No More Blank Check for War

For the almost 18 years, since the 9/11 attacks, Congress has failed on its constitutional responsibility to determine where and when we go to war. Immediately after the attacks, Congress nearly unanimously passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), written so broadly as to permit the President to go to war anywhere at any time without authorization.

We have an opportunity for Congress to reclaim this responsibility. Rep. Barbara Lee, the only Member of Congress at the time to vote against the AUMF, has introduced a bill, H.R. 1274, to repeal it. Let's correct one of our our big mistakes and put an end to these endless wars. Rep. Pramila Jayapal has already sponsored this bill, but Rep. Adam Smith has not.

Action: Ask our Representatives to Repeal the AUMF.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith:

DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180

Script:

If you live in the 7th CD and are calling Rep. Jayapal:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling to thank you for sponsoring H.R. 1274 to repeal the 2001 AUMF. (Include any personal reasons of yours here)”

If you live in the 9th CD and are calling Rep. Smith (this text courtesy of Indivisible Project):

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling because I'm very concerned about Trump's broad war powers.

Congress and the people, not the President, are supposed to decide when and where we go to war. I'm also aware that this broad authorization has been used to justify many human rights abuses, and that Trump is particularly prone to authoritarian and abusive power grabs.

I strongly support H.R. 1274, introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee to repeal the 'AUMF' blank check for war. I urge Representative Smith to co-sponsor it immediately and will be calling back to ensure that they have done so."

Background & more information:

"Indivisible: No One Should Have a Blank Check For War. Especially Not Donald Trump."

Events Today

Pizza and Prose

TODAY, March 19 7pm-9pm

Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

It's time to get to work on 2020! At this Seattle Indivisible meeting, we'll be working through SwingLeft to write letters to unregistered voters in critical states, with registration links and instructions in the envelope. This proven tactic will help us work on crucial races all over the country - even from deep blue Seattle!

https://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/137422/

The Washington State Labor Council is in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.

Java with Jayapal

TODAY, March 19, 3-4 pm (Seattle) MiiR Flagship - 3400 Stone Way N

Join Rep. Pramila Jayapal for coffee to discuss the issues that are important to you. Space is limited, register at

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwwf8uqIoAWvoSpHR0TOkSee5ff6oUg7Py4YPSLjpsYk3BAQ/viewform

Join Embassy Suites Employees for their first Picket

TODAY, March 19, 4pm, Embassy Suites, 255 S King St

Employees of the Embassy Suites in Pioneer Square just won union recognition last year, but still do not have a contract. They have asked for support from the community today as they picket for a fair contract with living wages and full benefits. This event is hosted by UNITE HERE Local 8.

http://www.thestand.org/2019/03/join-embassy-suites-employees-at-their-1st-picket-line-tuesday/