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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

May 8, 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 have guests Airen Lydick and Chuck Tanner, who will share the collaborative report issued by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) and Show Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) on white nationalism in Kitsap County.

Why we keep resisting
George Packer's article, "We Are Living in a Failed State," in the June issue of The Atlantic is a gut-punch.


State update
This week's newsletter includes an update on what's happening in Montana, where a Democratic candidate for Senate could help flip the U.S. Senate BLUE. Next week, Maine!

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.




179 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, 84 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
Find all the Covid-19 resources and Ways to Help from past newsletters here.
 
Montana senatorial update
Montana is a quirky state. While most people think of Montana as a red state, it has a long history of electing Democrats. Montana currently has a Democratic senator, Jon Tester (who won re-election in 2018), and a very popular Democratic governor, Steve Bullock, who won re-election in 2016 by 4 points while Trump won the state by 20 points. 

Bullock, who is term-limited out as governor next year, changed everything for Democrats when he ended his presidential bid and decided to run for the Senate against first-term incumbent Republican senator, Steve Daines.

The primary is June 2. In the Republican primary, Steve Daines has two challengers. In the Democratic primary, Bullock faces one opponent..

Montana is a no-excuse-required vote-by-mail state. The only way to "early vote" in Montana is to vote by mail. However, ballots cannot be sent to P.O. boxes. More on that below.

In March and April, five rating organizations all rated Montana "Lean R."

A Montana State University poll released this week has Steve Bullock leading Steve Daines 46 percent to 39 percent but within the margin of error. Seven percent of respondents said they were undecided, while 6 percent said they would vote for someone else. A Libertarian and Green Party candidate also are on the ballot.

The poll also revealed that 70 percent of Montanans approve of Bullock's response as governor to the coronavirus pandemic while 48 percent of Montanans approve of Daines' response.

At the May 6 Flip the West webinar on Montana, activist Amanda Frickle said Montanans are proud of their strongest-in-the nation campaign finance laws and that they do not appreciate people from other states trying to influence their elections. The state has one area code (406) and they don't answer the phone for calls from other area codes. They are quick to detect people who don't sound like they are from Montana.

This does not explain why creationist Greg Gianforte (born in San Diego and educated in New Jersey) was elected as Montana's only representative in a special election in 2017 despite being recorded attacking Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian. Gianforte was fined and sentenced to community service and anger management therapy for that attack.

After being re-elected in 2018 by 5 points, Gianforte has decided to run for governor this year. Two Democrats are running for governor. Gianforte has been accused of insider trading on the coronavirus epidemic by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, a fellow Republican.

Gianforte's run for governor leaves his House seat open. Kathleen Williams, Gianforte's Democratic opponent in 2018, is running for that open House seat again in 2020.

Native Americans living on reservations in the state's northwest corner are key to Democrats winning in November. As in North Dakota, Native Americans living on reservations in Montana do not have physical addresses to which mail-in ballots can be delivered. Montana's Secretary of State is a Republican and will decide where and how many polling locations will be set up on reservations. The process of requesting polling locations has begun.

Flip the West is considering setting up a Montana postcard-writing campaign.

How you can help in Montana:

Things you can do right now
  • Watch the replay of Tarra Simmons' guest appearance at Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Indivisible's general meeting on May 4. The password is 2U?^X@2. for this zoom video. Tarra is a candidate for the retiring Sherry Appleton's seat in the Washington state legislature.
  • Watch the replay of Rebecca Parson's guest appearance at the Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Indivisible's general meeting on April 27. This is partial recording. Rebecca is running against Derek Kilmer to represent our 6th CD in Washington, D.C.
  • Thank nurses via Sen. Patty Murray's web site.
  • Sign the Win Without War petition calling on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that any safe and effective medicines developed in the United States to combat COVID-19 are immediately made free, accessible, and affordable around the world.
  • Sign the MoveOn.org petition to District Attorney George Barnhill and District Attorney Jackie Johnson demanding their resignations now. Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was jogging near his neighborhood in Brunswick, GA on February 23 when he was chased down, shot, and killed in cold blood by two white men, father and son Gregoy and Travis McMichael. DA Barnhill defended Ahmaud’s murderers by claiming that Travis McMichael acted in self-defense and his actions fell within Georgia’s citizen arrest laws - until video of the murder emerged.
  • Sign the MoveOn.org petition to our senators telling them to reject Justin Walker's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Walker's political patron, is rewarding Walker by advancing him to a D.C. Circuit judgeship that will not even become vacant until September.
  • Sign the Common Cause petition to Congress demanding the impeachment of William Barr. This week, Barr dropped all charges against Michael Flynn, even though Flynn twice pleaded guilty to the charge of lying to the FBI under oath about his conversations with the Russian ambassador (remember that scandal?) Back in 2018, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan pointed at the American flag in his courtroom and accused Flynn of betraying his country. Sullivan then asked prosecutors whether Flynn could be charged with “treason." Here's hoping Judge Sullivan does not let Flynn off the hook.
Events May 8 through May 14
Fri., May 8, 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
Normally would be writing postcards to voters and sending faxes to legislators.

Fri., May 8, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Town Hall: Big Business Tax!

Zoom meeting
How can we support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic while building power for the future? For starters, we’re fighting for a progressive tax in Seattle to protect those most vulnerable to the global pandemic — and other now-compounded crises. More info here.


Sat., May 9, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Bainbridge Pride Spring Mixer - cancelled
900 Park Ave N, BI

Bainbridge Pride is excited to be bringing back WEPA band for a fun filled Latin infused evening! Can you handle their beats?! Come sip some latin libations and get your cha-cha on!

Sat., May 9, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Pandemics and Plutonium: A New Look At National Security
Register for this Zoom meeting
The Truman National Security Project’s Seattle Chapter is hosting a series of virtual fireside chats on how U.S. defense spending should complement global nuclear non-proliferation efforts in the era of COVID-19. Seattle Congressman Adam Smith, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee will kick off the series on May 9 in a conversation with Truman member and President and CEO of the Seattle World Affairs Council Jacqueline Miller. More info here.

Sat., May 9, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Right to Health Web-In: Racial Capitalism and the COVID-19 Catastrophe
Register for this online meeting
In the second Right to Health Web-In “Racial Capitalism and the COVID-19 Catastrophe,” we will begin to unpack what’s led to the appalling inequalities in COVID-19 outcomes across many social fault lines, but perhaps most glaringly along the lines of race in America.More info here.

Mon., May 11, 5:00 pm to 6:30
BINKI Zoom with guests Airen Lydick and Chuck Tanner
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 Airen Lydick and Chuck Tanner, who will share the collaborative report issued by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) and Show Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) on white nationalism in Kitsap County.
 
Tues, May 12, 12:30 pm not scheduled, just keeping it on the calendar
Meeting with Senator's Staffers
Federal Building, Seattle

Tues., May 12, 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 12, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Kitsap SURJ – #1 (of 2) May Meetings
More info on SURJ's Facebook page.

Tues, May 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
LD 19 Town Hall
Register here for this Zoom event.

WIN Town Hall with candidates Marianna Everson and Clint Bryson for House Position 1. The district includes the western extreme of the state south of the Olympic Peninsula and runs from Aberdeen to Longview. More info here.
 
Wed., May 13, 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. 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!
Events May 15 to May 21
Fri., May 15, 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
Normally would be writing postcards to voters and sending faxes to legislators.


Sat., May 16 and Sun. May 17 - 
The Work That Reconnects - A climate grief workshop
Postponed

Southside Commons, 3518 S Edmunds St, Seattle, Washington 98118
More information here.


Mon., May 18, 5:00 pm to 6:30
BINKI Zoom meeting
Zoom link
Password (if needed): 231773
Join by phone by calling 1 253 215 8782 and using this Meeting ID: 848 379 479

Tues., May 19, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Solutions Together – Climate Leaders Zoom meeting
Register for this Zoom meeting
Climate Solutions is hosting an online conversation about how we can further solutions to the climate crisis during this challenging time of the COVID pandemic. More info here.

Tues., May 19, 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 19, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
State Town Hall with Hilary Franz
Register here for this Zoom meeting.
Democrat and incumbent Hilary Franz, candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands, is running for re-election.
 
Wed., May 20, 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. 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!


Thurs., May 21,
How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Details coming soon.
Future events
Tues., May 26, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Meeting with Rep. Kilmer's staffers
May be a teleconference. May not happen.
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.


Wed., May 27, 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. 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.

Thurs., June 4
Movies That Matter: Motherload
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82869188641
A screening of Motherload: the story of a mother's quest to understand the isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. Sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge, Climate Action Bainbridge, EcoAdapt, Citizens' Climate Lobby, SqueakyWheels and Bainbridge GreenWays.
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

Indivisible.org started a new initiative this week called “The Peoples’ Agenda Pledge,” calling on members of Congress to “vote against the next coronavirus relief package (COVID 4) unless it is a true People’s Agenda for relief. That means the next relief package must keep people on payrolls, provide financial relief, protect public health, defend elections, ensure the next package provides relief to every person in this country, regardless of tax or immigration status, age or disability.”

The pledge is based on four principles: 1) Keep people on payrolls. 2) Provide financial relief focused on people. 3) Protect public health (testing, PPE). 4) Defend democracy with vote by mail.

Actions based on these four principles change daily. Go to People's Agenda Pledge to see and take action on the current day's issue.

  1. Go to People’s Agenda Pledge and use that page to contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him to include immigrants in free testing and treatment, ensure immigrants are eligible to receive stimulus checks and automatically extend work permits and visas while renewal processes are shut down.
  2. Contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Paycheck Guarantee Act, which has not yet been assigned an H.R. number. A white paper on this bill is here. A one-page summary is here. This bill is part of the People's Agenda Pledge.
  3. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to investigate Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s actions to encourage federal judges to retire in order for him to have even more vacancies to fill with the likes of Justin Walker, a McConnell protege. Read about it here.
  4. Contact our senators and tell them to support Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s proposed “No Politics in Pandemic Recovery Act.” It would prevent any president from putting his or her name on recovery checks. Read about it here.
  5. Contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor H.R. 6525, the “Reopen America Act,” introduced by Rep. Jamie Raskin and already having 67 co-sponsors. The bill would create a health equipment production board that would activate the industrial sector to create all the material we need, as well as a scientific advisory panel to review states’ reopening plans. The RAA rests on the idea that two public health conditions must be met for America to reopen safely and durably: 1) social distancing must have lowered infection rates sufficiently to allow hospitals to properly care for the infected population and 2) public health safeguards must be able to keep transmission rates below one. Read about it here.
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