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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

April 10, 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 calendar may be a little empty right now, But there still some events happening. For example, IBI has teamed up with North Kitsap Indivisible to form BINKI virtual postcard writing events this month. More information below.

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. Be sure to check there when you have a spare moment and feel like kicking the TV.


Despite sheltering in place, this newsletter has plenty of ideas for things you can do to keep resisting. 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.




207 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Washington state primary for state offices and federal offices other than president is August 4, 2020, 114 days away.
Covid-19 online resources
Find all the Covid-19 resources from past newsletters at www.indivisiblebainbridgeisland.org/covid-19-responses.
Ways to help
Distractions
Right now
Events April 10 through April 16
Fri., April 10, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - not meeting this week
Voices of the Majority

Let's spring into action and continue our work virtually.
Here's a powerful list of actions each of us can take from home:
  • Rogan's List recommends calling our legislators ( 202-224-3121) and asking them to include these five key points from The United States of Care in the next coronavirus-releated bill:
    1. Treat front line workers as a protected class during this crisis.
    2. Provide Americans the financial resources to stay at home and survive job loss, if needed.
    3. Financially support health care institutions and protect individuals against surprise billing and large out of pocket costs.
    4. Protect our most vulnerable, especially those with chronic conditions, living in close quarters and seniors.
    5. Respond fully to pressing medical and public health Infrastructure needs. Let's call our legislators, and ask them to include these key points in their legislation.
  • Let's also push for the next COVID stimulus to be a "People's Bailout".
  • Let's work to make November's election fully Vote-by-Mail nationwide.
    • Elizabeth Warren proposed an election overhaul plan, the need for which has become more than apparent since the pandemic. Let’s urge our MoCs to take up—and take seriously—this plan.
    • Write letters to the editor of national publications to support Universal Mail-in Voting. Our experience with mail-in voting here in WA state is relevant to the national discussion. 
  • Write postcards to voters in Florida to encourage signup for Vote-by-Mail. You can sign up easily to receive addresses directly from PostcardsToVoters.org. Or you may request addresses from us and we will email as many as you like to you right away. If you need postcards, here's a link for postage-paid cards from the post office. And every Wednesday in April, Holly is hosting Postcards on Wednesdays, online.
Meanwhile, let's take every opportunity to thank everyone on the front lines.


Sat., April 11, 4:00 pm PDT - link will be sent by email
"We Won't Die for Wall Street" Virtual Town Hall with Sara Nelson and Kshama Sawant 
The coronavirus epidemic has fully exposed the massive inequality in American society and the catastrophic effects of decades of attacks on working people’s hard won gains and cuts to social services including healthcare. This crisis shows, in an almost unprecedented way, the complete bankruptcy of the capitalist system. But workers are fighting back.

Across the country workers are courageously staging social distance protests, work slow downs, and strikes to demand closures of nonessential workplaces while guaranteeing wages and housing for those not working, and hazard pay and protective gear for those working in frontline industries like healthcare, grocery, logistics, and transportation.

Speakers include:
  • Sara Nelson, International President of the AFA, but speaking in a personal capacity
  • Kshama Sawant, Socialist Alternative Seattle Councilmember
  • Summer Lee, Socialist elected to PA House of Representatives
  • Matt Smith, Amazon Cargo Handler in Seattle
  • Ryan Hartsen, Instacart worker on strike
  • Lamees, ICU nurse at largest hospital in Michigan
  • Jordan, NYC Amazon walkout organizer
  • Derrick, NYC Amazon walkout organizer
RSVP here.

Tues., April 14, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm - not meeting this week
Kitchen Table Activists
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 15, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Postcards on Wednesdays via Zoom! - Email Holly for this week's 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. 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!


Wed., April 15, 7:00 pm
WA Town Hall: LD25 Candidates Jamie Smith, Brian Duthie, and Julie Door
Please join Indivisible WA for a 25th legislative district town hall via Zoom with candidates Jamie Smith, Brian Duthie, and Julie Door. All three LD25 state legislative seats are flippable in 2020. Tune in to this town hall for information on how your group can help, even during social distancing. There are phone banking and other opportunities available right away. This is a public meeting, and is open to all Indivisible and ally groups and their members. Register here: http://bit.ly/LD25_TownHall
 
Events April 17 through April 23
Fri., April 17, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - not meeting this week
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.


Tues., April 21, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm - not meeting this week
Kitchen Table Activists
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 22, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Postcards on Wednesdays via Zoom!
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!

Wed., April 15, 7:00 pm
WA Town Hall: LD25 Candidates Jamie Smith, Brian Duthie, and Julie Door
Please join Indivisible WA for a 25th legislative district town hall via Zoom with candidates Jamie Smith, Brian Duthie, and Julie Door. All three LD25 state legislative seats are flippable in 2020. Tune in to this town hall for information on how your group can help, even during social distancing. There are phone banking and other opportunities available right away. This is a public meeting, and is open to all Indivisible and ally groups and their members. Register here: http://bit.ly/LD25_TownHall
Future events
Tues., April 28, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm - not yet scheduled, may be a conference call
Meeting with Rep. Kilmer's staffers
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, May 5, 12:30 pm
not yet scheduled, unlikely to happen, just keeping it in mind
Meeting with Senator's staffers
Federal Building, Seattle

 
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. Email our members of Congress and tell them to investigate the recent firing of seven inspectors general. The seven include Michael Atkinson (who did his job by forwarding the Ukrainian whistleblower complaint to Congress) and Glenn Fine (who oversaw the Defense Department and was slated to chair the committee that would oversee the disbursement of $2 trillion in coronavirus relief funds). Tell our senators to vote “no” on Jason Abend, the Customs and Border Protection official Trump would like install as Defense Department inspector general. Tell them to vote “no” on the appointment of Brian Miller (a Trump personal lawyer) as special inspector general overseeing stimulus spending. Read about it here. Trump also lashed out at the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general for investigating shortages of PPE and testing capacity at 300 hospitals. Read about that here
  2. Email our members of Congress and tell them to investigate the Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia’s implementation of the paid sick leave rules established by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Congress passed last month. That legislation was watered down so that only 25% of workers in this country qualify for paid sick leave and now Scalia has further limited the scope of the paid sick leave provisions. In a press release, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Rosa DeLaurio said Scalia’s implementation creates several “gratuitous loopholes” allowing corporations to limit the number of employees eligible for paid leave. Murray said “this guidance needs to be rewritten so workers get the leave they are guaranteed under the law." Read more here and here.
  3. Email our members of Congress and tell them not one cent of taxpayer money or tax relief (if they pay any taxes at all) can go to the oil & gas industry. Trump met with oil & gas industry executives last Friday to discuss coronavirus relief. The executives included representatives from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Continental Resources, Devon Energy, Occidental Petroleum Corp, Phillips 66 and Energy Transfer Partners (a pipeline company). Read about it here. While you’re at, tell Rep. Kilmer that LNG is not a bridge fuel! You can reference this article
  4. Email our senators and tell them to add Georgia Sen. David Perdue to the list of Republicans who need to be investigated for violating the STOCK Act. Perdue purchased stock in a company that manufactures personal protective equipment (PPE) on the same day he received a non-public Senate briefing on the coronavirus pandemic. Read about it here.
  5. Email our members of Congress and ask them to explain why a last-minute provision in the coronavirus recovery bill allows the Federal Reserve to set up a $450 billion bailout plan with almost no oversight. The provision makes the bailout funds exempt from the federal open meetings law, which means there is no requirement to keep records about those meetings. The board would only have to keep a record of its votes and those votes would not be made public during the coronavirus crisis. Read about it here.
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