Protect SNAP food assistance for needy families

ACTION:  Demand food assistance support for families in need STAY in the Farm Bill

 

Last Thursday, June 21st, the House passed their version of the Farm Bill.  The Senate is working on its own Farm Bill, but unfortunately, the House bill adds complicated work requirements, and draconian penalties for non-compliance, for SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  This would make it much more difficult for families in need, for senior citizens, and for disabled adults to receive this important support.  It would also have a larger impact on local communities suffering tough economic times, especially on communities whose residents who are between jobs or retraining for new jobs.

The good news is that the Senate version of Farm Bill does NOT add new requirements for SNAP recipients.  Today, please email (or call) our two Senators to urge them to protect SNAP in the Farm Bill legislation.

Email:

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell - https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form
  • Sen. Patty Murray - https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Don’t forget that you can leave voicemail for our Senators outside of office hours:

Phone:

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


EMAIL - touchpoints to consider including when emailing:
- 40 million Americans (12 percent of the U.S. population) receive nutritional support through SNAP
- Restricting access to SNAP hurts families in need who are in tough economic parts of the country, who have lost their primary household earner, or who have been subjected to hard times
- Reducing SNAP assistance hits poor economic areas of the U.S. worst
- More than 60% of SNAP recipients are children or 65+ age adults or adults with disabilities
- Local economies will be hit by SNAP reductions; according to a Dept. of Agriculture analysis, for every $1 spent on SNAP benefits, $1.79 was reinvested into the local economy


SAMPLE SCRIPT – when leaving voicemail by phone:

“My name is [NAME], and I am a constituent in [CITY,ZIP].  I am very concerned about the House Farm Bill that passed last week.  Changes to the SNAP program in this bill will deprive needy families of important nutritional support.  We need to ensure families in need continue to receive support through the SNAP program. Please ensure the Senate Bill does not change the SNAP program.  As a side note, I remain concerned about reuniting immigrant families with their children; please continue to work on their behalf.  Thank you.”

Background:  “U.S. House OKs Farm Bill With Major Food Stamps Changes,” New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2018/06/21/us/politics/21reuters-usa-congress-farmbill.html

BONUS ACTION: 

While you are emailing or phoning, consider mentioning to our Senators that you’re still concerned about immigrant families that have been separated from their children, and that we must ensure these 2000-some children are reunited with their parents.  Thank you!


UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday Rally – Focus on Immigrant Families!  This week only, we will be meeting outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building at 12:10 (instead of our usual 11:45) on Tuesday, June 26 so we can march over and join a rally outside of the ICE Offices: https://www.facebook.com/events/1264501857018447/

Resist with us!  Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting Tuesday, June 26 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council, all are welcome!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/

 

Thank Inslee for Funding Immigrant Rights

**Mark your calendars and note the time and location change: The official Families Belong Together rally will be on June 30th, 11:00am outside the SeaTac Detention Center (where mothers separated from their children are being held).
RSVP links:
https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/19992/signup/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1805746032846977

It’s been a long week. The entire nation mobilized against child detention camps, and while Trump gave a partial retreat, his contradictory executive orders have led to bureaucratic chaos. There is no plan to reunite families and still a “zero tolerance” policy for asylum seekers. The battle is far from over.

Here is a quick action you can take from home. This week our Governor, Jay Inslee granted over $1.2 million dollars, including emergency funding, to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in order to “ensure equitable access to referral and representation services for indigent immigrants throughout Washington state, with a priority on helping those at highest risk of deportation and of extreme harm or hardship to themselves or their families.” This is especially crucial for the women at the SeaTac detention center, many of whom were separated from their children.

Send Inslee an email to thank him for continuing to find ways to help and to fight back against the Trump administration’s cruelty: https://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message

Background links:

https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-12-million-civil-legal-aid-funding-northwest-immigrant-rights-project

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/22/us/politics/donald-trump-immigration-midterms.html

 

More Upcoming Events

Here’s a big list of Pride events this weekend! https://www.thestranger.com/events/queer/?category=pride

This week only, we will be meeting outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building at 12:10 (instead of our usual 11:45) on Tuesday, June 26 so we can march over and join a rally outside of the ICE Offices: https://www.facebook.com/events/1264501857018447/

Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting Tuesday, June 26 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council! https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/

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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.

The GOP's budget will kill Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA

On Thursday evening, the Republican majority on the House Budget Committee voted to pass the House Republican 2019 budget and rejected every amendment offered by Democrats in the process.

The budget, if passed into law, would devastate Medicare and Medicaid. The Hill reported[1] on Tuesday that the GOP budget "would cut mandatory spending by $5.4 trillion over a decade, including $537 billion in cuts to Medicare and $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid and other health programs."

Of course, the GOP is also taking another crack at repealing the Affordable Care Act: "The budget also sets up a fast-track process known as reconciliation that could allow ObamaCare repeal to pass without Democratic votes in the Senate."

This is the Republicans' desired end game to their Tax Scam from last year: deep cuts in taxes for millionaires and billionaires paid for by deep cuts to the social safety net that millions of Americans depend on.

We need to flood the phone lines of our members of Congress so that they know how opposed we are to this hateful, hurtful bill. 

Call your Senators

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME} calling from {CITY}, and I just heard that the Republicans in the House are trying to destroy Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA with their new budget bill. I want {SENATOR} to promise that she will do everything she can to make sure that the Senate budget does not include these cuts, including shutting down the Senate by withholding consent."

(Background on withholding consent can be found in the More Info section.)

Call both Senators:

  • Sen. Patty Murray - 1-206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell - 1-206-220-6400

Call your Representative

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME} calling from {CITY, ZIP}, and I just heard the the House Budget Committee passed a GOP budget that will destroy Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA. I want to ask {REPRESENTATIVE} to fight this bill with every tool they have at their disposal."

Call one:

* Rep. Pramila Jayapal - 1-206-674-0040
* Rep. Adam Smith - 1-425-793-5180

Upcoming Events

Did you see Representative Jayapal's most recent appearance on All In With Chris Hayes? She announced nationwide rallies for June 30 to tell Donald Trump that Families Belong Together. We hope you'll join us for the Seattle rally:

When: Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. Pacific
Where: Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave in downtown Seattle

RSVP: https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/19992/signup/?source=&s=

More Info

[1] http://thehill.com/policy/finance/393028-house-gop-2019-budget-calls-for-deep-medicare-medicaid-spending-cuts

[2] https://www.indivisible.org/resource/senate-withholding-consent-filibustering/

No Defunding ICE or CBP, No Vote

Yesterday, Trump signed an executive order that he claims puts an end to family separation. What this order actually does is perpetuate the zero tolerance policy by creating family jails. What’s more, it hinges on violating the 1997 Flores settlement, which prohibits immigration officials from detaining children for more than 20 days. Even worse, there are still no plans to reunite the thousands of families that have already been separated under this cruel policy.

Let your Senators know: we are not mollified by Trump’s tissue-thin effort to avoid culpability, and we will not let this issue be swept under the rug. Ask them to treat this like the emergency it is, and vote against any spending bills that do not reduce funding for ICE or CBP. These agencies have been terrorizing immigrant communities, ripping parents away from their children, and harassing immigrants and people of color in their workplaces, schools, and in the community. Democrats need to hold these agencies accountable for their behavior.

Action: No Defunding ICE or CBP, no Vote

This action comes from Indivisible National!

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

Script: 
“Hi, my name is NAME and I live in CITY. First of all I’d like to thank [MoC] for fighting against family separation at the border over the past weeks. In light of this ongoing emergency, I would like to see [MoC] vote no on any future spending bills that do not reduce funding for ICE or CBP – these agencies have both been responsible for cruel and inhumane actions, and they must be held accountable.”

Background:

Keep fighting for Immigrants on UN Day of the Refugee

Today is the United Nations Day of the Refugee. On this day, while children are locked in cages at our southern border, and a recording of their sobs circulates on social media, the Trump Administration has withdrawn the United States from the UN Commission on Human Rights. 

Our elected officials have been working hard to fight for the kids that the Trump administration is abusing. Our Governor, Attorney General, Federal and State Senators and Representatives have been at the forefront of this fight. Senator Murray gave an impassioned speech that directly called out Trump for lying, for the horrific treatment of children, and for using children for negotiation leverage or deterrence. She called on him to stop separating children now, as he has the power do any time he chooses. Representative Jayapal has called for a nationwide protest on June 30. Let's thank them, and let them know we want them to keep at it!

Action 1

Sign the UN #WithRefugees petition for UN Day of the Refugee to help show that the global public, and the American people, stand with refugees. http://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/ 

Action 2

The Office of the Washington State Attorney General is requesting information from Washington residents regarding the impacts that they are experiencing – or expect to experience – as a result of the Trump Administration’s family separation policy. If you are impacted or know someone in Washington who is, please call the AG's office
at 1-844-323-3864 and let them know.

Action 3

Thank our elected officials for fighting hard to stop the horror being done in our names, and ask them to keep fighting. 

  • Sen. Patty Murray:--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040
  • Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180 

SCRIPT for Murray

Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling today to thank Senator Murray for speaking up for immigrant children yesterday, and for not mincing words in calling on President Trump to end his terrible policy of pulling children from their families at our borders. I am horrified at what is being done in our name. I want to urge Senator Murray to keep the pressure on President Trump to end this policy now, not try to use it to force cuts to immigration through Congress.

SCRIPT for Jayapal

Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling today to thank Rep. Jayapal for leading the effort to keep immigrant families together, and for calling for nationwide protests on June 30. I plan to be there! I also want to urge her to keep the pressure on President Trump to end this policy now, not try to use it to force cuts to immigration through Congress.

SCRIPT for Cantwell and Smith

Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling today to thank [Senator/Representative] for working to keep immigrant families together. I am horrified at what is being done in our name. I want to urge [Senator/Representative] to keep the pressure on President Trump to end this policy now, not try to use it to force cuts to immigration through Congress.

Background

Upcoming Events

June 30, 10 AM
Families Belong Together rally

Henry M. Jackson Federal Building
915 Second Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101

Take Back the House

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

Flip the 8th Canvas Renton
Saturday June 23 10-2
Squak Mt Parking Lot
Squak Mountain Pkg May Valley Rd Lot 201430
Issaquah, WA 98027
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7138

Flip the 8th Canvas Black Diamond
Sunday June 24 1-5
Black Diamond Bakery
32805 Railroad Ave
Black Diamond, WA 98010
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7118

The nation is watching: two weeks left to pass a Washington carbon fee

Official action for Tuesday, June 19

We have our regular Resist Trump Tuesday rally and weekly meeting today. You can find more details at the end of this message. We hope to see you there!

Time is running out to collect signatures for I-1631--an initiative that, if passed, will be the first carbon tax or carbon fee in American history. I-1631 encourages businesses to find clean energy solutions by putting a per-ton fee on carbon emissions, and the funds raised will be invested in climate solutions. The nation is watching--let’s make sure this initiative gets the signatures it needs to make the ballot.

If you have any signatures, the deadline to turn them in is
June 27, by mail
June 30, in person at the I-1631 office (4347 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105)

Volunteer to collect signatures here:
https://yeson1631.org/

Background:
https://yeson1631.org/learn/
https://www.theatlantic.com/…/carbon-tax-fails-in-w…/554693/


Events Today

Resist Trump Tuesday--Stop Separating Families!
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
https://www.facebook.com/events/275957566281732/

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Weekly Meeting
7-9 p.m.: Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/?event_time_id=1657913660954548

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

Several new affordable housing laws from this winter’s state legislative session are taking effect: 

https://crosscut.com/…/state-takes-housing-and-homelessness…


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

This is not a drill. This is an emergency.

Family separation is cruel, unnecessary, and must end immediately.

From April 19 through May 31, there were 1,995 children separated from 1,940 adults by U.S. Border Patrol, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed on Saturday.

This is happening right now. Every day.

Our usual Resist Trump Tuesday Rally will be dedicated to this issue. Details below.

Physicians for Human Rights issued a statement. The full statement can be found in the link below.

Here is an excerpt:

Medical research clearly shows that the trauma of family separation during migration increases the risk of serious psychological disorders for refugee children, while support of the family unit is a protective mitigating factor. Separation from parents has a negative impact on the cognitive and emotional functioning of children, which can continue into adulthood and contribute to lower academic achievement, attachment difficulties, and poor mental health.

Irreparable harm is being done to children in our name. All that has to happen for this to end is Trump says “Stop”. In the meantime, this is happening. All our Representatives are on the right side of this issue. Here are some local and national organizations doing good work trying to help these children.

Below is a list of organizations that are making a difference in this crisis. Please consider supporting them if you are able. You could make a contribution, follow them on social media, or call them to ask how you can help.

Local Organizations:

-North West Detention Center Resistance http://www.nwdcresistance.org/
-Latino Civic alliance http://www.latinocivicalliance.com/
-Northwest Immigrants Right Project https://www.nwirp.org/
-Colectiva Legal in Burien https://colectivalegal.org/
-APIC https://apic.org/
-OneAmerica https://www.oneamerica.com/
-MAPS https://www.mapsredmond.org/

National Organizations:

-ACLU https://www.aclu.org/
-American Immigration Lawyers Association http://www.aila.org/
-Al Otro Lado https://alotrolado.org/
-Mijente https://mijente.net/
-CAIR https://www.cair.com/
-The Florence Project https://firrp.org/
-Human Rights First https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/
-Kids in Need of Defense https://supportkind.org/
-The Legal Aid Justice Center https://www.justice4all.org/
-Together Rising https://togetherrising.org/
-Urban Justice Centers Asylum Seeker https://asap.urbanjustice.org/
-Advocacy Project http://www.advocacynet.org/
-Women Refugee Commission https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/
-Texas Civil Rights Project https://texascivilrightsproject.org/
-RAICE https://www.raicestexas.org/
-Pueblo Sin Fronteras http://www.pueblosinfronteras.org/

Resist Trump Tuesday!

We rally every Tuesday from 11:45AM-12:30PM, followed by our standing meeting with Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30PM. Please join us.

https://www.facebook.com/events/275957566281732/

Full Statement by the Physicians for Human Rights:

http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/…/family-separation-is-…

 

Stand With Farmers Against Trump’s Trade Wars

 

TODAY!  Immigrant Family Rally - Families Belong Together:  Fathers Day, June 17th, at noon, in Westlake Park, in  solidarity with asylum seeking families whose children have been taken from them. Event details at https://www.facebook.com/events/2121249018088293

ACTION - Defend Farmers from Trump Tariff Disruption

U.S. farmers stand to lose big time if Trump’s tariffs are imposed.  Soybean farmers are at risk for significant financial losses from the disruption of mutually agreed-upon trade agreements with China and other foreign countries.  From the New York Times:

[Benjamin] Schmidt’s forebears have farmed the same land outside Iowa City for nearly 150 years. He and his father together till about 2,500 acres of the fertile prairie that stretches from Ohio through Nebraska. . .  . “China is our most important export market for soybeans,” Mr. Schmidt said. “When your most important customer hits you with tariffs, there are going to be serious ramifications. My first reaction was this is going to hit us pretty hard.”

And this:

Grant Kimberley, who with his father farms 4,000 acres near Maxwell, Iowa, and is director of market development for the Iowa Soybean Association, was even more emphatic: “We want to sell to China, Mexico, whoever. We should be part of the solution, which is bringing down the trade imbalance.”

Farming is one of the most financially risky enterprises in the U.S.  Crops can fail, weather can play havoc with crop yields, prices can go and up and down.  Current trade agreements have been negotiated for mutual benefit of U.S. farmers and their markets.  Trump’s recent tactics on tariffs threatens the financial stability of U.S. producers across all varieties of American products.

Please express support for U.S. farmers and manufacturers by emailing your members of Congress and urging them to oppose Trump’s tariffs.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal - https://jayapal.house.gov/contact/email
Rep. Adam Smith - https://adamsmith.house.gov/contact/email-me

Sen. Maria Cantwell - https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form
Sen. Patty Murray - https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

If you prefer to call, you can leave voicemail with MOCs (even on the weekend):

Sen. Patty Murray - DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell - DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400
Rep. Pramila Jayapal - DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith - DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180


SAMPLE SCRIPT - please put your message in your own words if emailing:
“My name is [NAME], and I am a constituent in [CITY,ZIP].  President Trump’s tariffs are a financial threat to American farmers and manufacturers.  I urge you to work with your congressional colleagues to protect American producers from a brutal and costly trade war.  Thank you.”

Background
American farmers worry they'll pay the price of Trump's trade war
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/07/business/trump-trade-china-iowa-soybeans.html

Just the Fear of a Trade War Is Straining the Global Economy
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/16/business/tariffs-trade-war.html



DON'T FORGET!

Stand with Tukwila immigrant businesses who are about to be wiped out to build a police station! Attend the Tukwila City Council Meeting, Monday June 18 at 6:45 at Tukwila City Hall, 6200 Southcenter Blvd.

Resist Trump Tuesday continues on Tuesday, June 19 at 11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a meeting with our Senators’ Staffers!

Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council!

 

More Ways to Fight Family Separation

With the Trump Organization considering outdoor tent prison camps for kids separated from their parents at the border, and Jeff Sessions quoting biblical verse to defend the policy, the family separation policy is continuing unabated. From the slave trade to internment camps, this echoes some of the darkest chapters of American history and could get worse if we don’t act now.

We have a few quick suggested actions for you to take today to fight family separation. Please choose what works for you:

1) Make a donation to RAICES Texas, one of the organizations on the front lines providing legal services at the border and fighting to reunite families. You can also earmark a contribution directly to their Family Reunification and Bond Fund:

https://www.raicestexas.org/#donate

https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/bondfund?source=direct_link&

2) Keep making noise and making headlines. We are co-sponsoring the Families Belong Together rally this Sunday at noon in Westlake Park, and hope you can join us: https://www.facebook.com/events/2121249018088293/

3) If Democrats win Congress in November, they can subpoena documents from ICE to expose human rights abuses, withhold funding, and may even have a chance of ending this atrocity altogether. Sign up for the next door-knocking or phone-banking event that fits your schedule by entering your zip code here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/event/index

Background links:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/13/17458008/immigrant-children-cages-separated-parents-border

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/06/14/jeff-sessions-points-to-the-bible-in-defense-of-separating-immigrant-families/?utm_term=.b623a9a42256

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Families Belong Together: Join the Rally, on Fathers Day, June 17th, at noon, in Westlake Park and stand in solidarity with asylum seekers who have been separated from their children. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2121249018088293

Stand with Tukwila immigrant businesses who are about to be wiped out to build a police station! Attend the Tukwila City Council Meeting, Monday June 18 at 6:45 at Tukwila City Hall, 6200 Southcenter Blvd.

Resist Trump Tuesday continues on Tuesday, June 19 at 11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a meeting with our Senators’ Staffers!

Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council!

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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.

It's a state's right to give its residents health care

Thanks for the calls you made yesterday to our Senators on universal health care! Let's keep the pressure up and do it again today.

Also, we hope that you'll us at a rally on Sunday in Westlake Park to tell the Trump administration that Families Belong Together. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2121249018088293/ or read to the bottom for more information.

Background

Rep. Pramila Jayapal proposed legislation on Monday that would allow states to redirect the money they receive for health care to funding "state-based universal health care systems."[1] This would allow, say, Washington, Oregon, and California to band together to offer a single-payer health care system to all of their residents. It is, needless to say, a BFD. (Thanks, Joe.)

Now, we're not pollyannaish. We know that—despite all of his talk about the importance of states' rights[2]—Paul Ryan is not likely to let this bill come to the floor of the House during this session, but Pramila Jayapal is 100% right about progressives needing to offer real propositions for America, and not just opposition to the President.

Meanwhile, no Senator has yet stepped up to introduce a piece of companion legislation. Patty Murray is the ranking Democrat on the committee responsible for health care, and Maria Cantwell is running for reelection, and so it seems that either of them would be good candidates to step up and introduce this legislation in the Senate.

Today's Action: Ask our Senators to propose state-based universal health care legislation in the Senate

Sample Script:

"Hi, this is {NAME} calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I heard that Congresswoman Jayapal announced legislation to give states the right to spend federal dollars on universal health care, and I want to ask {Senator} to introduce companion legislation in the Senate."

You should feel free to include your own personal stories when you call. These are *super important* to the impact of your call. For instance, you might say that you wish you could start your own small business here in Washington, but can't afford to lose your employer health care, or, if you or a family member has a critical medical condition, as many people do, that they may be at risk of losing their life. And I don't say this to be flippant. There are plenty of people (some in this group) for whom this is literally the case. 

Call both:

  • Sen. Patty Murray - 1-206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell - 1-206-220-6400

Bonus Action

Call Pramila Jayapal's office to thank her for being a bold progressive voice in the House and leading by example on health care.

"Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I want to thank the Congresswoman for introducing the State-Based Universal Health Care Act. I have called Senators Cantwell and Murray to ask them to introduce similar legislation in the Senate, and I hope that the Congresswoman continues to stand strong for people like me."

Rep. Pramila Jayapal - 1-206-674-0040

Event: Families Belong Together / Familias Unidas No Divididas

Join the Rally, on Fathers Day, June 17th, at noon, in Westlake Park and stand in solidarity with asylum seekers who have been separated from their children.

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2121249018088293/

More Info

[1] "Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Introduces Bill to Help States Fund Single-Payer Health Care": https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/06/12/27455875/congresswoman-pramila-jayapal-introduces-bill-to-help-states-fund-single-payer-health-care

[2] One of our favorite examples is this tweet where Paul Ryan said about REPEALING THE ACA: "We are going around the federal government and back to states' rights. This is enormous conservative reform." - https://twitter.com/PRyan/status/839948410023215105

Make Universal Health Care Possible in WA! 

On Monday, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced the State-Based Universal Health Care Act. This Act lays the groundwork for universal healthcare and/or single payer health care on a state or a regional level by allowing states to redirect federal healthcare funds into such a system. It is a crucial step towards fair, affordable healthcare in Washington State. As of now there is no companion bill in the house – call your Senators to ask that they introduce one, and Rep. Smith to ask that he support it. And while you’re at it, call Rep. Jayapal to thank her!

Action 1: Tell Reps to Lead the Way to Universal Healthcare

Sen. Patty Murray:--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400
Rep. Adam Smith - 1-425-793-5180

SCRIPT for Senators:
“Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP]. Rep. Jayapal recently proposed the State-Based Universal Health Care Act, which lays the groundwork for single-payer or other improved forms of healthcare in Washington state. I’m calling to ask that [Senator] propose a companion bill in the Senate – we must take steps to make healthcare work for everyone.”

SCRIPT for Rep. Smith:
“Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP]. Rep. Jayapal recently proposed the State-Based Universal Health Care Act, lays the groundwork for single-payer or other improved forms of healthcare in Washington state. I’m calling to ask that Rep. Smith do everything he can to support this bill – we must take steps to make healthcare work for everyone.”

Action 2: Thank Rep. Jayapal for Leading the Way to Universal Healthcare

Rep. Pramila Jayapal - 206-674-0040

SCRIPT:
“Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP] to thank Rep. Jayapal for leading the way to universal health care in Washington by introducing the State-Based Universal Health Care Act. Rep. Jayapal is always at the head of the charge, pushing things in the right direction; I am thankful that she represents me and my community.”

BACKGROUND:
https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/06/12/27455875/congresswoman-pramila-jayapal-introduces-bill-to-help-states-fund-single-payer-health-care

Thank our members of Congress for defending immigrant families

Last Thursday, The Stranger reported[1] that over 100 people seeking asylum in the United States had been detained at the border, placed in 'detention centers,' and even separated from their children. Subsequently, these people, seeking freedom from violence and persecution, have been sent to U.S. federal prison.

By Saturday, Congresswoman Jayapal had toured the facility and spoke out against ICE's cruel and immoral behavior[2]:

"I hugged as many of them as I could because I just want them to know that we know they are human beings who are seeking safety and security...What's heartbreaking is they were not given any chance to say goodbye to their children to explain what was happening...Most of them don't know where their children are."

On Tuesday evening, Jayapal appeared on All In With Chris Hayes to discuss what she saw. Please share this video link with your friends and family: https://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/rep-jayapal-mothers-didn-t-even-get-to-say-bye-to-kids-1254390339649

Meanwhile, our Senators have been hard at work as well, introducing legislation to ban the separation of immigrant parents from their children with the Keep Families Together Act[3]:

“As a mother and grandmother, the idea of having your child taken from you and sent away is an absolute nightmare—and the idea that this Administration is using this as a so-called ‘deterrent strategy’ is horrifying and unacceptable,” Sen. Murray said. “This issue strikes close to home with the reports of so many women being held in our state, so it’s critical we raise awareness, build momentum, and take steps to counteract the Trump administration’s ill-advised and immoral policy surrounding those seeking safety in our country.”

And last, but not least, Congressman Adam Smith also spoke at the press conference in SeaTac on Saturday, and said the following: "I condemn the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance policy of separating immigrant families. This policy goes against the very ideals that our country was founded on, and I will continue to fight to keep families together." [4]

Today's Action

Let's thank our Members of Congress for standing strong against the Trump Administration's unjust and cruel treatment of human beings fleeing oppression and violence, and ask them to keep speaking out strongly against this and any future immoral acts.

Sample Script

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I want to thank [Senator/Representative name] for speaking out against the Trump Administration's immoral separation of families. Please keep fighting to have these people treated with dignity."

Call both:

  • Sen. Patty Murray - 1-206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell - 1-206-220-6400

Call one:

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal - 1-206-674-0040
  • Rep. Adam Smith - 1-425-793-5180

Bonus Action

Be a supporter of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), which helps to defend people like these asylum seekers, by making a donation: https://www.nwirp.org/donate/

The NWIRP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which means that your contributions are tax-deductible.

More Info

Don’t hand Trump a blank check for war

Official action for Tuesday, June 12

We have our regular Resist Trump Tuesday rally and weekly meeting today. You can find more details at the end of this message. We hope to see you there!

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

When Congress passed an Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) after September 11, 2001, it opened the door for the president to unilaterally launch wars that are still going on today in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) are working to write a revised AUMF, but the new version has many problems. Most terrifyingly, it reverses the process for war authorization; instead of Congress authorizing the president to declare war, the president can declare war, and Congress must pass a bill to oppose it--a bill that the president can still veto! Tell our representatives not to hand Trump this level of unchecked power. This is a bipartisan bill, so it’s especially important that our representatives know that we do not support it.

Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400
Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Sample Script:
“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. [Senator/Representative name] must oppose the Corker-Kaine Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) as long as it gives the president power to declare war without Congressional approval.”

Background:
https://www.aclu.org/…/senators-corker-and-kaine-want-give-…
https://www.theatlantic.com/…/a-bill-to-stop-the-fo…/559769/
https://www.indivisible.org/…/trump-shouldnt-blank-check-w…/


Events Today

Resist Trump Tuesday
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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Weekly Meeting
7-9 p.m.: Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/?event_time_id=1657913664287881

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.

Protect Emergency Housing for Puerto Rico!

We are going to re-visit this action from last week. It’s too important; we need to put some extra pressure on congress.

2300 families in Puerto Rico are still displaced from Hurricane Maria, and on June 30, government funding for their temporary housing will expire.

There is no reason for this!

FEMA has previously provided longer-term housing assistance after other natural disasters, such has Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. “FEMA can simply flip a switch to make this happen," said Denise Collazo, chief of staff at faith-based community organizing group Faith in Action. "For whatever reason, they’re choosing inaction."

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

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

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

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

Sample Script:

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. With Puerto Rico still recovering from Hurricane Maria, the government needs to extend emergency housing for families displaced by the hurricane. Please co-sponsor the Housing Victims of Major Disasters Act.”

Also:

Exciting Canvasing Opportunities!

Join us for short training and fun canvass to Flip the 8th Congressional District and Flip the 47th Legislative District. We can do this!!!

When: Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Where: Starbucks at 13121 SE Kent-Kangley Rd, Kent, WA 98030

https://www.facebook.com/events/256532758421734/

Background:

https://www.nola.com/

https://thinkprogress.org/fema-spent-75-million-to-dock-a-

 

Stand with Immigrant Businesses

Please protect 16 immigrant-owned businesses at risk of displacement by construction of a new police station. The following action has been provided by Coalition for the Fair Treatment of Tukwila Businesses, MLK Working Families Party, One America, Puget Sound Sage.

Action: Stand with Tukwila Immigrant Businesses Monday June 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Tukwila City Hall.

Take action Monday June 11 at 5:30 p.m. to support Tukwila immigrant businesses. The Tukwila City Council wants to erect a police station and displace the 16 immigrant businesses that are thriving on that land.   We will let City Council know we want them to
1) Delay the police station;
2) Support our immigrant businesses and don’t displace them;
3) Don’t raise our taxes;
4) complete smaller projects that are within the budget - such as a fire station.

Monday June 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Tukwila City Hall, at 6200 Southcenter Boulevard, Tukwila, 98188, City Council members will be reviewing the financing of the Public Safety Project including the police station. The City of Tukwila admits that they don’t have the funds to do all the projects, including the police station and courthouse. The City of Tukwila should delay the police station and focus on financially doable projects; and not displace these vital immigrant businesses.

JOIN US MONDAY JUNE 11 at 5:30 p.m. at TUKWILA CITY HALL.

Flip the 8th Canvasses TODAY

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

Sunday June 10
When: 10:30-2:30
What:  Flip the 8th Canvas Auburn (30th LD)
Where: Jump Start Espresso
29005 Military Rd S
Federal Way, WA 98003
Sponsor: Washington State Democratic Party
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7344

When: 1-5
What:  Flip the 8th ISSAQUAH HIGHLANDS
Where: Café Ladro
1200 10th Ave NE
Issaquah, WA 98029
Sponsor: Washington State Democratic Party
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7168

Volunteer for Climate Justice

We want you to help us get Initiative 1631: Clean Air, Clean Energy on the ballot this November. This initiative will provide investments in a healthier future for everyone, and a clean energy economy that works for everyone. This initiative was developed with a focus on environmental justice, and is the product of a coalition of organized labor, environmental groups, small business, faith communities, and groups representing communities of color. This is a big deal - even Governor Inslee has endorsed!

You can sign up to help gather signatures at https://yeson1631.org. Use the "Find Events" button to find a signature gathering event near you, or use the "Volunteer" button to become a Climate Justice Steward and organize your own signature gathering events.

More about I-1631:
Campaign Website: https://yeson1631.org
From The Stranger: New Carbon Fee Initiative Drafted with More Color and Less White Supremacy: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/05/22/26431926/new-carbon-tax-initiative-drafted-with-more-color-and-less-white-supremacy
From South Seattle Emerald: Initiative Seeks Environmental Justice Through Racial Justice: https://southseattleemerald.com/2018/05/11/initiative-seeks-environmental-justice-through-racial-justice/

Resist Trump Tuesday This Week

Tuesday, June 12 11:45am, 915 Second Ave, Seattle

Come to this week’s Resist Trump Tuesday rally to hear speakers and engage in Q&A on how to get your preferred candidate elected this November. Ask a friend or neighbor to join you in learning the best techniques for phone banking, post carding, raising political donations, voter registration, a close look at door-to-door canvassing, and useful tips for how to talk to friends, family, and neighbors to encourage them to vote.

Immediately following our rally, we will meet with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell’s staff from 12:30-1:30PM. Come hear firsthand what your senators are doing and share your thoughts and concerns.

Join us every Tuesday for Seattle Indivisible’s Resist Trump Tuesday rally followed by our weekly meeting with Senate staff. All are welcome. We need your voice, your passion and your amazing energy.

We are Indivisible, and We Will Persist.
https://www.facebook.com/events/128899571244049/

Weekly Meeting this Tuesday

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

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

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

We are Indivisible.

This meeting venue is wheelchair accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/

Fight Family Separation in Seatac – Protest TODAY

**FYI: Please do not attend the counterprotest outside of Planned Parenthood today, per their request: https://taephoenix.com/2018/06/08/%f0%9f%9a%a8urgent-do-not-attend-tomorrows-counterprotest-at-seattle-planned-parenthood-clinic-patriot-prayer/

We have all been outraged at Trump’s new policy of separating parents from their children at the southern border. Now this human rights violation has come home to Washington: the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project says that due to the new separation policy increasing the demand for detention beds, over 100 women seeking asylum are now being held at the SeaTac federal prison while their children are sent elsewhere.

The Federal government is acting unilaterally, but we still have the power to draw the world’s attention to this cruelty. Please join us at the #WhereAreTheParents solidarity protest, 1:30 pm outside the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac (2425 S 200th St, Seattle): https://www.facebook.com/events/129272717940781

If you can’t make it or have a prior commitment, here is another action you can take from home. Thank Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson for the stern letter they sent to the prison and to ICE this week demanding answers. Here is a quote in part:

“We have serious concerns about the Trump Administration's treatment of these asylum seekers who are now here in Washington. As the chief executive and chief law enforcement officers for the State, we ask that you immediately share with us information about these asylum-seekers, including: Where are their children and who is caring for them? Why are these women being held in prison while their asylum claims are resolved?”

Send them an email thanking them for this letter, and ask them to explore all available options to reunite these women with their families:

Governor Inslee: https://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message

Attorney General Ferguson: http://www.atg.wa.gov/contact-us

Background links:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/immigrants-rights-activists-say-up-to-120-asylum-seekers-separated-from-children-being-held-at-seatac-prison/

https://agportal-s3bucket.s3.amazonaws.com/uploadedfiles/Another/News/Press_Releases/Ltr%20from%20Gov%20Inslee-AG%20Ferguson.pdf

https://www.king5.com/article/news/politics/inslee-questions-sending-undocumented-mothers-to-seatac-detention-center/281-562295101

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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.

Protect housing for 2300 Puerto Rican families

Official Action for Friday, June 8

This weekend has plenty of opportunities to canvas for the 2018 midterms. See the bottom half of this message for more information.

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

2300 families are still displaced from Hurricane Maria, and on June 30, government funding for their temporary housing will expire. That is when FEMA’s Transitional Shelter Assistance Program will end. The Housing Victims of Major Disasters Act is being introduced in both the House and the Senate in order to extend emergency housing as Puerto Rico continues to rebuild. Call our representatives and tell them to support this bill!

Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400
Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Sample Script:
“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. With Puerto Rico still recovering from Hurricane Maria, the government needs to extend emergency housing for families displaced by the hurricane. Please co-sponsor the Housing Victims of Major Disasters Act.”

Background:
https://www.nbcnews.com/…/2-300-puerto-rican-families-displ…
https://www.vox.com/…/trump-hurricane-briefing-fema-puerto-…


Canvassing this Weekend

This weekend, you can knock on doors to help Democrats take back the House at these events and more:

Flip the 8th Canvas Auburn (30th LD)
Saturday, June 9: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
AND Sunday, June 10: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Jump Start Espresso
29005 Military Rd S
Federal Way, WA 98003
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7334 (Saturday)
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7344 (Sunday)

Flip the 8th Canvas Auburn (47th LD)
Saturday, June 9: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Starbucks
1420 Harvey Rd NE
Auburn, WA, 98002
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/6963

Flip the 8th Canvass - Auburn (31st LD)
Sunday, June 10: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Starbucks
1408 Lake Tapps Pkwy SE Ste E101
Auburn, WA, 98092
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7354

Flip the 8th Canvas City of Snoqualmie
Saturday, June 9: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Snoqualmie Starbucks
34817 Snoqualmie Pkwy Ste 100
Snoqualmie, WA, 98065
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7178

Flip the 8th Canvass Issaquah Highlands
Saturday, June 9: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Café Ladro
1200 10th Ave NE
Issaquah, WA 98029
https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7168


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

Keep White Supremacists Out of Government

The Trump administration has nominated Ronald Mortensen, a fellow with the anti-immigrant hate group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. CIS was founded by a white nationalist in 1993 and has worked to spread white supremacist ideology ever since. Mortensen has repeatedly espoused the lie that immigrants are criminals, even referring to immigrant populations in sanctuary cities as “illegal alien murderers, identity thieves, gang bangers, and other assorted thugs.”

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration’s purpose is to aid refugees and victims of conflict escaping persecution. Mortensen’s extremist views are directly at odds with the Bureau’s purpose, and his appointment would endanger the lives of hundreds of people seeking relief from violence and oppression in their home countries. 

(Thanks to 5calls.org for this action!)

Action: Ask Senators to Reject Mortensen’s Nomination

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

Script:
Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling today to ask [Senator/Representative] to oppose Ronald Mortensen’s nomination to Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Mortensen is a part of an anti-immigrant hate group – he should not be in charge of a bureau intended to aid refugees and immigrants in need.”

Background:
Southern Poverty Law Center: https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/05/25/trump-taps-hate-group-fellow-ronald-mortensen-important-post-dealing-refugees

Good News: CA Primary Results are in!

By the skin of our teeth, we got Democrats through the primaries in California’s 39th, 48th, and 49th districts where progressives were worried that we might be blocked out of the midterms. The races were extremely close – so thank you if you helped out by phonebanking or textbanking!

Protect Immigrant Families

The Trump administration has a new policy of separating all asylum-seeking children from their parents at the border. 600 kids were removed from their families in May, and are being held in detention centers. On Sunday, Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon tried to inspect one facility, a converted WalMart in Texas, and was turned away after local police were called. A Seattle protest at the Seattle ICE office yesterday resulted in arrests. This has to stop.

Action 1

Ask our Senators and Representatives to insist on congressional oversight of ICE, starting with children's detention facilities

  • Sen. Patty Murray:--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040
  • Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180 

Script

Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling today to ask [Senator/Representative] to insist on congressional oversight of the ICE facilities housing children who have been forcibly separated from their parents. I am furious that Senator Merkley was turned away from one such facility. I am calling on [Senator/Representative] to go to the detention facility in Tacoma for an inspection, to initiate an official investigation immediately, and to get those kids back with their parents.

Action 2

Call, e-mail and tweet at Pete Holmes, Seattle City Attorney, to demand the release of the Anti-ICE 9, activists arrested Tuesday for standing against Trump's Deportation Forces and for our communities!

Phone number: 206 684 7757
E-mail: Peter.Holmes@seattle.gov

Script for calls/e-mails:

I'm calling/e-mailing to ask that you immediately release the activists arrested today protesting ICE in downtown Seattle, and that you drop any charges against them. Seattle should be proud of those standing up against Trump's deportation forces, and as City Attorney you should stand on the side of the people, not on the side of immigration enforcement.

Tweet

@CityAttyPeteH Release the Anti-ICE 9 on their own recognizance! We should celebrate those standing up to ICE, not jail them. #WhoseSideAreYouOn

Background

Upcoming Election Events

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

Saturday June 9

When: 10:30-2:30
What:  Flip the 8th Canvas Auburn (30th LD)
Where: Jump Start Espresso
29005 Military Rd S
Federal Way, WA 98003
Sponsor: Sponsor: Washington State Democratic Party
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7334

When: 10:30-2:30
What:  Flip the 8th Canvas Auburn (47th LD)
Where: Starbucks
1420 Harvey Rd NE
Auburn, WA 98002
Sponsor: Sponsor: Washington State Democratic Party
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/6963

Sunday June 10

When: 10:30-2:30
What:  Flip the 8th Canvas Auburn (30th LD)
Where: Jump Start Espresso
29005 Military Rd S
Federal Way, WA 98003
Sponsor: Sponsor: Washington State Democratic Party
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7344

When: 1-5
What:  Flip the 8th ISSAQUAH HIGHLANDS
Where: Café Ladro
1200 10th Ave NE
Issaquah, WA 98029
Sponsor: Sponsor: Washington State Democratic Party
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7168

Comment against the abortion gag rule

Official action for Tuesday, June 5

We have our regular Resist Trump Tuesday rally and weekly meeting today. You can find more details at the end of this message. We hope to see you there!

Last month, Trump announced an abortion gag rule. This rule would block Planned Parenthood and other agencies providing abortions from receiving Title X funding. It would also prevent agencies receiving Title X funding from referring for an abortion unless the patient expressly states that she has already decided to terminate her pregnancy. This terrifying bill is finally open for formal comment--let’s flood the Department of Health and Human Services with comments against it!

Comment here:
https://www.federalregister.gov/…/compliance-with-statutory…

Example talking points:

  • The rule is designed to remove Title X federal funding from important family planning clinics, like Planned Parenthood. Since Planned Parenthood’s other source of funding is Medicaid, the rule would hit those without health insurance particularly hard. This is especially troubling for the 18 states that still haven’t expanded Medicaid.
  • “A new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute estimates that there are 103 counties in the United States where Planned Parenthood is the only provider of publicly funded contraceptives. In an additional 229 counties, Planned Parenthood serves the majority of women who are low-income and qualify for government help paying for birth control” (Sarah Kliff, Vox). Women around the country, especially those of low-income, are dependent on Planned Parenthood for family planning--the exact healthcare need Title X is supposed to protect!
  • The rule would prevent doctors at other Title X funded organizations from referring their patients to abortion clinics unless the patient initiates the conversation and states that she has already decided to terminate her pregnancy. This jeopardizes women’s lives and destroys patient-doctor trust.

Background:
https://www.nytimes.com/…/politi…/trump-abortion-limits.html
https://www.vox.com/…/trump-abortion-planned-parenthood-def…
http://www.bioethics.net/…/the-land-of-the-gagged-and-the-…/
http://thehill.com/…/385678-anti-abortion-groups-call-on-tr…


Events Today

Resist Trump Tuesday, feat. Vets4Peace and Physicians for Social Responsibility
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
https://www.facebook.com/events/896261063897726/

Come hear Dan Gillman, President of Vets4Peace: Local Chapter 92 who will speak on the federal budget, cutting military spending, and the threat of privatizing the VA.

We are also proud to welcome speaker Lilly Addams from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), which has been working for more than 50 years to create a healthy, just and peaceful world for present and future generations. PSR is the U.S. affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, a non-partisan federation of national medical groups in 64 countries that share the common goal of creating a more peaceful and secure world freed from the threat of nuclear annihilation.

Immediately following our rally, we will meet with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell’s staff from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Lilly Addams will be joining our meeting to ask our Senators to co-sponsor legislation to eliminate first strike nuclear capability as well as banning "low yield" nukes.

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Weekly Meeting
7-9 p.m.: Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/?event_time_id=1657913667621214

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.