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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Actions

Jan. 31, 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. They attended the meeting with Rep. Kilmer's staffer, Katy Crabtree last week. Notes from the meeting here.

Rep. Kilmer attended the LD 23rd meeting last week in Poulsbo. Meeting notes here. Good information about the upcoming primary and the census.


Heads up!
Rep. Derek Kilmer to hold a town hall in Suquamish, Saturday, Feb. 1, at Suquamish Tribal Council Chamber, 18490 Suquamish Way NE, Suquamish starting at 4 pm. Doors open at 3:45 pm.

Rep. Kilmer will also hold a live facebook townhall on Monday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 pm. Log on to Facebook.com/Derek.Kilmer for the live feed.


Correction:
Last week's newsletter mistakenly said the Clean Fuel Standard bill had passed in the Washington State Senate. That was incorrect. The bill, HB1110, passed in the House this week and has now moved on to the Senate. Our very own Senator Rolfes has already introduced the bill, SB5412, in the Senate. Let Senator Rolfes know you support this bill by commenting on it here.


276 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

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

The Washington state presidential primary is March 10, 2020, 39 days away.
Ballots begin to arrive Friday, February 21, 2020. Ever wondered how Republicans will be kept out of the Democratic primary? Read the notes from the 23rd LD meeting last week.

The Washington state primary for federal and state offices other than president is August 4, 2020, 186 days away.
 
Impeachment News & Actions
As of Thursday afternoon, Jan. 30, the Senate is expected to vote "no" on whether to call for witnesses on Friday, Jan. 31, clearing the way for a vote that day or on Sat. Feb. 1 on removal.

Action Network, MoveOn.org, Indivisible.org and others are calling for nationwide "We’ve Seen the Evidence" rallies at 5 pm the night before the U.S. Senate votes on the removal Donald J. Trump from office. The actual night is not yet known, but if the vote is scheduled for Feb. 1, the rally night will be Jan. 31.

Regardless of when the Senate votes on removal, join Kitchen Table Activists for a Impeached, Now Remove from Office rally on Friday, Jan. 31, 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm, at Waypoint Park, 305 & Winslow Way.  They are calling on the GOP Senate to put Nation over Party and themselves.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page and the Action Network page for rallies at Waypoint Park, BI, and Seattle in front of the Federal Building, 915 Second Ave.

Check false and misleading claims made at the impeachment trial.

Find out which senators are vulnerable.

Watch @Remove_TrumpNow put crime scene tape around Mitch McConnell's office. Requires a twitter account.

 
Help Kentucky Indivisible #DitchMitch
Want to help #DitchMitch? Then help Indivisible Kentucky SE put up this billboard:


Indivisible Kentucky SE is in a rural (that is, ultra conservative) part of the state. They want to keep the billboard up from February to November. That will cost $6,200. The group's leader, Virginia Meagher, has already put $300 on her personal credit card to get the billboard up. She has worked with Indivisible.org to get an ActBlue account. You can donate, even if it's just $1, here! Do it today!

Indivisible Kentucky SE has worked hard to move Kentucky away from the Republican party. In 2016, Virginia's county went hard for Trump, but in the election for governor last year, her county voted for the winning Democratic candidate, Andy Beshear, by a slim majority. Virginia knows what she's doing, and we can help her #DitchMitch.

Want to donate directly to the #DitchMitch Fund, too? Click here. All money raised goes to the winning Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. The current Democratic candidates are
  • Jimmy Ausbrooks, mental health counselor
  • Charles Booker, state representative
  • Mike Broihier, farmer and former U.S. Marine
  • Andrew Maynard
  • Amy McGrath, former Marine and Navy fighter pilot and Democratic nominee for Kentucky's 6th congressional district in 2018
  • Eric Rothmuller, small business owner
  • John R. Sharpensteen
  • Bennie J. Smith, local business owner
  • Mary Ann Tobin, former Auditor of Kentucky
The primary is Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Act right now
  • Sign a petition:
    • Tell our senators and governor to help our orcas by supporting the removal of the four Lower Snake River dams.
    • Sign Sen. Patty Murray's call to stop Trump's proposed expansion of the travel ban. Read about the proposed expansion here.
  • Use ActionNetwork's web site to submit an official comment on the Social Security Administrator's plan to cut Social Security Disability recipients by making it harder for them to receive the benefits they have paid in for.
  • Use the ACLU's web site to send messages to our senators to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act. If you ask yourself, what's the point of doing that (since our senators are already on board with the Voting Rights Advancement Act), then help the #DitchMitch campaign (above) too!
  • Read about Forward Majority, an organization focused on winning power for Democrats in state legislatures to address voter suppression and gerrymandering. It's all about the strategic allocation of money.
  • Read the Data for Progress web site about housing policy. Data for Progress is the "think tank for the future of progressivism."
  • Watch the MoveOn.org ad telling Sen. Susan Collins to vote for witnesses. (Requires Twitter account.)
  • Read about the new Vote Center opening in Bremerton.
  • Join the Bainbridge Islanders for Ethical Government Facebook page to keep up with the actions of the City of Bainbridge Island city council.
  • Watch this moving performance by Seattle's very own Tae Phoenix at Sen. Mitt Romney's office.
  • Donate something, even just $1, to the Washington State Democratic Party. The state party funds organizers in districts we need to win to turn Washington really Blue. Want to keep our legislature Blue? Then donate! Want to help Carolyn Long unseat Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler in CD-3? Then donate! Your donations to the state party will support Organizing Academies in WA's 5 biggest counties to train volunteer Neighborhood Team Leads who will be organizing in their communities every day until Election Day, as well as Organizing Bootcamps in every county to train volunteers to host phone banks and launch door-to-door canvassing efforts. Tina Podlodowski is doing yeo-woman's work after previous party leaders allowed atrophy to set it. As we know, women really will save the world.

The week of Jan. 31 to Feb. 6
Fri., Jan.  31, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority
Office Xpats above the movie theater on Madison
Let's write postcards to voters in Florida, encouraging Democrats to sign up for Vote-by-Mail. This week, we are writing to Democrats in Lee County. (Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Cayo Costa, sunshine, warm waves, spring training... maybe we should think about hand-delivering our postcards...) If postcards aren't your thing, bring your laptop. Online, we can send emails, faxes and digitally-produced postcards to members of congress, comments on regulation rollbacks to departments in D.C., and letters-to-the-editor to our favorite publications. Join us each Friday to build momentum toward November.


Fri., Jan.  31, 3:15 pm to 5:00 pm
Kitchen Table Activists' Impeached, Now Remove Rally
Waypoint Park, BI

Contact Debbie for more info.

Fri., Jan.  31, 5:00 pm
Placeholder event for the "We Have Seen the Evidence" rally on the night before the Senate vote
Waypoint Park, BI
More info here.


Sat., Feb.  1, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Rep. Kilmer Town Hall
Suquamish Tribal Council Chambers, 18490 Suquamish Way NE, Suquamish

The town hall will focus on a wide variety of issues and is open to the public. Doors open at 3:45 pm. More info here.

Sat., Feb. 1, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Bainbridge Pride’s Winter Mixer
Camp Yeomalt, 900 Park Ave. NE, BI
This is Bainbridge Pride’s first social event of the year aimed at connecting members from the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Gather around the fireplace and enjoy the evening with us. More info here.


Mon., Feb. 3, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Nuclear Energy and Climate Change
Sylvan Way Library, 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton
Hosted by 350 West Sound Climate Action. Join us for a presentation and discussion on nuclear energy’s place in mitigating the climate crisis. Can we use this source of energy safely? Is it cost effective? What new advances are there? Come and bring your questions. More info here.

Tues., Feb. 4, 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., Feb. 4, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Public Hearing for Clean Transportation!

Kitsap Conference Center, 100 Washington Ave, Bremerton
In the Puget Sound region, over 40% of climate pollution is from transportation, with the biggest contributors being gasoline and diesel. Join Washington Environmental Council and seven other environmental groups in telling the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to adopt a Clean Fuel Standard! More info here. Get tickets here.


Wed., Feb. 5, 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. 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., Feb. 5
WAISN Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day

Olympia
Advocate for the "Courts Open To All Act." Together, we will speak in one voice to say that immigrants and refugees make Washington a better place to live, work, and thrive. Must register by Friday, January 24th at 8pm. More info here.

Thurs., Feb. 6, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Movies That Matter: From the Ashes

Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave N, BI
A compelling look at the lives and issues behind the “war on coal,” the highly acclaimed “From the Ashes” captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump administration. More info here
 

Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.
The week of Feb. 7 to Feb. 13
Fri., Feb. 7, 4:30 pm - 6:30 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. You can meet Rebecca Parson on Feb. 13 (see below). 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
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.

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.

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. 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.

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.
 
Beyond Feb. 13
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.

Wed
., Feb. 19, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Democratic Presidential Debate

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, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Democratic Presidential Debate

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 senators and thank them for sitting through the impeachment trial with patience and grace. Tell them to demand witnesses and documents!
  2. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor H.R. 5325, the Ending Punitive, Unfair, School-based Harm that is Overt and Unresponsive to Trauma (P.U.S.H.O.U.T.) Act, aka, the Ending PUSHOUT Act of 2019. The education of black and brown students is often disrupted as a result of discriminatory and punitive discipline policies that criminalize and push them out of school. For instance, Black girls are suspended, expelled, referred to law enforcement and arrested on school campuses at disproportionately higher rates than white girls due to unfair dress code and hair policies and a lack of understanding of the historical, social and economic inequities such as poverty, trauma, hunger, and violence that often impact student behavior. Read more here and here.
  3. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him not to appropriate any money to enable the current “president’s” “Peace Plan” to end the Israel/Palestinian conflict. This week, the current administration released a peace plan that is a total capitulation to Israel. More info here.
  4. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to write legislation requiring black boxes in helicopters. Nothing will be learned from the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and others this week because the helicopter that crashed was not equipped with a black box. And that’s because helicopters are not required to be equipped with a black box that would record instrumentation and pilot actions at the time of the crash. Read about it here.https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/01/29/ntsb-official-kobe-crash-criticizes-faa-over-black-boxes/
  5. Contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him NOT to co-sponsor the CLEAN Future Act. The Democratic chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Frank Pallone, has unveiled a climate plan that is “extremely disappointing” and “a failure of climate leadership,” according to Friends of the Earth and the Partnership for Policy Integrity. “Chairman Pallone’s plan is a gift to Big Oil and a recipe for another generation of fracking,” wrote Lukas Ross of Friends of the Earth. Read about it here. Thank Rep. Kilmer for co-sponsoring H.R. 763, Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019. Tell him to co-sponsor H.Res.109, the Green New Deal.
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