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The Issues Archive: SADfor.us

week ending May 5th

Starbucks Will Close All Its US Stores For Anti–Racial Bias Training: Buzzfeed.com.

BI Walking and Biking Survey Results: MyEmail.ConstantContact.com.

Support Lisa Brown as Rep. running against Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the east of the state: LisaBrownForCongress.com.

Petition: TELL ICE: BRING THEM HOME TO TENNESSEE: TNImmigratnt.org.

The governor of Puerto Rico today launched an effort to organize Puerto Ricans living in the states to vote in the 2018 midterms and, ideally, effect change for those on the island who have no voice in Congress: Twitter.com.

District 8 (currently Rep. Reichert’s district) in the news: Left adrift by Trump’s victory, Eastside activists find voice in Indivisible movement: SeattleTimes.com.

4/18/18 Rep. Kilmer’s latest podcast with Ken Buck: Kilmer.House.gov.

week ending April 23rd

Canvass! Sen. Cantwell will be at the kickoff! FB event.

FB videos from the tax march on Saturday: 17.25 & 57.44

There is an immersive experience relating to diseases that cause blindness at the Gates Foundation Discovery Center on the 26th: Events.GatesFoundation.org.

week ending April 16th

Oregon’s governor will not be sending their national guard to the wall: Newsweek.com.

PBS.org.

Long term planning open houses of the ferry system are coming up: BainbridgeReview.com.

Darrell Issa is joining the record number of GOPers stepping down: NPR.org.

Couple has to separate so that their income is low enough to get health care: Facebook.com.

It’s Time to Boycott Sinclair’s Propaganda Machine. But We’re Going to Need Your Help: TheStranger.com.

Petition: Trump cannot act on North Korea without Congressional approval: Action.VoteVets.org.

Petition: Take Action: Citizenship Question is Bad for the Census: Participate.LWV.org.

Sign onto this letter to urge KOMO not to read Sinclair propaganda: Act.FuseWashington.org.

week ending April 9th

Petition: Boot Pruitt: BootPruitt.com.

Petition: No cuts to food stamps: DailyKos.com.

week ending April 2nd


1. Write a letter to the editor
2. Contact Baymont Inn and Suites and let them know they are allowing this type of event to take place on their property and you do not approve. Baymont Inn and Suites is owned by Wyndham so if you own any vacation points with Wyndham, call up and complain to the national management group
3. Let your faith organization know what is going on. Maybe there could be a message of brotherly love from the pulpit
4. Do you belong to a service organization like Rotary or Elks. Let them know you do not approve of this activity.
5. Do you know any members of the Kitsap Patriots Tea Party personally. Let them know how you feel.


Rep. Kilmer on the omnibus budget: Twitter.com.

100 Days In, Women’s March Still Inspires. But Can The Enthusiasm Hold? NPR.org.

Washington State Legislation

“Pass SSB 6620 Before Time Runs Out: SSB 6620 emerged Friday, March 2 from the Senate Rules Committee and is waiting for a vote on the Senate floor. The bill includes the Enhanced Background Checks for Assault Weapons (originally SB 5444) in a School Security package that also includes grants to school districts for emergency implementation and a confidential communications system allowing students, teachers, and the public to report possible threats with anonymity.
If the Senate votes YES, it goes to the House Judiciary Committee, which had a hearing on the Enhanced Background Checks before the cutoff, and then needs to pass quickly to the Rules Committee and then to the floor with passage by March 8. It’s a quick trip but can be done with commitment and the public keeping the pressure on.
Click here to urge your legislators to support additional safety measures for our schools and communities.”: Participate.LWV.org.

week ending March 23rd

Petition: Ensure that pharmaceutical companies pass off information about their medications after their grace period so that we can be charged generic prices: Action.ConsumerReports.org.

Canvassing has started! #FlipThe8th!

Gina Haspel, C.I.A. Deputy Director, Had Role in Torture: NYTimes.com.

week ending March 18th


#2018IsHere! Canvassing in Maple Valley for Bill Ramos: in Reichert’s district

WA Legislation

Policy that passed during the 2018 legislative session includes:

“G.O.P. Rushed to Pass Tax Overhaul. Now It May Need to Be Altered.”: NYT.com.

“State election officials across country returning to paper ballots”: BostonGlobe.com.

“Senate advances bank deregulation bill as Democrats break ranks”: Politico.com.

THE TRUTH ABOUT ATLANTIC SALMON NET PENS: OurSound-OurSalmon.org.

week ending March 12th

Women Who Changed the World. YouTube video: 2.07 min.

Ask our Reps to Take These Steps to Move Away from Nuclear War: Act.RootsAction.org.

About Atlantic salmon farmed on our coasts: OurSound-OurSalmon.org.

“Proposed bill ties affordable housing with sales tax funds”: HeraldNet.com

Robert Reich video about Ann Rand’s influence on the administration: Facebook video 4:55 min.

“bipartisan support in the Senate to cover up evidence of discrimination in banking: TheHill.com.

All About the Orange Anti-Gun Violence Pins Stars Will Wear to the 2018 Oscars: People.com.

Mike Huckabee abandons country music association post after one day, blaming protester ‘bullies’: NewsWeek.com.

Nevada Makes $30 Million In Marijuana Taxes During First Six Months Of Sales: where has our pot tax money gone?: Forbes.com.

week ending March 5th

Olympia Hiding Records

SB. 6617 flew through late last week: and it seals records and prevents lawsuits to access them. “It’s breathtaking to have a bill show up this late in session, on this most important issue,”: SeattleTimes.com.

‘Gibson, 34, the first declared Republican candidate looking to unseat Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington … “It’s going to take a miracle to happen for me to win,” Gibson told roughly 100 supporters’: OregonLive.com.

“Trump administration unveils alternative to Obamacare”: Money.CNN.com.

CPAC was last week: CPAC.Conservative.org.

week ending February 24th

Action Alert: Tax Exemption and Transparency and Accountability Act SB 5513: LWV.org.

Petition: Tell Congress: Block and resist the #TrumpParade: Act.CredoAction.com.

The legislation going through Olympia: LWV. How likely is it to pass? KitsapSun.com.

Ohio and Iowa are the latest of eight states to consider anti-protest bills aimed at pipeline opponents: TheIntercept.

Rep. Kilmer’s tweet:
The President’s budget reads like a copy of the #HungerGames. His infrastructure plan sticks states and local govs with the bill, and lets his buddies on Wall Street pick which projects get funded. There’s a better way: check out the @HouseNewDems plan: NewDemocratCoalition-Himes.House.gov.

“Washington Senator Calls Out Congress For Failing to Adequately Fund Pacific Northwest Wildfire Prevention in Upcoming Budget”: WWeek.com.

“Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Trump’s Immoral Budget Punishes the Poor, Sick & Elderly”: DemocracyNow.org.

“Will GOP Cut Social Security And Medicare Before Or After The 2018 Election?”: Forbes.com.

“Here Are the Democrats, 36 Senators and 73 in the House, Who Voted Just Against Dreamers”: CommonDreams.org. They voted for the Continuing Resolution without insisting on a clean dream act first. Sen Murray voted for it; Sen. Cantwell voted against it.

week ending February 16th

Sen. Murray tweeted about this. Please comment: protect people’s tips!
“More than 300,000 Americans have weighed in against the proposal so far.” https://goo.gl/tpqHxM
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=WHD-2017-0003-0001

week ending January 26th

Rep. Kilmer’s Podcasts

Rep. Kilmer has made 2 new podcasts recently, on 1/11 with Rep. Newhouse; and 1/17 with Rep. Deutch: Kilmer.House.gov

Opinion

What’s Killing America’s Middle Class?
“plutocracy in action — the precious few are intentionally knocking down and locking down the many to further enrich themselves.”: CommonDreams.org

Women Should be Involved in N. Korea Negotiations
“War between the United States and North Korea is the gravest threat facing our world, and we are closer to it than ever. The U.S. must invite women peacebuilders to sit at the table.”: CommonDreams.org.

Drumpf’s Rhetoric

Sen. Flake Compares Drumpf’s Rhetoric to Stalin’s
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake takes to the Senate floor to compare President Drumpf’s “unprecedented” assault on the media to Joseph Stalin and Soviet Russia.

Lakoff on Drumpf’s Tweets

Lakoff: “A Modest Proposal: #ProtectTheTruth
America’s tweeter-in-chief plans to attack the free press next week. He desperately needs your help to succeed.”: Medium.com

Reagan on Rhetoric
“Pres. Reagan on MLK’s birthday in 1987
Today in 1987, President Reagan spoke on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday:
“If someone, even a friend, uses an ugly word referring to another’s race or religion, let’s make it clear we won’t put up with it… There is no place for them in a democratic and free America.” #MLKDay”: Facebook.com video: 4.20

‘The List’ by Amy Siskind
is a week-by-week reckoning of Drumpf’s first year so that we don’t normalize this. It will be released in April: HyperURL.co

“It’s Even Worse Than You Think”
David Cay Johnston on Drumpf’s First Year in Office: YouTube.com video: 11.50

MLK Jr’s Letter from Birmingham jail: Web.CN.com

“Contradicting Kelly, Drumpf says views on Mexico wall have ‘never changed’“: NBCNews.com

General

Facebook’s recent overhaul in the way that it prioritizes what we see in our newsfeeds: Mobile.NYTimes.com

“Study: As Amazon Seeks Tax Breaks, Some Of Its Ohio Workers Get Food Stamps”: WCBE.org.

“Senate Republicans’ budget proposes cutting $450 billion from Medicare”: Vox.com

Buy a stamp to stamp dollar bills and spread our message far and wide: StampStampede.org

Tony the Democrat now has a web site! Please write postcards to remind people to vote: PostcardsToVoters.org

Petition: Tell Congress: Fully fund the Social Security Administration’s budget, don’t cut it! SocialSecurityWorks.org

CHIP Funding

“Republicans are now planning to put six years of CHIP funding in the short-term spending bill that must pass in order to avert a government shutdown, while excluding a fix for 800,000 Dreamers.” DailyKos.com.

Our Dreamers

“As Shutdown Talk Rises, Drumpf’s Immigration Words Pose Risks for Both Parties”: NYTimes.com.

In Olympia

Environmental Protests

‘The opening ceremony of the state Congress in Washington was interrupted by at least 200 Indigenous environmental activists Wednesday morning, who chanted “We’re in a climate crisis! You need to act now!” before they were forcibly removed by security guards.’ TeleSurTV.net.

Legislation That Saves us from Dark Money

“In Washington State … creative policymakers are rewriting the political rules to limit special-interest influence and help their constituents have a stronger say. Thanks to them, our democracy has a fighting chance.” HuffPost.com.

“Washington State passes DISCLOSE Act to expose dark money in politics — at last!”: NWProgressive.org

The Women’s March

The Seattle Times article.

Comment on Maintaining Organic Regulations

Please comment: this administration wants to take away regulations that define organic food, threatening our bodies, our environment and the comfort of our farm animals. The comment period ends 19th of January: Regulations.gov.

CHIP Funding

“Republicans are now planning to put six years of CHIP funding in the short-term spending bill that must pass in order to avert a government shutdown, while excluding a fix for 800,000 Dreamers.” DailyKos.com.

Our Dreamers

“As Shutdown Talk Rises, Drumpf’s Immigration Words Pose Risks for Both Parties”: NYTimes.com.

week ending January 19th

Sen. Sanders is having a health care town hall: WaPo.com.

The Fusion GPS founder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Aug. 2017 to answer questions about the dossier on President Drumpf that the research company compiled with the assistance of Christopher Steele, a former British spy. Glenn Simpson’s transcribed interview: Feinstein.State.gov.

Derek Kilmer’s latest podcast episode: an interview with Rep. Newhouse.

Surveillance

The House has voted to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. It expands government surveillance. There is an amendment, called the USA Rights Act, that would substitute the language in the bill and get us as close to a dream reform bill as we’ve seen since Edward Snowden exposed the extent of government surveillance. S. 1997 Please Contact our MoCs and ask them to support the amendment.

Petition: Tacoma Detention Center

“Tell the City of Tacoma not to change its municipal code to say that detention centers are correctional facilities! This change would allow GEO Group to avoid paying state minimum wage to detained immigrant workers.” Action.Mijente.net

Impeach!

The White House web site has been completely redesigned: and the petition page (which had about 1.5 signatures calling for impeachment) is gone. WH.gov Thank goodness for Steyer! NeedToImpeach.com

Comment on Maintaining Organic Regulations

Please comment: this administration wants to take away regulations that define organic food, threatening our bodies, our environment and the comfort of our farm animals. The comment period ends mid-January: Regulations.gov.

Comment on Drilling on our Coasts

Helpful Comments:
Are fact-based;
Include links to data or research;
Provide specifics regarding impacts to the ocean and coasts, the plants and animals, to people, and how people use the ocean; and
where and when the ocean is utilized. BOEM.gov.

Petition: “We cannot allow Congress to publicly green light Thomas Homan, the xenophobic extremist who runs Drumpf’s dangerous deportation machine”: Act.CredoAction.com.

Petition: protect Medicare and Social Security: Petitions.Moveon.org.

WA State Legislature is in Session

“education is back on the Legislature’s to-do list in 2018, along with things lawmakers didn’t do in 2017. There are also some familiar topics mixed in with some new issues. Here’s a list of issues to watch for the coming session:” From Spokesman.com. WA Senate priorities.

WVRA
A prime focus of this session is to ensure that the Washington Voters Right Act is made law to ensure that minorities have a voice. More: IBI.com.

Ensure Your Voting Signature is Up to Date

If it’s been more than 10 years since you last updated your registration, consider sending in an updated registration with a FRESH SIGNATURE. Signatures change over time, and signature challenges are one of the major reasons ballots don’t get counted. (Late postmarks are the primary reason a ballot doesn’t get counted, followed by signature challenges, then missing signatures.) WA’s signature update form: SoS.WA.gov

Protect our Dreamers

On December 21st – as we have repeatedly requested, our Senators voted against the continuing resolution, which amongst other things funds the government for a month: Politico.com. Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to vote against it because (along with other things) it does not include protections for our 800, 000 DACA recipients, and 144 a day lose their status.

The Democrats have the ability to cause the government to shut down due to lack of funding if they do not pass a clean dream act as soon as possible. If they do not use this leverage and they vote for the resolution (Republicans need 60 votes and there are 51 Republican Senators), the administration can insist upon including billions in the budget for ICE agents and a wall in return for protecting our dreamers. The next vote for a resolution will be by January 19th. Please contact our MoCs.

The previous Senate votes: ProPublica.org
What is a Continuing Resolution?: Wikipedia.org
Pelosi on the CR: RollCall.com
What happens if the government shuts down? Indivisible.org

week ending January 12th 2018

If Mueller gets fired, it will be a Constitutional crisis. There is legislation being written to prevent it.
“former US attorney Preet Bharara says he is concerned that the President could interfere in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.”: CNN.com.

Reduce WA Health Care Costs

Please emphasize this to our State Senators and House Reps.
WA’s individual health insurance costs have been increasing due to the administration creating uncertainty. There are bills going through the House and Senate to help reduce the costs: Insurance.WA.gov. HB. 2355 & SB. 6062.

Dangerous Tweets


Please contact Twitter and ask them to stop Tweets like this. On behalf of the American troops and the millions more who would die if war breaks out, report Drumpf’s tweet to @Twitter as a violent threat. The link to the tweet: Twitter.com. Contact Twitter.com.

Vote!

Please make it your New Year’s Resolution to register to vote, and encourage friends to. More information and encouragement here: TurboVote.

There is plenty of legislation coming up to protect Washingtonians’ rights to vote: Gov. Inslee’s Medium.com article.

Week ending January 5th 2018

Tax Scam: Call / Email / Fax

The Indivisible peer-to-peer tool is back: please sign up to make calls to progressives in Maine and Arizona.

Contact our Senators & Rep.
Other Senators to contact
Other Reps to contact
Senate members and House members that were on the conference committee. Call friendly, like-minded people in other states and ask them to contact their senators: TrumpTaxScam.org.

Concealed Carry Permit Going Federal

H.R.38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 would loosen States’ ability to enforce their concealed permit laws.
Is in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please contact its Republican members.

LNG Site in Tacoma

“Protectors have locked down to the large crane at the LNG build site at the Port Tacoma.”: Facebook video: 3hr:35.
Petition: Change.org.

Impeach!

From Alec Baldwin – call Representatives to support impeachment: FB Video 2.35.

The GOP is keeping millenials out of the middle class: MSN.com.

Salam Hayek on Weinstein: NYTimes.

Doug Jones got in! NYTimes.

Start your own ISP! “A future in which ISPs are owned by local governments, small businesses, nonprofit community groups, and the people they serve are the path forward and the only realistic way of ending big telecom’s stranglehold on America.”: Motherboard.Vice.com.

week ending December 22nd

Comment on Obama’s Clean Power Plan by December 15th: we need clean air! regulations.gov.

week ending December 15th

Tax Scam

12/15/17 in reconciliation, being worked on by the conference committee. Expected to be public.
The differences between House and Senate bills: TaxFoundation.org.
The process: WaPo.

Progress of the Bill


The CBO score ~ The JCT score – out an hour after the vote.
About the bill: Indivisible.org & RooseveltInstitute.org.

Health Care

ACA Signup Help
In Person, All Over WA
Office of the Insurance Commissioner, WA: Insurance.WA.gov.

In Person, In Kitsap
At libraries, “Certified Navigators from Peninsula Community Health Services (PCHS) will be available to answer your questions about the health care exchange, identify eligibility for reduced premiums and walk you through the enrollment process. Washington Healthplanfinder.” KRL.org.
Online help: Insurance.WA.gov.
Indivisible’s guide on how to get / encourage coverage: Covered.Indivisible.org.

Call Other States!
Use this tool: the ACA Defenders Team: Google doc.
Log-in with your email by going to www.hubdialer.com.
Enter Campaign ID: 09329 Enter Passcode: 171717
more

The FCC vote will be on December 14th. Senators on both side of the aisle are against the repeal of net neutrality: and there may be legislation coming up to stop it.
Break the Internet! Tuesday, December 12th battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/.
more.

One of the members on the FCC is saying: “I’m on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality”: LATimes.

Get Out the Vote in Alabama

Call Alabama democrats to encourage them to vote! Indivisible.org.
Contribute: bus Alabama voters to the polls! GoFundMe.com.
Alabama resitors – contact them and tell them you support them: RandolphReview.com.

Concealed Carry Permit Going Federal

H.R.38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 would loosen States’ ability to enforce their concealed permit laws.
Is in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please contact its Republican members.

De-escalate WA

There is an initiative where we need hundreds of thousands of votes to get a vote on the ballot to train and hold police officers to be accountable and do de-escalation training: Facebook.com/DeescalateWashington/.

Petition: stop Congress removing incentives for green energy: EnvironmentWashington.Webaction.org.

Impeachment

Rep. Green brought Impeachment to the vote in the House. In the votes whether to table (close down) impeachment proceedings: yes – 126 Dems and 238 Reps.; no – 58 Dems and 0 Reps.: ABCNews.go.com.

Dreamers

In not voting ‘no’ for the CR (continuing resolution) to extend the Federal budget by 2 weeks until we pass a dream act, our Senators are dream killers: DreamerPledge.org. About a thousand dreamers (who are qualified to live here) a week lose their work and residency permits.

The Tax Scam

ANWR Drilling: “annual tax revenue from such a project is estimated in the low millions of dollars — in a $4 trillion federal budget”: LOHUD.com

Dr. Mark Skidmore – $21 Trillion Missing from US Federal Budget: YouTube.

week ending December 8th

The Tax Scam

12/1/17: Sen. Murray’s video asking us to fight the tax scam bill: FB vid: 18 sec.
“The Republican Tax Plan Contains More Middle-Class Pain Than Even Its Critics Are Saying”: NewYorker.com.
“Sen. Rubio tells a secret: After giving a tax cut to the rich, GOP will cut Social Security and Medicare”: LATimes.com.
“Republicans’ Tax Lies Show the Rot Spreads Wide and Runs Deep”: NYTimes.com.

Sinclair-Tribune Merger

“Federal regulators rolled back decades-old rules on Thursday, making it far easier for media outlets to be bought and sold ” WaPo.

Shoot Ajit Pai an email
P: 1-888-225-5322
F: 1-866-418-0232
Contact our senators

week ending November 31st

News This Week About the Budget

There is an Indivisible national day of action on 27th November: and we will be rallying 11-1 at the Federal Building in Seattle.

Net Neutrality

“The U.S. Federal Communications Commission next month is planning a vote to kill Obama-era rules demanding fair treatment of web traffic and may decide to vacate the regulations altogether,” Bloomberg.com.

“If you want to see what America would be like if it ditched net neutrality, just look at Portugal”: BusinessInsider.com.

“Seven Things You Can Do Right Now to Save the Internet”: FreePress.net.

Other News

Senator Feinstein has sent a letter to Chairman Grassley about eliminating the honoring of home-state Senators’ ability to influence the appointing of their circuit court nominees: Twitter.com. It has many cosigners.

“Facebook will let users see Russian content they’ve interacted with”: TheHill.com.

Other Actions

Please comment on WA ‘adopting a new rule, WAC 246-490-075, Changing sex designation on a birth certificate.’: DoH.WA.gov.

Please comment on the huge proposed fees hike for public parks: ParkPlanning.NPS.gov. Comment here: ParkPlanning.NPS.gov.

Help get signatures for de-escalate-WA / donate.

Petition: “Sign if you agree: Suspend Jared Kushner’s security clearance”: DailyKos.com.

Petition: Stand with Nebraska against the Keystone XL: Act.NRDC.org.

“Will You ‘Promise to Protect’? Coalition Urges New Wave of Resistance to Stop KXL”: CommonDreams.org.
Join the Promise to Protect: NoKXLpromise.org.

week ending November 24th

Two vids of Resist Drumpf Tuesday at the Federal Building: it was blustery, so the footage got broken into 2 pieces by the camera tripod blowing over! FB vids: 0.45 ~ 15.42.

Good news! In WA, “majority caucus announced committee assignments and incoming committee chairs for 2018”: NWProgressive.org.
Sen. Rolfes is now:
Chair of Ways & Means; Vice Chair of Early Learning & K12 Education
Sen. Dhingra is now:
Vice Chair of Law & Justice;
Vice Chair of Human Services & Corrections

‘for the groups that have been targeting local elections since last November, Virginia’s blue wave is only the beginning.’ Time.com.

Senator Murray has cosponsored a bill banning assault weapons: S. 2095. It has no republican cosponsors.

‘Senators trying to prevent President Drumpf from launching an unprovoked nuclear attack were stymied Tuesday,’: WaPo.com.

Kansas: “Brownback’s seven years as governor have been marked by efforts to shield executive decisions from the public.” KansasCity.com.

The Alabama Election

Write postcards to remind dems to vote!
“Simply add handwritten messages to these pre-stamped, pre-addressed postcards and pop them in the mail to help get out the vote!” secure.actblue.com.
About Roy Moore’s shady sexual behavior: NYTimes.com. He is running against Doug Jones for the state Senate in Alabama.

Other Actions

Petition: Tim Steyer’s Impeach Drumpf petition: Action.NeedToImpeach.com.

Petiton: Please consider signing this petition in support of a UW student who is currently imprisoned in Tacoma, facing possible deportation. Especially relevant if you are student, staff or alum of the UW community, but anyone can sign: Docs.Google.com.

Petition: from Rep. Kilmer: Keep our National parks open and accessible! act.myngp.com.

Petition: Please sign and promote I-940 for reduced violence in our communities: DeEscalateWA.org.


CD-8 delivered a symbolic payout to the wealthy to Dave Reichert’s office recently: Twitter.com.
It is part of the national Indivisible payout initiative.



A Kansas farmer talks about how ‘trickle down economics’ has hurt his community. YouTube: 3.44

In the Senate: “repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate in the revised version of the chamber’s tax overhaul”: CNN.com.
“More than 400 millionaires tell Congress: Don’t cut our taxes”: WaPo.
“Leader of key GOP super PAC warns lawmakers: Oppose tax bill at your peril”: WaPo.
more


District 8 (Reichert’s district) have made a very professional video about how tax cuts would hurt them. YouTube: 3:36.

week ending November 17th

Interview – WMK Connects: Dr. Nancy Nystrom, lifelong activist and organizer: womensmarchkitsap.com.
Give feedback to Kitsap transit – they are reviewing bus services: kitsaptransit.participate.online.

“West Coast nuclear submarine base that would likely carry out a nuclear strike against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) should President Donald Drumpf give the order. Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, just 20 miles from Seattle, is home to the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in the US. More than 1,300 nuclear warheads are deployed”: GZCenter.org.

Petition: Urge legislators to fund Weatherization Assistance for low income families: MYNGP.com.

week ending November 10th

Petition: support the HOMES tax for housing and homelessness in Seattle: actionNetwork.org.

Manka Dhingra for WA State Senate LD45

More about Manka. The 45th LD.
There will be canvassing on the eastside every Saturday and Sunday.
It only takes one seat for Democrats to finally be in the majority in WA in the House, Senate and Governorship.
Millions has been spent on this campaign: here.

Getting this seat would give democrats the majority and enable them to make progressive changes: making the whole west coast progressive.

Even aside from needing democrats acting locally, state seats are very important because in 2020 each state will be redistricted. This enables whoever is in the majority in the State Congress to gerrymander (more about redistricting). Also, states can serve as incubators for policies that can then go national. An example of this from WA is the balancing incentive program, which enables the elderly to stay in their homes. In addition to this, Federal Congresspeople generally come from those originally taking smaller roles, and we need democrats filtering up. Contact Lainie Ferguson, Field Organizer: 360-431-9355 – ashley@electmanka.com or sign up here.

Sarah Smith for Representative in District 9

Sarah Smith is canvassing for the position in 9th Congressional District, south of Seattle. Sign up here.

Opportunities All Over the State

Summer of Canvass. Get to know our voters more.
Tina Podlowski’s video about it: 1.56 min.
Sign up: here.

Michelle Rylands for WA State Senate LD31

More about Michelle Rylands: here.
Let’s get to know our neighbors, and work on getting democrats elected in many positions in the district.
Contact Bridget at 425-615-0041 / email Melissa / sign up here.

DHS will Monitor Immigrants’ Social Media Accounts and Search Histories


On this site, federalregister.gov please click the green button on the top right and comment on the page that appears. Please share.
The monitoring is due to take effect in a few weeks: “The policy applies to not just immigration applicants, but also to naturalized U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.” HuffPost.

Immigrants are scrambling to renew their applications

Volunteers are still needed:
= There are events coming up. =
REGISTER HERE.

Petition: Sinclair Broadcast Group has confirmed it will require all its networks to air right-wing programing at least NINE times per week from a conservative “journalist” who just so happens to have worked on Drumpf’s campaign and in his White House. myngp.com.

“Congress: Drumpf Won’t Implement Russia Sanctions—and He Won’t Tell Us Why” theDailyBeast.com. Please contact the Republican Members of the Judiciary Committee and demand that he implement them. There is progress being made (theHill): please let them know that we are watching.

DNC chair purges dissenters in surprise shake-up: VanityFair.com.

LIBRARY U BCB PODCASTS on detecting fake news: BainbridgePublicLibrary.org.

Vote! November 7th is Coming!

Tuesday November 7th is the last day to put ballots in. Please vote
Great tool to help you decide, and figure out where you can cast your vote: Vote411.org.

Remind Friends to Vote

Remind friends by email using this widget: VoterCircle.com.

Extra Credit

Podcast with Tina Podlowski and Manka Dhingra to talk about elections: IndivisiblePodcast.org.

You can also help to get out the vote in Virginia: Indivisible.org. These elections are important because all of their major seats are up for grabs, and those in charge will be in charge of restricting: TogetherLoudoun.org. Podcast about the race: IndivisiblePodcast.org.

week ending November 3rd

Petition: Impeach Drumpf: NeedToImpeach.com.

Comment on Obama’s Clean Power Plan by December 15th: we need clean air! regulations.gov

Comment on discipline in WA Schools: The Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction is proposing new state rules regarding school discipline. There will be an option for public comment by Nov. 13. It is important for parents, teachers, students, and others who care about education to weigh in on this. Some of us have seen how exclusionary school discipline policies like suspension or isolation have negatively affected our children. End the school to prison pipeline!
OSPI welcomes and encourages comments on the proposed rules. Please submit written comments to Dierk Meierbachtol, OSPI Chief Legal Officer, by November 13, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.
Dierk Meierbachtol, Chief Legal Officer
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
PO Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Email: DisciplineRuleComments@k12.wa.us
More: theNewsTribune.com.

Senator Cantwell is calling for an investigation into a contract awarded to Whitefish Energy to restore power to Puerto Rico. Whitefish Energy is a company of two people that Zinke gave the huge contract to, his neighbors. TheHill.com Please thank her.

Puerto Rico: contact Senator Cantwell to thank her for pushing for for funding for PR and the Virgin Islands. She is the ranking member on the Finance Committee: so has some control over the funding authorization. Congress awarded $36.5bn for emergency relief funding on Tuesday: WaPo.

week ending October 27th

  • DataRefuge helps to build refuge for federal data and supports climate and environmental research and advocacy: datarefuge.org.
  • Get clear, concise summaries of bills going through Congress, see what others think, then take action: countable.us.

How disaster response is supposed to work: PDF & the situation in Puerto Rico: PDF, from Leslie.
San Juan’s mayor: “I am begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying”: Twitter video: 1:28.
Places to donate.

week ending October 20th

  • See whether Congress is in session, and see their calendar: congress.gov.
  • Various details about our MoCs, including video footage on the floor: callmycongress.com.

Other news about PR: FEMA removes — then restores — statistics about drinking water access and electricity in Puerto Rico from website: WaPo.

Senators are working hard to retain the 28 hour period that a CBO score has to be online before a vote is taken on a budget: Twitter video: 2 min.

Please sign this petition to Gov. Inslee to stop all construction on the proposed Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Tacoma LNG project: change.org.

“The time is ripe to give voters a choice to extend affordable health care to 78,000 Idahoans who fall into the “Medicaid gap” — those who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford insurance on the state health care exchange.” idahostatesman.com

Immigration

DHS will Monitor Immigrants’ Social Media Accounts and Search Histories

On this site, regulations.gov please comment. Please share.
The monitoring is due to take effect in a few weeks: “The policy applies to not just immigration applicants, but also to naturalized U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.” HuffPost.

Synthetic Repeal

Three ways:
An executive order on Friday, 13th
“President Drumpf (will) scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay (for) low-income people (there will be) cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers.” NYTimes. Bannon supporting this: twitter.com.

16 Attorney generals across the country have joined forces to protect the Cost Share Reductions that Drumpf wants to take away. “Experts predict that simply the threat to end this funding could destabilize the healthcare market and increase premiums by as much as 21%. The Drumpf Administration and Congressional Republicans have made clear that their number one priority is to repeal the ACA and take away affordable healthcare.” oag.ca.gov. This lawsuit includes our own AG, Bob Ferguson. Please thank him. Again.
Email Bob Ferguson Phone: (206) 486-2621

The budget/tax plan
“Republicans want to give huge tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy, while slashing entitlement programs and gutting the safety net.” washingtonmonthly.com.

Sabotage of the ACA
The BPP are tracking it: CBPP.org.

Birth Control Coverage Rollback

STOP THE ROLLBACK OF ACA BIRTH CONTROL COVERAGE: 5Calls. Contact Your Representative.

Please sign the petition to prevent development in Bristol Bay to protect our salmon fishery. Ballard fishermen depend on it: DailyKos.
The letter from our senators and reps asking Pebble Bay to be spared: murray.senate.gov.

week ending October 13th

  • Interviews for Resistance Podcast: billmoyers.
  • Rep. Reichert’s Retirement: How Indivisible Groups Made Washington’s Eighth District “A Whole Different Ballgame”: indivisible.
Sign up to rally if Mueller gets fired: here.

If Mueller gets fired, it will be a Constitutional crisis. There is legislation being written to prevent it.

Stopping Mueller Getting Fired

Senators Tillis & Coons have introduced bipartisan legislation to stop Drumpf being able to directly fire Drumpf: S.1741. More about it here. Ten Reasons Why We Must Protect Mueller’s Investigation: standupamerica.
Please ask Rep. Grassley to take a vote on S. 1741 to get it out of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary onto the floor. No zip authentication required to email.
email Rep. Grassley Phone: 202-224-3744 Fax: 202-224-6020 Other republican members of the Judiciary Committee.

Kobach Weakening Voters’ Rights

Kris Kobach Proposed Weakening Key Federal Voting Protections In Drumpf Meeting: HuffPost.

Preparing Against Nuclear Attack

Please contact Jay Inslee about Emergency Preparedness for a nuclear attack.
Jay Inslee: email P: 360-902-4111 F: 360-753-4110


From Caroline O’s Twitter feed.

Drumpf slow to implement Russia, Iran, North Korea sanctions law: Reuters.

We have no Census Director

The decennial census, which has been taken every decade since 1790 as mandated by the Constitution, provides an important tally that helps to determine how many House seats are apportioned to each state in Congress, how congressional districts are drawn and how federal funds are distributed.” The Census Director stepped down on June 30th: NYTimes. Without a Census Director, we in the Seattle area particularly have a problem – because the Seattle metro area has grown so quickly, and we will not have number of House seats that we should. Urbanization is happening rapidly across most of the states: wikipedia.org – so this is a big deal.
Please Contact our senators and ask them to apply pressure to Drumpf to appoint a Census Director asap.

Vote! 2018 is coming!

Please share this – especially with youngsters just coming into the voting age and those that have just become citizens. It steps people through the signing up process: turbovote.org. Another resource with great information: vote411.org.

Gun Control

The concealed weapon permit bill, which would allow gun owners to have federally-approved concealed permits across state lines: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, HR 38.
Paul Ryan has said that the silencer bill, HR 367 is not scheduled for a vote because of the Vegas shooting: usNews.

The gun lobby: See how much your representative gets: politico.
Do your Congress members support stricter gun control? WaPo.
The NRA rate Congresspeople by how they vote on gun control legislation. WA MoCs:
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Renton: C-
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Longiew: A
U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Issaquah: B-
U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor: B
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane: A
U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia: C+
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA: F
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA: F
from patch.com.

Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Action Network Team Signup: ngpvanhost.
Contact Your Representative.
Contact the NRA.

week ending October 6th

  • Check out contributors to all of your legislators – and potential legislators: pdc.wa.gov.
  • Email all of your MoCs at once: democracy.io.
  • The De-escalate Washington Petition

    Please help to get signatures for the de-escalate Washington petition. You can volunteer to be in busy areas and collect signatures.
    “This measure would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health, and first-aid training, and provide first-aid; and change standards for use of deadly force, adding a “good faith” standard and independent investigation.”
    This is important because “Drumpf (is) to lift military gear ban for local police” from CNN.
    Another petition – asking for funding and attention to de-escalating hate: Google Doc.

    Funding for Treating Forest Fires

    Senator Cantwell has cosponsored S. 1842. It is to “end the destructive cycle of borrowing from fire prevention accounts to put out fires”: wyden.senate.gov. Please thank her.

    Please ask your Rep. to cosponsor HR 3695

    DACA program is “relief from deportation to individuals who came to the U.S. as children, if they met a number of requirements (like background checks).” “White House is now standing idly by as a vocal minority of anti-immigrant state officials threatens to unravel the entire program in the courts.” According to: www.indivisibleguide.com/.

    This bill essentially bars ICE and other agencies from using the DACA database for mass deportation purposes and permits access to the information only in circumstances of national security or a criminal investigation not related to immigration: HR 3695: https://goo.gl/z6anWi.
    Find your Rep’s contact info.

    Also

    Ask our senators to cosponsor S. 1615, DREAM Act of 2017: S 1615.

    Sample email:
    Dear Representative ,
    Re. The DACA bill, https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3695/
    This bill has 34 cosponsors. Could you please cosponsor it? It is really important for the hundreds of thousands of DACA people in this country to be comfortable, and for us to retain these people that we have educated and benefitted from in our communities.
    Yours sincerely,


    Protesters at UW Medical Center on Monday as part of the national Indivisible protest King5
    ADAPT protest at the hearing, starts at 2:12.

    The Graham-Cassidy Bill

    Is again a zombie. The next step is the squeeze that health care funding will get in the upcoming budget. They could make “a budget for fiscal 2019 early next year and write reconciliation instructions that address Obamacare repeal”: Politico. More.

    week ending September 29th

    To prevent Drumpf from firing at North Korea, please ask your Rep. to cosponsor this: HR 669. Find your Rep’s contact info.

    The Obama Foundation Summit, training leaders: here.

    week ending September 22nd

    • Text “resist” to 50409 for automatic texting, faxing, and emailing to officials for your District.
    • Bill Moyers’ Interviews for Resistance.

    Notes from the Bremerton town hall with Tina Podlowski, head of the WA Democratic Party: here.

    Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act

    Ask our senators to oppose H.R. 3697. The Senate is expected to vote this week on this bill that criminalizes immigrants, including those fleeing gang violence, and allows more of them to be detained and deported. It also affects vulnerable populations such as asylum seekers, TPS holders, and unaccompanied children.

    Burien Can Keep Being a Sanctuary City

    There has been an out of state challenge to Burien being a sanctuary city. It just got struck down.
    “Burien residents won’t vote … on repealing the city’s sanctuary law” from the Stranger.
    Alycia Ramirez’s documentation about Respect Washington, the group from Michigan running the racist campaign.
    Please tell the judge that you appreciate her decision.
    Judge Elizabeth Berns: email; Phone: 206-477-1477

    Attack on Foreign-born Military Recruits

    The attack is on “a troubled recruitment program designed to attract highly skilled immigrants into the service in exchange for fast-track citizenship.” WaPo.
    Please contact our MoCs to protest this action.

    week ending September 15th

    Daily actions delivered to your phone: https://dailyaction.org/
    The Washington State Indivisible podcast: https://goo.gl/1kNeiS

    Stopping Mueller / Sessions Being Fired

    To stop Drumpf firing Sessions and putting in a new AG to fire Mueller,
    “the Senate has set up a series pro forma sessions. Essentially, they’ll gavel into session every few days — perhaps even for just minutes at a time — through Labor Day to keep the lights on.” here.

    Senator Murkowski was presiding when they made the announcement. Please thank her.
    email Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) (202) 224-6665

    Robert Reich says the administration is turning away from Drumpf: here.

    Take Action on Climate Change

    Please ask your representative to cosponsor HR 2326. Find your Rep’s contact info.

    Fascism

    –>
    This was projected on SAM on Tuesday.
    There are multiple planning events for the national rallies on November 4th. The initiative is run by resistfascism.org.

    Rev. Barber says that we are seeing the birth pangs of the third reconstruction: thinkprogress.org. The first was the emancipation proclamation; the second the Civil Rights movement. We need to stop white supremacy.

    Ask our senators to cosponsor:
    S 118. Contact our senators.

    Ask your representative to cosponsor:
    HR 77 & HR 257.
    Find your Rep’s contact info.

    Rep. Kilmer is now using #Derekvotes to show how he votes and why.

    week ending September 8th

    Utilities:

    • Text your zip code to 888777 to opt-in for alerts from agencies in case of emergency: Nixle.com.
    • Open secrets tells us where MoCs get their money: Sen. Murray Sen. Cantwell.

    Donate to the fund to help those affected in the hurricane in Texas: here.

    Washington State Indivisible Podcast: Special Edition: Daniel Cohen of Indivisible Houston on Hurricane Harvey.

    Net Neutrality

    Net Neutrality is essential to retain our First Amendment rights.
    This administration is taking comments on whether to change it. The deadine may be next week. Learn more, and ways to comment and act.

    North Korea

    Drumpf cannot be allowed to start a nuclear war with N. Korea.
    Please ask our senators to be cosponsors of this: S. 200. Contact our senators.

    Ask your Rep. to cosponsor this bill to censure the president over his remarks about Charlottesville – and fire his racist comrades: H. Res 496.
    WA Representatives who have signed: Heck, Jayapal, Kilmer, Larsen & Smith according to: Rep. Nadler. DelBene recently cosponsored.

    Oppose Drumpf TV: Stop the Sinclair-Tribune Merger

    It would create an unthinkable level of media consolidation by a company that’s used the public airwaves to push a conservative political agenda. Comment to the FCC: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings with the Proceedings number as 17-179. Also, there’s a petition.

    Other Actions

    This petition is to restore flood protection regulations.

    Why Obamacare didn’t implode

    “the design of the law itself seems to have helped bring it back from the edge. State officials also worked at the local level to provide coverage for their constituents.” From: Vox.

    Videos of celebrating crowds in DC when they heard that the bill was voted down: here & here.
    Senators Collins, McCain & Murkowski were the only Republicans who voted no: CNN.

    Senators to Thank

    email Sen. Susan Collins (ME) (202) 224-2523
    email Sen. John McCain (AZ) (202) 224-2235 Fax: (202) 228-2862
    email Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) (202) 224-6665

    The Senate will start work on plans for 2018 on September 4th.
    ‘ “I hope to get a consensus on how to stabilize the individual market, get premiums down, keep insurance companies in the individual market so people can buy affordable insurance during the year 2018,” Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican chair of the health committee,’
    From Rolling Stone.

    Senator Murray is Ranking member on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. Ranking member means the second most senior.

    About the Failed “Skinny” Bill

    From CNN: ‘Lawmakers only had a few hours to consider the “skinny repeal” bill before voting on it. The legislation would have unwound parts of Obamacare in hopes of winning the approval of at least 50 of their members. Senators would have then hammered out a final bill with the House in a conference committee.

    This repeal bill, however, could have wrecked the individual market, said insurers, doctors, consumer advocates and health policy experts. Repealing key provisions of Obamacare without replacing them could cause insurers to flee and premiums to rise.

    The Congressional Budget Office estimated that 15 million more people would be uninsured than under Obamacare in 2018, and that figure would grow to 16 million in 2026. Premiums would jump 20% next year, compared to current law.’

    Trumpcare Toolkit – to call or tweet 18 senators most likely to vote for Trumpcare here.

    Submit an amendment to the Act to slow down the process in the Senate here.

    “Murray says she knew the vote was going to be close.”

    In those final moments, Murray says she was thinking about the people who had called her, or had spoken at meetings she held, who had met her at the grocery store, worried about the loss of access to health care.

    “[They] just poured their hearts out about their own panic and fear,” she tells the Inlander today. “I carried the weight of the hundreds and hundreds of those stories on my back in those final moments.”
    From The Inlander.

    Oregon is putting robust healthcare in for their population: here.

    CSR payments: “the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington late Tuesday granted 17 states and the District of Columbia the legal right to defend the subsidies, known as cost-sharing-reduction payments.”
    From Bloomberg.

    Senator Cantwell’s petition against Trumpcare: here.
    Senator Murray’s petition against Trumpcare: here.

    week ending September 1st

    Utilities

    • Is Drumpf at Mar a lago? here.
    • Least biased / fact check media: here.

    Senators Protecting Mueller

    Senators Tillis & Coons are introducing legislation to stop Drumpf being able to directly fire Mueller: S. 1741.
    Senators Graham & Booker’s legislation “would require the judges panel to review any attorney general’s decision to fire a special counsel before that firing could take effect”: S. 1735. More about both here.

    Please contact and encourage them. And tell our senators that it is important to you that they cosponsor them; and please urge Senator McConnell to take the legislation to the floor for a vote quickly.

    Please contact the Senators involved to encourage their efforts:
    email Tillis: Phone: (202) 224-6342 Fax: (202) 228-2563
    email Coons: Phone: (202) 224-5042
    email Graham: Phone: (202) 224-5972 Fax: (202) 224-3808
    email Booker: Phone: (202) 224-3224 Fax: (202) 224-8378
    email Cantwell: Phone: (202) 224-3441 Fax: (202) 228-0514
    email Murray: Phone: (202) 224-2621 Fax: (202) 224-0238
    email McConnell Phone: (202) 224-2541 Fax: (202) 224-2499

    Drumpf Pardoning Arpaio

    “Mr. Drumpf … used his constitutional power to block a federal judge’s effort to enforce the Constitution. Legal experts said they found this to be the most troubling aspect of the pardon, given that it excused the lawlessness of an official who had sworn to defend the constitutional structure.” From NY Times.
    Please ask your Representative to support impeachment.

    Arpaio Pardon

    Counteract Arpaio pardon by donating to grassroots justice organizations in his home state (in his name, if you wish). WaPo: about Arpaio’s work. LUCHA or Puente Movement.
    Paul Ryan made a statement against it; please thank him. Email / P: (202) 225-0600 / F: (202) 225-2012

    Military Transgender Ban

    Drumpf directs Pentagon to implement ban on transgender service members: WaPo.
    Please ask our senators to vocally object to this: Contact our senators.
    Petition against provoking N. Korea: here.

    Tula Holmes made notes on the moveon call about Reacting to White Supremacy earlier this week.
    It is full of actions: here.

    More about Charlottesville

    John Oliver clarifies Drumpf’s reaction to the Charlottesville incident: here.
    Recent ACLU talk about the dark history of Confederate symbols: Video: 1:40.
    More at the bottom of this page under “News”.

    Congressional Budget

    The Congressional budget comes up soon. Please find out – and then share – how Congressional budget decisions would personally affect you here. Also, please contact our senators about it. Give detailed personal stories to reinforce their message on the floor and with colleagues.

    Please sign Senator Murray’s petition against DeVos’ predatory career training programs: here.

    Please sign this #DefundHate petition: here.

    Please take the Washington State Democrats’ Delegates Selection Survey: here.

    Resolution to Protect DACA

    On Thursday Aug. 17th, Wallingford Indivisible, North Seattle Indivisible, Indivisible Bainbridge Island, and Indivisible Kirkland/Kenmore met together with Rep. Jayapal’s office, Sen. Cantwell’s office, and Sen. Murray’s office and presented a resolution signed by 47 organizations across the state of Washington.
    The resolution: here.

    A New Threat to DACA Could Cost States Billions of Dollars: www.americanprogress.org.
    More on immigration.

    Stand Up Against White Supremacy

    about the Seattle white supremacists recently: Seattle Times.

    Confederate group requests to hold rally at Lee statue in Richmond VA: The Hill.

    In 1927, Donald Drumpf’s father was arrested after a Klan riot in Queens: WaPo.

    Anti-racism video from the 30s: The Hill.

    Twitter account #YesYoureRacist posted photos from the Charlottesville incident and identified people: #YesYoureRacist.

    Viral video of what happened at Charlottesville: here.

    week ending August 25th

    Tool to track how Congress votes: govTrack.us.
    WA State Indivisible Podcast: here.

    Please canvass in Reichert’s district.
    He voted to effectively gut the EPA: here. Reichert’s voting record: projects.fivethirtyeight.com.
    Other opportunities to target seats in WA – phone banking, writing postcards to remind people to vote: here.

    Please take Senator Cantwell’s Progressive Prioirities Poll: https://www.cantwell.com/action/progressive-priorities-poll.

    “The Johnson Amendment, passed in 1954, prevents churches and other tax-exempt nonprofit organizations from spending their money to support or attack political candidates. If wealthy special interests are able to pour tax-exempt money into our elections through churches and religious nonprofits, the impact on the amount of money in politics could be like a second Citizens United.”
    From www.pfaw.org.

    week ending August 18th

    Utilities:
    This site will tweet to your members of Congress: http://www.wetweet.org.
    7 free fax services: here.

    Rep. Gutiérrez arrested

    Rep. Gutiérrez arrested at White House immigration protest: https://goo.gl/g3oBB2.
    Please call / fax to thank him: Phone: (202) 225-8203 Fax: (202) 225-7810.

    Please share this with your Seattle friends: If you or someone you know has experienced economic eviction, or if you live in fear of being forced to move because of a rent hike, Kshama Sawant wants to hear your story!

    The wall builders are not following due process & the $1.6 bn funding is through the House, headed to the Senate: here. Please ask our senators to protest this behavior and resist the funding. Another website: here.


    Fun White House survey: here.

    Please submit a comment against the Keystone XL pipeline: here.

    Petition against provoking N. Korea: here.

    News

    Great information about which legislation states are implementing to know and pressure within our state: here.

    “Even if Democrats were to win every single 2018 House and Senate race for seats representing places that Hillary Clinton won or that Drumpf won by less than 3 percentage points—a pretty good midterm by historical standards—they could still fall short of the House majority and lose five Senate seats,” Dan Wasserman wrote, citing the gerrymanders as setting the stage for the House races, and plain old bad luck for the Senate side of the story.
    “Democrats have been cursed by a terrible Senate map in 2018: They must defend 25 of their 48 seats, while Republicans must defend just eight of their 52.”
    here.

    Drumpf administration on the right to vote: use it or lose it: here.

    Strong PACs are paying to oust Senator Flake after the release of his anti-Drumpf book: here.

    Iowa democrats win Special election in Drumpf +22 district: here.

    A people-powered campaign to electrify America’s railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future: here.

    week ending August 11th

    Utilities:

    Healthcare

    The budget proposal is the next big legislation: and any tax break for the wealthy necessitates a slash to healthcare. From: familiesUSA.org.

    In Obamacare, “Medical loss ratio forced carriers to devote more premium dollars to care.”
    From: healthinsurance.org.

    Thousands flock to free medical clinic, as Washington dithers on health care: here.

    Seattle Police Dept reaction to Drumpf’s statement

    Drumpf’s hateful rhetoric: here.
    About SPD’s response: Patch.
    Emily Menon Bender’s FB open letter to Chief O’Toole:
    ‘I was dismayed to read your statement from July 28, in which you said “It is truly unfortunate that in today’s toxic environment, politicians at both ends of the spectrum have sought to inflame passions by politicizing what we do.“
    Drumpf was not politicizing anything. He was directly encouraging violent treatment of suspects at the hands of police.’
    Email Chief O’Toole.

    Tatyana Hargrove is a 19 yr old girl who was beaten by Bakersfield police and maliciously attacked by a K9 police dog. Please sign the petition to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

    Browder’s testimony indicates that Putin is having his power taken away by the sanctions because he has international interests: here.

    Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin is speaking in Seattle next Friday here.

    week ending August 4th

    Write a LTTE in a republican state

    Tips on writing a Letter To The Editor: here.
    An easy way to email local LTTEs here.

    CHOICE Act

    The CHOICE Act will remove Dodd-Frank financial protections if it gets through the Senate: here.
    Please call, fax or email senators to highlight it: here.
    Sign the petition: here.

    What can senators do about the health care bill?

    They can withhold consent on bills to slow down business and delay the bill coming to the floor. Withholding consent means they have to draw out the votes and so it takes a lot more time.

    They can filibuster by amendment if it comes to that – let’s aim to stop it getting that far, by calling republican senators.

    The health bill is not dead. McConnell and his fellow cronies are pushing conservatives like Paul and Lee – and moderates like Heller.

    They can block the bill using the Byrd rule, because it is a reconciliation bill. I am not sure which piece of it applies. She will point to Planned Parenthood. The Byrd rule:

    “Byrd rule tests – Section 313(b)(1) of the Congressional Budget Act sets forth six tests for matters to be considered extraneous under the Byrd rule. The criteria apply to provisions that:
    do not produce a change in outlays or revenues;
    produce changes in outlays or revenue which are merely incidental to the non-budgetary components of the provision;
    are outside the jurisdiction of the committee that submitted the title or provision for inclusion in the reconciliation measure;
    increase outlays or decrease revenue if the provision’s title, as a whole, fails to achieve the Senate reporting committee’s reconciliation instructions;
    increase net outlays or decrease revenue during a fiscal year after the years covered by the reconciliation bill unless the provision’s title, as a whole, remains budget neutral;
    contain recommendations regarding the OASDI (social security) trust funds.”
    From http://archives.democrats.rules.house.gov/archives/byrd_rule.htm

    Other News

    Petition: Stop the largest coal export terminal in North America-in WA here.

    Petition: Add your name to call for a new NAFTA that prioritizes working people here.

    Candidates for Reichert’s seat: here.

    Democrat Kevin Cavanaugh won NH state seat: here.

    Chuck Schumer published an editorial in NYT, “A Better Deal For American Workers”.
    It outlines three policy positions that Democrats will pursue in Congress. They include:
    -Increased Wages
    -Lowering household expenses through support of paid family and sick leave
    -Worker Retraining and Infrastructure spending
    Senator Schumer issues a call for bipartisan cooperation on these issues. It will be interesting to see how the DNC incorporates the initiatives into their strategy: here.

    Petition re. transgender non-discrimination in Alaska: here.

    The Boy Scouts’ chief apologized for Drumpf’s speech: “I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree.” More.

    week ending July 28th

    How the bill would have affected specific groups: here.
    The health care bill process: here.
    Which bill and which part of the process we are in: here.
    Amendments offered and how senators voted here.

    Senators to contact

    email Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (WV) (202) 224-6472
    email Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) (202) 224-6665
    email Sen. Dean Heller (NV) (202) 224-6244
    email Sen. Dan Sullivan (AK) (202) 224-3004
    email Sen. Jeff Flake (AZ) (202) 224-4521
    email Sen. Susan Collins (ME) (202) 224-2523
    email Sen. Bill Cassidy (LA) (202) 224-5824
    email Sen. Bob Corker (TN) (202) 224-3344
    email Sen. Rob Portman (OH) (202) 224-3353
    email Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) (202) 224-4944
    email Sen. Cory Gardner (CO) (202) 224-5941
    email Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) (202) 224-5972
    email Sen. Tom Cotton (AR) (202) 224-2353
    email Sen. Pat Toomey (PA) (202) 224-4254
    email Sen. Mike Lee (UT) (202) 224-5444
    email Sen. John Hoeven (ND) (202) 224-2551
    email Sen. Richard Shelby (AL) (202) 224-5744 Fax: (202) 224-3416
    email Sen. Luther Strange (AL) (202) 224-4124 Fax: (202) 224-3149
    email Sen. John Boozman (AK) (202) 224-4843
    email Sen. Ron Johnson (WI) (202) 224-5323 Fax: (202) 228-6965
    email Sen. Ben Sasse (NE) (202) 224-4224
    List compiled from: WaPo & NYTimes & TrumpCareToolkit
    All Members of Congress

    “Congress should use money from its food stamp budget and Planned Parenthood funding to pay for a wall along the border ($1.6bn)” – Rep. Steve King, Iowa: Video: 1:45.

    Ban the Electoral College petition.

    In a letter to the FBI, Pramila Jayapal and 22 fellows call for an immediate review of whether @IvankaTrump engaged in deception in her application for security clearance: article ~ the letter.

    Senator Murray: “Unconscionable” Senate GOP Pushing to Confirm Anti-Women, Anti-LGBTQ Circuit Court Nominee, John Bush here.

    week ending July 21st

    Utilities:

    Factcheck news on Facebook: http://www.factcheck.org/2017/07/flag-fake-news-facebook/
    Two free ways to fax your representatives: Resistbot.io & Faxzero.com

    Voting records

    Drumpf voting panel tells states to hold off sending data while court weighs privacy impact: here.

    Immigration Resources Portal

    from Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib: here.

    Treason

    Senator Kaine: “We’re now beyond obstruction of justice—this is moving into perjury & potentially treason.”
    on Twitter.

    DeVos

    is looking into revising Title IX rules concerning sexual assault on college campuses:
    Senator Murray to Secretary DeVos: full letter.
    “Upholding civil rights, working to ensure students’ safety, and responding to reports of campus sexual violence are critical parts of your role as Secretary of Education. I expect you to take that responsibility seriously—and that requires ensuring survivors have a voice and a seat at the table. To date, ED has taken a deeply concerning approach to the epidemic of sexual assault on campus. Without appropriate enforcement and robust transparency, schools will once again be able to sweep sexual assault under the rug.”

    Fake Comments

    7,000-plus Coloradans’ names, addresses were used to post fake comments about government decision: here.

    Hanford Reach

    Senator Cantwell says Hanford Reach is no longer under federal review: here.

    DCCC

    want to know how you feel about the issues: here.

    Energy Grid Hack

    Congress unnerved by energy grid hack: here.

    Quick response texts

    Mechanism with Credo for progressives to text other resisters for quick action here.

    week ending July 14th

    Utilities:
    https://tinyhandsmail.com – type a message, and they will send a postcard to members of Congress.
    On Facebook, find friends in other states: type “friends in Nevada” for instance in the search box. Ask them to call their Congress people.

    Bear in mind when thinking of impeachment and similar:
    1/ Office of Government Ethics head, Walter Shaub is quitting:
    “America should have the right to know what the motivations of its leaders are.”
    http://goo.gl/kHqLBc

    2/ Clapper, Former Director of National Intelligence 2010-17:
    the Russians will “prop the battlefield for the 2018 election”
    http://goo.gl/odFvSB

    3/ “A bipartisan group of senators is urging President Drumpf to not return a pair of U.S. compounds seized under the Obama administration back to Russia.”.. “The return of these two facilities to Russia while the Kremlin refuses to address its influence campaign against the United States‎ would embolden President Vladimir Putin and invite a dangerous escalation in the Kremlin’s destabilizing actions against democracies worldwide,” http://goo.gl/4RJ3Dw

    Initiative by Sen. Murray, Senate Health Committee

    Senator Murray has submitted a report that outlines GOP efforts to intentionally sabotage the health care system, justify passage of Trumpcare bill that will spike costs for Washington State families and throw millions off their coverage: goo.gl/9Ecazu

    July 12th: protect net neutrality
    Different ways to protest the attack on net neutrality

    Video of Drumpf repeatedly losing the thread: point to the 25th Amendment here

    Walter Shaub, Ethic Director quits – and says America should have right to know motivations of its leaders here

    Teen asks Senator Flake why he can decide whether she gets healthcare here

    Senator Chris Murphy eloquently pointing out how Drumpf is endangering healthcare here

    Evidence tying Drumpf to Russia from Dworkin here

    Support Barbara Lee’s amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force here

    The REINS Act passed: requires that any future major regulation adopted … must be approved by a specific resolution in each House of Congress within 70 days to take effect.
    here

    week ending June 30th

    News

    Here’s AHCA, HR 1628Who is voting for and against it?CBO report

    Last Tuesday,
    Patty Murray cosponsored a bill that stops bills being put through reconciliation without going through committee: here
    Last Thursday,
    120 patient organizations call to defend Medicaid: here
    Chris Murphy ranted about the secrecy on the floor: here (on Facebook)
    Monday,
    a handful of Senators including Murray, Schumer and Sanders sent a letter to top Republicans asking for them to meet in one of 31 rooms to discuss AHCA: here
    Tuesday,
    Corey Booker and friends went to ask the CBO for a copy of AHCA: here
    Wednesday,
    Patty Murray made a video of her and friends RSVPing to the AHCA secret meeting: here
    Independent Senator Angus King sarcastically searched for the AHCA bill in the Senate: here
    Thursday,
    this is Patty Murray saying “this isn’t the bill… We aren’t gonna see the bill: here
    Capitol Police drag disabled protesters out of wheelchairs during Trumpcare protests here

    WA will have 2 counties without a health care plan offering next year: here

    6.7 m records were potentially leaked before the Ossoff election: here

    week ending June 10th

    If your senators and reps aren’t saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223.
    You’ll get a text back with their contact info, Federal and State.
    More tools here: here

    Get out the Vote

    Patty Murray is promoting making calls to root for Jon Ossoff: here
    Swing Left are encouraging us to have special election house parties: here
    WA state podcast-interview with Indivisible Georgia’s founder about the Ossoff election: here
    Phone banks: Bernie’s & Knock Every Door

    Independent Commission

    The special counsel only looks into criminal activity. We need an independent commission.
    We need more staff in order to find out if the 2016 election was affected by Russia – and stop it happening again. Watergate had 133 staffers. This one has 9. We need a detailed report.
    Senator Cantwell has not co-sponsored this bill.
    Please call her and ask her why not? This is the bill: S. 27
    According to:
    https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/truth-or-trump/
    &
    https://www.standupamerica.com/five-reasons-still-need-independent-commission/
    It would “establish a commission of independent experts to examine the facts regarding Russia and the 2016 election”

    Senator Murray’s statement: goo.gl/YLrV3a

    Senators Cantwell and Murray call for an investigation of Sessions: here

    Documentary about Drumpf’s Russian Ties: here

    Constitutional Convention

    Wisconsin would become the 30th of 34 states needed to force a convention if the resolution passes both the Assembly and Senate. They vote next week. Supporters want to amend the country’s guiding document to require a balanced federal budget, or to fight Citizen’s United. Critics fear a convention could lead to wild constitutional revisions.
    From US News: goo.gl/lkJDdT The movement towards the 28th amendment: goo.gl/dScnW9

    Trumpileaks

    Michael Moore has launched Trumpileaks, to enable courageous whistleblowers to privately communicate with him: https://michaelmoore.com/TrumpiLeaks/ More: goo.gl/7Kkb42

    Terminating the EPA

    H.R.861 – To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency passed to the Subcommittee on Environment on 4/25/17. Congress page: goo.gl/62g2OK
    The subcommittee:
    Abraham Babin Bera Foster Moolenaar Palmer Sensenbrenner Takano Weber Westerman

    week ending June 3rd

    Swing left
    Patty Murray is promoting making calls to root for Jon Ossoff: here
    Swing Left are encouraging us to have special election house parties: here
    WA state podcast-interview with Indivisible Georgia’s founder about the Ossoff election: here

    Write cards to encourage voters for Parnell:
    ► South Carolina, Here We Come!
    Democrat Archie Parnell is fighting to flip South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. On June 20, voters there will have a clear choice of who will stand up for them. Your handwritten postcards can deliver a winning edge in a Special Election where so much is at stake!
    ► Self-Service Address Lists
    Abby the Address Bot has a new number for this postcard campaign. Use your cell phone to text HELLO to (803) 630-0295 and Abby will immediately assign addresses to you if you have written for one of our previous campaigns. (She has been “introduced” to everyone. Text her and see how easy it is to receive new addresses.)
    If you are new to Abby, she will begin with a few simple questions and then tell you how to complete your registration. If, for some reason, Abby doesn’t recognize you, please email us at Postcards@TonyTheDemocrat.org

    Mainstream Media Survey: here

    As well as the Climate Agreement not being repealed in actuality within around 4 years, Inslee is working with other states to retain the regulations similar to those in the Paris Climate Agreement: here

    The Drumpf administration has rolled out a new questionnaire for U.S. visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years: here

    week ending May 27th

    Animal husbandry
    Please share and and comment on this before June 9th:
    https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS-NOP-17-0031-0002
    A quote from one comment: “I support the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule to strengthen animal welfare … Any effort to derail this rule sends a clear message that USDA is willing to abandon consumers and farmers to support Big Ag.”
    More: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/wildlife-watch-usda-animal-welfare-records-trump-explainer/

    We need an independent investigation
    The special counsel only looks into criminal activity. We need an independent commission.
    We need more staff in order to find out if the 2016 election was affected by Russia – and stop it happening again. Watergate had 133 staffers. This one has 9. We need a detailed report.
    Senator Cantwell has not co-sponsored this bill.
    Please call her and ask her why not?
    Senator Murray’s statement: goo.gl/YLrV3a
    Why is she not more compelled about bill 27?
    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/27/cosponsors
    According to:
    https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/truth-or-trump/
    &
    https://www.standupamerica.com/five-reasons-still-need-independent-commission/
    It would “establish a commission of independent experts to examine the facts regarding Russia and the 2016 election”

    Another projection on a building, this time criticizing Sessions: here

    Footage of our rallies at the Federal Building: here

    Senators Cantwell and Murray call for an investigation of Sessions: here

    week ending May 20th

    Call the Department of Justice at 202-353-1555 to demand that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein appoint a special prosecutor.

    Comey was asked to testify before Senate here

    Congress asked for the Comey tape here

    Treasury’s Financial intel folks turning over financial records to look into Russian collusion here

    Documentary about Drumpf’s Russian Ties here

    Petition: we need an independent special prosecutor here

    FBI searching GOP fundraisers in Anapolis here

    Broadcasting turning right wing here

    ACA ======
    Share your ACA or pre-ACA story here
    People angry with MacArthur:
    Angry teen about rape question
    angry man with wife with cancer and 2 children with pre-existing conditions
    people who have preexisting conditions standing up

    Phone banks
    Bernie’s
    Knock Every Door

    Monuments under review here

    New Indivisble resource
    Payback Project: sharing techniques

    Fun protests at Drumpf hotels
    Using clocks for climate change rally
    projected

    Find out where you can run for office, big or small: http://www.filepalooza.com/

    Steven Colbert
    The director of the FCC is wasting government resources investigating Colbert. Complain here

    Reporter arrested for asking question here

    ACA AHCA will push rates up