Stop Anti-Immigrant Legislation and David Clarke

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Action 1: Stop Racist Anti-Immigrant Bills

The ICE Authorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2406) and the Davis-Oliver Act (H.R. 2431) will both be voted on this afternoon by the House Judiciary Committee, of which Pramila Jayapal is a member. Together these bills vastly expand the power of immigration enforcement on a federal, state, and local level. They would target sanctuary cities, and perhaps most frighteningly, they mandate arming every deportation officer with an M-4 rifle. 

Ask your house representatives to fight tooth and nail to stop these bills from getting through. (And call early – the vote will likely be at the end of the day today!) 

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

Script for Rep. Jayapal:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip] about the anti-immigration bills being debated in the House Judiciary Committee. First of all I want to thank Rep. Jayapal for speaking out against these bills, and second I want to ask that she continue to fight to stop H.R. 2406 and H.R. 2431 from passing. [If relevant, insert personal story here].”

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

Script for Rep. Smith:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip] about the anti-immigration bills being debated in the House Judiciary Committee. I want to ask that Rep. Smith do everything he can to stop H.R. 2406 and H.R. 2431 from passing, starting with issuing a public statement against them. [If relevant, insert personal story here].”

Action 2: Don’t Reward Cruelty with a Promotion

Next in the long line of horrific Trump appointees is Sheriff David Clarke, who Trump wants to appoint to a senior position in homeland security. Clarke has publicly equated the Black Lives Matter movement with ISIS, has been accused of misuse of power in his role as Milwaukee Sheriff, and has allowed several suspicious deaths in his prison, including an infant death in which an arrested woman was forced to give birth on her cell floor while in shackles. 

This appointment is not yet official, but it does not have to be confirmed by Congress. That means we need a lot of public pressure to get him dropped – ask your Senators to weigh in!

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

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

Script:

"My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip] about the possible appointment of Sherriff David Clarke to a senior position in the Department of Homeland Security. I would like to see a statement from [MoC] condemning this appointment based on his history of abusing power as Milwaukee Sherriff.”

Bonus

A special election will take place tomorrow (May 25) in Montana, with Democrat Rob Quist running against Republican Greg Gianforte for a seat in the House. If you have friends in Montana, encourage them to get out the vote!

Stop the Regulatory Accountability Act

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Action: Stop the Regulatory Accountability Act

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, ZIP]. Please oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act (S.951), and filibuster it if it comes to the floor."

Background:

Much of what the government does for you is accomplished through regulations. These are the protections that the government puts in place, authorized by laws that Congress has passed, that allow government agencies to protect you. This is what keeps your water and air clean. This is what keeps your food safe. This is what keeps banks and financial advisors from ripping you off. The Republicans, of course, hate them, and want to push through an innocent-sounding bill that would make the already difficult process of putting a regulation into effect much harder. This bill has already passed the House, and, worst of all, in addition to its Republican Senate sponsors, this bill has two Democratic cosponsors Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Heitkamp (D-ND), who are in difficult reelection races next year, so we have less margin for error.
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/raa-worst-bill-youve-never-heard/
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/05/republicans-are-trying-make-regulating-big-businesses-nearly-impossible

BONUS:

Do you know anybody in West Virginia or North Dakota? Pass them this script, and make sure their senators know that this is not what their voters want.

Your Voice Has an Impact:

All regulations go through a public comment period after they are proposed. Remember the proposed delisting of Bears Ears National Monument we wrote about a few days ago? Over 50,000 people have responded as of last week, with over 99% in favor of preserving these our lands.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/trump-asked-for-input-on-monuments-and-hes-sure-getting-it/

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Thank Bob Ferguson (WA AG) for ACA support, and call again to protect EPA regulations

Your voice is being heard.  EPA regulations supported, National Monuments protected - record numbers of American people are telling their government what’s important and what we will not put up with.  Way to go Resisters!

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

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Action 1: Thank Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General, for support of ACA subsidy payments to insurance companies. 

This week Bob Ferguson and fifteen other Democratic attorneys announced they are legally challenging the House Republican action to cancel subsidy payments for low-income Americans under the ACA.  They have also legally challenged the Trump Muslim country travel ban, and have vowed to challenge erosions to National Monument protections as well.

Let Attorney General Ferguson know you support his support of ACA subsidies. 

Attorney General Bob Ferguson
Olympia - (360) 753-6200

Script:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I am calling to thank Attorney General Ferguson for his legal challenge to cutting subsidies for the ACA and the Muslim country travel ban.  I greatly appreciate his leadership in challenging these Republican and Trump agenda actions.”

Background: 

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/politics/article/Ferguson-attorneys-general-intervene-to-defend-11157634.php

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Action 2: Tell your MOC that EPA regulations matter - again.

The Trump administration’s proposed weakening of EPA regulations has had a chilling impact on at least one important environmental energy project:

From the New York Times: 
"In a gas field here in Wyoming’s struggling energy corridor, nearly 2,000 miles from Washington, the Trump administration’s regulatory reversal is crowning an early champion.

“Devon Energy, which runs the windswept site, had been prepared to install a sophisticated system to detect and reduce leaks of dangerous gases. It had also discussed paying a six-figure penalty to settle claims by the Obama administration that it was illegally emitting 80 tons each year of hazardous chemicals, like benzene, a known carcinogen.
   
"But something changed in February just five days after Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general with close ties to Devon, was sworn in as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.  [Devon has said] it no longer intends to move ahead with the emission-control system.”

Call your MOCs and tell them not to allow Trump or Scott Pruitt to erode or erase EPA Regulations.  Our health and our environment are at stake!

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:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I am calling to express my concern about the Trump Administration’s threat to the environment by weakening EPA regulations.  The case of Devon Energy in Wyoming demonstrates how corporate interests will override important environmental protections under Scott Pruitt and Donald Trump. We need you to fight against this very real threat to the health of the American People and to our environment.”

Background: 

Devon Energy - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/business/energy-environment/devon-energy.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

Public support for EPA regulations - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/16/epa-asked-the-public-which-regulations-to-gut-and-got-an-earful-about-leaving-them-alone/

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You Should Know:

Republicans already giving Trump’s budget a cold shoulderhttp://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/republicans-already-giving-trumps-budget-a-cold-shoulder/

In a heavily Republican district of Texas, two Texas Tech professors are running (as democrats) for a U.S. house seat, where "It’s been more than three decades since a Democrat was elected to represent the 19th Congressional District in northwest Texas." http://www.chronicle.com/article/2-Professors-at-Texas-Tech-Are/144341?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en&elqTrackId=8cac83cea72642698b8f279ea0a41596&elq=df8c400bb5ce43029bdf07c3658ac1f3&elqaid=13997&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=5846

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By the Way

“I can confirm that this is false” - A Salem, MA rep responding to President Trump’s claim that he’s the victim of the “greatest witch hunt.” http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/05/18/seth-moulton-donald-trump-witch-hunt-salem-tweet/

Remember to submit your comments on Bears Ears National Monument

Action:

Submit your comments to the Department of the Interior regarding Bears Ears National Monument. The deadline for submission is this Friday, May 26. Submit a comment in support of the monument at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001

Background:

Bears Ears National Monument is a new monument designated by President Obama before he left office, under the authority of the 1906 Antiquities Act. The monument protects 1.35 million acres of public land in southeast Utah, containing sites sacred to several Native American tribes and pueblos.

The monument also contains oil, gas, uranium, and other natural resources that the current administration's allies in extraction industries are eager to exploit. For a reminder of what the current administrations' lax stance towards regulating extraction industries already is doing, read this story about Devon Energy rolling back their cleanup plans in Wyoming. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/business/energy-environment/devon-energy.html

There will be more calls to action in the future regarding other National Monuments under review, but this is the first deadline.

Your Voice Has an Impact

A similar executive order looking to gut the EPA received overwhelmingly negative comments in its public comment period. Let's face it, polluting our air and water and exploiting our public lands are not winning political positions. We can use the public comment process to make our voices heard again.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/16/epa-asked-the-public-which-regulations-to-gut-and-got-an-earful-about-leaving-them-alone/?utm_term=.0ba602028d33

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Attend a Seattle Indivisible Event, and Support Fair Elections

Action 1: Attend a Seattle Indivisible Event

Seattle Indivisible is sponsoring these two exciting events that we hope you can make! They are free but you do need to pre-register:

1) Sunday, May 21 at 3pm in Redmond: Indivisible Mosque Visit and Meet our Muslim Neighbors:

https://www.facebook.com/events/201043853741643

From 3pm to 6pm we will be at Redmond MAPS (Muslim Association of Puget Sound) touring the Mosque, listening to a presentation and Q&A about Islam, observing a prayer service and sharing a meal. All ages are welcome.

2) Tuesday, May 30 at 7pm at Town Hall Seattle: Seattle Indivisible Action Fair with special guest speaker Pramila Jayapal!

https://www.facebook.com/events/151164865422805

Come meet organizers and activist groups from around the Puget Sound region and find your best fit to effect change. Leave this event feeling energized and empowered, knowing you now have concrete tools to make a difference.

Action 2: Support Fair Elections

To take back power from Trump and his allies, we must ensure that progressive candidates have a fair shot at winning races where voter suppression and gerrymandered districts tilt the field.

The following organizations are working on ensuring a level playing field for the midterm elections and beyond. Small-dollar donations, volunteering, or even simply subscribing to their emails alerts can go a long way towards helping them succeed:

  • The National Democratic Redistricting Committee uses electoral strategies, lawsuits, and ballot initiatives to fight for fair redistricting: https://democraticredistricting.com/
  • Let America Vote fights voters suppression through public pressure. It recently ran ads in New Hampshire to support pro-voting rights candidates: https://www.letamericavote.org
  • Unrig the Map is fighting to elect Democratic governors in 18 states where the Congressional districts unfairly benefit republicans: http://www.unrigthemap.com
  • Flippable focuses on winning state legislative races around the country: https://www.flippable.org/

Your Impact:

"Democrats now have a 49-38 lead overall on the generic Congressional ballot, up from 47-41 a month ago. Even more notable though is that among voters who say they're 'very excited' to turn out in the 2018 election, the Democratic lead balloons to 27 points at 61-34." http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2017/05/health-care-puts-house-in-play.html

Celebrate! Independent investigator named, and oppose cuts to college student support

You have called.  You have told your MOC that we need an independent investigation into the Russian government's in U.S. elections and Trump's actions to avert and subvert the FBI investigation.  IT WORKED!

Keep those calls coming.  This is OUR government, we have a right to demand answers and to call for accountability in the actions of the administration.  Way to go, Resisters!

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Action 1: Call your lawmaker to thank them for pushing for an independent investigation.  

Yesterday former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named to investigate the actions of the Russian government in the U.S. elections, and the Trump administration's interference with the FBI investigation. Note that this was a bi-partisan effort, involving both sides of the aisle (GOP and Democrats), a HUGE accomplishment.

Let your MOC know you support the independent investigation and that you still want answers.

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

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

Script:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I am calling to thank [lawmaker name] for your repeated calls for an independent investigation into the actions of the Russian government and the Trump administration's impeding of the FBI investigation.  Please make sure we continue to demand answers and hold the Trump administration accountable.”

Background:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/deputy-attorney-general-appoints-special-counsel-to-oversee-probe-of-russian-interference-in-election/2017/05/17/302c1774-3b49-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-banner-high_specialcounsel606%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.26e57c7cc23a

Action 2: Tell your representative we need to support college education for our country’s children.

The Trump administration's new proposed budget is threatening to cut college work-study programs and other college public service initiatives.  These cuts would disproportionately affect working-class families, both in work-study support and in public service initiatives.

From the Washington Post:  “Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, according to budget documents obtained by The Washington Post."

Call your MOCs and tell them not to let Trump take money away from support for college students, especially work-study and public service programs.

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

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

Script:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I am calling to express my concern about the Trump Administration’s threat in his new budget to cut work-study programs and public service programs for college students.  Please fight to keep these supports in place.”

Background:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trumps-first-full-education-budget-deep-cuts-to-public-school-programs-in-pursuit-of-school-choice/2017/05/17/2a25a2cc-3a41-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.b9cace97ed2c&wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-politics%252Bnation&wpmk=1

YOUR IMPACT

EPA public comments overwhelmingly support leaving protections in place - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/16/epa-asked-the-public-which-regulations-to-gut-and-got-an-earful-about-leaving-them-alone/

The fight for National Monuments getting hundreds of letters in support - http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/letters-of-concern-from-washington-state-to-trump-administration-piling-up/

Keep calling!  Keep emailing!  Keep speaking up!

DID YOU KNOW?


A record number of telegrams brought down the Nixon White House |  https://archive.is/20120718162705/http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=KBIuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jn8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=3099,1866772&dq=western-union&hl=en

Resistbot is a text-to-fax tool that takes your text message and turns it into a fax and sends it to your lawmakers.  It also provides a "Letter to the Editor" feature for your message, in which your message may be selected to submit as a letter to the editor of a local or national newspaper. 

  • Phone calls are still the quickest method to have your opinion registered immediately. 
  • MOC staffers encourage email for more in-depth messages, but they consistently tell us to use whatever contact method that we feel works best for us, including calls, email, US Mail, or faxes. 
  • Note that there can be a delay in messages sent via US Mail (due to security precautions) or sent by fax (due to having to screen out "spam" faxes) - so a phone call is recommended if you have an urgent opinion to share.
  • To try Resistbot, text "Resist" to 50409. More info: https://resistbot.io/

Tell Trumpcare Stories and Stop Mass Incarceration

Every day Trump’s administration and Republicans continue to pursue policies that will harm Americans. Republicans continue to push a tax cut for the rich under the guise of healthcare reform and Trump’s Attorney General recently reversed Obama-era guidelines attempting to curtail incarceration rates. Today we urge you to take action to preserve our access to affordable healthcare and stop Attorney General Sessions from doubling down on mass incarceration.

Please log your call here https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1 once you’re finished. 


Action 1: Tell your healthcare story

Many hoped that the version of Trumpcare produced by the Senate would be less draconian than the disastrous AHCA legislation that emerged from the House. Unfortunately, reports from the Senate indicate that its healthcare bill may be even worse, with changes to Medicaid that would force states to curtail eligibility and cut lifesaving health benefits. 


In meetings with our Senators’ staffers they have repeatedly told us that the most effective help we can give them as they fight is to send them personal stories about how our lives or our families’ lives  may be affected. Personal stories are ammunition our Senators can use as they persuade or push back on Republicans. They specifically request that we send these stories in writing, rather than through phone calls. Would you or a family member lose healthcare if you lost ACA subsidies or Medicaid? Do you have a medical condition that could put your health coverage at risk?  


Ways to Tell Your Story: 


Method 1: Submit your (or a friend or family member’s) story to Indivisible Kirkland Kenmore’s “Virtual Rally to Save Healthcare” 
http://www.indivisiblekirklandkenmore.com/virtual-rally-to-save-healthcare/
They will compile all of your stories and hand-deliver them to Senators Murray and Cantwell.

Method 2: Senator Murray’s staffer has invited Seattle Indivisible members to e-mail him directly with our healthcare stories, which he will pass on to Senator Murray: 
e-mail: Richard_Lazaro@murray.senate.gov

Background

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/us/politics/medicaid-senate-compromise.html?ref=politics&_r=0
 


Action 2: Push back on Sessions’ maximum punishment order


Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to reverse Obama-era sentencing reforms and insist on the toughest penalties possible for criminal defendants, even for non-violent drug possession. Despite a growing bi-partisan consensus that mass incarceration has cost minority communities and tax-payers far too much, Sessions appears intent on reviving the worst days of the war on drugs. 


In the face of this, Virginia Representative Bobby Scott and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing back by introducing a revamped version of the Safe Justice Act, to make the nation's probation system better at keeping former prisoners out of jail, while focusing mandatory minimums on those at the top of drug rings, rather than the low-level offenders who can find themselves facing decades in prison for a first offense. Ask our representatives to co-sponsor Rep Scott’s legislation.


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

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

Script


“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. Attorney General Sessions’ proposed return to the era of mandatory minimum sentencing and mass incarceration for non-violent criminals is the wrong approach. Please ask Representative [name] to co-sponsor Bobby Scott’s Safe Justice Act when it is re-introduced, and reform sentencing and supervision practices, not make them more needlessly punitive. 

Background

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/jeff-sessions-tough-on-crime-approach-faces-bipartisan-pushback-w482327
 


In Case You Missed It


GOOD NEWS!

Our demands for a special counsel been answered! Robert Mueller, a former Director of the FBI, has been appointed special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Trump associates and Russian officials seeking to meddle in last year’s election.  NY Times Robert Mueller Investigation Article

 

JUST ANNOUNCED

Rep. Pramila Jayapal will be speaking at Seattle Indivisible's Action Fair on May 30th at Town Hall! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/347563185616692/permalink/423003888072621/"
 


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Keep the Pressure on Investigation, and Protect Fair Press

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Action 1: Don’t let up – investigate Trump

If you’ve already called about this, call again – if not, pick up the phone! We have to keep up the pressure on our MoCs to get a fair investigation into Trump’s behavior.

Today the news broke that the top-secret information Trump leaked may have been from Israel. That means highly classified information from Israel was shared with Russia, the closest ally of Iran. Trump's actions are a clear potential threat to U.S. security and the security of our allies. 

We also found out that before firing him, Trump had asked Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn’s relationship to Russia. That’s interfering with an investigation. We already know that Trump had asked Comey to take a pledge of loyalty, which he refused. That’s the behavior of a dictator.

The evidence is piling up – but it’s worth nothing if we don’t do anything about it. Call your representatives and ask them to act! 

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

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

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

Script:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. Trump's recent behavior has been erratic at best, and traitorous at worst. I would like for [MoC] to do everything at [his/her] disposal, including withholding consent, to push for the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s misconduct."

Action 2: Protect fair press 

Sinclair Broadcast Group, a pro-Trump and unabashedly anti-facts company, wants to buy Tribune Media. This merger would give Sinclair control of over 200 TV stations nationwide, reaching 70% of the nation. This is in clear violation of FCC regulations, which stipulate that no single company may own more than 39% of the airwaves. If this merger goes through, pro-Trump “news” will replace the local news that many have come to trust as unbiased. Senator Cantwell is on the Commerce Committee in the Senate – call her to ask that she push back against this merger.

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

Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [CITY, ZIP CODE]. I am concerned about the pending merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media. The merger is in clear violation of FCC rules, and I would like Sen. Cantwell to push back against this merger as a member of the Commerce Committee.”

Events/Opportunities

May 17, 20, and 21: Swingleft is organizing phone-banking parties for Rob Quist, the Democratic candidate in an upcoming special House election in Montana. The location of the party nearest to you can be found here: http://bit.ly/2qPf6yp

May 21, 3-6 pm: Visit a local Mosque and meet your Muslim neighbors. Seattle Indivisible is going to be at Redmond MAPS touring the Mosque, listening to a presentation and Q&A about Islam, observing a prayer service and sharing a meal. Free tickets are required so that our hosts know how many to cook for:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-a-local-mosque-and-meet-your-muslim-neighbors-tickets-34017034867

June 3, 10 am: Join the March for Truth to demand we get to the bottom of Trump’s crimes. https://www.facebook.com/events/1723249677690442


Do you have ideas for a future call to action? Send us an e-mail at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com

We still need more investigations

With the breaking news that the president has leaked highly classified information to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister during their oval office meeting last week, it is critical that our members of Congress do everything in their power to establish an independent investigation regarding the Russian government's tampering in the 2016 election, and the president's ties to the Russian government. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-revealed-highly-classified-information-to-russian-foreign-minister-and-ambassador/2017/05/15/530c172a-3960-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Action 1: Shut down the Senate

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, ZIP]. Please shut down all business in the Senate by withholding consent until an independent special prosecutor is appointed."

Background:

Even though the president's party makes up the majority in the Senate, our senators still can grind business to a halt using procedural tools. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/senate-withholding-consent-filibustering/

Action 2: Force a vote in the House

Rep. Pramila Jayapal

DC - 202-225-3106
Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith

DC - 202-225-8901
Renton - 425-793-5180

Script:

"Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [PLACE, ZIP]. Please push for a discharge petition to force a vote on H.R.356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to establish an independent commission to investigate interference by the Russian government in the 2016 election."

Background:

This bipartisan bill has languished in committee since the beginning of this session, despite having now 199 cosponsors.
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/332840-pelosi-threatens-to-force-vote-on-outside-russia-probe
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/356

Get Involved!

Bike Everywhere Day, this Friday

Come meet us!

Seattle Indivisible will host a Celebration Station for the Cascade Bicycle Club’s F5 Bike Everywhere Day this Friday, May 22nd. We will be at the northeast corner of Beacon Ave S and S Columbian Way from 6am to 9am. (Check us out on the map in the link below!)
https://www.cascade.org/bikeeverywhereday

If you will be passing through the Beacon Hill area Friday morning, please stop by, say hi, and learn more about our organization! We could also really use some volunteers to stay for longer and help greet bicycle commuters and other passerby. If you can contribute anywhere from a half hour to the entire 3-hour window from 6am to 9am Friday morning, please email An-Lon at outreach-inclusion@seattleindivisible.com. We will be handing out coffee and Seattle Indivisible flyers and engaging in a little bit of craftivism - crowdsourcing handprints for a “Resist Trump” poster to bring to our rallies and town halls. Come join us!

Visit a local Mosque and meet your Muslim neighbors

May 21st from 3pm to 6pm we will be at Redmond MAPS touring the Mosque, listening to a presentation and Q&A about Islam, observing a prayer service and sharing a meal. All ages are welcome. Tickets are required so our hosts know how many to cook for. FREE TICKETS FOR MOSQUE TOUR & MEAL
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-a-local-mosque-and-meet-your-muslim-neighbors-tickets-34017034867
 

Ways You Can Defend Our Democracy Today!

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

Action 1:  Voter Suppression is Alive and Well!

Speak out against Trump’s latest move to suppress voters - appointing Kris Kobach as head of his so-called Voter Fraud Commission. This is a very dark development that’s getting lost in the midst of all the other dumpster fires. Read about it here and pass the article and script to friends and family and post on social media:

https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/kris-kobach-king-voter-suppression-will-lead-trumps-sham-voter-fraud-commission-be

Call your members of Congress and tell them to vociferously oppose Kobach’s appointment given his history of voter suppression.  

Suggested Script: 

My name is [name] calling from [city, zip code]. I’m calling to ask [senator/congressperson’s name] to speak out against Kris Kobach’s appointment as head of Trump’s so-called Voter Fraud Commission. I’m very concerned about Kobach’s proven history of voter suppression and don’t think we can afford to ignore this move. 

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell:

DC - 202-224-3441

Seattle - 206-220-6400

Rep. Pramila Jayapal

DC - 202-225-3106

Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith

DC - 202-225-8901

Renton - 425-793-5180

Background:

https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/05/13/experts-trumps-new-voter-fraud-commission-could-be-used-suppress-legal-votes/216432

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/trump-voter-fraud.html

https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/kris-kobach-king-voter-suppression-will-lead-trumps-sham-voter-fraud-commission-be

Action 2: The People Want a Special Prosecutor!

Keep it up!  If you called already, call again. If you’ve alerted friends, think of other family members to bug. EVERYONE who cares about the fate of our democracy needs to call and demand a special prosecutor to look into the Russian government’s interference with our election and possible ties with the Trump administration. THESE CALLS MAKE A DIFFERENCE. We’re emboldening our MoCs to act by showing them they the have support of their constituents.

Script:

My name is [name] calling from [city, zip]. I want the senator to join Senators Feinstein and Durbin in demanding that Deputy Rosenstein resign if he will not name a special prosecutor to look into the Russian Government’s meddling with our electoral process.  

Contact Information for MoCs can be found here:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

Background Information Here:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/comey-watergate/526443/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/preet-bharara-are-there-still-public-servants-who-will-say-no-to-the-president/2017/05/14/8df915de-38d6-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

Show Solidarity with the Local Immigrant Community

UPDATE: THE Northwest immigrant right's project RALLY HAS BEEN CANCELED! 

If you've gotten your rally spirits up and your schedule cleared, consider participating in the travel ban rally Monday morning from 8:30-10:30 at 1010 Fifth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104. 

You can find more information here: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1920724344878041/

 

A Department of Justice office has ordered the Northwest Immigrant Right’s Project to stop helping undocumented immigrants with the overwhelming task of understanding immigration policy and completing paperwork. In order to follow the DOJ’s order, the group would have to “either formally represent everyone who comes to the nonprofit for help understanding the US immigration system, or help no one at all.”

Read background here:

http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/05/09/25132395/northwest-immigrant-rights-project-sues-feds-over-request-to-stop-helping-undocumented-people

http://www.king5.com/news/politics/northwest-immigrant-rights-project-sues-to-continue-helping-immigrants-with-paperwork/438007974

Protect National Monuments and Transgender Rights

Action 1:  Add your voice to the review of National Monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has started the Trump-initiated review of National Monuments and public lands. The review is in response to an exec. order by Trump, who has called national monuments “a massive federal land grab.”

Public lands belong to YOU, the American taxpayer.  They have been set aside especially for the recreation and enjoyment of the American People.  They do not belong to oil and gas companies.  They do not belong to individual ranchers or farmers.  Ask any National Park Ranger, and they will tell you that these are YOUR parks.

The first National Monument under review is Bear Ears National Monument in southeast Utah.  It is an area sacred to multiple Native American nations.

What to do:

1) Think about: what is most important to you about National Parks, Monuments, or public lands?

2) Comments may be submitted online after May 12.  Go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and click “Search.” Or, send mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.  The Department will shortly publish a notice in the Federal Register officially opening the public comment period.

3) Comments must be made for individual national monuments. Written comments relating to the Bears Ears National Monument must be submitted within 15 days of publication of that notice. Written comments relating to all other designations subject to Executive Order 13792 must be submitted within 60 days of that date.

Public comment period info: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-releases-list-monuments-under-review-announces-first-ever-formal

Bear Ears review:  http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/zinke-questions-monument-status-as-way-to-save-sacred-land/

Action 2: Attend Trans Solidarity Field Day: Decline To Sign I-1552

I-1552 is a ballot initiative that would restrict the rights of transgender people by repealing Washington State’s non-discrimination laws, particularly around restroom use. Signature-gatherers for I-1552 often mislead people about the initiative, saying it is about ‘bathroom privacy.’ It is important to spread awareness about this initiative so that it will fail to gather enough signatures to make the ballot!

Join the canvassing campaign against I-1552 on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at SEIU Local 6 in Seattle:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1244038869052000/

If you can’t make it, you can make the Decline to Sign pledge here:

http://www.washingtonwontdiscriminate.org/

Stay Hopeful:

This has been a tough week, but it has done nothing to diminish the power of our voices. Three Republicans crossed party lines to protect an Obama-era drilling rule this week, and outrage over Comey’s firing is red hot and spilling over party lines. We are in this for the long haul, and we are standing strong:

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/senate-blocks-moves-to-overturn-obama-era-rule-on-drilling/

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/10/us/politics/congress-statements-comey.html?_r=0

Demand answers, and get smart about 2018 elections

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Do you have suggestions for Daily Actions?  Please email your suggestions to daily-action@seattleindivisible.com.  We can’t include them all, but we review all suggestions for potential inclusion as a Daily Action.  Thank you!

Action 1:  Express your outrage at FBI Directory Comey’s firing. 

Stay mad!  Tell your lawmakers (AGAIN) you want answers to questions about the Russian government’s meddling in U.S. elections.  We have asked you to demand answers on this topic for three days, and it’s working.  Take a look at Patty Murray’s Senate floor speech yesterday on Comey’s dismissal:

“… As of noon today, my office had been flooded with hundreds of calls. The phones are ringing off the hook. On the other end of the line are the people we represent. They are picking up the phone and trying to get through to every one of us in the Senate. They want answers – and they deserve them. So M. President, let’s get to the bottom of this for once and for all—for the people we represent, and for the integrity of our elections and our very democracy.”

Today, we’re asking you:  be that caller AGAIN!  Tell your lawmakers you want answers. This is where we hold the line – at firing a law enforcement official for investigating the illegal criminal actions of his boss.  Trump expects us to calm down.  Let's stay mad!

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

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

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

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

SCRIPT:

"Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent from {CITY, ZIP}. I'm calling to express my outrage over the firing of FBI Director Comey.  I am really angry at this misuse of presidential power.  I would like to urge the Senator to hold the administration accountable, and to continue to call for answers on the influence of the Russian government on U.S. politics."

Background:
https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsreleases?ID=D476C480-D1B0-4239-BA80-5FF886857DAA

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-comeys-ouster-democrats-press-for-independent-probe-of-russias-meddling-in-election/2017/05/10/88c45624-3529-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html?utm_term=.a134699ba732


Action 2:  Learn how the “Tea Party” strategy resulted in Trump’s presidential win.

GOP activists started a strategy nine years ago to take control of the U.S. House and Senate by focusing on state races.  States determine who votes and how districts are assigned.  This has resulted in a GOP-dominated legislative and executive landscape.  

The numbers?  71 of 100 state legislative bodies and 33 of 50 governors are GOP-controlled.  This has resulted in a Trump presidency, and GOP control of both the U.S. House and Senate, making it easy to push through legislation when lawmakers vote along party lines.

In preparation for elections in 2018, take a few minutes to review the strategy used by GOP activists, and what can be done to address this injustice (click on the link below).  Remember, the entire U.S. House is elected EVERY two years, along with 1/3 of the U.S. Senate.  In 2018, besides the U.S. House and Senate, nearly 6,000 state legislative seats will also be up for election.

Let's be prepared!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/05/11/what-can-or-should-activists-learn-from-the-tea-party/?utm_term=.4f8eaeb28682


YOU SHOULD KNOW

Last week was the 100-days milestone for Trump’s administration.  Several times so far Trump has been pushed back or defeated in his agenda.  Way to go Resisters!  We have hope!  We will persevere!  We are in it for the long haul!

"Trump finds being a game changer isn't so easy":  http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/day-100-trump-finds-being-a-game-changer-isnt-so-easy/

 

No Congressional business as usual

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1 


Trump’s firing of  FBI director James Comey in the midst of the only independent investigation of the Russian connection is a Constitutional crisis & our Members of Congress should do all they can to raise the urgency of this moment in their respective houses. 


Action 1: Tell our Senators to slow things down

Senators Murray and Cantwell should continue to use every rule in the Senate playbook to slow or stop Senate business until the majority party agrees to an independent investigation into the evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. These are exactly the kind of tactics Indivisible has been asking for, for months, and they have never been more urgent.

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

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


Sample Script


“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. In the wake of the Comey firing, I am calling to thank Senator [NAME] for voting to use the “two hour rule” to slow down Senate business. Please tell the Senator that her constituents have her back as she leverages Senate procedures until the majority party agrees to an independent investigation. 

Background

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-comeys-ouster-democrats-press-for-independent-probe-of-russias-meddling-in-election/2017/05/10/88c45624-3529-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html?utm_term=.a134699ba732


Action 2: Force a vote in the House to create an independent investigation

The House may be on recess this week, but progressive Representatives are planning a response to Trump’s firing of the FBI Director, and the resulting delay or diversion of the only independent investigation of the Trump-Russia connection. Speaker Pelosi has proposed using a parliamentary procedure called a “discharge petition” to force a vote on the creation of a new independent investigatory panel. Let’s urge our representatives to support a discharge petition so that we can have a credible investigation.


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


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

 

Sample Script


“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I am outraged that President Trump has scuttled the only possible independent investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia by firing FBI Director Comey.  Please tell Rep [name] to support Speaker Pelosi’s plan to file a “discharge petition” to try to force the House to vote on creation of an independent investigatory panel.

Background

 http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/05/10/trump-russia-independent-panel-nancy-pelosi-discharge-petition/


Action 3: Stay optimistic


Trump’s outrageous moves this week have begun to generate cracks in the wall of support he receives from Congressional Republicans. Several Republican Members of Congress have voiced grave doubts about his actions, and have staged protest votes on environmental and other matters. Our calls and actions are increasing the pressure: WE WILL SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY! 

Trump shouldn't pick who investigates Trump

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

What is he hiding?

Yesterday, Trump fired FBI director James Comey. Many of us have no love for Comey, but don't believe for a second that the reason he was fired was for mishandling the Clinton inquiry, as the Trump administration has insisted. 

Comey was supervising an investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia before he was fired. Now Trump will hand-pick his replacement.

Trump should not get to pick who investigates Trump! An independent investigation has never been more crucial. Let’s act together to ensure we get one.

Action 1: Call your representatives

In response to Comey’s firing, representatives on both sides of the aisle are taking action. Rep. Amash of MI, a far-right Republican, has indicated that he is considering house legislation to establish an independent commission. A senate bill demanding an independent investigation has been floating around for months. Tell your reps that you want an independent investigation NOW!

Background: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/amash-comey-trump-russia-firing

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

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

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

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

Script:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip] because the firing of FBI director James Comey is unacceptable. I am calling to ask that [MoC] push for the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia, and support any legislation that would establish an independent investigation.”

Action 2: Call the Justice Department

U.S. Department of Justice
DC: 202-353-1555

Script:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip] to ask that Mr. Rosenstein appoint a special independent prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. Trump’s pattern of firing those who investigate him proves that an independent investigation is absolutely necessary.”

Action 3: Tell your friends

To make something happen, we need outrage to roar in every representative’s ear. Please copy and paste to share this action on facebook, email it to your friends (especially those in red states), and do whatever you can think of to get people to demand an independent investigation. We’ve proven time and again that we can get things done when we all move together – so let’s get to the truth! 


Do you have ideas for a future call to action? Post here, or e-mail us at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com

Demand More Invesitgations

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1.

Action: Don't let Jared Kushner get away with it!

Multiple conflicts of interest have emerged for Jared Kushner.  Be sure he is held accountable.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

DC - 202-225-3106
Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith:

DC - 202-225-8901
Renton - 425-793-5180

Senator Maria Cantwell:

DC - 202-224-3441
Seattle - 206-220-6400

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621
Seattle - 206-553-5545

Script

My name is [name] calling from [city,zip]. I want to ask [Member of Congress] to demand more transparency about Jared Kushner's conflicts of interest and a full ethics investigation into his failure to disclose business interests.

Background

The appropriations bill passed recently contains an extension of the EB-5 visa program, which the president's son-in-law/Senior Advisor Jared Kushner benefits bigly from. We cannot allow the financial interests of the Trump and Kushner families to drive our policy decisions as a nation. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/us/politics/kushner-china-visa-eb-5.html

Upcoming Events

Did You Know

According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, only 31% of Americans support the version of Trumpcare that just passed the House. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ahca-health-care-poll_us_59109a87e4b0e7021e99b049?64h

In Case You Missed It

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates (and acting AG for first 10 days of this administration before she was fired for upholding the constitution) delivers a stinging testimony about the president and his former National Security Advisor to a Senate Judiciary subcommittee. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/us/politics/michael-flynn-sally-yates-hearing.html

Russia, Reichert, and Resisting Trump!

Action 1:  Demand (Yes - AGAIN) that an Independent Commission investigate Russia/Trump ties.

It’s clear that House and Senate investigations are being stymied by political motivations. Urge Senators Cantwell and Murray to demand an independent commission be created to look into the Trump Administration’s ties with Russia. This should be a bipartisan concern. The future of our democracy depends on it. 

Script:

My name is [name] calling from [city/zip]. I’m extremely concerned that the House and Senate investigations into Russia are not moving forward and are being handicapped because of political motivations. I want the Senator to demand - loudly and often - an independent commission to look into this issue.  

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

Seattle - 206-553-5545

 

Senator Maria Cantwell

DC - 202-224-3441

Seattle - 206-220-6400

 

Background:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-trump-russia-independent-investigation-20170320-story.html

 

Action 2: Reichert is too chicken to hold town halls. Ask Jayapal and Smith to show up in his place!

"Maybe a Democrat ought to go into every district where a Republican who supported TrumpCare won't hold a town hall meeting, and do it for them," says Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.). Ask Jayapal or Scott to attend an 8th district constituent town hall if Reichert is too lazy or chicken to do so.  

Sample Script: 

My name is [name], calling from [city, zip]. I’m calling to ask Representative [Jayapal or Smith] to attend an 8th district town hall to answer constituents’ questions about health care if Representative Reichert is not willing to do so. 

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

DC - 202-225-3106

Seattle - 206-674-0040

 

Rep. Adam Smith:

DC - 202-225-8901

Renton - 425-793-5180

 

Background: 

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/332199-dem-if-republicans-dont-answer-questions-on-health-bill-dems-should

 

Action 3: Attend the Resist Trump Tuesday Rally.

This month’s rally will focus on Healthcare and reminding ourselves to NOT normalize the Trump agenda. We are lucky to have Teresa Mosqueda, of the Washington State Labor Council, and a longtime activist on Healthcare as our guest speaker.  

PLEASE NOTE: Rallies are now the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

More information here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/855349161338399/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A4%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&source=4&action_history=null

 

Our Senators are on our side right now. Keep them fighting!

Trumpcare’s not dead yet and we’re going to need all hands-on deck to finish it off!  We need our Senators!

Trumpcare passed the House on Thursday and by Friday morning both Senators held a joint press conference at Harborview Medical Center to give a swift rebuke to the bill.  They had specific figures ready to quantify exactly how much Harborview would lose in federal funding ($627M) as well as brave storytellers who spoke out because it’s about a lot more than just numbers.

It’s Sunday and we don’t make calls on Sunday.  We could send some twitter love their way!

Action 1: Send the Senators a tweet.

Senator Cantwell on twitter:
     @SenatorCantwell

Senator Murray on Twitter:
     @PattyMurray

Sample tweet:
“Thank you, Senator, for speaking out quickly and making it loud and clear that you will fight Trumpcare”

What?  You don’t know how to tweet?  I don’t really either.  
We could also send them some emails!

Action 2:  Send the Senators an email.

Senator Murray’s Contact me link:

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

Senator Cantwell’s Contact me link:

https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form

No script on this one.  Both Senate offices have asked for personal stories about how Trumpcare will negatively affect you, your family, a friend, or a loved one.  They don’t have the votes, but they can change someone else’s mind with a compelling personal story.  If you don’t have one, please thank them for standing up for what’s right.

From the Press Conference:

Quote from Senator Murray:

     “This awful, disastrous ‘Trumpcare’ bill is a complete non-starter”

Information from Senator Cantwell:

     Cantwell estimated the repeal of the Affordable Care Act would take $1.4 billion out of Washington state's economy per year. She also said 14 million Medicaid recipients nationwide and 600,000 Washingtonians would lose coverage under the bill passed by the House

More information on how Trumpcare would impact Harborview & Washington State:

http://www.king5.com/news/politics/harborview-could-lose-627-million-annually-under-gop-health-care-bill/437150443

http://kuow.org/post/harborview-says-gop-health-care-bill-will-cost-it-hundreds-millions

http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2017/05/06/new-health-bill-seattle-hospital-could-lose-627m-year/101362168/

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/harborview-could-lose-627m-under-new-health-care-law-executive-director-says/?utm_source=The+Seattle+Times&utm_campaign=1e23c24d6f-Alert_CORRECTION%3A_Seattle%27s_Harborview_could_lose_&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5beb38b61e-1e23c24d6f-122722765

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DON'T FORGET, THIS TUESDAY: is our Resist-Trump Rally - we will focus on Health Care, and we'll also cover the status of flipping red seats to blue. TUESDAY, MAY 9 at 11:45 a.m. at the Federal Building.

Seattle Indivisible Fights Back Against Healthcare Repeal: Beer-bottle Campaign and More

On Thursday Republicans took a vote that will endanger the lives of millions of Americans. And then they kicked off a day of celebration: playing 'Eye of the Tiger' before the vote, shipping in beer, and smoking cigars:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/04/trump-health-care-win-238005
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/10-worst-things-trumpcare/

An essential part of stopping the bill in the Senate will be making sure House Republicans pay a swift political price for their Vote and their Gloat. Today we have a special crafty action, followed by a super-quick online action. Choose what you are able, or do both!

Action 1: Send a Beer Bottle to a Republican Who Voted to Repeal

To demonstrate the cruelty of the #voteandgloat, pick a Republican who voted for repeal:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/04/politics/house-health-care-vote/index.html

And mail them empty beer bottles with labels over the brand name saying, "While you were partying…" and a photo and story of someone who will loose access to affordable healthcare if this law is passed. It doesn’t have to be fancy, you can use a simple printer label or regular paper and do it at home! Here is a label template you can download:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0r-ftn1-0lWdVFFOWdiT2FSMjA/view?usp=sharing

Post a photo of your beer bottle here and who you’re sending it to. Copy and paste, don’t share, into your social media feed so others from red districts participate! Let's make the GOP look into the faces of the people whose lives they celebrated destroying. #iamapreexistingcondition #beerbottleempathy #noahca

Action 2: Donate to Democratic Opponents of Republicans Who Voted Yes

If you have a few dollars you can give, choose one of these two fundraising links set up by ActBlue and Swingleft:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/noahca
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ahca-reps

The first will be divvied up to ALL Democrats who are challenging republicans who voted for repeal. The second is similar but divided between a smaller number (35) of swing districts.

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DON'T FORGET, THIS TUESDAY: is our Resist-Trump Rally - we will focus on Health Care, and we'll also cover the status of flipping red seats to blue. TUESDAY, MAY 9 at 11:45 a.m. at the Federal Building.

Thank your MOCs for their vote on Trumpcare, fight exploitation of public lands, and stop Trump-agenda budget riders

Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1.

Action 1:  Thank your US House Representative for voting NO on Trumpcare, and ask them to continue to work to oppose the GOP legislation.

The battle isn't over yet.  Even though the House passed the Trumpcare bill, US Congressional Representatives can still lobby their Senate colleagues to defeat it.  

And even though the House passed the bill, Rep. Dave Reichert, along with GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Vancouver), voted *against* Trump's health care plan.  Resisters are having an impact!

Please call your MOC today and thank them for their vote.  Ask them to continue to fight against this bill in the Senate.

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

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

Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent from {CITY, ZIP}.
I'm calling to thank {MOC NAME} for voting against Trumpcare on Thursday.  Please continue to support affordable health care for all by working with your colleagues in the Senate to oppose the Trumpcare bill.  

Thank you again for representing the concerns of me and my community.

Background on Thursday's vote:
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/reichert-will-vote-no-on-gop-health-care-bill/

Action 2: Protect National Parks and Monuments from Trump's Executive Order

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been ordered by Trump to review the status of all national monuments.  Even though Zinke stated during his confirmation hearing that he is opposed to the sale of public lands, and that he has also said he admires Teddy Roosevelt for using the Antiquities Act to "wrestl[e] 230 million acres away from timber and railroad interests and plac[e] the land under federal protection," Zinke has refused to say that he would block oil and gas companies from using public lands for profit.

Tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that public lands need to be protected from exploitation.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
DC - 202-208-7351

Script:
Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP].

I'm calling to ask Secretary Zinke to protect public lands from being sold or otherwise exploited by development companies.  We need public lands because they were intended to benefit the American People, not corporations.  

Thank you for your time.

Action 3:  Stop Trump-agenda budget riders in the Senate.

Congress has passed a short-term funding bill that is in effect through September.  However, Congress can still add policy riders to the final federal budget that come from Trump's agenda, such as the US-Mexico border wall, defunding the EPA or Planned Parenthood, etc.  

Riders are attached to budget items by Members of Congress to enact legislation that would be difficult to pass on its own.  This makes potentially unpopular legislation, such as defunding Planned Parenthood or the EPA, tied to a more popular and necessary law, such as funding of a medical research topic.

Tell your MOC to prioritize bipartisanship and to pass a clean budget without policy riders that are part of Trump's agenda, such as funding a border wall or defunding the EPA and other important programs.

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

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

Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent from {CITY, ZIP}.
I'm calling to urge {MOC NAME} to pass a 2017 spending bill that is clean and does not include any policy riders from the Trump agenda, including {your favorite program here}.  Congress needs to focus on bipartisanship and pass a clean spending bill.

Thank you for your time and attention.

YOU SHOULD KNOW
Pramila Jayapal used her constitutent call tallies - and stories - in her floor speech opposing the bill.  Way to go, Resisters! Keep making those calls!

Rallies & Marches are putting anti-Trump movements on the map!  - they've made it into Doonebury (political cartoon) - check this out:  http://doonesbury.washingtonpost.com/strip/archive/2017/4/30


DON'T FORGET

THIS TUESDAY: in our Resist-Trump Rally - we will focus on Health Care, and we'll also cover the status of flipping red seats to blue. TUESDAY, MAY 9 at 11:45 a.m. at the Federal Building.