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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Actions

Feb. 28, 2020


Welcome to Indivisible Bainbridge Island's summary of things you can do right now, in the coming week and in future weeks, to resist the Trump agenda. Plus, there's a list of daily actions you can take at the bottom of this e-mail because an action a day keeps the dictator at bay.

This newsletter was prepared by Indivisible Bainbridge Island members, Holly Brewer and Kathy Wallace.




249 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Washington state presidential primary is March 10, 2020, 11 days away.
Ballots are here! Be sure to vote!

Of the thirteen candidates on the ballot, these have already withdrawn: Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, John Delany, Deval Patrick and Andrew Yang. Of the remaining candidates, each must get at least 15% of the vote to get delegates to the national convention.

Still can't make up your mind? Check out the Washington Fuse Progressive Voter's Guide.

Avoid problems by signing your ballot in a way that is consistent with the way you have signed legal documents, such as your drivers license, in the past.

The Washington state primary for federal and state offices other than president is August 4, 2020, 158 days away.
 
What can you do to help in 2020?
Now is the time to get serious about electing Democrats in 2020. Here are some things that need doing:
  • Grow the Democratic majority in the Washington State House by flipping some or all of the four Republican-held House seats in LD 26 and LD 35. Get started this Sunday, March 1, by door knocking in the LD 26 part of Bremerton, encouraging voters to get their ballots in. Call Judy Arbogast at 253-225-1977.
  • Flip CD 3 (southwest Washington/Vancouver) by electing Carolyn Long.
  • Flip states and U.S. Senate seats blue. See the 3:30 pm meeting at Office Xpats on Friday, Feb. 28 if going to another state is your ambition.
Here are some things you can do:
  • Take our survey! Help us help you figure out what you can do to make sure we are successful everywhere in November.
  • Attend the "Where & How to Target CDs and U.S. Senate Seats" meeting at 3:30 pm, one hour before Voices of the Majority event today at 4:30 pm. If you've ever thought about targeting another state to save our democracy by phone banking, text banking, postcarding, traveling, this is the meeting you need to attend. More info here.
  • Help IBI's Postcards on Wednesday group buy stamps! On Wednesday, the group wrote 120 postcards to Florida Democratic voters urging them to sign up to Vote by Mail. That's incredibly important in this "must-win" state because when Democrats vote by mail, turnout increases significantly. Mailing 120 postcards costs $42. We need sponsors to chip in with cash donations for stamps to keep the project going. Please consider donating! Send a donation to our Indivisible chair, Holly Brewer, at 8824 NE New London Court, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. We thank you!
Things you should know
  • Japanese American elders, their children and grandchildren, and many others held a protest at the Northwest Detention Center on Sunday, February 23rd. Read about it.
  • The U.S. Navy is asking the state to allow exercises at 29 Washington state parks — almost six times the number currently permitted. Read about it.
  • Read an investigation into white nationalism, xenophobia and racism in Kitsap County, "Threats to a Welcoming Kitsap," prepared by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and Showing Up for Racial Justice Kitsap (SURJ)
  • EPIC is looking for volunteers to fight on the front lines of the human rights crisis in El Paso, Texas.
Act right now
  • Sign a petition:
    • Join People for the American Way in calling for an investigation into Trump's interference in the Roger Stone sentencing.
    • Join Common Cause in telling Lt. Col. Vindman that we stand with him.
    • Join the Congressional Black Caucus PAC in denouncing Trump's $30 billion cut to Social Security.
    • Join MoveOn.org in urging Congress to ban the use of land mines. (Trump just expanded their use.)
Feb. 28 through March 5
Fri., Feb. 28 to Mar. 2
PLC 2020 To Highlight GZ Roots, Solidarity With Climate Activists

Pilgrim Firs Camp & Conference Center, 3318 Lake Flora Rd, Port Orchard
The 2020 Pacific Life Community (PLC) retreat will offer nuclear resisters the opportunity to network with Washington state-based grassroots climate change activists, explore PLC’s deep roots with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, and participate in a group action at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor affirming the Community’s desire for a nuclear weapons-free future. More info here.


Fri., Feb. 28, 3:15 pm
Kitchen Table Activist Rally

Intersection of Highway 305 and Winslow Way
Rally to get out the vote. Rally to save our democracy. Rally to impeach AG William Barr. Rally to resist this slide into authoritarianism.

Fri., Feb. 28, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Where & How to Target CDs and U.S. Senate Seats

Office Xpats in the Pavilion on Madison, upstairs in the large conference room
Learn what we can do to flip a Congressional District or a U.S. Senate seat blue. This will be a round table. Bring your thoughts! Bill McClain will discuss his analysis of vulnerable Congressional districts and U.S. Senate seats that we can target. More info here.

Fri., Feb. 28, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority: Meet Rebecca Parson & Tarra Simmons

Office Xpats in the Pavilion on Madison, upstairs in the large conference room

Meet Rebecca Parson, running in the primary to represent us in Congress, and Tarra Simmons, running to represent us in the Washington state legislature, replacing Sherry Appleton, who has endorsed Tarra. Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators. More info here.

Sat., Feb. 29, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Black History Month Soiree

Bainbridge Island Art Museum, 550 Winslow Way E, BI
The BIMA Soiree is a fun and soulful evening of socializing, DJ and Live Music, art activities, and shopping in the BIMA galleries after hours. Shop from black-owned businesses like the Barber Lounge, Major League 360 and Kendra Galloway, relax to some live music, and indulge in a night of art, sweets, and DJ Nico spinning. This is a 21+ event. $10 suggested donation at the door, no pre-registration required. Sponsored by City of Bainbridge Island, Bon Bon Confectioners, Flowering Around and Safeway.

Sun., March 1
Door knocking in LD 26 to Get Out the Vote!

Volunteers will be door knocking in the LD 26 portion of Bremerton on Sunday to encourage people to mail in their primary ballots. This kind of door knocking builds the foundation to replace Republicans Jesse Young and Michelle Caldier by electing two new Democrats, Joy Stanford and Carrie Hesch, to represent LD 26 in the Washington state legislature in November. More events are planned in the coming weeks. Call Judy Arbogast at 253-225-1977 for details.

Sun., March 1, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Knock Doors for Bernie in Poulsbo, WA!

Liberty Bay Waterfront Park, 18809 Anderson Pkwy, Poulsbo
Come together with friends, family, and neighbors to knock doors in support of Bernie! Talking to voters on their doorstep is one of the most important things you can do to help our campaign win. Every door knocked helps us grow our movement, turn Bernie supporters out to vote, and win this election in a landslide. For more information and to sign up, click hereNote: Bring a fully charged phone or tablet with the MiniVAN app downloaded. Also bring water and comfortable walking shoes.

Sun., March 1, 1:00 pm to 3:15
North Kitsap Indivisible Voter's Rally - Reject the Coverup

Intersection of Bond Rd and Miller Bay Rd (aka George's Corner)

NKI rallies every Sunday at George's Corner in Kingston to get out the vote and Reject the Cover-Up. Please join us and encourage everyone to vote. Don't have a sign? No problem, we have extras. Just bring yourself and your belief in Democracy. More info here.

Tues., March 3, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists

Upstairs meeting room, Sterling Building (Umpqua Bank) corner 305 & Winslow Way, BI

Kitchen Table Activists meets and discusses local and national issues and everything in between: and takes action, writing, calling and rallying about the things that affect all of us. Park behind the building and enter at the back of the building. More info here.

Wed., March 4, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Postcards on Wednesday

Second floor tables at Town & Country, 343 Winslow Way E, BI

Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. We'll likely have addresses for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign. Come for all or part of the time. Want to learn how to write postcards from home or start your own group? Email Kathy. If you can't write postcards, consider donating to the effort. Send a donation to our Indivisible chair, Holly Brewer, at 8824 NE New London Court, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.
March 6 to March 12
Fri., March 6, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority

Office Xpats in the Pavilion on Madison, upstairs in the large conference room

Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators.

Sat., March 7, 6:30 pm to 9:30 p.m.

Kitsap Democrats Dinner and Auction
Olympic College Bremerton
More info here.

Sun., March 8, 1:00 pm to 4 p.m. - POSTPONED FROM JAN. 18

Womxn's March on Seattle 2020
Cal Anderson Park, SeattleResisters will come together again for the 4th anniversary of the Womxn’s March. Beginning with a rally at Cal Anderson Park, ending with a march downtown. More info here.

Tues., March 10, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm (to be confirmed)
Office Hours with Staffers for Sens. Murray and Cantwell
Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave in Seattle
Members of Indivisible Bainbridge Island and other concerned citizens meet the second Tuesday of the month with senate staffers for behind-the-scenes information on what's happening in Washington D.C. and tell them our interests and concerns. Meet early in the lobby to find out which meeting room we'll be in (usually the 2nd level, next to the cafeteria). Want to write a letter to the senators for delivery at the meeting? Email it to Holly. Sometimes, this meeting has to be rescheduled. Check here for updates to the schedule. More info here.


Tues., March 10, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists

Upstairs meeting room, Sterling Building (Umpqua Bank) corner 305 & Winslow Way, BI

Kitchen Table Activists meets and discusses local and national issues and everything in between: and takes action, writing, calling and rallying about the things that affect all of us. Park behind the building and enter at the back of the building. More info here.

Wed., March 11, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Postcards on Wednesday

Second floor tables at Town & Country, 343 Winslow Way E, BI

Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. We'll likely have addresses for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign. Come for all or part of the time. Want to learn how to write postcards from home or start your own group? Email Kathy. More info here.

Wed., March 11, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Bringing Climate Change Home: A Conversation With Dr. Heidi Roop

Islandwood, 4450 Blakely Ave NE, BI
What does climate change mean for the Puget Sound and Washington State? Join Islandwood in a conversation with Dr. Heidi Roop, Lead Scientist with the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington. Tickets are $5. Order them here. More info here.

Thurs., March 12, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
North Kitsap Indivisible Monthly Meeting

Breakfast Room next to lobby, Poulsbo Inn and Suites, 18680 WA-305, Poulsbo
North Kitsap Indivisible is committed to fight for social justice and to maintain civil liberties by demanding that our local Members of Congress serve as our voice in Washington D.C. We believe Trump’s agenda is racist, authoritarian, and corrupt, and it must be stopped. We are focused on the 2020 election with winning strategies and encourage others to get actively involved in those strategies. Our strength is our numbers and our commitment to making change. More info here.

Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.
 
March 13 and beyond
Fri., March 13, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority

Office Xpats in the Pavilion on Madison, upstairs in the large conference room

Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators.

Sat., March 14, 11:30 am
Moritani Preserve Tour

Moritani Preserve, 542 Winslow Way W
In a 90-minute visit to the Moritani Preserve in Winslow, tour the 8-acre property with the Friends of Moritani Committee and the consulting forester who has created a forest restoration plan for the preserve. See current conditions in three forest stands, discuss threats and opportunities, and learn about an annual action plan to encourage a more bio-diverse and resilient ecosystem. Sign up here and get more info, too. This free tour is part of the 17th Annual Bainbridge Environmental Conference.

Sun., March 15, 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
17th Annual Bainbridge Environmental Conference

Islandwood, 4450 Blakely Ave NE, BI
“Stewarding Island Forests through Climate Change,” the 17th annual Bainbridge Environmental Conference, will bring forestry and climate change experts to our community to support resilient island forests. More info here. Tickets are $5. Order them here.


Sun., March 15, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
11th Democratic Presidential Debate

CNN, Univision, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD will host the eleventh Democratic debate in Phoenix, Arizona.

Tues., March. 31, 2:45 pm to 5:00 pm
Meeting with Rep. Kilmer's staffers
Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St., Bremerton
Indivisible Bainbridge Island, North Kitsap Indivisible and other concerned citizens meet at 2:45 pm at Fraiche Cup (105 Washington Ave in Bremerton, near the ferry terminal) for an hour to discuss what we want Rep. Kilmer to do, then walk up to the Norm Dicks Government Center, meet with the staffers at 4:00 pm and present our list of issues. Want to write a letter to Rep. Kilmer? Email it to Holly, and she will print and deliver it to Kilmer's staffers. Want to carpool? Email Kathy. More info here. Read the notes from the last meeting here. After the Christmas holidays, this meeting is back to its normal date on the last Tuesday of every month. Check here or here to make sure the meeting hasn't had to be rescheduled.
Daily actions
Email Senator Cantwell: Phone: (202) 224-3441 Fax: (202) 228-0514
Email Senator Murray: Phone: (202) 224-2621 Fax: (202) 224-0238
Email Rep. Kilmer: Phone: (202) 225-5916
  1. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him to sign on to H.J.Res.24, Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding Presidential election voting rights for residents of all United States territories and commonwealths. The bill would amend the U.S. Constitution to give citizens of Puerto Rico. Guam, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Marianas Islands the right to vote in U.S. presidential elections. Tell our senators to introduce it in the Senate.
  2. Call our members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor H.R.5675 and S.3242, Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act of 2020. This bill would end the Call Detail Records program in Section 215 of the Patriot Act and would prohibit location tracking. It would also amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to protect privacy rights. Read about it here.
  3. Call Rep. Kilmer and thank him for voting in favor of H.R. 35, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, making lynching a federal crime. The bill passed in the House this week. It's named for Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black teen from Chicago who in 1955 while visiting family in Mississippi, was beaten, lynched, mutilated, shot in the head and then sunk in the Tallahatchie River. The first federal antilynching bill was introduced by Rep. Leonidas C. Dyer, a Republican from St. Louis, Missouri, in 1918. Since then, there have been 200 attempts to pass a federal antilynching bill. The Senate passed a similar bill last year and is expected to pass the Emmett Till Antilynching Act when it reaches the Senate, if #DitchMitch allows it to come to the floor for a vote. Tell our senators to support it. Read about it here.
  4. Call our Senators and tell them to just say “no” to the nomination of Judy Shelton to the Board of Governors to the Federal Reserve. Shelton has a history of disparaging the Fed’s low interest rate policy, but now that she’s been nominated, she thinks a low Fed interest rate is just fine. Like William Barr, she seems to be willing to say the right things to be approved. Shelton has advocated for a return to the gold standard. She has questioned the basis for the Fed’s independence from political influence and called for the abolition of federal deposit insurance for banks. Read about it here and here.
  5. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him the House needs to investigate just how much money Trump is making off the federal government. Although, the Trump Organization denies it, there is credible evidence the Secret Service has paid $650 per night to stay at Mar-a-Lago. Trump has visited his properties nearly a third of his days since taking office, but the Secret Service has not listed all of its spending on Trump properties in a public database of federal spending. What has been entered indicates the Secret Service is spending money at the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C., on days when the president was not visiting. Read more about it here.
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