Comment on DC Protest Restrictions and GOTV

OFFICIAL DAILY ACTION for Saturday, October 13

According the ACLU, "President Trump has a record of attacking the rights of protesters, from suggesting that protest be illegal to praising dictators who crush any kind of dissent.

Now, the Trump administration proposes to dramatically limit the right to demonstrate near the White House and on the National Mall, including in ways that would violate court orders that have stood for decades."

We're not going to let Trump tell us to get off his lawn. It's our lawn, and we have a right to be there. Comments on this proposed rule close on Monday, so our first action is to fill the comment box, and make it clear where the American Public stands on the issue of freedom of assembly.

The way we end this sort of nonsense in the long term is to VOTE THEM OUT. Our second action is to get out the vote. Ballots come out this week.

ACTION 1: COMMENT AGAINST NEW RULE TO LIMIT DC PROTESTS

Comments close on Monday. Please make yourself heard this weekend.

Comment form: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=NPS-2018-0007-0001

Comments are not votes, and are more effective if they are make a cogent point in your own words. If you have a personal story you can add, that's even better.

Points to consider

  • Limiting access by the public to speak to the government is profoundly un-American.

  • This rule requires 48 hours notice before a demonstration. It would limit spontaneous protests against fast-moving actions.

  • This rule would limit access to the White House sidewalk along Pennsylvania, which is "perhaps the most iconic public forum in America."

  • Fee requirements would make large demonstrations, like the one where Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, too expensive to happen.

  • These are public lands and they belong to the public.

  • Speaking your mind to your government shouldn't require paying a fee.

  • It is important for government officials to hear from their employers, the public, on a regular basis.

BACKGROUND

ACTION 2: COMMIT TO AT LEAST ONE CANVASS OR PHONEBANK THIS WEEK

We've been waiting 2 long years for this election. It's time to take back our country. Ballots will start arriving this week, and we need EVERYONE to vote. Are you excited? Let's go!

Join members of Seattle Indivisible this morning to canvass for Kim Shrier, and then get donuts!

Canvass With Seattle Indivisible Members - Location Update

**Please note the Schrier campaign has moved the meet-up point for this canvass to Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272ND St, Kent, WA 98030 (it was previously at the Covington library). The time remains the same, and post-canvass donut location remains the same!

Join fellow Seattle Indivisible members showing up for this Kent canvass:

Saturday October 13, 10am to 2pm at Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272ND St, Kent, WA 98030

We hope you can join! If so, please do the following:

1) RSVP directly with the Schrier campaign so they know how many of us are coming: https://secure.ngpvan.com/CH4hvxj4cku3MkeVOKwB-g2

2) Reply to daily-action@seattleindivisible.com to confirm you are coming, and send your contact info if you haven’t before

After the canvass, we will meet at Legendary Donuts to say hello and debrief. It's a few minutes drive from Lake Meridian Park, at 27237 172nd Ave SE #109, Covington, WA.

If you can't make this one, there are other canvasses listed on our Election Events Page. The weather is beautiful this weekend, so pick one and have a nice walk talking to voters in the suburbs.

ACTION 3: DO ONE MORE THING TO CHANGE CONGRESS

  • If you can afford it, make a donation. There are so many great candidates running all over the country. Find one you like, and make a donation. Even a few dollars matters. It all adds up.

  • Remind your friends to vote (try https://votewithme.us/)

  • Send Postcards to Voters (postcardstovoters.org)

  • Read your voter's pamphlet and decide how you'll vote on all the down-ballot races. Be ready to fill out (and mail!) your ballot as soon as it arrives.

You can find details on how to do these things, and lots more election ideas on our Election Events Page: (link)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Seattle Indivisible and Planned Parenthood canvass in the 8th

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10AM-2:30PM (end time is approximate)

Meet-up Location: Planned Parenthood, 1105 S. 348th #B103, Federal Way, WA 98003

Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/XR4ZPBfCjYGXlAQJ2