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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Actions

Feb. 21, 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.




256 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Washington state presidential primary is March 10, 2020, 18 days away.
Ballots have already begun to arrive!

The Washington state primary for federal and state offices other than president is August 4, 2020, 165 days away.
 
Ready, set, vote!
Ballots are already arriving in our mailboxes!

Can't decide who to vote for? Check out Represent.Us's scorecard of major Democratic candidates' positions on election security.

Or try isidewith.com's quiz. They match your answers to issue questions and tell you which candidate best aligns with your answers.

There are thirteen candidates on the Democratic ballot, including five that have already withdrawn. The withdrawn candidates are Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, John Delany, Deval Patrick and Andrew Yang. Voting for a withdrawn candidate is a wasted vote.

Ballots are due back by 8 pm March 10! Be sure to sign your return envelop using the name to which the ballot was addressed. Avoid problems by signing your ballot in a way that is consistent with the way you have signed legal documents, such as your drivers license, in the past.
 
Take our survey!
Now is the time to get serious about electing Democrats in 2020. There are a thousand ways you can help.

First, read our analysis of local, statewide and other-state campaigns.

Second, take our survey! Help us help you figure out what you can do to make sure we are successful in November. We want to create a network of activism that supports the goals of each and every one of you.
Act right now
  • Sign a petition:
    • Join California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in opposing the Trump administration's efforts to terminate the decades-old Flores Agreement that prevents the prolonged detention of migrant children.
    • Support 350.org's coordination with Divest Harvard, Harvard Alumni Divestment Support and Faculty Divestment Network on Harvard Heat Week encouraging Harvard to divest from oil & gas companies.
    • Encourage Sen. Maria Cantwell to join the nine Democratic senators (including Sen. Murray) in calling on AG Barr to resign.
    • Join DemandProgress.org in telling Congress to ignore Trump's reauthorization of the Patriot Act and pass the Safeguarding American's Private Records Act instead. The Safeguarding American's Private Records Act, introduced by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and Republican Sen. Steve Daines, would end the "controversial Call Detail Records program in Section 215 of the Patriot Act, prohibit location tracking, and provide more transparency and oversight."
  • Watch the video of the Sen. Bernie Sanders rally in Tacoma this week.
  • Donate to the Indivisible Kentucky SE "Mitch Is Bad for Kentucky" billboard.
Feb. 21 to Feb. 27
Fri., Feb. 21, 3:15 pm
Kitchen Table Activist Rally

Intersection of Highway 305 and Winslow Way
Rally to get out the vote. Rally to save our democracy. Rally to impeach AG William Barr. Rally to resist this slide into authoritarianism.

Fri., Feb. 21, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm - not meeting today, back on Feb. 28
Voices of the Majority

Office Xpats in the Pavilion on Madison, upstairs in the large conference room

Though not meeting today, Bill and Anna suggest the following:
Sat., Feb. 22, 10:00 am - Noon
Meet-Up for Democratic Presidential Primary Candidate Discussions
Poulsbo Fire Station,  911 NE Liberty Rd, Poulsbo, WA 98370
LD23 Democrats hosting but not endorsing any presidential candidates for the primary.
Join the discussion with fellow Democrats.
 
Sat., Feb. 22, 3:00 pm
Meet-Up in the Ferry Galley for the Elizabeth Warren Rally in Seattle
The ferry leaves Bainbridge Island at 3:00 pm. The rally at the Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, starts at 4:00 pm. Sign up here.

Sun., Feb. 23, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Day of Remembrance, Day of Action
Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma
Join Tsuru for Solidarity, La Resistencia, Densho, and Seattle JACL for Day of Remembrance, Day of Action at Northwest Detention Center to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the Executive Order that incarcerated 126,000 citizens and immigrants of Japanese descent during WWII. Today, thousands of immigrants and refugees are confined in similar concentration camps. They are subjected to inhumane conditions, family separations, threats of deportation, and countless indignities. More info here.

Mon., Feb. 24, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Rock the Vote!
Scrappy Art Lab, 123 Bjune Dr SE Unit 109, BI (Next to Cups)
Paint rocks that will be spread around Winslow to remind people to vote. Use rock painting as a springboard for teaching kids about democracy and why it is so important to vote. There will be snacks, wine - and great company!  $5 suggested donation for supplies. Please bring a friend and spread the word! More info here and here.

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, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists

Upstairs meeting room, Sterling Building (Umpqua Bank) corner 305 & Winslow Way, BI

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.

Tues., Feb. 25, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Democratic Presidential Debate
This is the third presidential debate this month.

Tues., Feb. 25, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party!
BLIS, 747 Hanami Ln NE, BI.
Hosted by IBI. Light snacks provided, and great company! Tech support will be onsite to remedy any technical difficulties! More info here and here.


Wed., Feb. 26, 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 or the primary for CD-10 in California. 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.

Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.
Feb. 28 through March 5
Fri., Feb. 28 to Mar. 2
PLC 2020 To Highlight GZ Roots, Solidarity With Climate Activists

Pilgrim Firs Camp & Conference Center, 3318 Lake Flora Rd, Port Orchard
The 2020 Pacific Life Community (PLC) retreat will offer nuclear resisters the opportunity to network with Washington state-based grassroots climate change activists, explore PLC’s deep roots with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, and participate in a group action at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor affirming the Community’s desire for a nuclear weapons-free future. More info here.

Fri., Feb. 28, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Voices of the Majority: Meet Rebecca Parson & Tarra Simmons

Office Xpats in the Pavilion on Madison, upstairs in the large conference room

Meet Rebecca Parson, running in the primary to represent us in Congress, and Tarra Simmons, running to represent us in the Washington state legislature, replacing Sherry Appleton, who has endorsed Tarra. Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators. More info here.

Tues., March 3, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists

Upstairs meeting room, Sterling Building (Umpqua Bank) corner 305 & Winslow Way, BI

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.

Wed., March 4, 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.



Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.
March 6 and beyond
Sat., March 7, 6:30 pm to 9:30 p.m.
Kitsap Democrats Dinner and Auction
Olympic College Bremerton
More info here.

Sun., March 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.

Tues., March 10, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm (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. More info here.


Tues., March 10, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists

Upstairs meeting room, Sterling Building (Umpqua Bank) corner 305 & Winslow Way, BI

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.

Wed., March 11, 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.

Wed., March 11, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Bringing Climate Change Home: A Conversation With Dr. Heidi Roop

Islandwood, 4450 Blakely Ave NE, BI
What does climate change mean for the Puget Sound and Washington State? Join Islandwood in a conversation with Dr. Heidi Roop, Lead Scientist with the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington. Tickets are $5. Order them here. More info here.

Sat., March 14, 11:30 am
Moritani Preserve Tour

Moritani Preserve, 542 Winslow Way W
In a 90-minute visit to the Moritani Preserve in Winslow, tour the 8-acre property with the Friends of Moritani Committee and the consulting forester who has created a forest restoration plan for the preserve. See current conditions in three forest stands, discuss threats and opportunities, and learn about an annual action plan to encourage a more bio-diverse and resilient ecosystem. Sign up here and get more info, too. This free tour is part of the 17th Annual Bainbridge Environmental Conference.

Sun., March 15, 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
17th Annual Bainbridge Environmental Conference

Islandwood, 4450 Blakely Ave NE, BI
“Stewarding Island Forests through Climate Change,” the 17th annual Bainbridge Environmental Conference, will bring forestry and climate change experts to our community to support resilient island forests. More info here. Tickets are $5. Order them 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 members of Congress and tell them to sign on to H.R.1348, the Presidential Pardon Transparency Act of 2019 introduced by Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi. This bill would require the President to publish the issue date, recipient, and full text of each pardon or reprieve granted. Tell our members of Congress to sign on to H.R.1627/S.2090, Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act (introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff). H.R. 1627/S.2090 would require the Department of Justice to submit to Congress all investigative materials related to an offense for which the President pardons an individual if the offense arises from an investigation in which the President, or a relative of the President, is a target, subject, or witness. Most of all, tell Rep. Kilmer to sign on to H.J. Res. 13, "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution to clarify the presidential pardoning power." This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment denying the President the power to grant himself a reprieve or pardon for an offense against the United States. Once again, the current “president” has shown there are no depths to which he will not sink. He issued a basket of pardons, including one to a tax-evading executive whose family paid the “president’s” campaign over $200,000. Read about it here The “president” issues pardons to people he heard about on Fox News. Read about it here.
  2. Call our members of Congress and tell them to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a Russian money-laundering case against Deutshe Bank. Read about it here.
  3. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him to stop appropriating money to pay the salaries of AG Barr's henchmen and AG Barr himself. Read about it here.
  4. Call our members of Congress and tell them to investigate CNN’s story about a Trump associates buying rally attendance and votes for cash. Darrell Scott, a pastor from Cleveland, Ohio, a prominent ally of the president, has been running a possibly illegal program designed to win over black voters for the president that literally involves handing them envelopes stuffed with cash at mini-rallies. Read about it here.
  5. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor H.R.5848, the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2020. The bill would "amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to reduce the production and use of certain single-use plastic products and packaging, to improve the responsibility of producers in the design, collection, reuse, recycling, and disposal of their consumer products and packaging, to prevent pollution from consumer products and packaging from entering into animal and human food chains and waterways, and for other purposes."
  6. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for sponsoring H.R.729, Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act and get it passed in the House. The bill authorizes the Department of Commerce to award grants to Indian tribes in coastal and Great Lakes areas to protect areas threatened by rising water levels. Tell our senators to introduce and support it in the Senate. The bill was endorsed by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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