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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

April 24, 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 coming weeks have lots of Zoom events. For example, the weekly Indivisible Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Indivisible (BINKI) Zoom meeting will welcome Rebecca Parson to talk about her campaign to unseat Rep. Derek Kilmer.
 
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. Check it out when you feel like kicking the TV.


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.




193 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3. Mail-in and online voter 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, 100 days away. Mail-in and online voter registrations must be received by July 27. In-person registration must be complete by 8 pm on August 4.
Covid-19 online resources
  • SeattleTimes.com
    • As of 4/24, Kitsap County had 144 confirmed cases and 2 deaths.
    • As of 4/24, Washington state had 12,753 confirmed cases, up 256 from previous day, and 711 deaths, up 19 from previous day.
Find all the Covid-19 resources and Ways to Help from past newsletters here.
Feel better
  • Watch President Obama's endorsement of Joe Biden.
  • Watch Elizabeth Warren's endorsement of Joe Biden.
  • Watch Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Joe Biden.
  • Watch Queen Elizabeth's speech to her country.
News
Right now
  • Sign the Action Network petition for an Essential Worker Bill of Rights
  • Sign the Action Network petition for Congress to #PutPeopleFirst in the next coronavirus relief package
  • Sign Sen. Patty Murray's petition for a national testing strategy
  • Watch this video on how to help restaurants stay open (Hint: order from restaurants directly, NOT through a third-party delivery service.)
  • Sign this Daily Kos petition to Rep. Kilmer that the House must prevent a green card ban and pass protections for immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Sign this petition telling the "president" that GE workers are waiting to make ventilators right now!
  • Sign this Demand Progress petition telling Congress "no bailouts for oil companies."
  • Sign this Action Network petition telling major broadcasting stations to stop airing the "president's" press conferences live because they spread lies and dangerous misinformation.
  • Sign this MoveOn.org petition telling the Department of Labor not to cut farm worker wages during COVID-19.
  • Sign this peititon demanding that the Department of the Interior stop the sale of all public lands and waters to the oil and gas industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are using the cover of the pandemic to auction off drilling rights as fast as possible.
Events April 24 through April 30
Fri., April 24, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority
Not meeting this week

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 here.
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
Rebecca Parsons Talks About Her Campaign
Zoom link here.
Join Indivisible Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible (BINKI) for our weekly meeting. This week, candidate for the 6th congressional district, Rebecca Parsons, will talk about why she is running to unseat Rep. Kilmer. More about the meeting here.


Tues., April 28, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Meeting with Rep. Kilmer's staffers
Not happening this month
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., April 28, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists
Not meeting this week
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!
Events May 1 through May  30
Fri., May 1, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority
Not meeting this week

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, May 5, 12:30 pm
Meeting with Senator's staffers
Not meeting
Federal Building, Seattle

Tues., May 5, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists
Not meeting this week
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., May 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
LD26 Town Hall
Zoom
This town hall features Democratic candidates Joy Stafford and Carrie Hesch who are running to replace two do-nothing Republican incumbents representing LD 26  in the Washington State House. LD 26 includes the south half of Kitsap County (Gig Harbor, Port Orchard and parts of Bremerton) as well as parts of Pierce County. It turned purple in 2018 with the election of State Senator Emily Randall. This is probably a Zoom call or Facebook event, but we have no link to it yet. More info here.
 
Wed., May 6, 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 will likely be available. We send a reminder email for this event 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., May 6, 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm
Resist 45 May General Meeting
Guest speaker is Bobby Michaels, Indivisible’s West Coast Organizing Manager. Bobby will be sharing information about what Indivisible is up to in WA and nationally. He will also suggest election-related actions we can take while we are sheltering in place. Registration information for the Zoom meeting will be added next week. 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

We suggest emailing because staffers are working at home now.
  1. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to pass H.R.6390/S.3568, the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act. Rep. Kilmer is already a co-sponsor of H.R. 6390, but our two senators need to co-sponsor S.3568.
  2. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor H.R.6437, the Coronavirus Immigrant Protection Act. Undocumented immigrants pay $11 billion in taxes but are shut out from stimulus. This bill stops implementation of the public charge rule, suspends certain deportation actions, extends Medicaid and SNAP benefits. Tell our senators to work with the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Judy Chu, to introduce it in the Senate.
  3. Contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him to use his position on the Appropriations Committee to recover the $569 million the Army has awarded to a GOP donor to build 800 feet of border wall. More about it here.
  4. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to take action against the EPA for relaxing standards on mercury emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized its proposal to loosen rules on oil- and coal-fired power plants’ emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants in its latest rollback of public health protections during the coronavirus pandemic. The proposed change to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) changes the methodology regulators use to weigh the pros and cons of such restrictions, giving more weight to the economic costs and less to the indirect benefits to public health. Read about it here.
  5. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to take action against the awarding of a contract to produce N95 masks to a bankrupt company that has no employees. The contract is worth eight times the usual price for N95 masks. The company has never manufactured masks. More info here.
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