a purchase and sale agreement to displace all of these businesses.

SeaTac City Council is putting short-term profit over long-time community interests. These values are not our values. SeaTac’s short-sighted plan will undermine the entire vibrancy of the SeaTac community. The Council’s plan is a lost opportunity for everyone, including the loss of $1.2 million in state funds for the international market.

SeaTac has a choice to make. Either the City Council can protect immigrant businesses and work with entrepreneurs to help build a strong and vibrant community, or destroy a vibrant community that is the lifeblood of SeaTac.

This event is sponsored by SeaTac Community Coalition: SeaTac Center immigrant businesses, MLK Working Families Party, One America, MAPS AMEN

https://www.facebook.com/events/1970823523223870/

Upcoming Events

Resist Trump Tuesday

Tuesday, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

Come learn about how you can help community businesses in SeaTac.

We rally every Tuesday in front of the Federal Building from 11:45AM-12:30PM to listen to educational and inspiration speakers and live activist musicians. Then, following the rally, we go inside to meet with Senator Murray's and Senator Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30PM where they give us our senators' perspective of what is going on during this chaotic time, respond to our questions on the issues and take our input directly to our senators. This is amazing public access to our representatives and all are welcome to attend this public meeting.

Please join us this week, and every week, for Resist Trump Tuesday. We began these weekly gatherings in January 2017 and we persist in our fight against the harm caused by the Trump agenda. We need your voice!

https://www.facebook.com/events/263334624333116/

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Seattle Indivisible Weekly Meeting

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.

Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98144

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

Protect Food Stamps for Immigrant Families

Official Daily Action for Saturday, December 8

This Monday, the public comment period will close for a Trump administration rule that could make it easier for immigrants to be denied green cards for using public services. Current immigration policy allows officials to penalize immigrants who are “public charges”--who use specific kinds of public assistance. The new rule would drastically expand the term “public charge” to include those who have used Medicaid, food stamps and Section 8 housing assistance.

This rule threatens to deter immigrants from seeking necessary services and to unjustly favor wealthy immigrants at the expense of millions seeking safety. Stand with immigrants, and comment against the proposed rule using the link below, provided by the National Immigrant Law Center and CLASP. The link provides an easy-to-use form and potential talking points:
https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/#take-action

Background:
https://www.nbcnews.com/…/driven-fear-green-card-holders-ar…


UPCOMING EVENTS

Resist Trump Tuesday
Tuesday, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

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Our Community Is Not For Sale Demonstration
Tuesday, 5 p.m.
SeaTac City Council, 4800 South 188th Street, SeaTac WA
https://www.facebook.com/events/1970823523223870/

SeaTac City Council wants to sell SeaTac Center, which means displacing our community businesses. Our community businesses, many operated by women from Somalia, play an important role in connecting the community while also building wealth and prosperity. Despite this success, the City of SeaTac is proposing to displace all of these businesses.

SeaTac and Tukwila have a choice to make. Either they can protect immigrant businesses and work with entrepreneurs to help build a strong and vibrant community, or destroy a vibrant community that is the lifeblood of SeaTac.

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Seattle Indivisible Weekly Meeting
Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.
Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98144

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


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

Senator Cantwell, Don't Hand Climate Policy Over To Joe Manchin

As Senate Democrats prepare for the next session, reporters on Capitol Hill have indicated that Senator Cantwell is leaning towards giving up her ranking seat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to an infamous conservative Democrat and coal-supporter: Joe Manchin.

As ranking member, and as chair if Democrats win a majority in 2020, Manchin would be empowered to scuttle the bold environmental and climate change legislation we need to protect our planet (such as the House's “Green New Deal”). He would also be in charge of much-needed oversight of the Interior department. Even Governor Inslee has spoken up about it:

“Our party must be wholly committed to ending America’s dependence on fossil fuels and building a robust clean energy economy. And Joe Manchin literally shot climate legislation in one of his campaign ads. He supports Donald Trump’s dirty energy agenda.”

We have unique leverage here in Washington, with Senator Murray in leadership and Senator Cantwell occupying the committee spot, to nip this in the bud. Ask your Senators to say no to Manchin in charge of energy policy!

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

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

Script (for Cantwell):

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling to ask that Senator Cantwell refuse to give her ranking spot on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to Sen. Joe Manchin. He is the worst person for the job! We need bold climate change legislation in order to protect our planet and our homes from destruction; we should not have the man who shot a cap and trade bill in his campaign ad in charge of energy policy or oversight.”

Script (for Murray):

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling to ask that Senate Democrats to not give the ranking spot on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to Joe Manchin. He is the worst person for the job! We need bold climate change legislation in order to protect our planet and our homes from destruction; we should not have the man who shot a cap and trade bill in his campaign ad in charge of energy policy or oversight.”

Background:

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/06/democrats-get-on-board-with-manchin-for-energy-committee-post-1014354

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/eyeing-white-house-bid-washington-gov-inslee-urges-democrats-to-oppose-manchin-for-senate-energy-committee/2018/12/05/9be592d0-f8e2-11e8-8d64-4e79db33382f_story.html?utm_term=.db4d21468a01

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/419970-manchins-likely-senior-role-on-key-energy-panel-rankles-progressives

https://www.manchin.senate.gov/about/issues/energy

Tell Frank Chopp to Fight for the Environment

Thanks to 350Seattle for the action below.

Frank Chopp is Speaker of the Washington State House, and if you live in Seattle's Capital Hill, Fremont or Wallingford, he is likely your representative. He has recently announced that the upcoming legislative session will be his last as Speaker. In many regards, Speaker Chopp leaves behind an impressive legacy ― extended healthcare, paid family leave, and the Marriage Equality Act are just a few of the achievements that he will be leaving behind.

However, there is one important thing missing from Speaker Chopp’s legacy ―and it’s the one that future generations will care about most.

History will remember the period 1999 - 2019, the period that Speaker Chopp was the most powerful politician in the state, as the definitive period when we had the chance to act on climate. Yet, in that time the Washington State legislature has passed no meaningful climate legislation, let alone laws commensurate with the severity and urgency of the climate crisis. In his last session, Speaker Chopp has the chance to change that and focus his efforts on passing bold legislation to address climate change.

Action: Ask Speaker Chopp to Make Climate Change a Priority

If Speaker Chopp is your legislator, give him a call. If not, contact your state representatives and ask them to put on the pressure.

Speaker Frank Chopp, District 43: (206) 729 – 3223

For other legislative districts, use this map to identify your district and find contact info for your State House representatives: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Script for Speaker Chopp: “Hi my name is [NAME]. I am calling to ask that Speaker Chopp makes passing bold climate legislation his number one priority this legislative session. Speaker Chopp will leave behind an impressive legacy as Speaker of the House; however, unless the Speaker acts now, his legacy will be missing the issue that future generations will care about the most. I ask that Speaker Chopp makes climate his top priority this session.”

Script for other legislators: “Hi my name is [NAME]. Speaker Frank Chopp plans to step down after this upcoming legislative session. I am calling to ask that [Rep] encourage Speaker Chopp to use his last session to pass bold climate legislation. Climate change should be our number one priority this legislative session. I would like to see [Rep] and Speaker Chopp focus on addressing the threat of climate change to future generations.”

If you’d prefer, take 10 seconds to send an email to Speaker Chopp in your own words, asking that he make climate change a top priority this legislative session: http://350seattle.org/email-speaker-chopp/

Background: If you haven’t already read about the newly released climate report, take a look at this summary or the report itself which is linked to in the article - https://www.vox.com/2018/11/24/18109883/climate-report-2018-national-assessment

Thank our MOCs for Standing with Immigrants

Official Daily Action for Wednesday, December 5, 2018

All four of our Members of Congress have co-written a letter to the Acting Inspector General John Kelly asking for an investigation into conditions at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, and into the death of asylum-seeker Mergansana Amar.

Rep Jayapal went to the border this last weekend, and used her power to help people on the ground there.

Let's thank them for their good work!

  • 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

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling to thank the [Senator/Representative] for calling for an investigation into the death of asylum seeker Mergansana Amar, and for a comprehensive review of the conditions at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. I want her/him to continue to stand up for immigrants."

For Jaypal only:

"I also want to thank Rep Jayapal for going to the border and using her power and privilege as a Congresswoman to help people on the ground there."

Background

NO NEW FUNDING FOR ICE (OR THE WALL)

Official Daily Action for Tuesday, December 4th

December…

Lights, trees, shoppers, and last-minute spending bills to keep the federal government running into the New Year.

Concertina wire and tear gas at the border…

This week, funding for seven federal departments—including Homeland Security—will run out by Friday December 7th (unless Congress extends the deadline for the Bush funeral). Trump and anti-immigrant Republicans have made it clear that they are going to try to use the deadline to force through an increase in funding for the corrupted and abusive Department of Homeland Security in order to further militarize the border and harm immigrant communities.

Over 200 human rights and social justice organizations have called on Congress to pass only a “clean” short-term continuing resolution for Homeland Security that would extend current spending levels but would preclude any additional funding to the more than $2 billion already allocated for border militarization and more than $4 billion allocated for detention and enforcement. They oppose any long-term budget deal without cuts to the DHS budget, without reductions to immigration enforcement, and no new allocations for a wall at the southern border.

Action: Tell Our MOCs No New Funding for ICE or Trump’s Wall

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

Suggested Script:

“Hi my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I believe that US immigration enforcement policy is cruel and out of control. As the Department of Homeland Security budget expires at the end of this week, I am calling on [NAME] to listen to Human Rights Watch along with more than 200 other organizations and oppose anything other than a clean, short-term continuing resolution without extra enforcement funds or funding for Trump’s wall, so the next Congress may debate the appropriate budget and oversight for DHS.“

References

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/11/28/tear-gas-should-never-have-been-used-border-it-doesnt-belong-protests-either/?utm_term=.b03772be868a

https://immigrantjustice.org/press-releases/200-organizations-call-congress-reject-funding-increases-immigration-enforcement

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/12/03/everything-you-need-know-about-possible-government-shutdown-that-may-be-coming-this-month/?utm_term=.65ecf178d3f9

Urgent Extra-credit Action: Stop the WI GOP from Stealing the 2020 Presidential Election (TODAY)

If the 2020 Presidential Election were held today, it would come down to Wisconsin. The GOP lost control of the State government there last month, but that isn’t stopping them from using their “lame duck” session to forward a comprehensive voter suppression package. It will pass in less than 24 hours unless we draw national attention to this right now.

Reach Out to Friends and Family in Wisconsin. Ask them to make phone calls to stop this power grab.

Wisconsin residents can call the Legislative Hotline toll-free at 1-800-362-9472 to ID their state senator. They should call that office or leave a message with the hotline. Their talking point should be that elected officials must respect the recent election results that took power away from the GOP.

Thanks to the indispensable Tae Phoenix for this action

References

https://www.facebook.com/WeAreIndivisibleMadison/

https://twitter.com/indivismadison

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/us/wisconsin-lawmakers-republicans-power.html

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ALSO TODAY

Resist Trump Tuesday

Join us this week for a first hand account from the US/Mexico border!

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

https://www.facebook.com/events/793841417625492/

Let our MoCs know that no one is above the law!

Our government was built with checks and balances specifically to prevent a person like Trump from becoming too powerful even if elected to our highest office. Our Republican-led Congress has completely refused It’s responsibility to be a check on this administration and could not have failed more completely in this regard.

Our other institutions, however, have pushed back, all while under a relentless attack by our President, whose obvious goal is to de-legitimize them as institutions and consolidate power in his presidency. President Trump has been attacking our institutions, but recently some lines were crossed. One of Trump’s favorite targets has been our free press. He even went as far as to label it “the enemy of the people”. That was dangerous, but Trump’s recent statement of support for Saudi Arabia after the government killed a Washington Post reporter and US resident should be taken as a direct threat by every journalist.

The statement confirms to the world the United States of America has no values that can’t be bought.

Please read the full statement below using the link below:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/…/statement-president-donald-j-…/

For his next trick, Trump tried to essentially make seeking asylum in the US close to impossible. Our Judiciary pushed back on this unconstitutional move and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary restraining order. Trump attacked the courts and the Judge, but apparently this time he crossed a line with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Roberts issued a statement as a rebuke to the President in defense of our independent judiciary as an institution.

It is not normal for the Chief Justice of the nation’s highest court to rebuke a sitting president, but that only highlights the serious nature of our threat.

https://www.nbcnews.com/…/chief-justice-roberts-rebuke-trum…

https://www.usatoday.com/…/john-roberts-trump-s…/2080266002/

This president also happens to be under investigation for some extremely serious crimes including conspiring with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election. Trump has done everything possible to impede and de-legitimize the investigation, the FBI as an institution, and the entire Department of Justice.

And… That was just one week!

We wanted to highlight the above because it’s important, but also to make the case that someone with Trump’s disdain for our institutions cannot be trusted to allow the investigation to proceed without interference.

There is bipartisan support behind a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Some democrats have suggested tying this to a “must pass” spending bill the government needs to pass to keep the lights on by December 8th.

ACTION: Let our MoCs know that no one is above the law!

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:

“By firing AG Jeff Sessions, Trump is obviously trying to make a move on the Mueller investigation. The investigation must be allowed to proceed. The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, while not perfect, does have bipartisan support. This must be included as part any must pass spending bill on or before December 8th”

Events

Resist Trump Tuesday:

Join us this week for a first hand account from the US/Mexico border!

Tuesday, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

https://www.facebook.com/events/793841417625492/

Tell Betsy DeVos: #HandsOffIX

Betsy DeVos has officially submitted her Title IX regulations that will harm the rights of sexual assault survivors, and make schools a more dangerous place. Now that the regulation has been submitted, we have 60 days to submit comments on the regulation, which the Department of Education is legally bound to consider.

https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2018/11/joined-by-advocates-and-survivors-of-campus-sexual-assault-senator-murray-urges-education-secretary-devos-to-withdraw-title-ix-rule-encourages-students-and-survivors-to-continue-making-their-voices-heard

Action: Submit comments in opposition to new proposed Title IX regulations.

Know your IX and End Rape On Campus (EROC) have provided a website with more detailed information with background on what exactly this new rule does, and how to write an effective comment. Go to https://www.handsoffix.org/ to learn more and to help prepare your comments, and go to https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/11/29/2018-25314/nondiscrimination-on-the-basis-of-sex-in-education-programs-or-activities-receiving-federal to submit your comments.

Additionally, if you are affiliated with or have students in a K-12 school or university, we encourage you to ask your institution to submit a comment as well.

Upcoming Events

Refugees Are Welcome, STOP the Tears Rally

Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Occidental Square, 117 S Washington St, Seattle, Washington 98104

https://www.facebook.com/events/1953416071419035/

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Resist Trump Tuesday

Tuesday, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

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Seattle Indivisible Weekly Meeting

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.

Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98144

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

Don’t Let Republicans Steal Another Georgia Election

Official Daily Action for Saturday, December 1

This Tuesday Democrats will have a chance to flip the Secretary of State position that Brian Kemp used to suppress minority voters and ensure his own election as Georgia’s Governor. Democrat John Barrow is running on a platform of voting rights and gerrymandering reform. Georgia will be a critical state in 2020, and it is essential that we act now to protect voting rights for its people.

The Georgia Democrats will be hosting phone banks three times a day from now through election day. Sign up at the below link and get out the vote for voting rights!
https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/georgiademoc…/event/86502/

Background:
https://www.theatlantic.com/…/georgia-governor-kemp…/575095/
https://www.newsweek.com/john-barrow-debate-alone-georgia-s…
https://www.nytimes.com/…/us/voting-rights-georgia-runoff.h…


UPCOMING EVENTS

Refugees Are Welcome, STOP the Tears Rally
Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Occidental Square, 117 S Washington St, Seattle, Washington 98104
https://www.facebook.com/events/1953416071419035/

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Resist Trump Tuesday
Tuesday, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

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Seattle Indivisible Weekly Meeting
Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.
Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98144

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


GOOD NEWS

Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress, advancing Mueller’s investigation:
https://www.nytimes.com/…/michael-cohen-trump-russia-muelle…


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

Tell our Senators: Protect Mueller

As Mueller's pressure on Trump grows, it seems increasingly likely that the President will fire or constrain his investigation. But there is hope that Republican Senators may finally be willing to support measures to protect the Special Counsel...

Retiring Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona recently pledged to vote against every judicial nomination brought to the floor of the Senate for a vote until a bill protecting the Special Counsel's investigation is considered. Jeff Flake has been good to his word and, on Thursday, the 'nay' votes of Senators Flake and Tim Scott of South Carolina were enough to sink the nomination of ultra-conservative, voter-supressing, Federalist Society member Thomas Farr to a district judgeship.

Thomas Farr's failed nomination is an important win, and doubly so because it helps to legitimize Jeff Flake's method of forcing a vote on the to protect the Robert Mueller investigation. Flake said yesterday that he is going to go back to the Senate floor next week to ask for a vote on legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller, after being blocked twice this month.

Today's Action: Call our Senators and ask them to publicly support Senator Flake

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

Sen. Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441, (206) 220-6400

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I have heard that Senator Jeff Flake will ask for a vote on legislation protecting the Mueller investigation next week, and I would like to see the Senator publicly support Jeff Flake. Can I count on her to make a public statement about this?"

Background:

Bonus Action

Gwen Collins-Greenup is fighting to become the first female African-American Secretary of State in Louisiana. You can help her win by writing postcards to voters in the state of Louisiana. More information is available here: https://mailchi.mp/tonythedemocrat/postcards-to-write-for-louisiana-runoff?e=5a78207fec

"[Gwen] Collins-Greenup surprised Louisiana’s political establishment to win a spot in the Dec. 8 runoff for the state’s third highest position. She bested seven of nine largely unknown and poorly funded candidates seeking to fill out the remaining year of Tom Schedler’s term as secretary of state. Spending roughly a half-cent for each vote received, the Democrat got 289,097 votes to interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s 298,657 votes. He spent about 83 cents per vote received."

Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable by Withdrawing from Yemen

Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and an American resident, was recently murdered in a Saudi consulate on orders from the Saudi government. Trump seems reluctant to distance himself from this tyrannical government, but luckily congress is not. As a response to this killing, there has been bipartisan support to condemn Saudi Arabia’s actions. The strongest message that we can send is withdrawing our support from Saudi Arabia’s military efforts in Yemen. We shouldn’t be involved in the Yemeni civil war in the first place; our participation is supporting one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

A Senate Resolution to withdraw from Yemen, S. J. Res. 54, just got voted onto the floor yesterday. Call your Senators and ask them to vote for the bill when it moves to a full vote.

TODAY'S ACTION: Stop Supporting Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

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

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

Sen. Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441, (206) 220-6400

Script:

“Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY]. I’m calling to ask [Representative] to vote for Senate Resolution 54, which would withdraw the U.S. from the conflict in Yemen. Withdrawing military support from Saudi Arabia is the best way to send them a message of condemnation for their recent murder of a journalist. What’s more, the conflict in Yemen is a humanitarian crisis that we should not be involved in, period. Thank you for doing everything you can to make this resolution pass!”

Background:

https://indivisible.org/resource/trump-covering-saudi-arabia%E2%80%99s-murder-jamal-khashoggi

Senators: Stop Tom Farr Judicial Nomination

Official Daily Action for November 28, 2018

Thomas Farr is worse than the usual awful people that Trump nominates to Federal Judgeships. His record attests to unapologetic support for voting district gerrymandering. Farr's judicial actions have intentionally manipulated voting regulations in North Carolina to disenfranchise African American voters.

From the Daily Beast:

"Farr’s record is astonishing.

"In 2016, a federal appeals court struck down North Carolina’s array of voting restrictions, finding that they 'target[ed] African Americans with almost surgical precision... The only clear factor linking these various ‘reforms’ is their impact on African American voters.'

"The main author of the law was Thomas Farr. Farr also defended the law in court, disrespecting the circuit court by calling its landmark decision 'ludicrous.'”

Our Senators have already pledged to vote no. Voting no is not enough. We need them to do everything they can to block this nomination.

Action: Whip the Vote Against Farr

Our Senators have a good relationship with Lisa Murkowski, who voted against Kavanaugh. Ask them to do everything they can to convince her to, once again, vote for decency.

Americans strongly dislike gerrymandering. Colorado, Michigan, Missouri and Utah passed anti-gerrymandering initiatives this year. Republicans from these states include: Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mike Lee (R-UT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Roy Blunt (R-MO). Ask our Senators to remind these colleagues to listen to the recent voice of their constituents, and vote against a pro-gerrymandering judge.

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

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

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

Script

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling to ask the Senator to do everything she can to fight the Nomination of Tom Farr, who authored and defended a racial gerrymandering bill that was struck down by the Federal courts, to preside over similar cases as Federal judge. This is unacceptable. I would like to ask the Senator to reach out to Lisa Murkowski, whose recent vote against Kavanaugh shows her commitment to decency, and to the Republican Senators from the states that just passed anti-gerrymandering initiatives: Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mike Lee (R-UT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Roy Blunt (R-MO)."

Background

Good News

Our own WA-07 had the 4th highest turnout of all the congressional districts in the country.

Well done!

https://twitter.com/Redistrict/status/1067483662713872384?s=20

We Need a Green New Deal!

Official Daily Action for Tuesday, November 27th:

Last Friday the Administration was forced to release (and promptly rejected) a comprehensive and terrifying assessment of the impact of climate change on the US. The report confirms drastic effects in the near and long term, touching almost every aspect of life.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and 13 members of Congress are pushing House Democrats to rise to this challenge by supporting a “Green New Deal.” Their proposed resolution would establish a select committee tasked with developing a plan to transition to a carbon-neutral economy and beyond, with the ultimate goal of “economic and environmental justice and equality.”

Unfortunately, Representatives Jayapal and Smith—strong progressives who understand the threats of climate change—haven’t signed on yet to Ocasio-Cortez’ proposal. Please call them today, to urge them to join the chorus demanding a Green New Deal.

ACTION: Ask Your Rep to Support the Green New Deal Resolution

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

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

Suggested Script:

“Hi my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling to ask that Representative [NAMEl sign on to the Green New Deal resolution, with Representative Ocasio Cortez and others. I know Representative [NAME] has been a champion of progressive causes and understands the overwhelming threats of climate change. Given the National Climate Assessment released last Friday, we must put the Green New Deal on the new Democratic majority’s agenda—to show that Congressional Democrats are willing to stand up for young people and sane climate policy. Please ask [NAME] to sign on immediately.”

REFERENCES

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/climate/us-climate-report.html

https://ocasio2018.com/green-new-deal

https://www.salon.com/2018/11/25/why-democrats-must-embrace-ocasio-cortezs-green-new-deal-proposal/

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

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TODAY

Resist Trump Tuesday

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

TODAY

Seattle Indivisible Weekly Meeting

Today, 7-9 p.m.

Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98144

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

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GIVING TUESDAY

-SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE: We are all volunteers at Seattle Indivisible, but a lot of what supports our basic operations, such as meeting spaces, fliers, and website hosting costs money. Please consider donating to keep us going strong into 2019

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

and/or

MIGRANT NEED: Donate to one of the groups providing front-line assistance to immigrants on the U.S. –Mexican border. A curated list of organizations doing good work can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-6RwY2uju_jTGs_AAZ83rwgXwuU6992pX6u_do7O3aQ/edited