Main Street can't afford more Wall Street deregulation

Check out our event calendar at the end of this message to learn about our weekly events, including a change for this week's Resist Trump Tuesday rally. Also, don't forget that State Rep. Noel Frame will join us at our weekly meeting. You won't want to miss it!

Today's Action

House Republicans voted to gut the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law this past summer with legislation called the “Financial Choice Act.” Now, on the heels of a huge giveaway to the rich and corporations with the #GOPTaxScam, the Senate passed its own version of Wall Street de-regulation: the “Bank Lobbyist Act”. 

Current law requires any bank larger than $50 billion—the 38 biggest banks in the country—be subject to certain standards. But this bill would quintuple that threshold to $250 billion. That means two dozen of the country’s largest banks—that together received $47 billion in TARP “bailout” funds—would escape the oversight intended to prevent another financial crisis.

The House still has to vote on that version of the bill before it heads to Trump’s desk for signature: tell your Congressperson to vote no!

Sample Script

Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I’m calling about bill S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The CBO says it will put us at greater risk of more taxpayer-funded bank bailouts. And it will allow racial discrimination in mortgage lending to go unchecked. Please ask {REPRESENTATIVE NAME} to vote 'NO' on this bill.

Call Either:

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

or 

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

Don't know who your Representative is? No worries! You can find out here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

Events

Maru Vs. ICE: 2nd Court Date

*Please note the location change for this event!*

Instead of our regular Resist Trump Tuesday rally, this week we will join Maru Mora Villalpando, a fierce and tireless truth-speaker who has put her life on the line in the fight to end detention and deportation at 12:30PM. Maru will go before an immigration judge for the second hearing in her deportation case. A rally will take place outside the building while we wait for Maru to emerge and update us on what happens in court.

Tuesday at 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1000 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

https://www.facebook.com/events/172688633441674/

Rep. Noel Frame Speaks At SI Weekly Meeting

State Rep. Noel Frame (D-36 Dist) will speak and answer our questions at Seattle Indivisible’s 7-9PM meeting on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Democrats took full control of the Washington State Legislature this year and were able to pass voter access laws, a revamp of police use of force laws, a first-in-the-nation net neutrality law, and gun safety legislation including outlawing bump stocks. But did you know Dems only have a razor-thin majority in both the House and the Senate? Hear from State Representative Noel Frame on the political landscape for WA state in 2018, where progressives can make gains, and how you can help.

Join us this Tuesday (and every Tues), May 22, 7-9PM at the WA Labor Council, 321 16th Ave. S., Seattle.

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/253426612064233/

Winning Starts Now

The filing deadline is over now, as we gear up for Primary elections on August 7. Can you commit to helping out at one of these events?

Action: Take part in a Canvass or Phone Bank.

TODAY: Phonebank  with #TeamPramila for Stacey Abrams, candidate for Georgia Governor
When: Sunday at 1 p.m.
Where: UW Savery Hall Room 140
Sponsor: Pramila Jayapal for Congress and UW Young Democrats
https://www.facebook.com/events/1721445844602001/

Sunday May 20
When: 1-5
What: Flip the 8th Canvas Issaquah Higlands
Where: Café Ladro
1200 10th Ave NE
Issaquah, WA 98029
Sponsor: Washington State Democratic Party
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/6743

Sunday May 27th
When: 1-5
What: Flip the 8th Canvas Hobart (Maple Valley)
Where: Starbucks
22131 SE 237th St
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Sponsor: Washington State Democratic Party
Sign up: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/6783

Daily: Turnout calls for California Primaries
Sponsor: SwingLeft
Why: Like Washington, California has a top-two primary system where all candidates run on the same ballot. This type of system introduces a risk that two Republicans end up as the only candidates in the general election, eliminating the chances of flipping a swing district. SwingLeft has established a phone bank to increase Democratic turnout as much as possible to avoid this type of situation.
Sign up at https://swingleft.org/p/california-primary-phonebank


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Sign and Volunteer for I-1631:

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

If you are a registered voter, please sign this petition.

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

This weekend will be a big one with the 4-day long Northwest Folklife Festival. Can you help out?
Friday 5/25: https://act.jobscleanenergywa.com/event/clean-air-clean-energy-signature-gathering/1142/signup/?akid=&source=
Saturday 5/26:
https://act.jobscleanenergywa.com/event/clean-air-clean-energy-signature-gathering/1141/signup/?akid=&source=
Sunday 5/27:
https://act.jobscleanenergywa.com/event/clean-air-clean-energy-signature-gathering/1140/signup/?akid=&source=
Monday 5/28:
https://act.jobscleanenergywa.com/event/clean-air-clean-energy-signature-gathering/1139/signup/?akid=&source=


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Upcoming Events:


Resist Trump Tuesday continues on Tuesday, May 22 at 11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a meeting with our Senators’ Staffers!

Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting Tuesday, May 22 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council, featuring Rep. Noel Frame

State Rep. Noel Frame (D-LD36) will speak and answer our questions at Seattle Indivisible’s 7-9PM meeting on Tuesday, May 22nd. We will have the rare opportunity to hear an inside analysis of the 2018 election with the State House and State Senate in play.

Democrats took full control of the legislature this year and were able to pass voter access laws, a revamp of police use of force laws, first in the nation net neutrality law and gun safety legislation including outlawing bump stocks. But did you know Dems only have a one vote majority? Hear from Rep. Frame on the political landscape for WA state in 2018, where progressives can make gains, and how you can help.

Join us this Tuesday (and every Tues), May 22, 7-9PM at the WA Labor Council, 321 16th Ave. S., Seattle.

We are Indivisible.

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/258927514672116/

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Get ready to win some elections!

Step one: Vote!

Sounds easy enough, but unfortunately many people throughout our state do not participate.  Sometimes it’s by choice, but often people think they are registered when they aren’t or have an old address on file.  Luckily Washington State makes it extremely easy to check.  The 2018 midterms may be the most consequential election in our country’s history.  

Make sure you’re able to participate.

Use the link below to verify your voter registration and address are current.

https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/myvote/#/login

You’re good to go?  Great!  

Now forward that link to a friend.  We need all the help we can get!

What?!?
You’re not registered?!?

Not to worry.  Just follow the prompts to register online right there.  If you have a Washington State driver license or State ID card, you can register online until July 9th to vote in the primaries, but why wait?  Just go ahead and get it done today.

Step two:  Get others excited to vote by knocking on some doors and making some calls

Here are just a couple events this weekend:

Knock on some doors for Rep. Jayapal in Shoreline today! (5/19)
10AM to 2PM.  Meet at 167th and Freemont Ave (Richmond Highlands Park).

Make some calls for Stacey Abrams, a Georgia gubernatorial candidate.  She would be our country's first Black womxn governor! 

To quote VP Biden.  “This is a big F____n Deal!”

This Sunday 5/20 at The Quad at UW from 1-4PM
The phone bank will be taking place in Savery Hall Room 140.

 

Hope to see you all there!

 

Do not change the "public charge" rules

Announcement: we are lucky to be joined at our Tuesday Weekly Meeting by State Rep. Noel Frame from the 36th District. Please RSVP on our event page, and we look forward to seeing you there! https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/

(Five Days of Action for Children in the Immigration System, Pt. 5)

Our final day of action involves a proposed regulatory change to what is known as the “public charge” rule. When evaluating an applicant for a visa or green card, the government considers the likelihood that the applicant might end up on some form of public assistance. USCIS currently defines public assistance as receiving over half of your income from cash forms of assistance (such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income, or long-term care through Medicaid). The administration proposes to expand this rule to include additional forms of assistance, including tax credits that are only available to working people:

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC);
  • low-income component of the Child Tax Credit;
  • Medicaid;Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);
  • ACA subsidies;
  • SNAP (formerly known as food stamps)

These rule changes would cover not only benefits granted to current legal immigrants, but also to their U.S. citizen spouses and children. 

The Kaiser Foundation estimates that nearly 20 million children living in immigrant families could be affected by these proposed changes. The change would have a particularly harsh impact on pregnant women and children, who might forgo health care and nutrition assistance programs to protect their immigration status. The New York Times reported in March that “Immigrants hoping for permanent residence are dropping out of public nutrition programs even before prominent elements of the Trump administration’s proposed policy changes are enacted, fearful that participating could threaten their citizenship eligibility or put them at risk for deportation.”

Today's Action: Thank our Members of Congress

While we wait for these proposed rules to be published, tell Congress that poorer immigrants should not be penalized by unrealistic expectations of the wealth they should bring with them to our country. Many Americans have personal stories they can tell of relatives who arrived with nothing but a suitcase and a few American relatives who helped them get on their feet.

Thank your Representative: either Pramila Jayapal or Adam Smith for signing on to a letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen (https://espaillat.house.gov/sites/espaillat.house.gov/files/Letter%20to%20Sec.%20Nielsen%20and%20Dir.%20Mulvaney%20-%20Public%20Charge%20Rule%20%28FINAL%29.pdf), speaking out against these proposed changes to the public charge rules.

Call Either:

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

or 

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 want to thank [Representative Name] for co-signing a letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen on May 7th telling the Trump Administration that immigrants shouldn't have to choose between getting help they need and being reunited with their loved ones. I am proud to be represented in Congress by [Representative Name].

Bonus Action

Sign up for a couple of mailing lists to be informed when you can comment on the proposed rule changes: the National Immigration Law Center (http://bit.ly/PublicChargeRuleSignOn), and the Children’s Alliance in WA state (https://p2a.co/4Zqcwct) both have lists. We must all provide comments on these rules when they are published!


Sources

  • Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign. There are many talking points here you can use to write comments when these rules are published for comment.
  • “Trump Rule Would Threaten Low-Wage Legal Immigrants in the U.S. If Their Families Receive Any of Wide Array of Benefits, Including the Earned Income Tax Credit.” Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, May 1, 2018.
  • “Trump “Public Charge” Rule Would Prove Particularly Harsh for Pregnant Women and Children.” Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, May 1, 2018.
  • “Nearly 20 Million Children Live in Immigrant Families that Could Be Affected by Evolving Immigration Policies.” Samantha Artiga and Anthony Damico, Kaiser Family Foundation, April 18, 2018.
  • “Spooked by Trump Proposals, Immigrants Abandon Public Nutrition Services.” Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, March 6, 2018.

Provide Lawyers for Children in Immigration Court

Five Days of Action for Children in the Immigration System, Pt. 4

Immigrants in deportation proceedings are not guaranteed legal representation. Yet without representation, immigrants face a much greater chance of being deported. Unfortunately, our government expects children as young as 3 or 4 years of age to defend themselves in immigration courts alone, without a lawyer present. The immigrant court system essentially treats them as adults, with no obligation to do what is in the best interests of the child (the standard for criminal courts).

Children who represent themselves in immigration court are five times more likely to be deported. Of the 41,456 unaccompanied children apprehended by the border patrol in 2017, a great number of whom will be sent back to the danger they were attempting to flee. 

While this situation existed before Trump, his administration is working hard to undermine the protection of children in our immigration system. Recently Trump has referred to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA) as a “loophole.” Congress passed this law to ensure that children arriving at the border were not immediately sent back into a harmful situation. USCIS has stopped considering 19 to 21-year-olds for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), which gives young people protection in cases of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Finally, Trump ended the Central American Minors (CAM) Program, under which 1,500 children from Central American countries were able to seek and gain asylum status while still in their own country.

ACTION: Tell Congress to Co-Sponsor the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act

Thank Rep. Jayapal for co-sponsoring the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2017 (H.R. 2043), which insures all children have legal representation in the immigration courts. Ask Rep. Smith to join her, and ask both of our senators to co-sponsor the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018 (S. 2468). Neither have co-sponsored this bill. 

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

Script for Rep. Jayapal:
“Hello, I’m [NAME} and I’m calling from [CITY]. I’d like to thank Rep. Jayapal for co-sponsoring the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act. It is unconscionable that children as young as three years old are expected to represent themselves in immigration court without the help of a lawyer. I am proud to have a Representative like Pramila Jayapal, who proactively works to help those who are often forgotten or wrongly maligned.”

Script for Rep. Smith and both Senators:
“Hello, I’m [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY}. I’d like to request that [Representative]  co-sponsor the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act. Immigrant children apprehended at the border are currently expected to represent themselves without a lawyer’s help, even if they are as young as 3 years old. This is an unconscionable lapse of justice that the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act would rectify.”


Background

Stop imprisoning pregnant women

(Five Days of Action for Children in the Immigration System, Pt. 3)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is ending its practice of automatically releasing pregnant women from detention. In the for-profit immigrant detention system where good medical care impacts the company’s bottom line, healthcare is substandard and detention for pregnant women can be harmful.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:

“Pregnant women and adolescents should have access to high levels of care, care that is not available in these facilities. The conditions in [Department of Homeland Security] facilities are not appropriate for pregnant women or children.”

Detention should be dropped in favor of less costly, more humane alternatives. For example, in June 2017, ICE ended a successful program called the Family Case Management Program. According to Ann Schlarb, the senior vice president of the GEO Group, the private prison company that ran the program, 99 percent of the program’s participants “successfully attended their court appearances and ICE check-ins.”

Tell Congress

Congress should pressure ICE to revoke a policy of imprisoning pregnant women by default, in favor of other approaches the agency has demonstrated will work to pursue civil immigration violations without risking the health of women or their pregnancies.

Thank Rep. Jayapal and Rep. Smith for addressing this issue in part through the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2017 (H.R. 3923), which would substantially reform the immigrant detention system. Rep. Jayapal also wrote an opinion piece about this issue in The Hill. Ask both our senators to introduce a similar bill to the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act in the senate (Rep. Jayapal is asking Sen. Booker to introduce the bill, but why not Washington state’s senators?) 

Congress should ask the DHS Office of the Inspector General to investigate the medical care given to pregnant women in detention to ensure it meets standards set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Sources

ICE will detain pregnant women, ending previous policy.”  Rafael Bernal. The Hill, March 29, 2018.

In ICE detention, pregnant women face stress, trauma, and inadequate care.” Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard and Representative Pramila Jayapal. The Hill, April 25, 2018.

A New Official ICE Policy Calls for the Detention of Pregnant Women.” Katie Shepherd, American Immigration Council. Immigration Impact, March 30, 2018.

Systemic Indifference: Dangerous & Substandard Medical Care in US Immigration Detention.” Human Rights Watch, May 8, 2017.

AAP, medical groups urge ICE not to detain pregnant women.” APP News, April 2, 2018.

Good News

Governor Inslee and Secretary of State Wyman have found funding for statewide postage paid ballots! They cited the King County's decision to pay for ballot postage. Give yourselves a hand!  https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-wyman-announce-funding-2018-statewide-ballot-return-postage

Stop losing children in protective custody

(Five Days of Action for Children in the Immigration System, Pt. 2)
Official action for Tuesday, May 15

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!

Special Thanks to Alx Dark of Seattle Immigrant Rights Action Group for spearheading this effort.

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

When the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) separates children from their parents, these children enter a system of custody that has historically placed children like them in harm’s way.

On April 26, while testifying before a Senate subcommittee, officials from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed that in the last year they lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children that they had placed into the custody of adult sponsors.

Abuse of children under HHS’s supervision is widespread and well-documented. A Frontline documentary, “Trafficked in America” (2018) described how Guatemalan teens were delivered to traffickers by HHS, who then forced the teens to work against their will at a chicken processing plant in Ohio.

And in 2016, the Associated Press reported that dozens of children put into “protective custody” were found to have been sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay. Problems this severe date back to at least the 1990s.

Despite Congressional hearings on these problems, it’s clear that serious harm to children continues.

Action 1: Demand an investigation from Sen. Murray
Sen. Murray sits on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, which has oversight over HHS. Ask the senator to investigate why, when HHS takes custody of children from DHS, the children under their care have been sexually assaulted, starved, forced to work, or even lost.

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

Action 2: Ask our remaining reps for support
Congress must continue to put a stop to this abysmal treatment of children aggressively, using every power of oversight at their disposal. DHS should abandon its newly proposed plan to check the citizenship status of family members who would otherwise be able to take custody of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border. And DHS should not be planning to separate more children from their parents while this protective custody system is so fundamentally broken.

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

Action 3: Thank the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
Email the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, and thank them for their bipartisan oversight of this issue, that has brought so much of this information to light. Ask them continue pursuing this matter with DHS and the Office of Refugee Resettlement in HHS.

Action 4: Thank Rep. Jayapal
Thank Pramila Jayapal for co-sponsoring the Help Separated Families Act of 2018 (H.R. 5414). This bill would allow HHS to place children with relatives regardless of their immigration status (including parents). Other representatives in our state should co-sponsor this bill. Our senators should sponsor an equivalent bill in the senate.

Sources
“Almost 1,500 Migrant Children Placed in Homes by the U.S. Government Went Missing Last Year.” Garnace Burke, Associated Press. TIME, April 26, 2018.
http://time.com/5256734/government-missing-migrant-children/

“Trafficked in America.” Frontline, April 24, 2018.
https://www.pbs.org/w…/frontline/film/trafficked-in-america/

“The Reuniting Immigrant Families Act: A Case Study on California’s Senate Bill 1064.” Yali Lincroft, First Focus Campaign for Children. May 2013.
http://cssr.berkeley.edu/…/The%20reuniting%20immigrant%20fa…

“Oversight of HHS and DHS Efforts to Protect Unaccompanied Alien Children from Human Trafficking and Abuse.” U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Hearing, April 26, 2018.
https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/…/oversight-of-hhs-and-dhs-eff…
 


Events Today

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

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Weekly Meeting
7-9 p.m.: Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/?event_time_id=1657913677621213


Good News

Seattle City Council passes the head tax 9-0, albeit in reduced form:
https://www.seattletimes.com/…/seattle-city-council-votes-…/

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

Stop separating families in detention!

Special Thanks to Alx Dark of Seattle Immigrant Rights Action Group for spearheading this effort.

Seattle Indivisible will join a statewide coalition for:
Five Days of Action for Children in the Immigration System

The Trump Administration has zealously altered the US immigration system in the last year and a half, seeking new ways to limit legal immigration, and new ways to punish unauthorized immigration. The Administration’s gratuitous cruelty towards immigrants harms many thousands of children every year.

Over five days, organizations across Washington state are going to force a sense of urgency on our members of Congress, and demand they prioritize work on these issues:

DHS has been toying with separating families detained at the border since the start of the Trump administration. To deter illegal entry and asylum seekers, DHS Secretary John Kelly announced a separation policy in March 2017, but backed off under intense criticism.

Nevertheless, the New York Times discovered that more than 700 children have been taken from adults claiming to be their parents since October 2017, including more than 100 children under the age of 4. In one prominent case, a 7-year-old Congolese girl was separated from her mother for over four months, despite the fact that her mother broke no laws when she presented herself to border agents in order to apply for asylum.

Attorney General Sessions recently announced a policy of charging every person apprehended crossing the border with a crime. This move would guarantee separation of families, by sending children to the Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement while their parents are held in detention centers to await trial.

TELL CONGRESS:

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

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

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

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

DHS needs to stop terrorizing children to deter migrants and asylum seekers. It’s cruel, it’s immoral, and it’s unnecessary. It is a violation of U.S. law to separate children from their parents in order to deter illegal immigration.

ICE must not separate families who are apprehended entering the country, or who ask for asylum. Despite repeated assurances to the contrary, instances of asylum-seeking families being separated are common and well documented.

DHS should abandon their plan to charge all people apprehended at the border with a crime. They should keep families together in family detention centers, or release them on bond while they wait for a decision on their status.

Sources:

“Trump administration to step up family separation at the border.” Ted Hesson, Politico, May 7, 2018.

“Hundreds of Immigrant Children Have Been Taken From Parents at U.S. Border.” Caitlin Dickerson. New York Times. April 20, 2018.

“Top Homeland Security officials urge criminal prosecution of parents crossing border with children.” Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, April 26, 2018.

“Watchdog to investigate DHS family separations in immigration custody.” Tal Kopan. CNN Politics, April 16, 2018.

“ACLU sues over separation of mother, 7-year-old daughter seeking asylum.” Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press. Chicago Tribune, February 26, 2018.

TODAY: Mama's Day Bailout

Today is Mother's Day. Are you still looking for a last minute gift? Consider the gift of freedom for incarcerated mothers in King and Snohomish County.

Action: Contribute to Mama's Day Bail Out

Please support Black Lives Matter Seattle - King County, Northwest Community Bail Fund, Washington Community Action Network, and Seattle Womxn Marching Forward in supporting the 2018 Mama's Day Bail Out. Your contribution will be used to help pay for bail for mothers who would be free if they could afford bail in King and Snohomish Counties.

Please donate at https://www.nwcombailfund.org/donate. For more information, see https://blacklivesseattle.org/black-love-bail-out-2018/

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Sign and Volunteer for I-1631

We want you to help us get Initiative 1631: Clean Air, Clean Energy on the ballot this November. This initiative will provide investments in a healthier future for everyone, and a clean energy economy that works for everyone. This initiative was developed with a focus on environmental justice, and is the product of a coalition of organized labor, environmental groups, small business, faith communities, and groups representing communities of color.
If you are a registered voter, please sign this petition.

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

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Tell the Mayor: No Veto

(from the Transit Riders Union):
We need your help to tell Mayor Durkan that a plan to build just 250 units of low-income housing over five years, when the immediate need is in the tens of thousands of units, is simply unacceptable. The nine City Councilmembers will also be copied on this email.
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-mayor-durkan-we-cant-solve-homelessness-without-housing

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Upcoming Events:

TODAY: Phonebank  with #TeamPramila for Stacey Abrams, candidate for Georgia Governor, Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Delridge Library: https://www.facebook.com/events/226108088166590/

Resist Trump Tuesday continues on Tuesday, May 15 at 11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a meeting with our Senators’ Staffers!

Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting Tuesday, May 15 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council

So much has happened this week -- much of it good for Trump, not so good for us.  Come join us as we process and try to make sense of

- Gina Haspel’s confirmation prospects to head CIA
- Trump’s reneging on the Iran nuclear deal
- De-nuclearization talks with North Korea in June
- Investigation of Michael Cohen without NY AG Eric Schneidermann
- Tuesday’s primary election results and implications for November midterms
- Seattle City Council’s proposed head tax

Good News:  Next week Indivisible plans will unveil Indivisible Action, a new Political Action Committee with new tools to further empower grass-roots activists like us to network and organize to maximize our impact on the November midterms (as well as special elections between now and then).  Both here in WA state and beyond.

Come join us to learn more about this, and to enjoy the mutual support of like-minded progressives.

WHERE:  Washington State Labor Council  (321 16TH AVE S, Seattle, WA 98144)
WHEN:  Tuesday, May 15  7-9pm

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.

Bring a snack to share, bring a friend.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/
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Do you have an idea for a daily action? Please send us an email at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com

 

Why You Should Be a PCO

Have you ever thought to yourself, "I wish Democrats would do XXX," or "the Democrats really need to stop doing XXX if they are going to win this year!"

The best way to influence the direction of the Democratic party is to argue about it on Facebook - just kidding. The best way to change the party is to run to be your local Precinct Committee Officer (PCO)!

PCOs are hyper-local elected officials who represent your local precinct (a subdivision of the Legislative District) to the Democratic party. Their job is to motivate, mobilize, and educate their neighbors. PCOs have a say in choosing everything from representatives to the Democratic National Committee, to legislative district and county chairs. They also get to facilitate the 2020 presidential caucuses!

PCOs are a no experience required position! The time commitment can be as little as a few hours per month of door-knocking in your neighborhood. Plus, many precincts are vacant, so there is a good chance you could run unopposed and fill a crucial organizing gap in the Democratic 2018 mobilization.

This coming week – May 14th to 18th – is filing week for running as a PCO. Think you’re interested? Click on the below website to sign up for an email reminder. You will get a direct link to apply for the office when it goes live:

https://www.fileforpco.com/#how

More resources on being a PCO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HxQhwvcR50&feature=youtu.be

https://www.wa-democrats.org/local/pco

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wwl6ph8CLkz4JhIaYmZdmqgNKLg8uktFk5nVAJoQ8ZQ/edit

If you have questions about this process, feel free to reply to the daily-action@seattleindivisible email!

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Upcoming Events:

Phonebank with #TeamPramila for Stacey Abrams, candidate for Georgia Governor, Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Delridge Library: https://www.facebook.com/events/226108088166590/

Resist Trump Tuesday continues on Tuesday, May 15 at 11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a meeting with our Senators’ Staffers!

Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting Tuesday, May 15 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council (new location!) https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/

** Did you know that door-knocking canvasses in Washington State are already underway to take back the House in 2018? Enter your zip code here to sign up for an event near you! https://www.wa-democrats.org/event/index

Which Side Are You On?

OFFICIAL DAILY ACTION for FRIDAY, May 11:

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

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Recent waves of teacher strikes have shown that the labor movement still has plenty of fight. But overall, workers and their unions have an uphill struggle under this Administration, as it undermine the National Labor Relations Board and Judge Gorsuch potentially decides Supreme Court’s imminent Janus decision, which may hamstring public sector unions.

Yesterday, pro-labor Democrats in the House and Senate, including Patty Murray, struck back, introducing the “Workplace Democracy Act.” The bill would allow employees to form a union by a streamlined majority sign-up process (“card check”); require companies to negotiate with a new union within 10 days of receiving a request; mandate that workers in every state pay some dues to unions that represent them; and expand the law’s definition of “employer to include companies like Uber in  the “gig economy.”

No-one thinks the bill will become law in the current Republican Congress, but by signing on now as co-sponsors, our Senators and Representatives will help establish a pro-worker agenda that can help define the mid-terms and lay the foundation for a more just workplace in years to come. Thank Senator Murray, and ask our other Members of Congress to join her as co-sponsors.

Action 1: Thank Senator Murray for co-sponsoring the “Workplace Democracy Act”

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

Suggested Script:

“Hi, my name is [name] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. Please thank Senator Murray for co-sponsoring the Workplace Democracy Act.  The bill contains long overdue reforms that can help restore the balance of power in the American workplace.”

Action 2: Ask our other Members of Congress to join Senator Murray in co-sponsoring the Workplace Democracy Act.

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

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

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

Suggested Script

“Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent [ZIP]. I am calling to urge [NAME] to join Senator Murray in co-sponsoring the Workplace Democracy Act” (S2142/HR 3690).  The bill contains long overdue reforms that can help restore the balance of power in the American workplace.”

Background:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-09/democrats-take-aim-at-the-gig-economy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/05/09/bernie-sanders-has-a-new-plan-to-raise-wages-save-the-unions/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.9bd930369557

 

Good News

Calls by pro-immigrant activists-including Seattle Indivisible- for the ouster of the Director of the Washington State Department of Licensing who released immigrants’ personal data  to ICE have finally been answered. Agency head Pat Kohler announced her resignation yesterday, effective June 30th.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-department-of-licensing-director-resigns-after-controversy-over-info-sharing-with-immigration-officials/

Upcoming events:

Flip the 8th Canvass - Pacific

Saturday May 12th 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Pacific Park   600 3rd Ave SE, Pacific, Washington 98047

RSVP here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/6813

 

Phone Bank with #TeamPramila for Stacey Abrams!

Sunday May 13th 1 PM - 4 PM

Delridge Library  5423 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle, Washington 98106

Stacey Abrams is running for Governor of Georgia and the election is only weeks away! If elected governor, Stacey will become the first Black woman in the country to hold that position. But she’s already breaking barriers and leading the way for equality and diversity.

No Farm Billl with PICA

Republicans need Democrats’ help to pass the Farm Bill (it requires more than a simple majority) – so we need to use our leverage to make sure we block it until it’s clean of sneaky amendments and cuts to SNAP. 

The House recently passed its version of the bill out of committee, and it is expected to come to a floor vote this week. The House Farm Bill includes an amendment called PICA – the Protect Interstate Commerce Act – which would prevent states and local governments from adopting their own pesticide regulations, their own protections against animal abuse, and more. Further, it would invalidate those state laws which already exist. 

The House Farm Bill also contains enormous cuts to SNAP, the food stamp program that serves millions of Americans in need. Cuts to SNAP would deprive poor families of needed benefits, and the repercussions of PICA would be devastating to the future of food and water safety as well as animal rights.

Action: Tell Reps to vote no on the Farm Bill containing PICA and cuts to SNAP.

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

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

Script for House Reps:
"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I am appalled by the contents of the House Farm Bill, and hope that [Rep] will vote against it when it comes to the floor. The bill contains massive cuts to SNAP, a program that benefits millions of Americans in need. Further, it contains a version of PICA as an amendment, which would prevent states from passing their own regulations on pesticides, food labelling, and animal protections. Please do everything you can to prevent a Farm Bill containing these provisions from passing.”

Script for Senators:
"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I am appalled by the contents of the House Farm Bill, which contains massive cuts to SNAP as well as a version of PICA as an amendment. PICA would prevent states from passing their own regulations on pesticides, food labelling, and animal protections. Please do everything you can to prevent a Senate Farm Bill containing these provisions from passing.”

Background:
* https://www.vox.com/2018/5/9/17335738/trump-farm-bill-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-veto-threat
* https://blog.humanesociety.org/2018/04/house-committee-votes-to-gut-states-rights-to-protect-animals-and-citizens.html
* http://animal.law.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Harvard-ALPP-PICA-Report.pdf

Event Today: I-1631 Kick-Off Rally

11:30 am - 1 pm
El Centro de la Raza

Initiative 1631 will clean our air and build good paying jobs across the state. It will invest in clean energy like wind and solar, healthy forests, and clean water with a pollution fee paid by the state's biggest polluters. 

Hear from compelling speakers from across the state and stand with leaders representing working families, communities of color, climate and clean energy advocates, health professionals, businesses large and small, and faith organizations.

More info and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/165367214148621/

Don't pull out of Iran Nuclear Deal

OFFICIAL ACTION for Wednesday, May 9

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

President Trump has decided that the United States will unilaterally break the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal. This is reckless behavior by the Trump Administration, which alienates our allies, and increases the risk of more war in the Middle East. It's unclear if there is much that our Members of Congress can do about this move, but it's important to let them know that it does not represent the will of the American people.

As of this writing, 3 of our local Members of Congress have made strong statements against this dangerous move by the Trump Administration. "Let's call them and urge them to do anything and everything they can to reverse Trump's reckless decision.

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

Sample Script

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I am horrified that President Trump has withdrawn from the Iran Nuclear Deal. This move makes us less safe, reduces our standing in the world, shows that we can't be trusted to keep or word, and raises the risk escalating war in the Middle East. I want [Senator/Representative] to do everything she/he can to stop this reckless move by the Trump Administration. What power does he/she have to stop or slow this down?"

Background

Events Today

Rally to Defend Workers Rights and Reject New Seasons Market

Wednesday, May 9 at 9:30 AM or 5:00 PM at 951 NW Ballard Way in Seattle.

New Seasons Market is an anti-union grocery store funded by the Murdock Trust, an anti-LGBT investor. Labor groups are joining together to protest the opening of a New Seasons Market in Ballard. Join them!

Stand Up to Bezos' Bullying: Rally & Pack Council Chambers!

Wednesday, May 9, 8:30 AM at Seattle City Hall
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2066675510322943/

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

Let's Thank the King County Council

Our Resist Trump Tuesday rally takes place Tuesday morning with special guest speaker Summer Stinson. Our Weekly Meeting will occur Tuesday evening. Scroll down to Events for all of the details.

On Monday, the King County Council voted 7-2 to approve making postage for ballots prepaid, which means that if you live in King County, starting in August you will be able to put your ballot directly into the mailbox without having to scrounge up a stamp. This is one less reason to not vote, and it removes a meaningful barrier from participation in our government. 

More info: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/05/07/26147204/county-council-to-consider-free-postage-for-ballots

Today's Action: Thank the King County Council for making it easier for us to vote

Step 1: Find your Councilmember's Phone Number

Visit https://www5.kingcounty.gov/kcgisreports/KCClookup.aspx and type in your street address (e.g. you might enter "517 15th Ave E")

Call the number listed on that web page.

Step 2: Call your Council Member

Here's a sample script with an example of what you can say:

"Hi, my name is {NAME} and I live in {CITY, ZIP}. I want to thank Council Member {THEIR NAME} for voting to pay for postage on ballots. I support their efforts to make elections in King County more equitable and fair, and I hope they continue to fight for a more just electoral system."

Caveat: Council Members Reagan Dunn and Kathy Lambert voted *AGAINST* this proposal. If you live in their districts, please feel free to call them to say that you're deeply disappointed by their actions.

Events

Resist Trump Tuesday Rally

Summer Stinson will be speaking at 11:45 am on how the upside-down tax systems of the US, Washington, and Seattle hurt the poor, working class, and middle class twice, followed by a meeting with our Senators’ Staffers!

We hope to see you at the Jackson Federal Building on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:45 AM. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/617343195265975/

Weekly Meeting

Our weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting takes place on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 PM at the Washington State Labor Council. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/

Rally to Defend Workers Rights and Reject New Seasons Market

Wednesday, May 9 at 9:30 AM or 5:00 PM at 951 NW Ballard Way in Seattle.

New Seasons Market is an anti-union grocery store funded by the Murdock Trust, an anti-LGBT investor. Labor groups are joining together to protest the opening of a New Seasons Market in Ballard. Join them!

* RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMYL6uQ-h0dXwUrQzukdWLApf4T5w46tOFICYmuOrqIONGDA/viewform
* More information here: http://www.thestand.org/2018/05/rally-may-9-to-reject-new-seasons-market/

Stand Up to Bezos's Bullying: Rally & Pack Council Chambers!

Wednesday, May 9, 8:30 AM at Seattle City Hall

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2066675510322943/

Protect a free internet and force a vote!

Our Senators have been leaders in the fight to protect net neutrality. Senator Cantwell even dedicated a whole Town Hall to the subject. Due to Senate procedural rules (CRA rules, see below) that make sense to exactly zero humans, the Democrats can actually force a vote on preserving net neutrality……And it might actually pass! They just need one more GOP senator to flip. The Democrats plan to file officially on May 9th to force a vote. Let them know we approve!

Thank our senators for their leadership, urge them to force a vote, and convince one more GOP senator to do the right thing.

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

Sample Script

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I’m calling to thank [Senator] for her leadership in fighting for a free and open internet. I’m calling to urge the Senator not to back down and go ahead and force a vote on the rollback of net neutrality by filing a resolution of disapproval under the CRA rules. I’m also asking her to try to convince one more GOP senator, so this can pass.”

Background:

Ummm.. We’re in the minority. How can we force a vote?

Passed in 1996, the Congressional Review Act (or CRA) gives congress the power to reverse any federal regulation by passing a joint resolution of disapproval within 60 legislative days of enactment. Under CRA rules it only takes thirty senators to force a vote.

https://www.markey.senate.gov/…/senator-markey-clock-starts…

https://www.engadget.com/…/senate-introduces-net-neutralit…/

https://www.theverge.com/…/net-neutrality-cra-congressional…

Mama's Day Bailout

Please support Black Lives Matter Seattle - King County, Northwest Community Bail Fund, Washington Community Action Network, and Seattle Womxn Marching Forward in supporting the 2018 Mama's Day Bail Out. Your contribution will be used to help pay for bail for mothers who would be free if they could afford bail in King and Snohomish Counties.

Please donate at https://www.nwcombailfund.org/donate. For more information, see https://blacklivesseattle.org/black-love-bail-out-2018/
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Sign and Volunteer for I-1631

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

If you are a registered voter, please sign this petition.

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

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Upcoming Events:

TODAY: 36th Legislative District (Belltown, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, parts of Greenwood/Phinney) "Drop-in" Town Hall, Sunday, May 6 at 4pm at Peddler Brewing Company, with representatives Noel Frame, Gael Tarleton, and Senator Reuven Carlyle. Drop in anytime between 4 and 6pm to ask your state legislators a question! https://www.facebook.com/events/2049705565043611

Resist Trump Tuesday continues on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a meeting with our Senators’ Staffers! https://www.facebook.com/events/617343195265975/

Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting Tuesday, May 8 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/

Rally to Defend Workers Rights and Reject New Seasons Market:
May 9 at 9:30 am or 5:00 pm
951 NW Ballard Way in Seattle.
New Seasons Market is an anti-union grocery store funded by the Murdock Trust, an anti-LGBT investor. Labor groups are joining together to protest the opening of a New Seasons Market in Ballard. Join them!
RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMYL6uQ-h0dXwUrQzukdWLApf4T5w46tOFICYmuOrqIONGDA/viewform
More information here: http://www.thestand.org/2018/05/rally-may-9-to-reject-new-seasons-market/

Also May 9: Stand Up to Bezos' Bullying: Rally & Pack Council Chambers! 12pm at Seattle City Hall: https://www.facebook.com/events/2066675510322943/
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Do you have an idea for a daily action? Please send us an email at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com

Join Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Day

**Hey resistors! Did you know that door-knocking canvasses in Washington State are already underway to take back the House in 2018? Enter your zip code here to sign up for an event near you: https://www.wa-democrats.org/event/index

This week the Seattle City Council proclaimed May 5th as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Day. This is part of an ongoing national effort to bring awareness and direct resources towards this issue. The Council resolution itself contains some of the heartbreaking statistics:

“According to the National Crime Information Database, there were over 5,700 known incidents of missing and murdered Indigenous women in 2016. The number of unknown, unreported, or mis-classified cases is at least double that. According to the National Institute of Justice, more than four out of five Native women have experienced violence in their lives.”

Here are some ways you can take action today:

1. Ask your national representatives to support the bipartisan Savannah’s Act (S.1942), introduced by Senator Heitkamp (D-ND), which invests in "information-sharing, data collection, and response protocols" to combat violence and trafficking against indigenous women. Email all of your represenatives in one click here: https://democracy.io/#!/

2. Consider supporting the marches taking place throughout the Pacific Northwest over the next week:

   Events link: https://www.facebook.com/events/141036756569963/

   Donation link: https://www.youcaring.com/missingandmurderedindigenouswomenwashington-1138164

3. Raise awareness on social media using the #NotInvisible, #MMIW, #MMIWG hashtags

Background:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/we-need-action-council-calls-attention-to-missing-slain-indigenous-women/

https://lastrealindians.com/seattle-proclaims-may-5th-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-womens-awareness-day/

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/culture/social-issues/may-5-national-day-awareness-missing-murdered-indigenous-women-girls/

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/lawmakers-may-study-violence-against-native-american-women/

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Upcoming Events:

Resist Trump Tuesday continues on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:45 a.m. outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, followed by a meeting with our Senators’ Staffers! https://www.facebook.com/events/617343195265975/

Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting Tuesday, May 8 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council (new location!) https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/

Rally to Defend Workers Rights and Reject New Seasons Market: May 9 at 9:30 am or 5:00 pm, 951 NW Ballard Way in Seattle.

New Seasons Market is an anti-union grocery store funded by the Murdock Trust, an anti-LGBT investor. Labor groups are joining together to protest the opening of a New Seasons Market in Ballard. Join them!

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMYL6uQ-h0dXwUrQzukdWLApf4T5w46tOFICYmuOrqIONGDA/viewform

More information here: http://www.thestand.org/2018/05/rally-may-9-to-reject-new-seasons-market/

Also May 9: Stand Up to Bezos' Bullying: Rally & Pack Council Chambers! 12pm at Seattle City Hall: https://www.facebook.com/events/2066675510322943/

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Do you have an idea for a daily action? Please send us an email at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com

Don’t Give in to Corporate Blackmail

OFFICIAL DAILY ACTION for FRIDAY, May 4:

Facing an unprecedented crisis in homelessness, the Seattle City Council is grinding its way toward passing a “head tax” on very large businesses whose growth here has been a driving force in raising rents. On Wednesday, Amazon responded to the proposed legislation with an extraordinary threat to halt new construction and leasing in Seattle.

This kind of corporate blackmail is unacceptable. 12,000 homeless Seattleites need housing and services the $75 million fund the tax would create, and Amazon could find its estimated $20 million share in the corporate couch cushions. The final vote on the head tax is expected on May 14th. Call your three City Councilmembers (one for your district and two “at-large”) and urge them to stand up to Amazon’s bullying.

Action: Tell Seattle City Council you support the large business “head tax” to fight homelessness

At large (city-wide) Councilmembers:

- Teresa Mosqueda  206-684-8806

- Lorena Gonzalez  206-684-8802

Find the name and phone number for your District City Councilmember  here:

http://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council/find-your-district-and-councilmember

Script:

“My name is [name] and I’m a constituent in Seattle. I’m calling because  it is urgent that we fund large–scale solutions to our housing affordability crisis, and I believe that the proposed employee head tax for very large businesses is an appropriate approach. Don’t let wealthy corporations like Amazon intimidate you, pass the head tax to put roofs over the heads of our poorest neighbors.”

Background:

https://crosscut.com/2018/05/amazons-threat-halt-construction-isnt-scaring-seattle-yet?utm_medium=social%26utm_source%3Dfacebook-web-button

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/05/02/26128207/amazon-halts-new-construction-pending-city-council-vote-on-head-tax

Upcoming event:

Rally to Defend Workers Rights and Reject New Seasons Market:

May 9 at 9:30 am or 5:00 pm

951 NW Ballard Way in Seattle.

New Seasons Market is an anti-union grocery store funded by the Murdock Trust, an anti-LGBT investor. Labor groups are joining together to protest the opening of a New Seasons Market in Ballard. Join them!

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMYL6uQ-h0dXwUrQzukdWLApf4T5w46tOFICYmuOrqIONGDA/viewform

More information here: http://www.thestand.org/2018/05/rally-may-9-to-reject-new-seasons-market/

Postpone Prepaid Postage?

We’ve asked you to contact King County Council a few times already to ask that they agree to fund pre-paid postage on mail-in ballots. A small scale experiment last year showed that prepaid postage increased voter participation by 6-10%. The County Council was poised to approve the decision this week,  but was asked to postpone by Secretary of State Kim Wyman. 

Wyman wants King County to wait for a 2019 bill that would offer prepaid postage in all WA counties - but this is too important to delay. Passage in King County will only make passage of a statewide bill more imperative. 

The decision is now set for next week - let's tell the County Council to stick to their plan!

Action: Remind King County Council to Fund Postage

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

Call the King County Council: 206-447-1000
Contact Your Councilmember: You can find your County Councilmember’s phone number and email at https://kingcounty.gov/council/councilmembers/find_district.aspx

Script:
“Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent in [your zip code]. I’m calling because I was concerned to learn that County Council has postponed the decision to appropriate funds for prepaid postage on mail-in ballots. I am proud that our state a leader in helping everyone to vote, and I’d like to see King County continue to push for better turnout and better representation by pre-paying for postage on ballots. It has been shown to be an effective way to encourage voter turnout, and I would like to ask [County Concilmember] not to let this important decision fall by the wayside. ”

Background:
•    https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/king-county-council-delays-vote-to-pay-ballot-postage/741615108

Upcoming Events: Rally to Defend Workers Rights and Reject New Seasons Market

May 9 at 9:30 am and 5:00 pm
951 NW Ballard Way in Seattle.

New Seasons Market is an anti-union grocery store funded by the Murdock Trust, and anti-LGBT investor. Labor groups are joining together to protest the opening of a New Seasons Market in Ballard. Join them! 

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMYL6uQ-h0dXwUrQzukdWLApf4T5w46tOFICYmuOrqIONGDA/viewform

More information here: http://www.thestand.org/2018/05/rally-may-9-to-reject-new-seasons-market/
 

Block Nomination of Torturer Gina Haspel

OFFICIAL ACTION for Wednesday, May 2

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

Gina Haspel was in charge of a secret prison in Thailand during the Bush administration. The prison was one of the now-infamous CIA “black sites” that held men who were kidnapped, secretly detained, interrogated and tortured. There’s still a lot we don’t know—the CIA continues to hide key details about its secret detention and torture program. But we know enough to conclude that Gina Haspel is a torturer, destroyed the evidence, and is unfit to lead the CIA.

Let's call our Senators and let them know we want them to oppose her nomination, right now, strongly, and publicly. We want them to vote against her, and do everything they can to block progress on her nomination and persuade their fellow Senators to do the same.

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

Sample Script

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling about Gina Haspel’s nomination as head of the CIA. I want Senator [name] to immediately and publicly commit to opposing this nomination, and do everything she can to persuade her fellow Senators do the same. Gina Haspel carried out torture and destroyed the evidence. She is completely unqualified to lead the CIA. Will Senator [name] oppose her?"

Background

Event Tonight

Pramila Jayapal Town Hall, 5:30PM May 2 (TODAY)
Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave
https://www.facebook.com/events/1825475761082147/

 

Let's hear it for Indivisible Washington 8th District!

Our Friends in the 8th District got a nice write-up in the Seattle Times, which was featured on the national Indivisible Guide Facebook page.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/left-adrift-by-trumps-victory-eastside-activists-find-voice-in-indivisible-movement/

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