Tell Your State Senator - Call a Hate Crime a Hate Crime

The tragic shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand last week reminds us that Islamophobia, and hate in all its forms, is a present threat to our safety and security. As such it is important to recognize hate when it is acted upon, and call it what it is - a hate crime.

The Washington State House recently passed HB 1732, a bill that would allow hate crimes to be prosecuted as such, and not as “malicious harassment”, which is what they are currently called. The bill also adds “gender identity and expression” to the list of protected classes, increases the circumstances that can be considered a hate crime, raises the maximum punishment, and directs the attorney general to create a hate crimes advisory group.

The State Senate still needs to pass this bill before it becomes law - so call your state senator and tell them to vote yes! Passing this bill will be an important way to support targeted communities and acknowledge the seriousness of any hate crime anywhere.

ACTION: Strengthen Washington’s Hate Crime Statutes

Look up your representatives on the Legislative District Finder at https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

Or use the Legislative Hotline, 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388). When you call the hotline, staff will determine who your legislators are, take down your message, and ensure the message is transmitted to your legislator.

You may also sign onto CAIR-WA’s petition supporting this bill here: https://www.votervoice.net/CAIR/campaigns/64431/respond

Suggested Script

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [PLACE] to express my support for HB1732, which would strengthen hate crime protections in Washington. I expect my state senator to vote for this bill to support and protect victims and targeted communities.”

Background:

https://housedemocrats.wa.gov/valdez/2019/03/08/house-approves-stronger-hate-crimes-legislation/

https://www.votervoice.net/CAIR/campaigns/64431/respond?fbclid=IwAR34u4QJUFxFZXXzmIq03udYbziqQmwD8Ca7xOzbKHX9oF-5yw_RMTh6xiY

Vote in King Conservation District: Opt-In Ballot

Official Daily Action for Wednesday March 20, 2019

There's an election going on right now in King County. Didn't know? Neither did we! To vote for candidates for the King Conservation district, you have to opt in to get a ballot.

Request a Ballot Here: http://kingcd.org/about/board-of-supervisors/elections-and-appointments/

Your Ballot will take about 5 business days to arrive, and must be postmarked by March 29th.

You can also cast a ballot in person at a Polling Station now available at KCD’s Office at 800 SW 39th St, Suite 150, Renton, WA 98057. This polling station is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm (PDT) Monday-Friday through March 29, 2019.

What is the King Conservation District, you might ask? We didn't know either. From the election website linked below:

"King Conservation District (KCD) is a natural resources assistance agency authorized by Washington State and guided by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Our mission is to promote the sustainable use of natural resources through responsible stewardship." http://kingcd.org/about/

"KCD serves a unique purpose: engage the private sector in preserving and enhancing our natural environment across the region. KCD accomplishes this by helping private landowners learn how to best care for the land and resources. This voluntary engagement compliments the regulatory aspects of other government entities. Given that private land is more than 60% of the whole, and given the budget challenges ahead, KCD’s mission and mandate are increasingly important."

"One important thing the KCD does is a native plant bare-root sale every year, which provides low-cost native plant specimens to help restore native habitat. (I have used this native plant sale for 7-8 years now, it's a great benefit if you want to restore habitat without breaking the bank. A 10-plant bunch of Vine Maples for $10, a 10-plant bunch of Western Hemlocks for $18...)” http://kingcd.org/about/faqs/

Learn about the Candidates

You can learn about the election process and the candidates at the same location: http://kingcd.org/about/board-of-supervisors/elections-and-appointments/

and watch some videos of them over at the King County Democrats Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=317913105582888&id=10254683449&_rdr

Good News

On March 5, banking giant JPMorgan Chase divested from private prison companies, in response to protests. We had missed this bit of success. Protests work!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/06/business/jp-morgan-prisons.html

No More Blank Check for War

For the almost 18 years, since the 9/11 attacks, Congress has failed on its constitutional responsibility to determine where and when we go to war. Immediately after the attacks, Congress nearly unanimously passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), written so broadly as to permit the President to go to war anywhere at any time without authorization.

We have an opportunity for Congress to reclaim this responsibility. Rep. Barbara Lee, the only Member of Congress at the time to vote against the AUMF, has introduced a bill, H.R. 1274, to repeal it. Let's correct one of our our big mistakes and put an end to these endless wars. Rep. Pramila Jayapal has already sponsored this bill, but Rep. Adam Smith has not.

Action: Ask our Representatives to Repeal the AUMF.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

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

Rep. Adam Smith:

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

Script:

If you live in the 7th CD and are calling Rep. Jayapal:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling to thank you for sponsoring H.R. 1274 to repeal the 2001 AUMF. (Include any personal reasons of yours here)”

If you live in the 9th CD and are calling Rep. Smith (this text courtesy of Indivisible Project):

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling because I'm very concerned about Trump's broad war powers.

Congress and the people, not the President, are supposed to decide when and where we go to war. I'm also aware that this broad authorization has been used to justify many human rights abuses, and that Trump is particularly prone to authoritarian and abusive power grabs.

I strongly support H.R. 1274, introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee to repeal the 'AUMF' blank check for war. I urge Representative Smith to co-sponsor it immediately and will be calling back to ensure that they have done so."

Background & more information:

"Indivisible: No One Should Have a Blank Check For War. Especially Not Donald Trump."

Events Today

Pizza and Prose

TODAY, March 19 7pm-9pm

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

It's time to get to work on 2020! At this Seattle Indivisible meeting, we'll be working through SwingLeft to write letters to unregistered voters in critical states, with registration links and instructions in the envelope. This proven tactic will help us work on crucial races all over the country - even from deep blue Seattle!

https://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/137422/

The Washington State Labor Council is in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. 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.

Java with Jayapal

TODAY, March 19, 3-4 pm (Seattle) MiiR Flagship - 3400 Stone Way N

Join Rep. Pramila Jayapal for coffee to discuss the issues that are important to you. Space is limited, register at

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwwf8uqIoAWvoSpHR0TOkSee5ff6oUg7Py4YPSLjpsYk3BAQ/viewform

Join Embassy Suites Employees for their first Picket

TODAY, March 19, 4pm, Embassy Suites, 255 S King St

Employees of the Embassy Suites in Pioneer Square just won union recognition last year, but still do not have a contract. They have asked for support from the community today as they picket for a fair contract with living wages and full benefits. This event is hosted by UNITE HERE Local 8.

http://www.thestand.org/2019/03/join-embassy-suites-employees-at-their-1st-picket-line-tuesday/

Show Solidarity with our Muslim neighbors

By now, you’ve likely heard the horrific news of the white nationalist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. Muslim families were targeted and fifty people were killed. Trump was asked on Friday if white nationalism is an increasing threat around the world. Trump’s answer was reminiscent of his commentary post on the Charlottesville mass shooting for which he was rightfully critiqued harshly worldwide.

“Do you see white nationalism as a rising threat around the world?" A reporter asked Trump on Friday.

"I don't really. I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess," the President said. "If you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that's the case, I don't know enough about it yet. They're just learning about the person and the people involved. But it's certainly a terrible thing." Trump answered.

Quick Fact Check: Of course, white nationalism is a rising threat, as demonstrated by data compiled by the Anti-Defamation League: https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/3/16/18268856/new-zealand-shooter-white-nationalism-united-states

Action: Show solidarity with our local Muslim community tonight!

Join the Muslim Association of Puget Sound for an Interfaith Vigil & Anti-Islamophobia Teach-In tonight at 7pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/372855189969766/

Can’t make it tonight? Here are a few things you can do:

Nearly two years ago to the day, Seattle made international news as we showed up to support our local Muslim community during the second attempt by Trump at implementing a Muslim Ban.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1634856699860391

See you tonight at MAPS.

Background:

Don’t Forget!

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, Mar. 19, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. 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.

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. Mar. 26, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with Staffers from our lawmakers' offices.

Medicare For All Speak Out with Congresswoman Jayapal

April 6, 10:30am

https://www.facebook.com/events/258551398356824/

RSVP: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-7137352897289451776

Protest New Restrictions on Transgender Troops

This week the Defense Department announced a new policy that restricts transgender troops from serving openly as a transgender. The new policy is less restrictive than President Trump's proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military. However, the new policy is expected to result in military discharges for transgender troops who are unable or unwilling to serve as their birth-assigned gender.

Why now? Last week the final legal injunction against Trump's proposed transgender ban in the military was reversed. Transgender people will only have 30 days, until April 21, before this policy goes into effect.

Today transgender people can enlist and serve openly in the U.S. military. If this policy goes into effect, in 30 days people who want to defend our country and serve in the U.S. armed forces will not be able to do so if they are openly transgender.

ACTION: Tell lawmakers to continue to defend transgender rights, in the military or elsewhere.

It’s the weekend, but we can still leave our MOCs voicemail that lawmakers’ staff will document when they return to offices on Monday. Be sure to include your name and city/zip in your message so they can identify you when you leave a voicemail message.

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

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

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

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

SCRIPT:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am saddened and outraged that the Defense Department is discriminating against transgender troops, and that President Trump is attempting to to ban transgender people from serving in the military. Transgender people should not be prevented from living openly in the military or elsewhere in our society. Please continue to speak out against this injustice, and to work with your Congressional colleagues to support transgender rights. Thank you."

More Information:

"House Armed Services chair denounces new limits on transgender service members" - https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/433983-smith-denounces-transgender-military-restrictions

Background:

“Pentagon sets limits on transgender troops” - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-military-transgender/pentagon-sets-limits-on-transgender-troops-idUSKBN1QU06M

"Defense Department's new transgender policy outlines harsh limits for troops" - https://www.axios.com/defense-departments-new-transgender-policy-outlines-harsh-limits-for-troops-1552437916-42c7ef7b-8e2c-4203-9de8-492c0303cc37.html

DON'T FORGET

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, Mar. 19, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. 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.

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. Mar. 26, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with Staffers from our lawmakers' offices.

Support New Zealand and Muslims in Seattle Public Schools

In case you have not yet heard, there were two horrific mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand leaving 49 people dead. The suspected shooter cited President Trump and white nationalism in his manifesto, but Trump has since said that he doesn’t see white nationalism as a growing threat worldwide.

To help support the victims of this senseless tragedy in ways that our federal government is not currently doing, you can donate to the fundraiser listed below. If donations are not feasible for you at the moment, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) recently sent out an email requesting that any muslim students abstain from Ramadan for testing. The Council for American Islamic Relations is requesting all Americans who value religious freedoms to send a message to SPS demanding that they respect religious observances. There is a sample script below. In addition to this, there is a solidarity vigil in Redmond on Monday for the victims of the Christchurch massacre followed by a teach-in on combating Islamophobia.

ACTIONS

Donation link: https://www.launchgood.com/project/support_for_the_families__victims_of_the_new_zealand_mosque_shootings?fbclid=IwAR061ZdpfD5PxjTxXoougwyqO4H2MQNzRt6cHHOweOj9G6PzghU90iNzzzk#!/

Vigil and teach-in: https://www.facebook.com/events/372855189969766/

Send SPS a message here: https://oneclickpolitics.global.ssl.fastly.net/messages/edit?promo_id=5868

[SCRIPT TEMPLATE]:

I believe that all children deserve equal access to education no matter their faith. I also believe that the religious practices of students should be respected and taken into consideration by educators and administrators.

I am disturbed that Seattle Schools started on Rosh Hashanah this year and that Thurgood Elementary School recently suggested to parents that students break their religious practice of fasting during Ramadan in order to accommodate testing.

That is why I have signed a petition asking that:

*Thurgood Marshall Elementary and the Seattle School District retract and apologize for their email to parents

*Thurgood Marshall Elementary and the Seattle School District meet with CAIR-WA and other interfaith community leaders on how they can better sensitize themselves to the practices and needs of their Muslim students

*The Seattle School District commit to taking religious holidays and practices into account when setting their yearly calendar

BACKGROUND:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/15/donald-trump-denies-white-nationalism-threat-new-zealand




Ask the House to end U.S. participation in the war in Yemen

The Senate has been rejecting White House overreach this week, including voting to end unauthorized U.S. participation in the Saudi-backed war in Yemen.

This is a stunning rebuke of the Trump administration’s corrupt complicity in Saudi crimes, and a massive step toward strengthening the democratic checks and balances that are supposed to govern U.S. war-making. Now, it’s time to finish the job.

The House has already passed this bill once. Now, for procedural reasons, the House must pass the same bill again. It is crucial that Democrats stick together and vote down any motions to recommit that Republicans might introduce to keep this historic bill from going to the president’s desk. It is time for Congress to come together, stand up to the executive branch and restore the powers it was constitutionally given. Congress has an obligation to rein in Trump’s authoritarian tendencies and prove that the government still works for the people.

Today's Action: Ask our Representatives to End the War in Yemen

Call your Representative:

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

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

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. Last month, {REPRESENTATIVE} voted to end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen, and on Wednesday, the Senate voted to end the war, too. Now, the House needs to vote again, and I want to ask {REPRESENTATIVE} to make sure that a clean bill to end the war makes it to Trump's desk. Vote down any motions to recommit that Republicans might introduce.

Bonus Action: Thank our Senators

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

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

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I want to thank the Senator for voting to end the unauthorized war in Yemen and for voting to end Trump's fake national emergency. Please tell her to keep up the great work!

Events

Climate Strike - Friday, 10:00 AM

The Climate Strike rally is taking place on Friday at 10:00 AM at Cal Anderson Park. More details at https://actionnetwork.org/events/seattle-climate-strike

43rd Legislative District Town Hall - Saturday, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Calling all residents of the 43rd LD! State Rep. Nicole Macri and Speaker Frank Chopp, plus State Senator Jamie Pedersen will be holding a town hall on Saturday at the Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave E, Seattle WA 98122).

The location is served by the 2, 9, 11, 12, 43, and 60 bus routes, and the Link Light Rail. A paid parking lot is located behind the church.

(Need to find out which district you live in? use this handy tool: https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/)

Senate Votes Today (Thursday): Reject Trump’s Fake Emergency

In February, the House passed H.J. Resolution 46, a resolution intended to terminate the outrageous National Emergency that Trump recently declared to get his border wall built. Today (Thursday) that resolution will be put to a vote in the Senate, and it is looking like the resolution might pass. If it does, it would not only be an embarrassing rebuke to President Trump’s overreach, but it would also force him to choose between the first veto of his presidency or an end to the National Emergency.

Call your senators to support this measure, and if you know people who live in Utah, Alaska, Kentucky, or Maine, ask them to call their senators as well! Senators Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rand Paul (KY) and Mike Lee (UT) have all said they are likely to vote for the resolution, but we have been burned before by Republican Senators flipping their vote at the last minute. Ask your friends to call using the script below to encourage their Senators to stick to their guns and vote to end this sham of an emergency.

If you’re doing this action in the afternoon, it’s possible that the vote will have already happened – and if that’s the case, it's still worth calling! If the resolution passes, then Trump will likely veto it, at which point we will need a 2/3 majority in both chambers to override the veto. If the veto needs overriding, your voice will count!

Action 1: Tell Your Senators to Rebuke Trump for his National Emergency

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

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

Suggested Script:

“Hi, I’m [NAME] and I’m calling from [PLACE]. I’m calling today to support H.J. Resolution 46, the resolution to terminate Trump’s national emergency declaration. I expect [Senator] to support this resolution and put an end to the poisonous abuse of power by the Trump administration. Thank you for all you do.”

Action 2: Ask Friends in ME, AK, KY, and UT to Tell their Senators the Same!

Share this post on social media or forward it to your friends who live in crucial states and ask them to call their Republican senators who might be wavering. Remember, the Indivisible Guide recommends against calling Senators who do not represent you, so don’t be tempted to do it yourself!

Sen. Susan Collins (ME): 202-224-2523

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK): 202-224-6665

Sen. Rand Paul (KY): 202-224-4343

Sen. Mike Lee (UT): 202-224-5444

Suggested Script:

“Hi, I’m [NAME] and I’m calling from [PLACE]. I’m calling today to support H.J. Resolution 46, the resolution to terminate Trump’s national emergency declaration. I was pleased to hear that [Senator] plans to support this resolution and put an end to the poisonous abuse of power by the Trump administration. Please vote for this resolution and, if Trump sends it back to the Senate, vote for it again. Thank you.”

Background:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/pelosi-says-house-wont-consider-senate-gop-alternative-to-nullifying-trumps-emergency-declaration/2019/03/13/8a80e84e-4597-11e9-8aab-95b8d80a1e4f_story.html

Protest Trump’s Budget

Trump’s budget sent to Congress is the largest in federal history. A five percent increase in military spending, more than the Pentagon asked for. $8.6 billion to build the wall on the Mexican border. $1.9 trillion in cuts from safety-net programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, the federal health care programs for the elderly and the poor.

Congress controls spending levels, but this budget proposed by Trump is considered a statement of Trump re-election priorities. Let’s tell our MOCs we won’t tolerate Trump's grandstanding tactics.

  

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

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

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

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

SCRIPT:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling to protest the Trump budget. Even though Congress will set spending levels, it is dangerous to allow the President to threaten drastic cuts to important federal programs for the needy, including Medicare, Medicaid, and federal health care programs. These tactics seem to be intended to show off in preparation for the 2020 Presidential campaign. I am absolutely opposed to the Trump budget, and I urge [MOC] to continue to speak out against this and similar tactics.”

Background & more information:

 “Record Budget is Trump’s Shot Across the Bow” - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/us/politics/trump-budget.html

“Trump 2020 Budget: Which Departments Would Be Cut” - https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/politics/trump-budget-2020/

GOOD NEWS

Science funding has been supported, and in some cases increased, by Congress over the past two years, despite Trump’s threats to cut science funding when he took office. Funding increases include two space-based telescopes, increased funding for NASA’s space science, and more funding for the National Science Foundation and the Geological Survey. We’ve called our MOCS about this – way to go!

“Cut the Science Budget? Not So Fast” - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/science/science-research-budget-astronomy.html

 

Get the Keep Washington Working Act to Inslee’s Desk

Great news: Thanks to your persistent calls and emails, the Keep Washington Working Act (SB 5497) passed the Washington State Senate last week! It now moves to the House, where we need to make sure it passes and reaches Governor Inslee’s desk to be signed into law.

Seattle Indivisible has endorsed the Keep Washington Working Act (SB-5497). The Act would acknowledge immigrant contributions to this state and prohibit WA agencies, law enforcement and schools from serving as federal immigration enforcement officers. This would be a hard-fought statewide victory for immigrant rights even as the national picture remains grim.

You can see how your senator voted by clicking this link and doing a CTRL-F search for “View Roll Calls.” https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5497&Year=2019&initiative=

Action:

Please call your state senator today and thank them for their vote if they voted yes, AND call your two House-side representatives to ask them to pass the Keep Washington Working Act and finish the job.

You can look up your representatives on the Legislative District Finder at https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/ OR, if you want to do it all in one call you can use the Legislative Hotline, 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388). When you call the hotline, phone answerers will determine who your legislators are, take down your message, and ensure the message is transmitted to your legislator. Hotline staff can also answer questions about legislative process and committee assignments.

SAMPLE SCRIPT: "Hello my name is [NAME] I'm a constituent in [CITY]. I'm calling to reinforce that I am in favor of the Keep Washington Working Act. This legislation needs to be passed. I'd like to thank the MOC for representing me and my community."

Background:

https://twitter.com/WASenDemocrats/status/1103894482355777536

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5497&Year=2019&initiative=

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DON'T FORGET

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, Mar. 19th, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. 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.

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY
https://www.facebook.com/events/2268774470112207/

Tues. Mar. 12th, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with Staffers from our lawmakers' offices.

Move these voting rights bills past the finish line

There are several bills related to expanding voting rights currently in the Washington State Legislature. The package of voting bills is being supported by the WA Voting Justice Coalition (WVJ), a coalition of groups working to improve access to voting rights in Washington. All of these bills are currently still alive, but may need some help getting past the finish line:

  • Provide prepaid postage for all ballots (SB 5063/HB 1209)

  • Enact the Native American Voting Rights Act (SB 5079/HB 1339)

  • Restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated voters under community custody (SB 5076/HB 1924) and require the Department of Corrections to explain the voting rights restoration process to Washingtonians with a conviction (SB 5207)

  • End prison gerrymandering (SB 5287)

Action: Contact your legislators in support of expanding voting rights.

Our friends at the Washington Voting Justice Coalition have generated a form letter to e-mail your three legislators (two Representatives, one Senator) to ask them to support this package of voting rights bills. Please use the form letter to contact them, adding any text describing your reasons for supporting the bills.

http://wavotingjustice.org/tell-your-legislators-to-support-voting-rights-in-washington/

More information: The League of Women Voters-Washington has gone into more detail on many of these bills on their 2019 legislative agenda: https://www.lwvwa.org/democracy2019

Upcoming event: Pizza & Prose - Seattle Indivisible letter writing party! 3/19

You can RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/pizza-prose-seattle-indivisible-letter-writing-party?source=direct_link&

Should Washington Democrats have a caucus or a primary?

The Washington State Democratic Party currently uses the caucus system to allocate delegates to Democratic presidential candidates. Due to changes in the Washington state primary process, we now have the ability to select either a primary or caucus to choose delegates for Democratic presidential candidates. Even if we decide to allocate delegates via primary, there will still be caucuses at the legislative district to determine who the delegates will be.

The main difference in moving to a primary instead of a caucus is that there will no longer be precinct-level caucuses that determine how many delegates each candidate will receive from Washington.

What are the benefits of staying with the caucus-only system?

  • Caucuses provide a platform for mediation and discussion

  • Caucuses are administered by the Washington State Democratic Party and local party organizations

  • Caucuses create more connections and ways to be involved in the election process

What are the benefits of moving to a hybrid caucus-primary system?

  • Physical accessibility: Not everyone is able to attend a caucus and a primary could allow for more voices to be heard.

  • Opportunity for more involvement: A primary is conducted by the Office of the Secretary of State for Washington, which could be more favorable to folks who aren’t as involved as others and, again, allow more voices to be heard.

ACTION:

There is currently a comment period before the Washington State Democratic Central Committee makes a decision on which path to take. You can comment here: https://www.waelectioncenter.com/?fbclid=IwAR08BomH5RK0HhgKudM8XCHPNauCBC3zREXP8pu7DoZZdPMEPbYZngvtC20

BACKGROUND:

https://www.waelectioncenter.com/dsaap-background

UPCOMING EVENT:

Pizza & Prose - Seattle Indivisible letter writing party! 3/19

You can RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/pizza-prose-seattle-indivisible-letter-writing-party?source=direct_link&





Lower the Federal Voting Age

Did you know that 18, 19, and 20 year olds have only been able to vote since 1971? The 26th Amendment to the Constitution enshrined the right to vote for people 18 years of age and older in both federal and local elections. On Tuesday, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley introduced an amendment to H.R. 1, the voting rights and anti-corruption bill, which would lower the legal voting age for federal elections from 18 to 16, saying:

From gun violence, to immigration reform, to climate change, to the future of work - our young people are organizing, mobilizing and calling us to action. They are at the forefront of social and legislative movements and have earned inclusion in our democracy...Beginning at the age of sixteen, young people are contributing to both the labor force and their local economies by paying income taxes, and yet they are deprived of the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.

https://pressley.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-pressleys-floor-remarks-lowering-voting-age

Today's Action: Ask Your Representative to Vote for Congresswoman Pressley's Amendment

Call either:

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

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

Sample script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I know that {REPRESENTATIVE} supports H.R. 1. However, I think we can do even more to expand voting rights in this country. That's why I want to see {REPRESENTATIVE} vote for Congresswoman Pressley's amendment to lower the federal voting age to 16."

More info:

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/432882-dem-lawmaker-introduces-amendment-to-lower-voting-age-to-16-in-federal

Good News

Congressman Mark Pocan, co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, proposed an amendment to H.R. 1 that would count inmates according to their home congressional district for census purposes. The amendment passed on a voice vote. Currently, inmate populations count towards the population of the congressional districts in which they are housed, which provides more money and electoral clout to these prison sites, reinforcing a perverse incentive structure to maximize the number of people incarcerated.

https://twitter.com/greggiroux/status/1103759947135938569

Late-Breaking Good News from the Washington State Legislature

Support a Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

We’ve been doing it in Seattle for a while – foregoing single-use plastic bags in favor of paper bags or thicker, more reusable plastic bags, for a small fee. Now the State Senate has just passed a bill that would make the plastic bag ban statewide! If the bill makes it through the State House, businesses across the state would charge $0.08 for paper or reusable bags, instead of distributing single-use plastics. People using SNAP and other assistance programs would be exempt from this fee.

Moving away from single-use plastics is a small but tangible way to care for our environment and protect our future. Let your Washington State House Representative know that you want them to vote yes!

ACTION: Tell WA House Rep - Vote for Plastic Bag Ban in Washington!

Look up your State House Representative and their contact info on the Legislative District Finder at https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

Or, call the Legislative Hotline, 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388). When you call the hotline, staff will determine who your legislators are, take down your message, and ensure the message is transmitted to your legislator.

Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [PLACE] to voice my support for a statewide plastic bag ban. I am pleased that the State Senate passed SB 5323 on Tuesday, and I would like to encourage my House Representative to vote to make this bill into law! It is a small but important step toward protecting our environment and our future.”

Background:

http://www.kentreporter.com/news/senate-passes-das-bill-to-ban-single-use-plastic-bags/

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/statewide-plastic-bag-ban-passes-washington-senate/281-05ccc9b5-d52c-43c9-b183-a53132233124

Don't Water Down H.R. 1 Voting Rights and Anti-Corruption bill

Official Daily Action for Wednesday, March 6, 2019

From Indivisible National: "Tell your Democratic representatives to stand strong against Republican trickery on H.R. 1. Tell them to oppose the motion to recommit (MTR) on H.R. 1 and reject amendments to water it down! Republicans have already shown their motions to recommit are bad faith political tricks to torpedo our priorities. Read up on MTRs and tell your Dem to oppose it."

"A motion to recommit is the last chance for Members of Congress (MoCs) to stop or amend a bill before it gets a final vote on the floor of the House. The minority party has the right to offer this motion as the final step before a vote on passage, which in practice means that the majority party may not know what’s in the motion until minutes before they have to vote on it."

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

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

Script

"Hi, I'm [NAME] calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling about H.R 1. I support this bill to improve voting rights and fight corruption, and I want [Representative] to do everything he/she can to push back on Republican efforts to water it down. In particular, I'd like her/him to oppose any Motions to Recommit that the Republicans offer, and to work to keep the caucus united in opposition."


More Info on Motion to Recommit

https://indivisible.org/resource/legislative-process-101-motion-recommit


More Info on H.R.1

https://indivisible.org/resource/hr-1-strengthening-our-democracy

Event Today

Climate Change and National Security

A Panel Discussion provided by the UW School of International Studies
Today, Wednesday March 6, 3-4pm
UW HUB South Ballroom
Free, Seating is first-come-first-served

Featuring:

  • Presidential Candidate and Governor Jay Inslee

  • Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, United States Marine Corps (Ret), American Security Project

  • Admiral William Fallon, United States Navy (Ret), American Security Project

  • Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Chairperson, American Security Project and former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

https://jsis.washington.edu/news/event-climate-change-and-national-security-march-6/

Tell Congress to Act On Climate Change - Again

**REMINDER: You can hear about the Green New Deal from local leaders of the Sunrise Movement at our meeting tonight: 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council. More details are below!

Last November an urgent alarm of the impending climate change crisis was raised by our own Federal government. Global temperatures could reach 9 degrees (°F) higher than today’s levels by the end of the 2000s, according to the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), a group of agencies mandated by Congress to coordinate on federal research and investments affected by environmental issues. This level of heat increase would make the equator uninhabitable, it could eliminate certain kinds of clouds that protect the earth from the sun's radiation, and it would certainly result in wholesale species extinction from melting ice and higher ocean temperatures, among other effects.

The USGCRP is no back-shelf Federal program. Its agencies include the Dept. of Agriculture, the Dept. of Commerce, the Dept. of Defense, the Dept. of Energy, the Dept. of Health and Human Services, the Dept. of the Interior, the Dept. of State, the Dept. of Transportation, the E.P.A., NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution.

The threat of climate change is real. We are seeing devastating tornadoes and wildfires, violent hurricanes and weather storms, and in our own little part of the world here in Seattle we have had record-breaking snows this winter from changes to the Gulf Stream that usually protects us from winter arctic storms. If ocean fisheries collapse, if food production from agriculture is decimated, if drinking-water sources are depleted, there is no future here on the planet for the human race.

Action: Call lawmakers and insist they take IMMEDIATE action to halt global climate change.

Senator Patty Murray:

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

Senator Maria Cantwell:

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

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

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


Rep. Adam Smith:

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

SCRIPT:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. We need to act now on the climate change crisis. I have read that the report from the USGCRP last November states that drinking water sources will dry up, that agriculture is threatened by crop failures, and that ocean fisheries are in danger of collapse, all from global climate change. We can't afford to wait any longer. We need legislation for renewable energy, not more fossil fuel drilling leases. We need government support for research to take care of greenhouse gases and ocean warming. This is a national and a global crisis. Please take action now."

More Information:

A summary of the USGCRP report findings can be found here - click on Summary at this link: https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/. Major sections include affected communities, the economy, water, human health, indigenous peoples, agriculture, and oceans and coasts.

Background:

“Where Will Climate Change Impact The US? Everywhere.” - https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/where-will-climate-change-impact-the-u-s-everywhere/

"Gulf Stream current at its weakest in 1,600 years, studies show" - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/11/critical-gulf-stream-current-weakest-for-1600-years-research-finds

"Slowing Gulf Stream current to boost warming for 20 years" - https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44875508

Good News:

Great work phoning lawmakers on Trump's Declaration of a National Emergency last week - news reports indicate the Senate has the votes to block Trump's Wall Emergency. While Trump's expected veto may not be override-able by the Senate, this sends a strong message to Trump that the Senate isn't blindly doing his bidding any more. Way to go, Resisters!

"Trump’s Grip Shows Signs of Slipping as Senate Prepares to Block Wall Emergency" - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/04/us/politics/trump-national-emergency.html

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DON'T FORGET

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, Mar. 5th, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

This Week's Meeting Topic: The Sunrise Movement and The Green New Deal!

Meet local leaders from Sunrise Seattle, part of the national Sunrise Movement, learn about the Green New Deal, and how you can get involved.

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. 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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RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. Mar. 12th, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with staffers from our lawmakers' offices.

Investigate the Nearly 6000 Complaints of Sexual Abuse of Migrant Children in US Custody

This is one we called about last week but deserves some more of our time. Last week’s news was understandably consumed by both the Michael Cohen testimony and Trump’s failed summit with North Korea. However, we want to bring our attention back to the hearing held last Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee.

Last Tuesday, during a hearing to investigate the policy of Family Separation, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fl) released documents that showed thousands of incidents of sexual abuse of immigrant children in U.S. custody were reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), part of the department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

From October 2014 to July 2018 the ORR received 4,556 complaints, the DOJ received an additional 1,303 complaints. It’s unclear how many complaints overlap, but as Deutch said the data is clearly alarming.


“Together, these documents detail an unsafe environment of sexual assaults by staff on unaccompanied minors,” Deutch said

ACTION: Investigate and End the Rampant Sexual Abuse of migrant children in US Custody

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

Sample Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP] in response to the recently published HHS documents that show thousands of reports of sexual abuse of immigrant minors in U.S. custody since 2015. This is one more in a string of human rights violations that we see coming from the child detention centers. Please push for an investigation into these sexual abuse allegations and do everything possible to protect migrant children, including defunding detention centers."

Background:

https://www.axios.com/immigration-unaccompanied-minors-sexual-assault-3222e230-29e1-430f-a361-d959c88c5d8c.html


https://www.npr.org/2019/02/26/698397631/sexual-assault-of-detained-migrant-children-reported-in-the-thousands-since-2015

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/us/immigrant-children-sexual-abuse.html

Don’t Forget

Seattle Indivisible Meeting

Tuesday, Mar. 5th, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

This Week's Meeting Topic: The Sunrise Movement and The Green New Deal!

Meet local leaders from Sunrise Seattle, part of the national Sunrise Movement, learn about the Green New Deal, and how you can get involved.

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. 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.

Make the Report Public

The following background is courtesy of 5calls.org:

Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections, is required to submit a report of his findings to the Department of Justice upon completion of his investigation. There is understandable concern that the Trump administration will ensure that Mueller’s report is heavily censored or not made public at all. Confounding the issue is the newly confirmed Attorney General William Barr, has indicated he might not make the report public saying he would “provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law.”

In order to ensure public release of this critical information, Senators Blumenthal and Grassley have introduced a bipartisan bill that would require that the findings of the Mueller investigation be made fully available to both Congress and the public. Importantly, this requirement is also triggered if a special counsel is fired or resigned, providing a further layer of protection against interference in the investigation. Senators need to hear from their constituents that the American people have a right to know what the Mueller investigation uncovers about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Action: Tell our Senators to pass Special Counsel Transparency Act.

It’s the weekend, but we can still leave our MOCs voicemail that lawmakers’ staff will document when they return to offices on Monday. Be sure to include your name and city/zip in your message so they can identify you when you leave a voicemail message.

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 a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I believe that the public deserves to know the truth of what happened with the Russian government's interference in the 2016 election. Please become a co-sponsor of the Special Counsel Transparency Act, S.236.”

Reference:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/236

https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/blumenthal-and-grassley-introduce-special-counsel-transparency-act

Don’t Forget

Seattle Indivisible Meeting

Tuesday, Mar. 5th, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. 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.

Resist Trump Tuesday Rally

Tues. Mar. 12th, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with Staffers from our lawmakers' offices.

Help defeat the fake National Emergency & thank our representatives for the Medicare for All bill

Help defeat the fake National Emergency & thank our representatives for the Medicare for All bill

DONATE:

The Trump-declared national emergency is being voted on, and Republicans who support the national emergency are considered vulnerable to Democratic challengers in the upcoming elections. You can help thwart the fake national emergency by helping Democratic challengers in key races to get funding for their campaigns. Consider donating to Swing Left. If you're unable to donate, indicate your support by posting your support on social media or letting friends and family know. Donations can be made to Swing Left here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/republicans-are-the-real-emergency

All targeted Senate races can be found here: https://swingleft.org/p/grassroots-fundraising-toolbox#funds

ACTION: Thank Pramila Jayapal for introducing the Medicare for All bill, and thank Adam Smith for supporting it!

SCRIPT:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I want to thank you for your work on the Medicare for All bill. I am grateful that our concerns have been heard and that you continue to work for the betterment of your constituents.”

Background: https://indivisible.org/resource/tell-your-member-congress-support-medicare-all