Time to multi-task!

Why are Family separation, the Muslim Ban, and a Supreme Court nomination all being thrown our way at once? In an attempt to force us to choose one issue over another even though they all have major implications. Not only do we not have to choose, we can’t. These are all cases of basic human rights and we refuse to choose.

Senator Cantwell: (202) 224-3441 or (206) 220-6400

Sample Script:

“My name is __________ and I’m calling from zip code ______________ to ask two things of Senator Cantwell. I’m asking her to publicly state that she will be a no vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme court. I am also asking her to co-sponsor S.3112 the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act”

Senator Murray (202) 224-2621 or (206) 553-5545

Sample Script:

“My name is __________ and I’m calling from zip code ______________ to thank Senator Murray for co-sponsoring the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act as well as taking a strong stand against Judge Kavanaugh. She should donate the equivalent amount her campaign received from private prisons to NWIRP. “

Save SCOTUS:

The Indivisible #SaveSCOTUS phone-bank is up and running! Sign up for a shift to contact voters in Arizona, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, and Texas and take back the Senate: https://www.indivisible.org/savescotus-phonebank-signup/

If you don’t like the phone, you can sign up for a text-banking shift with MoveOn.org. In these shifts you will contact voters in states with undecided Senators and urge them to contact their Senator: https://front.moveon.org/join-moveon-text-team/

We Stand with our Muslim Neighbors:

The best way to support our Muslim neighbors right now is to show up. The Muslim Association of Puget Sound is having an open house Saturday, July 21. Register below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-house-meet-your-muslim-ne…

Support Carmen Best for Seattle Police Chief

Official Daily Action for Sunday, July 15

Seattle is in the process of selecting a new police chief. People were shocked when Interim Chief Carmen Best was not among the finalists. Just this week, after pressure from the community and the withdrawal of another candidate, Mayor Durkan announced that Best was back in the running.

Best is well-liked in the African American community, and by the police officers who work for her. She is local, having grown up in Tacoma, and has worked her way up through the ranks. She has a unique combination of qualities that could help to heal the relationship between SPD and the residents of the city.

Action

Email Mayor Jenny Durkan, and let her know that you want her to select Carmen Best for Police Chief

Mayor Jenny Durkan email: jenny.durkan@seattle.gov

Points you may want to mention in your email

  1. Carmen Best is well liked in the local African American community and among police officers. That puts her in a unique position to improve the way police in this city interact with black people.
  2. You would like to see a woman of color in the role of Seattle Police Chief
  3. You like the idea of someone being able to work hard and rise to the top of their field.
  4. You like the idea of a local candidate who knows Seattle, and has deep roots in the community.
  5. Carmen Best has been doing a good job as Interim Chief, and will be able to step into the role with little or no ramp-up time. That's important, because the Seattle Police Department has a lot of work to do to gain the trust of the community.

Background

Upcoming Events

-Sign up for a #SaveSCOTUS text-banking shift with MoveOn.org. In these shifts you will contact voters in states with undecided Senators and urge them to contact their Senator: https://front.moveon.org/join-moveon-text-team/

-The weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting continues as usual, Tuesday, July 3 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council!

-Weekly Resist Trump Tuesday Rally is continues at 11:45am outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a 12:30pm meeting with our Senators’ staffers that is open to all.

-Canvass with your fellow Seattle Indivisible members to Flip the 8th on Sunday, June 22 at 1pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley! If you can attend, please reply to daily-action@seattleindivisible.com with your contact information, and make sure you RSVP directly with the Washington Democrats here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8014

-Seattle Indivisible is proud to welcome author and activist Amy Siskind to Seattle this September 27. Proceeds from this event will be split 50/50 between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Seattle Indivisible's ongoing voter registration and turnout promotion efforts.

Tickets are available for $10-$14 from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-amy-siskind-tickets-47932385054

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Sign up for a shift to #SaveSCOTUS

The fight to keep conservative radical Brett Kavanaugh off of the Supreme Court is ramping up. Most Democrats, including the leadership, are rallying against the nomination, but the fight comes down to just a few moderate Republicans and red-state Democrats who are undecided. While Indivisible has explicitly told us to only contact our own Senators (https://bit.ly/2KTyqF8), there is a lot else we can do! Pick one of the following for today’s action:

1. The Indivisible #SaveSCOTUS phone-bank is up and running! Sign up for a shift to contact voters in Arizona, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, and Texas and take back the Senate: https://www.indivisible.org/savescotus-phonebank-signup/

2. If you don’t like the phone, you can sign up for a text-banking shift with MoveOn.org. In these shifts you will contact voters in states with undecided Senators and urge them to contact their Senator: https://front.moveon.org/join-moveon-text-team/

3. Do you know anyone personally in Maine, Alaska, Indiana, or West Virginia? Get in touch with them and urge them to call their Senators, and then see if they can attend a direct action at their Senators’ district offices: https://savescotus.indivisible.org/#lp-code-141

4. A small donation to keep Indivisible's #SaveSCOTUS Call Tool up and running would also go a long way! https://secure.actblue.com/donate/savescotus

Upcoming Events:

-The weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting continues as usual, Tuesday, July 3 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council!

-Weekly Resist Trump Tuesday Rally is continues at 11:45am outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a 12:30pm meeting with our Senators’ staffers that is open to all.

-Canvass with your fellow Seattle Indivisible members to Flip the 8th on Sunday, June 22 at 1pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley! If you can attend, please reply to daily-action@seattleindivisible.com with your contact information, and make sure you RSVP directly with the Washington Democrats here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8014

-Seattle Indivisible is proud to welcome author and activist Amy Siskind to Seattle this September 27. Proceeds from this event will be split 50/50 between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Seattle Indivisible's ongoing voter registration and turnout promotion efforts.

Tickets are available for $10-$14 from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-amy-siskind-tickets-47932385054

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Families Belong Together, Not in Prisons

This week has been a rollercoaster: it began with the nomination of ultra-conservative baseball enthusiast Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and hopefully peaked on Thursday with Peter Strzok's epic 11 hour testimony in front of a House committee, Donald Trump threatening our closest allies, and Amy Siskind announcing that she'll be joining us in September for a fundraiser here in Seattle!

Despite the tidal wave of news that has inundated us this week, it is incredibly important for us all to remember all of the calamities of two weeks ago: namely the families that have been cruelly ripped apart by our government. Did you know that the Northwest Detention Center is run by a corporation? The GEO Group is one of the two largest private prison companies in the United States, and it has also made a sizable contribution to Senator Patty Murray's 2016 reelection campaign[1].

We want you to make three calls today:

1. Senator Murray, to her credit, has cosponsored a Senate companion bill called the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, which would bar private prisons from housing detained immigrants, but we think she can do better than that by donating the money to a worthwhile group. Let's call Senator Murray's office to thank her for cosponsoring this bill, but ask her to do the right thing and donate the money to a group like the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

2. Senator Cantwell has not yet cosponsored the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act. Let's call Cantwell's office and urge her to do the right thing.

3. The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act was originally introduced in the House by Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Adam Smith. We should call our Representatives and thank them.

'Bonus' Action

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security triumphantly announced that they had reunited 57 of 103 of children under 5 years old, 55%, that were separated from their parents after crossing the southern border[2]. Of course, that means that 46 children haven't been reunited with their parents. If you were to grade DHS for their efforts, they'd receive 55%, a failing grade. On top of this, there are thirty times as many kids between the ages of 5-17 who are separated from their parents[3]. The nearly 3,000 older kids are supposed to be reunited with their parents by July 26, but it seems highly unlikely that this court-imposed deadline will be met given the Trump Administration's famous combination of incompetence and malice.

So, with each call you make, please ask our Members of Congress to keep speaking out for these families and demanding that the government lives up to its promises.

#1 Call Senator Murray

Sample Script

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I want to thank Senator Murray for cosponsoring the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act. I'm glad that she is fighting on behalf of these separated families. However, I want her to do more than sponsor legislation. Senator Murray took $5,000 from a private prison company in 2016, and I want to see her donate that money to a worthy non-profit that is fighting for these families. {BONUS: Also, please ask the Senator to use every tool at her disposal to reunite immigrant kids that have been separated from their families. The Trump Administration must be held to account for its failure to reunite small children with their parents.}

Phone Number

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

#2 Call Senator Cantwell

Sample Script

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I am grateful for the support for detained immigrants that Senator Cantwell has offered, but I would like to see her do more by cosponsoring the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act. Senator Murray is a cosponsor of the Senate bill and Representatives Jayapal and Smith introduced the legislation in the House. Can you tell me if the Senator is willing to announce her cosponsorship of this bill? {BONUS: Also, please ask the Senator to use every tool at her disposal to reunite immigrant kids that have been separated from their families. The Trump Administration must be held to account for its failure to reunite small children with their parents.}

Phone Number

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

#3 Call your Representative

Sample Script

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I want to thank Representative {NAME} for introducing the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act in the House. I'm disappointed that it hasn't made it out of subcommittee, but I know that means we need to elect strong, progressive majorities in November. {BONUS: Also, please ask the Representative to use every tool at their disposal to reunite immigrant kids that have been separated from their families. The Trump Administration must be held to account for its failure to reunite small children with their parents.}

Phone Number

Call Rep. Pramila Jayapal: (202) 225-3106, (206) 674-0040

or

Call Rep. Adam Smith: (202) 225-8901, (425) 793-5180

More Info

(Also, thank you to Josh for the suggestion of today's action.)

Events

Seattle Indivisible is proud to welcome activist and writer Amy Siskind to Seattle on September 27. Proceeds from this event will be split 50/50 between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Seattle Indivisible's ongoing voter registration and turnout promotion efforts.

Copies of Amy's book, The List, will be available for purchase at the event thanks to Elliott Bay Books.

Tickets are available for $10-$14 from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-amy-siskind-tickets-47932385054

Don't Forget About Separated Families

Until recently, our energies were hyper-focused on ending the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers, and on reuniting the families that had been separated. Although thousands of immigrants are still being held in for-profit detention centers without trial or hearing, a lot of our focus has shifted to the crucial fight over the Supreme Court. We must not let the news cycle leave immigrant families in the dust - we should fight twice as hard on both fronts.

As usual, Rep. Jayapal is leading the way – she has co-sponsored a House bill to abolish ICE, a 15-yr-old agency that answers only to Trump and has been responsible for the harassment and inhumane treatment of immigrants for years. The bill proposes to shut down ICE within a year and replace it with a bipartisan agency that does not answer to the president.

Let’s call Rep. Jayapal to thank her for keeping focus on this issue, and call our other reps to ask them to step up!

Action: Abolish ICE

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

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

Script for Rep. Jayapal:
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP] to thank Rep. Jayapal for cosponsoring the House bill to abolish ICE. It sends an important signal that she cares about immigrant communities, and I am grateful that she is maintaining focus on this issue.”

Script for Rep. Smith:
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP] to ask that Rep. Smith join Rep. Jayapal in co-sponsoring the House bill to abolish ICE. ICE has been responsible for the harassment and inhumane treatment of immigrants for years, and it is time to show immigrant communities that we hear their voices.”

Script for Senators:
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP]. Rep. Pocan recently introduced a bill to the House that would abolish ICE, an agency that has been responsible for the harassment and inhumane treatment of immigrants for years.  And I'm excited that Washington State Congresswoman Jayapal is co-sponsoring this bill.  I would like to see [SENATOR] introduce companion legislation in the Senate.  It is time to show immigrant communities that we will not allow them to be cruelly harrassed and abused by ICE and its parent agency, CBP.  Thank you.”

Background:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/democrats-ready-abolish-ice-legislation/2018/07/10/37b420d0-8478-11e8-8553-a3ce89036c78_story.html

Event TODAY: Attend #SaveSCOTUS Rally in Everett

What: Emergency Rally to #SaveSCOTUS
When: Thursday, July 12, 12:00 PM
Where: Everett District offices of Senators Murray and Cantwell, Everett, WA
RSVP Here: http://act.indivisible.org/event/save-scotus-actions/14800/signup/?akid=24029%2E4428%2Eu9QaU7

Save SCOTUS! Keep it up!

Official Action for Wednesday, July 11

If confirmed, Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, would veer the Supreme Court hard to the right. Let's not let that happen. 

This is a hard fight, but it's not unwinnable. The Democratic Leadership is fighting. With Sen. McCain in poor health, and all Democrats voting no, it's 49-50. We need 1 vote to tie, and 2 to win. Let's keep the pressure on for potential swing votes going to NO!

(More on Kavanaugh's dreadful record below in the background section)

Brett Kavanaugh spent 5 years in the Bush White House. His emails from that period are public record. Let's find out what kind of a public servant he is.  Let's call for the public publication of Kavanaugh's emails, just as Justice Elena Kagan's emails were published during her confirmation.

Action 1: Sign up to help swing Sen. Murkowski

(Phone bank tomorrow evening)

Sen. Murkowski could serve as a valuable swing vote against President Trump’s anti-abortion nominee.  Planned Parenthood is hosting a phone bank this Thursday to energize Alaskans against this nominee. The goal is to call progressive Alaska voters, patch them through to Senator Murkowski’s office, and have them leave a message asking her to block any SCOTUS nominee who doesn’t support Roe v. Wade. Training and snacks will be provided!

Phone Bank into Alaska to Pressure Sen. Murkowski's SCOTUS Vote
Thursday, 6 p.m.: 2001 E. Madison St., Seattle, WA
Register at http://plannedparenthoodeventsc3.ngpvanhost.com/ngpvanforms/52064

Action 2: Ask our Senators to demand publishing of Kavanaugh's emails

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

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

Sample Script:

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I’d like to call on Senator [name] to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. As part of that, I would like her to call for publication of his emails from his time in the Bush White House. This will allow a fuller vetting of his record by the public and the Senate."

Background:

Brett M. Kavanaugh, one of 25 candidates hand-picked by the Heritage Foundation to cement right-wing control of the SCOTUS. Among Kavanaugh’s decisions are that the NSA can spy on call records, that the president can refuse to enforce Obamacare, and that a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant can be denied an abortion. Furthermore, Kavanaugh has previously expressed the opinion that the President should be immune to prosecution during their term in office, a troubling opinion as Mueller continues to investigate criminal activity in Trump's campaign and administration. 

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/schumer-kavanaugh-i-m-going-fight-nomination-everything-i-ve-n890246
https://twitter.com/TVietor08/status/1016486635532255232
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/09/us/politics/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court.html
https://www.vox.com/explainers/2018/7/9/17540334/brett-kavanaugh-trump-supreme-court-anthony-kennedy
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/06/trump-supreme-court-pick-kavanaugh-immigrant-abortion-teen-700856

Upcoming Events

Take Back the House: Flip the 8th Canvasses

These weekend canvasses are within 30 miles of Seattle

Flip the 8th, Fall City
Saturday, July 14, 10-2
Fall City Library
33415 SE 42ND Pl
Fall City, WA 98024
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7964

Flip the 8th, Sammamish
Sunday July 15, 11-2
Sammamish Public Library
825 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8629

Flip the 8th, Black Diamond
Sunday July 15, 1-5
Black Diamond Bakery
32805 Railroad Ave
Black Diamond, WA 98010
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7984

Other Canvasses

Madison Valley Canvas 37th District Democrats
Saturday, July 14, 1:30-5pm
Seattle Dems HQ
915 E Pine St Ste 404
Seattle, WA 98122
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8924

Victoria Mena
Running for state house in LD 31 Auburn/Bonney Lake (which overlaps the 8th)
Saturday July 14th 6-9 and 10-2
Sunday July 15, 10-2 and 4-8
Sign up at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfiluL9jG_YfqjZPr_PbG_aQzDlwMYYo-TpuQ5ndWYqTD3goQ/viewform

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Save the SCOTUS from an ultra-conservative vote

Official Action for Tuesday, July 10

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 night, Trump announced his nominee to veer the Supreme Court hard to the right: Brett M. Kavanaugh, one of 25 candidates hand-picked by the Heritage Foundation to cement right-wing control of the SCOTUS. Among Kavanaugh’s decisions are that the NSA can spy on call records, that the president can refuse to enforce Obamacare, and that a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant can be denied an abortion. Furthermore, Kavanaugh has previously expressed the opinion that the President should be immune to prosecution during their term in office, a troubling opinion as Mueller continues to investigate criminal activity in Trump's campaign and administration.

Action 1: Sign up to help swing Sen. Murkowski

Sen. Murkowski could serve as a valuable swing vote against President Trump’s anti-abortion nominee. Planned Parenthood is hosting a phone bank this Thursday to energize Alaskans against this nominee. The goal is to call progressive Alaska voters, patch them through to Senator Murkowski’s office, and have them leave a message asking her to block any SCOTUS nominee who doesn’t support Roe v. Wade. Training and snacks will be provided!

Phone Bank into Alaska to Pressure Sen. Murkowski's SCOTUS Vote
Thursday, 6 p.m.: 2001 E. Madison St., Seattle, WA
Register at http://plannedparenthoodeventsc3.ngpvanhost.com/ngpva…/52064

Action 2: Tell our own senators to stand firm

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

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

Sample Script:
“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I’d like to call on Senator [name] to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. [Depending on what resonates most with you, you can reference Kavanaugh’s stances on Obamacare, the NSA, reproductive freedom or presidential immunity.]”

Action 3: Rally against Kavanaugh at Resist Trump Tuesday

Today’s Resist Trump Tuesday will also focus on opposing Kavanaugh, with an emphasis on his record on reproductive rights. Join us so that we can show up big and show our senators that we oppose this nominee.

Resist Trump Tuesday--Protect Reproductive Freedom and #SaveSCOTUS
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
https://www.facebook.com/events/368771870317106/

Background:
https://www.nytimes.com/…/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court.html
https://www.vox.com/…/brett-kavanaugh-trump-supreme-court-a…
https://www.politico.com/…/trump-supreme-court-pick-kavanau…


More Events Today

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=1657913650954549

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


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Defend Our Environment!

Finally, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt resigned last week, after multiple revelations of egregious misuse of his position to receive inappropriate perks, as well as flagrant abuse of his staff to perform personal errands and tasks.  This is a win for the EPA, who have been losing professional scientists and experts in droves due to poor morale over Pruitt's irresponsible management of the agency.

We need a healthy environment on the Earth in order to be able to live.  NASA astronauts report that from space our planet is a blue marble-like orb, with a relatively thin layer of atmosphere that protects it from the vacuum of space and the destructive UV rays of direct sun.  Without the protection of our environment humans cannot survive.

It's a big win that Scott Pruitt is out.  However, his interim replacement, Andrew Wheeler, is a former coal lobbist who has reduced environmental regulations for coal, benefiting industry at the expense of the clean water and clean air.

ACTION:  Demand that EPA administrators not sell out to corporate interests

Call our MOCS today and urge them to continue to speak out against dangerous practices by the EPA that were started under President Trump, Scott Pruitt, and his appointed administrators.

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

SCRIPT:  

“Hello, this is [NAME] calling from [CITY, ZIP].  I am extremely upset at the EPA's actions to loosen environmental regulations for coal that will harm the environment and the health of American people.  This is disgraceful. I am relieved that Scott Pruitt has resigned, and I want to thank the [MOC] for watchdogging environmental interests while Pruitt was in control.  Please ensure that Andrew Wheeler does not take us further down the path toward polluted air and water. Thank you.”

Background:
“EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals, citing 'unrelenting attacks'” -
https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/05/politics/scott-pruitt-epa-resigns/index.html

BONUS ACTION: Take a look at Earth from space!

If you'd like to see for yourself the fragility of the Earth as viewed from space, the International Space Station (ISS) live-feeds views of Earth from its hi-def cameras.  The ISS is a true international effort, with astronauts from Russia and the U.S., from Europe and Asian countries, and its components come from multiple countries.  

It's an amazing sight!  Click on this link to see views of the Earth from space:  https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ESRS/HDEV/


DON’T FORGET – Upcoming Events

-The weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting continues as usual, Tuesday, July 3 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council!

-Weekly Resist Trump Tuesday Rally: back to its normally scheduled time! 11:45am outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a 12:30pm meeting with our Senators’ staffers.  Everyone is welcome!  We will be focusing on the vital fight for the Supreme Court this week.  https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar/2018/7/10/resist-trump-tuesday-savescotus

Choose Your Own Action To Protect Immigrant Families

American people all over the country have been calling for the end to the dehumanization and horrendous abuse of immigrants and migrants by the Trump Administration – and it’s working.  This issue and the outcry by outraged Americans cannot be ignored by those in charge of ICE and CBP (Customs and Border Protection), its parent agency.  This week we saw the courts declare a deadline by which immigrant children must be reunited with their parents, and the rush to comply has been a relief, even if it is a belated redress that should have been completely avoided by keeping families together and free of abuse in the first place.

Did you know?  Trump’s grandparents were immigrants. If a “no-tolerance” policy had been in place when they came to this country in 1885, fleeing a Germany that had been ravaged by war and repeated invasions by neighboring countries, including Spain and France, Prussia, Russia, and Austria, Donald J. Trump would not be in the position he enjoys today.

ACTION:  Call or Email Your MOCs to Defend Immigrants

Today, we are asking you to choose ONE OF THREE possible actions to continue to defend migrant and immigrant people from the continued deplorable and inhumane abuses by ICE and CPE.  Email or call your MOCs to tell them what you think!  

Email:
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

OR, leave voicemail for MOCs:

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

YOUR CHOICE:  select ONE ISSUE below and call/email!

1) Demand Accountability for Sexual Abuse in Immigrant Detention – more than 1,100 reports of sexual abuse of detained immigrants – groping, verbal threats, and rape – have been made, with over half of the report naming ICE officers as the perpetrators. This is absolutely unacceptable, and Congress has the power to end the abuse of detained immigrants, by adding an amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill.  

SCRIPT wording:  “I am calling to protest the sexual abuse and assault reported by  immigrants detained by ICE.  Please consider legislation in the Homeland Security appropriations bill to end this abuse and to hold ICE accountable.  Thank you.”

2) Ensure Legal Representation for Immigrant Children – the more than 2,000 children in ICE custody separated from their parents, some as young as three years old, have no access to legal representation.  Even a child who is accused of a crime has the right to legal representation in the U.S.  Congress has the power to pass legislation that would provide legal counsel for these very vulnerable children.

SCRIPT wording:  “I am calling to express my deep concern for the welfare of immigrant children detained by ICE who are subjected to immigration hearings with no legal representation.  This is inhumane and unjust.  Please consider legislation that would require court-appointed legal representation for minors in immigration hearings. Thank you.”

3) Block the Indefinite Detention of Migrant Children and Families – a federal judicial ruling twenty years ago set limits on the time migrant children can be detained, and in 2014 this detention limit was set at 20 days.  However, Congressional Republicans have put forward a bill to override the 20-day limit.  Keeping children, and their families, in detention with no limit on the duration would be another inhumane and deplorable action.

SCRIPT wording:  “I am deeply opposed to legislation that would abolish the limit of time that immigrant children and their families can be kept in detention.  The attempt by Republicans in Congress to do so is cruel and inhumane.  Thank you.”

Background:

“Trump’s Ancestral Village Abounds With His Relatives. Few Admit a Link.” -
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/02/world/europe/trump-germany-family-ancestry-kallstadt.html  

“The President In 1885 Didn't Stop Immigrant Friedrich Trump From Coming To America” -
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2018/01/15/the-president-in-1885-didnt-stop-immigrant-friedrich-trump-from-coming-to-america/#21981519e49a

"Judge rejects Trump administration’s blanket delay to reunite immigrant families" - https://chicago.suntimes.com/immigration/immigration-separated-families-reunification-deadline/

Thanks for 5calls.org for information included in the above actions.


DON’T FORGET! – Upcoming Events

- The weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting continues as usual, Tuesday, July 10 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council!

- Weekly Resist Trump Tuesday Rally is back to its normally scheduled time, 11:45am outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a 12:30pm meeting with our Senators’ staffers that is open to all.  Resist with us!

 

Canvass with Seattle Indivisible Members on July 22

Do you want to get out more on the campaign trail to take back Congress, but don’t want to do it alone? Join your friends and fellow Seattle Indivisible members attending a Flip the 8th Canvass on July 22!

Date: Sunday, July 22nd
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location:
Gravity Coffee
23912 SE Kent Kangley Rd
Maple Valley, WA 98038

If you are planning on joining us, please first RSVP directly on the WA-Democrats website:

https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8014

And then reply to this email or email daily-action@seattleindivisible.com to let us know you are coming! Please also let us know if you think you’ll need a lift from Seattle. Bring a friend or pair up with a fellow Seattle Indivisible member when you get there. We will be picking a meet-up place after the canvass for food and drink.

This is a Washington Democrats canvass inside the crucial 8th Congressional swing district. You can read more about the race here:

https://www.seattlepi.com/local/politics/article/Connelly-8TH-district-debate-democrats-12973044.php

If you can’t attend, for your daily act of resistance, consider signing up for a different canvass that fits your schedule: https://www.wa-democrats.org/event/index

Or make a small donation to the eventual winner of the primary: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/swing-WA-08-left

More Upcoming Events:

-TODAY, Saturday, July 7 11:30AM - 4:00PM
The "Families Belong Together -- Seattle" Week of Action will end with this half-day gathering where we will reflect/debrief, plan next steps, and train new and seasoned activists/allies to effectively advocate beyond just family separation to fixing our country's broken immigration system in a just, moral and humane way.

Free event, and lunch included too!

Muslim Association of Puget Sound - MAPS
17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, Washington 98052
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/187535548528078/

-The weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting continues as usual, Tuesday, July 3 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council!

-Weekly Resist Trump Tuesday Rally is back to its normally scheduled time, 11:45am outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a 12:30pm meeting with our Senators’ staffers that is open to all.

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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.

Rep Waters deserves an apology

Did you hear about the ordinary Americans who have been confronting Trump Administration officials over the past few weeks? Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen left a restaurant after being confronted by members of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the DSA. Stephen Miller was heckled at another Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant, and had her appetizer paid for by the establishment.

Most recently, Scott Pruitt was confronted by the mother of a two year old child, who said:

"We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all of us, including our children."[1]

These ordinary Americans who have stood up to some of the most powerful members of our society have been lambasted as being "uncivil" by the professional trolls of the American right, but Congresswoman Maxine Waters has stood up for these folks, saying[2]:

"Already, you have members of your Cabinet that have been booed out of restaurants, who have protesters taking up at their house who sang, ‘No peace, no sleep.’ … And guess what, we’re going to win this battle. ... Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome."

Unfortunately, for her trouble, Rep. Waters has been receiving death threats from the right and absolutely no support from Democratic Congressional leadership. Sen. Chuck Schumer from New York appallingly called her words "not American." This sense of reverence for a false notion of civility is misguided at best and fraught with electoral consequences at worst. Protest movements have always been seen as 'uncivil' by the people in power[3]—otherwise, what use would these protest movements provide?

Nearly 200 black female leaders and allies outside of Congress have signed onto a letter urging Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to support Representative Waters[4]. The letter says: "[W]e consider it an insult to characterize Ms. Waters’ call for the exercise of our constitutional rights as uncivil and un-American. We call on leaders of all persuasion to practice the art of civil discourse"[5].

Today's Action: Tell our Members of Congress to Support Maxine Waters

Let's stand with Congresswoman Maxine Waters and tell our Members of Congress that we expect them to do the right thing and stand with her, too.

Sample Script

"Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP} in support of Representative Maxine Waters. I think it is disgraceful that the Democratic Leadership in Congress won't support Maxine Waters, and I want to see {MoC NAME} come out in public support of Representative Waters. The exercise of our constitutional rights is not uncivil nor un-American."


Call both Senators:

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

Call your Representative:

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC 202-225-3106 or Seattle 206-674-0040
  • Rep. Adam Smith: DC 202-225-8901 or Renton 425-793-5180

Events

We Stand With Immigrants: Activists/Allies Training

Saturday, July 7 11:30AM - 4:00PM

The "Families Belong Together -- Seattle" Week of Action will end with this half-day gathering where we will reflect/debrief, plan next steps, and train new and seasoned activists/allies to effectively advocate beyond just family separation to fixing our country's broken immigration system in a just, moral and humane way. 

This gathering will provide resources, training, and breakout sessions on important topics including how to be an effective ally; messaging around immigration and responding to attacks; youth advocacy; and more. Get the resources and training you need to become an effective advocate for immigrant/refugee rights! 

Free event, and lunch included too!

Muslim Association of Puget Sound - MAPS
17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, Washington 98052

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/187535548528078/

More Info:

[1] Why Scott Pruitt got off easy in his restaurant confrontation: https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/04/opinions/scott-pruitt-restaurant-confrontation-civility-parini/index.html

[2] Maxine Waters and the trope of the “angry black woman”: https://www.vox.com/first-person/2018/6/29/17515192/maxine-waters-sarah-sanders-red-hen-restaurant-trump

[3] America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/07/04/the-civil-rights-movement-might-have-been-nonviolent-but-to-critics-it-was-considered-uncivil/

[4] In letter to top Democrats, black female leaders say Maxine Waters treated unfairly: https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/04/politics/letter-maxine-waters/index.html

[5] Letter to Schumer and Pelosi: http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2018/images/07/04/pelosi.schumer.blackwomenleadersandallies.ltrofsupportcong.maxinewatersfinal7.4.18.pdf

Demand to be heard on SCOTUS

A little more than 240 years ago this week our country was founded on the principles of tolerance, anti-totalitarianism, economic and social opportunities for migrants, and asylum for the oppressed. These times are trying the founding principles of our country, and it's time to stand up for what's right - again. 

There is a path forward for us to prevent an extremist from being appointed to the Supreme Court and undoing much of the progress we've made as a society over the last sixty years. It starts with getting our Senators to publicly speak out and stand strong.

Getting every single Democratic senator to commit to this is the first step in Indivisible National's plan to save the supreme court. Despite our calls, neither of our Senators have committed to vote against the people on Trump's shortlist for the SCOTUS nomination. Let's do our part, call our Senators again, and demand that they make a commitment to fight for us.

Action: Tell Our Senators to Fight for Us

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

SCRIPT
"My name is [NAME], and I am a constituent in [CITY,ZIP]. We need [SENATOR] to be a fighter and say she will not confirm anyone on Trump's ultra-conservative Supreme Court nominee shortlist. Will [SENATOR] publicly commit to standing against Trump's picks and be a fighter for women's rights, LGBT rights, and voting rights?"

Check your Voter Registration and Cheer New Citizens

Action 1: Register to vote, or double-check your registration

The most important thing we can do take back our government is to vote. The Washington State Primary is August 7, and the last day to register to vote online is July 9. Now is the time to make sure that your voter registration is all buttoned up, so you can be part of the big blue wave.

  • If you're not registered to vote, register now. It only takes a few minutes, and you can do it online.
  • Are you new in town? Register to vote here in Seattle, Washington.
  • Have you moved? Changed your name? Make sure your information is correct.
  • Think your registration is ok? Double check anyway. You don't want any surprises. Not this year.

Action 2: Tell 3 friends! 

Tag, share, forward or post this action to 3 friends, and remind them to check their registration too. 

Action 3: Welcome and cheer new American Citizens

Once your voter registration is all set, come down to Seattle Center to witness 500 new Americans taking the Oath of Citizenship. Families Belong Together is joining the welcoming ceremony for swearing in naturalized citizens. 

11:15 AM July 4
The Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center
Look for the Families Belong Together banner.
http://www.seattlecenter.com/naturalization/

Good News

In a victory for the concept of truth, the Senate Intelligence Committee has unequivocally upheld the conclusion of the intelligence community that Russia developed a "clear preference" for then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 election and sought to help him win the White House. 
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/395408-senate-intel-committee-no-reason-to-dispute-ic-assessment-of-russian-election

Upcoming Events

Walk a Mile In Our Shoes Congressional Visits

Thursday, 7-9 p.m.: Congressional Offices in Vancouver (3rd CD), Yakima (4th CD), Issaquah (8th CD) and Spokane (5th CD)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1894577197501541/

Families Belong Together - Stop Collaborating With ICE

Friday, TBD: Microsoft, Amazon, Greyhound
https://www.facebook.com/events/1782509878494194/

Flip the 8th Canvas, Sammamish

Saturday, July 7, 10-2
Starbucks 4566 Klahanie Dr. SE
4566 KLAHAIE Dr SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7934

Flip the 8th Canvas, Issaquah

Saturday, July 7, 12-4
Starbucks
1460 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7944

Flip the 8th Canvas, Ravensdale (Maple Valley)

Sunday, July 8, 1-5
Gravity Coffee
23912 SE Kent Kangley Rd
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/7954

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

The Supreme Court Long-Game: Get Out the Vote

Official action for Tuesday, July 3

We are in the middle of a week of action against ICE’s separation and detention of immigrant families. You can find more details at the end of this message. We hope to see you at one or more of these events!

Freedom of choice, affirmative action, marriage equality--we stand to lose a lot if Trump manages to appoint a right-wing judge to the Supreme Court. We’ve been calling our senators to tell them to reject any Trump nominees, and that’s important. But as long as Republicans control the Senate, we’re fighting an uphill battle.

The 2018 midterms are more important than ever, and now Indivisible National has a tool to help you get out the vote in battleground states. If you sign up at the below link, Indivisible will connect you with potential progressive voters in AZ, MS, NV, TN, and TX:
https://www.indivisible.org/save-scotus/

And don’t forget the Senate battle happening in our own backyard! If you want to go door-to-door getting out the vote for progressives in Washington’s 8th district, sign up here:
https://www.wa-democrats.org/flipthe8th

Background:
https://www.politico.com/…/anthony-kennedy-retirement-supre…
https://www.nytimes.com/…/opin…/democrats-voter-turnout.html


Upcoming Events

Vigil at the Seattle ICE Office
TODAY, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.: 1000 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
https://www.facebook.com/events/403025166863772/

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Weekly Meeting
TODAY, 7-9 p.m.: Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/?event_time_id=1657913654287882

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

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Walk a Mile In Our Shoes Congressional Visits
Thursday, 7-9 p.m.: Congressional Offices in Vancouver (3rd CD), Yakima (4th CD), Issaquah (8th CD) and Spokane (5th CD)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1894577197501541/

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Families Belong Together - Stop Collaborating With ICE
Friday, TBD: Microsoft, Amazon, Greyhound
https://www.facebook.com/events/1782509878494194/


Good News

I-1631, Washigton’s carbon fee initiative, delivered 380,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office and will likely make the ballot in November:
https://abcnews.go.com/…/washington-voters-carbon-fee-initi…


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

Senators: Commit to Blocking Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

On Meet the Press Yesterday, Senator Cantwell made clear the stakes of the upcoming battle to fill retiring Justice Kennedy's Supreme Court seat:

"My colleagues on both sides of the aisle know that this vote could be one of the key votes of their entire career. If they vote for somebody who’s going to change precedent, it could be a career-ending move."

The problem is, both she and Senator Murray want to wait until an extreme nominee is chosen, and let them dodge questions at their nomination hearings before deciding whether to vote against them! But we already know the list of nominees Trump intends to choose from, and we already know they will overturn hard-fought precedent on women's rights, LGBT rights, and more. Only by publicly disavowing these extremist nominees up front can we build the momentum to block or force a more moderate candidate.

Ask your Senators to make a public commitment NOW to block extreme nominees.

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

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

SCRIPT: "Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm calling from [CITY]. While I appreciate the Senator's commitment to voting against a nominee who will overturn precedent on hard-fought civil rights, there’s no need to wait and find out who the nominee will be. I'd like a public commitment from the Senator to vote against Trump's list of 25 that are all unqualified or too extreme to sit on the Supreme Court."

Extra Credit Action:

Sign up for the battle to take back the Senate and prevent Trump from forcing through any more extreme judges after this year. Indivisible is rolling out a call tool after this week's recess, and you can sign up here: https://www.indivisible.org/save-scotus/

Background:

https://www.indivisible.org/resource/2-step-strategy-win-supreme-court-fight/

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/democratic-senator-warns-colleagues-career-ending-supreme-court-vote-n888086

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/07/09/how-trumps-supreme-court-pick-could-undo-kennedys-legacy

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Don't Forget! Upcoming Events:

7/2 Monday at 11:00am-1:00pm US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Tukwila - Protest!
https://www.facebook.com/events/993846387456609/

7/3 Tuesday 8:00am - 1pm at ICE Office, Seattle - Vigil
https://www.facebook.com/events/403025166863772/

7/4 Wednesday at 1:00pm (Invite-only): Community Summit #FreedomForImmigrants with Governor Inslee:
https://www.facebook.com/events/207753586540504/

7/5 Thursday 2PM - 4PM Reichert’s, Newhouse, Herrera-Beutler, McMorris-Rodgers - Walk a Mile In Our Shoes Congressional Visits
https://www.facebook.com/events/1894577197501541/

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More Upcoming Events:

Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting continues as usual, Tuesday, July 3 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council!

There will be no Resist Trump Tuesday next week so that we can join the ICE vigil (listed above).

Abolish ICE

ACTION:  Tell our MOCs to Put an End to ICE


 
Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced a bill in the House last week that would abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.  After traveling to see ICE’s actions for himself, Rep. Pocan, along with including Reps. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.), Jim McGovern (Mass.) and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), are calling for the elimination of ICE.  From The Hill:  

"From conducting raids at garden centers, and meatpacking plants, to breaking up families at churches and schools, ICE is tearing apart families and ripping the moral fabric of our nation," Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) said in a statement.

Today, contact our MOCs to tell them we need to stop ICE once and for all.  

Email:

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

On the weekends, feel free to call MOCs and leave voicemail:

Phone:

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

EMAIL - points to consider including when emailing:
- Since ICE and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were created in 2003, these agencies have terrorized immigrant communities, conducting unconstitutional border checkpoints, killing unarmed migrants crossing the border, splitting up immigrant children from their parents, and subjecting detained immigrants, including children, to physical, sexual and mental abuse.
- ICE and CBP have expanded their authority beyond the border, into so-called “hundred-mile zones,” through which they execute warrantless searches of both citizens and non-citizens.  This is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
- Recent research has shown that countries that welcome and support immigrants receive economic benefits within two years of immigration, while restricting and harassing immigrants results in increased costs. (https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/what-are-the-economics-of-immigration/)

SAMPLE SCRIPT – when leaving voicemail by phone:
“My name is [NAME], and I am a constituent in [CITY,ZIP].  

[If Rep. Jayapal or Rep. Smith] I am calling to express my strong support for the Mark Pocan bill that would abolish ICE. It’s time to stop abusive and unconstitutional action by ICE and CBP. Thank you.”

[If Sen. Cantwell or Sen. Murray] I am calling to ask for legislation in the Senate that would eliminate ICE, like the bill introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan in the House.  It’s time to stop abusive and unconstitutional action by ICE and CBP. Thank you.”

Background:  

“Dem lawmaker introduces bill to abolish ICE,” thehill.com/homenews/house/393938-dem-lawmaker-introduces-bill-to-abolish-ice

“Calls to Abolish ICE Gain Momentum as General Election Nears,” https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/national-international/Abolish-Ice-Movement-Grows-Pocan-Democrats-Bill-486960731.html

Thanks to 5calls.org for information included in this Action.


DON'T FORGET! UPCOMING EVENTS

Families Belong Together Week of Action:

7/1 Sunday at 1:30pm at Northwest Detention Center,Tacoma – Protest!
https://www.facebook.com/events/276798272867272/

7/2 Monday at 11:00am-1:00pm USCIS, Tukwila - Protest!
https://www.facebook.com/events/993846387456609/

7/3 Tuesday 8:00am - 1pm at ICE Office, Seattle - Vigil
https://www.facebook.com/events/403025166863772/

7/4 Wednesday at 1:00pm (Invite-only): Community Summit #FreedomForImmigrants with Governor Inslee:
https://www.facebook.com/events/207753586540504/

7/5 Thursday 2PM - 4PM Reichert’s, Newhouse, Herrera-Beutler, McMorris-Rodgers - Walk a Mile In Our Shoes Congressional Visits
https://www.facebook.com/events/1894577197501541/


MORE UPCOMING EVENTS

Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting continues as usual, Tuesday, July 3 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council!

There will be no Resist Trump Tuesday next week so that we can join the ICE vigil (listed above).

Rally Today - Support the Families Belong Together Coalition

The official Families Belong Together rally is today, 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

Today's rally will kick off a week-long series of actions to protest Trump’s racist and bigoted southern border policies, all led by the Families Belong Together Coalition of Washington - which includes Washington’s biggest immigrants’ rights organizations like Casa Latina, Washington Dream Coalition, OneAmerica, and Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project. The full list of events is posted at the end of this email!

Whether or not you can attend, here is an easy way to support the effort from home: make a donation so that the organizers can cover their costs! Any amount helps. Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/families-belong-together-washington

The GoFundMe link also includes a list of demands to both our Federal and State governments and to Washington businesses who have been working with ICE.

Families Belong Together Week of Action:

6/30 Saturday at 11:00am-2:00pm at SeaTac Federal Detention Center – Protest!
https://www.facebook.com/events/220480778565945/

7/1 Sunday at 1:30pm at Northwest Detention Center,Tacoma – Protest!
https://www.facebook.com/events/276798272867272/

7/2 Monday at 11:00am-1:00pm USCIS, Tukwila - Protest!
https://www.facebook.com/events/993846387456609/

7/3 Tuesday 8:00am - 1pm at ICE Office, Seattle - Vigil
https://www.facebook.com/events/403025166863772/

7/4 Wednesday at 1:00pm (Invite-only): Community Summit #FreedomForImmigrants with Governor Inslee:
https://www.facebook.com/events/207753586540504/

7/5 Thursday 2PM - 4PM Reichert’s, Newhouse, Herrera-Beutler, McMorris-Rodgers - Walk a Mile In Our Shoes Congressional Visits
https://www.facebook.com/events/1894577197501541/

7/6 Friday - Amazon, Microsoft, and Greyhound – Stop Collaborating With ICE! (TBD)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1782509878494194/

7/7 Saturday at 11:30am - 4:00pm at MAPS, Redmond - We Stand With Immigrants: Symposium for Activists and Allies
https://www.facebook.com/events/187535548528078/

More Upcoming Events

Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting continues as usual, Tuesday, July 3 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council!

There will be no Resist Trump Tuesday next week so that we can join the ICE vigil (listed above).

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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.

Tell our Senators to FIGHT for us

Did you catch Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night? She devoted her opening segment, the 'A block,' to our fight over Anthony Kennedy's Supreme Court seat. Rachel lays out in pretty clear detail what folks like us can do to stop this seat from being handed to another judge hand-picked by the ultra-conservative Federalist Society, just like Neil Gorsuch.

Watch the entire segment if you can. It gave us a sense of hope, purpose, and direction:
 
http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_aday1_180627

But, if you don't have the 25 minutes to spare, here's the gist:

Hunkering down and expecting this whole thing to blow over won't work. But, we have picked up another Senate seat since the Gorsuch fight and John McCain is unlikely to be present for any votes, which means that Republicans cannot afford to lose even a single vote—but only if the Senate Democrats stick together. And that's where you come into play: be an activist and FIGHT, and you can help prevent the Supreme Court from undoing so much of the progress we've made as a society over the last sixty years.

Action: Tell our Senators to FIGHT for us

Please call your Senators right now and tell them to make a public statement that they will not confirm anyone on Trump’s shortlist for Supreme Court.  

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

Script

"My name is [NAME], and I am a constituent in [CITY,ZIP]. We need [SENATOR] to be a fighter and say she will not confirm anyone on Trump's ultra-conservative Supreme Court nominee shortlist. Will [SENATOR] publicly commit to standing against Trump's picks and be a fighter for women's rights, LGBT rights, and voting rights?"

Background

EVENTS

June 29, 4 - 8PM

Art Build and Teach-In: Ending Family Detention

Join the Pramila Jayapal Campaign at the School of Visual Concepts to make posters in the letterpress studio for the protest on Saturday. They will also be hosting a teach-in to offer context and history regarding family separation and strategies for exerting long-term pressure to keep families safe and free.  Please RSVP here: https://secure.ngpvan.com/SxloRfFhZ0aLnH7JBNuH0A2

Or find more details on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/204070656889811/

June 30, 11AM

Families Belong Together Rally at Seatac Federal Detention Center

Rally against family separation at the border and other immigrant rights abuses.
More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1805746032846977/

Every Weekday, 8AM - 10AM

Vigils at the Seattle ICE office

Join Community Alliance for Global Justice for a daily week-day (M-F) VIGIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS in front of the Seattle ICE office, 1000 2nd Ave (between Spring and Madison in downtown Seattle). More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/403025166863772/

Reminder: Turn in I-1631 Petitions ASAP if you want them to be counted!

Protect the Supreme Court!

Yesterday, Supreme Court Justice Kennedy announced he will be retiring in July. Kennedy has been the “swing” vote in the Supreme Court – and if he is replaced with another conservative judge, they will have enough of a majority to do a lot of damage.

Unless we hold all Democrats together and peel off some Republicans, Trump and GOP leaders have the numbers to push someone through. Everyone on Trump's "short list" is unacceptable and we're looking to Dems to publicly announce immediately that they'll vote against anyone from that list. 

It’s time to fight tooth and nail to save the Supreme Court – and that starts by making sure that all Democratic Senators have publicly committed to the fight.

Action: Don’t Give Away the Stolen Seat

Please call your Senators today and tell them to make a public statement that they will not confirm anyone on Trump’s shortlist for Supreme Court.  

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

Script:
“My name is [NAME], and I am a constituent in [CITY,ZIP].  Now that Justice Kennedy has announced that he is retiring, I am frightened by the prospect of a Supreme Court with majority conservative Justices. The stakes could not be higher, and everyone on Trump’s short list for the nomination is unacceptable. I would like [Senator] to make a public statement committing to vote against everyone currently on Trump’s short list for the Supreme Court.”

Background: 
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/27/us/politics/anthony-kennedy-retire-supreme-court.html

Good News

Ryan’s terrible immigration bill failed! No Democrats voted for it, and that’s thanks to the many calls and protests from you: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-using-all-caps-in-a-tweet-urges-passage-of-the-house-gop-immigration-bill/2018/06/27/989b2ad8-7960-11e8-80be-6d32e182a3bc_story.html


Events

June 29, 4-8 pm
Art Build and Teach-In: Ending Family Detention

Join the Pramila Jayapal Campaign at the School of Visual Concepts to make posters in the letterpress studio for the protest on Saturday. They will also be hosting a teach-in to offer context and history regarding family separation and strategies for exerting long-term pressure to keep families safe and free.  Please RSVP here: https://secure.ngpvan.com/SxloRfFhZ0aLnH7JBNuH0A2
Or find more details on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/204070656889811/

June 30, 11 am
Families Belong Together Rally at Seatac Federal Detention Center

Rally against family separation at the border and other immigrant rights abuses.
More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1805746032846977/

Reminder: Turn in I-1631 Petitions ASAP if you want them to be counted!

Keep Fighting the Xenophobic Immigration Bill

OFFICIAL ACTION for Wednesday, June 27

Today was a hard day, with the Supreme Court ruling to uphold Trump's Muslum Ban. We lost that battle, but we have to go on. Keep the pressure on the House to scuttle Paul Ryan's xenophobic immigration bill, like we scuttled his TrumpCare bill. Among other things, Ryan’s bill calls for mandatory indefinite detention for immigrant children and their families, puts $23 billion dollars towards border security and restricts access to asylum. The House may vote on this bill as soon as today--tell our representatives to oppose it!

Don't lose hope. We won a different battle today. A judge decided today that Local undocumented activist Maru Mora Villalpando, who Seattle Indivisible has been fighting for, can adjust her citizenship status through her US-citizen daughter. Thank you for all your support.

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

Sample Script

“Hello, I’m [name], calling from [city, zip]. I would like to thank Representative Jayapal for stating her opposition to Paul Ryan’s immigration bill, which retains too many of Trump’s cruel immigration policies.”

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

Sample Script

“Hello, I’m [name], calling from [city, zip]. Representative Smith must oppose Paul Ryan’s immigration bill, which still retains too many of Trump’s cruel immigration policies.”

Background

Good News

Many of you have been following the story of immigrant activist Maru Mora Villalpando. At the end of December, Maru received a letter from ICE calling for her deportation as retaliation for her work against detentions and deportations. Maru is a fierce and tireless truth-speaker who has put her life on the line in the fight to end detention and deportation. She was being targeted for her powerful activism. 

Seattle Indivisible has been standing in solidarity with Maru, and we are beyond thrilled that she got good news today. She will be able to postpone her next court appearance until January, when her US-citizen daughter will be old enough to sponsor her. She now has a path to a green card. 

https://crosscut.com/2018/06/activist-who-says-ice-targeted-her-will-remain-us?utm_source=crosscut-facebook&utm_medium=social

More Good News

A federal judge has ruled that the government must reunite migrant families who have been separated at the border https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/26/judge-orders-trump-reunite-migrant-families-678809

CONGRATULATIONS to Primary winners Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Dana Balter, Gretchen Shirley, and Tedra Cobb. You can read more about them at Invisible National https://www.facebook.com/indivisibleguide/
 

Upcoming Events

Families Belong Together Rally

Saturday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Federal Detention Center, 2425 S 200th St, SeaTac, Washington 98198
https://www.facebook.com/events/220480778565945/

If you'd like to make a donation, you can do that here https://www.gofundme.com/families-belong-together-washington?teamInvite=g9CaxM0IB1cOaOynLVLTuyZQfnt5KBj0R0Schv4biiz5WgHbiOL8RZ1l00IlcbFb

DON’T FORGET TO TURN IN YOUR I-1631 PETITIONS

They are due
June 27 (today!), by mail
June 30, in person at the I-1631 office (4347 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105)

For more info, see https://yeson1631.org/.

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