Keep the lines ringing for WA death penalty repeal

Official action for Tuesday, Feb. 20

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!

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

We are so close to a repeal of the death penalty in Washington: the Senate has passed it, Governor Inslee supports it, and the House would likely pass it. However, before the House can vote on the bill, Speaker Frank Chopp needs to bring it to the floor. Chopp knows that Democrats have a narrow majority in the state legislature; before he brings the bill to the floor, he wants to hear that voters across Washington will back Democrats up if they pass this repeal.

Chopp has asked for our opinion as Washingtonians. Let’s keep calling until he’s heard it loud and clear!

You can reach Speaker Chopp’s office in Olympia at 360-786-7920. All Washington state voters should feel welcome to reach out to Speaker Chopp.

Sample Script:
“Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP} to ask Speaker Chopp to allow a vote on repealing the death penalty in Washington state. I think the death penalty should be abolished because {REASON}. Thank you for your time.”

Here are some reasons you can use in your script:
1. The death penalty is applied in a racially biased manner. People of color are far more likely to be executed than white people, especially if the victim is white.
2. The death penalty is a waste of taxpayer funds and has no public safety benefit. The vast majority of law enforcement professionals surveyed agree that capital punishment does not deter violent crime.
3. Innocent people are too often sentenced to death.
4. Any other reason you can think of!

Background:
https://www.theatlantic.com/…/race-and-the-death-pe…/373081/
https://www.seattletimes.com/…/washington-senate-passes-bi…/
https://www.aclu.org/other/case-against-death-penalty


Events Today

Resist Trump Tuesday Rally!
11:45 am: The Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle
https://www.facebook.com/events/207978356430822/

This week we will focus on state-level strategies and how we as Washingtonians can fight the Trump agenda right here at home.

Because the Senate is in recess, the staffers will NOT be available for office hours following this week's rally. Next week (2/27), office hours will resume as usual.

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Weekly Meeting
7-9 p.m.: Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N 78th St, Seattle 98103
https://www.facebook.com/events/1996943760584366/


Agenda for this week:
1. Protecting the 2018 Congressional elections from Russian meddling.
2. Organizing students to lobby their elected reps for better protections from school shootings.
2. Writing postcards to Kentucky voters to help flip their 89th State House District seat from red to blue in their Feb. 27 special election.
3. Guest speaker Ben Rowswell on Betterplace, a phone app that connects you with small tasks that enable you to make an immediate impact for good in the world.

Bring a smartphone and/or laptop computer, and bring a snack to share.

Enter from the parking lot in BACK of the church. We’re in the first room on your left.

This location can be reached on King County Metro routes 5 and 45.


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