Restore Affirmative Action in WA

I-1000 will prevent discrimination in public hiring and wage practices, prevent discrimination in public education, and ensure government contracts are awarded fairly. This initiative is intended to overturn the damage done by Washington voters in 1998, when they narrowly passed an initiative that barred public institutions such as state colleges from considering race or ethnicity as factors in hiring or admissions decisions. When underrepresented people in our community are denied chances to succeed in our workplaces, those lost opportunities hold us all back.

I-1000 is an initiative to the legislature, so the legislature can do one of three things: 1) pass it outright; 2) do nothing, which will send it to the ballot; or 3) pass their own version, which sends both to the ballot. We want the first option! Call your Washington state legislators and ask them to pass I-1000 now to ensure fair access to better wages, education, and contracts!

ACTION: Tell WA legislators to pass I-1000 now!

Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388). They will ask for your address, and leave a message for your state senator and legislators.

Suggested Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [PLACE] to ask my legislators to pass I-1000 now! This initiative will ensure fair access to better wages, education, and government contracts for all of us in Washington State. Please pass this initiative before the end of this legislative session.”

Background:

https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/pass-i-1000-to-restore-affirmative-action/

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/urge-wa-state-legislators-to-pass-initiative-1000/

Save the WA State Reproductive Health for All Act

Official Daily Action for Wednesday April 24, 2019

The Reproductive Health for All Act was passed out of the WA Senate with provisions that benefited undocumented immigrants, trans individuals, as well as victims of sexual assault and rape. The WA House opted to remove a section that would provide family planning to people who aren't eligible for Medicare due to immigration status, and to only fund that care for one year.

Because the Senate and House passed different versions of the RHAA bill (one unamended and one amended), they have to go through an extra process to reconcile the differences and determine what goes to Gov. Inslee’s desk for his signature. The Senate so far has refused to concur with the House amendments, meaning that the bill will go to Conference Committee (see http://leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/Overview.aspx) to find a solution that both chambers can agree on.

Today's action is to thank the State Senate and ask them to hold strong to keep the unamended program in place, and to ask lawmakers in both houses to adopt the Senate bill with the full funding.

THE EARLIER YOU CAN CALL, THE BETTER! This may go to the Conference Committee today.

Action 1

Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388). They will ask for your address, and leave a message for your state senator and legislators.

Script for legislative hotline:

"Hi, I'm [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling about SB 5602. I support the Senate version of this bill, without the amendments offered by the House. I would like to thank my Senator for holding strong and keeping funding for care for all Washingtonians, regardless of immigration status. I want to ask my Representatives not to drop support for immigrants' reproductive health in this legislation, and to pass the unamended Senate version of SB 5602."

Action 2

Call House Speaker Chopp, and ask him to pass the unamended Senate version of the SB 5602.

Speaker Chopp (360) 786-7920

Frank Chopp represents the 43rd Legislative District. Constituent calls have more weight, but in his role as Speaker, he does take into account calls from the entire state.

Script for Speaker Chopp

"Hi, I'm [name] from [city, zip]. (If you live in the 43rd, say so). I'm calling about SB 5602. I support the Senate version of this bill, without the amendments offered by the House. I want to ask Speaker Chopp not to allow drop support for immigrants' reproductive health in this legislation, and to pass the unamended Senate version of SB 5602."

Background




Last Chance: Pass the Pathway to Universal Healthcare

This is the last week of the Washington State Legislature's 2019 session. We came into this legislative session with some big expectations for progressive legislation -- and in many cases, the legislature has delivered (100% Clean Energy! Pre-paid postage! Notification of Felony Voting Rights and Restoration!).

But there is one thing we've asked for, where the legislature is falling short: Establishing a Pathway to Universal Health Care. SB 5822 would do just that. It would convene a group of stakeholders and legislators to lay out a path to establishing a universal healthcare system in Washington, and make a recommendation to the legislature.

This bill has already passed the Senate, and passed out of the committee in the House, but Speaker Frank Chopp never gave it a vote on the floor. While we're technically past the the April 17 deadline for bills to be considered, there is a way we can get this bill considered: if the bill is considered "Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB)."

Action: Ask your Representatives AND Speaker Chopp to make SB 5822 Necessary to Implement the Budget

Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388. They will ask for your address, and leave a message for your State Representatives

-OR-

Call your Representatives' offices directly. You can find their phone numbers at https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/.

ALSO:

If Frank Chopp is not one of your Representatives, call him as well, at (360) 786-7920. Frank Chopp represents the 43rd Legislative District. Constituent calls have more weight, but in his role as Speaker, he does take into account calls from the entire state.

Script:

(If calling anybody besides Speaker Chopp)

"Hi, my name is (NAME), and I live in (CITY, ZIP). I'd like Representative (REP. NAME) to push Speaker Chopp to include SB 5822 in the budget." (Include any reasons why this bill is important to you.)

(If calling Speaker Chopp)

"Hi, my name is (NAME), and I live in (CITY, ZIP). I'd like Speaker Chopp to include SB 5822 in the budget." (Include any reasons why this bill is important to you.)

References:

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2019/04/10/39864294/the-pathway-to-universal-health-care-bill-is-passing-with-bipartisan-support

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5822&Initiative=false&Year=2019

https://www.healthcareforallwa.org/we_re_so_close_your_pressure_is_needed_now_for_the_pathway_to_universal_health_care

Resist Trump Tuesday Rally Today

Tuesday, Apr. 23, 11:45 am (2nd & 4th Tuesdays)

Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue Seattle, WA 98104

This week we will feature Hana Hartman of Planned Parenthood to share an update on progress here in WA St. With the Supreme Court stacked with conservatives, there a number of states around the country attempting to restrict womxn's health. We must stay vigilant!

Efforts to marginalize, exclude and silence women, minorities and immigrants are all interrelated. This underscores why we all need to continue to stand up for one another and mobilize together to make our voices heard in the midterm elections.

Following our rally from 11:45AM-12:30PM, we will put this civic engagement lesson to use when we meet with Rep. Jayapal's staff from 12:30-1:30PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/399409623976143/

We Asked. They Delivered. Thank our Reps!

Together, we called, rallied, and met with staff to make sure all our Member of Congress would cosponsor the No Ban Act which would reverse the Muslim Ban and make sure nothing like it can happen again.

Guess what? It worked!

Although Senator Cantwell will not show up as a cosponsor on congress.gov until Congress gets back from recess, she has officially agreed to be a cosponsor!

All our Member of Congress have!

It’s just as important to call and thank them as it was to call and ask in the first place.

ACTION: Let our MoCs know we appreciate it when they listen!

• Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106; Seattle - 206-674-0040

• Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901; Renton - 425-793-5180

• Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

• Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Script:

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I find it repugnant to ban entry into the US for people from predominantly Muslim countries and am happy to see that the legislation will make it more difficult to restrict their entry. The real word implications have been terrible for those affected. Please thank [MoC] for cosponsoring the No Ban Act and standing up for what’s right. “

Background

https://www.aclu.org/letter/aclu-endorsement-no-ban-act

https://www.nilc.org/2019/04/10/no-ban-act-introduced-in-congress-to-repeal-the-discriminatory-muslim-ban/

Resist Trump Tuesday

This Tuesday!

11:45AM-1:30PM

This week we will feature Hana Hartman of Planned Parenthood to share an update on progress here in WA State.

Following our rally from 11:45AM-12:30PM, we will put this civic engagement lesson to use when we meet with Rep. Jayapal's staff from 12:30PM-1:30PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/399409623976143/

Register Voters With Us in 2020 Swing States

Mueller's account of Trump's deeds, released this past week, demonstrated gross misconduct. Despite being constrained from indicting by Justice Department guidelines, he presented ample evidence that could be used by Congress to charge Trump with obstruction of justice. Despite this, Republicans are circling the wagons around their President and impeachment and removal remain unlikely. We know now more than ever that we have to take our case directly to the American people next year to get Trump out of office.

Action: Sign up to Register Voters With Us or at Home

To this end, Seattle Indivisible will be hosting its second Pizza & Prose Letter Writing Party to register voters at our next bi-weekly meeting. We will be using proven methods to help register new voters in 2020 Swing States, with the help of SwingLeft. SwingLeft is a grassroots organization like Indivisible that promotes progressive outcomes in races around the country. Join us on May 7, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Washington State Labor Council by RSVPing here:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/pizza-and-prose-letter-writing-party-with-seattle-indivisible

Can't make the event? You can sign up to write five letters from home by registering at the following link:

https://votefwd.org/swingleft

If you are short, on time but you still want to make a difference, SwingLeft is also requesting donations to keep this registration campaign going: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/voter-reg

Background:

Read more about this method of registering voters and the data behind it in this FAQ: https://d1h4zokikhjm0v.cloudfront.net/content/VRBM%20FAQ.pdf

Read more about SwingLeft's 2020 Super-State Strategy here: https://swingleft.org/p/super-state-strategy

Stand up against immigrant detention - AGAIN

Last week Kirstjen Nielsen and other top leadership of the Dept. of Homeland Security were forced out by President Trump for not being harsher on immigrants and asylum seekers. We know migrant children have been forcibly separated from their parents by the Border Patrol. We know that extensive reports of rampant abuse and sexual violations have been made by migrants at the border. This is a completely unacceptable way for a democratic civilization to behave toward human beings at our borders.

From the ACLU statement on immigrant detention:

"Our immigration detention system locks up hundreds of thousands of immigrants unnecessarily every year, exposing detainees to brutal and inhumane conditions of confinement at massive costs to American taxpayers. Recently, mothers and children, who are mainly asylum seekers fleeing violence in Central America, have been detained in family detention centers.

"The “lock ’em up” approach to detention is contrary to common sense and our fundamental values. In America, liberty should be the norm for everyone—and detention the last resort."

ACTION: Tell lawmakers that we must protect immigrants from inhumane treatment by our government.

It’s the weekend, but this is such an important issue that we're asking you to leave voicemail for our MOCs, which lawmakers’ staff will document when they return to offices on Monday. Be sure to include your name and city/zip in your message so they can identify you when you leave a voicemail message.

  • Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545

  • Senator 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

SCRIPT:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling to express my outrage and sadness at the continued abuse of immigrants and asylyum seekers at our borders. This is a situation that we, as a free and democratic society, must eliminate. Please do everything possible to liberate asylum seekers and their families from brutal Border Patrol custody. Thank you."

Background:

"Immigrants' Rights and Detention" - https://www.aclu.org/issues/immigrants-rights/immigrants-rights-and-detention

GOOD NEWS

"Judge Delivers Major Setback to Trump Policy to Increase Coal Mining on Federal Land" - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/19/climate/court-trump-coal-mining-setback.html

DON'T FORGET

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. Apr. 23, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with Staffers from our lawmakers' offices.

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, May. 7, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council 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.

Mueller's work is not finished

By now, you've undoubtedly heard that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election" has been released to the public, minus redactions.

There are a number of bombshells in the report, which you can read for yourself in this searchable version of the report from the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/18/us/politics/mueller-report-document.html

Perhaps the most remarkable pieces of the document is the conclusion of Volume 2 of the report, which states:

[I]f we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.

Or to put it another way, 'if we could say that obstruction did not occur, we would say that, and we are definitely not saying that obstruction did not occur.'

But, if you were to listen only to Attorney General William Barr's bizarre press conference this morning, you'd think that everything was fine because Barr declared that there was "no collusion" on five separate occasions. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/barr-under-fire-for-news-conference-that-was-a-boon-for-trump-and-often-utilized-one-of-his-preferred-terms/2019/04/18/fc349e06-6214-11e9-9412-daf3d2e67c6d_story.html)

Representative Jerry Nadler, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has already requested that Robert Mueller testify in front of that committee no later than May 23. This is a good first step, but it's not enough: William Barr must also appear before the Judiciary Committee to explain why he has acted like Donald Trump's personal attorney instead of the Attorney General of the United States.

Today's Action: We need to hear firsthand from both Mueller and Barr

Call your Representative

  • Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106; Seattle - 206-674-0040

  • Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901; Renton - 425-793-5180

Sample Script

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I am happy to hear that Representative Nadler has asked Robert Mueller to testify in front of the House Judiciary Commitee. However, I think that William Barr needs to appear before the House as well, to explain why he has behaved like Donald Trump's personal attorney instead of the Attorney General. I would also like to know when the full, unredacted report will be given to Congress. Please ask {Representative} to fight for these, because every American deserves to understand whether Donald Trump has committed high crimes and misdemeanors.

*Statewide Day of Action*: Support Funding for Public Education and a Capital Gains Tax in Washington State!

Thanks to Washington's Paramount Duty for the following action – join them and other organizations across the state today in demanding that our state adequately fund its public schools!

This is an urgent moment to for our schools and our state! Washington State has the most upside-down tax code in the nation. The Legislature has an opportunity to pass a capital gains tax on the extraordinary profits of 13,400 of Washington's wealthiest residents when they make more than $200,000 in a calendar year on selling stocks, bonds or property this session. An extraordinary profits capital gains tax will raise $2.68 billion in much-needed revenue.

We need that revenue to be dedicated to the Education Legacy Trust Account to help fund Pre-K, childcare, K-12, and special education programs. We also need legislators to restore flexibility on local levies so as to prevent huge cuts for our public schools this fall.

ACTION: Ask your State Senators to Fund Public Education

Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388). They will ask for your address, and leave a message for your State Senator and legislators

-OR-

Call or email your legislators' offices directly. You can find their phone numbers at https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/.

Suggested Script (if you are emailing please use your own words!):

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [PLACE]. I am urging you to fund our public schools and prevent cuts, and do so with new, progressive revenue. Specifically, I am asking you to support a bold capital gains tax on the extraordinary profits of the highest earners in Washington State. I also support restoring flexibility on local levies to prevent cuts in the classroom. The new revenue should go to the Education Legacy Trust Account to help fund Pre-K, childcare, K-12, and special education programs.

Background:

http://paramountduty.org/some-truths-about-local-levies-and-teacher-pay/

https://crosscut.com/2019/03/wa-house-democrats-look-tax-extraordinary-profits-pay-education-mental-health

SB 5339 Repeal the Death Penalty - Last day for WA State bills

Official Daily Action for Wednesday April 17, 2019

SB 5339, which would repeal the death penalty, is out of the House Rules Committee and on the calendar for a vote today. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE SESSION. Let's make sure it actually gets a vote.

The use of the death penalty in Washington State was ruled unconstitutional on October 11, 2018, by the Washington State Supreme Court. SB 5339, and its companion bill, HB 1488, would abolish the death penalty.

The State Supreme Court found that the death penalty is "racially biased," "arbitrary," and "lacks 'fundamental fairness.' SB 5339 would abolish the death penalty and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole.

It’s time to remove Washington State’s broken and unconstitutional death penalty from our statute.

ACTION 1: Call Speaker Chopp's office

Let Speker Chopp know that you want a vote scheduled TODAY on SB 5339 to abolish the death penalty in Washington State.

Speaker Frank Chopp's Olympia Office (360) 786-7920

If you are in the 43rd Legislative District, Chopp is YOUR State Rep. Your voice carries even more weight.

ACTION 2: Call your own state lawmakers

Ask your own state lawmakers to put pressure on Speaker Chopp and the rest of leadership to get a vote done today on SB 5339, and ask them to vote for it!

Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388). They will ask for your address, and leave a message for your state legislator.

Script For Chopp:

"Hello. I'm [name] from [city]. I'm calling about SB 5339. Since our State Supreme Court ruled that Washington's existing death penalty law was unconstitutional, we need a clean law to abolish the death penalty and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Please ask Speaker Chopp to make sure this gets a vote today, before the session ends."

(if you live in the 43rd)

"I am a voter in the 43rd legislative district. Please also ask Speaker Chopp to vote for SB 5339 when it comes up on the floor."

Script For other state lawmakers:

"Hello. I'm [name] from [city]. I'm calling about SB 5339. Since our State Supreme Court ruled that Washington's existing death penalty law was unconstitutional, we need a clean law to abolish the death penalty and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Please ask [rep] to pressure leadership to bring SB 5339 up for a vote today, before the session ends, and please ask [rep] to vote yes."

Background

Tell the State Legislature to act

The deadline for bills to pass both houses of the Washington State Legislature is tomorrow, Wed., April 17, 2019. We've been making calls to our legislators over the past week asking them to pass (or in one case, reject) bills currently in work. If you haven't already called your legislators about these bills, this is the time to call them. If you already have, call them again.

ACTION: Ask your legislators to act on these bills in advance of April 17 deadline

Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388). They will ask for your address, and leave a message for your state senator and legislators

-OR-

Call your legislators' offices directly. You can find their phone numbers at https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/.

We've gathered a list of bills that have already passed one of two houses of the State Legislature; pick one or more of these that you support and call about them!

BILLS THAT STILL NEED TO PASS HOUSE

(Tip: you can click on any bill's link to view the current status of that bill.)

SB 5602: Reproductive Health Care Access for All: This bill that would dramatically expand access to reproductive health care and family planning services.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5602&Initiative=false&Year=2019

SB 5822: Pathway to Universal Care Work Group: This bill would establish a working group that would explore creating a state level single-payer health care system.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5822&Initiative=false&Year=2019

SB 5078: Presidential Tax Returns: This bill would require candidates for president and vice-president to disclose eight years of tax returns in order to appear on the Presidential ballot.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5078&Initiative=false&Year=2019

ASK THE HOUSE TO REJECT THIS BILL

SB 5376: Protecting consumer data: This bill does not provide for real data privacy, and should be rejected. It allows for the development of facial surveillance systems, and does not require companies to delete your data when you ask them.

A more detailed ask is available from the ACLU of Washington: https://action.aclu.org/send-message/demand-real-data-privacy

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5376&Initiative=false&Year=2019

BILLS THAT STILL NEED TO PASS SENATE

HB 1224: Rx drug pricing transparency

This bill would improve the transparency of prescription drug pricing by requiring pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefit managers, and insurance carriers to begin disclosing costs, rebates received, and the impact of prescription drug price increases on premiums.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1224&Initiative=false&Year=2019

HB 1087: Long-Term Care Trust Act

This bill would create a public long-term care benefit that Washington workers would pay into, and eventually be able to claim benefits from for services like skilled nursing care, meal preparation, and home health services.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1087&Initiative=false&Year=2019

REMEMBER

State legislatures are taking the leadership all over the country to move important issues forward. Thanks for taking the time to let our state lawmakers know what's important!

Also: SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING TODAY

Tuesday, Apr. 16, 7:00 pm (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council 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.

Tell our reps to speak out against hate!

On Friday, the President of the United States risked inciting violence against Rep. Ilhan Omar by endorsing the false claim that she downplayed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in a tweet.

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s words were taken out of context to try to make it seem like she was downplaying the significance of 9/11. Ironically, she was speaking about how 9/11 is sometimes used to portray Muslims negatively.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that the U.S. Capitol Police and the House sergeant-at-arms “are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman [Ilhan] Omar, her family and her staff” after the tweet.

Rep. Omar is in very real danger. This can never become acceptable.

Here is a link to Rep. Omar’s full speech:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7INpvY0J0RI

Rep. Jayapal & Governor Inslee both put out supportive messages.

https://twitter.com/JayInslee/status/1116864067082133504

https://twitter.com/RepJayapal/status/1116904963958018049

We have not heard from Rep. Smith or either of our Senators. The President should not use his platform this way. When he endangers a fellow Member of Congress, we need to hear loud and clear from our MoCs that this will not stand.

ACTION: Thank Rep. Jayapal & and Gov. Inslee AND tell the rest to get off the sidelines!

• Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106; Seattle - 206-674-0040

• Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901; Renton - 425-793-5180

• Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

• Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

• Gov. Jay Inslee: Olympia-- 360-902-4111

Script: For Rep. Jayapal & Gov. Inslee

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I’m calling to thank [Rep/Gov] for speaking out publicly with regards to the President's dangerous tweets, about Rep. Omar. The President crossed a line. Thank [Rep/GOV] for having the courage to speak out publicly.”

Script: For Rep. Smith, Sen. Cantwell and Sen. Murray

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I am calling to ask [MoC] to speak out against the Presidents dangerous tweets about Rep. Omar. Rep. Omar has had to increase her personal security and is getting death threats. The President has gone too far. I expect my leaders in Congress to publicly state as much."

Reject a Bad State-Level Privacy Bill

We have another state-level action for you today: a data privacy bill has been moving through our state legislature that privacy advocates say is dangerously weak, allows for the development of facial surveillance systems, and does not require companies to delete your data when you ask them. The bill has passed the Senate and is moving through the House. Here is more from the ACLU:

"Data is power in our digital society, and we cannot rely on corporations to police the ways that they manage and profit from it. Olympia is considering SB 5376, which was written by technology vendors to assure that they will retain control over the privacy of your data. The bill provides fewer protections than laws in California and Europe and allows for the creation of face surveillance systems without any meaningful safeguards against bias and privacy violations. Demand real data privacy. Tell your legislator to reject SB 5376."

Please leave a comment to your legislators opposing this bill by using the form provided below by our allies at the ACLU:

https://action.aclu.org/send-message/demand-real-data-privacy

More background information on SB 5376:

https://crosscut.com/2019/03/why-was-data-privacy-bill-might-not-go-far-enough

Push Democracy Transparency Bills Over the Finish Line

First, some GREAT NEWS: The Keep Washington Working Act has passed the House last night! Thank you all for advocating for this immigrant rights bill so persistently: https://twitter.com/CMLGonzalez/status/1116895718512287744

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There is less than a week left in this year's Washington State Legislative Session, and any bills that don't pass both chambers by April 17 won't have a chance to become law until 2020!

Today we are asking you to tackle two democracy transparency bills. Since it is the weekend, we will ask you to leave a comment on these bills that will email your state legislators.

1. HB 1379 / SB 5221 PAC to PAC disclosure

This bill eliminates a loophole that allows concealment of the true donors behind campaign ads. These companion bills would close that loophole by requiring that the top donors listed be the individuals, corporations or nonprofits that actually contributed.

This bill has passed the House and is currently in the Senate rules committee. Please click the following link to leave a comment asking to pass this bill, and check the box that will send the message straight to your state senator:

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1379&Year=2019&initiative=

2. SB 5078 Presidential Tax Returns

This bill would require candidates for president and vice-president to disclose eight years of tax returns in order to appear on the Presidential ballot. Trump broke with a decades-long precedent of candidates disclosing their tax returns and he turns out to have many conflicts of interest, so it is more important than ever that we have financial transparency in the Presidential race.

The bill has passed the Senate and is currently in the House Rules Committee. Click here to leave a comment and check the boxes asking both of your House representatives to pass it now:

https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//5078

Background information:

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/434412-washington-senate-passes-bill-that-would-keep-trump-off-2020-ballot

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DEVELOPING STORY: We don’t have an action for you on this at present, but we thought it is worth being aware that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is receiving death threats tinged by Islamophobia. Congresswoman Jayapal spoke out against this Friday night: https://twitter.com/RepJayapal/status/1116904963958018049

You can make the difference on WA state health care

There is less than a week left in this year's Washington State Legislative Session, and any bills that don't pass both chambers by April 17 won't have a chance to become law until 2020!

Today we are looking at a total of six health care bills, for which we will ask you to make one phone call to the legislature.

Action

Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388. They will ask for your address, and leave a message for your state senator and legislators.

Sample Script

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY} to ask my legislators to move six health care bills towards passage.

1. SB 5602 and SB 5822 - Please ask my Representatives to work towards the passage of these bills in the House.

2. HB 1224 and HB 1087 - Please ask my Senator to work towards the passage of these bills in the Senate.

3. SB 5526 and HB 1065 - Please ask all of my legislators to reconcile both of these bills across the House and Senate so that Governor Inslee can sign them into law.

Background

SB 5602 - Reproductive HC Access for All

This bill that would dramatically expand access to reproductive health care and family planning services.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5602&Initiative=false&Year=2019

SB 5822 - Pathway to Universal Care Work Group

This bill would establish a working group that would explore creating a state level single-payer health care system.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5822&Initiative=false&Year=2019

SB 5526 - Cascade Care-Increase affordability of HC on individual market exchange

This bill would increase the availability of quality, affordable health coverage in the individual market.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5526&Initiative=false&Year=2019

HB 1065 - Addressing Surprise Billing

This bill would help protect consumers from charges for out-of-network health care services.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1065&Initiative=false&Year=2019

HB 1224 - Rx drug pricing transparency

This bill would improve the transparency of prescription drug pricing by requiring pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefit managers, and insurance carriers to begin disclosing costs, rebates received, and the impact of prescription drug price increases on premiums.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1224&Initiative=false&Year=2019

HB 1087 - Long-Term Care Trust Act

This bill would create a public long-term care benefit that Washington workers would pay into, and eventually be able to claim benefits from for services like skilled nursing care, meal preparation, and home health services.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1087&Initiative=false&Year=2019

Move on State Climate Actions!

We are just a week away from the end of the Washington State Legislative Session, so this week we're focusing on some progressive state bills that need a little extra push to get over the finish line. If these don’t pass both houses by April 17, they’ll expire for this legislative session!

There are three important environmental bills that have passed one house but still need a boost to get through the other. Today, let’s call our state legislators and tell them to get moving on passing the following bills into law!

SB5116 “Transitioning to 100% Clean Energy” – Passed the Senate, currently in the House.

Passing this bill during this legislative session would be an enormous win for the environment. This bill would phase coal power out by 2025 and entirely phase out fossil fuels by 2045. It would also increase investment in clean energy and provide assistance for low-income Washingtonians affected by the departure from fossil fuels.

More info: https://www.sierraclub.org/washington/blog/2019/02/demystifying-clean-energy-for-washington-state

HB1110 “Low Carbon Fuel Standard” – Passed the House, currently in the Senate.

This bill would lower greenhouse gas emissions associated with gasoline and other transportation fuels by requiring fuel producers to ramp down the emissions associated with their products.

More info: https://q13fox.com/2019/03/12/washington-house-passes-low-carbon-fuels-standard/

HB1112 “Reducing Hydroflurocarbon (HFC) Emissions” – Passed the House, currently in the Senate.

HFCs are used in industrial coolants and foams, and their emissions are thousands of times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide. Passing this bill would allow Washington to join California, Maryland, Connecticut, and New York in phasing out this superpollutant.

More info: https://housedemocrats.wa.gov/blog/2019/03/01/acting-on-climate-house-votes-to-phase-out-super-pollutants/

ACTION:

Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388). They will ask for your address, and leave a message for your state senator and legislators.

SCRIPT:

"Hello. I'm [name] from [city]. I'm calling in favor of SB5116, HB 1110, and HB 1112, which would transition Washington to 100% clean energy, lower the carbon fuel standard, and reduce HFC emissions. I am proud that Washington has been a leader in addressing climate change; now is the time to take drastic action. Please pass these bills before the end of the legislative session."

State Democracy Bills - Time is Running Out!

Official Daily Action for Wednesday April 10, 2019

We are just a week away from the end of the Washington State Legislative Session, so this week we're focusing on some progressive state bills that need a little extra push to get over the finish line.

Today we'll focus on bills relating to voting and democracy, something that is at the core of what it means to be American. These bills will make it easier for more Washingtonians to vote. There were three bills to push, but one of them passed yesterday! Today we'll call on the other two.

  1. SB 5078: Presidential Tax Returns
    Requires Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates to release 10 years of tax returns to be on the Washington State Ballot. This has passed the Senate, the Governor and AG support it, but it's stuck in committee in the House.

  2. SSB 5063: Prepaid Ballot Postage
    We already have postage-paid ballots in King County. This would provide them to all voters in the state. It lowers the barriers to voting for low-income people and younger people who often don't keep stamps on hand. This one has also passed the Senate, but is stuck in committee in the House.

  3. PASSED! SB 5207: Notification of felony voting rights restoration
    In Washington State, voting rights are restored to people who have served their time for committing felonies. This bill requires that they be notified of that fact, and given information on the steps they need to take to restore their voting rights, when they're released from prison.

Action

Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388. They will ask for your address, and leave a message for your state senator and legislators.

Script

"Hello. I'm [name] from [city]. I'm calling in favor of SB 5078 (Requiring Presidential Tax Returns) and SSB 5063 (Prepaid Ballot Postage). I want both bills brought out of committee and up for a vote on the House floor, to help strengthen democracy in Washington State."

Background

Keep Washington Working!

The Washington State Legislature is considering a bill that would protect immigrant workers in our state by preventing state agencies from engaging in immigration enforcement. The Keep Washington Working Act (KWW) would also prevent local police from enforcing immigration laws without due process.

We've called about this bill earlier in this session, but with the constitutional deadline for new legislation coming on April 17, we need to give this bill an extra push to get it across the finish line. This bill has already passed the Senate. We just need the House to pass it, and the Governor to sign it.

Pass SB 5497 to Keep Washington Working!

WHY DO WE NEED IT?

- 1 in 7 Washington workers—nearly one million people—are immigrants. Keep Washington Working would help them go to their jobs safely, without risking their families, homes, and lives in an arbitrary immigration arrest and/or deportation.

- KWW would help businesses across the state through strong worker protections, encouraging new businesses to relocate to the state.

- KWW would promote public safety by helping crime victims feel safe enough to call their local police department, thus relieving the terror and harm that immigrants and their families across Washington are currently enduring.

- We are a welcoming state that proudly stands against family separation and strongly believe no agency should collude in that inhumane process.

- In the first 3 months of 2017, ICE arrested over 5,000 noncitizens who posed no threat to public safety.

When local police are viewed as an extension of the immigration system, noncitizens are less likely to report crimes or appear as witnesses, making all of us less safe.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

- Restricts state agencies from aiding immigration enforcement. The state agencies include the Department of Licensing (DOL), the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), and the Washington State Patrol (WSP).

- Prevents local police from enforcing immigration laws, unless they have a judge's approval (Judicial Warrant or Subpoena).

- Protects crime victims, and lets local police focus on the community's own public safety priorities. Protects people from unwarranted immigration checks and immigration arrests by local safety officers. Requires the Attorney General to create policies that protect public and private facilities from ICE, including schools, hospitals, courthouses, and shelters.

- Prevents jails from holding anyone past the end of their sentence.

- Creates a workgroup comprised of labor, immigrant rights advocacy groups, business and government agencies in a statewide effort to provide stability to the workforce in the agricultural sector.

Action: Tell your State Representatives: Pass the Keep Washington Working Act

Please call both of your State Representatives and ask them to pass SB5497, the Keep Washington Working Act. You can find your Representatives' phone numbers here:

https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

Alternately, you can call the Washington Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. The workers there will take your message for you and pass it to your Representatives and the Governor.

SCRIPT:

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm one of Representative [NAME]'s constituents from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm asking you to pass SB 5497, Keep Washington Working.

Nearly one million Washingtonians – one in every seven people in this state – are immigrants, and they are an integral part of our communities and workforce that keep our state's economy booming. I believe that this bill protects vulnerable and marginalized communities, strengthens our economy, and maintains critical public safety resources. SB 5497 protects the privacy and civil rights of all Washington residents. Please support this bill so we can Keep Washington Working."

Background on KWW: https://yakimaresponsenetwork.org/community-support/advocacy/keep-washington-working/

Bill: https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5497&Year=2019&initiative=

Resist Trump Tuesday

TODAY, Tuesday, April 9, 2019

11:45 AM 1:30 PM

Henry M. Jackson Federal Building 915 2nd Avenue Seattle, WA 98104

Our featured speaker at our Resist Trump Tuesday rally this week is Aneelah Afzali of MAPS-AMEN. Aneelah will be talking about the No Ban Act that is being introduced in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on April 10th.

For two years, the Muslim Travel Ban has deeply and adversely affected individuals and communities, tearing apart families. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing the latest version of the Muslim Ban, it's up to Congress to repeal the Muslim Ban and create new standards to stop such discriminatory bans in the future.

We will rally outside the Federal Bldg. with live music and our guest speaker from 11:45AM - 12:30PM, then we will go inside and meet with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30PM for a question and answer session as we do on the second Tuesday of every month. Come join us--all are welcome and we need your voice!

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar

Reunite Families Now!

Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy of family separation. On Friday, in a court filing, the Trump administration asked the court for up to two years to reunite separated children with their families.

Why so long?

In the same court filing, the Trump administration admitted the real number of children separated under the controversial “Zero Tolerance” policy was MUCH higher than we previously thought.

Approximately 47,000 children were separated from their families between July 1, 2017, and June 25, 2018.

The ACLU released a statement in response:

“The administration refuses to treat the family separation crisis it created with urgency. We strongly oppose any plan that gives the government up to two years to find kids. The government swiftly gathered resources to tear families apart. It must do the same to fix the damage.”

We agree.

Two more years is not acceptable.

This must be a top priority.

Action

Let our MoCs know we have zero tolerance for state sanctioned child abuse!

• Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106; Seattle - 206-674-0040

• Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901; Renton - 425-793-5180

• Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

• Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Script:

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. On Friday the Trump administration asked in court for up to two years to reunite children separated from their families under the inhumane “zero tolerance” policy. We also learned the scale of the damage is much larger than we thought. Close to fifty thousand children still need to be reunited with their families. Two years is not an acceptable time frame. This must be a top priority. I’m asking [MoC] to speak out, introduce legislation, and do everything possible within their power to keep this in the news until the administration responds with action to reunite all children with their families.”

Background

https://www.axios.com/migrant-children-family-separation-policy-e9158a8b-17ff-4bb9-a225-2b0927985ad6.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/07/us-wants-2-years-to-id-migrant-kids-separated-from-families.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-border-children-family-separation-identify-filing-zero-tolerance-a8858316.html

TUESDAY

Resist Trump Tuesday-No Ban Act

Tuesday 11:45AM at the FED BLDG 915 2nd Ave

https://www.facebook.com/events/646615905793865/


Our featured speaker at our Resist Trump Tuesday rally this week is Aneelah Afzali of MAPS-AMEN. Aneelah will be talking about the No Ban Act that is being introduced in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on April 10th.


For two years, the Muslim Travel Ban has deeply and adversely affected individuals and communities, tearing apart families. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing the latest version of the Muslim Ban, it's up to Congress to repeal the Muslim Ban and create new standards to stop such discriminatory bans in the future.


We will rally outside the Federal Bldg. with live music and our guest speaker from 11:45AM - 12:30PM, then we will go inside and meet with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30PM for a question and answer session as we do on the second Tuesday of every month. Come join us--all are welcome and we need your voice!


Oppose Oil Lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior Secretary

President Trump has nominated David Bernhardt for Secretary of the Interior to replace Ryan Zinke. David Bernhardt is a former oil lobbyist. A Greenpeace statement says in part:

“David Bernhardt heading the Interior Department would be a dream come true for fossil fuel companies, but a nightmare for the American people. If ethical violations alone don’t disqualify him from holding this position, his record of selling out public lands and waters to his industry buddies should” (Janet Redman, Greenpeace USA Climate and Energy Campaign Director, quoted in USA Today, March 28, 2019, link below).

Last week Bernhardt’s nominations was advanced out of committee and a final confirmation vote is expected soon. Ethics questions include why he continued lobbying after he had officially vowed to stop. Like many of President Trump’s choices for top environmental positions, Bernhardt has interests in promoting a fossil fuel agenda and against the protection of the environment.

ACTION: Tell lawmakers you oppose David Bernhardt’s nomination for Secretary of the Interior.

It’s the weekend, but we can still leave our MOCs voicemail for lawmakers’ staff to document when they return to offices on Monday. Be sure to include your name and city/zip in your message so they can identify you when you leave a voicemail message. Or you may prefer to email your MOCs; please customize email messages to convey your own thoughts.

SCRIPT/SUGGESTED THOUGHTS:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am calling to express my deep concern about President Trump’s nomination of David Bernhardt for Secretary of the Interior. Because of Bernhardt's background as an oil industry lobbyist, I am concerned that he will use his position to promote fossil fuel industry interests. This will result in continued destruction of the environment and will exacerbate the climate change crisis. Please fight against this nomination. Thank you."

Background:

“Swamp creatures silently protest Senate confirmation hearing for Trump’s Interior Secretary nominee“ - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/03/28/david-bernhardt-nomination-swamp-creatures-confirmation-hearing/3306214002/0

“Trump’s Pick for Interior Dept. Continued Lobbying After Officially Vowing to Stop, New Files Show” - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/climate/david-bernhardt-interior-lobbying.html

DON'T FORGET

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, Apr. 16, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

At the Washington State Labor Council 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.

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. Apr. 9, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with Staffers from our lawmakers' offices.

Attend Congresswoman Jayapal’s Medicare For All Speak Out!

The Daily Action for Wednesday called for folks to contact our State and Federal Representatives to urge them to support two sex education-related healthcare bills. This weekend, we have the opportunity to support healthcare in person.

Congresswoman Jayapal is hosting a town hall of sorts, a Medicare For All Speak Out, where she will answer questions on the Medicare For All Act of 2019 that she introduced and invite others to share their healthcare stories. It will be a great opportunity to ask questions directly and learn more about Medicare For All. Let’s keep supporting Congresswoman Jayapal and all the work she is doing to increase access to and equality in healthcare!

The event is at The Summit on Pike from 10:00a.m. - 12:30p.m., TODAY April 6th.

Unable to attend? You can still take action to support healthcare in Washington State! Comment in support of our state level pathway to universal care act and ask our state legislators to bring it to the House floor.

ACTION:

RSVP to attend the Medicare For All Speak Out here: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-7137352897289451776

Comment and ask our State Legislature to bring HB 1877, which provides a pathway to a universal healthcare system for Washingtonians, to the House floor:

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1877&Chamber=House&Year=2019

BACKGROUND:

https://www.thenation.com/article/healthcare-medicare-human-rights/

https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/mar/31/comprehensive-sex-education-could-become-state-norm/

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/dominicholden/republicans-equality-act-lgbt-womens-rights

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2019/03/13/39591766/bill-to-study-a-pathway-to-state-based-single-payer-passes-senate