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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

April 17, 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. The calendar was pretty empty last week, but now the coming week is filled with Zoom events. For example, IBI has teamed up with North Kitsap Indivisible to form BINKI virtual postcard writing events this month. More information below.

With door-knocking out of the question right now, we've gathered all the ways we can reach voters from home at our web site, www.indivisiblebainbridgeisland.org/resist-at-home. Be sure to check there when you have a spare moment and feel like kicking the TV.


Despite sheltering in place, this newsletter has plenty of ideas for 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.




200 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3. Mail-in and online registrations must be received by October 26. In-person registration must be complete by 8 pm on November 3.

The Washington state primary for state offices and federal offices other than president is August 4, 2020, 107 days away. Mail-in and online registrations must be received by July 27. In-person registration must be complete by 8 pm on August 4.
Covid-19 online resources
Find all the Covid-19 resources from past newsletters here.
Ways to help
  • Donate directly to Helpline House with the Kitsap Great Give Campaign April 1 throug April 21.
  • Donate to Stephanie Bowen's birthday party fundraiser for Helpline House.
  • Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Folks.
Find all the Ways to Help from past newsletters here.
Good news
Right now
  • Sign DemandJustice.org's petition that Congress should allow remote voting so it can stay active during emergencies such as pandemics without endangering the lives of elected officials.
  • Sign the Daily Kos petition that all states be required to report Covid-19 infections and deaths by race.
  • Sign the Daily Kos petition to Congress that all health care workers have enough PPE to do their jobs safely.
  • Sign the Daily Kos petition to Congress to save the United States Post Office. No post office, no "vote by mail."
  • Sign the petition protecting Dr. Anthony Fauci from being fired.
  • Pledge to not sign R-90, a petition to repeal the comprehensive sex education bill (SB 5395). 
Events April 17 through April 23
Fri., April 17, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Meeting this week virtually. See below
Voices of the Majority

Bill and Anna McClain share this cartoon from Michael deAdder:


No, we're not there yet. But wherever it is we're going, we are definitely getting closer.

So while we continue along this pandemic path, let's Get together virtually via Zoom for a 30-minute check-in Friday afternoon at 4:30. Click this Zoom link to join the call. Meeting ID: 548 696 3586

Celebrate winning in Wisconsin!
Jill Karofsky won a critical seat on the WI Supreme Court, thanks in part to post-carding.

Check this list of actions each of us can take from home:
Susan Rogan's List 
Among the actions recommended on this list:
  • Save the Postal Service
  • Pass the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act
  • Thank Dr. Fauci
Write postcards to voters 
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.
Read this excellent piece: why universal vote by mail is so important
 
And every Wednesday in April, Holly is hosting Postcards on Wednesday, online.

If you'd like to support Tarra Simmons for WA State Representative, email manager@electtarrasimmons.com or call 360-218-7443.
"Our campaign is asking our supporters to send postcards to their neighbors asking them to support us. If you would like to send a postcard, let us know and we can provide you with our campaign branded postcards!"

Meanwhile, let's take every opportunity to thank the unsung heroes of this pandemic. Print and hang this poster (from cartoonist Jack Ohman) in your window to thank our community's essential workers:


Sun., April 19, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Shutdown NWDC Online Forum 2.0 (Webinar)
This forum is for all Shut Down NWDC Coalition members and for community members who want to Shut Down the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Register here for Zoom Link. More info here.

Mon., April 20, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sen. Rolfes Speaks About the Last Session
Zoom link here.
Join Indivisible Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible (BINKI) for our weekly meeting. This week Sen. Christine Rolfes will talk about the bills that passed in this legislative session (having been pent up whilst we didn’t have the majority) as well as the bills that didn’t make it, like capital gains tax and presidential transparency, that will wait for the next session. Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A. More info about the meeting and how to use Zoom here.

Tues., April 21, 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.

Tues., April 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Indivisible Town Hall Series: State Town Hall
Register here for this Zoom meeting

Meet with Democratic candidates Mike Pellicciotti (State Treasurer) and Gael Tarleton (Secretary of State). Did you know that Washington state hasn’t elected a Democrat to Secretary of State in over 50 years? Find out how you can help elect progressive candidates to these vitally important positions. For that matter, find out why these two positions are vitally important to Washington‘s future. More info here.
 
Wed., April 22, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Postcards on Wednesdays via Zoom!
Email Holly for the link

Indivisible Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible (aka BINKI) are holding Zoom Postcards on Wednesday events so we can still write postcards together! 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. There is no need to arrange a day or time. Or she'll email addresses to you upon your email request. Addresses for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign are available. We send a reminder email for this even on Mondays to our postcard writers. 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!

Wed., April 22, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
DACA Update Webinar
Register here for this Zoom meeting

Are you a DACA recipient? Join our DACA webinar on April 22nd, 5-7 PM to get the most up-to-date information, resources, and tools available to protect yourself and your family during this time of uncertainty.More info here.

Wed., April 22, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Virtual Launch of the Kitsap Resiliency Project Phase II
Reserve your spot at: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/983928495338362/ (Six spaces left as of 4/17). Introduction to Resilient Ecosystems. Presentation of the Kitsap Resiliency Project and Phase II. Discussion on COVID, Cascadia and the fragility of our culture. Q&A. More info here.

Wed., April 22, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Disinformation in 2020
Register at: 
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U7d7JJtyQfSj2OXLqfQcBw
Disinformation is rampant and recognizing it is key to winning in 2020 and beyond. We are living in a time when anyone, anywhere can broadcast to millions. Every day we feel the effects of what it means to live in a “post-truth” world. Russian disinformation caught us off guard in 2016. In 2020, we face the most crucial election of our lifetimes. Now, much more disinformation is homegrown and openly flaunted as a political campaign tool. More info here.

Thurs., April 23, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
23rd LD Democratic General Meeting
This is the April meeting of the 23rd Legislative District Democrats Central Committee (general membership). This meeting is held online via Zoom.us and you can attend using your computer or smart phone. More info here.
Events April 24 through April 30
Fri., April 24, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Maybe a Zoom 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 25, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
Virtual Earth Day

Zoom link: https://citizensclimate.zoom.us/j/563867729?status=success
Join Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Not all of us are able to focus on climate change right now. But for those who can, we’ll hear from climate leaders, learn about quick actions we can take to help climate change, and get trained. You can attend this virtual Earth Day event from home. Please join us, and (virtually) bring a friend! More info here.

Mon., April 27, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Virtual meet and greet with Rebecca Parson, challenger for Derek Kilmer's CD 6 seat

Zoom link: TBD
Join us for Indivisible Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible's weekly joint general meeting with special guest, Rebecca Parsons.

Tues., April 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Washington Indivisible (WIN) LD28 Town Hall
Register for this Zoom event at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpceCqqT0oHNQHcIW84GB9IEdIFlbpwPBf
This town hall features incumbent Rep. 
Mari Leavitt (D) running for re-election, Dan Bronoske (D) running for LD 28's position 2 currently held by retiring Democrat Christine Kilduff, and T’wina Nobles, running for LD 28's state senate seat (currently occupied by Republican Steve O'Ban).

Tues., April 28, 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 29, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Postcards on Wednesdays via Zoom!
Email Holly for the Zoom link

Indivisible Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible (aka BINKI) are holding Zoom Postcards on Wednesday events so we can still write postcards together! 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. There is no need to arrange a day or time. Or she'll email addresses to you upon your email request. Addresses for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign are available. We send a reminder email for this even on Mondays to our postcard writers. 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, may be a conference call
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. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to demand testing and tracing, more testing and tracing, and even more testing and tracing before any sheltering in place orders can be lifted. The Trump administration’s efforts to test for Covid-19 infections has been a disastrous failure – only 1% of Americans have been tested and the vast majority of them are in New York. Throughout the country, the key to getting tested is being sick enough to be admitted to a hospital. At one time, Trump claimed there would be drive-thru testing facilities in parking lots. The few that were set up were scheduled to close; then a local newspaper shamed them, and the decision to close was reversed. Trump once claimed he "alone could fix" anything. He has also claimed he alone had the authority to “open” the economy. Now he says it’s up to the states to decide when to “open” their economies – a decision that rests on testing, for which Trump says the states are responsible and which requires PPE the states don't have – all while federal testing has fallen since the beginning of April. . Read about our testing failures here.
  2. Contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him you want the House to investigate Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) for insider trading on coronavirus pandemic briefings he received. The accusation was made by Montana’s Republican Attorney General, Tim Fox. Rather than putting his investments into a blind trust as promised, has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past three months in companies hoping to profit from Covid-19, including the French manufacturer of Hydroxychloroquine. Read about it here.
  3. Contact our members of Congress and tell them you want their active support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to protect the vote in November. Her plan includes the expansion of early in-person and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail to all states. It also requires that absentee ballots be counted if postmarked or signed before the close of the polls on Election Day. Read about it here.
  4. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to fight the current “president’s” illegal decision to cut funding for the World Health Organization. According to its Wikipedia page, the “Impoundment Control Act of 1974 provides that the president may propose rescission of specific funds, but that rescission must be approved by both the House of Representatives and Senate within 45 days. In effect, the requirement removed the impoundment power, since Congress is not required to vote on the rescission and, in fact, has ignored the vast majority of presidential requests.” Read about it here.
  5. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to demand that the Dept. of Health and Human Services monitor Covid-19 infections in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, including VA homes and help them. These are the places were more people are likely to die, yet they have the least trained staff and PPE. Read about it here.
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