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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

June 5, 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.

This week we've seen powerful protests in support of Black Lives Matter/Native Lives Matter in Bremerton, Poulsbo (download a short video) and Winslow (pictured below):



Students are planning a rally for tomorrow, Saturday, June 6, 2:00 pm at Waypoint Park. Be there for another historic demonstration of love for all members of our community. More info here.

Why we resist
"Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children." - retired General James Mattis. Read his full statement here.

Flipping the U.S. Senate, a state-by-state update
This week's newsletter includes an update on what's happening in South Carolina, (an admittedly unlikely place) where a Democratic candidate for Senate could help flip the U.S. Senate BLUE. Next week, Georgia!

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.




151 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, 60 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
SeattleTimes.com
  • As of 6/5, Kitsap County had 163 confirmed cases (2 more than last week) and 2 deaths (no increase since last week).
  • As of 6/5, Washington state had 22,729 confirmed cases (1,965 more than last week) and 1,138 deaths (32 more than last week).
Nationally as of 6/5 (Source: Worldometer.info)
  • 1,936,079 confirmed diagnoses (144,392 more than last week)
  • 110,698 deaths (6,208 more than last week)
The national numbers are suspect because many Republican-controlled states refuse to test in nursing homes (Florida) or are no longer releasing their test numbers to the public (FloridaIowaNebraska). In March, Arizona was found to be leaving some test swabs unprocessed.  As with voter suppression, there are a lot of ways to accomplish the goal of making everything look rosy for Trump. Here's a recent, comprehensive article.

Find all the Covid-19 resources and Ways to Help from past newsletters here.

 
South Carolina Senate Race Update

The past couple of newsletters have featured the "state of the race" in a state where a Republican U.S. senator might flip and therefore, flip the Senate. So far, we've looked at Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Colorado, and North Carolina.

Now, here's what's happening in South Carolina.

Three-term Republican U.S. senator, Lindsey Graham, is up for re-election this year. He was re-elected in 2014 by 15 percentage points.

In 2016, Trump won South Carolina with 54.9% of the vote to Clinton’s 40.7%. Registered voter turnout was 67.86%.

In late February, a Marist College survey found that 54% of registered voters would vote for Graham, while 37% said they would vote for his Democratic opponent, Jaime Harrison.

In late March, a Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies poll found that Graham’s approval rating was underwater at 45 percent. His lead over Harrison had dwindled to 4 points, with 47% of likely voters backing Graham compared with 43% backing Harrison.

In late April, the Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball—two election forecasters—shifted the contest from “Safe Republican” to “Likely Republican.”

Harrison is a South Carolina native, Yale graduate and holder of a J.D. from Georgetown Law. He worked for many years as director of floor operations for Democratic South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn. Harrison has been the vice chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party and served as the party's chair from 2013 to 2017, so he is well-known connected Democratic party politics. Harrison launched his U.S. Senate campaign in May of 2019.

A May 2020 poll from Civiqs, on behalf of Daily Kos, found that Graham and Harrison were tied at 42%. In recent months, South Carolina donors who formerly supported Graham—and who identify as politically moderate Republicans—have begun supporting Harrison. The Trump administration’s bungled response to the coronavirus has helped Harrison’s campaign in a state where many rural hospitals are suffering and or have closed.

Things to know about South Carolina:

  • South Carolina has 3,328,188 registered voters. In mid-February, the South Carolina Election Commission announced that for the first time in the state’s history, the number of registered nonwhite voters surpassed 1 million.

  • There are 400,000 unregistered people of color Harrison aims to register. Hopefully Stacey Abrams’ group, Fair Fight 2020, headquartered right next door in Georgia, is helping with that.

  • The state no longer requires voters to provide their full Social Security number when registering to vote, which should ease the concerns of new registrants.

  • The fastest-growing South Carolina demographic is white, college-educated voters who are starting to shift to the left politically.

According to the FEC, Graham had $13,936,243.41 cash as of March 31, 2020. Harrison had $6,724,133.68. Harrison raised $7.4 million in the first quarter compared with Graham's $5.6 million.

The state’s primary is June 9. South Carolina voters do not register by party, so primaries in the state are open, meaning any voter can participate in any one party's primary. Even though Graham has three Republican challengers, Graham is expected to win. Harrison has no Democratic challengers so he can save his money for the general election.

Sources:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/05/south-carolina-senate-harrison-graham/612199/
https://www.scvotes.org
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaime_Harrison
https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/election/article242704686.html
https://www.newsweek.com/what-polls-say-about-lindsey-graham-vs-jaime-harrison-senate-race-1501492
https://www.fec.gov/

How you can help in South Carolina:

Things you can do right now
  • Ways to stand in solidarity right now.
  • Read Indivisible's "Taking Action in Solidarity with Black Lives."
  • Read the statement from Black Lives Matter Seattle/King County including their demands of the City of Seattle
If you're thinking about racial justice and how you can support low income and communities of color in Seattle, here are some places to contribute money:
  • Got Green Seattle: Empowers young working class people of color in South Seattle to work toward environmental justice in their communities. They work to get healthy food to low income communities and communities of color. They work to make living wage green jobs available to people of color or folks that come from working class backgrounds. They educate about gentrification, food justice and food sovereignty. Their website is very informative and easy to navigate, so check it out, especially the beautiful artwork!
  • Northwest Community Bail Fund: From their website: "NCBF works to ensure that people accused of low-level crimes have an equal opportunity to defend themselves from a position of freedom. We provide cash bail for people who are unable to pay due to poverty and who are charged with crimes in King and Snohomish Counties and have no other holds. We also provide support to navigate the legal process with the aim of reducing pre-trial incarceration and its consequences, reducing the pressure to plead guilty. NCBF’s end goal is to end the use of money bail and reform bail as a whole, but until that time we will continue to help post bail for as many as we can."
  • Black Lives Matter Seattle/King County and their separate bail fund.
  • Support the family of Said Joquin, who was was killed on May 1st by police in Lakewood, WA with his hands up after allegedly running a stop sign.
Nationally:
June 5 through June 11
Fri., June 5, 4:30 to 5:30, Zoom
Voices of the Majority
One of the most important things we can do to work toward racial justice is to educate ourselves and each other in conversation. So please join us Friday on Zoom from 4:30 to 5:30.
Here's the Zoom link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8589608595?pwd=cTBvNFIxM3U2MUhqaVEyZFlCTUlIUT09
Meeting ID: 858 960 8595 Password: 089355
Our daughter shared this piece on "allyship" with us to read. 
Ben & Jerry's shared this statement for all to read.
About Postcards: You can sign up easily to receive Florida 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.
Or sign up with Postcards to Wisconsin & Michigan.
Vote Forward is another way to promote voting via mail.
And every week Indivisible Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible host a virtual Postcards-on-Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Zoom link. Password (if asked): 711616.

Fri., June 5 to June 7
Wear Orange to Fight for a Future Free from Gun Violence
Orange is the color Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, her friends asked that we stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness about gun violence. Find an event here.

Sat., June 6, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Black Lives Matter Protest
Waypoint Park, BI
There will be a PEACEFUL protest at the intersection between 305 and Winslow Way near BIMA and the police station. Amelia Kimball, Katie Irvin, Naszya Bradshaw and others have been working together to get this started as a youth-led entirely peaceful protest. This will be kid friendly! Please wear all black and bring signs. Wear a mask and please stay six feet apart from others! The purpose of this protest is to show our community’s outrage over the murder of George Floyd and the horrific injustices people of color face in America. Our goal is to peacefully express that police brutality and racism will not be ignored here but rejected! More info here.

Mon., June 8, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
BINKI Zoom meeting with Kevin Jones
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 Kevin Jones from Indivisible Vashon Island to talk about the Washington state legislature. Which Republican legislators are vulnerable and which bills should we advocate for by, for example, testifying at a committee hearing. This is guaranteed to be a fascinating look at the inner workings of our legislature. More info here.

Tues., June 9, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists
Not meeting this week?
Contact Debbie for updates.

Wed., June 10, 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.

Wed., June 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Zoom Meeting with Restoration Rights Advocates in Support of Tarra Simmons
RSVP for the Zoom link
Join rights restoration advocates Neil Volz, Lance Wissinger, and Marquis McKenzie in support of Tarra’s campaign for the State Legislature in the 23rd District. Our hosts have worked tirelessly with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to end the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions. In 2018, they helped pass Amendment 4 in Florida to restore the voting rights of 1.4 million Americans. RSVP to bridget@bobmanconsulting.com or call 206-395-9840.

Thurs., June 11, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
From Data to Dialogue: Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change
Registration required for this free online event
Dr. Heidi Roop, Climate Scientist at the UW Climate Impacts Group, will discuss regional climate impacts in the PNW and lessons from the science of climate change communication to explore how we can effectively catalyze the action needed to confront the climate change challenge head-on.
June 12 to June 18
Fri., June 12, 4:30 to 5:30
Voices of the Majority
Not meeting this week?
Contact Bill for updates.


Sat., June 13, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Citizen Climate Lobby's Virtual Climate Conference

Join CCL’s virtual conference to learn about the path ahead for climate change policy. More info here. Register here.

Sun., June 14
Citizen Climate Lobby's Virtual Climate Conference Seminars

CCL will hold three seminars that will dive deeper into the topics introduced at the conference on Saturday. Sign up for one when you register for the Saturday conference. Each of these additional virtual seminars lasts two to two and a half hours, taking our volunteers deeper into the material than a standard conference breakout. When you register for the conference, you can choose to attend an additional session. You have a choice of four: Depolarizing Within presented by Braver Angels, International Climate Policy Workshop, All You Want to know About the Energy Innovation Act, or Beyond Diversity: Fostering Belonging and Inclusion at CCL. Space is limited. Register here.

Sun., June 14, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
#BlackLivesMatter March For Black Lives – Its Time

Westlake Park, Seattle
Black Lives Matter Seattle Original
From their Facebook post: Enough is ENOUGH Seattle. Police are still murdering people with little or no punishment and not being held to a high standard. George Floyd just got murdered, just like Eric Gardener.. People are still being slaughtered by police at a astronomical level and it gots to stop. Our Lives Matter. Join us and say and show that police need to be held accountable and held to a high standard regardless of the state or in the world. Please wear a mask and bring hand sanitizer. More info here and on Facebook here.

Mon., June 15, 5:00 pm to 6:30
BINKI Zoom meeting - KIAC
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 Ray Garrido, Legal Services Director, and Annika Turner, Family Services Director, from Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center in Bremerton. What can we do to help immigrants, who are one of the groups most in peril from this administration and coronavirus. More info here.

Mon., June 15, 7:00 pm to 9:00
Kitsap County Democrats June 2020 Meeting
The June meeting will be dedicated to endorsements & approvals for candidates running for elected office. If you have not previously registered for a Kitsap County Democrats meeting on Zoom, please do so here as we are voting on endorsements. If you HAVE registered for a Kitsap County Democrats meeting on Zoom and you just need the link or the meeting ID & password in, please send email to info@kitsapdemocrats.org so we can get that information to you. Your registration ensures that we have a proper credentials report. Thank you for your help. More info here.

Tues., June 16, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists
Not meeting this week?
Contact Debbie for updates.

Wed., June 17, 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.

 
Further out
Fri., June 19, 4:30 to 5:30
Voices of the Majority
Not meeting this week?
Contact Bill for updates.

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.

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.

Wed., July 1, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Urgent Federal Climate Bills & Strategy
Register to 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.

Mon., July 6, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
BINKI Zoom meeting - Living a Zero Waste Life
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.

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.
 
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 our members of Congress and tell them to enact legislation requiring all federal law enforcement personnel to wear identifying information, such as a badge number, name and agency, whenever they are deployed in crowd control situations. It appears that the current "president" has turned management of protestors in Washington D.C. over to Attorney General William Barr (after first handing it to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley). "Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to dispatch riot teams to the nation's capital and to Miami to assist local authorities in responding to protests there, according to a senior Justice Department official," according to a report by NPR. "'In the federal system, we don't wear badges with our names — I mean the agents don't wear badges with their names and stuff like that, which many civilian police agents, I mean non-federal police agencies, do,'" Barr was quoted in a report by NPR. Barr has, in effect, created a secret police, much like East Germany's Stasi and Saddam Hussein's Mukhabarat, that is unaccountable to "we the people." "In the Senate, Minority leader Chuck Schumer and Connecticut Democrat Christopher Murphy announced Thursday they are cosponsoring a bill "requiring unidentified law enforcement officers and members of the Armed Forces to clearly identify themselves and their agency or service while they are engaged in crowd control or arresting individuals involved in civil disobedience or protests in the United States." Read about their proposal here. It is also time to think seriously about impeaching AG Barr. It is apparent that Rep. Adam Schiff was correct in predicting the damage the current "president" can do in just a few short months. "You know you can't trust this president to do what's right for this country," Schiff said on January 24.
  2. Contact our members of Congress and tell them begin working on legislation to make illegal the use by law enforcement of any kind of a “choke hold” or any other maneuver that cuts off the air supply to a human being. They should also begin working on a new crime bill and have it ready for passage as soon as the new president takes office on January 20, 2021. Read about the 1986 Malley v. Briggs Supreme Court decision that gives police qualified immunity – something the new crime bill should reverse.
  3. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to vote “no” on the current “president’s” proposed coronavirus capital gains tax cut that would go to the top 1% of earners. While it’s unlikely to come to a vote, our members of Congress need to be encouraged to RAISE taxes, especially on the wealthy. Tell our members of Congress to enact Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s tax plan. Read about the proposed capital gains tax cut. Read about Sen. Warren’s tax plan here.

  4. Contact our members of Congress and them them to join with House Democratic leadership in demanding that the current “president” stop rushing through deportations of migrant children. According to ProPublica/Texas, “as the nation remains focused on COVID-19, the U.S. government has aggressively begun to rush the deportations of some of the most vulnerable migrant children in its care to countries where they have been raped, beaten or had a parent killed, according to attorneys, court filings and congressional staff.” The current “administration” has also used the coronavirus pandemic as cover to turn back 900 unaccompanied children at the border.

  5. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to amend the National Emergencies Act, the Defense Production Act and other laws that give the office of the presidency emergency powers. Congress has never addressed the problem created with a 1991 Supreme Court decision, Franklin v. Massachusetts. Because of Franklin, the president can impose tariffs on imported goods, control immigration, and divert billions of dollars to build a wall on our southern border — all without public input, deliberation, transparency, or accountability. And all this because Franklin held that the president is not an “agency.” Read about it here.

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