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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

May 1, 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 welcome Tarra Simmons to talk about her campaign to represent our legislative district, LD 23, in Olympia.

Why we fight
Fintan O'Toole's editorial in the Irish Times on April 25 says it all. You'll need a subscription to read it at the Irish Times, but here's a copy.


Some state updates
This newsletter includes an update on what's happening in three important states: Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin. Three more states next week.

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.




186 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, 93 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 online resources
Find all the Covid-19 resources and Ways to Help from past newsletters here.
 
Feel better
Kentucky update
The Kentucky presidential and senatorial primary was scheduled for May 19 but was rescheduled to June 23 due to Covid-19. The Kentucky primary is a closed primary with each party deciding on their candidate for the general election.

Of the fifteen candidates that filed for the Democratic primary, five have dropped out, leaving ten candidates still in the race. In alphabetical order, they are: Jimmy Ausbrooks, Charles Booker, Mike Broihier, Maggie Jo Hilliard, Andrew Maynard, Amy McGrath, Eric Rothmuller, John Sharpensteen, Bennie Smith and Mary Ann Tobin.

According to an article at Salon.com, the three strongest Democratic candidates are Amy McGrath, Mike Broihier and Charles Booker. Broihier and Booker are more progressive than McGrath.

Indivisible SE KY has endorsed Broihier. His Facebook page features some hard-hitting videos, and he hosts a live event on Facebook every night at 7 pm EDT.

Daily Kos reported on Feb. 24 that two statewide polls conducted in January showed the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky is winnable for former Marine combat pilot Amy McGrath against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

On April 7, The Courier Journal reported that McGrath had out-raised McConnell even though McConnell had raised a record amount of money. McConnell's total haul in this campaign cycle is $25.6 million, while McGrath has raised $29.8 million.

That doesn't count the #DitchMitch fund which has raised $7,590,461.98 as of the FEC reporting cycle ending 3/31/2020. The #DitchMitch fund is pledged to whichever Democratic candidate wins the primary on June 23.

The first Democratic senatorial debate was held at the beginning of March. It included Ausbrooks, McGrath, Broihier and Booker. Read about it here.

Here are some ways to help Ditch Mitch:
  • Emily Carmichael is leading Team Kentucky for the Seattle Branch of Common Purpose Now. Team Kentucky is partnering with "Kentuckians for the Commonwealth," which is planning an August voter registration trip and a GOTV trip for the 5+ days leading up to the November election. She is not sure yet whether they will be in Lexington or Louisville. She's also working on texting, lettering writing, etc. Sign up here.
  • Indivisible SE KY has a new sign up on the billboard on Rt. 15 Jett Drive. They are trying to keep renting this sign through the November election. The new sign is:



The installation of the new sign and the monthly rental fees of $600/month have depleted Indivisible SE KY's bank account. Indivisible national will match all donations, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $500, starting now and continuing until May 31. The link to their ActBlue account is http://bit.ly/SEKYdonate.

If donation by check is preferred, make the check payable to Indivisible Project and mail it to Virginia Meagher  at 1902 Patton Ave., Jackson, KY 41339, and she will mail it in. If you pay by check, there is a minimum of $50, but she will accept less if you make it out to her and she will make up the difference.

Here's the next sign they want to put up:

Michigan update
After being a purple state for years, Michigan flipped Republican in 2010 with a Republican governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and state legislature, which promptly gerrymandered the state to ensure Republican control of their state legislature and U.S. House delegation and conducted voter suppression.

In 2016, Donald Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes.

In 2018, Democrats regained of the control of the governorship (Gretchen Whitmer), lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general positions, but, thanks to gerrymandering, the state legislature remains in Republican hands (although there was some improvement).

In 2020, Michigan has a relatively weak, unknown Democratic senator to defend, first-term senator, Gary Peters. Peters is one of two Democratic senators that may flip Republican this fall. The other is Doug Jones of Alabama.

In January, Peters held a 3.8 point lead over his Republican challenger, John James, according to a poll conducted by the Glangariff Group. That's within the poll's margin of error.

Cook Political Report rates the Peter's senatorial seat as "lean Democratic."

In 2018, Democrat Elissa Slotkin won Michigan's Republican-leaning 8th CD. She has taken courageous votes on the impeachment of Donald Trump. Her district is rated a toss-up by Cook's Political Report.

Here are ways you can help in Michigan:
  • Write letters to sporadic Democratic voters in Michigan via Vote Forward.
  • Write postcards for Rep. Elissa Slotkin via CommonPurposeNow.org, which is also organizing canvassing in her district this summer. Local Indivisible members are planning to canvas Sept. 13 to Sept.19 and Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, depending on Covid-19. Sign up here for Team Michigan.
  • Write postcards to voters in Michigan via postcards2wi.com. They send you postcards, addresses, and instructions for FREE! You provide $0.35 stamps and mail the cards in October. This is a project of Indivisible Chicago Alliance. This campaign just started today! The goal is to send 2 million postcards to voters in Wisconsin and Michigan.
Wisconsin update
Like Michigan, Wisconsin's state-wide offices were frequently held by Democrats until the state flipped Republican in 2010. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans took over the governorship, attorney general, and treasurer. Only the secretary of state office remained in Democratic hands. The Wisconsin legislature was held solidly by Democrats from 1975 to 1992, followed by a period of mixed control. The legislature has been held by Republicans since 2010 with the exception of two years when Democrats controlled the Senate.

In 2016, Trump won Wisconsin by 22,748 votes.

In 2018, Wisconsin Democrats began to work their way back, electing a Democratic governor (Tony Evers), lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and treasurer. The Republican gerrymandered legislature responded by taking power away from the governorship. Wisconsin's first-term Democratic senator, Tammy Baldwin was re-elected.

On April 7, 2020, Democratic Party-endorsed Judge Jill Karofsky won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Post-election analysis shows the key to Karofsky's success was mail-in ballot voters.

In 2020, none of Wisconsin's senators is up for re-election. Wisconsin currently has eight representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives: three Democrats, four Republicans and one open seat, the 8th CD.

On May 12, there will be a special election to fill the 8th CD seat, which was left open by the retirement of two-term Republican Mike Gallagher to become a lobbyist. Democrat Tricia Zunker is running in that special election.  

How you can help Wisconsin:
  • You can write postcards for Democrat Tricia Zunker. Get addresses from postcardstovoters.org or by emailing Kathy.
  • You can join the Common Purpose Now campaign for Wisconsin here. Scroll down to the Wisconsin icon.
  • Write postcards to voters in Wisconsin via postcards2wi.com. They send you postcards, addresses, and instructions for free. You provide $0.35 stamps and mail the cards in October. This is a project of Indivisible Chicago Alliance. This campaign just started today! The goal is to send 2 million postcards to voters in Wisconsin and Michigan.
Things you can do right now
  • Send a letter through Win Without War to Congress telling them to bail out the people, not the Pentagon and arms dealers in the next coronavirus relief package. 
  • Send a letter to our senators to save the Post Office
  • Watch Rebecca Parson's presentation and discussion at the BINKI General Meeting on April 27 of the reasons why she is running to unseat Derek Kilmer, including, but not limited to the Green New Deal, a wealth tax, making sure corporations pay taxes, a progressive tax system, banning private prisons, guaranteed housing, making college and trade school free, canceling student loan debt.
  • Donate to OneAmerica, the largest immigrant rights advocacy organization in Washington state.
  • Volunteer to help with Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network's Covid-19 research project.
  • Send letters demanding Virus-Free Voting.
Events May 1 through May 7
Fri., May 1, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority
Not meeting this week. Still working from home

Office Xpats in the Pavilion, 403 Madison Ave N #240, upstairs in the large conference room
Let's call our members of Congress and tell them that they need to include the funding the Post Office requires in the next stimulus package, and give Trump no power to block it. If you're writing postcards and need addresses, send Bill and Anna an email. Or, take Lt. Governor Habib's Washington State Mask Challenge. For more things to do, check out Susan Rogan's list.

Mon., May 4, 5:00 pm to 6:30

BINKI Zoom Meet and Greet with Tarra Simmons
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 hosting Tarra Simmons, who will talk about her campaign to represent our legislative district, LD 23, in Olympia. (She's seeking the retiring Sherry Appleton's seat, with Sherry's endorsement.) More info here.

Mon., May 4, 7:00 pm
The Path to WIN: Federal Election Engagement Update
Register here for this Zoom event.
Join Kevin Jones of Indivisible Vashon in conjunction with Indivisible Washington Win, for an online analysis of the 2020 election. What can we do to make sure Pennsylanvia, Michigan and Wisconsin vote BLUE in 2020?

Tues., May 5, 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 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
LD26 Town Hall
Register here for this Zoom event.
This town hall will feature Democratic candidates Joy Stafford and Carrie Hesch who are running to replace two do-nothing Republican incumbents representing LD 26 in the Washington State House. LD 26 includes the south half of Kitsap County (Gig Harbor, Port Orchard and parts of Bremerton) as well as parts of Pierce County. It turned purple in 2018 with the election of State Senator Emily Randall. More info here.
 
Wed., May 6, 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 are available, as well as for Tricia Zunker. Today is the last day for writing for Tricia Zunker in her race to represent Wisconsin's 8th CD. 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., May 6, 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm
Resist 45 May General Meeting
Guest speaker is Bobby Michaels, Indivisible’s West Coast Organizing Manager. Bobby will be sharing information about what Indivisible is up to in WA and nationally. He will also suggest election-related actions we can take while we are sheltering in place. Registration information for this Zoom meeting is not available. More info here.
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
Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators.

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!

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 Pos. 1. The district includes the western extreme of the state south of the Olympic Peninsula and runs from Aberdeen to Longview.
 
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!

 
Future events
Tues., May 19, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
State Town Hall with Hilary Franz
Register here for this Zoom meeting.
Incumbent Hilary Franz, candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands is running for re-election.

Tues., May 26, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Meeting with Rep. Kilmer's staffers
May be scheduled?
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.
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. Contact Rep. Kilmer and thank him for voting for and the House passing H.R. 266, the “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.” Thank our senators for passing this bill in the Senate. It was signed into law April 24. The bill provides $75 billion for hospitals and health care workers. With the costs of ramping up to deal with this pandemic and the cancellation of elective procedures, our hospitals are under tremendous financial strain. This bill also includes funding for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  2. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to support Rep. Dan Kildee’s (D-Mich.) bill to expand unemployment insurance through the end of December. The bill would also exempt unemployment benefits as income for all means-tested programs, including federal Section 8 housing, and food programs like SNAP and WIC, make the federal expanded benefits available as far back as March 13, 2020, when President Donald Trump declared a national emergency due to the coronavirus, provide expanded benefits to workers whose hours have been reduced due to the coronavirus and create a partial $300 weekly benefit for college students and recent college graduates who are currently excluded because they don’t have enough work experience. Read about Kildee's bill here.
  3. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to support Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s plan to end mask and medicine shortages amid the Covid-19 crisis. Their bill would create a new federal agency that would take responsibility for eliminating the protective gear shortages and other supply scarcities critical to the coronavirus response. Read about it here.
  4. Contact Rep. Kilmer to co-sponsor H.R.6347, the Rental Eviction Moratorium Act of 2020. Read about it here. Rep. Kilmer joined with Rep. Denny Heck to introduce H.R. 6314 , Emergency Rental Assistance Act of 2020, which would increase short-term rental assistance for most Americans by adding $100 billion to the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program. Having to apply for and wait for a grant takes too long to prevent evictions.
  5. Contact our senators and tell them to vote “no” on the nomination of Justin Walker to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Read about Walker's nomination here. Democrats must be prepared to counterbalance the Republican stuffing of federal courts with extreme conservative ideologues by stuffing the courts with progressive justices when Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are defeated. Read about that here. McConnell has said he’s looking forward to getting back to the Senate and continue stuffing the federal courts with ideologues like Walker, even when there is so much more coronavirus work to do.
  6. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to take action to fund states and municipalities that have seen their budgets busted by the coronavirus. The current “president” bungled our country’s coronavirus response and dumped it on the states, which had to compete with each other and the federal government for personal protective equipment, test kits, and chemicals to process the tests, which drove up the cost of everything. States are required to balance their budgets. Layoffs have already started. Read about it here. McConnell has said he is not in favor of a "blue state" bailout. Read about that here.
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