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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

March 13, 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.




235 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Washington state primary for state offices and federal offices other than president is August 4, 2020, 151 days away.
 
Presidential primary results

Here are the state election results for the presidential primary from the Washington Secretary of State website as of 3/12/2020:

Biden: 448,935 for 36.87% of the vote
Sanders: 464,767 for 34.85% of the vote
Registered voters: 4,551,831
Ballots counted: 1,950,759
Overall total voter turnout: 42.86%
Kitsap County voter turnout: 43.98%
Estimated number of ballots remaining to be counted: 227,049 

Postcarding - we deliver!
The coronovus is putting a real dent in plans to canvas for the many fine candidates running in LD 23, LD 26 and L3 35. Many canvas events scheduled for April had already been canceled.

Writing postcards is something the coronavirus can't stop. We'll soon have candidates to write for in local races, but for now, we've got races in other states to win.

All of the postcard writing groups on Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Peninsula Indivisible in Poulsbo have seen attendance plummet. Bill McClain of Voices of the Majority is offering to give cards and addresses to people who are willing to pick them up from Office Xpats in the Pavillion on Madison. Email Bill McClain by noon 3/13 if you want to pick materials up from him.

Postcards on Wednesday is offering to deliver cards, stamps and addresses to you personally. Email Susan if you live near Winslow or on the south end of Bainbridge Island. Email Kathy if you need delivery on the north end of the island. You can also pick them up from Susan at the table area in front of T&C on Winslow Way, Wednesday, March 18 from 2:00 to 2:30. Email Carolyn if you want postcards and addresses delivered to you in the Poulsbo/Suquamish area. Or, go to www.postcardstovoters.org to sign up to get addresses on your own.

One of the current campaigns is writing for Judge Jill Karofsky, running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Democrats must retake the Wisconsin Supreme Court to have any ability to strike down voter suppression laws coming out of the very gerrymandered Wisconsin legislature.

Another super important campaign is to encourage Florida voters to sign up for the mail-in ballot. Being a mail-in voter in Florida increases Democratic turn out significantly. We need to keep writing postcards to Florida!

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 you! 
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.
Act right now
  • Sign a petition:
    • Join Demand Progress in their petition to the Federal Reserve to stop Wall Street from using the coronovirus to weaken banking regulations.
    • Join PACtion (a joint action platform for Democratic campaigns and allied organizations) in their petition to abolish the Electoral College.
    • Join Common Cause and MoveOn in their petition demanding that Mitch McConnell recuse himself from playing any role in confirming the new Inspector General for the Dept. of Transportation. The department's original inspector general left his job while investigating McConnell's wife and Secretary of the Dept. of Transportaion, Elaine Chao, for her handling of federal transportation projects in Kentucky - the very state for which McConnell is running for re-election as a senator. This puts McConnell in the running with Donald J Trump as the most corrupt politician of our time.
    • Join Win Without War in their petition to Congress that Mike Pence be removed from leading the federal government's response to the coronovirus. Having Pence in the lead is "like putting an arsonist in charge of the fire department, a bank robber in charge of the U.S. Mint,” said Gregg Gonsalves, assistant professor of epidemiology at Yale University.
  • Read what the Virginia legislature accomplished after turning Blue.
  • Watch a video of the Online Womxn's March in Seattle last weekend.
  • Sign up to contact voters with the Payback Project.
  • Join MomsRising.org in their petition to Congress demanding paid sick days to fight the coronovirus.
  • Share your story about how important paid sick days are with MomsRising.org.
March 13 to March 19
Fri., March 13, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority

Office Xpats in the Pavilion, 403 Madison Ave N #240, upstairs in the large conference room
For this week (and next), let's play it safe and work "virtually."  Recommended reading: from the Atlantic, Cancel Everything, recommended by Rachel Maddow. It answers the question: Who was Max Starkloff, and it explains why we will not meet this Friday or next, for our usual get-together. Check Susan Rogan's List for things to do. Contact Bill by Friday noon if you'd like a supply of postcards and addresses to write postcards to voters, and he'll have them ready for pick up at the front desk at Office Xpats. Be sure to tune in Sunday evening, March 5, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the next Democratic Presidential Debate. As James Carville says, "Remember, remember, it's all about November!"

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 - postponed, to be rescheduled possibly in the fall
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.


Sun., March 15, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm PDT
11th Democratic Presidential Debate

CNN, Univision, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will host the eleventh Democratic debate in Washington, DC (changed from Phoenix, AZ).

Tues., March 17, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm - not meeting this day nor next 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.

Wed., March 18, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm - get postcards and lists at T&C front door facing Winslow Way
Postcards on Wednesday

Second floor tables at Town & Country, 343 Winslow Way E, BI

Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. Susan will hand out cards, stamps and lists for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign in front of T&C, facing Winslow Way. She can email addresses and postcard templates to those who can print their own cards on heavy stock paper. Everyone will be responsible for getting their cards into the post office within three days of writing. Also we can deliver. Susan can deliver Winslow and the south end, and Kathy can deliver to the north end. Just email one of them if you want delivery! Be sure to include your address and a phone number in the email. Or, sign up to get addresses yourself. It's easy. Go to www.postcardstovoters.org. Writing postcards is a good thing, and we want to keep it going despite this stupid virus. More info here.
March 19 through March 26
Fri., March 20, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - not meeting as of 3/12/2020
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. More info here.

Mon., March 23, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Webinar: Investing in a Time of Climate Change

Investing for Change with Jodi Neuman, Trillium Asset Management
Learn how you can invest your money to fight climate change. Register for this online seminar here. More info here.


Tues., March 24, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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.

Wed., March 25, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm - get postcards and lists at T&C front door facing Winslow Way
Postcards on Wednesday

Second floor tables at Town & Country, 343 Winslow Way E, BI

Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. Kathy will hand out cards, stamps and lists in front of T&C. She can email addresses and postcard templates to those who can print their own cards on heavy stock paper. Everyone will be responsible for getting their cards into the post office within 3 days of writing. Also we can deliver. Email Kathy if you want delivery! Be sure to include your address in and a phone number in the email. Or, sign up to get addresses yourself. It's easy. Go to www.postcardstovoters.org. Writing postcards is a good thing, and we want to keep it going despite this stupid virus. More info here.

Tues., March. 31, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm - may have to be rescheduled
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 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.
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 support House Democrats’ response to the coronovirus pandemic with emergency provisions that include paid sick leave, widespread free testing, food aid and unemployment insurance. Read about it here.  Tell our members of Congress to deny their support of any measure that bails out the oil & gas industry, the cruise ship industry, the airline industry, the hospitality industry, especially Trump owned properties, or includes a payroll tax cut. Tell them to resist GOP efforts to include anti-abortion language in the bill. According to Bloomberg News reporter Erik Wasson “A key sticking point in the talks appears to be GOP demands to include Hyde amendment language in the bill to prevent federal funds from being used for abortion.” Read about it here. Thank Rep. Kilmer for introducing H.R. 6207, “To provide for unemployment benefits to workers affected by the 2019 Novel Coronovirus” bill. On the 3/12 edition of All in With Chris Hayes, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said the House bill contained standards requiring that doctors and nurses wear respirators when caring for coronovirus patients, but those standards were watered down by Steve Mnuchin et al. to cloth face masks, which do not do a good enough job, thus endangering the health and even lives of doctors and nurses. Tell our members of Congress this is unacceptable. Watch the interview here. (Twitter account required.)
  2. Email our senators and thank them for voting on Wednesday to pass a bill that blocks Betsy DeVos’s rewrite of an Obama-era rule. Devos’s rewrite would make it harder for defrauded student loan borrowers to have their debts forgiven. Democrats used the Congressional Review Act (which allows lawmakers to block recently enacted regulations) to force a vote on the measure in the GOP-controlled Senate, and it passed. The bill has already passed in the House. (Thank Rep. Kilmer for that.) Unfortunately neither of the votes were veto-proof. Trump has said he’s “neutral” on the issue, but then later said he supports DeVos’s rule change. Read about it here.
  3. Email Rep. Kilmer and tell him the House Ethics Committee needs to have subpoena power and he should make that change part of his efforts to modernize the House. Currently, the Ethics Committee does not have subpoena power, and subjects (Democrats and Republicans) of the committee’s investigation are refusing to respond the the committee’s requests for documentation. Read about it here
  4. Email Rep. Kilmer and tell him to support a House investigation into whether Betsy DeVos’ brother, Erik Prince, recruited a former spy to infiltrate a teacher’s union. Read about it here.
  5. Email our members of Congress and tell him to support S.3402/H.R.6117, “Espionage Act Reform Act of 2020” introduced by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and California Rep. Ro Khanna to modify the 1917 Espionage Act secrecy law from being used to investigate and prosecute journalists for publishing classified information. “The Espionage Act makes it a crime for anyone to share secrets “relating to the national defense” with people who are not authorized to hear them. The statute makes no exception for members of the press who obtain and report classified information, but there is broad agreement among legal scholars that prosecuting a journalist for unearthing and publishing government secrets would violate the First Amendment.” Read more about it here. “What my bill does is refocus the Espionage Act to the core issue, which is ensuring that the more than four million government employees and contractors with a security clearance don’t violate their oaths by divulging government secrets,” said Sen. Wyden.
  6. Email Senator Cantwell's staffers and wish the staffer who was diagnosed with coronovirus this week and all the other staffers well.
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