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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Actions

Jan. 24, 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.


Correction:
Last week's newsletter said the meeting on January 23 at 6:30 pm of the 23rd LD would be at the Bainbridge Island City Hall. It will be at the Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 NE Liberty Rd. in Poulsbo.


283 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Iowa caucus is February 3, 2020, 10 days away.

The Washington state presidential primary is March 10, 2020, 46 days away. Ballots begin to arrive Friday, February 21, 2020.

The Washington state primary for federal and state offices other than president is August 4, 2020, 193 days away.

 
Impeachment News & Actions
Action Network, MoveOn.org, Indivisible.org and others are calling for nationwide "We’ve Seen the Evidence" rallies the night before the U.S. Senate votes on the removal Donald J. Trump from office at 5 pm PST. The actual night is not yet known, but if the vote is scheduled for Feb. 1, the rally night will be Jan. 31.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page and the Action Network page for rallies at Waypoint Park, BI and Seattle in front of the Federal Building, 915 Second Ave.

 
Act right now
  • Sign a petition:
    • Tell our state legislators to ban high-capacity magazines. Read about the declining prospects for this bill. Improve the prospects by commenting on the bill (SB 6077) and read about it here.
    •  Sign the Action Network petition to stop criminalizing Black and Latinx girls!
  • Support the making of a documentary abut the Green New Deal and the activists who are fighting for it.
  • Volunteer to help with the 2020 Census; training in Seattle. The 2020 Census is so important yet the Census Bureau's outreach budget has been cut by 30%. It will be the first Online Census, which can make participating extra intimidating. A hard battle against including a citizenship question on the questionnaire has increased and justified distrust of government. Census volunteers are needed to get an accurate count of the number of people living in our state. Maybe we'll get another Electoral College elector!
  • File comments in support of protecting immigrants at state courthouses.
  • Comment on the rate increases PSE has asked the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission to approve.
  • Tell all of our three representatives to support SB5947 and its companion in the House, HB 2095: The Sustainable Farms and Fields Grants Program. This bill creates a grant program to support sustainable farming practices that sequester carbon. According to Carbon WA: "A Sustainable Farms and Fields grant program is an effective way to address climate change, support rural communities, and strengthen our state's farming economy." Ninety farms and organizations have already signed on to support this grant program. Click here and then click “comment on this bill” to send a message to our representatives.
  • Donate items to the Kitsap County Democrats' auction. They get everything from dinners to baskets to use of vacation homes. Nothing is too big or too small. Contact Leslie Rothbaum, Home: 206 842-3441 Cell: 206 919-4154.
  • Check out Tae Phoenix's Facebook page for pictures and videos of the Womxn's March in Washington, D.C. on January 18. Note that Seattle's Womxn's March is on March 8.
  • Watch the "Song for McConnell" video and be inspired to donate to the "Ditch Mitch Fund."

The week of Jan. 24 to Jan. 30

Fri., Jan.  24, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Youth Climate Lobby Day
Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Ave SE, Olympia
Join us in Olympia to meet with your elected officials and demand that they pass bold, equitable, and science-based climate policies this legislative session to protect our futures. The day will include breakfast, a lobbying training, a rally with youth activists and performers, and meetings with elected officials! More info here.

Fri., Jan.  24, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority
Office Xpats in the Pavilion on Madison, upstairs in the large conference room
They'll write postcards to voters in Florida, encouraging Democrats to sign up for Vote-by-Mail, which is proven to improve turnout. Or, bring your laptop. and use it to 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 their favorite publications.

Fri., Jan.  24, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4418 Perry Ave NE, Bremerton
350 West Sound Climate Action will be showing this documentary, a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. More info here.

Fri., Jan. 24, 8:00 pm
Deadline to register for WAISN's Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day on Feb. 5

Olympia
Advocate for the "Courts Open To All Act." Together, we will speak in one voice to say that immigrants and refugees make Washington a better place to live, work, and thrive. More info here.


Sat., Jan.  25, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
NDAA Town Hall with Congressman Adam Smith
Hear from Rep. Adam Smith, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, talk about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which was signed into law last month. More info here.


Tues., Jan. 28, 1:45 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 1:45 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.


Tues., Jan. 28, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Kitchen Table Activists
600 Winslow Way (basement meeting room), Bainbridge Island
KTA meets weekly to pool resources, skills and concerns into supportive, informative and productive Action. Drop-in and share what's plaguing your mind and your heart. Bring laptops, phones, news clips, ideas and unshakable will. Be ready to tap into Your Power and Take ACTION!

Wed., Jan. 29, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Moms Demand Action Washington State Advocacy Day
Olympia
From all across Washington, Moms Demand Action volunteers will travel to Olympia for a day of action and advocacy. For more info, sign up here.

Wed., Jan. 29, 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 the Florida Vote By Mail campaign. Last week, we wrote 66 postcards for Democrat Mary Egler who is running for a Georgia State Senate seat in a special election almost no one knows about. Unlike Washington and California, many states don't mail a voters' pamphlet to their voters for every election. That's just another reason why these postcards are so important. Come for all or part of the time. Want to learn how to write postcards from home or start your own group? Email Kathy.

Wed., Jan. 29, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Green New Deal Launch Party

8824 N E New London Ct, BI

Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. Join us and watch Sunrise Movement’s Green New Deal presentation and learn how we can move the Green New Deal forward. Scientists around the world have been clear: we can’t afford another 4 years of inaction on the climate crisis. That will be a death sentence for millions of people.Presentation starts at 6. More info here. RSVP here or at the Facebook event.

Thurs., Jan. 30, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Environmental Lobby Day 2020

Join the Environmental Priorities Coalition and hundreds of activists to push for key environmental legislation in Olympia on January 30th! More info here. Registration required here.

Thurs., Jan. 30, 9:30 am to noon
Trial of the Seattle Six
Federal Court House, 700 Stewart St., Seattle

The six protesters were arrested August 6 at Sen. Maria Cantwell's Seattle office when they refused to leave her office until she responded to the request made 35 days earlier that she visit the detention camps and hold a town hall forum on the abusive conditions there. More info here.

Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.

The week after, Jan. 31 to Feb. 6
Fri., Jan.  31, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority
Office Xpats above the movie theater on Madison
Voices of the Majority will be writing postcards to voters and contacting legislators around the country. More info here.


Fri., Jan.  31, 5:00 pm
Placeholder event for the "We Have Seen the Evidence" rally on the night before the Senate vote
Waypoint Park, BI
More info here.


Sat., Feb. 1, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Bainbridge Pride’s Winter Mixer
Camp Yeomalt, 900 Park Ave. NE, BI
This is Bainbridge Pride’s first social event of the year aimed at connecting members from the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Gather around the fireplace and enjoy the evening with us. More info here.


Tues., Feb. 4, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Kitchen Table Activists
600 Winslow Way (basement meeting room), Bainbridge Island
KTA meets weekly to pool resources, skills and concerns into supportive, informative and productive Action. Drop-in and share what's plaguing your mind and your heart. Bring laptops, phones, news clips, ideas and unshakable will. Be ready to tap into Your Power and Take ACTION!

Tues., Feb. 4, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Public Hearing for Clean Transportation!

Kitsap Conference Center, 100 Washington Ave, Bremerton
In the Puget Sound region, over 40% of climate pollution is from transportation, with the biggest contributors being gasoline and diesel. Join Washington Environmental Council and seven other environmental groups in telling the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to adopt a Clean Fuel Standard! More info here. Get tickets here.


Wed., Feb. 5, 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 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.

Wed., Feb. 5
WAISN Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day

Olympia
Advocate for the "Courts Open To All Act." Together, we will speak in one voice to say that immigrants and refugees make Washington a better place to live, work, and thrive. Must register by Friday, January 24th at 8pm. More info here.


Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.
Beyond Feb. 6
Fri., Feb. 7, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority: Meet Tarra Simmons & Rebecca Parson!

Office Xpats in the Pavilion on Madison, upstairs in the large conference room

Tarra Simmons is running for the representative position for LD23, taking over from and endorsed by Sherry Appleton. Rebecca Parson is running against Rep. Kilmer for CD6. Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators. More info here.

Tues., Feb. 11, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
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.

Wed., Feb. 12, 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 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.

Thurs., Feb. 13, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Come and meet Rebecca Parson!
Office Xpats in the Pavilion on Madison, upstairs in the large conference room
Please come and meet this strong candidate to represent our congressional district in Washington, D.C. She will speak about her platform, and then we will have a meet and greet. There will be light refreshments. More info here.

Mon
., Feb. 17, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Planned Parenthood State-Wide Lobby Day
Washington State Capitol, 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia
Join fellow activists from across the state as we #PassPinkBills and advocate for reproductive rights here in Washington! More info here.

Sat., Mar. 8, 1:00 pm to 4 p.m. - POSTPONED FROM JAN. 18
Womxn's March on Seattle 2020
Cal Anderson Park, SeattleResisters will come together again for the 4th anniversary of the Womxn’s March. Beginning with a rally at Cal Anderson Park, ending with a march downtown. More info here.

Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.
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 senators and thank them for sitting through the impeachment trial with patience and grace. Tell them to demand witnesses and documents!
  2. Call our members of Congress and tell them to stop more U.S. troops from being sent to Saudi Arabia. A few weeks ago,  Trump bragged that Saudi Arabia had already "deposited $1 billion in the bank" to pay for U.S. soldiers to be sent to Saudi Arabia. A few days later, journalists reported that, no surprise, Trump was exaggerating. Pentagon spokesperson Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich was quoted as saying, “The Department of Defense has engaged Saudi Arabia on contributing to US activities that support regional security and dissuade hostility and aggression.” The United States has been reliant on Saudi oil for decades, but oil imports from Saudi Arabia to the United States are declining and at their lowest level since 1993. Other than avarice, there is no reason to continue a relationship with this ruthless country. Their dictator, Mohammed bin Salman, has finally claimed “accountability” (but not responsibility) for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia is a country that jails activists seeking just a tiny bit of freedom for the women living within its borders. Saudi Arabia is the country whose ruling family bargained with its religious fundamentalists to spread Wahhabism throughout the world, giving us world-wide Islamic terrorism. Saudi Arabia is the country that contributed 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers. With Trump in the White House, we are dangerously close to fighting a war on behalf of one of the worst countries in the world.
  3. Contact State Rep. Hansen and State Rep. Appleton and tell them to support HB 1110, the Clean Fuel Standard. The Clean Fuel Standard requires out-of-state oil companies to reduce the carbon pollution from their gasoline and diesel products. In Washington, adoption of the Clean Fuel Standard will bring our state in line with Oregon, California and Canada, forming a regional fuel standard that will be less costly to implement, adding about 2 cents per gallon to the cost of gasoline – not the .75 cent per gallon opponents are already advertising. Sen. Rolfes is a co-sponsor and has gotten the Senate version of the bill (SB 5412) passed in the Senate. Comment on the Clean Fuel Standard here.
  4. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him the House needs to investigate Rep. Devin Nunes’ role in the Ukrainian scheme. Read about it here.
  5. Call Sen. Murray and thank her for introducing S.2836, the “Put Patients First Act,” which would protect Americans from health care providers’ personal religious beliefs. Call Sen. Cantwell to thank her for being a co-sponsor. Call Rep. Kilmer and thank him for co-sponsoring H.R.5036, the same bill in the House. We appreciate our senators and representatives acting together on this important issue and would like to see more of that in the future. Read about the “Put Patients First Act” here.
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