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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

June 19, 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.

Indivisible Bainbridge Island is in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the Juneteenth Celebration this weekend in Bremerton. A candlelight vigil will be held outside the Marvin Williams Recreation Center (725 Park Ave., Bremerton) starting at 8:46 pm. Hosted by Living Arts Cultural Heritage Project. Details and updates will be posted on this Facebook event page and from which the event will be live streamed. Read a brief history of Juneteenth here.

Why we resist
"I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous. It's actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it," the current "president" claimed in an interview with the Wall Street Journal released June 18, 2020.


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

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.




138 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, 44 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
Covid-19
SeattleTimes.com
  • As of 6/18, Kitsap County had 180 confirmed cases (8 more than last week) and 2 deaths (no increase since last week).
  • As of 6/18, Washington state had 26,784 confirmed cases (2,142 more than last week) and 1,226 deaths (88 more than last week).
Nationally as of 6/18 (Source: Worldometer.info)
  • 2,263,083 confirmed diagnoses (327,004 more than last week)
  • 120,682 deaths (4,663 more than last week)
Covid-19 is spiking in California, Texas, Florida, 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
Arizona Senate Race Update

Republican Senator Martha McSally is up for re-election on Nov. 3 in a special election. McSally was appointed to the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. John McCain after losing the 2018 senatorial election to fill the seat left vacant by Jeff Flake's resignation to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

McSally's Democratic opponent is former astronaut, Mark Kelly, and husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head at a constituent meet-and-greet in a supermarket parking lot in 2011. Giffords and Kelly founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, a non-profit organization and super PAC that supports gun control.

On May 19, the Arizona Republic reported that in an OH Predictive Insights poll, McSally was behind Mark Kelly by 13 points (51% to 38%). The poll also showed independents breaking more than 2 to 1 for Kelly.

Arizona's senatorial primary is Aug. 4. Kelly has a write-in opponent, Bo Garcia. McSally has a Republican opponent, Daniel McCarthy.

The Cook Political Report and Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales have consistently rated the match-up between McSally and Kelly as "toss-up," while Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball rates the race as "lean Democratic."

How you can help in Arizona:

  • Donate to Mark Kelly's campaign; with $19,706,843.19 cash on hand, Kelly is the best funded Democratic senatorial candidate.
  • Volunteer for Team Arizona at Common Purpose Now. Read their one-page analysis of other important Arizona races because, with a little help, Arizona's legislature could flip blue.
  • 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 Arizona, as well as Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and Texas. However, you may not be assigned to Arizona.
  • Write postcards and phone bank for Flip the West.
  • Connect with Meg Johnston, who heads up the Out of State Volunteer Network for Arizona.
Things you can do right now
Help immigrants in Kitsap County
  • Donate masa harina (corn flour, such as the Maseca brand, for making corn tortillas) and dried beans to Bremerton Foodline. (Immigrants from Guatemala and Mexico know how to cook with these items, but food banks often don't stock them.)
  • Donate baby diapers to Eastside Baby Corner at their West Sound drop-off location at 1463 NE Dawn Road, Suite B, Bremerton, WA. Read about donations here.
Sign some petitions Learn something
June 19 to June 25

Fri., June 19, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Next Steps Rally! A Not This Time Event.
Judkins Park, 2150 S. Norman, Seattle
It’s time to move forward with real change, by educating the public on the things in our city and state that have been an impediment to justice, equity and police accountability. Seattle/Washington State, let’s lead, meet a host of community leaders, political power brokers, Native Tribes, black clergy leaders, API leaders, Latino organizations and most important our families that have been impacted by police use of deadly force. It’s time to funnel all that enthusiasm into specific areas. More info here.

Fri., June 19, 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Justice for Stolen Lives! Juneteenth Freedom March
23rd and Union, Seattle
Organized by King County Equity Now Coalition
Show up, support, use your voice and keep that same energy until we see change. Freedom March will start @ DeCharlene's Boutique on 22nd & Madison @ 2:00pm. We will be honoring the late Charlene "DeCharlene" Williams, who established the Central Area Chamber of Commerce and brought Juneteenth to Seattle nearly 40 years ago. More info on Facebook here.


Fri., June 19, 3:30 pm
Port Orchard Defend Black Lives event
Port Orchard City Hall, 216 Prospect St., Port Orchard
Hold signs in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Please wear masks, stay physically distant, and practice peace. More info here. Find other events organized through Movement for Black Lives.

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

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


Fri., June 19, 8:45 pm to 10 pm
8 Minutes 46 Seconds Juneteenth Candlelight Vigil
Outside the Marvin Williams Recreation Center, 725 Park Ave, Bremerton
Organized by the Living Arts Cultural Heritage Project, which normally plans the Juneteenth Freedom Festival. The vigil will be live-streamed from the event's Facebook page.

Sat
., June 20, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Juneteenth Monumental March for Black Lives
Outside on the south side of Norm Dicks Government Building on 5th St, Bremerton
Hosted by Living Arts Cultural Heritage Project
Gather at noon and at 12:30 p.m., the march will start. The current plan for the marching route is: 5th...to Pacific...to MLK...to Park...down to Evergreen Park, where the march will end. The march will be live streamed from this Facebook page.

Sat
., June 20, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Adam Smith Town Hall
Register for this Zoom event

Join Indivisible Eastside and friends for a Town Hall conversation with Congressman Adam Smith. They’ll be discussing racial justice, use of military in civilian populations, COVID recovery, and much more. This event will be recorded. More info here.

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.

Thurs., June 25, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Virtual Program Night: The Olympic Peninsula with Lauren Kuehne
Register for this free Zoom event (unfortunately, capacity has already been reached)
In this online presentation, researcher Lauren Kuehne will present the results of a year-long project to monitor current levels of noise from military aircraft and estimate the impact of Growler jets on the soundscape of the Olympic Peninsula. The Olympic Peninsula is  home to eight Tribal Nations, diverse resident communities, and the much-loved Olympic National Park, which is visited by 3 million tourists every year. It is a very popular place for wildlife viewing, whether that means encountering more than 300 species of resident birds, watching coho and Chinook salmon make their way upstream, or spotting black bear and Roosevelt elk.
June 26 to July 2
Fri., June 26, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Voices of the Majority
Not meeting this week?
Contact Bill for updates.

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.

Tues., June 30, 6:00 pm
It Takes a Village: Pandemic to Protest
Register for this Zoom event
In partnership with CD Forum and LANGSTON, Northwest African American Museum invites you to join us for this community conversation on collective well-being. 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.

Wed., July 1, 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.
July 3 and beyond
Fri., July 3, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Stonechild Memorial Caravan
Meet at the Suquamish Village Parking Lot, 18490 Suquamish Way NE
The Stonechild Chiefstick Memorial Caravan will start at the Suquamish Village Parking Lot and travel to Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park in Poulsbo. After arriving at Waterfront Park, there will be prayer songs, and speakers will share their words for his children. There will also be time to share community demands for change. A 9:22pm, the time Stoney was killed, there will be a closing song. 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.

Wed., July 8, 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.

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 of 2020, introduced by Rep. Karen Bass. Contact our senators and tell them to co-sponsor it when it is introduced in the Senate by Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. The legislation aims to combat police misconduct, excessive force, and racial bias in policing. Read about it here.
  2. Contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him it is unacceptable that he joined thirty Democrats and thirty Republicans, in signing a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy calling for cuts to Social Security benefits in order to address the “pressing issue of the national debt.” According to The Intercept, the letter recommended enacting Republican Sen. Mitt Romney’s TRUST Act — has been described as “a plot to gut Social Security behind closed doors.” The TRUST Act would create congressional “Rescue Committees” tasked with writing legislation providing 75 years of solvency for federal trust funds. Of course, the national debt has become an issue after Republican’s cut taxes on corporations and the super wealthy and now the federal government’s dismal failure with the coronavirus. In The Intercept's article, Kilmer said he signed the letter because he’s concerned about the solvency of funds such as the Highway Trust Fund. The federal gas tax, which goes into the Highway Trust Fund, hasn’t been raised since 1993 and was not indexed for inflation. Increase the gas tax and index it to inflation now while gas prices are low (and quit "sort-of" funding the Highway Trust Fund with miserly appropriations). If he’s concerned about the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund, Kilmer should vote to remove the limit on income that is taxed for Social Security. If he’s concerned about Medicare, he should have been a co-sponsor on every bill to negotiate Medicare prescription drug pricing, such as H.R.275. If he’s really, truly concerned about the national debt, Kilmer should be fighting the huge increases in military spending that have occurred during his seven years in Congress, and he should be looking to raise taxes on the wealthy and on corporations. Republicans have been hollowing out this country for decades and never cared one whit about the national debt when they were doing the spending. This is not the time for Democrats to get all wobbly about the national debt. Read economist Stephanie Kelton’s response to the letter Kilmer signed that the New York Times published (requires a subscription). A copy is available here.
  3. Contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor H.R.6874 the Paycheck Protection Program Transparency Act, introduced by Democratic Rep. Katie Porter (Calif.). Tell our senators to introduce it in the Senate. Before PPP passed, the current administration promised to provide Congress with the names of companies that receive PPP loans. Now, Secretary of Treasury Mnuchin refuses to disclose that information, saying the information is “proprietary.” If Rep. Kilmer is really concerned about the national debt, he should be concerned about whether PPP loan recipients were qualified to receive the loans and actually kept legitimate employees on the payroll. Read about Mnuchin’s refusal to disclose here and here. Read about Porter’s bill here.
  4. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to get ready to truly simplify the tax code, especially for businesses (no more depletion allowances for the oil industry, for example) and build a better IRS capable of auditing wealthy corporations and individuals. In their never-ending quest to reduce the federal government to a size that can be drowned in a bathtub, Republicans have gifted corporations and the wealthy with tax cuts and gutted the IRS’ ability to pursue tax cheats. Eliminate ways to hide money and siphon money to family dynasties. Restore the inheritance tax. No more vanity deductions for donating to taxpayers’ old alma mater. Get advice from people who know the tricks of the rich, such as David Kay Johnston. If necessary, hire a PR team to explain to the average Joe that regular Americans’ taxes are not going up – only on the wealthy and the cheats. Read about rebuilding the IRS here. Read about President Obama's efforts to audit the super wealthy here.
  5. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to grill the head of FEMA, Peter T. Gaynor, who allowed FEMA to order plastic tubes for coronavirus testing from Fillakit, a first-time federal contractor, that don’t fit the racks used to analyze samples. Over $7 million of our tax dollars has been paid a fledgling Texas company to buy test tubes needed in tracking the spread of the coronavirus nationwide. But, instead of the standard vials, Fillakit LLC supplied plastic tubes made for bottling soda, which state health officials say are unusable. Read about it here.
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