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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Actions

Jan. 3, 2020


Happy New Year! 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.


305 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Iowa caucus is February 3, 2020, 31 days away.

The Washington state presidential primary is March 10, 2020, 67 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,  214 days away.


This newsletter was prepared by Holly Brewer and Kathy Wallace.
Impeachment News & Actions
  • Sign up to make calls to progressive voters in states with Republican senators urging them to call their senators and ask them to hold a fair and balanced impeachment trial.
  • Join North Kitsap Indivisible this Sunday, Jan. 5, from 1 pm to 3:15 pm at the intersection of Highway 104 (Bond Road) and Miller Bay Road in Kingston for a "Nobody Is Above the Law" Remove Rally. More info here.
  • Watch and share the video, "What Are They Hiding," from Republicans for the Rule of Law.
  • Use the Republicans for the Rule of Law web site to call our senators and demand a fair impeachment trial in the Senate. Or call Senator Murray (202-224-2621) and Senator Cantwell (202-224-3441) directly to voice your support for a fair impeachment trial with direct witnesses John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Mick Mulvaney Robert Blair (a senior adviser to Mulvaney), and Michael Duffey (associate director for national security at the Office of Management and Budget).
  • Sign the Daily Kos petition to Supreme Court Justice Roberts telling him to disqualify any senators who refuse to hold a fair impeachment trial.
When a cartoon says it all
From Randy Bish at https://www.cagle.com:

Act right now
  • Sign a petition:
    • Sign the petition that will be delivered to Seaker Pelosi today asking that she sponsor the Green New Deal.
    • Sign the Ocean Conservancy petition to protect the Arctic from shipping.
    • Sign the Daily Kos petition thanking Rep. John Lewis for his leadership. Lewis announced this week that he is undergoing treatment for stage IV pancreatic cancer.
    • Sign the Credo Action petition telling our members of Congress to block the new tax scam the Republicans are preparing for the Fall, just in time for the November election.
    • Sign the Credo Action petition demanding the resignation of Stephen Miller, the architect of our country's current "immigration policy."
  • Get up to speed on Washington's very own Matt Shea:
    • Read the Seattle Times editorial demanding the expulsion of Republican state Rep. Matt Shea from the Washington legislature for promoting white nationalism. A recent investigation concluded that "Shea carried out domestic terrorism and concludes that he 'presents a present and growing threat of risk to others through political violence.'”
    • News of Shea has spread around the world. Read The Guardian's coverage.
    • Sign the Fuse Washington petition demanding that the Washington state legislature expel Matt Shea.
  • Comment on proposed rules that threaten Americans in the Social Security Disability program. Prepare to comment by reading some articles: RawStory.com, Forbes.com
  • Keep track of the Democratic presidential candidates' positions on the issues via Indivisible.org.
  • Use the Sunrise Movement's tracker to track the climate positions of Warren, Biden and Sanders.
  • Read about the silly eastern Washington representative's plan to ship problem wolves to Bainbridge Island.
This week, Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, 2020
Fri., Jan. 3, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - not meeting today
Voices of the Majority
Office Xpats above the movie theater on Madison
Resuming Friday, January 10.

Sat., Jan. 4, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Kingston Action Workshop
Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Rd NE, Kingston

It’s time to gear up for Action! How do you want to make your voice heard in Olympia in the 2020 legislative session? More info, plus information about applying for this workshop here.

Sat., Jan. 4, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Walk & Talk with Commissioner Gelder
Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center, 370 Brien Drive SE, BI

Kitsap County Commissioner Gelder will walk and talk about topics important to us. These monthly Walk & Talk happen on the first Saturday of each month around the district. More info here.

Sun., Jan. 5, 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm
North Kitsap Indivisible Sunday "Nobody Is Above the Law" Remove Rally

Corner of Hwy 104 (Bond Rd) and Miller Bay Rd near Albertsons
Great response every week, and it's always a lot of fun. Come for the whole time or just a snippet. Spare signs available. Just show up! Email questions or comments. More info here.


Mon., Jan. 6, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
North Kitsap Indivisible Postcard Writing
Come for the whole time or just a little while or just drop by and pick up some addresses and postcards. Everything supplied including postage. More info here. Email NorthKitsapIndivisible@gmail.com or call Carollynn at 360-265-3836 for information on the meeting location in Poulsbo.

Tues., Jan. 7, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm - check to confirm meeting date and time

Kitchen Table Activists
600 Winslow Way (basement meeting room), Bainbridge Island
KTA meets weekly to pool resources, skills and concerns into supportive, informative and productive Action. Drop-in and share what's plaguing your mind and your heart. Bring laptops, phones, news clips, ideas and unshakeable will. Be ready to tap into Your Power and Take ACTION!


Wed., Jan. 8, 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're back after taking a holiday break. We've got lists for a state senate race in Kentucky (the list must be finished today!) and for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign. The word from Tony The Democrat is that we're now half way through the campaign of sending a postcard to the address of all Florida Democratic households. Read about it here.

Thurs., Jan. 9, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Movies That Matter: The Biggest Little Farm

Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave N, BI
Please join Bainbridge Island Forum for a special screening of The Biggest Little Farm, which chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. More info here.


Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.


The week of Jan. 10 to Jan. 16

Fri., Jan. 10, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority
Office Xpats above the movie theater on Madison
After a holiday break, Voices of the Majority will be writing postcards to voters and contacting legislators around the country. More info here.


Sat., Jan 11, 10:00 am to noon
Climate & Energy Forum: 2020 Climate Legislation

Bainbridge Island Library, 1270 Madison Ave N, BI
The Bainbridge Island Climate & Energy Forum is hosting a presentation and discussion about federal, state and island legislation concerning climate change in 2020; learn what you can do now to help support these efforts; take advantage of this chance to engage with legislators including U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, State Senator Christine Rolfes and City Council member Joe Deets. More info here.


Sat., Jan. 11, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Civic Action 2020 Convention – 23rd Legislative District
Bainbridge Island Fire Department, 8895 Madison Ave NE, BI
Don’t miss an afternoon of ’unprecedented organizing and unprecedented mobilizing,' as Rep. Ayanna Presley described it. Together We Will Reclaim Our Democracy & Reaffirm Our National Integrity. Registration requested to help with planning. Include your family, friends and neighbors. This event is sponsored by the 23rd LD Democrats. Register here. More info here.

Sun., Jan. 12, 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm
North Kitsap Indivisible Sunday "Nobody Is Above the Law" Remove Rally

Corner of Hwy 104 (Bond Rd) and Miller Bay Rd near Albertsons
Great response every week, and it's always a lot of fun. Come for the whole time or just a snippet. Spare signs available. Just show up! Email questions or comments. More info here.

Sun., Jan. 12, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Free Range Films: "The Providers"

Ground Zero Center for Non-Violent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Road, Poulsbo.
Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and the opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. More info here.


Tues., Jan. 14, 11:10 am to 12:30 pm -  date to be confirmed
Postcarding Before Meeting w/ Sens. Murray and Cantwell's Staffers
Cafe Hitchcock Express, 821 2nd Ave., Seattle
Please join Indivisible Bainbridge Island in the galley (look for Holly) on the 10:25 a.m. ferry for writing winter-themed postcards to our senators and representatives urging them to support the Green New Deal. Or bring your own letters and cards for an impactful visual when we photograph the staffers receiving them. We'll also hand deliver the postcards to representatives for you. No one said it would be easy, so we must keep this issue in front of our members of Congress.

Tues., Jan. 14, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm - date 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.

Tues., Jan. 14, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists
600 Winslow Way (basement meeting room), Bainbridge Island
KTA meets weekly to pool resources, skills and concerns into supportive, informative and productive Action. Drop-in and share what's plaguing your mind and your heart. Bring laptops, phones, news clips, ideas and unshakeable will. Be ready to tap into Your Power and Take ACTION!

Tues., Jan. 14, time to be determined
Seventh Democratic Presidential Debate

The seventh debate will be held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, although it could be rescheduled if a conflict arises with the Senate trial of President Trump. This debate will be hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register. As of Dec. 27, Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg and Klobuchar have qualified for this debate, according to Wikipedia.


Wed., Jan. 15, 2:00 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 probably be writing postcards to voters in Florida encouraging them to sign up to Vote by Mail. Why? Because in this very important swing state, Democratic votes are routinely suppressed by long lines and antiquated voting machines incapable of generating a paper ballot and of being audited. All materials provided; donations happily accepted. We've figured that we wrote 3,200 cards last year. Let's beat that number! Come for all or part of the time. Want to learn how to write postcards from home or start your own group? Email Kathy.


Wed., Jan. 15, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Rock the Vote!

Scrappy Art Lab, 123 Bjune Drive SE, Unit 109, BI
Please come and join Indivisible Bainbridge Island in this fun, new art lab! Suggested donation: $5 to cover costs of wine, snacks and materials. Kids welcome! Come and socialize! We vote in the primary on March 10th, so let’s paint rocks to remind people to vote. We can place them around Winslow closer to the time. Remember that 16 year olds can now register to vote so that they can get their ballots automatically when they are 18. Please email Holly to RSVP so we know how many people to plan for.


Thurs., Jan. 16, 5:30 pm to :00 pm
Enviro Lobby Day Phone Bank

Join Fuse Washington and three other groups to call environmental activists and recruit them for the Environmental Priorities Coalition Lobby Day in Olympia on January 30th with the goal of passing new laws to protect the environment. More info here.


Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.

Beyond Jan. 16

Fri., Jan. 17, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority
Office Xpats above the movie theater on Madison
Voices of the Majority will be writing postcards to voters and contacting legislators around the country.

Sat., Jan. 18, 10:00 am to noon

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.

Sun., Jan. 19, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Move & Be Moved – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
550 Winslow Way E, BI
Join Bainbridge Island Museum of Art for an afternoon celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day featuring a program of art, poetry, performance, music, conversation, the Awesome Praise gospel choir, and words by members of the Suquamish Tribe, and special guests Quess? Moore, and Mike Barnet. More info here.


Tues., Jan. 21, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Kitchen Table Activists
600 Winslow Way (basement meeting room), Bainbridge Island
KTA meets weekly to pool resources, skills and concerns into supportive, informative and productive Action. Drop-in and share what's plaguing your mind and your heart. Bring laptops, phones, news clips, ideas and unshakeable will. Be ready to tap into Your Power and Take ACTION!

Wed., Jan. 22, 2:00 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 probably be writing postcards to voters in Florida encouraging them to sign up to Vote by Mail. Why? Because in this very important swing state, Democratic votes are routinely suppressed by long lines and antiquated voting machines incapable of generating a paper ballot and of being audited. All materials provided; donations happily accepted. We've figured that we wrote 3,200 cards last year. Let's beat that number! Come for all or part of the time. Want to learn how to write postcards from home or start your own group? Email Kathy.

Thurs., Jan. 23, 10:00 am to noon
BI Public Hearing: 87 room hotel
Bainbridge Island City Hall, 280 Madison Ave N, BI
A public hearing on the Winslow Hotel will be held in the Council Chambers. This hearing was previously scheduled for Dec. 19. More info here.

Fri., Jan. 24, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cowspiracy The Sustainability Secret
Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4418 Perry Ave NE, Bremerton
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. More info here.

Tues., Jan. 28, 2:00 pm to 4:00 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 2:00 pm at Fraiche Cup (105 Washington Ave in Bremerton, near the ferry terminal) for 45 minutes 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. Normally we meet the last Tuesday of the month, but it's changed this month to accommodate Christmas.


Thurs., Jan. 30, 9:30 am to noon
Trial of the Seattle Six
Federal Court House, 700 Stewart St., Seattle

The six protesters were arrested August 6 at Sen. Maria Cantwell's Seattle office when they refused to leave her office until she responded to the request made 35 days earlier that she visit the detention camps and hold a town hall forum on the abusive conditions there. More info here.

Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.
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 thank him for voting in favor of impeachment. Call our senators and tell them to vote “yes” on removing the current “president” from office. He has proven himself to be a danger to our democratic republic by inviting foreign assistance from Ukraine and China (in public, who knows what other countries in private) to get himself re-elected and continue his crime spree for another four years. With the risk of war with Iran and North Korea increasing due to this president's reckless foreign policy (if you could call it that), allowing this president to stay in office is increasingly dangerous. Read more here and a New York Times article here.
  2. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor H.R.1428, the Transportation Infrastructure for Job Creation Act, introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters in the House; Call our senators and tell them to work with Sen. Kamala Harris who plans to introduce the same bill in the Senate. The bill would provide $7.5 billion in supplemental appropriations to the Department of Transportation to remain available through FY2024 for national infrastructure investments under a competitive grant program known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants program. Read about it here.
  3. Call our members of Congress and tell them to investigate the awarding of a $400 million contract to a North Dakota company named Fisher Sand and Gravel. According to the Washington Post, the owner of the company, Tommy Fisher, appeared on Fox News several times in March and April, 2019. Since then, Trump has repeatedly pushed the Army Corps of Engineers to pick the firm — only to be told that Fisher’s bids did not meet standards. Read about it here.
  4. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor H.R.4996, The Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services Act of 2019. Also known as "the Helping MOMS Act," H.R.4996 would incentivize state-level Medicaid extension to the entire postpartum period and invest in maternal-specific public health. Currently, the majority of pregnancy-related deaths in America happen after the day of delivery, and nearly one-quarter of deaths happen more than six weeks postpartum. Read about it here.
  5. Call our state senator (Sen. Rolfes, 360-786-7644, and representatives (Rep. Hansen, 360-786-7842 and Rep. Appleton, and tell them to support the Strengthen Healthy Youth Act in 2020. Washington is one of the 21 states that does not require sex education to be taught in schools at all. Last October, the Battle Ground School Board decided the district will not teach sex education in its curriculum because it is not required by state law. Let’s change that. Every young person deserves the right to be informed about reproductive health, gender identity, and consent. More info here.
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