11.45-12.30: Seattle Indivisible run a rally outside the Federal Building.
12.30-1.30: We visit our senators’ staffers. Archived notes
Tuesday Office Hour Meetings With Sens. Murray and Cantwells’ Staffers
With exceptions for holidays and shutdowns, every second Tuesday people from all over the Seattle area meet with our senators’ outreach staffers at the Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. We do not always meet in the the same meeting room, so stick close to someone whose attended before. The meeting room is usually on the main floor.
Meeting other resisters is a great way to find out about their initiatives and work together / learn from each other, through socializing and hearing information in the meetings. This dynamic is essential to Indivisible principles. We are stronger together. It is also very inspiring to see all of the work that people are doing, and their successes!
For example, Seattle Indivisible promoted I-940, an initiative to de-escalate policing situations in Washington, which will be on the 2018 ballot. Read about it here: theStranger.com.
North Seattle Indivisible worked on keeping racists out of Burien, where “Respect WA” tried to take away Burien’s sanctuary city status. Read about it here: CrossCut.com.
Before we meet with the staffers, there is a rally in front of the Federal Building from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Seattle Indivisible sets the subject for the rally. Sign up for their email list at SI.com. If you have speakers or topics to recommend, please tell them.
Confirm There is a Meeting
If you aren’t sure there will be a meeting, please check www.SADfor.us or contact a senators’ staffer and ask.
How We Decide What to Talk About
The rally topic often translates into questions for the senators’ staffers: but no one sets the subject for what we talk about at the meeting with the staffers.
People come from all around the Seattle area with questions and comments: random questions, obvious questions, whatever works for them. It’s a great way to hear peoples’ concerns, be reminded of legislation we may not know about and learn about the legislative process. Sometimes, the staffers are limited in what they can answer (they cannot answer political questions), but I often research the question and share information on this site.
It’s extremely helpful to hear from those who work professionally in politics – and from other Indivisible groups. Please remember that our senators work for us and that the most effective way to communicate with them is in person. Bring letters and your concerns. Their outreach directors are paid for just doing this: communicating with us. More about contacting members of Congress here.
We also follow Indivisible principles like this one: https://www.indivisible.org/resource/dream-action-planning-guide/#GOALS – but that is not to say that we all agree about what we prioritize to talk about.
Please email Holly at info@SADfor.us if you have a question that you would like asked in the meeting and you can’t make it.
The meetings cannot be audio- or video-recorded, so an attendee takes notes from everything that is discussed in the meeting: and we then edit in more details about the information, and potential pertaining actions. Notes are posted after the meeting on Facebook. Notes from archived weeks are at the archive page.