Stand Up to Trump’s Threats

Trump promised to shrink the federal government, and yesterday it was reported that his administration plans to furlough 150 government workers unless Congress agrees to a slapdash plan to eliminate the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The OPM is expected to suffer a funding gap as a result of a shift of security clearance responsibilities to a different agency, and has further come under criticism for exposing federal employees to identity theft due to their out-of-date computer equipment.

The administration proposes to split the OPM’s duties out among other governmental departments, most noticeably creating a new “Office of Federal Workforce Policy” that would be run by an official appointed directly by the president and with no Senate confirmation. This would effectively put the career of every civil servant at the political whim of the President.

This is an ill-thought out plan that puts more power in Trump’s hands and attacks the rights of federal workers and federal workers unions. What is more, the administration has threatened to take matters into its own hands if Congress does not agree. Call your Senators and tell them to stand up to Trump’s threats.

ACTION: Don’t Dissolve the OPM

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 calling from [PLACE]. I’d like to ask that [Senator/Representative] do whatever she/he can to block the Trump administration’s proposal to dissolve the OPM. It is an ill-thought out plan that puts more power in Trump’s hands and attacks the rights of federal workers and federal workers unions. Trump’s threat to furlough workers unless Congress does what he asks should not be rewarded. Thank you.”

Background:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-threatens-furloughs-layoffs-if-congress-doesnt-let-it-kill-personnel-agency/2019/06/19/b7200fda-9135-11e9-b58a-a6a9afaa0e3e_story.html

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/449337-trump-officials-threaten-to-furlough-150-workers-at-federal-personnel

https://www.scribd.com/document/410842971/05-20-2019-VA-MD-to-OMB-Re-OPM-Proposal

Defund the Trans Ban

Official Daily Action for Wednesday June 19, 2019

According to LGBT News Source The Washington Blade:

"The U.S. House is set to vote on a measure that would prohibit use of U.S. funds to implement President Trump’s transgender military ban.

"The House Rules Committee this week approved for debate as part of defense appropriations legislation an amendment introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) that would bar the use of funds to implement the anti-trans policy.

"The amendment is set to come up for a vote either Tuesday or possibly Wednesday, a Democratic leadership aide said.

"The Speier amendment is one of several that will obtain a vote as part of the defense appropriations bill. Each of the amendments gets 10 minutes of debate. If a recorded vote is requested on an amendment, the House have a vote on it. The House typically vote on these amendments in blocks."

Let's get this through the House, so it has a chance of being in the final Defense Appropriations package. It should be coming up for a vote today.

Action: Ask our Representatives to co-sponsor and vote for the Speier Amendment

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

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

Script

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling to ask [Rep] to support our trans military service people by co-sponsoring and voting for the Speier Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill (Amendment to Division C OF Rules Committee Print 116–17). The amendment would bar Defense Department funds from being used to enforce Trump's ban on trans people serving in the military."

Add-on for Smith

"I'm also asking Rep Smith to use any leverage he has as Chair of the Armed Services Committee to protect our trans service people and their careers from the actions of the Trump administration."

Background

Bonus Action: Donate to Seattle Trans Pride for extra march security

Our local Trans Pride Parade on June 28 is expecting right-wing counter-protesters. If you can afford it, please donate to help them provide security at the parade.

Events

PRIMARY DEBATE WATCH PARTIES June 26 and June 27

Floating Bridge Brewing
722 NE 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98105

The first Presidential Debate is coming soon! We are excited to announce that Seattle Indivisible is hosting watch parties for both nights of the debate. Join us to learn more about the Democratic candidates!

TRANS PRIDE PARADE Saturday June 28

5 PM at Cal Anderson Park
https://www.transprideseattle.org/

Indivisible People of Color Working Group

The People of Color (POC) Organizing Working Group of Indivisible National has just announced a new working group for Indivisible group leaders, group members, and supporters who identify as people of color.

Far too often in the wider movement, people of color feel the heaviest weight of the work with the least amount of agency. The staff of Invisible National designed this working group to put the voices of those marginalized in our society at the center of conversations, and as an opportunity for people of color to speak freely on their experience with racial issues within progressive spaces. Please note that this invitation is meant ONLY for those who identity as a person of color.

If you are interested in taking part, please register for the inaugural call on Tuesday, June 25th 2019 at 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific Time. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V5mvUk7SQKGgcT4V8Dkc2Q. If you have any questions, please reach out to National directly at pocorganizers@indivisible.org.

For Non-POC Allies

Take an individual action to further your understanding of the challenges POC face in progressive spaces. Here are a couple of options, depending on your learning style:

  1. Read: "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn (on the "Summer Reads" shelves at all 12 local Barnes & Noble stores: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-peoples-history-of-the-united-states-howard-zinn/1117179418?ean=9780062397348#/; Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Peoples-History-United-States/dp/0062397346; There is a long wait list at the library, but here are the links: SPL: https://seattle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/3228205030; King County Library System: https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1707878082;

  2. Watch: Here's a playlist of racial equity videos, curated by Indivisible National's racial equity team https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLktpJ-JpCvLT_zH5mGLnAMpj6S2U_IH0j

  3. Listen: NPR's Code Switch podcast (https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch; NPR journalists of color cover race, ethnicity, and culture, exploring current events, important issues, and compelling stories); or sample other podcasts that cover current events through a lens perhaps different from your own. Here's a sample of just a few: https://humaneeducation.org/blog/2019/podcasts-for-teaching-about-racial-justice-issues/

Reminder: Events today:

Stop Deportations & Keep Families Together

11am-12pm

7th & Pike, Seattle

Seattle CityClub’s Choice to invite Jeh Johnson, who served as President Obama's Department of Homeland Security Secretary, to be the keynote speaker at their annual fundraiser was a mistake. The event is billed as promoting civility and security. There is absolutely nothing civil about the separation of children and families, the widespread abuse that goes on in these facilities, and in many cases, literal deaths caused by the inhumane treatment by ICE agents and the Department of Homeland Security. Under Johnson’s leadership, the Department of Homeland Security reached a record number of 2.7 million deportations leaving behind an immigration machine that profits from the detention of our communities and strips away peoples’ humanity. Though Secretary Johnson is no longer in this office, his successors under the Trump administration have expanded upon his practices.

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2019/06/17/40508450/immigrant-communities-speak-out-against-seattle-cityclubs-anti-immigrant-fundraiser-speaker

https://medium.com/@monserrat_82043/we-say-no-to-jeh-johnson-architect-of-the-deportation-machine-as-a-speaker-in-our-seattle-60d25facf54d?postPublishedType=initial

Local immigrant rights leaders contacted Seattle CityClub as early as mid-April and communicated that having this speaker would cause tremendous pain to their communities. CityClub decided to proceed with the event as planned. The leadership of our immigrant rights community felt betrayed and reached out for help. Seattle Indivisible joined with over forty organizations to stand in solidarity and demand either the format of the event be changed to include a dialogue including immigrant rights leaders or that Secretary Johnson be uninvited.

Well intentioned people and organizations make mistakes, but CityClub refuses to acknowledge any wrongdoing or accept any responsibility. They came across as tone-deaf, dismissive, and disrespectful.

CityClub likely does not understand the pain they are causing. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding does not change the very real harm being done by Seattle CityClub.

We would strongly prefer to call them in, but make no mistake. We absolutely will call them out on Tuesday!

https://www.facebook.com/events/432847987291968/

Seattle Indivisible Meeting

Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 pm (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.

We say NO to Jeh Johnson, ARCHITECT OF THE DEPORTATION MACHINE, as a Speaker in our community!

Seattle CityClub’s choice to invite Jeh Johnson, who served as President Obama's Department of Homeland Security Secretary, to be the keynote speaker at their annual fundraiser was a mistake. Under Johnson’s leadership, the Department of Homeland Security reached a record number of 2.7 million deportations leaving behind an immigration machine that profits from the detention of immigrant communities and strips away peoples’ humanity.

The event is billed as promoting civility and security. There is absolutely nothing civil about the separation of children and families, the widespread abuse that goes on in these facilities, and in many cases, literal deaths caused by the inhumane treatment of ICE agents and the Department of Homeland Security.

Local immigrant rights leaders contacted Seattle CityClub as early as mid-April and communicated that having this speaker would cause tremendous pain to their communities. CityClub decided to proceed with the event as planned. The leadership of our immigrant rights community felt betrayed and reached out for help. Seattle Indivisible joined with over forty organizations to stand in solidarity and demand either the format of the event be changed to include a dialogue including immigrant rights leaders or that Secretary Johnson be uninvited.

Well-intentioned people and organizations make mistakes, but CityClub refuses to acknowledge any wrongdoing or accept any responsibility. They came across as tone deaf, dismissive, and disrespectful.

CityClub likely does not understand the pain they are causing. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding does not change the very real harm being done by Seattle CityClub.

We would strongly prefer to call them in, but make no mistake:

We absolutely will call them out on Tuesday!

Join us!

We stand with immigrant communities!
Are you with us?

Tuesday, June 18
11am-12pm
At 7th and Pike

Share the FB Event and invite friends!
https://www.facebook.com/events/432847987291968/

Watch this video of a small group of us delivering our letter to CityClub.
And please share!
https://www.facebook.com/242657662847624/posts/683492742097445?s=1833361344&v=e&sfns=mo

Bonus: Share a Tweet or post on Facebook

Sample Text:

There is nothing civil about breaking families apart @SeattleCityClub your choice to invite Jeh Johnson as a keynote further perpetuates harm in our communities #Not1More https://tinyurl.com/y2olhg6j

Protect U.S. Elections and U.S. Democracy with the Honest Ads Act

Thanks to 5Calls.org for this action!

The House and the Senate have introduced the bipartisan Honest Ads Act. This legislation supported on both sides of the aisle would update standards for political advertising, and reduce the potential for foreign interference in U.S. elections.

Highlights of the Honest Ads Act:

  • all online ads would have to include a disclosure statement that the ad is a political ad;

  • online platforms running political ads would have to record the ad in a public database;

    online platforms would have to make "all reasonable efforts" to ensure that they do not accept political ads paid for by foreign citizens or governments – just as radio and television broadcasters must already do.

While this legislation is not enough by itself to address Russian government election interference, it's a decent first-step, and it is supported by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. Let's tell our MOCs we need more accountability by social media and other online platforms to prevent U.S. elections from being derailed AGAIN by foreign interest.

It’s the weekend, so feel free to email or to call and leave voicemail for lawmakers.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040; email link: https://jayapal.house.gov/contact/email/

Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180; email link: https://adamsmith.house.gov/contact

Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545; email link: https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/mobile/contactme

Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400 ; email link: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form

SCRIPT/SUGGESTED THOUGHTS:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I read that the Honest Ads Act has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. After evidence of foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, we need more safeguards to protect our election process and our democratic system of representation. I am calling to express my support for the Honest Ads Act. Please work to pass this legislation.”

Background:

"Honest Ads Act” (Senator Mark Warner, introducer of the Act) - https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/the-honest-ads-act

"Protect Elections with the Honest Ads Act" (Seattle Times Opinion) - https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/protect-elections-with-honest-ads-act/

GOOD NEWS

Good news from the immigration detention arena is rare, but this week the courts ruled that Trump's Administration cannot prevent immigrant teens from retaining their reproductive rights regarding abortions. "Trump Administration cannot block abortions for immigrant teens in custody, appeals court rules" - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/court-rules-against-trump-on-immigrant-teen-abortion-policy/

EVENTS

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, June 18, 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. June 25, 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.

Flip Virginia Blue, Canvass in SeaTac

While the presidential election is still taking shape, we want to highlight two crucial elections this year, in Washington and across the country, and an action you can take to support each one:

1: Virginia House of Delegates

Democrats are just a few seats shy of flipping the Virginia state legislature blue. This will have an outsized impact on gerrymandering, voting rights and more. The grassroots progressive group SwingLeft is raising funds for the candidates who are running in the most competitive seats in the state. Our first suggested action is to make a small donation to this fund if you are able, and/or share the link on social media:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/flip_virginia

2: SeaTac

Last year the SeaTac City Council voted to displace Somali immigrant shop owners from SeaTac market and sell the property to private developers. SeaTac is also subject to a Trump-supporting, Islamophobic mayor in spite of its growing immigrant community.

This year there is a chance to finally create a diverse, progressive city council that reflects its majority-minority population.

One of the candidates hoping to reshape the SeaTac city council is Takele Gobena, who is running on affordability and equitable economic development. Our second suggested action is to join his campaign this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. for a door-to-door canvass. They will meet at the parking lot of Pabla Punjabi Palace 15245 International Boulevard Ste 205 SeaTac, WA 98188:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1148733065250785/

If you are unable to join, you can check out his website for other ways to support the campaign: https://takeleforseatac.com/

Background reading:

https://crosscut.com/2019/02/its-not-fair-city-evicts-immigrant-shop-owner-seatac-market

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/12/28/37491405/a-trump-loving-mayor-is-running-seatac-a-majority-minority-town-full-of-immigrants

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/virginia-holds-primary-election-as-political-watchers-look-for-2020-trends/

"Foreign Interference, Intrigue, and Influence"

In this week’s TV interview of Donald Trump by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, Trump told Stephanopoulos that he would accept foreign interference in our elections. In this statement Trump was saying in no uncertain terms that he would not faithfully execute the duties of his office, by not defending our country against foreign agents.

Trump must be removed from office. If it wasn’t for an internal Department of Justice guideline, he would already have been removed from his office in handcuffs.

The only two mechanisms that we have to remove Trump from office are through impeachment and conviction, and through the November 2020 election. And frankly, November 2020 is simply too late. Our Members of Congress need to hear from us—and keep hearing from us—until they listen.

Today's Action: Demand an Impeachment Inquiry in the House

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}. Earlier this week, video was released of Donald Trump saying that he would welcome foreign interference in our elections. This is unacceptable, and I want to know that {REPRESENTATIVE} will call for an impeachment inquiry."

Call both Senators:

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

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

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. Earlier this week, video was released of Donald Trump saying that he would welcome foreign interference in our elections. This is unacceptable, and I want to know that the Senator will call on her colleagues in the House to open an impeachment inquiry."

Events

#ImpeachTrump Rallies on Saturday, June 15

MoveOn is organizing rallies nationwide to call for the impeachment of the President. You can find the nearest rally to you at https://www.impeach.org/event/impeachment_day_of_action_june15/

Doorbelling and Voter Registration with Takele Gobena

Join us to go door-to-door and talk to registered voters and register new voters in our community!

We will be meeting at the parking lot of Pabla Punjabi Palace 15245 International Boulevard Ste 205 SeaTac, WA 98188.

Talking to our neighbors is important to get Takele elected! We encourage everyone to come. If it's your first time, no worries we got you covered with a training!

Please arrive by 4:00PM for a quick training. Wear your comfortable walking shoes and bring a friend.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1148733065250785/

Lower Prescription Drug Prices - Thank Rep. Jayapal, Ask Rep. Smith to Cosponsor

Thanks to Indivisible National for the following action!

Prescription drug prices are substantially higher in the United States than in other high-income countries. This is partially because the government is not allowed to use its position as the largest purchaser of prescription drugs in the country (through Medicare) to bargain for lower prices for patients.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) has introduced the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act (H.R. 1046) to give Medicare the power it needs to effectively negotiate with drug companies and bring drug prices down. This bill is strong because it would allow the government to license competitors to produce any medication as a generic if the company holding the patent refuses to come to the table. An alternative, weaker bill is being discussed that would use arbitration to bring down drug prices, but this is not good enough.

Every representative should co-sponsor H.R. 1046, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act - Rep. Jayapal already has, but Rep. Smith is currently not a co-sponsor. Call Rep. Jayapal to thank her, and call Rep. Smith to tell him to co-sponsor legislation that will work to bring drug prices down.

ACTION: Co-Sponsor Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

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:

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm calling from [PLACE] to thank Rep. Jayapal for cosponsoring H.R. 1046, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act. It is crucial that we bring prescription drug prices down, and I am proud to see my representative's name on a strong bill that could make it happen."

Script for Rep. Smith:

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm calling from [PLACE] to ask that Rep. Smith co-sponsor H.R. 1046, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act. This bill will bring down our obscenely high drug prices while protecting patients’ access to critical medicines. This bill is strong because it would allow the government to license competitors to produce any medication as a generic if the drug company holding the patent refuses to come to the table. I’ve heard that there may be another bill coming that would use arbitration instead, and that isn’t good enough. Please cosponsor H.R. 1046, as Rep. Jayapal has already done, and commit to supporting the strongest bill to lower prescription drug prices instead of weaker, arbitration-based proposals."

Background:

https://indivisible.org/resource/hr-1046-act-now-bring-drug-prices-down

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/nancy-pelosi-drug-prices-big-pharma_n_5ce6f78de4b05c15dea94d31

https://act.indivisible.org/call/medicare-negotiation-and-competitive-licensing-act/

Begin Impeachment Inquiry Now

Official Daily Action for Wednesday June 12, 2019

This week the House began its investigation based on the Mueller Report, with testimony by John Dean, former White House Council to Richard Nixon. The testimony did not get the coverage that is needed to break through and show the public the extent of the crimes committed by the President and his campaign. It's not even on the front pages of the Washington Post or New York Times.

The slow investigation might have seemed like a good compromise step, but it is not working. We need an impeachment inquiry in order to get the information from the Mueller Report into the living rooms and the minds of the American public.

There is more than enough evidence in the Mueller Report to start an Impeachment Inquiry. It's time to move. Tell your Rep you want them to get this going.

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

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

Script for Jayapal

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling to thank Rep. Jayapal for her continued calls for beginning impeachment hearings against President Trump. President Trump and his campaign welcomed help from a hostile foreign power, and tried to obstruct investigations into their actions. Yesterday's hearings didn't draw enough attention to this. We need an impeachment inquiry to get the attention of the public. It is the Constitutional duty of Congress to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. Please do everything you can to convince your colleagues and Speaker Pelosi to begin an impeachment inquiry."

Script for Smith

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling to ask Rep. Smith to join Rep. Jayapal in her call to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. President Trump and his campaign welcomed help from a hostile foreign power, and tried to obstruct investigations into their actions. Yesterday's hearings didn't draw enough attention to this. We need an impeachment inquiry to get the attention of the public. It is the Constitutional duty of Congress to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. Please do everything you can to convince your colleagues and Speaker Pelosi to begin an impeachment inquiry."

Background

Events

PRIMARY DEBATE WATCH PARTIES June 26 and June 27

Floating Bridge Brewing
722 NE 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98105

The first Presidential Debate is coming soon! We are excited to announce that Seattle Indivisible is hosting watch parties for both nights of the debate. Join us to learn more about the Democratic candidates!

MUELLER BOOK CLUB HAS BEEN EXTENDED

Join via the Facebook Group or webpage to learn about ongoing events.

You can also

REMINDER: Resist Trump Tuesday TODAY featuring WA Solicitor General Noah Purcell

Please come to a special Resist Trump Tuesday rally today, where we will have a special guest speaker, Washington State Solicitor General Noah Purcell. As Solicitor General, Mr. Purcell successfully argued against Trump's first Muslim Ban in court. This is such an important topic that, even if you are not able to attend, help us get the word out by sharing this information with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and other contacts. If you cannot make it to this rally, please watch the livestream on our Facebook page.

At this week’s Resist Trump Tuesday, we will discuss Trump’s abuse of presidential emergency powers. In just the past 6 months, Trump has created fake “emergencies” to grab power from Congress to:

- Deploy our military to the Mexican border

- Redirect funding from real emergencies to a border wall

- Sell arms to Saudi Arabia

- Threaten Mexico with tariffs

This unfettered abuse of emergency power threatens our democracy and endangers the globe. Come learn more about it, and how you can help stop this rise of authoritarianism.

We will rally at the Seattle Federal Building on Tuesday, June 11 from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., immediately followed by a meeting with Senator Murray’s and Senator Cantwell’s staff from 12:30-1:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Come join us. We need your voice!

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar/2019/6/11/resist-trump-tuesday-trumps-abuse-of-emergency-powers

RSVP here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1968043323300645/

About WA Solicitor General Noah Purcell:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/successful-travel-ban-challenge-shines-light-on-lawyer-noah-purcell/

Upcoming

Join Seattle Indivisible, Wallingford Indivisible and Friends June 26 and 27 @6pm at Floating Bridge Brewing in the University District. Presidential Primary debates start at 6pm, and we will be listening and cheering our favorite candidates. Join in the fun. Space is limited, so please RSVP below, and we will send you the link to reserve your seat or table. No COST (other than to buy beer from venue hosts). If you can, take public transportation or bicycle, and arrive early so we’re settled with drinks before the debates begin.

Floating Bridge Brewing: 722 NE 45th ST, Seattle, WA

Accessibility: Single-story, no steps from sidewalk, about 400 feet from nearest bus stop routes 74, 76, 316 and 355. Floating Bridge Brewing street view at: https://bit.ly/2HT2MEA

Parking: If you drive, free parking may be available after 6pm on the west side of 7th AVE NE, between 45th and 50th. People who take chances elsewhere on street parking get tickets and are very sad.

RSVP at:

Wednesday: https://www.facebook.com/events/2108853089414091/

Thursday: https://www.facebook.com/events/450121619055406/

Tell our Senators to be on the right side of history!

In the spring of 2017, the Chinese Government launched a systematic campaign against the Uyghur ethnic minority, who are largely Muslim, using indiscriminate internment in detention camps. According to the Chinese government’s own websites, there are currently 1.5 million Uyghur Muslims in Chinese concentration camps. Please sign on to the letter linked below to tell our Senators to co-sponsor the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 and share widely on social media.


Sign here to tell our Senators to co-sponsor the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfpB1OUEqrBPGHYfWhJj7ar3dWLkPVcKIB-rdxR0dUH37YotA/viewform

A representative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound's American Muslim Empowerment Network or MAPS-AMEN will be delivering the letter to Senate staff this Tuesday, June 11 directly following our rally at the Federal Building. This Tuesday's rally will feature Washington State Solicitor General Noah Purcell on President Trump’s abuse of powers. The meeting and the rally are open to all. Join us!


RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY

https://www.facebook.com/events/1968043323300645/

915 2nd Ave

11:45am-1:30pm


Background:

http://theowp.org/reports/chinese-repression-of-muslims-in-xinjiang-economic-benefit-can-no-longer-be-valued-over-human-rights/

https://pilotonline.com/opinion/columnist/guest/article_e8e84f7c-888a-11e9-9a93-ffe1f968d92f.html

https://www.newsweek.com/xinjiang-uyghur-crisis-muslim-china-1398782

Support Automaker Opposition to Trump’s Weakening of Pollution Rules

Last week the world’s largest automakers told President Trump they didn’t want his new weakened pollution standards. They told him that the new rules threatened to cut into already-shrinking profits and to destabilize their entire manufacturing sector.

Ford. General Motors. Toyota. Volvo. Seventeen auto manufacturing companies signed a letter asking Trump NOT to implement Trump’s new rules to roll back Obama-era climate-change-fighting policies. Trump’s new policies would likely cause California and thirteen other states to sue the administration, and at the same time keep local state-level stricter emission standards in place, damaging automakers’ economic outlook and miring them in pollution-standard legal battles for years to come.

It is true that carmakers wanted a reduction in pollution standards. But Trump’s new rules greatly expanded the reduction of emissions standards, forcing harmful business consequences. In the letter sent to Trump last week, carmakers want him to go back to the negotiating table to find an intermediate solution.

Climate change is being exacerbated by consumption of fossil fuels. Finally, there are indications that automakers are paying attention to manufacturing electric vehicles to replace gasoline engines. General Motors announced this week it is moving forward with an all-electric pickup truck. Ford has announced plans to do the same for its F-150 pickup, the most popular vehicle in the U.S.

Let’s take advantage of carmakers’ resistance to Trump’s pollution-enhancing plans. Let’s tell our MOCs we support automakers nixing Trump’s weakened standards for tailpipe emissions.

ACTION: Tell lawmakers we oppose Trump’s lowered emission standards for automakers.

It’s the weekend, so please email, or call and leave voicemail, for lawmakers.

SCRIPT/SUGGESTED THOUGHTS:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. We need to eliminate fossil fuel consumption to address climate change. I read that automakers are opposed to Trump’s proposed changes to weaken tailpipe emission standards. Automakers are starting to pursue serious efforts to develop electrical vehicles. Let’s get behind them and nix President Trump’s proposed new rules for automaker emission standards.”

Background:

Automakers Tell Trump His Pollution Rules Could Mean ‘Untenable’ Instability and Lower Profits” - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/06/climate/trump-auto-emissions-rollback-letter.html

“GM president reconfirm electric pickup truck plans” - https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/general-motors-electric-pickup-truck/

EVENTS

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, June 18, 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. June 11, 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.

This Tuesday: Resist Trump Tuesday featuring Solicitor General Noah Purcell

Please come to a special Resist Trump Tuesday rally this week, where we will have a special guest speaker, Washington State Solicitor General Noah Purcell. As Solicitor General, Mr. Purcell successfully argued against Trump's first Muslim Ban in court. This is such an important topic that, even if you are not able to attend, help us get the word out by sharing this information with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and other contacts.

At this week’s Resist Trump Tuesday, we will discuss Trump’s abuse of presidential emergency powers. In just the past 6 months, Trump has created fake “emergencies” to grab power from Congress to:

  • Deploy our military to the Mexican border

  • Redirect funding from real emergencies to a border wall

  • Sell arms to Saudi Arabia

  • Threaten Mexico with tariffs

This unfettered abuse of emergency power threatens our democracy and endangers the globe. Come learn more about it, and how you can help stop this rise of authoritarianism.

We will rally at the Seattle Federal Building on Tuesday, June 11 from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., immediately followed by a meeting with Senator Murray’s and Senator Cantwell’s staff from 12:30-1:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Come join us. We need your voice!

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar/2019/6/11/resist-trump-tuesday-trumps-abuse-of-emergency-powers

RSVP here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1968043323300645/

About WA Solicitor General Noah Purcell:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/successful-travel-ban-challenge-shines-light-on-lawyer-noah-purcell/

Events

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5th Annual UndocuGraduation: Class of 2019!

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Sunday, June 9, 3:00 PM

Centilia Cultural Center - 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, Washington 98144

From Washington Dream Coalition WDC: "It’s time to celebrate our 2019 Undocu Graduates! We’ll be hosting the 5th annual Undocu Graduation on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Centilia Cultural Center (1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, WA 98144)!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/712067435862750/

Help ban 'gay panic' defenses

Earlier this week, a bill was reintroduced in both the House and the Senate by Rep. Joe Kennedy III and Sen. Ed Markey, respectively, that would ban the use of so-called 'gay panic' or 'trans panic' defenses in cases of murder, assault, or other violent crimes.

According to a press release from Rep. Kennedy, these defenses "seek to excuse crimes such as murder and assault by arguing that the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity provoked the defendant’s violent reaction, blaming victims for the violence committed against them." As an article from The Advocate notes, "defendants may claim they acted violently because a gay person made a sexual overture or because they discovered someone was transgender."

Today's Action: Ask our Members of Congress to Cosponsor this Legislation

Reasons why we think that our MoCs should cosponsor this legislation:

We think it's important to always include a reason why you think a particular action is important. Here are a couple you can cite in your call.

  • Claiming a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity justify murder or assault tells entire segments of our society that their lives are not worthy of protection

  • As long as gay and trans panic defenses are allowed in our state and federal courts, the LGBTQ community will be deprived of the justice all Americans deserve.

  • Your own personal reason—these are always the best because they come from the heart.

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}. Please ask {REPRESENTATIVE} to cosponsor H.R.3133, Congressman Kennedy's bill to prohibit gay and trans panic defenses. I think this is important because of {REASON}."

Call your Senator

  • 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}. Please ask {SENATOR} to cosponsor S.1721, Senator Markey's bill to prohibit gay and trans panic defenses. I think this is important because of {REASON}."

Background

Events

5th Annual UndocuGraduation: Class of 2019!

Sunday, June 9, 3:00 PM

Centilia Cultural Center - 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, Washington 98144

From Washington Dream Coalition WDC: "It’s time to celebrate our 2019 Undocu Graduates! We’ll be hosting the 5th annual Undocu Graduation on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Centilia Cultural Center (1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, WA 98144)!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/712067435862750/

We Need a Climate Debate

In a statement yesterday, Gov. Inslee shared that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has decided not to host a primary debate focused on Climate Change, and that they also stipulated that they would drop Gov. Inslee from future debates if he attended any Climate debates not hosted by the DNC.

The effects of climate change are being felt, and the majority of Democrats are united by the immediate need to address and combat this looming threat. Young Democrats are especially energized by this issue. In addition to Gov. Inslee, many heavy hitter Democratic candidates have endorsed the idea of a climate-focused debate, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Julián Castro.

We deserve a debate to address one of the most important issues of our time. If the DNC will not host it, they should at least not threaten retribution to candidates interested in debating the issue elsewhere. Call Tom Perez – the DNC Chair – as well as your representatives, who are members of the DNC, to ask them to reconsider.

ACTION: Reconsider Holding a Climate Debate

Tom Perez (DNC Chair): 202-863-8000

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 Tom Perez:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [PLACE] to ask that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) reconsider hosting a climate-focused primary debate, or at least consider allowing candidates to participate in a non-DNC-affiliated climate debate if they so choose. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time and unites Democrats behind a common cause. Several candidates have endorsed such a debate and have released detailed plans to address the threat of climate change – we deserve to hear a full discussion of what can and should be done.”

Script for representatives:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [PLACE] to ask that [REP], as a representative of the Democratic party, encourage the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to reconsider hosting a climate-focused primary debate. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time and unites Democrats behind a common cause. Several candidates have endorsed such a debate and have released detailed plans to address the threat of climate change – we deserve to hear a full discussion of what can and should be done.”

Background:

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/447192-dnc-tells-inslee-it-wont-host-climate-debate

https://www.businessinsider.com/signs-millennials-gen-z-turning-tide-climate-change-2019-4

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D8U-kVXV4AEfL2K.png

https://twitter.com/Tinapo/status/1136405435236270082?s=20

Meeting TODAY--Early Start Time to Meet with Legislators!

We are meeting earlier than usual today (June 4), from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Washington State Labor Council, so we can join with the Health Care Is A Human Right coalition in welcoming Representative Nicole Macri, Senator Emily Randall, and Senator David Frockt as they debrief us on the healthcare reforms passed during the 2019 Washington legislative session that just ended.

The Healthcare is a Human Right Coalition is a group of local coalition partners fighting for universal access to quality healthcare. Thank you to the coalition for organizing these special guest speakers. Please join in this educational celebration of progress made and learn what comes next in the fight to recognize healthcare as a human right. Even if you've never been to one of our Tuesday night meetings, or if it's been a while since you've been able to attend, consider coming out for this special informational session with our legislators.

Because light food is being provided by the Health Care Is A Human Right Coalition (the organizers), please RSVP as soon as possible so they can get a head count at hchrwashington@gmail.com.

Action: If you can make this event, please RSVP at the above email address.

Here is the Facebook RSVP link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2126225464165946/

On the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month, we meet from 7-9 p.m. to discuss what actions Seattle Indivisible is and should be taking to defeat the Trump agenda. We receive answers to our questions to our members of Congress, and decide what we next want to ask our members of Congress at our twice-monthly in-person meetings with our Congressional staffers. Come join us, we need your voice and your help as we build power for 2020.

Reminder:

We do not have a Resist Trump Tuesday Rally today. These rallies are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. The next rally will be on Tuesday, June 11 at 11:45 a.m.

Thank our Reps for holding the line on ICE Funding!

Both Rep. Jayapal and Rep. Smith have signed on to a letter to the House Appropriations Committee. The letter demands that language be included in the next budget that would prevent DHS from moving money to ICE without congressional approval. It also would lower the number of beds ICE is using for detention now be dropped back to the 2016 level. See the link below for the full text of the letter.


ACTION: Thank our Reps for holding the line on ICE Funding!


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

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


Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [PLACE]. I wanted to let Rep [Name] know how much appreciate them for being willing to take a strong stand on ICE funding. Thank Rep. [Name] for signing on to the letter to House Appropriations regarding limiting funding of ICE and CBP.”

Full Letter Here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vxtcwJbKlnooJQpF1cgagvAGTeBIynW3YhfTsSA1pdo/edit

Help Virginia Beach Shooting Victims

We were witness to another mass shooting on Friday, when a gunman opened fire at a Virginia Beach municipal building and killed twelve of his coworkers. To aid the victims of this horrible event, we are sharing a link to a fund that goes directly to the victims and their families. Your daily action for today is to donate to this fund if you are able, OR to share the link with others:

http://unitedwayshr.org/vabeach/

Of course, we know that these shootings do not happen in a vacuum, and that our easy access to guns in America is a lethal problem. So we will vow to continue to call and to organize around this issue.

Background link:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/31/us/virginia-beach-shooting/index.html

Reminder:

We are meeting earlier than usual for this week's Seattle Indivisible meeting. We will be joining the Healthcare is a Human Right Coalition and Washington state legislators for a healthcare debrief, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Washington State Labor Council: https://www.facebook.com/events/2126225464165946/

If you are planning on attending, please RSVP at the following email address so they can get enough refreshments for the group: hchrwashington@gmail.com

Attend Our Next Tuesday Meeting--Early Start Time to Meet with Legislators!

We are meeting earlier than usual this Tuesday (June 4), from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Washington State Labor Council, so we can join with the Health Care Is A Human Right Coalition in welcoming Representative Nicole Macri, Senator Emily Randall, and Senator David Frockt as they debrief us on the healthcare reforms passed during the 2019 Washington legislative session that just ended.

The Healthcare is a Human Right Coalition is a group of local coalition partners fighting for universal access to quality healthcare (http://www.healthcareisarightwa.org/). Thank you to the coalition for organizing these special guest speakers. Please join in this educational celebration of progress made and learn what comes next in the fight to recognize healthcare as a human right. Even if you've never been to one of our Tuesday night meetings, or if it's been a while since you've been able to attend, consider coming out for this special informational session with our legislators.

Because light food is being provided by the Health Care Is A Human Right Coalition (the organizers), please RSVP so they can get a head count at hchrwashington@gmail.com.

Action: If you can make this event, please RSVP at the above email address.

Here is the Facebook RSVP link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2126225464165946/

On the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month, we meet from 7-9 p.m. to discuss what actions Seattle Indivisible is and should be taking to defeat the Trump agenda. We receive answers to our questions to our members of congress, and decide what we next want to ask our members of congress at our twice-monthly in-person meetings with our congressional staffers. Come join us, we need your voice and your help as we build power for 2020.

Bonus Action:

Here’s something you can do from home whether or not you can make the meeting: please reply to us at daily-action@seattleindivisible.com with a question you would like us to ask at our next meeting with Senators Cantwell and Murray’s staffers!

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Good news:

Conversion therapy for gay youth was banned this week in Colorado: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/05/31/conversion-therapy-ban-lgbt-colorado/

Investigate Possible Perjury Related to Census Citizenship Question

Official Daily Action for Friday May 31, 2019

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wants to add a question relating to citizenship to the 2020 Census. He testified before Congress that this question was not politically motivated. Documents have been found that contradict Ross's testimony. A study showing that adding a question of citizenship to the 2020 Census would disadvantage Democrats has been found among the documents in the estate of Thomas Hofeller, a GOP gerrymandering strategist. Paragraphs from that study later appeared in official documents making the opposite claim.

A lawsuit filed last week against Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other defendants in New York federal court includes requested sanctions against Ross and others in the case, accusing them of misrepresentations on "the central issues of this case," according to the filing.

The Supreme Court is set to rule on the citizenship question in the next few weeks.

Let's make sure that all the relevant information is made public, by asking the House to begin an investigation into possible perjury by Mr. Ross and members of his staff.

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

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

Script

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling about the proposed census question relating to citizenship. New evidence of intentional suppression of Census responses in Democratic areas has been submitted to a court in New York. It appears that Commerce Secretary Ross may have lied to Congress. Please begin an investigation into his actions, both lying to Congress and attempting to subvert the Census process. A true and accurate Census is critical to fair representation of Americans across the country."

Background

Good News

The City of Seattle and King County announced $5.6M in funding for legal services for our immigrant and refugee neighbors at risk of deportation. https://twitter.com/mayorjenny/status/1133817830963666944?s=21