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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Actions

Jan. 17, 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.


Dates to remember

Seattle Womxn's March Jan. 18 - postponed
The Seattle Womxn's March has been postponed until March 8, which happens to be International Women's Day, 1 to 4 pm, starting from Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave, Seattle.

Another person claims to have an event at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, but this person is not affiliated with the Seattle Womxn's March.



290 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Iowa caucus is February 3, 2020, 17 days away.

The Washington state presidential primary is March 10, 2020, 53 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, 200 days away.

 
Impeachment News & Actions
On Jan.16, the 100 senators who will acquit or convict Donald J. Trump of two articles of impeachment were sworn in. Chief Justice John Roberts asked each senator "Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, president of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you god?" Read about it and watch the video here.
 
Act right now
  • Sign a petition:
    • Sign the petition to the Tacoma City Council asking them to shut down the Northwest Detention Center.
    • Sign the WeAreProgressives.org petition telling Congress to declare a national emergency on climate.
    • Sign the Daily Kos petition thanking the impeachment managers who will present the impeachment case against Donald J. Trump in the Senate.
    • Sign the MoveOn.org petition to impeach and remove Attorney General William Barr.
    • Sign the Care2 petition to pressure Facebook to clean up its act, so that it can no longer be used as a megaphone to spread lies and hate. 
  • Take action to stop ICE/CBP from rounding up people at Washington state courthouses:
    • Read this and this about what's been happening in our state courthouses.
    • Our state attorney general, Bob Ferguson, sued the Trump administration on this issue. Read the filing.
    • The ACLU will submit the "Courts Open To All Act"  in the Washington state 2020 legislative session. The act limits collaboration and detentions in and around courthouses.
    • Washington Immigration Solidarity Network is planning an advocacy day for this bill in Olympia on February 5th. Register to help advocate for the "Courts Open to All Act," even though the Jan. 14 deadline has passed.
    • Comment by February 3 on two proposed court rule changes: 1) Prevent the current practice of warrantless civil arrests in and around courthouses. 2) Amend Comment 4 under Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) 4.4 to include prosecutors in the rule’s prohibition against reporting. people to immigration authorities. Click here for talking points and instructions, which include the email address to which the comments are to be sent.
    • Similar court rules are in effect in Oregon and New York, and legislation prohibiting warrantless civil arrests in courthouses was recently passed in California.
    • Get status updates on the "Courts Open to All Act" on Mondays from 12 - 1 pm by joining the Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 590 065 851.
    • Join the Policy Call on Tuesdays from 12 - 1 pm to get updates on WAISN's policy platform and action items by calling 1-605-313-5110 Pin: 152252#
  • Call our state representatives and tell them to support HB1110, the Clean Fuel Standard. Passing the Clean Fuel Standard will bring our state in line with California, Oregon, and Vancouver B.C. in adopting fuels that reduce greenhouse emissions from gasoline and diesel. It will increase the cost of these fuels by a few cents per gallon - NOT the 75 cents opponents are already lying about in advertisements. Rep. Drew Hansen by phone: 360-786-7842 or by email. Contact Sherry Appleton by phone: 360-786-7934 or by email. Thank Sen. Rolfes for co-sponsoring the bill in the Senate.
  • Learn about "Herd on the Hill" who delivers letters to our members of Congress in person.
  • Become a founding donor of Courage to Change.
  • Read about the closing of Colstrip, a coal-fired power plant co-owned by Puget Sound Energy.
  • Read about the historic passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia this week.
  • Use the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance web site to send letters to our representatives and senator in support of Gov. Inslee's efforts to end or reduce homelessness.
  • Donate to air TV ads pressuring Sen. Susan Collins to vote for witnesses in the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump.
  • Take the pledge to heal whatever rift there may be between the Warren and Sanders campaigns.

The week of Jan. 17 to Jan. 23

Fri., Jan. 17, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm - not meeting today
Voices of the Majority
Office Xpats above the movie theater on Madison
Voices of the Majority will be back writing postcards to voters and contacting legislators around the country next week.

Sun., Jan. 19, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

KEC PRESENTS Free Encore Film Showing
Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Rd NE, Kingston
Join KEC for an encore showing of an inspiring & beautiful film, CALL OF THE FOREST: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, as we prepare for tree planting events in February and April. More info here.


Sun., Jan. 19, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Move & Be Moved – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
550 Winslow Way E, BI
Join Bainbridge Island Museum of Art for an afternoon celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day featuring a program of art, poetry, performance, music, conversation, the Awesome Praise gospel choir, and words by members of the Suquamish Tribe, and special guests Quess? Moore, and Mike Barnet. More info here.

Sun., Jan. 19, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Bi Community March for Equity
550 Winslow Way E, BI
Join Seattlepachamama Alliance Community for a march for equity. Quess Moore, Senji, the Race Equity Task Force and Students will lead us down Winslow Way and back. More info here.


Mon., Jan. 20, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Day of Action in Olympia to End Mass Incarceration in Washington
Washington State Capitol Museum, 211 West 21st Ave, Olympia
Join Prison Voice Washington in Olympia on MLK day for a day of action to end mass incarceration in Washington state! Meet on the south steps of the capitol. More info here.


Tues., Jan. 21, 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. This meeting was originally scheduled for last week but sparsely attended due to confusion about snow, cancellation and a closed Federal Building that was not actually closed. 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. Come to this meeting and meet Sen. Murray's new outreach director, Megan Otemei. Megan has been handling immigration issues for Sen. Murray for quite a while. More info here.

Tues., Jan. 21, 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 unshakeable will. Be ready to tap into Your Power and Take ACTION!

Wed., Jan. 22, 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Postcards on Wednesday

Second floor tables at Town & Country, 343 Winslow Way E, BI
Hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island.We have addresses for the Florida Vote By Mail campaign as well as for college student, Mary Egler, who definitely not a quitter. She's is running against two Republicans for the Georgia State Senate to represent District 13. The special election for this open seat is February 4. 
We wrote 125 cards last week; let's see if we can write more this week! 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. 22, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Tarra Simmons Campaign Kickoff with Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib

Kiana Lodge, 14976 Sandy Hook Rd NE #7868, Poulsbo
You're invited to the campaign kick-off to elect Democrat Tarra Simmons for State Representative, 23rd District, succeeding Rep. Sherry Appleton. Co-hosted by Indivisible Bainbridge Island. More info here.

Thurs., Jan. 23, 9:00 am to noon
BI Public Hearing: 87 room hotel
Bainbridge Island City Hall, 280 Madison Ave N, BI
A public hearing on the Winslow Hotel will be held in the Council Chambers at 10 am. Protesters will gather along Madison in front of the City Hall at 9:00 am and move inside for the hearing at 10 am.
 More info here.

Thurs., Jan. 23, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
23rd LD Monthly Meeting – with Rep. Kilmer
Bainbridge Island City Hall, 280 Madison Ave N, BI
This meeting will feature reporting from the other Washington by Rep. Kilmer, Mary Bryant with information on Caucuses and Conventions and the Election of Committee Chairs for those conventions and caucuses. More info here.

Fri., Jan. 24, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cowspiracy The Sustainability Secret
Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4418 Perry Ave NE, Bremerton
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, is 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.


 
The week after, Jan. 24 to Jan. 31

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 above the movie theater on Madison
After a holiday break, Voices of the Majority will be writing postcards to voters and contacting legislators around the country. 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, 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, 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, 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., 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.

Thurs., Jan. 30, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Public Hearing for Clean Transportation!

Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Avenue, Everett
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.


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

Beyond Jan. 30
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.


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!

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, time tbd
WAISN Advocacy Day for the "Courts Open To All Act"

Olympia
Details to come.


Tues., Feb. 11, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm (to be confirmed)
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.

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 demand that they speak out loudly and firmly about the need for a fair and open impeachment trial in the Senate, now more than ever. Reason 1) Rachel Maddow’s interview on 1/15/2020 with Lev Parnas confirmed the testimony of Dr. Fiona Hill and so many others who testified during the House impeachment hearings. Our Democratic senators must demand that John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney testify and that Parnas's evidence be submitted as part of the impeachment trial. The second part of Maddow’s interview with Parnas aired on Jan. 16. Be sure to watch it! Reason 2) The Government Accountability Office released a report on Jan. 16 concluding that Trump’s Office of Management and Budget violated federal law by refusing to render the funds for Ukrainian military sales that were approved by Congress. Read about it here.
  2. Call Rep. Kilmer and tell him the House needs to investigate Attorney General William Barr’s role in Trump’s Ukrainian scheme. Speaker Pelosi agrees that Barr is implicated. Add Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, CIA Director Gina Haspel and VP Pence to the list. Maddow's Lev Parnas interview indicates that Rep. Devin Nunes participated in the scheme, so at the very least, he needs an ethics investigation. That the Justice Dept. has sat on the Parnas evidence for several months proves Barr cannot be trusted to appoint a special prosecutor, and the Dept. of Justice cannot be trusted to investigate even if Barr were to recuse himself. Read about it here. A related topic of House investigation: surveillance of then Ambassador Marie Yanokovich and the pressure campaign to get her removed as ambassador.
  3. Call Sen. Cantwell and tell her to take action on the Equal Rights Amendment by co-sponsoring S.J.Res.6. Virginia is the last of the 38 states needed to ratify the ERA; they did that on Wednesday. Stupidly, when Congress sent the ERA to the states for ratification on March 22, 1972, they included a constitutionally unnecessary deadline in the amendment's preamble that enough states had to ratify it by March 22, 1979. By a simple majority, Congress extended the deadline to June 30, 1982. Rep. Jackie Speier has introduced H.J.Res.38, “Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment.” Thank Rep. Kilmer for co-sponsoring H.J.Res.38. In the Senate, Sen. Ben Cardin introduced S.J.Res. 6 that would likewise remove the deadline. Thank Sen. Murray for co-sponsoring S.J.Res.6. The “Justice” Department's Office of Legal Counsel (the same office that blessed torture in the Bush presidency and that says presidents can’t be indicted while in office) pre-emptively issued an opinion that the ERA is dead regardless of any action Virginia might take. Lawsuits on this matter are underway.
  4. Call our members of Congress and tell them to take action on Puerto Rico. In 2018, Congress appropriated hurricane relief aid for Puerto Rico, and it was supposed to be released by September 2019. Then a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico this month along with subsequent aftershocks. After illegally withholding $8 billion in aid, the Trump administration has finally released it on Wednesday, but with restrictions: Puerto Rico will have to agree to pay federal contractors working on disaster relief less than $15 an hour and the money cannot be used to rebuild Puerto Rico's electrical grid. Are these restrictions legal?  $2 billion in aid for the electrical grid is still being withheld. Read about it here.  Also, tell Rep. Kilmer to co-sponsor H.R.4901, Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act. Even Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik (of impeachment hearing fame) is a co-sponsor. Tell our senators to introduce the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act in the Senate.
  5. Call our members of Congress and tell them to take action on the current “president’s” plan to gut the National Environmental Protection Act, “a move experts say is as much of a handout to polluting industries as it is a slap in the face to science and local communities,” according to this article at High Country News. Let it be clear, when Trump talks about making it easier to build “infrastructure,” he’s not talking about high-speed rail. He’s talking about oil and gas pipelines – pipelines that are needed by the fossil fuel industry to get their products to a place where they can be burned and their CO2 released into the air. For a comprehensive list of Trump’s environmental rollbacks, click here.
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