Prepare for an Emergency Rally, and Defend State Department Programs

Reminder: Today is the Seattle Indivisible Barbecue, 1:00 pm at Seven Hills Park! https://www.facebook.com/events/1861446210849955

Action 1: Prepare for an Emergency Rally

We learned this week that Trump is considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, and pardoning aides and members of his family who are currently under investigation.

We don’t know when or if this will happen, and we hope it doesn’t. But an escalated attack on our democratic institutions and the rule of law deserves an escalated response. If either of the above comes to pass, we ask that you check in with Seattle Indivisible via social media, and check your email if you receive our Action Alerts. In coordination with other Indivisible groups, we will announce the time of an emergency protest at Westlake Park, about two hours after the news would break.

Here is a synopsis of what has been going on: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/will-republicans-draw-red-line-trump-powers-n785171

Here is why pardoning may be not only impeachable, but also criminal: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/opinion/if-trump-pardons-crime-russia.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Action 2: Submit a Story to Help our Senators Defend State Department Programs

Are you a current or former Foreign Service officer? Have you ever benefited from a US Department of State exchange program, such as the Peace Corps? If so, we are still looking for more personal stories!

Trump's proposed FY2018 budget would cut the State Department budget by 29% and the Fulbright program alone by 47%!

Seattle Indivisible member Iga Kozlowska is working on a project that will collect personal stories from Washingtonians about how State Department programs, like Fulbright or the Peace Corps, impacted them and why they are good for America.

All that's required is a short (1 or 2 paragraph) blurb of your story, your name, email, phone # and zip code. Your information will only be shared with the Senators' offices. Please circulate to anyone you know who (1) lives in Washington and (2) has in one way or another personally seen the benefits of the State Department's work. Submit stories to igakozlowska2011@u.northwestern.edu.