Mark your Calendars:
TUESDAY 12PM: Please join us on Halloween for a scary Tuesday - scary, that is, if you think about Trump's war on women. Elissa Goss, Political Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, will speak about how we can fight back against the administration's interference with women's freedoms and equality.
As usual, we will enter the federal building immediately after the rally for a meeting with Senate staffers. Also as usual (from now through December), we will be gathering signatures for De-Escalate Washington's I-940 ballot initiative for better police training and accountability.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is starting to get serious, with the first charges now filed. In the event that Mueller is fired for being a little too effective, we need to be ready to protest. Search for the response in Seattle here, and sign up to get instant updates. https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/
Volunteers are needed to gather signatures for I-940 at Monday's Pramila Jayapal town hall (6:00-7:30, Plymouth Church Seattle United Church of Christ, 1217 6th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101). Please contact email@example.com if you can help.
Elections are coming. On November 7, in just 9 days, Virginia and New Jersey will be electing new governors and legislatures, Seattle will hold elections for city council, mayor, and school board, some of our neighboring cities, such as Bellevue, Shoreline, Tukwila, and Burien will also be electing part of their city councils, all of King County will get to vote for county executive, sheriff, and port commissioners, and some of you lucky enough to live in the 45th LD on the Eastside or the 31st LD in Southeast King/Northeast Pierce counties, will have the chance to flip our state Senate.
Action 1: VOTE.
Is your ballot still sitting in the big pile of mail on your counter? Not anymore. Please fill it out (vote all the way to the end, please) and send it back in. Allow an extra day if you're using the post office to make sure it gets counted.
There are several free ballot drop boxes that you can also use:
If you're not yet registered, you can still vote - new voters can register in person, up to October 30 at the King County Elections office in Renton or the King County Voter Registration Annex in the King County Administration building downtown. See here for hours and directions:
If your ballot is lost or damaged, you can get a replacement here:
Action 2: Get out the vote
I mentioned the 45th and 31st LDs above. A win by Manka Dhingra in the 45th or Michelle Rylands in the 31st (or both) will break the one-vote stranglehold that the GOP has used to keep the state from functioning properly. Their campaigns are out canvassing, and can use your help. Here are some canvasses today that you can help with:
Manka Dhingra: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, 8151 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052
Michelle Rylands: 10:30 AM, Loyalty Park, 1300 Park St, Sumner, WA 98390 https://michellerylands.nationbuilder.com/knock_doors_with_michelle_oct_29_20171029
Now, getting out the vote doesn't necessarily mean going out in the rain and knocking on doors (even though that's fun). You can do it from home. We need you to make calls and texts to Virginia. Why Virginia? Virginia might look like a blue state - after all, their last 4 senate elections have gone to Democrats, the last 3 presidential elections have gone to Democrats, and the current governor is a Democrat. But look below the surface, and you see some problems. Of their 11 representatives in the House, 7 are Republicans. Why? Gerrymandering. But we can fix this. The people that Virginians elect on November 7 will have some control over the next round of redistricting. Winning back states from GOP control is the crucial first step towards a level playing field. Indivisible is looking for people nationally to make calls and texts to Virginia voters. Sign up here. https://www.indivisible.org/gotv-virginia/