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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

April 3, 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.
  • There's a virtual meet and great with Tarra Simmons on April 4. With Rep. Appleton's endorsement, Tarra is running for Appleton's seat in the state legislature.
  • Postcards on Wednesday is using Zoom to meet for the first time on April 8 and again on April 15. No doubt this will be a fun experiment!

Despite sheltering in place, 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.




214 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Washington state primary for state offices and federal offices other than president is August 4, 2020, 123 days away.

Coronovirus online resources
Ways to help
  • CHI Franciscan mask making instructions
  • WeNeedMasks.org's list of medical providers who need masks
  • Donate to help the undocumented, sponsored by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network and Washington Dream Coalition
  • Help a local independent bookstore. Buy a book online
  • Order Girl Scout Cookies online from local Girl Scouts, Zoey and Audrey
  • Hitchcock's Community Supported Agriculture program is delivering CSA boxes to families in need. So many customers have "paid it forward" that Hitchcock will distribute 20 CSA boxes on Sunday. A donation from an anonymous donor has enabled Hitchcock to provide 100 dinners for a family of four. This donation has become the foundation for a community fund that will allow Hitchcock to bring their Family Meal program to more people. Brendan McGill asks people to email him with ideas about how to distribute the meals. "We'll see to feeding the people during this crazy and challenging time," he wrote in an e-mail.
Good news
For your entertainment
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:

Right now
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 for Christy Smith, running to represent California's 25th congressional district . 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! Donations dropped off at Holly's house also welcome!
See the Event Calendar for information on how Postcards on Wednesday is holding its first Zoom meeting on April 8, followed by another on April 15.
  • 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.
Get your own stamps:
Order postcard stamps from USPS.gov for delivery to your house. Postcard stamps are 35 cents each. You can order in quantities as low as 20 ($7.00) or a roll of 100 ($35.00).

 
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 April 3 to April 9
Fri., April 3, 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:
  • Susan Rogan's List - Among the actions recommended on this list: Push for the next COVID stimulus to be a "People's Bailout".
  • Let's work to make November's election fully Vote-by-Mail nationwide.
    Tell Congress that all states should be able to vote at home, as we do here in WA.
    Did you know that VBM works rates Washington State as #1 in voter turnout this primary season?
  • Write postcards to voters in Florida and Wisconsin
  • You can sign up easily to receive addresses directly from PostcardsToVoters.org. Or you may request addresses from us and we will email as many as you like to you right away. If you need postcards, here's a link for postage-paid cards from the post office.
  • Be sure to fill out your Census!
Meanwhile, let's take every opportunity to thank the many true heroes in this fight against the pandemic. Credit to Mike Luckovich:
 


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.

They may not be meeting, but the Kitchen Table Activists are still supporting Robin Simons in her efforts to appeal the Hearing Examiner’s decision on an 87-room hotel on Winslow Way. The appeal costs a lot of money, even when the attorney,  Dave Bricklin, donates half his fee. Donate at the GoFundMe page. If enough money is not raised within the next few days, it will be returned.  "Any little bit adds up. Scaling this project down isn’t something any of us will regret standing up for," Debbie says.

Wed., April 8, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Postcards on Wednesday via Zoom!
We miss your good company, so Indivisible Bainbridge Island is putting together a Zoom Postcards on Wednesday so we can still write postcards together! Invitations will be emailed this weekend. The email will contain all the information you need to join the Zoom meeting on your desktop computer or smart phone for free. If you need materials, stop by Holly's house (8824 NE New London Court, BI, near Finch and Wyatt) to pick up postcards, stamps and addresses from the box on Holly's porch. (No need to arrange a day or time.) Or she'll email addresses to you upon your email request. Or, she'll order stamps for you for delivery to your house upon your email request. We'll have addresses for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign and Christy Smith's campaign to represent California's 25th CD. Not sure if you're on our Postcards on Wednesday email list? Send an email to Kathy.

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 10 through April 16
Fri., April 10, 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.


Tues., April 14, 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 15, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Postcards on Wednesdays via Zoom!
We miss your good company, so Indivisible Bainbridge Island is putting together Zoom Postcards on Wednesday events so we can still write postcards together! Invitations are emailed a few days before the weekend. The email contains all the information you need to join the Zoom meeting on your desktop computer or smart phone for free. If you need materials, stop by Holly's house (8824 NE New London Court, BI, near Finch and Wyatt) to pick up postcards, stamps and addresses from the box on Holly's porch. (No need to arrange a day or time.) Or she'll email addresses to you upon your email request. We'll have addresses for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign and Christy Smith's campaign to represent California's 25th CD. Not sure if you're on our Postcards on Wednesday email list? Send an email to Kathy.

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!
Future events
Tues., April 28, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm - not yet scheduled, unlikely to happen, just keeping it in mind
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, May 5, 12:30 pm
not yet scheduled, unlikely to happen, just keeping it in mind
Meeting with Senator's staffers
Federal Building, Seattle

 
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 hold investigations of Republican senators Richard Burr (North Carolina), Kelly Loeffler (Georgia, and wife of Jeffrey Sprecher, CEO of Intercontinental Exchange and chairman of the New York Stock Exchange) and James Inhofe (Oklahoma) for insider trading on the coronavirus briefings they received as senators. Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein (California) deserves a look, too, but she claims it was her husband who made the trades in his own account and that her own account is in a blind trust. The Republican senators appear to be in violation of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, which was passed in 2012. At the time, Sen. Burr was a vociferous opponent of the STOCK act.  Read about it here. AG Barr's Dept. of Justice claims to be investigating Sen. Burr - something to keep a close eye on.
  2. Email our members of Congress and tell them to investigate the Dept. of Justice decision not to prosecute Walmart for their contribution to the opioid crisis. Read about it here.
  3. Email our members of Congress and tell them to act now to save the United States Postal System. Long a target of Republicans, the USPS is in trouble because of the economic slowdown caused by this pandemic. The USPS "could collapse by summer’s end barring an infusion of billions of dollars in federal aid." Read about it here.
  4. Call our members of Congress and tell them to pass legislation opening the Affordable Care Act exchanges for a special enrollment period in response to the pandemic since the "president" won't do it. The ACA allows people who have lost their coverage due to job loss to enroll, so Trump cannot stop them from enrolling, but people who were uninsured before coronavirus hit cannot sign up unless their state's exchange is opened. Fortunately, Gov. Inslee has opened the Washington state exchange. He joins ten governors in so doing. It will take federal action to force the other exchanges to be opened. Read about it here.
  5. Call our members of Congress and tell them to pass legislation overriding the Trump administration’s decision to send new coronovirus testing machines that can deliver results in five to thirteen minutes to rural states and parts of the South instead of to cities that still can’t get enough test kits. Read about it here and here.
  6. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him to encourage Rep. Adam Schiff to start investigating the Trump administration’s response to the novel coronovirus now, instead of the current plan, which is to wait until after the election in November. Make sure the investigation covers the export of medical supplies from the United States that continued until late March (or may still be continuing), bias in the distribution of medical supplies from the federal stockpile and the tax-payer funded development of low-cost ventilators that continue to be sold overseas. The proposed investigation is different from the House Select Committee on Coronavirus announced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday. The Select Committee will oversee the Trump administration's implementation of the CARES Act, which allocated $2.2 trillion in support to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. There is already something to investigate:  The Labor Department's twisting of the rules around paid sick leave.
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