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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Actions

March 6, 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.




242 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Washington state presidential primary is March 10, 2020, 4 days from now.


The Washington state primary for state offices and federal offices other than president is August 4, 2020, 151 days away.
 
Presidential primary ballots are due March 10

To be counted, ballots must be in a designated drop box by 8 pm on March 10 or postmarked by 8 pm on March 10. You'll need to get your ballot in the mail early on March 10 to be postmarked by 8 pm. The only drop box on Bainbridge Island is at Bainbridge Island School District, 8489 Madison Avenue NE. Click here for a list of drop boxes in Kitsap County.

Of the thirteen candidates on the ballot, these have already withdrawn: Michael Bennet, Michael Bloomberg, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, John Delany, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang. Of the remaining candidates, each must get at least 15% of the vote to get delegates to the national convention.

Can't decide on a candidate? Check out the Washington Fuse Progressive Voter's Guide. Still don't like any of the remaining presidential candidates? Read this.

Avoid problems by signing your ballot using the names to which it is addressed and in the way you signed when you registered to vote.

REMEMBER TO CHECK THE PARTY DECLARATION BOX!!!!

There's a new requirement on the March 10 presidential primary ballot: you MUST check the "party declaration" box on the envelope or your vote will not be counted.

If you aren't sure whether you checked the "party declaration" box, to to https://votewa.gov to track the status of your ballot. Click the "Menu" button and choose "Ballot Status." If you didn't check the box, it will say "rejected". Don't worry, though: the site also has instructions on what to do to fix the problem.

There are already reports that over 36,000 people sent in ballots without checking the box. So please help get the word out -- let your friends know too!

Seattle Womxn's March Update
The Seattle Womxn's March, postponed from January to March 8 has transformed into an online event due to the coronavirus. They will live stream the speeches slated for the march and hope you’ll join in spirit, if not in person. More info here.
Join the Blue Wave in 2020
Now is the time to get serious about electing Democrats in 2020. Here are some things that need doing:
  • Grow the Democratic majority in the Washington State House by flipping some or all of the four Republican-held House seats in LD 26 and LD 35. Call Judy Arbogast at 253-225-1977 for times and locations.
  • Flip CD 3 (southwest Washington/Vancouver) by electing Carolyn Long. Volunteer at her website, www.electlong.com, or email Kathy Wallace.
  • Flip states and U.S. Senate seats blue. If you want to go to Arizona to help elect Democrat Mark Kelly to the U.S. Senate, support Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona's CD 2 and flip Arizona's 11 electoral votes blue, email Kathy Wallace. If you want to go to Michigan to flip that state blue and shore up Democratic U.S. Senator Gary Peters, email Kathy Wallace.
Here are some things you can do:
  • Take our survey! Help us help you figure out what you can do to make sure we are successful everywhere in November. Read a snapshot of the possibilities.
  • Email Carollynn Zimmers at North Kitsap Indivisible if you want to volunteer for canvassing, phone banking, data entry, post cards, driving a canvasser around, talking to your neighbors, having a house party, hosting a canvassing event in you neighborhood, etc.
  • Help IBI's Postcards on Wednesday group buy stamps! On Wednesday, the group wrote 100 postcards on behalf of Judge Jill Karofsky, who is running for Wisconsin's State Supreme Court. This is a very important race because the State Supreme Court can overturn the draconian laws the Republican gerrymandered legislature passes to suppress the vote and keep themselves in power. Mailing 100 postcards costs $35. 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!
Act right now
  • Sign a petition:
    • Join the Natural Resources Defense council in petitioning Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to stop her efforts to gut the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
    • Join Daily Kos in their petition to the U.S. government that the federal government must cover all coronavirus healthcare costs.
    • Join Moms Rising in their petition telling Congress to repeal the Muslim ban and pass the "NO BAN" Act.
    • Join The Syria Campaign's petition to the UN Security Council to save Idlib from the brutal attacks by Syria and Russia.
  • Read about how and why Indivisible.org is unionizing.
  • Help fund Indivisible.org. Visit their online store.
  • Read Love Beyond Borders' Call to Action.
  • Federal judges have stopped their own ruling that blocked The Trump administration from forcing immigrants to wait In Mexico, causing extra confusion and heartbreak at the border.  Read about it.
  • Animals that survived the Australian bush fires are in desperate need. Donate to their recovery.
  • Demand that Democratic candidates for president make public their full medical records. Contact these candidates:
  • Watch the League of Women Voters interview with the Kitsap County Auditor, Paul Andrews.
  • Sign up for the Washington Indivisible Network (WIN) Spring 2020 Indivisible Gathering, scheduled for April 4-5 in Kent. More info about this event here.
  • Listen to interviews with Tarra Simmons and Leslie Daugs, both running to fill retiring State Rep. Sherry Appleton's seat in the Washington state legislature.
  • What you need to know about the coronavirus.
  • With the resignation of Matt Tirman, Bainbridge Island's south ward needs a new council person. Apply for office!
  • Send a message of support for the Washington State Clean Fuel Standard to our state senator, Sen. Rolfes.
  • Thank our state representatives for passing SB 5395, the sex ed bill that requires medically-factual sex education in Washington public schools. Nest stop: the Senate again for another vote.
March 6 to March 12
Fri., March 6, 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
We'll Write postcards to voters in Florida, encouraging Democrats in Miami-Dade County to sign up for Vote-by-Mail. This November will be all about turnout, and every postcard we send now will help boost turnout in November. Or, bring your laptop. Online, we can send emails, faxes and digitally-produced postcards to members of congress, comments on regulation rollbacks to departments in D.C., and letters-to-the-editor to our favorite publications. For a really great list FULL of actions to take at home or with us at Xpats on Friday, check out Susan Rogan's List. More info here.

Sat., March 7, 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

Empowering Womxn and Girls
Olympic College,1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton
MeToo Kitsap is offering a day of FREE workshops that center on the experiences of womxn and girls in Kitsap County and learn from local experts on a variety of topics from anti-violence work to creating inclusive and affirming spaces for all womxn.  More info here.

Sat., March 7, 6:30 pm to 9:30 p.m.

Kitsap Democrats Dinner and Auction
Olympic College,1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton
More info here.

Sun., March 8, 1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m.
Womxn's March, Seattle - Transformed into a live-streamed online event due to coronavirus

Read about it here.


Tues., March 10, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm (to be confirmed, may be cancelled due to coronavirus)
Office Hours with Staffers for Sens. Murray and Cantwell
Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave in Seattle
Members of Indivisible Bainbridge Island and other concerned citizens meet the second Tuesday of the month with senate staffers for behind-the-scenes information on what's happening in Washington D.C. and tell them our interests and concerns. Meet early in the lobby to find out which meeting room we'll be in (usually the 2nd level, next to the cafeteria). Want to write a letter to the senators for delivery at the meeting? Email it to Holly. Sometimes, this meeting has to be rescheduled. Check here for updates to the schedule. More info here.


Tues., March 10, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists

Upstairs meeting room, Sterling Building (Umpqua Bank) corner 305 & Winslow Way, BI

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 11, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Postcards on Wednesday

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

Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. We'll likely have addresses for Judge Jill Karofsky running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court (the court that can overturn all those radical Republican voter suppression legislaton) and for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign. Come for all or part of the time. Want to learn how to write postcards from home or start your own group? Email Kathy. More info here. Just want a list, cards and stamps? We'll hand them out at the T&C door that faces the Post Office. Or we can deliver a list, cards and stamps to you at your home. Email Kathy. More info here.

Wed., March 11, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Bringing Climate Change Home: A Conversation With Dr. Heidi Roop

Islandwood, 4450 Blakely Ave NE, BI
What does climate change mean for the Puget Sound and Washington State? Join Islandwood in a conversation with Dr. Heidi Roop, Lead Scientist with the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington. Tickets are $5. Order them here. More info here.

Thurs., March 12, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
North Kitsap Indivisible Monthly Meeting

Breakfast Room next to lobby, Poulsbo Inn and Suites, 18680 WA-305, Poulsbo
North Kitsap Indivisible is committed to fight for social justice and to maintain civil liberties by demanding that our local Members of Congress serve as our voice in Washington D.C. We believe Trump’s agenda is racist, authoritarian, and corrupt, and it must be stopped. We are focused on the 2020 election with winning strategies and encourage others to get actively involved in those strategies. Our strength is our numbers and our commitment to making change. More info here.

Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.
 
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
Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators. More info here.

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
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, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
11th Democratic Presidential Debate

CNN, Univision, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD will host the eleventh Democratic debate in Phoenix, Arizona.

Tues., March 17, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists

Upstairs meeting room, Sterling Building (Umpqua Bank) corner 305 & Winslow Way, BI

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
Postcards on Wednesday

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

Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. We'll likely have addresses for Judge Jill Karofsky running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court (the court that can overturn all those radical Republican voter suppression legislaton) and for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign. Come for all or part of the time. Want to learn how to write postcards from home or start your own group? Email Kathy. More info here. Just want a list, cards and stamps? We'll hand them out at the T&C door that faces the Post Office. Or we can deliver a list, cards and stamps to you at your home. Email Kathy. More info here.
March 20 and beyond
Fri., March 20, 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
Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators. 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

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
Postcards on Wednesday

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

Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. We'll likely have addresses for Judge Jill Karofsky running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court (the court that can overturn all those radical Republican voter suppression legislaton) and for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign. Come for all or part of the time. Want to learn how to write postcards from home or start your own group? Email Kathy. More info here. Just want a list, cards and stamps? We'll hand them out at the T&C door that faces the Post Office. Or we can deliver a list, cards and stamps to you at your home. Email Kathy. More info here.

Tues., March. 31, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
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. Read the notes from the last meeting here. After the Christmas holidays, this meeting is back to its normal date on the last Tuesday of every month. Check here or here to make sure the meeting hasn't had to be 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
  1. Call our members of Congress and thank them for voting in favor of H.R.6074, “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020,” and the bill's Senate version on Thursday. It's an $8.3 billion emergency spending bill to help protect Americans from the impending coronavirus pandemic. The bill, which allocates four times the amount President Trump has suggested, passed in the House by a vote of 415-2. Read about it here. If you've wondered how we got to this point, blame Mitch McConnell. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, Laurie Garrett recently said that "a program specifically aimed at protecting citizens like you and me by beefing up hospital capacities and training local healthcare workers and public healthcare leaders is running out of money and will be officially shut down in May unless something happens. And Congress has refused to even look at it. McConnell has never allowed it to come up for a vote.” Well, something happened. Watch the video here.
  2. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him to support the House investigation of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ decision to approve a new antidepressant, called Spravato, made by Johnson & Johnson. The concern is that the decision was influenced by Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter, physician Bruce Moskowitz and lawyer Marc Sherman, known as the “Mar-a-Lago Crowd,” and that they may own Johnson & Johnson stock. Read about it here.
  3. Call Rep. Kilmer and thank him for his vote to pass legislation removing the deadline from the Equal Rights Amendment. The bill passed by a vote of 232-183 and heads to the Senate. Tell our senators to support the bill. Read about it here.
  4. Call our members of Congress and tell them to investigate President Trump’s decision to green light a dangerous chemical linked to fetal heart defects. Chemical industry lobbyist John DeSesso successfully persuaded the EPA that trichloroethylene or TCE — a toxic chemical linked to fetal heart defects — is perfectly safe. Read about it here.
  5. Call our members of Congress and tell them to investigate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ decision to slash funding for 800 rural schools. The Department of Education quietly informed state education officials that it would change how districts report the number of students who live in poverty, which could result in funding cuts for more than 800 of the “poorest” and “most geographically isolated” schools, according to The New York Times. Read about it here.
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