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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

March 20, 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. Thanks to the "Trump" virus, the calendar is pretty empty, but this newsletter has plenty of ideas of things you can do to keep resisting. 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.




228 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Washington state primary for state offices and federal offices other than president is August 4, 2020, 137 days away.
 
Resisting from home
We can work right now get out the vote in November by working from home.

If you need to pick up postcards locally, please email holly@hollybrewer.com. $20 for 200 cards.

Additional tools:

Coronovirus online resources and news
  • Virtual Care Anywhere has board-certified doctors and nurse practitioners who are available 24/7 to provide consultation, diagnosis and treatment through video chat or over the phone. $35/consultation.
  • Donate personal protective equipment (such as masks)
  • Sew masks
  • Track the virus
  • Bainbridge Island Resource Info
  • Gov. Inslee's announcement of relief for businesses, workers, renters and more
  • Seattle help for businesses
  • EPA disinfectant information
  • WA financial help
  • Read about Sen. Wyden's bill requiring all states to have no-excuse-required vote by mail.
  • Read Working Washington's open letter to Gov. Inslee about lessening the economic impacts
  • Watch Rep. Pramila Jayapal's coronovus town hall held this week.
  • Read the NPR article about the judge who blocks a rule that would have kicked 700,000 people off of SNAP.Judge Blocks Rule That Would Have Kicked 700,000 People Off SNAP.
  • Help people stay out of jail when they can't afford bail
Right now!
Sign some petitions:
  • Ban all wildlife "wet" markets!
  • Support vote by mail in all states.
  • Fuse Washington's petition for support of sick leave, free coronavirus testing and extended unemployment insurance.
  • Support paid sick leave by signing this Daily Kos petition.
Postcard writing - pick up and delivery!
Postcard writing continues despite sheltering in place or maybe because of it!
  • Postcards on Wednesday is offering pick up and delivery of cards, stamps and addresses. See the "Pick up Postcards on Wednesday" events on March 25 and April 1 for details. Currently we are getting addresses through www.postcardstovoters.org (aka "Tony the Democrat"), but soon we'll be writing for candidates in Virginia through www.postcards4VA.com and candidates here in Washington state through www.postcards4WA.com.
  • North Kitsap Indivisible is offering delivery of postcards and addresses in the Poulsbo/Squamish area. Email Carolyn to request a delivery.
  • Bill McClain of Voices of the Majority is offering to give cards and addresses to people who are willing to pick them up from Office Xpats in the Pavilion on Madison. Email Bill McClain by noon on Friday, March 20 if you want to pick materials up from him.
Or, go to www.postcardstovoters.org to sign up to get addresses on your own.
 
Vote Forward
Vote Forward is another way of communicating with voters through the mail. The idea is to write letters to infrequent voters in key swing states (Texas and Arizona, for example) telling them why you vote and how important voting is in general. The second key idea is to "bank" these letters until it's time to mail them 10 days before the November 3 election.

Go to VoteFwd.org to sign up. It takes a few days to get approval. Once approved, you "adopt" a group of five or twenty voters from any of the many state and congressional districts that are available. Click the name of each voter, and the web site generates the form letter for that voter. Print each form letter and hand write your reason for voting on the form. Put the form in the envelope you address by hand. Put a stamp on it and bank it. Then adopt another group of voters and repeat.

It's an easy and productive way to keep building the blowout Big Blue Wave we need to save our democracy in November, coronavirus be damned.
March 20 to March 26
Fri., March 13, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - working virtually this week and next
Voices of the Majority

Office Xpats in the Pavilion, 403 Madison Ave N #240, upstairs in the large conference room
Here's a great list of actions that can be done from home:
  • Susan Rogan's List COVID-19 Special Edition
  • Call (360-786-7842), email or write (PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504) our state representative Drew Hansen to thank him for his votes in favor of bills to restrict access to high capacity magazines (HB 2240/SB 6077), create an Office of Firearm Violence Prevention (SB 6288), and require basic safety training to carry a concealed firearm (HB 1315/SB 6294). Bill did just that last week and received a personal reply that included this insight: "...our district is *very* divided on this issue so it’s good to hear from people who support where I come out! -Drew"
  • Encourage everyone to Vote By Mail during -- and after -- the Coronavirus outbreak. It’s easy to request an absentee ballot and there’s still enough time to do so for most states with upcoming primaries. Share this ACLU link with friends in CT, DE, GA, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, WDC, WV & WI.
  • Here's a good note from Postcards for Virginia about postcarding as "craftivism".
  • If you would like a supply of postcards and addresses to write postcards to voters in Florida, please let us know how many you'd like by Friday at noon, and we'll have them for you to pick up at the front desk at Office Xpats. Or, if you have your own postcards (here's a link for postage-paid cards from the post office), we can simply email the addresses to you.
Tues., March 24, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm - not meeting this week
Kitchen Table Activists

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

Ordinarily, 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. Not meeting for the foreseeable future. Contact Debbie for updates.

Wed., March 25, 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm - distributing postcards and lists
Pick up Postcards on Wednesday

Town & Country, 343 Winslow Way E, BI

Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. We'll hand out cards and lists for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign in front of T&C, facing Winslow Way. Or, if you would prefer, cards and lists for Judge Jill Karofsky, who is running for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. How are we going to turn the very-gerrymandered Wisconsin blue again? It's by electing Democrats to the Wisconsin Supreme Court!

If you plan to pick up cards and lists, please email Kathy with the list and number of addresses you want. We can also deliver postcards on Bainbridge Island by sending Kathy an email. In the email, be sure to include whether you want a Florida VBM list or a Judge Jill list and how many addresses you want, as well as your address and a phone number. Deliveries will be made the afternoon of March 25.

Or, sign up to get addresses yourself. It's easy. Go to www.postcardstovoters.org.

Writing postcards to Florida has already proven itself to be having a tremendously good impact on Florida Democratic voters and we want to keep it going even when sheltering in place. More info here.


Postcards on Wednesday needs 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 the generous people who have already donated!
March 27 through April 2
Fri., March 27, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - not meeting this week
Voices of the Majority

Office Xpats in the Pavilion, 403 Madison Ave N #240, upstairs in the large conference room
Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators. More info here.

Mon., March 23, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Webinar: Investing in a Time of Climate Change

Investing for Change with Jodi Neuman, Trillium Asset Management
Learn how you can invest your money to fight climate change. Register for this online seminar here. More info here.


Tues., March 31, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm - not meeting this week
Kitchen Table Activists

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

Ordinarily, 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., April 1, 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm - distributing postcards and lists
Pick up Postcards on Wednesday

Town & Country, 343 Winslow Way E, BI
Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. We'll hand out cards and lists for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign in front of T&C, facing Winslow Way. Or, if you would prefer, cards and lists for Judge Jill Karofsky, who is running for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. How are we going to turn the very-gerrymandered Wisconsin blue again? It's by electing Democrats to the Wisconsin Supreme Court!

If you plan to pick up cards and lists, please email Kathy with the list and number of addresses you want. We can also deliver postcards on Bainbridge Island by sending Kathy an email. In the email, be sure to include whether you want a Florida VBM list or a Judge Jill list and how many addresses you want, as well as your address and a phone number. Deliveries will be made the afternoon of April 1.

Or, sign up to get addresses yourself. It's easy. Go to www.postcardstovoters.org.

Writing postcards to Florida has already proven itself to be having a tremendously good impact on Florida Democratic voters and we want to keep it going even while sheltering in place. More info here.

Postcards on Wednesday needs 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 the generous people who have already donated!


Tues., March. 31, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm - likely to be canceled
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 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. The last meeting was in January. Read the notes from that meeting here. This meeting is normally that last Tuesday of the month. Check here to make sure the meeting hasn't been postponed or 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

We suggest emailing because staffers are working at home now.
  1. Email Sen. Murray and thank her for trying to amend H.R.6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” to guarantee two weeks of paid sick leave and 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to all U.S. employees and independent contractors. That was in the original House bill but was negotiated down to 20% of workers during negotiations with the Senate (because Republicans are so pro-life). Sen. Murray’s amendment failed along a party-line vote, with 51 Republicans voting against and all Democrats voting in favor. (Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) did not vote.) Read about it here. The Senate finally passed the bill and the “president” signed it on March 18. Now Congress is working on a fiscal stimulus bill. Tell our members of Congress no bailouts for corporations (as a Republican would say to a poor person, "they should have managed their money better") and no $1,000 checks to households with income over a certain amount, for example, $100,000 a year for a family of four. Check the last segment of the Thursday, March 19 episode of "All in With Chris Hayes" for former Dept. of Labor Secretary Robert Reich's thoughts on a more consistent way to keep small businesses from going under. Check the video of Hayes' interview with Sen. Doug Jones where Jones talked about using payroll processing companies (ADP) to distribute federal dollars to employees.
  2. Email our members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor H.J.Res.7/S.J.Res.17, “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States.” All journeys begin with a first step. We need to take that step. As we know, a presidential candidate needs 270 out out 538 electoral college votes to win the presidency. Today, every state legislature has delegated to the voters the decision of which electors (Democrats or Republicans) the state sends to the Electoral College for the final vote to choose a president. A little known fact is that the Constitution allows states to appoint electors, as was the practice when the Constitution was first adopted. Thanks to gerrymandering, Republicans control the legislatures of 28 states. Collectively, these states have 294 electoral votes. Does anyone think Trump would not ask these GOP-controlled legislatures to cancel their statewide presidential elections and assign their electors to him, especially if elections are canceled due to a national emergency, such as coronovirus? The Republican governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine, canceled that state’s presidential primary election, which was scheduled for March 17. Read more here. and here.
  3. Email Sen. Cantwell and Rep. Kilmer and tell them to co-sponsor S.26/H.R.92, respectively, the “Vote By Mail Act of 2019.”  Thank Sen. Murray for already being a co-sponsor. This bill requires states to allow voting in federal elections to be by mail without additional conditions or requirements, except a deadline for returning the ballot. States must mail ballots to individuals registered to vote in a federal election not later than two weeks before the election. The U.S. Postal Service must carry ballots mailed by a state expeditiously and free of postage. This bill authorizes automatic voter registration of individuals through state motor vehicle authorities.” Read why we need nationwide Vote by Mail here.
  4. Email Rep. Kilmer and thank him for voting in favor of S.J.Res.68 “To direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.” Two days later (as a Trump-bungled epidemic unfolded before our eyes) the current “president” ordered the bombing of Iran-backed militias. Read about it here.
  5. Email Rep. Kilmer and tell him to support H.R.557 the “Protect Patriot Spouses Act,” to protect military spouses from being at risk of deportation because of our immigration laws. The bill would make certain alien military spouses eligible for adjustment to permanent residence status. It was introduced by Darren Soto, (D-Fla.), when Alejandra Juarez was deported to Mexico after living in the United States for 20 years with no criminal record. Alejandra’s husband “Temo,” is a naturalized citizen and U.S. Marine who served in combat in Iraq. Tell Rep. Kilmer to co-sponsor a related bill, H.R.581, which would allow Alejandra to return to the United States with permanent resident status. Read about it here.
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