OFFICIAL DAILY ACTION FOR Wednesday, July 18
TONIGHT: Demand Democracy Vigil, 5:30-7:30 at Westlake Park. Details below in the Upcoming Events section.
There are so many things happening at once. That's intentional. The administration hopes that you will get overwhelmed and stop fighting, or miss a fight. This week, we'll have to work on more than one thing at a time.
Monday saw President Trump stand in front of the international press and side with Vladimir Putin over the American Intelligence community. Yesterday, he said he "misspoke" and meant the opposite of what he said. We need to understand what actually happened. Trump's interpreter knows what was said, and for the safety of the country, he should be subpoenaed to tell Congress what he knows.
Trump's Supreme Court Nominee is still pending, and polls show that he is a unpopular and weak. We can stop this if we keep the pressure on.
Meanwhile, ICE is continuing to ramp up on detaining immigrants across America. If you see them here in Seattle, do you know what to do or how to help?
Action 1: Russia
Ask our Members of Congress to join Senator Shaheen of New Hampshire in calling for a Congressional hearing with the US interpreter for the Trump-Putin Summit.
- 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
“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I am very concerned about what President Trump may have discussed with Vladimir Putin during their one-on-one meeting. First Trump said that he believed Putin over our own intelligence community, and then today, he said that he meant the oposite. We need to find out what really happened. I'm calling to ask [Senator/Representative] to join Senator Sheehan of New Hampshire in calling for the US interpreters for the meeting to testify before Congress. Can I count on [her/him] to do that?"
Action 2: Keep the Pressure on to Save the Supreme Court
- The Indivisible #SaveSCOTUS phone-bank is up and running! Sign up for a shift to contact voters in Arizona, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, and Texas and take back the Senate: https://www.indivisible.org/savescotus-phonebank-signup/
- If you don’t like the phone, you can sign up for a text-banking shift with MoveOn.org. In these shifts you will contact voters in states with undecided Senators and urge them to contact their Senator: https://front.moveon.org/join-moveon-text-team/
- Do you know anyone personally in Maine, Alaska, Indiana, or West Virginia? Get in touch with them and urge them to call their Senators, and then see if they can attend a direct action at their Senators’ district offices: https://savescotus.indivisible.org/#lp-code-141
- A small donation to keep Indivisible's #SaveSCOTUS Call Tool up and running would also go a long way! https://secure.actblue.com/donate/savescotus
Action 3: ICE-Watch
Educate yourself on what to do if you see ICE in Seattle. Be ready to use your privilege to help immigrants.
- Read this: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/07/17/29305691/what-to-do-if-you-see-ice-in-seattle
- Practice what you will say if you encounter ICE in Seattle.
We need some good news this week, so here are two stories:
- Locally, Mayor Durkan has heard the community and nominated Carmen Best for Police Chief. She still needs to be confirmed by the City Council, but this is an important step. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/carmen-best-picked-as-new-seattle-police-chief/
- And, nationally, the FCC appears to have given up on allowing far-right broadcaster Sinclair Media to acquire more local TV stations. https://www.vox.com/2018/7/17/17580840/sinclair-fcc-trump-ajit-pai
TONIGHT: Demand Democracy Vigil, Westlake Park, 5:30-7:30pm
We will hold a vigil for our democracy. 5:30 PM - 7PM. Bring a flash light, electric candle or phone. (but it won't be dark). Wear Red, White and BLUE! Bring FLAGS AND SIGNS. Not a March. No speeches. Possibly some music. Lots of chanting.
FRIDAY: Stop Displacement of Immigrant Businesses
Tukwila Light Rail Station, 2:30pm
MLK Working Families is standing with SeaTac and Tukwila immigrant businesses. We are rallying to say NO to Displacement. Tukwila light rail station should be the way forward to progress for all of us. Instead, we face rising rents, eviction and displacement. Immigrant communities have worked hard for over 20 years to revitalize Tukwila and the City of SeaTac.
SUNDAY: Canvass with your fellow Seattle Indivisible members to Flip the 8th
Sunday, June 22 at 1pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley! If you can attend, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information, and make sure you RSVP directly with the Washington Democrats here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/8014
September 27: Amy Siskind
Seattle Indivisible is proud to welcome author and activist Amy Siskind to Seattle this September 27. Proceeds from this event will be split 50/50 between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Seattle Indivisible's ongoing voter registration and turnout promotion efforts.
Tickets are available for $10-$14 from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-amy-siskind-tickets-47932385054
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