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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Actions

Feb. 7, 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.




269 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Washington state presidential primary is March 10, 2020, 32 days away.
Ballots begin to arrive Friday, February 21, 2020.

The Washington state primary for federal and state offices other than president is August 4, 2020, 179 days away.
 
Got the post-impeachment blues?
The Reject the Coverup rally started at 3:30 pm on Wednesday and was rained out by 4:45 pm. Deepest apologies to those who arrived after the first soggy rally-goers called it a day.

There was a special guest:






Watch the video of Seattle's Alphabet Resistance crew on an I-5 overpass at rush hour urging the Senate to do the right thing.

A bakery in Brooklyn, New York, sent some cakes to 53 senators.

Although we had hope that more than one Republican senator would vote to protect the Constitution from this unfit "president," our expectations were justifiably very, very low. And certainly, never in our wildest dreams did we think enough Republicans would vote to remove.

This is no time to be discouraged. More people in this country now know the nature of our current "president." We must seize the moment to elect a Senate and White House controlled by "not Republicans."

We are the people we have been waiting for. It is up to us.

Next week's newsletter will include a survey of your priorities. Take a week to think about what you are willing to do to remove this egregious "president" and #DitchMitch, and clear the way to enact all the change we hoped for when President Obama was elected and then thwarted by Mitch McConnell - and more.

Have hope. See what is happening around us. All these people showed up for Environmental Lobby Day in Olympia.


 
Act right now
  • Sign a petition:
    • Tell all state Democratic parties to stop holding caucuses and hold primaries instead.
    • Tell Mitch McConnell to pass the For the People Act, which safeguards voting rights, immediately. It's among the over 200 bipartisan bills the House has passed but McConnell refuses to bring up for a vote.
    • Tell the U.S. Census bureau it must count incarcerated people properly.
    • Tell Congress to stop voter suppression.
    • Become a citizen co-sponsor of the Constitutional Amendment to End Citizens United.
    • Email our state legislators and tell them to vote YES on common sense gun violence prevention bills.
  • Encourage high school students to register to vote by entering their high school in the 2020 Prom Callenge.
  • Listen to Alyssa Milano's pod cast, Sorry Not Sorry, and her interview with Seattle's  Tae Phoenix. Tae is a singer, songwriter, and activist who has appeared at many Indivisible Seattle rallies. While the senators were inside Congress, Phoenix was outside, getting arrested for demanding the senators do their jobs.
  • Support Washington state's effort to eliminate the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. Comment on SB6221 and its House companion bill, HB2344. Most puppies and kittens sold in Washington state pet stores are imported from puppy mills and kitten factories in the mid-west. If you aren't familiar with the tortured lives that breeder dogs and cats "live," read about it here.
The week of Feb. 7 to Feb. 13
Fri., Feb. 7, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Voices of the Majority: Debate Watch Party

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

Debate Watch Party. Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators while you watch. This is the first of three debates this month! Local candidates Tarra Simmons and Rebecca Parson were originally scheduled for this event, but are being rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 28. You can also meet Rebecca Parson on Feb. 13 (see below). More info here.

Fri., Feb. 7, 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Debate Watch Party at BLIS

747 Hanami Lane NE, BI

Come to BLIS and watch the presidential debate. Light snacks provided, and great company! Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. More info here.

Sat., Feb. 8, 10 am to 1:00 pm
First Door Knocking Event and Phone Banking Event of 2020

Harbor Square Community Room, 125 Ferncliff, BI (park on Winslow Way)
Feel the exhilaration of showing up for action! Inform neighbors of our presidential primary that's coming up on March 10 and the census.
Canvassing: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, bring a buddy and smart phone.
Phone banking: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Bring a laptop and smart phone.
Prepare by attending one of several work sessions to be scheduled the week of Feb. 3.
RSVP and get additional information by emailing Debbie Hollyer.

Sun, Feb. 9, 11:00 am to 1 pm
Kitsap County Organizing Bootcamp
7715 Eldorado Blvd NW, Bremerton

Join the Washington State Democrats to learn how to get active in your community in 2020! Whether you have been active with us for years or are looking to get involved for the first time, we need YOU to help us elect Democrats up and down the ballot this year! More info here.

Mon., Feb. 10, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Rep. Kilmer Facebook Live Townhall

To attend, visit http://www.facebook.com/derek.kilmer. At the start of the event, a live video will appear at the top of Kilmer’s newsfeed. Participants who are logged into Facebook should click on the live video to watch the event in real time. More info here.

 
Tues., Feb. 11, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
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
., Feb. 11, 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., Feb. 12, 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 and for the primary for CD-10 in California. 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., Feb. 12, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Rock the Vote!

Scrappy Art Lab, 123 Bjune Drive SE, Unit 109, BI (next to Cups, on Bjune)
Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. Let’s paint rocks to remind people to vote and place them around Winslow closer to the March 10 presidential primary. More info here.


Thurs., Feb. 13, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Come and meet Rebecca Parson!
Office Xpats in the Pavilion on Madison, upstairs in the large conference room
Please come and meet this strong candidate to represent our congressional district in Washington, D.C. She will speak about her platform, and then we will have a meet and greet. There will be light refreshments. More info here.

Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.
 
Feb. 14 to Feb. 20
Fri., Feb. 14, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Voices of the Majority: Debate Watch Party

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

Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators. More info here.

Mon., Feb. 17, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Planned Parenthood State-Wide Lobby Day
Washington State Capitol, 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia
Join fellow activists from across the state as we #PassPinkBills and advocate for reproductive rights here in Washington! More info here.

Tues
., Feb. 18, 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., Feb. 19, 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 or the primary for CD-10 in California. 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., Feb. 19, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Democratic Presidential Debate
This is the second debate this month.

Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.
 
Feb. 21 and beyond
Sun., Feb. 23, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Day of Remembrance, Day of Action
Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma
Join Tsuru for Solidarity, La Resistencia, Densho, and Seattle JACL for Day of Remembrance, Day of Action at Northwest Detention Center to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the Executive Order that incarcerated 126,000 citizens and immigrants of Japanese descent during WWII. Today, thousands of immigrants and refugees are confined in similar concentration camps. They are subjected to inhumane conditions, family separations, threats of deportation, and countless indignities. More info here.

Tues., Feb. 25, 1:45 pm to 4:00 pm (to be confirmed)
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 1:45 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 3:00 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.


Tues., Feb. 25, 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.

Tues., Feb. 25, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Democratic Presidential Debate
This is the third presidential debate this month.

Wed., Feb. 26, 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 or the primary for CD-10 in California. 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.

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, 4:30 pm - 7:30 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., Mar. 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.
 
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 our members of Congress and tell them to oppose S.2733 and H.R. 4907, the TRUST Act, introduced by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Mich). The introductory text benignly says the bill would “save and strengthen critical social contract programs of the Federal Government.” In fact, it would appoint bi-partisan commissions to look at the Medicare and Social Security Trust funds and recommend actions to Congress on how to “simplify” them – that is, cut benefits. The Trust Act has 10 co-sponsors, including Democrats Joe Manchin (WV), Kyrsten Cinema (AZ) and Mark Warner (VA). Read about the TRUST Act here. Thank Rep. Kilmer for co-sponsoring H.R.860, the Social Security 2100 Act, which would increase to $400,000 the amount of earned income subject to Social Security tax, thereby insuring its solvency. Tell our senators to become co-sponsors of S.269, the same bill in the Senate. Tell our members of Congress to be ready to pass this legislation day one of unified Democratic control of the federal government.
  2. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor H.R.287, “New England Coastal Protection Act.” H.R.287 would prohibit the Department of the Interior from issuing a lease for the exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas off the coast of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The bill has 20 co-sponsors, all from New England states. A similar bill, H.R.310 would do the same for west coast states. Thank Rep. Kilmer for co-sponsoring H.R.310 and tell him to join forces with the Rep. David Cicilline, who introduced H.R. 287. If our representatives would work together, they might get both coasts protected.
  3. Call our members of Congress and tell them to oppose the current “president’s” loosening of limits on our military’s use of land mines. Under Pres. Obama, the only use of landmines by the U.S. military was in the Korean Peninsula to protect South Korea. Once again, this is a case of needing to legislate something we thought could be handled by decency. Our senators should work with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who have all vowed to work on this issue. Read about it here. The majority of land mine victims are children; read about that here.
  4. Call our members of Congress and tell them to get to work on an amendment to the U.S. Constitution protecting voting rights. The Voting Rights Act has already been gutted by the Supreme Court, but at least a key part of the VRA is still in place: The ability for citizens to sue states when they feel their voting rights have been abridged. This month, a Trump appointed federal judge, Lisa Branch, issued a dissent in a case in which she argued that voters cannot sue states to enforce the VRA. This is an idea that is likely to spread to other conservative judges. Read about it here.
  5. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor H.R. 5607, The School Food Recovery Act of 2020, introduced by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) last month. The bill that would establish a grant program for schools to cut cafeteria food waste, with the goals of simultaneously reducing environmental impacts and improving student nutrition. The bill is bipartisan, with Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) an early co-sponsor. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) plans to introduce the bill in the Senate; tell our senators to become co-sponsors. Read about the bill here. Food waste is a big contributor toward climate change. Read about it here.
  6. Thank our members of Congress for their herculean effort to hold this president accountable.
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