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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

June 12, 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.

Last week we saw powerful protests in support of all peoples of color. Today, there are more: Silverdale, 1 pm and Seattle, 1 pm. Details below.



Waypoint Park, June 6, 2020

Why we resist
Read "We Are Living in a Failed State" by George Packer.

Flipping the U.S. Senate, a state-by-state update
This week's newsletter includes an update on what's happening in Georgia, (an admittedly unlikely state) where a Democratic candidate for Senate could help flip the U.S. Senate BLUE. Next week, Arizona.

Things you can do 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.




144 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, 53 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.
Anti-racism Resources
Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:
Articles to read:
More resources next week.

 
Covid-19
SeattleTimes.com
  • As of 6/11, Kitsap County had 172 confirmed cases (9 more than last week) and 2 deaths (no increase since last week).
  • As of 6/11, Washington state had 24,642 confirmed cases (1,913 more than last week) and 1,138 deaths (52 more than last week).
Nationally as of 6/11 (Source: Worldometer.info)
  • 1,936,079 confirmed diagnoses (152,769 more than last week)
  • 116,019 deaths (5,321 more than last week)
Covid-19 is spiking in Texas, North and South Carolina, California, Oregon, Arkansas, Mississippi, Utah and Arizona. Read about it here.

Find all the Covid-19 resources and Ways to Help from past newsletters here.

 
In Case You Missed It

Thanks to Bill McClain for finding and sharing this brilliant cartoon by Michael de Adder.
Georgia Senate Race Update

Elections for both of Georgia’s U.S. senate seats are being held this year. One election is a regular cycle election and one is a special election, and they are being treated differently:

  • There was a primary on June 9 for the U.S. senate seat held by Republican incumbent David Perdue, who ran unopposed. Nine Democrats ran in the Democratic primary for this seat. Jon Ossoff won with 51% of the Democratic vote, thereby avoiding a run-off.
  • There will be a special election on Nov. 3 for the seat currently held by Kelly Loeffler. This election has attracted 20 candidates. If none of them gets 50% of the vote, there will be a runoff on Jan. 5, 2021. More information on that below.

By way of background, Trump won Georgia by 5.1% in 2016 - less than Mitt Romney’s 7.82% in 2012 and John McCain’s 5.2% in 2008. Most early polls show Trump leading Biden by 7%, but an online Civiqs poll of registered Georgia voters commissioned by Daily Kos released on May 19 showed Biden ahead of Trump by 1% (Biden at 48% and Trump at 47%).

Incumbent Republican David Perdue v. Democrat Jon Ossoff
Perdue is a first-term U.S. senator. He is the former CEO of Dollar General and Pillowtex and built a reputation as a company turnaround specialist. Perdue is a first cousin of Sonny Perdue, former chicken businessman, former Georgia governor and current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

In 2017, Jon Ossoff, the Democratic nominee for this seat, lost a special election in a very Republican district for the U.S. House of Representatives. (In 2018, Democrat Lucy McBath won this seat. Fun fact: Ossoff’s 2017 special election campaign sparked the creation of postcardstovoters.org.

In the May 19 online Civiqs poll, Ossoff was the only Democrat who out-polled Perdue (Ossoff at 47% and Perdue at 45%, with a margin of error of 3.1%).


Incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler v. ?
Loeffler was appointed by Republican Governor Brian Kemp in 2019 when Republican Senator Johnny Isakson retired. Loeffler is one of several Republican senators accused of dumping stock based on coronavirus briefings she received as a senator before much information became publicly available. She has denied the allegations of insider trading. (Of course.)

In the Nov. 3 special election, Loeffler is being challenged by five Republicans, including Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, who won praise from the current “president” for his vitriolic impeachment performance, as well as eight Democrats, one Green Party candidate, one Libertarian Party candidate and five candidates who have declared no party affiliation.

If no one wins more than 50% of the vote, a run-off election will be held on Jan. 5, 2021. Because Collins has filed for this election, his congressional district, CD 9, is now an open seat. An online Civiqs poll conducted for Daily Kos released May 19 showed Collins leading Loeffler by 22% (Collins at 34% to Loeffler at 12%).

How you can help in Georgia:

  • Donate to Jon Ossoff's campaign
  • Donate to Fair Fight 2020 (Stacey Abrams’ voter registration organization.)
  • Volunteer for Team Georgia at Common Purpose Now.
  • Volunteer for the Center for Common Ground's Reclaim Our Vote campaign which targets voters who have been purged from the voting rolls. Reclaim Our Vote is doing phone banking and postcard writing for Georgia, as well as for Arizona, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and Texas. However, you may not be assigned to Georgia.

Sources:
https://www.vox.com/2020/1/28/21112102/georgia-senate-race-doug-collins-kelly-loeffler-trump-brian-kemp
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/us/politics/kelly-loeffler-georgia-senate-trump.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/07/870947158/georgia-gop-fears-changing-demographics-could-end-partys-long-dominance
https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup#address=Georgia&election=2020-11-03
https://www.ajc.com/news/gen-politics/expanded-ajc-election-results/6pCfVkbygJvAWRdmwMivPP/
https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/ossoff-avoids-runoff-win-democratic-nomination-for-senate-georgia/tVSaQEAp3DYBb8ocS5NWFK/

Things you can do right now
Black Lives Matter
  • Read about the significance of Juneteenth to the African American community.
  • Sign up to participate in Juneteenth events across the country organized by Movement for Black Lives.
  • Read Sal DeRosalia's plea that the City of Bainbridge Island and its new Police Chief reach out to people of color on Bainbridge Island and let them know they are here to protect us, too. Includes names and phone numbers of people to call in city government.
  • Donate to the GoFundMe page to help pay the medical bills for Aubreanna Inda (Aubrey), the protestor who was hit in the chest by an explosive thrown by the Seattle Police Department Sunday night. You can also Venmo her directly @aubracado. Read about the incident.
  • Sign the ACLU petition to Congress: End Police Militarization and Over-Policing in Our Communities Now.
  • Watch the movie, Just Mercy, for free this month. A powerful and thoughtprovoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice in Alabama.
  • Read the open letter, "Kitsap Protests: What Do They Mean and How Do We Go Forward?" from Kitsap ERACE Coalition.
  • Watch Indivisible.org's Workshop: Relational Organizing Amidst Racial Violence.
  • Endorse the Defund Seattle Police statement prepared by COVID-19 Mutual Aid Seattle, a network of organizations and individuals who came together in response to COVID-19.
  • Sign the petition created by Seattle Public School students and allies demanding that Superintendent Juneau and the Seattle School Board end the contract between Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Police Department.
  • Sign the petition from FaithfulAmerica.org that the current "president's" photo op was blasphemy.
  • Read about the teenager who video-ed the murder of George Floyd.

Covid-19
  • Read about food drives to restock local food pantries.
  • Learn how to become a contact tracer (free, from Johns Hopkins University)
  • Learn where to buy a face mask online.
Get Out the Vote
  • Get your DitchMitch postcards. You can help Women's March Action send postcards to all 2.2 million Kentucky women urging them "Ditch Mitch" on Nov. 3.
  • Check out IndivisibleVashon.org's Get Out the Vote tools for local, state-wide and national elections.
  • Explore the Movement Voter Project, which funds local organizers to encourage low income and communities of color to vote in states Democrats need to win: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona. They also have analysis on Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Texas.
  • Check out "Don't Vote for the Duck," a political satire about a school whose Student Body President is a mean duck who is ruining the school with his lies and bullying.
June 12 through June 18
Fri., June 12, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Statewide Protest In Silverdale
Organized by Kitsap Youth Activism Team

There will be a statewide protest on Friday, and Kitsap Youth Activism Team will be holding their rally at the intersection of Kitsap Mall and Ridgetop Boulevard. More info here.

Fri., June 12, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Statewide Silent March and General Strike in Seattle

Judkins Park to Jefferson Park (1.8 miles)

Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is calling for a statewide day of action in support of all Black lives in Washington State on Friday, June 12th. The day of action will include a general strike and a silent march to honor lives lost and send a powerful message that Washingtonians no longer tolerate the racism that is built into so many of our institutions. More info here. Read Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County's list of demands.

Fri., June 12, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm - not meeting this week.
Voices of the Majority
"On Friday, June 12, we urge everyone to spend their time and energy on direct action for lasting structural change. Don’t go to work, and don’t work from home." Bill says in this week's email, "Please participate in whatever manner feels right to you. We will spend part of Friday listening to the audio book 'So You Want to Talk About Race,' by Seattle's Ijeoma Uluo." Meanwhile, let's keep working for change in November by encouraging Democrats in Florida (Osceola County) to apply for an absentee ballot, so they can vote by mail just as we do here in WA. Email Bill if you need addresses.

Sat., June 13, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Citizen Climate Lobby's Virtual Climate Conference

Join CCL’s virtual conference to learn about the path ahead for climate change policy. More info here. Register here.

Sun., June 14
Citizen Climate Lobby's Virtual Climate Conference Seminars

CCL will hold three seminars that will dive deeper into the topics introduced at the conference on Saturday. Sign up for one when you register for the Saturday conference. Each of these additional virtual seminars lasts two to two and a half hours, taking our volunteers deeper into the material than a standard conference breakout. When you register for the conference, you can choose to attend an additional session. You have a choice of four: Depolarizing Within presented by Braver Angels, International Climate Policy Workshop, All You Want to know About the Energy Innovation Act, or Beyond Diversity: Fostering Belonging and Inclusion at CCL. Space is limited. Register here.

Sun., June 14, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Phone Banking from Home for Joy Stanford

Joy Stanford is the Democratic candidate running for State House Representative in LD 26 (Gig Harbor) to unseat Republican incumbent Michelle Caldier. Phone banks for Joy are being held every Sunday and Wednesday. Email fadamson@hamilton.edu or visit "Events" at Joy's Facebook page for more information.

Sun., June 14, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
#BlackLivesMatter March For Black Lives – Its Time

Westlake Park, Seattle
Black Lives Matter Seattle Original
From their Facebook post: Enough is ENOUGH Seattle. Police are still murdering people with little or no punishment and not being held to a high standard. George Floyd just got murdered, just like Eric Gardener.. People are still being slaughtered by police at a astronomical level and it gots to stop. Our Lives Matter. Join us and say and show that police need to be held accountable and held to a high standard regardless of the state or in the world. Please wear a mask and bring hand sanitizer. More info here and on Facebook here.

Mon., June 15, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
"Stock-The-Shelves" Local Food Drive
Safeway Parking Lot, 253 High School RD NE, BI

Help Bainbridge Island's Helpline House help people in need. Food items needed: jams & jellies, Mac & Cheese, pull-top ready to eat soups, fruits and vegetables, shelf-stable milks (Soy, Rice, Almond, etc.) starch mixes (Rice-a-Roni, Pasta Roni, Au Gratin Potatoes, etc.), and salad dressings. Sponsored by Compass & Clock, Clark Construction, Clean Lines Fashion, Cook Family Funeral Home and State Farm. More info here.

Mon., June 15, 5:00 pm to 6:30
BINKI Zoom meeting - KIAC
Zoom link
Password (if needed): 231773
Join by phone by calling 1 253 215 8782 and using this Meeting ID: 848 379 479
Indivisible Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible (aka BINKI) are welcoming guests Ray Garrido, Legal Services Director, and Annika Turner, Family Services Director, from Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center in Bremerton. What can we do to help immigrants, who are one of the groups most in peril from this administration and coronavirus. More info here.

Mon., June 15, 7:00 pm to 9:00
Kitsap County Democrats June 2020 Meeting
The June meeting will be dedicated to endorsements & approvals for candidates running for elected office. If you have not previously registered for a Kitsap County Democrats meeting on Zoom, please do so here as we are voting on endorsements. If you HAVE registered for a Kitsap County Democrats meeting on Zoom and you just need the link or the meeting ID & password in, please send email to info@kitsapdemocrats.org so we can get that information to you. Your registration ensures that we have a proper credentials report. Thank you for your help. More info here.

Tues., June 16, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists
Not meeting this week?
Contact Debbie for updates.

Wed., June 17, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Postcards on Wednesdays via Zoom!
Zoom link.

Password (if asked): 711616
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. Deliveries can be arranged, too. Addresses for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign will likely be available. We send a reminder  to our postcard writers a few days before this event. Not sure if you're on the Postcards on Wednesday email list? Send an email to Kathy.

Wed, June 17, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Phone Banking from Home for Joy Stanford

Joy Stanford is the Democratic candidate running for State House Representative in LD 26 (Gig Harbor) to unseat Republican incumbent Michelle Caldier. Phone banks for Joy are being held every Sunday and Wednesday. Email fadamson@hamilton.edu or visit "Events" at Joy's Facebook page for more information.

Wed., June 17, 6:30 pm
Meaningful Movies on Zoom: Suppressed: The Fight to Vote
Reserve your "seat" here.

"Suppressed" is a new documentary by Robert Greenwald. It weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. A panel discussion will follow the movie.
June 19 to June 25
Fri., June 19 - 21
6.19 AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND ACROSS THE NATION
Movement for Black Lives is organizing actions across the country. Sign up here.

Fri., June 19, 4:30 to 5:30

Voices of the Majority
Not meeting this week?
Contact Bill for updates.

Mon., June 22, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

"Stock-The-Shelves" Local Food Drive
Safeway Parking Lot, 19245 10th Ave NE, Poulsbo

Help North Kitsap Fishline help people in need. Food items needed: canned chili and stews, ready to eat soups, pasta, rice, cereal, cooking oil, canned fruit, meats and fish, hamburger helper, Rice-a-Roni, toddler diapers (4/5/6), women and men incontinence products, cat food and cat litter. Sponsored by Compass & Clock JC Madison Inc, Sherrard McGonagle Tizzano & Lind and Nepsis: Invest with Clarity. More info here.

Mon., June 22, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
BINKI Zoom meeting - Food Banks, Food Insecurity and Master Gardeners as Allies
Zoom link
Password (if needed): 231773
Join by phone by calling 1 253 215 8782 and using this Meeting ID: 848 379 479
Indivisible Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible (aka BINKI) are welcoming guests who will talk about how gardeners can partner with local food banks to reduce food insecurity in our county. More info here.

Tues., June 23, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists
Not meeting this week?
Contact Debbie for updates.


Wed., June 24, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Postcards on Wednesdays via Zoom!
Zoom link.

Password (if asked): 711616
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. Deliveries can be arranged, too. Addresses for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign will likely be available. We send a reminder  to our postcard writers a few days before this event. Not sure if you're on the Postcards on Wednesday email list? Send an email to Kathy.
Further out
Mon., June 29, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
BINKI Zoom meeting - Puppy Mill Ban Legislation
Zoom link
Password (if needed): 231773
Join by phone by calling 1 253 215 8782 and using this Meeting ID: 848 379 479
Indivisible Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible (aka BINKI) are welcoming guest speaker Jenna Jensen regarding Puppy Mill Ban legislation locally and at the state level. Jenna is Public Policy Specialist with the Humane Society of the United States and is leading the Stop Puppy Mills Campaign. More info here.

Wed., July 1, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Urgent Federal Climate Bills & Strategy
Register for the Zoom link
Nationwide policy change is the best and only real hope for systemic action at the scale and timeline required to avert disaster. Come learn about 10 specific bills in Congress that will shape the future of our planet – if we can pass them and much more! More info here.

Mon., July 6, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
BINKI Presents Zero Waste and Recycling
Zoom link
Password (if needed): 231773
Join by phone by calling 1 253 215 8782 and using this Meeting ID: 848 379 479
Indivisible Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible (aka BINKI) will welcoming postcard writer and one who is living a zero waste, Sandy Spears, to talk about how to bring zero-waste thoughtfulness and practices into your life. More info here.

Mon., July 13, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

BINKI Zoom meeting - CD 6 Virtual Town Hall
Zoom link
Password (if needed): 231773
Join by phone by calling 1 253 215 8782 and using this Meeting ID: 848 379 479
Please join Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible (BINKI) for a virtual town hall. Hear from Incumbent Rep. Kilmer if he can make it (or we will have an empty seat representing his part) – and Rebecca Parson, a Progressive running for the seat. 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
  1. Contact Rep, Kilmer and thank him for co-sponsoring H.R. 7120, the Justice in Policing Act, but it must be amended to include federal agents. The Justice in Policing Act is a good first start, but some of its provisions, such as requiring that police officers wear information that identifies the agency for which the officer works and the officer’s name or badge number must apply to federal law enforcement as well as state, municipal and county officers. Read about the bill here. Read about what the bill gets wrong here.
  2. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to support legislation ending the 1033 Program which transfers excess military equipment to civilian law enforcement agencies. The program requires the Department of Defense to make various items of equipment available to local law enforcement. That requirement means the Defense Dept. must replace the equipment it gave away with the latest and greatest equipment, thereby bloating the defense budget. Read about it here.
  3. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to amend Section 15 of the Electoral Count Act of 1887. That provision, which is supposed to say how Electoral College votes will be counted if a state reports two different sets of Electoral College votes, is described by constitutional law professor Edward Foley as “almost unintelligible.” “If you’re asking the question what should Congress do to prepare for November, [Section 15] would be on the top of the list,” Foley said in this article at rollcall.com. Given the election mess in Georgia this week, our members of Congress need to do everything they can to avoid an electoral mess in November.
  4. Contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor H.R.4000, the “Fair Representation Act.” This bill would require that ranked choice voting (a system in which voters rank candidates in order of preference) be used for all elections for Members of the House of Representatives. Read about ranked choice voting here.
  5. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to support H.R.6718/S.3221, the Farm System Reform Act, introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna and Sen. Cory Booker. The bill calls for major agricultural reforms that uplift independent family farmers, protect rural communities and public health, and overhaul the currently broken food system. It includes an immediate moratorium on the construction of new or expanding large factory farms while also initiating a phaseout of existing large factory farms by 2040. The Act would place a moratorium on large concentrated animal feeding operations, would strengthen the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 and would require country of origin labeling on beef, pork, and dairy products, and for other purposes. The Farm System Reform Act would reduce the likelihood of viruses jumping species as likely happened with coronavirus. Read about the bill here.
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