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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

March 27, 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. With the exception of a virtual meet and great with Tarra Simmons on April 4, 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.




221 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Washington state primary for state offices and federal offices other than president is August 4, 2020, 130 days away.
 
Resisting from home
We can work right now get out the vote in November by working from home.

See Postcard Writing - Everything You Need to Know (below), for all the current information for getting postcards and addresses.

Additional tools:

Coronovirus online resources
Ways to help
  • The Seattle Times list of groups in the Puget Sound area that need help because of the coronavirus
  • Mary's Place, a homeless shelter for familes in Seattle, is asking the community to make isolation kits for guests who may need to recover in a private space. Those kits could include bottled water, cough drops, hand sanitizer, individual Tylenol packets, tissue packets, snacks, coloring books, Pedialyte, puzzles, etc. Email info@marysplaceseattle.org for more information. Volunteers and financial contributions welcome.
  • Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center urgently needs size 6 diapers, diaper wipes and new booster car seats
  • Volunteer to make medical masks for Evergreen Health
  • Volunteer to make medical masks for CHI Franciscan
Good news
Sign some petitions
Postcard writing - everything you need to know
Postcard writing continues despite sheltering in place or maybe because of it!
  • Postcards on Wednesday is offering the pick up of postcards, stamps, address lists from the box on Holly's front porch at 8824 NE New London Court. No need to coordinate a day or time. Just take what you need. She's trying to keep at least four sets of ten cards available every day, ready to go. If you would like a list of addresses emailed to you, email Kathy and specify how many addresses you want and the type of list you want. Currently, we get addresses from postcardstovoters.org. Right now, lists are available for Florida VBM campaign and Judge Jill Karofsky, running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Her election is April 7, so this is the last week to write for Judge Jill. Drop-off donations welcome! Anyone who can't write postcards but wants to donate to the cause, please send your donation to Holly at the address above. Many thanks to those who have made donations!
  • North Kitsap Indivisible is offering delivery of postcards and addresses in the Poulsbo/Suquamish area. Email Carolyn to request a delivery.
  • Bill McClain of "Voices of the Majority" can email addresses to you.
Get your own addresses:
  • www.postcardstovoters.org: The sign-up process includes writing a sample card, taking a photo and emailing it to them. It takes a couple of days to get approval.
  • https://www.postcards2wi.com: Run by Indivisible Alliance Chicago. They just finished a 600,000 card campaign in Wisconsin for the Wisconsin primary and are planning a campaign in Michigan. Sign up now to be alerted when the next campaign starts.
  • https://postcards4va.com: Already writing and "banking/warehousing" postcards for their two most vulnerable Virginia congressional representatives: Elaine Luria (CD2) and Abigail Spanberger (CD7).  For their updated 2020 postcard writing guidelines, click here.
  • http://www.postcards4wa.com Focusing on Washington LD candidates. Should be up after May 15.

Get your own postcards:

  • Order volunteer-designed, pre-printed postcards from postcardstovoters.org, where the lowest-cost cards are 14 cents each and sold in packs of 50 or 100 with free shipping. See https://postcardstovoters.org/postcards/ for details.
  • Order postcards from USPS.com. They are 39 cents each and include the stamp. They come in packs of 10. They are a bit smaller than the postcards we normally use, and other than the printed flower stamp, they have no graphics. To order, use this web address:
    https://store.usps.com/store/product/cards-envelopes/azulillo-stamped-card-S_250004
  • Buy your own card stock. Postcards on Wednesday has been using Neenah Bright White Cardstock, 8-1/2 x 11 inches, 65 lb. A pack of 250 sheets is $12.98 at Amazon.com and is eligible for free shipping if you have Prime. The same card stock is available in packs of 80 from Walmart.com for $3.97 for pickup only. You'll need to cut the cards yourself with a paper cutter or scissors.
  • You can also buy 8-1/2 x 11 inch postcard sheets that are perforated so you can tear them apart after printing instead of cutting them. Get them from Avery. The web address is https://www.avery.com/products/cards/8387 for plain card stock. $17.50 for 50 sheets (200 cards), plus $3 shipping. If you want to design your card and have them print it, go to https://www.avery.com/templates/838.

Print your own cards (optional):

  • Postcards on Wednesday can email you the templates we're using right now as well as templates we've used in the past. Email Kathy and tell her which templates you want. These templates are designed for 8-1/2 x 11 inch sheets that are cut into four postcards.
  • You can also download free templates from postcardstovoters.org at https://postcardstovoters.org/templates/
  • https://postcards4va.com has some templates specifically for Virginia.
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.
Events March 27 to April 2
Fri., March 27, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - not meeting this week or next
Voices of the Majority

Office Xpats in the Pavilion, 403 Madison Ave N #240, upstairs in the large conference room

Here's a powerful list of actions each of us can take from home: Tues., March. 31, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm - cancelled
Meeting with Rep. Kilmer's staffers
Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St., Bremerton
In ordinary times, 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.


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

Wed., April 1, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm - not meeting this week, BUT you can
Pick Up Postcards At Any Time
Instead of meeting, we're making stamps, postcards and address lists
available for pick-up at Holly's house, 8824 NE New London Court, BI. No need to arrange a day or time. Pick up at any time from the box on Holly's porch. Let's keep writing from home! 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 the generous people who have already donated!
Events April 3 through April 9
Fri., April 3, 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.

Sat., April 4, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Zoom Call with Tarra Simmons, candidate for LD 23

Hosted by Mary Clare Kersten, Ron Peltier, Michael Pollack and Indivisible Bainbridge Island
Listen, learn and donate from home! Guest: $50, Friend: $100, Supporter: $250, Co-host: $500, Sponsor: $1,000. Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated. RSVP by emailing Bridget@bobmanconsulting.com or calling 206-395-9840. Read about Tarra Simmons and her progressive candidacy.


Tues., April 7, 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., April 1, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm - not meeting this week, BUT you can
Pick Up Postcards At Any Time
Instead of meeting, we're making stamps, postcards and address lists
available for pick-up at Holly's house, 8824 NE New London Court, BI. No need to arrange a day or time. Pick up at any time from the box on Holly's porch. Let's keep writing from home! 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 the generous people who have already donated!
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 our members of Congress and tell them to demand the current “president” invoke the Defense Production Act. Individual states are competing with each other to get desperately needed personal protective equipment. They are also competing with FEMA and the rest of the world for the same equipment. Medical staff in New York City are using garbage bags to try to protect themselves, just as they are doing in Italy. As recently as yesterday, the current “president” denied that there are any shortages the Defense Production Act would remedy. Read about it here. Tell our members of Congress to co-sponsor Sen. Chris Murphy’s and Sen. Brian Schatz’s “Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act.” (This bill has not yet been assigned a number.)
  2. Email our members of Congress and thank them for passing an economic support bill that is not a total give-away to corporate CEOs. Republicans wanted the federal government to purchase $3 billion of oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve but Democrats successfully fought to eliminate that bailout of the oil & gas industry. Still, as of yesterday, the bill contains some insidious provisions, such as allowing employers to stop paying into Social Security for at least the rest of the year—potentially threatening the program’s long-term financial health, especially if the current “president” is re-elected and employers are never required to make up the lost payments. The bill also includes a provision allowing the FDA to approve ‘innovative’ sunscreens that happen to be made in Florence, Ky., by L’Oreal. Read more here. The bill includes $400 million to help states implement vote by mail.
  3. Email our members of Congress and tell them to fight the pronouncement of Andrew Wheeler, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to suspend environmental rules amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic. Under the new policy, which the EPA insisted is temporary while providing no time frame, big polluters will effectively be trusted to regulate themselves and will not be punished for failing to comply with reporting rules and other requirements. Read more about it here. If the EPA is going to stop doing its job, Trump appointees to the EPA should not be paid.
  4. Email our members of Congress and urge them to support S.3440/H.R.6202 the “Resilient Elections During Quarantines and Natural Disasters Act” introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. It would ensure voters in all states have 20 days of early voting, require that all mail-in ballots submitted during 21 days leading to an election be counted and ensure that all voters have the option to request absentee ballots. Urge them to improve the bill by standardizing how long an absentee ballot request is good for (in North Carolina, an absentee ballot is only good for next election, whether is a school board election or a presidential election). Make sure they know the benefits and pitfalls when voter-suppressing states try to implement vote by mail here and here.
  5. Email our members of Congress and tell them to say “no” to Attorney General Bill Barr’s request for permission to hold prisoners indefinitely without trial in response to the coronavirus emergency. “Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the department’s requests to lawmakers on a host of topics, including the statute of limitations, asylum and the way court hearings are conducted.” Read about it here. Other things the current “president” is trying to sneak through: union-busting policies  and the use of GMO crops in wildlife refuges.
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