Censure Trump

Official Group Daily Action for Thursday August 17th

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ACTION: Censure President Trump for Supporting White SupremacISTS

Amid the outrage and shock we and our Members of Congress are feeling following President Trump’s increasingly blatant expressions of support for Nazi and white supremacist violence, one of our Representatives has moved from anger to action. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has drafted a resolution of censure for Donald Trump which she, along with along with Reps Nadler and Watson Coleman will introduce during the proforma House session next week.

If you live in her district, thank Rep. Jayapal for channeling her constituents’ anger. If you live in Adam Smith’s district, ask him to sign onto Jayapal’s resolution. Ask our Senators to introduce parallel resolutions of censure in the Senate at their next opportunity.

SCRIPT for Rep Jayapal: “My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I am horrified by the President’s increasingly overt support for violent white supremacists and Nazis, and I want to thank Congresswoman Jayapal for responding with a resolution of censure. She speaks for me.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

DC - 202-225-3106

SCRIPT for Rep. Smith: “My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I am horrified by the President’s increasingly overt support for violent white supremacists and Nazis. Please ask him to cosponsor congresswoman Jayapal’s resolution of censure for President Trump.”

Rep. Adam Smith:

DC - 202-225-8901

SCRIPT for Senators Murray and Cantwell:

My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I am horrified by the President’s increasingly overt support for violent white supremacists and Nazis. I appreciate the Senator’s statement about this issue, but I am calling to ask her to do more. Reps Jayapal, Nadler, and Watson Coleman are introducing a resolution of censure in the House. Will Senator [NAME] put her name on a parallel resolution of censure in the Senate? I would like her to do this at her earliest opportunity.

Senator Maria Cantwell:

DC - 202-224-3441

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

BACKGROUND:

https://jayapal.house.gov/media/press-releases/reps-jayapal-nadler-and-watson-coleman-announce-censure-resolution-against

http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/08/16/25353885/rep-pramila-jayapal-announces-resolution-to-censure-trump-over-his-failure-to-condemn-white-supremacists

FIGHT WHITE SUPREMACY IN SEATTLE THIS FRIDAY

Attend the Emergency Rally to Say No to The Nazis at Victor Steinbreueck Park (2001 Western Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121), Friday August 18th from 6PM to 10PM.).

Americans for Refugees & Immigrants is partnering with the ACLU, the Womxn's March, and the Truman National Security Project-Seattle Chapter to protest the hate, violence, anti-Semitism, and racism of the Nazis and the Alt-Right. For more information and to RSVP,  go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/784767385037018

Protect the Russia Investigation

First off, thank you to everyone who came out for our biweekly meeting on Tuesday night! It’s great to see such energy in the resistance. If you’d like to join us for our next meeting, be sure to sign up for our daily action alerts here (http://bit.ly/2uGAurS) to be reminded as the next meeting approaches, and email hello@seattleindivisible.com if you’d like to get more involved but aren’t sure how!

Action: Tell Sen. Grassley to Fast-Track Protections for Special Counsel Mueller

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

Republicans and Democrats alike are worried that Trump will fire Special Counsel Mueller as he continues to uncover information about the Russian government’s relationship with the current Administration. That is why there are currently two bipartisan bills in the Senate that would allow Congress to reinstate any Counsel that the President terminates for political reasons.

For these bills to become law, they must first be taken up by the Senate Judiciary Committee. We’ve been told that to help these bills along, we need to put the pressure on the chair of this committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Call Sen. Grassley yourself, and even more importantly, reach out to friends in Iowa who are his constituents and ask them to tell him how crucial it is to fast-track protections for Mueller.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA): 202-224-3744

Script:

“My name is [NAME] and I am calling because I am concerned that President Trump may interfere in the Russia investigation by firing Special Counsel Mueller. Two bipartisan bills have been proposed to safeguard against this possibility – please bring one or both of them up for hearings in the Judiciary Committee so that they can become law as quickly as possible.”

Background:

https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-trump-russia-senate-idUSL1N1KP22U

Good News

Democrats are taking back the grassroots: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/opinion/donald-trump-is-the-godfather-of-a-democratic-renaissance.html?_r=0

Demand funding to fight white nationalism

Official daily actions for Tuesday, August 15

Events Today:

- 12:30 p.m. - Senator Murray and Cantwell’s staffers hold office hours. 
- 5 p.m. - Representative Jayapal’s staffers hold office hours.
- 6:30 p.m. - Seattle Indivisible Biweekly Meeting - come get more involved and find a project that will let you help out with the resistance.

More details:

Senators Murray and Cantwell office hours:

Senator Murray’s office will be holding Tuesday office hours at the federal building (Eagle room on the 2nd floor near the cafeteria). Someone from Senator Cantwell’s office will also be there taking notes. The 8/22 and 8/29 office hours have been cancelled, so this will be your last chance in a while to make your voice heard in person!

Representative Jayapal office hours:

Representative Jayapal’s staffers will be holding office hours at the Broadview branch of the Seattle Public Library. Space is limited, so please RSVP to http://bit.ly/2wpyoce.
https://www.facebook.com/events/158602734694199/

Biweekly meeting:

Seattle Indivisible is meeting Tues. 8/15 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Garfield Community Center! This biweekly meeting consolidates the All Hands meeting and separate group volunteer meetings into one meeting. We will briefly welcome new volunteers and make announcements and then break into work groups and dive immediately into planning actions.

From now on, this biweekly meeting will be Seattle Indivisible’s most important in-person meeting, so don’t miss it!

https://www.facebook.com/events/518462218495745/
 

ACTION: Demand funding to fight white nationalism

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As the events in Charlottesville this weekend should remind us, violent white nationalism is a threat to the lives of Americans everywhere. Yet Trump has changed the mission of the federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program to focus on the acts of Muslims. He has also reduced its funding and proposes to eliminate funding by fiscal year 2018. Call your members of congress, and demand that the CVE program continue to be a force against neo-Nazi terrorism.

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:
“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I’m asking [member of congress’s name] to require that the Countering Violent Extremism program retains its focus on white nationalism, that CVE grants are fully funded, and that a substantial portion of CVE grants are awarded to respond to the threat of white nationalism.”

Background:
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/members-congress-enough-respond-charlottesville-terrorist-attack/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/01/politics/cve-funding-changes/index.html
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Call for the Immediate Removal of Bannon, Gorka, and Miller!

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In response to the domestic terrorism in Charlottesville, Senator Orrin Hatch tweeted the following: “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.”

We absolutely cannot tolerate a White House allied closely with extremist, hate-filled, and violent ideologies.  Call all our representatives and ask that they demand the immediate removal of Sebastian Gorka (senior policy advisor), Stephen Miller (deputy assistant to the President), and Stephen Bannon (chief strategist for the President) from the White House.  All three have close ties with the so-called “alt-right”.  Call the White House to demand they’re removed immediately. And call Senator Hatch and ask that he back up his words with action.  He must insist that those opposing sacred American values be removed from such essential White House positions.  

Script:  

My name is [NAME], calling from [CITY, ZIP].  I’m calling to ask Senator/Representative [NAME] to demand the immediate removal of Gorka, Miller, and Bannon from the White House.  Those closely allied with Nazism and White Supremacy have no place in the seat of our government.  Thank you for taking my call.

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:

I’m calling to demand that the administration immediately remove Gorka, Miller, and Bannon.  Their placement within the White House sends a dangerous message to extremists such as White Supremacists and Nazis that the current administration is allied with such repugnant and Un-American groups.  

White House

202-456-1111

Script:

I’m calling to ask Senator Hatch to back up his recent words on Twitter about the evil in Charlottesville by demanding the immediate removal of Gorka, Bannon, and Miller.  If Hatch is committed to the values his brother gave his life for in WWII, he will demand that extremists be removed from positions so close to our nation’s president.  

Senator Orrin Hatch

DC - 202-224-5251

Cedar City - 435-586-8435

 

Background:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/trumps-newest-senior-adviser-seen-ally-white-nationalists/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/08/10/why-is-sebastian-gorka-still-in-the-white-house-because-trump-loves-his-tv-performances/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/13/politics/trump-advisers-bannon/index.html

 

Show Solidarity Against Hate

Action: Show Solidarity Against Hate

White supremacist terrorists on Saturday turned violent at a racist rally at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, leaving at least one* anti-racism activist dead. This is an appalling and horrific act.

Here are a few things you can do to counter this hate:

  1. Attend the Solidarity Against Hate march starting at 1pm in Denny Park, 100 N Dexter Ave. This march will proceed towards Westlake Park, where white supremacists are holding a "Freedom Day" protest. https://www.facebook.com/events/106392863386389/?ti=icl
  2. Support the organizations on the ground in Virginia who are standing up for the people under attack by these white supremacists. See this post for a list of who needs your help. https://medium.com/@SaraJBenincasa/what-to-do-about-charlottesville-dfc7d6636d56

Good News:

Reportedly, the white supremacists decided to hold their rally because Charlottesville was in the process of removing a statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park (nee Lee Park). Lexington, KY major Jim Gray decided that this was reason to announce and accelerate planned removals of the pro-slavery monuments from his city. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/12/16139142/charlottesville-va-protests-lexington-mayor

*There was one death at the time of this writing. The number may have increased by the time you read this.

Tell the FCC to Stop the Sinclair-Tribune TV Merger

Join us! The next Seattle Indivisible Bi-weekly Meeting will be Tuesday, August 15 at 6:30 at Garfield Community Center. All are welcome: https://www.facebook.com/events/518462218495745

Action: Leave a comment on the FCC website against the pro-Trump takeover of local news

A proposed purchase by Sinclair of Tribune media would concentrate over 70% of local news in the hands of a single corporation that has hired Trump-friendly commentators.  Voice your protest of this merger to the FCC by clicking the link below, and entering the proceedings number 17-179:

https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express

Background:

Sinclair Broadcast Group is a Trump-loving media company that is looking to acquire over 200 local news TV stations, reaching 72% of U.S. households. Until Trump's FCC chairman scrapped the rule, companies like this were not allowed to reach more than 39% percent of households. Sinclair’s past behavior at places like Seattle’s KOMO News indicates they plan to turn our local news into an outlet for conservative, pro-Trump propaganda.

This unprecedented level of media consolidation is opposed by everyone from the American Cable Association to conservative outlets like Newsmax. But ordinary citizens like you need to weigh in too!

More Information:

John Oliver’s segment on Sinclair and KOMO News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvtNyOzGogc

‘Two Big reasons Sinclair-Tribune TV merger should be nixed’: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2017/08/07/two-big-reasons-sinclair-tribune-tv-merger-should-nixed-opponents-say/546158001/

Conservative opposition to the merger: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/business/media/sinclair-bid-to-acquire-tribune-media-draws-opposition.html

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Defend public lands from coal mining exploitation

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ACTION: Keep public lands and public water resources from destruction by commercial coal mining interests.

Recently the Trump Administration and Interior Secretary Zinke have swept away Obama-era protections against new coal mines on public land and other restrictions on coal mining operations.  Trump's actions not only threaten protections for natural resources on public lands, but they also threaten water quality for farming and ranching communities.  In a separate effort, Secretary Zinke is already attempting to reduce wilderness and historic monuments in a Trump-ordered review of National Monuments.  Urge your lawmakers to act against this wholesale stripping of natural resources for commercial interests.

Script:

"Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [PLACE, ZIP]. I am extremely concerned about the Trump Administration’s actions to promote new coal leases on public lands.  These actions threaten natural resources and water quality that belong to the American People.  Please take action to denounce this devastating exploitation of public lands and to seek important protections for our natural resources.”

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

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

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

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

Background:

From the New York Times:  “Clouds of dust blew across the horizon one recent summer evening as a crane taller than the Statue of Liberty ripped apart walls of a canyon dug deep into the public lands here in the Powder River Basin, the nation’s most productive coal mining region. The mine pushes right up against a reservoir, exposing the kind of conflicts and concerns the new approach has sparked.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/06/us/politics/under-trump-coal-mining-gets-new-life-on-us-lands.html?_r=0

 

GOOD NEWS

Defending transgender people in the military:

- This week five members of the military filed suit against President Trump and top Pentagon officials over Trump’s tweeted ban on transgender people in the armed forces. - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/us/politics/5-transgender-service-members-sue-trump-over-military-ban.html

- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.) has also stated that the policy on who is allowed to serve in the military would not change based on Trump’s tweets. - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/us/politics/transgender-military-trump-ban.html

ALSO:  ACA health care gets support from Congressional Republicans, bypassing Trump:

From the New York Times:  “Congressional Republicans moved on Tuesday [Aug. 1] to diffuse President Trump’s threat to cut off critical payments to health insurance companies, maneuvering around the president toward bipartisan legislation to shore up insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act.”  - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/us/politics/senators-launch-bipartisan-effort-to-shore-up-obamacare.html

Take the Nuclear Football out of his Tiny Hands!

Take the nuclear football out of his hands! Please log your call here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Action: Demand your members of Congress support Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act

Script:

"Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [PLACE, ZIP]. Will [Senator] sign on as a cosponsor to S.200? The president's increasingly threatening language can have deadly consequences for all of us, and he should not be trusted with the nuclear football."

Senator Patty Murray:

Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell:

Seattle - 206-220-6400

Script if you live in the 9th Congressional District:

"Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [PLACE, ZIP]. Will Congressman Smith sign on as a cosponsor to HR 669? The president's increasingly threatening language can have deadly consequences for all of us, and he should not be trusted with the nuclear football."

Rep. Adam Smith: 

Renton - 425-793-5180

Script if you live in the 7th Congressional District:

"Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm calling from [PLACE, ZIP]. I'm calling to thank Congresswoman Jayapal for signing on a sponsor of HR 669, and would like to see her continue to push her colleagues to move this bill forward."

Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Seattle - 206-674-0040

Background:

With the President's increasingly aggressive language towards North Korea, now is the time to make sure Congress takes back its authority to declare war, and prevent the President from preemptively launching a nuclear strike.

http://gizmodo.com/president-trump-moves-doomsday-clock-to-half-past-oh-my-1797654226
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/north-korea-now-making-missile-ready-nuclear-weapons-us-analysts-say/2017/08/08/e14b882a-7b6b-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.f6e7ba0b7860
https://lieu.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-lieu-senator-markey-introduce-restricting-first-use-0

Demand Access to Climate Change Report

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Action: Demand Access to Climate Change Report

In a special science section of the National Climate Assessment, scientists from 13 federal agencies have generated a comprehensive report on climate change and its expected impacts on the U.S. The National Academy of Sciences has already signed off on this report, but it will not be made public unless approved by the Trump Administration by August 18, and some of the authors fear it will be suppressed. The New York Times got their hands on the report and have shared some of the highlights here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/climate/climate-change-drastic-warming-trump.html

Call your representatives and ask them to demand that this report be released for the good of our future! 

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

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

Rep. Adam Smith
425-793-5180

Rep. Pramila Jayapal
206-674-0040

Script:

“My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP]. I am concerned that the special section of the National Climate Assessment that contains a scientific report on climate change will be suppressed by the Trump Administration. I would like [Rep./Sen.] to make a public statement demanding in the strongest of terms that this report be approved by the August 18 deadline and released to the public. I also believe that [Rep./Sen.] should prepare a response in case the report is suppressed, and plan to fight in whatever way is most effective to give the public access to this information.”

Defend Washington marijuana use and join today’s anti-Trump rally

Official daily action for Tuesday, August 8

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

Action 1: Defend Washington marijuana use

Jeff Sessions recently stated that federal prosecution of marijuana use has been too lenient in the states that have legalized it (Washington, Oregon, and Colorado). Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has defended the use of marijuana under current laws in the state. Thank AG Ferguson, and call on our senators to join him in condemning Sessions's war on marijuana.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson:

360-753-6200

Script:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I am calling to thank Attorney General Ferguson for publicly condemning Jeff Sessions’ inaccurate claims on marijuana enforcement in Washington and for proactively engaging the US Attorney General in defense of the drug’s future in our state.”

Senator Patty Murray:

Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell:

Seattle - 206-220-6400

Script:

“My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I am calling to ask Senator [name] to join Attorney General Ferguson for publicly condemning Jeff Sessions’ inaccurate claims on marijuana enforcement in Washington.”

Background:

Since 2013, state laws decriminalizing marijuana have benefitted from the protection of the Cole Memo, a US Justice Department memo instructing federal prosecutors not to go after individuals, growers, or sellers who are in line with state regulations.

Jeff Sessions has described his belief that the US Justice Department has been applying the Cole Memo too liberally, and he has sent Washington, Oregon and Colorado nearly identical letters about marijuana use. These letters allege that the states are not protecting key public health concerns, with the possible intent of opening up their marijuana users, growers, or sellers to federal prosecution within the parameters of the Cole Memo.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has responded by refuting this letter’s narrative and declaring that “any action from the Department of Justice short of allowing our well-regulated, voter-approved system to continue is unacceptable.”

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/08/jeff_sessions_will_probably_crack_down_on_legal_marijuana_despite_his_experts.html

http://www.atg.wa.gov/news/news-releases/ag-ferguson-statement-sessions-letter

Action 2: Join today’s anti-Trump rally

Join Seattle Indivisible at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building today, and ensure your voice is heard! The August 8th rally will focus on mental health under Trump and the musician / activist Tae Phoenix is hosting. Please see the Facebook event for more info.

https://www.facebook.com/events/122332395063630/

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Protect Bob Mueller from being fired by Trump

Action

Call our Members of Congress and ask them to back the two bipartisan Special Counsel protection bills to ensure that Bob Mueller is free from interference.

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

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Sample Script

"Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY}. I am concerned about Special Counsel Mueller being fired. Can you tell me if the {Congressperson/Senator} will publicly support the bipartisan special counsel protection bills that were announced last week?"

Call both

* Senator Maria Cantwell: 206-220-6400
* Senator Patty Murray: 206-553-5545

Call one

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

Background

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Donald Trump's ties to Russia is heating up. On Friday, it was revealed that Mueller had impaneled a grand jury, "fueling speculation that the investigation into Russian election meddling is growing in scope and seriousness."

Could Trump fire Mueller in response to this investigation? Maybe. Better to be safe than sorry when the rule of law in America may be at stake. Thankfully, just before the Senate began its August recess, Senators Coons (D-DE) and Tillis (R-NC) announced their Special Counsel Integrity Act, and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced their Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, both of which are designed to protect Mueller from being fired without just cause. It sounds like these two bills may be merged together once the Senate is back in session, and we think it's crucial that the final bill, whatever it might be, has widespread support in the Senate and House.

More Info

Commit to attending a town hall

Official group action for Sunday, August 6

Our representatives are holding town halls during August. Let's go talk to them! Put one of these events on your calendar, and commit to attending.


Adam Smith
Congressman Smith to Host a Town Hall in Tukwila
https://adamsmith.house.gov/about/events
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 10:00am
Foster High School Performing Arts Center
4242 S 144th St
Tukwila, WA 98168
United States


Pramila Jayapal
https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepJayapal/events/
Broadview Neighborhood Meetup
Broadview Branch of The Seattle Public Library
12755 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98133
Aug 24, 5:00 PM
Wallingford Neighborhood Meetup
MiiR Flagship
3400 Stone Way N, Seattle, Washington 98103

Aug 15, 5:00 PM
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Volunteer for Police Accountability

Official Group Daily Action for Saturday August 5th

President Trump’s endorsement of police brutality last week was horrifying and repugnant, particularly in light of the ongoing series ofpolice shootings of civilians—-mostly people of color. Here in Seattle, it reminded many of the tragic police shooting of young mother Charleena Lyles earlier this summer.

De-Escalate Washington’s Initiative 940 steps up to the need to reduce such incidents of police violence by setting state-wide training and accountability standards for law enforcement in Washington State. The statewide “initiative to the legislature” requires more training on de-escalation, mental health, and first aid for officers as well as requires them to give first aid in use of force cases. It also requires independent investigations and updates the use of deadly force statute, that some have called too restrictive and others, the worst in the country. Helping I-940 make it to the ballot is an excellent way to resist the Trump Administration’s law enforcement agenda here in Washington State.

Action: Help De-escalate Washington Gather Signatures

 I-940 supporters need to gather 340,000 signatures to succeed. There are many opportunities to help this weekend and over the coming weeks: including signature gathering at Seafair (sign up soon!), the Seattle Art Fair, and neighborhood farmers markets. RSVP to gather signatures at one of the events listed in the URL below:

 http://www.deescalatewa.org/calendar

For other ways to support this exciting campaign, go to:

http://www.deescalatewa.org/

More info:

http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/new-initiative-seeks-to-tighten-laws-around-police-killings/

http://crosscut.com/2017/07/after-police-shootings-victims-families-connect-advocate/

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000005320670/trump-to-police-please-dont-be-too-nice.html

Keep Trump and the Republicans from stacking the courts, and commit to attending a town hall

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

Action 1: Slow down confirmations of extremist judges

It's not just the Supreme Court. During the Obama Administration, the Republican Senate refused to confirm federal judges all over the country. While we were busy with health care, the Trump Administration has been quietly proposing far-right judges, based on a list from the Heritage Foundation, and the Senate has been confirming them. The Judicial Branch is crucial for protecting the rights of Americans, as we have seen in rulings against the Muslim bans and other overreaches by the Trump Administration. 

We need to prevent this strategy from working. Ask our Senators to slow this down by withholding consent and any other procedural mechanisms available to them.

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 ask the Senator to slow down the confirmation of right-wing judges, using any procedural mechanisms available to her, including withholding consent. The Republican leadership refused to fill these jobs with Obama's nominees, and is now proposing extremist candidates. We need the court to protect our civil rights. Thank you.”

Background: 

Action 2: Commit to attending a town hall

Our representatives are holding town halls during August. Let's go talk to them! Put one of these events on your calendar, and commit to attending.

Adam Smith

Congressman Smith to Host a Town Hall in Tukwila
https://adamsmith.house.gov/about/events

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 10:00am
Foster High School Performing Arts Center
4242 S 144th St
Tukwila, WA 98168
United States

Pramila Jayapal

https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepJayapal/events/

Aug 15, 5:00PM
Broadview Neighborhood Meetup
Broadview Branch of The Seattle Public Library
12755 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98133

Aug 24, 5:00 PM
Wallingford Neighborhood Meetup
MiiR Flagship
3400 Stone Way N, Seattle, Washington 98103

Good News:

Republican Senators warn Trump not to sabotage health care system by cutting off cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-sabotage-trump-csrs
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Support Dreamers and Defend Immigration

Official Group Daily Action for Thursday August 3rd

Please log your calls here: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1 and comment on this thread once you’re finished.

Action: Tell Congress Dreamers and other Immigrants are Welcome Here

Dreamers are young adults who were brought to America as children and raised in this country. As U.S. Senator Schumer stated, Dreamers are “Americans in every way but paperwork.” Despite broad bipartisan support for DACA—the program for Dreamers established by executive order under President Obama-- it is currently under threat of being eliminated. It would be unconscionable to close the doors to young adults who can remember no other home and who are currently working, going to school, contributing to our nation, and fully invested in building our communities and our economy.

There is hope! The U.S. House and Senate have reintroduced the DREAM Act, legislation that has previously enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support. Ask your Senators to co-sponsor S 1615, a bipartisan Senate bill to make DACA rights secure, and call your Representatives to ask that they cosponsor HR 3440, the bipartisan House companion bill.

At the same time, let them know you oppose the New Trump Administration proposal to slash legal immigration by 50%, dividing families, and depriving our economy of productive workers.

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 [ZIP]. I am calling to ask the [Senator or Representative] to cosponsor the reintroduced Dream Act. Nearly 800,000 Dreamers received critical deportation protections and work authorization under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The Trump Administration has refused say whether it will honor DACA status, and these Americans in everything but paperwork are at risk of deportation.

[FOR SENATORS]  Please protect Dreamers by signing on as a cosponsor of S. 1615, and I also urge [NAME] to oppose President’s proposal to cut the number of immigrant visas and green cards in half.”

[FOR REPRESENTATIVES] Please protect Dreamers by signing on as a cosponsor of HR 3440, and I also urge [NAME] to oppose the President’s proposal to cut the number of immigrant visas and green cards in half.”

[Note: Rep Jayapal has issued a strong statement opposing the proposal to halve the number of immigrant visas. Thank her and urge her to keep fighting.]

 

Background:  

http://thehill.com/latino/344421-momentum-builds-for-bill-to-help-dreamers

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/02/541104795/trump-to-unveil-legislation-limiting-legal-immigration

https://www.facebook.com/RepJayapal/posts/1652495214761061

GOOD NEWS: This week Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander from the HELP committee issued a press release stating that they’ll be holding proper hearings next month “on the actions Congress should take to stabilize and strengthen the individual health insurance market.” http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/senate-health-committee-hearings-insurance-september

Support the Disability Integration Act, Oppose Methane Leaks

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

Action 1: Support the Disability Integration Act of 2017

Direct action by members of the disability rights organization ADAPT was a key to winning the fight against TrumpCare, as activists in wheelchairs occupied Senate offices to protest Medicaid cuts that threatened  existing community-based services. Now Senator Schumer has proposed a bill (S.910) that would require states and insurance companies to provide community-based services so that individuals who require assistance can remain at home and live independently rather than being forced into assisted living facilities. 

As Sen. Cantwell mentioned at one of her recent town halls, in-home care has been shown to be more cost-effective than assisted living facilities, making this act an excellent way to improve Medicaid. 

Disability rights have a history of being a bipartisan issue, and Republicans have at least signaled that they may be open to Democrats’ ideas after the embarrassing failure of their most recent health care effort. Call your Senators to let them know you support this idea, and let’s see where it can go! 

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 [ZIP]. I want to express my support for the Disability Integration Act of 2017 – it is a great approach to improving Medicaid in a way that positively affects quality of life for disabled individuals while also cutting costs. I’d like to ask that Sen [name] publicly support this bill, and reach out to try to bring Republican colleagues on board.”

Background:

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/343955-27-years-celebrating-a-bipartisan-opportunity-the-american
 

Action 2: Stop Pruitt from Halting Methane Rule

Good news: On Monday, a federal court ordered the EPA to enforce the Obama-era rule that sets standards for reducing methane emissions by the oil and gas industry. Under Scott Pruitt, the EPA tried to halt this rule for 90 days to buy time for a more official two-year delay with the ultimate goal of repeal. 

Monday’s court order makes the informal 90-day halt illegal, but the two-year delay is still in the works. In fact, the two-year delay is currently open for public comment until August 9! In the wake of this encouraging court ruling, leave a comment to let the EPA know that delaying this methane rule is irresponsible. Click the “Comment Now!” button in the upper right corner of this site: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0505-7736

Background: 

The rule in question requires new and modified oil and gas wells to seal methane gas leaks. Methane is a greenhouse gas and thus methane leaks contribute to climate change. Further, by sealing methane leaks as this rule requires, companies also prevent the escape of other toxic air pollutants that can cause severe health issues for people who live nearby.  

Read more here: https://thinkprogress.org/appeals-court-rules-against-epa-on-methane-rule-delay-8329e79d9d8e
And here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal-court-blocks-trump-epa-on-air-pollution/2017/07/03/464a7344-601e-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html

Ballots due at 8PM today!

Kris Kobach doesn't want you to vote. Defy him.

Action 1: Vote

Today is election day. If you haven't voted yet, please do so. Because ballots need to be postmarked no later than today, we recommend taking your ballot directly to a drop box to make sure your vote is counted. Drop boxes closed at 8pm. For locations, see http://kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/ballot-drop-boxes.aspx

Lost your ballot? You can print a replacement here: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/replacing-a-ballot-or-envelope.aspx

Have you already voted? If so, please share this message with any of your friends and family. Consider making calls or knocking on doors for a candidate you strongly believe in. Every vote counts in these elections.

Action 2: #NoBanNoWall

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

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]. Will [Senator] commit to blocking a cloture vote for HR 3219 when it comes to the Senate if it still contains funding for a border wall?"

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]. Thank you for standing strong against the president's border wall and voting NO on HR 3219."

Background:

The House GOP has tried to sneak in $1.57 billion dollars for a border wall into a funding bill for the Department of Defense for FY2018. It has passed the House, so let's gear up to fight it in the Senate. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/us/politics/house-spending-bill-border-wall.html?_r=1

Reminder:

Staffers for Senators Murray and Cantwell will be available Today (Aug 1) from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Jackson Federal Building (915 Second Ave) to talk about the week ahead in D.C. and what comes next for GOP efforts to dismantle our health care systems.

Help solve the worst humanitarian crisis in almost a century, and ballots are due Tuesday

We have two important actions for you today. First, don't forget to vote in the August 1 primary. Second, the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II threatens 20 million souls. Can you help?

Urgent - Make your voice heard, VOTE!

Our primary is on August 1! Your ballot must be dropped into ballot box by 8:00PM or postmarked by August 1 to count. Less than 40% turnout is expected. Your vote will make a huge difference in deciding who will be on our City Council, and who our next Mayor will be. Tonight is your last chance to sit down and do some research before the hectic Tuesday rush. More info: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/elections/current-elections/august-primary.aspx

The "worst humanitarian crisis" in almost a century

The ACA is safe...for now. Meanwhile, more than 20 million people in Africa are at risk of starving in the months to come, in what the U.N. is calling the "worst humanitarian crisis" since World War II. $6 billion dollars are needed to stave off famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria. Despite this horrific crisis, the State Department's proposed budget for the next fiscal year cuts its funding by 31%. To Congress's credit, they have allocated an additional $990 million in food aid, but this simply isn't enough.

Action

Call your Senators and Representative and ask them to demand that the State Department's budget is restored, and that more emergency food aid is given to these countries.

Call both:

  • Senator Patty Murray: (206) 553-5545
  • Senator Maria Cantwell: (206) 220-6400

Call one:

  • Representative Jayapal: 206-674-0040
  • Representative Smith: (425) 793-5180

Sample Script

"My name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY}. Over 20 million people in four African countries are at risk of dying of starvation, but the State Department is losing funding. Please tell {NAME} that I want to see the State Department's budget restored, and additional food aid added to the budget. Every minute we waste translates into avoidable deaths. Will {NAME} take a stand on this?"

Bonus Action: Make a Donation

You can also help alleviate the crisis directly by donating to the Global Emergency Response Coalition, an alliance of eight relief organizations. Donating even a few dollars will help. Learn more and find the donation page at https://www.globalemergencyresponse.org

More Info

More than 20 million people are at risk of starving to death. Will the world step up?

 

 

 

Save Jobs, Food, and Nature at the Same Time!

In 2014, following a four-year review process, the EPA determined that the Bristol Bay watershed is too fragile to tolerate the risks of large-scale mining. It proposed restrictions under the Clean Water Act that would have limited the size and impact of the potential Pebble Mine.

On July 11, 2017, in an abrupt about-face, the EPA is seeking to withdraw these suggested protections to clear the path for the development of large-scale mining on state and federal lands. The Pebble deposit is in the headwaters of two of the eight major rivers that feed Bristol Bay. If built, it would be the largest mine in North America. Any release of the acidic waste generated from mining into surface or groundwater could be catastrophic.

Why should you care?

If we protect the Bristol Bay fishery, we can have both food and shareholder profits, jobs and a clean environment, year after year. This salmon industry generates more than $1.5 billion in economic activity annually and it supports 14,000 jobs in Bristol Bay alone. Fishing provides more jobs and state revenue in Alaska than mining. The economic benefits are felt along the entire West Coast, especially in Washington. The Pebble Mine would jeopardize this thriving fish-based economy along with the fish that feed millions.

Action: Load up the EPA with more comments!

 

Use the link below to make yourself heard:

https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369-0001

Sample Comment:

“Bristol Bay supports the largest wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world. The EPA already determined that large scale mining is too risky in this area. Do not open this area up to mining. This kind of short term thinking is dangerous and threatens our Jobs as well as the environment.”

 

More info:

http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-07-19/bristol-bay-study-stands-epa-moves-halt-its-finding#.WX1NqOllDct

https://thinkprogress.org/pruitt-bristol-bay-mine-8fb9778247db

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/climate/in-reversal-epa-eases-path-for-a-mine-near-alaskas-bristol-bay.html

 

Keep Trump from killing Obamacare, and VOTE!

This week the GOP-proposed replacement for the ACA failed by a single vote.  Now there is some talk on Congress of a bipartisan effort to address perceived problems with the ACA - something that GOP leaders previously refused to consider.  But Trump has still threatened to “let Obamacare implode,” and he has already started to carry out his threat.

Action 1:  Demand the lawmakers stop Trump's efforts to kill the ACA.

A New York Times article last week listed six ways Trump can kill the ACA:

  • Weaken enforcement of the individual mandate – lack of enforcement for universal health insurance coverage
  • Impose work requirements or charging premiums for Medicaid – making it harder for poor people to afford health care insurance
  • Fail to do outreach – resulting in lowering sign-ups
  • Reduce tax credits – meant to cover 70% of the average customer’s bill, supports affordability for middle-class families
  • De-fund subsidies to insurers for out-of-pocket expenses – insurance companies’ participation depends on these subsidies
  • Redefine essential health benefits – letting states drop requirements for certain benefits

Today, email your lawmakers to urge them not to permit the ACA to be killed through Trump’s efforts.   In your email, describe why you think one or more of these efforts needs to be addressed or reversed – for example, not allowing essential benefits to be reduced, such as women’s reproductive issues, preventive services, etc., or making Medicaid recipients have employment or pay premiums, cutting many out of coverage.

Representative Pramila Jayapal - https://jayapal.house.gov/contact/email

Representative Adam Smith - https://adamsmith.house.gov/contact/email-me

Senator Maria Cantwell - https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form

Senator Patty Murray - https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Background:  
"What Trump is Already Doing to 'Let Obamacare Fail' - https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/07/19/us/what-trump-can-do-to-let-obamacare-fail.html

Action 2:  VOTE in the August 1st election.

If you have not already submitted your mail-in ballot for the August 1st election, now is the perfect time to fill it out and send it in (or use a ballot dropbox, see below).  Why?  

1)  Your vote matters – after this week’s Trumpcare vote failed by one vote, we know that even one vote can make a difference!  

2) Important races are being decided. Almost all of us have city and county races and initiatives on the ballot. Some of us may even have special elections for the State Senate or House.

3) This is a chance to show Congressional lawmakers, especially Republicans, that we mean business at the ballot box.  We WILL vote, even on special elections!  We ARE engaged!  We are still resisting!

List of candidates and issues (King County):  https://info.kingcounty.gov/kcelections/Vote/contests/candidates.aspx

Ballot drop boxes (in King County):  http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/ballot-drop-boxes.aspx

Accessible voting centers (in King County): http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/returning-my-ballot/accessible-voting-centers.aspx