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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Actions

Jan. 10, 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.


Dates to Remember
The Seattle Womxn's March is Saturday, Jan. 18, 1 to 4 pm, starting from Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave, Seattle.




297 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Iowa caucus is February 3, 2020, 24 days away.

The Washington state presidential primary is March 10, 2020, 60 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,  207 days away.
Impeachment News & Actions
Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has directed Rep. Jerry Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, to prepare a resolution that the House will vote on, that will appoint managers and that will transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

Read about it here.

 
Act right now
  • Sign a petition:
    • Sign the Women's March National petition telling Congress "No War with Iran."
    • Sign Rep. Barbara Lee's petition for "No War With Iran."
    • Sign MoveOn.org's "No War With Iran" petition.
  • Take action on climate change:
    • Help animals burned by the wildfires in Australia. An estimated 1 billion koalas, kangaroos and others have died from the fires, but many are alive and in need of help. Here's another way to help. They need knitted and sewed items. Get the info here and instructions here.
    • Call our members of Congress (phone numbers below) and tell them to support the Green New Deal. That's S. Res. 59 in the Senate and H. Res. 109 in the House. Australians were warned repeatedly about about how climate change would affect Australia. Still, they elected a conservative prime minister who wants to maintain and grow Australia's position as the biggest exporter of coal in the world. We don't have to be like Australia.
  • Sign up for 350 WA Civic Action Team. You'll receive one e-mail a week and/or one text a week keeping up with climate bills as they move through the Washington state legislature. More info here.
  • Call our senators and tell them to co-sponsor S.1039, Sen. Tom Udall's bill entitled "Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019." Our senator's phone numbers are below.
  • Read about Iranian-Americans being detained at the Canada/U.S. border. Read this article from the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network. Donate to CAIR lawyers trying to help them. Know your rights.
  • Donate to the Seattle Womxn's March coming up on Jan. 18 (next Saturday!) They've raised about one fifth of their $15,000 goal. Time's running out!
  • Check out Remove 45's web site and their action tool kit.
  • Donate to fight the proposed 84-room hotel in Winslow.
This week, 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.

Mon., Jan. 13, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
League of Women Voters/ Training to Become a Census Ambassador

Port Orchard Library, 87 Sidney Ave, Port Orchard
LWV will offer training to “Census Ambassadors” , volunteers who will become informed about the census process and who will share that information as part of a massive program of public education. More info here.


Tues., Jan. 14, 11:10 am to 12:30 pm
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 unshakable will. Be ready to tap into Your Power and Take ACTION!

Tues., Jan. 14, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Seventh Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party

BLIS, 747 Hanami Lane NE, BI
BLIS is a new apartment complex behind Harbor Square. All are welcome. If you have a problem with logistics, call Holly at 509-270-3457. Snacks & drinks provided, and you are welcome to bring your favorite food or beverage to share. With only six candidates qualifying as of 1/9, it's bound to be a more interesting debate. Don't miss it! More info here.

Tues., Jan. 14, 6 pm to 8:00 pm
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 impeachment trial of the current "president." This debate will be hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register. As of Jan. 10, Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Steyer 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 be writing to voters in Texas, urging them to vote in the run-off election for Dr. Eliz Markowitz. We may also have addresses for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign or Anna Eastman, also running in Texas. We wrote 125 cards last week; let's see if we can write more this week! 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, 6:30 am to 10:30 am
Sex Ed House Hearing Day

The House Education Committee is holding a hearing on a sex education bill and the bill's authors need YOU there in support! It’s our first chance to show just how much support there is for sex ed, which is not required in public schools, in Washington. One school district has already discontinued sex education because it is not required. More info here.

Thurs., Jan. 16, 5:30 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.


The week of Jan. 17 to Jan. 23

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.

Sun., Jan. 19, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

KEC PRESENTS Free Encore Film Showing
Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Rd NE, Kingston
Join KEC for an encore showing of an inspiring & beautiful film, CALL OF THE FOREST: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, as we prepare for tree planting events in February and April. More info here.


Mon., Jan. 20, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Day of Action in Olympia to End Mass Incarceration in Washington
Washington State Capitol Museum, 211 West 21st Ave
Olympia
Join Prison Voice Washington in Olympia on MLK day for a day of action to end mass incarceration in Washington state! Meet on the south steps of the capitol. 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.

Wed., Jan. 22, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Tarra Simmons Campaign Kickoff with Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib

Kiana Lodge, 14976 Sandy Hook Rd NE #7868, Poulsbo
You're invited to the campaign kick-off to elect Democrat Tarra Simmons for State Representative, 23rd District, succeeding Rep. Sherry Appleton. Co-hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. More info here.

Thurs., Jan. 23, 9:00 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 at 10 am. Protesters will gather along Madison in front of the City Hall at 9:00 am and move inside for the hearing at 10 am.
 More info here.
Beyond Jan. 23
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 our senators and demand a fair impeachment trial in the Senate that includes witnesses and documents. Tell our senators to use the leverage they have to slow the Senate down on any other matter. They can, for example: 1) withhold unanimous consent on anything and everything. The majority party must get 60 votes to end debate (“invoke cloture”) and move forward on most pieces of legislation. By refusing to end debate voluntarily, a single senator can force the majority party to get 60 votes in order to move forward. 2) They can deny a quorum. The Constitution requires that 51 senators be present for the Senate to do any work, but this requirement is ignored most of the time. Stop ignoring it. Any senator can rise at any time and demand a quorum. If there aren’t 51 Senators present, legislative business cannot resume until enough Senators return (Democrats should refuse to return). 3) Place holds on any legislation or nomination the Republicans want to move forward. Read more here and here. Read about holds here.
  2. Call our senators and tell them to support Democratic resolutions to prevent war with Iran. Read about it here. Call Rep. Kilmer and thank him for his vote in favor of the House resolution.
  3. Call our members of Congress and tell them to investigate the Trump administration’s doling out of family planning funds to a network of anti-abortion clinics that refuse to dispense even a condum. Tell Rep. Kilmer to stop appropriating money to Obria, the company that runs the clinics. Read about it here.
  4. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him to vote "no" on the bill that would transfer the Secret Service from the Dept. of Homeland Security back to the Treasury Department if that bill is modified (as Sec. Steve Mnuchin wants) to change the reporting requirements on how much the Secret Service spends securing the current "president's" travel until after the presidential election in 2020. Mnuchin wants the Secret Service returned to his department, but he doesn't want the disclosure rules that are currently in the bill. quite a bit. Read about it here and here. According to the GAO, Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Largo cost about $1.3 million each. His total golf tab in three years is an estimated $115 million. In the Senate, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has been advocating for the strengthened disclosure rules in this bill. Tell our senators to support Feinstein's efforts.
  5. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor H.R. 2245, the CECIL Act. The bill would prohibit all importation and exportation of species listed under the Endangered Species Act, including species proposed to be listed, in order to prevent a surge in hunting of the animal prior to its official listing. The bill would impose a total ban on importing hunting trophies of elephants or lions taken in Tanzania, Zimbabwe or Zambia. It would also ban the import of other sport-hunted trophies of "threatened species or endangered species" unless the country where it was hunted adequately provides for the species' conservation. Call our senators and tell them to work with Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona to introduce the bill in the Senate. President Obama used an executive order to ban trophy hunting imports, but the current “president” announced in 2018 that the Fish and Wildlife Service will now allow "trophy" imports of dead elephants and lions on a "case-by-case" basis. It would be interesting to know how many of those "cases" have "Trump" as a last name.
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